The Book of Boba Fett (Part I): Why Boba Fett Is No Longer A Compelling Character

Minor spoilers to follow from The Book of Boba Fett.

Boba Fett, seen here sitting atop Jabba the Hutt’s former throneBoba Fett, seen here sitting atop Jabba the Hutt’s former throne

Before we incur the wrath of many a Star Wars fan out there, let it be known that we too are fans of the Star Wars universe and therefore are not intending this series of articles to be presented as anything other than a discussion of what went wrong with this show.

With that out of the way, it brings us no pleasure in having to say this: The Book of Boba Fett is a problematic show. As a series about one of the most notorious bounty hunters in the still-yet-to-be-named Star Wars galaxy, there are a plethora of missteps within the series that brings about its own downfall, beginning with the titular character himself.

As painful as it is to say it: Boba Fett is simply not a very compelling character, or at the very least when he is given the reigns to his own show. This is simply because the character is one that has thrived as a supporting character or background character (at least, in the live-action iterations of the character), one that is forever cast in partial shadow, seen but not heard.

Characters such as these are more fondly thought of and theorized about due to there being next to no information on their backstories and general character other than a cursory observation. The limited information that accompanies such a character is what makes Boba Fett compelling, and with the show's attempts to flesh out and give the character a story arc of his own, it only causes the character to, unfortunately, lose his mystique and therefore shatter the illusion of his prior compelling nature.

For example, one of the most obvious and somewhat annoying attributes viewers have to come to terms with in the show is that Boba Fett speaks — a lot. This fact alone comes across as a little odd and difficult to swallow as the last time we saw of this character in The Return of the Jedi, he barely spoke at all before falling into the Sarlacc Pit. Furthermore, the script that was provided to the actor was not doing the character any favors either, resulting in uninteresting exchanges with other characters that could have had more compelling story arcs than the titular character himself.

Then, there is the actor that portrays the bounty hunter himself. The acting often comes across as wooden and unengaging, a far cry from the acting performance fans were treated to with Pedro Pascal in The Mandalorian. Despite how much Temuera Morrison tries to enliven the character he plays, there is just not that much charisma to make him worthy of audiences’ empathy.

That being said, the show may not be all-that-bad, but it certainly is no winner either from our perspective.

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