Disney+ is not done with Boba Fett. To celebrate Star Wars Day, May the 4th, the streaming service is releasing a new special about the franchise’s best bounty hunter. Disney Gallery: The Book of Boba Fett will give fans a behind the scenes look at the record-making series.
As reported by CBR, Disney Gallery: The Book of Boba Fett is promising to deliver “never-before-seen footage” including a look behind the cameras at how The Book of Boba Fett was brought to life. Judging by its Rotten Tomatoes critics score of 68% — as opposed to The Mandalorian‘s 93% — the miniseries didn’t do nearly as well with reviewers and it proved controversial with fans as well. Regardless, none of that stopped people from tuning in to watch. The viewership for the miniseries’ finale blew past the numbers for The Mandalorian‘s second season.
Boba Fett first appeared non-canonically in part of an animated short in the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special from 1978. He made the jump to live-action with The Empire Strikes Back and was an instant hit with fans. He was so much of a hit, that ever since his anticlimactic “death” in 1983’s Return of the Jedi, fans were clamoring for his return. That return finally came to fruition when Temuera Morrison appeared in season 2 of The Mandalorian. Teamed up with Din Djarin’s (Pedro Pascal) old adversary Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen), Fett successfully convinces Djarin to return his armor to him. In gratitude, the pair help Din Djarin recover the infant Grogu after he’s captured by the forces of Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito).
But as for the explanation of how he escaped death in Return of the Jedi or what he’d been up to since, that had to wait for The Book of Boba Fett. Early in the miniseries we learn Fett’s armor helped him survive the sarlacc pit. He escaped the beast’s innards shortly after waking up, and collapsed in the sands of Tattooine. While he was unconscious, the ever-scavenging Jawas stripped him of his armor and he was kidnapped by Tuskens. At first, he’s the Tuskens’ slave, but he becomes one of them after saving a Tusken child from a desert beast. Shortly after his tribe is slaughtered, Boba Fett goes on the hunt for his armor.
The Book of Boba Fett was seen as a mixed, disappointing bag by many fans, and was aptly labeled by many “The Mandalorian season 2.5.” On one hand, the series includes a lot of moments that likely made fans shriek with joy. For one, it saw the live-action premiere of two fan-favorite characters from outside Star Wars media — the brutal Wookiee bounty hunter Black Krrsantan (Carey Jones) and the murderous Cad Bane (voiced by Corey Burton). Din Djarin reunites with Grogu. Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Ahsoka (Rosario Dawson), Cobb Vanth (Timothy Olyphant), and Peli Motto (Amy Sedaris) all make reappearances. Not to mention that Danny Trejo makes his Star Wars premiere as a rancor trainer.
But as far as delivering a single, cohesive story, The Book of Boba Fett pretty soundly fails. Any action scenes with the titular lead are few and far between and the crime story promised doesn’t have that much meat on the bones. In spite of being the lead of the series, Boba Fett doesn’t appear at all in the fifth episode and hardly appears in episode 6. As cool as the fan-servicing high notes are, it would’ve been cooler if they’d taken place in a better story.