Saturday, May 4, 2024

Star Wars: The Bad Batch - Flash Strike / The Cavalry Has Arrived

As expected, Star Wars: The Bad Batch ends in predictable fashion. We get the infiltration of an Imperial base (again) and the escape from an Imperial base (again). And, as expected, the squad manage to extract Omega (Michelle Ang) without a single casualty on their side. The other children are also rescued with the help of Emerie Karr (Keisha Castle-Hughes) who it seems has finally seen enough of the Empire's testing on children. The final episode is also notable for an unnecessary epilogue with an older Omega set out to join the Rebellion that feels tacked on when the shot of the Bad Batch together on Pabu under the weeping maya tree seems a far more natural ending.

The only real surprise is that the escape destroys all of the scientists and research on Tantiss and that Crosshair's (Dee Bradley Baker) long-teased arm damage has exactly zero impact on the plot. Given that the technology must exist prior to The Rise of Skywalker, in order to explain the Emperor's resurrection, it seems someone will need to recreate it at some point. Also, while Omega saves them, the other kids are never really properly fleshed out as characters. Since we've already seen an escape from Tantiss, and only a few episodes ago, this one (despite the level of destruction) doesn't have the same impact. While it teases the capture and failure of the Bad Batch more than once, there is never a single moment where you believe a single member isn't making it out of the Imperial facility alive.

  • Title: Star Wars: The Bad Batch - Flash Strike / The Cavalry Has Arrived
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