This week on “Star Wars: The Bad Batch,” we get a smaller, filler episode in which Cid (Rhea Perlman), Tech, Wrecker (both voiced by Dee Bradley Baker) and Omega (Michelle Ang) head to a racing track reminiscent of the one we saw in “Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace.” The only big difference is that the one featured in this episode is more smaller scale, with the racers piloting modified speeders (no pods to be seen).
The episode follows a very simple formula. Cid places a bet on her racer droid, Tay-0 (Ben Schwartz), with an old acquaintance, after which Tay-0 gets destroyed during the race thanks to his reckless nature. With Cid on the hook to pay up an undisclosed amount of credits she may not have, Omega steps in and agrees to a second bet on the next race — if they win, Cid walks free, but if they lose, they have to pay double the credits she owes.
They fix up Cid’s speeder and Tay-0, but the talkative droid gets in an accident just after he receives criticism from Tech on his reckless strategy. Thus, Tech becomes his natural replacement for the race.
Spoilers: Tech wins by using his wit, employing tactics like ditching his speeder’s weapons to maximize speed and using his enemies’ weapons against themselves.
This is a very simple yet enjoyable side quest, one that I’m glad let Tech shine, who hasn’t gotten a lot of love in this show. He’s basically the strategy guy and his personality is basically that he’s smart; this show’s major challenge is going to be growing these characters outside of their generic stereotypes, which is going to be difficult given that each member of Clone Force 99 was engineered specifically to hyperfocus on very singular traits, like hunting, strategy and strength.
This episode may be filler, but at least it’s good filler.
“Star Wars: The Bad Batch” Season 2: Episode 4 “Faster” gets a 7/10