After two consecutive episodes of filler, I feel like Season 2 of “Star Wars: The Bad Batch” really needed to get rolling, though it does have time to burn, given that it is 16 episodes long. To be fair, before streaming made 8-episode seasons the norm, this is how network television used to be, as is evident by its predecessor series “The Clone Wars” which had 22 episodes in each of its first four seasons. With seasons that long, it’s hard to make every episode count.
Regardless, Episode 6 certainly picks up the pace. It focused on the Bad Batch (all voiced by Dee Bradley Baker) finding out mid-mission that a group of droids they’re about to sell some goods to is trying to sell the Wookie Jedi Gungi, which Omega (Michelle Ang) is having none of. As such, they free Gungi and fly him to his home world of Kashyyyk, only to find it overrun by Clone Troopers and Trandoshan mercenaries.
Gungi springs into action, freeing a Wookie from some clones and Trandoshans, after which the Bad Batch backs him up. This garners the attention of a pocket of Wookie resistance fighters, who agree to take Gungi in.
This was another solid episode, but it still amounts to little more than a side quest for the Bad Batch. It does, however, follow up on a fan favorite “Clone Wars” character and further reinforces the fact that the squad cares more about doing good than money, which I think will eventually lead to their involvement with the Rebel Alliance.
Like last season, I do find it concerning that this show doesn’t have very much in terms of overall connective tissue, which might indicate that, like last season, this one will make for a lackluster whole.
“Star Wars: The Bad Batch” Season 2: Episode 6 “Tribe” gets a 7/10
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