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“Star Wars” Has A Commander Cody Problem | Column from the Editor

The latest episode of “Star Wars: The Bad Batch” sees clone Commander Cody (Dee Bradley Baker) return to assist Crosshair (also voiced by Baker), only to defect when the Imperial governor they’re tasked with rescuing kills the legitimate leader of the planet they’re on after Cody carefully negotiated his release.

It’s a departure from Cody’s Legends fate, which sees him continue to serve the Empire for years after Order 66. It also puts him in a weird place in terms of where his story can go. Apparently, he was in an early draft of the “Obi-Wan Kenobi” show, but was later cut, most likely due to the limited availability of Temuera Morrison, who plays all the clones in live action and who was busy filming “The Book of Boba Fett during the Kenobi show’s production.

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Let’s talk about Star Wars’ Commander Cody problem after The Bad Batch Season 2, Episode 3 “The Solitary Clone.”

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I personally would love for him to eventually reunite with Obi-Wan, the Jedi general he served with for years during the Clone Wars and arguably his closest friend. The only conflict comes from the Kenobi show itself, as it depicts the Jedi as a loner who has been living on his own for about 10 years after “Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith.” This would presumably mean that Cody either met Obi-Wan briefly and then left in the time between the show and the film, or he’ll have to wait 10 years to meet up with him after the events of that show. Admittingly, if Disney is going to greenlight another season of “Kenobi,” Cody returning is one of the few things that could really justify it by giving Obi-Wan something to do by reconnecting with another old ex-friend. The key difference: Unlike Anakin Skywalker, who goes by Darth Vader at the time of the show, Cody’s betrayal in “Revenge of the Sith” wasn’t his fault, as like all the clones, he turned on the Jedi because of a chip in his brain that overrode his free will.

Personally, I’m doubtful if this will happen. I’m not sure if there needs to be another season of “Kenobi,” other than having it be a means to redeem Reva Sevander and getting a few more confrontations between Vader and Obi-Wan.

Some have pointed out that Cody might meet up with Captain Rex (also voiced by Baker), who is in hiding, but has met up with the Bad Batch last season. However, this would also put Cody in a tough spot, as when we meet up with Rex later in “Star Wars: Rebels,” he has been living with Gregor and Wolffe (also voiced by Baker) for quite some time and Cody is nowhere to be found. Perhaps the two met up and had a disagreement, going their separate ways, or it could indicate that Cody has died by the time that show takes place.

Killing off Cody would be the easiest route to have his character go, though it would be the least emotionally satisfying. After the events of last week’s episode of “Bad Batch,” Cody is a changed man who wants nothing to do with the Empire, and it’s clear that he dearly misses his friends and regrets his actions during Order 66, as they weigh heavy on his mind.

Wherever his canon story goes, Disney now has a dilemma on where to take his character next.

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