Star Wars: The Bad Batch Episode 8 Review: Reunion

The episode takes itself quite seriously. But does that actually translate into content that fans can delve into, or top-flight content? Star wars adventure and charm? So so.

Watching The bad lot was a bit like listening to an acquaintance explain to you what is going on in their Dungeons & Dragons Game. Now there’s a time and place for it, and I’m checking out some good friends’ D&D characters from time to time quite happily. But what if it’s someone you don’t know well? It’s a story without any emotional investment. It’s a story someone clearly loves, but they’re also on the inside, invested quite literally, in a way that you just aren’t. Coming back to the lot, there is no plot B in “Reunion”, which makes it feel a bit empty. The characters move from point A to point B with aplomb, but the characters still lack the camaraderie of Rebels for me, or the universal and archetypal feeling of the original trilogy (and to a lesser extent, the stories of Anakin and Rey).

The last episode, I mentioned wanting more of Hunter (to prepare me for grief when he’s inevitably estranged from Omega) and Echo (the other newcomer to the group). Unfortunately, Hunter didn’t have time to really feel like a person. Omega has even more in common with Wrecker, and the mere moment of connection between them in “Reunion” isn’t quite enough to make the father-daughter pop dynamic.

Omega itself obtains a more cautious interiority. I really like that she looks sullenly at the spaceship graveyard, clearly thinking of the overwhelming number of casualties and accomplishments it represents, and asking Tech what the war was like. Because he’s Tech, his response is cold. They walk a fine line with Tech, making it neither too literal nor too socially inept, neither too comical nor too dark. He’s the skeptic, not undermining the rest of the group but also not coating things. (And unlike Wrecker, I’m interested in his dump of information about this ion engine’s new coating.)

Omega also continues to believe that Crosshair can be saved, but not so much the rest of the team. The silence after she asks if Crosshair really trying to burn old comrades to death is revealing.

As for Echo, it is finally differentiated a little. As a regular clone (and one who just received a new reminder of his origins as Rex), he’s more committed to the idea of ​​duty to an ideal than the rest of the lot. He is more invested in the sense of being a soldier. I like how this contrasts with Hunter’s willingness to save the Republic Ordinance to pay off his debt to Cid.

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