The Bad Batch is setting up a Cal Kestis cameo, but will it be delivered?
Star Wars: The Bad Batch has just teased the return of a certain Jedi from the video game thanks to the appearance of an unexpected but familiar planet.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Bad Batch Season 1, Episode 7, “Battle Scars,” streaming now on Disney +.
Star Wars: The Wrong Lot saw Clone Force 99 roam the galaxy in search of work and raising the young improved clone, Omega. The most recent episode, “Battle Scars,” saw the return of fan-favorite Captain Rex as he took his fellow clones on a mission to finally remove their inhibitor chips after the events of Order 66. Rex wasn’t the only element returning to the episode, as the former Clone Commander led the group to the planet Bracca.
Respawn Entertainment fans Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order The video game will know Bracca, because it is the first planet that players start on. Cal Kestis, a former Jedi Padawan, went into hiding in Bracca after narrowly escaping Order 66. He worked there for five years and still works there as a rigger at the start of the game. After using his Force abilities To save his friend, Cal is chased out of the world by the Inquisitors and manages to escape thanks to the efforts of former Jedi knight Cere Junda and pilot Greez Dritus.
With The bad lot taking place shortly after Order 66, it seems reasonable to assume that Cal is on Bracca when Clone Force 99 and Rex visit the planet. The episode had other callbacks to the game besides its location, with two members of the Scrappers Guild wearing the same type of poncho Cal sported in Fallen Order.
Wrecker, while trying to cross a treacherous drop, is attacked by a dianoga, a squid-like creature that was first introduced in New hope when he attacked Luke while he, Han, and Leia were trying to escape the Death Star trash compactor. Although it is a different creature from the Ibdis Maw who also lives on Bracca in Fallen Order, their similar designs and the way they eat trash (or stray people) suggest another connection between the game and the episode.
Cal landed on Bracca in an escape pod of a Venator-class star destroyer, where it’s likely he joined the Scrapper Guild soon after in order to make a living and survive. It is also likely that he just joined the guild around the time of The bad lot, which means that an appearance by a teenager Cal Kestis is a strong possibility. Additionally, Cal’s Jedi Master Jaro Tapal sabotaged their Venator to mask their escape, which resulted in the ship crashing into Bracca. This means that the odds that the Star Destroyer Clone Force 99 used to remove their inhibitor chips are the same ones Cal escaped from are also pretty high.
During the events of Fallen Order, Cal ends up exploring another crashed Venator ship on the planet Zeffo. He finds a sanctuary made up of clone helmets dedicated to the clones and comments on how he wished people had known the truth about how the clones betrayed the Jedi. Cal’s comment seems to suggest that he has never heard of the inhibitor chips or that he hasn’t had a good experience with the clones following Order 66. Even so, that doesn’t stop him from doing so. interact with Clone Force 99, especially considering how The bad lot had no problem rewriting canon so far.
If Cal Kestis appears in future episodes, it gives fans the opportunity to see his debut on Bracca and how he will react to the arrival of the Empire. With members of the Scrappers Guild contacting the Empire about Hunter and his team at the end of “Battle Scars”, there is a chance that Cal mistakenly believes the Empire is there for him instead of the clones. .
With Cal’s future already known Star wars fans, there’s also a chance that the only appearance fans will get is a passing cameo in order to preserve the timeline. Either way, the galaxy of Star wars just a little more connected.
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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