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Mickey’s Jedi Blend: It’s Not Star Wars Without An Astromech

Mickey’s Jedi Blend: It’s Not Star Wars Without An Astromech

Mickey's Jedi Blend

Take a second and think:

How would Padme, Qui-Gon, and my all-time favorite Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi survive if an astromech hadn’t fixed the hyperdrive in The Phantom Menace?

In A New Hope, what would Leia have done with the Death Star plans if she didn’t have R2-D2?

Leia with R2-D2

How would Luke have gotten away from Uncle Owen’s moisture farm if not for the “malfunctioning” R2?

And how would the Millennium Falcon have escaped Vader’s super star destroyer in The Empire Strikes Back if not for R2 talking to a strange computer.

How would the rescue of Han worked out if R2 wasn’t there to hide Luke’s newly built lightsaber in The Return of the Jedi?

And what about Chopper?

Chopper

How would the crew of the Ghost have rescued Kanan when he was captured by the Inquisitor if not for Chopper’s hacking skills.

Or who would have gone to retrieve Fulcrum, who ended up being the long-lost Ahsoka Tano, and saving the day as Tarkin was moving in for the kill?

And BB-8?

bb8

Ok we don’t know about BB-8’s role yet, but its safe to say he is already a fan favorite when it comes to the upcoming The Force Awakens.

There have been many droids through the saga: mouse droids, protocol droids, etc. Yet no droid type has had the impact that the astromech has had. It has been a staple through every movie and TV show to date. Plots have been built around them. Whether it’s the plans hidden away inside of R2 or Chopper keeping the Ghost safe while everyone is off the ship, George Lucas and, as result, Dave Filoni and J.J. Abrams heavily involved the astromech droid in the saga.

But why has the astromech grabbed the attention and hearts of fans everywhere?

Is it their slick design? Their multi-functionality? Their limitless ability to serve?

What draws me to the astromech is their uniqueness. Even when built to the exact same specifications, the ‘personality’ of each droid differs, depending on the experiences each goes through. Like us, they adapt to their surroundings. Look no further to the droid arc of The Clones Wars to see this in action.

Droid Arc

They are also very loyal droids. Whether it’s in their programming or apart of their adaptive nature, astromechs remind me of K-9s. Always on their master’s heel, their devotion keeps them ready to leap into action no matter what the situation calls for.

Fans have proven their loyalty to the astromech droid as well. Through fan clubs like The R2 Builders and Florida Droids & Fabrication, fans have built their own R2s, Choppers, as well as other astromechs seen in the movies and shows. At least one fan that I know of has even built a working BB-8.

Let’s not forget the now famous R2-KT, created by the founding member of the 501st Legion, Albin Johnson, his oldest daughter Allie and members of the R2 Builders for his late daughter Katie. R2-KT has become a symbol of hope and charity throughout the Star Wars world.

R2-KT

It’s plain to see our beloved saga and our fandom would not be the same without the astromech droid. So tell me, who is your favorite astromech? R2-D2? Chopper? BB-8? Is it another one I haven’t mentioned? (Trust me, I know there are a lot of them) My favorite astromech is Chopper. There is just something about this banged up, overworked bucket of bolts that draws me in.

All Three

Remember you can always contact me through email at aharris@coffeewithkenobi.com or on Twitter @taharris121079. Check out my recent appearance on The ForceCast’s Rebels Roundtable where I joined host Spencer and fellow guest John to discuss the first episode of season two of Rebels, “The Lost Commanders.” You can find links to the show here.

Remember to leave your comments below with your thoughts on all things droids!

Until next time — May the Force be with you, and remember…

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3 Comments

  1. Joe2
    October 28, 2015 at 12:53 Reply

    It’s no secret that R2-D2 is my favorite astromech. I even have said that in my opinion he’s the real hero of the saga. I’m interested to see his role in Force Awakens, but Chopper is growing into another favorite because of his attitude.

    1. Melinda
      November 3, 2015 at 09:18 Reply

      I agree, Joe. R2 is the REAL hero of Star Wars. 🙂 It will be fun to see what he’s up to in TFA. 🙂

  2. Melinda
    November 3, 2015 at 09:24 Reply

    Wow, Aaron! I have to think about this … not too hard, mind you. 😉 Without a doubt, my favorite astromech is R2D2! 🙂 He doesn’t care about the danger — he dives in to do what must be done. He is a “being” who will take matters into his own hands. Sure, he saves the day, but more than anything else, this little bucket of nuts and bolts (who happens to have the coolest array of tools and what-have-yous 🙂 ) has got personality! I absolutely love the way R2 can get across what he’s “thinking” just by a little swivel of his dome, a pitch to his beeps and whistles. Yes, the other droids do, too, but R2 was the first. I think that’s why he always resonates with me. 🙂

    Fun read, Aaron! 🙂

    MTFBWY 🙂

    p.s. for the record, I do like all the droids. And what the R2 Builders, etc. create is beyond awesome! So so soooooooooooooooo cool!!! 🙂

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