We Weren't Ready for the Emotional Story Behind C-3PO's Red Arm

Wednesday, 13 April 2016 - 1:18PM
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Wednesday, 13 April 2016 - 1:18PM
We Weren't Ready for the Emotional Story Behind C-3PO's Red Arm
When C-3PO popped up for his role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, there was something different about the renowned protocol droid. As Threepio points out in his usual chirpy demeanor, he was now the owner of a bright red arm. Of course, we already expected this new appendage, because it had been teased on the cover art for C-3PO's new Marvel comics series some weeks before JJ Abrams movie was released.

We were told that the story behind the arm would be revealed in the comicbook, but we weren't told to expect the sucker punch of emotions that would come with it.

Spoilers for Marvel's Star Wars: C-3PO #1 follow



Released today, Marvel's Star Wars: C-3PO #1 sees Threepio and a group of Resistance droids escorting a captive First Order protocol droid named Omri after their ship crash lands on a strange planet. With the human crew nowhere to be seen, Threepio leads the rag-tag bunch of droids on a lengthy and perilous trip to reach a First Order beacon. It's not long before the droids fall victim to a swarm of the planet's native beasts, and many of the group are wiped out, and before long its just Threepio and Omri left.

At first, Omri and Threepio don't see eye to eye. Omri is remarkably self-aware and even recognizes that as a protocol droid, his sentience has probably seen numerous iterations. This is, of course, in stark contrast to Threepio's more passive view on his own sentience. Robinson and Harris do a remarkable job at making these two feel more like humans than droids, and similar to the Star Wars Rebels episode 'The Forgotten Droid' it shows that these robotic characters can be so much more than comic relief.

That's a realization I clearly hadn't made, because I wasn't at all ready for the many layers of emotion that were about unfold in this first issue. As their journey progresses, Threepio's arm is ripped offed off and the pair find themselves stuck in a dangerous downpour of acid rain. With the beacon close to being destroyed, Omri sacrifices himself to save Threepio's mission, responding to his new friend's objections with "I'm not choosing sides, I'm choosing friendship."

Before heading to his death, Omri rips off his arm, tossing it to Threepio who is eventually rescued by Poe Dameron and BB-8. Robinson and Harris then leave us with a moving scene in which we see Threepio telling BB-8 that he intends to wear the red arm as a monument of remembrance to his fallen friends.



I'll be honest, I was expecting the story behind Threepio's arm to be some form of comical caper, but instead we were given a touching story that continues an excellent trend in modern Star Wars properties of making droids a whole lot more than slaves.

C-3PO #1 is out now, and I strongly suggest you go get a copy.
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