For the last 40+ years, Boba Fett has grown into a hugely popular character from the Star Wars universe, even though he had limited screen time in the original trilogy. The prequels introduced us to his father, Jango, and him as a child briefly, but within the film universe, his life before (and after!) the original trilogy has remained a mystery.  ”AFTER the trilogy, what do you mean?” asks a Star Wars movie-only fan. Because it’s true. To those who don’t read all the novels or comics or keep up with animated shows, Boba Fett seemingly died in RETURN OF THE JEDI after being knocked into the Sarlacc pit. Alas, that was not the end of Star Wars’ most popular pre-THE MANDALORIAN bounty hunter. 

STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND wastes no time explaining how our titular character survived the pit all those years ago, juxtaposed with present-day Boba, and what he’s doing now on Tatooine. Starring actor Temuera Morrison also played Jango Fett in the prequel trilogy and has voiced both Jango and Boba in various Star Wars video games. Along with Ming-Na Wen, as his loyal confidant and assassin Fennec Shand, TBOBF proves you CAN take one of the most popular IP’s of all time and cast non-white actors over 50 as leads. Both of them are incredible in their respective roles, and they both get plenty of chances to kick a lot of ass. This wouldn’t be Star Wars without a fight or two. Even if that was all this episode offered, I would have loved it, but there are also a lot more treats. If weirdo Star Wars aliens are more your thing, you won’t be disappointed with just how many turn up here, including several species that call back to 1977’s Episode IV. And from the way the pilot sets all of this up, it appears we might learn a whole lot about one or two particular alien subsets that have been cast as mostly one-dimensional before now. 

The events of Boba Fett’s past and present mirror one theme – He has to prove himself to stay alive. Which is pretty coincidental since so many folks were surprised to find out 38 years after THE RETURN OF THE JEDI that he’s still with us.  Chapter 1 is pure-world building. We’re familiar with Tatooine but we haven’t quite seen it from this angle just yet. The Star Wars universe is limitless, so I expect and am looking forward to seeing old and new friends and foes. And if you haven’t yet watched THE MANDALORIAN, get on that! You don’t exactly need it for TBOBF, but it will help, and it’s fantastic.

THE BOOK OF BOBA FETT is now streaming on Disney+. 

Jami Losurdo

When not writing film and tv reviews, Jami is expanding her collection of colorful sunglasses, lifting weights, and working her day job as a Digital Advertising Director. An alumnus of NYU Tisch for Film/TV, Jami made Los Angeles her home in the early 2000s and continues her quest to find the very BEST tacos of all time.

Latest from Jami Losurdo