“Star Wars: The Bad Batch” is back for Episode 3. This time, they are still on the run, they meet a new enemy, we learn more of Tarkin's plan, and have some tender moments between the Bad Batch and Omega. We have your “Star Wars: The Bad Batch” Episode 3 Replacements – Review and Breakdown
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“Star Wars: The Bad Batch” Episode 3 – Review
“Star Wars: The Bad Batch” Episode 3 “Replacements” brings the same set of mixed emotions as Episode 2 did, sweet moments with Omega and the ominous threat from Tarkin. A lot can happen in 27 minutes. If you can't guess by the title, you're probably going to see who is to be replaced and what those replacements are.
“Star Wars: The Bad Batch” Episode 3 – Breakdown
Still on the run, the Bad Batch crash lands on a forlorn moon after having been thrown from hyperspace because of a damaged capacitor as they were fleeing Saleucami.
As the ship is crashing, Wrecker was hollering about how they were going to die while droid GNK “Gonky” was being thrown around the cabin in their crash landing. Wrecker stopped yelling when he realized Omega was secured in next to him, recoiled in fear. Dad mode engaged: Wrecker switched to reassuring Omega they would be fine rather than focusing on his own fear. Tech had been building a scanner to determine if his theory regarding the inhibitor chips not functioning is correct.
The Bad Batch and Omega were fine; the ship, not so much. Echo works on replacing the bad capacitor. Tech scans the moon with his flashlight, and he thinks he sees something in the dark.
Back on Kamino, Tarkin asks Vice Admiral Rampart about Project War Mantle. This Tarkin Initiative is intended to infuse the ranks of the Imperial Army with approved recruits, not clones. A project not widely discussed in Star Wars properties, War Mantle is one that Jyn Erso mentions as she is on the hunt for the Death Star plans while on Scarif in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Crosshair has also undergone another procedure. While what is being done has not been specified, based on the previous procedure and results, we can assume this one is also to increase the inhibitor ship's functionality.
Crosshair completes his training of the first new set of conscripted recruits. This new group of soldiers is ready to serve the Empire, making them more menacing than previous iterations of soldiers according to Rampart.
Back on the ship, as the system goes down and the lights go off, they hear footsteps on top of the ship. They then hear the creature scurry away and the Bad Batch sees it carrying the new capacitor. Tech tells the team he thinks it's likely an Ordo Moon Dragon that feeds from pure energy. The forlorn moon was not forlorn at all.
Hunter tried to take Wrecker with him to find the creature and get their capacitor back, but Wrecker tells him he must have hit his head during the crash landing. Omega manages to convince Hunter to take her, instead.
On Hunter and Omega's adventure to find the moon dragon and retrieve the capacitor, Omega watches Hunter work and do what he does best: tracking. Omega tells Hunter she's like to learn how to track. The conversation turns to Crosshair, and Omega tells Hunter he shouldn't be angry with him. Hunter says to her, “I’m angry at myself; we don’t leave our own behind.”
Tarkin sends the new recruits on a test mission—he sends Crosshair and the newly trained soldiers to Onderron to eliminate Saw Gerrera's camp. Per Crosshair's creepy mantra, “Good soldiers follow orders,” Crosshair is prepared to take out the whole camp of “insurgents” for no reason other than that he was ordered to, while the other recruits are full stop not agreeing to slay innocent civilians; Crosshair takes out their leader.
Hunter and Omega finally find the capacitor, but the Moon Dragon is close and attacks Hunter. During the attack, the moon dragon knocks Hunter's rebreather, leading to unconsciousness. The Moon Dragon snags the capacitor back and runs away. Omega tries to signal to Wrecker and Tech for help, but to no avail. She decided to go after the dragon on her own, grabbing Hunter's blaster and flashlight.
Omega finds a tunnel and jumps in to discover she's in the dragon's lair, which is bestrewn with old ship scraps and parts. Though Omega finds the capacitor, the Moon Dragon is less than keen to have her in its space trying to make away with the capacitor it's worked so hard to collect.
Bent down in fear, Omega shines the flashlight and points the blaster at the Moon Dragon as it growls at her. Hoping her diversion works, she turns the flashlight off, tosses it aside, and the dragon dodges for the flashlight. As the dragon makes its move on the flashlight for its next snack, Omega grabs the capacitor and races out of the lair. Her lack of violence could indicate her force sensitivity as has been speculated since Episode 1.
Outside, she meets back up with Hunter who is now awake, and she tells him that she tracked down the dragon as he had done and shows him the capacitor. She also tells him not to worry and that she didn't have to use the blaster. They had back to the ship and find a surprise waiting.
Nala Se and Lama Su discuss their concern for Tarkin's desire to render the clones irrelevant and that they must prevent that from happening. In this discussion, we also learn that the original genetic material from Jengo Fett (used to create the clones) is degrading. Lama Su tells Nala Se to start the next phase and fabricate a superior clone but she reminds him they need a clone to use and the Bad Batch isn't to be returning; he reminds her that Crosshair is on Kamino.
“The Bad Batch” Episode 3 Ending Explained
Hunter and Omega return to the ship after retrieving the capacitor from the Moon Dragon.
In one of the sweetest Star Wars franchise moments ever, Wrecker surprises Omega with her own room on the ship—a converted gun turret—decked out with curtains, a makeshift bed of cushions that have been tied together, a fantastic view of the stars, and the sweetest gift of all: Wrecker's Tooka cat doll, Lula.
Omega says, “It’s perfect! Thank you, Wrecker.” Hunter confirms she’s part of the Bad Batch squad now, and they head back into space.
Omega's excitement should make even Tarkin's heart sing just a little.
Who doesn't want to see another Bad Batch member embracing the dad role, this time in creating Omega a space of her own (even though we thought maybe Wrecker was having issues with his inhibitor chip since he stayed behind claiming a headache while Omega went with Hunter to search for the moon dragon)?
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