Do not waste time, Star Wars: The Bad Batch’In the premiere of two episodes (streaming now on Disney+), the eponymous mutant clones escape enraged crab monsters, plunder Count Dooku’s abandoned palace and (miraculously) manage to squeeze their way through it with outreaching, ever-lengthening fingers to conquer empire.
Titled The Spoils of War, the first episode begins on a tranquil tropical planet seemingly untroubled by Imperial interests. The calm proves temporary as Wrecker, Hunter and Echo (all voiced by The clone wars alum Dee Bradley Baker) erupted from a grove on the beach with a swarm of angry Cancer aliens at their heels. With the help of other Bad Batch clones Tech (also Baker) and Omega (Neighbors‘ Michelle Ang) the crew escape the scurrying hordes of whatever they are and make their way back to their information broker Cid (cheers‘ Rhea Perlman) on Ord Mantell.
Upon arriving at Cid’s drawing room, the Bad Batch meet Phee Genoa (Wanda Sykes), whom Cid calls “the most trustworthy pirate I know.” A contradictory statement if we’ve ever heard one.
Cid informs them that there are treats worth stealing in Count Dooku’s empty palace on Serrano and challenges them to see what they can snag. Everyone else is ready, but Hunter hesitates. He points out that they would basically surrender to the Empire. But the reward Cid promises is enticing: “Do you really want to be free? Then pull off this heist and you’ll have the means to get out. No more risky missions. No more living hand to mouth. You can have a future.”
Hunter gives in and in the next scene, the Bad Batch is on its way to Serrano. They reach the planet without incident, but confiscating Dooku’s war chest proves more complicated. Imperial troops are already everywhere; Cargo ships crammed with crates have parked around Dooku’s derelict estate, and dozens of stormtroopers are overseeing the operation.
Wrecker, Omega, Echo and Tech sneak aboard one of the cargo ships while Hunter destroys several enemy ships as a distraction. The plan works. kind of. His distraction gets the troopers’ attention, but the nervous grunts take the annoyingly frantic measure to shut everything down. This means Omega, Echo, and Tech are trapped in one of the ships, while Wrecker (who managed to steal one of the crates before the diversion) regroups with Hunter in a nearby forest.
Omega and the others try to escape, but the ship takes off before any progress can be made. Hunter and Wrecker fail in their attempt to hitch a ride on the ship and find themselves fighting off a wave of soldiers. The fight takes them to Dooku’s old intrigue room (fans will know when they see it), while Omega and company encounter another problem. The troopers conclude that there are intruders aboard the cargo ship and eject the escape pods to make escape impossible. Luckily for them, Omega has studied spaceships and suggests they eject themselves in one of the crates.
The plan works and they soon crash to the ground in a crate that shows no signs of slowing down. This first episode will be black….
This flows well into Episode 2, “Ruins of War”. which immediately addresses the bad batch’s predicament. Hunter and Wrecker are still dodging troops on their way out of Dooku’s palace, while Omega and the others are rescued by the container’s external thrusters. You land in the mountains of Serrano. Tech sustains a pelvic injury while descending and the crate staggers on the edge of a cliff.
Hunter and Wrecker escape Dooku’s palace and take cover in the nearby city ruins, but stormtroopers led by Captain Wilco quickly establish a perimeter and call in air support.
Omega, Tech, and Echo escape the container and encounter an old man named Romar who was driven away by Dooku’s greed. While Wilco’s forces search for them, Hunter and Wrecker stumble upon abandoned Separatist war tanks and blast their way to (relative) safety. They eventually impound a ship and set off to help their friends.
Omega, believing they can still salvage the mission, takes off using one of Romar’s repelling cables and descends the cliff to reach the crate containing the war chest. Echo follows her and is soon harassed by speeder troops sent to inspect the crash site. An injured tech shows up to keep the troopers busy while Echo searches the crate for Omega.
Echo finds Omega, but as they try to get the treasure out of the container, the jewels spill and fall just out of reach. Echo tells them to leave the war chest and prioritize their safety, but Omega doesn’t listen. She confesses that she overheard an earlier conversation between Echo and Hunter, in which the former pointed out that they are all on the run because of her.
At the top of the cliff, Romar Tech renders much-needed help, throwing a rope over the edge to help Echo and Omega. Troopers continue to attack from all sides, but Tech’s quick thinking takes care of most of them. Echo, after convincing Omega to let go of the war chest, follows her up Romar’s rope. Tech fends off more soldiers and Romar manages to get Echo and Omega to safety. Hunter and Wrecker arrive in their ship, the Marauder, and after saying goodbye to Romar, the Bad Batch departs Serrano.
Safely aboard the Marauder, the Bad Batch decompresses. Omega apologizes to Echo for losing the war chest, but he tells her they made the right decision to save her and that he would do it again if he had to.
In the final scene, Vice Admiral Rampart (Noshir Dalal) visits Serrano shortly after the failed raid. Remember that at the end of season one, Rampart oversaw the destruction of Tipoca City on Kamino. Now he assumes Bad Batch is out of the picture. Captain Wilco informs him they are alive, but Rampart orders him to falsify the report to avoid conflicting narrative. When Wilco refuses, Rampart kills him…
what were you thinking about Bad batch Season 2’s opening salvo?
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