“Downfall of a Droid” and “Duel of the Droids” were fun episodes in the two-part episode that explores R2-D2 and his relationship to the Republic and Anakin. In this we see how taken for granted droids are and how they are only seen as tools and what they can give people, not as actual thinking beings.
The episode was directed by Rob Coleman who also directed “Duel of the Droids” and written by George Kristic with “Duel of the Droids” written by Kevin Campbell and Henry Gilroy.
The story involves dealing with the threat of General Grievous who has been ambushing the Republic Fleet from a secret base. From here Anakin and Obi-Wan seek to find the base but when the battle goes south R2 is believed to be destroyed. We soon learn a trash collector picked him up and is going to sell him to Grievous so that he can find out the Republic’s secrets.
The Pros: The Soundtrack – The music this episode is like a spy thriller and it is fantastic to listen too. Every battle sequence feels like the stakes are much higher because of how beautifully the music is intermixed with the action.
Obi-Wan – Obi-Wan shows just how detached he really is, which in many ways is to his detriment as it just makes him appear cold. In this case it is the missing R2 but what if had been a Clone Trooper. He tells Anakin multiple times not to look for R2 and later in this arc even says Anakin should kill R2 so the secrets don’t get out and warns Anakin about his attachment making him reckless (which he has a major point on that at least).
Anakin – Anakin shows just how attached he is in this episode and goes to pretty drastic means to get R2 back, I don’t think he recognizes R2 as a living being fully but I think R2 is a time he remembers when his mother was alive. For him R2 is a good droid but also his connection to the life that once was that he’ll never get back, as well as his attachment to Padme.
Ahsoka – Ahsoka is the middle ground in this but shows herself to be resourceful and drastic too as she distracts Grievous long enough for the Clone Troopers to plant the charges on the listening post. She almost dies in the process and Anakin calls her out though in the end doesn’t do much about it as he had been acting the same way the entire episode.
R2-D2 – R2 is cunning and resourceful and manages to send enough messages out for Ahsoka and Anakin to find him at the secret base. He also fights R3 and wins. In this we see R2 scared but even when scared the courage it has to continue to fight even if it’s humanity is never recognized and the Republic sees it as expendable.
R3 – R3 is another Astrometric droid who is secretly serving Grievous and puts Anakin and his troops at risk multiple times as well as almost destroying R2. It was brilliant making a droid like this a baddie since it never speaks.
Okay: General Grievous – We are told how much of a badass Grievous is and we hear how he’s destroying lots of ships but in both episodes we see his fleet and his base destroyed and him barely escape. Sorry, that doesn’t make him threatening. His fight with Ahsoka showed how powerful he is as well as his taking on Commander Cody and multiple Clone Troopers easily. Why can’t we get more of that rather than every named Jedi easily beating him?
This was a good arc that establishes the individual personalities and desires of droids and how they are taken for granted. We also see how easily Ahsoka and Anakin could be turned to the dark side given their extreme attachment and recklessness. In this way it a great 2 part series for these reasons and the soundtrack adds so much to it all too.
Final Score: 8.4 / 10.