It's not easy being the new guy in any environment, but the Star Wars galaxy is a particularly difficult niche to succeed in. Thankfully, the lovable droid BB-8 was well-received upon his debut in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which seemed to canonize his spot in the hearts of the world. But now, the fanfare surrounding the Porgs from Star Wars: The Last Jedi has taken the wind out of poor BB-8's sails. The result, as you'll see in this video from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, is that he's not taking it very well.
The latest look at the life and times of BB-8 suggests that not all is well in the wake of the Porgs, who have gotten plenty of media attention. Not only is he sad and lonely looking, but this new sketch suggests he's a drinker now, too. Oh BB-8, buddy, how did we get here? It seems like only yesterday that you were taking the attention away from the fact that R2-D2 was missing in action for most of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. You rolled down corridors and into all of our imaginations, and dare we say it, you taught the universe to hope again. But now, a furry sea bird has come along, squawking its heart out and befriending Chewbacca, all the while inspiring a slew of new memes to come out of Star Wars: The Last Jedi's latest trailer.
Seriously, everywhere you turn, there's Porg GIFs, Porgified posters from Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and even media coverage talking about how there's a chance that the Porgs might actually be a bit too cute. Of course, that was the same sort of treatment that BB-8 received when Star Wars: The Force Awakens was preparing for release. A thought that undoubtedly is running through the lovable droid's mind as he takes in all of the new Porg coverage to hit in the past couple of days.
It's so sad that the breakout character of the Star Wars series has now become the heaviest robotic drinker since Bender on Futurama. Surely, BB-8's fears of becoming irrelevant are unfounded, especially when director Rian Johnson laid out how the Star Wars franchise's latest picture has handled spoilers thus far. Maybe the Porgs are just the distraction to draw people away from the actual action that BB-8 will be sharing with Oscar Issac's Poe Dameron? We'll have to wait and see.
Part of the problem with BB-8's sad appearance in The Late Show with Stephen Colbert's latest Star Wars sketch may be because of past trauma with a flock of Porgs. Warning, the following footage may be too graphic for those of you who are robot sympathetic. Watch the video of this attack at your own peril:
Star Wars: The Last Jedi debuts on December 15th, so there's plenty of time for BB-8 to recover from his jealousy, and bounce back in time for the press tour that'll surround the film's release.
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