The Book of Boba Fett has finally landed on Disney+. Bringing the iconic bounty hunter back after his live-action return in Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian, Robert Rodriguez’s new Star Wars series sees Temuera Morrison (Boba Fett) joined by Ming-Na Wen (Fennec Shand) as the two claim Jabba and Bib Fortuna’s Mos Espa empire on Tatooine following that scene in The Mandalorian Season 2 finale — and, no, not Mark Hamill’s mesmerizing Luke Skywalker comeback, or Din Djarin’s (Pedro Pascal) claiming of the Darksaber.
But, for all the action on the popular desert planet, the opening of the new Star Wars spinoff series featured the live-action return of a prequel-era planet, 19 years in the making. And fans are distressed.
It has been a while since a Star Wars bounty hunter has dominated the small screen — at least in a live-action sense. Over the summer fans of the galaxy far, far away got to know Clone Force 99, or as they were more commonly known as, The Bad Batch. Offering a look at the immediate aftermath of Chancellor Palpatine’s Order 66 execution, Clone Force 99 ended up crossing paths with another direct Jango Fett clone, Omega (Michelle Ang), leading fans to speculate about the seemingly imminent live-action debut of Boba Fett’s sister.
With an emphasis on cloning and what it means to be a clone, Dave Filoni’s The Bad Batch spent a lot of time on the water planet, Kamino. First appearing in George Lucas’ prequel trilogy movie sequel, Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones (2002), Kamino saw the debut of the future stormtrooper army in the form of the Republic’s Clone Army, created by the Kaminoans. Bounty hunter battles and broken brotherhoods aside, The Bad Batch also delivered, in a rather emotional sequence, the destruction of Kamino much to the outrage of fans.
Mild spoilers ahead for The Book of Boba Fett, “Chapter 1: Stranger in a Strange Land”
Now, 19 years after its first appearance in the Skywalker Saga, and months after fans saw its demise, The Book of Boba Fett took viewers back to the planet immediately in a flashback sequence. In addition, the opening featured the moment a young Boba Fett picked up his father’s helmet on the battlefield on Geonosis after the latter succumbed to Mace Windu’s (Samuel L. Jackson) lightsaber.
And the fleeting moment did not go unnoticed by fans of the Star Wars saga.
Sammie (@imn0jedi) took to Twitter to voice their distress:
// the book of boba fett spoilers – – – – – – WASN’T READY TO GET HIT WITH THE HIGH DEF KAMINO AND AOTC FLASHBACKS I GOT WHIPLASH
// the book of boba fett spoilers
WASN’T READY TO GET HIT WITH THE HIGH DEF KAMINO AND AOTC FLASHBACKS I GOT WHIPLASH
— sammie⁶⁶ ⌖ ia until NWH ᵕ̈ (@imn0jedi) December 29, 2021
Another tweet from Alanah (@bajikeigo) said:
tbobf spoilers // the book of boba fett spoilers . . . . . BOBA DREAMING OF KAMINO AND JANGO I AM NOT OKAY #TheBookOfBobaFett
— alanah✨TBOBF!! (@bajikeigo) December 29, 2021
In another Kamino callout, one Star Wars fan blamed Lucasfilm golden boy, Dave Filoni, for their pain. Kennedy (@darthsokas) tweeted:
// the book of boba fett spoilers – – – – – seeing kamino again after tbb finale was so cruel of them… dave filoni i hope you’re happy with the pain you’ve caused us
// the book of boba fett spoilers
seeing kamino again after tbb finale was so cruel of them… dave filoni i hope you’re happy with the pain you’ve caused us pic.twitter.com/X0ohWL9xyt
— kennedy ⛄️ (@darthsokas) December 29, 2021
@C4STAMERE echoed the previous sentiments, acknowledging what it felt like seeing Kamino once more:
// tbobf #BookofBobaFett spoilers im still shaking over that split second of kamino like watching it get destroyed in august hit me so hard and then we got to see it one more time in “live action” do not touch me
// tbobf #BookofBobaFett spoilers
im still shaking over that split second of kamino like watching it get destroyed in august hit me so hard and then we got to see it one more time in “live action” do not touch me
— tea (@C4STAMERE) December 29, 2021
Meanwhile, some fans saw the moment as slightly cathartic, as in this tweet from Jacob (@jtimsuggs):
Really cool how the end of The Bad Batch showed the destruction of Kamino and the opening minutes of The Book of Boba Fett showed it again in its prime.
Really cool how the end of The Bad Batch showed the destruction of Kamino and the opening minutes of The Book of Boba Fett showed it again in its prime. https://t.co/egBjOxqdIF
— jacob @ EPCOT (@jtimsuggs) December 29, 2021
And this tweet from @lalith_vardan:
#TheBookOfBobaFett #BookofBobaFett #BobaFett #StarWars They just wanted to remind us didn’t they… but I was glad to see Kamino again
They just wanted to remind us didn't they… but I was glad to see Kamino again pic.twitter.com/rNjhX4p9Rt
— Lalith Vardhan (@lalith_vardhan) December 29, 2021
This Kamino moment might likely have been a one-time thing, but it also could foreshadow more flashbacks in the future episodes of the new Star Wars series. Morrison said earlier this year that The Book of Boba Fett will “go back in time”. He was alluding, specifically, to moments in between Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi (1983) but that doesn’t mean Rodriguez’s show will go even further back. The first episode did begin by finally answering one of the franchise’s biggest questions.
This is further heightened by the inclusion of Omega in The Bad Batch, and further ignited by the fact Boba Fett’s companion, the mercenary Fennec Shand, has crossed paths with Omega in her own past. But only time will tell on that one.
As for now, The Book of Boba Fett will continue to release on Disney+ on Wednesday and so far includes the new characters Garsa Fwip played by Jennifer Beals and David Pasquesi as Mok Shaiz’s Majordomo. It was confirmed months ago that some of The Mandalorian‘s helmers, such as Dave Filoni, Favreau, and Bryce Dallas Howard, will direct episodes for the series.
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