Boba Fett’s book navigates the ‘wild and criminal streets of Mos Espa’

This episode is full of references to every other “Star Wars” element you can imagine, from “Star Wars: Holiday Special” to the comic books.

The episode begins with a shot of a B’omarr Order monk crawling outside Jabba’s palace. These first appeared in “Return of the Jedi” (1983) and were based on a concept by Ralph McQuarrie. These monks achieve enlightenment by having their brains transplanted in jars into the bodies of spiders. There is also a photo of a Worrt eating prey outside of Jabba’s Palace. You can see a Worrt in person at Oga’s Cantina above the bar.

Another visual reference from previous “Star Wars” movies comes in the form of the roast Nuna Fett laid out on her table. Nuna – or swamp turkeys – first appeared in “The Phantom Menace” (1999) on both Naboo and Tatooine. You can buy Nuna Turkey Jerky from Ronto Roasters in Galaxy’s Edge. Rontos are the giant dinosaur-like mounts added to the special edition of “A New Hope” (1997) and in this episode, Fett requests that an entire ronto carcass be sent to feed his new pet.

The rancor dialogue scene is also full of many other references. Danny Trejo’s Grudgekeeper refers to Dathomir witches riding grudges, which is straight out of Dave Wolverton’s now legendary book “The Courtship of Princess Leia” (1994). The Dathomir witches themselves were introduced into the canon of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” along with Asajj Ventress, Mother Talzin, and their entire crew. Fett also claims to have mounted things 10 times bigger than a rancor, which is a reference to his first appearance. In the “Star Wars: Holiday Special” (1978), Fett rides an ichthyodont, a giant dinosaur-like creature with bulbous eyes. On the other hand, it could also be a reference to the aiwas, the massive creatures that the Kaminoans rode on the waves of Kamino, Boba’s home planet.

There are some major easter eggs to be found in the hunt to catch the Mayor’s Butler in Mos Espa. The first is a board that one of the swoop gangs crashes into. This is actually a concept painting by Ralph McQuarrie for “Return of the Jedi” (1983). This version has Luke Skywalker edited out of the painting, but was a depiction of Jabba’s palace for the film when Luke confronts Jabba. Curiously, the painting still includes Boba Fett, watching over Jabba’s shoulder.

There are also two different types of notable droids worth highlighting in this scene. The first is a Pit Droid from “The Phantom Menace” (1999) that squeezes itself to avoid pursuit. The second is the Rickshaw Droid from “Attack of the Clones” (2002). In this movie, the droid is carrying Anakin and Padmé to visit Watto, but here he is carrying two Bith and trying to help them avoid dying in the chase.

The whole chase, including the rickshaw, feels like it was inspired by the opening of “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” and ends with a crash into a fruit stand. The fruits in question here, however, are meilooruns. Meilooruns were first seen in “Star Wars: Rebels” and were a sought after fruit for the Rebels. If you look closely enough, you can also see meilooruns at Docking Bay 7 in Galaxy’s Edge.

The final thing of note would be the arrival of the Starliner the Pyke at the end of the episode. It’s not the same design as the Galactic Starliner you’ll soon be able to visit at Disney World, but it’s the same idea.

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