The team over at Rebels Report is in my opinion the leading source of Star Wars Rebels coverage. Earlier this month, they uncovered five book covers from this summer’s release of Rebels tie-in children books – scheduled to hit shelves Aug. 5.
They’ve been keeping a close eye on these titles since hints of the book series popped online earlier this year. The cover art was discovered via the Edelweiss catalogue, which is a legitimate information source for publishers and professional reviewers. So, this is the real deal, not misconstrued fan art or a hoax.
One of the books, Ezra’s Gamble, immediately grabbed our attention. The cover art depicts Rebel’s fresh faced Ezra standing alongside the familiar face of Bossk. Some have pointed out the image of Bossk comes from The Clone Wars, but being a tie-in novel, Disney wouldn’t have generated a new model of Bossk just for a book cover.
What’s more important than where the images are originally sourced from is the fact that Bossk and Ezra appear friendly – or at least allied – in the cover art. At this point, it’s nearly impossible to speculate the storyline in Ezra’s Gamble, at the very least; it’s obvious the two characters cross paths. But, does this point toward Boba Fett also appearing in this title?
The Clone Wars established a close partnership between Bossk and young Boba Fett, and sketches by Dave Filoni hinted the two bounty hunters continued their partnership in future storylines – these are the sketches showing Bossk and Boba alongside Cad Bane’s crew in an unaired story arc.
Of course, plenty of time has passed between the happenings in The Clone Wars and the time period of Star Wars Rebels, but I have to imagine any fallout between Boba Fett and Bossk would be saved for an onscreen story arc. Filoni created such a strong bond between the two bounty hunters, it would be a wasted opportunity to not show their dissolved.
Even if Boba Fett and Bossk is no longer a pair during this time period, their close association could still point at Boba Fett appearing in the title. If they’re no longer allies, than they’re each other’s competition, making it conceivable that if Ezra is crossing Bossk’s paths, then it couldn’t be too hard to believe an intersection with Boba Fett wouldn’t be too outlandish to occur.
Dave Filoni doesn’t post things online too often, but when he does – they tend to blow our minds. This was no truer than when he shared conceptual drawings from his personal sketchbook last week on the Official Star Wars Blog. They included concepts from the rumored (but unaired) Boba Fett story arc for The Clone Wars.
These episodes were originally meant to air in the fifth season of The Clone Wars, but were pushed to season six – something that was not uncommon. Writers have previously stated in interviews they always created more stories than episodes produced in a season.
After the cancellation of The Clone Wars, fans were afraid we’d never learn the details of Boba Fett’s development as a bounty hunter.
We hoped the episodes would be included in The Lost Missions, but those dreams were deflated on March 7, when season six was released on Netflix, without the arc – although by all reports, it was fully written and near completion – Daniel Logan even said he voiced the lines more than two years ago.
Filoni’s sketches were bitter sweet to view. One drawing showed Cad Bane and Boba Fett strolling across the Tatooine desert, talking candidly to one another. Another sketch shows Bane surrounded by a posse of bounty hunters, including young Boba Fett and his old ally Bossk.
These images reminded us we’ll never see (unless retooled for another series) these episodes, but it was exciting to see possible proof concerning speculation we posed last year.
In August, I theorized the story would showcase young Boba Fett leaving the mentorship of Aurra Sing and being taken under the wing of Cad Bane. Here are a few snippets from my previous story:
“There’s always been a comparison drawn between Cad Bane and Boba Fett. Bane was considered a notorious bounty hunter, at the top of the game, worked regularly for crime syndicates, like the Hutts, was armed to the teeth, held his own against Jedi to just name a few characteristics. In fact, there are more similarities in style between Boba and Bane than compared to Jango Fett.”
“One could speculate Cad Bane might have taken Boba under his wing while in prison, fulfilling more of a mentor role than Aurra Sing or Bossk.”
“Since the Boba Fett we see later along the timeline more closely mirror Cad Bane’s discipline and principles, we could assume he gained those traits by modeling himself after a mentor like Bane. As an associate of Cad Bane, this would also help understand how he became so familiar with the cartels.”
It’s also intriguing to see that in the sketches, he’s wearing what appears to be Mandalorian armor. There would have been some major growth for Boba Fett in these episodes, and I think it’s tragic they were not included in The Lost Missions.
I hope now that The Lost Missions have aired, Filoni can speak more about these sketches and what was planned for the story. However, there’s no reason this story couldn’t be retooled for Star Wars Rebels – of course, later in their mentorship/partnership.
What did you think about these images? Do you think the main themes of this type of story could be refitted for the world we’ll see in Rebels?
When images of the female Mandalorian came out of New York Toy Fair, revealed later as Sabine, there was plenty of speculation about who she might be. I was more focused on what her role could suggest happened to Mandalore following the Darth Maul story arc in season five of The Clone Wars.
The fallout of Darth Maul’s hostile takeover of planet Mandalore has consumed most of my thoughts on the show’s last season. When we left, the planet was in Civil War. Bo-Katan’s splinter group, the Nite Owls, was in heated battle to regain control from Maul’s Shadow Collective, including Death Watch.
Although the pacifistic government was overthrown, the planet’s neutral siding would mean there’d be no intervention by the Jedi or the Republic. If the Nite Owls were defeated, this would mean the planet would remain controlled by organized crime – right? It may not be that clean cut.
While the audience is aware Darth Maul was usurped by Sidious, nobody else survived the encounter that could enlighten either side of the conflict. Of course, Sidious wouldn’t advertise his victory; in fact, he’d use it to his advantage – the natural puppet master that he is. If he left Maul on the planet, but under his thumb, he could now influence the happenings of a planet previously outside his influence.
Through controlling the figure head of Mandalore, it would provide an emerging Empire with two advantages. The first, it neutralizes one of the most threatening warrior classes; and second, it allows the existence of Imperial outposts with no resistance when the Empire expands.
Of course, there would be Nite Owl members who survive the clash and either continue to fight, or go underground. Either way, their children would be raised to distrust and hate the Empire that controls their planet – sending their planet into depression as its resources and industry is taken over and used to pump out weapons and items for Imperial forces.
Sabine’s bucket is very similar to the design of the Nite Owls, which leads me to speculate she could be an offspring of one of the members. Also, her artistic tendencies could be a product of being a youth during the pacifistic regime, where arts could have been pushed more over the older roots of being warriors.
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