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The wealth of a farmer is noteworthy Wealth is relative to your point of view. While we can look at Tatooine and see it as a poor locale compared to the rest of the civilized galaxy, on the local level there are still those who would be considered rich and poor. While Luke was a simple farm boy, and probably not a rich one, there isn't an indication that he ...


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A number of possible reasons. The most obvious, but not very convincing: R2 is an early model astromech designed to perform mechanical work and interface with other droids rather than humans. Exception is when an R2 is slotted into a starfighter. But even then, it mostly monitors the craft's systems and obeys the pilot. On those occasions when it needs to ...


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I'm not aware of canon answer, but an in-universe common sense answer makes perfect sense. Have you EVER tried to network modem-equipped laptop with a Ethernet-equipped server with an Apple product that has some proprietary network connection (Appletalk protocol)? How about a droid with Token Ring and another one with X.25? How about something more modern ...


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Luke doesn't say that they're "valuable", he vouchsafes that they're hardworking, and that they're a token of how serious he is to begin negotiations for Han's life. I seek an audience with Your Greatness, to bargain for his life. Note that the droids aren't the cost of Han's release, just the price of gaining an audience with "Mighty Jabba" to discuss ...


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Leia switched off C3PO in "The Empire Strikes Back". This is a transcription: C-3PO: "Surrender is a perfectly acceptable alternative in extreme circumstances. The Empire may be gracious enough to—" [Leia switches him off] Han: "Thank you."


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Most of the answers here so far have not focused much specifically on the class of droid that K-2SO belongs to, the KX-series Security Droid (also known as "Imperial enforcer droids"), which is what sparked this question pertaining to their presence (or lack thereof) during the events of the Original Trilogy. Sadly, while it is a good question, it is ...


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George Lucas seems to have made up the term droid as a shortened version of android which can refer to any robot. The term "droid", popularized by George Lucas in the original Star Wars film Wiki - Android Lucasfilm Ltd also filed for a trademark on the word "Droid" further adding to the evidence that Lucas invented it or popularised it. Lucasfilm ...


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I agree it seems strange. R2 droids are specifically engineered to work on starfighters this rounded, waist-high droid was made specifically to fit in military starfighter astromech slots However, it probably retains the general purpose of an astromech droid: a type of droid that served as an automated mechanic, performing a variety of repair duties ...


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The binary language of vaporators is different from Binary, the language of droids Binary is specific a language , sometimes called droidspeak, Astromech droids such as R2-D2 communicate through an information-dense language of beeps and whistles known as Binary. It is not "binary" as we use it (having to do with the digits 0 and 1). While the ...


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That BB-8 droid actually works, as it was an actual prop that was used for actual filming, on actual sand. Even though Neil deGrasse Tyson says it will skid uncontrollably, we know that it does not. The proof is in the pudding, and comes straight from a horse's mouth (if Mark Hamill were a horse): That said, we also have ...


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According to the story, why are there no Imperial Droids like the K-2SO's in the original trilogy? Why did they all disappear all of a sudden after Rogue 1? Because they weren't necessary for the plot. The Star Wars universe is massive with thousands of star systems. We see a small and tiny fraction of this universe in the original trilogy. We also see a ...


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BB-8 woke him up, but like his typical snarky self, he took a while to get out of bed. There's an article by Entertainment Weekly which recounts a post-screening Q&A with Abrams and co-writers Lawrence Kasdan and Michael Arndt. It explains how R2-D2 came to have part of the star map: “BB-8 comes up and says something to him, which is basically, ‘I’...


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Yes We see R2 pilot Mace Windu's Jedi Starfighter in "R2 Come Home", an episode of The Clone Wars Not only does he do some pretty fancy flying (surviving a dogfight with Slave I), he docks with a hyperspace ring and flies all the way to Coruscant. He also flies a Y-Wing bomber in "Nomad Droids", a later episode, and even blows up some vulture droids:


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All droids speak and understand Binary - the language R2 uses. In general, the tones used can convey much of the meaning. Translators like C-3P0 have to translate for most people, though people who have spent a lot of time around droids can learn at least a little of what different sounds/phrases mean - just watching the trilogy, most people can figure out ...


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Yes In Revenge of the Sith we see Obi-Wan's R7 unit take his Starfighter back to the Republic ship with a message for Commander Cody, tricking General Grievous into thinking he has left Utapau so he can surprise the Separatist forces.


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TL;DR: Because he is sentient. I will be using some quotes from the novelization of The Force Awakens, which describe BB-8 and his behavior, to support my case (because I happen to have it handy at the moment). BB-8's dialogue (i.e., beeping) as a reflection of his emotions and sentience: BB-8's beeps are variously described as: "Agitated" when he spots ...


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Robot is any artificial thing made to do work. Wiki defines it as a "mechanical or virtual intelligent agent that can perform tasks automatically or with guidance, typically by remote control". It's a very generic term. Anything can be a robot - from an industrial robot used on an assembly line (pretty much just an arm with a CPU) to human-like android to a ...


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Because They Are Cheap and Expendable The most notable aspect of the B1 Battle Droid? There are lots of them: B1s were perhaps the most numerous—and expendable—soldiers in galactic history, and, unlike most organic soldiers, they were capable of action in hostile environments such as underwater or in space. They were designed, for the most part, to ...


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B1 battle droids are less intelligent because they didn't need to be smart, nor were they designed to be. As a matter of fact, they were originally designed to be coordinated by a Droid Control Ship which would coordinate and direct their strategy, fire patterns and overall tactical movement. B1 Battle Droid's Role in Combat The B1's role in combat was to ...


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We don't know, but it's very (very) rude. “E chu ta!” replies the droid. C-3PO stops, stunned. “How rude!” (“E chu ta,” is, of course, Huttese. It is absolutely not appropriate to translate. Maybe when you’re older.) The Empire Strikes Back: So You Want to be a Jedi? According to wookieepedia, this theme (of the phrase being simply too obscene ...


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Found the answer in the Alan Dean Foster novelization (all quotes form there unless otherwise stated). Not everyone understands BB-8. Finn does not. So it's plausible that Rey - being mechanically gifted scavenger - learned Binary (UPDATE: TFA Visual Dictionary Data explicitly includes a snippet that Rey had contact with off-worlders and learned Binary from ...


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In addition to what others have said, I'd also like to point out that there is a difference between personal wealth and business capital. While Uncle Owen may not make enough on his farm to have frivolous disposable income, that doesn't mean the farm as a business is bankrupt. Take a look at these tractor prices. They range from $300,000 to $500,000, which ...


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Not from R2-D2? This is a modification so R2-D2 can serve drinks on Jabba's sail barge, but he's only serving them, not producing or dispensing them. Presumably they come from some bartender or a dispensing system of some kind. As you can see, a customized tray has been fitted onto his hips and there's no obvious way the glasses could be dispensed from ...


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Active dislike of droids happened. The reasons for it varied. Wuher (the Cantina bartender) had the following attitudes and reasons for them: (src: "Be Still My Heart - The Bartender’s Tale" by David Bischoff, from Tales From The Mos Eisley Cantina): Still, as the human bartender bustled through the busy streets, sun hood up, squinting, he was bothered ...


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There are Imperial droids. Most notably the MSE droids, the probe droids, and Imperial R type droids. The droid that runs the droid prison in Jabbas palace was an imperial droid that ran away, according to legends. There are also supervisor droids—such AV-6R7—as present on the death star and on different imperial ships: An alternative explanation that isn'...


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In our world, there are many, many programming languages. Not every computerized system can be programmed in every language. Many can only be programmed in one, specialized language. It seems like the Star Wars universe hasn't found a solution for this interoperability problem either. Apparently the moisture vaporators are programmed in a binary code which ...


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C-3PO offers good canon answers - he can feel both pleasure and pain Pleasure A New Hope: C-3PO says "thank the maker, this oil bath is going to feel so good" http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Oil_bath Pain Empire Strikes Back: C-3PO exclaims "Ouch! Oh! Ah! That hurt, Bend down, you thoughtless...Ow!" when Chewie bonks 3PO's head on the Falcon whilst being ...


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In-universe UPDATED. TL;DR: The most canonical is that he's male. There is no gender clearly specified in the film to my recollection (this part is subject to review as I re-watch, or as official script is available). BB-8 is referred to as "he" in the Alan Dean Foster novelization, so the answer is "not female". Except that sometimes it's an ungendered "...


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The droid in question is 2-1B, a medical droid. From the Star Wars Wiki: The droid model was highly advanced and intelligent with its programming being further advanced by some of the top physicians in the galaxy at the State Medical Academy of Rhinnal, which also integrated heuristic processors. The most useful characteristic of the 2-1B droids was the ...


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The West End Games officially licensed RPG "Cynabar's Fantastic Technology : Droids" (A sourcebook for Star Wars : The Roleplaying Game) contained an extensive description of the relevant rights and responsibilities of droid owners. In short, the droid is considered a tool. If you intentionally break its programming in order to commit a serious crime, you'...


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