WARNING: This article contains spoilers from Star Wars: The Bad Batch season 2 episode 15, “The Summit .”
After Crosshair’s grisly torture, and the reveal that Echo is working together with Rex and Gregor in a sort of clone rebellion, the final two episodes of Star Wars: The Bad Bach season two had a lot to deliver on. We get to see several places, like Eriadu, that we hadn’t seen before as the Bad Batch attempt to figure out where Dr. Hemlock’s base of operation is. We even see Tarkin say the quiet part out loud as the Imperials contemplate the implications of a clone rebellion.
Tarkin’s home Eriadu
Eraidu is Grand Moff Tarkin’s home world and the home world of his family. It has been the center of more than a few important events besides being where Tarkin was born and first elected to the position of governor of Eraidu. Before the start of the clone wars, there was an assassination attempt on Supreme Chancellor Valorum by the Trade Federation, which was one of the major events leading up to Valorum’s fall from power. Beyond its history, this episode clearly shows its beauty, but it also will go down in Star Wars history as one of the few places where the Bad Batch was unsuccessful. It seems that the squad finally flew too close to the sun and couldn’t take the heat.
Saw Gerrera: The ever-present rebel
Since the clone wars, Saw Gerrera has consistently been at the extreme edge of resistance to the Empire. This has consistently landed him not only a major target of the empire but also at odds with many of the other rebel cells. Once again his extremism has cost the rebellion at large as his frequent attacks only increase imperial resistance to the rebellion without gaining any strategic advantage that could be leveraged in the future. His attack failed to kill any of the important imperial leaders (and that includes the neat cameo of to-be director Krennic) and resulted in the Bad Batch’s exposure to Imperial forces and the destruction of their homing beacon.
Tech’s Downfall and the Reveal of Plan 99
The Bad Batch seems to have a plan for everything but for those who remember the squad’s namesake, plan 99 shouldn’t have been a surprise. 99 was the clone that sacrificed him to save Kamino during the Separatist attack, and his sacrifice was in the hopes of becoming a ‘real clone’ this was one of the most devasting clone deaths we had seen so far. But Tech’s sacrifice takes it so much further and this indirect callback to the clone that inspired Hevy, Echo, and Fives to become the sacrificial soldiers they become just underscores the tragedy of the clone’s fate. Tech joins the long line of clones who gave their lives for their brothers and gave their lives so that hope continues to burn.
This was not the easy path to victory that some may have expected when finishing a season. This episode’s end result is just a loss. The loss of Tech, who we finally got to know in season two, who was making a connection to Phee, and who really came into his own as a fleshed-out character with his own identity. “Brown eye” is no more, but one death is never quite what it appears in Star Wars, and with an evil doctor as the main villain, who knows what Tech’s fate will really be?