The Book Of Boba Fett Is Having A Serious Problem With Star Wars Fans

By Erika Hanson | 1 week ago

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Boba Fett has had three large weeks on the big screen, but for some reason, the coveted series isn’t hitting the same way The Mandalorian did. As one of Star Wars fans’ most beloved characters from the franchise, Boba Fett played a small role in the original franchise, yet garnered instant success thanks to his intimidating nature, armor, and the infamous ship. With the huge success of The Mandalorian introducing a brand new character to the Star Wars franchise, it comes with a shock to see The Book of Boba Fett failing to hit the same note with Star Wars fans. 

As data continues to compile on viewerships, it’s clear that The Book of Boba Fett is failing to produce the same numbers for Disney that The Mandalorian boasted. New reports from Business Insider show that while both shows touted similar pre-release demand, The Mandalorian significantly increased in popularity following the pilot episode compared to Boba Fett. During the first 11 days of streaming on Disney+, The Mandalorian was 75.5% higher than Boba Fett in the United States. Similarly, when The Mandalorian first debuted in 2019, the series was the number 1 most in-demand show globally. The Book of Boba Fett, however, currently holds a ranking as the 18th most in-demand show in the world. 

To many Star Wars fans, the news might come as a shock. While the numbers are surely pointing one way, reviews are ambiguously mixed with audiences, but solid from critics. The Book of Boba Fett holds a 90% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but the average audience rating holds low at 68%. A look at some of the audience reviews makes it appear that plenty of the views on Boba Fett is mixed, and it’s hard to tell if fans are simply upset that the beloved character was brought back, possibly tarnishing the pristine image fans had of the bounty hunter in their mind from years ago, or if the bad reviews come from newcomers to the world of Star Wars. As Favreau has a deep love and appreciation for the history and lore surrounding Star Wars, it’s understandable that watching an entire episode of Fett teaching Tuskan raiders how to ride speeders could be met with negativity. Either way, there’s no denying that Jon Favreau is bringing the same energy and tone to Boba Fett as he did The Mandalorian.

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In comparing the data from both Star Wars series, it’s important to note some important aspects that likely aided The Mandalorian in gaining more success than what The Book of Boba Fett has seen so far. To start, The Mandalorian’s introduction of Grogu- still coined the “Baby Yoda” even after fans learned the viral sensations real name- certainly helped increase the series viewerships. Similarly, The Mandalorian benefited from being the launch title for Disney+ along with being the only original series for more than a year. 

Other than The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett, fans get to look forward to Disney’s lineup of Star Wars shows heading for the streaming platform. Obi-Wan-Kenobi will see Ewen McGregor reprise his role as the Jedi Master for the six-episode one-season special. Pedro Pascal will also return as Mando for season three of The Mandalorian, set to release sometime next year. As of now, Disney has made no announcement whether or not the renowned Fett will come back for a second season.