The Bad Batch is back and Clone Force 99 finds themselves faced with a new and unexpectedly dangerous job in episode six, “Decommissioned.”
The Bad Batch: Episode 6, “Decommissioned”
After tracking down Muchi the rancor for Cid last week, it turns out that the Bad Batch didn’t immediately leave Ord Mantell. The episode opens up with Clone Force 99 hanging out in Cid’s seedy establishment, while Echo teaches Omega to use her recently acquired energy bow. Omega is not good at it. Three bullseyes out of thirteen draws is about like my first attempt to use a bow. After seeing Omega be innately good at many skills, it’s nice to see her practicing and honing her skills.
It’s also nice to see each of the clones bonding with Omega over different attributes of their own skills and personalities. For a series that rushed through a lot of the emotional beats that were necessary for selling Omega’s connection to the Bad Batch, it’s nice to see her forming these little connections to each of them now.
Following last week’s quest, most fans assumed that the Bad Batch would be in the employ of Cid once more, but did any of us expect it to be so soon? Cid cuts Omega’s training session short, herding the clones into her office and telling them about a new job she has for them. Despite Hunter pointing out that they hadn’t agreed to work for her yet, she essentially tells them they don’t have a choice. Omega has a bounty hunter after her, they’re on the run from the Empire, and Cid knows their secret. It’s a mutually beneficial arrangement, at least for Cid.
Cid sends them to Corellia to pick up a tactical droid for a client of hers, but of course, it isn’t an easy or straightforward assignment. When they arrive at the facility, they discover that they aren’t the only ones looking for the tactical droid. Two familiar faces from the final season of The Clone Wars are already a few steps ahead of them.
Things go really wrong once Rafa and Trace show up. Omega, attempting to show off her newfound skills, accidentally shoots the energy bow — alerting the police droids to their presence and causing the facility to go into lockdown. In order to lift the lockdown, Wrecker has to swing across to the main control panel and he… Well, he hits his head again and this time it’s bad.
For the last four episodes, we have seen Wrecker hit his head and complain about a headache. Pretty alarming stuff when we know these clones have chips in their heads that turn them into good soldiers. This hit to the head was enough to trigger the programming, and I never again want to hear that himbo say “Good soldiers follow orders.”
Elsewhere in the facility, Trace works alongside Hunter and the rest of Clone Force 99, while Rafa and Omega race to retrieve the tactical droid. Unfortunately, Omega gets herself stuck on one of the conveyor belts (Attack of the Clones, anyone?) and Rafa and Hunter rescue her at the last minute.
They quickly devise a plan to use the tactical droid to control all of the battle droids in the facility, as more waves of police droids bear down on them. But where is Wrecker? Despite his brothers reaching out to him, Wrecker is down for the count, but very clearly trying to fight the programming. It takes Omega comming Wrecker for him to finally fight through the chip’s programming.
The Bad Batch might tell us that Hunter is Omega’s father figure, but they have shown us time and time again that Wrecker has a definite emotional connection to her and the fact that it was Omega that got through to him just underlines that connection.
Wrecker swings in and causes a distraction, buying them just enough time to get the tactical droid up and running to cause an even bigger diversion. They escape, but not without the tactical droid being destroyed.
In the aftermath of their escape, Rafa and Trace question Hunter about who they were working for and why they were after the tactical droid. Hunter, of course, only knows that it’s for a client of Cid’s — which prompts an interesting moral dilemma. Rafa claims that she and Trace were retrieving the tactical droid’s information for a group fighting against the Empire. Is Hunter okay with that information falling into the wrong hands?
No, he isn’t. As they part ways, Hunter gives Rafa the data rod containing the tactical droid’s information. But the episode leaves us wondering who Rafa and Trace are actually working for. We only see a cloak in the hologram above R-7. Is Rafa telling Bail Organa about the rogue clones they encountered or is she setting up the wrong people to find the Bad Batch?
“Decommissioned” was an excellent episode, but it was also the shortest episode so far. We got to see the return of characters introduced in The Clone Wars and the episode delved into some of the situations established in previous episodes (namely, and most painfully, Wrecker’s chip). But where is Crosshair? We got two mentions of him — Wrecker recalling that he was always the lookout and Wrecker hearing his voice when the chip was triggered. Is he okay? Is he traumatizing new recruits? Has he had any water lately? Where is he?