TV Review: ‘The Bad Batch’ Season 2, Episode 4

by Frank Martin

When dealing with any show, not every episode can be a significant character development piece or move the plot along in major ways. Sometimes, a side adventure is enough. That’s exactly what this week’s episode of Star Wars: The Bad Batch accomplished. By taking some characters out of the equation, it allowed others to interact and grow some of their relationships in different ways. It also hinted at more to come with Cid (Rhea Perlman), as it has been set up that her allegiance and loyalty to the clones could be tested in future episodes.

The plot this week revolves around Cid as she bets on racing. The droid she chooses to back, TAY-0 (Ben Schwartz), winds up destroyed by a rival. This forces Tech (Dee Bradley Baker) to step in and pilot instead. Even though he has no experience, his quick thinking and engineering skills allow him to win the race. But it’s hinted at in the episode’s closing moments that Cid’s rival knows more about her history that could compromise her relationship with the Bad Batch.

Overall, there’s not a whole lot to say about this episode. Fans got to see Omega (Michelle Ang), Wrecker (also Baker), and Tech out on their own. It also provided some fun racing action different than what Star Wars has depicted in the past. Other than that, it foreshadowed the problems with Cid and highlighted Tech’s versatile skills. It also showed Omega’s sly ability to get them out of trouble, even if she was gambling in the process. The episode might not have been the best The Bad Batch has to offer, but it was still some good Star Wars fun.

Star Wars: The Bad Batch streams new episodes Wednesdays on Disney+.

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