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Chopper's shopping trip saves the Rebel fleet on 'Star Wars Rebels'

Season 2 | Episode 19 | “The Forgotten Droid” | Aired Mar 16, 2015

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Before proceeding, please be aware that this is a spoiler zone. Reading the following will be much more understandable after viewing the content of Star Wars Rebels‘ new episode, “The Forgotten Droid.” Proceed at your own risk.

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Robots and artificial intelligence have always been a part of science fiction, but there’s something about the droids in the Star Wars universe that feels unique. They have personalities, and they make decisions based on those personalities, as well as their programming and events around them. They’re also distinctly different: From R2 to Threepio to BB-8, no droid is the same.

Then there’s C1-10P, affectionately known as Chopper. Rebels fans usually fall into two categories when it comes to Chopper—they either adore him or find him annoying. Personally, I think he’s delightful, and he’s one of the reasons I enjoyed this episode so much.

Over the course of Rebels, Chopper has shown himself to be a loyal, steadfast, tough little droid with a penchant for grumps and what I can only assume are curses. Just as people joke that R2 must swear constantly since he’s “constantly getting bleeped,” I’m guessing it’s a good thing that we don’t understand Chopper without the aid of translation.

However, we’ve always had a sense that Chopper had a lot more history than we realized, and this episode was a window into just that.

At its heart, though, this episode is a good old-fashioned heist story, and who doesn’t love a good heist? Okay, two heist stories: the fuel and the leg.

One of my absolute favorite things about this episode was Chopper’s total “grabby hands” moment, when he sees that leg. Not to mention the Yosemite Sam “rassin’ frassin”:

Stephen Stanton is back as AP-5, doing an Alan Rickman–style accent that was so good, it made me go look at the credits … and then get a bit sad that Rickman never made it into the Star Wars universe. Somehow, that voice was perfect for an Imperial protocol droid. Of course, we found out he was a lot more than that.

Also returning is Gina Torres as Ketsu. Hearing her voice always makes me smile. Plus, Ketsu pulls some pretty cool maneuvers in this episode, and I’m thinking we may see her again somewhere in the finale.

I do have a confession: I actually missed the part where everyone got in the Ghost and sped off after stealing the fuel. I was so busy watching Chopper that I didn’t see the background until the Troopers were busy shooting at the Ghost, so I had to rewind and watch again. Once I noticed it, I had this image of Hera realizing and shouting, “CHOPPER!”

For me, there was just so much to like about this episode. Chopper being Chopper just makes him more endearing, especially when he’s being a badass. Watching him swing that leg around just never stopped amusing me. It became its own multi-tool because Chop was unwilling to let go of it. It was his Precious.

But all humor aside, the real gold in this episode was the backstory we got on C1-10P and AP-5. Chopper being a former military droid who was rescued by Hera during the Ryloth campaign fills in questions we’ve had since the beginning. Hera found Chopper during the Battle of Ryloth, so she had him before she ever met Kanan, which makes him the number-one dude in her life. That explains sooooooooooo much. The fact that Hera rescued him also explains his devotion to her (as if anyone needs a reason to be devoted to Hera).

It would be easy to look at this episode as a filler or a “fun” episode, but there’s a lot going on under the hood for the kids. AP-5 was a Republic droid forced into servitude by the Empire. He was also put in a job far below his qualifications—which further illustrates the disdain the Empire has for nonhumans.

There’s also a pretty big conversation about the nature of choice and how it relates to droids within the Star Wars universe. When we first meet R2 and Threepio, they’re in the service of Princess Leia, but they’re also fairly autonomous. The first thing that happens once the Jawas find them is they get restraining bolts … just like AP-5. Chopper zapping that bolt off AP is more than just a way to get him to help; it’s giving AP freedom and choice.

When given a choice, both Chopper and AP take the unselfish path. Not out of servitude or self-preservation, but out of friendship and honor. They also manage to save the Rebel fleet from certain doom in the process.

Speaking of which, how did the Empire know where the Rebels were going to go? Is there a spy in the Fleet? I realllllly don’t want it to be Ketsu. But AP-5 says the Yost system looks like a trap, so it’s not like the Empire was just staging there by accident.


I don’t know about you, but I hope AP-5 sticks around. We’ve seen the protocol droid/astromech dynamic before, and that’s worked out pretty well, y’know?

AP and Chopper

That’s it for this week. See you next week—and until then, may the Force be with you!

Star Wars Rebels airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Disney X D.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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