This review is spoiler-free.
When the show was first announced at the end of The Mandalorian Season 2 finale, its safe to say that there was a lot of hype and expectation within the Star Wars community.
So, lets take a closer look at this first episode!
We know that Japanese culture and movies play a huge part in Star Wars‘ influence and makeup, and The Book of Boba Fett continues this in a number of ways, for example Boba is referred to as the new ‘Daimyo’ who were feudal lords, so its nice that this aspect is still influencing Star Wars today! As Boba announces his new position to the locals we are treated to some very interesting scenes which also includes the fantastic Matt Berry who features as a new character and in a very subtle way.
As for Temuera Morrison (Boba) and Ming-Na Wen (Fennec), there on-screen chemistry is once again a huge highlight for me, as this duo just have a very natural connection and rapport that makes their scenes so memorable and enjoyable. I really hope that this series explores how Fennec was rehabilitated and really dive into this relationship further!
In terms of the score, Ludwig Göransson is back to deliver more incredible ‘Star Wars but not Star Wars’ musical renditions and we finally get to hear the full Boba theme which just gets better and better as the song plays out. The music, just like in The Mandalorian, really works for the themes and tone of the show, so it comes as no surprise that the music is once again brilliant from start to finish!
When it comes to the story, I think this episode did everything that it needed to do, by showing us both the past and setting up the main story for the here and now. There was a nice mix of humour and action, likewise there was also the right amount of practical and digital FX that fits within the framework and look of the show. On a similar note, I think there is one sequence where the digital FX looked a little ropey and this scene will be made very obvious to you on viewing. It obviously does not have the same budget as The Mandalorian, so there might be a slight reduction in production quality here and there, although it in no way lessens the enjoyment or the experience.
Episode 1 of The Book of Boba Fett does everything it needs to do in setting up the direction of the show’s main narrative as well as filling in the gaps between the events of Return of the Jedi and The Mandalorian Season 2. A strong and enjoyable start.