We were given another R2 and 3PO episode this week. The beginning of this episode felt like a callback to A New Hope, having the droids on a ship that's being overthrown and trying to find an escape pod. As they are trying to escape, we get to see bits and pieces of the "real action," such as General Grievous dueling with Adi Gallia. Of cours,e R2 has other plans, and, being the jerk that he is, knocks a fellow astromech droid out of the way and steals a cruiser. Which lead to a cool little scene with R2 showing off his piloting skills that I really enjoyed. The shot of their cruiser crashing down onto the planet reminded me of the inside-the-cockpit shot of Luke's Snowspeeder crashing down on Hoth, another nice callback. And, is it just me, or does anyone else find it highly entertaining the way R2 just ejects himself out of ships?
If 3PO warning the native creatures of the planet that R2 was programmed in 47 different schools of self defense wasn't funny enough, R2 then popping open like a Swiss Army knife and darting his head back and forth as if to say, "Come on, who wants some?" had me in stitches. All I could think by this point was, "What exactly am I watching right now?" And, just as I thought it couldn't get stranger, the droids accidently killed the leader of the creatures, with R2 falling on and crushing him like a bug. Dark, yes? But, funny? Very. Plus, the thrusters on the ship blasting all the little people away as they flew off was a nice little touch.
Even though it was a complete 180 from the rest of the episode, I really enjoyed the scene with the droids starting to lose power. Are they going to die? Of course not. But, you still kinda felt for the guys.
And, what's this? Plo Koon to the rescue! I swear, if this is the only time we see The Plo this season, I am going to be very disappointed. Having him assign the droids back to Commander Wolffe at the end of the episode was priceless. He just can't seem to get rid of them.
This was a harder episode to review, because its more comedic stylings were very visual. It's almost impossible to describe all the little "looks" R2 gives, but, when you see them, you know exactly what's going on in his head, which is an impressive feat for both the writers and the animators. I think I enjoyed it more than last week's other droid episode, even given its bizarre mash-up of Star Wars meets Gullivers Travels meets Wizard of Oz story. It makes you realize just how much these two characters have seen and been through.
'Till the next episode!