[This is a review of Star Wars Rebels season 2, episode 17. There will be SPOILERS.]
Star Wars Rebels took a week off after delivering one of its best episodes ever with 'Shroud of Darkness'. With only a few episodes left, one would think head creator/executive producer Dave Filoni and crew would continue firing on all cylinders with another knockout 30-minutes, but this is sadly not the case.
'The Forgotten Droid' is not a bad episode at all, since it features the lovable Chopper on one of his wacky adventures. The problem stems from its placement within the season and the fact that we had to wait an extra week after our mouths were salivating for more of that Rebels goodness.
It's just hard to go from what we saw two weeks ago with Yoda and Jedi Temple guards, to watching Chopper look for a matching leg. Okay, so enough complaining. There were some memorable moments that are worth our attention. It's hard to deny R2-D2 the crown in the droid empire, but Chopper can surely give the little astromech droid a run for his money. He may be the most charismatic droid in the galaxy.
If you watch the Rebels Recon show put out by Lucasfilm and Disney XD, then you'll have heard Filoni talk about Chopper's origins in greater detail. He was once a droid on a Y-Wing that crash landed on Hera's home planet where she found him as a little girl. Perhaps that is why he is so headstrong? Chopper is certainly a survivor and it was fun watching him evade the Imperials for as long as he could. His new friend AP-5 was also a nice addition to this week's outing.
AP-5 and Chopper are the new C-3PO and R2-D2 of the Star Wars universe. It was touching to see AP-5 sacrifice his life for the greater good. Just like Wall-E or the Cylons from Battlestar Galactica, droids have feelings too. The Inventory Droid's heroic actions would have made more of an impact if they were not able to revive him, but this is a "kid-friendly" show, so that probably wouldn't happen. Their interactions near the end of this episode were fun to watch and should provide us with ample entertainment in future episodes.
Next week we'll learn more about 'The Mystery of Chopper Base' and where exactly the rebels will find their new base. It seems too early for them to be near Yavin, so could this base be on Dantooine, or another system in the outer rim? Chopper had a lot on his plate this week and if it wasn't for him and AP-5, the rebels would have fallen into a trap. It's easy to pick on 'The Forgotten Droid' for not featuring more Jedi Temples and Lightsaber battles, but at its heart there's a well crafted story about the importance of friendship (even when the odds are stacked against you) here.
With only three episodes left, Rebels season 2 is wrapping up quickly. What are you looking forward to seeing in the coming weeks? Stay tuned to see what happens next.
Star Wars Rebels continues with 'The Mystery of Chopper Base' next Wednesday @9:30 on Disney XD. Check out a behind the scenes look below: