- May 26, 2014
I wasn't aware of the name change/Disney politics and I obviously don't want to get into social politics here, but you are aware that there are other definitions of the word Slave, especially those relating to Slave Machines? (direct-coupled machines) (mechanical technology - the configuration of motors such as two motors connected to different drives that are acting on the same load) (computer technology - a large processor used to handle large jobs). So, personally I never saw the name to be offensive, but more that Boba Fett and his ship were an inextricably linked partnership of man and machine. However, I'm willing to learn new things, and I do every day here.
I understand why Disney felt they had to change the name but they misunderstood why the ship was called "Slave 1". It was not because the Fetts enjoyed "enslaving" their preys or considered themselves to be slavers-for-hire, but precisely the opposite. Granted, you'd have to have read the expanded universe to know the particulars, but on the other hand what other explanation would there be for Jango or Boba or both choosing to call their ship "Slave" as a reference to their trade or their relationship with the beings they capture? It doesn't make sense. They're not slavers and don't behave as such. They never own their preys, they simply deliver them to justice (even if it's the Empire's or Hutts' justice) for money. And they must have a special bond with their ship, leading such lonely lives traveling the universe aboard it, so why give it a derogatory name?
So why was the ship called Slave 1? Well, when we only had the original trilogy to go by and we didn't know much about Boba Fett, I assumed that he had found the ship somewhere and simply kept its original name (I may even have read in some book that the ship's original use was indeed slave transportation). But then in 2002 Jango and his backstory came along and we found out that Jango had himself been enslaved by space pirates (Jango Fett: Open Seasons) between the time he fought alongside the Mandalorians and the start of his bounty hunting career. Then the game Star Wars: Bounty Hunter showed how Jango stole the ship from a space prison, and in that same game the villain tells Jango he will soon become her "slave", which enrages Jango.
Jango was firmly against slavery and there was nothing derogatory about the name. It was exactly the opposite: A former slave trying to own the bad hand that life had dealt him and wearing his survival from slavery like a badge of honour.
Mon0Zer0 said:Tbh, I don't think the show runners put a tremendous amount of effort into the timeline.
My problem exactly. They didn't put much thought into anything it seems. And I really enjoy The Mandalorian by the way, so it's not that I have a problem with Filoni, Favreau or Disney in general. I'm just dumbfounded that the same people who gave us the Clone Wars and the Mandalorian can also give us the Book of BF.
Mon0Zer0 said:It takes 1,000 years to digest a human. The acid is weak but somehow gets into the tissues and causes immense pain.
I appreciate the effort to justify this scene, but I don't see how that explains my concern. After the Pit of Carkoon battle Boba fell and stayed in the Sarlaac for a few minutes, maybe a coupe of hours (the time it took him to regain consciousness and escape, which was certainly expedited in the show). He was encased in indestructible armor and yet he still came out covered in burns, notably on his face which was hidden behind a sealed, solid bucket of beskar (interestingly, no burns or very little burns on his arms and legs, which were only protected by a jumpsuit.
This second time around he rappels down and up the Sarlaac's throat in black robes with no protection whatsoever to look for his armor, and he probably stayed in there for quite some time before he decided to give up on his cherished armor. He comes out covered in the same slime that caused his burns in the first place, but just washes it off his face with a bottle of water.
Mon0Zer0 said:Welcome to 2022, man.
There's a universe out there which has a great Book of Boba Fett series, with both a strong, no-nonsense assassin called Fennec Shand and a Boba Fett who's not a completely inept, watered down version of who he'd always been until now, and whose motivation for becoming a crime lord is clear. Now to find a spacetime rift that can actually take me there...