All Star Wars followers know that Boba Fett actually, actually likes his ship. Its distinctive design famously appeared in The Empire Strikes Again and has been indelibly linked with the bounty hunter ever since.
But its title has been very controversial. The ship was initially named Slave 1, though the racist connotations of that time period didn’t sit effectively with the likes of Billy Dee Williams, who parodied it in a 2008 episode of Robotic Rooster. The controversy died down for some time till the character of Fett was introduced again into the image in The Mandalorian.
When a brand new Lego set debuted final 12 months below the title Boba Fett’s Starship, followers have been perplexed. Some steered it was as a consequence of Disney now proudly owning the rights to Star Wars, with Slave not precisely suiting their clean-cut model.
Mark Anthony Austin, the actor who donned Fett’s armour for the Star Wars particular version re-releases within the 90s, spoke out in opposition to the renaming on social media. “When making use of for personalised plates for my automotive the DMV wouldn’t enable “Slave1 “. Okay I perceive. Needed to strive. However I get it,” he wrote on Twitter. “This #disney idiocy nonetheless. Not shopping for it. Not conforming to the Mouse, no siree. Not gonna occur. Once I was rising up I beloved #disney. No extra.”
When making use of for personalised plates for my automotive the DMV wouldn’t enable “Slave1“. Okay I perceive. Needed to strive. However I get it.
This #disney idiocy nonetheless. Not shopping for it. Not conforming to the Mouse, no siree. Not gonna occur.
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— Mark Anthony Austin (@BobaFettANHSE) June 28, 2021
The Mandalorian managed to keep away from any controversy by avoiding mentioning the title, however The E-book of Boba Fett hasn’t been so fortunate. Episode 4, ‘The Gathering Storm’, premiered on Wednesday, January nineteenth, and it had Fett referring to his ship as his Firespray Gunship. That doesn’t precisely roll off the tongue, does it?
The character regularly referred to as it that all through the episode, which is a bit like somebody referring to their automotive as a Ford Focus 2016. The ship was given an enormous welcome in a spectacular motion sequence however it feels just like the collection has screwed the pooch with the title.
Final week, the actor who performs Fett, New Zealand legend Temuera Morrison, spoke in regards to the subject with The Wrap. “I feel we name it the Firespray,” he mentioned. “I feel I’ve talked about it in a few episodes. I feel Firespray. I feel it’s a gunship now. That’s what we’re calling it. We’re calling it Firespray gunship.” He didn’t delve any deeper than that.
That is all to not say Slave 1 ought to have been retained however a cooler title than Firespray Gunship may have been chosen. Simply writing that time period is tiresome. It seems like they’ve skirted the problem with out contemplating what followers needed.
Maybe nothing sums the sorry state of affairs up higher than this: the official Star Wars databank nonetheless refers back to the ship as Slave I, however the URL makes use of Boba Fett’s Starship.
What do you consider the title change? Is it the proper determination?
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Take a look at Temuera Morrison’s interview: