DIRECTOR: Ken Stephenson
May contain spoilers!
Premièring on the same day as Ewoks in the U.S. on the 7th Sepetmber 1985, Droids was a prequel Saturday morning cartoon series following the exploits of R2-D2 and his counterpart, C-3PO (Anthony Daniels) in the period between Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith and IV (A New Hope).
This opening episode sees the duo abandoned on a desert planet and picked up by two speeder racers, with the titular ‘White Witch’ being their suped up Landspeeder. But after getting into trouble with a local gangster with intentions to take over his rivals, the group have to flee the planet.
Considering the ill will this show has, this episode was not half bad. Mildly funny, entertaining and action packed. Granted, this is a poor cousin of the franchise and it was clearly designed to sell toys, many of which were Kenner’s left overs after Star Wars’ popularity waned in the late 80’s but looking back, certainly with the prequels in mind, this could have been a lot worse. In fact, there are several elements which seemingly inspired the prequels…
I remember hating this a kid myself and that is one reason why I have been loathed to revisit this less than classic series. Something which has been made more difficult by the fact that Lucasfilm will not properly release this on DVD, nor repeat it on TV. The DVD is an edited version of eight of the 13 episodes, cut into two features.
But, if you can watch these yo might just be surprised as to not necessarily how good they are, but how bad they are not. They certainly entertaining enough for 22 minute cartoon.