Temuera Morrison Addresses The Book of Boba Fett Episode 3 Backlash

Warning: There are spoilers ahead for The Book of Boba Fett episode 3!

The Book of Boba Fett got off to a rocky start when it debuted on Disney+ last month. Regardless, the producers managed to pull viewers back in with an action-packed second episode that also shed new light on the ex-bounty hunter’s time with the Tusken Raiders. It was a marked improvement over the series premiere, but unfortunately, the show’s latest chapter is inviting controversy once again. And in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, series star Temuera Morrison has responded to fan criticisms.

In episode 2, the Tuskens officially welcomed Boba Fett into their tribe. But in episode 3, another flashback revealed that the Raiders were killed by the bandits in the Nikto gang, which explains why Boba no longer travels with them. After discovering their ravaged campsite, Boba subsequently burned their bodies according to their tribe’s custom.

Just like they did with The Mandalorian, critics and fans alike have applauded The Book of Boba Fett for presenting the Tusken Raiders as more than the uncivilized killing machines that earlier Star Wars films made them out to be. Many viewers ultimately took issue with their off-screen deaths. But according to Morrison, the way Boba handles their remains parallels real-life indigenous traditions.

“[Their portrayal] was better than it was [in the films],” said Morrison. “Then I read [in the script that] we were throwing dead bodies just on the fire and I was going, ‘Oh, hang on, we got to put a bit of ceremony into this.’ But they are the indigenous of the sands of Tatooine, and I was creating a little bit more history about their own culture and I was pulling from my own culture, in a way, in terms of the ceremonies and preparing the warrior and preparing a weapon. And Boba has never experienced a real family before – with the young Tuskens and the old Tuskens – and protecting their land.”

A few fans also took umbrage with the gang of cybernetic street toughs who find work as Boba’s new muscle. Most of the backlash seems to be directed toward their vehicles of choice: a fleet of brightly-colored hover-bikes that look an awful lot like Vespa scooters. However, Morrison doesn’t seem affected by this reaction.

“Some of these things are out of our control,” added Morrison. “We can’t say as performers, ‘We don’t want to work with these people, that’s not good enough’ … They brought a lot of color to it, I thought … they were great, were working hard.”

The next episode of The Book of Boba Fett hits Disney+ next Wednesday, January 19.

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