In the popular Adult Swim animated series “Rick and Morty,” inter-dimensional alcoholic scientist Rick Sanchez creates a fully sentient, artificially intelligent little robot whose entire reason for being is to pass the butter. The boxy little dude asks his creator what his purpose is, and in response is only told “Pass the butter.” The horrifying existential crisis faced by the butter bot is pretty awful and played for a quick laugh, much like the cape-bots in “The Mandalorian.” While audiences are used to truly mean humor in something like “Rick and Morty,” the trials of the cape-bots reveal a bit more in “The Mandalorian.” We already know Rick is a heartless jerk, but we’ve mostly come to like Greef, not least of all because it’s really hard not to like Carl Weathers. Seeing him treat his robots with such disregard lets us know that he’s starting to care more about the position of his power than he is other people (or droids). He’s still Djarin’s ally, but shouldn’t be trusted too easily. 

When you compare the cape droids to the droids kept by Peli Motto (Amy Sedaris), you can really see the difference. Droids deserve love, darn it, and to have more purpose in life than to pass the butter or keep a cape from dragging in the dirt. Maybe the next war in “Star Wars” will be the robot uprising. 

New episodes of “The Mandalorian” debut Wednesdays on Disney+.

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