Boba Fett’s return in “The Mandalorian” didn’t shock me. I always expected the bounty hunter to return. It did shock me when we learned that he would be getting his own spinoff show called “The Book of Boba Fett,” which debuts on Disney+ early Wednesday morning.
Still, even though I didn’t see the spinoff show coming, I’m less excited about the show’s debut than I thought I would be. Sure, there’s something thrilling about a return to the “Star Wars” galaxy, sending us back to a galaxy far, far away.
But unlike the power of hyperdrive, I’m not racing to watch the show. And now I’m beginning to wonder — is there something wrong with me?
“The Book of Boba Fett” will tell the story of the bounty hunter Boba Fett and mercenary Fennec Shand, who have teamed up to take over the palace of Jabba the Hutt on Tatooine. The two were seen as a dynamic duo in “The Mandalorian,” so it’s not surprising that they’d work together for the upcoming series, which is slated to explore how Fett and Shand move through the underworld now that Jabba the Hutt is no longer in charge.
We don’t know much about the show. There’s a chance this could be the “Star Wars” version of “The Sopranos.” Or it could be the “Star Wars” version of “Game of Thrones,” where multiple characters are trying to take over Jabba’s throne. Or, we could be looking at something like “The Blacklist,” the NBC show in which James Spader played a criminal who had to help capture other criminals. It’s so unclear about what we’re getting that anything we see on the screen will likely be a surprise.
Fett’s return has been well anticipated. Since Disney purchased Lucasfilm, there have been rumors and stories about the potential of a Fett-centric series or movie, similar to the same rumor mill we’ve seen with the upcoming “Obi-Wan Kenobi” series. The idea of a Boba Fett-centric story as always been top of mind for Disney since the character has such a huge cult following. You could argue “The Mandalorian” — which centers around a Mandalorian bounty hunter who pretty much looks like Fett — was an alternative to a Boba Fett series.
For me, the excitement of seeing Fett return to the screen isn’t all that exciting. I lived through Fett’s return when I was in high school by reading the old “Star Wars” expanded universe, which was rebranded as “Star Wars Legends” after Disney purchased Lucasfilm. In those books, Fett survives the Sarlaac Pit and returns to the main storyline of “Star Wars.” I thought it was cool at the time, and it was fun to see it in “The Mandalorian.” Now, we’re seeing an entire show about Fett.
So what’s my deal? I’m obviously a big “Star Wars” guy. Only so many people decided to do the “Star Wars” movie marathon before the release of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” after all. I’ve covered multiple “Star Wars” events and shows, with my quote for “The Mandalorian” seasons 1 and 2 popping up in commercials.
But there’s something about “The Book of Boba Fett” that is bugging me. Part of it might be the fact that it seems similar to “The Mandalorian” — a show about a bounty hunter. Sure, it will likely focus on the criminal underworld and less about collecting the bounty. And yes, it will include the return of a legendary figure in Boba Fett. But I can see a lot of fans skipping or waiting to watch this show since it seems so similar to Disney’s other project.
The most exciting “Star Wars” projects have always been about the Jedi, the Sith and the general Empire vs. Rebel battles we’ve seen throughout the years. That’s the core of “Star Wars.” Though the bounty hunter worlds and the criminal underworld exist, it isn’t exactly the heart of what makes “Star Wars” great. If pressed, I’d say it’s a little underwhelming that our first live-action “Star Wars” content in more than a year is a show that seems so similar to “The Mandalorian.” And it’s reliving adventures of previous characters.
What the Marvel Cinematic Universe has done so well is bring us fresh shows with new takes on old characters and introduce us to new characters. In 2021, Marvel dished out a heavy slate of content — all of which were different from the others. While that could be overkill for some, it allowed us to envelope ourselves into the MCU. For “Star Wars,” I’ve always felt that less is more. “Star Wars” movies and shows should be special events. So it’s odd when one of these special events feels like a previous special event.
I’m sure I’ll enjoy “Book of Boba Fett.” Maybe I just need to get over my gripes with it being a show about a bounty hunter. But I can see the trouble for “Star Wars” expanding its reach. Disney seems to be all in on MCU, developing project after project — each with a different vibe, style and central figure. For “Star Wars, it seems like more of the same. Add I hope that doesn’t last too much longer.