Today’s Transmission is gives us a little break from all the major Malachor-related feels and drama going on to give us some Chopper-centered awesome! Well… who am I kidding there’s no shortage of feels and drama in this still, but, you know, in a lighter-hearted sort of way. Hey fun fact; you know what the hardest part of writing this blog is? Starting it off. Forgive this rambling and let’s get to talking about the droidtacular spectacular that is The Forgotten Droid!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Rebels episodes Droids In Distress, Rebel Resolve, Blood Sisters, Homecoming, and The Forgotten Droid.
It looks like the mini-Alliance has found home at last; with help from Rex and Ketsu Onyo (yayyyy), they’ve found just the right spot to plant their long-searched-for base. Only thing is, the Rebs need fuel… again. The Ghost crew heads out to casually “borrow” some from the Imperials. Yup, just your general everyday Rebel to-do list. Kanan looks to Chopper to ascertain they make a fast exit. And normally I would say that he’s got nothing to worry about; lately Chopper’s been pretty good at getting things done and making quick getaways for our heroes. But today… the astromech has different interests in mind. Across the fueling station lies a little parts stand, and on top of a defunct GOM sits a leg. A leg that happens to be a perfect match to his old one! I will be honest though it wasn’t until this episode I realized Chop had a mismatched set of legs. To think he’s probably been self-conscious about the limb all this time and I never knew! Oh the way Chopper eyeballs that thing and twirls his… um, hands (or whatever the right word is), you just know it’s love. He wastes no time grabbing Ezra by the leg to excitedly show him his find, but he completely doesn’t get it. Chop turns to Hera to express his happiness, but she explains quite sternly they’re not doing any shopping today. And what can he do? She’s kinda his mom, the one who put him back together. What follows are no shortage of leg puns and “Shopper” jokes from Ezra and Zeb as the rest of the Rebs head off. Have you ever gone out to buy groceries or some other necessity and then suddenly, boom!, the perfect Star Wars shirt/action figure/other merchandise came into your sights? Whether you were a kid shopping with a parent or an adult on your own, there was nothing that could get between you and that beautiful SW thing. I know I’ve been there (it’s how I found most of my shirts). Well, that’s pretty much exactly how Chopper felt, and important dangerous mission or not, he wasn’t gonna let that impulse buy go anywhere! Looks like someone’ll be getting… in trouble again! Hehe I can’t ever pass up referencing to that theme song
It really is amazing how clearly you can read into Chop’s emotions without a face or a voice (well, at least not one we can understand). Chopper looks at is as though sparkling heavenly light touched down on just that old strut. He might as well’ve had a pair of big anime eyes as he joyfully “whoop-whoop”ed at the sight! The Ugnaught salesman don’t miss a beat though and also throws out a leg joke. *Sigh* this is also like those times when we’d eye that perfect SW something, and the person with us would just roll their eyes and move along, not understanding the sheer majesty of said find. We getcha Chop 100%. So while the Ghost crew attempts a no-complications mission, Chopper wheels every deal he can manage in bartering with the salesnaught (would that be correct? IDK but it sounds right somehow), but can’t quite convince the guy to hand it over. Since the salesnaught doesn’t come off as the most… reputable guy around, I think Chopper found stealing the leg justifiable in this situation. Man does it amaze you guys how quickly and swiftly he grabs it?? And he doesn’t have thumbs! Just those tiny little claw-hands! He’s goooooood. And then… oh look, the Ghost crew made their exit — without Chopper on board. Chop’s all “Ohhhh dang…”. And then the salesnaught took notice and gave chase. And then he got some Stormtroopers to join in. Nothing for Chop to do but give them the slip and hide in an Imperial freighter. It wasn’t until he got in, however, that he realized the freighter was about to take off. Well this just gets better and better! Also, as Chopper roams the freighter, he comes upon some ‘troopers discussing the rebel activity lately. One replies “Rebels again? That’s the third time this rotation!”. Huh… anyone wonder what the third scuffle was about? Ah it’s a wonderful thought as to what other Rebs might be up to! Anyway, that’s a clear sign for the C1-10P to lay low.
Elsewhere on board, a protocol droid was just trying to help his master with the navigating, and instead got the worst chewing out I’ve ever seen someone give a droid ever. Apparently some Imps just want their stinkin’ cargo accounted for and don’t care what advice anyone offers! At least, whatever advice this droid offers. Even the Stormtroopers ram right into him, as if he wasn’t even there. Poor dude… you can tell he’s down. And then something distracted him — an open hatch, and the feeling that someone was in that cargo hold who wasn’t supposed to be there. Chopper has fun with the protocol and just about gave him the slip, but the inventory droid is savvier than he looks. AP-5 keeps account of everything on board and knows good and well the astro’s a stowaway. One thing that makes AP super-cool is that he’s very dexterous for a droid; he uses lots of arm motion and hand gestures compared to say, C-3PO. So he grabs Chop’s new leg with ease as he realizes it’s stolen property. However, when Chopper spin-attacks and knocks the strut back into his clutches, AP still runs about as well as C-3PO does😄 AP-5 finally corners him in a dead end, but Chopper is quick to whip out his prod, pretty much done with Imperial interference right now. AP backs off, but also is a bit curious… how’d a scrappy little droid like him get a military-grade prod? “I’m a war hero and stuff. Fought in the Clone Wars. NBD” seems to be the C1’s answer. Well, turns out so did AP! He was a military analyst for the Republic back in the day. And they even both fought on Ryloth! What a coinkydink! Despite they both seem they’d rather not have anything to do with each other right now, the droids seem to quickly find common ground in their past adventures. AP is impressed that Hera was so kind to help Chop after being left for scrap, especially considering his experience with organic beings hasn’t been quite as good. Poor guy was top-of-the-line in navigating, but got demoted to inventory when the Empire took over. Despite all this, AP convinces himself he’s doing the right thing still, doing whatever his masters wish of him, even when he’s treated like dirt. Chopper pushes his buttons a little, convincing this rather proper droid to give rebelling a try. “There’s this great new thing called ‘free will’! Y’heard of it, bro?”. (Ohmergoodness putting Chopper’s grunts into words is such fun😄 ) But AP-5 is called to other things right now… even if those calling for him don’t even have the decency of calling him by name. His boss wants to know if he found any Rebels on board, and for a few nail-biting moments, it looks like AP’s going to say something… and then… HE DOESN’T. I did a Chopper-esque “Whoop-whoop!” to that. And Chopper himself zapped AP’s restraining bolt off. Looks like free will is something attainable after all for this long-suffering protocol! “Ah don’t make a big deal ’bout it, it was nothin'”. But getting off the freighter may be a problem with Jerk Imperial #3 (because that’s all the name he needs) in the way. Grumpy Imp was about to get another restraining bolt on AP, so Chopper pulled out his dirty-fightin’ droid-wrastlin’ ninja moves! Yes I know that sentence made no sense, but it works. He slaps and zaps the crud outta that guy, much to AP-5’s shock. “Now we’re both in trouble” (In trouble again… *is punched for making too many Droids references*). Time for Chopper’s Awesome Plan B! He’ll just lead the bucketheads on a chase around the freighter. Also of note WOW Chop is one fast astromech! When he gets goin’ he gets GOIN’. And when he rockets up and does that flip and slams that ‘trooper?? Just AWESUM. At least, up until that one storm knocked him flat on his dome and he could barely move. AP risked the crossfire and helped his comrade up just in time, which is also quite AWESUM. And like that they shut the door on the stormtroopers and set the cargo loose. Cue victory dance! CHOPPAH IS THA CAPTAIN NAO!! “NO first one to the bridge is NOT the captain!” *shuffles as fast as possible*😄😄
Meanwhile back on the Ghost, I’m guessing Ezra had a “WE LEFT KEVIN!” moment and now he’s wanting the ship turned around. Hera’s in no rush, they need to get that fuel back and she’s not letting that selfish droid of hers cause any more problems. Well new problem the Empire dropped by yet again. The Imps are quite happy the Rebel fleet can’t go anywhere, so their first target is the little Corellian ship with alllll the fuel. In the spirit of friendship going around Ketsu knocks down a few TIEs for our heroes. Aww yay! Sabine 100% approves! Boy it feels sorta weird we haven’t seen a lot of these guys today, doesn’t it? Ah well I’m happy for whatever I get
So it looks like Chopper’s the captain. At least until he “abandoned his post” when he rescued his prized strut from AP-5. Then AP became the captain. Hehe yes I’m thinkin’ the protocol’s getting the hang of this “free will” thing pretty well😄 His sarcasm and savviness is great on its own, but when paired with that serious, snobbyish voice… it’s utterly fantastic. Chopper’s decided to bring AP with him back to the fleet; after all, any friend of his is a friend of theirs! AWW MAH GOSHHH CHOPPER ACTUALLY MADE A FRIEND!! ^w^
Thankfully, with Ketsu’s help, the Ghost fam’s able to get into the hangar (or more specifically, nearly crash-land) and start getting things fueled up. Hera’s not exactly thrilled to finally hear Chop’s wa-wa-ing over the line. She don’t have time for his long explanation as to where he was and why he’s copiloting half a freighter, they’ve got a new base to get to! AP-5 overhears and he knows for a fact that the system they’re planning on calling home is actually an Imperial trap. Chopper relays this new information while AP starts looking up a safer route. AND THEN JERK IMPERIAL #3 AWAKENS! And he’s pretty steamed, needless to say. But wow AP-5 delivers some kinda sick burn combating his master’s insults with “You’re the one who’s useless”! And then Chopper comes in swingin’ with leg in hand! And Jerk Imperial #3 suddenly looked a lot less confident. While the C1-10P dueled with the doof, AP-5 became his secretary. “Chopper is unable to answer at the moment, can I take a message?”. Boy Kanan and Hera were weirded out when AP said he was Chop’s friend. Yeesh is it so hard to think Chopper could be an amiable dude?? *Recalls what happened with Artoo and “Imp” the Imperial astromech, aka King of the Lothcats* OK I might see their point. Chopper’s only friends are organics, at least until now. AP nobly tells them that Chopper helped him, so now he was helping Chopper. And just as he was about to send Hera the new coordinates… oh it’s unspeakable. Chopper got knocked down during his fight, and Jerk Imp blasted him! Even through the pain, AP manages to get the new route through, just as the jerk hits him again. AHHH NUUUUU APPPPPPP!!😥 I have never seen Chopper more furious than when he charged the Imperial. You just do. not. mess. with his friends. As the fleet heads off to their new base, Chopper stays by AP’s side in his friend’s final moments. Oh I just… can’t even man. To see these two very different droids come to share such a bond after only a short time… it’s precious and sweet and fun in every way. And to see it end so soon… *makes R2-D2 sad whimpery noises*😦
But alas… the forgotten droid is not forgotten anymore. A short time later, Sabine gets him back and fully functional again, and he has Chopper to thank for donating the parts from that beloved strut of his. Awwwwwwz I wish I could add an emoticon that fully expresses the feels this gives me! :3 It’s kinda like with all of Artoo’s close calls, where you know that droids can be fixed, but you’re never sure what qualifies as “beyond repair” or not. So I know I’m super super thankful to see AP-5 back on his feet. And after the slightest sign of sweet friendship between the two… they start arguing again. “LANGUAGE LIKE THAT WILL GET YOU DISINTEGRATED ON SIX SYSTEMS! I SHOULD REPORT YOU MYSELF!!”😄 The rest of the crew stares as if they have no idea how to respond to this rather peculiar brand of friendship, but I know, and you know, that these two droids are brothers in arms… and legs😀
SORRY I JUST HAD TO RUIN THE MOMENT AND GET ONE MORE LEG JOKE IN! This episode was truly an absolute blast. We can always use more droid duos! What’s great is that, though they share some similarity to Artoo and Threepio, their relationship and personalities are uniquely their own and make for a perfect team that fits perfectly into the SW galaxy! AP-5 is the perfect counterpart to Chopper, and I definitely am excited to see more of them again! So until next post…
Keep The Peace,