25. Jango Fett
When Did They Die: Episode II: Attack of the Clones
Who Were They: Bounty hunter; genetic father of all of the Galactic Republic’s clone army, father to Boba Fett
How Did They Die: Mace Windu decapitated him in the opening stages of the Battle of Geonosis
Jango reads on the screen like pure and simple fan service. It’s easy to imagine what the conversation first sounded like.
“Everyone loved Boba Fett from the original trilogy!”
“Let’s bring his dad into the mix!”
“Yeah, everyone’s always asking about Boba Fett’s dad!”
“Let’s call him Jango!”
The prequels do this kind of shoehorning in of original trilogy plot details and characters a lot. It was supposed to make these newer movies feel familiar and more easy to market, but really it just felt kind of lazy. As did basically all of Jango’s story. He’s a perfect soldier that no one’s ever heard of? Who is he working for even? Even his death scene seems kind of flippant. Yes, Mace Windu is one of the most powerful Jedi in the galaxy, but he can’t put up a bit more of a fight before he gets his head lobbed off?
The writers might have been able to salvage a bit of this if they just spent about ten more minutes with the character instead of just giving him two fight scenes and a bunch of on-screen snarling time. Alas, we might never know the true Jango Fett.
Next: 24. Boba Fett