A slightly late Christmas present arrived on Disney+ in the form of The Book Of Boba Fett, a spin-off from The Mandalorian, which is a spin-off from the original Star Wars trilogy and the character of the Mandalorian is heavily influenced by the character Boba Fett. Nonetheless, over-the-top Star Wars fans (i.e. me) are very excited by the latest Star Wars tv show.
Who is Boba Fett?
As a Star Wars nerd of the highest order I know there are multiple answers to this question but we shall stick to the canon made in the Star Wars films. Boba Fett is a clone of the infamous bounty hunter Jango Fett, Jango was used as the DNA template for the clone troopers we see in the prequels. Jango asked for one clone which he would raise as his son – Boba. After Jango’s death, Boba seems to bounce around the galaxy, eventually becoming the most feared and capable bounty hunter in the galaxy, so much so that it is Fett who tracks down Han Solo for Darth Vader. Boba met his death when knocked into the sarlacc pit by Han Solo. Or so we thought. Despite having a grand total of four lines, five if you include his scream, Boba Fett became a fan favourite. The mysterious bounty hunter featured in numerous books and other extended universe material and eventually showed up in The Mandalorian. The brief glimpse of Temuera Morrison (who played Jango Fett and so presumably Boba Fett would be identical to) at the end of an episode of The Mandalorian caused an explosion of fan theories, and indeed, Boba Fett made a huge impact on the second season of that show.
The Reports of My Death Are Greatly Exaggerated
In Return of the Jedi Han Solo accidentally activates Boba’s jet pack, which sends him careening into the sarlacc pit, never to be seen again in the original trilogy. But for such a popular character apparent death is a minor inconvenience. The Book of Boba Fett does explain his escape and how the battered, near death, bounty hunter managed to survive, after all, it’s great to escape the sarlacc, but then you’re stuck in the desert.
Why Do People Like Boba Fett?
Boba first appeared in the Star Wars Holiday Special, then had a pivotal role in The Empire Strikes Back and “died” in Return of the Jedi. From these appearances, he would undoubtedly be viewed as a villain by the audience, and he actually does very little. He had a clever idea to find Han Solo, he shoots at Luke Skywalker a couple of times and has an embarrassing tumble into a giant sand monster. But this figure, completely encased in armour, barely saying anything, with no backstory or explanation of who he is other than he’s a bounty hunter is beloved by fans. Boba was even added to the remastered A New Hope, appearing with Jabba the Hutt’s goons (who was also changed from a human to the famous slug we all know and love). I think it’s because he’s cool. Luke Skywalker is the hero but Han Solo is cooler. Darth Vader is evil but he is undeniably cool. C3PO knows seven million forms of communication and we can’t understand a word R2D2 says but we all know the little trashcan droid is far cooler.
The fact that most of the people the rebels fight are masked lends the bad guys an anonymous quality, I don’t think any of the stormtroopers in the original trilogy is ever referred to by name. Stormtroopers are nameless, hidden, seemingly endless foot soldiers and if a villain with any sort of identity shows up they are latched onto.
The Book of Boba Fett
The new show takes places in roughly the same time period as The Mandalorian, with Boba heading back to Tatooine to take over Jabba the Hutt’s crime empire. He is joined by Fennec Shand, another character from The Mandalorian, a brilliant assassin whose life was saved by Boba Fett. Like The Mandalorian, it explores the chaotic galaxy that has been created by the decline of the Empire, relatively unimportant worlds like Tatooine were abandoned as storm troopers were needed elsewhere. Coupled with the death of Jabba the Hutt a power vacuum exists, one which Boba Fett will take full advantage of.
I’ve watched the first episodes and really enjoyed them and if you want to keep following the story of the galaxy’s greatest bounty hunter you should watch it too.