Boba Fett’s role in The Mandalorian season 2 was foreshadowed way before his appearance. That appearance marked the end of a 15-year hiatus for Temuera Morrison from the galactic franchise.
This is not to say that the Star Wars bosses didn’t want Boba Fett. In fact, on the contrary, they wanted to make Boba Fett-led projects. In fact, there were plans for one as well. But after Solo bombed at the box office, those plans were shelved.
So after more than a decade, it was great to see Boba Fett again on screen. Audiences were excited when he first showed up in The Mandalorian. So when his own solo series was announced through a teaser in the post-credits show for season 2 of The Mandalorian, they were hyped.
But The Book of Boba Fett isn’t having the dream run that the bosses at Lucasfilm had hoped for. So far, the show has suffered from slow pacing and a quite weak story.
The first 4 eps delved into Fett’s plan to start a new criminal empire on Tatooine. Along with this, we got flashbacks to the time he spent with the Tusken Raiders.
Now, this does seem interesting in theory. But suffice to say, its execution has been quite underwhelming. Fans have complained that The Book of Boba Fett seems a little lackluster. But they have an easy solution to that problem.
At the end of episode 4, Fennec Shand suggested that they should hire muscle to take on the Pykes. Right now, we don’t know if this hired muscle is going to be Din Djarin. But he is the most likely candidate right now. After all, when Fennec uttered those words of hiring a muscle, the Mandalorian theme was heard immediately after it.
This made fans theorize that Din Djarin is indeed the one who is coming to the show in episode 5 (although multiple other characters can show up).
If this indeed turns out to be true, then it will really be the boost that The Book of Boba Fett needs right now. But we don’t think that just a cameo will be enough.
Many viewers of Boba’s show are fans of The Mandalorian. So including the character will keep people tuning in even if the plot might not move at the pace people might like. Also, it will be truly fun to see Mando team up with Shand and Fett again.
When Lucasfilm dropped the first trailer for The Book of Boba Fett, people were curious about Mando and wanted to know if he will be in it. But unless the show picks up its pacing, a cameo would feel like just a ploy to distract audiences from just how weak the plot is.
The Mandalorian makes use of familiar characters to amazing effect. They added Star Wars characters like Bo Katan (Katee Sackhoff), Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson), and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) to the show, and their appearances elevated it.
Their cameos weren’t needed to hide any plot or pacing issues. In fact, they could elevate the story because the storyline of the show usually was already strong enough.
Even if these well-known characters had been replaced with new or lesser-known characters, it wouldn’t have significantly impacted the quality of the show. But that’s not true for The Book of Boba Fett.
The Mandalorian makes use of its legacy characters to accommodate long-time audiences while also moving along the story in fitting ways for those characters.
The Book of Boba Fett takes place in an extremely familiar environment, i.e., of Tatooine, and even has a legacy character at the very middle of it. Also, joining him is the quite popular new character of Fennec Shand.
So it shouldn’t have to bring old characters just for the sake of making the story seem more exciting. Also, it would not make sense for a lot of those characters to show up on the outskirts of the desert planet.
Now, it will obviously make sense for Din Djarin to show up more than others, but audiences should hope for improvement in The Book of Boba Fett’s plot, and pacing rather than cameos.
The Book of Boba Fett streams episodes Wednesdays on Disney+.
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