The Book of Boba Fett is finally underway on Disney+ just as 2021 is coming to a close. The series serves as the only live-action content that Star Wars has released in the calendar year, and follows Temuera Morrison's Boba Fett beginning his reign over the criminal underworld of Tatooine alongside Ming-Na Wen's Fennec Shand, who was introduced in The Mandalorian.
Warning - This article contains spoilers for The Book of Boba Fett.
The opening episode of the series largely consisted of flashbacks from Boba Fett's past. The long-awaited answer to what happened to the bounty hunter after he was swallowed by the Sarlaac in Return of the Jedi was given to viewers within the first five minutes, showing him burning the creature from the inside out before pulling himself out of the sand.
Another flashback seen in the opening sequence took fans back to the Prequel era with quick shots of Kamino, the ocean planet where Boba, along with all of the other clones, was created. Another planet famously associated with the second Prequel film also appeared in the premiere episode - Geonosis.
Boba's father, Jango Fett, met his demise at the hands of Jedi Master Mace Windu during the Battle of Geonosis. A new camera shot from that moment was shown in The Book of Boba Fett's episode, and apparently, it wasn't unused footage from the 2002 film.
The New Footage of a Young Boba
During the flashbacks that were shown in the opening episode of The Book of Boba Fett, a new shot of Boba on Geonosis was used. The flashback came from the Attack of the Clones scene when Boba finds the empty helmet of his father after he has been killed.
When asked via Twitter if this shot was "unused" from Attack of the Clones, actor Daniel Logan, who played the young Boba Fett in the 2002 film, claimed that "this particular over the shoulder shot is new," and that "the rest of young Boba Fett is from the 2000 shoot in Australia."
Youtuber Matt Skuta, who is known for making side-by-side comparison videos of movies or TV shows, recently posted a video showing how the Geonosis and Kamino scenes from The Book of Boba Fett premiere compare to Attack of the Clones. The shots are extremely similar but offer different angles than what was shown in the film.
More Prequel Content
Since Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm in 2012, the company has spent a lot of time further exploring the Prequels. After discontinuing The Clone Wars when it was at its peak, the company decided to allow it to be finished in 2019, letting the character arcs and storylines that had built over the course of 6 seasons run right into the timeline of Revenge of the Sith when the actual Clone War ended.
More recently, The Bad Batch was released, which also followed a storyline set up in The Clone Wars about a group of genetically enhanced clone troopers with a specific set of skills. Kamino was a popular setting during season one of the animated series, with the series finale destroying Tipoca City, the largest cloning facility on the entire planet.
The Book of Boba Fett is only the latest project to take viewers back to the Prequel era, but the nostalgic feeling of seeing Geonosis and Kamino again in live-action for the first time since 2002 is something that most fans have enjoyed seeing. The side-by-side comparison of the film and the show truly showed how similar the shots of the planets are, but that doesn't take away from the impact of the scene.
Kamino is closely tied to Boba Fett and more than likely means a lot to him because that was essentially his birthplace, and the moment his father died on Geonosis is when he truly transformed from a little boy into the bounty hunter that is feared across the galaxy. It is also interesting to hear that the overhead shot is something that was filmed recently, and it is even more heartwarming to hear that bit of information from the actor that played Boba in 2002.
The Book of Boba Fett has only released its first episode, and with six more to go, who knows, perhaps more Prequels content will appear on the silver screen.