The first episode of the new TV series Star wars, The Book of Boba Fett, on Disney +, contains a few more or less precise references to the films. Attention spoilers!
So here is a new series on Star wars has been airing on Disney +, since December 29, 2021, at the rate of one episode per week – it will have seven in all. Entitled The Book of Boba Fett, the live-action series brings together a cast around Temuera Morrison, the New Zealand actor who lends his features to the famous bounty hunter.
Because it is of course on Boba Fett that this new series focuses, indirectly extending the story proposed in The Mandalorian, another series produced under similar circumstances and which has two seasons. This too is also offered on the video on demand subscription service (SVOD) of the entertainment giant.
Small event among the fans, the release of a new work in the “canon” of Star wars, that is to say that is part of the official history (unlike the entire Extended Universe developed during the era before the takeover of Lucasfilm by Disney, which was ruled out), also constitutes a small challenge , because it is the occasion to try to unearth the winks and the details left by the production.
Below, here are four that we wanted to come back to, because they seem to us to be the most significant.
Warning: spoilers in the rest of the article! Since we are going to talk about episode 1 of Book by Boba Fett, we will necessarily describe sequences. If you haven’t seen it, go your way. Otherwise, continue. In any case, the cautionary tale has been given.
We know how Boba Fett survived
Remember: Boba Fett is a character who first appeared in Star wars on the occasion of episode V, The Empire Strikes Back (well, actually, it’s in In the days of star wars that he is making his first appearance: it is a TV movie shot after episode IV, New hope, but it is considered a failure and few people have seen it).
The character, who turns out to be a very high-level bounty hunter – he and a few others are recruited by the Galactic Empire to hunt down Han Solo, and he deals directly with Darth Vader, sorry – is returned later in episode VI, Return of the Jedi.
But it is during this film that the fate of Boba Fett does not play much. In a fight against Luke Skywalker and his friends, on Tatooine, the desert planet where Luke spent all his youth, the bounty hunter is hit and falls into the mouth of a monstrous creature, buried under the sands: the sarlacc. It was not clear then if the mercenary would survive.
When season 2 of The Mandalorian came out, the public was able to officially discover that Boba Fett actually survived the sarlacc’s digestive system. But we didn’t know exactly How? ‘Or’ What : it is this question that once and for all raises episode 1 of the Book by Boba Fett, showing how the killer got out of the beast.
It is interesting to note that in the Extended Universe, the survival of Boba Fett had already been validated in previous accounts, with however some variations in the way of escaping the gastric juices of the monster. However, these leads were ruled out in 2012, following the acquisition of Lucasfilm. Or, more specifically, the trail regarding Boba Fett’s survival has been adjusted.
The mystery surrounding Boba Fett’s escape is lifted very early in the episode. We see the character regain consciousness, realize what a mess he is in and build a plan to get away. For this, he will take oxygen from a stormtrooper armor and then attack the bowels of the sarlacc with a flamethrower. Radical, but you have to survive.
Max Rebo and Figrin D’an still play music on Tatooine
We have to believe that Max Rebo is enjoying himself on Tatooine. In episode VI of Star wars, there is some kind of blue elephant in Jabba the Hutt’s yard playing music. If it is indeed blue, it is not really an elephant, but an ortolan, a hopper which, it is true, has some similar characteristics with the pachyderms of the Earth.
However, it turns out that Max Rebo, who thus played in episode VI aboard a barge heading near the Sarlacc, still officiates as a musician in The Book of Boba Fett. Except that in the series, which takes place three years later Return of the Jedi, the ortolan left the Hutt Palace for a bar located in one of the big cities of Tatooine.
It should be noted that Max Rebo is not the only musician of the time to reappear: we also find Figrin D’an, a bith (it is the name of his species) who appeared from New hope. In this film, we quickly see him playing some sort of oboe when Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi enter the cantina. Years later he seems to have taken up the guitar
Nice atmosphere between Trandosha and Kashyyyk
This reference is a little more technical: when Boba Fett holds an audience at Jabba’s palace, as master of the place, he receives a certain Dokk Strassi. This very reptilian-looking creature turns out to be a trandoshan. However, the person concerned, who is presented as the protector of the city center and its commercial territories, does not come empty-handed.
He is holding a fur coat in his hands. One could say that this is an insignificant detail, that it is a simple welcome gift to Boba Fett: but a fur in the hands of a trandoshan usually means that it he is the remains of a wookie corpse, the species to which Han Solo’s staunch companion Chewbacca belongs.
It takes a little context to understand what we are talking about: you have to know that the planet Trandosha is in the same planetary system as Kashyyyyk, the planet of the wookies. However, the Galactic Empire let the Trandoshans enslave many wookies during a period of colonization of Kashyyyk – with obvious abuses, as evidenced by this fur.
Back to Mos Espa
If you prick up your ears, you understand that the action in this first episode takes place in Mos Espa. Perhaps you mostly remember Mos Eisley, which is also a big city on Tatooine. It is in Mos Eisley that part of the plot of episode IV takes place, with the arrival of Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi.
But Mos Espa also had its renowned personalities. This is where a certain Anakin Skywalker spent his childhood as a slave, but also his mother, Shmi, as well as their master Watto. If you’ve seen Episode I, The Phantom Menace, you should all be familiar with this. Who knows, maybe we’ll see a module race …