The Book of Boba Fett has finally premiered on Disney+!
Maybe it’s just me, but it sure felt like I waited a long time for this show.
Of course, it has only been a year since the show was officially announced. After Boba Fett appeared on The Mandalorian, he finally got his place in the spotlight.
The show was first teased in a post-credits scene at the end of The Mandalorian’s season two finale. It left fans wondering if the new Fett-centered show would replace Pedro Pascal’s spotlight. Spoiler alert: they both get a show!
You get a show! You get a show!
Everybody Loves Boba Fett
I’m actually surprised it took this long for ol’ Fett to get his own project. Despite his relatively minor role in the original trilogy, he took off as a fan favorite. Over the years, Fett has become one of the most recognizable characters in the Star Wars franchise, after only seeing a little less than twenty minutes of screen time in the original trilogy.
Apparently, there’s power in looking really, really cool. Plus, the mysterious mercenary is dangerous with a cloudy moral compass, so he answers to no one.
Anyway, after his small amount of screen time in the original trilogy, and tumbling to a presumed death in the Sarlacc pit, we did see Fett on the big screen again for the prequels. We got to see his younger self, and learn a little more about his background and where he came from.
Fett also appears extensively in the Star Wars Expanded Universe. All that material revealed a ton about him. He was once married to another bounty hunter and had a child. He even became Mandalore and led the Mandalorians through a war. And most importantly, the Expanded Universe content let us know that the bounty hunter survived the Sarlacc pit.
Unfortunately, all of those novels, comic books, video games, and other works were rebranded as Star Wars Legends by Lucasfilm and declared non-canon. It was all in an effort to create a blank slate for the sequel trilogy and other future projects following Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm. I understand why they did it, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it.
Disney and Lucasfilm have obviously been working on creating a new history for Boba Fett. This carefully crafted history obviously includes everything Disney deemed canon. For Fett, this includes his appearances in the original trilogy and prequels, along with The Clone Wars and Disney+ series.
While Din Djarin is shaping up to possibly be the next Mandalore, it looks like Fett is sitting pretty as the next crime lord ruling Tatooine. Bye-bye, Jabba and Bib Fortuna! But before you dive into The Book of Boba Fett, let’s take a look at the mysterious mercenary’s major appearances in the canon Star Wars timeline leading up to the new series.
We’ll go in chronological order versus release date order, just this once. It’ll make more sense that way.
Episode II – Attack of the Clones
Attack of the Clones is where Boba Fett is introduced to audiences as the young son of Jango Fett, a legendary bounty hunter serving Count Dooku and the Separatists. He wasn’t an ordinary son, though. Instead, he was a clone.
Jango was the template for the Republic’s Clone Army, who were cloned from him, and given brain modifications and rapid growth acceleration to create the perfect soldiers. Boba was created as an unaltered clone at Jango’s wishes so that he could be raised as his son and carry on his legacy.
After Jango was beheaded by Mace Windu, Boba is left alone with his father’s Mandalorian armor.
The Clone Wars
It is during the animated series The Clone Wars that we learn of Boba Fett’s quest for revenge. In the wake of his father’s death, he has become allies with a collection of bounty hunters and nearly succeeds in killing Mace Windu.
The Jedi capture him, but he escapes prison on Coruscant and later forms his own bounty hunter syndicate. The organization includes the likes of Bossk and Dengar, both of whom we see alongside an adult Boba Fett in The Empire Strikes Back. We also first see Fett’s cloudy moral compass here, when he insists they proceed with a questionable mission. A team member turns on him and he winds up delivered to the client in place of the bounty.
Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back
Boba Fett apparently does a stellar job following in his father’s footsteps, because by the time we get to Empire, he’s gaining fame as a bounty hunter. In fact, he’s a favorite of Jabba the Hutt, Tatooine’s major crime lord.
Enter again Fett’s cloudy moral compass, as he also regularly takes jobs for none other than the infamous Sith Lord Darth Vader.
In Empire, Boba Fett is one of several bounty hunters that Darth Vader hired when looking for Han Solo and the Millennium Falcon. It was all in an effort to use Han Solo and Princess Leia as bait for Luke Skywalker.
Of course, Fett found Solo and delivered him. But Fett already wanted to collect the bounty that Jabba the Hutt had placed on Solo’s head, so he’s also the one who takes Solo (encased in carbonite) back to Jabba once Vader has no more use for him.
Episode VI – Return of the Jedi
Boba Fett reappeared in Return of the Jedi – because remember, he’s one of Jabba the Hutt’s favored bounty hunters. As you might imagine, he was kind of just chilling at Jabba’s palace on Tatooine when Han Solo’s friends arrived to rescue him.
The Great Pit of Carkoon, aka the Sarlacc pit, was meant to serve as Solo and Skywalker’s demise. Inside, a monster Sarlacc would consume them, where they would be digested for thousands of years.
Jabba’s star hunter, Boba Fett travels to the pit to witness Solo and Skywalker’s execution. Unfortunately for Fett, this was not the place to be. As prisoners started to revolt, Fett jumps in to fight Skywalker. It puts him in the wrong place at the wrong time. Solo struck the bounty hunter’s rocket pack, causing him to lose control and sending him down into the Sarlacc’s mouth.
It wasn’t exactly the most heroic death.
Just kidding! As it turns out, Boba Fett managed to survive falling into the Sarlacc pit somehow. And while now-Legends material told us that he had survived, Fett’s arrival on The Mandalorian made it canon. Our favorite mysterious mercenary was back!
Boba Fett actually first appeared somewhat slyly, smack in the middle of season 1. At the end of “Chapter 5: The Gunslinger,” Fennec Shand is left for dead in the desert – but a mysterious figure is seen approaching her. Didn’t that sound of jangling spurs when he walked sound familiar?
His armor then showed up at the beginning of season 2, after being salvaged by Jawas. Boba Fett eventually shows up in all his glory, accompanied by Shand, to retrieve that armor. He gives a little more insight, telling Din that his late father Jango was a Mandalorian foundling. That armor is his birthright.
Fett and Shand stick around to ensure Grogu is safe, and by the time “Chapter 16: The Rescue” rolls around, Fett’s armor is now cleaned and repainted. Lookin’ good, dude!
Fett helps Mando rescue Migs Mayfeld. Then they locate Moff Gideon’s cruiser, and Grogu is eventually safe in the hands of Luke Skywalker.
Anyway, Fett flies off and he’s not seen again until the post-credits scene. That scene served to announce The Book of Boba Fett. In it, Fett and Shand return to Tatooine. Bib Fortuna had been left in charge after Jabba’s death, but Fett kills him and takes over the throne.
The Book of Boba Fett
And here we are!
I don’t want to drop any spoilers for anyone that hasn’t tuned in to the first episode yet. However, we know that Temuera Morrison reprises his role as Boba Fett, and Ming-Na Wen is back as Fennec Shand.
Teasers lead us to believe that Boba Fett is looking to trade his life as a bounty hunter for the life of a Tatooine crime lord. After all, Jabba’s death by Leia in Return of the Jedi has left a crime lord-sized hole that apparently Bib Fortuna just couldn’t fill.
It will be interesting to see how things pan out for everyone’s favorite bounty hunter with a cloudy moral compass. Originally born from ideas Lucas had for Darth Vader, will he finally wind up as the next major villain in the Star Wars universe?
I think it’s safe to assume that Fett and Shand will certainly make a name for themselves in the galaxy’s underworld. And here’s to hoping that Boba Fett finally tells us how he escaped that Sarlacc pit! What other mysteries are you hoping will be solved with the new series?