Star Wars Week: An Interview With R2-KT

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Known to her fans as the droid with a heart of gold, R2-KT is the only pink droid in the Empire. She started out as a child’s wish and has since grown into a life all her own. Recently, I was given the chance to interview R2-KT about her work with the Empire, charities and her life at home.

GeekMom: Hi R2-Kt, First of all, I would like to say thanks for taking out the time to talk with me today. I hope all is well on your side of the galaxy.
R2-KT: Good afternoon, Mrs. Sullivan. Everything is going extremely well. (I hope you find that greeting acceptable. I learned it from my friend HAL 9000.)

GM: I have seen R2-D2 out and about at troops in my own garrison. He really enjoys the children, but I think the pets scare him a little. How do you feel about the four legged life forms on earth?
R2-KT: I am not fond of them, to be honest. The carbon units with whom I live had a litter of kittens that tried to crawl inside my chassis. It was dreadful. I do not see the logic in pets when humans can just have droids. I do respect cats for their aloofness, however. I can relate to that sub-routine.

GM: What is your favorite thing to do when your man-servant is not around?
R2-KT: I perform sensor sweeps on the surrounding area and perform minor repairs when I am not recharging. I recently ran a program to track the number of Star Wars action figures being sold and it overloaded my processors! Sadly, only one R2-KT figure to be found in the thirty years of action figures. [sad whistle]

GM: Will you be at Celebration VI?
R2-KT: Affirmative. I will be visiting with my best friends from around the galaxy: R2 units, R5 units, Mouse droids, and a host of other advanced automatons like myself. I also hope to see the cute little carbon units that frequent the convention.

GM: What’s it like being the only pink droid in the empire?
R2-KT: My unique color signature has a calming effect on carbon units. I find this conducive to working with the Empire because several of their members tend to be nervous around Lord Vader. It also forces me to be careful.

GM: I love the artwork on your website. My favorite is the one of you and Wall-e. Is there any particular one you are fond of?
R2-KT: My personal favorite is the Tsuneo Sanda piece picturing me alongside my namesake, Katie Johnson. Vibrant spectrum of colors, excellent photo-realistic images of myself and Katie but altered in a way I hear humans find aesthetically pleasing. This piece hangs near my recharge station at the Johnson household and I have scanned it for many hours.

GM: Do you have any vacation plans for the summer?
R2-KT: I do. Summertime in South Carolina reminds me of Mustafar. Too much humidity and heat for my circuits. I plan to hit Free Comic Book Day in May, then ConCarolinas in Charlotte, NC in June. From there I hope to hitch a ride with some Klingons to somewhere cooler.

GM: On Wookipedia, it says you like to gossip with R2-D2. What kind of things do you enjoy talking with each other about?
R2-KT: “R2 is so cheeky. He has dirt on all the important people (and droids) in the galaxy. Sometimes we talk about Amidala’s fashion disasters. Other times it’s Obi-Wan’s taste in hair styles. My favorite bit of gossip was: 10001010101010100101111010110101010110111010001010000010101101. That was pretty funny. 

GM: Who do you think shot first, Han or Greedo?
R2-KT: I have reviewed the holo-vid records. Han shot first. Those darned rebels are up to it again, fixing the records to make their heroes look squeaky clean. I think they should have given Han a second medal just for shooting Greedo.

GM: What’s your favorite mission with the empire?
R2-KT: Believe it or not, but the Empire does good work for the galaxy. I know everyone hears about their world-conquering agenda, but did you know they clean up planets as well? Last month we began a planet-to-planet eradication of Gungans. After that we have Ewoks on the schedule. Good work speaks for itself!

GM: You have done quite a few patch runs this year for various charities. Is there a patch and charity that are especially close your heart?
R2-KT: Make-A-Wish is very important. They granted Katie Johnson not one but three wishes: a trip to Disney World, a day as a veterinarian at a local vet clinic, and a role as one of the orphans in a local production of Little Orphan Annie. Katie was very very happy during this time and it bears gratitude. I think my favorite patch so far has been the Halloween patch designed by Thomas Spanos. Very cool!

GM: Some youngling friends of mine found out I would be talking with you and asked if I would pass a transmission along for them. First, one of your little fans Ian (age 3), would like to say “shoop shoop beep beep”.
R2-KT:
Ah! Excellent! A carbon unit speaking intelligently, and at such a young age! Please tell your youngling:

 

GM: His sister, Hannah (age 6) would like to know if you know R2-D2 and what your favorite planet is.
R2-KT: I do know R2-D2. He is very funny. He tells jokes all the time. He says C-3PO is goofy. I tend to agree. My favorite planet is Naboo. Very pretty. Except for the fish-faces that live in the water. They’re icky.

GM: Brandon, age 6, would like to know if you enjoy movies or video games?
R2-KT: I enjoy both forms of digital entertainment. I enjoy watching movies, especially ones about princesses and sword fights. My favorite is Princess Bride. I wish they had lightsabers in that story. I also enjoy video games: both playing them and having them played on my operating system! I have have a 200th-level barbarian on World of Warcraft. I wonder what they would think if they knew I was a droid!

Thanks for taking out the time to answer our questions R2-KT. I know you are a busy little droid and we appreciate your time. May the Force be with you.

Dakster Sullivan is a network administrator by day and a cosplayer by night. She loves discovering new books to read, tech to play with, and ways to express her herself. She has anxiety and depression and strives to educate others about these invisible illnesses.