Going into Episode 5, the Bad Batch (all voiced by Dee Bradley Baker) have a dilemma: Who hired bounty hunter Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) to capture Omega? Was it the Empire? The Kaminoans? Or some other group that thinks she’s valuable?
This leads them to Cid (Rhea Perlman), a Trandoshan who used to be an informant for the Jedi, who valued her connections to the Star Wars underworld, something the Empire does not. In exchange for info, she gives the Bad Batch a mission: rescue a kid named Muchi from a group of slavers. Seems simple enough, but in the world of Star Wars, nothing ever is.
Led by Hunter and Wrecker, the group rushes into the slavers’ camp, as Hunter strictly orders Omega to stay with the ship. The group immediately gets captured, with Omega the only one free, who ends up tipping things in their favor when she releases their objective — an adolescent ranchor, who rampages throughout the camp. As ranchors respond to a social hierarchy, Wrecker then challenges Muchi as the alpha, which is lighthearted fun. That is, until Bib Fortuna — crime boss Jabba the Hutt’s right hand man — shows up to retrieve Muchi, and we understand who Muchi probably is — the murderous ranchor that tried to kill Luke Skywalker in “Return of the Jedi”.
But overall, Episode 5 was very enjoyable. I particularly liked the monster fight between Muchi and the slavers’ birdlike pet. You surprisingly don’t see a lot of monster vs. monster fights in Star Wars, and it was a welcome change of pace.
“Star Wars: The Bad Batch” Season 1: Episode 5 “Rampage” gets an 8/10