Enough with the tangent missions. In this week’s episode of Disney + and Lucasfilm Star Wars: The Bad Lot, the crew finally did something for themselves, something they should have done a long time ago but didn’t know how. Fortunately, with the help of a familiar friend, Hunter, Tech, Echo, Wrecker (all Dee Bradley Baker) and Omega (Michelle Ang) traveled to the universe to solve probably the biggest problem of any clone.
The seventh episode of The bad lot is called “Battle Scars”, which ended up having figurative and literal applications. He resumed at the end of another mission the crew were performing for the shady owner of the Trandoshan bar, Cid (Rhea Perlman). Once again, they had to steal a strange creature and, again, they got away with the skin of their teeth. I was glad this is where the episode started and didn’t end, as we’ve spent the last few weeks seeing these missions with little to show. On returning to Cid, Wrecker and Omega take Mantel Mix (but not Outpost Mix, which would have been a good connection to Galaxy’s Edge) while Hunter realizes that all of this work they do for Cid is essentially costing them more than they earn. Things start to get tense when there is action in the bar; a masked stranger causes problems, but of course the episode keeps that person’s identity a secret until the very last second. We end up realizing that it is …
Captain Rex! Yes, everyone’s favorite Clone Leader is back for his first appearance since the end of Star Wars: The Clone Wars when Order 66 had her turn on Ahsoka Tano, forcing her to remove her inhibitor chip so they could successfully escape. Since The bad lot started around the same time as this, it wasn’t too long since Rex last saw Ahsoka. We don’t know where or what he’s been up to since, and “Battle Scars” hasn’t answered that, but his appearance certainly suggests we might find out. Although we learn that he was declared legally dead by the Empire, and he points out that the headache Wrecker has had in the last few episodes is likely his inhibitor chip working. He’s shocked to find out that none of the Bad Batch have removed their chips and thinks they should do so immediately – luckily he knows it’s possible since he did it himself (thanks , Snips). There is also a curious and interesting moment when Omega and Rex meet. He’s in awe of meeting a clone so different from the others he knows, and Omega instantly knows that Rex was one of the first to be created – no more stories to tell there, let’s assume.
The lot heads to the planet Bracca which is described as a “spaceship graveyard” and also happens to be where the game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order departures, so that’s pretty cool. (Where are you, Cal Kestis?) They’re here to find an infirmary on an abandoned Jedi Starcruiser, much like the one Ahsoka used for Rex. It’s not easy to get to, however, and along the way Wrecker almost gets eaten by a huge sea creature in a fun little action beat. Once they get to the infirmary, the moment the series has been teasing for several weeks occurs: that pain in Wrecker’s head goes off and he begins to execute Order 66. He begins shooting all of his friends and continues on. same Omega, almost killing everyone in the process. While we knew it was coming, it’s never easy to see one of the show’s main characters turn on their friends, especially Omega, for whom he’s basically a big brother. The scene was unusually intense in a Star wars meets Friday 13 guy but eventually he’s knocked unconscious and they’re able to get him to the medical bay to remove the chip.
As expected, the operation was a success and the rest of the team also suffered. Hence these literal “battle scars” to go hand in hand with the figurative ones they already wear. Hunter thanks Rex for his help but is curious what to do next. Now that the Bad Batch have this crucial remnant of the Empire, they are once again trying to survive. Rex teases that he’s still working on fighting for the Republic, but Hunter isn’t sure he wants to do it too. At the end, they go their separate ways and Hunter tells Rex that if you ever need us, you know how to find us. Sadly, the Evil Planet Scrapper Guild watched all of this and called out the Empire, so this is another future problem for the gang.
“Battle Scars” was an enjoyable episode of The bad lot, but no fair because it’s always great to see Rex. The journey to remove their inhibitor chips is a crucial step for Hunter, Tech, Echo, and Wrecker to part ways with the other clones. This includes Cross Hair, who we haven’t seen in ages but is due to return soon to take on his friends. And who knows? Perhaps Cross Hair’s plan was to force the inhibitory chips into action, making it easier to subjugate the Bad Batch – that’s not possible now. Additionally, they have another ally in the form of a formidable clone captain named Rex.
And this is my first Bad lot to summarize! In case you haven’t noticed James Whitbrook, who recapped the show for io9, is moving on to Loki for a few weeks so i took over, i hope to do the show justice. What did you think of the last episode? Tell us below.
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