Boba Fett in Television & Movies VII: Boba Fett Focusses on Mace Windu with Bounty Hunters in “R2 Come Home”

Mace Windu and Anakin Skywalker looking at blown-up Jango Fett helmet
Mace Windu and Anakin Skywalker looking at blown-up Jango Fett helmet

Following the emergence of Boba Fett as a clone in Episode II and hiding out amongst other clones out to kill Mace Windu in an episode of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”, he is still intent on seeking out revenge on Mace Windu. In “R2 Come Home”, an episode in the second season of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”, we see a downed ship (the core reactor of which that Boba Fett had destroyed) wherein Masters Anakin Skywalker and Mace Windu are looking for survivors and discover a [Mandalorian] helmet, whereupon Windu says: “Jango Fett?” Windu then realizes that it is Jango Fett’s helmet, despite having been dead and yells out: “Boba!” And then: “Anakin! NO!!!” The helmet of Jango Fett was used as a trap under which explosives had been placed to kill the Jedi. Boba clearly had not only set up the helmet as a trap, but also had been carrying his father’s helmet around with him (as a reminder of him?).  While it is strange that he is blowing up his father’s helmet, it is also possible that, as Eric Goldman wrote, “he’d want to feel as though his father, in some way, was participating in killing his enemy”

Boba Fett with bounty hunters looking at ship blowing up
Boba Fett with bounty hunters looking at ship blowing up

Following this explosion, we see Boba Fett not only with Aurra Sing, whom we saw was in league with him in the previous episode, but also with two other bounty hunters – Bossk and Castas – and Boba is singularly focussed on seeing if the explosion had actually killed Mace Windu: “I want to make sure he’s dead.” And, once they arrive at the ship, he says: “We’ve got to find Windu’s body” (to which Aurra Sing cautions him: “Careful, Boba”).

We also see Boba Fett saying, quite strongly, “You haven’t even done anything: I’ve taken all the risks.”

We also see that when R2-D2 is flying Anakin’s ship and is about to hook up with one of two hyperdrive docking rings, Boba Fett shoots at one ring, while R2-D2 flies away in the other.

It is curious: with Aurra Sing seemingly in charge, how did she get that role/position? What’s in it for her to be protective of Boba Fett? Is she essentially looking after him?

At the end, we are privy to a conversation between Anakin Skywalker and Mace Windu [whilst they are trapped under debris]:
Anakin: “Whose helmet is that, anyway?”
Windu: “It belongs to a bounty hunter I killed on Geonosis by the name of Jango Fett.”
Anakin: “You mean the clone template?”
Windu: “Yes. Strangely enough, he had a son or, at least a clone he regarded as a son. His name is Boba Fett.”
Anakin: “I remember now. Obi-Wan listed him in his report on Kamino.”
Windu: “Boba was on Geonosis when his father died. He watched as I killed him.”
Anakin: “That would complicate things.”
Windu: “Indeed.”

From this episode, we see of Boba Fett:

  • He is in league not only with Aurra Sing, but also two other bounty hunters
  • He carries around his father’s helmet around with him (in Slave 1, his father’s ship)
  • He blows up his father’s helmet in his attempt to seek vengeance against Mace Windu
  • He is singularly focussed on Mace Windu being dead

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