Season 1 Episode 10 “The Batch has their ideology challenged.”
What I Liked?
1. The episode opens up with a perspective we truly haven’t seen yet. The Empire essentially forces a senator of a planet, establishing a new set of laws and implementing their regime onto the world. The senator rallies his citizens and is immediately taken from by the Clone/Stormtroopers and the Empire brings in their AT-T walkers.
2. This next part I thought was amazing was that when Omega was left behind and the Bad Batch went on their mission to extract the senator for Cid, Omega became quite moody. She truly has this aspect of a spoilt kid, which is something great to see because we haven’t actually seen the kid side of her yet.
3. My next point is just how amazing the Bad Batch is at doing their mission. In the previous episodes, we’ve seen them pretty much tease being stealthy until something goes wrong and well, everyone starts blasting, however, in this episode we get to see just how stealthy and strategic they can be, easily moving through the city, using stuns on their brothers and rescuing the senator.
4. Omega, stays behind and negotiates a deal with Cid on her cut in the Star Wars version of chess, at the end of the episode when the Bad Batch return, we come to learn that Omega has used her strategy and problem solving to pay of the squad’s debt to Cid, this was such a great moment because we got to see just how useful Omega will become, and even yet, potentially force sensitive.
What I Disliked?
My only gripe with this episode was the story with Cid and Omega, while it was great to see Omega use her mind, the typical “I’ll babysit the kid, I’ll use the kid to win money” type story which was reused from many other things. I just think this could have been done in a different and new way.
My favorite moment was the Squad’s escape from the city and eventually the planet. This moment absolutely showcased perfectly how great the squad is at being stealthy. It also showed that the Bad Batch is so superior to the regular Clone/Stormtroopers. Seeing the Bad Batch disable the Clone/Stormtroopers and even walkers were amazing.
Omega deserves the standout character this week, even though she wasn’t on the mission, she formed her own mission and paid off the debt the Bad Batch owes.
Even though this episode was quite clearly a filler episode, it still had its moments of great action, amazing story, and epic scenes. This episode also showed the beginnings of many things in the Star Wars franchise like the interrogation droids we saw in A New Hope.
Photo: Star Wars: The Bad Batch Common Grounds.