Star Wars: The Bad Batch season 1, episode 6 recap – “Decommissioned”

June 4, 2021
Jonathon Wilson 12
Disney+, Weekly TV
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Summary

“Decommissioned”, thanks to its links to other parts of the universe, is the most intriguing episode of The Bad Batch yet.

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Summary

“Decommissioned”, thanks to its links to other parts of the universe, is the most intriguing episode of The Bad Batch yet.

This recap of Star Wars: The Bad Batch season 1, episode 6, “Decommissioned”, contains spoilers.


It quickly turns out in “Decommissioned” that, after last week’s episode, Clone Force 99 are still hanging around with Cid on Ord Mantell, teaching Omega how to fire a cool-looking bow and arrow and taking on odd jobs, the latest of which is to break into a decommissioning facility on Corellia — of Solo fame — in order to pilfer intel from a Separatist tactical droid. The Bad Batch isn’t sure about this arrangement but as Cid puts it, the mutual back-scratching will benefit both of them, at least as long as they remain wanted.

Tech and Echo give Omega a quick primer on the value of tactical droids — their intel gleaned from years of successful battles might hold the key to how to defeat the clones now that they’re in the Empire’s employ, which is another fun time period detail that the show is increasingly excelling in. The decommissioning facility is guarded by police droids, but the team is able to sneak inside of the grim industrial plant full of crisscrossing gantries, burbling magma pools, and droids missing one or several limbs being dragged around on hooks and conveyors. They quickly discover that the lone tactical droid is already in pieces but has an intact head, though they also witness one of the workers make off with it.

That worker is Rafa, sister of Trace, both of whom were introduced in the final season of The Clone Wars. She’s able to disarm Omega, who gets the drop on her, but the scuffle results in the other workers detecting a security breach and shutting the facility down. Rafa, Trace, and Clone Force 99 are all trapped inside with the police droids who respond to the alarm. The ensuing action sequence is well designed, exciting, visually impressive, full of fun character moments and close shaves — all the usual high points. But the most interesting thing about it is when Wrecker ends up bumping his head on the wall and starts intoning the same, “Good soldiers… follow orders” mantra as Crosshair did. Can the Bad Batch become susceptible to Order 66 just by jostling their brains around? That doesn’t bode well. Wrecker is able to pick himself up and dust himself off, but that surely won’t be the end of the matter, and it gives Hunter’s later, “We’re different,” line a bit more foreboding. Are they, really?

Everyone is able to escape from the facility thanks to the tactical droid’s head — Tech is able to copy the data and then use the head to reactivate the decommissioned battle droids to fight off the police units. Hunter then hands over the data to Trace, since she’ll use it for the right reasons, whereas he didn’t even know who he would be handing it over to. But The Bad Batch season 1, episode 6 immediately suggests his trust might have been misplaced in a coda during which Trace explains to the hologram of whoever she’s working for that she now knows where to find a squad of rogue clones. Who are they talking to? Rex? Theories in the comments!

Oh, and it was nice to see R7 again!

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12 thoughts on “Star Wars: The Bad Batch season 1, episode 6 recap – “Decommissioned”

  • June 4, 2021 at 9:44 am
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    Bail Organa?

    • June 4, 2021 at 9:45 am
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      Possibly!

  • June 4, 2021 at 10:24 am
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    Kenobi

  • June 4, 2021 at 10:35 am
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    I believe it could have been Obi-Wan. That robe looked all too similar to how it looked in clone wars s7.

    • June 4, 2021 at 10:36 am
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      Second suggestion of Obi-Wan. Seems like it could be a smart choice considering plans for that character in the future. Makes sense to introduce him post-RotS.

  • June 4, 2021 at 10:49 am
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    It will be Ashoka who met the twins at the end of Clone Wars and who just survived Order 66 with Rex. She will be looking for intell from the Twins on anything unusual and they just notified her about 99 squad

  • June 4, 2021 at 11:48 am
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    I’d say Bail or Ashoka, Obi-Wan probably didn’t have much to do with the rebellion bc he was busy protecting Luke on Tatooine, in my opinion it’s most likely Ashoka and she’ll connect the Bad Batch with Rex

  • June 4, 2021 at 3:28 pm
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    if thats R7, then likely that would be Ahsoka, since its her droid.. But the markings and color seem different from Ahsoka’s R7-A7

  • June 4, 2021 at 3:35 pm
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    Oh.. watching it again, it is Maroon in color.. that R7-A7 alright.. !!

  • June 4, 2021 at 3:37 pm
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    oh its a He.. maybe not Ahsoka huh..

  • June 4, 2021 at 4:03 pm
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    Definitely not Ahsoka as the sentence was “Put HIM through.” So I will go with Obi-wan but my wish it is Rex, only he’s not wearing his armor or is wearing a coat over it…

  • June 4, 2021 at 8:20 pm
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    Ashoka as Fulcrum perhaps. Calling Fulcrum “him” helps with the cover, or they just may not know Ashoka is actually Fulcrum.

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