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Book of Boba Fett is so much better when you realize Boba Fett is the villain

From the pilot onwards, part 1 of Books by Boba Fett has a major hero problem – a main character (Temuera Morrison) who is largely unclear, and so detached from his own story that he is always ready and constantly resisting. guest are from some other Star Wars series. It’s often unclear why Boba does whatever he does and the show doesn’t give viewers much of a reason to get involved with his main goal being to become a crime boss in Mos Espa, a city on Tatooine’s little planet of love. Even his big landmark conversation with right-handed assassin Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) sheds no light on what he wants out of life, other than a plan for a softer retirement than he does. with the original Star Wars trilogy that gave him. (Not hard, when that retirement plan is a thousand years of agony in the Sarlacc pit.) When Fennec asked why he wanted to join a crime family, he said, “Why not?”

He doesn’t have any real skin in this game. He has no dreams, and he has no plans. He is a moody loner who shows up in Mos Espa without a purpose, then gets in the way of the most ruthless and entrenched people he can find. He can’t articulate why he’s doing it and doesn’t have any well thought out plans to make it work. And somehow, he looks aghast when that doesn’t work out.

The show has an equally big villain problem. The Pyke Syndicate, his main enemy throughout season 1, is a spreading collective of faceless fish-faced aliens. Pykes’ main goal is to make huge profits from a potion called spice, apparently imported at great expense from Dune .’s books and films. Boba ultimately decided to oppose the spice, again for reasons he didn’t specify, and that was clearly not personal or passionate. The show doesn’t put any kind of meaningful face on the spice trade, or the possible human (or alien) costs – it’s an absolute summary. The other villains of season 1, like The Hutt Twinsthe Wookiee Krrsantanand fan favorite Cad Bane, are temporary speed bumps that don’t grow and are handled carelessly. A lot of heroes are bland archetypes who define themselves by what they’re fighting against or who they’re fighting for. But Boba Fett is fighting an anonymous school of fish for money, because he has nothing better to do. It was a confusing setup from the start.

Fortunately, there is an easy solution to both problems. And it comes from acknowledging the underground electricity that runs throughout the series: Boba Fett is really the villain of the series. Books by Boba Fett, and the whole story is a slapstick comedy about his inadvertent failure to break through the ranks of older, more capable, and stronger villains. People who watched the show complained that he was too ignorant. But looking at his choices, he’s actually extremely well defined – as a selfish con man who is oblivious to the harm he’s caused and he’s unfit for the role. the game he claims to be.

[Ed. note: Spoilers ahead for the finale of The Book of Boba Fett, season 1.]

Boba Fett, in armor, in the Book of Boba Fett

Photo: Disney Plus

It is not a stress. Boba Fett is a villain in the original Star Wars trilogy, a cool, stylish figure who secretly only gets a little disheartened by infamously exiting the story, being sucked into the stomach of a monster in the series. while waiting to see it eat a hero. When he appeared in Mandalorian, he only pursued the armor made by his father himself. While he displays some strong fighting skills and is willing to go by his word, there is no reason to Books by Boba Fett viewers expect heroism or nobility from him. He was still the self-serving, unscrupulous man who gave Han Solo to Jabba the Hutt to use as a wall decoration.

And in his own series, he’s ridiculously incompetent. He attempts to take over a criminal empire while aided by a henchman and a few Gamorrean bodyguards who have failed to save the two bosses before him. He prides himself on being rich, but doesn’t use his ample credits to hire security guards or enforcers until the end of the movie, as an afterthought. It’s unclear what crime he’s planning to commit as a crime boss, as he doesn’t approve of the drug trade, and he doesn’t have the infrastructure or staff, even for something dark. At least as a protective racket for the existing deputy secretaries of Mos Espa. He brags about ruling with respect instead of fear, but he gives no one reason to respect him – he rejects all the locals’ expectations of a name. crime boss, and walking around hostile territory with vigilance and wearing his helmet, walking right into an ambush he barely survived because he somehow lost all my hand-to-hand skills ever since Mandalorian.

He then began trying to get around the law with the Pyke Syndicate, an organization so entrenched, rich and powerful that it caused the local Hutts to flee the town. From the point of view of the Mos Espa natives, he is an unprepared pathetic who enters a criminal world he doesn’t understand and doesn’t bother to find out about. Then he upsets the status quo so badly that they end up with giant droids smashing through their buildings. And as far as we can tell, he does it all because he’s a little annoyed that other people don’t run their criminal circuit expertly by his standards, and he feels he could do it better. The irony is more humorous than dramatic, at least until he starts killing innocents – the few locals admit his claims to Mos Espa were bombed on oblivion, because he made no effort to protect them.

His greed and incompetence also define his plot. The flashbacks where he finds peace and respect among a group of Tusken warriors are enjoyable, but that stupidity ends entirely because of his greed. When he used Tuskens on a knockdown racket that hurt and humiliated the Pykes, they responded by wiping Tuskens off the map. The movie sees this as a tragedy for Boba, but it’s a far more tragic one for the sandmen who took him in, followed his overly short-sighted advice, and kept his enemies at bay. enough reach and power to destroy them.

Boba Fett wants to be another crime boss in The Book of Boba Fett.

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No effort at all to watch Books by Boba Fett as a stretched version of the standard story of the rise and fall of a criminal empire, Goodfellas / Casino / The Wolf of Wall Street / Scar face kind of story, about a selfish antagonist who turns his hunger, arrogance, and belligerence into a hit, then discovers those same traits that drag him down. The difference is that Boba Fett doesn’t get anywhere near the climax until the final moments of the show, and he never proves he deserves to be there. He doesn’t even prove that he would like over there. As soon as he got the power he was after, he wearily told Fennec, “We’re not fit for this.” He’s right, he’s not.

But he’s clearly suited to ruin so many lives, all because he plunges into a situation he knows little about and kills anyone who comes his way, all while grasping. power and profit. He doesn’t show the ability to learn from his mistakes or adapt to his circumstances, as heroes often have. (Look at the main character of Mandalorian has grown and evolved over two seasons.) For most of the stories, Boba’s independent focus on invading other people’s territory, his fierce mismanagement of that territory. and his raw fury when faltered will make him the villain. From a certain point of viewit’s here too.

And his old nemesis, Cad Bane certainly knows it. Boba claims he somehow started the gang war on behalf of the people of Mos Espa, whom he barely spoke to, and who in no way could benefit from an increase in power. his bloody force. Cad Bane mocks those lies, and points out that Boba is just a thug, and always has been. “I know you’re a killer,” Cad chuckled, right before Boba lived up to jihad by killing him. It became clear to him that Boba wasn’t smart enough to be a schemer or visionary enough to be a leader, and that his only real skills were violence and ruthlessness. He’s not just an immoral, anti-hero or a gray character. He’s a total villain who doesn’t care if he’s bombed by his subordinates, his allies are shot, or his town is destroyed, as long as he gets his way. own and appear on the head.

Remember that Boba is an evil protagonist that brings out so many parts of Books by Boba Fett focus on the heart, including why he so easily ignores his own story. The hero of a story needs to be at the center, but it’s okay if a villain succumbs while other, real-life heroes like Field Marshal Cobb Vanth, Mandalorian Din Djarin and even Luke Skywalker is all stepping up to serve higher goals.

And the reading “Boba Fett is the Villain” further clarifies the baffling tone of the series, which draws heavily on classic westerns and pulp crime stories, and incorporates classic films. Fantasy, fantasy and comedy borrowed from Mandalorian. In the end, season 1 of the show wasn’t any of this – it was a farce and a pretty subversive part. The villain wins, even though he’s unprepared for the wars he starts, and he fights them for the wrong reasons. He gets revenge on the drug crime officials who killed his Tusken family, though it’s a belated thought and he didn’t do it himself. He took the throne he was after, though he didn’t know why he wanted it in the first place, and didn’t like it once he got it.

Of course, the one who couldn’t admit that he was the main villain was Boba Fett. He clearly thinks he’s some kind of hero, with his sudden claims that he fights on behalf of the people of Mos Espa – who didn’t invite him to their town, didn’t want him there and was suffering because of him. But that’s perhaps the most villainous thing he’s done all season: He justifies all his failures and all the devastation he causes with his own weakness and belligerence. himself, by pretending that he is serving a greater good. Probably Books by Boba Fett works best as a cautionary tale about self-justification and selfishness. Or maybe it’s just funny to see how, in the chaotic criminal underworld of Star Wars, where everyone is after some kind of profit, sometimes the pure persistence of villains stubbornness wins over everything else.

Part 1 of Books by Boba Fett Currently streaming on Disney Plus.

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Aila Slisco

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