I was a little surprised at the latest episode of The Bad Batch, but not in a strictly bad sense. The episode concerned mostly the political doings on Ryloth and what a young Hera Syndulla was up to, which was great, but I really did miss the Batch. For some reason, I wasn’t expecting this series to deviate from the main characters, like Clone Wars occasionally did. I don’t think Rebels strayed too far from the Ghost crew, from what I remember (I could be forgetting an episode or two, I don’t know). So I’m not sure how I feel about it, exactly, lol.
I suppose it was interesting to see Hera as a child, growing up in the aftermath of the Clone Wars, and seeing her relationship with her parents. We know that her mother is killed at some point early on, and this seems to drive a wedge between father and daughter, which isn’t resolved until well into Rebels. We know that her father, Cham Syndulla, was the leader of the Ryloth resistance against the Empire, so it was interesting to see him giving the Empire a chance here at first. He’s so tired of war, and wants what’s best for his young daughter, he’s willing to give peace a chance, so to speak. But clearly that will change, perhaps after his wife’s demise.
I’m just not sure we really needed to see all this. It really adds nothing to what we already know. Hera yearns to be a pilot, she gets involved in the Rebel movement early on, yadda yadda. Don’t get me wrong; I love Hera, and am a huge fan of Rebels. But this isn’t Rebels, this is The Bad Batch, lol, and I wanted more of them. And I’m sure they’ll come roaring back next week to help save Hera from the Imperials.
I do have to say I loved Captain Howzer, a Clone who is different from his comrades. He’s the only one who still wears colors, takes his helmet off, and clearly is fond of the Syndulla family after helping them during the Clone Wars. He’s hesitant to arrest Hera or her parents, and I’m thinking that he’s a Clone who didn’t follow Order 66, but somehow got away with it. I’m guessing he’ll help the Batch save Hera, and possibly find Rex to join the fledgling Rebellion. If he survives, that is.
I did like how Hera was speaking in the French-like accent she grew up with, and only occasionally slipped back into in Rebels (mostly when speaking with her father); and also seeing her mischievous droid “Choppair”, lol. I liked her meeting Omega and talking about being a pilot.
It was a good episode and I enjoyed it, I just don’t know how important it is in the scheme of things. I don’t usually complain about this kind of stuff, because I enjoy all Star Wars for what it is. Guess I’m just missing the boys and Omega, and have probably seen enough cameos for the moment.
What did you think of the latest episode? Let me know in the comments and we’ll talk about it!
3 thoughts on “Star Wars: The Bad Batch–Devil’s Deal”
I see this as a Crosshair episode. Even though he’s a jerk with his super jerk chip he is still a part of The Bad Batch. I like digging into the different reactions the Empire is getting across the Galaxy. So far we’ve seen Onderon immediately subjugated, Raxus immediately occupied, Kamino is being re-tooled, and now Ryloth is trying for a “friendly” occupation that doesn’t look like it will last.
Of course, as our brand would suggest we are VERY biased towards Rebels characters haha! So yes please… more Hera… and Chopper. And Cham. And I LOVED meeting Eleni.
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I agree with your comments that we didn’t really need to see any of this to be honest. I feel that Hera as a character is well developed enough and we didn’t really need an origin story of sorts to explain her character. It’s like everything comes back to an “origin” story now so every character in every universe ever has to suddenly have one. No, actually they don’t. I mean don’t get me wrong, I enjoy reading backstories to certain characters and some of them have been really entertaining but there is a time and a place for it. This just seems weird almost like they’re stretching for content or character’s to feature in the show. Anyway, the reason why it takes me so long to reply to anything about the Bad Batch is because I am trying really hard not to get spoiled which means I have to stay away (for the first time ever) from this blog lol – I am trying new things 😀 Up until now, I have been all hands-on deck with star wars spoilers but now I am trying to avoid them so it takes me longer to reply as I only reply once I’ve seen the episode myself 😀 But yeah, good post 🙂
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Well, you won’t have to worry about it for a bit because I’ve decided to take the summer off from the blog, lol. I’ve explained in my latest Weekend Update post, but I’ll probably just be posting one weekly check-in post until my daughter goes back to school. But yeah, you’re right, I don’t think every single character in the world needs an origin story, lol.
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