With the return of Boba Fett in The Mandalorian Season 2, let’s look at how he escaped the origin of the Sarlacc pit after the return of the Jedi.
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Boba Fett is a legendary character Star Wars, but he is also famous for the way he died when he was accidentally hit in the Sarlaac pit by Han Solo in Return of the Jedi. Or at least that was how he died, until he was reconnected Jabba Palace Tales, an anthology of short stories centered on the characters appearing in the gangster’s celestial barge. Tales came out in 1995, twelve years later Return of the Jedi, and one of his featured stories was A Barve like that: the story of Boba Fett, written by Daniel Keys Moran.
A Barve like that featured Fett’s escape from Carkoon’s Big Pit and was the foundation for his appearance in other works in the Extended Universe. Since all of the works in the Extended Universe were declared non-canonical by Disney in 2015 (in order to clear the list of episodes 7, 8 and 9), Fett is currently considered to be still dead in this grave.
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But Star WarsThe favorite bounty hunter is expected to return to the land of the living soon. It has recently been reported that Fett is expected to appear in the second season of The Mandalorian, which means the show will need a way to explain how it escaped so many years ago. So let’s go back to the short story of 1995, and break down exactly how the bounty hunter cheated death the first time.
A Barve like that opens with Fett buried inside the digestive system of Sarlaac and speaking in a mysterious voice, which makes him feel flashbacks on the events of his past. These interstitial flashbacks cover Fett’s journey from Cloud City in Empire strikes back at Jabba Palace in Return of the Jedi, and also gives an overview of the bounty hunter’s personality and motivations. Between these stories, Fett manages to discover that the voice belongs to Susejo, a telepathic ingested by Sarlaac many years ago. Susejo has bonded with the Sarlaac and has a symbiotic relationship with it.
Conversing with Susejo, Fett asks why the Sarlaac hasn’t killed him yet. The telepath responds by telling a story he heard from a Jedi that Sarlaac consumed many years ago. A traveler visits a farm and sees a five-legged barge, a domesticated six-legged species raised for its meat. The traveler asks the farmer why the beard has an amputated leg, and the farmer responds that the creature is able to speak, drive a speeder and even watch the farmer’s children. The traveler then repeats his question and the farmer responds with the punchline to the story – “you don’t eat a barve like this all of a sudden!” This quote is the title of the story and also explains why the Sarlaac ingests its prey so slowly. He enjoys his food, extracts stories and experiences from his mind by devouring his physical body.
As Fett arrives at the horrible realization of the exact situation in which he finds himself, he manages to take over, throwing insult after insult at Susejo, and angering him enormously. By doing this, the Sarlaac fluctuates enormously since the two are linked. The bounty hunter manages to free a foot, and he pushes his back against the wall, triggering the same switch that Han did when pushing Fett. The jetpack constantly firing in such a small space detonates it, freeing the rest of its body. In no time, the bounty hunter is able to make his way out of the pit with his grenade launcher. The story ends with Fett almost dead, crawling out of the pit and walking in the desert.
While A Barve like that is a fantastically written story that most Star Wars fans never even heard of it, it was clear that the way Fett escaped really didn’t matter. The story manages to give depth to a character who has virtually no characterization in the original trilogy, although he is loved by his fan base. These fans can only hope that The Mandalorian will accomplish the same feat when it features the most feared bounty hunter in the galaxy in season 2.
Created by Jon Favreau, The Mandalorian stars Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Carl Weathers and Giancarlo Esposito. Season 1 is now available on Disney +, season 2 to be broadcast in October.
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