BB-8 is one of the coolest, and definitely, the cutest droids to be created in Star Wars. I wasn’t a fan of BB-8 to begin with like I wasn’t a fan of the Porgs but after watching The Force Awakens for the first time every time I see a BB-8 now a bright smile comes to my face. When The Last Jedi came out I was super excited to see more from the awesome astromech droid and Rian Johnson definitely delivered some more sides to the orange and white roly-poly than we had seen before but did I like him more in The Force Awakens or The Last Jedi? Well, let’s find out shall we.
The Force Awakens
In The Force Awakens BB-8 was cute, cute, and did I mention he was cute? Unlike R2-D2 he was never rude and really seemed to be the equivalent of a puppy droid. His first interactions with Rey on Jakku are enough to make you ooh and ahh. When he gets feisty against Finn you can’t help but smile and laugh. And throughout the rest of the film he’s just this lovable droid that I wish was real because I would have a BB-8 asap. In fact, one day I’m definitely getting one of those remote control BB-8’s because he’s just that darn cute. So that leads me to his involvement in his next film.
The Last Jedi
One of the many reasons why I was so excited to see The Last Jedi was to also see BB-8 again back to his cute ways and for a while BB-8 was still very enjoyable. And then as the movie progressed it became more and more painfully obvious that a different writer had control of the droid, for he wasn’t the same as before. The BB-8 in The Last Jedi was a lot more spunky and full of attitude, which was cool, but it was a startling difference to the sweet droid that he was in the previous film.
I also didn’t fully appreciate how he made BB-8 more into a superhero droid with all of these gadgets and abilities to save his friends rather than just a faithful companion. I mean, I’m fine with BB-8 being a hero but it has to be realistic. I mean, how did he get himself into that Walker in the fiery hangar aboard the Supremacy. That was such an unrealistic situation that it still wasn’t resolved in the novelization for the book which cleared up a lot of questions that I had from the film. I’m literally still to this day trying to figure out that mystery.
You see, things like that scene diluted his awesomeness and frankly turned him into a bit of a joke. BB-8 is an awesome droid but controlling a walker? Really? That doesn’t make any sense.
All in all, I definitely liked BB-8 more in The Force Awakens simply because there had never been a droid quite like him before. We all know what a heroic droid is like with R2. BB-8 needs to remain cute because that is, by far, his shining quality. I’m sure, however, that J.J Abrams will take the droid back to his former glory and that’s an exciting thought to think about.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a lovely day. May the force be with you.