When I saw The Empire Strikes Back (1980) as a kid, one scene in particular stuck with me well after I’d seen it. In the middle of the film, Darth Vader has amassed a murderer’s row of… well, murderers, bounty hunters if you will. He’s going to pay the first one who successfully tracks down the universe’s most famous scruffy-looking nerf herder, Han Solo. There was just the right amount of wonder, curiosity, and fear that built up inside me, at age five, looking up at Vader’s band of miscreants. Ever since then, I’ve chewed on that scene, constantly contemplating the various angles to determine which of these bounty hunters is the coolest. Additionally, there was at least one other bounty hunter that hunted Han Solo–Greedo. Here’s how I rank them from worst to best: Continue reading
Tag Archives: Boba Fett
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, a really awesome bounty hunter captured the imaginations of a generation of Star Wars nerds. No, I’m not talking about Bosk, IG-88, or even the fat guy with the head wound, Dengar. I’m talking, of course, about Boba Fett, who is something of a cult hero from the Star Wars universe. Way back in college, I can remember a friend of mine owning a Boba Fett coffee mug that he’d proudly display everywhere he went. Bear in mind that this was in 1996, before the prequels and twelve years after the original trilogy had ended. He was no hipster. There was no irony intended. At any rate, Boba Fett makes everything better. So here are a twelve movies that I think would improve if they involved the Fett helmet, a blaster, and a jet pack.