The Bad Batch is on a mission to extract a mineral for Cid when their ship is stolen in episode 9 of season 2 of the Disney+ Original series, “Star Wars: The Bad Batch.” As the Bad Batch starts making their way to a nearby spaceport, Omega and Tech get separated and must have a heart to heart talk about the recent changes to the group of clones and how each of them is reacting. Once reunited with Hunter and Wrecker, the four of them find the abandoned spaceport and get Cid to send help, but it’ll take a few days.
This is one of the better side quest episodes for the Bad Batch. It deals with the turmoil the group is experiencing with Echo leaving the group. The clones are experiencing loss, and it’s hitting Omega harder than most. Obviously, she hasn’t matured at the same rate as the rest of the Bad Batch, so she should be having a harder time reconciling the changes. But, as Tech points out, just because he is processing it differently, doesn’t mean he isn’t feeling the loss of Echo. He already experienced this once with Crosshair, and while Echo’s departure is different, it has clearly brought up similar emotions.
I’ve been heavily critical of Omega because she represents a major issues with storytelling for children. Too often she is in the way rather than part of the crew even if the Bad Batch is trying to incorporate her. Too many shows fall into this trap and “The Bad Batch” is no exception. But, in this episode, she is actually a vessel to help explain loss, grief and reaction to both. In this episode, her story is the most important. If she’s going to stay on the show, I need more episodes like this. I don’t want her to be Rey, who seemed to be naturally good at everything, but I don’t want her to be a helpless child either. There’s a vast middle ground the writers need to explore more.
I’m hopeful we can see some more episodes like this one going forward when they have to do the side quests. While they can feel like filler at first, side quest episodes can be incorporated into the overall story when written correctly. This series seems to be turning a corner, and I can’t wait to see how it continues to grow.
Rating: 3.5 stars
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