“Devil’s Deal” feels the most like an episode of “The Clone Wars” as the Bad Batch barely make an appearance and focus is on a family dealing with the Empire and what peace with them means. It is a good episode and I appreciate how it explores Ryloth and the conflict they face. I definitely recommend checking it out.
The episode was directed by Steward Lee and written by Tamara Becher-Wilkinson.
The story follows the Syndulla family as tensions rise between family members and among the people of Ryloth on if there can be peace with the Empire.
Return to Ryloth – This episode we return to Ryloth and witness the tension between the citizens and Empire. We get to see this expressed through the tension in the Syndulla family where Hera’s father wants peace and laying down weapons where his brother does not and Hera is caught in the middle of it.
Vice Admiral Rampart – Rampart was effective finally as we see him frame General Syndulla and capture the fledgling rebellion in Ryloth. It was well done and his calm and outwardly kind nature was good for disarming. I could see why he was promoted by Tarkin.
Crosshair and Imperial Effectiveness – Crosshair puts a tracer on Hera’s Uncle’s ship and later shoot it down leading to an Imperial ambush where he kills the Rylothian senator, framing the Syndulla family. It is a complex play and Crosshair is shown to be smart and dangerous when working with Rampart. Curious how the rematch with Clone Force 99 is going to go.
The Syndulla Family – We get young Hera who wants to be a pilot and her Uncle smuggling weapons to Ryloth as her father tries to make peace with the Empire. It is a good drama and I liked what the conflicts revealed about each character and I’m glad Hera escaped the Imperial ambush with Chopper.
Clone Force 99 Cameo – Clone Force 99 is the one selling weapons to Ryloth via Cid and Hera and Omega become friends. It is a cool scene as the hand-off happens on a moon. It was nice seeing the crew but not as main characters.
Captain Howzer – Howzer is a clone who still has unique hair and painted armor and is seen questioning Rampart’s orders. Did he ever get Order 66? Is the chip wearing off? All these are questions his every existence shows and he seems to be friends of General Cham Syndulla. His arc is the one I am most curious about in ow it will unfold.
Senator Orn Free Taa – This guy was selfish, envious and annoying and I have no idea how he was elected senator. I can see why the episode killed him off to frame General Syndulla and his family.
The Cliffhanger Ending – I get why it was a cliffhanger as Clone Force 99 barely appeared in the episode but it was still annoying. I’ve been liking the completed story format and self-contained stories. Let finals be done as arcs but everything else is just fleshing out the galaxy.
Once again I could do without a cliffhanger and a more complete story, but this episode was really good at capturing tension between Ryloth and the Empire and I’m curious where Captain Howzer’s arc is going to go as he doesn’t have the aggression of other clones post Order 66. This episode is worth checking out. Felt the most “Clone Wars” in tone out of all the episodes so far.
Final Score: 8.5 / 10