How Boba Fett Escaped the Sarlacc in the Star Wars EU

This is far from the first time Boba has managed to escape digestive juices on Tatooine. Image: Lucasfilm

Boba Fett is no longer dead, long live Boba Fett! The Book of Boba Fett starts next week a new adventure with Temuera Morrison’s legendary Bounty Hunter, paving a new way forward for his criminal empire while investigating how he cheated on his (rather crazy) death in Return of the Jedi. But this is Star Wars: of course, this it’s not the first time we’ve seen Boba do this.

How Boba Fett escaped the Sarlacc

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Blessed be the vast Star Wars universe, as there are actually two moments when Boba escaped the sarlacc in the classic continuity. The lesser-known and much funnier original story landed on the pages of Marvel’s original Star Wars comic. Star Wars #81 – hilariously subtitled, “Jawas of Doom” – released in late 1983, saw Han and Leia return to Tatooine shortly after the events of Return of the Jedi, while Han… well, Han tried to acknowledge his bank that he was no longer in Carbonite and that his account needed to be reopened. Yes.

Anyway, it turns out that a wandering Jawa Sandcrawler grabbed Boba after he managed to make his way out of the sarlacc pit, thinking the masked man was actually a droid they could destroy. After the same Jawas kidnapped R2-D2 from underneath Han and Leia, the duo chased after them, with Han diving into the Sandcrawler and discovering for herself that Boba Fett was alive. The good news for Han, however, was that Boba had “I’m partially digested” amnesia and didn’t recognize him. Too good-hearted to abandon the fighter, who had no idea he’d made Han’s life miserable for the past few years, the two teamed up to escape the Sandcrawler with R2. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be: Leia’s repeated screams of Han’s name outside the Sandcrawler jolted Boba’s memories back just as he and Han were about to understand, causing him to immediately go in front of his blaster in an attempt to save Han’s life once. to end more. Han jumped off with R2 and poor Boba – and the wandering Sandcrawler – fell back into the sarlacc. Because how else would he be in there to get out again?

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How Boba Fett Escaped the Sarlacc (Again)

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Shortly after returning to the digestive prison, Boba plotted to escape another thousand years of torment. As depicted in “A Barve Like That: The Tale of Boba Fett,” JD Montgomery’s short story in the classic 1996 anthology Tales From Jabba’s Palace, Boba began using the internal systems of the sarlacc itself to establish a telepathic connection. dealing with one of his other victims, an alien named Susejo. After the two exchanged memories, of both the many victims of the sarlacc who came after Susejo and Boba’s own exploits as a bounty hunter, Boba realized that Susejo was all but one with the sarlacc himself. Boba put the alien’s thoughts into a spasm of the sarlacc’s guts and managed to spin the creature around his jetpack – crushing it and igniting its propulsion systems, seriously injuring Boba and blowing him from the creature’s tendrils.

Still, with barely enough strength to get out of the creature’s mouth as it nursed its wounds, Boba fell in and out of consciousness – Boba was rediscovered. Not by Jawas this time, but by a rival bounty hunter: none other than Dengar. Dengar examined the salvage left by the explosive destruction of Jabba’s sailing ship, the Khetanna, and discovered Boba’s body and nursed his former professional rival back to health. Dengar was assisted by a young dancer from Jabba’s palace who had survived the demise of her master, Neelah – whose memory had been erased before she was sold into servitude, and believed Boba had some connection with unlocking her past.

What Boba Fett did after escaping the Sarlacc

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After Boba recovered enough to flee Tatooine with Dengar and Neelah in tow—who discovered she was actually Kuhlvult’s highborn Kateel from the planet Kuat, home to the famed Kuat Drive Yards starship manufacturing facility—Boba befriended Dengar, and the duo formed an improbably early partnership. After abandoning the Slave I to embark on a revenge mission against the leader of Kuat Drive Yards, Kuat of Kuat (yes, really), Boba left the remaining shipbuilding facilities in Kateel’s control and rejoined Dengar as a hunter. For a time, he took advantage of the anonymity gained by people who believed he had died in the Sarlacc pit, secretly taking jobs with Dengar. It would be another four years before Boba re-emerged on the galactic stage, revealing himself to Han Solo after capturing the Alliance General on Nar Shaddaa’s moon in another attempt to exact revenge on his former target. From there… well, let’s just say Boba went on to… a long crazy life in the old EU.

No doubt The Book of Boba Fett will give us yet another alternate retelling of this event, now canonized at all times as the “official” story in the era of Disney and Lucasfilm’s canon. But it will be interesting to see what beats and ideas – and the emotional impact it can have on a character we know much more as a mysterious figure than like a real person– it echoes from the versions of Boba’s rebirth that we witnessed in the past. We’ll find out when the series starts streaming on Disney+ Wednesday, December 29.

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