The episode takes itself fairly critically. But does that really translate to content material followers can dig into, or to high-flying Star Wars journey and appeal? So-so.
Watching The Bad Batch has been a bit like listening to an acquaintance clarify to you what’s occurring of their Dungeons & Dragons sport. Now, there’s a time and place for this, and I test in on some good pals’ D&D characters on occasion fairly fortunately. But if it’s somebody you don’t know properly? It’s a narrative with none emotional funding. It’s a narrative somebody clearly loves, however they’re additionally within it, invested in it in fairly a literal means, in a means you’re simply not. To get again to the Batch, there isn’t a B plot in “Reunion,” which makes it really feel somewhat bit empty. The characters transfer from level A to level B with aplomb, however the characters nonetheless lack the camaraderie of Rebels to me, or the common, archetypal feeling of the (*8*) Trilogy (and to a lesser extent, Anakin’s and Rey’s tales).
Last episode I discussed wanting extra from Hunter (to set me up for heartbreak when he’s inevitably separated from Omega) and from Echo (the opposite newcomer to the group). Unfortunately, Hunter didn’t have time to essentially really feel sufficient like an individual. Omega nonetheless has extra in frequent with Wrecker, and the one second of connection between them in “Reunion” isn’t fairly sufficient to make the father-daughter dynamic pop.
Omega herself will get some extra cautious interiority. I actually get pleasure from her wanting glumly out over the starship graveyard, clearly enthusiastic about the overwhelming variety of losses and achievements it represents, and asking Tech what the conflict was like. Because he’s Tech, his reply is chilly. They’re strolling a superb line with Tech, making him neither too literal nor too socially inept, neither too comedic nor too darkish. He’s the doubter, not undermining the remainder of the group however not sugar-coating issues both. (And not like Wrecker, I’m eager about his info-dumping concerning the novel coating on that ion engine.)
Omega additionally continues to imagine Crosshair could be saved, however the remainder of the squad not a lot. The silence after she asks whether or not Crosshair would actually attempt to burn his outdated comrades to loss of life is telling.
As for Echo, he lastly differentiates himself somewhat. As a daily clone (and one who simply acquired a recent reminder of his origins from Rex), he’s extra wedded to the concept of obligation to a great than the remainder of the Batch are. He’s extra invested within the which means of being a troopers. I like how that contrasts with Hunter’s willingness to salvage Republic ordinance to repay their debt to Cid.