The Bad Batch: A Project Stardust Roundtable (Episode 9)

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 9 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: The Cad Bane/Fennec Shand showdown was awesome. I really enjoyed it and frankly, I will always love an episode with Fennec Shand. I have a number of questions now, but I will get to that below.

Jennie: Fennec is back, and she’s not the evil bounty hunter everything thinks she is. She’s still a total badass, but she’s trying to capture Omega for a better reason than Cad.

Lauren: Fennec Shand/Cad Bane showdown! I loved this for a couple of reasons. First of all, it was just rad. The skill level of both bounty hunters is such that anything could have happened in this episode and I think Star Wars is just more fun when you take away any predictability from the scene. The other thing I love about this scene is that it really shows that bounty hunters are on their own fucking team. Every so often, we see characters who have decided that the Empire and those who oppose it are all the same. They see no advantage for either side to win out. Bounty hunters are these people who are making the situation work for them. It’s just an interesting position to take in a universe that sometimes feels very polarized.

Lindsay: That Fennec/Bane showdown was legit. Two crafty, cunning bounty hunters duking it out? This is the kind of action I love in Star Wars. I also liked that ultimately Fennec wasn’t fighting to take Omega back, but that she was there in a role of protecting her from a sad end on Kamino.

Nessa: That face off between Fennec and Cad Bane was so good. I think it really showed off what both of them are capable of, as a seasoned bounty hunter and a bounty hunter with innate skill. It was just so cool to see how the two met and matched one another. And the setting? Honestly just made it even better. I loved it so much!

Patty: Fennec! I need more Fennec always and her having this connection to Omega and Boba is absolutely so cool and I want to see if something’s done with it.

Staci: The battle between the bounty hunters. I wasn’t expecting Fennec to show up again in this episode but it made for an awesome showdown. Both bounty hunters used their talents to fight each other. I really like Cad Bane as the space cowboy. I think he is a most interesting character with his gunslinging and the spurs that are actually flight boosters! He’s such a Clint Eastwood type.   

One Thing We Did Not Love

Anna: I feel like a lot of times they use Tech and Echo interchangeably. It makes me worry for my boy, Tech.

Jennie: I get that Omega is a central focus of the story, but could we have one episode without her whining or doing every predictable action? I feel like the character could be so much more, but beyond her pure DNA, she’s very one-dimensional.

Lauren: I know “what we’re really doing is making a Western,” but…could we not? I feel like this has started to become a little too literal and it’s my least favorite thing. Maybe a little impossible with the re-introduction of Cad Bane, but I’ll be glad when we relax on the references.

Lindsay: Honestly, it’s the second episode where I really couldn’t find something to intensely dislike. I don’t think I trust the Kaminoans and I have to wonder what other tricks are up their sleeves.

Nessa: I’m more than a little iffy about the fact that Nala Se is being built up to have some kind of… odd redemption arc? How is this the same person who, you know, forcibly injected Fives with a drug to make him confused and volatile so he would be killed? The same person who treats other clones, including regs and the Bad Batch, as subhuman? I’m just not really here for any Kaminoan, especially Nala Se, “redeeming” themselves through one act of goodness. I don’t care how much she allegedly cares for Omega, it all feels very icky to me.

Patty: Cad Bane had plot armor booster boots!

Staci: I don’t like that Hunter made that promise to Omega that she would not go back to Kamino. He should have told her that he’d do everything in his power to prevent her from being taken back. It seems to me that a promise like that in a story with conflicts means that she’s definitely going to end up back in Kamino!

We Have Questions

Anna: Was Fennec hired to take Omega to safety rather than back to Kamino? What is the endgame here?

Jennie: If Omega has pure DNA like Boba, how is she female?

Lauren: Are we getting Boba Fett? Because I’m itching for pre-Original Trilogy bounty hunter Boba and this is a great way to introduce that story. Before his appearance in The Mandalorian, I didn’t get the appeal because he doesn’t have a ton of screen time. Seeing Boba in his prime is something that I think a lot of people are waiting for.

Lindsay: Does the Fennec/Fett connection already exist, or are we seeing some early origins of her relationship with Fett emerge?

Nessa: So, small question: what the heck was that THING that fell on Fennec? Just? YUCK?? I’ve been seeing some theories about other cloning situations from the Sequels, but there’s a part of me that honestly kind of hopes that isn’t it… other than that, kind of connecting to what I said in the previous section, I really want to know what Nala Se’s endgame is. Why is she so attached to Omega? Why does she keep going against her orders from Lama Su? Does Omega have some kind of value to her beyond the cloning business and, if so, why?

Patty: What is going on with those cloning tubes? They looked almost like Kaminoans?

Staci: We now know that Omega is an unaltered clone of Jango, and that Boba Fett was referred to initially as Alpha. I am still curious as to how Omega is considered an “unadulterated” clone when she is a female presenting person with a fair complexion and light hair, while Jango and Boba are male presenting with dark complexions and dark hair.

Bad Batcher of the Week

Anna: Omega. She worked so hard and did all the things the Batchers trained her to do if she needed help. Super proud of her. Also, Wrecker. The way he hugged Omega just squeezed my heart in the best way. 

Jennie: This week I think I’ll change things up a bit and say Hunter. Kidding! It’s still Tech!

Lauren: Tech! Finally coming in with some research on Omega. Such a helpful boi.

Lindsay: This episode focused so heavily on Omega, so I have to say her. I think she shows her own growth and creativity in moments when she’s telling Todo 360 she’ll help him out, only to shut him down and try to escape. Clever! 

Nessa: My Bad Batcher of the week is definitely Omega. She proved herself to be resilient and resourceful throughout this whole episode. She used her strengths to achieve her goals, found her comm, called her family, and kept on surviving in every way she possibly could until she had back-up. She’s a wee little Bad Batcher and she used all of the skills that the other Bad Batchers taught her. SO, Omega. BB of the Week.

Patty: It has to be Omega. This was an episode showcasing Omega, her ingenuity, her bravery, and of course her origin.

Staci: For me, the standout batcher is Omega. I was impressed with how she got herself out of the hands of Cad Bane and made her way out of that bounty hunter battle and into the escape pod. I didn’t remember or realize that she was so savvy with a digital board.     

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