Despite the obvious fact that the last two episodes of The Mandalorian, I mean, The Book of Boba Fett (😏) have been phenomenal that doesn’t excuse the major failures of this show. Just look at the IMDb scores for the first four episodes.
Chapter 1: 7.4/10
Chapter 2: 8.3/10
Chapter 3: 6.4/10
Chapter 4: 7.6/10
These scores reveal a show that’s ultimately mediocre and that’s not bad…until one remembers that this is a show about Boba Fett, one of the most beloved characters in the franchise.
Jon Favreau decided to, instead of giving us a straightforward series about Boba being a bad*** gangster ruler over Tatooine (which we wanted), make The Book of Boba Fett the flashback show. With what feels like 70% of the first four episodes residing in the past via perfectly chronological dreams to tell us how Boba became the Fett we know in The Mandalorian the story in the actual present became not that interesting.
Boba is going to war with the Pykes over the control of Tatooine but honestly, until that explosive shocker in the last episode, they haven’t been conveyed as much of a threat. And that’s because for the most part we were forced to watch Boba become friends with the Sand People and become essentially a Sand Jedi (the Sand People died needlessly, I might add.)
And despite all of these flashbacks answering questions we weren’t asking the series never told us why Boba decided to let Cobb Vanth keep the armor. Because apparently everybody knew he had it, even the blue meanie who appeared in the last episode.
The series was so boring in fact that Jon Favreau realized he needed Mando to take over the show for things to get interesting. And it did. That’s why the last two episodes’ IMDb scores have been 9.3/10 and 9.6/10.
Now we’re getting the finale next week (that was quick) which will be directed by Robert Rodriguez (uh-oh) and honestly, there’s got to be a second season, right? Because it feels like we’ve gotten maybe two episodes of present day Boba content out of the six episodes we’ve gotten so far. Or are we just going to leave Boba basically where he was in that post-credit scene, except with an official crew now, so that he can cameo in future Star Wars projects? It’s confusing.
All in all, while I have absolutely LOVED the last two episodes I do wish the show had been more consistent overall and I stand by my claim that this is the worst Star Wars series that’s been made so far. Yes, I like The Bad Batch more than this show.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day.