The long-awaited spin-off of Boba Fett, Boba Fett’s Book, is about halfway through its seven-episode season on Disney Plus, which follows the iconic bounty hunter as he attempts to reinvent himself as “literally something other than a bounty hunter.”
Yes, Boba Fett has a new job in The Boba Fett Book. After killing Jabba the Hutt’s former butler, Bib Fortuna (who, we’re told, stepped in to fill Hutt-shaped space in the criminal underworld of Mos Espa), Boba is now the new “daimyo.” , the lord and master of the most seedy elements of the desert planet.
As we noted in The edgethe initial review, it’s not entirely clear Why Boba Fett is pursuing a sudden career change at this point in his life. And after a few more episodes, Boba Fett’s Book left us with more questions about Boba’s new gig than answers.
Here are a few :
Earth Would Tatooine Boba Fett really want to be the daimyo here? Why would anybody want to run Jabba’s old crime empire on a remote planet most famous for being so hot and uncomfortable to live on that agricultural dew is a great job and that’s best been described as ‘if there’s a bright center in the universe, you are on the planet from which it is furthest”?
How big is this criminal empire? Jabba seemed to have a much larger reach – he appears in the special edition of A new hope to intimidate Han Solo in person at Mos Eisley, but Boba Fett’s Book can’t decide if Jabba was a planet-wide mob rule force or just a dude who had the town of Mos Espa under his thumb.
Why is Boba Fett so bad at his job? For a character whose sole purpose in Star Wars is to be the baddest badass, how is Boba so bad at it? We’ve already seen him almost die several times and make many questionable decisions. Is this just the Star Wars version of the Peter Principle?
Boba Fett’s introduction to the franchise occurs when Darth Vader hires him as one of the bounty hunters to hunt the Millennium Falcon. It’s a scene where Vader specifically calls it out that he wants Luke and his friends alive. (“No disintegrations.”) He is a man who dark Vador – this guy ! the character who did this! – must be blamed for going a bit too far sometimes. And now he’s taking shit from the mayor’s agenda, the guy who sells water in town, Jabba’s cousins, and the Star Wars equivalent of teenage rascals. Which raises some bigger questions…
Does anyone respect Boba Fett in this town? As mentioned earlier, hardly anyone seems to take Boba seriously in his new role. His competitors think he doesn’t belong, his constituents argue with him and question his decisions, and the town’s mayor doesn’t even want to meet him. Things really hit a personal low point when we find Boba bartering with a bunch of obnoxious teenagers riding futuristic Vespas; instead of punishing them, he engages them outright. It’s not the most intimidating course of action.
What does Boba do as a daimyo? Besides, what did Jabba do? It seems the job mostly consists of sitting in a big chair, listening to people’s complaints, and trying not to get murdered.
How many people make up this criminal empire? For the first few episodes, the team of people working for Boba seems incredibly small. There’s his number one (Fennec Shand), a former torture droid, and a pair of Gamorrean bodyguards. We don’t see anyone else under him until he hires the aforementioned quartet of mechanically modified teenage troublemakers. That’s pretty small for someone who’s supposed to rule a criminal empire. And how is the recruitment process going? Boba just seems to hire everyone he meets – aside from Wookiee assassins – with little due diligence.
Does Boba Fett just have a midlife crisis? According to the Star Wars timeline, Boba is in his mid-40s at the time of the broadcast, which would put him squarely in the “mid-life crisis” zone. Maybe all this “taking over a criminal enterprise of indeterminate size that you literally have no experience or ability to manage” is just Boba’s attempt to add some spice and flair to his life, especially after the near-death experience-clarifying priority of nearly finding “a new definition of pain and suffering slowly digested over a thousand years” in the Sarlacc Pit.
Is Boba only there for health insurance? Listen to us here. Before taking over Jabba’s job, Boba Fett was a bounty hunter, the Star Wars equivalent of a Taskrabbit or Uber driver, except they occasionally hunt down and capture/kill/disintegrate(?) people for cash. silver. We know of The Mandalorian that there is a literal guild of bounty hunters, with bosses offering a selection of jobs to these heavily armed workers (like Carl Weathers’ Greef Karga), but they are clearly independent contractors with little or no benefits social.
Compare that with the Boba Fett of Boba Fett’s Book. As a result, Boba can afford a sophisticated and expensive Bacta Tank to heal his injuries inflicted by Sarlacc. Are you telling me he gets this kind of medical treatment on Tatooine with freelance insurance rates? Franchises alone would be ruinous. Between the Bacta treatments and the cybernetic reconstruction of Fennec, both are clearly on some sort of group plan within the largest post-Jabba organization, and Boba, like so many freelancers, is simply looking for stable perks to help him deal with his chronic injuries as he progresses for years.
Does Boba Fett even want to do this job? It’s hard to get the impression that he’s genuinely excited about being a crime lord. He seems to have no desire for the trappings of luxury, shunning the seemingly traditional palanquin for his trips into town and showing little interest in the lavish feasts offered to him. “Not now, I’m busy” is Boba’s first reaction when his droid butler tries to stop him from playing with his resentful new pal.
With four episodes remaining, Boba Fett’s Book still have plenty of time to try to answer some of these questions. But it’s possible the galaxy’s most infamous bounty hunter is simply more suited to chaos than middle management.