BSG: Literally tells you that Laura is dying ever since the first episode.
BSG: Reminds you that Laura is dying almost constantly throughout the series.
BSG: Literally calls Laura “ The Dying Leader”.
Me when Laura dies: Shocked. Appalled. Totally unprepared. Who could have forseen this? My feelings will never recover.
A disturbing fact about Star Wars is that the droids are essentially slaves...and even the good guys are perfectly willing to go along with this.
The franchise continually points out to the audience: These aren’t just machines. They’re self-aware, intelligent living beings capable of forming emotional bonds with people and even each other. (It’s a running joke how in love R2D2 and C3P0 are.)
So, um, aren’t they programmed slaves then?
It’s not the like droids themselves are particularly thrilled with the situation either:
K-2SO makes a point of saying how he’d rather not help Jyn (he knows it’s suicide) but, well, he has to.