In the history of cinema there is no secondary character (or perhaps it would be more accurate to say tertiary) as famous and with as many followers as boba fett. The bounty hunter in Mandalorian armor earned a spot among the most beloved characters in the saga with little effort. starwars. Maybe it’s his iconic helmet or his aura as a mysterious space gunslinger… but what did this character do to earn such fame?
Jango Fett’s clone (something that was not known until Attack of the Clones) had his first appearance in the great The Empire Strikes Back being hired by Darth Vader himself to follow in the footsteps of Han Solo and the rest of the rebel leaders. Let’s remember that the charismatic smuggler was also looking for and captured, under heavy reward, by the tyrant Jabba the Hutt, Boba being one of many who undertook his search through the galaxy.
The curious thing about the subject is that Boba Fett does not catch Han, but Vader himself does on Bespin, after reaching an agreement with Lando Calrissian. We should at least give Boba the tip about where our favorite galactic smuggler was. After the capture comes carbon freezing and, now, Han is now guarded by Boba, who hardly had to move a muscle to get such a coveted piece.
His participation in the next installment of the saga, Return of the Jedi, is not much greater or significant. Boba Fett only appears in the first minutes of the tape, in the palace of the fat Jabba. We all know how, or rather where, the friend ends up. A thousand years of digestion in the stomach of the sarlacc… Total, just over six minutes on screen with which he had more than enough to be one of the most attractive characters for fans.
If you want to know more details about the genesis of the character, we recommend the documentary Under the Helmet: The Legacy of Boba Fettalso available on Disney +.
The thing therefore has enough merit. Despite her limited participation in the films, Boba Fett has managed to endure in the minds of her followers, becoming a cult character over the years. Outside of the movies, Boba Fett has been much more fleshed out in novels, her own comic book series, and the Clone Wars animated series. All the way up, of course, to her stellar appearance in the second season of The Mandalorian. Ultimate catapult for this new Disney+ series, also written and produced by Jon Favreau.
Review of The Boba Fett Book
Boba Fett has therefore returned in style, finally starring in his own story, one that requires a double approach: on the one hand, telling how he escaped his fatal destiny inside the sarlacc and his subsequent survival; on the other, recount her seizure of power as Tattoine’s new daimyo or crime lord. Two timelines that are the axes on which the plot of The Boba Fett Book unfolds.
The series led by Robert Rodriguez and the aforementioned Favreau maintains several hallmarks that have given success to his “older sister” The Mandalorian: impeccable photography, impressive special effects, a spectacular soundtrack, the inclusion of dozens of references and some well-known old characters from the saga and an expansion of the universe created by Lucas, more focused here on the dusty cities of Mos Espa and Mos Eisley and the criminal underworld. Not forgetting the wonderful pieces of concept art he ends each episode with.
Under the helmet of the bounty hunter we have the New Zealander Temuera Morrison, who was already Jango Fett 20 years ago. His main task is to carry out the transition from the classic villain character to the contemporary antihero. The Boba Fett we briefly met in the original trilogy movies was sold to the highest bidder for money, and the highest bidder at the time was the Empire. Now times have changed, the Empire has fallen, Jabba has fallen, and we have a new Boba who continues to watch over his own benefit but follows an ethical code.
At his side we find Fennec Shand, played by Ming Na Wen, a former master assassin who here acts as Fett’s lieutenant-squire. Both characters are accompanied by a good list of quite interesting secondary characters such as the Tusken warrior or the Wookiee Black Krrsantan, in addition to cameos and stellar appearances that it is better not to talk about so as not to spoil delicious surprises.
Boba Fett establishes his base of operations on Tatooine and does not move from there. If in The Mandalorian we visited a new planet every week, here we delve into the home planet of the Skywalkers, getting to know the criminal underworld and its different species in depth. The look at the Tusken, a Bedouin tribe traditionally seen as bandits in the saga, as well as the various criminal syndicates, is very interesting. The variety of landscapes will not come until the last episodes, with the progressive “mandalorization” of the series… and I can read this far.
The Boba Fett book is pure Star Wars, giving fans of the saga several memorable moments. She pales in several respects compared to The Mandalorian, and comes back when she crosses story lines and characters with her “older sister” of hers, but we can’t forget that the series starring Peter Pascal It is the best contribution to the galactic universe so far this century. Boba’s adventures are always entertaining and provide a multitude of details that expand the galactic lore. Perhaps it lacks a certain emotional component and connection with the protagonist, something that the creators of the series will be able to continue filing in the future.
“Jabba was a feared leader, I will be a respected leader” – boba fett