Din Djarin, protagonist of The Mandalorian, now flies a modified Naboo N1 Starfighter - and it symbolizes a deep connection between Tatooine and Naboo. Din Djarin's beloved Razor Crest was destroyed in The Mandalorian season 2, but in The Book of Boba Fett he gained a (smaller) replacement - a modified Naboo N1 Starfighter, recognizable from Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace. The Mandalorian's new ship is very different to the one he used to call home, but he's clearly determined to make the most of it.SCREENRANT VIDEO OF THE DAY
Mos Eisley mechanic Peli Motto promised Din Djarin a replacement for the Razor Fist, and she delivered. She offered him the frame of a Naboo N1 Starfighter, one that needed a great deal of work before it was ready to fly, and Din Djarin even replaced the astromech slot with a small storage unit for Grogu. But The Book of Boba Fett studiously avoided answering (or, in truth, even asking) an important question; it never explained why a starfighter from the waterworld of Naboo had found itself junked on the desert planet of Tatooine.
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A hint at an answer can be found in E.K. Johnston's Padmé trilogy, which reveals that there was a deeper relationship between Naboo and Tatooine than anybody realized. When Padmé Amidala stepped down as Queen of Naboo, preparing to begin her political career, she also launched a side project to free the slaves of Tatooine. She had never forgotten the slave boy she encountered on that planet, and she particularly wanted to see his mother freed. Padmé and her agents continued to operate on Tatooine for over a decade, meaning there was a secret link between the two worlds. As a former queen of Naboo, Padmé would have certainly had access to royal starfighters, so this may even have been used by one of her agents.
The Mandalorian's Naboo N-1 Starfighter Ties Him Into The Star Wars Saga
Din Djarin stands rather separate from the main Star Wars saga. So far, his main ties are via nods to the Jedi Purge and the survival of Boba Fett. This Naboo N-1 Starfighter is a much more subtle connection, drawing the narrative threads of the entire galaxy closer together. It hints that Tatooine had more connections to the wider galaxy than most viewers realize, in this case to Naboo. Given these clearly didn't exist in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace - Captain Panaka was hardly familiar with Tatooine, after all - it makes sense that they came about because of Padmé's visit to the world.
There is, of course, something quite touching about Padmé's desire to free the slaves of Tatooine. On the one hand, it illustrates her basic compassion, in that she was shocked to realize slavery still existed in the Republic. More than that, though, it's also an indication that her brief encounter with Anakin Skywalker, the slave boy from Tatooine, had left a lasting impact on her. In this sense, it foreshadows the romance that would blaze when they crossed paths once again. The Mandalorian's Naboo N-1 Starfighter really does hint at a surprising amount of depth to the Star Wars galaxy.
Rogue SquadronRelease Date: 2023-12-22