Droids and the Race to the Finish

Will the evil Sise Fromm stop C3PO and the gang from completing the Boonta Eve race?
January 19, 2005

Droids followed the adventures of C-3PO and R2D2 as they teamed up with various owners at the hands of "the Intergalactic Droid Agency" to save the galaxy from various villains and evil people they meet in their travels. The show premiered on September 7, 1985 but only ended up surviving one season before it was canned. Its big feature was Anthony Daniels, the true voice of C-3PO and that earns it a little extra credit. I guess the guy does not have a whole lot of work coming his way so I guess it's not really that big of a deal but it's always cool to have the actors from a major movie come in and do the voice on the small screen just to give it that extra little bit of authenticity. Comes to think of it they also have the real beeps from R2D2 as well. They really went all out on this cartoon.

This episode is "The Race to the Finish" and starts with C3PO, R2D2, Thall Jobin, Kea Moll, and Jord Dusat as they travel to the Boonta Eve speeder race when they are attacked out of nowhere by a tyderian shuttle (forgive me but I was quite the star wars nerd back in the day so I will use all proper ship names and character names… try to keep up). Piloting the shuttle is none other than Sise Fromm, an old and powerful crime boss that seeks revenge for when 3PO and the gang stole his Trigon One (think doomsday weapon). Luckily C3PO and the gang jump to hyperspace just in the nick of time.

After their narrow escape they come out of hyperspace outside the planet Boonta Eve and make their descent. Kea being the dumbass she is cannot manage to keep control of the ship and it goes crashing into the ground. They manage to bump into a kindly repair droid seconds after crashing and make a deal with him to fix their broken ship while they take off to race. But what of their speeder bike? It is still damaged and they need to race in the big event.

We then find out that the evil Sise Fromm has hired the best bounty hunter in the galaxy to help him with his little manhunt. You guessed it! He has hired Boba Fett, the biggest meanest bounty hunter this side of Dagobah.

Back on Boonta Eve C3PO meets a strange new droid that just so happens to have the perfect facilities to fix their speeder in time for the race. Of course the teams eagerly accepts the strange droids off and they begin fixing their speeder. Of course the droid cannot be trusted and soon betrays them and it is revealed that he in fact working for Boba Fett. C3PO and R2D2 don't really have a problem taking the evil droid out but Boba Fett can't be far behind.

Once Boba Fett arrive on the planet all hell breaks loose as Boba uses everything in his arsenal to try and stomp our heroes into mush. Quickly running out of time, Thall races off in the speeder and draws Boba away from the others as he tries to make it to the big Boonta Eve race on time.

Once the race starts we find out that Boba Fett has a speeder of his own and in the race himself. This makes things a bit harder for Thall as Boba torments him through the race with various dastardly gadgets until one of his weapons backfires on him and knocks him out of the race leaving Thall to win the race.

An unhappy Boba Fett decides to turn in Sise Fromm over to Jaba the Hutt so he does not have to go away from this debacle empty handed.

After winning the race they are contacted by the Zebulon Dax Corporation and offered a position designing and building speeders for them. Taking the job However would require C3PO and R2D2 to be reprogrammed for whatever stupid reason, so the guys decide not to take the job. This does not site well with the two droids and R2 and C3PO decide it is time to part ways with the three humans so they are free to take the job and the droids are free to go on new adventures with new people.

For me and I think MOST others Droids was a very forgettable cartoon and I am sure it had a lot to do with the fact it was a pretty crappy cartoon. I don't say that lightly either mind you. I am a big Star Wars fan and God knows I love cartoons. I never really watched it as a kid and I guess that has a lot to do with me being less than impressed with it now. I am sure if you watched it as a ten year old back in 1985 it would be the shit but I didn't, now it just seems poorly animated and boring.
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