Thursday, February 10, 2022

What I’m Watching: The Book of Boba Fett

The Book of Boba Fett: Season 1, Episode 6 “Chapter 6: From the Desert Comes a Stranger” (B)

So this show has basically just become “The Mandalorian” now, with just one scene featuring Boba and Fennec that Mando happened to appear in also. I’m not sure that’s a terrible thing, it’s just strange given that there’s nothing about this show that has to do with Grogu or Luke Skywalker or the next character to get her own show, Ahsoka. It’s also disorienting to see Luke featured for such a long time, since the feat of having him show up in his previous appearance was brief and mostly for shock effect, but now he’s there for an extended period which is obviously reliant heavily on visual effects and sound editing given that Mark Hamill is now seventy years old and doesn’t sound like a twenty-six-year-old anymore. I had expected a more significant tease for Ahsoka’s upcoming show since her appearance there was random, especially if she wasn’t usually around but happened to be only when Mando came to visit. The return of Timothy Olyphant’s Cobb Vanth was very welcome, but he didn’t last long despite his sincere efforts at peacekeeping. It’s a shame since Olyphant, who earned an Emmy nomination for his guest spot on “The Mandalorian,” is a terrific actor and would be great to see anytime, but at least he’ll be back for another acclaimed role since “Justified” appears to be returning. Back to this show’s universe, where the Syndicate is making a clear power play, and exploding a bomb in the most crowded place in the city is sure to escalate tensions, not to mention leave a number of characters dead or seriously injured.

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