Danny Trejo Star Wars Debut And More In Book Of Boba Fett
Upon hearing that Robert Rodriguez was directing The Book of Boba Fett, most of the director’s fans expected his second-cousin Danny Trejo to make his Star Wars debut. Without diving right into spoilers, it seems like it’s a role that could extend to multiple episodes. (Yet, the kind that might, uh, end abruptly.) Yet, there is more than just his familiar collaborator in this episode that really reminds us that it’s Robert Rodriguez guiding this series. This latest episode especially has that nouveau Western feel to it. Big music, big camera shots, and a person riding some kind of pack animal.
More interestingly, the show starts to help us understand what it is exactly that Temuera Morrison’s Boba Fett wants to do. We get that he’s a crime lord, but what does that mean, exactly? Character actor Stephen Root shows up as part of that bit of story. It also serves as a reminder that despite the main character’s seeming aversion to violence or killing, things are probably about to get very violent.
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What’s clear by this episode is that The Book of Boba Fett is not The Mandalorian. They share some DNA (both protagonists wear that armor), but that’s about where the similarities end. It also feels like something for people who just eat up anything Star Wars. The closest thing The Book of Boba Fett has to Grogu is, well a spoiler related to the Star Wars debut of Danny Trejo. Essentially, if you’re not already on-board for this series, this episode may codify it for you one way or another. Still, I thought it was a lot of fun.
Spoilers to Follow
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Debut of Danny Trejo Calls Back to Classic Star Wars Moment
As hinted at above, the story this season is a bit convoluted. Part of what made The Mandalorian so accessible is that it was a familiar story. Lone Wolf and Cub in the Star Wars universe. With Boba Fett, it’s a character with a rich history of stories, most of which were brushed aside anytime a Star Wars filmmaker wanted to use the character. This Mandalorian (a clear win for the Legends contingent) is a blank slate that people have expectations for. Which brings us to the debut of Danny Trejo in The Book of Boba Fett, which calls back to the original Star wars trilogy.
In Return of the Jedi, I remember being struck by the scene of the Rancor Keeper bursting into tears at the sight of the dead monster. It was a gag, sure, but it also reminded us that no matter how ugly or fearsome a thing was, someone could love it. Danny Trejo plays the rancor keeper for the new rancor gifted to Boba Feet by his Hutt rivals. The rancor apparently imprints on the first human it sees. (Not like Twilight imprinting, but also maybe because of how it was shot?) I am not sure if the last scene we get in the debut of Danny Trejo in The Book of Boba Fett hints at a double-cross or if Boba really has an adolescent rancor that loves him.
Rancors have popped up a lot in the animated Star Wars canon, most recently in The Bad Batch. So, it will be fun to see how much we get of this great beast and if it’s really going to be the ferocious mascot of the series.
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The Book of Boba Fett (and Danny Trejo, it seems) Will Continue
As per usual with new Star Wars things, the fans find themselves mired in controversy over this or that. Yet, unlike almost any studio under the Disney umbrella, Kathleen Kennedy and Lucasfilm don’t really concern themselves with the drama out there in the fandom. The Book of Boba Fett has probably a few metrics for success, but even that doesn’t mean much. Temuera Morrison could play no fewer than a dozen other Clone Wars characters in live-action should this series be a one-off. Even Danny Trejo doesn’t live nor die with The Book of Boba Fett as his Star Wars debut. He can now pop up anytime some live-action project needs a Rancor or other Space Beast™ tamed. He’s part of the machine now, just like Boba Fett’s new hench-people.
Personally, it feels to me like this is a series that those involved would love to continue doing. I could see three or four seasons of this, possibly spread out over years. With Disney+ anything is really possible when it comes to Star Wars or other Disney franchise storytelling. The quick turnaround from movie theaters to streaming services show they are a priority for their parent companies.
So, we might just get one season of a strange, non-linear, mafia western in the Star Wars universe. That’s pretty awesome. We should want the folks at Lucasfilm to take chances. And even without the debut of Danny Trejo, The Book of Boba Fett feels like a Star Wars story that will take chances.
The Book of Boba Fett debuts new episodes on Wednesdays on Disney+.
What do you think? Do you want to see Danny Trejo’s character return? Did you know he and Robert Rodriguez are cousins? How are you feeling about this show, and it’s take on who Boba Fett is? Share your thoughts, reactions, and reviews of your own in the comments below. Also, follow the link if you’re curious how Boba Fett survived the Sarlacc Pit across the Star Wars canon in the past.
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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. The first books he read on his own were comics, and he's loved the medium ever since. He is the greatest star-pilot in the galaxy, a cunning warrior, and a good friend. His book "What I Learned: Stories, Essays, and More" is available in print from Amazon and from all electronic booksellers.