Star Wars Holiday Special Turns 35 — A Celebration?

By David Wharton | 7 years ago

FettBoba Fett? Boba Fett? Where?
See, we’re even being generous and beginning this feature on a high note. It’s still kind of amazing how popular the bounty hunter Boba Fett has become over the years, given that he doesn’t actually do that much in the Star Wars trilogy. He mostly just stands around looking menacing, delivers a couple of lines, and then gets unceremoniously dumped into a giant tentacled sand vagina by a blind man. And yeah yeah, I know in the Expanded Universe he escaped, but that’s not the sort of thing a guy could live down. I’ve always envisioned him showing up at the next Intergalactic Bounty Hunter Convention only to find Dengar wearing a Mandalorian helmet and following a seeing-eye womp rat around.

Given how undignified his on-screen end was, maybe it’s only appropriate that he was introduced during the notoriously awful Holiday Special. The bounty hunter first appeared in an animated segment depicting Luke, Han, and Leia’s initial encounter with the allegedly badass hunter. Our favorite rebels are in search of a mysterious talisman on the water planet of Panna. Fett shows up, armed with a Tuning Fork of Doom and at first seeming to be on the side of angels. He saves Luke from a monster attack and even helps out when Han and Luke contract a strange virus. He shows his true colors soon enough, though, attempting to hand the others over to Darth Vader. On the upside, Fett gets to use his jetpack without flying into the side of a sail barge, so that’s a silver lining right there.

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