Kind-Hearted Crime Lord Boba Fett Baffles Many ‘Star Wars’ Fans

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Boba Fett’s book gave the famous bounty hunter about 200 times more screen time than he ever had in the Star Wars movies, and fans are getting to know their perception of what they thought it would be like changed significantly by the content of the Disney Plus show.

For decades, Boba Fett has been considered the ultimate badass, a mostly silent dude in cool armor who’s had countless wild adventures in EU lore. Here he may still be a badass, and yet Disney has taken a direction that many didn’t expect.

Boba Fett seems to be… a really nice guy?

Even though the plot of The Book of Boba Fett has Fett trying to fuse power as a crime lord, as he puts it, he wants to do it with “respect, not fear”. This has resulted in a number of situations where Fett shows a surprising amount of restraint and mercy.

Is it good? Wrong? Once again, this has sparked a lot of debate among Star Wars fans.

In the last three episodes, Boba Fett has saved:

  • The life of a deputy mayor who insults him.
  • Two Gamorrean guards were offered to him as a tribute.
  • The life of an assassin who tries to kill him in the street.
  • The lives of captured members of a collective of merchants who repeatedly murdered Tusken raiders with their hovertrain.
  • The life of a gang of street kids whom he recruits instead to work for him. And then the life of a merchant who tried to trick him into killing them in the first place.
  • A Wookie gladiator for hire who attempts to assassinate him in his bacta tank.

And now he’s the proud owner of a baby Rancor who he also scratches.

Sometimes I think it works really well. For example, I could see a different path where Boba Fett escaped from imprisonment by Tusken Raiders and goes on a rampage and murders them all. And yet, what actually happened, Fett being adopted and trained as a member of the tribe, was far more interesting and gave the character far more depth.

But the number of felonies and literal assassination attempts that Fett has overlooked at this point is starting to get a little absurd. I’m not sure Fett needs to be “The Punisher” as some have said, and yet I agree with the general feeling that he acts a bit out of character, at least on the basis from Perception character that we have had for all these years. And even though the show is about the criminal underworld of Tatooine, I can’t say the vibe of the show (with colorful teenagers on mopeds) really matches the setting so far. I thought episode 2 was really good, but everything feels very uneven, especially Fett’s behavior in many situations.

It’s too early to tell where this all leads and what Fett might do in the future. But it’s kind of weird to have him and Fennec playing Good Cop/Murder Cop where suddenly Boba Fett is a beacon of wisdom and restraint, probably even more so than The Mandalorian. We’ll see where things go, but I agree that a lot of things seem pretty weird.

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