SPOILER ALERT: This article will discuss plot details from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This is not the article you're looking for if you have not yet seen the movie.
Even if you haven't seen the latest return to the franchise yet, I think we can all agree that a droids movie focusing on C-3PO, BB-8, and R2-D2 should absolutely be in the cards at some point in the future. Listen up, Disney, because this is gold right here.
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In the grand scheme of the many reintroductions featured in The Force Awakens, R2-D2 receives one of the shortest and most delayed (after Luke Skywalker, of course). The reliable little droid is pretty much catatonic in his "low power mode" for the majority of the movie until he suddenly bursts back to life close to the climax.
There's been some question about just what caused R2-D2 to get reanimated, but J.J. Abrams himself is clearing that up
Firstly, Abrams and co-writers Lawrence Kasdan and Michael Arndt explained that they wanted each established character to have a memorable entry into the new film trilogy, which meant splitting up R2-D2 and C-3PO. Arndt told Entertainment Weekly:
"I had originally written R2 and C-3PO showing up together, and Larry very intelligently said, ‘You want to keep them separate from each other. And of course I’m like, ‘No, no, no, Larry. You don’t get it at all!"
Then, once they realized that Luke Skywalker himself was going to be the thing the heroes were searching for, they figured why not make R2, Luke's ever-dependable companion, equally traumatized by the events that led the Jedi to retreat.
It was BB-8 that helped trigger R2 out of his droid coma
Once the newest, cutest droid in the galaxy brought R2 the missing piece of the map, it energized something in R2-D2 to get him working again. Abrams explained:
"BB-8 comes up and says something to him, which is basically, ‘I’ve got this piece of a map, do you happen to have the rest?’ The idea was, R2 who has been all over the galaxy, is still in his coma, but he hears this. And it triggers something that would ultimately wake him up.'
Now, this is a little confusing to me since BB-8 encounters R2 before he wakes up with no reaction, but Abrams claims R2's older technology just took a little bit to boot up. He also mentions that after losing someone as important as Han Solo, he knew the audience would want another classic character to emerge, and in came R2-D2.
Now that Luke is back in the picture, I have a feeling we'll be seeing a lot more of Artoo come the next couple movies.
(Source: Entertainment Weekly)