Why The BD Droid In The Book Of Boba Fett Chapter 5 Means More Than You Think

It really isn't a new installment in the "Star Wars" universe without some carefully placed worldbuilding tissue soldered into it for good measure. A beloved character making a comeback here, a forgotten kitted-out spacecraft there. It's the stuff wannabe Jedis and Sith alike lose their minds over. So, while there are enough nods and nostalgic winks to make a Rancor weep in this week's "The Book of Boba Fett" episode, there's one appearance that may be seemingly insignificant to some, but sparks an all-new hope for others.

In the Mando-tastic episode bluntly titled "The Return of the Mandalorian," Pedro Pascal's iconic hero touches down on Tatooine in the hope of getting a new ride from Mos Eisley mechanic Peli Motto (Amy Sedaris), who was already teased in Chapter 3. He finds the kindhearted machinist trying to retrieve a droid from one of the local wildlife. With most of her pit crew of droids too scared to help, it's left to Mando to shoot the critter, which frees both Motto and her droid from danger. While it's nothing major for Mando, the thing to notice here is the specific droid in trouble — a model type that hasn't been seen in either TV or film until now. Video games, on the other hand? Well, that's a different story.

The BD droid is the same model type from Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

While it's up for debate why an exploration droid is running around a Mos Eisley garage, the model in question would've no doubt caught the eye of fans of EA's popular videogame, "Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order." Released in 2019, the game follows one of the last remaining Jedi Padawans, Cal Kestis (played by Cameron Monaghan of "Gotham" and "Shameless"), five years after the events of "Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith." The story sees Cal as a target of the Empire hunted by two Inquisitors, forcing him to draw his lightsaber once more and finish his training as a Jedi.

Naturally, as with any "Star Wars" story, the hero always needs a plucky little droid to get them in and out of danger. "Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order" sees Cal pairing up with a BD-1 droid, who helps him on his path to finally learn the ways of the Force and become a full-fledged Jedi. While it's doubtful that this particular droid seen in "The Book of Boba Fett" is the one we know and love, it's a reference in this great episode that goes a long way. Appearing in a matter of seconds, it immediately gets us wondering if the lesser-known Jedi Kestis may ever make an appearance in the live-action area of the "Star Wars" universe. One can only hope.