10 Things I’d Like to See in ‘The Bad Batch’ Season Two
Rumour has it that a teaser trailer or sizzle reel for season two of Star Wars: The Bad Batch will released on November 12 as part of the Disney+ Day celebrations, so fans are already speculating about what (or who) we may see when the series returns to our screens in 2022.
And like many other fans of the show, I have some thoughts about what I’d like to see in the upcoming season, ranging from the aesthetic to the thematic to the downright silly. Keep in mind that this by no means a list of demands; I firmly believe that the Bad Batch writing team should tell the story that they want to tell and that fans should avoid getting too attached to their pet theories.
So, without further ado, here are ten things I would like to see in season two!
1) Omega Getting Some Armour of Her Own
For the love of the Maker, please give Omega a helmet and some protective armour of her own! The poor girl has been in so many precarious and potentially painful situations over the course of 16 episodes and there’s only so much protection that tunic can offer.
As a matter of fact, she and the rest of the Batch could do with some extra sets of clothing, especially civilian clothing for their undercover missions. For a group of fugitive clones, they don’t seem overly concerned about donning their distinctive armour wherever they go. It’s time to blend in a little, gang.
2) More Scenes with Tech and Echo
While I’ve adored every interaction we’ve had between Omega and Tech and Omega and Echo, I do feel that Tech and Echo were sorely underused in season one. Omega and Echo have both suffered traumatic experiences in their short lives, they both show concern for the wellbeing of others, and we’ve seen them acknowledging each other’s fears, so I feel there’s a great opportunity there to delve into the topic of PTSD.
As for Tech, it’s clear that he appreciates Omega’s presence and insatiable curiosity, and he seems all too eager to impart his knowledge with her, so I’d like to see the two of them work together on a mission that requires some creative thinking and technical wizardry. Maybe they could bring Echo along with them for some bonus sage wisdom and snarky banter.
3) The Origins of Omega and Clone Force 99
Brad Rau and Jennifer Corbett mentioned in a recent interview with StarWars.com that we’d be seeing what Nala Se and the Empire are up to at the Mount Tantiss facility in season two, so there’s a good chance that we’ll find out why Omega and the Batch were created in the first place and why Omega was so vital to the Kaminoans’ contingency plan. Was she simply an alternative source of first-generation DNA that could be used to build a new clone army or is there more to her than meets the eye?
And now that we know that Omega was present for the creation of Experimental Unit 99 and is technically their older sister, it would be fascinating to learn more about her childhood and her role in Nala Se’s experiments. Bonus points if the creative team can give us flashback scenes showing us the Batch as babies.
4) A Slice of Life
Have you ever wondered what everyday life is like on the Havoc Marauder or what the Batch do in their downtime between missions? Some may write it off as “pointless filler” but I would love to see a “day in the life of” episode that follows the Batch on an average day. No life-threatening missions, no immediate peril, just some soldiers and their sister going about their daily routine.
Where do they grab their meals? Will they consider adopting a pet tooka? Do they always sleep aboard their ship or do they have some other form of accommodation on Ord Mantell? Are there really no bathroom facilities available aboard the Marauder? So many questions remain unanswered.
5) Exploring the Underworld
We’ve already seen some Pykes on the show and met Roland Durand, the spoilt, entitled son of Isa Durand, a female Devaronian crime boss of considerable notoriety. And we’ve seen the Batch retrieve a young rancor for the infamous crime lord Jabba the Hutt, albeit unwittingly. Many fans are eager to explore the seedier corners of the Star Wars galaxy and I, for one, would love to find out if Isa lives up to her reputation.
Dryden Vos made a very brief (and silent) cameo in The Clone Wars’ Siege of Mandalore arc and we know that Maul is alive and well in this era, so it feels like it’s only a matter of time before the Batchers cross paths with Crimson Dawn, especially if they continue running missions for Cid. There are whispers of a new animated series that will explore the origins of Crimson Dawn and follow Maul’s rise to power within the criminal underworld, so it remains to be seen if The Bad Batch will cover any of this territory.
6) The Clone Uprising
Some fans were disappointed that we didn’t get a canon version of the Kamino uprising seen in the 2005 video game Star Wars: Battlefront II, but I believe season one has laid the foundations for a future clone rebellion. We’ve seen Howzer and some of his squad members take a stand against the Empire, we’ve seen Gregor’s defection, and we’ve heard the conflict in one clone trooper’s voice when he announced that all Kaminoan facilities had collapsed into the sea. Tensions are certainly running high between the clones and their new overlords.
Could Rex and the Batch end up leading an uprising against the Empire, and would it be successful? Rex’s refusal to give up on the now-defunct Republic in “Battle Scars” may come back to haunt him further down the line. After all, how did he go from being a committed defender of democracy to wanting to live out the rest of his days hunting joopas on a dustball planet? What kind of devastating loss did he suffer to make him abandon his fight against the Empire? And how painful will it be to watch that unfold on our screens?
7) Bring On Boba Fett!
While I don’t expect to see a grown-up Omega in The Book of Boba Fett, I can’t help but feel that there must be a reason why Fennec Shand has met both of Jango’s “offspring” and why Boba has been mentioned by name or alluded to on several occasions. Is Boba aware of Omega’s existence and, if not, will Fennec be the one to tell him about her?
Ideally, I’d like to see “Alpha” and Omega run into each other on The Bad Batch because it would be fascinating to see how they grapple with their shared heritage. We already know from The Clone Wars that Boba doesn’t see the clone troopers as siblings or family and that he has chosen a life of crime. Omega, on the other hand, sees the Batch as her brothers and is led by compassion. These two first-generation clones are opposites of each other and if there’s one thing Star Wars loves to drive home, it’s the concept of balance and duality, of powerful light and powerful darkness. Could these two clones have a greater purpose to serve in the grand scheme of things?
8) Crosshair’s Choice and Consequences
I think it goes without saying that we need to see how the events of the season one finale have affected Crosshair’s feelings towards his brothers and the totalitarian regime he’s chosen to side with. Will he be welcomed back with open arms despite having failed his mission? Will he cover up the fact that Clone Force 99 and Omega survived the bombardment of Kamino or will he try to hunt them down again? And will he eventually choose to do the right thing and return to his brothers and sister?
It will be interesting to see if Omega’s appeal to his conscience on the landing platform has sown the seeds for his eventual redemption or whether he will stick to his guns and remain loyal to his chosen cause. Whatever the case may be, let’s hope the wayward sharpshooter gets more screen time in the upcoming season.
9) Meanwhile on Mandalore…
One of the many things I appreciate about The Bad Batch is how the series has tackled the Republic-Empire transition period and how the regime change has affected both former Republic systems and former Separatist territories. This is something I’d like to see the series continue to address as the Empire consolidates its power and expands ever outward. Personally, I’d like to return to Mandalore to see how Bo-Katan and her forces are handling Imperial occupation, visit Lasan and see Garazeb “Zeb” Orellios in his role as Captain of the Lasan Honour Guard, or witness Kallus’ disastrous mission on Onderon.
Granted, the Batch can’t be present for all of the galaxy’s key historical events or be around to witness everyone’s personal tragedies – that would be far too convenient – but it would be fun to revisit some of the places we’re familiar with or meet other Star Wars Rebels characters at earlier stages in their lives.
10) More Original Characters
Many of us have lists of Star Wars characters we’d like to see make an appearance in the second season of The Bad Batch – Grogu, Ahsoka Tano, Maul, and Commander Cody seem to be popular choices – but the show needs to continue introducing brand new characters into the mix in order to stay fresh and avoid suffering from what some fans have dubbed “small galaxy syndrome”. Characters like Cid, Howzer, Roland, and Rampart all bring something new to the table and I’d like to see the show continue to give us new characters to love and loathe.
So, those are the things I’d like to see in season two of The Bad Batch. What would you like to see on the show when it returns to our screens next year? Feel free to share your wish lists in the comments section below!
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