Review: ‘The Bad Batch’ S01 Ep. 8 ‘Reunion’

by Olly MacNamee

(+++ WARNING: This review contains spoilers for The Bad Batch ‘Reunion’ +++) 

With this week’s episode entitled ‘Reunion’ you just know it’s not going to be one where anyone hugs it out and exchanges old war stories. Not when estranged Clone Force 99 member, Crosshair, gets a chance to hunt down his rebellious brothers on the junk planet of Bracca. And while this is an exciting enough prospect in its own right, it’s not the most exciting aspect. Not until the dying minutes of this episode do we get the real payoff and another great fan-serving appearance by a familiar face from the extended Star Wars universe; Cad Bane (Corey Burton), and his droid Todo 360 (Seth Green).

Not seen on screen since the fourth series of The Clone Wars. A series that seems to be the reference of choice for this whole series. And not surprising, really. The original Star Wars trilogy was a long, long time ago, and for many new fans may as well have happened in a galaxy far, far away too. Whereas The Clone Wars, by comparison, is far more recent. And with the young fans of this show all grown up (and with kids of their own) this new chapter in the ever-expanding Star Wars saga does a great job of crossing the generational gap on all counts. 

For older fans, like me, we get to see the rise of the Empire in all its savage glory, with old school characters like Grand Moff Tarkin guiding the development of its military, while younger fans get the thrill of seeing returning characters, and familiar settings, sprung upon them. And thereby keeping the series fresh and us viewers on our toes. Regardless of age.

Indeed, this episode is saved from being just another “chase ‘em and shoot ‘em” episode with the sudden appearance of Cad Bane and his successful acquirement of Omega. Meaning the gang may need to tread where angels fear to go much sooner than they would have liked.

Eight episodes in and this is shaping up into a most impressive addition to the Star Wars canon.

The Bad Batch is streaming now on Disney + with new episodes every Friday.

You can read all the reviews for previous episodes here.

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