THIS RECAP CONTAINS THE BAD BATCH SPOILERS
Clone Force 99 is back at the center of the action this week as we pick up the threads that were left from last week’s episode. They’ll soon learn that while the galaxy has changed drastically in recent times, one constant remains: you never abandon family.
Over the next few months, we’ll follow up each new episode of The Bad Batch with a quick recap while you’re excitedly yelling in our Discord (don’t forget those spoiler tags!) and waiting for our weekly Bounty Hunt live stream.
While we’ll stick to recapping each episode here, both our Discord and Bounty Hunt will be perfect places to discuss reactions and predictions for what’s to come. THERE WILL BE SPOILERS BELOW.
Let’s dive in.
“Rescue on Ryloth” keeps us on the Twi’lek home planet as we see the immediate aftermath of of Senator Orn Free Taa’s “attempted assassination by General Cham Syndulla and his forces.”
Cham and Eleni are among a group of jailed Twi’leks when Admiral Rampart pays them a visit. He gloats about how easily he defeated Cham and how the remainder of his forces - including his daughter - will be even easier.
The mention of Hera draws the intended reaction from Cham, but Howzer, the clone commander who maintained his position through the execution of Order 66, seems dismayed.
Rampart attempts to persuade the “reasonable” Eleni to tell her husband to stand down.
She reasonably replies.
“I have seen how you treat your allies, Admiral. I prefer to be your enemy.”
Rampart walks away (clearly in need of aloe for that burn), and Howzer lingers for a moment in contemplation before eventually following the admiral.
Rampart instructs Howzer to find and arrest Cham’s sympathizers. Howzer asks on what grounds are they to make an arrest as the people aren’t insurgents. He even stands up to Rampart when the admiral tries to use the attack on Senator Taa’s transport as an excuse. However, he eventually complies when asked for proof and instead promises to find Hera himself.
Unfortunately, another unit is already searching.
Crosshair’s War Mantle unit.
Hera realizes she needs help and sends a transmission to her new friend, Omega. (Oh yea, she gave Hera the squad’s comm channel when they met, for emergencies only of course!)
The team meets Hera and she pleads for them to free her parents. Hunter is hesitant and only agrees to scout the location without any further guarantees.
Back at the capital, Admiral Rampart tries to convince the locals everything is okay while the Bad Batch scouts from above. This is looking more and more like a military occupation which is odd considering Ryloth wasn’t a Seperatist planet.
Hunter takes out an observing probe droid, but not before it transmits the images of the squad, alerting Crosshair. Losing the element of surprise only adds to overwhelming odds and Hunter decides what’s being asked of them isn’t worth the risk.
Hera storms off and Omega follows, but not before telling Hunter he’s completely misread the situation.
“She’s trying to save her family, Hunter. I’d do the same for you.”
Howzer updates Rampart on the attempts to round up Syndulla’s supporters as they run into Crosshair. He tells Rampart there are more pressing matters. Clone Force 99 is here, and he needs to do something about it.
Rampart doesn’t want to hear it and tells Crosshair to focus on his outstanding task of finding Hera, unless he wants someone else to take over for him. Yes, we’re talking about Howzer.
Omega finds Hera and gives her a pep talk. She knows Hunter is difficult but he’ll come around. Hera doesn’t understand how Omega can trust him so easily and Omega has an easy answer for that.
“Because he’s my brother. And you can trust him too”
All they need to do is come up with a strategic plan and no one knows the planet better than Hera!
Attack the refinery on the outskirts of town to divert reinforcements away from the capitol. Hunter agrees and assigns everyone their tasks. Everyone is following Hera’s lead!
Chopper runs into trouble on his task forcing Omega and Hera to sneak into an imperial shuttle and blow up the remote control for the heavy artillery and rescue Chopper. Tech and Wrecker offer support on the base attack while Hunter and Echo make their move into the capitol to break out the Syndullas.
Crosshair realizes something is amiss and stays at the capitol to spring a trap on the escapees. He tells the remaining squad to cover the main door leading into the courtyard while he covers them from a sniper’s perch.
As Hunter is about to lead the Syndullas right into Crosshair’s trap, Howzer tracks them down and pleads for them to stop. He tells Cham that the Empire is wrong and he realizes now that he should have attempted to stop things sooner.
Eleni asks Howzer to come with them as it’ll be obvious that he helped the Syndullas escape. But Howzer is not prepared to abandon his squad. He’s determined to try and get through their inhibitor chips to them and convince them how bad things have gotten.
The courtyard door opens and Crosshair lines up his shot on... Howzer?
Howzer pleads to his squadmates that they succeeded in freeing Ryloth. But now they’re being asked to target the very people they swore to protect. It’s wrong, and he’s standing up for what’s right. Half the squad decide to throw down their weapons in support while the other half arrest the traitors on Crosshair’s orders.
The diversion works as Hunter and the Syndulla are able to get away to safety. Eleni offers to pay Hunter, but Hunter says they’ll need it more than he does. Occupations are happening all over the galaxy and someone (else) needs to stop it as his focus is on keeping his family, namely Omega, safe.
Rampart and Crosshair meet up one last time and Rampart finally admits he can’t underestimate the Bad Batch any longer. He grants Crosshair permission to go on the offensive and hunt them down as the episode comes to close.
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