Plot spoilers ahead for episode 6 of Star Wars: The Bad Batch, if you haven’t already watched it, bookmark this post and come back to it once you have.
Episode 6 picks up where episode 5 left off, with Clone Force 99 hanging out in Cid’s cantina, and Echo is training Omega to use the laser crossbow she picked up in previously. There’s not much time for relaxation, though, as Cid has another mission for Clone Force 99. Hunter is reluctant to accept the offer of work, which is a mission to retrieve a Separatist tactical droid from a decommissioning facility on Corellia. Cid makes it worth their while, though, and the group head off.
Tactical droids are essential; with the Empire being served by clones, anything that knows how to defeat the Empire is highly valuable. The group soon manage to get themselves into the decommissioning facility; sneaking past police droids, they find plenty of droids being melted back into raw materials.
Omega comes in useful, using her macro binoculars to search for the droid they’re looking for among some scrap parts as Omega spots the droid in question, just as a mysterious figure runs off with its head. It’s at this point that a similar face shows up, Rafa Martez (returning from the final season of Clone Wars) is unhappy to find Omega getting in the way, she receives a communication from her sister Trace, saying she has “got the target” It seems that the Bad Batch aren’t the only ones looking for that particular droid.
Chaos follows as Omega fires off a laser bolt, unleashing panic among the facility’s workers; there is a scramble to get to the droid’s head, with Omega ending up getting to it first. Echo manages to override the facility’s systems, stopping the lockdown and, in the process, shorts out the entire computer system.
As Wrecker tries to reboot the system, he hits his head, and although he manages to pull the switch, he knocks the droid head out of Omega’s hand, only for it to fall into the hands of Trace. While repeating the phrase “good soldiers follow orders” Wrecker collapses, leaving Omega stuck on the conveyor belt. She falls into the pit below but manages to stay out of the molten metal and is soon rescued by Trace and Hunter.
The group and Trace and Rafa manage to escape the facility by using the tactical droid head to activate and control the decommissioned battle droids. The droid head gets destroyed in a firefight on the way out, though, leaving both parties unable to deliver their bounty.
As the two teams part ways, Hunter explains to Rafa that The Bad Batch are different to other clones, and that they do not serve the Empire. Hunter hands over a data rod containing intel from the now destroyed droid, trusting that they will use it for the right reasons. However, as Clone Force 99 leaves, Rafa makes a holotransmission to an unknown contact, telling them about the Bad Batch and that she knows where to find them.
Who are the Martez sisters working with? Could it be Ahsoka? Captain Rex? Or Saw Gerrera? I’m sure we will find out next week, if not further down the line. One thing is for sure though, there is someone out there who is gathering vital information to fight the Empire. While episode 6 doesn’t move the overall plot along too much, it does serve to further