Why Darth Vader Warned Boba Fett In The Empire Strikes Back

Darth Vader and Boba Fett Empire Strikes Back

Boba Fett has become of one of the most popular side characters in all of Star Wars. Now, a new story gets inside the bounty hunter's head and explains a few things about the character that we never knew. This includes the reason why Darth Vader has to stop and warn Fett not to disintegrate anybody in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. It turns out that Vader and Fett have a bit of a history, and Fett has gotten himself in trouble for disintegrating bounties before.

A Certain Point of View contains several short stories that focus on small details, and smaller characters, of the Star Wars universe. The story Added Muscle by Paul Dini deals with Boba Fett's Star Wars Special Edition insertion into the events on Tatooine in the original movie. Boba Fett goes looking to collect the droids that Vader wants. Part of the reason he does is that he wants to make things good with Darth Vader, because he knows the Dark Lord has problems with him.

Originally, I wasn't supposed to be a part of this. That's what I get, I guess, sticking around Tatooine to snag some Imperial coin. I was supposed to be off this dust ball yesterday, but I picked up trooper buzz that Vader was looking for a couple of runaway droids. Figured I'd collect the bounty and square myself with the headman at the same time. He's still got a mad on over those rebel spies I crisped on Coruscant.

It's a nice touch in the excerpt from Added Muscle (via The Des Moines Register) that Boba Fett says originally, he "wasn't supposed to be part of this," since originally he wasn't. Boba Fett made no appearance in Star Wars: A New Hope until he was digitally inserted by George Lucas. In addition to explaining his presence in the film, the story also explains the relationship that Fett and Darth Vader have. Clearly, Boba Fett is useful and good at his job, however, he's also a bit trigger happy and the big man doesn't like that.

The story follows Boba Fett as he follows the trail of R2-D2 and C-3PO on Tatooine, he eventually discovers the burned out Lars homestead, but also realizes there was a third person living there. He considers bringing this person in along with the droids, but again has to remind himself "no disintegrations."

While this is a minor detail, stories like this continue to add depth to the Star Wars universe. The fact that even this brief comment now has a backstory of its own makes one wonder where else there might be interesting details that could be expanded on.

At one point there were plans to make an entire movie dedicated to Boba Fett, but it seems like that idea has been shelved, at least for now. Clearly, the bounty hunter will never be far from the Star Wars universe, as long as he has fans interested in expanding his character.

Dirk Libbey
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