Warning! Spoilers ahead for Star Wars: The Bad Batch season two, episode eight, “Truth and Consequences.”
After a chilling cliffhanger in the previous episode that featured none of the Bad Batch, “Truth and Consequences” saw Clone Troop 99 pulled into the plot alongside Senator Chuchi (Jennifer Hale) and Captain Rex. Let’s take a closer look at the ending of episode eight.
Breaking Up the Band
After meeting up with Senator Chuchi and Captain Rex, the Bad Batch joined them and worked tirelessly to try to save their fellow clones from being decommissioned at the hands of the Senate. While they were able to expose Rampart’s (Noshir Dalal) corruption, the victory didn’t last long.
Emperor Palpatine made a surprise appearance in the Senate to derail their plans and announce one of his own: the new Imperial Stormtrooper.
While they left defeated, it was the first of many disappointments for the Bad Batch, primarily Omega (Michelle Ang), as Echo decided to leave with Rex, stating the clones needed his help more than ever. The episode ended with them parting ways, signaling a clear shift in the Bad Batch itself and in the season.
Echo has been sounding the alarm the entire season to Hunter and his brothers that Clone Troop 99 should be doing more to help their fellow clones and others who are being hurt by the Empire while Hunter insists on hiding Omega and fleeing from any fighting.
Echo’s decision to leave may end up being a breaking point that forces the Bad Batch to face up to the realities around them, especially after they have been confronted with the larger truth of what is happening to clones time and again. We can only hope Hunter will make the right choice before it’s too late.
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