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Boba Fett’s Tusken Raiders Change Is A Great Sign For Star Wars’ Future

The Book of Boba Fett puts a significantly larger focus on Tatooine’s Tusken Raiders. Here’s how that helps both Boba Fett and Star Wars’ future.

Warning! SPOILERS ahead for The Book of Boba Fett episode 2.

The Book of Boba Fett has changed the Tusken Raiders for the better, which is a great thing for Star Wars‘ future. The Tusken Raiders, also known as the “Sand People” of Tatooine, were first introduced in A New Hope as a desert threat. Both the original and prequel trilogies treated the Tusken Raiders as nothing more than dangerous and animalistic, thrashing their gaderffii weapons while grunting loudly. By popping out when characters are in open territory and attacking them, the Tusken Raiders exemplified crude and possibly offensive stereotypes for tribal people. However, The Mandalorian treated the Tusken Raiders differently, notably in its season 2 premiere through their involvement in killing a krayt dragon. The Mandalorian fixes George Lucas’ mistake of simplifying the Tusken Raiders, and The Book of Boba Fett manages to expand on their significance further just in two episodes.

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The Tusken Raiders are one of the main groups portrayed on Tatooine. Already a familiar creation in the Star Wars universe, they are utilized further in The Book of Boba Fett. Shown through a series of flashbacks, the Tusken Raiders take Boba in as prisoner after he escapes from the sarlacc pit. What first seems like a retread of representing the Tusken Raiders as crude desert people, the show course-corrects by establishing a connection between Boba and the Tusken tribe – particularly in episode 2, “The Tribes of Tatooine.” Through the Boba Fett train scene that heavily alludes to Lawrence of Arabia, in which Boba works with the Tusken Raiders in destroying a spice train wreaking havoc on the tribe, the episode ends with the tribe symbolically welcoming Boba as one of their own.


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Star Wars does itself a lot of favors by expanding on the Tusken Raiders in The Book of Boba Fett – they serve as a clever vehicle for Boba’s character development and Tatooine’s world-building. If Boba Fett’s capture led to him escaping the tribe instead of learning to live with them, it would have been too predictable of an outcome. Furthermore, it would minimize opportunities to define Boba just as the kind of leader he is. The Book of Boba Fett sets particular significance in showing who Boba is in a commanding position, setting up how he establishes himself in the new daimyo position after Bib Fortuna (Matthew Wood). While some may consider Boba Fett’s Tuskan Raiders flashbacks boring, given their infrequent dialog and diversion from the main storyline, placing Boba in with the Tusken Raiders shows how he takes charge of unfamiliar situations. Developing the Tusken Raiders also elevates Tatooine from being a dull desert planet that Luke Skywalker wants to escape from into a planet that actually has a unique ecosystem and culture.


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The Tusken Raiders are probably Star Wars’ most effective tool in developing Boba and Tatooine. Compared to other groups on Tatooine like the Jawas, Boba represents the Tusken Raiders the most. Like the Tuskens, Boba is a fighter of few words, an enigma in the Star Wars universe. Having the Tusken Raiders take him while he’s in the middle of the desert makes more sense considering Star Wars’ established Tusken Raider culture gives the plot more to work with. The Tusken Raiders have the potential for growth, and The Book of Boba Fett makes use of that.

It’s fair to believe that the Tusken Raider flashbacks feel excessive so far in The Book of Boba Fett, considering that they seem to have no relevance in Boba establishing himself as a crime lord. With that said, the show is only two episodes in, and it’s yet unknown how involved the Tusken Raiders will be in the show’s future. Regardless, with moments like Boba Fett returning to the Tusken Raiders in episode 1 and Boba training the Tuskens to stop the train, The Book of Boba Fett effectively utilizes them in building its world, main character, and Star Wars as a whole.


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The Book of Boba Fett releases new episodes Wednesdays on Disney+.

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