Ahoy geeks! Jimmie here!
We all got the big news this week that Temuera Morrison is slated to return to the Star Wars universe as the aged bounty hunter, Boba Fett! As stated in a recent Hollywood Reporter article:
Sources say Morrison will play Boba Fett, the famed bounty hunter who first appeared on the big screen in 1980’s Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and who seemingly died in 1983’s Return of the Jedi as he fell into a sarlacc pit. Actor Jeremy Bulloch portrayed the character in the original trilogy.
Boba Fett is expected to play just a small role in season two of the series, after the character was teased in the season one episode “The Gunslinger,” when a mysterious figure sporting the bounty hunter’s trademark spurs approached the apparently lifeless body of Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen).
While this sounds like a great idea in theory it does leave many questions, such as “Is this really necessary?” and “Are you being lazy, or does Fett have a place in Star Wars after Return of the Jedi?”.
I am here to tell you that YES, He absolutely can have a place in the Star Wars universe after being tossed into the Sarlacc, and I am very excited to see this happen sooner than later.
Fett, for me, was the first stand out character in Star Wars aside from Vader as he had the cool armor, and was able to take on Luke Skywalker in Cloud City in Episode 5 of the OT. It was a short sequence, but it was burned into my memory. That, and he was one of the few characters to give Darth Vader crap, and not get forced choked into oblivion.
Before I go full on fanboy on this tidbit of news let’s analyze this just a bit. The Mandalorian, streaming on Disney+, already stands on its own as a solid show with new character in the Star Wars universe set directly after the fall of the Empire.
Our main character, Din Djarin, stands out as a lone gun fighter in, what can be best described, as a lawless region after the New Republic has established it’s power seat after Palpatine was unseated (or tossed down a power shaft. However you want to color it.). In the opening scene alone of the first episode we see him illustrate how well he knows how to handle himself, and that he is well versed in “the way” of the Mandalorian people.
You really got the feeling that this series could stand on it’s own without classic characters, and this is not such a bad thing. Then we get the news that Fett will have some interactions in the next season of the show. Why would they want to do that if the show was doing so well on it’s own?
Fett is one of the iconic characters from the classic trilogy, and was a legend on his own. Fett is the one who gave us our first look at the legendary armor we see the Mandalorian people wearing! He did go out like a chump in Return of the Jedi, but perhaps they want to do the character some justice after tossing him into the belly of some beast. In thinking about this you would have to think that Favreau, and his writing team, would have to find a way to hash out the story of how Boba Fett made his way out of the Saralcc. It would have to take some effort to have rescued him from that grave, and it will be interesting to see how they explain this to the audience.
I would imagine that after losing his prize Moff Gideon may seek outside help in tracking down a certain Child. If you are needing something done right, and you have the money to spare, you would want to hire the best in the business to get the job done. If there is a bounty out for the little one then why not get the best bounty hunter in the business!? Enter Boba Fett himself! He will be used as a tool to track down, and attempt to capture the Child, and possibly Djarin as well.
Keep in mind that the above is all conjecture, but it works so well in my opinion. This is one way that Fett can work as a character in this new series, and not appear as lazy. Could they have cooked up a new character to serve the same purpose? Sure, but why not use such a legendary character, and build a fun story around him still being out there in the Star Wars mythos!?
We will find out how well this will play out in October 2020, Covid be damned! I am looking forward to it, and so should you!
What say you, geeks of the world? Should Fett stay dead, or do you think he is a worthy addition to this fantastic show? Let us know in the comments!