Part 2 cannot come soon enough. Dave Filoni and his team hit one right out of the park with The Bad Batch. Fantastic episode.
The Season Finale of The Bad Batch has expectedly been divided into two parts. And if part 2 is as good as part 1, I think we can say we had a pretty successful first season. The Bad Batch is confirmed for Season 2 so fans will be able to breathe a sigh of relief now that they know this is not the last we see Clone Force 99.
Part 1 shows Crosshair setting a trap for his former squadmates. He knows they will come for Hunter, and purposefully activates Hunter’s comlink so they can track him. He’s on Kamino! Yikes. Hunter promised Omega she would never have to return there again. The visual animation is absolutely stunning and has improved so much since 2008. Omega’s hair looks wet at one point, and everything from the hyperspace tunnel to the waters of Kamino is gorgeous to look at.
SECRET LANDING PAD
Omega uses a secret landing pad in the middle of the ocean and then an underwater tube system to get into Tipoca City. The pod and tube have a very TRON-esque feel to them. And make heavy use of blue and white lighting which give it a futuristic high-tech appearance. Getting into the city is easy, and they must confront Crosshair. He is the lone exception to the ending of the clone’s service as soldiers. They are all gone, “reassigned” and so are the Kaminoans and their droids. This is not surprising.
END OF THE CLONE ERA
The Empire does not like anything too unique not under their control. And they want to secure the cloning technology for themselves. It is very likely they have all been executed, as was the fate of the Geonosians. And it’s quite chilling how much the Empire resembles the Third Reich. Crosshair is conflicted as expected, but he reveals a startling secret about himself, and, likely, he will never be a good guy ever again. This is sad, as he does still care about his fellow clones. Yet he truly believes they should join the Empire. I honestly don’t mind if Crosshair meets his end. He’s killed many innocent people and displays signs of sociopathy. Despite, his sharpshooting skills; they are better off without him.
The future looks VERY uncertain and Part 2 cannot come soon enough. I also have to add the goosebumps I felt when the hologram of Tarkin said “You may fire when ready.” Makes me nostalgic for the original Star Wars, which also happens to be my favorite. Dave Filoni has failed many times in trying to invoke the Originals through dialogue and plot points, but this time he hit one right out of the park. Fantastic episode.
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