Star Wars The Bad Batch Reunion Breakdown

This post contains major spoilers for the latest episode of Star Wars: The Bad Batch.

With Captain Rex gone, Clone Force 99 remain on Bracca to see if they can make a score large enough to get them out from beneath Cid’s thumb. They discover the Jedi Cruiser still has munitions hidden in its hold and information in its computer banks. They split up to retrieve it all, but things go from bad to worse when a contingent of clones and troopers from the Empire, led by their former colleague, Crosshair, arrive to apprehend or kill them.

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Star Wars The Bad Batch Battle Scars Breakdown

This post contains major spoilers for the latest episode of the series.

“Battle Scars,” the new episode of Star Wars: The Bad Batchbegins in medias res, with the Bad Batch escaping from their most recent job, stealing a creature named Ruby from an uncouth group of ne’er-do-wells called the Rhokai. When they return to Cid’s, they encounter none other than Captain Rex, hoping to feel them out and check on their status. He insists they’re ticking time bombs with their inhibitor chips still installed and they agree to rendezvous with him to have them removed.

Things get complicated when Wrecker’s headaches turn lethal and his inhibitor chip goes off. They’re able to subdue him and remove all of the inhibitor chips. But that’s not the end of their troubles as the episode ends with them being sold out to the Empire.

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Naturally, there are major spoilers here.

The conventional wisdom is that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, but it seems like there are no straight lines in Star Wars. Though many of the laws of physics and mortals don’t apply in Star Wars, Murphy’s Law does, and that’s really at the heart of the new Marvel Comics event, War of the Bounty Hunters. The kickoff, Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters #1 “Most Wanted,” written by Charles Soule, illustrated by Luke Ross, and colored by Neeraj Menon, gives us a view of exactly how badly things can go wrong. The premise of the story is simple: plenty of us assumed that Boba Fett had an easy time taking Han Solo, frozen in carbonite, back to Jabba the Hutt from Cloud City. What this story presupposes is, “Maybe he didn’t?” Read More »

Bad Batch Decommissioned

This post contains major spoilers for the latest episode of the series.

The protagonists of The Bad Batch remain on Ord Mantell at Cid’s in the latest episode, “Decommissioned.” Tech and Wrecker take it upon themselves to train Omega in the use of an energy bow when Cid interrupts them with a new mission. She wants them to head to Corellia to steal a tactical droid from a decommissioning facility. With clones now serving the Empire, the data from a Separatist tactical droid skyrockets in value. While on Corellia, they run into complications when they encounter another pair of ne’er-do-wells with the same mission. Ultimately, they all work together to fight their way out of the droid decommissioning facility, and Hunter has to make some difficult decisions. Read More »

Star Wars: The Bad Batch Rampage Breakdown

This post contains major spoilers for the latest episode of the series.

The Clone Troopers of The Bad Batch look for help anywhere they can get it, and in the latest episode “Rampage,” Echo has an idea. Cid was an old contact of the Jedi and they seek out this mysterious barkeep. The group heads to Ord Mantell, hoping they can learn more about Fennec Shand, the bounty hunter that chased them down in the previous episode. As things like this tend to go, they eventually discover that in order to get the information they want, they’ll have to do a job first. Cid tells them they’ll need to rescue Moochi from Zygerrian Slavers. Cid also fails to mention that Moochi is an adolescent Rancor, which is a fine how do you do for the squad. Eventually, they’re able to complete the job and get paid, but not without a lot of heartache and only a taste of the information they wanted. Read More »

Bad Batch Cornered Breakdown

This post contains major spoilers for the latest episode of the series.

In the latest episode of Star Wars: The Bad Batch, titled “Cornered, the team seek out an uninhabited planet to lay low on while the transition from Republic to Empire settles down. They choose the planet Idaflor (which seems like it might be Space Florida?). But with no supplies, a wanted ship, and no fuel, they make a pit stop on the planet Pantora. After bribing a Sullustan dock master, they get to work retrieving supplies. Things go wrong when Fennec Shand is tipped off to their whereabouts to collect a bounty inexplicably on Omega’s head. After a lengthy chase, they’re able to escape from the Pantoran authorities and Fennec Shand. Since they only met some of their objectives, they’ll have to go somewhere else to finish getting supplies, but at least they refueled and got their ship’s signature scrambled.

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Star Wars: The Bad Batch Replacements Breakdown

This post contains spoilers for the third episode of Star Wars: The Bad Batch, titled “Replacements.

With their ship in bad shape after their sudden departure from Saleucami, the Bad Batch are forced to make a crash landing on a desolate moon. Echo would have made more effective repairs to the ship if Tech had been able to help him, but Tech is more concerned with examining the functionality of their inhibitor chips. As they work to fix the ship, they have to contend with a mysterious alien species that just wants to eat their capacitors. Meanwhile, the Empire, led by Admiral Tarkin on Kamino, uses Crosshair to lead a new group of elite Stormtroopers to hunt down a cell of Saw Gerrera’s Partisans. Read More »

Bad Batch Cut and Run Breakdown

This post contains spoilers for the second episode of Star Wars: The Bad Batch, titled “Cut and Run.”

As the Bad Batch make their way from Kamino following the events of the first episode of Star Wars: The Bad Batch, they need somewhere to hide and lay low for a while. We heard them speak about about needing to meet someone on J-19. What J-19 means is dubious, but we know they head to the planet Saluecami. Saluecami was first mentioned by Obi-Wan Kenobi in Revenge of the Sith as a planet that had fallen to the Republic from Separatist control.

Here, they learn of the steps the new Empire is taking to control the lives of its citizens, taking a running leap at becoming the fascist dictatorship we know the Empire to be.

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Star Wars and Frankenstein

(Welcome to The Movies That Made Star Wars, a series where we explore the films and television properties that inspired George Lucas’s iconic universe. In this edition:Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein.)

It feels almost impossible to judge the cultural impact of the Universal Monster movies as they began releasing in the United States almost a hundred years ago. Looking at the box office figures and the interconnected universe they spawned over the 1930s and ‘40s, it was something akin to the Marvel Cinematic Universe or Star Wars for audiences of its day. The Frankenstein films, for the most part, starred Boris Karloff and were very loose interpretations of the classic Mary Shelley classic from 1818. Its themes of creating life after death and playing God were powerful and the films brought these ideas to easily shocked or offended audiences in the time before the Production Code. It even had to be edited down for blasphemy in some parts of the country because of Dr. Frankenstein’s bold statement that he’s replaced God by giving life to the monster.

It’s no wonder that director James Whale’s vision of obsessed “men of reason” abandoning that reason in the pursuit of creating life would factor a strong influence in the Star Wars films. Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein were both syndicated on television thanks to Shock Theatre and Son of Shock, making indelible impressions on everyone who watched them on television through the ‘50s, ‘60s, and beyond. There’s certainly a chance that a young George Lucas was one of those kids watching creature features, and absorbing everything.

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Star Wars The Bad Batch Aftermath Breakdown

This post contains spoilers for the first episode of Star Wars: The Bad Batch.

The Clone Wars aren’t actually over when Star Wars: The Bad Batch begins. That’s why the logo from Star Wars: The Clone Wars burns off into the logo for The Bad Batch at the start of this series –  it signals that we’re in for something different and worrisome. And given the ‘80s action aesthetic of the series, it’s no surprise.

The state of the galaxy as The Bad Batch begins is one that is about to take its first step into the world of an evil, galactic Empire. Unfortunately for their well-being, the members of the Bad Batch might not be interested in that sort of thing. This is a galaxy in flux like we haven’t seen before. There was a basic glimpse of a post-Order 66 world in Revenge of the Sith and the immediate aftermath has been recounted in small ways in comic books and novels, but this is really the first time it’s being put on the screen.

Our view comes in the form of three different planets with different situations. We’ll take them one at a time and look at the political situation and all of the hidden details you might have missed.

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