Star Wars: The Clone Wars S1 Ep. 6 “Downfall of a Droid”

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“Trust in your friends, and they’ll have reason to trust in you”

Original air date: November 7th, 2008

The sixth episode of The Clone Wars finds Anakin Skywalker in another space battle against General Grievous and the Separatist forces. While Anakin leads Gold Squadron and attacks from the front, Captain Rex leads a squad of AT-TE’s for a surprise rear attack on an asteroid behind the Separatist fleet. Caught in a pincer attack, Grievous eventually abandons ship, prompting the brash Anakin to go after him (because he’s Anakin and that’s what he does). Inevitably, the chase goes sideways for Anakin when a piece of debris damages his ship sending it off course. It’s unclear what happens next, but the next thing we know, Anakin is waking up on the Republic cruiser, but R2 isn’t there. Apparently, when they rescued Skywalker, they weren’t able to get the droid as well.

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Anakin’s reaction to losing R2 is another example of the trouble Skywalker has with letting things go and moving on (though he does have a good reason for being upset this time). All the same, Obi-Wan’s response to Anakin puzzles me. Surely Obi-Wan, of all people, would know that his former padawan sees R2 as more than “just a droid”? It’s a moment that feels slightly out of character in my opinion. As it turns out though, there is actually a good reason to get R2 back…it seems Anakin was less than diligent in routinely wiping R2’s memory, which means the droid currently has a lot of Republic information stored inside, information that the Separatists would find very interesting so naturally the Republic needs to get R2 back in a hurry.

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But where is R2? Well…as you might expect the little droid is having problems. He’s been picked up by a Trandoshan freighter who wants to sell him to Grievous. Talk about trouble! But that’s not the only issue…until R2 is recovered, Anakin is assigned a replacement droid, R3-S6 (Ahsoka dubs him “Goldie” because of his black and gold coloring). From the start there’s something odd about Goldie. For one, every time he’s ordered to do something, he always ends up doing the wrong thing. For instance, he ‘accidentally’ activates a tracker that alerts General Grievous to the presence of Anakin’s ship; he ‘accidentally’ detaches the hyperdrive ring instead of turning off the engines; and the icing on the cake…he ‘accidentally’ activates a pair of assassin droids on the Trandoshan freighter when Anakin and Ahsoka are close to finding R2! I mean, any droid can make a mistake once (as Ahsoka points out) but when it happens this many times, I don’t think it’s an innocent mistake.

The episode ends with Anakin still on the hunt for R2, will he find the droid in time? Stay tuned….next time, everything comes to a head in “Duel of the Droids.”

What did you think of this episode? Are you equally suspicious of Goldie? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below and have a great day!

See also:

Star Wars: The Clone Wars S1 Ep. 5 “Rookies”

Star Wars: The Clone Wars S1 Ep. 4 “Destroy Malevolence”

Star Wars: The Clone Wars S1 Ep. 3 “Shadow of Malevolence”

Star Wars: The Clone Wars S1 Ep. 2 “Rising Malevolence”

Star Wars: The Clone Wars S1 Ep. 1 “Ambush”

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