All indications seem to be just about everyone in the world for the chance to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens over the weekend, it made that much bank at the box office. But in case you didn’t, you’re advised once again to avert your eyes to what’s about to be revealed because it concerns your favorite Droid and his not-insignificant role in the film. R2-D2 doesn’t get a lot of screen time in The Force Awakens, but since he’s literally been there since the beginning, R2 once again plays his traditional part in the Star Wars series: having the right information at the right time to save the day.
If you’re still reading, then I assume you’ve seen the film. But if you’re still reading, and you haven’t, then I assume you entered at your own risk.
So, R2 had the matching piece of the map to the one that Poe Dameron and BB-8 collected at the beginning of the movie, a secret map that leads to the location of Luke Skywalker. Luke, of course, departed for regions unknown after his pupil (and nephew) Kylo Ren went to the Dark Side and killed other young Jedi recruits. When Luke went underground, R2 powered down in solidarity and sadness, so why does R2-D2 suddenly decide to rejoin the fight at the end of The Force Awakens? Director J.J. Abrams shed some light to Entertainment Weekly:
“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.
While it may seem, you know, completely lucky and an easy way out, at that point in the movie, when you’ve lost a person, desperately, and somebody you hopefully care about is unconscious, you want someone to return.”
One final mystery in regards to the situation remains unresolved though, how did R2 get his portion of the map in the first place? Well, according to co-screenwriter Michael Arndt, it goes all the way back to A New Hope.
“We had the idea about R2 plugging into the information base of the Death Star, and that’s how he was able to get the full map and find where the Jedi temples are.”
I guess that explains why the First Order had their share of the map as well. One question from The Force Awakens answered, about 29 more to go.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is in theaters everywhere. Right. Now.