Dave Filoni and his team are really trying to force the AP-5/Chopper relationship down our throats as a new kind of C-3PO/R2-D2 clash of personalities. The desire to create new droid duos worked out really well in Marvel’s first Darth Vader series, with the homicidal maniacs Triple Zero and BT-1. But the relationship between AP-5 and Chopper seems a bit forced still. Maybe “Double Agent Droid” will change that.
Before we get to the episode itself, remember that Phoenix Squadron is still preparing for an ultimate face-off with the Empire on Lothal. In the episode, Chopper, Wedge and AP-5 are sent to an Imperial station to get codes they will need to get around the Imperial blockade of the planet.
Here’s all the action in “Double Agent Droid.”
The Best Team for the Job
The episode kicks off with Zeb and Ezra joking about Hera sending off Wedge, AP-5 and Chopper on a secret mission to get codes needed to pull off an eventual siege on Lothal. The trio have been sent off to get codes from the Imperial Security Bureau.
AP-5 is surprised that Wedge is on the trip and he also doesn’t like having work with Chopper, who’s wearing his Imperial paint job. (How much time does Phoenix Squadron waste painting and re-painting Chopper?) The former Imperial droid is leading this mission, he reminds the other two in the shuttle. This leads to an “Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better” argument between AP-5 and Chopper. Wedge realizes that the reason he’s on this mission is because no one else wanted the job.
Apparently, Annie Get Your Gun has been seen in the Star Wars universe.
Always Take Droids Seriously
After the title, Wedge arrives at a restricted Imperial center on Killun-71. Wedge tells the Imperials that he’s dropping off two service droids. Surprisingly (for AP-5, at least), he’s been cleared. After landing, AP-5 goes through the scanner to enter the base without a problem. Chopper goes through and red lights go off.
The stormtroopers on the base don’t notice Chopper, but an Imperial scanner frigate moving through space does. The commander of the frigate thinks that it could be the spy droid they’ve been looking for and orders his pilots to fly to Killun-71.
Back at the station, AP-5 and Chopper argue over how to get the codes they need. Chopper thinks he can just plug into any outlet, but AP-5 doesn’t think the information they need will be accessible from that point. Eventually, their argument turns into a shoving match, and the two droids decide to go their separate ways to get the information.
While they argue, the Imperial scanner ship is getting closer. They see that the C1 astromech (Chopper) could be the same droid Grand Admiral Thrawn mentioned in memos. When one officer suggests they send a message to Killun, the leader says that they will not do so until he gets the information they need from the spy.
AP-5 then arrives at the central computer, only to be approached by another RA-7 droid named PZ-7. She is surprised that another droid of her kind was on the same floor. AP-5 tells her that she’s been reassigned and she takes the order without a second through. AP-5 is surprised, but just moves on to his mission. “The Empire never did take droids seriously. That alone explains all of Chopper’s success,” he says to himself.
AP-5 quickly downloads the Lothal codes they need without a problem from the computer. “I could have done this mission by myself,” he says.
Meanwhile, Chopper is trying to access the codes his own way. Unbeknownst to him, the Imperial scanner controller is planning on using this to get the location of the Phoenix Squadron base from Chopper’s memory. This sends an electric bolt through the terminal, shocking Chopper. But Chopper doesn’t have the coordinates to the base in his memory banks. So, the controller takes control of Chopper, in the hopes that they will be lead to the Rebel base.
AP-5 finds Chopper still at the terminal. Chopper is eerily quiet, while AP-5 continues boasting about his success. One of the comms officers tells the controller that AP-5’s stick does have the codes the Rebels need. But the controller calculates that the Rebels have a 31 percent chance of successfully using the codes, while they have an 82 percent chance of finding the Rebel base by using Chopper. “The odds are with us.”
Meet The New Chopper, Not the Same as the Old Chopper
AP-5 arrives at the shuttle to tell Wedge that they have to leave immediately now that he has the codes. Chopper finally arrives too and apologizes for being delayed. AP-5 and Wedge are stunned. But rather than thinking something is weird, AP-5 believes that Chopper has just finally realized that AP-5 is the smarter droid. He does find it a little strange that Chopper is in “standby” mode, though.
While in Hyperspace, AP-5 does notice that Chopper is strangely using Imperial codes. He thinks Chopper is just questioning his loyalty again. “I’m on to you,” he says as he leaves to talk with Wedge. The controller is watching all of this and should start to get worried.
In the shuttle cockpit, Hera congratulates Wedge on the success, but he doesn’t want to take credit because the droids did all the hard work. Chopper suddenly shows up and offers Wedge a drink. Wedge thinks this “New Chopper” personality is a little strange, but AP-5 thinks it’s all an insincere act. “Hey, it’s better than before,” Wedge says.
The controller realizes that AP-5 could be a complication. But every time he has Chopper say nice things to AP-5, AP-5 just thinks it’s a ploy. Wedge then tells Chopper to go check on the ship in the back. When Chopper leaves, Wedge tells AP-5 to cool it with the competition. But AP-5 tells him that he thinks Chopper was compromised back on Killun. Wedge disagrees.
When Chopper returns, Wedge gives Chopper the controls of the ship while he uses the refresher. (That’s Star Wars lingo for bathroom.) AP-5 looks worried – well, about as worried as droid can be.
AP-5 then follows Wedge into the bathroom – I mean, refresher – and tells him that he really thinks something is up with Chopper. Wedge doesn’t have time for AP-5’s conspiracy theories (even if they are correct). The controller sees this through Chopper’s eyes and thinks everything is back on track because AP-5 has lost his credibility. “It’s only a matter of time before the droid leads us to Phoenix Squadron, and then their rebel base!”
I Told You So
When the three meet up with the Ghost, AP-5 tells Hera that he thinks something is seriously wrong with Chopper. She takes the stick with the codes and they notice that Chopper isn’t with them. She finds him in the cockpit looking at the hyperspace logs. “You’re not making any sense, Chop,” she says. Hera reminds the droid that she always wipes his memory of Hyperspace jumps as a security precaution. “I think you need a power recharge.”
Hera then finds Ezra, Zeb and Wedge joking about AP-5’s conspiracy theories. She also thinks something might be wrong with Chopper. Wedge suddenly realizes that Chopper has been too nice lately. Just as Hera suggests they run a diagnostics on Chopper, they suddenly fall out of Hyperspace! Chopper tells them that he is in the engine room, so they all head over there. AP-5 doesn’t think this is a good idea… and he’s right!
Chopper wasn’t really in the engine room. He locks them all in the room, then disconnects the Imperial shuttle they used to go to Killun. “Well, I hate to say I told you so,” AP-5 says. Hera promises that they’ll listen to him the next time.
Chopper picks up the stolen data, then the controller has Chopper install a data spike into the Navicomputer. The spike could send all the data from the computer to the Imperial frigate. They just need some time. To make sure they have the time they need, the controller has Chopper open the cargo bay doors!
Droid Vs. Droid
Hera uses an emergency control panel to close the doors before they all get sucked into the vacuum of space. She then realizes that Chopper has been compromised and is being used to download the location of the base on Atollon. The only other way to get the doors to the cockpit on the Ghost open is by using an access portal… on the outside of the ship. Since they don’t have their spacesuits, AP-5 is the only one who can get to it.
While AP-5 is outside, the controller sends Chopper outside with two blasters to destroy him! AP-5 uses the hatch cover to block the blasts. Chopper then zooms away, and the controller thinks that 50 percent of the data from the Ghost will be enough. AP-5 does get the access doors open, but he continues struggling with the compromised Chopper. The two droids are knocked away from the Ghost, and AP-5 goes floating off into space.
Chopper gets back into the cockpit, only to be zapped by Zeb. (“I’ve wanted to do that for a long time!” Haven’t we all?) The controller realizes that something has gone wrong, as they don’t have all the data.
Hera gets really angry about the Imperials playing around with her droid. So, she comes up with a plan. She reverses the Imperial signal to send a power surge back to the Imperial ship. Their computers get fried, so the controller orders his officers to cut the transmission. But before they can do so, all the power fries their memory core. It causes a chain reaction that results in the whole ship blowing up!
Back on the Ghost, it looks like Chopper’s brain might be completely fried. But eventually, Chopper wakes up. During the celebration, they realize that AP-5 is floating out in space. He has a philosophical moment and even starts singing! Unfortunately, the Ghost breaks his happiness and they pick him up.
Once back on the ship, Chopper apologizes, so AP-5 thinks he’s still compromised… for a moment. Because then Chopper hits both him and Wedge. Wedge then vows to fly solo from now on.
After they leave, the camera pans up to see Hera smirking. “Like I said, don’t mess with my droid,” she says as the episode ends.
What’s Next for the Ghost Crew
Sure, “Double Agent Droid” was another filler episode. We probably didn’t really need a whole episode explaining how they got codes. But this was a much better distraction from the important issues than “Warhead,” that’s for sure. It’s just a little disappointing after the great “Secret Cargo” episode.
Thankfully, things get really serious in the next episode, “Twin Suns,” on March 18. After all this time, it looks like we will finally catch-up to Darth Maul, just before he faces Obi-Wan Kenobi on Tatooine. Here’s the episode description: “Reacting to a vision of Maul, Ezra defies Hera and Kanan to travel to a remote planet in hopes of stopping the former Sith lord from carrying out his plans.”