Star Wars: The Bad Batch Episode 2 Review

Star Wars: The Bad Batch Episode 2 Review

Warning: this review contains full spoilers for The Bad Batch Episode 2! If you need a refresher on where we left off, here’s our review of the series premiere. [poilib element=”accentDivider”] The Bad Batch is now confirmed to be 16 episodes long, and that’s assuming the series isn’t returning for a second season down the road. Given that relatively lengthy structure, it stands to reason not every episode will be as brisk and plot-driven as the premiere. Episode 2 serves as a bit of a narrative breather. It allows our heroes to regroup and take stock of a galaxy transforming before their eyes. It also allows the series to revisit a familiar face from the Clone Wars days. It’s just a shame the series skips a few storytelling beats along the way. “Cut and Run” wastes no time before paying off on the big tease from the premiere. Those coming into this episode hoping for a megaton Star Wars icon like Yoda or Ahsoka to be Hunter’s secret ally will probably be disappointed in the actual reveal. That ally is none other than Cut Lawquane, a rogue clone introduced way back in a 2010 episode of The Clone Wars. He may not be the most exciting choice, but it’s hard to argue he doesn’t fit the needs of this episode. Cut is a perfect means by which to show Hunter and his team what kind of a life they can achieve if they leave honor and duty behind. His return certainly does nothing to counteract the impression The Bad Batch is really just The Clone Wars: Season 8 by another name. [widget path=”global/article/imagegallery” parameters=”albumSlug=disney-premiere-dates-and-images-loki-star-wars-the-bad-batch-and-more&captions=true”] The Lawquane family also give this episode all the urgency it needs, thanks to their increasingly desperate struggle to escape off-world before the Empire comes knocking. The scope of this conflict is small, but it’s anchored in the tangible, immediate drama of a man trying to protect his family. It also serves as a chilling showcase of just how quickly and dramatically the galaxy has changed since the newly crowned Emperor’s rise. The clones were the heroes of this story right up until the final two episodes of The Clone Wars. There’s something deeply sad about seeing them recast as fascist thugs. And as much as this series replicates the look, tone and feel of the later seasons of The Clone Wars, this episode has more…
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