'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' recap: Real Steel

"Nomad Droids" opened with a classic quote from Obi-Wan Kenobi: "Who’s the more foolish, the fool or the fool who follows him?"

In a sense you could reword that to ask, "What’s the sillier episode? ‘MercyMission,’ with its talking trees and mystic frogs, or the episode that followed ‘Mercy Mission?’" In the case of "Nomad Droids," the follow-up to "Mercy Mission" and conclusion of R2-D2 and C-3PO’s bizarre, yet ever kid-friendly, journey, you’d have to say the latter. I mean, it seemed like even narrator Tom Kane put an extra bit of tongue-in-cheek facetiousness when he belted that Artoo and Threepio had been "caught up in an adventure beyond their imagining."

After they journeyed into the center of Aleen and solved that planet’s seismological crisis, the droids returned to their usual duties aboard a Jedi cruiser—although why their respective masters let them go in the first place, and why any droids in the Grand Army of the Republic couldn’t have just as easily fulfilled their respective functions on Aleen, remains unexplained. So it was nice to see Threepio in particular fulfill his primary programming when talking to Padmé—they were discussing plans for a senatorial banquet. Sure he’s a great interpreter (6 million forms of communication is nothing to sneeze at) but etiquette and protocol are also deeply a part of his circuitry. Read More...



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