Thursday, July 8, 2021

Star Wars: The Bad Batch - Rampage / Decommissioned

"Rampage" and "Decommissioned" both find the Bad Batch (all voiced by Dee Bradley Baker working for a Trandoshan named Cid who promises to exchange information and a cut of the stakes in each job the squad takes on for her. Both episodes also tie in to various other aspects of the Star Wars universe. In "Rampage," the Bad Batch is sent to Ord Mantell to rescue a kidnapped child (who turns out to be a Rancor). In "Decommissioned" the squad attempts to steal a T-series tactical droid on Corellia before it is destroyed only to run into a legion of droids guarding the facility and Rafa (Elizabeth Rodriguez ) and Trace Martez (Brigitte Kali Canales) who are also after the lucrative prize.

Both episodes focus on new adventures for Omega (Michelle Ang) who turns out to help the squad plenty in both adventures. The return of Rafa and Trace, introduced in the last season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars shows us what path their future has taken while also possibly leading up to another familiar character crossing the clones' path. The Rancor story is a bit goofy, especially when you realize this is likely the Rancor who will grow up to be killed by Luke Skywalker, but also indirectly ties the Batch to the Hutts as well. Working for both the Rebellion and the Hutts? So much for staying hidden.

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