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

A standout "Star Wars" character since his late '70s/early '80s debut, the most feared bounty hunter in the galaxy far, far away finally received the spotlight fans had been clamoring for with the much-anticipated 2021 Disney+ series "The Book of Boba Fett." Spinning out of his appearances in Season 2 of "The Mandalorian," Fett begins the series ready to lay claim to whatever remains of Jabba the Hutt's former criminal empire. 

With seven episodes revolving around the adored anti-villain, the series is packed to the brim with references and callbacks to the character's storied history throughout the franchise. The series tells much of its tale via flashbacks, explaining the bounty hunter's activities following his fall into the Sarlacc Pit in 1983's "Return of the Jedi." But this is also the story of a man who has been accused of a lot of things, but never of being verbose; with that in mind, here are the (often efficiently-utilized) lines of dialogue that speak volumes about the story of Boba Fett's past, present and perhaps even his future.

I would not be surprised if you receive another delegation in the near future

"The Book of Boba Fett" spends the opening third of its first episode, "Chapter 1: Stranger in a Strange Land," simultaneously detailing the aftermath of the bounty hunter's fall into the Sarlaac Pitt and his assumption of Bib Fortuna's throne. Fett returns to the show's "present day" when he's awoken from his regenerative bacta tank by Fennec Shand, so he can receive those who have come to pay their respects to the new crime lord. 

The most prominent of these guests is the Twi'lek majordomo of Mok Shaiz, the mayor of the Tatooine city of Mos Espa. He has come in place of his boss and explains that the mayor refuses to pay tribute and demands that Fett pay him tribute instead. 

The notorious bounty hunter allows the majordomo to leave unharmed despite the offense, and the Twi'lek offers one final warning as he departs: "I would not be surprised if you receive another delegation in the near future." 

That future proved far closer than expected. Though it may have seemed like a set up for a future episode, the trained band of assassins that attack Boba and Fennec in broad daylight at the end of the first episode are a far less friendly "delegation" than the majordomo.

Sleemo!

Towards the end of those flashback sequences from "Stranger in a Strange Land," Fett finally has a chance to speak with the Tusken Raiders' other prisoner, a Rodian who alerted the guards when he first tried to escape. Determined to try again, the bounty hunter attempts to bargain with the alien, urging the quasi-Greedo to go along with an escape since the two are chained together. After being repeatedly ignored, Boba threatens his life, eliciting a response in Huttese that ends with the word "Sleemo." 

Spoken by Jabba the Hutt and his species, "Huttese" is one of the Star Wars galaxy's most common "lingua francas." In linguistics, a lingua franca is any language used in order to facilitate trade and communication between people and groups who do not share native languages. In the "Star Wars" universe, wherever the Hutts rule, Huttese is used as the common, unifying language — and as a result, it's one of the most commonly heard languages in the underworld.

According to StarWars.com, the only clearly intelligible word spoken by this Rodian prisoner, "sleemo" roughly translates to "slime ball." It's an insult to be certain, but it's one that fans may recall hearing: Anakin Skywalker hurled it at Sebulba during the events of 1999's "The Phantom Menace." 

These are not the death pits of Dur, and I am not a sleeping Trandoshan guard

Still working to consolidate his rule over Tatooine in "Chapter 2: The Tribes of Tatooine," Boba Fett discovers that two Hutts called "The Twins" have laid claim to the throne and empire of their late cousin, Jabba the Hutt. Obviously, this puts them at odds with the former bounty hunter, so the Twins bring an enforcer of their own: a massive Wookiee named Black Krrsantan.

Created for the comics by writer Jason Aaron and artist Mike Mayhew, Krrsantan is a bounty hunter introduced in 2015's "Star Wars" #15 and #20 as an opponent of Obi-Wan Kenobi during his time on Tatooine watching over Luke Skywalker from afar in between the events of "Revenge of the Sith" and "A New Hope." Kenobi had been disrupting Jabba's criminal activities, and he hired the Wookiee bounty hunter to find and kill him. Though he failed, he became an oft-recurring character in the franchise's comic books, especially within the "Doctor Aphra" series, and this episode marks his first appearance in live action. 

Boba's comment that "These are not the death pits of Dur, and I am not a sleeping Trandoshan guard" during Krrsantan's introduction are direct references to the Wookiee's twisted backstory from 2017's "Doctor Aphra" Annual #1. Disgraced and cast out of Kashyyyk's Wookiee society, Krrsantan willingly joined a group of Trandoshan slavers so he could train and fight in their gladiator pits until he became a nigh-unstoppable killing machine. 

If you are to pass, a toll is to be paid to them

The second half of "Chapter 2: The Tribes of Tatooine" is fully devoted to the series' extended flashback storyline. No longer a prisoner of the Tusken Raiders but their guest, Boba Fett works to help them eliminate a Pyke Syndicate train that's been moving through their territory and killing their people. After disabling the train in an intense, Western-influenced action sequence, Boba lets the Pyke survivors go after making sure they understand a new rule: "If you are to pass [through Tusken territory], a toll is to be paid to them."

The story explains how and why Fett was welcomed into the Tusken tribes as a trusted friend, potentially even as family or a full-blown member of the tribe, but it also calls back to the 2019 episode that originally introduced series regular Fennec Shand and first teased Boba's return: "The Mandalorian" Season 1, "Chapter 5: The Gunslinger." When Din Djarin and Toro Calican travel across the Dune Sea, Mando takes the time to stop and give the sand people the kid's brand-new macrobinoculars to pay for their safe passage, and a similar scene occurs when Mando returns to the desert planet in Season 2's premiere. 

Since "The Mandalorian" takes place a few years after the "Book of Boba Fett" flashback sequences, it's entirely possible that Tusken collection of tribute from traveling outsiders started with Boba Fett's ultimatum to the Pyke Syndicate in this episode. 

Tatooine was once completely covered with water

When a local water monger petitions Boba Fett to take care of a band of thieves who have been stealing his product, Boba comments that he used to live on a planet that was full of water, which sparks an interesting reply from the petitioner: "Tatooine was once completely covered with water." This isn't the first time this fact has been alluded to within the series, but it's also a concept that existed in the old Legends continuity. 

The idea that Tatooine wasn't always a sandy wasteland was first introduced in the 2003 video game "Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic." Players must visit Tatooine during the game, and if they manage to befriend the Sand People, they will offer to teach the player character about their history, explaining that over 25,000 years ago, the planet was "green with life" and highly advanced until their first ventures into space attracted the attention of the Rakatan species' "Infinite Empire." 

A highly advanced civilization, the Rakatans enslaved the natives of Tatooine and mined the planet heavily until a plague weakened them enough for the natives to revolt. The brutal war didn't end until the Rakatans left and bombarded the world from orbit until its surface had turned to glass that eventually "ground to sand." The natives hid in caves until it was over, vowed to never take up technology again, and became the nomadic tribes that fans know and love today.

It is said that the Witches of Dathomir even rode them through the forest and fens

After Black Krrsantan fails to assassinate Boba Fett in "Chapter 3: Streets of Mos Espa," the Twin Hutts offer Boba a formal apology in the form of a Rancor calf like the one Jabba kept beneath his throne in "Return of the Jedi." Fett accepts the gift alongside their apology and tribute, and when he goes to visit the beast in its new home, the crime lord's new Rancor Keeper, played by Danny Trejo, teaches the former bounty hunter about his new pet. 

He explains that they are emotionally complex creatures who bond to the first human they see and can be trained to perform incredible feats. In fact, he even tells Boba that "It is said that the Witches of Dathomir even rode them through the forest and fens."

This is a direct reference to the 1994 Dave Wolverton novel "The Courtship of Princess Leia" and one of the most iconic images from the old, pre-Disney "Legends" canon. In a story set after "Return of the Jedi," Han, Leia, and Luke spend the book navigating an Imperial Super-Star Destroyer and the Witches of Dathomir, whose Nightsisters rode Rancors into battle to great success against ATST Imperial walkers. Riding rancors became a popular trope and was seen in "Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption," "Star Wars: The Force Unleashed," and "Star Wars: The High Republic #8."