That Poor Droid: R2-D2 Gets Sad After Obi-Wan Doesn't Recognize Him

March 24, 2017


This is a video edited by Jeffim Sheroky of R2-D2 daydreaming about better times after an elderly Obi-Wan Kenobi fails to recognize him on Tatooine. Plus it's all set to a cover of 'Mad World' for extra emotion. That poor droid. How do you have so many memories with someone, then fail to recognize them? That's like something you pretend to do to frenemies. I mean, C-3PO, sure, forget you know him all day long, but R2-D2? Fan theory: Obi-Wan had dementia.

Keep going for the video while Obi-Wan contemplates if that's even the droid he's been looking for.

Thanks to Robyn, who agrees that's a face nobody could forget.

  • infi_nitive

    I don't get this*. The moment Kenobi saw Artoo hiding in the rocks, he gave him a friendly "hello, there" and called him his "little friend" as if they were companions with a long history. I think it is plausible he immediately assumed this was Anakin's astromech. He didn't run over and hug Artoo because, in part, that wouldn't have been appropriate while a boy lay unconscious on the dirt between them. Further, his immediate concern was getting them all to safety.

    When Artoo wrongly claims to have been owned by Kenobi, it could have given Kenobi pause and caused him to doubt that this was A) really the Artoo he knew or B) the same Artoo, but reprogrammed to have betrayal in his heart. Later, Kenobi voices this doubt when he makes the remark about figuring out "what you are... and where you come from".

    *obviously, the original intent was that Kenobi hadn't encountered this droid before, but Lucas couldn't resist using him in the Prequels and we have to do some interpretive gymnastics to make it work, but it does work

  • This just ruined star wars. RUINED.

  • TheQiwiMan

    Wow. Obi-wan is a dick.

  • ODwanKenObi

    R2 is like a person, with feelings and emoticons. You don't own people. R2 WAS, however, Obi-wan's P.I.C. for real. I guess he was just trying to keep it on the DL and knot blow his cover.

  • Matt Fricke

    Emoticons - lol

  • Bling Nye

    Bullshit. Obi-wan, or "Old Ben" was down-playing his role at that point in the story, because it would blow his cover if he was like, OH YEAH, TOTALLY, I owned an astromech droid (which were used for star fighters, btw, hard to explain why an old hermit man on Tattooine would've ever owned one of those). He's still trying to "protect" Luke's innocence. Besides, technically, Obi-Wan never "owned" R2-D2. I mean shit, do you also think Obi-wan should tell Luke the girl in the hologram is his sister?

  • Jon

    Or, at the time of writing Star Wars, George Lucas had no idea that he was going to be making a series of films.

  • sebastian

    well, it's called episode 4, so he probably had some idea.

  • Jon

    Not originally it wasn't. It was simply titled Star Wars. The subtitle was added after it became a hit.

  • Adibobea9

    He still had an idea of the overall story then. Otherwise, why would you call it Episode 4 instead of 1? He just didn't expect the film to be such a success so he began with a great story that could stand on its own…

  • Jon

    But it wasn't Episode 4, it was just Star Wars. That is the point. Sure, by the time ESB came around and it was renamed ANH maybe, but I really don't think that when Star Wars was written there was any plan, too many things stick out as not quite fitting with the rest.

  • sebastian

    My mistake! My ignorance is a by-product of my generation!

  • The_Wretched

    He hurt R2's feelings. That was mean.

    I've read about demons in books and they like to hurt feelings too. It woudn't be so smart if if were your feelings Bling.

  • Bling Nye
  • Ed T. Head

    Huge plot hole in the saga.

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