The Book of Boba Fett, a new series a spin-off of the acclaimed Star Wars show The Mandalorian, was premiered on December 29.
Despite doing very little in the original trio (in The Empire Strikes Back) and dying like a chump (in The Return of the Jedi). Boba Fett has long been a part of the franchise. When Disney resumed movies with Episode VII, Bounty Hunter survived death in a number of comics and books that were officially taken out of the canon, but The Mandalorian made its return to the Star Wars universe. After performing a disturbing cameo in the first season, Boba returned to Season 2, where he was played by Temuera Morrison. The New Zealand actor repeated his role because he played Boba Fett’s father, Jango Fett, in Attack of the Clones, and because Boba is a similar clone of Jango, they are basically the same.
Boba goes on an adventure with the titular Mandalorian to end the fate season, but the post-credits scene of the final suggests that he will be getting his series, which will take him to Tattooine where he seems ready to take over Jabba the Hutt’s crime empire. To prepare for what Star Wars organized crime will look like, let’s take a look at some Boba Fett backstory.
Who is Boba Fett?
Boba Fett made his live-action debut in the 1980s The Empire Strikes Back, although hard-core Star Wars fans will no doubt say that he actually appeared for the first time in an animated episode of the infamous 1978 Star Wars holiday special. Was his first chronological appearance in the franchise, however, was in Attack of the Clones. In that movie, we meet Boba as a small child (played by Daniel Logan), when Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) travels to the Kamino planet to investigate rumors of a clone army.
Each clone soldier was a modified copy of Jango Fett, a Mandalorian (although not as revered as Pedro Pascal’s title character in The Mandalorian). Boba was different, as he was the only clone that did not age rapidly or was not very obedient. (Another special clone was Omega, a female version of Jango that appeared in the animated Bad Batch series, but probably won’t be a factor in Boba Fett’s book.)
Boba, for all intents and purposes, was Jango’s son, but he did not get the chance to spend much time with his beloved old father, as Jango’s death was a battle with the Jedi in the big fight that ended Episode II. The animated series The Clone Wars helps fill in the gaps with what happened to Boba when he saw Mace Windu beheading his father, but what happened between episodes II and IV is off-screen. At some point, he began wearing his father’s Mandalorian armor and became a benevolent hunter, eventually taking a job with Darth Vader to help him catch Luke Skywalker. In the process, Boba grabs Han Solo, freezes him in carbonite, and sells Hansicle to the mastermind, Jabba The Hutt.
Boba hangs around Jabba’s castle on the desert planet Tattooine, but when Luke and his friends abandon their plan to rescue Han, Boba faces a jetpack break down and falls into the jaws of a Sarlaac – a buried monster that slowly digests its prey over 1,000 years. That was the embarrassing end of an amazing fan-favorite character.. or was it?
What did Boba Fett do in The Mandalorian?
Authentically, no one saw Boba until he returned to The Mandalorian. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. However, his weapon was found (and worn) by a local named Vanth (Timothy Olyphant), and after the couple killed a dangerous krayt dragon together, Vanth handed over the Mandalorian weapon to the Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal’s Djarin). Boba, along with Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen), a bounty hunter whose life he saved, manages to track Din to the planet Tython. Boba proves his father’s Mandalorian heritage and then destroys just one ton of stormtroopers. He ends the season with Din and several other Mandalorian allies on a mission to rescue Grogu aka Baby Yoda.
Upon successful completion of the mission, Boba and Fennec return to their ship (unfortunately Slave I’s name) and depart for Tattooine, as revealed by the post-credit scene. The couple walks into the most abandoned palace of Jabba, soon to be sent to one of Jabba’s servants, Bib Fortuna, who appears to be running the place, and ascends the throne. Based on the trailers of The Book of Boba Fett, the series will be about Boba, with Fennec being his No. 2, building his crime empire in the space left behind.
Boba Fett’s book will appear in-depth on Boba Fett as a character in the current Star Wars Cannon, but there are many stories involving Bounty Hunter that are no longer Canon. Prior to Disney’s acquisition of the franchise in 2012, Boba was a regular feature of what was then called the expanded Universe – a wide range of books, comics, and video games. In that theory, Boba escaped Sarlaac because of his Mandalorian weaponry and determination. He becomes the leader of the Mandalorians during the space battle and eventually trains one of Leia and Han’s children to kill the other after turning to the dark side. However, none of these are canons (the extended universe is named “Star Wars Legends”). So Boba’s book will be a new page for the character, although new movies and shows borrow or remix plots and characters from the Legends canon.
What can we expect from The Book of Boba Fett?
The propaganda material for Boba Fate’s book has kept the plot very vague, although the basic premise seems very straightforward. Boba, who claims to have left behind his glorious hunting days, seeks to rule the criminal underworld that was previously dominated by Jabba The Hutt. He has brought together the former generals of Jabba and is proposing that they work together for their mutual benefit and wealth. Where Jabba ruled with fear, Boba will rule with honor (although Boba is good at killing his enemies, perhaps a little fear of him would not be a bad idea.)
So far, Boba and Fennec are the only well-known characters to confirm their appearance in Boba Fett’s book. But given how Mandalorian likes to bring back fans’ favorite characters or fill the screen with Easter eggs. Is It would not be a shock if one or two old faces appeared. Other characters from The Mandalorian may also appear, as the series is closer to the major Star Wars series than other spin-offs, such as the alleged Rosario Dawson-led Ahsoka.
Boba Fett is the only creative team in the book that is Mandalorian. As it is executive produced by Joan Favreau. Dave Filoni, the mastermind behind the beloved Clone Wars animated series, as well as Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and Robert Rodriguez, who directed the Mandalorian episode where Boba made his violent comeback. Mandalorian composer Ludwig Göransson also returned to score a spin-off. Filming for the series began in November 2020, using the same ground-breaking LED screen projection techniques used in the Mandalorian.
The seventh episode of The Book of Boba Fett was premiered on Disney+ on December 29, with new episodes starting every next Wednesday. The final episode will air on February 9.