The Mandalorian, a Star Wars spin-off series created by Jon Favreau, has become a platform for the exploration of Boba Fett’s character. Following his presumed death in Return of the Jedi, his reintroduction to the franchise in The Mandalorian has been a controversial move, but one that has paid off.
In season two, it was confirmed that Fett had survived the Sarlacc pit and he was given his own spin-off, The Book of Boba Fett, which takes place between the second and third seasons of The Mandalorian.
Is The Mandalorian Boba Fett?
While the two characters share similarities in terms of their armor, there are some key differences between them. The Mandalorian, whose real name is Din Djarin, was adopted into Mandalorian culture after his parents were killed in the Clone Wars.
They work in two distinct time periods.
During the prequel films, Jango Fett raised Boba Fett as a son. Boba Fett grew up to be a bounty hunter for Jabba the Hutt while the Empire dominated the galaxy.
In Return of the Jedi, Han Solo kills Boba Fett unceremoniously by throwing him into the Sarlacc pit, presumably to be eaten by the creature that consumes people whole. (Though there are plenty of Boba fans on the Internet who insist that he survived.)
Pascal’s Mandalorian operates on the outskirts of the galaxy in the years following Boba Fett’s death. The galaxy devolves into anarchy when the Empire falls in Episode VI – Return of the Jedi.
There is no stable administration in place, and a kill-or-be-killed attitude prevails, particularly in the outlying districts. Long before the events of Episode VII – The Force Awakens, we meet Pascal’s Mandalorian.
After Jango’s death at the hands of Mace Windu, Boba inherits his father’s armor, equipment, and Slave I ship, becoming a bounty hunter in his own right. While he wears Mandalorian armor, he has not been raised within Mandalorian culture.
The Book of Boba Fett follows the events of Fett’s life after his survival in the Sarlacc pit. It is possible that he will make an appearance in The Mandalorian season three, but nothing has been confirmed yet. If he does, it will likely be a reunion on Tatooine, where Fett was last seen.
The Mandalorian has been praised for its action scenes and the performance of Pedro Pascal, who plays the titular character. In a four-star review, NME wrote, “Pascal’s performance anchors yet another super-slick action scene that dances us around asteroids and whips Baby Yoda through the sky squealing – and The Mandalorian is right back where it belongs.”
Boba Fett was the antagonist. The Mandalorian is more difficult to understand.
Boba Fett worked for Jabba the Hutt, one of the original trilogy’s key antagonists. He kidnaps and tortures Han Solo, then enables Darth Vader to freeze him before delivering the frozen pilot to Jabba. He possesses no redeeming traits.
It’s uncertain if the Mandalorian will be a hero or a villain in The Mandalorian. Pascal has indicated that he will fall somewhere in the middle. “In the end, he wants to do the right thing,” Pascal explained to EW. “However, his responsibilities may conflict with his destiny, and doing the right thing has many faces.” It may be a winding journey.”
Overall, The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett have been successful in expanding the Star Wars universe and exploring the characters of Din Djarin and Boba Fett. While they share similarities, their differences in upbringing and culture make for interesting contrasts. Fans will have to wait and see if the two characters will cross paths in the upcoming season of The Mandalorian.
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