What is there to say about Boba Fett, the bounty hunter scum that later turns out to be a super-soldier clone present for the most significant events in the history of the galaxy? The Star Wars franchise spends a good deal of time establishing him as the ultimate badass, from the way he doesn't take any shit from Darth Vader ...
You can't tell because of the mask, but "Ani" is totally shitting himself.
... to his appearance in the much-maligned holiday special, in which he shows up riding a goddamn dinosaur.
Here's a man who's secure in his manhood.
And where does all of this lead? Ten minutes into Return Of The Jedi, a temporarily blinded Han accidentally bumps him into the mouth of a desert vagina dentata monster.
So why all the build-up, only to kill him in the dumbest way possible? According to Craig Miller, Lucasfilm's director of fan relations from the time, that wasn't always the plan. Apparently, Lucas' original idea was to make Han's rescue the main storyline of the third movie, paving the way for a second trilogy of films that would be about Luke confronting the Emperor -- and Boba Fett? "Boba was gonna be the main villain. ... That was set up, why he was taking Han Solo away, why there was a thing with him in the Christmas special."
So what changed? George Lucas got tired. His plan went from making 12 Star Wars movies, to nine, to saying, "Ah fuck it; let's just end this goddamn thing and I'll produce the occasional talking duck movie." Of course, we know Lucas' retirement didn't last, but at least this explains why the coolest-looking character went from badass criminal to winner of whatever the Star Wars equivalent of the Darwin Awards is.
J.M. McNab co-hosts the pop culture nostalgia podcast Rewatchability, which can also be found on iTunes. Follow him on Twitter @Rewatchability.
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