The Empire sends Crosshair along with a group of stormtroopers to an outpost protected by clones on what the Empire says is an all important mission to protect the cargo in the latest episode of the Disney+ Original Series, “Star Wars: The Bad Batch.” The Empire is making it clear that clones are completely expendable, and Crosshair, who has already made one choice between the Empire and resistance is forced to make another choice that could end up reuniting him with the rest of the Bad Batch.
This is the moment where Crosshair finally accepts that he made the wrong choice when picking the Empire over his friends and decides to do something about it. It made sense that Crosshair, who was a regular clone before joining the Bad Batch, felt a loyalty to the Empire due to its connection to the Republic. But, as his service to the Empire continued, he clearly noticed that things weren’t improving for himself or the rest of the clones. This episode brings those feelings of frustration to a head when he saves Mayday’s life only for the Empire to decide Mayday isn’t worth using resources to save and to let him die. Crosshair makes a decision to side with the clones over the Empire.
It’s interesting to see where Crosshair will go from here. He made the decision at a point where he was clearly didn’t have the advantage. Once he began his personal rebellion, the stormtroopers were on top of him ready to take him into custody. His feelings and actions are understandable, but they happened a a time that put him at an even greater disadvantage than he was already at. What will happen to Crosshair now? Will the rest of the Bad Batch come to his rescue? Will Echo and Rex find him while they continue their clandestine mission? Will we find out what happened to Cody and he come to Crosshair’s rescue? There are so many options.
Crosshair remains the most interesting member of the Bad Batch, or former member at the moment. His struggles with his identities as a clone, a trooper and a member of the Bad Batch continue to bring about the best episodes of the series. While this episode was a clear diversion from episode 11, you can still see how both episodes will come to a head. Season two is doing a much better job of telling multiple stories at the same time than season one did.
Rating: 4.5 stars
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