Is Gregor a humble dishwasher or a lost soldier?
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99: “Missing in Action” (Season Five, Episode 12)
"A soldier's most powerful weapon is courage."
In a nearly vacant town, R2-D2 and his team find a clone commando suffering from amnesia.
This place reminds Artoo of Tatooine, and his friend WAC-47 sounds an awful lot like C-3PO. That seems to make Gregor akin to Luke Skywalker in this analogous tale of a young man who longs for something more than a simple life.
Or perhaps it's more fitting to compare Gregor to Anakin Skywalker, himself a slave unaware of his potential and strength, toiling for a master who showed him little compassion.
Reduced to eating garbage, Colonel Gascon is foraging in the trash when he first encounters the humble dishwasher Gregor, who has a kind heart and offers to help get him some proper grub. Gascon can be such a whiner, but when he needs to be he's downright inspiring.
By revealing the truth of Gregor's bloodline, a proud member of the Republic's clone forces, and his past, Gascon sets him free. Thought lost in battle but simply waylaid on this dustbowl of a planet with amnesia and the unscrupulous Borkus hiding his armor away, learning who he is gives Gregor the courage to rise up and get back to his roots.
And as a free man, Gregor provides the protection Gascon needs to finally escape the void that is Abafar, with a promise to eventually find his way back to his brothers. And he will.
- That surly Aqualish seen on the streets of Abafar looks an awful lot like the Kenner action figure for Walrus Man from the original film.
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