After seemingly completing their mission last week, Colonel Gascon and D-Squad crash land on a detail-less planet after a run in with some comets.
Gascon’s sanity is challenged as they try to find a way out of “the void,” and eventually he stops relying on his training and the droids’ programming and instead follows some birds’ instincts until he comes upon a settlement.
And that’s about it.
No, really, when boiled down, that’s the episode in a nut shell. So, I guess it’s a good thing that the comet sequence was moderately lengthy and well done. Actually, the entire time they were in the cloud of comets, I kept thinking, “Man, it looks good.” The visuals there were slightly more surreal than usually presented on the show, and actually, the whole episode was that way.
I did like it better than last week’s “Secrets Weapons,” if only for the comet sequence and Gascon’s breakdown, though I thought the latter occurred a little too quickly. That may have had more to do with the episode’s run time than anything, and the only way I could have seen to drag it out would have been to trim down the action scene of the ship flying through the comet field (which I wouldn’t have wanted anyway).
I still have issues with WAC-47, but thankfully, after they land on the planet, I found him considerably less annoying. Still, I’d like to know how a droid who is as incompetent as he is (he’s supposed to be their pilot, yet when the sensors warn him that there are comets ahead, he doesn’t immediately drop them out of hyperspace, but rather has a stupid bit of “humor”) gets assigned to D-Squad, much less to Commander Neyo (who is his owner in the last episode). What I enjoyed about him this time was his constant taunting of Gascon to kill himself. It was dark stuff, but funny, and likely responsible for driving Gascon further into madness than he otherwise would have gone on his own.
Overall, though, the episode felt like filler, as did the previous one. We’re on this adventure with the droids, but with the exception of Artoo (who has had 35+ years to ingratiate himself to us), I find my attitude towards them being similar to Gascon’s: “They’re just droids.” I know Artoo will make it out of this, but I have no attachment to the others, so I find my emotional investment in this arc rather low. Hopefully, when it gets back from break, it picks up a little bit. After all, this is still set to happen: