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‘Bobba Fett’s book’ makes us wonder if a new ‘the Mandalorian’ can succeed without a hook like Baby Yoda

Disney + has chosen the most conservative route possible when it comes to raising its spin-off of ‘The Mandalorian’: a meticulous replica of everything that made her triumph in tone, setting, timeline, settings … It can almost be considered a third season of the series starring Pedro Pascal, but with another Mandalorian at the helm. The inevitable question is: can a second ‘The Mandalorian’ survive without Baby Yoda’s overpowering allure?

For now, we will have to wait to find out, because Disney has only made the same material that it is broadcasting on its platform available to the press: the first episode. And in him the continuity vocation and the renunciation of any kind of disruption with what we already saw in ‘The Mandalorian’ is already clear. Y this affects not only the tone and rhythm, as we have said, but also details such as the end credits or the soundtrack by Ludwig Göransson, very much in tune with his splendid work for the first Mandalorian series.

‘The Boba Fett Book’ opens with a recap of how the character became Jabba’s successor as the Mos Espa crime lord on Tatooine. Basically it is revealed (without too many ceremonies, as if it did not matter) how he survived his apparent death in ‘Return of the Jedi’, there is a reference to the death of his father, Jango Fett, and we will also discover how his helmet arrived at the place in which Mando finds him, quickly and effectively connecting the original series and this spin-off.

With Robert Rodríguez directing and Jon Favreau writing the script, the series exhibits a remarkable economy of means. There is no dialogue in the initial section of the episode, but there are no questions left in the air, except those that will very obviously be resolved in later episodes. At this point, it is difficult to predict if the series will continue to jump between two timelines (Boba Fett’s dreams, recalling his past, and his present as the new crime lord on Tatooine), but in any case, it seems obvious that it will preserve this narrative simple and accessible tone.

Tatooine, planet of my dreams …

Where undoubtedly better reformulates ‘The Book of Boba Fett’ the proposals of ‘The Mandalorian’ is in his kind of apocryphal version of Conan that he visualizes in a galaxy far away. If there we had a mercenary who wandered through hostile planets and civilizations, but for whom tradition and belonging to a people with war rituals that affected all their customs were essential – such as the forging of undoubtedly Hyperborean breath -, here we approach more to Conan Rey. We even have a throne room.

And even though Long-term fans of the series will enjoy reuniting with secondary residents on Tatooine Like the Jawa or the Tusken Warriors, the incarnation of Boba Fett as Jabba’s successor is undoubtedly more interesting. His tug of war with various influential forces on Tatooine predicts future conflicts, but also reveals a very special humor, derived from the sarcastic bile that the Mandalorian oozes and from his relationship with his right hand, Fennec Shand.

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There is still much to discover this season, and without a doubt many will frown at the open and uncomplexed continuation of the findings of ‘The Mandalorian’ that the series proposes. But since the formula has not yet been exhausted, it is a pleasure to meet again with this approach to ‘Star Wars’ where the references are clearly the western and samurai cinema, in a world completely lacking in technology.

Technically impeccable, how could it be less, with a few surprises in the form of new monsters and never-before-seen Tatooine settingsAs well as fan Easter eggs galore, ‘The Boba Fett Book’ is far from revolutionary at the moment. But to quench the thirst of ‘The Mandalorian’ it is enough and it is left over.

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