The following contains spoilers for Episode 6 of Star Wars: The Bad Batch.
The Bad Batch returns this week with a new episode that shows us deeper connections within a galaxy far, far away. While the series fills out its own part in Star Wars lore, it also works to make sure we know it’s still Star Wars. After the background to the Rancor in Jabba’s Palace, we get to see some familiar people, places, and droids.
The way this first season of The Bad Batch has played out when they traveled to Corellia, I half expected to see Han Solo show up. Instead, what we got on Corellia was a return of the worst part of Clone Wars Season 7, Trace and Rafa. While Trace and Rafa were good in the show’s final outing, the story just didn’t allow them to do much. That makes me wary of how they’ll be handled in The Bad Batch. And with how the episode ended, I’m sure this won’t be the last time we see them.
The dynamic of The Bad Batch has also greatly improved these last two weeks. After the previous episodes seemed to be splitting them up far, seeing them act more like a team was very welcomed. If the writers want to make the Wrecker storyline work better, the group needs to work in closer proximity, which will make his inevitable betrayal all the more heartbreaking. And in reality, the Bad Batch working for Cid is a perfect way to accomplish this.
It’s clear within the next few episodes something major is going to happen. With how long Wrecker was down dealing with the chip, it seems most likely that his turn is coming. Being the heart of the Bad Batch, Wrecker’s turn is sure to hurt. The ending also implies we will see yet another familiar face. My money is on Ashoka, but Rex or Bail Organa could also make sense.
As always, the animation was great in Episode 6, and the score was also standout. The regular theme of The Bad Batch played, but we had several musical cue callbacks. The filler feel of the past few episodes has passed on, and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season. Hopefully, the next few episodes continue on this upward trend. – Collin Stetzner
The Bad Batch drops new episodes every Friday on Disney+