Star Wars: The Bad Batch Season 1, Episode 2 recap: Cut and Run

The Bad Batch season 1 episode 2: Cut and Run. Photo courtesy of Disney+.
The Bad Batch season 1 episode 2: Cut and Run. Photo courtesy of Disney+. /

Star Wars: The Bad Batch Episode 2, ‘Cut and Run,’ sees Clone Force 99 team up with an unusual ally while trying to determine how they fit into the new Imperial regime.

If it isn’t already obvious to viewers, this follow-up episode makes it clear—this Disney Plus show is directly tied to the events of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. We meet characters from The Clone Wars here, and they play an important role in the narrative.

When we last saw Clone Force 99, they had lost one of their own, Crosshair, to Tarkin’s ministrations but gained a new member in young Omega. Now on the run from the Empire, they find solace among one of their own—deserter clone, Cut, his wife, Suu (Cara Pifko), and their children.

Cut left the clone life and became a farmer on Saleucami, marrying Suu and raising a family. Even after being found by his fellow clones and helping them fight, he remained behind to live his life. Now, that choice is about to make life very interesting for Clone Force 99.

Star Wars: The Bad Batch Episode 2 Recap: Cut and Run
The Bad Batch season 1 episode 2: Cut and Run. Photo courtesy of Disney+. /

Star Wars: The Bad Batch Episode 2 – A Happy Family

Though we didn’t see Cut and his family interact with Clone Force 99, it seems they are very fond of the Bad Batch. The big, scary, though funny clone, Wrecker, is affectionately called Uncle Wrecker by Cut and Suu’s children. Hilarious and adorable.

The family is as welcoming as ever. They hosted Rex, Ahsoka’s friend and an ally to the crew of the Ghost in Star Wars Rebels, just a day before. Now, they’re opening up their home to the Bad Batch.

Cut and Suu’s children immediately take to Omega, who is overwhelmed by being on a new planet with dirt, flowers, trees, and other children.

It looks like the Kaminoans kept Omega in the dark about the rest of the galaxy. Her wonderment at space, hyperspace and other worlds mirror those of Rey in the sequel trilogy. Hopefully, she will be given the same amount of room to grow.

If the events of Star Wars: The Bad Batch Episode 2 are anything to go by, Omega has a bright future ahead of her.

After an unfortunate incident when Omega travels too far away from Cut and Suu’s home and almost gets eaten by the wildlife, Hunter decides that Omega should leave Clone Force 99. Cut and Suu want to leave the planet with their family, and they’re happy to take Omega with them.

Star Wars: The Bad Batch Episode 2 Recap: Cut and Run
The Bad Batch season 1 episode 2: Cut and Run. Photo courtesy of Disney+. /

Star Wars: The Bad Batch Episode 2 – Escaping Imperial Rule

Getting off the planet is easier said than done in Star Wars: The Bad Batch Episode 2. The Empire has already changed the way people can travel as well as the currency. People can no longer pay to go off-planet—they need chain codes issued by the clones.

Tech and Echo devise a plan to get enough chain codes and the cards they’re hosted on for Cut and Suu’s family. But the plan hits several snags.

The first step is to enter the heart of the Imperial outpost by hiding in their ship and getting it seized. But Omega was already on the ship and ends up in enemy territory with Tech and Echo.

As brainwashed as the clones are, they are still observant. Even when Echo gets the codes, getting them in the family’s hands becomes a race against time. They’re stopped at every step until Omega manages to bypass the clones and hand the codes over.

Only then does Hunter tell Omega that she is to live with Cut and Suu. As kind as they are, Omega has shown right from the start how attached she is to Clone Force 99. Unsurprisingly, she is reluctant to leave the family she’s already chosen.

Cut, Suu, and their children manage to get on a transport off the planet to start a new life who knows where. But on the ramp, a trooper almost recognizes Cut as a fellow clone. Fortunately, he’s called away to deal with Clone Force 99. That was a close call!

As Clone Force 99 fights the last of the troopers so they too can escape, Omega finds her way back, and the team flies away, still a group of five.

Final Thoughts – Star Wars: The Bad Batch Episode 2 Cements a New Family in the Universe

I like that Star Wars: The Bad Batch Episode 2 connects to events in The Clone Wars. It can be confusing for new fans, but I feel this episode gives viewers enough information to roll with it. Also, any reason for more people to watch The Clone Wars is a good thing!

Star Wars is definitely leaning into the space-dad genre. Following the success of The Mandalorian and Pedro Pascal’s loveable Din Djarin, it seems that Hunter, and maybe all of Clone Force 99, is set to be everyone’s favorite new space-dads.

The relationship between Hunter and Omega is shaping up to be the heart of the show, and it’s going to be fun to see how the dynamic of this team changes throughout the show.

These first two episodes have been a solid start to this new show. We’re getting to see the rise of the Empire and the many uncomfortable changes it initiated from the point of view of a group of renegades. This is definitely going to be an interesting journey.

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Star Wars: The Bad Batch is streaming on Disney Plus.