The Bad Batch: A Project Stardust Roundtable (Episode 13)

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 13 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: There was a lot to enjoy in this episode. Omega’s continuing empathy is quite enjoyable for me. I was also thrilled that Cid was down to put herself on the line to save Omega. It gave me even more respect for her. Not to mention the reaction of the boys when Omega was being threatened.

Jennie: RUBY!!! I need Ruby in my life and any others like her. I just need some of the space popcorn to lure her here with. Anyone know where I can get some or where Ruby may be now?

Lauren: I love that Cid’s back, and more… I love the relationship she has with Omega and that she has nicknames for everybody! The situation for this week does draw attention to the fact that Cid is very much vulnerable, which means we must protect her at all costs. She probably has had to make tough/bad decisions to survive in this kind of a lifestyle. Whether that means she’ll turn on the Bad Batch is yet to be seen, but I don’t think she would unless she was in a really bad spot.

Lindsay: Unlike the last couple episodes, a favorite moment for me boils down to Tech’s solution for keeping the infestation of… whatever those creatures were away from his brothers when they went back for the spice. That flash of light kept the guys from getting eaten (or you know, whatever would have happened to them) and made for a cool visual.

Nessa: Can we talk about that moment, that really quick moment, where the Bad Batch collectively realized Omega was being threatened and every single one of them drew their weapons without hesitation? That collective moment of protecting one of their own just spoke to something in my soul. It’s really beautiful to see these moments of how they’ve come together and adapted to having Omega as part of the Bad Batch.

Patty: The exploration of Omega’s empathy. Omega reaches out to people in the galaxy much like some of the best Jedi do. While she has not been confirmed to be Force sensitive, and empathy certainly does not require the Force, Omega is walking the Jedi path in a way that many Jedi who fell recently in the galaxy did not.

Staci:  Seeing Cid in an episode always means a bit of adventure. She’s so perfectly cranky all of the time.

One Thing We Did Not Love

Anna: I am not sure how much this contributed to the overall arc of this season. I know it will become clear in the next few episodes, but I wish it was a little bit clearer. 

Jennie: The Irling swarm and their webs, creepy sounds, and goo. Also, that they too have spider characteristics. Can we please stop with spider type creatures!!!! Flying spider type creatures are even worse!

Lauren: Not really something I hate, but it feels like Omega is just becoming a moral compass for the group in a way that isn’t allowing for other parts of her personality or story to shine through. I like my characters complicated, but the last couple of episodes just feel like she is being overly simplified to show how “good” she is, but she would still be worth saving even if she wasn’t super pure, so… not sure why they’re going so hard on that angle.

Lindsay: This episode didn’t really further the story for me much, both in terms of what we learned about the Bad Batch and other core characters, as well as the world-building itself. It seemed to disrupt all we learned in the last two episodes.

Nessa: I won’t lie—after last episode, I wasn’t expecting to swing back to a “job of the week” episode with Cid. It felt like things were progressing forward with the underlying storyline, so swinging back to this was a little jarring. That being said, I still enjoyed the episode and it very much falls in line with the mood and method of The Clone Wars, so this is only the very smallest of dislikes.

Patty: This episode kind of felt like a retread of territory we’d already covered. After the two-parter which helps build the Rebellion and sets up part of Rebels, it just felt like another mission. Omega convincing the Batch to help when they don’t like the odds just happened in the two-parter as well.

Staci: I did not like that swarm at all! Too much flying and splatting for me. I just knew Wrecker was going to do something to get the creatures stirring. I guess I should be happy that it wasn’t spiders this time.

We Have Questions

Anna: Will we see Ruby again? I need more Ruby.

Jennie: Where does this episode tie into the full story? There are three episodes left, I thought we’d be starting on the final arc already.

Lauren: We don’t have very many episodes left, and Filoni is now on the record saying there are no “filler” episodes. I guess I’m just patiently waiting to see how all the threads get woven into the tapestry that is the Big Picture of this season.

Lindsay: Will the Bad Batch ever break away from Cid? She’s a fun character, but she also seems to have a hold on our crew they can’t escape from, and I don’t know if I care for that.

Nessa: We have so few episodes left… are we gonna get a showdown with Crosshair? Are we getting a season 2????

Patty: Do we have names for Cid’s minions? I want more of Cid’s minions.

Bad Batcher of the Week

Anna: Tech—coming through again and saving the day (as well as Wrecker and Cid).

Jennie: Goggles is still my main Batcher! This week he got to prove that he has some muscles too, helping out with the pushcart things!

Lauren: I don’t think I have a favorite Bad Batcher when Cid is around.

Lindsay: Omega, for her empathy and understanding of others. I appreciate that she always finds the best in the beings she interacts with, even when no one else does.

Nessa: I’m gonna give this week to Wrecker, for facing down his fear of heights while flailing around on a box of spice and screaming to be rescued. It was… truly perfection. Large brave lad right there.

Patty: Can poor Wrecker get some missions that don’t force him to deal with heights? As someone who is also scared of heights just let him stay on ground level!

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