WARNING: The following contains spoilers from Star Wars: The Book of Boba Fett "Chapter 3: The Streets of Mos Espa,” streaming now on Disney+.
In The Book of Boba Fett thus far, the former bounty hunter has been searching for something meaningful. This purpose in life seemed to be achieving peace on Tatooine, ergo why he's trying to ensure no violence or injustice popped off in his Mos Espas district. After all, the daimyo got a new lease on life after so many wars, which he realized offered no fulfilment. However, in the latest episode, his latest tragedy confirms what he really wants to be and it's not just a peacekeeper.
Boba truly wants to be father, which is linked to the trauma he's endured and that sense of longing from the past. The first hint can be found in his dreams as he's recovering in the bacta tank at his palace -- remembering how his dad often jetted off and left him on the wave-ridden cloning facility on Kamino. Clearly, there was a sense of abandonment from these missions that haunts Boba to this day.
This desire to be a dad likely arose when he bonded with the Tusken Raiders, accepting the tribe as his new people and home. Unfortunately, after visiting the Pyke Syndicate to cement their business alliance over the Dune Sand territory, Boba returned to find the sand village burned and everyone dead. Losing the kid he got close with certainly ate at him because it reminded him of how his dad left him vulnerable.
Boba had numerous chances to kill the child when he was a Tusken prisoner, but he knew the kid was a victim of circumstance and was glad when their destinies finally aligned and they became friends. Which is why, as he incinerated the bodies, the mass pyre was another sign of acceptance: that his dad robbed Boba of a childhood by constantly positioning the boy as a soldier, and that Jango also robbed himself of the joys of fatherhood by rushing off on a career that eventually got him killed, not realizing the impression it would leave on Boba.
And it was a very dire toll, indeed, which is why Boba doesn't just want to experience fatherhood to be happy himself; he also wants to give back the love Jango didn't fully deliver on. This ties into why Boba recruited the teenage cyborgs in Mos Espas, wanting the bikers to work for him rather than suffer on the outside. He wants to teach them discipline, while helping them understand the value of hard work, which is similar to Din Djarin and Baby Yoda/Grogu in The Mandalorian.
However, it's not tough love with Boba, as he joked with the teens and ensured there was warmth and trust in the relationship. Him giving them direction even surprised and influenced Fennec Shand, who is following Boba's no-kill policy to set an example and continue that sense of order.
All of this helps remind the street urchins they're not outsiders and are worth a lot more than they think. This is why the gang's loyal to Boba, per the Black Krrsantan fight where they risked their lives to save the boss, compounding he isn't just a daimyo -- he's their adoptive dad.
To see how Boba aspires to be a dad, The Book of Boba Fett is now streaming on Disney+.
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