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Characters That Mean More Than You Realize In The Book Of Boba Fett

Considered one of the "Star Wars" universe's coolest characters since his debut in the late '70s/early '80s, Boba Fett has just always had the look, the swagger, and the weaponry. Unfortunately, his on-screen time has rarely felt commensurate with the bounty hunter's reputation. That is now changing, however, with "The Book of Boba Fett," as show creator Jon Favreau shines a spotlight on the man who captured Han Solo. Now, Fett's legion of fans just have to hope the show succeeds in telling a story worthy of its jetpack-clad antihero.

If "The Mandalorian" was a Western in the Star Wars milieu, "Fett" appears to be more of a crime caper for the galactic set. After crawling from the belly of a Sarlacc and surviving harrowing confrontations with local Jawas and Tusken Raiders, Fett (Temuera Morrison) has set his sights firmly on the late Jabba the Hutt's criminal empire. It's "Carlito's Way," in a galaxy far, far away.

As with "The Mandalorian," the likelihood of familiar faces popping up is high — even if many will only be familiar to diehard fans. Which is why it's important to keep track of the good, the bad, the evil and the just plain freaky. Below, a breakdown of the secondary characters surrounding Boba Fett, in an easy-to-track format that should help ensure we can judge this "Book" by more than its cover.

Fennec Shand

"Mandalorian" fans likely recognized Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) the moment she walked into frame. First appearing in "Mandalorian" Season 1, Shand proved a dangerous, adept bounty for the titular character Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal, Barry Lowin) as well as the late rookie bounty hunter Toro Calican (Jake Cannavale). Despite the duo eventually capturing Shand, Calican opted to shoot her and leave her for dead in the desert. If not for Boba Fett finding her, she surely would've expired in the sands of Tatooine.

Instead, she joined Fett, indebted to him, and the two eventually came across Din Djarin once more. This time, Shand worked with the Mandalorian to help him find Grogu. In exchange, Djarin returned his armor to Fett.

As "Star Wars" fans know, however, Shand's history goes far deeper than her live-action appearances. Her first mention in any "Star Wars" material comes in 2016 in the video game "Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes." She'd also earned a few words in the Marvel Comics series "Bounty Hunters" in issue #8. The incarnation with the most Shand material, however, would be the animated series "Star Wars: The Bad Batch," in which she played a part in six different episodes — albeit parts of various sizes and levels of importance. With this her biggest turn yet, it seems inevitable that fans will continue to see her rise in importance.

Max Rebo

This blue, elephant-snouted musician first arrived in the Star Wars Universe in "Star Wars: Return of the Jedi." That appearance remains most people's touchstone for "Star Wars" piano man Rebo. However, it turns out he has a pretty extensive backstory and has appeared, in and out of continuity, in everything from picture books to video games to Simpsons-starring shorts. He, more often than not, appears in blink-and-you'll-miss-them cameos — and as such, little is know about him beyond the fact that he's kinda adorable. "The Book of Boba Fett," however, might be his time to shine.

According to the online source Wookiepedia, the type of music Rebo and his band plays is called Jizz (insert your own joke here). An Ortolan, Rebo has risen to prominence as one of the galaxy's most popular Jizz-wailer musicians, and leader of the Max Rebo Band. While not particularly criminal-minded himself, Rebo spent most of his life playing for various criminal types, most notably Jabba the Hutt. Rebo also had a brother Azool who worked for Jabba, but primarily as punishment for daring to steal without permission in the Hutt's territory.

The little we've seen of Rebo seems to indicate he has more loyalty than sense. When his brother stole, Rebo attempted to cover for him (and likely saved Azool's life). When Princess Leia freed herself from slavery by killing Jabba, Rebo continued to play for those still committed to the organization. While expecting much plot-related activity from the character in "Book" is probably a mistake, he could potentially surprise viewers with a scene — or at the very least, perhaps a jizzy, intergalactic cover of the "Axel F" theme

Black Krrsantan

Those who haven't cracked the spines on any Marvel Comics Star Wars books are unlikely to recognize this Wookie. That's because his appearance in "Book of Boba Fett" is his first foray into the live-action Star Wars universe. It's a shame it took so long, with such a pretty face.

As one might expect, Black Krrsantan (Santy to his friends) is not well-regarded in his homeworld of Kashyyyk. Given that lack of support, he fled in search of the Xonti Brothers, hoping for gladiator training. After training, he rapidly gained a reputation as a fierce combatant. From there, it was easy to establish himself as a go-to bounty hunter, ferocious and reliable. This background is why, when Boba Fett sees him, he says: "You can bring as many gladiators as you wish."

Over the years, he's been in the employ of such prominent Empire representatives as Darth Vader and Doctor Aphra and fought the likes of Obi-Wan Kenobi. However, the relationship most significant to "Book" is his time spent with the crimelord Jabba the Hutt. As seen in "Boba Fett" Episode 2, this history likely led to him working for the two Hutt twins that now threaten Fett's hold on Tatooine.

With any luck, eventually "Book" will let Santy see some action. Given his reputation, he might be able to give Fennec Shand a run for her money.

Camie Marstrap and Laze Loneozner

A couple (played by Mandy Kowalski and Skyler Bible) spotted in the equivalent of a Tatooine dive bar (which may very well be Tosche Station) seemingly just want a nice night out. Unfortunately, a local tough decides their appetizer (a bowl of what resembles chips) and the man's beverage look too tasty to not partake. Despite being outnumbered and not looking like the type to get in many bar throw-downs, the man stands up for himself, ignoring the woman's warnings. Thankfully, Boba Fett shows up before things go seriously awry.

This couple seems somewhat important, right? Why else would they get to be the central figures in this brief depiction of Tatooine's rough and tumble daily life? Well, it turns out they're not important. But they nearly were.

The character's names are Camie Marstrap and Laze "Fixer" Loneozner, and in the late '70s they were played by actors Koo Stark and Anthony Forrest in a scene from the original "Star Wars" (now known as "A New Hope") where they hung out with Biggs Darklighter and soon-to-be-hero Luke Skywalker at Tosche Station. As friends of Luke — Camie gave him the nickname Wormie — they similarly spent their days covered in sand and staring into space. George Lucas had to eventually cut the scene for pacing, but fan edits have brought it back in context for completists, and Camie and Laze even appeared in some (now non-canon) comic books. But until now, you'd have to be a real die-hard fan to recognize those names — even if they have been action figures.

The most impressive thing here might be how "The Book of Boba Fett" found two actors who look so similar to two others who were left on the cutting room floor nearly 50 years ago. In 1977, Camie and Laze seemed much more interested in losing their third wheel and heading off to make out — as we see them in "Boba Fett," it appears they haven't made it much further in life. But at least now, they've finally received their moment in the Tatooine sun(s).

Peli Motto

Engineer Peli Motto (Amy Sedaris) lives and works on Tatooine. She manages Hangar 3-5 at the Mos Eisley spaceport, where she keeps her head down, repairs starships, and tries to stay out of trouble. Unfortunately for Peli, trouble often comes to find her. Still, given that she became Grogu's preferred babysitter, perhaps that's not such a bad thing.

First appearing in "The Mandalorian" Episode 5, Peli hassled Din Djarin about making repairs to his ship, the Razor Crest, for free. However, despite her protests, she agreed to begin work before the Mandalorian even revealed that he had a job that would pay for the repairs. Later, the pair became good friends — with Motto frequently caring for the beloved "Baby Yoda."

In "Boba Fett" Episode 3, Motto makes a blink-and-you'll-miss-it stroll past the camera with her droids in tow. While it isn't a moment of particular consequence, it feels like a nod to the rich tapestry that is life on Tatooine. Everyone here, we are reminded, is living out their own unique story.