After a slightly rocky start to the series, "The Book of Boba Fett" episode 2, "The Tribes of Tatooine," picks up a gaffi stick and also beats the audience over the head via "Dune" referrals — and what a beautiful beating it is.

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It"s no key that Frank Herbert"s beloved science fiction novel "Dune" was a major affect for George Lucas once he initially started structure the human being of "Star Wars." The traces of "Dune" are particularly noticeable on the earth of Tatooine, via its Dune Sea and also the Tusken Raiders that live out in those harsh desert problems. The Tuskens" appearance and also society were loosely based upon Bedouin people, and also they additionally serve as the Native Amerihave the right to analog within Lucas" room Western. 

Like the Fremen in "Dune," the Tusken Raiders are not tied to any single real-human being society, however draw impacts from societies ranging from the Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert to Pacific Islanders (the gaffi stick itself is based upon a Fijian weapon dubbed a totokia). Though Tusken society was increased upon in some of the Star Wars Legends stories, they"ve been somepoint of an enigma in the "Star Wars" movies and TV shows. There"s not also a clear answer to what their faces look like under all those coverings.


Both "The Mandalorian" and now "The Book of Boba Fett" spotted this possibility to make Tusken Raiders their own. "The Mandalorian" seakid 2 premiere, "The Marshall," witnessed Din Djarin and Cobb Vanth form a short-lived alliance through the Tuskens in order to take dvery own a krayt dragon (one more "Dune" homage; the krayt dragon bears a strong similarity to the sandworms of Arrakis). When Temuera Morrison made his dramatic rerevolve as Boba Fett in the future in "The Mandalorian" seakid 2, it was revealed that he"d survived in the deserts of Tatooine thanks to a little assist from the Tusken Raiders, and he had actually also adopted their signature weapon and fighting style.


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If you haven"t check out Frank Herbert"s "Dune" or watched any kind of of the adaptations (consisting of Denis Villeneuve"s great brand-new film, which released last year and has actually a sequel currently in motion), here"s a quick overview. In the world of "Dune," the Known Universe is subjugated by an emperor through various noble family members serving him. Amongst two of the many effective households are Housage Harkonnen and House Atreides. Fearing their growing strength, the emperor plots to kill two birds with one rock by pitting the Atreides and also Harkonnen households versus one an additional.


For many years the Harkonnens have been granted the fiefdom of Arrakis, a desert planet that happens to be the only place wbelow you deserve to uncover spice, the most practical substance in the world. Spice has actually psychoenergetic results that revolve people"s eyes a distinctive blue color if they breathe in sufficient of it over a lengthy duration of time, yet more importantly it"s essential for interstellar take a trip — without spice, the Imperium would certainly cease to be a realm and also simply come to be a collection of isolated solar systems. To encertain the steady circulation of spice, Arrakis has been colonized by the Imperium, and also the Harkonnens oversee the mining of spice on the world, thriving obscenely affluent from it.

At the beginning of "Dune," the emperor effectively yanks this toy out of the Harkonnens" hands and offers it to House Atreides with the intention of beginning a fight. For Fight It Out Leto Atreides, Arrakis is a white elephant: presented to his family members in the guise of a lavish gift, yet intended to be his downfall. Knowing this, the duke looks for to ally himself with the Fremales, the aboriginal civilization of Arrakis. The Fremen have actually withstood colonization by hiding out in the deep deserts, which are a dangerous location for outsiders due to the ever-present threat of sandworms and the absence of conveniently obtainable water. The Freguys, yet, are well adjusted to desert life and also have designed outfits referred to as "stillsuits" to aid them to make it through out in the dunes.


Before Fight It Out Atreides deserve to firm up this new alliance, House Atreides is betrayed and the Harkonnens strike Arrakis via the intention of taking "their" world back. The duke"s child, Paul, escapes into the desert and also proves himself to the Freguys in combat, learning from them and also teaching them some skills of his very own, and eventually leading them in fight to overthrow their oppressors. Sound familiar?


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"The Book of Boba Fett" might have shied away from the franchise"s "Dune" influences and tried to conceal them, yet it"s an open secret that authors steal ideas ("Dune" itself was heavily affected by "Lawrence of Arabia" and Isaac Asimov"s "Foundation"), and that is by no implies an inherently poor point. To quote Mark Twain:


"There is no such point as a new principle. It is difficult. We ssuggest take a lot of old ideas and put them into a type of psychological kaleidoscope. We provide them a turn and they make new and also curious combinations. We keep on turning and making new combinations indefinitely; yet they are the very same old pieces of colored glass that have been in use with all the periods."

Perhaps taking advantage of Villeneuve"s "Dune" adaptation bringing the story to a brand-new generation of science-fiction fans last year, "The Book of Boba Fett" shines a light on all the grains of "Dune" scattered across the "Star Wars" galaxy. The train that Boba and also the Tuskens take dvery own is transferring sansanna spice, a substance mined by slaves on Kessel, which is based on and also strongly resembles the much-coveted spice of "Dune" (which in turn drew from the British emigration of India and the spice trade — aacquire, "no such point as a new idea"). In the exact same scene wright here the spice is revealed, Boba tells the members of the syndicate who were smuggling it that the "Dune Sea" belongs to the Tuskens, driving residence the association through "Dune" and also the Fremales.


Boba"s time through the Tusken Raiders additionally mirrors Paul Atreides" integration right into the Fremen and the well-worn trope of two various cultures combining the best of their knowledge to come to be an even even more formidable fighting pressure. Of course, this trope is not distinctive to "Dune," however is discovered throughout the wide landscape of storytelling ("The Last Samurai" and "Avatar" both deployed it, and also in "Rerotate of the Jedi" the Ewoks" guerrilla fighting techniques are important to the Rebels" defeat of the Imperial forces on Endor). It"s a story structure that has historically had actually many crossover through the problematic "white savior" trope, however "The Publication of Boba Fett" appears to be aware of this pitfall and also makes initiatives to sidestep it.

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For starters, the "white savior" figure in "The Book of Boba Fett" isn"t white; Temuera Morrikid is a Māori and also in an interwatch via StarWars.com spoke about coming from a "warrior background" in his home nation of New Zealand, and just how it affected his portrayal of Boba. In this case, the culture that the character is included right into actually draws impacts from the actor"s very own heritage, and also Boba"s "rebirth" among the Tuskens is fairly a clever means of incorporating Morrison"s social identity into the series without retconning Boba"s previous appearances in "Star Wars." Speaking to the New York Times about the rerevolve of his character in "The Mandalorian," Morriboy explained:


"I come from the Māori nation of New Zealand, the Indigenous human being — we"re the Down Under Polynesians — and also I wanted to bring that type of soul and also power, which we call wairua. I"ve been trained in my social dance, which we contact the haka. I"ve also been trained in some of our tools, so that"s exactly how I had the ability to manipulate some of the weapons in my fight scenes and also work-related via the gaffi stick, which my character has."

This deeper dive into the real-life societies that affected the world-building of "Star Wars" might be the means forward for the franchise after the mixed response to the sequel trilogy. "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" openly rejected the franchise"s obeisance to the Sacred Skywalkers and also argued (albeit from the lips of an antagonist) in favor of letting the previous die; killing it if you have to. A specific percent of the "Star Wars" fandom did not choose that at all, so "The Force Awakens" director J.J. Abrams was dubbed ago in to yank the steering wheel hard in the oppowebsite direction: "Just kidding! Skywalkers are still the most important civilization in the galaxy, and Rey isn"t simply a random perkid, she"s actually Emperor Palpatine"s granddaughter, and also Palpatine is back also, and — hey, where are you going?"


Yes, it turns out that the "Star Wars" fandom (and general moviegoing audiences) chosen that even much less than "The Last Jedi." But tbelow is one more way — a area of balance in the Force, if you will. The current anime anthology series "Star Wars: Visions" passist tribute to the franchise"s genre origins (Westerns and samurai movies share many DNA, and Lucas has actually been outspoken around his love for the works of Akira Kurosawa) by commissioning nine short films from seven various Japanese animation studios, via some truly wonderful results. Rather than striving to make "Star Wars" feel as alien as feasible and cutting ties to any kind of real-world influences, "Star Wars: Visions" considerably benefited from embracing the franchise"s links to Japanese storytelling. Similarly, one of the finest episodes of "The Mandalorian" seakid 2 was an overt homage to Kurosawa"s film "The Hidden Fortress," whose influence have the right to also be viewed almost everywhere "Star Wars."

One of the biggest challenges that "The Book of Boba Fett" will face is shedding the baggage of being viewed as a "Mandalorian" spin-off and also finding its own identification. And just as "Star Wars: Visions" discovered its very own identification in anime, "Boba Fett" deserve to go all-in on Māori and also New Zealander impacts (after the first episode released, I saw quite a few Kiwis that were delighted that "mate" had actually formally made its method into "Star Wars" vernacular). 


"Diversity" isn"t simply a buzzword; it"s somepoint that"s desperately necessary to save a 40-year-old franchise feeling fresh and amazing. And "The Book of Boba Fett" episode 2 proves that you deserve to likewise make "Star Wars" feel fresh and also interesting by shamelessly and also lovingly rehashing the plot of one of the most renowned sci-fi novels ever before created.