Following the debut of the newest animated series on Star Wars Day, the second episode arrived on Disney+ just a few days later and instantly picks up where the last episode finished.
The Bad Batch and Omega are now on the run from the Galatic Empire, having failed to kill Saw Gerrera and his group of independence fighters. The team head to a lesser-known planet to regroup and meet up with a fellow clone trooper deserter for some advice.
This leads the team to a small farm and the deserter’s family quickly take them, giving some much needed parental advice to Hunter, while also giving Omega her first taste of play, since she never experienced that on her homeworld of Kamino.
The main plot of this episode involves trying to sneak the family away on a transporter, after the Galatic Empire starts registering people onto a large database to track their every movement. The Bad Batch do their bit to assist them, with the idea that Omega will be safer with a family than a group of misfit defective clones.
After such a great debut earlier this week, this episode doesn’t quite deliver on the same level. It’s a perfectly fine episode and does its job in setting up the mentor/father/daughter relationship between Hunter and Omega, which is a staple of the Star Wars universe. I’m still not 100% sure about the addition of Omega to the team, as I feel the show would be stronger without the child aspect. But it makes sense from the point of view that this series is primarily aimed at a younger audience, but as with “The Clone Wars” and “Rebels”, is able to appeal to a larger audience.
This episode doesn’t instantly try to deal with the larger issues brought up within the first episode, they’ve made a run for it and don’t really know what they are doing, or where to go. This makes complete sense, since they don’t yet have their purpose and are just trying to survive.
Overall, I enjoyed the second episode of “Star Wars: The Bad Batch”, it had a pretty basic formula and if you enjoyed the previous Star Wars shows, you’ll love this show too. The characters need time to bed in, change, grow and for us to make that connection with them. It takes time and I’m sure this group of misfits will find their spot within the larger Star Wars Universe.
It’s by no means on the same level as “The Mandalorian”, but diving into the events of what happened right after the Galatic Empire was created and how the universe handled the changeover, is going to be a lot of fun. I enjoyed this episode and can’t wait till next week for some more.
Rating 4 out of 5.