When Cobb Vanth (Timothy Olyphant) confirmed up in The Mandalorian sporting Boba Fett’s distinctive armor, it appeared like a becoming tribute to a personality whose repute eclipsed his function within the story.
In fact, it didn’t take lengthy for Disney to resurrect Boba – the Mouse Home doesn’t like to depart fan favorites within the floor, even when their story has already been instructed.
Therefore, The Ebook of Boba Fett facilities the character because the protagonist of his personal collection, although followers appeared completely pleased with their shiny new Mandalorian, Din Djarin.
Boba Fett was redundant the second he crawled out of that Sarlacc Pit, and the primary episode of the collection signifies that Disney actually ought to have left him there.
Boba Fett first appeared as a mysterious villain, sporting armor designed to appear like it was salvaged from slain opponents on faraway worlds, a survivor whose sordid previous was higher left to the creativeness. George Lucas had one easy request for Joe Johnston, creator of the character – “make him look cool.”
Johnston definitely succeeded in that goal, and Boba Fett left an enormous impression on Star Wars followers, regardless of solely showing on display for a couple of seconds. Darth Vader’s easy request – “no disintegrations” – capabilities as a proof for the viewers as to why our heroes aren’t immediately murdered by the bounty hunter, however followers took it as proof that Boba was a cold-hearted killer.
Fleshed out by fan’s creativeness, Boba turned a preferred motion determine and a legendary character within the Expanded Universe, regardless of his comically straightforward defeat within the movies, an amazing instance of the ability of ambiguity (and good costume design).
However The Ebook of Boba Fett inadvertently highlights the worst compulsions of Disney’s Star Wars, from overreliance on fan favorites, to an obsession with Tatooine, which is meant to be a backwater planet, now reframed as an important place within the universe (to be honest, the prequels had been simply as responsible of this).
Worse, is the truth that Disney appears utterly unwilling to permit its protagonists to be dangerous – not even a bit bit! Loki was utterly neutered in his Disney+ collection, and even Cruella De Vil, vile puppy-skinner, was reimagined as a likable individual in her movie.
Any trace of Boba Fett’s ethical ambiguity was shortly blown away by The Ebook of Boba Fett, which explicitly frames Boba as a selfless hero, who saves strangers, regardless of no rapid profit to himself, and seeks to rule the legal underworld with respect, relatively than worry.
Boba’s characterization as a ruthless pragmatist was solely hinted at within the movies, however the bounty hunter did fortunately work for Darth Vader, and was prepared to seize the potential saviour of the galaxy, for the sake of some credit; the cruel repute that followers constructed up of their creativeness wasn’t far off the mark.
To not point out, Disney already has a noble gunslinger in The Mandalorian – one would assume that Boba Fett could be considerably edgier, merely for the sake of narrative range.
The Ebook of Boba Fett nonetheless has time to enhance, and to point out a darker aspect to the bounty hunter, but it surely doesn’t appear probably, contemplating how shortly the collection emphasised Boba’s empathy.
Perhaps the person beneath that particular, dented helmet was higher left a thriller.