The E-book of Boba Fett factors to a prequel downside in Disney’s Star Wars universe. Boba Fett’s return in The Mandalorian, season 2 was well-received, and the bounty hunter’s upcoming spinoff is hotly anticipated. Whereas it guarantees to be an thrilling journey for a fan-favorite character, the present turns into half of a bigger problem when thought of alongside the remainder of Disney’s Star Wars slate.
Between The E-book of Boba Fett, The Mandalorian season 3, and Ahsoka, Disney is creating and hurriedly fleshing out a “prequel-to-the sequels” period. It has been wildly profitable up to now, and in some ways will get Star Wars proper. As evidenced by Ahsoka and Fett’s appearances in The Mandalorian season 2, these reveals additionally promise to narrate to 1 one other. Nonetheless, whereas these “prequel” choices will seemingly be extra favorably obtained than George Lucas’ prequel movies, this Disney period could also be simply as questionable – for extra problematic causes.
Disney’s sequel trilogy featured a stellar solid and had vibrant moments, however is in any other case largely considered as an unorganized, poorly-planned mess. In mild of that, Disney both must concentrate on narratives set after the Skywalker Saga or construct as much as the sequel trilogy’s story in a significant, deliberate method. With out these, Disney’s concentrate on the quick post-Return of the Jedi period appears to be an try and rapidly repair a number of the sequel trilogy’s strangest plot holes (equivalent to Supreme Chief Snoke’s clone origin) and to please disillusioned followers. If that is the case, it is value questioning if Disney’s Star Wars is heading into artistic decay.
It is true that The Mandalorian connects to the sequel trilogy in a number of methods, and it is seemingly that The E-book of Boba Fett and Ahsoka will discover methods to take action as nicely. Nonetheless, for these reveals to really assist redeem the sequel trilogy, they have to join in a method that lends narrative, not simply logical continuity. George Lucas’ prequels stuffed within the universe of the unique trilogy, however did so in service of telling Anakin Skywalker’s tragic story, to not repair plot points. This can be a far cry from how The Mandalorian tangentially fills in gaps in sequel trilogy logic, like its hasty setup of Drive therapeutic to elucidate how Rey and Kylo Ren can pressure heal in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and its glimpses of the Empire’s first makes an attempt at cloning. These revelations patch up holes within the sequel trilogy, however do not make them extra fascinating viewing in the best way a sequence or movie about Kylo Ren abandoning his Jedi coaching for the First Order may.
If the post-Jedi reveals do not add depth to the sequel trilogy, they have to plant seeds for a post-Skywalker Saga timeline to keep away from being easy fan service. Even when The E-book of Boba Fett, The Mandalorian, and Ahsoka join to one another, the stakes will really feel decrease and decrease if audiences notice every story is irrelevant by Star Wars: The Drive Awakens. Even Ahsoka, which guarantees to reintroduce each Jedi (by together with Ezra Bridger) and a superb villain to the post-ROTJ timeline, is unlikely to have an effect on a post-sequel trilogy galaxy – Ahsoka herself is implied to be deceased by Rise of Skywalker, and her seemingly adversary Grand Admiral Thrawn is totally absent from the trilogy.
It is also clear that Disney has been hesitant to decide to a post-sequel trilogy course. Star Wars: Visions has confirmed the potential of the period, bearing on the Drive, lightsabers, and the way forward for the Jedi. Nonetheless, it isn’t canon, additional hinting that Disney is afraid to take the saga in a brand new course. Lucasfilm’s upcoming reveals will certainly please audiences. With out a bigger plan, nonetheless, they might merely be secure bets and an attraction to nostalgia. Hopefully, The E-book of Boba Fett will use the enduring character to develop the franchise in a significant method.