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'The Book of Boba Fett' Returns Our Favorite Bounty Hunter to Tatooine

It's time to see what the galaxy's most infamous mercenary is up to.

Disney+
Disney+
Disney+

After reintroducing him into the Star Wars universe in the last few episodes of The Mandalorian Season 2, it was inevitable that Disney+ would give Boba Fett, the galaxy’s original coolest bounty hunter (sorry Mando) a place to shine all by himself. It is, after all, exactly what a guy like Boba Fett would want. That Fett is a popular character at all is funny in itself: he barely did anything in the original movie trilogy, but he looked so cool, and his toys and costumes sold so well that he became an instrumental plot device in the prequels, exponentially more screen time in the animated television shows, and redeemed himself twice over during his stint on The Mandalorian. It’s time for Boba Fett to get his due, which is exactly what The Book of Boba Fett intends to give him.

The first episode of the show (which, incidentally, is all anyone, including critics, has seen so far) takes more cues from the first episode of The Mandalorian, pacing its beats slowly and deliberately to integrate its characters into a world we already know so well. It picks up where the final moments of The Mandalorian season finale leave off: Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison) and his assassin deputy Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) have taken the seat of power on Tatooine, previously owned by Jabba the Hutt and managed in his absence by sharp-toothed Twi’lek Bib Fortuna. The problem is… basically no one knows or cares that he did that-a crime boss is a crime boss is a crime boss after all-and Fett and Shand have their work cut out for them proving their worth to Mos Espa’s local hive of scum and villainy.

We’re also treated to flashbacks of what happened to Fett in between being devoured by a Sarlacc in Return of the Jedi and showing up with a Tusken gaffi stick in The Mandalorian, some much-needed context given that Fett has basically returned from the dead. I won’t go into specifics about all the little Easter eggs and returning background characters that even casual Star Wars fans will recognize in this first episode but suffice it to say that this feels like a Tatooine we never left.

The show is good, so far, and given that it’s made by many of the same people involved in The Mandalorian (the first episode is directed by Robert Rodriguez and written by Jon Favreau), there’s plenty of reason to believe that it will remain so. The first episode is a bit slow compared to the guns-blazing, saber-swinging final episodes of The Mandalorian, but I much prefer a slow start to too much information and flashing lights at once. Like its title character, the show is patient and deliberate, willing to spend as much time as necessary setting up all its dominoes before knocking them down.Want more Thrillist? Follow us on InstagramTwitterPinterestYouTubeTikTok, and Snapchat.

Emma Stefansky is a staff entertainment writer at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter @stefabsky.

Entertainment

Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.

Victoria

Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.

Queensland

BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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