Book Of Boba Fett’s Tuskens Are Finally Fixing Star Wars’ Morality Problem
The Book of Boba Fett’s Tusken Raiders have solved a long-standing morality problem in Star Wars. The key advantage of the Disney+ series over the films has been their ability to present different perspectives on certain characters or creatures in the galaxy. The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett show that not all of the galaxy’s inhabitants adhere to the same strict code of ethics as the films.
The Star Warsfilms feature the Tusken Raiders as dangerous and savage characters who attack and kill each other to ward off or steal their resources. With The Mandalorian portraying Tusken Raiders helpful and willing to reason if they are to be benefited, the Disney+ shows will change this perception. Additional exposition is provided by The Book of Boba Fett. It shows how they are similar to everyone else in the galaxy.
The Book of Boba Fett uses their portrayal of the Tusken Riders to blur the lines of ethics in the Star Warsfranchise. The franchise had previously portrayed the antagonists as pure evil and the protagonists as good. This is especially evident in the Skywalker saga where nearly all of the Skywalkers’ enemies are portrayed as a threat to their existence. They are seen as threats in the case of Star Wars and Tusken Riders. They attack Luke in The New Hope and attempt to kill the pod racers in The Phantom Menace. But, most importantly, Shmi Skywalker is killed in captivity in Attack of The Clones. These are just a few ways to portray the dangers of the Tusken Raiders, but this is how the films depict them. This perspective, as the shows show, is not broad enough.
The Book of Boba Fett helps to correct the one-dimensional portrayal of the Tusken Raiders in the films. This book explores their culture and makes it clear that they are still being expelled from their lands by factions like the Pyke Syndicate. They also show Boba Fett as willing to join their tribe to help them reclaim their lands. A line also mentions that each tribe has its own survival strategies that aren’t always violent. This allows for a deeper understanding of the Tusken Raiders, beyond their role as a threat. It also allows the Star Warsfranchise a greater insight into grayer areas of morality.
Star Wars has explored the boundaries of good and bad through properties like Revenge of the Sith, The Clone Wars, and The Last Jedi. However, it didn’t stray too far from the clear-cut morality which has largely defined the story. The Skywalkers and Rebellion are unambiguously good while the Empire and Sith are the exact opposite. With The Book of Boba Fettfleshing the Tusken Raiders viewers can begin to see the galaxies through different perspectives than the Skywalker saga. This is what the Star Warsfranchise needs to move forward.