‘The Book of Boba Fett’ Is a Pared-Down Beginning

A franchise under threat of extreme overexposure could do worse than to return to basics.

“The Book of Boba Fett,” the latest extension of the “Star Wars” franchise, comes at a precarious time; the big-screen strategy for the Lucasfilm universe ran into creative exhaustion by the time 2019’s “The Rise of Skywalker” disappointed hardcore and casual fans alike.

In the intervening time, TV’s been the staging-ground for “Star Wars” adventures, with the giddy serial “The Mandalorian” repairing some of the damage. And in its first episode, dropped on Disney Plus Dec.

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