Star Wars: The Bad Batch recap and spoilers
Clone Force 99 embarked on a rescue mission in Star Wars: The Bad Batch Season 1, Episode 5, “Rampage.” Here’s a spoiler-filled recap of what happened.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Bad Batch Season 1, Episode 5, “Rampage,” which airs on Disney +.
With Fennec Shand on the tail, “Rampage” sees Clone Force 99 abandon their plans to shut up for the time being and head to Ord Mantell, hoping to get some information on who this enigmatic bounty hunter is and why she is. running after them (or, more precisely, Omega). The resulting episode is another action-packed outing that gives Wrecker a welcome chance to shine as he traces Omega’s continued growth and development from an inexperienced child companion to being just as capable as the other members of his family found.
Did we mention there’s a baby – okay, “teenager” – resentment? Yes, “Rampage” is the episode that was teased for The bad lotmarketing, sending Clone Force 99 on a surprising rescue mission to recover an adorable grudge so unleashed (hence the episode’s title) named Muchi. This is all part of a job Hunter and the gang are undertaking at the behest of Cid (voiced by the great Rhea Pearlman), a Trandoshan bar owner who served as an informant to the Jedi during the Clone Wars. Promising to provide them with information about Fennec (starting with her name), Cid hires the crew to save Muchi from the pack of Zygerrian slaves who kidnapped her … while leaving out the part about her resentment.
Appearances to the contrary, however, Muchi isn’t the grudge that Luke Skywalker will end up killing during Return of the Jedi; In Star Wars canon, Jabba the Hutt’s beloved pet is a resentful man named Pateesa. “Rampage” culminates with Muchi’s reunion with his owner and Jabba’s right-hand man, Bib Fortuna, leaving his ultimate fate in the air. It’s a little solace for anyone who ended the episode thinking they just spent some time bonding with a creature doomed to a horrific ending. Muchi’s subplot is also a refreshing example of Star Wars’ continued efforts to better develop nonhumans in a galaxy far, far away, instead of treating them as callous beings without their own practices or beliefs.
Example: To calm Muchi down, Tech informs Wrecker, “Grudges adhere to a social hierarchy. You must challenge the alpha for authority.” Wrecker, the charming brawler that he is, takes this as a signal to challenge Muchi on his own, resulting in a fist fight between the pair he wins by default after punching Muchi enough to subject her to a quick nap. . a gratifying change of pace from The bad lotThe final two Wrecker episodes, in which Wrecker was frequently sidelined in order to keep the stakes high and not allow Clone Force 99 to overwhelm the enemies they were fighting. At the same time, Wrecker continues to suffer from a headache in “Rampage” – a baffling little detail that has popped up on several occasions, suggesting that there is either something wrong with his inhibitor chip, or worse. It looks like a time bomb that will explode soon.
On a more encouraging note, “Rampage” allows Omega to come out on top after nearly getting killed on Saleucami and stepping right into Fennec’s hands on Pantora, prompting Hunter to give him a basic but useful set of rules to follow. . (“Don’t wander away, keep my eyes and ears on my surroundings and trust no one other than my team,” Omega recites, arriving on Ord Mantell.) She ends up saving more or less. the day after Hunter orders him to stay behind while the others retrieve Muchi from the Zygerrian slavers. Demonstrating just how far she’s come in no time, Omega deftly avoids being captured when the others are imprisoned by the slavers, before continuing to free Muchi – giving the rest of Clone Force 99 the opening they need to escape into the ensuing brawl.
While the Galactic Empire does not make an explicit appearance on “Rampage,” its presence is heavy throughout the episode. The Galactic Republic, for all its faults, actually banned slavery at one point, as Echo reminds the leader of the Zygerrian slavers. “We are no longer in the Republic, skug,” he replies, adding, “With the interference of the Republic party, we can return to Kadavo and rebuild what was taken from us.” It’s a relatively subtle illustration of how the Empire once made the universe a worse place to live. This minor plot point also builds on the introduction of individual chain codes in Episode 2, “Cut and Run,” which makes it all the more clear how the Imperials intend to rule: in instilling fear and ignoring the struggles of the disadvantaged and marginalized.
The episode ends with Cid respecting his end of the bargain by revealing Fennec’s name to Hunter, stating “She’s new to the scene, but has already proven herself to be cunning and ruthless.” As of now, it’s unclear who employs him, although Cid’s sources within the Bounty Hunter Guild inform him that Fennec is “working on a direct commission”, implying that whoever is funded. Once again, the obvious answer would be for Kaminoan Prime Minister Lama Su and / or Chief Scientist Nala Se to pull the strings on him; However, it would be interesting if it turns out that Fennec is working for Boba Fett – a character with very different motivations for retrieving DNA from his father Jango – as some have speculated.
As for Cid, she says goodbye to Hunter, telling him that if he wants to ensure the safety of his family, he will need friends and money … but especially money. “Don’t worry. I’m good at secrets,” she adds slyly, which is as clear a sign as anyone to assume that this won’t be the last time Clone Force 99 sees her. , whether she be their ally or foe next time.
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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