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With just two months to go until it premieres on Disney+, the first trailer for new Star Wars streaming series The Book of Boba Fett arrived Monday, setting the stage for a different kind of Tatooine story in the wake of the success of The Mandalorian. While that series began within the Tatooine underworld, the story of Mando and his adoptive son Grogu has since grown to encompass a number of different planets, organizations, and areas of the Star Wars mythos that expands far beyond the bounty hunting setup of the first episode.
With The Book of Boba Feet, we seem to be diving headfirst back into the seedier areas of the desert planet as the title character (Temuera Morrison) and his right hand Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) take control of one of the most iconic locales in all of Star Wars and bend it to their own purposes.
The first trailer is a table setter, giving us more of a sense of tone than a sense of plot, but one thing is abundantly clear: Boba and Fennec are making some major power plays on Tatooine, and there will be consequences for the whole Star Wars underworld. It's a trailer that presents a lot of intriguing possibilities, and we're here to break them all down right now.
Here are four key questions we're focused on after viewing the first Book of Boba Fett trailer.
1. The Godfather of Tatooine
The Book of Boba Fett was announced with a power grab, showing us Boba returning to Jabba's Palace in the wake of The Mandalorian Season 2, executing Bib Fortuna, and seizing control of his old haunt with Fennec Shand by his side. It was obvious that the place had fallen into disrepair in Jabba's absence, with Bib in charge, but now that Boba is on the throne... what happens next?
The trailer for the series makes that very clear in at least one key sense, as Boba and Fennec organize a meeting with several of Jabba's former captains in an effort to convince them to reform the crime organization they were part of just five years earlier during the events of Return of the Jedi, when Jabba was still alive and seemingly still thriving on Tatooine. If you're among the many Star Wars fans who've been waiting for an Underworld-centric series in a galaxy far, far away, this is immediately exciting, because it sets the stage for a kind of Five Families-esque crime drama on the planet with Boba Fett at the center of all manner of unsavory alien characters.
The question, of course, is what happens after this fateful meeting, and Boba's efforts to harness the power that Jabba once wielded, not through fear, but through "respect." How well this will or won't work out for them seems like something that could form the backbone of the entire series, and could easily lead to encounters with some old friends along the way.
2. The infamy of Boba Fett
Boba makes two key declarations over the course of this trailer: That he's not a bounty hunter, and that he aims to rule with respect rather than fear. That said, he's still Boba Fett, which means his presence carries with it certain expectations, especially if you've lived on Tatooine long enough to be familiar with his work.
In at least one shot in the trailer, we see locals gawking at Boba and Fennec as they go about their business, and they're gawking with what seems to be an air of recognition. Remember, we're still in the relatively recent aftermath of Return of the Jedi with these shows, which means it hasn't been all that long since Boba seemingly died in the Sarlacc pit while battling Luke Skywalker and Han Solo. Some of these people are probably looking at that armor (which, as The Mandalorian Season 2 shows us, has a bit of its own history without Boba wearing it) and learning for the first time that Boba is apparently alive, while others are just shocked to see him in the flesh after whispers of his apparent resurrection.
So, Boba definitely still has a lot of his old swagger, and a fair bit of infamy to wield as he gets back out into the Tatooine underworld. How far will that carry him, and will he be able to use it to his advantage?
3. An intriguing cameo
The first shot of The Book of Boba Fett trailer is a Tatooine landscape that's soon punctuated by the arrival of a familiar spider droid that anyone who saw Return of the Jedi as a kid has no doubt never forgotten. Deeper Star Wars lore has since revealed that the droid actually holds the brain of a B'omarr monk, a member of an order which believes in removing all physical sensation to enhance their consciousness. So, they take their brains out of their bodies, put them in containers, and then have these droids to carry them around when they need to. Jabba's palace was once one of their monasteries before he took it over, but he left them free to roam the area, and they're still alive and crawling. Will The Book of Boba Fett actually ever use these strange creatures in its story, or was this just an amusing, slightly creepy cameo appearance? Time will tell, but it's worth keeping an eye on.
4. The Underworld beyond Tatooine
Jabba the Hutt was far from the only Hutt who had a hand in organized crime, and the Hutts are not the only species to establish key crime syndicates throughout the galaxy. As The Mandalorian established, it's a very interesting time for crime organizations in the Star Wars galaxy, with the Empire in ruins and the New Republic still trying to establish itself as an authority in the Outer Rim. That means there's a lot of opportunity and a lot of chaos out there, on Tatooine and beyond. We know that Boba and Fennec are very focused in this trailer on gaining control of Tatooine and its various criminal elements, but the question remains: What does that mean for the rest of the galaxy?
Sure, Tatooine is a relatively isolated planet that's not exactly drawing the tourist crowds, but the more Boba makes moves on the planet, the more word's going to get out in other key spaceports that someone is revving up Jabba's old operation again, someone with muscle and determination. We might not really see the effects of this until the show's second season, but if this really is the Star Wars underworld drama we've been waiting for, we have to wonder what the underworld beyond Tatooine will look like with Boba Fett back on the scene.
The Book of Boba Fett premieres December 29 on Disney+.