Disney Ruined Boba Fett – By Making Him A Real Star Wars Character In His Series
Since The Book of Boba Fett series premiered, people in the Hot Take Business™ whined about how Disney ruined a cool, but unrealized, Star Wars character. This is, of course, nonsense. In fact, if you watched this week’s fourth episode of the series (the halfway point of this first season) even the haters may find themselves reconsidering their position. The series splits itself between its present-day storyline and detailing Boba’s activities before appearing in The Mandalorian. Most of Chapter 4 of The Book of Boba Fett deals with explaining how the former Bounty Hunter became the character he is now. In fact, as an OG Star Wars fan, I’d say that this TV series is the first time that Boba Fett has been an actual character in the live-action canon. (All due respect to Daniel Logan’s portrayal in Attack of the Clones.)
Here’s the thing: Disney hasn’t ruined Boba Fett. No, instead via The Book of Boba Fett Disney+ series, they have turned this vague Star Wars menace into a character people can actually care about. Also, if you thought that this show was going to be a gritty, bloody “kill ‘em all” type show, then you have a fundamental misunderstanding of what Star Wars stories are supposed to be. Some of this can be “blamed,” on the old Legends stories, often written by comics or novel writers who were trying to pump out content to keep the franchise alive between trilogies.
Until The Book of Boba Fett, the Star Wars character was just an empty suit of armor. Finally, at least in canon, he’s a real person who has desires, emotions, and characterization beyond simply wanton violence.
How Disney Ruined Boba Fett – According to Some
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Since the premiere of The Book of Boba Fett some folks have been overly critical of how the Disney series ruined (meaning: “humanized”) the iconic Star Wars villain. This is not a new complaint. The origin of Boba Fett, as the clone of Mandalorian Foundling and Bounty Hunter Jango Fett, debuted in Attack of the Clones. Of the Star Wars prequel films, the middle chapter is the opposite of the Empire Strikes Back. What I mean by this is that whereas that middle chapter is seen as peak Star Wars, the middle chapter of the prequels is collectively noted as its nadir. Return of the Jedi is my favorite Star Wars film, so I don’t have a massif in this fight.
But part of what annoyed fans was that the badass Mandalorian armor wearing Bounty Hunter was depicted as a child who lost his father at the hands of the Jedi and Sith. Some complaints from folks saying Disney ruined Boba Fett are simply outrage grifters capitalizing on Toxic Fandom. One such piece, by a writer from the cesspool of toxicity that was the original Gawker Media, can simply be disregarded. This prose shock jock said The Book of Boba Fett and its take on the Star Wars character was “worse than Polio.”
Yet, another such article published today by The Guardian, touches on why folks think Disney ruined Boba Fett. Without even realizing he’s saying it, author Chris Edwards reveals that humanizing this character supplants the mystery and intrigue that surrounded him in the original trilogy. Part of what made Boba Fett cool was that we fans imagined who he was. Say what you will about JJ Abrams, but he’s right when he says “The Mystery Box” is always better than the answers.
The Book of Boba Fett Makes Him a Character Worthy of Star Wars
The key conflict in every single Star Wars story ever told is a simple one: Light versus Dark. What this mean depends on the characters involved and the storytellers. With a director like Robert Rodriguez at the helm, many folks thought this would be the shoot-em-up Star Wars show they’ve apparently always wanted to see. (Sorry, that was Rogue One.) When he emerged from the Sarlacc Pit in the series premier, Boba Fett was, quite literally, a changed man. Despite what fanboys (and fangirls and fanenbys) might think, a story about a guy in a cool suit going around and shooting up places is not as much fun as the John Wick series would have you think. If Boba Fett was to lead a TV series, the way Disney would have ruined the character is by not giving him a humanizing story.
In Chapter 4 of The Book of Boba Fett, we see what happened when Temuera Morrison’s character rescued Ming-Na Wen’s Fennic Shand. In the latter part of that story, we learn why Boba Fett seems so different. First, he apparently spent years in the Sarlacc Pit and amongst the Tuskens. And he said somethings Star Wars fans have been saying for years about Boba Fett and Darth Vader and other cool characters who aren’t the boss. He no longer wants to risk his life for idiots and cowards. He wanted to take his shot to lead.
In the character’s appearances in The Clone Wars, we’ve seen young Boba Fett looking for a tribe. This was both to underscore how he was a child and a way to get all the cool Star Wars bounty hunters into the show. As an adult, he learned the lesson that without a tribe, without a family, you don’t really have anything.
The Book of Boba Fett debuts new episodes Wednesdays on Disney+.
What do you think? Do you think Star Wars and Disney ruined the character of Boba Fett with his portrayal in The Book of Boba Fett series? Do you think they should have never peeled back the mysterious layers of this character? Or, do you like the way the way that Boba Fett has changed in this new show? Share your thoughts, theories, or arguments to the contrary in the comments below.
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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 of superhero short stories, Tales of Adventure & Fantasy: Book One is available as an ebook or paperback from Amazon.