May 27, 2024

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The Clone Wars “Death Trap”

Boba Fett? Boba Fett? Where?

Hey, that was kinda clever of that one kid!

OK, true confession time:  I was not overly impressed by Boba Fett in Attack of the Clones.  Granted, he was hardly the worst thing in that movie, but he seemed to me to be some sort of punk kid who probably got his jollies pulling the wings off flies.  I can kinda get why George Lucas added Boba Fett to the prequels, but the thing that made Boba Fett so popular with the fans was probably that we didn’t know anything about the guy.  He’s got some cool armor, and when Vader is hiring bounty hunters in Empire Strikes Back, Boba Fett is the only one he singles out with additional directions, like he was the most dangerous or reckless one in the bunch.

So, basically, I didn’t really like what I saw with young Boba, but I’m also going to point out that “I didn’t like how the movie portrayed young Boba Fett” is pretty far down the list of things I didn’t like about Attack of the Clones.

Then this episode comes along, and a bunch of clone cadet kids are getting a tour of a Republic warship, one they get to test fire the guns, and the only one that hits the targets is the one they call “Lucky.”  He’s new.  Or he’s Boba Fett, and he grew up at a normal rate unlike most clones.  I don’t know how he slipped in with the other clones, but it is the perfect way to get him in to do what he really wants to do:  kill Mace Windu for the crime of killing Jango Fett.

Mace, however, is one really lucky mofo since he keeps surviving things even as clone troopers around him are dying.  It doesn’t take him or Anakin long to figure out that Mace is the target, and by then, Boba has sabotaged the cruiser itself to crash into a planet nearby.  The admiral onboard, not the one who narrates the series but one with a stupid beard, refuses to evacuate, and Lucky Boba gets in an escape pod with some other clone kids, one he is reluctant to kill despite the advice/orders of his partner/mentor Aurra Sing.

Bossk looks to be there too, but he doesn’t have any opinions on this one.

I’m actually kinda impressed here.  I think we’re getting an origin story for Boba Fett that actually works.  He’s not happy about leaving the clone kids to die, but Anakin and Mace find them before they can die, so those bounty hunters aren’t very good at killing children.

That’s really more Anakin’s thing now that I think about it…