The finale of “Star Wars: The Book Of Boba Fett” has arrived onto Disney+ around the world, and after six weeks of build-up, everything gets nicely tied together in one epic battle in the streets of Mos Espa, as Boba Fett and his crew, battle the Pike Syndicate for control over the region.
This is an action-packed finale, and it spared no costs in delivering an excellent finale act in “The Book Of Boba Fett”. This episode is packed full of major special effects, that make it feel more like a film than a series, though there were a few moments with the special effects where you think, less is sometimes more!
One of the biggest problems with “The Book Of Boba Fett” is that it has often felt a bit disconnected. In the first few episodes, we had two intertwined storylines, one set in the “current” time with Boba trying to gain control over the region and another story involving Boba Fett dealing with escaping the Sarlac Pit after the events of the “Return Of The Jedi” and going all “Dances With Wolves” with the Tusken Raiders. All of which just plodded along at a snail’s pace. Then we had two random episodes of “The Mandalorian”, both of which I really enjoyed, but they felt disconnected from the rest of the series.
Ultimately, all the lose ends came together to deliver a great finale, but boy, did it take too long to get there. The creators spent so much time setting things up, you could see almost everything happening from a mile away, such as Boba Fett riding a Rancor, they mentioned it in an earlier episode. I did, however love the introduction of the Rancor, with just the claws appearing over the walls.
We’ve had callbacks to the Clone War era throughout this whole series, and seeing the droid robots in action was a pleasant surprise. However, the energy shields seemed much more stronger than we’ve ever seen before.
That’s one of my biggest complaints of this finale. It all felt very safe and predictable. There might have been the odd surprise, especially with regards to killing off Cad Bane in the main fight, since it would have been nice for him to become a major villain for future Disney+ series. However, they still can do that, since he originally debuted during the Clone Wars. He’s over 80 years old in “The Book Of Boba Fett”, so they can always do more adventures with the character in the period between the prequel and classic trilogies. But killing off a major villain is always disappointing, when they’ve only just got going (like Darth Maul).
You could tell there were many influences on this episode, the western shoot out, or when the Rancor suddenly became King Kong, which felt a little bit forced, but still fun to watch. I did enjoy seeing Grogu jumping in to save Mando, especially since he’s had some training with Luke Skywalker. While I would have preferred Grogu to have stayed with Luke to become a Jedi at his new school, but we also know how that eventually ends, so at least with Mando, he’s probably safer away from Luke.
“The Book Of Boba Fett” has been a fun series to watch, and the finale did its job in tying everything up, but that’s where this series falls down. You can tell the writers had the ending in mind and worked backwards, but it was almost too simplistic. We didn’t need nearly three episodes of watching Boba Fett in the desert. It would have been better to have had more time building up the Pyke Syndicate as a threat, rather than just a collection of troopers that could quickly be taken out.
I’ve enjoyed watching it every week, but at the same time, I do feel too much time was spent explaining things that were pretty obvious or could have been described in a quick side comment. Did we need to see Grogu? Could Mando just turn up at some point as a favour to Boba Fett? Did they need to bring in Cad Bane? Did we need three weeks of Boba in the desert? When you look back on “The Book Of Boba Fett”, most of it isn’t required. Did I enjoy it? Yes. But I’m hoping future Star Wars series take some of the fans criticism on board. Weekly cameos aren’t going to be enough and deliver something fresh. The finale is good enough to end the series on a high note, but it just wasn’t on the same level as “The Mandalorian”.
Overall: The finale of “The Book Of Boba Fett” delivered exactly what I was expecting, there were a few little surprises here and there, but in general, it was a fun way to finish off a rather strange series. It’s an action-packed episode that I enjoyed, and ultimately, that’s what counts!
Rating – 4 out of 5
The entire season of “The Book Of Boba Fett” is available now on Disney+.