Updated: Jun 27, 2021
So, episode three of Star Wars: The Bad Batch kinda feels like more filler, but with more historical filler. I'll explain later. This episode is called "Replacements" and with good reason, because the clone army is being questioned in its effectiveness. This is probably the more interesting story of the episode.
The Bad Batch's ship is badly damaged after fleeing from the Empire in the last episode. Except for leader Hunter, none of them are used to having a child on the team. As Wrecker complains about not having enough food, Echo and Tech bicker about building a device that can see if their own inhibitor chips can still be functioning. Just then, their ship loses power and crash lands on a barren moon. They have to repair their power source if they want to fix it. With the help of Omega, the Bad Batch gets their ship up and running again. Wrecker even shows his thanks by building Omega her own room! (How sweet!)
Ok, this is where the episode gets interesting...and kind of dark, for a cartoon. But the Clone Wars series was always kind of dark. So back with Admiral Tarkin, Crosshair is being evaluated for his ability to follow orders. Another Imperial Official recommends using soldiers that have volunteered rather than being dependent on clones for an army. Tarkin is intrigued, so he proposes a test... have Crosshair lead a team of soldiers to finish what Clone Force 99 didn't. Kill Saw Gurerra and his rebels! And of course, there's always that one person who wants to be the alpha of the group and tries to order everyone around. When the team lands on location, it's no mercy for the Rebel fighters. When all of the Debels are killed, it's only just non-combatants left. Crosshair questions one of them about the location, with no answer. Crosshair then shoots the non-combatant in cold blood! The "alpha" tries to take over, saying that they were only supposed to fight enemy soldiers, to which Crosshair kills him too! Quoting the phrase, "Good soldiers follow orders…", he orders the rest of the group to execute the civilian! When they return, Tarkin is pleased with the success of the group and is interested in integrating clones with volunteers for the Imperial Army.
Back on the planet Kamino, the Clone Engineers are worried that their prime DNA from Jango Fett (the prime suspect for making the clone army) is deteriorating. The Kaminoans need another source material for being relevant to the Empire. I wonder who they will use.
And that's it for this week! Hope you not only liked the episode but my take on The Bad Batch!! Post your thoughts below and till next time fellow blerds!!!
Updated: Jun 27, 2021
Ok, this will be a doubleheader, since Disney Plus released two episodes in one week! Not mad at that, since it is Star Wars week! Star Wars: The Bad Batch is about the enhanced Clone Force 99, and is centered right in the middle of Order 66 (the eradication of the Jedi Order and rise of the Galactic Empire, which takes place during Episode III). A little background of the characters first. During the Clone Wars, the Republic cloned the DNA of a bounty hunter called Jango Fett to create the army needed to fight off the opposing Separatist forces. But a few clones were considered “defective”, so they placed the clones in a small unit and assigned them to the most dangerous of tasks. The Bad Batch consists of their leader Hunter (enhanced senses), Wrecker (enhanced strength), Tech (communications expert) Crosshairs (sniper), and Echo (half man, half machine). Ok, so with the introductions done, let’s get underway with the reviews!
Episode one deals with the Republic winning the war and turning into the Galactic Empire! While this is happening, the Bad Batch is providing support to their Jedi General Depa Billaba and her padawan Kanan Jarrus (From Star Wars: Rebels!) While on the battlefield, The Emperor declares Order 66, which declares the Jedi as enemies of the Empire! After the clones execute Jedi Master Billaba, they turn to Kanan! Kanan evades the clones, but Hunter and Crosshairs chase him down. While Hunter tries to talk to Kanan and figure out what’s going on, Crosshairs tries to shoot him! Hunter stops him, allowing Kanan to escape! Crosshairs say that “Good soldiers follow orders.” Something only clones who have special inhibitor chips would say.
From there, the Bad Batch reports to the planet Kamino where all clones were created. They are told that the newly created Empire is in charge, and also Clone Force 99 will be tested to see if they have a place in the Empire. The test is supervised by Admiral Tarkin, who changes the rules by having droids using live rounds. After surviving the test, Tarkin sends them to find insurgents and kill them. Most of the Squad refuses, except Crosshairs (who still has a functioning inhibitor chip in his head.) After some tinkering with the chip, Crosshairs joins with the Empire and fights his brothers. The Bad Batch escapes, with a girl called Omega, and head off-world!
The second episode is a bit of filler, with Hunter struggling to take care of the child, Omega. Omega looks up to the Bad Batch (Hunter, especially) and finds a place with the team. The team finds a deserted Clone Trooper on a planet that's occupied by the Empire. They want to leave, but they need to get registered first. Tech and Echo talk about hacking into the Empire's system to get the registration and the deserted Clone and Hunter talk about leaving Omega with the other clone and his family. Initially, Omega reluctantly goes with the family, but after getting caught by local Imperial Forces she decides to go with Hunter and the rest of the squad. Giving in, Hunter acknowledges that he has a lot to learn, taking care of a child.
So far, it's pretty good. Dee Bradly Baker does a wonderful job of voicing all of the clones and making them sound unique. The big question I have, is Hunter going to be forced to kill Crosshairs? And will other characters like Boba Fett or a newly crowned Darth Vader show up! Till next time, my fellow blerds!!!