Episode one of The Book of Boba Fett is available to stream now and contains many familiar Star Wars details and callbacks. Here are some of the most exciting details we noticed in “Stranger in a Strange Land.”
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“Stranger in a Strange Land” is a literal description of Boba Fett’s story, but the episode’s title has a connection between science fiction and the bible. The phrase initially appears in the bible, spoken by Moses in Exodus 2.22 and was popularised by sci-fi master Robert A. Heinlein when he used it for the title of his seminal 1961 novel. The episode itself doesn’t share much in common with the novel, other than a symbolic moment towards the end when the Tuskan Raider offers Boba water. The protagonist of Heinlein’s book was a human born on Mars, where water was scarce, so the sharing of water was a sign of brotherhood.
The incredibly charismatic actor first appeared in 2002’s Attack of the Clones, in which he played Boba’s father, Jango Fett. Since then, he took on the role of Boba in The Mandalorian season 2 and has reprised the role in The Book of Boba Fett.
Boba Fett isn’t the only character who has been brought back from the brink of death. Ming-Na Wen is back as the assassin Fennec Shand, who was fatally wounded in the first season of The Mandalorian. Fennec now serves as Boba’s right hand as he begins to build his criminal empire.
Assisting Boba and Fennec is the droid 8D8, voiced by Matt Berry. You’ll recognise the droid from Return of the Jedi, in which he served as Jabba’s torture droid.
Attack of the Clones
While healing inside his Bacta tank, Boba remembers his home planet, Kamino, first introduced in Attack of the Clones. Boba is an unaltered clone of his father, Jango Fett, meaning he doesn’t age as quickly as the other clones, and his lifespan is the same as naturally-born humans.
Kamino was the home of the best cloning scientists in the galaxy, which is why the Republic hired them to build an artificially grown army to fight the separatists during the Clone Wars. The cloning facilities are now gone after being destroyed by the Empire during The Bad Batch series.
Boba relives the trauma of his father’s death on Geonosis. Mace Windu beheaded him during the very first battle of the Clone Wars. Boba is seen holding his father’s helmet in the combat arena in the flashback.
The Sarlacc monster and Boba Fett have a long history. Initially, it was believed that Boba had died after being thrown into the pit in Return of the Jedi. Over the years, several books and comics told of how Boba had survived well past him falling into the pit. Those stories are now considered part of the non-canon legends, but The Book of Boba Fett finally gives us a canon version of Boba’s escape.
Boba is seen using a Bacta tank to treat his injuries. The breathing apparatus is similar to what Darth Vader uses, but the healing substance is closer to the one used by Luke Skywalker after he fought the Wampa in The Empire Strikes Back. Bacta is a valuable resource in the galaxy and is often fought over.
Max Rebo Band
The band seen in the Mos Espa establishment can be heard playing a remix of the famous A New Hope cantina music. Last seen in Return of the Jedi, The Max Rebo Band must have found a new job after Jabba the Hutt’s death. The band is smaller than when they were seen playing in Jabba’s palace, so they lost a few members, including the vocalists.
The Tatooine settlement is a previously established location and the home of Anakin Skywalker, where much of The Phantom Menace takes place, including the pod race.
There were no droids allowed in the Mos Eisley cantina, but Madam Garsa Fwip’s cantina uses astromechs to carry drinks just like Jabba forced R2-D2 to do in Return of the Jedi.
Episode 1 features a whole host of new characters, many of which whose species have been seen before.
David Pasquesi plays Mok Shaiz, Mos Espa’s governor. He holds the title Twi’lek Majordomo, the same one Bib Fortuna heald under Jabba the Hutt.
Jabba’s Gamorrean guards were significant background characters in Return of the Jedi and make an appearance again, this time as Boba’s hired muscle.
Another original trilogy species, the reptilian Trandoshans, are often bounty hunters like Bossk from Return of the Jedi. Here, they’re represented by Dokk Strassi, leader of a Trandoshan gang on Tatooine and a former bounty hunting client of Boba. Director and showrunner Robert Rodriguez plays dokk.
The Aqalish who pays tribute to Boba Fett is named Garfalaquox and is played by Daniel Lowin, one of Din Djarin’s doubles on The Mandalorian.
Although a different colour, the prisoner Boba tries to help escape from the Tuskan camp is a Rodian like Greedo, famous for shooting at Han Solo first (or second) in A New Hope.
Tatooine wouldn’t be the same without the Jawaa, the tiny scavengers who steal Boba’s armour, in the same way they kidnapped C-3PO and R2-D2 in A New Hope.
In A New Hope, Obi-Wan Kenobi describes Tusken Raiders riding their Bantha mounts in single file. During the episode, we see them do just that.
The big Tusken dog is called a massif.
Episode one of The Book of Boba Fett is available to stream exclusively on Disney+ now. New episodes are released every Wednesday.