The Clones come face to face with each other in this week's Bad Batch double feature

The end is near for the Clones and the Bad Batch as a brewing conflict is on the horizon.
Star Wars: The Bad Batch Season 4, Episode 4 "A Different Approach." Hunter and Wrecker. Image Credit:
Star Wars: The Bad Batch Season 4, Episode 4 "A Different Approach." Hunter and Wrecker. Image Credit: /

Disney dropped two episodes of The Bad Batch this week, and there seems to be a Clone vs. Clone theme in the works as the show's final season hits the halfway point.

Episode 6, "Infiltration," begins with Captain Rex and his rag-tag group of Clones assisting Senator Chuchi by setting up a secret meeting with a former Separatist Senator named Avi Singh. They discuss their respective peoples' desire for independence and that there are more planets out there that oppose the Empire. I love this scene. Although it's brief, I enjoy seeing the very early formation of the rebellion, and it's awesome to know that Rex had a hand in it. It's the kind of stuff that made Andor and Star Wars Rebels particularly enjoyable because it helps bridge a 20-year gap between Revenge of the Sith and the original Star Wars movie, A New Hope.

The meeting is interrupted by a Clone operative from Mount Tantis who is captured by Rex's men and brought back to their secret base. In addition to Senator Singh, the operative's target was Omega because of her high Midi-chlorian level. So Rex calls the Bad Batch and they have a sit down at the secret base.

Some of Rex's guys aren't keen on trusting Crosshair, especially after he tells them the Empire tried to make him into one of their operatives, which disturbingly involves mind-wiping and mental "conditioning." Omega also informs the group about the M-count experiments being conducted on the Clone prisoners at Mount Tantis. Unfortunately, the Clones haven't seen The Phantom Menace so they don't know what Midi-chlorians are. The audience continues to be ahead of the characters, which is a bit frustrating.

Star Wars: The Bad Batch reviews: Episode 306, "Infiltration," and Episode 307, "Extraction"

Crosshair is appalled to learn that the Clones brought one of Hemlock's operatives to their base, which compromised their location because they could be tracked. Rex's old friend Commander Wolf and a group of clones still loyal to the Empire are dispatched to capture Omega and proceed to destroy Rex's secret base. After a slight fake-out where we are briefly led to believe that Crosshair sold the group out — I'm really glad that didn't happen — they flee to a rendezvous point where Echo is supposed to pick them up.

The end of the episode sees Rex and his crew come face-to-face with Commander Wolfe and his Imperial Clones. It's a tear-jerking exchange for fans of The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels TV shows because the two leaders share a strong bond. Thankfully, Wolfe is reasonable enough to let Rex and his crew go, partially because he was under the impression that Rex was dead until now.

There's a beautiful wide shot of the two groups staring each other down before Rex and his crew leave. When push comes to shove, will Wolfe and his group stay loyal to the Empire, or will they side with Rex and their fellow Clones? I would assume that before the final battle, Rex will try to show Wolfe and the others some proof of the unethical crimes against the Clones that Hemlock is conducting. Wolfe was confident that the Empire wouldn't do that, so showing him damning evidence would likely change his mind. As for the other Clones, specifically the Commandos that are directly under Hemlock's leadership, that remains to be seen.

It also finally appears that the Bad Batch can no longer sit on the sidelines after Rex points out that the Empire is directly targeting Omega. Hopefully that means that the filler-esque pod-racing storylines are a thing of the past since we only have eight more episodes in the entire series.

Episodes Grade: B+

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