The Bad Batch: A Project Stardust Roundtable (Episode 16)

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 16 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: I really enjoyed everything involving Crosshair’s story—it was complex and well done and I really liked seeing a character that CHOSE the Empire, as well as seeing why he made that choice. Not to mention him saving Omega and AZ. 

Jennie: I really liked how they showed that Crosshair had deeper levels to him. The vulnerability of being trapped and helpless and having to rely on Omega to help him. Then him saving Omega, whether it was out of the goodness of his heart or to truly make them even, it was an interesting twist. The part that got me the most was him observing the destruction and just having those little moments of being a decent “human”.

Lindsay: We know there will be a season 2 but in some ways, this episode felt like it was closing the chapter of the Bad Batch’s story. The end of Kamino, saying goodbye to the room where they once lived, hearing how Omega always had an affinity for the brothers, being reunited with Crosshair (even though he was still being sus)… It was sad in some ways, but such a solid ending for this first season while opening the door for the Bad Batch to navigate life as the Empire continues to claim power across the galaxy. I can’t wait.

Nessa: I’m a big fan of miniaturized apocalypses. There were only seven of them in all of Kamino (that we know of) but seeing them all work together and fight to keep one another alive as they tried to escape that place spoke to a big part of my storyteller soul. I loved seeing how that survival situation forced them to address their dynamic and where things would go… if they managed to make it out alive.

Patty: The fall of Kamino. The decay of the city after the bombardment, the Batch working together to survive the decimation of their home. I love that my theory that we would get to see Kamino’s fall play out on The Bad Batch proved to be correct and it was heartrending. Their past is wiped away into the ocean, as fully as the chip wiped it from so many of their brothers.

Staci: I’m so glad that we didn’t lose anyone on Kamino! AZ hasn’t been back long but I was seriously worried about him when they were underwater and his battery was dying. I thought Omega was going out with him too. Maybe, it’s more important to note that Crosshair stepped up to save them. I though he was going to shoot Omega!   

One Thing We Did Not Love

Anna: The near loss of AZ and Omega was rough, as was the loss of the facility on Kamino. I understand why it had to happen, but it was sad for me.

Jennie: AZ almost dying. When he powered down and was falling into the depths, I got a very Titanic vibe with him being Jack. Plot twist, this time Kate, errr, Omega, actually saves AZ while putting her own life on the line, with a little help.

Lindsay: AZ almost being lost for losing power at the end of ALL THAT and saying he was fulfilling his mission—heartbreaking! It obviously all worked out in the end but omg sob.

Nessa: Is it weird that there wasn’t really anything I disliked about this episode? It was such a unique way to end the season. I know a part of me is sad that Crosshair didn’t come home, but… that’s about it.

Patty: Honestly, for me this felt more like a mid season finale than a season finale. Where we end is a clear breaking point, certainly, but for me it felt more like the split between two halves of a story.

Staci: I thought Crosshair was going to join the squad again. Nope! I really don’t like that he stayed on Kamino and they just left him there. How’s he getting off?

We Have Questions

Anna: I am very interested to see where Crosshair goes from here. 

Jennie: With them finally discussing that Omega is older than the other four (not sure about Echo though), is this plot line going to go any further in the second season? It’d be interesting to know how she felt growing up slowly and watching her younger siblings age quicker and do everything ahead of her. Also, curious if she was an official commission or if she was the result of an off-the-books experiment from Nala Se?

Lindsay: So many questions: Where does the Bad Batch go from here? What else will we learn about Omega’s life in the next season? (The nugget about her being older than the Bad Batch was shocking to me, so either I missed something or this was new.) How will Crosshair get to a habitable place, and will he really continue his allegiance to the Empire? What’s in store for Nala Se, and how will it play into the stories of Star Wars we already know and love? Since clones have been replaced with TKs, will we see clones in hiding in future episodes?

Nessa: Can I have season 2 now? That’s where I’m at, plain and simple, haha. I’m so, so excited to see if Crosshair gets a proper and amazing redemption arc.

Patty: We leave off with Crosshair looking to rejoin the Empire much in the same way we see Kallus go back to the Empire after “The Honorable Ones” (Star Wars Rebels, season 2, episode 17). Both were abandoned, both left behind by traitors to the Empire who offered them a lifeline to leave. Will Crosshair follow the path of the rebel, like Kallus did, or will he double down completely on the Empire?

Staci: I am still curious about Omega’s origin. If she is older than the guys, why wasn’t she made to accelerate in growth like the others? What was she really made for?

Bad Batcher of the Week

Anna: Tech, always a solid choice. I am very excited that AZ is now a part of the Bad Batch. I love that little droid!

Jennie: If I traded Goggles in now for someone else, what kind of a fan would I be? I love that Tech doesn’t always have the answers, or even the right answers, but he keeps on being himself throughout it all. #NerdLove

Lindsay: Can I say all of them? They are all so special in their own unique ways, and I think this episode really drove home how essential they are to each other as a unit (and yes, in some ways that includes Crosshair too).

Nessa: I honestly don’t know if I can pick just one… maybe Tech, and it boils down to one moment. That moment when Tech turns to Crosshair and tells him that, even though he understands him, he doesn’t agree with him. That was such a perfect, illuminating moment, I think, for both the audience and for Crosshair. It was so amazing to see Tech put that feeling, that dynamic, into words.

Patty: AZI-3! AZ counts as a Batcher now and I was about to RIOT when I thought we would lose him. I’m sure everyone, except me, is tired of my going on and on about Fives. But AZ was Fives’ last friend, and AZ’s connection and friendship with Fives helped save every single clone that we see freed from the inhibitor chip. Echo’s moment with AZ in the premiere is also the closest that Echo’s come to acknowledging Fives and their connection. My hope is that they can have a moment in season two, that I can FINALLY get my catharsis.

Staci: Crosshair is the standout for me in this final episode. He kept me guessing whether or not he was rejoining the squad. I was surprised that he saved Omega and then decided to stay on Kamino. The episode left us with a scene with Nala Se but I just kept thinking about Crosshair being stubborn and staying on the platform.

What did you think about the sixteenth episode of The Bad Batch? We will be back soon with a final wrap up for the first season! Drop a comment or send us a message through our Instagram!