[ESTE ARTÍCULO CONTIENE SPOILERS DEL 2X05 DE THE MANDALORIAN]
Well, it has finally happened. After a supposed confirmation and a providential appearance at the end of the first chapter of the new season, Boba fett Has returned. With the face of Temuera Morrison and the apparent purpose of letting himself be seen by something else The Mandalorian in the immediate future of the series, given the case that in a single episode the famous bounty hunter has had more dialogues and a dramatic journey than in the entire original trilogy. Jon favreau and his team want Fett to stop being just a cool design character for the more casual crowd in Star wars, and the episode titled The tragedy it has been a good start for it.
This episode, sixth of the new season that Disney + broadcasts, has been directed by Robert rodriguez and had action to give and take, developing on the same planet Tython that Ahsoka tano Send to I send already Grogu (the artist formerly known as Baby Yoda) to seek Jedi help, and whose origins in the universe of the saga we were already talking about here. As a result of trying to contact potential future teachers for the little one, The tragedy has lived up to its title by showing how the Dark Troopers previously appeared in the series (and also exciting history within canon warsie) they kidnap Grogu and take him to Moff gideon (Giancarlo Esposito). Now, Mando has to seek help to rescue him, and both Fett and his partner Shand (Ming-Na Wen) seem to be for work.
Above all, once Mando has returned the armor to Fett after much hesitation. Boba claims that this iconic Mandalorian uniform belongs to him by right, and justifies it by briefly mentioning that his father Jango was not only a Mandalore warrior, but one who also participated in the Mandalorian Civil War. At this point it may be interesting to delve into the history of this conflict, and confirm if Fett indeed deserves that armor or, on the contrary, it is just a bounty hunter bravado.
The lineage of the Fett
The last days of the Mandalorian Civil War took place around the year 60 BBY (that is, 60 years Before the Battle of Yavin occurred in A new hope, which is the framework for weaving dates people know about this). It was a conflict prior to the Clone Wars and apart from the military struggles that shook Mandalore during them, which ended with Darth maul giving a coup d’etat boosted by the Shadow Collective. However, this Civil War is essential to understand the situation that Mandalore lived before the events seen in The Clone Wars.
The people of this planet have always had a difficult relationship with their past; one in which the Mandalorians were the most deadly warriors in the galaxy and had come to face the Jedi, developing to combat their dominance of the Force the metal known as beskar which composes the armor of Boba Fett and Mando, and the spear that we saw in the penultimate episode (The Jedi). In relation to this memory and how to use it to govern, in Mandalore two groups were formed: the New Mandalorians and the Death guard, which however during this Civil War, and contrary to what would happen in the Clone Wars through the conflict between the sisters Satine and Bo-Katan Kryze, they would not come to face each other directly.
The New Mandalorians advocated turning their backs on this warlike past and imposing a pacifist policy that would pursue neutrality in any galactic dispute. Other soldiers, on the other hand, wanted Mandalore to once again be controlled by an elite warriors, and the leader of this faction shortly after his birth was a warrior named Jaster Meerel. Official Protector of Concord Dawn (planet located in the Mandalore system and, therefore, under the rule of the homonymous planet), Meerel soon reached the rank of “Mand’alor”, leader of the warring clans, but it did not take long for dissensions to appear between them.
Thus, the opposition to the New Mandalorians was divided in two: the True Mandalorians led by Meerel and the aforementioned Death Guard, led by Tor vizsla. Both sides started a war that, curiously, never crossed the threshold of the planet Mandalore, developing in neighboring worlds such as Corellia or Concord Dawn himself. This planet, when Meerel had to march to fight against the Death Guard, happened to have as Official Protector a man named Fett, which would soon cross the path of the leader of the True Mandalorians.
After a sustained battle in Concord Dawn, Meerel had to take refuge in the farm that Fett ran with his family and met his restless son, Jango. Vizsla, however, ended up locating the farm and demanding that Fett inform him of Meerel’s whereabouts. The Protector refused, and as a result he was assassinated along with the members of his family, leaving Jango as the sole survivor and since then becoming Meerel’s right-hand man at the head of the True Mandalorians. In The MandalorianTherefore, Boba is telling the truth when it comes to his father’s exploits of war, since during his youth Jango was a key warrior in this conflict.
Conflict that ended with Meerel’s murder at the hands of Vizsla, and with the total attrition of both the True Mandalorians and the Death Guard. Jango was able to avenge Meerel and his family by killing Vizsla, but could not prevent control of Mandalore from falling into the hands of the New Mandalorians, who had rightly expected their enemies to destroy each other in order to impose their rule. As the Death Watch tried to compose itself under the leadership of Pre VizslaA relative of Tor, and adding Bo-Katan Kryze to their ranks (something we already count around here), Jango left Mandalore and sought his life as a bounty hunter.
‘Modern Family’ in Kamino
Part of these events (whose value in the current canon is yet to be determined thanks to the escabechina that Disney marked when it acquired Lucasfilm and that of the ‘Star Wars Legends’) was referred to in media such as the video game Star Wars: Bounty Hunter, released in 2002 and starring Jango Fett prior to the events of Attack of the clones. After leaving Concord Dawn and fighting for Mandalore, Jango had numerous adventures across the galaxy aboard the ship. Slave I and keeping his Mandalorian armor. Eventually he was contacted by Darth tyrannus (alias of Count Dooku interpreted by Christopher lee in the movies) and became a key part of the Palpatine / Darth Sidious to end the Republic.
Dooku’s instructions were simple: to volunteer to be the model for the future clone army of the Old Republic. Jango traveled to Kamino and contacted the cloners, but once there he demanded a slight change of plans: that they create a clone of himself without the obedience conditions of the rest of the recruits, and without being genetically modified to grow to a inhuman speed. Jango adopted this clone (Daniel logan) as his son and named him Boba, and shortly after such an atypical family had been formed, Dooku gave him a new task: assassinate the senator Padmé Amidala (Natalie Portman), which is why Jango and Boba would end up facing Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor).
Events would lead the Fetts to Geonosis, and there Jango would see death at the hand of Mace windu (Samuel L. Jackson) to Boba’s horror. For the next several years, the young Fett would do nothing but plan how to get revenge on Windu, posing as a clone recruit to engineer a failed attack and be sent to jail when he was still just a teenager. Once he got out of prison he would finish learning the trade thanks to Cad bane and founded a syndicate of bounty hunters straddling Coruscant and Tatooine, having recovered both his father’s Mandalorian armor and his ship, the Slave I.
Thus we come to the original trilogy, whose events are well known. Fett put himself in the service of Jabba the Hutt and later the Empire, and at the beginning of Return of the Jedi ended up buried in the stomach of the Sarlacc. He was able to escape eventually, but his armor ended up in the hands of the Jawas and then Cobb Vanth (Timothy Olyphant), and Boba’s next moves would be aimed at recovering his father’s inheritance at all costs. Finally running into Mando. Aliases of Din djarin, and a character who shares Mandalorian roots as ambiguous as his.
Mando and Boba have a lot in common
Based on everything that has been said, we could infer that Boba is not a Mandalorian in its purity: he never lived in Mandalore, nor did he fight in any of its wars. And yet, our beloved Command is not the one to claim his rights to the armor, since although he has been severely trained in the ancient Mandalorian customs, he does not share a blood bond with anyone on this planet.
Is this important? Not quite, as Mandalore’s history is so chaotic and culture-driven that Mando and Boba can perfectly claim the pavilion. In the case of the protagonist of The MandalorianIn addition, through a past that we have glimpsed throughout several chapters and that place him as an orphan of Aq Vetina who was rescued by the Death Watch from a battle with the droids during the Fall of the Republic. Din Djarin then joined the Tribe and continued the cult of the Mandalore Path: one of the many ways of interpreting the Mandalorian legacy that passes for the most unpleasant, demanding that its followers never remove their helmets.
Mando and Boba’s roots are equally tragic, but they both respect Mandalorian culture and all that it stands for. They were destined, somehow, to fight together, and hopefully Fett’s new life in the canon of Star wars I’ve only just begun