Star Wars: Bad Batch recap and spoilers
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Bad Batch Season 1, Episode 7, “Battle Scars”, now airing on Disney +.
“Battle Scars” resumes in the media res, the Havoc Marauder being shot at by a trio of ships in space. For their latest job, Clone Force 99 stole a lizard, which Omega calls “Ruby”, from a group known as Rhokai. “Technically, the Rhokai stole the lizard first. We’re just intercepting it,” Tech points out. (Thanks Tech!) Echo brings the hyperdrive online just in time for them to escape. Upon their return to Ord Mantell, Cid admits that she doesn’t know why her client wants “Ruby”. Hunter berates her for not caring as long as she gets paid. “Now you understand. And guess what? It means you get paid too, ”she retorts.
Cid pays the team but Hunter is angry, saying she told them the work is paid three times as much. She tells him it’s for her and throws him a list of their expenses, including mooring, shipping, gear, fuel, rations and … 20 cartons of Mantell Mix. Yes, it looks like Wrecker and Omega feasted on a delicious snack known as Mantell Mix after their missions and put it on Cid’s tab. Surprisingly, she isn’t crazy about it and informs Hunter that he needs a big score to sort things out between them. But there’s no time for that right now, as it turns out the clones are being watched by a hooded alien. It’s Rex!
In a fun twist, “Battle Scars” reveals that Rex was the mysterious individual the Martez sisters contacted after their adventure with Clone Force 99 on Corellia. He is also listed as dead in Imperial records, according to Tech. “Being dead in the eyes of the Empire has its advantages,” admits Rex. However, he’s clearly shocked to learn that Omega is a clone like any other. Omega, who is equally surprised at first to see the others kissing a reg, acknowledges that Rex is a Gen 1 clone based on his facial lines. This amuses him, but his joy is short-lived when Wrecker’s headache abruptly returns.
Worried, Rex quickly deduces that Wrecker’s inhibitor chip is working. Despite Tech’s assurances that the “deviant nature” of Clone Force 99 has hampered the functioning of their chips, Rex is alarmed to learn that the others have not removed them. time bombs and a threat to those around them, Omega included. Poor Rex is clearly traumatized by Order 66, saying he doesn’t want to bury his brothers anymore. He tells them it’s not something they can’t control either, insisting they have their chips removed as soon as possible, luckily he knows how to do it.
Hunter and the gang agree to meet Rex on Bracca, a Mid Rim world that Hunter calls “a spaceship graveyard.” Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 7, but you have to be careful to avoid the Scrapper Guild, which controls Bracca. (Foreshadowing!) Rex also warns them to stay above the planet’s waterline. (No more foreshadowing!) Sure enough, when Wrecker falls into the water, he’s attacked by a tentacle creature. No, this is not a tribute to the octopus of Lords of the Rings, it’s a dianogo: the creature that assaulted Luke Skywalker in the Death Star trash compactor of New hope.
With the help of the others, Wrecker pushes back the dianogo, and the team travels to the Jedi Cruiser Medical Bay. It’s run down, much to Tech’s chagrin, but still works. A nervous Wrecker is comforted by Omega in another example of their adorable friendship. Omega is scared enough herself, admitting that she is scared if something goes wrong, she will be left on her own. Hunter promises that won’t happen, assuring him, “You’re stuck with us for the long haul.” As the surgical capsule comes to life, Rex notes that very few clones were able to resist Order 66. Hunter admits they didn’t understand why the regs attacked the Jedi on Kaller and mentions allowing Kanan Jarrus to s ‘escape.
Suddenly, Wrecker begins to choke Tech! “You are in direct violation of Order 66,” he said in an unusually robotic manner. He starts shooting the others, calling them traitors and even tacking Hunter to a wall, telling him “All Order 66-violating clones will be wiped out.” Omega bravely shoots her and asks Wrecker to pursue her. She is able to escape thanks to her small size and begs Wrecker to stop. Unfortunately, the inhibitor chip is too powerful, forcing Wrecker (who is clearly in distress) to repeat Crosshair’s chilling slogan: “Good soldiers follow orders.”
Fortunately, Rex is able to knock Wrecker out before he kills Omega. It is placed in the surgical basket and survives the chip removal process. Unfortunately, he doesn’t regain consciousness right away, leaving poor Omega to sit down and wait anxiously. Rex suggests that Hunter take Omega on top for some fresh air, but she is adamant about staying with Wrecker until he wakes up. Luckily, he does and even begins to joke to cheer Omega up before apologizing for earlier, saying he was having trouble controlling himself but couldn’t. In response, Omega gives him a handful of Mantell Mix, noting that they can’t break tradition. It’s a moving moment, to say the least.
Once the others’ tokens are removed, Rex contacts someone promising to meet them at the rendezvous on their next rotation. Hunter overhears this, telling Rex he thought he wasn’t out of the fight yet. “I have spent my life defending the Republic. I can’t stop now, ”Rex replies. Hunter points out that the Republic is gone, but Rex maintains that there is still a part of it, adding that Clone Force 99’s skills would be a huge asset. Hunter says he needs to do what’s best for his team, admitting he’s still figuring out what it is. Rex tells him to get in touch once he does, parting ways with Hunter on a hopeful note before disappearing into the night.
Elsewhere, members of the Scrapper Guild watch from afar. Having spotted the clones, their leader orders their associates to contact the Empire. It’s not exactly a cliffhanger, but it’s a disturbing way to end an otherwise welcome reunion between Rex and the gang.
Created by Dave Filoni, Star Wars: The Bad Batch stars Dee Bradley Baker, Andrew Kishino and Ming-Na Wen. New episodes air Fridays on Disney +.
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