The Bad Batch: A Project Stardust Roundtable (Episode 7)

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 7 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

Jamie: I like that they finally got the chips out during this episode. Given that this is a big part of the Star Wars Universe, it’s nice that they removed those and now can get away from that arc and into something new.

Lauren: Reeeeeeeeeeeeeex! Yes, daddy, save us from these evil inhibitor chips! I like a clear and swift answer after a cliff hanger and I don’t think I could stand it if the Martez sisters were still in a life of crime after Season 7 of the Clone Wars so his appearance had multiple implications. It would have honestly ripped my heart out if the time the Martez sisters spent with Ahsoka didn’t change anything for them at all and it honestly gives me even more hope that we’ll see them in the upcoming Ahsoka spin-off show. That said, Ahsoka incoming in 3…..2…..1……

Lindsay: Going for the obvious answer here and saying it was great to see Rex. I know less about him compared to others here having only watched a few episodes of Clone Wars and part of Rebels, but in some ways he’s a welcome friend we’ve been waiting to see! Plus he confirms what we’ve been speculating all along about the inhibitor chips, so I’m glad he could shed some light on how awfully dangerous they were!  

Nessa: I mean, y’all know I’m gonna say seeing Rex, right? Rex has become such an integral figure to the make-up of Star Wars and having him pop in was well-expected. But it was great to see him checking in on the boys, having drinks with them, getting to know Omega… and his immediate wariness and also willingness to help them with the inhibitor chips? So awesome to see. Rex is a problem-solver for any and all of his brothers and I love to see it. 

Patty: Wrecker and Omega’s relationship. The easy thing would be to say Rex’s return (and I loved that), but Decommissioned’s standout is their relationship. We begin and end with them, their love for one another is what Wrecker tries to hold onto to pull away from the programming and he just can’t. While Hunter is very much Omega’s father figure, Wrecker is in many ways her brother figure, a sibling that watches after her, faces his fears for her, and just wants to make her smile. They believe in each other.

One Thing We Did Not Love

Jennie: I didn’t like how they kind of glossed over removing the chips and recovery for all (except Wrecker). I feel like more could have been done/said during that time.

Lauren: My heart palpitations watching the Good Soldier Wrecker scene unfold. Filoni is not afraid to murder our faves, so I just didn’t know if there was a happy ending here. I’m glad that everything turned out okay but there was a lot of screaming from me.

Lindsay: Wrecker’s chip malfunctioning (or functioning?) in a way that made him turn against the gang. I think we’ve been waiting for this to happen (especially as I look back at my last question for a roundtable!) but I did not like actually seeing it. Fortunately it was resolved.

Nessa: So this is one of those things that I liked but I didn’t like because it hurt, but my gods, watching Wrecker just throw down against his brothers. It was horrible to see. The way Tech and Hunter almost didn’t know how to react, trying to reason with Wrecker through his conditioning… It broke my heart, because you know that these boys have been brothers have likely been living out of one-another’s pockets for their entire lives. It was such a harsh and devastating way for them to put into perspective the damage that the inhibitor chip can do to any of them. We knew it was coming, and it still hurt to see. 

Patty: This is actually a technical issue I had, and one that I’ve had with certain episodes of The Mandalorian as well. Decommissioned’s lighting is just so DARK that it can be at times distractingly hard to see things unless the room you’re in is also dark. The first time I watched the tension was cut in Wrecker’s stalking of the Batch because I couldn’t see what was going on.  

We Have Questions

Jennie: With the report back to the Empire about the rogue clones, does that mean Crosshair will be back on the hunt?

Lauren: You know….Omega knows a lot about everyone and everything. Has…no one…thought to just ask her what she knows about the program or even just…what she knows about herself? Because when she tells Wrecker, “I don’t want to hurt you” that is a pretty clear indication that she knows she is more powerful than anyone gives her credit for. Is the downfall of this group going to be that they don’t trust that a girl could know more than they do

Lindsay: What familiar faces will we see next? Will Crosshair and the Empire be chasing after the Batchers after they were spotted by a scrapper at the end of the last episode?

Nessa: Are we going to get to see Cal Kestis? They’re on Bracca, they’re dealing with the Scrapper Guild, it doesn’t look like the Bad Batch is going to be leaving at the same time Rex is… can we please just be gifted the smallest glimpse of young Cal? 

Patty:  Why didn’t Echo react to the mention of Fives? I need Echo to talk about Fives and I had thought that Rex’s appearance and the discussion about the chips would be an easy in for a stand out character moment for Echo. Echo is the only reg out of the Batchers and he had an entire life with Domino Squad and then the 501st, with Fives always by his side. They were inseparable and Fives’ final storyline is the entire reason why the chips are able to be removed, the reason Rex was able to survive to help. Please, Bad Batch, let Echo talk about Fives. 

Bad Batcher of the Week

Jennie: This week continued to cement Tech is my Batcher for life. Saving lives, smart-ass quips, nerdy… I may have a type. 

Lauren: I’m just so happy that Wrecker is safe! in the upcoming Ahsoka spin-off show. That said, Ahsoka incoming in 3…..2…..1……

Lindsay:  I think Wrecker had his moments when he WASN’T trying to attack his buddies, but Hunter was my favorite again in this episode. He tends to remain even keeled and keeps everyone (mostly) safe in moments of crisis. He’s more of a protector to me than anyone else and that feature continues to stand out week after week.

Nessa: I feel like the collective Bad Batch kind of had their moment to shine this time, but Wrecker, man. Wrecker was an absolute standout. His way of processing what happened and his apology to Omega—Wrecker’s a good man and it really showed this week. This was a big week of growth for him and for the rest of the team. 

Patty: Wrecker! From the exploration of his relationship with Omega, the continued exploration of his fear of heights, and the horror of Order 66 taking hold.  We saw so much from him this episode and I just want to tuck him in with Lula. But thank the Force those chips are gone.

           

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