The Mandalorian Mystery:
I have been a Star Wars fan for over 20 years. There is one mystery out there that I cannot seem to solve. Why do people love Boba Fett so much? When I was just a child I always rooted for the good guys. My world was black and white without much of a gray area. I never understood why someone would root for a bad guy. They’re bad. Done. Moving on to the next world problem for an 8 year old to fix. But as I got older I realized that life is more complicated than simply good vs evil. Good people can do bad things, and bad people can do good things. Albeit, we really see less of the latter.
As I began to think about the Mandalorian Mystery of Boba Fett, I began to realize he was a cooler character Than I originally thought. Jedi are only really rivaled by the Sith. But there is this bounty hunter who is able to go toe-to-toe with a seemingly almighty and powerful person. That is awesome. Fett was a clone of Jango Fett, who was a Mandalorian. The warriors of Mandalore were pretty much equals with the Jedi, as demonstrated in a few of the episodes the Clone Wars television series. Don’t we crave villains who are able to push our heroes to the brink?
A few other theories and ideas I have heard from people focus on his armor, his silent yet strong demeanor, his jetpack, Vader treated him more as an equal than anyone else (the “no disintegration” line, and Fett’s nonchalante as “you wish”), Fett was able to capture Solo, and his weapons. Our very own Jeremy Scott suggested that many people might like him because of all the mystery surrounding the character. We are able to fill in the blanks that the storytellers at LucasFilm intentionally leave blank.
However; I don’t really agree with most of the arguments. Yes, Fett does have cool armor and weapons. But he needed Vader to actually capture Solo, and freeze him in carbonite. The clone army was based off of his DNA, but he IS a clone as well. If Boba is so awesome, doesn’t that make Jango Fett that much better? You can only be so awesome if your armor, thought process, and DNA are based off of someone else. I guess you could say that I am still not the biggest fan. I am slowly unravelling the mystery, but it still mostly eludes me.