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Boba Fett’s book is what Star Wars should be

The Book of Boba Fett shows Boba battling corrupt systems and trying to bring about positive change. Isn’t that the essence of the Star Wars universe?

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Boba Fett’s Book “Chapter 7: In the Name of Honor,” streaming now on Disney+.

It’s no secret that the reaction of fans to Boba Fett’s Book was mixed – but the series does several things that people ask star wars to do. It features a diverse cast that really carries the narrative and isn’t just sidelined, and it doesn’t focus on a galactic conflict that boils down to a few prominent families. Instead, the story is about Boba Fett and his allies taking down very real and immediate threats to Mos Espa, the Tatooine town he adopts as his home.

At the end of The MandalorianIn Fett’s second season, Fett and his companion Fennec Shand arrive at the fortress previously held by Jabba the Hutt and take matters into their own hands. Fett becomes the region’s daimyo and begins attempting to revitalize Mos Espa. He clashes with other local lords, manipulative businessmen, and eventually the Pyke Syndicate, who try to get Mos Espa into their destructive spice business. through flashbacks, it is revealed that Fett was rescued by a tribe of Tuskens who were killed by those same Pykes.

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Boba Fett has long been a popular character in the star wars fandom for being a mercenary, so fans didn’t expect his show to reveal that he had become some sort of social activist. He said very explicitly that he intended to govern Mos Espa with respect and set about trying to do so right away. He tried to negotiate with people before fighting them, despite being a very capable fighter and Shand being a master assassin. He also made it a point to listen not only to the mayor and other prominent local figures, but also to ordinary people.

This is where mods come in. They are a group of young punks brought to Fett’s attention for stealing and causing trouble for local vendors. They are distinguished by the droid modifications (mods) they have made to their own bodies: for example, their leader Drash sports a robotic arm and Skad has an enhanced eye. It’s a tribute to the Mod subculture of the 1950s/1960s and also to George Lucas’ film american graffiti, with cool clothes and flashy neon speeder-bikes, and some viewers felt they were unnecessary. But they represent a significant demographic rarely seen in star wars: civilians taking matters into their own hands.

While star wars is and always has been explicitly anti-fascist, conflicts in movies are usually big battles or duels between a few characters who represent battling ideologies and notions of right and wrong; it oversimplifies the issues and does not address the potential ramifications a fascist system would have for ordinary people. Modules are ordinary people: they are local to Mos Espa, they explicitly state that the corrupt local economy has harmed them, and they are ready to fight for their community.

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When Fett invites the Mods to work for him, it confirms that he is also interested in changing the problematic local culture. He criticizes the Water Merchant that the Mods stole; he holds his own against the corrupt Hutt Twins who try to take his territory for their own greedy ends; he fights the corrupt Pyke Spice Trade as they attempt to take land that doesn’t belong to them for their own gain. His past as a bounty hunter informs him: he knows how those in power treat those below them and he wants to change that. He is uncomfortable with the ceremony of being a daimyo, but he is willing to accept the position as he knows his competitors do not have the good of the people in mind.

Although there are lots of fun and campy fights and puppets in Boba Fett’s Book, the show has a radical message at heart. It is anti-corruption, anti-capitalist and anti-colonialist. It is led by a Maori actor and a Chinese actress in Temuera Morrison and Ming-Na Wen. It’s about people trying to make their corner of the galaxy a little better, even if it’s hard. star wars could see a return to the space-opera form when Obi Wan Kenobi first, and that will be fine, but Boba Fett does something unexpected and big. It would be a shame if the franchise didn’t continue its groundbreaking themes, especially since it had more viewers than The Mandalorian Season 2.

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