I honestly could not find a thing wrong about The Bad Batch Season 2 premiere episodes. And I am super-excited for the guaranteed thrills and surprises this season will bring.
The Bad Batch is back! Season 2 is finally here and it has delivered an exciting 2 part episode with tons of action and well-written plot lines. When we last saw Clone Force 99 they were escaping the destruction of Tipoca City on Kamino and briefly formed a truce with former 99 member Crosshair.
The premiere episode begins in classic Star Wars in media res style, with the clones finishing a mission on a gorgeous art-rendered beach world being chased by giant killer crabs. The crabs represent all that is fun about Star Wars. Chock full of dangerous megafauna is what Star Wars is known and loved for.
We see that Omega has become more of a seasoned warrior with her laser bow. And she has had a clothing appearance change. She now looks kinda like a forest ranger, and I can swear her voice sounds a little deeper. The clones are still doing jobs for Cid, the cranky yet colorful Trandoshan employer. Cid introduces us to her friend Skree. Skree is a black human who has quite the attitude. She doesn’t do very much in this episode. But her introduction is surely setting up her deeper involvement in future episodes.
Cid tells the clones that if they can retrieve a valuable war chest from Count Dooku’s old palace, they will be set for life. Hunter thinks it’s too risky. But the other clones eventually turn Cid’s way and Hunter begrudgingly agrees to the mission. It’s very interesting to see Dooku’s homeworld of Kamino. And at one point, we get to see the clones in Dooku’s main chamber which brings back memories of The Clone Wars series.
The plot is very well done, and I liked the creativity of how they all got separated. Echo, Omega, and Tech find themselves trapped on a shipping container and Wrecker and Hunter are on the outside running from Clone patrols. The Empire hasn’t fully shifted to non-clone “Stormtroopers” so we see a lot more competence coming from the bad guys. I find it very endearing that Clone Force 99 is only shooting stun blasts. But sometimes I question why they shouldn’t use more deadly force. It was said last season that they view the clones as their brothers so they don’t want to hurt them, yet the Empire clones have no qualms about doing deadly force whatsoever.
Echo, Omega, and Tech use a shipping container’s emergency reentry thrusters to leave the ship. But poor Tech suffers an injury and slows them down a bit. His injury was jarringly similar to what happened to that poor kid in Andor, Nemik, though luckily Tech is not paralyzed. He just suffers from a broken femur. Tech has all the trappings of a too-smart-for-your-own-good character as he constantly spouts science and technical information and reminds me somewhat of a Star Wars version of Sheldon Cooper!
Omega shines as well in these episodes as she is super-determined to try and collect the riches in the war chest. Because she feels guilty that her clone brothers left everything to give her a free life. I can’t blame her for feeling guilty. It’s kinda true. I honestly could not find a thing wrong about these two premiere episodes. And I am super-excited for the guaranteed thrills and surprises this season will bring. Great writing. Great dialogue. And great action. 8.7 out of 10 Death Stars.
Star Wars: The Bad Batch Season 2 is streaming on Disney Plus NOW!
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