Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers for the premiere of “The Boba Fett Book.”
(CNN) – Unlike Las Vegas, what happens at the Sarlacc Pit doesn’t stay at the Sarlacc Pit, which is good news for fans of Disney + and “Star Wars.” Enter “The Book of Boba Fett,” which has returned to where it all began on the sands of Tatooine with a premiere episode packed with attribution to the franchise’s past.
Despite being presumed dead in “The Return of the Jedi,” the armored bounty hunter escaped that fate, a story told in a series of flashbacks that opened the episode. In fact, executive producers Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, and Robert Rodriguez seem to have gleefully reached into the “Star Wars” goodie bag and unearthed as many references as they could muster in 40 minutes or so, shamelessly catering to the appetites of the fans. fans and they did, to a large extent, incorporating the character into “The Mandalorian.”
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Those scenes played out what Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison) endured in the wake of his defeat and loss of his armor, before jumping into the present, where he and fellow assassin Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) took over the criminal empire. once chaired by Jabba the Hutt.
“Jabba ruled in fear,” Boba Fett tells him. “I intend to rule with respect.”
What respect in Tatooine’s nature means remains to be seen, but the duo are almost immediately faced with an assassination attempt, so resting on their laurels and throne doesn’t seem to be on the cards.
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Like “The Mandalorian,” “Boba Fett” is close to the texture of an old western, although, as built, its roots that harness the tradition of “Star Wars” are even more direct. As a bonus for sci-fi and fantasy fans, in addition to the familiar creatures seen, the premiere featured what looked like a tribute to special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen, with a conscious nod to how Jabba met his end. The cherry on the cake.
The premiere didn’t contain many clues, frankly, about where the story is headed in general, but with so much action and “Star Wars” nostalgia, it wasn’t really necessary either.
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More than anything else, “The Book of Boba Fett” conveys the impression that a group of independent people in “Star Wars” have the opportunity to essentially transform children’s action figure play into a real series. For anyone with a similar connection to these stories, the almost irresistible temptation is to dive into them, until you can almost feel the sands of Tatooine between your toes.
“The Boba Fett Book” airs on Disney +.
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