The race was great, yes, yes. What was interesting to me, and this is what I think made the race so great, was how the whole thing happened as an epic battle. The most militarized planet in the galaxy poured its entire arsenal against the race and lost. It’s this humiliating loss that to me, is the bigger story in the film.
It’s because even as it is humiliating, there was a dignity to all of it. Roboworld’s forces took on the only real fighting force worth fighting: their own. And oh my goodness, what an extravaganza. The sideshow steals everything. Roboworld, I will never ever forget.
But who are you, but if not strong?
What is might for, if not for smiting the fellow mighty?
Let the racers take the field and your honor
As they did so dishonorably, if stylishly.
Take what powers you have and inflict on yourself,
The only enemy worth fighting!
Violate yourself, the very structure of your cells,
And pay for your world’s sins with violence;
The best and only way.