Star Wars: The Bad Batch: Rampage
May 28, 2021 3:44 AM - Season 1, Episode 5 - Subscribe

Clone Force 99 take on a side-gig in exchange for information on the bounty hunter who tried to kidnap Omega.
posted by EndsOfInvention (10 comments total)
 
The best episode so far! Some genuine LOL moments for me, like all the horsing around with the communicator and Wrecker and the Rancor lethargically swinging at each other. Also, I love Sid and hope we see much more of her.
posted by orrnyereg at 5:56 AM on May 28 [3 favorites]


"Clearly the kid's the brains of the operation."
[completely unironic low-five between Omega and Wrecker]
posted by pykrete jungle at 6:59 AM on May 28 [3 favorites]


I did wonder at the start of the mission whether there was going to be a Mandalorian-style twist on who they had to rescue.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 7:06 AM on May 28


At this point the kid needs some kind of body armor, a cuirass at least.
posted by orrnyereg at 7:56 AM on May 28


Watching this directly after That Episode of critical role led to some significant tonal whiplash, as mr liam o'brien sashayed onto the aural screen
posted by coriolisdave at 2:12 AM on May 30 [1 favorite]


One thing that is really working for me is Omega's facial expressions and movements, a lot of the time the lower end cgi used in shows like this is ok for adult characters but makes children these weird smiley creatures. Omega has nuance here and it's really good. There's been a couple of moments where I thought to myself this is a good performance by that kid. Motion capture is pretty expensive but I am guessing they have to be using some.
posted by M Edward at 5:08 PM on May 30


We just recently had two young dogs play together in our yard and the Wrecker vs Muchi "I'm so so tired but you must not prevail" dynamic was hilariously familiar.

This episode was fun! I'm glad the show is really leaning in to "these clones are really used to being in situations where they've been adequately briefed and resourced and they don't actually know how to handle themselves at all outside of that context". They could definitely have just gone with "this is an all star team doing all star shit" but it's much more interesting to see them completely out of their depth and making mistakes.

Also funny that they made the exact same mistake as the one that kicked off The Mandalorian, yeah? "You must retrieve a being... It's n years old...see you when you have it." Like, wouldn't it be way more useful to know the species and a rough physical description than the age of the target?? It makes way more sense that the clones fucked this up but Mando really had no excuse.

So weird but also completely plausible that Omega grew up in a literal slave factory and it never occurred to her that slavery was a thing. Kids, man!
posted by potrzebie at 12:29 AM on May 31 [2 favorites]


At this point the kid needs some kind of body armor, a cuirass at least.

I found myself wondering if someone could rig up an exoskeleton for her (possibly using a broken robot chassis) that would make her seem like an adult member of the BBs, as long as she was careful not to, you know, act too much like a kid; that would set up some potential Vincent Adultman hijinks.

We just recently had two young dogs play together in our yard and the Wrecker vs Muchi "I'm so so tired but you must not prevail" dynamic was hilariously familiar.

I'm fairly sure that I had this sort of fight with someone in college when we were both so catastrophically drunk that we couldn't really damage each other (thankfully).
posted by Halloween Jack at 3:03 PM on May 31


What do we think the deal is with Wrecker? Is Fennec (or somebody else) using his chip to track them? Might be time for some DIY trepanation.
posted by orrnyereg at 5:35 AM on June 1 [1 favorite]


I'm wondering if his inhibitor chip is still barely functioning? Maybe down the line he'll suddenly be compelled to follow Imperial orders, like Crosshair.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 8:22 AM on June 1 [1 favorite]


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