HIS RECAP CONTAINS THE BAD BATCH SPOILERS.
It’s been a long five months without new Star Wars TV. But The Bad Batch has arrived - 75 minutes’ worth of The Clone Wars-adjacent content that has quickly and brilliantly established itself as a show we hope sticks around for a long, long time.
Over the next few months, we’ll follow up each new episode of The Bad Batch with a quick recap while you’re excitedly yelling in our Discord (don’t forget those spoiler tags!) and waiting for our weekly Bounty Hunt live stream.
While we’ll stick to recapping each episode here, both our Discord and Bounty Hunt will be perfect places to discuss reactions and predictions for what’s to come. THERE WILL BE SPOILERS BELOW.
With that, let’s dive in.
The premiere episode of The Bad Batch, “Aftermath,” opens minutes before Order 66. Jedi Master Depa Billaba and her clone soldiers are overwhelmed by a droid battalion … until her padawan Caleb Dume (!!!) shows up with none other than Clone Force 99 in tow.
As soon as The Batch finishes off the droids, the order we all know and hate transmits across the galaxy. Caleb obeys his master’s order to run, but Hunter and the gang - not having responded to the order to execute - follow him.
Caleb escapes - but barely. Crosshair doesn’t seem happy that Hunter let him go. It doesn’t take long after their return to Kamino for the Batch - and the audience - to realize Crosshair’s inhibitor chip may have been more effective than the rest.
Enter Omega - a medical assistant with an enhanced curiosity … for the Bad Batch? Spoiler alert (I warned you), she’s one of only five remaining clones from the same experiment Hunter, Wrecker, Tech, and Crosshair came from. But they don’t know that yet. To them she’s just a kid (sorry - “adolescent human female”) who crashed (literally?) their lunch table.
Suspicious of the Batch’s ability to follow orders, Tarkin sends the crew to Onderon. They discover not only Saw Garrera, but the truth Omega warned Hunter about: That Tarkin sent them on a mission to eliminate innocent civilians. Yes. Women and Children, too.
While the rest of the group outright refuses to attack Saw and his group of refugees, Crosshair isn’t having it. After returning to Kamino to rescue Omega and ending up imprisoned, Tarkin orders the Kaminoans to enhance the effectiveness of Crosshair’s chip, making him as obedient as any other clone - but much, much more deadly.
Omega & Co. escape Kamino and are heading off to find an old friend. But they won’t be able to run from their newly armored brother for long.
We all assumed Tarkin would be the Big Bad of the Bad Batch. But as of now, it looks like Crosshair might be the most threatening force to our genetically modified renegades.
The Bad Batch? The Sad Batch? THE DAD BATCH? #DadBatchUnite? They’re clones, so technically siblings, but let’s not get too technical here. Dad Squad assemble. Someone get this kid a lightbow.
And her own cool helmet.
Catch recaps of each new episode of The Bad Batch right here for the next 16 weeks (ahhhh) and don’t forget to tune in to Bounty Hunt, Youtini’s Star Wars TV aftershow, every weekend for full spoiler reactions and discussions from your favorite The Living Force podcast hosts.
May the Fourth (and the Omega Protection Squad™) be with you.
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