Boba Fett is one of the most mysterious characters in the star wars franchise, and its mystique has ensured its popularity for decades. Anticipation for a standalone series featuring the galaxy’s deadliest bounty hunter was always high, but it took a spin-off from The Mandalorian for fans to finally get their wish. Unfortunately, the various inconsistencies in Fett’s journey from mercenary to crime lord in Boba Fett’s Book made it into a confusing series that some fans said didn’t do its story justice.
From the deadliest bounty hunter in the galaxy turning into a big softy, to how the Hutt Black Krrsantan was able to drop him deep in the bowels of Jabba’s palace, there’s a lot that just didn’t have it all. just no sense The Boba Fett Book.
Why is Boba Fett so nice?
In the few glimpses fans got of Boba Fett as a bounty hunter in The empire strikes back he was a monosyllabic mercenary who answered Darth Vader easily and was on the payroll of the Empire and Jabba the Hutt. After the events of Return of the Jedi and his confrontation with the Sarlacc, it seems he’s gone soft and wasn’t the badass Boba Fett he used to be anymore.
Before becoming a member of the Tusken Raider tribe which saves his life, he tries to escape their clutches, even going so far as to try to free another Rodian prisoner. He has yet to learn the value of community and family and he already acts like the hero, a trend that continues when he spares the mayor’s butler Mok Shaiz despite his cheekiness, and Black Krrsantan despite trying to ‘assassination.
Why is he so naive about the criminal underworld?
Boba Fett has always interacted with the underworld in star wars canon, doing business with such shady characters as Jabba the Hutt, Prince Xizor, and Black Sun, and various other crime syndicates (not to mention the Galactic Empire). Yet in The Boba Fett Book, he seems to be very naive about the mechanics of starting a criminal enterprise.
He acquires the speeder bike mod gang by accident after a bit of bureaucratic trifle, but doesn’t think about gaining muscle (other than two Gamorrean guards) until the Pyke Syndicate threatens to “war” on his territories. With Fett’s experience, he should be more than knowledgeable about Syndicate moves, know how to lean on Mayor Mok Shaiz, and be ready for Jabba the Hutt’s former captains to sell him out.
Why doesn’t Boba Fett rule with fear more often?
If it’s clear that the series wants to highlight Boba Fett’s metamorphosis from feared bounty hunter to shrewd crime lord, why does he just give up the intimidation tactics that would serve him well? By Fett ruling with respect, enemies like the Pyke Syndicate do not view him as a credible opponent.
Fett doesn’t have to resort to violence at every turn, but he comes across as distinctly non-threatening. He doesn’t wear his helmet 80% of the time, making him an easy target and removing the inscrutable mystique he’s cultivated. He also does not punish the twins for sending an assassin after him, or punish that assassin, and he does not protect his citizens from that assassin when the Wookiee attacks the Sanctuary bosses.
Should he even be considered a crime lord?
“I’m the crime lord, he’s supposed to pay me,” Boba Fett tells Mayor Mok Shaiz’s obsequious butler when the Twi’lek shirks his obligations of tribute to the new Daimyo. Fett may have usurped Jabba the Hutt as the new “crime lord” on Tatooine, but is there any indication that he’s building a criminal empire to rival that of his former employer?
Fett is concerned about his citizens and shuts down water grafting, does not allow the movement of spices through Tusken Territory or major spaceports like Mos Eisley that Jabba has allowed, and seems disinterested in anything that might actually fill its coffers by dubious means.
Why is he so dedicated to “his people”?
There are several times throughout the series where Boba Fett makes decisions based on “his people”; the people of Tatooine, the citizens of Mos Espa, and its core crew at Jabba’s Palace. Technically, weren’t “his people” the Tusken Raiders who took him in and were later slaughtered by the Pyke Syndicate?
He could have forged better ties with the remaining Tusken tribes and perhaps even created an alliance that would have aided him in his skirmishes with the Pyke Syndicate, but for some reason Fett feels an overwhelming pull to help the people of Tatooine who didn’t. cared about him until he became the Daimyo.
Why does the series have so many episodes with The Mandalorian?
For a series titled The Boba Fett Book, there are certainly plenty of episodes devoted to The Mandalorian. Din Djarin appears as this “other” beskar-wearing bounty hunter in three out of seven episodes, which almost makes it feel like his show.
Why would a made-for-TV character spoof a fan favorite who not only has been in the franchise for decades, but arguably has a bigger fanbase? Boba Fett fans wanted to know more about Boba Fett, not feel like his show was just setting up season 3 of The Mandalorian. There could easily have been more episodes devoted to Fett building his empire and growing as a character than building another character’s narrative.
How did Black Krrsantan sneak into Boba Fett’s private room?
One minute Boba Fett is enjoying the bath and the next he’s fighting for his life because Black Krrsantan snatches him from his bacta bath. How exactly did the Wookiee infiltrate Jabba’s palace undetected and when he has a massive iron door outside?
Santo is a capable bounty hunter and gladiator, but stealth isn’t exactly his forte. To add insult to injury, Fett is ruthlessly pummeled as he lies in an extremely vulnerable state until the speeder bike mod gang and Fennec Shand arrive to save the day. In the next scene, Fett and Shand are sitting at a gigantic banquet table eating a feast as if nothing had happened.
Why did it take Boba so long to kick ass?
When Boba Fett emerged from the Sarlacc’s stomach, he looked like a warm Bantha poodoo, but after being treated with Tusken’s hospitality, he became a competent warrior despite having no access to a bacta tank. Getting stuck in Sarlacc’s digestive juices was a clever plot used to explain his rusty skills for several episodes, but even after he was fully healed, it took him until the Season 1 finale to really show fans what they’re up to. knew he was capable of.
The inconsistencies in Boba Fett’s fighting ability showed up at various key points and seemed to depend on what the plot required. He was a brutal berserker at Tosche Station during the elimination of Sand Riders Nikto, but was clumsy against assassins in the Night Wind and was nearly killed by Black Krrsantan even after gaining access to a bacta tank.
Why did everyone shoot The Rancor?
One of the most epic moments in the Season 1 finale came when Boba Fett appeared riding his grudge. After shooting the armored droids to no effect, the people of Freetown were thrilled to see the rancor destroy the shield and tear the droids apart. That was until they sensed the resentment of struggling and then decided to… angrily shoot the creature that saved their lives.
Not only did they obviously make him more upset, but they also risked incurring the wrath of Boba Fett. It took Din Djarin to make them stop shooting when they should have known it wasn’t a good idea to make the rancor more aggressive anyway.
Was it really a “war”?
The second half of the season led to what was supposed to be a turf “war” between Boba Fett, Fennec Shand, Din Djarin and the people of Freetown who were willing to fight to keep the Pyke Syndicate (and its spice) off of Tatooine. What actually happened in the Season 1 finale was more like a weak street fight.
Perhaps because all of Fett’s forces ended up stuck in one place, there were no dogfights in space, and the Pyke Syndicate soldiers gave up as soon as a grudge arose. hit their droids, but the final showdown that had been hanging in front of fans for so long felt like a battle in a much larger war, which is perhaps what fans will get if Season 2 ever arrives.
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