Yeah, I said it.
Boba Fett is a chump.
Look, I’ve never understood the big deal with Boba Fett. But it seems that there has pretty much always been this pocket of Star Wars fandom that loves the guy. Like he’s the biggest badass in the galaxy. Next to, one would assume, Darth Vader. He’s a popular Halloween costume. He’s a go-to cosplay at conventions and movie premieres.
But I don’t see how that reputation is warranted.
I only bring this up now because people were making a big deal last week about how the announced Boba Fett spin-off movie has been completely canceled by Disney and Lucasfilm. It’s done. No more Boba Fett movie.
Get over it.
If you can explain why people think Boba Fett is so great, then I welcome your comments. Enlighten me. But, for now, let me explain my position.
Why do I think Boba Fett is a chump?
The guy has minimal screen time. So, as far as the movies go, there isn’t a whole lot to know about him. And I’m sure there are people out there who could glean information from animated TV shows and comics and novels. Maybe that extended universe stuff is where someone’s argument for why this bounty hunter is so great will come from.
Note: I will not accept arguments from the now non-canon “Legends” stories.
My argument for why he’s a chump pretty much comes from the movies. And let’s go chronologically, okay?
Attack of the Clones introduces us to a kid version of Boba Fett. He’s one of Jango Fett’s clones, though he’s not being grown at an accelerated rate. He’s just growing up like a normal kid who sees Jango as his dad.
Does Boba do anything special in Episode II? Not particularly. He’s about as useful as Anakin was in Episode I. Jango Fett is beheaded by Mace Windu, which is understandably a sad moment for young Boba. And you might expect some kind of revenge scenario play out in some way when Episode III comes along. But no, Boba Fett does not make an appearance in Revenge of the Sith.
I will say, I’ve watched the entire Clone Wars series, and I know there are a small handful of episodes which feature a slightly older, adolescent Boba Fett. But I can’t honestly remember how any of those turn out. Honestly, I don’t think they help his case in the least.
Back to the movies. We next get a glimpse of Boba Fett in the ridiculous special edition version of Episode IV: A New Hope. And that’s all it is… a glimpse. Which, I have no doubt was added to the movie in the late 90s as fan service. Because, again, for some reason, fans love this guy. I don’t get it.
The first real big screen introduction the world got to Boba Fett was in the greatest Star Wars movie of all time, The Empire Strikes Back. He was one of several bounty hunters that Vader has hired to track down the Millennium Falcon. And he happens to be the one bounty hunter that figures out how to find Han Solo and his crew.
Obviously, there’s more to the story. The bounty hunters are keen to find Solo because Jabba the Hutt has put a price on his head. But Vader wants Solo and the others to spring a trap for Luke Skywalker. It works.
As far as I can tell, this is the one significant thing that Boba Fett has ever done.
We next see him in Return of the Jedi. He’s still hanging out as part of Jabba’s entourage. But why? If he’s such a great bounty hunter, shouldn’t he be somewhere in the galaxy tracking down his next target? No… he’s just hanging out at Jabba’s palace, keeping an eye on the Han Solo sculpture that he delivered to Jabba. Good job. Making sure an inanimate object doesn’t escape.
But Luke and Leia have a plan to free Han. And it works. In the process, Boba Fett is thrown into the pit of the Sarlacc. By a STILL BLIND Han Solo. As far as I’m concerned, that’s where Boba Fett’s story ended. And he is being slowly digested over a thousand years.
So, tell me, what makes Boba Fett so great? Help me out, because I just don’t see it.