Star Wars: The Bad Batch – Season 1, Episode 7 – “Battle Scars” – The Danger of the Chip

“Battle Scars” is a good episode that could have been great if it had gone deeper on what has been going on with a returned character, and what it means for Clone Force 99. I liked what this episode did though as far as the core conflict that is explored through our characters and their relationship to one another. So, this does get a recommend even though I wasn’t a fan of the cliffhanger ending.

The episode was directed by Saul Ruiz and written by Jennifer Corbett.

After an unexpected friend shows up, Clone Force 99 travels to a decommissioned medical facility to try to remove their inhibitor chips but face unexpected threats.

SPOILERS ahead

The Pros:

Cid – Cid continues to be a fun character on this show. In this she basically has the Clones in debt to her since they are spending more than they are making and this in turn ups the stakes. Cid is still an overall unknown so I wonder if at some point she’ll turn them in. I hope she doesn’t. I like her as a third faction not loyal to the Empire or fully in rebellion against them either.

Bracca and the Venator-class Star Destroyer – The tone of this episode is great at feeling haunting as Bracca is a starship graveyard I first saw in “Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.” The planet and ship are haunting and it used well with a monster to fight and later Wrecker when the chip turns him.

Hunter – Hunter is very much trying to just look after his squad and go his own way. Rex offers for him and Clone Force 99 to join him but they turn it down and it makes sense. Hunter is at home taking care of his squad and joining the rebellion would put them at greater risk when they are already being hunted. This sets Hunter apart from Rex, which I liked. They are driven by different connections.

Wrecker and Omega – Wrecker is the one clone who is humanized a lot this episode, which makes the tragedy hit harder. He and Omega always get candy after a mission and while on Bracca his chip activates and he hurts his squad and almost kills her. She forgives him, knowing it was the chip but it is a rough scene. Wrecker is a like slasher villain when his chip activates and it takes Rex being present to knock him out and remove the chip.

Captain Rex – It is great to see Rex again and see him helping his fellow clones. He doesn’t give much on what he is doing but he is clearly helping the early rebellion and wants Clone Force 99 to help too. In the end a mission with the rebellion calls him away from Bracca.

The Cons:

Rex’s Lack of Shared Information – Rex doesn’t talk about Cut and if he had or has a chip, he doesn’t mention if any Jedi lived or anything of what he’s been doing. Him sharing on any one of these things could have boosted the episode in quality.

The Scrappers – We are warned about the scavengers at the beginning of the episode but Hunter and Rex talk out in the open. It didn’t make any sense and just setup the Empire is coming in the cliffhanger ending.

I’m not a fan of cliffhanger endings and this one felt rushed as nothing was done to hide they were on the ship from the scrappers. Still a good episode due to the Wrecker, Omega, Rex and Hunter story. I hope we see Rex again as we got barely any information on his life post Clone Wars.

Final Score: 8 / 10. Solidly good.

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