Both The Bad Batch and The Book of Boba Fett are focusing on unaltered clones of Jango Fett. Here’s how both shows are continuing his legacy.
Star Wars only has two titles coming out this year, and they are both tackling the topic of Jango Fett’s legacy: The Bad Batch and The Book of Boba Fett. The iconic bounty hunter who first made an impression nearly 20 years ago in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones is a fan-favorite character in the franchise, and his mark can be felt in every corner of the galaxy. From supplying his genetic template to help create the Republic’s clone army to raising his clone son Boba Fett, Jango’s legacy is integral to Star Wars.
That legacy has been resurrected in the most recent Star Wars streaming shows. Season 2 of The Mandalorian brought back Boba Fett and reinstated Jango as a member of the Mandalorian creed. The Bad Batch features not only a group of heroic, abnormal clones created from Jango’s DNA but also the young clone Omega, who has been revealed as an unaltered clone and, therefore, the sister of Boba. Later in 2021, Disney+ is set to debut a new series, The Book of Boba Fett, which will detail the life of the infamous bounty hunter.
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The Bad Batch and The Book of Boba Fett are the only Star Wars productions of 2021, and both are celebrations of Jango’s legacy while essentially bringing the character back to life. Although little has been seen of him in canon since he was killed at the hands of Jedi Mace Windu during Attack of the Clones, Jango’s impact has lived on in ways both subtle and obvious. Thanks to the myriad clone characters seen across the Star Wars animated shows, Jango’s face is well-known. However, Jango’s contributions to the franchise go beyond simply being a clone template. The extra emphasis on Jango in 2021’s only Star Wars shows proves that the character’s name and legacy are just as significant to the franchise as his genetic code.
In The Bad Batch, the audience is introduced to a young girl named Omega, a female clone living on Kamino. Over the course of the series, it’s discovered that Omega is an unaltered Jango Fett clone, just as Boba is. The exact circumstances of her origin and purpose are not yet fully known, but it is confirmed that her creators and the species behind the clone army, the Kaminoans, hope to use her to create a new line of Fett clones. With the original genetic material gathered from Jango prior to his death now nearing depletion, the Kaminoans are seeking to recapture Omega and use her DNA for their own purposes. However, the fact that Omega is an unaltered clone gives her a free will and tenacity missing from the altered clones. She is, in a sense, a new Jango and finds companionship and understanding among the members of the Bad Batch, who are similarly strong-willed and beyond control. Both the Bad Batch themselves and Omega prove that Jango’s legacy of strength, purpose, and will to survive lives on in the galaxy.
This legacy is also alive and well within the most legendary carrier of his genes: his clone son, Boba Fett. Believed dead at the hands of the Sarlacc on Tatooine, Boba rose from the ashes to reclaim his ship, the Slave 1, and his Mandalorian armor from Din Djarin in season 2 of The Mandalorian. The bounty hunter aided Djarin in his attempts to rescue Grogu from the imperial remnant. After playing his part, he returned to Tatooine and triumphantly asserted himself as the leader of the planet’s crime ring. These events will lead directly into the new series The Book of Boba Fett, which will see the resurrected bounty hunter expand his arc as one of the galaxy’s most feared warriors. The show will also continue the legacy of Boba’s father, a legacy that Star Wars seems intent on remembering—and celebrating—this year.
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