As much as the show is about the defective group of clones that gives it its name, The Bad Batch is about the true birth and evolution of the Empire. In Revenge of the Sith the Empire is created and in A New Hope it is fully formed. The 20 years in between were long […]Read more "Becoming the Bad Batch: War-Mantle"
The thirteenth episode of The Bad Batch was a return to form as far as the serialized adventure of the week format is concerned. Titled “Infested”, the episode could have been called “The Return of the Theme” for all the recurring ideas brought in from the first 12 episodes of the series. Arguments could be […]Read more "Becoming The Bad Batch: Infested"
For light there is dark. For hope there is pain. For enemy there is ally. Simple concepts to consider, muddied by the reality that the line that divides is much thinner than general conception. But turn off a light and see how quickly the dark arrives. For the clones of Force 99, that line revolved […]Read more "Becoming The Bad Batch: Rescue on Ryloth"
By thinking about the world in binaries such as good and evil, light and dark, up and down, it is easy to loose sight of how fluid these dualities really are. In ancient myths, particularly fairy tales, this is seen through the transition from the city, which is “civilized,” to the wilderness that lay beyond […]Read more "Becoming The Bad Batch: Devil’s Deal"
War makes it easy to look at the enemy as “other.” To dehumanize them and make them an abstract rather than a living being who simply has a different perspective. For clones, created for the singular purpose of protecting the Republic from the Seperatists, this “othering” is simplified because they did not fight against other […]Read more "Becoming The Bad Batch: Common Ground"
The opening salvo of the ninth episode of The Bad Batch started prophetically with Wrecker shouting, “It’s getting hot back here!” Yes, Wrecker, it is. With the addition of Cad Bane, and his capture of Omega, the heat has been turned up to Mustafarian levels. It is telling that the eerie Bracca theme, entitled “To […]Read more "Becoming The Bad Batch: Bounty Lost"
It was a dark and stormy night. A basic introduction to a ghost story, and in the instance of “Reunion” a quite effective one. The storms of Kamino, the rain, waves, and lightning striking terror into the hearts of fans who know what awaits the intrepid heroes of Clone Force 99. For the new fans, […]Read more "Becoming The Bad Batch: Reunion"
When The Bad Batch began, it was a story of belonging, be it where Omega belonged, where her antithesis, Crosshair, belonged, or where the team as a whole fit into the overall narrative of the galaxy. While still present, after “Battle Scars” it is clear that the story is much more about identity and who […]Read more "Becoming The Bad Batch: Battle Scars"
While letting a child shoot a bow in the same direction as the entry to a bar is not the best example of successful parenting (or business ownership), it is the perfect way for “Decommissioned” to start. An episode that centers around the continuing purgatory The Bad Batchers remain in as the Empire rises, “Decommissioned” […]Read more "Belonging and The Bad Batch: Decommissioned"
Through the first five episodes of The Bad Batch, very traditional and clear Star Wars themes are shining through. Family, hope, rogues, underdogs. All present and accounted for. Where the series is dressed in such traditional Star Wars garb, the connection and contrast between identity and belonging has put the spotlight clearly on itself after […]Read more "Belonging and The Bad Batch: Rampage"