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The Book of Boba Fett: Chapter 1 - Stranger in a Strange Land

Updated: Jan 6, 2022

The Book of Boba Fett is finally here! In today’s episode, the Duel of the Ranks gang discusses the season premiere of the long awaited bounty hunter’s return. Did it live up to the hype? Was it too short of an episode? Were the Gamorrean guards revealing too much green skin? Be sure to catch all of the details we liked and disliked about the season’s debut.

“I was not overly impressed by this first episode. ” - Brody

We’re proud of Boba resisting the drink in the cantina, but like the rest of the episode, did he hold back too much? It’s certainly an enjoyable episode, but knowing that it’s only seven episodes makes us nervous for the rest of the story to come. How are they going to fit everything in that one season? What should we be expecting from this season? Even though we may have wanted more, we trust Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau.

“When it comes to the immersive universe, it was as good as you could possibly get.” - Charley

We enjoyed the lore peppered throughout this premier. The flashbacks to Kamino and the Sarlacc pit, the humanizing of Tusken Raiders, watching the massiffs, Max Rebo performing again, and seeing a ferocious four-armed sand creature. What’s not to love? We also liked seeing the water pods buried in the desert, but we have more questions about that. How do they get there? Is that what moisture farmers are looking for? All in all, it was a good episode, but what kind of hot takes can you really pull from this?

Hot Takes

  • The Mandalorian S1E1 was better than The Book of Boba S1E1.

  • Boba Fett should’ve dropped the Mayor’s aide into the Rancor pit.

  • The first episode would’ve been better if it had a longer runtime.

  • The Gamorrean guards need a wardrobe update.

“We need some protection, some compression, some more clothing.” - Amanda

Charley tries to stoke up some tribalistic conflict between Mando and Boba fans. Brody wants a longer episode. I think Boba should’ve killed the Mayor’s aide, and Amanda raises concern for the Gamorrean guards’ promiscuous fashion. There’s no denying, there is a lot of green in this episode. However, there really weren’t any deal-breakers in this story for us. It lays a great foundation for something we’re all hoping is quite grand.

“Boba Fett is a character marked by hardly any dialogue.” - Christian

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It was a slow episode with very little dialogue. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t good. It makes sense for a character who is traditionally marked by little dialogue to feature their own show the same way. That’s a cool parallel to appreciate. Sure, there’s always something more that we’ll want. However, there’d be no conversation if there was no show. We’re glad it’s finally here, and we’re eagerly waiting for the next chapter.

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