‘The Book of Boba Fett’ review: The bounty hunter takes the plunge into ‘Star Wars’ nostalgia on Disney+ (SPOILERS)

In spite of being presumed dead in “The Return of the Jedi,” the armor-clad fugitive hunter got away that fate, a history stated in a series of flashbacks that opened the episode. Undoubtedly, executive manufacturers Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni and Robert Rodriguez appear to have actually happily reached into the “Star Wars” grab bag and uncovered as lots of recommendations as they might summon in 40 minutes or two, unabashedly accommodating that fan cravings in much the method they did by including the character into “The Mandalorian.”

Those scenes expanded what Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison) withstood in the wake of his defeat and the loss of his armor, prior to delving into today, where he and fellow killer Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) have actually presumed control of the criminal empire as soon as commanded by Jabba the Hutt.

“Jabba ruled with fear,” Boba Fett tells her. “I intend to rule with respect.”

What respect means in the wilds of Tatooine remains to be seen, but the duo almost immediately face an assassination attempt, so resting on his laurels, and throne, doesn’t appear to be in the cards.

Like “The Mandalorian,” “Boba Fett” approximates the texture of an old western, although as constructed its roots tapping into “Star Wars” lore are even more direct. As a bonus for science-fiction and fantasy buffs, in addition to the familiar creatures spotted the premiere featured what looked like an homage to special effect wizard Ray Harryhausen, with a knowing nod to how Jabba met his end as the cherry on top.

The premiere didn’t contain lots of clues, frankly, on where the overall story is heading, however with such an abundance of action and “Star Wars” nostalgia, nor did it really need to.

More than anything, “The Book of Boba Fett” conveys the impression of a group of folks weaned on “Star Wars” being given the opportunity to essentially transform playing with action figure as kids into an actual series. For anyone who possesses a similar connection to these stories, the practically irresistible temptation is to dive right in with them, until you can practically feel the sands of Tatooine in between your toes.

“The Book of Boba Fett” is streaming on Disney+.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.