R2-D2 was once the main character in the war of stars Saga, but Disney’s recent trilogy has forgotten that and completely eliminated the beloved droid. R2-D2 was introduced in 1977 Star Wars: A New Hope as a companion to Luke Skywalker, who accompanied him throughout the rest of the original trilogy. He was there in the front and was even damaged during the film’s climate battle before returning in both The Empire Strikes Back and The return of the Jedi.
Although R2-D2 only communicates with beeps, chirps, and computer-controlled whistles, R2-D2’s relationship with Luke was one of the best pairings in War of stars, to create a dynamic that was exuberant and sincere. George Lucas brought back R2 and C-3PO for his prequel trilogy, and the couple again played a significant role in the three films, bringing fans many of the franchise’s best moments. But once Disney bought LucasFilm and started continuing the trilogy with Star Wars: The Force AwakensR2-D2 saw that its importance for the actions of the films decreased.
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in the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Luke says: “A Jedi’s weapon deserves more respect,“This is an appropriate articulation of Disney ‘s treatment of War of stars’ Legacy characters in the last trilogy. Although Disney played a pivotal role in both the original and prequel trilogies, she referred R2-D2 to the sidelines in her films, and it seems like they have forgotten that R2-D2 was once war of stars‘Most important character.
R2-D2 was Star Wars’ main character
In the original trilogy, R2-D2 is an integral part of the plot, not just a cute side character. R2-D2 has the plans of the Death Star and Leia’s emergency call that brings Luke and Obi-Wan on their adventure, and later in the film R2-D2 saves Luke, Han, and Leia from the garbage press. During the climate battle against the Empire, R2-D2 accompanies Luke in the X-Wing, which ultimately destroys the Death Star. in the Reich strikes backHe is responsible for repairing the Millennium Falcon and helping the Skywalker twins to escape Darth Vader in Bespin. He also accompanies Luke on his trip to Dagobah to look for Master Yoda. In the last film of the original trilogy, The return of the JediR2-D2 smuggled Luke’s lightsaber into Jabba’s palace and was instrumental in freeing the main characters from certain death in the Sarlacc pit. Throughout the original trilogy, R2-D2 was the heroes’ constant companion and played a key role in key events, even in the exciting franchise incident.
Of course, George Lucas brought R2-D2 back for his prequel trilogy, in which his role was further expanded. in the Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, The droid saves Queen Amidala, Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon Jinn by helping to bypass the imperial blockade on Naboo. Then he saves Padme Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, with rocket engines never seen before, which he later uses against two battle droids Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. While the original trilogy focuses on the R2-D2-Luke relationship, the prequels focus on his dynamic with Anakin before tragically turning to the Dark Side.
Lucas ‘use of R2-D2 throughout the original and prequel trilogy has been extensive, but what’s more important for the importance of R2-D2 is Lucas’ original plan for the end of The return of the Jedi. Lucas was going to end his series With R2 tells the story of a century After the events of the film, R2-D2 is not only a key participant in the plot, but also the entire narrator of the original trilogy.
Disney’s sequel trilogy failed R2-D2
Given the importance of R2-D2, why is the droid’s role in Disney’s recent trilogy so minor? Although Disney wanted to bring it back War of stars’ Legacy characters also wanted to introduce a list of new characters, which meant compromising the character sheets of the war of stars Alums. in the The awakening of powerBB-8 plays essentially the same role as R2-D2 in the other trilogies. Similar to R2-D2, BB-8 contains important information that puts the main characters in action – the last piece of the map for Luke Skywalker. He also serves as an astromech for the main pilot Poe Dameron. Unfortunately, the screen time of BB-8 meant that R2-D2 was mostly inactive for the entire movie until it was somehow reactivated in the end.
Even in War of stars: The last JediHe doesn’t have much to do. He accompanies Rey to meet Luke, for whom Rian Johnson campaigned for the film, and the two share a sweet, if brief, reunion. R2 is partly why Luke agrees to train Rey, but after that he doesn’t do much. Even in The rise of Skywalker, R2-D2, which was more droid-friendly with the introduction of D-0, was hardly used. Throughout the Disney era, droids like R2-D2 and C-3PO have been pushed aside, although the human legacy characters have often surfaced to make way for newer astromech characters and more merchandising opportunities.
How Disney could have used R2-D2 better
R2-D2 got a trilogy poster before finally releasing The rise of Skywalker. This led many fans to speculate that R2’s role in the final of the Skywalker saga would play a bigger role, but although R2-D2 and C-3PO certainly have a few good scenes in common and R2-D2 gets a great moment with Poe towards the end These moments of the film as his X-wing co-pilot have no weight because they feel like cheap attempts to reconcile the fact that R2-D2 had so little to do in the continuation of the trilogy.
Given that Lucas couldn’t finish his R2 twist of the droid telling events to a keeper of the whills, this could have been a great way to end the saga. Since R2-D2, unlike C-3PO, in which his memory was erased several times, never lost his mind, it would make sense for R2 to tell The rise of Skywalker and in a broader sense the whole Skywalker saga. Such a revelation would have given the character an arc that didn’t feel reducing.
Even if Disney’s war of stars Movies didn’t choose to make R2-D2 the storyteller, the droid should have had a closer connection to the plot to continue the trilogy. Instead of essentially replacing R2 with BB-8, there’s no reason the two droids couldn’t share the screen – R2 as the grizzled Star Wars veteran and BB-8 as the new apprentice. Building R2’s relationships with newcomers, as Chewie and C-3PO did, would have added more backbone to the moments of fan service they included for the character. The astromech droid was once war of stars‘Most important character, but the studio forgot about that and wasted R2-D2 instead.
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