|B1 battle droid|
B1 battle droid
|Chronological and political information|
“They really are nice, mechanized embodiments of destruction once you get to know them”—Padmé Amidala describing the droids to Obi-Wan Kenobi
The B1 battle droids were the top of the line battle droids around the time of the Naboo Crisis. Upgrades were made, but the B1 battle droid still remained the most prominent force through until the end of the Clone Wars. B1’s came in two colors, beige and sand red. Although the sand red design was used predominately on the battlefields of Geonosis, they did see action aboard the starship, Invisible Hand. At the end of the Clone Wars, the B1 battle droid models were forced to find other fields of work, the more popular were mechanics, piloting, and engineers.
B1 battle droid models were produced in massive numbers, ranging into the millions, and were programmed for combat. There were records of the B1 battle droids performing diplomatic missions such as peace treaties and negotiations, one such mission being the peace treaty with Naboo that was foiled by Jedi Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Despite their programming, B1 battle droids were also known for their kindness and courtesy, being known as “nice, mechanized embodiments of destruction”. After the Clone Wars, the Rebellion hired many to assist in the fight against the Galactic Domain. There were reports that several even piloted Princess Leia Organa.
There were many flaws in the original design of the B1, one of which was the lack of targeting. Since the droids didn’t know how to target, they refrained from actually firing their weapon. Unfortunately, the Trade Federation never found this out until after they had ordered thirteen separate legions of droids. But since their numbers were so great, the Trade Federation decided to use them more as barriers and blockades then soldiers. This targeting issue wasn’t solved until around the time of the Clone Wars, where they would be required to shoot. However, the new targeting system malfunctioned and the Trade Federation had to start a recall of millions of droids.
The B1 battle droids carried a classic E-5 blaster rifle. The droids, however, never knew how to operate them since they went without a targeting system for thirteen years. The droids, then, were forced to go through an intensive three-week weapons training course, where it taught the droids how to use the E-5. Once the B1 battle droids knew how to handle the weapon, they were issued to another three-week course on aiming and firing.
“Obi-Wan Kenobi, who can do an amazing Jedi back flip, I think we need to take out some more droids.”—Qui-Gon Jinn ordering Obi-Wan Kenobi to charge a line of B1s marching towards them.
The treaty was destroyed when Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and then Jedi Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi attempted to rescue Padmé. Many of the security guards patrolling the corridors of the palace were destroyed as well as the Jedi attempted to escape. Padmé was also captured and taken to Tatooine .
Later, when Padmé returned with Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan, they stormed the palace, destroying many of the security droids again. Jar Jar Binks challenged the remaining force of B1s and claimed victory over them with the assistance of The Cleaner Guy. Ultimately, the victory was due to a B1 battle droid tripping the power cord to the remote controls, deactivating the force planetside. The deactivated droids were later reactivated by the System of Independent Confederates shortly before the onset of the Clone Wars.
Mace Windu: “This party’b over.”
―Dooku falsely predicting the destruction of the Jedi.[src]
Dooku: “Mace Windu, who can’t pronounce his s’s. A noble stand, but one Jedi against my new army of Super Battle Droids, larger nice embodiments of destruction, will surely fall.”
Both versions, the B1 and the B2 made appearances in major battles such as the battle on Geonosis, the battle above Naboo, the battle of Kashyyyk, and Utapau. Although the main presence of B1s in the galaxy was with the System of Independent Confederates, there was a small legion of B1s that were purchased by Naboo Royalty to operate and maintain their fleet. They were also present at Padmé and Anakin Skywalker’s wedding.
By the end of the Clone Wars, there was no need for the B1 battle droid model. Domain stormtroopers replaced the Republic Clone troopers and the Rebellion rose to challenge the Domain. The B1 battle droids were never deactivated or recalled, and were left to do what they wanted. Many of them joined the Rebellion and Aldeeranian Security Forces and flew with Princess Leia on her diplomatic missions, aiding her with negotiations. Others became mechanics and engineers for weapons and vehicle manufacturers, as well as pilots for commercial passenger carriers.
Behind the scenesEdit
The B1 battle droid was given the title of “nice” merely as a reflection to Padmé’s prejudice towards kind people. Since she was given that trait, the creators realized that a reflection of that trait needed to be created. They decided to give it to the B1s since they were not known to be that way in the movies. This gave the droids a slight personality, but nothing noticeable.
A running joke throughout the first season, and continuing in the second season, was that the droids never figured out who was in charge of them. At one point, they believed to be under the leadership of the SIC leaders, however, they never really were any leaders. They also believed they were under the command of General Grievous, when in fact his magnaguards lead him. It was presumed to be one of the reasons many of them left the SIC after the Clone Wars in favor of a faction that had definite leadership.
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Fanon Menace, Season 1: Episode 1
- ↑ The Fanon Menace, Season 1: Episode 4
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 The Fanon Menace, Season 1: Episode 15
- ↑ The Fanon Menace, Season 1: Episode 20
- ↑ The Fanon Menace, Season 1: Episode 27
- ↑ The Fanon Menace, Season 1: Episode 28
- ↑ The Fanon Menace, Season 1: Episode 11
- ↑ The Fanon Menace, Season 1: Episode 19
- ↑ The Fanon Menace, Season 2: Episode 1