If you’ve been keeping up with The Mandalorian, and I hope you have if you’re reading this. We just had one of the most anticipated episodes in the series to date. Even if you’re like me and went bonkers for the arrival of Ahsoka Tano, I have to admit that she pales in comparison to the legendary Boba Fett.
Ahsoka Tano and Boba Fett came from bad cartoons.
Fett and Ahsoka share one thing in common. That is, a very terrible cartoon movie introduced them both to the franchise as a whole. A movie so bad that everyone involved would rather forget. The original Holiday Special, whose legendarily poor quality had been shared in the backrooms and secret trade groups for decades introduced Boba Fett. Fett saved the heroes of the original Star Wars from a monster attack. Allying with them, he plans to eventually betray them to Vader, only to be discovered and chased away, promising to return later in the future. Pretty standard stuff for the late 70s.
Boba Fett In The Real World
Boba continued to show up in various forms both in real life and in the movies. Wanted posters showed up around Star Wars events at malls and shopping centers promoting this mysterious new warrior, along with many other bounty-hunters and associates from the recent Holiday Special. In all that’s some pretty good marketing. It’s always great when cartoons cross over to real life.
Ahsoka Tano and the Clone Wars
Ahsoka showed up in the original animated Clone Wars movie. If you haven’t seen it. Don’t. Instead watch the rather awesome series that the movie served as the pilot for. While the movie was miserable, the first season of the cartoon looked to follow in its footsteps, in Season 2 the focus changed and suddenly a great series was born. Telling the story of the wars the Jedi fought and focusing heavily on the actual clone troopers who were dying, the show featured a surprisingly mature storyline that saw Ahsoka grow from a bratty rebellious teen (much like her master), into a strong and bold woman who decided that she had enough of being gaslit by the Jedi Order and set out to forge her own path.
Ahsoka Tano and Boba Fett: Breakout Characters
Boba reappeared in The Return of the Jedi where a blind man flailing around knocked him to his doom. For the most feared bounty hunter in the galaxy, it was an ignominious end that was promptly retconned by subsequent comics, books, and fan outcry. But Boba’s return was never truly canon. The Clone Wars movie and cartoon series fleshed out his background. He served as a minor antagonist whose guest appearances hinted at what he would later become.
From Cartoon To Live Action
Ahsoka Tano and Boba Fett went from terrible cartoon specials to become some of the most beloved fan favorites in the franchise. Boba finally gets to show his true mettle and send a squad of stormtroopers running in terror. Ahsoka’s translation to live action turned out to be pretty effective as well. The Mandalorian’s streak is going strong, but can they keep it up much longer? Discuss it with us on our Facebook, or Discord. Catch the show on Disney+ or your local pirate cantina. Join in on the conversation.