Movie Madness: Jack Torrance vs. Boba Fett

Voldemort easily defeated the muggle Maximus in Wednesday’s Movie Madness battle. He’ll move on to face John McClane in the DVD bracket finals. Over in the Blu-ray bracket, we have the last matchup before we find out who the final eight movie characters will be. Crazy ol’ Jack Torrance faces fan-favorite Boba Fett.

Torrance may have his work cut out for him here. People have complained that Fett seems to have found his way through the tournament based on his popularity alone. While I don’t disagree, I think that he may have found a very easy matchup in Torrance. We’ll see, though.

Jack Torrance – Crazy has gotten Torrance pretty far in this tournament. He easily slid by Dr. Evil. He had a harder fight in the second round as he went head-to-head with another crazy person from the Stephen King universe, Annie Wilkes. But even Wilkes’ hobbling skills were no match for Torrance’s axe-wielding.

Secret Weapon: Torrance is indeed insane. He’s so insane that he may not know that he’s dreadfully overmatched in this battle. Armed with an axe and a heavy helping of crazy, Torrance may just find a way to hack Boba Fett to pieces before Fett knows what hit him.

Boba Fett – I was fine with Fett making it past Hans Gruber in the first round. He had the advantage of space age weaponry. (Let’s not forget that Hans was originally undone by a roll of duct tape and a well-hidden firearm.) But, along with quite a lot of other voters, I thought that Fett should have met his demise in the second round versus super-assassin Fox. I think she had him outmatched in every conceivable way, but he powered through.

Secret Weapon: His undying fan base. Fett coasted through the last round on a wave of goodwill and popularity. Now here he sits with a chance to bust through to the final eight characters. If there’s any consolation to people who thought Fett should have bit the Sarlacc-infested dust last round, he’ll be going up against Indiana Jones next if he makes it through. If there’s anyone more popular than Fett, it’s Indy.

Jack Torrance vs. Boba Fett

  • Boba Fett (77%, 76 Votes)
  • Jack Torrance (23%, 23 Votes)

Total Voters: 99

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    • lordbowler

      Only be the most badass bounty hunter in the galaxy!

      There’s a reason that only he could find and capture Han Solo. Greedo didn’t do so well against Han Solo.

      In all seriousness, the Legend is better than the Man at least in the movies.

    • Let’s face it, though, you got a bad-ass bounty-hunter with a gun and a level head versus a crazy axe-wielder. As much as I am not a Boba Fett fan, there is just no competition this round – this is as one-sided as the Voldermort vs Maximus fight was.

  1. Boba never captured anyone. Sure he might have tracked Han. But he was captured by the empire.

    Dog the bounty hunter has a more impressive “catch” score than Boba.

  2. Aaron Peck

    All this Boba Fett talk brings up a valid question: Is Fett the most overrated cinematic character when you compare his actual accomplishments in the ‘Star Wars’ movies to his overwhelming popularity?

    • He may not have captured Han, but he would have had to be a very successful bounty hunter, otherwise he would not have been hired in the first place.

      • EM

        In 1980, that would make sense. This is another instance where the prequels muck things up. We now know that Vader and Boba Fett have a shared backstory (though Boba might not know it): Vader (as Anakin Skywalker) was an ally of the man who slew Boba’s father/template, later becoming an accomplice in that same slayer’s murder. And of course, Boba is apparently a genetic doppelgänger of the troops at Vader’s command. With all this baggage, it’s easy to imagine Boba’s inclusion as the result of Vader’s curiosity or dark sense of humor, rather than Boba’s qualifications. Indeed, this possibility dovetails with Vader’s admonition against disintegrations, which Boba is apparently known for: disintegration of the target would be a failure for the job Vader is proposing (and, I should think, in bounty hunting in general), and so Boba’s qualifications are indeed questionable.

  3. motorheadache


    Jack would be stumbling towards Boba Fett with his axe, yelling incoherently. Boba Fett would stare at him with slight amusement for a couple of seconds and then blow his head off. End of fight.

    By the way, Boba Fett is the ultimate bounty hunter IF you delve into the expanded universe. If not, he’s just some jackass that dies from an accident with his jetpack.

    • RBBrittain

      Oh please. This should be about the cinematic Boba Fett, who was a nobody. Despite the wave of votes, I’m voting for Jack because I can *NEVER, EVER* vote for Boba Fett.

      Don’t worry, though; not only does Indy have the fanbase to beat Fett next round, but as I pointed out earlier, he’s really Hans Solo so he will easily hurl him into any nearby Sarlacc with his whip. 😉

    • Aaron Peck

      Correct me if I’m wrong but didn’t the expanded universe and all the backstory of Boba Fett come about because people ended up liking him so much? I thought after the trilogy had ended Lucas didn’t anticipate the love everyone had for Fett and he regretted killing him in such a silly way.

      • motorheadache

        That’s pretty much exactly it. I think at one point he even considered adding a scene with Fett coming out of the Sarlacc, but didn’t end up doing it.

  4. EM

    I tend to think underpowered, babbling Jack would surprise Boba enough for Jack to get the axe-wielding upper hand. Even if Boba dodged at the last second, likely Jack’s axe would strike Boba’s backpack, sending him hurtling away into some other lethal obstacle. As Boba’s boss’ boss might say, overconfidence is Boba’s weakness. (Faith in his friends is no weakness of Jack’s; he’d just hack right through them.)

  5. mark

    I’m sorry but these Versus articles have got to go. They are completely pointless, irritatingly so.