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Re: The Book of Boba Fett
« Reply #15 on: 14 January, 2022, 09:40:59 AM »
I'm struggling to enjoy it. That last episode was the worst - the design of the street gang and their Power Ranger bikes seemed to be out of another sci-fi series altogether - but overall I feel like a lot of what made Boba Fett cool in the first place has gone (it's in The Mandalorian instead) and rather than being the sort of mysterious badass Vader had to warn to not disintergrate anyone he's been reworked into this noble character who is also a bit of a chump, and whilst that's all well and good it's not the character I was hoping for.
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Re: The Book of Boba Fett
« Reply #16 on: 14 January, 2022, 10:36:09 AM »
I dunno. What we got from the OT was Fett having an amazing spaceship, having a rep, but very slowly aiming on the barge and ending up being hurled into a pit in a manner that feels like it was out of a Loony Tunes cartoon.

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Re: The Book of Boba Fett
« Reply #17 on: 14 January, 2022, 10:42:14 AM »
Can't disagree with that, but him having a rep is the key point - he's supposed to be this scary, kickass bounty hunter, all menace and mystery and cool gadgets. Less was definitely more with him and I think The Mandalorian captured this quite well by having the character be quite taciturn and capable.

It might be a weight of expectation thing, because this Fett I guess is not the character I thought he would be. I know it's not exactly a cutting analysis, but he's... well, he's a bit crap.
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Re: The Book of Boba Fett
« Reply #18 on: 14 January, 2022, 11:41:33 AM »
I don't really understand how Boba Fett went from being a ruthless bounty hunter working for the embodiment of evil (Vader) and corruption (Jabba) to being so toothless.

Maybe this will be adequately explained in the series, but in the meantime we're getting sub-Quadrophenia gangs and low-speed, low-stakes chases. I agree it's a bit crap.

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Re: The Book of Boba Fett
« Reply #19 on: 14 January, 2022, 01:16:36 PM »
It's veering very close to farce for me. Rodriguez is in full Spy Kids mode and I’m feeling like I may be watching for completists sake rather than anything else. At least they’re usually short.

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Re: The Book of Boba Fett
« Reply #20 on: 18 January, 2022, 12:16:19 AM »
Sometimes I watch things to show how intelligent and clever I am. Sometimes because I think I'll enjoy them.

This was the latter; I am not a big fan of Bounty Hunters in Star Wars or Boba Fett but I find something to like in most Star Wars. This didn't work at all for me.

The beast at the end of Episode 1 summed it up; it just didn't feel Star Warsy to me*. And that conclusion should have felt more badass.

I'll give it one more episode but only because of Jennifer Beals.

*Cue fifty people telling me it's something that's been canon since 1977.
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Re: The Book of Boba Fett
« Reply #21 on: 18 January, 2022, 09:06:35 AM »
What is Star Warsy?

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« Reply #22 on: 18 January, 2022, 09:51:10 AM »
What is Star Warsy?

Good question which is why I framed it with "feel" and "to me".

It's different things to different people but I would imagine there are some things definitely "not Star Wars" e.g. time travel or biological warfare or "mutants" or masked vigilante superheroes. That beast, when stood on it's hind legs and when you saw close-ups of it's face seemed to come from D&D rather than Star Wars.
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Re: The Book of Boba Fett
« Reply #23 on: 18 January, 2022, 10:09:30 AM »
Watched the first three now and it is getting steadily worse,not a patch on The Mandalorion....

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Re: The Book of Boba Fett
« Reply #24 on: 18 January, 2022, 10:11:03 AM »
What is Star Warsy?

Good question which is why I framed it with "feel" and "to me".

It's different things to different people but I would imagine there are some things definitely "not Star Wars" e.g. time travel

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Re: The Book of Boba Fett
« Reply #26 on: 18 January, 2022, 05:02:17 PM »
That’s my take too, FWIW.

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Re: The Book of Boba Fett
« Reply #27 on: 18 January, 2022, 05:46:45 PM »
That’s my take too, FWIW.

Yeah, this is a character about whom (canonically) we know almost nothing and, since the last time we saw him, has Been Through Some Shit™ … which we're still in the process of finding out about. I think a lot fans have a notion of a bad-ass that's largely been created in their heads, or derived from a chunk of material explicity ruled non-canon, which this version isn't matching up to.

(You'd think the fact that he has to keep putting himself into one of those medical tank thingies every time he mildly exerts himself would tip people off that this is a man no longer in peak condition…)

And, fundamentally, super-competent bad-asses* don't make for good television. I'm not sure you could get eight (or whatever) episodes out of Boba Fett marching into Mos Espa, declaring himself King of Everything, then killing anyone who disagrees.

*Yes, I know Din Djarin is super-competent compared to Fett, but he hasn't been burned by Sarlacc digestive juices and been through still-not-entirely-revealed stuff in the Tatooine desert… and they still had to give Djarin Grogu to create an Achilles' Heel for the character.
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Re: The Book of Boba Fett
« Reply #28 on: 18 January, 2022, 07:00:16 PM »
I'm enjoying it - more so because it's now a dad-daughter event show that we watch together. The bikes were a bit out of place, design-wise - but she didn't care because she's never heard of Quadrophenia. The lead biker is female and kick-ass, and that's what's important to mini-Solo.

As for not seeing the attraction of movie car chases ... maybe you're watching the wrong movies, JBC? No love for The Italian Job's minis through Paris? How about the too-real car vs. el-train in The French Connection? The entirety of Fury Road? The Blues Brothers cop pile-up? T2's truck vs. motorbike? The opening sequence of Baby Driver?

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Re: The Book of Boba Fett
« Reply #29 on: 18 January, 2022, 07:54:20 PM »
Alright, the Blues Brothers I'll make an exception for.   And yeah, Fury Road and indeed MM2 for that matter, though it's more the fighting and insane vehicle and character design I'm into there.

I haven't seen the Italian Job,t as soon as I posted I suspected someone might bring it up.

More a T1 guy than a T2 one, and the truck v bike thing wasn't really my favourite part, and the rest I haven't seen either.
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