It’s a strange phenomenon that Star Wars both rose and fell in popularity within the span of two months during 2019. If The Rise of Skywalker had its share of mixed opinion within the fan community, Disney+’s The Mandalorian revitalized the fan base in what they really want to see in the galaxy far, far away.
Some fans want to see more of The Child (Baby Yoda), plus the teasing prospect of seeing iconic original trilogy characters making cameos in Season 2.
Not everyone thinks this is a good idea, however. Is it true that bringing back characters like Boba Fett would become too much of a distraction? An argument can still be made that the future of Star Wars should stay as connected to the original films as much as possible without going overboard.
Is Boba Fett just too iconic of a character to bring to ‘The Mandalorian’?
There still isn’t any confirmation the mysterious figure seen at the end of Chapter Five was Boba Fett. All that could be seen is the feet of what was presumed to be another bounty hunter walking up to the supposedly dead Fennec Shand out in the Tatooine desert.
Only the familiar jangling sound of spurs Boba Fett introduced in The Empire Strikes Back gives any clue it may be him. According to Screen Rant, this might be too much of a distraction considering how iconic Fett is in the Star Wars universe. They do have a point that it could prove too big and overshadow the main plot line of Din Djarin’s increasingly perilous adventures with The Child.
Perhaps this is why Boba Fett wasn’t introduced in Season 1 of The Mandalorian. Nevertheless, it’s just one example of the nod to the original trilogy and the multitude of characters traversing the galaxy who could potentially show up.
How would Jon Favreau managed to include Boba Fett in the show without the character completely stealing away the main story? It’s time to go back and look at the meaning of cameos.
A cameo doesn‘t have to mean explaining any backstory
One of the biggest problems with Boba Fett is explaining how he survived the Sarlacc Pit in Return of the Jedi, something many Star Wars fans have tried to explain. The logic behind his surviving is certainly possible, but what if he didn’t really survive after all?
When it comes to The Mandalorian, there are almost always sharp left turns on where the show is going. Maybe the mysterious figure seen wasn’t Boba Fett at all and just another Mando bounty hunter who found his spurs?
Even if it is him, a cameo doesn’t necessarily have to mean stopping the story cold to explain all the backstory of how he survived. Keeping that part a mystery and maybe finding a way to explain it without flashbacks would be the best kind of storytelling. Thanks to Jon Favreau’s writing prowess, this can be done with aplomb in only a one-minute cameo without Fett saying a word.
Expect most-to-all of the cameos to be short ones in Season 2. What makes The Mandalorian so great is its subtle nods to the original trilogy without having those characters dominate too much time. Well, other than the Jawas, of which some think shouldn’t be seen again.
Cameos will probably become common in future ‘Star Wars‘ projects
It’s time to reiterate the real future of Star Wars: likely emotional connections to the original trilogy in small degrees while still building standalone stories. The Mandalorian is the template to go on from now on, including quick cameos by familiar characters.
Despite those cameos likely being flashbacks part of the time (including in the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series), just seeing them again briefly will bring nostalgic feelings. Whether this means cameos of the human characters is another thing.
With de-aging technology being used more, this might become possible with characters ranging from Luke, Han Solo, or even Leia again. Since de-aging technology isn’t exactly perfect yet either, let’s hope Jon Favreau finds a way to hone it as he has with other digital cinematic technology of late.