Novelist and comic book writer Steve Perry, who penned Shadows of the Empire and the comic series Shadows of the Empire: Evolution, recently eviscerated The Book of Boba Fett following the release of its third episode.
Perry made his opinion known about the show in a post to his Facebook page, where he didn’t hold back and heavily criticized the writing and directing of the episode.
He began his review by mocking the show describing it as “Blabba Fett.”
“The third episode of Blabba Fett is – not to set too high a bar – better than the first two. Up to a point. At least there are bubbles rising in the bacta tank.”
He continued, “Of course, the idea of why would we *show* when we can, you know, *tell* is still majorly evident.”
Perry didn’t let up on his criticism, instead it got harsher.
He wrote, “Reminiscent of the opening exposition of a not-so-well-written well-made play, wherein the French maid and the butler come out on-stage to explain to each other in laborous (sp?) detail all the background information the audience needs to know before the action starts.”
“‘Well, as you recall, Fifi, young master Archibald suffered greatly from his experiences when his coach was set upon by highwaymen, and the wound incurred during his defense of Lady Prudence has since plagued him in unexpected ways,'” mocked Perry.
“‘Oui, monsieur Jeeves.’ ‘Apparently the doctor mistakenly told him the injury would make it impossible to, ah … sire children.’ ‘The result of which is that his wife, his mistress, and three of his dalliances are all , ah .. carrying buns in the oven, as it were,’ Sacre blue! Bastard!’ ‘I beg your padron?'”, he continued.
He did praise the introduction of Black Krrsantan writing, “The wookiee, Black Krrsantan –a pirate-sounding name if I ever saw one – is seriously bad-ass, give him that.”
However, that’s where the praise stopped and he again took issue with the show’s writing, “Then again, he doesn’t really need to be all that good because we have Boba Fett’s security to offset that, don’t we?”
“Geez Louise, do they leave the front door open, the alarms off, and are all his guards dosed to the eyeballs on Ambien and smoking weed?”, he elaborated.
Perry didn’t let up, “A nine-foot-tall wookiee, who makes Chewy look like a shrimp, and, with no known history of being invisible, just waltzes into the fortress, lumbers down the hall, into the clinic, pulls Fett from his bacta tank and beats the crap out of him, and NOBODY NOTICES?”
“Somebody needs to call Acme Rent-a-Guard; whatever Fett is paying his team is waaay too much,” he added.
From there, Perry criticizes the director, by imagining a conversation between the director and “somebody with half a brain.”
He begins, “I can hear the writer – naw, probably the director: Director: You know what would be cool? The Big gladiator wook grabs Fett outta the tank and kicks his ass!”
“Somebody With Half a Brain: Uh, how does he get in through the locked door and past the alarms and guards and s***? Director: Don’t worry about that. It will be so fast and furious and cool, nobody will care! Somebody With Half a Brain (who wants to keep his job): Uh .. right, sure, I can see that.”
Finally, he concluded, “The Stupid is strong here.”
Perry isn’t the only Star Wars veteran who is openly criticizing and mocking The Book of Boba Fett.
Simon Williamson, who was the uncredited puppeteer for Max Rebo and played the Gamorrean Guard Jubnuk, who gets eaten by the Rancor in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, took issue with the show’s depiction of Gamorreans.
He wrote on Facebook, “And another thing… what is this dieting all about in The Book of Boba Fett? Skinny Gamorreans? Cheeseburgers need asap.”
Toby Philpott, one of the puppeteers for Jabba the Hutt in Return of the Jedi expressed his distaste for the CGI Hutts shown in The Book of Boba Fett by quoting ScreenCrush’s Matt Singer.
Philpott posted to his Jabba the Hutt Facebook account, “Practical Jabba remains the best.”
He then quoted Singer, “Now compare all those gloppy, squirmy, floaty, textureless Jabbas with the original creature who appeared almost 40 years ago in Return of the Jedi. This Jabba had heft, weight, and a looming physical presence. He was intimidating and scary. He was real.”
Star Wars artist Jan Duursema, who worked on numerous Star Wars comics including Star Wars: Darth Maul, Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi, Star Wars: Republic, and Star Wars: Legacy and created Aayla Secura, Cade Skywalker, Darth Talon, and Quinlan Vos among others expressed her dissatisfaction at Boba Fett’s “Hot Topic kids on Power Rangers color mopeds.”
She posted to Facebook, “I’ve been enjoying the Book of Boba Fett, but… What gives with the Hot Topic kids on Power Ranger color mopeds? Looking at general Tatooine ‘style’ they did not fin at all.”
“Did they steal that water to wash their clothes? To clean their way too shiny bikes? Seriously,” she concluded.
These Star Wars veterans aren’t the only ones expressing their distaste for the show, audience scores have collapsed since the show first debuted. The Rotten Tomatoes score now teeters on the verge of rotten with 62%.
And on IMDb it’s down to an average user score of 7.8.
What do you make of Steve Perry and these other Star Wars veterans’ criticism of The Book of Boba Fett?