Star Wars: The Bad Batch Episode 8 Review
It goes without saying that Dave Filoni’s just as big a fanboy about Star Wars as the rest of the fans. He wears his love for the franchise on his sleeve in everything he works on. However, as seen in The Mandalorian, Filoni’s also a big fan of old western movies. So, with The Bad Batch reaching the turning point in the series, it makes sense that Filoni pays homage to his other great love. And he does it in by bringing back another character from The Clone Wars. A character that may rightfully be considered the Clint Eastwood of the franchise.
We’ve Got Incoming!
At the end of the last episode, the Scrapper’s Guild spotted the Bad Batch on Bracca and called it in to the Empire. As a result, the Empire sends in Crosshair and a squad of Clone/Stormtroopers to eliminate them. Not capture; eliminate.
This episode marks the first time that Crosshair and his former squad have crossed paths since the premiere, and despite everything, the Bad Batch still cares about Crosshair. They know that he’s only doing this because of the inhibitor chip messing with his mind. However, even if the chip gets removed, will that be enough to salvage Crosshair’s relationship with his brothers at this point?
Think about it. Crosshair has always been the most abrasive of the squad, even before Order 66. How much of his actions are because of the chip and how much are his own choices. It’s an interesting quandary, and if the show’s smart, it will dive more into this.
In the meantime, though, Crosshair and the Bad Batch are enemies, and that leads to him nearly killing them using their own tactics against them. They outsmart him, but it just highlights how much of a threat he is. But not as great a threat as the Clint Eastwood type that comes in during the episode’s final act.
Cad Bane, the Clint Eastwood of the Galaxy, Returns.
I still remember the moment when we were first introduced to Cad Bane in the Season One finale to Star Wars: The Clone Wars. He was smart, deadly, and capable of holding his own against the Jedi. In other words, a total badass straight out of spaghetti westerns. Which makes sense, since he was inspired by the villain from the Clint Eastwood film The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. And until Boba Fett builds up his rep, he’s the best bounty hunter in the Galaxy. Which is why the Kaminoan’s call him in to capture Omega for them.
I won’t lie to you: when I saw Cad Bane standing at the Bad Batch’s ship waiting for them, I almost squealed in excitement. It had been years since we last saw him, and now he just shows up like this? And true to his western inspirations, he maintains the same menace as always. And when he and Hunter have their standoff, it felt like it was something straight out of one of the movies that Dave Filoni loves so much. The suspense, the closeups, the focus on their weapons, it’s a perfect send up to those classic films!
Sadly, Cad Bane wins the standoff and captures Omega, leaving Hunter to be found by his team as they barely escape with their lives. In other words, things are bad.
How Will the Bad Batch Beat Bane
With Cad Bane poised to take Omega back to Kamino, the Bad Batch’s next priority should be to rescue her. But how will they go up against Cad Bane? He’s the Clint Eastwood of the franchise. The only ones who could stop him were the Jedi, and they’re either dead or in hiding.
This episode marks the halfway point in this series, and it does so by ratcheting things up to the highest level of tension possible. From here on out, we can expect the show to get increasingly dark at the Bad Batch is put to the test. I wouldn’t be surprised if not all of them make it out of this before things are done. However, that doesn’t change the fact that I’m looking forward to seeing how things turn out. This is Star Wars at its finest, and I love it.
I Give “Reunion” a 3.5/5
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