- After decades as a cult fan favorite, Boba Fett is finally getting his time in the Star Wars spotlight.
- The Book of Boba Fett is the first major storyline for the beloved bounty hunter.
- Disney has also used the series to rename Boba Fett’s ship, which was long referred to as the “Slave 1”.
To be perfectly honest, I haven’t been loving The Book of Boba Fett. Heading into the debut of the series, I was arguing that Boba Fett’s story would’ve been better served as a B-plot in season three of The Mandalorian. For example, the first two seasons of The Mandalorian have consisted of eight episodes, so I suggested beefing season three up to ten or eleven and giving the extra hours to Boba.
Instead, a spinoff miniseries has been rolled out and the first four episodes — there are seven in total — feel hollow and slow and nowhere near as important as The Mandalorian did, which I consider as the best Star Wars content (alongside Rogue One) that’s been produced in my nearly 30-year lifetime.
Nevertheless, the series progresses, and with it has come a been of contentiousness in the Star Wars community over the decision to change the name of Boba Fett’s ship from Slave 1 to Firespray Gunship. That’s an eye-rolling sentence in and of itself, I know. Essentially, the Firespray is the model of the ship, similar to the X-Wing.
Thus far, reactions to the change have been all over the place, as is expected:
Doesn't make sense considering that Slave 1 was the name of Boba Fett's specific ship while the ship type is a Firespray-31-class patrol and attack craft.
Again, no one ever had a problem with the ship being called Slave 1. It only became a problem when Disney made it one. https://t.co/uv8KKTrdqt
— Oliver Jia (オリバー・ジア) (@OliverJia1014) January 14, 2022
I'm a black man in America and It's still the "Slave 1" to me…
Sorry. Not Sorry. pic.twitter.com/RrMaRyULBr
— 🇵🇸 🇭🇹 (@ZAPSRK) January 19, 2022
— Tad Brock (@AuteurIndy) January 19, 2022
— Dr. Quinn is a doctor not a geneticist, Jim (@MemphisQuinn) January 19, 2022
Just so you all know; I’ve been a Star Wars fan for 44 years & I don’t care if they retire the Slave 1 name. It’s just not that big of a deal! It doesn’t depict who Boba Fett is or who Jango was, so if it never gets used again, it doesn’t matter a pinch of shit! 🤷♂️
— The Wook (@MalTheWook) January 19, 2022
oh lord not the slave 1 argument coming back… pic.twitter.com/kRV2QJZ2iQ
— monte | garsa gang (@corusmonte) January 19, 2022
Regardless of where you land on this Slave 1 vs. Firespray debate, I think we can all agree that if you understand this sentence, you're a loser.
— Christian Finnegan (@ChristFinnegan) January 20, 2022
I hope people know that Firespray is the name of the model of Boba Fett’s ship, not the actual name. Slave 1 is the name of the ship, but not the model. It’s marketed as “Boba Fett’s Ship” because that’s what the general public knows it as. It’s really not that deep.
— Rey ✵ (@reysbeskar) January 20, 2022
— Mike Jones (@Hanlonsways) January 20, 2022
— Joe Iorio (@JoeIorio24) January 20, 2022
The Book of Boba Fett is currently streaming on Disney+. At the time of this writing, there are three episodes left in the seven-episode series, which is only supposed to be a one-off. Further Star Wars series — such as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Andor, and season three of The Mandalorian, will also hit the streaming service this year.