Disney seems to have a problem with their bounty hunter. Not the Mandalorian but the other one, the infamous Boba Fett. Somehow the most feared bounty hunter in the galaxy has become someone else entirely and the episode that has fans raving doesn’t even star the titular character, but instead, the Mandalorian.
The Mandalorian show allegedly came to be when the Boba Fett film was scrapped. Those ideas were instead morphed into the Disney+ show featuring a Mandalorian and The Child. How much of the ideas from one turned into the other is unclear, but we do know one thing, people love The Mandalorian.
So much so that Episode 5 of The Book of Boba Fett is getting all kinds of attention and excitement. Fans are going on about how good the episode is and how it is better than the other episodes in the show. Except, Episode 5 is basically another episode of The Mandalorian and NOT The Book of Boba Fett.
Boba Fett isn’t even in it.
It ends with Fennec Shand asking The Mandalorian to do work for Fett and he says he will, but he has to see someone (Grogu) first. It ends with him leaving. Why is this episode even necessary in this series? The obvious answer is– it isn’t!
Now we have “news” outlets like Polygon saying that the episode was to show that new Star Wars is better, mocking old fans and nostalgia saying:
“But it’s a total thrill, and feels like a definitive moment of New Star Wars eclipsing Old Star Wars to save the franchise’s worthy pieces.”
The author also thought ‘The Last Jedi’ stepping out of the direction of Star Wars was “thrilling” too and we all know how that turned out.
But putting the new show into context old Star Wars, and the character of Boba Fett, were always more popular than the new “Star Wars” trilogy. The Mandalorian has done well and it has resonated with fans because it feels like classic Star Wars. Disney even pushes classic merchandise and The Mandalorian merchandise over everything else.
The new Boba Fett show isn’t proving nostalgia is dead, it’s proving they misused the character. He’s Boba Fett in name only at this point, but he isn’t Boba Fett. Many other news outlets keep pointing that out as well.
We went from Vader telling him “No disintegrations” to the kinder, gentler, Boba with no in between. So now when the Mandalorian shows up people are excited because that character is still in character.
As far as nostalgia the episode has plenty of it. The Mandalorian is back on Tatooine at Mos Eisley. We have a city that rips off of Halo, but also is reminiscent of the Death Star trench run. When Mando gets his new ship, a Naboo Starfighter, he takes it for a test ride through Begger’s Canyon, in prequel style with a womp rat, harkening back to Luke Skywalker. Nostalgia is not lacking but Boba Fett definitely is.
I just think it’s an issue when the title character from your show is so off with fans that the episode they seem most excited about is one that doesn’t have him in it at all.
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