*WARNING* THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR STAR WARS: THE BAD BATCH EPISODE ONE “AFTERMATH
The Bad Batch – Aftermath
Separatists pushed to the brink! Republic forces continue to mount victories on battlefronts across the galaxy. After the Jedi Knights thwarted an attempt to kidnap Chancellor Palpatine, the evil droid General Grievous retreated to the Outer Rim. With his legions of Battle Droids severely depleted, Grievous mounts a desperate and brutal counter-attack across several star systems.
We find Republic Clone Troopers locked in deadly combat on the besieged world of Kaller. Led by Jedi Master Depa Bilaba, they’ve struggled to hold their positions as they wait for reinforcements to arrive.
The Bad Batch To The Rescue
The Bad Batch “Aftermath” starts just like The Clone Wars episodes of the past. But when The Clone Wars logo comes up on the screen it burns away to reveal the new The Bad Batch Logo. You then hear the legendary voice of Tom Kane setting us up for what is about to happen. We are then taken into a firefight lead by Jedi Master Depa Bilaba. While I do not want to give too much away she and her young padawan are awaiting backup. Of course, their backup arrives and the clankers are disposed of really quick by Clone Force 99. But as The Bad batch goes to advance on some more clankers they are caught in the effects of Order 66. They are confused and are not sure what the true mission is anymore, well that is all but one is not sure what the new order means.
Back To Kamino
Still not sure what to make of things The Bad Batch head back to Kamino. Once there they try to understand what happened, why did the chips work on the clones but not them? Tech of course thinks he might have an answer thinking the changes in their DNA have made them immune to the effects of the programming.
Before they could go into more all personal were called to the staging area for a state of the republic briefing. There Palpatine announces the republic will be organized into the first Galactic Empire. It is here that they now believe the regs (the clone troopers) are all programmed. This is where we are introduced to the young child Omega. Let’s just say from there things start to get really interesting for The Bad Batch and with the arrival of Admiral Tarkin, things don’t get any easier for the boys of Clone Force 99.
My Thoughts On The Bad Batch “Aftermath”
The Bad batch “Aftermath” was 70-minutes of hanging on to your seats. Not only did I love seeing things from the side of the Empire I also loved how we got a more personal look at Clone Force 99, and really got to understand them and their abilities more. I think what was most amazing about The Bad Batch was how the voice of a million clones, Dee Bradley Baker was able to keep a smooth flow while voicing Clone Force 99. Also like always Ian McDiarmid (Palpatine) and Stephen Stanton (Tarkin) knock it out of the park.
What I think will be interesting to see is how big of a role will Omega play in this series. Again I’m not going to try to give too much away but once you kind of figure things out you know she is going to be an important factor in this series. While I love just about everything about this first episode, my biggest worry is the feeling I got when Omega pretty much joined the crew. It kind of feels like the theme in The Mandalorian and Rebels where they find this kid and who could have some special abilities and might even save the day.
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