Warning: Potential Spoilers
Hey Star Wars fans today I am going to be talking about a big question some of you may have. Why is BB-8 on Jakku at the beginning of Star Wars 7: The Force Awakens.
Ok so anyone who is even remotely a fan of Star Wars has probably heard of by now or seen the cute little Droid called BB-8. We do not know a lot about the droid. An interesting fact is that BB-8 will in fact be a female droid. This seems to fit with Abrams heavily femaled gendered roles in the upcoming Star Wars. Star Wars Wikia says on the droid.
"BB-8 was an astromech droid who operated approximately thirty years after the Battle of Endor. The droid was at one point operating in the desert planet of Jakuu. It had a domed head, similar to that of R2 series astromech droids, with the bulk of its body made up of a ball that the droid rolled around on. BB-8 was mostly white, with some silver and orange on its body, as well as a black eye-piece. The droid belonged to Resistance fighter Poe Dameron, and thus was able to fit into a T-70 X-wing fighter's droid socket.
So we know that BB-8 is on Jakku for some time in Star Wars VII, but this excerpt does not mention how or why BB-8 came to be on Jakku. This leaves more speculations but another page on the droid is more helpful. This is what the Disney Wikia says on the droid.
"BB-8 is an astromech droid that moves on a rotating ball in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. She was originally owned by Poe Dameron, who placed the old lightsaber of Luke Skywalker in a hidden compartment for safekeeping.
"After Poe was taken prisoner by the First Order, BB-8 came in the possession of scavenger Teedo. When Rey came across Teedo, she purchased BB-8 from him and became the droid's new owner. Finn and Rey later accidently discover BB-8's hidden compartment, and the lightsaber inside.
Now tell me if I'm wrong, but I feel like I have heard this story before. A princess (or pilot) who is about to be captured stows something very valuable to the Rebel Alliance (or Resistance) aboard a Droid who is found by jawas (or scavengers). Then an unlikely young teen, who is actually very important to the story after all finds whatever that valuable thing is like a hologram (a lightsaber).
Well I'll give Abrams credit for going with a opening plot that he knows works.
There is no doubt that the hooded figure is Luke Skywalker. We can see that the right hand is a Droid prosthetic. In the background sparks can be seen flying and the light seems to have a orange-red tint. This is important to BB-8.
Here in the back right next to Kylo Ren is a moisture vaporator similar to the ones on Tatooine as well as Jakku.
From the orange-red lighting in the two shots above as well as the flying sparks this is definitely on the same planet as where Luke was. We can also assume then that he is or was at sometime nearby the attack.
We see BB-8 viewing some sort of explosion.. Or wait could he be viewing an explosion from the attack. The landscape appears to be hilly, sandy and potentially rocky, which matches the landscape of the attack.. We later find out the BB-8 is in fact on a planet similar to Tatooine called Jakku unless there are two sandy planets in the new Star Wars we can assume the attack did occur on Jakku.
So BB-8 was originally owned by Poe. It would make perfect sense if Poe lost BB-8 when he got captured so he stowed the lightsaber in a secret compartment before that happened. Where would Poe get Luke's lightsaber. Well maybe if they they are on the same planet Luke could have recovered his old saber and gives it to Poe prior to or during the battle on Jakku. He was then captured and then taken aboard a Star Destroyer to be tortured. It is possible that Kylo Ren may even be torturing Poe for the location of the lightsaber.
Ok so this is one of our first looks at Jakku during the day. We now can see more moisture vaporators giving more support l to the attack being on Jakku.
So after BB-8 views the attack she wanders around on Jakku before getting found by the scavenger Teedo. Teedo sells BB-8 to another scavenger named Rey.
There is one more thing I want to talk about before I end. This is not completely on the subject of BB-8 but if Luke is on Jakku in hiding could he be acting as some sort of Obi-Wan Kenobi. It's possible that Luke gives gives his lightsaber to Poe because he may have force abilities or just for safe keeping. Then Poe hides it in BB-8 before he gets captured. Luke could have been in hiding and is simply watching over Rey. This would be very similar to Obi Wan's role in A New Hope.
Thanks for reading and let me know what you think in the comments.