Star Wars: The Bad Batch – Episode 8 Review
The Bad Batch hits its midpoint checkpoint with one of its best episodes which sees the team collide with a formidable and unexpected foe.
The bad lots latest the mission sees the team of clones come out in what is possibly the best episode of the series yet Star wars lots of action, Jedi: Fallen Order references, a spectacular character reveal, and even a clever use of the first-person shooter view.
So far, after its extended premiere, The Bad Batch had chosen to take a mission-based approach to the adventures of Clone Force 99 which served as a backdrop for the whole team to come together by forming closer relationships with each other, as well as by including encounters with other characters finding their way through the newly formed Galactic Empire. Now series creator Dave Filoni seems more determined to separate what the series has been building for two months by raising the stakes to deliver. The bad lots first real cliffhanger after “Reunion”.
Things start where the show ended last week with the Batch parting ways with Captain Rex on the planet Bracca as some members of the Scrapper Guild followed closely behind, both of which are highlighted in Fallen Order (available on EA Play via Xbox Game Pass). Naturally, the scrappers quickly send the Bad Batch to the Galactic Empire, putting the gang in imminent danger as their old friend Crosshair and his new team of elite soldiers are quickly deployed to pursue them.
While the Batch is keenly aware that they are being spied on, they are not ready to face the full force of the Empire, so instead they try to seize the opportunity to get their hands on some valuable enough weapons that they can. use to pay their big debt to Cid. At the same time, viewers get a well-deserved explanation of exactly why they found all the medical equipment and weapons of the abandoned Jedi Cruiser completely intact, with the Beast Dianoga keeping them all safe for the gang to find. and finally heal Wrecker’s darkness. laterally induced migraine.
On Kamino, Lama Su finds the need to resort to his own methods to prevent the Empire from killing Omega in the midst of their quest to liquidate the thug Bad Batch, so here is where we learn for sure that the Kaminoans do employ bounty hunters. like Fennec Shand to get his hands on the very precious Omega.
In what is easily one of the things that sets this episode apart from the previous six, things quickly start to turn ugly for the lot, as Crosshair’s new team and Empire reinforcements have no trouble overwhelming them. . This marks the start of what is perhaps the best action streak in the series to date, which continues for a good chunk of the episode’s duration after both sides get to grips with the type of combat tactic that the other is required to use because of the collective experiences of the battlefield.
Despite Omega’s best wishes and efforts to stop Crosshair from killing them, their old friend is relentless in his pursuit, which leaves the lot divided and the public really feels that one of the members of the ‘team could well fall during this fight. Eventually, the Lot finds a way to outsmart Crosshair and the rest of the Empire’s forces, in a scheme that involves firing the engine through which much of the chase took place, causing Crosshair to be absolutely set on fire. and maintains what appears to be some pretty serious injuries.
However, the real icing on the cake comes once Hunter and Omega find a group of vanished Empire clone troopers, with the culprit being none other than Clone wars veteran bounty hunter Cad Bane. The revelation is certainly one of the The bad lots best times so far, not even because Cad Bane is such a cool character, but really for the way he’s presented here, taking down Hunter after the two engage in a pretty tense Mexican standoff that’s wonderfully crowned with the perfect music for it.
This means Cad Bane and his trusty droid Todo 360 complete their mission objective and take an unconscious Omega to introduce her to whoever hired them, but not before Hunter shoots the devious Todo. Even though for now the employers of Cad Bane and Fennec Shand are presumed to be the Kaminoans, the presence of two bounty hunters on the tail of the Batch could foreshadow a future appearance by Boba Fett himself or The Mandalorian which could somehow tie The bad lot at one of Disney’s other upcoming shows.
Finally, before anyone has time to deal with everything that just happened, the rest of the batch arrives on the scene to help Hunter and quickly run away for his life, as Crosshair’s Empire team is still on the scene. there to kill them. The camera angle then switches to a view of Hunter’s helmet showing how disoriented our Rambo-Solid Snake lookalike is after taking a blaster to Cad Bane’s chest, which does wonders in conveying the feeling that the lot has barely managed to get out of Bracca and they are down a limb.
All in all, “Reunion” definitely ends on a positive note after such a fantastic reveal that will leave The Bad Batch embarks on a new quest to save their surrogate adopted daughter, however, it’s not all about Omega as episode eight even left Crosshair scars and he and the whole lot will step down. to think about what went wrong and how each failed respective homework.
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