They’re sentient, but they seem to get popped quicker than popcorn in the microwave – and no-one bats an eyelid. Even one of the central characters has his memory wiped – and all his ‘friend’, a little sepository – shaped bleep-bot on roller skates, does is laugh!
We’re talking bots in Star Wars, and about the question: Why does George Lucas hate them so?
Battle droids are constantly being blown to smithereens, all sort of bots are deactivated left, right and centre and C-3PO has his memory wiped. Yes, in the Star Wars universe it’s hard to be a robot. The only one to make it from start to finish with his memories intact is R2-D2, and he gets shot several times.
So is it a problem? Well, seeing as the robots in Star Wars seem to be sentient and capable of delivering far better jokes than, say, Jar Jar Binks, then I would say yes. But then again, maybe the whole thing about robot people is a Bible reference? The fact that droids have become sentient means that they can no-longer have the bliss of ignorance?
Or, as C-3PO puts it: