Is Boba Fett’s book more advertising than narrative?

One of the worst parts of today’s cinematic landscape is a natural consequence of the dominance of a few sprawling empires. With the endless expansion of these universes, some stories are designed, not to be interesting or engaging, but simply to set the stage for future products.

Boba Fett’s Book was never the best idea, but it would have been pretty defeatist to assume that would be his trajectory. After failing to make the planned movie for years and being entirely supplanted by the higher good The Mandalorianthe show exists today as a half uninteresting prequel and half commercial.


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Episode 4 of Boba Fett’s Book finally pulled the trigger on the obvious move that fans had been waiting for all along. The final moment of the episode sees underrated sidekick Fennec Shand proclaim that the heroes will need some extra muscle. Then, just in case fans couldn’t put it together, the series felt the need to play the musical intro of The Mandalorian. The following episode received harsh reviews for being, essentially, a lesser episode of the best series. Rather than bringing beloved grumpy dad Din Djarin into the existing plot, the series drops its narrative to explain where Mando was. This is season 3, episode zero of The Mandalorian. Is it so crucial that fans know where Din got her new ship, or what’s happened to her tribe right now that she can’t wait for the series that bears her name? Was Boba Fett’s story dragging so severely that a brief intermission in another series proved necessary? Or is there an even more cynical reason at play for this drastic change?

The Mandalorian and Ahsoka Tano in The Book of Boba Fett

Episode 6 of the series wasn’t much better. Din Djarin is still the focus, but the series is expanding its network even further to give audiences an explanation of Ahsoka Tano’s whereabouts before her solo show drops. Then, because no Star Wars property can be complete without a Skywalker, a deeply unnerving Luke passes by. Boba Fett’s Book dedicated an entire third of its episodes to directing different scenes for Mandalorian, Ahsoka, and everything Disney plans to do with Grogu. The content itself is radically random, but even what works would work much better in context. Those planning to wait for the series to complete its first cycle so they can binge in one sitting will likely be very confused after a few episodes. And with only one episode left, there’s not much room to save this sinking ship.

The Star Wars franchise is guilty of a ton of franchise management projects, A thugaimless dramatization of the established canon for Solopoor excuses for known details. This is far from the only example, however. half of X-Men: ApocalypseJames McAvoy’s plot bends over backwards to explain why James McAvoy’s Professor X goes bald prematurely. The most regular criticism of this type of media is fan service, but in many ways it goes beyond mere convenience. Fan service is when the plot bends to squeeze in more stuff that longtime fans already know and love, and it’s not necessarily the worst thing. Franchise management is what happens when a studio, Disney for example, needs certain characters or concepts to be in place so that audiences are prepared for later products.

The question now is whether The book of Boba Fett was all about putting the pieces together for the next Star Wars projects. If the characters with no business on the show were there to draw attention to Boba Fett’s story, then that’s fan service. It could be argued that the separation of Din Djarin’s continuing narrative makes it closer to a lengthy trailer for his later return. Two full episodes of Boba Fett’s show have gone by with little to no mention of the former bounty hunter. It may be part of a larger plan. Maybe Din Djarin’s story is set up because Boba Fett’s story will be resolved in season 3 of The Mandalorian. It’s quite possible, but given the mediocrity Boba Fett book is received, it is likely that Disney wants to get it over with. But even if it’s part of a bigger tapestry, is that better?

Star Wars The Book of Boba Fett Episode 3 Error

Tying a less popular series to a more popular one would be a pretty insidious method of ensuring that anyone who wants the full story has to watch every Star Wars product. Disney hid most of Fennec Shand’s backstory in The bad lotAhsoka’s first reappearance in The Mandalorian, and now tells the story of Din Djarin Boba Fett’s Book. Anyone who only cares about one of these characters won’t be able to understand the whole story without looking into the shows and movies they wouldn’t otherwise be interested in. So is Boba Fett’s Book more announcement than story? Sort of, but it’s also part of an interwoven story that demands fans catch every minute, or risk losing track of the only parts they care about.

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