(+++ WARNING: This review contains spoilers for The Bad Batch ‘Common Ground’ +++)
After a good deal of time, and plenty of action, The Bad Batch finally pay off their depth to Cid (Rhea Perlman), but not in the way you would necessarily be expecting. This depth had served the first sizzling season of The Bad Batch well, and fuelled a good deal of opportunities for Clone Force 99 to revisit some newer editions to the Star Wars galaxy, as well as some classic characters too, and this new instalment is not different.
But ahead of this balancing of the books, Hunter and the gang must take on one last mission; to rescue a rebellious Senator Avi Singh (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’s Alexander Siddig) from the elegant planet Raxus. A man who should be towing the official line of the Empire’s carefully orchestrated propaganda, but has a crisis of conscience at the very last minute. And thereby making hm a target for the Empire. All of whom are surrounding him when he decides to go rogue when addressing the general public from a balcony in the capital city of Raxulon. A city – and a character – that is surely inspired in its design by French artist Moebius? Hey, and why not?
Hunter, ever the pragmatist, wants Omega safe and sound and Cid takes her in. But, as we have seen already, Omega is a pretty independent kid, even for her age, And here too she proves her strategic prowess when put to play – for money – on the Dejarik table. A game very Star Wars fan will immediately recognise as one you should always allow a Wookie to win.
And so, while the main action is focussed on the salvation of Avi Singh, with a little help from protocol droid GS-8 (Fleabag’s Sian Clifford), it’s Omega who truly wins the day by paying off the gangs depth through her strategy brilliance. Once again illustrating her potential. Surely she will show up at some point in a live action series as a matured adult? As a clone of Jango Fett, she’s got bad assery inbuilt into her DNA. Imagine that in a full grown adult with years of experience behind her?
But, with this very public contest, has Omega threatened the Bad Batch’s safety? Well, free of Cid’s debt means they are free to leave Ord Mantell, at least. But, can they really believe they won’t be found out? After all, they do have a bad habit of being caught out. Luck must be running out for them as the first season starts winding down with an eye on the inevitable season finale cliffhanger.
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