We’re down to the last four episodes of the third season, so the story is naturally going to pick up moving forward. This next chapter focuses on something I’ve wondered about from time to time—what would happen if Chopper ever got reprogrammed? After all, droids are susceptible to damage as their organic counterparts.
In “Double Agent Droid,” Chopper and AP-5 team up to infiltrate an Imperial station in order to steal much-needed codes. The ruse quickly falls apart and chaos ensues, however, as an Imperial specialist recognizes them from Thrawn’s reports and turns the droids against the Ghost crew.
My immediate reaction to the clip was one of concern. While I was quickly reminded about the fact that Chopper survives and later appears in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, there’s still the possibility of something bad happening. Sure, he’s rolling around on Yavin 4, but is Chopper in that moment still the Chopper we’ve come to know and love? My mind immediately went to other animated examples, such as WALL-E and Baymax (Big Hero 6). These characters developed personalities of their own and their endearing nature won our hearts. Chopper is far from kind and charming, but he’s funny and relatable. So when an Imperial specialist has the power to mess around with his wires and turn him against the crew, he’s essentially changing what makes Chopper…Chopper.
Some people, both in the audience and in the show, are quick to dismiss droids. Hera is an example, as seen in the recently released clip. Instead of giving AP-5 the time of day and paying attention to his warning, she pushes him aside. Others, like Anakin and Ahsoka, wouldn’t have reacted that way. If you recall from Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Anakin respected R2-D2 and used to purposefully leave most of his databank intact, even though it was protocol for him to wipe R2-D2’s memories. To Anakin, R2-D2 was a friend who exhibited fear by emitting a frightened sound, wobbled from side to side when he was excited, and screamed when something bad was happening.
Chopper and AP-5 also have their own quirks, and while the rebels have had a streak of good luck in recent episodes, making it seem like they escape the impossible every time, there’s still the possibility that our favorite mechanical duo could suffer some sort of damage, especially to their unique personalities.
What are your thoughts and predictions? Share them in the comments section below.
Watch “Double Agent Droid” this Saturday, March 11, at 8:30 PM EST on Disney XD.
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