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April 23, 2010

Geek Out!: The 'Fett' is back!

Posted: 04:14 PM ET

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With the 30th anniversary of “The Empire Strikes Back” only weeks away [May 21, mark your calendars!] I was happy to see that “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” [on Cartoon Network, which, like CNN, is a division of TimeWarner] was about to start a three-episode season finale arc this Friday called “Death Trap.”

Why? Because one of the Star Wars universe's biggest fan favorites - Boba Fett! - will make his first appearance.

I, like many Star Wars fans, love “Empire,” and believe it's the best in the original trilogy. And, by far, my favorite character from the movie is "The Fett."

To be completely accurate, Boba Fett was first introduced to us in an animated section of the ill-fated 1978 “Star Wars Holliday Special” [You know ... the one that inspired Lucas to say he would like to "... track down every copy of that show and smash it."] .

Also, Kenner released a Boba Fett action figure before "The Empire Strikes Back" was released.

And if we want to get *really* deep into Star Wars geekdom, I'll point out that his first "public" appearance was at the San Anselmo's County Fair parade on September 24, 1978, in a parade alongside Darth Vader.

But when the largest group of us saw him first was on the bridge of the Star Destroyer being briefed by Darth Vader.

We loved him from the get-go.

He wore that cool Mandalorian armor [not that we knew what it was called when we saw the movie]. He hid what he looked like. He said only 29 words in the entire original trilogy.

His ship, Slave I, was so whacked-out looking. He was just ... cool.

It was even cooler that he was hunting down the heroes of the movie and we were never 100 percent sure of his motives. Was he just in it for the money? Or did he have another reason he wanted to get his hands on Han Solo?

For me, he was the second coolest of all the characters we meet in the Star Wars universe [I'm a Vader guy]. He is also one of the characters that we meet in the Star Wars universe that gets their back-story fully fleshed out later in the movies (Ep II, Ep III, Ep V, Ep VI), video games and comics books.

I can't think of a part of the Star Wars world that does not have at least a mention of him.

Are you a Boba Fett Fan? What went through your mind when you first saw him in the Star Wars universe? Let us know in the comments.

Also, what are your favorite “Empire Strikes Back” memories, especially if you saw the movie when it first came out? Share your story and photos on CNN iReport.

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Eric in St. Paul, MN   April 26th, 2010 11:08 pm ET

I was 10 years old when ESB came out, and we saw the first matinee on Saturday with about 8 friends. I don't know if we were living in caves but when the screen came up with the text that fades into the distance and displayed "Episode V" we were all looking at each other qizzically. I always hear people say that they wished they kept all of their action figures in the original boxes so they would be worth a fortune now, but we beat the hell out of those toys and what we didn't have we made up with cardboard and Legos before Legos had Star Wars stuff – that was worth a fortune!

Fast forward 30 years...

My son is 5 and has seen all of the old school movies in the same order I saw them, and we have yet to let him watch the prequels, although he has seen some of the Clone Wars episodes on Cartoon Network. It's pretty funny, he and his preschool friends talk about Star Wars nonstop, and are even "writing a screenplay" for "the next Star Wars movie".

So geeks will have geek offspring, and the world continues to turn...

jacko   April 27th, 2010 7:06 am ET

Boba was cool, but hey what about BOSSK?.....Hih, love that foot hanging over the edge.

CN   April 27th, 2010 8:58 am ET

TBH, never saw the appeal of this series (having caught a few eps back). The fanboys may love it, but its very premise has a critical problem: the clones themselves are totally unsympathetic, as you KNOW they will turn on the jedi with one sybilant whisper.

Sam Moore   April 27th, 2010 9:13 am ET

I don't care what anyone says. Fett is STILL being slowly digested in the Sarlac Pit.

ST   April 27th, 2010 9:49 am ET

Boba Fett WAS cool. As were many other Star Wars related things, until Lucas ruined everything by making 1,2 and 3. A little clone boy.....really, that's were you want to take this story....oh you're Lucas is a terrible story teller, and if it wasn't for (god it hurts to say this) studio people, who knows what nonsense would have made it into the original three. He had ABSOLUTE control over 1,2 and 3 and all he managed to do was drive one of the greatest trilogies straight into the ground. Just go look at some of his original ideas for characters. Go look, really, do it, you'll understand what I'm talking about, and if you don't you are probably one of the ones that thinks Empire was "the most boring of them all."

Eric   April 27th, 2010 10:59 am ET

Boba Fett was cool in Empire for 2 reasons:

1) He was the only one in the movie who could talk back to Vader (clearly this guy was no punk), and

2) He was the only one (Empire or bounty hunter) not fooled by Han Solo's garbage trick.

I agree that his presentation (and end) in Return of the Jedi was botched. But he was a very memorable minor character in Empire (way more memorable than Wedge, who actually gets way more screen time in all three movies).

Bobba Fett is Back   April 27th, 2010 11:04 am ET

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derekj   April 27th, 2010 1:30 pm ET

star wars sucks, it just plain sucks.

Mike L   April 27th, 2010 2:04 pm ET

Boba Fett..real name Jaster a former Journeyman Protector...sort of a cop...who's own idea of justice caused him to turn his back on traditional law enforcement and scour the galaxy for those who he felt deserved to be caught or killed. Read the books...After ESB, Lucas turned Fett into comic relief. Christ, he even changed his voice when he "updated" the movie!! "Tales of the Bounty Hunters" is a great book to start some great Boba Fett moments.

6ixty6ix   April 27th, 2010 2:17 pm ET

when i was a kid... i thought it was 'cologne' wars... bunch of folks fighting over smelling good.

Einstein08   April 27th, 2010 2:56 pm ET

While I enjoy Star Wars a good bit and my young daughter thinks it is cool to play with me and my brother kept our toys for many decades these comments remind of that once great scene with Triumph. I know what I am watching when I get home tonight.

Can't believe it   April 27th, 2010 5:36 pm ET

Nobody compares Boba Fett to Josey Wales, or the "Man with No Name" from the Sergio Leone films? Star Wars was one of the best Westerns ever made. Good guy wears white, carries a gun, bad guy wears black, carries a big-a$$ knife, and you're never sure about the guy in the brown vest...

Billman   April 27th, 2010 9:45 pm ET

The Children's Museum in Indianapolis has an exhibit, "Star Wars: The Clone Wars Exhibition" that runs through Sept. 6. They have a lot of items from the movies, and they just added the Boba Fett costume that was used in Return of the Jedi.

Tom Happ   April 28th, 2010 12:00 am ET

He is not a bounty hunter. He wants revenge on Jedi for killing his father.

crystallic   April 28th, 2010 12:47 am ET

Yo my name is Boba Fette, you know my s*** is tight, start acting right or you'll be frozen in carbonite. 😛

CapAmerica   April 28th, 2010 1:55 am ET

I loved this episode, just like I love this show which I feel makes up for what the prequels were lacking. Finally, we have some background on Boba Fett and how he ended up being this cold, calculating bounty hunter! Bringing Aurra Sing into his storyline was useful to, since up until now I simply didn't care about this character. As Boba's new mentor, she turns Boba into something Jango never was; a true "bad guy".

Spizzel   April 28th, 2010 9:03 am ET

"Will E.

Do me a favor and shut it, a lot of people thought back story of Fett was interesting. That fact that all clones are based on Jango Fett is a cool idea. Stick to Flash Gordon and Farscape."


Cherriethel (Cherry) Emerson, Ph.D.   April 28th, 2010 9:50 am ET

I have always been a sci-fi fan! My son and I waited for hours to be in the first showing of Star Wars in the big screen in Denver, I was the owner/director of a halfway house. I had a beeper. As we sat in the 8th row center, and those initial words started scrolling out, the beeper went off meaning there was a VERY important call, like someone was "on escape status". For the first time, I simply reached down, turned it off and took out the battery, told my son, "Let's give them a few hours head start." LOL.

Thirty years later, I am teaching Anthropology of Folklore ANT 263 at Front Range Community College, Longmont, CO. We saw Campbell's Power of Myth on Hero's Journey and then saw STAR WARS! Then saw District 9. Students wrote paper on the Hero's Journey in one or both films. Like everyone else I love Boba Fett.

Star Wars Smith   April 28th, 2010 9:57 am ET

I always thought Boba was a cool character. Now as to Ep 6: yes Han accidentally triggered the manual switch on his rocket pack, but the impact of the blow and sudden thrust of the rocket caught him off guard and he wasn't that far from the sail barge so he couldn't control himself in time.

Also, Boba doesn't die in the Sarlaac, the Star Wars novels that have come out over the years which ARE sanctioned and approved by Lucas, have brought Boba back. Remember: he is wearing a combat suit of armor that is loaded with weapons, and the Sarlaac digests you over 1000 years. When Boba first returned it was in the Dark Empire comics from Dark Horst comics, his comment to Han Solo was: "The Sarlaac found me....undigestable." Basically he used the missile launcher on his rocket pack to give the Sarlaac a "tummy ache".

Toni A   April 28th, 2010 9:59 am ET

The first time I saw Boba Fett, he scared the crap out of me! I was only 10 and was completely sucked into the Star Wars universe.... not that I ever came out. I grew to admire him, though. After reading all the Star Wars novels which revealed some of Boba Fett's origins, I was disappointed with the Jango Fett storyline in the prequels. Lucas NEVER should have unmasked him.

Tree   April 28th, 2010 9:59 am ET

I keep reading that people are upset with Bobba Fett dieing by the Sarlac pit. He didn't. Read the bounty hunter chronicles, Bobba while being digested pulls a predator move on his arm bands and blows up the sarlac from the inside out. Tell me thats not bad ass. Although after reading those books and getting more of the Mythos behind Bobba and his relationship to most of the other bounty hunters like Bosk, I was very sad that Lucas decided to make him just a regular dude.

Toni A   April 28th, 2010 10:08 am ET

I have to add that what made Boba Fett a bad azz was the way he stepped up to Vader, making demands about his prize. And Vader did NOTHING to him in retaliation!

Tree   April 28th, 2010 10:24 am ET

I also had my doubts about the Clone wars cartoon when first hearing about its release over a year ago..especially after the dreadful animated movie. But like all the other facets of star wars, including Empire Strikes Back, the show was made great because other people are directing it and not George Lucas.

This show hasn't let me down yet, So I have faith that they will do Bobba justice and try and pick up the mess Lucas created while giving us the Bobba we all want to see

Spizzel's mom   April 28th, 2010 10:41 am ET

Quit fighting with the other geeks and do your homework

Lubiana   April 28th, 2010 11:16 am ET

I was a total Han Solo fan so I never liked Fett, but I find it very interesting reading about him now. Love the Star Wars universe.

B Rad   April 28th, 2010 12:16 pm ET

Boba Fett did not die in that pit in Episode VI. If you read the later books he is so much of a B. A. that he crawls his way out of the spiked pit.

bstalzerv2   April 28th, 2010 1:58 pm ET

Boba Fett is the most over-rated character in the most over-rated movie.
All he does is stand around, he 'captures' Solo by sneaking around rather than defeating him in a battle, and in Episode VI he dies (for all intensive purposes) when he is accidentally struck in the back causing his jetpack to fly out of control. Just typing that made me laugh at the comedy in it.

Jango Fett is much, much more impressive.

Kgun   April 28th, 2010 5:14 pm ET

I'm not really a fan of the Fette... I was always more of a Star Wars guy.

Frankie   April 29th, 2010 8:57 am ET

Truth, you're an idjit. Fett is a "liberal" because he's a "single parent" with "no morals"? Wow. Way to generalize! I know plenty of hard-core right-wingnuts with "no morals" and who have walked out on their wife/kids. But I guess that's okay, right? Shut it.

tiddle   April 29th, 2010 10:22 am ET

I like Star Wars, but not in the category of fanatics. My 9-year-old son is a different story. He seeks out everything that he can get his hands on about Star Wars, from books, legos, all shows (movies and TV), even SW dictionary. Interestingly, Boba Fett is one of his favorites, which still mystifies me. (See, I'm a Vader and Obi-Wan kinda gal.) He takes to Boba without reading any reviews or what people like/dislike about the SW characters. One of these days, I'll check with him to see what it is in Boba that appeals to him so much. To a child's eyes, the reasons can be more fundamental and revealing.

Fett'sDebts   April 29th, 2010 11:29 am ET

Anyone upset at the death of Boba in RoTJ DIDN'T UNDERSTAND THE MESSAGE, the whole POINT of the Star Wars movies: don't rely on technology; the power of the heart is stronger.
Fett was DESIGNED as being this guy with an overabundance of 'hardware' and in the end it was his 'tech', his jetpack, that not only didn't give him success, but got him killed. So I don't care what some geek wrote later: Fett died. Or the message is lost and Star Wars itself becomes pointless.
The message is there over and over: The Empire relies on the DeathStar (the ultimate Tech) and is destroyed by Luke TURNING OFF HIS TECH (targeting computer) and going with his gut/heart (the force).
The empire relies on tech in Jedi and is defeated by primitive teddy bears using rocks and logs.
It's all a metaphor for Viet Nam: the USA had all the tech (the jets and helicopters, etc) and were defeated by the 3rd world Viet Cong in their sandals. Star Wars is George (product of the 60/70's) Lucas's comment on Viet Nam.

Chris   April 29th, 2010 12:52 pm ET

Apple's job has always been to look ahead and head down that path before anyone else. USB, Firewire, network delivered-content ... we take them for granted now, but Apple had a big role to play in making these technologies part of the public tech conversation and affected personal computer evolution. I feel the same way about Flash ... it had its time,. served it's purpose, but it has stopped evolving and doesn't represent our best way forward. Alternate, open technologies like HTML5 are more likely contenders.

I won't miss Flash when it's gone, and I'll get 50% of my CPU cycles back.

Lukasux   April 29th, 2010 1:13 pm ET

My favorite Star Wars characters are the Borg.

BrainyONE   April 29th, 2010 3:48 pm ET

Boba Fett the Eddie Haskell of the Star Wars Universe!

Jason   April 29th, 2010 4:38 pm ET


Charles Veidt   April 29th, 2010 4:47 pm ET

Fett was cool 30 years ago when he was mysterious.

He's so overexposed and fetishized at this point that no trace of coolness remains. I couldn't care less about him.

boba fett   April 29th, 2010 9:28 pm ET


I see nerdy people   April 30th, 2010 7:05 am ET

Hmm.... How awesome was The Fett? I am trying to answer this question but am being swarmed by Nerds and Geeks and am fighting to kick and punch them off before I am overwhelmed! UH UHG AAHHHH!
Thank God I survived anytime you mention Star Wars or Star Trek and this happens. Do I like The Star Wars Trilogies, Yes some of my favorite movies. Do I get all slobbery and build textosterone levels thinking about them and have to go look for an extra sock before I end up having to change my pants? NO! they are movies! Boba Fett is a character in the Movie.
OOOOOOHHHHH I'm starting to getting all shaky since I typed his name!

jeff   April 30th, 2010 11:33 am ET

Have any of you guys ever kissed a girl?

G. Lucas   April 30th, 2010 12:17 pm ET


BOLBA FETT is not real. He's just a tapioca ball in some drink you suck with a giant straw. Geezus.

I_See_ManChilds   April 30th, 2010 4:48 pm ET

LoL what a bunch of dorks...I mean really? You guys played DnD too didnt you? You still have the 8 and 16 sided dice. Its a STORY, let it go, and talk to a chick!

Besides Snake-Eyes would have kicked Boba Fetts a$$!

nornorvicki   April 30th, 2010 6:00 pm ET

he heela cool

Life   May 1st, 2010 9:21 am ET

Look at the way you hate/berate yourselves. No wonder our species is headed for extinction. Star wars as a movie and concept was a cry to free the mind. Good luck all.

jim   May 1st, 2010 4:33 pm ET

I just thought it was nice to have a scifi series on the big screen. Enjoy them folks, not analyze them to death. If you want to analyze films, the other 99% of the noise flowing through the cinemas today should provide ample fodder for your ruminations. Rent a Harold Ramis movie if you need more inspiration. Sheesh.

Mark C   May 1st, 2010 10:05 pm ET

The last three films killed any interest in Star Wars I had. Too bad. The original was the coolest thing ever when it came out. I'm not sure when Lucas lost it, but god did he ever.

Mark C   May 1st, 2010 10:08 pm ET

Truth, you seriously need help, and I hope you get it soon. In the meantime, I've flagged your comments.

DJ   May 2nd, 2010 2:46 am ET

When "The Empire Strikes Back" came out, I thought the coolest thing was the story they came up with to explain Mark Hammil's scars from his accident. I was glad they left him in as Luke and didn't get someone else–that would have ruined it.

Banjo Fett   May 2nd, 2010 4:35 pm ET

I had the mail away figure also. Definitely one of t he best pieces of mail ever.

The Sith back story is told in the Knights of the Old Republic comics from Dark horse and also in the KOTOR video games from Lucas Arts.

Diamond Dave   May 3rd, 2010 6:41 am ET

Boba Fett was just intriguing, especially to a wide-eyed 10 Year old. He is as cool as Vader but with his own style. You want to BE HIM sort of and you are sad when he dies. I always wanted to change "Jedi" and have him live!!!

I wonder why they haven't given him his own film.

The bounty hunter scene is one of my favorites in "Empire". The whole film IS the best "Star Wars" film. It 's the only film that Lucas reworked and re-released back in the 1990's that works well. The tweaking really worked with that film.

Now I got to go and buy the series to show to my 7 year old...ah...I remember it well. Summer of '77, I was 6. We were walking down the boardwalk of Wildwood N.J. My father told me that he wanted to see this new film he heard about called" Star Wars". Little did I know what was waiting for me.

E-Marketing Express   May 11th, 2010 7:56 am ET

I am not a star fans ^^ haha

garth   September 19th, 2010 1:16 pm ET

I loved Boba Fett... then AotC ruined him! He already had a great backstory that was filled with tragedy. And what do we get with AotCs? Lucas disregards Fett's amazing backstory and puts in some sh*t about him being a clone of a pretty boy Boba Fett clone character. Jango Fett was Lucas' failed atempt to profit too soon from Boba Fett's character. THink about it; hardly anyone called him just 'boba.' It was always Boba Fett or Fett. Now everyone calls him Boba. THat is so unthreatening it isn't even funny! And the clone revelation not only made Jeremy Bullach obsolete as the actor but then they replaced Boba Fett's amazing voice with Morrison. He sounds so... boring now. If he talked to be, I would not be afraid in the slightest. Now we all know that Boba Fett is nothing more than a stormtrooper with different armor. And you know it is true. AotC ruined Boba Fett adn the Prequels were not a Trilogy, they were a Tragedy.

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