5 Things ‘The Book of Boba Fett’ Brought to Live-Action

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Star Wars is an expansive universe of lore to consume. From the films to video games, to novels, to comics, to animation, to live-action, television shows, the galaxy far, far away is ever-expanding. With that expansion comes a disconnect in some of the stories and characters featured in the films compared to that what we see in the expanded universe. With the success of the live-action shows on Disney+, we are beginning to see more and more integration between the expanded material and their live-action counterparts. The Book of Boba Fett is the latest example of characters and stories being brought from comics, animation, and Legends to life. If you are looking for more information on some of these great additions to live-action Star Wars, look no further!

The Tusken Raiders Culture

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The Tusken Raiders were a huge part of The Book of Boba Fett and Boba’s development by the time we see him sit upon the throne at Jabba’s Palace. Many live-action deceptions reduce the Tuskens down to primitive savages who raid moisture farms and shoot pod racers for sport. However, The Book of Boba Fett provides a new perspective that exceeds their appearance in Chapter 9 of The Mandalorian. Seeing this particular tribe’s way of life provides for a much deeper look at their culture than anything seen on screen previously. In the expanded material it was more or less known that the Tusken Raiders have a rich and thriving culture.

Some of the most notable examples of this humanizing look at the Tusken Raiders can be seen in Knights of the Old Republic and From a Certain Point of View. 

Black Krrsantan 

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Black Krranstan is a perfect example of expanded universe integration into live-action. You don’t know anything about his background history to know that he was going to be a force to be reckoned with. From the moment Krrsantan stepped on screen, it was clear that this Wookie was not the brave, dependable, and loveable kind of Wookie like Chewbacca.  In various scenes throughout The Book of Boba Fett, Black Krrasatan shows the true terrifying power and savagery Wookies can possess if they really let loose and make their presence felt. He was an absolute unit in the finale and provided for some of the best action sequences in the series. Krrsantan quickly became a fan favorite all while knowing little about his character.

You can learn more about Black Krrsantan in the comics including Darth Vader (2015), Doctor Aphra, and Bounty Hunters

Trandoshan – Wookie Rivilary

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Inter-species blood feuds run deep in Star Wars. One of the most notable is between Wookies and Trandoshans. For centuries, the Trandoshans have made a sport out of hunting and enslaving Wookies. This largely stems from the Trandoshan worship of a deity known as the Scorekeeper who they honor by earning points from their hunts. Wookies are among the highest point-value making them a prime target for the bi-pedal reptiles.

In The Book of Boba Fett, this is brought to light by a Trandoshan offering up a Wookie pelt as a tribute to Boba Fett early on in the series. The tension between the species is further added to live-action by Black Krrsanstan attacking Trandoshan in Garsa’s Sanctuary. Without any real explanation, it is clear that Black K despises the Trandoshans and decides it is a worthwhile venture to rip the arm off one that is doing nothing but enjoying drinks and games.

For more examples of this rivalry with no end in sight, you can watch the episode ‘Wookie Hunt’ from The Clone Wars animated series that sees Chewbacca and Ahsoka Tano partnering up to battle Trandoshan slavers, Doctor Aphra Annual #1 that gives Black K’s relationship with the Trandoshans, and ‘Tooth and Claw’ in From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back that follows the Trandoshan bounty hunter Bossk who hates Wookies with a burning passion.

Rancor Have Feelings Too 

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Who can forget Luke Skywalker being dropped into the rancor pit while attempting to negotiate with Jabba the Hut in Return of the Jedi? The teeth, the claws, the roar all point to a vicious and mindless creature. Up until recently (even in expanded material), that’s all anyone had to go off of when it came to the monstrous creature. Sure the beastmaster wept when the rancor died but is largely passed off as an awkward scene by many.

The Book of Boba Fett finally subverts those notions of these majestic beasts when Boba Fett receives his own from the Hutt twins. The beastmaster who trains Boba to bond with his rancor, played by the amazing Danny Trejo, tells Fett that the rancor is largely misunderstood. The bond a rancor forms is deep and when domesticated is very loving. By the finale, even Grogu can see that they are more than their appearance gives them credit for and make for the best cuddle buddies. In the end, rancor are essentially the pit bull of the Star Wars universe and I am here for it.

For more examples of rancors being more than their appearance, you can look to The Clone Wars episode “Bounty Hunter” which shows the jungle rancor of Felucia living peacefully with the planet’s inhabitants, The Bad Batch episode “Rampage” that gives fans adorable baby rancor, and even issues of The High Republic comic that shows Hutts riding the creatures into battle.

Cad Bane

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Live-action Star Wars has done a fantastic job bringing characters from the animation to life. Commander Cody, Saw Gerrera, Ashoka, Bo-Katan Kryze, and even Boba Fett got their starts in animation before we ever saw them live. It truly is special to see our heroes brought to life by perfect casting and the wonders of makeup and prosthetics. The Book of Boba Fett saw arguably the biggest live-action debut that dwarves even General Grevious in the prequels. Cad Bane.

The Duro bounty hunter would give any villain in the Star Wars universe a run for their money. The Book of Boba Fett wastes no time in showing how ruthless and cold Cad Bane can be.  His character design, while drawing mixed reviews from the fans, is instantly recognizable as a calculated and cruel gunslinger the likes we have yet to see in live-action. The finale showed fans that even in his old age, the cruel bounty hunter is not someone you want to stand off against. In the series, there is clear history between Boba Fett and Cad Bane but not much is made of it by the show’s conclusion.

For more of Cad Bane, be sure to check out the plethora of episodes he is featured in The Clone Wars starting with his debut in the episode “The Heist”, The Bad Batch episodes “Reunion” and “Bounty Lost” as well as the early issues from the Darth Maul (2017) comic series from Marvel.

Star Wars has done a fabulous job of integrating material from the expanded universe in a way that isn’t jarring for film-only fans. It is a great way to bridge the gap and bring all Star Wars fans together under a collective love of all the universe has to offer. The universe is as expansive as you want to be and shows like The Book of Boba Fett continue to make the universe more and more accessible.  While I don’t think we will ever see the likes of Mara Jade, Jolee Bindo, or Galen Marek in live-action, I also didn’t think I would ever see Cad Bane or Black Krrsantan either. With even more Star Wars live-action set for 2022, I can’t wait to see who they decide to debut next.