In need of cashflow, Hunter, Wrecker, Tech, Echo (all voiced by Dee Bradley Baker) and Omega (Michelle Ang) take a bounty hunting job from Cid (Rhea Perlman) stealing a former Separatist tactical droid for an unknown buyer. The group notes that, seeing as the Empire’s army is made up of clones, info on how to defeat them is especially valuable — even if, for the most part, we saw tactical droids get outsmarted by clones in “The Clone Wars.”
To get the droid, they infiltrate a salvage facility that is melting down battle droids, and coincidentally only one tactical droid is left somewhat intact. However, the group run into Trace (Brigitte Kali) and Rafa (Elizabeth Rodriguez) Martez, sisters we were introduced to in the final season of “The Clone Wars”, who were friends of ex-Jedi Ahsoka Tano, who want to get the droid for the rebellion. The Bad Batch catch the pair trying to steal the head of the droid — which is all they really need — and the two groups fight for the droid head, which tips off hundreds of police droids. Despite initial distrust, they decide to work together to take out the police droids, and to every fan’s delight, they use the tactical droid to activate the battle droids that were about to be smelted down to help them, which was majorly cool.
Wrecker’s inhibitor chip almost activates again, in the heat of battle, and it’s clear that at some point, he’s going to turn on his brothers, which would be hard for them to deal with, because Wrecker is so brutal and also it wouldn’t be his fault. But Dave Filoni would not build this up over multiple episodes if he wasn’t planning on punching us in the gut with it.
The episode ends with the tactical droid head destroyed, but Tech was able to extract data from it, which Hunter gives to Trace and Rafa as a gesture of good faith. The sisters remark that, in the end, everyone picks a side, which couldn’t be more heavy-handed foreshadowing that Hunter and company are going to join the rebellion at some point, which Filoni will have to be careful about, because if he leans too into the rebellion aspect in this series, he risks retreading ground already told in “Star Wars: Rebels.” The story of the young rebellion was largely told; I’m not sure if there’s much more Filoni could add to it.
Overall, a decent, standard episode. It has just enough cool to keep you engaged as a fan, but it is mostly filler.
“Star Wars: The Bad Batch” Season 1: Episode 6: “Decommissioned” gets a 7/10