It’s more than a little painful that Wrecker’s headaches have become our main source of dread in Star Wars: The Wrong Lot. Clone Force 99’s merry giant is handy in a pinch, a goliath who can ram a resentful baby in the face one minute and plow a small contingent of police droids the next. He is great with children and his decorating skills are a glory to behold! But the second these headaches start to flare, all the fun is gone Clone wars spin-off as we collectively hold our breath and wait for the other shoe to drop.
Wrecker got really high on his head this week which brought the formidable Bad Batch ace to his knees in the hole as he battled his Kamino-installed inhibitor chip, the same chip. who turned his brother-in-arms Crosshair to the Empire when the series premiered six weeks ago. “Good… soldiers…” he said through his beard, the words coming spontaneously, a disastrous sign that Wrecker’s days as a demonic rogue soldier were coming to an end.
Understandably, he rocked him just when his family needed him most, as there are still 10 episodes to fill out and Wrecker’s seemingly inevitable rescheduling shouldn’t be allowed to disrupt the show’s trajectory so soon. Still, Wrecker’s noggin was the biggest piece of the record for “Decommissioned,” a mid-term episode directed by Nathaniel Villanueva and written by Amanda Rose Muñoz that pushed the series’ central arc a millimeter all the way. by donating something to our eponymous team of clones. do in the meantime. The plus: guest stars!
That’s right, Rafa and Trace Martez, last seen trying to carve out their own place in the galaxy before disappearing completely from the seventh season of The clone wars, appeared in the same Corellian decommissioning facility as the Batch just as it looked like Hunter and his team of runners were finally about to pull off a caper without a hitch. (And where would the fun be in that?) It would seem like a crazy coincidence that the Martez sisters and the Batch reunite just as Hunter’s new mercenary gig with Cid was starting to pay off, but pushing the main characters towards their real focus seems to be Rafa and Trace’s storytelling function (at least for now). They brought Ahsoka to a better emotional place just in time for the thrilling climax of the Clone Wars; it’s just that Rafa, who appears to be working for the burgeoning rebellion, wouldn’t so subtly lead Hunter to pull himself together and go on the offensive against the Empire. “At the end of the day, we all pick sides” Rafa tells the group leader in the final moments of the episode, just before she sells it to her mysterious rebel contact. (It stayed offscreen, a frustrating and repetitive trickery thanks to the braintrust behind The bad lot.)
So what brought the lot to Corellia in the first place? New mercenary work from shady tavern owner Cid, who tasked Hunter, Tech, Echo, Wrecker, and Omega to recover a Tactical Separatist droid before it was melted down at a decommissioning facility about 40 miles from the house of Han Solo. (Presumably.) Programming the droid would be expensive, Tech notes, suggesting that more people than Cid’s black market customers might want to get it. Enter: The Martez sisters, who play a game of droid-headed football with the Batch before their antics draw a small armada of police droids around their heads.
“Downgraded” could serve a purpose for the broader narrative ambitions of The bad lot, at least as far as Wrecker’s current puzzle and Hunter’s struggle to find the safety and security of his lot are concerned, but those moments clash around the empty boundaries of central (and prolonged) action from the episode and its empty melodrama between the lot and the Martèzes. (Do we believe that these two disastrous family units would not find a common goal before long?) There is nothing wrong with running and Star wars, especially when battle droids are involved (Matthew Wood’s beautiful droid joke delivered the episode’s best line: “Did we win?”). But “Decommissioned” ignores crucial information to focus on the adventurous presence of its guest stars.
Keeping your bigger dramatic stakes at bay to achieve its season length is starting to sound more like a bug for the series than a feature film. For example: The episode doesn’t bring the lessons Hunter learned from his botched recovery mission back to Cid, who clearly doesn’t keep his best interests at heart. (“You knew how dangerous the information about the Tactical Droid is, but you didn’t know who you were giving it to?” Rafa Hunter asks at one point.) The episode also doesn’t explore how Wrecker overcame his Inhibitor Chip’s latest and most belligerent attack on his good nature – a solid character moment for the series if there ever was one, but it doesn’t. is never mentioned.
The bad lot is still mixing the non-Hunter / Omega members of Clone Force 99 around the periphery of the series to their detriment. Tech, Echo, and Wrecker, no matter what they go through from episode to episode, always end up filling the background before the credits end. Isn’t this family unit speak to one another ? Tech, your brother Wrecker has a headache! Hunter, Crosshair’s chip turned him on you and it looks like it could happen again! Yes, the Lot needs money, and of course there are bounty hunters and an entire Empire breathing their necks. But not all credits in the galaxy will redeem Wrecker if he finally goes to the dark side.
- Cid, to Omega: “You release too soon because of those weak noodle arms!” Develop your strength. And then Cid takes the crossbow and nails three bulleyes in a rapid fire. Keep an eye on Cid, I’m telling you.
- Someone Helping Me Here: Tech says the Empire uses clones, so obtaining some Tactical Droid lineup is crucial to their totalitarian efforts, not to mention incredibly valuable value. But the Separatists, who used droids to wage war, served Palpatine – or rather Sidious – during the Clone Wars, didn’t they? So wouldn’t the Emperor have access to their droids now that he is consolidating his power? Also, who uses battle droids in battle against the Empire now that the wars are over?
- It’s like poetry, it rhymes: technology Marauder on an Imperial freighter in order to infiltrate the dismantling facility, just as Han Solo docked with an Imperial Star Destroyer to escape the Empire in The Empire Strikes Back. (“That old thing?” Wrecker asks.)
- Am I crazy, or did those police droids look a lot like Jabba EV-9D9 Supervisor Droid of Return of the Jedi?
- Rafa: “We need a diversion.” Trace: “We need a diversion. Rafa: “Is there an echo here? Echo: “Yes. ” Phew.
- Hooray for Omega, who struggled to aim his new crossbow at the start of the episode and suddenly found his inner sniper when the danger was at its height. She was throwing laser arrows with strength and confidence, yes, but did this new skill come from her clone programming … or something else?
- R7 is Ahsoka’s astromech droid, or at least he… used to… be? The last time we saw R7 he was a heap of junk, having sacrificed himself in defense of his beloved Jedi friend in the Clone wars Episode S7, “Victory and Death”.
- Well, what do you think, band? Who was Trace’s contact? Could it be Bail Organa? Rex? How did the Martez sisters come across R7? Someone else is getting serious Toy story 3 the vibrations of this foundry? Let’s spin a few wheels in the comments section below.