The Bad Batch Episode 8 Explained: A Legendary Gunslinger Returns
Welcome to The Bad Batch Explained, our weekly column devoted to these raw remnants of the Clone Wars and their march through a daring new galaxy, far distant. In this entry, we load into Star Wars: The Bad Batch Episode 8 (“Reunion”) and explore The Clone Wars story around a particularly wicked / groovy bounty hunter. So yeah, there are spoilers here.
This is how they got you. You are too busy looking at the sniper on the hill; you miss the crouching shooter in your spaceship. For weeks we waited for Crosshair to return in Star wars: The bad lot, and just like him, the fastest weapon in the galaxy sets out for a last-minute duel. Cad Scourge has made a comeback in the franchise, and he’s the right amount of mayhem to shake things up now that the series is halfway there.
Hunter and the rest of Clone Force 99 narrowly escape with their lives on Bracca, the planet of the Junkyard. After the Scrapper Guild determines their location, the Empire does not send a paltry squad to confront the deserters. Nope. Admiral Rampart unleashes a full platoon and orders Crosshair not to take any prisoners. With his inhibitory chip still firmly anchored in his noggin, the former Bad Batcher yields to extreme prejudices.
So while Crosshair has no problem firing a blaster at old friends’ brains, Hunter can’t bring himself to do the same. Clone Force 99 bob and weave through the Jedi Cruiser, avoiding clone-on-clone violence for as long as possible. And they succeed. Sort of.
As they sneak into the Jedi Cruiser’s engine, Crosshair ignites the monster. The engine roars. Clone Force 99 is about to be cremated. They carefully place loads along its interior walls and snap the motor in half. Crosshair gets a face full of propulsion and will never be the same again. Next time we see him, Crosshair will have a little more scar tissue motivation (and maybe even a whole new helmet) to fuel his antagonism.
But there is a problem for another day. Cad Bane is now the main concern of Clone Force 99. The bounty hunter ambushes the ambushes. After slaughtering the Imperial soldiers hidden in Hunter’s shuttle, Cad Bane emerges from the shadows and presents few options. Traitors can either hand over the Omega Child or die with their faces in the dust.
Hunter is no slouch with a pistol. He chooses to face each other, and for a second, that seems like the worst decision he’s ever made. Cade Bane draws and apparently makes a hole in Hunter’s chest. The good soldier goes down and the kid is picked up by the bounty killer. Fortunately, the laser blast hits Hunter’s chest plate and not his actual breastbone. He will live to fight another day and hopefully track down the mercenary and get his youngest member back.
Cad Bane wandered the Star wars franchise since The clone wars Season 2 premiere, “Holocron Heist. “With the execution of Jango Fett during Attack of the Clonesclimax, a massive vacuum formed in the bounty hunter market. Boba was barely a teenager (and cats like Dengar and Bossk could only sell a limited number of toys). Bane became the go-to rogue agent who appeared whenever a change of pace was needed. Anakin and Ahsoka couldn’t escape the Battle Droids in every episode.
The bounty hunter was an immediate fan favorite. He belonged to the Duros breed, these funky little green men substitutes you see for a split second during the original cantina scene. However, his outfit and demeanor were one hundred percent inspired by The Man with No Name… well, maybe not Clint Eastwood’s character, but his brother Angel Eyes played by Lee van cleef in Good, the bad, and the ugly one.
Where Angel Eyes was delighted to disguise himself as a Union trooper, Cad Bane pulled off the same ploy with the Clone Trooper duds. Both killers appreciate the wide-brimmed hat so they can do some dramatic highlights in no time. And both mastered the slow oozing of language, where words can turn into sinister threats in the blink of an eye.
Bane’s attraction lies in his utter rejection of the Cool Jedi. Wizards do nothing for him, and he puts several in the ground despite their magical powers. As Han Solo once said, “Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster by your side.” Cad Bane has proven time and time again that this is the case in The clone wars.
Also next to Bane is the trusty Techno Todo 360 service droid. The little bot is rarely respected by his master, but like R2-D2, he always has the right tool at the right time. Her greatest gift is her presence. As a chatterbox, he’s often the only one who can make Bane hear. The Bounty Hunter needs a droid to keep him away from isolation and madness.
We haven’t seen Bane since The clone wars Season 4 Episode “Crisis on Naboo. “At the time, he took a job from Count Dooku. His mission was to kidnap Chancellor Palpatine, but Obi-Wan Kenobi beat Bane at his own game, disguising himself as the ruthless assassin Rako Hardeen. Bane swore an oath. to take revenge on Kenobi, but apart from a few references in Star wars: Rebels and an appearance in the Darth Maul comic book, we haven’t heard a sound from Bane until now.
Cad Bane is the perfect support player for The bad lot. The whole series revolves around gray areas. Clone Force 99 tries to play outside of the skirmish. They are freed from the Empire, but they are also not ready to return to the field alongside an emerging rebellion. Hunter made his crew his priority. Cad Bane only cares about number one.
Clone Force 99’s pursuit of Cad Bane will help Hunter prioritize his values. He is not the Bad One; it’s not Lee Van Cleef. Hunter has Clint Eastwood’s Blondie in his heart, and if Blondie was the Good One, then there is certainly hope for Hunter to fill that role of Spaghetti Western. Does that make Crosshair the ugly? After embracing this blast of Jedi Cruiser propulsion, he’ll definitely have the face that matches the name.
More important questions still loom over Cad Bane’s role. Why did the Kaminoans hire him to go get Omega? What’s their endgame regarding Omega genetics? We are running for answers, and they will also push Clone Force 99 to consolidate their moral position. In Star wars there is no margin.