The Book of Boba Fett: Stranger in a Strange Land
December 29, 2021 7:52 AM - Season 1, Episode 1 - Subscribe

Boba holds court and attempts to establish his grip on the late Hutt's criminal enterprises in Mos Espa.

In flashback: Boba crawls out of the sarlacc pit, has his armor stolen by Jawas, and is captured by Tusken Raiders.

The Verge: The Book of Boba Fett’s first chapter has a lot of blank pages

IO9: I Hate Tatooine
posted by 1970s Antihero (67 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
 
Amazing! Incredible! Super tight and incredibly creative use of the virtual set. I really think covid is forcing us to transition more to small cast productions, almost like stage productions, and ILM is setting the standard for how great it can look.
posted by rebent at 7:57 AM on December 29, 2021 [2 favorites]


I’m disappointed by how many Twi’leks are abandoning their French heritage these days.
posted by 1970s Antihero at 8:20 AM on December 29, 2021 [12 favorites]


Yeah, since when are Twi'leks American?

I wonder what the deal is with the bacta tank. Isn't he all healed up now?
posted by orrnyereg at 8:24 AM on December 29, 2021


I really think covid is forcing us to transition more to small cast productions,

And between Fett and Shand themselves — in some scenes —, the native Tattooine sorts (Jawas and Tuskens), the Rodian and the Gamorreans, and the ambushing assassins, a whole lot of the cast is masked.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 10:32 AM on December 29, 2021 [2 favorites]


I wonder what the deal is with the bacta tank. Isn't he all healed up now?

At the beginning of the episode, it was to explain why he's not still covered in crusty scars like he was in his episodes of The Mandalorian. I imagine this was to save Tem Morrison an hour or two in makeup every day.

At the end of the episode, it was because he got wounded during the street fight and his Gamorrean bodyguards figured it was the best thing to do. I'd be surprised if we end up seeing it again unless there is a further reason for it (chronic illness? irrational health paranoia?) that we just haven't been let in on yet.
posted by Strange Interlude at 11:07 AM on December 29, 2021


I’m disappointed by how many Twi’leks are abandoning their French heritage these days.

I was more surprised by his dental work. Male Twi'leks are usually shown as having an alarming-looking mouthful of teeth, although that may be extrapolated from Bib Fortuna having been an especially gruesome-looking example of the species. I guess it would be like an alien seeing a bunch of grisly old Hollywood character actors from gangster movies and westerns and assuming that all human men looked basically like that.
posted by Strange Interlude at 11:13 AM on December 29, 2021


Um....I'm a dummy, what happened in the episode? Was it just a lot of flashbacks to capture/rescue/whatever?
posted by jenfullmoon at 12:09 PM on December 29, 2021


I see the Boston Dynamics product placement money came through.
posted by Pendragon at 12:19 PM on December 29, 2021 [11 favorites]


Um....I'm a dummy, what happened in the episode? Was it just a lot of flashbacks to capture/rescue/whatever?

Largely, but not exclusively. The pacing was pretty slow for a first episode but I guess we had to get all the post-Return of the Jedi stuff out of the way. Highlights so far for me:

-the Tusken kid acting like he killed that six-legged thing by himself
-Fennec as bouncer/consigliere
-Tem Morrison being a snack
posted by orrnyereg at 12:51 PM on December 29, 2021 [2 favorites]


That stormtrooper didn't get anywhere near being in agony for a thousand years. What a swizz.
posted by biffa at 1:30 PM on December 29, 2021 [4 favorites]


There was a lot of fanservice in this but I will allow it.

Also I was pretty sure that one robot was Matt Berry but neither Boba nor Fennec asked him to say "sexual," "BAT!" or "Yes, I can hear you, Clem Fandango!" So I had to wait until the credits for confirmation.

End tune slaps, the Star Tours robot dealing cards was excellent, not having any dialogue for seven minutes was certainly a choice. I kinda wish they'd released this with another episode, because it left a lot of open questions in favor of Boba Fett Life event coverage.
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 1:38 PM on December 29, 2021 [14 favorites]


he got wounded during the street fight and his Gamorrean bodyguards figured it was the best thing to do

He instructed the Gamorreans to "get [him] to the bacta tank." As well, when he first came out the medical droid made some reference to the healing being paused. I don't think it will be the last we see of it.
posted by synecdoche at 5:39 PM on December 29, 2021


There was a lot of fanservice in this...

Boy howdy, was there ever. Maybe a weeeeee bit too much? I like the StarWars universe, but I’m not a superfan who knows the name of every tertiary character. In fact, I kind of rolled my eyes when the band playing in the bar was the same damned band from the first movie.

Anyway...
I was kinda underwhelmed with this. Definitely slow and uneven. I’m not convinced doing the back and forth with flashbacks served the story very well. I would have been more interested in a more linear approach, starting with the sarlac escape. In any case, the flashbacks were definitely the more captivating parts of this.

I was confused by the long forced trek with the Tusken kid out to...wherever that place was. Why were they being marched out to that place? What was that place? Why, after witnessing the killings, does the Tusken kid make them start digging? Digging their own graves? Do I need to be a deep-dive fan to know what was going on?

The street ambush was really weird. The attack team had impervious power shields, but apparently low-power weapons. It seems like, if the attack was meant to eliminate Boba, you come armed with something guaranteed to do the job with one stroke. The choreography of the fight itself was really clunky, too.

I’m not very taken with Boba’s character so far, even as an antihero. There’s a distinct lack of depth or something. I get he’s the strong silent type, but there’s no, I dunno...gravitas?

I don’t mean to be so down on this as it seems. I’m in for the long haul, for sure. But, for now, this hit me more like Mandalorian Jr.
posted by Thorzdad at 7:01 PM on December 29, 2021 [9 favorites]


In fact, I kind of rolled my eyes when the band playing in the bar was the same damned band from the first movie.

Was it? Weren't they down by three or four members and playing different instruments?

Why, after witnessing the killings, does the Tusken kid make them start digging? Digging their own graves?

Digging up the gourds with the water inside, I reckon.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 7:05 PM on December 29, 2021 [2 favorites]


Loved the score. I think it's Ludwig Göransson? So far not as gut-punch as music from The Mandalorian but still really nice.

That monster thing in the sand was so very Ray Harryhausen. It was glorious.

So far I am very underwhelmed by Boba Fett. He was probably the most boring thing about the episode and I hope that changes.

Jennifer Beals is still gorgeous.

God, Jawas are such horrible little shits. I kind of never really paid them much attention in the films but they were such assholes in The Mandalorian. Yeah they're funny but they're also shits. They steal from people who barely have anything.

The end credit storyboards are absolutely gorgeous.
posted by the webmistress at 7:34 PM on December 29, 2021 [1 favorite]


I have to admit that for such an arid place, Tatooine has an astonishing array of carnivorous megafauna. What exactly do those centaur-velociraptors eat when they can't get bounty hunters?

But seriously, I found that six-legged thing ridiculous.

I didn't actually need to know most of what this episode showed me. Fine, Fett survived the Sarlac and lived with the Tuskens for a while. Now he's got his armor back. What happens next?

I'm far more interested in what the captured assassin has to say than in his adventures between RotJ and S2 of The Mandalorian...
posted by suelac at 7:34 PM on December 29, 2021 [1 favorite]


Yeah, I've always sort of been curious about fandom's fascination with Fett - in-universe he's kind of a putz. I mean, a putz with cool armor, sure, but a putz. Is it all in the extended universe? Or is it just the cool armor? I mean, you don't see people going all weird about frickin' Lobot, do you?

Anyway, I'm along for the ride like it or not, and hey more opportunities for Ming-Na to kick ass, which is always fun, and agreed - I absolutely didn't recognize Jennifer Beals at first, but my wife spotted her immediately.

The only part of the episode I didn't really track was when the three of them saw the farmer's house getting ransacked. Are they kind of trying to show how Tatooine is going to (even more) shit without the firm hand of a Hutt controlling the criminal underworld? Or am I just reading too much into it...

On the other hand I think the six legged thing sleeping under the sand struck the right balance between the more fantastic parts of Star Wars' bestiary and the too fantastic parts of it.
posted by Kyol at 7:41 PM on December 29, 2021 [2 favorites]


I’m not very taken with Boba’s character so far, even as an antihero. There’s a distinct lack of depth or something. I get he’s the strong silent type, but there’s no, I dunno...gravitas?

I had a hard time buying BF's "I want to lead not with fear but with respect" line. Maybe the show will tell the story of his transition from bounty hunting jerk to "honorable" mobster Boba Corleone?

I'm far more interested in what the captured assassin has to say than in his adventures between RotJ and S2 of The Mandalorian...

It's so strange to me that they ended the episode not with this present storyline but with the head-tusken-guy-hands-over-a-gourd moment. All we see in the flashbacks is BF's powerful drive for survival, but not really (to my mind) any interesting character choices.
posted by HeroZero at 7:44 PM on December 29, 2021 [2 favorites]


Was "filling their helmets" deliberate to strip some armour off of Fett before the ambush?

Fett espousing walking on his own feet, etc. - does that jive with having droid "squires" armour him up? A small thing.

Thorzdad - yeah, Fett lost a lot of mystique after the audience sees his face, hears him talk (starting from 'The Mandalorian'). If I'm being charitable, maybe younger Fett listened to his elders and kept his mouth shut as much as possible, to not accidentally appear the fool? There's a lot of shorthand for older Fett wanting to be "honourable" (not killing the Tuskan hound, the Tuskan kid) but there's something, so far, lacking in this character.

At least for me, Fett from the original movies were cool because he was mysterious and had neat toys that were almost as cool as lightsabers.

Ming-Na Wen is fantastic as Fennec, but is advertising herself (or have Fett introduce her as) a Master Assassin massive ovaries or massive hubris? I love the outfit, especially the helmet.

I know I'm complaining a lot here already, but the parkour sequence after the ambush felt very low rent.

Those... gourds they're digging up for water - are they the sexaped creature's... eggs?

Jawas have always come across as massive jerks to me.
posted by porpoise at 7:57 PM on December 29, 2021


I’m not very taken with Boba’s character so far, even as an antihero. There’s a distinct lack of depth or something. I get he’s the strong silent type, but there’s no, I dunno...gravitas?

I had a hard time buying BF's "I want to lead not with fear but with respect" line. Maybe the show will tell the story of his transition from bounty hunting jerk to "honorable" mobster Boba Corleone?


As a concept, I'm all in for The Fettfather but yeah, I'm not sure if I'm feeling this stoic and noble version of Boba that we're presented with here. This show is in a tough spot - this first episode is probably more total screen time already than Fett got in the original trilogy, but it's in competition with what everyone projected onto that excellent costume and those few spare lines and gestures back then.

The Boba in my imagination was a DGAF opportunistic dirtbag who only kept his marks alive on account of wanting a bigger payout. When he turned up on The Mandalorian talking about "honor" and whatnot, I wasn't sure I recognized him. Why was Boba Fett talking like Commander Worf? I never got into the extended universe, so maybe this reserved and reluctant warrior tracks with that material, but I filled in the vast blanks of the movies with a green, jetpacking jerk.

Star Wars remains on its weeb shit. Mafia dons are called "daimyos" on Tatooine, sure. Ninjas stalk the rooftops, fine. I remain hopeful that this creative team can get a satisfying Fettfellas happening here but man, I'm all set for fan service for a minute, thanks. Coming off The Mandalorian, I'm not sure how hungry I am for another story of a laconic man wearing beskar just yet.

How about a series about that Cantina Band instead? Touring Tatooine must be a to-do, never mind playing off world in the shadow of a civil war. How long have they been playing together? What do all the drunk aliens in their audience make of current events and recent history? I'm ready for a Star Wars without any shootouts or sword fights, a Star Wars about living with war, not fighting it. Maybe some day.

Book of Boba Fett should be fine, but it feels way too familiar to be a new show.
posted by EatTheWeek at 8:07 PM on December 29, 2021 [8 favorites]


Cantina Band instead?

'El Mariachi'/ 'Desperado' style? Yes please!
posted by porpoise at 8:36 PM on December 29, 2021 [4 favorites]


Sure, sure, lots of fanservice, but not just every new Star Wars show gets the opportunity to pay tribute to Parks and Rec. (Some background for anyone wondering.)
posted by mstokes650 at 9:32 PM on December 29, 2021 [11 favorites]


The Boba in my imagination was a DGAF opportunistic dirtbag who only kept his marks alive on account of wanting a bigger payout. When he turned up on The Mandalorian talking about "honor" and whatnot, I wasn't sure I recognized him. Why was Boba Fett talking like Commander Worf?

The honor thing tracks (I think) more with "generic mandalorian values" than Boba, specifically. What I think Book of Boba is going to give us is the journey from opportunistic dirtbag to honorable mandalorian.

The only part of the episode I didn't really track was when the three of them saw the farmer's house getting ransacked. Are they kind of trying to show how Tatooine is going to (even more) shit without the firm hand of a Hutt controlling the criminal underworld? Or am I just reading too much into it...

Given this is set - presumably - just after RotJ, I think this is part one of giving a newly honourable Boba a reason to step up as a Jabba replacement (above and beyond $$$).
posted by coriolisdave at 9:48 PM on December 29, 2021 [3 favorites]


Strong silent types with nothing to say and no personality bore the shit out of me. Seriously I would not have stuck with The Mandalorian if not for Baby Yoda actually bringing out some personality in Mando, and if Baby Yoda isn't brought back on that show somehow I WILL RIOT, THE FANS WILL RIOT, EVERYONE WILL RIOT.

This is to say that I've never remotely found Boba Fett interesting, but I will say that his few lines in this actually made me have some vague respect for him.

"What? I'm the crime lord. He's supposed to pay ME." "Should I kill him?"
"I didn't use a litter. I walked on my own two feet."
"Jabba ruled with fear. I intend to rule with respect."

I wanted more of that, not just flashback after flashback of him being quiet and injured and whatever.
posted by jenfullmoon at 11:46 PM on December 29, 2021 [4 favorites]


Next ep should finish off the flashbacks, presumably including how he and Fennec got so tight. Otherwise, it'll continue to feel like not much progress is being made, these episodes (and seasons) being so short.

It seems like, if the attack was meant to eliminate Boba, you come armed with something guaranteed to do the job with one stroke.

I'm not sure that was their mission. Given that they just blocked him in with tower shields and stood there, maybe they intended more to kind of feel out what Fett's capabilities were. E.g., maybe it proved "he can't use the jetpack to carry himself AND another person to safety."

I’m in for the long haul, for sure. But, for now, this hit me more like Mandalorian Jr.

That's fair. I trust this creative team to do something with more depth and complexity, and there were little hints of both here, but I hoped for stronger hints, I guess.

Yeah, I've always sort of been curious about fandom's fascination with Fett - in-universe he's kind of a putz. I mean, a putz with cool armor, sure, but a putz. Is it all in the extended universe?

In the pre-Disney/"Legends" EU, yeah, more or less. One of his finest hours therein IMO was the comic series Enemy of the Empire, which may be the only comic book, ever, that I read more than twice.
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 3:26 AM on December 30, 2021


Of all the tales to tell in a galaxy far, far away, they’ve chosen to tell the one that will offend the fans the least. Sadly for them, I’m not short of older men being action heroes and wrestling with their complicated amoral backstory. For instance, I just finished Hawkeye, and that was actually interesting while playing with corporate IP - unless something gets radically shaken up, I don’t see any reason to revisit this series.
posted by The River Ivel at 4:35 AM on December 30, 2021


It's probably going to be revealed later for plot reasons, but I found myself distracted by wondering how exactly Fett got started in the crime lord business. Did he just go into Jabba's empty home? Where are Jabba's competing Hutt heirs? Realizing that COVID had an impact on filming makes it easier to understand why so few people seem to be around at first. (I had thought they did this back in 2019.)

It seems like hanging out a shingle that says Crime Lord, or sending around business cards, or whatever he did is ... not how it goes? But I'm not in the crime lording business, so what do I know. (Also, is "daimyo" the greatest name choice?)

I felt like I was watching a video game with dialogue choices. Do you
- torture the prisoners (+15 Fear)
- demand their loyalty (+15 Vassal if Successful, -15 Renown if Betrayed)

Still, I had a decent time watching it; it was good filmmaking. I also really liked Fennec Shand, as I did before, despite her silly Lucasy name. I appreciate that she's not being set up to have chemistry with him. Star Wars' traditional lack of human sexuality works in the character's favor here.
posted by Countess Elena at 7:58 AM on December 30, 2021 [3 favorites]


they’ve chosen to tell the one that will offend the fans the least.

No, that would be The Adventures of PhoPho the first Jedi Porg.
posted by sammyo at 8:37 AM on December 30, 2021 [1 favorite]


I kind of rolled my eyes when the band playing in the bar was the same damned band from the first movie.

Not sure if it was the same band, but they were definitely playing a variation on the original Cantina Band music, which, ugh. Empty use of leitmotif, more mere fan service.

The tone/pacing/character of Boba Fett being so near to the Mandalorian makes this feel like a redux of that show so far.
posted by LooseFilter at 9:19 AM on December 30, 2021


>The choreography of the fight itself was really clunky, too.

I think that falls squarely on the director. I know Robert Rodriguez is a known commodity, has brought in box office with the Spy Kids series and whatnot. But he's never been able to direct action sequences very well. Given the eyes on this franchise (and the toy sales) I'd hope Disney put it's best on these projects. But I suppose it's got to be just good enough to ship out the door. To be clear, I think he's like a cook who knows his way around the kitchen, has plenty of experience, but really isn't a master chef.

The other thing that bugged me is how the mannerisms of the sand people were just so tepid. I know "That's Star Wars" but really, they don't need to all stand around like awkward people at a theme park, Disney.
posted by Catblack at 9:35 AM on December 30, 2021 [1 favorite]


I liked it. I do think that the purpose of the street fight wasn't just to take Boba and Fennec out--one or two snipers on those rooftops with slightly better aim than your average stormtrooper could have done that--but possibly to:

- humiliate the new godfather daimyo in public, very likely if they were sent by the mayor

- test out those shields--have we seen personal shields for organics like that in the franchise yet? (I know that some droids have had shields)

- try to get Fett to stay in his HQ like Jabba did

Also, I liked that the Tusken weren't just Tattooine murderhoboes, as they've been practically every other time I've seen them.
posted by Halloween Jack at 10:52 AM on December 30, 2021 [1 favorite]


Having mostly liked it, here's my nitpicks.
  • It felt like the production quality wasn't quite as high as The Mandalorian, which seems weird (are they on a different budget here? Different team?) Set pieces like his throne looked a little airbrushed; cg looked a little prequelly (especially the alligator dog).
  • Escape from the sarlacc was too easy and quick. Could've been a whole episode later in the season. Have him flashback to conversations / struggles with his dad about honor and the bounty hunter code, his decision to work for Jabba, etc. Like that Magnum where he has to tread water. As that happens, cut to present in the sarlaac as he mcguyvers together a solution.
  • Failing that, at least make it clear that he has a rebirth moment down there. He's Jonah in the whale, next heading to Mos Nineveh, it could go a long way to explaining his motivations.
  • Also, is there a stormtrooper in the Return of the Jedi sarlaac battle? I get that the digestive system is slow, but it seems unlikely there'd be a stormtrooper at the same "level" and it would've been more convincing if it were a character from the Return of the Jedi battle.
I'm completely fine with this being totally on Tattooine, and in contrast to some of the comments above, I'd be happy with more flashbacks. I'd love to see his time among the Sand People and how that might've changed him.
posted by condour75 at 11:03 AM on December 30, 2021 [1 favorite]


Next ep should finish off the flashbacks, presumably including how he and Fennec got so tight.

He saved her life in The Mandalorian and she is beholden to him and has sworn to serve him.

Boba Fett: "She was left for dead on the sands of Tatooine, as was I. But fate sometimes steps in to rescue the wretched."

Fennec Shand: "And in my case, Boba Fett was that fate. And I am now in his service".

posted by the webmistress at 11:06 AM on December 30, 2021 [1 favorite]


First: Ming-Na Wen is reliably the best part of anything she's in. Every time.

Second: I was never one of the guys clamoring for a return/redemption of Boba Fett. The whole "high-profile bad guy who died in a slapstick accident and was never relevant again" totally worked for me, and I still feel that way. All that said, this was great and I'm looking forward to more.

I really think covid is forcing us to transition more to small cast productions

Yes, and yet coming out of The Mandalorian this episode felt positively lavish to me.
posted by scaryblackdeath at 11:40 AM on December 30, 2021 [3 favorites]


Also, is there a stormtrooper in the Return of the Jedi sarlaac battle? I get that the digestive system is slow, but it seems unlikely there'd be a stormtrooper at the same "level" and it would've been more convincing if it were a character from the Return of the Jedi battle.

Nope. Two guys fall in before Fett, 2 or 3 fall in afterwards, but it was all random Hutt Crime Rogues, no Empire that I spotted watching it just now.
posted by Kyol at 11:41 AM on December 30, 2021 [1 favorite]


Also every time I see Fett on that throne all I can think of are the Schwarzenegger Conan movies and the bit about his troubled brow.
posted by scaryblackdeath at 11:41 AM on December 30, 2021 [6 favorites]


- test out those shields--have we seen personal shields for organics like that in the franchise yet?

The frontline Gungans had them in blue in Ep 1. Notably, the artwork in the end of this episode shows them in blue even though they were orange in the scene.
posted by biffa at 12:27 PM on December 30, 2021 [3 favorites]


Ehhhh. I'm definitely one of the people watching this because "I follow Star Wars and this is the new Star Wars", not because I'm actually pumped about it. I'm very interested in the cultures of Tatooine, and I'm quite interested in the legacy of Jango Fett, but exploring those things through bounty hunter dbag Boba Fett is not my preferred route. And this episode didn't give me much more to hang my hat on. I'll give it a handful more episodes but right now I'm not sure what to be excited about here. There are a lot of questions opened by this pilot episode and I'm vaguely curious to know their answers...but not that curious.
posted by potrzebie at 12:50 PM on December 30, 2021


The frontline Gungans had them in blue in Ep 1. Notably, the artwork in the end of this episode shows them in blue even though they were orange in the scene.

In keeping with the series tradition of cool/cold colors = good guy and warm/hot colors = bad guy, naturally.
posted by EatTheWeek at 1:30 PM on December 30, 2021


I was a teenager when Return of the Jedi came out and I was there for the first matinee on the day of release. If I get a time machine working, I am going to set it for about 3:30 PM on May 25, 1983 and intercept my teenaged self coming out of the Tivoli Theatre. I will tell him, "Hey, I just wanted to let you know that Boba Fett survived, and you will see the continuation of his story in a weekly TV series about him. The show starts when you are in your fifties."

I'm trying to picture the range of emotions I would see young me experience in that moment.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 1:47 PM on December 30, 2021 [24 favorites]


it seems unlikely there'd be a stormtrooper at the same "level" and it would've been more convincing if it were a character from the Return of the Jedi battle.

I think the crucial reason for the stormtrooper to be nearby is so that our hero can siphon off his oxygen hose to restore himself. None fitting that description fell off the sail barge as best I recall.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 2:45 PM on December 30, 2021 [2 favorites]


In keeping with the series tradition of cool/cold colors = good guy and warm/hot colors = bad guy, naturally.

Sorry, my repetition of episode made this unclear, the baddies in this episode of the tv show have orange shields in the live action and the same baddies in the art at the end of this episode of the tv show are shown with blue shields.

If only Fett had had some way to jump or fly over those shields.
posted by biffa at 4:36 PM on December 30, 2021 [1 favorite]


I think he was reluctant to abandon Fennec.

Then again, I think the last (and possibly only) two times we have seen the jet pack in action was when Han Solo triggers it by accident in RotJ and when Din Djarin swats it to get wearer Cobb Vanth to safety. It might not be the most reliable piece of equipment.

I rewatched the episode again today. I do enjoy how we are repeatedly shown the two suns, an aspect of Tatooine that is more or less forgotten much of the time we see it; as well, when BF is being dragged away behind the line of banthas, the raiders are riding single file. You know, to hide their numbers.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 4:56 PM on December 30, 2021 [1 favorite]


Fennec is technically Boba Fett's BFF.
posted by HeroZero at 6:55 PM on December 30, 2021


A review by Drew Magary in SF Gate. He’s not a fan.
posted by jimw at 7:04 PM on December 30, 2021 [6 favorites]


Oh, yeah--Fett appearing out of the sand after escaping from the sarlacc reminds me of a climate-swapped version of this.
posted by Halloween Jack at 7:36 PM on December 30, 2021 [2 favorites]


Did anyone else feel like the size of the six-legged sand creature changed? It seemed huge at first, but by the end it seemed to have shrunk.
posted by obol at 9:53 PM on December 30, 2021 [1 favorite]


I thought the six-limbed sand creature was a tribute to the Green Martians of Barsoom / John Carter of Mars.
posted by TheophileEscargot at 12:52 PM on December 31, 2021 [1 favorite]


It's extremely funny how Tattooine has perhaps the most well-established biosphere of any Star Wars planet and they still felt the need to introduce an new six-legged apex predator for some reason.
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 6:03 PM on December 31, 2021 [2 favorites]


I kind of rolled my eyes when the band playing in the bar was the same damned band from the first movie.

It's not the band from the first movie. It's the band from Jabba's palace from the theatrical release of Return of the Jedi. Nice to learn that Max Rebo survived.
posted by crossoverman at 10:44 PM on December 31, 2021 [5 favorites]


why are we not all talking about that super dope astromech drummer who is playing with Max Rebo?

I dub her Bop Droid.
posted by Sauce Trough at 2:31 PM on January 1 [6 favorites]


I get that the digestive system is slow, but it seems unlikely there'd be a stormtrooper at the same "level" and it would've been more convincing if it were a character from the Return of the Jedi battle.

My headcanon is that hard yummies like Fett and stormtroopers are preserved intact for longer than soft yummies like J. Walter Hencherman, maybe in an entirely different digestive channel. Also that Tuskens toss stormtroopers into the Sarlaac just for fun, just to hear that Wilhelm scream.

Also, I liked that the Tusken weren't just Tattooine murderhoboes, as they've been practically every other time I've seen them.

The Mandalorian did a bunch of Tusken rehabilitation as well.
posted by Sauce Trough at 2:59 PM on January 1 [4 favorites]


My headcanon is that hard yummies like Fett and stormtroopers are preserved intact for longer than soft yummies like J. Walter Hencherman, maybe in an entirely different digestive channel.

The Star Wars Minute podcast guys theorized this same thing this week: maybe armoured meals take longer to break down and so get shunted off to a separate gizzard.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 8:23 PM on January 1


"Hey, I just wanted to let you know that Boba Fett survived, and you will see the continuation of his story in a weekly TV series about him. The show starts when you are in your fifties."

Oh wow! Who's Boba Fett underneath the cool armor? A cool alien? A swashbuckling bounty hunter? Does he have an interesting backstory?

Nah, he's just some bald guy in his early sixties.

...oh.

Honestly, I thought the Mandalorian was great but I really disliked this; it wasn't worse than polio but I agree with most everything else in the SF Gate review linked above. Those were some of the least inspired fight scenes I've seen in a genre TV show, and the subsequent parkour was really by the numbers, and did we really need a parkour scene anyways? The Boston Dynamics product placement was stomach-churning, maybe we can slap a Raytheon logo on the next Death Star they make? I can see them angling for Baby Tusken to be the next "gruff bounty hunter becomes reluctant father figure" character and it's symptomatic of a complete lack of new ideas here.
posted by whir at 9:02 AM on January 3


Also shouldn't Boba be like, mid 40s, tops? I could see other clones looking as rugged as he does in this, but Boba is an unmodified clone of Jango not subjected to the ravages of accelerated aging. The guy under the mask who fell into the sarlacc in Return of the Jedi shouldn't look older than Temura Morrison looked in Attack of the Clones.

Now I'm starting to wonder if the Sarlacc did have a permanent and debilitating mark on Boba, which is why he's spending time in bacta tanks now.
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 5:28 PM on January 3 [1 favorite]


Now I'm starting to wonder if the Sarlacc did have a permanent and debilitating mark on Boba, which is why he's spending time in bacta tanks now.

yup, this is my theory too, that Boba has long-haul Sarlaac.
posted by Sauce Trough at 3:22 AM on January 4 [15 favorites]


Things are starting off slow and Fett doesn't seem to have the gravitas he had in The Marketing Gimmick and Some Guy in Armor. But it's the first episode and sometimes a show starts off slow. All we got at the moment is Boba surviving some stuff and stumbling through Warlording 099.

At this point, my only thoughts are Fennec might have been a better lead and I can't wait to see SW fans simping for more half naked and beefy Gamorreans. The cosplay is going to be lit!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 8:44 AM on January 4


those little short shorts and gladiator harnesses on the Gammoreans ... daaaaamn!

they are the Hot Cops of Tatooine.
posted by Sauce Trough at 3:30 PM on January 4 [5 favorites]


yup, this is my theory too, that Boba has long-haul Sarlaac.

So you're saying there is still hope that he is still being digested by the sarlacc, that he might be in agony, and that there could even be some longevity effect that runs for a thousand years?
posted by biffa at 5:06 PM on January 4


If he hadn't shown up first as a guest star on The Mandalorian I'd be convinced this was all a dream/illusion and he never escaped the Sarlacc.

I suppose it's possible that The Mandalorian also takes place inside Boba Fett's sarlacc dream, which would explain why Baby Yoda never shows up in the sequel trilogy, but I'd rather have a headcanon that keeps The Mandalorian and excises Episodes VII-IX as the delusions of a slowly dying bounty hunter.
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 5:47 PM on January 4 [1 favorite]


(replying to biffa)

well, assuming that Jabba wasn't talking bullshit about the Sarlaac's whole deal, that the big S actually extends its food's lifespan by 10x, that's gonna require some pretty profound modifications to the food and it kinda makes sense that even a short-term exposure to sarlaac tummy would fuck the food up serious.
posted by Sauce Trough at 5:49 PM on January 4


Cantina Band instead?

Only if they call the music genre its proper name.
posted by supercres at 10:07 AM on January 5 [2 favorites]


Matt Berry in Boba Fett: what could have been...
posted by biffa at 10:26 AM on January 5 [5 favorites]


If he hadn't shown up first as a guest star on The Mandalorian I'd be convinced this was all a dream/illusion and he never escaped the Sarlacc.

If this were all some kind of long game Occurrence at Sarlacc Pit Barge shit that would be the finest moment in Disney history and I would stand up and applaud a Star Wars property for the first time since I was 13.
posted by The Bellman at 2:43 PM on January 5 [3 favorites]


I felt like I was watching a video game with dialogue choices.

I felt like that a lot in the first few eps of The Mandalorian as well.

"Armor Upgrade Unlocked: Whistling Birds!"

"Desert Dragon Side Quest Complete: +50 Renown (Tuskan Raider Clans)"

I kinda liked that the band in Mos Espa was playing a variation of the song from Mos Eisley in A New Hope. I like to imagine that it's part of the Great Tattoine Songbook, and every band has their own version of it. The Mos Eisley band does it Dixieland style; Max Rebo likes to give it a Latin feel.
posted by Saxon Kane at 8:16 PM on January 7


This first episode seemed just...boring to be. Really I think Shand should be running the show.
posted by medusa at 9:42 PM on February 25


Given the entire plot of Toast of Tinseltown is about Stephen Toast being (dubiously) invited to appear in "a Star Wars," I think the presence of Berry as the robot is just a complete goddamn delight. I have no idea how the two things interrelate, but it's wonderful.
posted by Shepherd at 5:56 PM on June 4 [1 favorite]


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