Boba Fett: Is His Revival in Vain?

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Zaynab Rehman

The masked bounty hunter emerges from the Sarlacc Pit.

Elijah John, Staff Writer

The man behind the mask was first introduced in The Empire Strikes Back back in 1980. He was mysterious, his armor and jetpack looked super cool, and his iconic ship, the Slave I (which Disney has controversially retconned) was unique in that it flew in an upright position. He had very few lines, the most famous of which described Han Solo in carbonite: “He’s no good to me dead.” Then he fell in Return of the Jedi after Han Solo unwittingly pierced his jetpack, and he was swallowed up by the Sarlacc monster.

After years of people—including George Lucas— saying that he wasn’t done yet, Boba Fett has returned. Let’s set the record straight: Fett is not the first character in the franchise who came back from the dead. Sith apprentice Darth Maul appeared to die when he was split in two by Obi-Wan Kenobi in The Phantom Menace but later enjoyed a glorious return in the TV shows Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels. Maul’s former master, Palpatine, also enjoyed a less-than-stellar appearance in the sequel trilogy film, The Rise of Skywalker. When Fett appeared on-screen for the first time in years in season 2 of The Mandalorian, the question was whether his revival would bring strong character development like Maul’s or be completely useless like Palpatine’s.

The general reaction thus far? Meh. Four episodes into the show, The Book of Boba Fett, it remains unclear what the writers want to do with his character yet. Aside from the triumphant scene where Fett’s armored hand emerges from the Tatooine sands, the series has been slightly underwhelming. The first four episodes cover two storylines: a flashback of what happened to Fett after escaping from the Sarlacc and his attempts to establish a crime empire as daimyo of Mos Espa. It seems that the former, the more interesting of the two, is complete as of the latest episode. The latter has been disappointing as it has not included any major action.

Fett, along with former bounty hunter Fennec Shand, have encountered several obstacles in establishing their empire, including assassins, a corrupt mayor, and a Wookiee bounty hunter by the name of Krrsantan. Episode two introduced a pair of Hutts, who many believed would be the main antagonists of the series, only to send them away the next episode and cause uncertainty regarding the quality of the later episodes. Hopefully, the final three will bring more excitement to the plot, so that Boba’s resurrection will not be in vain.