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A Fistful of Credits; For a Few Credits More; The Good, the Bad and the Wookiee

So, this apparently happened. And, since this is the internet and something Star Wars related, you can already see virtual lines being drawn in the e-sand.

So far, the loudest voices I’ve heard are the “Boba Fett is lame” and “Oh, god, no more movies” voices. Both of these are valid opinions–that’s right, internet, they are just “opinions”–but, it might not be an inherently bad idea.

I’ll start by saying this: I am a fan of the Expanded Universe. I love the novels that came after Return of the Jedi. I know this angers certain people for some reason. I guess those people just hate when others enjoy things. Oh well.

Anyway, where was I? Oh, right…the EU (as the Expanded Universe is often known). I like it, and one of my favorite things in the EU are the series of anthologies that were published in the second half of the 1990s. The stories in these anthologies didn’t focus on Luke, Han, and Leia. While they were set during the events of the Galactic Civil War, most of these tales featured stories of regular folks just going about their day–as such they were similar to Babylon 5‘s “A View from the Gallery” and Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s “Lower Decks.” Okay, yes, there was Tales of the Bounty Hunters, which contained stories about each of the bounty hunters that Vader hired in Empire, but they’re still background characters, at best.

My point is this: the Star Wars universe is a big freakin’ place. There’s a whole galaxy of stories out there. A movie about Boba Fett bounty-hunting his way across the stars might not necessarily be a bad thing. It needn’t intersect with the characters or specific events of any of the existing movies. (I’ll admit that I’d love it if any movie about Boba Fett ignored the fact that his motivation is now he’s a whiny little daddy’s boy, but that’s just me.)

Final thought: Joe Johnston expressing an interest in making a Boba Fett movie isn’t a news item. I’m wary of even placing it on the level of rumor. I mean, the story I linked to above claims he’s quoted in “a recent interview.” What interview? Where? But, if it is something he wants to do, it doesn’t necessarily have to be bad.

Just sayin’.

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Four on the Floor #16: Badass Bounty Hunters

The Situation: Let’s face it, some guys are just too tough, crafty, or out-and-out evil for regular law enforcement agencies to take down. That’s why we need bounty hunters. Bounty hunters have been a part of American pop culture since the days of the Old West (if not longer), and they seem quite capable of morphing into pretty much any genre you can think of–westerns, sci-fi, fantasy, mysteries, you name it.

The Criteria: Since bounty hunters are so prevalent in popular culture, there are countless examples that you can choose from. But, since I had to limit myself to four, I decided to pick guys (Domino Harvey came close to making the cut…would that I could pick five) who were obviously doing what they do for a tangible reason–whether it’s money, revenge, freedom, or a combination of one or more–as opposed to characters who claim to be bounty hunters, but end up regulating out of concerns more noble than money or vengeance.

1. Brisco County, Jr.

A Harvard-educated lawyer, Brisco never wanted to follow in his father’s bounty hunting footsteps. That is, until County Sr. is brutally gunned-down by John Bly and his gang. With sidekick Socrates Poole, rival-turned-associate Lord Bowler, and Comet the Wonder Horse, Brisco County, Jr. straps on his dad’s six-shooter and searches the Old West for the men responsible for his father’s death. Oh, there’s a weird golden orb from the future involved, too.

2. Ezekiel Stone

Zeke Stone was a cop. When his wife was raped and the man responsible goes free, Stone murders him in cold blood. Then, wouldn’t ya know, Zeke gets killed and gets sent straight to hell. Fifteen years later, there’s a prison break in the underworld and the Devil makes Stone a deal: return to Earth, track down and return the 113 escaped souls, and earn a second chance at life. Bounty hunting + damned souls = awesome.

3. The Man With No Name

C’mon, it’s Clint. The Man With No Name more or less re-invented the western, as well as cementing the idea of the laconic anti-hero in American culture.

4. Boba Fett

Fett’s like Eastwood’s Man With No Name in a helmet and jet-pack. Forget everything that’s been done to and with this guy since 1983, when he first showed up in Empire Strikes Back, you knew he was a badass. He didn’t speak more than a dozen words in Empire or Return of the Jedi, and he still managed to become one of the most (if not the most) popular characters in the trilogy.