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How Boba Fett Survived The Sarlacc

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With the rumors of an upcoming Boba Fett film, many have asked, “How did he survive the Sarlacc pit?” My answer is, he never fell in. I know, I know, I remember the scene, but let’s think for a moment. Boba Fett is the most feared bounty hunter in the entire galaxy. Well, clearly to get this reputation he would have to have some modicum of competence right? I mean, he can’t be taken out by a blind man and a faulty jet pack! I say “of course!” And that’s why it didn’t happen. Now I’m not proposing we move Return of The Jedi into the legends camp, but rather we compare Boba Fett’s scenes in the film to those in The Empire Strikes Back.

Darth Vader gave Boba Fett far more respect and consideration than he had anyone that wasn’t Tarkin or the Emperor. Furthermore, he allowed Fett to speak to him in a manner that no other would be allowed, so this must mean that Vader knows Fett to be a dangerous adversary, correct? Now let’s look at the differences in Boba Fett’s appearance in the films, as this is where my theory really takes hold.

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There are drastic differences in Boba Fett’s appearances in the two films, and I do mean drastic. Now if you weren’t looking for them you might never know there were any, but look again! The most obvious detail would be his wrist gauntlets. They appeared the same mint green color as the rest of Boba Fett’s armor in ESB, however in RoTJ they are a dark red color. I’m aware that these changes were almost certainly a result of production of the films, but I’m looking in-universe here. What happened in that three- year span to cause Fett to either get new gauntlets, or paint the old ones red? Or rather were they just a different pair that he changes in and out of depending on his mission?

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Let’s look at the next change: his EE-3 Blaster Carbine, which also looks different in Jedi. The most obvious change is the ridges along the barrel that weren’t there in Empire. Is this a modification, or a totally new blaster all together? The barrel wasn’t the only change to the blaster either. As far as I can tell, the scope is the same or very similar, however the mounting brackets were greatly reduced in size later on. There is also a good bit of variation on the stock of the rifle and there’s no sling. Also there is a complete disappearance of his K-11 blaster pistol. Did he lose it?

Moving on to the next most noticeable item, Fett’s jetpack. You know the one that cost him his life… or did it? In Empire, Boba’s pack was also that mint green color just like the gauntlets and the rest of his armor, however when we get to Jedi it is… blue? Well, it’s red, yellow, silver and yeah, blue. Now this is odd to me, because where his gauntlets at least matched the red trim of his helmet, the blue doesn’t match anything. So either Fett is having a much harder time acquiring new Mandalorian tech, or he is becoming tacky in his old age… or something else entirely is going on. But let’s move to the next thing, his cape.

His cape goes from yellow with an orange stripe, to solid green. Hey, I’m sure the cape is the first casualty of a hard claimed bounty, but with all the rest of his armor changing from the green color, why would he make his cape green? Am I the only one who sees the conspiracy here? I mean, I get it people are allowed to change clothes in Star Wars, and sometimes they even change into Han’s clothes, but that is another fan theory for another article. Though I’m sure I can find even more minor changes, I’m only going to touch on one more, and that’s his jumpsuit.

Though at a glance they appear to be the same color in both films, they are in fact not. In Empire, he is wearing a light blue jumpsuit, however in Jedi it is grey. Now if you haven’t guessed where I am going with this yet, get ready to have your mind blown. He isn’t the same guy! That’s right, the Boba Fett you see in Return of the Jedi is a pretender. Is Jabba aware of this? Of course! He is the only one who could benefit from having this doppelganger parade around in mismatched Mandolorian armor! Having the most feared bounty hunter in the galaxy hang around your domicile like a guard dog certainly keeps the riff-raff in line.  I propose Jabba is the one paying the guy, and almost certainly the one who paid for the salvaged armor. This is why the jetpack malfunctioned. It was never there for combat, but rather to keep up the charade, and using it otherwise is what sent this poser straight to the Sarlacc pit. So, you want to know how Boba Fett survived the Sarlacc? He was never in it. He wasn’t even on Tatooine.

Greedo Shooting First Makes Sense

By Bruce Gibson

A big controversy within Star Wars fandom is how the Special Edition changed the anti-hero portrayal of Han Solo.  Before George Lucas made his 1997 alterations, Han shot Greedo before the Rodian even pulled the trigger.  In the Special Edition, Greedo shoots Han first, which actually improves Greedo’s characterization as a more ruthless bounty hunter who isn’t hesitant to shoot in public.  But I contend that this scene alteration may also improve both Han and Greedo’s portrayal in “A New Hope” and fits in better with “The Empire Strikes Back.”  You heard me; this scene works for Han.

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Before we can examine Han, we must first ponder a big change made to Greedo.  He shoots and misses Han.  Now how can anyone possibly miss shooting someone sitting a few feet in front of him?  Was Greedo a former stormtrooper since only they can be “so precise”?  If Greedo is that bad of a shot, he should be thrown out of the “Bounty Hunters Members Only Club,” and Jabba should reevaluate his associates.  Jabba the Hutt would never associate with a bounty hunter who wasn’t worth his salt.

Arguably, I doubt that George Lucas’ intentions were to weaken these two characters in the Special Edition.  So let’s look at this scene with the best of intentions that both Han and Greedo are indeed ruthless scoundrels who are at the top of their game.

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In the cantina scene, Greedo points his weapon at Han and mentions there is a bounty on his head from Jabba.  He makes idle threats to Han that he will kill him, but Greedo must know that financially Han’s only real value is to be brought to Jabba alive.  The crime lord must want to taunt and torture Han if he can’t collect the monies owed to him.  So, we must conclude that Greedo has no plans to kill Han since his corpse is of no value to Jabba.

HAN
You sent Greedo to blast me.

JABBA
(mock surprise)
Han, why you’re the best smuggler in
the business. You’re too valuable to
fry. He was only relaying my concern
at your delays. He wasn’t going to
blast you.

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Although Han tells Jabba otherwise, I think he does believe that Greedo would not kill him. Han is a smart cookie and a shrewd scoundrel, so he must know that Jabba would want him alive. He knows that Greedo would never kill him if he wants to be paid handsomely.

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This theory is also supported in “The Empire Strikes Back” when Boba Fett, working in sync with Darth Vader, is on a quest for that same bounty to capture Han Solo.  Fett tells Vader in Cloud City, “He’s no good to me dead.”  That’s a key phrase in the saga’s continuity because it means Jabba’s price on Han’s head is based on being captured alive.  Yes, Han must be delivered to Jabba as live goods.

In “A New Hope,” Han is cunning and would rather kill Greedo before being captured.  So instead of shooting first, Han slowly pulls out his blaster and waits for the right opportunity to make his move.  Try to understand that Han could be perceived as being more calculating in this film version.  He’s using his keen eyesight to notice that the barrel of Greedo’s gun is not pointed directly at his head.  Look at this scene again, and you’ll see that Greedo’s aim looks a little off within those long fingers.  Han would notice this too.

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Han Solo slowly reaches for his gun under the table.

GREEDO
You can tell that to Jabba. He may
only take your ship.

HAN
Over my dead body.

GREEDO
That’s the idea. I’ve been looking
forward to killing you for a long
time.

HAN
Yes, I’ll bet you have.

Han knows Greedo is toying with him and will not kill him.  He’s prepared to see Greedo make his dummy shot as a bold threat to get Han to comply.  It’s like in the old westerns when a cowboy shoots at someone’s feet to get them to comply or foolishly dance.  Han will have a justified reason to retaliate in broad daylight thus giving the public perception that his shot was a defensive maneuver.  No questions asked from the peanut gallery.

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Greedo shoots the wall beside Han’s head.  And, in a blink of an eye, Greedo falls forward dead on the table.  Because of Greedo’s foolish threatening action, Han sentenced him to death and shot him down.  Greedo gave him reason and didn’t see the shot coming from Han’s hidden blaster.

So Han is still a cold-blooded killer in the Special Edition because when he shoots, he knows that if and when Greedo shoots, he is not going to kill Han.  This is in opposition to the 1977 version where we originally perceived Greedo’s mission was to kill Han.  But both film versions, no matter how this scene plays out, Han is determined to shoot and kill Greedo.  It wasn’t in self-defense or to avoid a missed shot.  It was to take him down once and for all.

Personally, I don’t think this scene in the Special Edition is any better than the original version.  I also don’t think it strips Han of his cunning ruthlessness.  The Special Edition is here to stay, and I’m presenting “a certain point of view” that may help people to view this scene less negatively and make it more palatable.  Han’s character portrayal in the beginning of this story still remains rebellious, and he still has a journey to become a moral hero.

Star Wars Weekends Parade

This past weekend I attended the final 2015 Disney’s Star Wars Weekends at Walt Disney World! It was a fantastic experience as usual, and I had a lot of fun experiencing Disney, going to panels with Star Wars guests, and hanging out with friends, family, and fellow fans, podcasters, and bloggers! At each Star Wars weekend, they have a parade in the mornings with a strong 501st and Rebel Legion presence, and the main Star Wars guests and hosts in attendance that weekend. This year I had the pleasure of watching the parade with my sister and brother-in-law who had never been to a Star Wars weekend, and of course with a number of fellow bloggers and podcasters in a location with a great view of the parade. Without further ado, here are photos from the parade!

Me waiting for the parade to start with Brian and Nanci of Tosche Station.

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