Be aware. Spoilers for The Book of Boba felt ahead!
I watched the final episode of this series last night, and I have to say that I really enjoyed it. I’m aware that some people don’t share my opinion, as I’ve seen people commenting in fairly mixed fashion on social media. However, there are a number of reasons I liked it so much.
Firstly, I’m a fan of The Clone Wars. (Thank you son who told me repeatedly that they weren’t ‘just for kids.’) The Clone Wars add a richness to the Star Wars movies, series, and offshoots that if you’ve not watched them, you may miss discovering. Boba Felt has a back story in The Clone Wars. You see more of him. You see a lot of where he’s come/coming from. If you’ve only watched the movies, you only see him as a bounty hunter, and a rebel enemy. There’s much more to Boba Fett than that.
Secondly, the clone characters in The Clone Wars. From Captain Rex to The Bad Batch, we see complex, human, and valorous characters, who are more than simple clones and are much more than the stormtroopers we see in the movies. Some are ‘good’ and some are ‘bad.’ They come from the same gene pool as Boba Fett.
Thirdly, this is not a ‘redemption’ story. It’s another story that adds to the Star Wars universe mythos, and it interweaves with The Mandalorian even more than the initial reveal of Boba Fett at the end of series 2 when Grogu is missing. I love that it includes Fennec Shand, who appears in Star Wars Rebels and other places, and gives her her own proper place in the Star Wars universe. For Boba Fett, the series is not about him ‘redeeming himself’ but more about demonstrating that a simple exterior may often hold more than what may be seen a first glance. And this is what all of the back story with the Tusken Raiders and the sarlac show.
I’m reminded as I write, that as Tolkien said: ‘All that glitters is not gold.’ This story also examines part of the issues around Jedi training. If you’d only ever watched Star Wars episodes 4-6, you’d think that to be a Jedi is the ultimate thing. If you’ve watched the other movies, The Clone Wars, and Star Wars Rebels, you’d have realised that the lack of attachment required by Jedi training, is a serious flaw in the system. Boba Fett adds to this, showing us that even the greatest heroes (Luke!) can be flawed, and how Jedi training eventually led to Darth Vader.