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‘Star Wars: The Bad Batch’ season 3 episode 14 ‘Flash Strike’ recap/review

This doesn’t feel big or urgent enough for the series penultimate episode, but it’s still a good story.

Last week’s episode of Star Wars: The Bad Batch concluded with the team + Rampart hitching a covert ride to Tantiss Mad Science Facility. Meanwhile, Omega and her new friends/fellow prisoners have begun working on a plan to escape.

As always, the recap portion of this review will contain plenty of spoilers along with some brief explorations of Star Wars lore. The order of events has also been streamlined a bit for the sake of clarity.

Happy Landings

Star Wars: The Bad Batch (Disney+)

Star Wars: The Bad Batch (Disney+)

As annoying as Rampart is, you have to give the guy credit for being right. As soon as the Bad Batch disengage from the main Imperial shuttle, Hemlock scrambles a team of fighters and begins firing the base’s cannons.

Their ship is eventually shot down, but not before everyone escapes via repelling cables (and Rampart unleashes a hilarious-sounding scream). The group then proceeds to trek through the planet’s deadly jungle while also being pursued by a squad of TK troopers.

*Side Note: Crosshair’s conversations with Wrecker and Rampart about how he’s changed are great.

The group eventually gets chased by a Dryax right into a firefight with the TK troopers. While we can safely assume that our heroes escape, Rampart ends up getting recaptured by the Empire.

Star Wars: The Bad Batch (Disney+)

Star Wars: The Bad Batch (Disney+)

Back in the main Imperial vessel, Echo disguises himself as a TK trooper, but is nearly found out by a protocol droid. He takes the droid’s hand, exits the shuttle, and begins snooping around the Tantiss base. After finding the lab and downloading some info, he’s found and confronted by Dr. Karr.

Karr recognizes Echo due to his mechanical hand, which Omega had described (?). She also tries to defend her actions as “just following orders,” which goes about as well for her as it did at the Nuremberg trials. The Imperial scientist then agrees to help Echo free Omega and the other children.

Understandably, Echo is stunned to learn that other children are being held prisoner and being experimented on inside the facility.

Star Wars: The Bad Batch (Disney+)

Star Wars: The Bad Batch (Disney+)

Speaking of those children, Omega gets to work snooping around while her fellow inmates keep watch. Her excursion leads to a watery holding facility where we see that the Empire is still experimenting on the Zillo Beast.

When Omega returns, she tells her friends that the escape plan is going to involve something big.

The Verdict

Star Wars: The Bad Batch (Disney+)

Star Wars: The Bad Batch (Disney+)

Although none of the last three episodes have been bad, nothing feels anywhere near urgent or big enough leading into next week’s season finale.

The fight sequences have looked great. The character moments (particularly the ones for Crosshair and Omega) have been superb. Heck, we even got a Zillow Beast sighting! All that being said, it feels like there’s so much left on the table. Even if the Bad Batch break out all the clones, we still have to figure out what they’re doing (or if they survive) before the Original trilogy along with a host of other questions.

That doesn’t mean the series finale can’t be a satisfying conclusion to this particular narrative. But it does feel like we’re just wrapping up a good plotline instead of a great series. I would love to be wrong. I’ll also except missing the mark based on a surprise announcement that Star Wars: The Bad Batch will live on with some type of special or miniseries to wrap up their story.

For now, however, we may just need to be satisfied with the conclusion of a pretty good story arc.

Star Wars: The Bad Batch (Disney+)
'Star Wars: The Bad Batch' season 3 episode 14 ' Flash Strike' recap/review
This doesn't feel big or urgent enough for the series penultimate episode, but it's still a good story.
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Some outstanding character moments, particularly for Crosshair and Omega.
The opening dogfight scenes was fantastic.
ZILLOW BEAST.
Although this is an enjoyable story arc, it's leaving far too much on the table leading into the series' grand finale.
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