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Greg Kirkman
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Posted: 30 November 2018 at 4:11pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

While not specifically stated in the film, the idea was that Anakin scavenged Threepio's stripped and abandoned form from some junkpile, and was reconditioning him. There are plenty of "beater" droids, stolen/lost droids, and secondhand droids wandering around Tatooine, after all.
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Brian Miller
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As soon as Vader heard that voice, he remembered. He remembered...
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Brian Hague
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No, he didn't. He was in orbit around a planet where his former best friend, family, and his son all lived; captured, interrogated, and tortured his own daughter; all the while searching for the droid he built as a child and the one he palled around with throughout his early twenties, and had no clue whatsoever as to any of it. As I said at the time, the Dark Side of the Force...? Isn't that bright.

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Brian Hague
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Posted: 01 December 2018 at 12:45am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

There is an infamous trading card out there that suggests that while C-3PO may not be as smart as Data, he is as fully-functional.

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Dave Kopperman
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There's also the question as to where people rank emotional comprehension and empathy on the scale of intelligence.  Data starts out with no emotions and no ability to parse even the simplest non-literal communications (sarcasm, irony, etc.).  Even when he receives his emotions, he doesn't seem to fully integrate them or understand their meaning.  3PO has a full set of emotions and a full understanding of their meaning AND he can read them even when unspoken and react accordingly, his self-centerdness being the only obstacle to his functionality in this regard.
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