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Final Thoughts on “Star Wars: The Bad Batch” Season 1

With Season 1 of “Star Wars: The Bad Batch” finally under wraps, here are my final thoughts on the show. If you’re catching up, or you need a refreshers, here are my reviews of all 16 episodes: 

Episode 1 “Aftermath” & Episode 2 “Cut and Run”

Episode 3 “Replacements”

Episode 4 “Cornered”

Episode 5 “Rampage”

Episode 6 “Decommissioned” 

Episode 7 “Battle Scars”

Episode 8 “Reunion”

Episode 9 “Bounty Lost” 

Episode 10 “Common Ground”

Episode 11 “Devil’s Deal” 

Episode 12 “Rescue on Ryloth”

Episode 13 “Infested”

Episode 14 “War-Mantle”

Episode 15 “Return to Kamino”

Episode 16 “Kamino Lost”

The show, following the titular Bad Batch Clones made up of Hunter, Wrecker, Tech, Echo and Crosshair (all voiced by Dee Bradley Baker) and Omega (Michelle Ang), documents their adventures during and after Order 66, in which all clones with inhibitor chips were forced to kill all the Jedi.  

Crosshair, who removed his chip at an undisclosed time, breaks from the group early on, siding with the newly-formed Empire despite the fact that they have little regard for his safety and end up phasing the clones out this season, replacing them with human recruits. 

There are some genuinely great episodes and moments in Season 1, with its opening episode that features “Rebels” protagonist Caleb Dume being one of the show’s best, and Cad Bane and Fennec Shand’s guest appearances also marked high points in the show. 

But Season 1 is full of filler, and it fails to give us a satisfying conclusion, as it feels like it’s saving its best bits for future seasons, with its epic showdown between Crosshair and the rest of the Batch failing to ultimately resolve itself. 

There are some great worldbuilding episodes that connect to other Star Wars properties, such as the introduction of a Kaminoan cloner to a an Imperial scientists that looks similar to one we saw in “The Mandalorian” that offers clues as to where that show is going, and it was great to see the Phase 1 stormtroopers, but so far, the show doesn’t add up to a satisfying whole. 

This doesn’t make it bad or a lost cause — showrunner Davie Filoni’s “Rebels” and “Clone Wars” Season 1 were not those shows’ best seasons — but it will have to do better in its second season. 

So far, “Bad Batch” is a show full of great moments, but it’s not must-watch material for Star Wars fans. 

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