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The Bad Batch In The Temple Of Doom | “Star Wars: The Bad Batch” Season 2: Episode 5 “Entombed” Review

“Star Wars: The Bad Batch” Season 2 has 16 episodes, which leaves plenty of room for filler stories like what we got last episode. This week, we get more filler, as the Bad Batch decide to investigate ancient ruins at the behest of Cid’s friend, Phee Genoa (Wanda Sykes), after Omega (Michelle Ang) finds a compass that can help them navigate it.

They end up stumbling on the legendary Skara Nal, which is said to house a valuable crystal called the Heart of the Mountain. Spoilers ahead.

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The only issue is that removing the crystal awakens what they’re actually in — a powerful walker from 1,000 years ago, whose programming has it shoot a powerful laser at any technology in the area. It first destroys Phee’s droid (don’t worry, she was backed up in the cloud) and then moves to fire at the Bad Batch’s ship. Left with no other choice, they put the crystal back to deactivate the walker, which results in the machine overloading and melting it. Once again this season, the Bad Batch escape with their lives but go home empty-handed.

This episode sees “Star Wars” borrow elements from “Indiana Jones” and it just works, mostly because “Star Wars” is able to put a unique spin on tomb-crawling/treasure-hunting on the virtue that most of its “tombs” are filled with advanced ancient technology. With that being said, this is a pretty self-contained episode that most likely will have little impact on the overall story of this season, though I do like how the show’s producers were able to expand the “Star Wars” mythos a little bit by giving us a glimpse of the galaxy’s past through the walker. Perhaps we’ll see more ancient tech like this in future episodes.

This is still enjoyable filler, but it lacks the character growth last episode had, which is most likely a result of the full Bad Batch roster being present. In the future, I’d like to see more episodes like “Faster,” where handfuls of characters break off from the main group and get their moments to shine.

“Star Wars: The Bad Batch” Season 2: Episode 5 “Entombed” gets a 7/10

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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