Star Wars: The Bad Batch Episode 7 Review: Battle Scars

This Star Wars: The Unhealthy Batch assessment incorporates spoilers.

Star Wars: The Unhealthy Batch Episode 7

The discovered household is powerful with this one. And all it took was bringing in an outsider.

After a short, thrilling introduction, “Battle Scars,” written by Jennifer Corbett and directed by Saul Ruiz, will get proper to the purpose. The Bad Batch nonetheless have their inhibitor chips, and the clock on Wrecker’s is ticking. Each time he will get wired — together with by the considered the chip itself — he will get nearer to going Order 66 on his “traitor” buddies. Fortunately, the Batch have a information to the best way to take away the chips: Captain Rex. He helps them discover a decommissioned Republic cruiser with the sort of medical facility they want, however not earlier than Wrecker’s chip goes off.

One suave shot, displaying Rex standing in a dusty shaft of sunshine within the door because the Unhealthy Batchers doze inside, places him in good Star Wars firm: heroes put aside from even their closest friends by non-public sorrows, non-public stakes. It’s straightforward to think about Rex is pondering of the folks he’s misplaced, or of Ahsoka Tano, the individual he survived with.

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He additionally allows this episode, greater than the others, to really transfer ahead. Many followers had been speculating that the inhibitor chips may come into play within the season finale, however now that we all know that’s not the case, it’s a aid to see them off the board. And Wrecker being rendered a blind follower of Palpatine’s murderous rule has much more pathos than Crosshair’s flip did. We all know Wrecker is a man who loves his buddies — particularly Omega, who has mainly the identical humorousness as him. So it was really upsetting to see Wrecker activate them, in addition to how far he was prepared to go, realizing it was out of his management. The truth that he didn’t immediately recuperate from a area surgical procedure in a rusting, rat-infested ship was a pleasant contact, too. The episode didn’t spend very lengthy pretending Wrecker was by no means going to get up, however it utilized sufficient stress to completely categorical how nervous the characters had been — after which distinction them properly with Rex’s older grief. Silence does a number of work on this episode.

A few of the louder moments work, too. Cid is skimping on the clones’ pay, and Hunter is starting to ask questions on who precisely advantages from her jobs. (Each morally and financially.) Rex and Omega have a enjoyable little dialog the place she immediately groks he’s a “Gen 1,” which is each a reminder that she grew up surrounded by cloning medical doctors and a humorous, roundabout approach of claiming he seems to be outdated from her pre-teen perspective. Rex takes the management chips very significantly — sufficient to virtually draw his blaster within the bar — which very a lot helps promote the seriousness of the stakes.

Omega’s characterization is getting nearer to feeling full, particularly when she reveals in a second of vulnerability that she’s most afraid of being left alone. She’s a baby used to being visibly completely different from all of her caretakers and friends, so discovering folks she seems like household with is all the universe to her. No matter else her upbringing was like, the Kaminoans additionally fostered or couldn’t squash an ethical heart: she’s keen on animals, and prepared to forgive those that did improper. It’s not revolutionary, however it additionally doesn’t fall into a number of the traps “new child” characters may.

That mentioned, whereas her relationship with Wrecker actually shines on this episode, it doesn’t do a lot for Hunter. He clearly isn’t the one staff dad to Omega, and doesn’t truly do a lot main, both; he’s nonetheless undecided what to do with the staff’s long-term destiny, and defers to Rex more often than not. It leaves him on a really ambivalent be aware, not as paternal as Din Djarin for good or unwell. I’m glad the present isn’t simply repeating The Mandalorian‘s thesis, however it nonetheless feels just like the aspect members of the Batch are having hassle squeezing in to their very own present. Tech will get some snark this episode, and Rex and Echo having recognized each other earlier than carries a number of silent weight, however it’s principally the Omega-and-Wrecker present.

However perhaps that’s okay. The truth that they’ve eliminated their chips makes it really feel just like the overarching plot is actually progressing. And “preventing one in all your personal with full data of what he can do to the enemy” or vice versa is one in all my favourite motion tropes. Wrecker is successfully scary right here, but in addition sympathetic. The close-up on his eyes altering gives a pleasant distinction to the drowzing Batchers within the wake of his assault. Which brings us again once more to how a lot this episode evoked the emotional weight of Rex’s story with out being both coy or distracting about it. No, he doesn’t point out Ahsoka, although it appears apparent that she’s his contact, particularly after studying that the Martez sisters known as Rex within the first place. Nevertheless it’s clear he has misplaced somebody or one thing, and I feel that may work whether or not you’ve watched the collection finale of The Clone Wars or not.

The setting the clones traverse by way of isn’t essentially the most inventive: it’s mainly a Prequel model of the starship graveyard Rey lived in in The Force Awakens. However I’m of that era the place there’s a sure sparkle to the idea of “a Prequel model” of something. The animation (portray? I’m undecided) is attractive, between the muddle of rusted steel and the greenish shine of contaminated however brightly lovely water. The episode’s two motion set items — a starship battle within the very starting and Wrecker falling into the dianoga-infested water — are compelling and competent, and serve to maneuver the story alongside.

I nonetheless need extra from Hunter, Tech, and Echo, for them to grow to be greater than warfare story tropes. However by the top of “Battle Scars,” Wrecker and Omega really feel essentially the most full, and the remainder of the story stays large open. At this level, absolutely anything may occur when Crosshair confronts his outdated buddies once more — besides, maybe, for him with the ability to use their management chips towards them.

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