Now, things are getting interesting! Much of Star Wars: The Bad Batch has been a lot of filler episodes, with the group having odd adventures here and there. But there’s been a lingering feeling with one of the crew members. Wrecker, the team’s brute, has been suffering from headaches. Keen-eyed fans will know that the clone’s inhibitor chips may be trying to activate. In the new episode, “Battle Scars”, we see just how Wrecker responds and get some other answers as well! SPOILERS AHEAD!!!!
After the Bad Batch gets done with another assignment, Cid and Hunter have a argument about payment, to which Cid responds that the crew needs a high-paying job to get out of debt with Cid. As Wrecker and Omega spend money on snacks, a mysterious figure enters the bar. As a small gunfight happens offscreen, Clone Force 99 rushes to meet an old friend. It’s Captain Rex, from The Clone Wars series!! He catches up with The Bad Batch, saying that he was the one who sent Trace and Rava after the head of the Tactical Droid during the last episode! After catching up with the team, Rex mentions that when Order 66 happened his chip forced him to act on it. As the team mentioned that due to Clone Force 99 being abnormal clones, their chips didn’t work, except for Crosshair! When the group notices that Wrecker his having another headache, Rex gets suspicious, and a standoff happens. Rex reaches for his blaster, telling the group that Wrecker won’t be able to overcome Order 66. But Hunter and the team stands by Wrecker, supporting their brother. They all concluded that they can surgically remove the inhibitor chips, the same way Rex got his removed.
Rex travels with the crew to a planet called Bracca, (the same planet that fans remember, if they played Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order). Rex informs the team that the whole planes is a ship graveyard, and that there’s an old Republic Star Cruiser with the technology needed to take out the chips. As they traverse deeper into the ship, a familiar creature is stalking the group. The same monster that was in the Death Star’s trash compactor in A New Hope! The creature almost eats Wrecker, but the rest of the team manage to fight the monster off! They eventually end up into the medical lab so Rex and Tech can get started. As they start with Wrecker, he starts to get his headaches, but they’re much stronger than before. Sadly, he succumbs to the inhibitor chip and goes om a rampage. The rest of the Bad Batch and Rex try to stun him, but Wrecker is too strong and quickly overpowers them. Omega tries to break through to Wrecker, but it falls on deaf ears. Thankfully, Rex sneaks up from behind and stuns Wrecker. Once the procedure is finished, Wrecker is back to his normal self, eating snacks with Omega. The Bad Batch bids farewell to Captain Rex, but a group of mysterious spies are taking the clones and they report finding The Bad Batch to The Empire!!!
That’s al for this week’s review! Personally, I really appreciate when writers take some of the lesser-known titbits of the Star Wars universe and add them in, whenever they get a chance. When the clones were going to the planet Bracca, I knew where that was because I own the game Fallen Order! And when Wrecker went into full Terminator mode, I was legit afraid for the crew! Tell me about your thoughts on this week’s episode! Till next time, fellow blerds!
Updated: Jun 27, 2021
Star Wars: The Bad Batch review
Greetings, exalted ones! Welcome back to another review of Star Wars: The Bad Batch! This episode leaves on a small mystery, so spoilers ahead!!! With that said, let’s go!
While Omega is practicing with her new bow-blaster, Hunter and the rest of the Bad Batch are with Cid, who gives them a new assignment. Travel to the planet Corellia (Han Solo’s birth planet!), and retrieve ahead of a tactical droid that has sensitive information on it. After a brief but intense exchange between Hunter and Cid, the team travels to Corellia.
The job is simple enough, break into a droid junkyard, grab the head, and get out with none the wiser. However, Omega sees two “workers” after the same droid head! From there, things go from bad to worse! Now, the Bad Batch and the two “workers” (who happen to be Trace and Rafa, from Season Seven of The Clone Wars) must work together to overcome the onslaught of police droids attacking them.
While this is going on, team member Wrecker suffers a head injury and strangely repeats the catchphrase, “Good soldiers follow orders…”! Could this be an indication of bad news for the Bad Batch?! Will Wrecker's inhibitor chip activate, later in the show? The clones and the sisters are stuck in a crossfire until Tech and Echo have an idea; reactivate the old battle droids in the junkyard to aid them in battle. Eventually, Wrecker shakes off his injury and joins the fray! Even Omega gets off some great shots with her bow!
And with the old battle droids turning the tide, everyone escapes with the information. Hunter gives a copy of the data to one of the sisters, coming to an understanding about how important the information is to fight the newly created Empire. While the Bad Batch leaves, Trace and Rafa contact a mysterious clocked figure via hologram, explaining their run-in with the Bad Batch. We don’t see this figure’s face, but perhaps we’ll discover the identity of the hooded figure in later episodes!
All in all, this episode was more action-packed than the other two, and had me asking “Is that Ashoka the sisters are talking to?! Who is that? Another Jedi? Maybe a certain Senator from Naboo who wants to strike back against the Empire?” A far more intriguing episode, to be sure. Till next time, fellow blerds, and may the force be with you!
Updated: Jun 27, 2021
On this review of Star Wars: The Bad Batch, it’s gonna be a two-for-one deal. I’m reviewing both this week’s and last week’s episode! Let’s get started!
Last week’s episode, Cornered, dealt with a revealing fact that Omega has a bounty on her head! We don’t know who placed the bounty yet, but a familiar face shows up. Fennec Shand, herself! From seasons 1 and 2 of The Mandalorian, Shand is slightly younger in her career, as she attempts to capture Omega from Hunter and the Bad Batch. She even goes toe-to-toe with Hunter and Wrecker! Of course, the clone troopers get away, but it’s cool to see more characters pop up from different shows. Perhaps, we’ll see a certain Dark Lord of the Sith show up! Ming-Na Wen reprises her role and does well with her voice-over work.
This week’s episode, Rampage, the Bad Batch goes to a distant planet called Ord Mantell to meet an old “ally” from the days of the Republic. Echo suggests that they meet with the ally to gather more intelligence on who the bounty hunter is from the last episode and why she’s after Omega. The group meets with an information trafficker called Cid, who proposes a deal; free a target called Munchi from some slave traders, and Cid will give the clones the info they need. Upon reaching the slave traders’ campsite, they realize that Munchi isn’t some kid, but a baby Rancor! The same rancor that we see later in Return of The Jedi, maybe?! Not so farfetched since we see Biba Fortuna in this episode! Biba was Jabba’s right-hand man, in Jabba’s gang. One awesome thing to see is Wrecker fighting off rancor with his bare hands! Eventually, the team delivers Munchi to Cid and discovers the identity of the bounty hunter. I feel like this episode is mostly filler, but it also feels like a sign of more important things to come story-wise.
That’s it for this review, my fellow blerds! Post your thoughts below and til next time!