The Bad Batch: A Project Stardust Roundtable (Episode 5)

Featuring Anna, Jamie, Jennie, Lauren, Lindsay, Nessa, Patty, Staci, and edited by Liv

The Project Stardust team has decided to come together to have a roundtable after each episode of The Bad Batch! Each week we will be discussing the things we liked and the questions we have about this episode. In preparation for this new series, we watched the Bad Batch Arc of The Clone Wars season 7, and most excitingly, some of us were brand new to The Clone Wars! In the coming weeks, we will be discussing the things we liked and the questions we have about each episode. This week, this group made up of both Clone Wars veterans and more recent fans of Clone Force 99 will be tackling episode 5 of The Bad Batch. As such, there are spoilers—if you haven’t watched the episode yet, come back here once you have!

One Thing We Loved     

Anna: Omega immediately picking up on Cid’s identity tickled me. She is so perceptive that I am really starting to wonder if she has Force powers. Also, I really loved the Jabba/Muchi connection. 

Jamie: I loved the plot twist with Muchi. It was a very standard no questions asked deal, with barely any information given up front. Cid does give them a data file of everything they need to know, and apparently that does not include the slightly vital information they were picking up a baby rancor. The entire fight was just so much fun. Seeing the Zygerrians in action while Muchi raged around like a mini-King Kong. And of course, Wrecker was the only one who could truly take her down, and it ended in a weak slap contest. I was dying laughing over it.

Jennie: Muchi! Who knew baby rancors would be cute? She needs a bib and drool rag badly though! The tie-in to Return of the Jedi made my heart very happy, especially seeing Bib so excited to see her. I am also glad she’s not the one Luke kills in Return of the Jedi, so Muchi hopefully has a good life at Jabba’s Palace. (Editor’s Note: The rancor that Luke slays is a male, identified in Chuck Wendig’s Life Debt as Pateesa.)

Lauren: It’s so hard to pick one thing because this episode was PERFECTION. I loved it so much! I think maybe I loved Cid the most though. Like…she fills up the bit of emptiness in the Star Wars part of my heart that should have been filled with more Bea Arthur/Ackmena content. She’s tough enough to deal with scum and villainy but is so warm with Omega. I hope she returns.

Lindsay: While I haven’t historically been a fan of rancors (considering my first recollection of the creature was from Return of the Jedi when Luke is fighting one!), Muchi was adorable. And honestly, the events surrounding her rescue were great: the reveal that she was actually a rancor and not a human (or humanoid) child, the fight Wrecker had to have to tire her out and “win” the ability to deal with her without fearing for their safety… all in all it was a fun adventure.

Nessa: I love seeing how the Bad Batch has been adapting to having Omega as part of the squad! They’ve provided her with a comm, and established a set of protocols for her to follow so that they can keep her safe and take care of her. Not only that, but I love that she cares about these rules and protocols. She wants so badly to be part of the Bad Batch—I mean, come on. We saw her alter her doll so the doll could be a Bad Batcher, too, right? It just gets me, this found family stuff. It’s so good.

Staci: I loved all the original trilogy bits. Big geek out moments! Seeing the baby rancor was too cool! Finding out that was the child that the Batchers had to save was hilarious. I am sure lots of fans (myself included) though it might be the same rancor that Luke fought in Jabba’s palace.  I am really happy that it is not.  Also, Muchi? That name is too cute!

One Thing We Did Not Love      

Anna: AGAIN WITH THE HEAD INJURIES FOR WRECKER. We all know where it’s going. It does not need to be so heavy handed. 

Jamie: Cid being all shady. Like we all knew that she was going to be a little bit suspicious, with her background as an informant for the Jedi but also with her ties to Jabba the Hutt. But it ended with a lot of open-ended questions. Cid could very easily sell them out, but I am hoping she does not, and that we see more of her in future episodes.

Jennie: I must jump on the Wrecker head injury bandwagon here. All the hits to his head are concerning and he’s showing signs of a larger issue. There is obviously damage up there, but we need to know how extensive it is. And could the damage somehow reactivate the Order 66 implant?

Lauren: Once it was revealed that Muchi was the rancor, I reeeeeally thought we would see Malakili, Jabba’s rancor keeper, in this episode. It would have been so fun to see something where the two had a happy ending for the moment. A bit of an opportunity missed there, but Bib Fortuna being there made sense and gave me a little Return of the Jedi tie-in which I’m always happy to receive.

Lindsay: Cid is super shady, and I don’t trust her. Mostly her comment at the end—it seemed like a threat to me more than a partnership offer, and I worry for everyone’s safety!

Nessa: I have a love-hate relationship with the Zygerrians the same way I have a love-hate relationship with Cad Bane—they are really good enemies, and it stresses me out how capable they are. Just like Cad Bane, the Zygerrians get things done in a way that legitimately challenges our heroes. It’s one of those things where I was fascinated watching the Bad Batch get out of that situation, but I also really hated seeing them put in that situation at all!

Staci: There wasn’t much that I didn’t like about this episode, so I’ll say Muchi’s drool? Oh man! Way to add to the visualization of a gross animated creature! The drool gave me flashbacks to Luke’s fight with the rancor in Return of the Jedi. Yuck!

We Have Questions      

Anna: I am more and more curious about Omega. There is so much more to her than meets the eye.

Jamie: Where’s the deleted scene of them deciding if it’s okay for Omega to ride Muchi the rancor back into the city? That was just too pure of a moment. Hunter and Echo definitely did not think it was a good idea. Tech ran some stats on people who have survived rancor wranglings and decided the odds were alright. And of course, Wrecker was the one to just plunk her down on Muchi in the first place.

Jennie: What’s Crosshair doing all this time? I’m sure we’ll see him again, but he’s got to be up to no good. I almost miss him…almost.

Lauren: I guess we still don’t know who hired Fennec Shand, but I still really want to know what Omega was designed for. I feel like more little quirks come out in each episode.

Lindsay: Since I assume it’s coming, and others are worried about it, when are we going to have to grapple with Wrecker’s head stuff? The fight with Muchi could not have helped, and I wonder how long it will go on before we hopefully see a positive resolution?? Also… do we think Omega is Force sensitive?

Nessa: I don’t know if I necessarily have one question but more like a lot of wariness. I want to know if the Bad Batchers going to Cid is going to come back and bite them in the butt. I want to know who hired Fennec. I want to know where they’re going next. I just need answers!!!

Staci: Maybe I missed this but, how old is Omega? She’s really curious. I guess that could come from being sheltered too.

Bad Batcher of the Week          

Anna: Honestly, Omega. I am finding her story to be so compelling. I have to say, Wrecker is just hilarious. I want to hug him and figure out WTF is going on with his chip pretty much all the time. If we lose him, I am going to be upset. 

Jamie: I have to be that outlier again and go with none other than Gonky. This little helper goes out of their way to check in with Omega when she’s on her own, reacting accordingly when Omega shows off her freshly painted Bad Batcher doll. Plus, Gonky is smart enough as well to listen to Omega, and tries their best to hide in plain sight when the Zygerrians inspect the ship.

Jennie: Keeping with my guy Tech. Just nerdy enough, has some great lines, and is still a bit of a mystery. It dawned on me this episode that he is wearing glasses. Was that intentional in his mutation? He’s the first clone we’ve seen wearing them and if the Bad Batch genetically superior, you’d think they would have gotten his eyesight correct. It’s like they made him extra, extra, nerdy, just short of a pocket protector!

Lauren: WRECKER!!!! Asserting his dominance with Muchi and then being gentle when Muchi has tuckered herself out. So cute. This episode just really gave us so much adorable content.

Lindsay: Omega, in part because of her role in helping the rest of the gang escape from their captors. I also love her wonder and innocence (you know, as an actual child who has had no real exposure beyond what she saw or heard on Kamino) and can relate to experiencing something new in the Star Wars universe through fresh eyes!

Nessa: I think my BB of the week would have to be Tech. He was just generally excellent this week—teaching Omega about her comm, playing cool when they were captured, using his translator. I just really liked his vibe this week!

Staci: My favorite Batcher is once again, Wrecker! He saves the day again with his muscle mass. The way he lulled the rancor to sleep was adorable and helpful!

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