The Opening Sequence, Thanks to Patton Oswalt: Chapter 1 of The Book of Boba Fett brings the goods. In his famous filibuster on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, Patton Oswalt details his suggestions for the new Star Wars movie. They include: “We pan down from the twin suns of Tatooine. We are now close on the mouth of the Sarlacc pit. After a beat, the gloved Mandalorian armor gauntlet of Boba Fett grabs on to the sand outside the Sarlacc pit, and the feared bounty hunter pulls himself from the maw of the sand beast.”
Um, that’s exactly what happens. Thanks, Patton.
Mos Espa is Fantastic for Parkour: We expected some chase sequences. We didn’t expect full-on Olympic-level parkour action through the rooftops of Mos Espa. Nor did we realize that Ming Na-Wen knew parkour. But we should have known…
Since what doesn’t 58 year-old Ming Na-Wen know? Oh, yeah. Ming Na-Wen knows everything. Since she’s 58 years old. No, seriously. She is. She looks better than you. She looks better than all of us. And she definitely looks better than Boba Fett, especially after his time in the Sarlacc pit. She can also apparently do parkour and destroy people with an electrostaff.
Ray Harryhausen Throwback: That giant six-legged/armed thing that comes out of the sand is a direct homage to one of the greatest stop-motion filmmakers of all time. It’s kind of a smash-up of all his monsters at once (especially Ymir and Kraken) — and the resemblance is intentional. Chapter 1 of The Book of Boba Fett was directed by Robert Rodriguez, who also directed the episode of The Mandalorian in which Boba Fett goes full HAM on two platoons of Stormtroopers.
Boba Fett Pulls A Princess Leia: Strangling something bestial with a chain? Chapter 1 of The Book of Boba Fett went straight Princess Leia, Hutt Slayer, with that move, only with less gold bikini. Not that we want Boba Fett in a bikini (barechested Boba in a restoration tank was all we needed, thanks — helmet on, please). But the chain? Super cool.
He’s That Kind of Mandalorian: Yeah, Boba Fett doffs his helmet. He’s not as hardcore as Mando. Sue him.
Is It Max Rebo? When last we saw Max Rebo, he was keyboardin’ it up in Jabba’s palace. Then we see the same kind of alien jamming on the piano in Boba’s new club. Apparently he survived Jabba’s barge explosion in Return of the Jedi to find a new gig in The Book of Boba Fett.
Speaking Of That Cantina… We didn’t expect Jennifer Beals playing owner Garsa Fwip. Apparently neither did she: when she stepped on set, she didn’t know which Star Wars show she was filming.
Uh, Yeah, That Trandoshan Was Carrying What You Thought He Was Carrying… When Dokk Strassi, actually voiced by director Robert Rodriguez, brings Boba Fett tribute, he’s carrying some kind of fuzzy brown pelt. It looks suspiciously familiar. And yeah, it’s what you thought: Wookiee fur. Super gross. Considering Wookiees are people too (at least in a metaphorical sense), that’s fairly savage and disgusting.
New episodes of The Book of Boba Fett premiere Wednesdays on Disney Plus.