Boba becoming the ‘hero’ for the Tusken Raiders might foreshadow a Boba Fett hero rebranding and become another Disney Star Wars mistake
The Book of Boba Fett episode 2 has highlighted that perhaps Boba Fett’s hero rebranding is another Disney Star Wars mistake. For many viewers, the show is rectifying the past mistakes of Star Wars media and is shining a light on Boba Fett’s interesting and varied criminal life. With that being said, the events of the first two episodes may be foreshadowing a lackluster hero plotline, revolving around yet another bad guy redeeming himself.
Chronologically, Star Wars had left audiences on a Boba Fett cliffhanger in Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi, ever since he anticlimactically fell into the Sarlacc Pit, leaving viewers wondering if and how he escaped. The Book of Boba Fett has now not only confirmed that the Sarlacc does keep its victims alive, but is also giving fans an all-new story about the most famed Bounty Hunter in the galaxy far far away. The Book of Boba Fett has kept audiences up to date with the current political affairs of Boba assuming Jabba the Hutt’s criminal empire, all while filling in the details that The Mandalorian didn’t reveal, particularly his friendship with the Tusken Raiders.
Fett’s fraternizing with, and after the events of episode 2, saving of the Tusken tribe may pose an issue for the show’s future. It certainly doesn’t make for bad TV, in fact, it is perhaps the most interesting part of the show for the viewer, not only tackling the age-old questions of the fans but presenting them in a fun and nostalgic spaghetti Western fashion. However, while on the surface level this doesn’t sound too worrying, and although Boba Fett isn’t really a villain and never has been, The Book of Boba Fett might be making the mistake of making him into an overly heroic figure. The Clone Wars straddled the line with Boba almost perfectly, frequently showing his personal motivations such as hunting Windu, but equally showing his growth of a personal moral compass, remorseful over the deaths of his brothers and innocents. Avoiding needless bloodshed, however, isn’t exactly hero criteria, especially in the world of bounty hunting. Forgetting this morally dubious aspect to his character is essential for the show’s success.
Star Wars has always thrived off of its divide between good and bad, heroes and villains, and has thus far failed to capitalize on the more complex characters that shows such as Game Of Thrones utilized so marvelously. With that being said, with other grey characters such as Thrawn being key to Star Wars’ future, now would be the perfect time to capitalize Boba’s links to the criminal underworld and let the fans fall in love all over again with their favorite criminal.
With much more ground for the show to cover, it seems that there will be more light shone on much more of the criminal underworld through the eyes of Tatooine’s new Daimyo. In other words, there’s plenty more room to show the ruthless and morally grey side of Boba through his future encounters, after all, running a criminal empire isn’t the most heroic of actions. In Boba’s own words, if he intends to shift from a doctrine of fear to one of respect, not one of criminality to legality, then Boba returning to the Tusken raiders, and playing the role of their hero needn’t be a worry after all.
Needless to say, Boba Fett is a fan-favourite character, and there’s a lot riding on this show, perhaps more so than with The Mandalorian. As much as it’s Boba’s job to prove himself to the criminal underworld, it’s an opportunity for Disney, Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni to prove their Star Wars credentials to the fans and do right by Fett. With five more episodes to go, there’s still plenty of time to prove that Boba Fett’s hero rebranding is nothing more than an illusion and that Disney has not made another mistake with Star Wars in The Book of Boba Fett.
Episodes of The Book of Boba Fett air on Wednesdays on Disney+
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