After two episodes, The Book of Boba Fett’s story of redemption, family and new Star Wars leaders proves why John Boyega’s Finn needs a solo TV show.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for the first two episodes of The Book of Boba Fett, now available on Disney+.
The Book of Boba Fett has been a grueling journey as the ex-bounty hunter carves out a new life on Tatooine. He’s undergone a rebirth, with the first two episodes hashing out the trauma he faced as a child thrown into war and a soldier looking for redemption. Interestingly, as Boba replaces Jabba the Hutt as Mos Espa’s daimyo, his new direction proves why Finn needs a solo TV show.
Now, John Boyega’s character in the Star Wars sequel films was a great idea, but it wasn’t executed well. Many fans remained divided, as it felt like wasted potential with him being an ex-Stormtrooper, only to just play second fiddle to Rey’s destiny and Poe being the new Resistance leader. Overall, his role was short-sold and reduced to comedic banter with Captain Phasma, who saw him as an incompetent traitor and janitor.
However, rather than exploring his role as a leader in a new movie, the Star Wars franchise should offer Finn a Book of Boba Fett-style series to make it right. Boyega was a bit bitter about how his arc was diminished, so this would allow proper exposition and reconciliation of Finn’s past, present and future. Rather than short conversations, there’d be room for a lot more powerful emotional connections with him, Jannah and other ex-Stormtroopers working together as freedom fighters, bringing relief to the galaxy in the wake of the First Order and Palpatine’s second downfall.
They could be space cops, trekking on behalf of Poe’s Resistance and working to unite planets to usher in a new era of governance and peace. Finn could become the leader J.J. Abrams teased but never delivered; it’d streamline his romance, which haphazardly toggled between Rey and Rose, by having him spending more time with Jannah; and it’d properly wade into his crew suffering trauma from the wars they can’t seem to escape. This life in battle also affected Din Djarin in The Mandalorian, as much as it did Boba in The Book of Boba Fett, so Star Wars could organically address a recurring theme to heal the galaxy.
He can work with Lando Calrissian to find his family, with everyone searching for loved ones away from the turmoil of the Dark Side and Light. After all, the Jedi and Sith battles regarding balancing the Force have been so overdone, fans need a breath of fresh air and more human character portraits, which is where Rogue One succeeded.
This also allows the franchise to place Black people front and center in a franchise that’s mainly tokenized people of color as supporting cast members. As for antagonists, there’s so much potential, with other ex-Stormtroopers possibly wanting to form a new vicious movement, new syndicates like Crimson Dawn, comic characters, such as the tech villain in Cylo or an older Aphra on her treasure-hunting quest, and maybe even remnant Sith cultists who can’t let go of the Emperor’s scientific and mystical projects. Ultimately, there’s a lot to explore, which could be too much for the big screen. But with an entire season or more, Finn could be properly perched to be the Chosen One the franchise hinted he would be.
See how Boba’s redemption lays a template for Finn’s return in The Book of Boba Fett, now streaming on Disney+.
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