Star Wars: The Bad Batch Episode 7 Easter Eggs & Recalls
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Bad Batch Season 1, Episode 7, “Battle Scars,” streaming now on Disney +.
Sometimes it seems that every Star wars the project is just one big Easter egg, and “Battle Scars” is no exception. The last episode of The bad Group is littered with all kinds of callbacks to previous ones Star wars shows, movies and even video games Here is a chronological list of all the references in “Battle Scars”.
The callbacks start at the start of this entry, with the episode title acting as a faceted callback. “Battle Scars” addresses the general theme that actions have consequences and that war is a difficult thing, even for clones bred specifically to fight. But more than that, the scars are a literal reference to the injuries that will be done when the Bad Batch removes their inhibitory chips later in the episode, and also serves as a reminder to Star Wars Rebels Season 2, Episode 3, “The Lost Commanders”. In the episode, Rex tells Ezra, “The war has left its scars on all of us.” He was referring to how Order 66 had an obvious impact on the Jedi, but it was also problematic for the Clones who were forced to act against their will.
At the start of the episode, Clone Force 99 flees the Rhokai after stealing some kind of lizard. Unable to escape two chasing ships, they attempt to leap at lightning speed, only to have the hyperdrive go offline. Echo scrambles to fix it, and just before the Rhokain ships can bring down the ship, he comes back in line. This sequence is a subtle Easter egg that references the start of The Empire Strikes Back when Han, Chewbacca and Leia flee the Empire and barely escape because the Millennium Falcon hyperdrive was offline.
Back at Cid’s canteen, Hunter takes care of the mission payment while Wrecker and Omega go out for a snack. At the back of the cantina, there is an Ithorien and a Weequay playing the Dejarik, also known as the holochess. Dejarik has been seen in various Star wars media, but its most notable appearance is New hope when Han Solo advises R2-D2 to let Chewbacca win.
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It’s quite surprising that it took Captain Rex so long to make an appearance in The bad lot, but it finally happened in “Battle Scars”. As Clone Force 99 chats with Cid in the cantina, Rex fires a warning shot to get rid of the Ithorian and Weequay, resulting in a dramatic reveal. As the group rush out of Cid’s office, Rex removes his hood and reveals that he was the mysterious figure in the hologram from the last episode.
Rex is dead?
Clone Force 99 begins to catch up with their old friend and he tells them he’s been keeping a low profile since the rise of the Empire, despite setting up a rebellion. However, Tech points out that, according to the Imperial files, Rex was killed. This creates an interesting mystery as the Empire knows Rex is alive by the events of Rebels, which means he still has some work to do before it’s all said and done.
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When Wrecker sees Rex, the Captain immediately takes note of the clone’s headaches and realizes that the Inhibitor Chip is the cause. He knows what could happen if the chip activates, given that he succumbed to its programming in The clone wars Season 7 when he tried to kill Ahsoka Tano, and immediately advised the team to remove their chips.
Although it has been speculated in the past, “Battle Scars” reveals that Omega does not have an inhibitor chip. Obviously, she wasn’t made to fight the Jedi, but it remains a mystery why her creators left out such a vital part of almost every clone. It’s possible Omega doesn’t have one because she’s been made unchanged as Boba Fett, or maybe she’s part of the Kaminoans’ secret plans to maintain her relevance in the galaxy.
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Bracca and the Scrapers Guild
After Rex leaves Cid’s, he asks Clone Force 99 to meet him on a crashed Jedi cruiser on the planet Bracca to have their tokens removed. Bracca, of course, is the same planet Cal Kestis crashed into in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. There are several references to the game in the episode, including a musical motif as the Bad Batch rolls out of hyperspace, the Scraper Guild, and even a possible reference to the Ibdis Maw. Hopefully with all of these direct references to Fallen Order, Clone Force 99 will cross paths with a young Cal Kestis before the end of the series.
As the group makes their way to the Jedi cruiser on Bracca, Rex mentions to Echo that Fives tried to talk to him about the inhibitor chips before he died in The Clone Wars. Rex didn’t get it at the time and was forced to hunt down his friend, whom Palpatine falsely accused of an assassination attempt in order to eliminate him, but still wishes he had listened all this time. later.
As Rex leads the Bad Batch through the cruiser, they must make their way through a cable above a tall ship gouge. Wrecker is the last to leave and ends up breaking the cable, forcing it to fall straight into the mouth of a hungry monster. While the beast could be part of the Ibdis Maw, it is more likely a Dianoga – the same kind of creature that tried to eat Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewie on the first Death Star in New hope.
Towards the end of the episode, Rex talks over a comm link to someone meeting at a meeting point. Once again, The Bad Batch leaves the character a mystery, but there are plenty of potential candidates out there, including Ahsoka Tano, Bail Organa, Saw Guerra, and Wolfe and Gregor. It doesn’t matter who it is, however, The bad lot will probably act as a bridge between The clone wars and Rebels for Rex.
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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