19. Why wasn’t the Resistance able to access R2D2’s data archives at any point over the course of the many years Luke was gone? Why did they, instead, simply prop him up in a corner, when they had to know that he knew Luke’s whereabouts — as he always has in the past?
R2’s telepathic? I didn’t know R2 was telepathic. Otherwise, how would he know where Luke is, if Luke told no one? What movie did you see where R2 always knew where Luke was?
I don’t begrudge folks for not quite getting this point. It was a little unclear in the movie because not all forms of exposition are crucial to move the plot along. We knew what we needed to know to enjoy the story. But you should be able to think back and realize, nobody knew where Luke was. They did not have a map to where Luke was, because Luke didn’t know where Luke would finally end up. He was looking for the first Jedi Temple. Something that has likely been lost to the ages. That implies that it wasn’t just something he could look up on whatever version of Google Maps the Republic uses. R2 was trying to figure out where the temple was on his own. R2 went into low-power mode to try and piece together the clues Luke would have had to put together manually and no doubtedly with guidance from the Force. And even R2 didn’t have a complete picture. That’s what BB-8 gave him. Lor San Tekka’s map piece wouldn’t have been immediately helpful to them if R2 hadn’t spent all those years piecing together data. R2’s data would have been largely useless if they hadn’t had that one piece from BB-8.
Is it convenient that R2 finished putting all the info together right at the end of the film? Yes. Would it have been as emotionally satisfying if he hadn’t? No. And it’s not even a stretch, considering the mystical Force energy that is a constant guiding hand behind the saga’s coincidences.