Minor spoilers to follow from The Book of Boba Fett.
Pedro Pascal reprises his role as The Mandalorian, Din Djarin, in The Book of Boba Fett
“I can bring you in warm…Or I can bring you in cold.” - Din Djarin
Sadly, Disney+’s latest Star Wars offering, The Book of Boba Fett, has left critics and audiences with a heap of mixed feelings. The show’s episodes feel clunky and uninspired, and its new supporting characters often feel out of place and cheap in comparison to its much stronger predecessor, The Mandalorian.
Having said that, it was quite surprising to see at the halfway point of the show, Mando from The Mandalorian does indeed show up, and not just for a brief cameo, but in a rather extensive role that covers the remaining four episodes of a show that was not meant to be about Pedro Pascal’s character.
Of course, we cannot comment on why the studio and the writers of The Book of Boba Fett decided to include such an in-depth story for Din Djarin in this show, but in some ways, we believe that it actually both saves and destroys the credibility of the show itself.
This is simply because, up until the Mando story arc takes place, everything about The Book of Boba Fett’s story felt like a chore to get through. It is only once Mando is put in the driver’s seat for the show that audiences’ attentions are suddenly drawn towards the show as if it had been a Mandalorian show all along. In this respect, the appearance and inclusion of the Mandalorian story arc, inclusive of cameos by Luke Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano, and the ever-lovable Grogu, save the rather mediocre The Book of Boba Fett and makes the show an enjoyable experience.
On the other hand, however, such an extensive inclusion of Din Djarin’s story arc into a show that is meant to be focused on Boba Fett and his personal exploits showcases the uncertainty behind the cameras of this Boba Fett led show. It can certainly be argued that the writers just did not possess as much content as they initially thought to create a full season for the show. If this is the reason why the show felt like it was an amalgamation of Boba Fett’s and Din Djarin’s story arcs, then it is certainly to the detriment of the former.
As much as we loved seeing the ever charismatic Pedro Pascal’s Mando back in the swing of things, the character’s mini-arc did cast a giant shadow over The Book of Boba Fett, almost to the point of shaming the show for not having a compelling enough story to provide viewers with.
And, thus, we are left with the unfortunate truth that, as audiences ourselves, this show made us more excited for the next Mandolorian outing and less so for Boba Fett’s, and that speaks volumes from where we are standing.
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