One of my favorite moments from the fourth season of The Clone Wars, was when Obi Wan went undercover in the episode, Deception. I hadn’t seen the previews, so was caught by surprise when some of my favorite bounty hunters popped up in the Republic prison.
During this episode, Obi Wan is confronted by Boba Fett in the cafeteria. A passing glance between him and a watching Cad Bane grabbed my attention. From then on, I began to wonder if we’d get to see more about the relationship shared between these two hunters.
This is one of the reasons I was disappointed when I heard a Boba Fett/Cad Bane story arc was planned for season six, but we’d never get to see it. What had the Clone Wars writers had planned for these two? What role would Bane fulfill for the young Boba?
I thought back to this episode while listening to a recent podcast episode of Geek Out Loud, featuring Michael Cohen of Frontline Podcast and a number of other shows. While discussing Star Wars Rebels, Cohen mused that he believed we’d certainly see Cad Bane in the upcoming series, he also said he viewed Cad Bane as a figure Boba Fett might aspire to emulate.
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 had. I question whether the military skills we see Boba showcase while posing as a cadet was thanks to training by Sing or others – but came from a mix of Kamino genetic coding and the training he’d have undergone with his Jango.
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.
At Celebration Europe, Dave Filoni said he is endeared to characters he helped create, hinting that we would see familiar faces in Star Wars Rebels. This added to the popularity of Cad Bane, and the need to explain what happened to such a notorious bounty hunter, makes it likely we’ll see the Duros again.
Will the Rebels team carry over their plans for the Cad Bane/Boba Fett story arc to the new show? Will Cad Bane be developed into a mentor for the up-and-coming bounty hunter, helping him reach the notoriety he has during the original films? Is this something you’d like to see?
Twitter once again delivers insight during a conversation between fans and former Clone Wars writer Matt Michnovetz. The back-and-forth confirmed that the unaired story arc featuring Boba Fett, Cad Bane and Aurra Sing was a four episode story.
It was rumored after the cancelation of The Clone Wars that the Boba Fett story arc would show how he acquired his Mandalorian armor and retrieved his ship. The inclusion of Aurra Sing nods to this rumor, since she also has strong ties to Hondo Ohnaka.
Michnovetz then went on to say he and Dave Filoni have discussed including the story arc with the “bonus content,” but in the end that decision was up to Disney and not them. As fans continued to try and get greater details, Michnovetz replies grew shorter – becoming understandably cautious.
He also added he and Filoni loved the story, so it stands to reason if it’s not included in “bonus content” Filoni might take elements of that story and pitch them for Star Wars Rebels.
Eric Geller of ForceCast.net posted an article on RebelScum.com that a source close to Lucasfilm confirmed the “bonus material” said to be released for The Clone Wars will consist of two story arcs, which were planned for the season six.
He also reported there was a story arc including Boba Fett plotted for season six, which we will never see. According to Geller’s source, the story arc would have wrapped up the stories for Cad Bane and Aurra Sing.
This is highly disappointing, to say the least. It would have been exciting to see an older Boba Fett interact with Cad Bane and resolve lingering issues with Aurra Sing. We got to see the dynamic between these three bounty hunters in previous seasons.
Sing was a mentor to young Boba Fett in season two, and it was eluded that Bane provided the same role for Boba while imprisoned together. It would have been more than interesting to see how the dynamic would have changed the next time these three ran into each other.
Since those earlier seasons, young Boba Fett had risen to become a leader of his own little bounty hunter gang. No longer green behind the ears, would he had “fallen in line” when reunited with Sing? Would he have clashed with Bane? In fact, would Bane or Sing’s fate been at the hands of Boba, himself?
All we know for sure is Boba Fett was going to get his Mandalorian armor in season six. We also know Hondo was in possession of Slave I – newly outfitted and repainted in the color schemes we see in Empire Strikes Back. Lastly, we know planet Mandalore had fallen.
Boba Fett had evolved greatly over the episodes he showed up in. This last arc would have, in theory, fulfilled the final step in his character’s development, making him into the cold, calculating bounty hunter we saw in Empire.
Will his storyline be totally scrapped now that Disney is obviously trying to move past the prequel era in hyperdrive?
The bitter truth is, the only way we may receive the answers we’re looking for is; a) the #SaveTheCloneWars campaign works; b) the long-rumored Star Wars: Underworld project gets off the ground; c) through a standalone animated feature or live-action film.
There’s also a great disappointment for toy collectors. As reported earlier this year, the Hasbro line of Clone Wars toys is not longer being produced. Otherwise, this season could have produced a Boba Fett figure in Mandalorian armor, sculpted in the style of The Clone Wars.
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