C-3PO & R2-D2 Get An Adventure of Their Own in an All-New Episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars! Plus Bonus Clip

Jay Cochran - November 01, 2010
In the middle of a routine shopping trip on Coruscant, C-3PO is abducted by bounty hunter Cad Bane. Soon, both Threepio and his astromech counterpart R2-D2 find themselves pawns in Bane’s plan to free Ziro the Hutt from a heavily guarded prison in the heart of the Republic. The hapless droids are once again integral in events that threaten to unravel the future of the galaxy in “Evil Plans” – an all-new episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars airing at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT Friday, November 5th on Cartoon Network.



Reprising his role from all six live-action Star Wars films and countless ancillary intergalactic appearances over the past three decades, Anthony Daniels returns to voice the prim and proper protocol droid for this special episode of The Clone Wars. Thrilled at the rare chance to explore Threepio’s expertise in etiquette, Daniels himself relished the opportunity to exercise the fan-favorite character’s strengths in ways that haven’t yet been seen on screen.

“Threepio’s whole life is focused on how to avoid conflict, and the basic premise is that he’s always out of place. But he doesn’t have to be the fall guy all the time,” says Daniels. “For once, we see him functioning as he was made, according to his programming. It’s a more domesticated storyline, without the shoot-em-up aspects of the Saga. His abilities are cerebral, not physical – and he finally gets to use his expertise in protocol and etiquette. In a way, he’s more relaxed than we’ve ever seen him. But of course nothing in party-planning ever goes exactly as planned.”

Having spent so much time ensconced in Threepio’s golden trappings for the big screen, live-action adventures, Daniels enjoys the opportunity to bring the character to life through vocalization alone. Less physically strenuous than on-camera appearances, voice work nonetheless requires a keen attention to detail, as well as an understanding of what makes the character tick.

“There are all sorts of funny little technical issues with keeping him human-like without human sounds. He doesn’t breathe; I have to be careful not to breathe,” says Daniels. “The aim is to keep him very much as he is in the movies. Some of it has become second nature; I’ve been pleased to realize that I can still create the voice and match the original character. It’s the genuine article. And I really do enjoy the animation. It’s a mutual support society; they do picture to voice, so it’s a physical representation based around my vocal performance. In the series, Threepio is as gravity-forced as always. It reminds you that he can be quite clumsy. I think The Clone Wars is animated in a way that is quite accessible – not just the wide-eyed, simple, Saturday morning fare. It makes you realize you are watching Star Wars.”

Though the episode is quintessentially Star Wars, Daniels notes that the droids tend to illustrate some of the lighter aspects of the space saga. Focusing on dialogue rather than danger, they represent the fun of the series, without relying so heavily on galaxy-shattering stakes.

“There are sides of Star Wars that can be quite humorous – subtle and more gentle. I think that’s why people enjoy the relationship between Artoo and Threepio,” he says. “You don’t expect them to exhibit these human qualities, and it’s really quite charming. For all the battles, there’s a benignity that gives [Star Wars] the winner’s cup; it’s an honorable enterprise, because there’s more to it than blasters and political concerns. It’s important to realize that not everything has to focus on the dark side. Life goes on, even when there’s a war going on. But Threepio would say that, wouldn’t he?”

Next week’s episode (Friday, November 12th) marks the series debut of Jedi Master Quinlan Voss. See an exclusive, advance bonus clip on the FTP.


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Cyber Bishop - 2008-08-14 @ 12:14 pm

Even though I have one of each figure in the current collection I have to agree with some of the comments..

Hows about saving a few for the rest of the world ya greedy bastard. Do ya really need that many of the sdcc figs? Nice job hording away everything you find, chicken #$## bastard.

Jesus Christ man! Save some for the rest of us.

There is absolutely no need for that may multiples unless there is some kind of intent to sell them in the future.

And honestly, that collection does not impress me in the least due to all of the unnecessary multiples.

That guy should be addressed in this thread

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Ren - 2008-08-14 @ 4:39 am
I have at least one mosc of every released fig to date including variants such as yellow stalker, the only guys I don't have (and don't care about as well) are Rowdy Roddy, gold Destro, and the blue CC, but I refuse to pay that much, they've become unaffordable, I'd rather have a Millenium Falcon (rip that puppy open of course) or some vintage joe goodies any day!

I still have my Yellow Stalker but I sold my MOC RRP($400) and MOC Gold PDD($340). I'll get another Piper one day and I still have my loose Gold PDD, so I couldn't overlook the prices they'd been selling for so I got rid of my MOC ones. Now, the Yellow Stalker I'll hold on to for a while b/c I think he'll end up one of the most valuable figures in the entire line.

I agree and I'd probably sell RRP and GD as well to pay for the rest of my collection!

SPC AIRBORNE - 2008-08-13 @ 9:28 pm
I have at least one mosc of every released fig to date including variants such as yellow stalker, the only guys I don't have (and don't care about as well) are Rowdy Roddy, gold Destro, and the blue CC, but I refuse to pay that much, they've become unaffordable, I'd rather have a Millenium Falcon (rip that puppy open of course) or some vintage joe goodies any day!

I still have my Yellow Stalker but I sold my MOC RRP($400) and MOC Gold PDD($340). I'll get another Piper one day and I still have my loose Gold PDD, so I couldn't overlook the prices they'd been selling for so I got rid of my MOC ones. Now, the Yellow Stalker I'll hold on to for a while b/c I think he'll end up one of the most valuable figures in the entire line.

Ren - 2008-08-13 @ 5:00 am

I have at least one mosc of every released fig to date including variants such as yellow stalker, the only guys I don't have (and don't care about as well) are Rowdy Roddy, gold Destro, and the blue CC, but I refuse to pay that much, they've become unaffordable, I'd rather have a Millenium Falcon (rip that puppy open of course) or some vintage joe goodies any day!

SPC AIRBORNE - 2008-08-13 @ 1:09 am
I found this while i was surfing, this Soze guy has a lot of card figs, i think i counted 6 SDCC destros....

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I don't have 6 MOC SDCC Silver Destros(only 1 silver MOC and sold my MOC gold) and or 6 SDCC Black CCs and 2 Blue CCs(Have 1 of each MOC) but I definitely have more 25th MOC figures than that guy. I currently have about 176 MOC single packed figures(45 or so are troop builders I have yet to open).

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