The review of the third episode of The Book of Boba Fett (1×03), the Star Wars series available on Disney +, now unable to fascinate as it once was: the toy broke?
We want to start ours review of the third episode of The Book of Boba Fett with one of the revelations related to the planet Tatooine, the main setting of this new Star Wars miniseries available on Disney+: once strewn with oceans, the planet has seen its waters dry up little by little to become the gigantic desert we know. This curiosity is repeated several times in the course of this new episode, with a very short duration (only 38 minutes) and directed again by Robert Rodriguez. Arriving at the end credits, we cannot help but think that even the Lucasfilm brand itself, once an overflowing ocean, is starting to dry up its waters, drying up more and more. Why this third episode, entitled The streets of Mos Espa, confirms the defects of the series, leaving an unpleasant bitter sensation in the mouth, more sour than the single episode: has our favorite toy broken?
The wait continues
We’re almost halfway through (three out of seven episodes) and The Book of Boba Fett chooses to offer a passing episode. The storyline set in the past, which sees Boba recognizing himself within the Tusken tribe, takes up less minutes than expected so as to leave room for a continuation of the still smoky history of the present. In this one, Boba and his trusty Fennec must first help a citizen robbed by a gang of young rebels and, finally, try to prevent new dangers that endanger the life of our ex-bounty hunter. They are two threats that, however, do not blend in the best way within the episode, giving the impression of being events without any importance, other than introducing new characters or trying to enliven a plot a bit that, one more time, it is all too static. Arriving at the third episode, it is still not clear what the series wants to tell, what parts are at stake, what is – ultimately – the heart of the series. The characters bounce from one side to the other, moved by a plot that continues to revolve around, but without hitting the target. We wish we could say that we are passionate about what we are told, but the reality is that we are still waiting to be captured.
The Book of Boba Fett, the review of the second episode: families and tribes
A long time ago…
We had already mentioned in our review of the second episode how The Book of Boba Fett seemed to refer to a specific target audience, the historical one, fond of only three out of nine films of the main saga and little inclined to change. The easter eggs, in this third episode, are numerous, including scenes quoted from old films and the revival of famous creatures, but more than nice additions they seem the basis on which to forge the series itself, leaving the feeling of witnessing something empty, perhaps too much. Being anchored to the past, especially in this era in which audiovisual works dictate fashions, events and catalyze the attention of the general public, is counterproductive. And this is how even the entrance on the scene of a gang of kids, half human and half droids, throws The Book of Boba Fett into a television scene that has passed for twenty years, now antiquated, moldy. Star Wars was pioneering, both from the use of visual effects (here again a little below the standard that the other Disney + series have defined) and, above all, from the editing. The speed of the images, the sense of running, both in the rhythm of the story and in the sequence of images, has been totally lost here. So a chase through the streets of the city seems to take place in slow motion (what happened to Robert Rodriguez?), The story proceeds at a slow pace and everything seems embossed. Not a series for adults who have never grown up, eternal children in search of wonder, but a story for those who have aged and failed to keep up with the speed that made Star Wars unique.
A new hope
There are only two in Tatooine and two are the elements that really focus on this episode and which, in part, save it from being half a disaster. Joseph Shirley’s soundtrack manages to properly emphasize the scenes, giving them depth and a sense of epic storytelling that, from a purely visual point of view, seems to be missing. And it is thanks to the music that the episode also reserves a couple of really successful sequences that illuminate the dark caverns in which the series seems to be a prisoner. In these short moments, full of intensity, where death and discovery are the masters and where very little is enough to tell a lot, you can breathe again everything we love about the brand and that we would like to be more present. Because it is not with the dryness of emotions that the epic is created, it is not by digging into the sands of time that we find water. Now, we need to feel quenched.
At the conclusion of our review of the third episode of The Book of Boba Fett we can only be disappointed by how the series available on Disney + seems more interested in citing the past than in telling a story. Shooting in circles and lacking a certain quality of staging, especially in the action scenes, far below Starwarsian standards, the series dedicated to the ex-bounty hunter seems to belong to a television past that can only suffocate the brand name. An excellent soundtrack and a couple of well-chosen sequences are not enough to save the fate of a passing episode, which seems to pull too much rope with the spectator’s patience and that leaves an alienating bitterness in the mouth, as if that magic had been lost. which made the saga created by George Lucas unique in the world.
Because we like it
- The excellent soundtrack by Joseph Shirley gives value to the staging.
- A couple of successful sequences, able to excite with little and revive the magic we expect from Star Wars.
- The episode appears in passing, with a plot that is still underdeveloped and that seems to run in vain.
- Too tied to the past, The Book of Boba Fett seems to lack a true identity, resulting in an audience far from the contemporary one.
- It lacks the features that made Star Wars unique, from a good deed to a sense of wonder.