Is 'The Book Of Boba Fett' A Stealth Sequel To 'Solo'?
If you ever wanted to see galactic badass Boba Fett hassle a biker gang of rowdy teens, only to end up hiring said youths to be his own personal clique, while also palling around with legendary character actor Danny Trejo, well, that oddly specific request was fulfilled on this week’s episode of The Book of Boba Fett. One of the oddest aspects of the show so far is that just three episodes in, it’s already duplicated multiple setpieces from Solo: a Star Wars Story. First, there was the Fett-led train heist in episode two:
Which was more than a little reminiscent of the grizzled Woody Harrelson-led train heist in Solo:
This week’s episode also featured a speeder chase scene, much like the opening scene of Solo, and also, um … Octopussy?
All this probably isn’t an accident, nor is it an attempt to simply recycle scenes from the Star Wars movie most of us forgot existed. Since there are no plans to produce a Solo follow-up, despite the fact that its ending blatantly teed-up a sequel, it sure seems as if Lucasfilm might be using Boba Fett’s spin-off as a way of resolving some of the film’s lingering narrative threads.
Boba’s already picked a fight with both the Hutts and the Pyke Syndicate, the fish-faced drug dealers we saw operating the spice mines of Kessel in Solo. According to Solo co-writer Jon Kasdan, the sequel would have focused on a “war story” between three space-mobs: the Pyke Syndicate, the Hutt Cartel, and Crimson Dawn. Fans have been speculating that Crimson Dawn, the villainous organization from Solo, might be the mysterious party who hired an assassin to bump off Fett – which could potentially mean the return of Maul and/or Han Solo’s ex Qi’ra. This was further hinted at in the show’s music; the Crimson Dawn theme from Solo was subtly weaved into part of the Book of Boba Fett score – and you know how sneaky Star Wars scores can be.
This would allow the Star Wars franchise to resolve the cliffhanger ending of Solo without having to roll the dice on Solo 2: The Legend of Curly’s Kyber Crystals.
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