Yes, folks, Will Barton is R2-D2. A jack-of-all-trades that almost always comes through for the team.
Plus, Barton can jump like he has leg rockets. R2 has leg rockets, right? I mean, we saw him leg rocketing all over the place in Attack of the Clones. My guess is that by the time we got to Star Wars (Oh, I refuse to call it ‘A New Hope’, FYI), the little astromech’s leg rockets had long ago run out of fuel.
I mean, why would they uninstall them, they served R2 well, like that time………ok, Im getting off track.
Will Barton was the Nuggets’ Swiss army knife this season. He did whatever the Nuggets asked of him and he did it well. Like R2, Barton has been known to take some heat for questionable decisions. If you look at it though a case could be made that R2-D2 has been as pivotal as anyone to the success of the Separatists/Rebellion/Resistance. Han, Luke and Leia may get all the headlines but there’s a workhorse making it happen.
Who got the Millennium Falcon into hyperspace? Brought the plans to Obi-Wan? Who was it that shot Luke’s lightsaber to him from Jabba’s sailbarge? That was like a Barton three! Money, right in Luke’s (good) hand.
If last season was Barton’s final with the Nuggets, he is owed a debt of gratitude for all the ways he was willing to contribute. He may communicate in a series of beeps and whistles but he understands winning and he understands sacrifice. Like his leg rockets.