“The Bad Batch” is an animated television series in the Star Wars franchise. The Bad Batch follows a group of genetically enhanced clones, “the Bad Batch”, as they navigate the aftermath of the Clone Wars and the rise of the Galactic Empire. Season 1 introduced the lovable character Omega and season 2 expands on her story but adds a sense of impending doom for the characters. Read on for a spoiler-free review of The Bad Batch Season 2!
In season 2 of The Bad Batch, viewers catch up with Omega and her adopted clone Uncles. The Experimental CloneForce 99 also known as Wrecker, Echo, Tech, and Hunter are just trying to survive by taking one-off missions. These odd jobs keep them afloat but there’s definitely a feeling of unease, especially now that they are doing everything they can to avoid the Imperial Empire.
Season 2 makes some subtle changes to our characters. Omega is more advanced with her bow skills, showing them off in the first episode as our heroes flee from humongous crabs. She also shows more maturity and a willingness to listen to her mentors but also challenges them when she sees another way to get around a problem. Wanda Sykes joins the cast as Phee Genoa who provides the team with more opportunities for income-generating missions.
Like with Andor, viewers of The Bad Batch Season 2 get a deeper look at just how dangerous the Empire truly is. We see this through the eyes of Crosshair, who is a former member of Clone Force 99. He still hunts his former brothers but he also is getting a front-row seat to the oppression the Empire is putting on all clones across the galaxy. The cracks that begin to show reveal an Empire that is corrupt and despicable, something that was just alluded to in the early films. In Andor and The Bad Batch, we get specific examples of the fragile hold the Empire has on the majority of the galaxy with the clones getting caught in the middle.
The coloring in The Bad Batch is bolder than in the first season. The first episode is set on an island and the use of blues and purples not only for the sea but for the gigantic crablike creatures is beautiful. I also noticed the action and dogfight scenes show more detail with the flashes and explosions more so than in the first season. Everything just feels more detailed and nuanced in the first four episodes of the series making this season one that Star Wars fans will love.