Star Wars: The Bad Batch | Season 2 Episode 16 – Disney+ Original Review
The Bad Batch is rocked following their mission against the Empire in the season two finale of the Lucasfilm and Disney+ Original Series, “Star Wars: The Bad Batch.” One of the Bad Batch sacrifices himself for the safety of the team. Cid finally completes her heel turn, betraying the Bad Batch. Omega is reunited with Crosshair and, eventually it appears Nala Se. And we learn more about the continued cloning using Kaminoan tech.
The stakes set up in the previous episode finally come to fruition, it’s likely to surprise a lot of viewers who are used to the Bad Batch always escaping. Tech’s sacrifice makes perfect sense as he always makes the rational decision. Plus, his line about “since when do we follow orders,” really hammers home how he has grown since they left the Empire and his sense of duty. It is easily the most emotional loss that could’ve happened and is surprising given where Tech was when this series started.
The surprising part of this episode for me was the timing of Cid’s betrayal. The betrayal, itself, wasn’t surprising because the entire season has been setting it up. I was expecting to find out that she informed the Empire before the mission which set them up to be caught. I wasn’t expecting them to escape and try to recover following Tech’s sacrifice before she turned them over. It was a nice storytelling touch I appreciated.
The only thing I didn’t really like about this episode was the ending. The Empire scientist talking to Omega about Crosshair seems to be oblivious. She is surprised that Omega wants to see Nala Se rather than her. She hints that she is a clone as well and is Omega’s sister. Here is the problem. Omega was essentially raised by Nala Se until she had to go on the run with the Bad Batch. She has a connection to Kamino and Nala Se. Yes, they may be sisters, but how is Omega supposed to know that? Why is this scientist Omega wants to see the Kaminoan she is close to rather than some other clone she doesn’t really know, sister or not?
This episode serves as a nice season finale that clearly sets up a third season. It’ll be interesting to see what happens with Omega and Crosshair at the Empire science facility going forward. It will be interesting to see how Hunter, Wrecker and Echo manage to escape the Empire’s clutches. Plus, there’s plenty of other loose ends that still have to be tied up when it comes to Rex and Cody. I’m excited for season three already.
Rating: 4.75 stars
What did you think of the season finale of “Star Wars: The Bad Batch?”