What 'The Mandalorian' Needs To Remember About Boba Fett
So, Temuera Morrison has been cast in Season 2 of The Mandalorian, presumably as Boba Fett. I mean, he played Jango Fett in Attack of the Clones and Boba is his clone son, so unless he shows up and is like "Hi! I'm Bob Fett of Big Bob's Coruscant Mattress Outlet!" there's a 99% chance that he's everyone's favorite helmet-wearing bounty hunter. And this is pretty cool news. I like Temuera as an actor, and the dude has screen presence to spare. Also, he's in Couples Retreat, which is the last movie that my late grandmother ever saw in theaters, and when he showed up shirtless, my granny let out an audible, loud "Whoo!"
However, I am a little bit concerned because I really hope that The Mandalorian uses Boba Fett the proper way. Of course, all of this is my opinion, but I think the best motto to go by when handling the dude is, "A little Boba goes a long way." That dude shows up for like four seconds in the original trilogy, and every kid in America suddenly decided that he was the raddest character in all of fiction. He appears in a group, gets scolded by Darth Vader, whines about the carbonite procedure, gets scolded by Darth Vader again, stands around in Jabba's Palace, and then falls into a big, screeching hole in the desert. And we watched that all happen and were still like, "Holy shit, that guy's cool."
Because the mere fact that Boba is around has become much more important than anything Boba will ever do. All of the unused weapons in his arsenal, all of his thoughts underneath that dented helmet, all of the adventures he must have had, and guys he must have annihilated. So many dudes, in fact, that Vader has to go to him specifically and say "NO DISINTEGRATIONS." Boba Fett has turned so many dudes to microscopic ash that the most imposing villain in the entire saga has to tell him to tone it down.
That's the power of Boba Fett, someone at his best when he's not doing much of anything. We don't need him to be a leading character or a regular cast member. Keep him looming, keep him in the shadows, make whatever he does quick and effective, and you're set.
Plus, if we need someone to be around a lot wearing Boba Fett's armor, we have Timothy Olyphant, cast as lawman Cobb Vanth, a dude who wears Boba's suit. And that's great, regardless of how you wanna play Cobb. If he's a good (but troubled) dude like Olyphant played in Justified and Deadwood, then you get a lot of Olyphant being awesome. And if they lean him towards the nefarious, then Olyphant being a shitheel while wearing classic Star Wars armor is literally the best idea anyone's ever had. That dude has such "prom king that slept with your girlfriend" energy, and I wanna see it utilized onscreen more often.
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