The Book of Boba Fett initially premiered to great reviews. But this positive reception eventually turned mixed as the series went on. However, things changed for the better in episode 5 when Din Djarin showed up.
Also, the director of the episode, Bryce Dallas Howard, added in some great easter eggs that made a great episode amazing. And this recipe proved to be a hit with fans.
The BD unit from Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order appearing in the show was a bonus surprise. Another unexpected surprise was the Anakin Skywalker prequel trilogy reference.
Episode 5, titled “Return of the Mandalorian,” follows Din Djarin to Tatooine, where Peli Motto gave him the N-1 starfighter as a replacement for the Razor Crest, his destroyed ship.
Now, we have seen N-1 starfighters in multiple Star Wars movies. They were mainly featured in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace when young Anakin Skywalker piloted one to defeat the Trade Federation’s main control ship.
This made fans question if Din Djarin’s new ship was the same one that Anakin flew in the Prequel movie. And now we know the answer.
Twitter user @WilrowHood recently posted a tweet of Peli Motto in the cockpit of the ship and wondered about a potential connection to the Star Wars: Starfighter video game.
Here’s what the tweet says:
“There’s Aurebesh on the side of the N1 ship, probably the original pilot’s name, someone in TPM or maybe from the Star Wars Starfighter video game!”
LucasArts released Star Wars: Starfighter in 2001. The game had three starfighter pilots, and it was set right before the Battle of Naboo’s events from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.
The Twitter user didn’t stop there. They added another tweet saying that the language on the cockpit wasn’t Aurebesh, but actually “the ancient Naboo language Futhark.”
Here’s what the tweet says:
“Okay, so this is actually the ancient Naboo language Futhark, and I’m trying to translate it, and I’m having a hard time, but I think it’s something like: “Bheylic ZF” Anyway, the three playable characters in Star Wars Starfighter are named: Rhys Dallows, Vana Sage, Nym”
“I can confirm that the Mandalorian’s N1 Naboo Starfighter is different from the one Anakin piloted in The Phantom Menace!”
Even though Mando’s starship isn’t the one that Anakin Skywalker used, it’s still a reference that pretty much no one saw coming. However, this little callback has helped serve Mando’s needs and connected the three Star Wars trilogies into one cohesive storyline.
This is because even though The Phantom Menace (like A New Hope) spends a lot of time on Tatooine, the two movies have felt vastly different from each other.
But, The Book of Boba Fett has found a unique way to mix these two stories. This is something that the movies themselves couldn’t do on their own.
Now, that Anakin Skywalker connection would have been fun. But it just wasn’t really necessary. Along with this, using the starfighter connects the prequels and The Book of Boba Fett to other stories.
For example, in the animated Star Wars: Forces of Destiny series, Ahsoka Tano trained Padme Amidala to pilot the N-1 starfighter. And interestingly, hers was similar to that of Mando’s.
The Naboo starfighters were also seen in Exegol in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker as part of Lando Calrissian’s fleet to help the Resistance. If you are eager to see more prequel-era Easter eggs, and especially those related to Anakin Skywalker, then there will be more to see on Disney+.
After all, the Obi-Wan Kenobi series is set for release in 2022, and there Hayden Christensen will reprise his famous role as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader.
So The Book of Boba Fett’s reference to The Phantom Menace is just the beginning. Do you want to know what future episodes will hold? Tune in every Wednesday for new Boba Fett episodes on Disney+.
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