As a spin-off from The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett continues the noble tradition of Space Western, combining thematic and archetypal elements of science fiction and Western genres to offer a distinct method of storytelling. With its dramatic clashes in the streets of Mos Espa, a heart-pounding train robbery sequence through the sea of dunes, and a unique focus on tribalism with the Tusken Raiders, the series doesn’t just borrow aspects of Western films – it pays tribute to them with direct references.
While The Mandalorian spent a few episodes on the sandy planet of Tatooine, this series is set almost exclusively on the world of the Outer Rim, making it a perfect backdrop to incorporate scenes specifically taken from The good, the bad and the ugly, dance with the wolves, and Full noon. Every western movie referenced in Boba Fett’s Book makes it a natural successor to The Mandalorian as well as an icon in its own right.
Dances with Wolves (1990)
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Easily considered one of the best episodes of the series, Episode 2 focuses on a tribe of Tusken Raiders saving the life of Boba Fett and the legendary bounty hunter returning his kindness. Struggling to heal the wounds of his time in the Sarlacc’s stomach, Fett nonetheless learns the ways of the Tusken culture and grudgingly earns their respect by embracing their fighting style and acknowledging their claim to the wasteland.
One of the biggest influences in this story comes from western film dance with wolves, starring Kevin Costner as a Civil War veteran who, like Fett, wishes to leave his old life behind and ends up being welcomed into a Lakota tribe. Fett’s time among the Sand People helps him value family, loyalty, and community over isolation, deception, and unnecessary violence.
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For the lamenting fans Boba Fett’s Book doesn’t show enough of the galaxy’s most notorious bounty hunter as a “stone killer,” there’s a scene in Episode 2 that shows the gritty brutality with which Fett etched his legacy. It takes place in none other than the adjoining bar at the Tosche station and involves a series of Nikto sand runners that Fett dispatches in short order with little more than his fists and a gaffi stick.
Clint Eastwood evokes a similar scene in Unforgiven, whereby his outlaw-turned-anti-hero William Munny similarly enters a saloon and guns down first its unarmed owner, then a series of other rapscalions who enter the fray. Like Boba Fett, Munny remains cold and ruthless throughout the assault, swept up in the violence he swore he left behind. Like Fett, he also pauses briefly to pour himself a drink before executing one final opponent.
The Great Train Robbery (1903, 1979)
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An iconic moment in the series occurs near the end of Episode 2 when Boba Fett, fresh out of his fight at Tosche Station (and with speeder bikes in tow) leads the Tusken Raiders to stop the train carrying contraband for the Pyke Syndicate through their territory. Not only is the entire sequence thrilling from start to finish, but it also conveys the unique way Fett and the tribe work together as equals to stop a mutual threat.
Train robberies are a trope in many Western films, but none are as famous as The great train robbery, the very first Western made in 1903 which focuses on a gang of outlaws who rob a train and attempt to escape through the mountains before being apprehended by the locals. A remake (starring Sean Connery and set in Victorian England) was released in 1979 and features a fight just as exhilarating as that of Boba Fett’s Book above the wagons.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
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It makes sense that the quintessential cowboy figure in Boba Fett’s Book would face off against his deadliest gunslinger in a showdown scene straight out of one of the most famous westerns of all time, The good the bad and the ugly. There are three figures in his final scene with fingers on the triggers of their side irons, but only one walks away, mirroring the exact same situation between Marshal Cobb Vanth, his deputy, and Cad Bane in episode 6 of the Disney+ series.
Kind of like Clint Eastwood’s The Man With No Name in The good the bad and the ugly, Marshal Cobb Vanth has established himself as an opportunistic thief who also has a strong moral compass. He once used Boba Fett’s armor, but only to benefit the citizens of Freetown. Like The Man With No Name taking on Lee Van Cleef’s villainous Angel Eyes despite not being quite a trusty man himself, Marshal Vanth has to stand in the way of Cad Bane because he’s still the right one. things to do.
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
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Cad Bane is one of the most notorious bounty hunters in the galaxy, with a reputation just as dangerous as that of Boba Fett and Fennec Shand. When he arrives on Tatooine to intimidate Marshal Cobb Vanth into letting the Pyke Syndicate’s spice trade continue, he makes one of the most chilling entrances of any character in The Boba Fett Book, reflecting the arrival of one of the cruelest villains in westerns.
Henry Fonda’s Frank, an equally black-clad assassin and emissary of a greedy rail baron, made waves in 1968 when Once upon a Time in the West followed his reign of terror over the small town of Flagstone. Like Cad Bane, he was an amalgamation of charm and mischief, capable of incredible feats of brutality. Bane’s presence reminds fans what’s at stake, and his confrontation with – and subsequent assassination of – the Marshal indicates that no character is immune to his quick draw.
The Magnificent Seven (1960)
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The thrilling Season 1 finale pits Boba Fett, Din Djarin, Fennec Shand, Black Krrsantan, Drash, Skad, Peli Motto, and the people of Freetown against the infamous Cad Bane and the soldiers of the Pyke Syndicate, with each fighter occupying strategic positions . around Mos Espa until they are finally cornered and Fett must come up with a creative solution.
In The Magnificent Seven (a classic western remade in 2016), seven legendary gunslingers are enlisted by a small town to prevent continued raids by the much larger cadre of Calvera and his banditos. Much like Fett and his gang, the deadly gunsels must fight alongside the city to secure the freedom of its citizens. When the day is won, the survivors enjoy the praise of the village, but at great expense. When Fett walks the streets of Mos Espa after his victory, he is embraced by the people as a leader who won’t give up on them even when outnumbered and outgunned.
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One of the most important battles in the Season 1 finale is not fought by two opposing sides, but by a representative of each; Daimyo Boba Fett and master gunslinger Cad Bane, settling a long-running vendetta between protege and mentor. Fans know the time will come, and the suspension and tension crackle through the air like the hum of Din Djarin’s Darksaber.
Their climactic confrontation, in which each bounty hunter faces off on the main street of Mos Espa, recalls the final duel between Marshal Will Kane and outlaw Frank Miller, two enemies who spend the entirety of high noon approaching an epic stalemate. None of the townspeople will risk their own safety to help the Marshal in times of need, and like Fett, he assumes the danger on their behalf. Kane and Fett are both older and shaken by the suspicion that they might not be as fast as they once were, but they must prove to their respective towns that they can protect them against the Paradigms of Evil. like Miller and Bane. It’s important for Fett to beat Bane in order to truly leave behind his old life as a bounty hunter, bring peace to his past, and become a hero to the people.
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