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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.
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Nobody wanna see Boba Fett as a child. He was cool back in the day because he was mysterious. Then Lucas had to go give us his entire backstory in the prequels. So not mysterious any longer; ergo, not cool any longer.
I liked Boba Fett, but hated the way his character was treated in Ep VI. Lucas tried to make him comical and it just did not work. That is once section of film that I wish Lucas would go out and smash every copy.
I get where you are coming from but I have to disagree, I have to give Lucas Credit. I was angry when I saw "Menace" but the Clone Wars/Galaxy Divided has pretty much cleaned that up in my eyes.
Dude you have to wonder, when Mace Windu cut off Jangos head, "What would that do to a Kid?" You get to see levels of storytelling and character development that has not addressed.
Not to mention I am sure the Jedi are not the only enemies Boba will make during his rise to Bounty Hunter Prowess. Makes you wonder, who was Boba's First Jedi Kill, What did that do to him, does he fall in love with a Jedi and be forced to betray her.....maybe Ahsoka or some other youngling.
Seeing Obi Wan in his prime, New Additions and Like Ahsoka, not to mention seeing that Jedi although awesome are not all powerful.
I like the contrasts that are being shown. Not to mention on a very basic level the complexity of War, the Human condition, and Politics.
I am very much looking forward to seeing Season 3, and what it will be the fate of heros, villians and anti heros in the Star Wars Universe.
Real fans don't call him "The Fett." You sound like my grandfather.
I was so disappointed to find out Boba Fett was a man. Growing up as a young girl in the 70s/80s I always thought it was a woman. The best bounty hunter in the galaxy was a character I could get behind and love. If Lucas had not taken the mystique out, I would still think she was one of the coolest female scifi characters ever.
Much more boring as a man.
The Fett was a retard.
I could do without Boba or Jango Fett. Epsiode 5 & 6 only showed glimpes of Fett and in the end he's taken out by his own jet pack flying him into the sarlacc's mouth. No story, no intrigue other than hiding his face, not even any cool weapons. The expanded universe tried to make it interesting, but still it's forced at best. Episode 2 & 3 tried to make it a nice neat little package with the cloning, but still not that great for me. If they were the clones of Jango Fett, whom Boba is an unaltered clone as well, why could none of them shoot to save their lives? Pass.
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.
In 1980 I was one of the biggest Star Wars fans and was eagerly waiting Star Wars II and would see movies just to see the trailer.
Anyway, my teacher bought me a copy of the comic book before the movie was released and I knew the plot backwards and forwards by the time I saw it which made the movie a bit less exciting.
Decided that I was not going to read the reviews years later when the new movies came out and would see them as soon as possible.
In 1999 it led me to pay $500 to see Star Wars Episode I a week early.
We all have our regrets.
Boba Fett did nothing special and screamed like a punk when he fell into the sarlacc. I truly believe he is overrated and nothing to shout about. Han Solo is the greatest Star Wars character- no question.
Wow. There's alot of hate going on here. I hope your fan boy elitism keeps you guys warm at night. You guys take yourself way too seriously, it's Star Wars, and it's still awesome.
What is missing is the fact that Boba Fett's mom makes an awesome brisket. No one knows that and they should!
Fett was the representation of what it is to be a liberal. Single parent, no morals and sold himself to the highest bidder. The character was part of Lucas' liberal conspiracy to promote leftist values.
I love Bobba Fett but I've always laughed abut 3 things:
1) He can't hit the broard side of a barn despite being the most feared bounty hunter in the galaxy
2) he has a lever on his jet pack the when touched in melee combat (and it gets pressed pretty lightly) he goes flying out of control
3) Darth Vader chides him about "no disintegrations," (which we are led do believe is a common thing with Fett) how exactly do you become a successful bounty hunter if you disintegrate your targets?
I always wished they would make a live action show just about Bobba Fett like the short story about him in "Tales from the Empire"
Good ol' Boba. Always a favorite, and now my three year old has turned into a Fett fan as well. I remember the lame holiday special, but can't remember him being in there. The introduction I remember was sending in some proof of purchases and getting an advance version of the action figure. Loved his brief appearances in Empire, and hated his lame end in Jedi. I think it may have been the Tales of the Bounty Hunters book that first introduced the idea that his armor saved him from the sarlacc. I was glad that somebody could see the potential for the character.
Fett was one of the cooler characters of the series nice to see some of him in the clone wars show
Ummm....Retards on this thread, I see.
Bobba Fett screamed like a little girl when the end came for him.
My dad showed up at my grade school in the middle of the day and took me out of class to see the opening day matinee of Empire. I was in first grade. He told the teacher and the principal, in front of the entire class what he was up to. Naturally, there was a serious disagreement. It was the best day of my childhood.
Bobba Fett didn't die in the sarlacc pit ya ding dong!
He was rescued by Dengar aka Payback.
The books keep in accuracy with the movies.
I have a similar story, fettfan, except I was in 5th grade. I was out of school already that morning for a doctor or dentist appointment. Afterward my mother took me to see the Empire premier instead of back to school. The next day I promptly told all of my classmates that Darth Vader was Luke's father.
I am a Comics/Sci-Fi fan...BIG TIME. But, I never understood this Fan-Boy Mentality of dissecting every little thing and lambasting it all with a cocky tone, like every idea or character arc is above them. How is hating and mocking the very things that make us fans FUN?!?! The fun is losing yourself in another world or following an extraordinary hero's footsteps for a brief moment in time...that's it! "The Comic Book Store Guy" in the Simpsons? Yeah, he was created to MAKE FUN OF YOU ALL! (hahaha)
Fett was great. A truely monumental and unforgettable character in Sci-Fi Fantasy...as was most of the characters in Star Wars! Celebrate that characters like him were created for fans like us...You destroy people's visions and fantasies too much and one day, no one is going to bother sharing!
Now...May the Force Be With You, as You Live Long & Prosper, So Say We All...Snoochie Boochies! (BONG!)
Since Empire Strikes Back, Boba Fett has been my favorite movie character. I instantly could relate to the loner, technolgy driven gun for hire mentality of his character. Not to mention the fact that an entire Empire, including Vader, could not capture Han Solo. So forget everyone else. The Force, the Rebel Alliance and the Galactic Empire. Just give me a starcraft, Mandalore armor and some imperial credits and I'll ply my way across the universe at my pace and under my rules.
Boba Fett had one of the corniest deaths of any movie villain. Han accidentally whacks his jet pack, Fett suddenly forgets how to control it, bangs off the side of Jabba's barge, and falls into the mouth of some silly desert worm.
Boba Fett deserves his own primetime TV show, big screen movie, high budget video game, tom clancey length novel, frank miller comic book series and of course an up to the minute twitter account. This brief appearance in the Clone Wars is just the beginning of his greatness. Anyone who talks smack about Mr. Fett does not fully grasp the importance of his family bloodline. Fett lives!!!
He is not "The Fett" He is Boba Fett. I too dont like the way Lucas took out the mystery. Lucas should have kept him secret, along with his dad.
But as George stated, "its too late now, we would have to start over".
Fett not as cool as Lobot. I once overheard a guy say "I would so Jones for Lobot", whatever that means.
Q: Did anyone really want to see Darth Vader or Boba Fett as a little kid?
I've been apparently immune to the awe-inspiring aura of Boba Fett. Never understood the appeal. Strangely though, I'm a big fan of his dad.
And really, who was cooler? The guy who was killed by a blind man with a stick or the guy who was decapitated by Jedi Samuel L. Jackson.
When B.F. was first issued in action figure size he came with a jet pack that fired a small missile;supposedly an "incident" occurred (someone was injured) and that particular issue of B.F. was removed and a slightly different figure brought-out, which only added to the mystery that was Boba Fett. The fact that I even know/remember that story is proof that George Lucas understood how to create something cool and memorable. Then he went and fed B.F. to a giant hole in the desert and brought-out the Ewoks and all those other little attempts at cute crap (merchandising) and just destroyed the credibility of his own creation. Joseph Campbell is probably a little disappointed in Mr. Lucas at this point. I know I am.
Lucas should write down all his ideas, then immediately hand them off to someone that isn't going to screw it up.
Boba Fett was a cool character when introduced in Empire Strikes Back. However, in Return of the Jedi, I did not like the stupid way in which he died. Lucas really blew it with that movie. As a kid, I LOVED Star Wars and almost peed my pants waiting for Empire Strikes Back to come out, and was not disappointed. Return of the Jedi? Sucked, as did the 3 prequels. I mean little Ewoks armed with sticks taking out supposedly the Emperor's best legion? Could have done better like adding a troop of Wookies or something. Jar Jar Binks, WTF! Lucas got carried away with CGI on the newer films and forgot about dialog and character development. I don't watch Clone Wars, but I hope it tries to fix the fiasco of the 3 prequels (and Return of the Jedi for that matter).
I was one of those guys who collected the five proofs of purchase from my star wars figures, sent them in, and then, millions of years later (or a couple of weeks) I got Boba Fett in the mail, replete with that red missile that dammit, wouldn't fire out of his backpack.
That was the best thing I ever got in the mail. Ever.
People...the scream is called the "Wilhelm Scream". It's a homage to old movies. And Fett was/is a great character! Much like the hint of "The Clone Wars" in Ep IV was mysterious, Fett was mysterious, his armor was mysterious, and alluded to a history...the markings...the battle scars...who was this guy, and what's his story? Loved it!!!
That Clone Wars looks and sounds pretty violent.
Why is it that geeks love violence? I mean, gaming, violent movies, they're either consuming it or making it for our popular culture. But ask them to join the military and its like subject changed, their knees slightly buckle.
Star Wars sucks. '77 was average and V and VI were basically the same story. Blue elephant? Teddy bears defeat the Empire? WT F?
I agree with Will E., I don't think anyone wanted to see him as a child. Yes, he was mysterious in the original series and that was what made him cool. The Clone Wars series is really too violent for kids. Several of the episodes focused on assassins, with characters literally shooting people in the head when they asked for mercy. The Mandalorian soldiers also played up the fame of Fett but I think they ruined the character by adding more "Fett-like" characters to the show. I really enjoy Clone Wars but won't let my kids watch it anymore unless I'm monitoring it. This upcoming Fett special will most likely be too much for children. As showing a boy taking revenge is really not a great "role model" for kids to idolize.
Star wars was just a movie. some very entertaining debates here. The kids that were taking out of school to see the premier of movies and saying it in front of the teacher and principal. Their parents are the real heros. That is so cool.
Boba Fett... as a child and as an adult, he is my favorite character in the Star Wars universe. As a child I wanted to be him when I grew up, so when I was old enough I created his costume for Halloween and this prompted me into art school, where today I am a successful artist & designer.
not only did I totally love Boba Fett the first time I saw him on screen, but I think part of the fascination was his status as a give away action figure you could get by sending in a certain amount of Kenner proof of purchases – you couldn't just buy him at first, he was a picture on the back of the other action figures' packages. Also, the legend of kids choking to death on his original rocket pack and the subsequent recall retrofitting of those packages with a sticker covering Boba Fett shooting his kid killing accessory cemented him as dangerous and unique. To this day the orignal figure remains a "Holy Grail" for toy collectors.
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Just ignore the prequels. He was far more interesting in Empire than he would ever be again.
Unless you believe the fan fiction saying he escaped the Sarlak in Jedi.
Im sorry, but im a firm believer in the fact that as any good story with a massive following grows, it inevitably spawns follow up fiction. Things like books, comics, etc. end up filling out the story and giving a more visceral feel to the universe. Star Wars is no exception. Since the original trilogy there's been a massive amount of follow-up fiction to add character backstories, alternate angles and events happening alongside events depicted in the films, and a continuation after the credits roll. Some may pick and choose these as worthy of being canonized or not but the fact remains that with any of these items being accepted for years before Lucas decided to add his own spin, it makes sense that he would bother to look into the flourishing universe that's been created in his absence. Boba Fett in particular, had his backstory laughably botched in the newer trilogy. A clone? A father with a rediculous name like Jango? please. i believe an icon deserved much more.
I believe the escaping from the sarlacc thing was made canon later. My kids have some newer 'official' cyclopedia type stuff, and it's mentioned in there.
I love Boba Fett, and I actually enjoyed the backstory with Jango and the clones. I remember hearing about the clone wars back in the day and wishing Lucas would make that. It's not perfect by any means, but is my favorite of the sequels. (Now if we could only get a prequel about the Sith...)
All the bounty hunters are cool, IMO. They live outside of the conflict, looking out only for themselves. I guess that's what made Han Solo cool, too. But Boba is my favorite. Maybe it's his rugged good looks (trash can armor). And regardless if you think he went out like a punk, he's the only one that actually collects his bounty.
Boba Fett does indeed survive the Sarlacc pit. You can read about it in a book of short stories called " Tales from Jabba's Palace" the story is entitled " A Barve like that: The tale of Boba Fett" by JD Montgomery
Maybe its because I was only seven and had to read the picture book before I saw the movie (we were poor) but I just didn't have that much imagination about Fett. And as for his "back story" in the later movies, well, that just plain sucked. I'm glad Trey and Matt have ridiculed Lucas to the degree they have; he deserved it.
Fett Rules!!! End of story.
Every wonder why Jango let Bobba unaltered?
Could it be that the force is strong with this one???
As long as I can help it, my children will never know the existence of anything star wars related aside from the original trilogy and action figures of that series.
And "geeks love violence," the reason they always bug out about service, et c. is that the very prospect of a sit-up strikes fear into the geek heart.
That picture of young cartoon boba fett looks like Roger Federer. he he.
If my booger snot showed up in a Star Wars film, it would make alot of money showing up at a convention....
All you fools need to know the real history of Boba Fett.
Read on and be educated in the history of the Fett.
What is so cool about Boba Fett or his dad Jango Fett?
They were nothing special. Just simple Bounty Hunters looking to get the quick pay day.
Anime or not Teknoman Saber rules!
I'd put Saber against Jango or Boba any day of the week. I think Saber would "Open" an entirely new chapter.
call me a purist, but Star Wars(I refuse to call it episode IV) was by far the best one
You do know that Cartoon Network, which shows Clone Wars is a division of Time Warner, parent of CNN. No surprise then for the fawning review.
Don't know what is more interesting here...
* The inability to spell "Boba" correct is concerning. I thought many of you would have gotten that unnecessary "b" out of the first name by now. It's only been 29 years. At least no one (that I saw) spelled his name "Booba Feet".
* The fact that tensions rise when discussing a character from a fictional universe. You all do realize this is fiction, right? I'm all for being passionate about one's beliefs, but....wow.
* The author's intent to apply a name with (what was hoped to be) a high cool factor to Boba Fett. Please stop now, Mr. Author. I would like to believe that your position at CNN is secure without further attempts at modifying pop-culture. Besides, it hurts me deep within my sci-fi soul to watch this happen. James Brown would slap you silly for poor attempts at dancing at one of his house parties. Matt Hoffman would not let you ride your ten-speed on his quarter pipe. Well, he might...but only for pure enjoyment. I'm fairly certain George Lucas needs no help establishing any of his character's importance or pure coolness in today's world. He did it just fine already. :)
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I never understood the negative reaction to Fett's demise in "Jedi." Yes, he was a cool, mysterious, nicely-costumed character with a wicked spaceship. But he was also a bad guy who deserved the humiliating end he got. Plus, come on, people: it was FUNNY.
My backpack's got jets
I'm Boba – the Fett
I'm bounty hunting for Jaba Hutt
To finance my 'vette...
I am an "Empire" fan as well, caught it opening night when I was just 6, and I still distinctly remember after all this time the moment the Snow Walkers(At-Ats) appeared through the binoculars...that moment changed my life in all that I perceive movies to be about and how they can touch you emotionally…geekin, I know…
The mystery of Boba Fett should have been left alone. Now that we know he's nothing more than an unenhanced clone trooper/storm trooper, a little of the magic is gone. The fact that he had the gravelly voice and talked back to Darth Vader made him so cool. He isn't cool as a kid. Like Darth Vader, some of the magic is gone. You mean Vader is bad because he's an angst ridden twenty-something who was afraid of losing his girl? Please. In my opinion Jango Fett is the new cool, even though, unfortunately, he's dead. Beter armor and awesome attitude. "Always a pleasure to meet a Jedi."
Hey now, those saying geeks don't do military service. I not only am a scifi/fantasy geek, I also am a veteran, and I met many, many geeky folks like myself while serving. He also does have a post-Ep VI novel series which I highly recommend. I honestly wish they had done more.
Boba was great in all his apperances, and knowing his backstory just increases the questions about him, not take away from it. We're getting these answers to him first confronting the jedi, and that will lead to questions as to what he did after he failed to kill the jedi and he reappears in the movies. What life events shaped and fueled the increase in anger he had?
I'm at a loss of words to know how anyone could feel otherwise.
To Kali-Boba did escape the Sarlaac...the many, many books written in the past 20 years frequently mention or have Boba Fett as a character. And yes, it is explained. And no fan I know calls him "the Fett"; that is retarded even for a bunch of geeks.
I like how they took a black-haired dark-skinned Native American/Hispanic guy and made him into a light brown haired slightly tan kid. Appeals to wider audiences.
Saw ESB in 1980 in NY and it blew me away. Boba was the man and always will be. We don't really need to flesh him out. When we first saw him he was essentially the Man with No Name. We didn't even know his name was Boba Fett til that Xmas Special so...... Lets just all remember him as the FIRST mail in figure which i still own, and leave it at that. 'kay?
Live Long Boba!!!!!!!
Criminy, can't we all enjoy Star Wars in our own ways and not tear down anyone who enjoys (or not) differently?
I'm not happy with everything in the Star Wars Universe, but I still love it all the same. It's like your family. You love them because they're your family, but they can also cheese you off because...they're your family.
May The Force be with You, Always
Boba needs his own movie, they should do what they're doing with X-Men origins.
Honestly I never understood the fascination with Boba Fett, he was just a minor character. I guess a lot of people just really liked the armor, which was very cool. Personally I liked Darth, Han, and Leia way more then Boba.
The clone wars IS a fantastic series. It's actually much more realistic war then any of the movies. The dialogue is written better and the individual stories are deeper. The dialog in the prequels was so unbelievably corny, especially between Anakin and Padme. I just wanted to vomit after some of those scenes.
Whoever said, "the idea that all clones are based off Boba Fett was a cool idea" is retarded.
Okay so if all of the clones are based off of Boba Fett... what happened to them in 'A New Hope'? Did all of the clone troopers just disappear in aether?
Lucas seems determined on telling us everyone's backstory whether we want to know it or not. Sometimes characters are cool because they just "are". For instance, Darth Vader was just a bass *ss. Seeing him as a cute little blonde kid hanging around with Jar Jar Binks didn't help make him MORE bad *ss. Seeing him as a snotty, rebellious Jedi did not help that either. If Lucas was trying to make him more human (or whatever), I guess he succeeded, but it makes him significantly less cool in the process.
Mystery is a good thing. I had never considered that Boba Fett might be a woman until I read postings in this thread, but why not? Why not anything? When there is very little story given, the viewer can make up his or her own ideas about a character. But Lucas wants to spoon feed us everything. He screwed up almost everything including Wookies (remember that Tarzan yell?) Lame.
Oh, and by the way... I agree with Jason M. No one calls Boba Fett "The Fett". Ridiculous.
well i could go on for hours on this topic, or pages i should say. But i will not. Boba fett is not only the greatest star wars character, but in my opinion, the greatest character in any movie ever. oh and by the way i think i've only referred to him as "the fett" maybe once in my life.
Even though he was a mysterious characters in the original saga, the most seeked out costume for kids, and he became sort of an invincible character, I must say he has one of the most stupid deaths in movie history.
Star Wars was already dead by the time the Ewoks showed up.
@ Geeks love violence- Im a geek / dork, I fix computers, listen to metal \m/ , love the sci-fi chanel and have 3 level 80 toons in world of warcraft. The only shows that play on my tv are cartoons and sci-fi flics. I <3 Star-Trek, Star Wars and most any "B" rated sci-fi sitcom. The point is for entertainment; a mental release from reality, anything mocking reality and yet, not "real". Does this put me in my own world? of course and im happy here. Oh I almost forgot to mention, I did join the military. I have been serving for 10 years and deployed to some rather "unique" places. So please don't hate on geeks in the military by generalizing your hatred for the civilian kind. Geeks are people too =D
It's quite simple. Jango Fett and Boba Fett were both easily beat by Jedis...heck even a simple blind smuggler named Han with a stick. Can you really claim he/they were the most feared bounty hunters in the whole galaxy when they couldn't beat Jedi's in a pinch. All extended universe stuff aside Fett was a joke.
A duel between Boba Fett and Metroid's Samas Aran would be amusing.
I wonder if Samas's ship would be effective against Slave I (or Slave II from Dark Empire). I would really like to see the rear-mounted proton torpedo launcher on Slave I in action, a nasty surprise for tailgaters.
I know the two bounty hunters are from different universes but a Star Wars-Metroid crossover might be interesting.
Perhaps Metroids could repel the Force like Ysalamiri in the Zahn Trilogy.
Ive always been more of a jango fett guy. I have because he was mandolore which is the leader of the planet mandolore.Lastly i like Jango because Boba is just a clone of Jango
I thought Boba Fett was cool when I was a teen in the 80s...and then I followed the course of normal human development...I grew up.
For historical accuracy the "firing backpack missle" was cancelled due to an incident with a Battlestar Galactica toy – missle firing Viper.
Its due to be re-released by Hasbro for the 30th anniversary – and will fire this time :-).
So how old is he when he comes out in the trilogy. He would have to be very old and it doesn't make sense.
All this sentiment, "the first movies were the best" is pure baloney. The origional sw movies are so low tech they make my eyes bleed.
The prequels which are the latest and the tech behind them are clearly superior movies.
But we have all these bandwagoneers blinded by nostalgia, and dementia from old age perhaps, crying the same old baloney.
There's nothing wrong with aging, but please forget lying, "that it was better back in the day."
No disrespect intended, just tired bs coming from the delusions.
Here, I will throw you a bone, If you want fetts reasons, check out Kotor I and II and get ready for SWTOR.
@Kev re: Joseph Campbell. The ewoks fulfilled a much more important archetypal role than Boba Fett did, so let's not make make claims about how Mr. Campbell may have perceived them. As well: ewoks were a tribal group of warriors, not cute fuzzy creatures. Rewatch that forest battle scene at the end of episode VI. A disturbing amount of screen time is devoted to ewoks mourning their dead mid-conflict.
my backpack's got jets jets jets
i'm boba the fett fett fett
As a real SW fan, it was a travesty for him to be killed off the way he was. Boba, as hyped up as he was, deserved a better death scene than what he received in ROTJ. He could have easily had a nice 5-10 minute fight scene with him perishing at the end, instead, he is still being digested by the Sarlacc Pit monster.
Best comment on here.
Richard N.: "I instantly could relate to the loner, technolgy driven gun for hire mentality of his character."
HAHAHAHA. WHAT AN IDIOT. Really? You can relate to that?
ESB (as us SW – Star Wars geeks say) is my favorite! I was 12 when ESB came out, When Luke was in the swamps of Dagobah and fought Darth Varder, Luke cuts off his head only to expose his own face under Vaders mask I was like: what Luke is Vader? When I saw the movie again during the 20th anniversary I was like: Oh, Luke said: I'm not afraid, Yoda: You will be, and that scene then when Luke see's himself in Vader was Luke was most afarid of becoming Vader, he was most afraid of his own "dark side" I loved the justposition of thinking it was cool from a 12 year old point of view and then appreciating it for totally different reasons from an adult point of view!
.....OK....how many of you guys have actually kissed a girl......a REAL girl?????
I remember when I first saw Boba Fett I was thinking, "I hope this guy gets a really cheesy, painful and embarassing death." Got my wish. : )
It was a shame to see Boba as a clone of Jengo in episode II. His backstory had already been written about in the Tales of the Bounty Hunters by Kevin Anderson long before the new trilogy came out. In this novel his real name was Jaster Mareel and was a former stormtrooper and Journeyman Protector (something like a cop) on his homeworld before being imprisoned himself for killing a criminal. The novel delves into his mind a lot further than Lucas did with the obnoxious kid in episode two, which is why I wish he hadnt felt the need to put Jengo Fett in to then have to explain Boba. And yes, "JC" I have kissed several REAL girls haha, although they would all probably be embarassed that I cared about Star Wars this much.
With all the work done in the special editions and what with the obvious love fans have for Fett, I was praying Lucas would just admit that Fett survived the Sarlacc. As the music was swelling and the sail barge was blowing up, would it have cost that much film and time to simply focus the camera on the edge of the Sarlacc pit and have Fett's gloved hand reach up from the pit and grab onto the edge? Just to say, "Yeah, he survived." And it would have been logical as everyone else was blown up on the barge. He would have been the only survivor as befits his loner status. Argh...George!!
Alias, you said: "The prequels which are the latest and the tech behind them are clearly superior movies.
Thats pretty insulting. The reason why us 'old timers' love the originals is that they were ALL about story. The effects were the best for the time, but where they failed you had to use something called imagination to fill in the gaps. The problem with the prequels, as pretty as they are with all the CGI, is that they lack the heart and focus on characters and story that the originals, because the tech wasn't there, had to develop. Not to mention George also allowed directors like Kirschner to properly balance the drama with the effects.
For all the Lucas haters out there let's not kick the guy in the head because he isn't the greatest Director ever and then throw all his work on the fire because of it. The man is a true genius. He re-invented stop motion photography, re-defined the use of the green screen, practically fathered the use of CGI and made your movie going sound experience better with getting THX, invented from out of his company, in theaters every where. Think of what your movies would be like today without him: The peak of special effects would be Disney's the Black Hole, your stop motion photography wouldn't get better than Harryhausen's Golden Voyage of Sinbad and you'd still be listening to dull, crappy, crackly, hissing and popping stereo sound tracks. Have some respect for the genius even if you don't respect his movies or his ability to direct.
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Fett sux. Star Wars sux. Y'all need to get a dose of some real scifi and watch Star Trek. Especially all the episodes with Wesley Crusher in them – he's by far the coolest scifi character ever.
Hey, I loved that Christmas special, as hokey as it was.
I think Clone Wars did a decent young Fett. What I don't like about CW is that the Jedi are largely pompous idiots who get a lot of good clones killed for no reason. The story I want is Asohka to take Rex and crew far far away.
And Lucas deserves all my discontent for one reason: Han shot first.
I liked to think Boba had a history of just telling Vader he disintegrated everyone to get the reward, and the Dark Lord was starting to suspect something was up.
"Yup, I got him. Over in Yartex 7. Hiding in the old condemned projects all by himself. Where is he now? Well I disintegrated him. Ooooh that's right, you told me you preferred alive from now on. Hmm, Yeah.
Well, it's done, problem solved right? I'll remember next time. How much was that reward again?"
Honestly, the whole SW series is not aging very well. Also, the longer it runs, the dumber it gets. Those last three were seriously awful.
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...
Boba was cool, but hey what about BOSSK?.....Hih, love that foot hanging over the edge.
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.
I don't care what anyone says. Fett is STILL being slowly digested in the Sarlac Pit.
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 serious....oh....wow. 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."
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).
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Boba Fett..real name Jaster Mareel..is 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 with...gives some great Boba Fett moments.
when i was a kid... i thought it was 'cologne' wars... bunch of folks fighting over smelling good.
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.
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...
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.
He is not a bounty hunter. He wants revenge on Jedi for killing his father.
Yo my name is Boba Fette, you know my s*** is tight, start acting right or you'll be frozen in carbonite. :P
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".
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."
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.
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".
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.
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.
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!
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
Quit fighting with the other geeks and do your homework
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.
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.
I named my dog Boba Fett. It is a great dog name. Bobaaaa! He recently passed away. I loved my little bounty hunter so much. R.I.P Boba dog.
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.
The Boba Fett story is so much more interesting than anything mentioned in the movies or cartoon series. If you're interested I highly recommend reading the Bounty Hunter Trilogy book series which includes The Mandalorian Armor, Slave Ship and Hard Merchandise.
I always wanted to see these being made as either a movie or cartoon series, but understand that it wouldn't appeal to a mass audience which seems to be the major driver for anything coming form the Star Wars world these days. The books are strange, dark, and brutal; everything that a bounty hunter represents.
I'm not really a fan of the Fette... I was always more of a Star Wars guy.
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.
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.
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.
Oh, and by the way, same for 'Jango Fett'. Relied on tech and jet pack got him killed when the tech failed on him.
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.
My favorite Star Wars characters are the Borg.
Boba Fett the Eddie Haskell of the Star Wars Universe!
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...BOBA FETT...DID SOMEONE SAY BOBA FETT???
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!
Have any of you guys ever kissed a girl?
GET A LIFE! IT'S JUST A STUPID SERIES OF MOVIES!!!
BOLBA FETT is not real. He's just a tapioca ball in some drink you suck with a giant straw. Geezus.
I liked Boba Fett before Lucas decided to show his unimaginative and shallow backstory. Actually, I liked Star Wars before Lucas made the 3 'pre-quels' and 'remastered' the originals to jigsaw his new movies.
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$$!
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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.
Boba Fett is my homeboy!
Frankie, you are a retard, a hack and a stooge. Fett was a liberal because he had no morals, and he sold himself to the highest bidder just like any dumbocrat would He was a political tool, who died because he was no longer of any use to the party. Typical of the dumbocratic party of hate.
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.
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.
Truth, you seriously need help, and I hope you get it soon. In the meantime, I've flagged your comments.
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.
Rubbish. The best character in all the movies was DARTH MAUL.
Not some jobber with a helmet and jet pack.
Just silly. A nothing character that got blown out of proportion by Star Wars hunger pangs when the brand went into hiatus, then used by Lucas to feed the fanboys' demand for endless, pointless, sometimes contradictory backstory. Can't even keep his equipment looking sharp.
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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.
It is amazing everyone is against Ewoks, but have no problem with the totally gross dysfunctional aliens like Jabba and the denizens of the Cantina. There would be billions of species in the universe. Of course some are going to be cute, just as hundreds of species on earth are. Of course some planet out there has furry little teddy bear people, but anything that cute just isn't cool enough for nerd-dom's outsider image.
And BTW, the Pandorans are Ewoks in blue, so hate them too.
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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.
I am not a star fans ^^ haha
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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