Boba Fett in The Star Wars Holiday Special
The Version You Know:
Among Star Wars fans, Boba Fett has gained a reputation for being the ultimate badass, despite doing nothing to earn it. He just stands around looking cool.
Pretty sure he's actually sleeping in there most of the time.
He's basically the sci-fi equivalent of a mob movie hit man, and as such, it makes sense that he first showed up in The Empire Strikes Back, the dark and disturbing second installment that proved to viewers that there are things in this universe even cooler than space wizards and swords made out of laser.
The Original Version:
Except Empire totally does not mark the first appearance of Boba Fett. In fact, he first showed up two years earlier in the exact opposite of the most respected and highest rated movie in the franchise: the ridiculous Star Wars Holiday Special, in which he co-starred with Bea Arthur and the band Jefferson Starship. Oh, and Boba's pet dinosaur.
Most of the special concerns Chewbacca's family celebrating "Life Day" in Furrytopia or whatever their planet is called. But in an animated sequence, Chewie and Han Solo end up stranded on a planet where Han contracts an alien virus (presumably in an alley behind a cantina). Luke Skywalker and the droids travel to this planet to save Han, and that's when they meet Boba Fett, who at first pretends to be their friend.
Or in Chewie's case ... more than a friend.
Fett is then caught Skyping with Darth Vader and outed as a villain. Rather than shooting Luke's friends in the back while they're distracted, "the best bounty hunter in the galaxy" jet packs away like a pussy. You can watch the whole cartoon on YouTube, at least until George Lucas finds it and erases it from existence.
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