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turtle
Lord of the Rant.
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2022-01-06, 18:35

I get that the writers want to provide the backstory and all but this just feels like it is really dragging on. I haven't read all the posts above since it came out yesterday yet but did see "Dances with Wolves" in there and that was my exact thought.

Also, Boba sure does show his teeth. A LOT.

I'm going to go back and read the earlier posts but I suspect my comments/thoughts are already here so I'll come back and post more if they haven't been covered yet.

I'm still going to keep watching the series, it just feels like we should have taken a left turn at Albuquerque.

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turtle
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2022-01-06, 18:44

Wow, y'all already covered my thoughts on this show so far. I didn't skip though parts, but did check my phone for email, messages etc...
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psmith2.0
Mr. Farmiga
 
Join Date: May 2004
 
2022-01-06, 18:58



In those flashback/sandpeople moments, he reminds me of Mini Me...pale, scarred, similar facial expressions, can't seem to catch a break, etc.

I thought that last week, episode one, but this week did nothing to undo that.

Being dragged behind that bantha, all I heard was "eeeeee...", and then flipping the bird to that kid hitting him with the stick.
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turtle
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2022-01-07, 10:05

Mini Me is so right for this one.

I have to admit as more time passes I'm operating under faith that this series won't be a complete dud and that it is intentional that all the this drudgery is setting up something great.

I'm not sure I can accept that the team that brought Mandalorian can screw up Boba so bad. If I didn't have Mando as a reference I would likely only watch this when my kids have it on and I happened to be in the room.

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Mr. Farmiga
 
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2022-01-07, 10:35

I think the third installment has the potential to get moving. The "you're one of us" acceptance ceremony/campfire dance has now taken place (so maybe that marks the end of the flashback sequences), and we now know who the present-day villains are likely to be. Both of those bode well for a "something actually happening" third installment. Hopefully the story stays fully in the present, in Mos Espa and Jabba's palace, for a nice change.

And if he and Fennec have to go somewhere other than Mos Espa, then that's just a good excuse to see Slave 1 again. It's shown briefly in some of those trailers/promos in November-December, so I'm sure it puts in at least 1-2 appearances in the show.
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psmith2.0
Mr. Farmiga
 
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2022-01-11, 19:05

Looking forward to this one. I’m (mostly) off/free tomorrow so I think I may get up super (stupid) early and watch.

I think there’s going to be some more stuff with the hammerhead mayor and the Hutts.

And I want some more aerial/establishing shots of Mos Espa. The looks/visuals this show pulls off on a TV budget is pretty incredible.
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Mr. Farmiga
 
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2022-01-12, 04:11

Okay! Now this episode was more of what I was expecting/hoping for. Very enjoyable, things progressed, things were learned, etc. If the remaining installments are like this, it'll be a fun watch.

Lots of cool things in this episode.

But first...Stephen Root? Danny Trejo?!

Things are falling into place. Boba will have some powerful allies as he goes up against that syndicate.

Best episode of the bunch, so far.

And when I saw him lying in the bacta tank (signifying another flashback), this one was a good one...brief, but powerful (and I wasn't expecting that). It was actually kinda sad/moving. But then it lurched back to present day in quite an unexpected way.

"Rawwwwwrrrr...".

The Wookiee was named, and it's the one from the other media he's been in, so that'll please many.

And who knew rancors could be so cuddly?

That teenage gang, with their 50's-colored bikes, seemed a skootch out of place and "huh?", but I can overlook that. They kept focusing on the young lady, so I assume a) she's going to play a larger, more important role, and/or b) she's already an established character in comics/novels/video games? Again, I'm more of a casual, movie-only fan, so I'm not going to recognize characters outside of that.

That nighttime shot of Mos Espa was very pretty.

Fennec had more dialogue/presence in this one, it seemed like. She didn't scowl the entire time, which was a nice change-up. Damn, she's fine.

Robert Rodriguez directed, and Jon Favreau wrote.

Lots of nice callbacks/references throughout...Jabba, the rancor, etc.

The speeder/motorcycle chase through Mos Espa seemed a bit by-the-numbers, but it was nice to see some more scenery/areas, so, again, I can overlook the sketchy CGI and "they're going kinda slow for a chase" aspect. Those colorful bikes do look out of place with all the other surroundings and tech. Nothing else there is that bright/vivid. But, to me, that's a very George Lucas/hotrod nod or callback, something that blatantly 1950's/early 60's (Terry the Toad and his Vespa in American Graffiti, etc.).

I have a feeling that big grouchy monkey is going to return and be a help/ally to Boba. They left on good terms, despite their earlier brawl.

Danny Trejo always pops up in stuff. I've actually been wondering all along, when he would...Robert Rodriguez and all. That's one of his go-to guys.

No complaints here. This was a solid, enjoyable episode that moved along nicely. This was what I was expecting, and I hope this is the style/pace it maintains, now that we're seeing who all the players are shaping up to be.

Feels great to not feel the way I did the past two Wednesdays. Yay! Only positive ink spilled this week...

PS - I loved the brief, incidental jetpack scene. No big fuss, etc. It's just how he arrived on the scene. Very cool, Boba dropping into frame like that. Because of all the setup in The Mandalorian, a lot of time and "look at this" isn't needed; you know now, as a viewer, Mando and Boba (and Bo-Katan and her bunch) just get around with this tech. That was a neat touch.
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Mr. Farmiga
 
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2022-01-12, 11:07

PS - You know a character (Boba) is tough when they can take a straight-on punch from a 400-pound, 7-foot monkey with electrified brass knuckles.

I'd be on the floor for weeks, only to wake up with brain damage and about nine missing teeth.
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Mr. Farmiga
 
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2022-01-12, 18:00

I don’t think that teenage Vespa gang, smart-talking Boba Fett, is something I’m going to like. Felt a bit like a music video or one of those Nickelodeon/Disney Jr. “smartass teenager” shows that are always on those channels.

Upon second viewing, that bunch is the low point for me. Nothing seemed real or vaguely interesting//threatening about them.

So, yeah. If the United Colors of Benetton/Josie & the Pussycats street crew all died in an explosion next week, I’d be okay.

I still enjoyed the rest, so that’s a small thing.
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turtle
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2022-01-12, 18:24

I have to admit, when I saw Boba in the tank again I groaned out loud. I was glad to see it short and "end his relationship" with the sand people.

Overall I really did enjoy the episode. I did find the "Vespa gang" a bit off too. So much about them just doesn't "fit in" with the rest of the planet, let alone Boba and his throne.

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Mr. Farmiga
 
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2022-01-12, 18:39

Exactly. They seemed like something that would be part of a more kid-oriented SW project. In addition to their out-of-place-looking bikes (so vibrant and pristine, in a world where nothing is), their droid-based prosthetics/"enhancements" looked pretty cheesy and "cheap TV show" (like a cyborg on Simon & Simon, circa 1986). I know this and The Mandalorian are TV shows, but they've never looked like it, always seeming quite large, sprawling and cinematic. Last night, I think I kinda saw the seams a bit for the first time. And it was all due to those Nick at Nite doofs.

Those kids, their vehicles and that cornball, 14mph "chase" just seemed like another show that got wedged into this one via an editing mistake.

"Dan, where did that footage of Tatoo-Teen Dance Squad Rangers go?"

"I added it the Boba show...was I not supposed to?"
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Yesterday, 05:46

Interesting episode, #4.

Mostly flashback, but a nice gap-filling one. Boba rescues Fennec, gets his ship back, searches for his armor back at the Sarlacc pit, takes care of the biker gang, etc. The final few moments return to the present, where Boba hires the big Wookiee, attempts to unite the Mos Espa families to unite against the Pikes(?) and Fennec raises the possibility of using their wealth to hire additional muscle for the looming war.

When she said this, I thought I heard the Mandalorian theme.

Speaking of Fennec, how is Ming-Na Wen 58?! Holy smokes...

A few random things:

- "Firespray gunship" is how Boba referred to his ship; I knew they'd never utter the actual name of that thing. Perhaps they will, but in all the opportunities available to use it in this episode, it was called everything else. I just don't think that word gets said again, not in 2022 on a Disney show.

- That return to the Sarlacc pit was a nice visual/callback moment

- We got to see Boba's finding/rescue of Fennec from a slightly different perspective/angle, and how she acquired her new droid/bionic guts (hint: those Vespa kids from last week weren't the first time Boba encountered them)

- We finally see Han Solo's warning to Threepio during that "chess" game on the Falcon pay off; Wookiees do indeed do that

- Jennifer Beals...day-um

- In present day, Boba is now physically healed from his Sarlacc injuries; perhaps this signals the end of the bacta tank scenes/flashbacks? Who knows

- Lots of neat shots/scenes of Jabba's palace, including a kitchen area with a couple of entertaining scenes/characters; also the 3D footage from Fennec's drone filled in some nice gaps and helped show the scope/sprawl of the joint

- I never considered a Bantha "cute" or endearing before

- Another nice appearance of those seismic charges from Boba's ship (see? ), this time used at ground level and making sure something is finally dead for good

- Great footage of the ship, including positions/angles we'd never really seen before

I liked this episode. Moved along, filled in some gaps/answered some questions, etc. The bacta tank flashbacks were more recent, timing out with the events of that Mandalorian episode Fennec appeared in with that other bounty hunter who betrayed her. You see how he discovered her body. Some gorgeous nighttime Tatooine campfire shots throughout in 2-3 places. Some action and nothing as cringe-y/out-of-place as last week's 14mph 1950's Vespa chase. That gang of teens was barely in this one

This is now four out of seven episodes, and they're clearly building to a showdown with that Spice-running syndicate. Boba, with or without the help of the other families, is going to rid Tatooine of them.

I can't help but think we're in for some cameos, due to what's looming and Fennec's comment about using their money to hire some more muscle. I don't think it'll be the Mandalorian because he's still focused on Grogu at this period, but think back to that scene that introduced us to Boba Fett in 1980, on the bridge of the Star Destroyer and who else was there listening to Vader.

I think we're about to see Bossk, IG-88, Dengar and some others we only briefly glimpsed in The Empire Strikes Back. That's my guess. What other "muscle for hire", said in such a way at the closing seconds of the episode, would make such a tease worthwhile? Bounty hunters and merc for hire, doing any sort of job for the money?

And I don't know how/why/when they'll do it (possibly in the closing moments of the final episode), but I just have this unshakable feeling we're in for a Han Solo cameo. In the same way de-aged Hamill showed up in the final Mandalorian to wrap up Grogu's arc, now that we know these shows are willing to open that can, I don't put anything past them. Boba, being all changed and mellow/thoughtful in his post-bounty hunter life makes me think he'd want to "clear the air" or show his forgiveness for Han having been the reason he went in the pit. Also, Lucasfilm hired that guy who made those far better deep fakes of Hamill. Maybe that's what he's been working on this past year, giving us an accurate, believable five-years-post-ROTJ Han Solo/Harrison Ford?

I'm still predicting this. We'll see.
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