Max explores the hazards of Tatooine including the all-new “Harryhausen” creature introduced in The Book Of Boba Fett
Tatooine will always be “The Planet”. Ever since 1977, Tatooine has been the most identifiable Star Wars location, as the story all started there and now it continues to echo even in the Disney era. In 2022, it is the main location of The Book of Boba Fett and also featured in its “parent” show, The Mandalorian. It seems if you own a starship in the Star Wars galaxy, you will eventually find yourself in one of their dusty cantinas. Let’s hope they are air-conditioned!
Tatooine is a desert world, and life is very rough for the moisture farmers who permanently call it home. It always amazed me why Luke’s aunt and uncle wanted to live on this ball of dust. Farming the air for water, as space travel is cheap, and they could find life on any other of the billion developed planets in the galaxy. Yet they stay. Perhaps they like the heat. More likely, they want a simple life away from the tech of the big city. Anyway, as if to make it worse, Tatooine also had a lot of dangerous fauna AND sentient races that you needed to contend with.
TUSKEN RAIDERS & JAWA POWER!
The Tusken Raiders live on their ancestral lands and often come into violent competition with the immigrated people. Now, my view of the Tuskens has changed dramatically. Because TBOBF and The Mandalorian have shown a more wholesome side of them, one that is often ignored. However, there is no denying that they ARE dangerous, if provoked, as they fear technology and covet the thing more precious than gold on Tatooine. Water. Another species lives there as well. They are the Jawas, and they are short, hooded little rascals who love to “acquire” droids and technology. Then sell it back to those they likely “acquired” it from for an exorbitant price. They aren’t dangerous per se. But if you consider an empty wallet as dangerous to your health, then they are quite dangerous.
Tatooine also has giant monsters like the Krayt Dragons; the Sarlacc, and the anoobas that live in the Jundland Wastes. Yet, these obstacles were easily navigated by experienced settlers like Luke Skywalker. Krayt Dragons don’t come out that often. Anoobas can be dealt with, and there is only one known Sarlacc on Tatooine. It seemed that everything was doable for a young, intelligent youth like Luke Skywalker. Yet, The Book Of Boba Fett presented something that is horrifyingly a game-changer.
THE HARRYHAUSEN MONSTER
In the pilot, we see that also living on Tatooine is a multi-armed humanoid creature with incredible strength. It lays dormant under the sand until disturbed and is incredibly hard to kill, even for a seasoned warrior like Boba. What the hell is this thing and how numerous is it on this planet. If Luke encountered this (before his training), that thing would likely smash his land speeder with its muscular Machamp hands. And kill Luke as well. What needs to be revealed is what this thing is and how many live on this planet. Perhaps it’s like the Sarlacc, only one and can only be encountered deep in the deserts on one side of the planet (the part where hopefully Luke doesn’t go).
Many of the writers of Star Wars forget that a planet is a PLANET. And they have huge amounts of land that it would be like saying you live in New York but couldn’t find me. BUT not to fear, because I am in some village in China. Piece of cake, right? I seriously want to learn more about this monstrosity and how frequently it comes into contact with sentients. If frequent, I won’t be booking a trip to Tatooine anytime soon!
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Max Nocerino is a regular Staff Writer for The Future of the Force. He is a passionate Star Wars fan and loves the literature of the galaxy far, far away. Follow him on Twitter where he shares his love of the Force frequently!