The Book of Boba Fett: notes to expand the world of George Lucas

The sequel trilogy of Star Wars still pending its resolution when Lucasfilm signed Jon Favreau. It had premiered The awakening of the force (2015) and the last jedi (2017) had polarized the fans, when in March 2018 the studio decided to bet on hiring the director of Iron Man y Zathura: A space adventure to write The Mandalorianthe first series with actors from the franchise.

The fanfare of the saga created by George Lucas has always been on the big screen, so the simplest thing was to watch that television production with interest but as a more modest attempt than what could be found in the adventures of Rey, Poe and Finn, which was expected to have a minimally satisfactory resolution in its final episode (spoiler: it didn’t happen with The Rise of Skywalker).

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Set five years after the fall of the Empire in return of the jedi (1986), The Mandalorian it ended up looking like a miracle for fans of the franchise born in the 70s. It featured as protagonist a new character – although part of a lineage that had been referenced in the films – who completes missions for the highest bidder, until he finds with a creature that he decides to protect as if he were his own son (initially called The Child and then Grogu).

With a narrative influenced by westerns and samurai films, that premise was the perfect excuse for the story to show a different part of the galaxy very far away – dirtier, without legends about the chosen ones, where surviving is a daily feat – and fans will be delighted with the return to planets and characters already known from the previous films. The series starring Pedro Pascal is not inventing the wheel, but knowing how to choose its ingredients and cook them at the exact point.

In addition to reaching high levels of emotion, the outcome of the second cycle presented something unexpected: a new series called The book of Boba Fett announced for December 2021. Now played by Temuera Morrison (Jango Fett in the prequels), the bounty hunter who participated in the original trilogy was brought back in The Mandalorian in the memorable sixth episode of season two directed by Robert Rodriguez and accompanied the protagonist until the end. But Lucasfilm saw more potential in that return, enough to put together a separate production centered on him and Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen), his pair of villains.

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The new fiction finds Fett installed on the throne of Mos Espa on the planet Tatooine, the same one that previously occupied Jaba and later its mayor, Bib Fortuna. It is clear that in this new position he has problems exercising his power, especially if he wants to govern “with respect” and not “with fear” like those who preceded him. But for the series that scheme in the present is as important as trying to explain what happened to the character after apparently having died return of the jedi.

Hence the story opens to extensive sequences set in the past, when he was a prisoner and then worked alongside the inhabitants of the arenas, as revealed here for the first time. It is still to be resolved how both timelines converge and acquire meaning in the production logic created again by Jon Favreau, but the first two chapters were disparate when applying that dynamic. Episode one, notoriously looser, abused going back and forth between one and another point, while the second, in addition to having more forceful action scenes, presented a more ordered narrative.

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Outside of the balance that the series reaches at that point throughout its seven-episode season, the axes that lead to the fiction are not too different from those that made it a success in The Mandalorian: expanding the universe at the expense of returning to familiar territories of the saga and recovering the tradition of Star Wars like a fun roller coaster, but exploring harder and more visceral areas.

This is what can probably be expected from all the projects already announced for Disney+ (the most imminent ones are Obi-Wan Kenobi y Andorabout the roles previously played by Ewan McGregor and Diego Luna, respectively), stories that are installed in a timeline already covered by some of the previous films that, under a consistent bet but without aspiration to reinvent the franchise, convince fans disappointed with the last decades of the saga.

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