Series Review: The Book of Boba Fett (Disney Plus)

By: Jesse Striewski

The direction the Star Wars franchise has been heading into starting with The Mandalorian in 2019, has been nothing short of impressive. The Book of Boba Fett further builds on the foundations set up by the previously mentioned show and expands on it perfectly.

Like The Mandalorian, the events of Boba Fett take place directly after 1983’s Return of the Jedi, even going so far as to show how the title character (once again portrayed by Temuera Morrison) emerged from his seemingly original doom from the sar lac in Jedi. Eventually with the help of assassin Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen), Fett rises to a position of power in the place of the notorious Jabba the Hutt.

There’s plenty of side stories, and characters new and old that fans of the original series should appreciate, including Luke Skywalker himself (Mark Hamil and Graham Hamilton), and yes, even Grogu, a.k.a. baby Yoda. I was exceptionally elated to see appearances by former Suicidal Tendencies bassist Stephen “Thundercat” Brunner (whom I had the pleasure of personally meeting back in 2010), and Jennifer Beals, who still looks as good as she did when she first threw on those leg warmers for Flashdance back in the early ’80s.

Look, I’ve never been one of those unforgiving nerds with high expectations with each and every franchise they follow religiously (in fact, Star Wars has always been one of the few of its kind I even bother following at all). But for the most part, I think what Disney has been producing here lately has put the franchise back on the right track, and you can’t really ask for much more than that.

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Album Review: Suicidal Tendencies: Get Your Fight On! (Suicidal Records)

ST CoverAfter several years in a bit of a lull, Suicidal Tendencies came back surprisingly strong with the release of 2016’s World Gone Mad album. The band continue down the right path here with their latest EP.

Along the way there’s a cover of a Stooges classic in the form of “I Got a Right,” as well as two Cyco Miko (lead vocalist Mike Muir’s side/solo project) tracks (including the epic “Ain’t Mess’n Around,” hands down the strongest number here). Though Muir’s voice has noticeably changed some, the band still brings crossover thrash like no one else does. The addition of Dave Lombardo on drums has sparked some new life back into Suicidal Tendencies, and fans should rejoice to have them close to top form again.

Rating: 3 Stars