Tuesday, August 2, 2011
I'll never forget going to see The Empire Strikes Back for the first time. Mostly because my brother Eric stopped me as I was walking out the door to say, "Oh yeah, one thing before you go - Darth Vader is Luke's father!"... Grrrr, I haven't let him forget that! Fortunately that wasn't enough to hurt my enjoyment of the film, one of the best sequels ever made. A big part of what made it great was all the cool new characters. Yoda, Lando, Jabba, and of course Boba Fett were all welcome additions to the cast and expanded the story in fun ways. Boba Fett with his flight pack, hidden face and bounty on the coolest member of the rebellion was the one that intrigued me the most, so I was definitely looking for more of him when the third part of the trilogy was released. Unfortunately, I think Lucas squandered his potential a bit by having him go out like such a punk in the Sarlaac pit. I think the filmmakers must have realized this misstep as they did give Boba and his father Jango pivotal roles in the Prequels, but it took a couple of decades before he got his due!