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‘The Bad Batch’ Season 3, Episode 2 Recap & Review: Clone Force 99 Returns

Two of the most capable clones in the entire Star Wars franchise arrive in stunning fashion.

Warning: Spoilers ahead for The Bad Batch Season 3, Episode 2.

Part two of the three-part premiere of The Bad Batch Season 3 is now streaming exclusively on Disney+, and it features the highly anticipated debut of two beloved characters. After no screen time for Clone Force 99 in Episode 1, both Wrecker and Hunter (Dee Bradley Baker) return to their quest to find Omega (Michelle Ang). Episode two serves as a satisfying contrast to the first installment by showcasing the opposite side of the ongoing struggle to reunite Omega with Clone Force 99.

The second episode leans into the emotional fallout of how difficult it is, particularly for Hunter, to be apart from Omega. The group is willing to put themselves in extreme danger just for the slightest chance of information on her whereabouts — a true testament to their connection. Make sure you catch all the important and intricate details with our Bad Batch Season 3, Episode 2 recap.

Wrecker Showcases His Strength in ‘The Bad Batch’ Season 3, Episode 2

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Wrecker’s brute strength and dry humor are on full display in The Bad Batch Season 3, Episode 2. Image Credit: Lucasfilm/Disney+.

The episode opens with a Devaronian captain standing before Lady Isa Durand (Anjelica Huston) and Roland Durand (Tom Taylorson), who they decide to execute after he disrespects them in their court. After only seconds, Hunter and Wrecker bring in a member of the Pyke syndicate. They agree to hand over the Pyke, but only in exchange for information on the whereabouts of Dr. Royce Hemlock’s (Jimmi Simpson) laboratory.

Back on the ship, Wrecker informs Hunter that Echo and Rex won’t be able to meet them at the lab for two more rotations. Hunter isn’t willing to wait that long, and they decide to head to the base without them. They find the destroyed Imperial base but opt to explore anyway on the off chance they find intel on Omega. They run into two young clones in the forest who tell them the story of how the base was destroyed.

The group is then attacked by slither vines, genetically engineered vines designed by the Empire as virulent weapons of mass destruction. The boys tell Hunter and Wrecker they have a safe place to talk, and they go back to the crag to discuss the next steps for finding Omega. When they arrive at the hideout, one of the cadets, Deke (Julian Dennison), tells them of a control panel that may still have intel and offers to escort them to it.

Hunter and Wrecker Are a Formidable Duo in Star Wars

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Hunter and Wrecker are always a tremendous match for any challenge, and they live up to this mantra in The Bad Batch Season 3, Episode 2. Image Credit: Lucasfilm/Disney+.

After agreeing to search the base, Hunter and Wrecker head back to their ship to get a power source for the console in the form of a gonk droid. Once inside the base, slither vines grab Deke, but the clones save him. Back at the crag, Stak (Dennison) tries to talk Mox (Daniel Logan) into stealing Clone Force 99’s ship, the Marauder, and escaping the planet. Back inside the base, the crew makes it to the control room, but something big is coming for them.

They gather the data from the console, and Deke calls Mox and Stak for help escaping the treacherous ruins. The crew in the base becomes surrounded by the slither vine monster, but Mox and Stak show up in the Marauder to save them. They dump a full case of explosives into the monster’s mouth, killing it and saving Hunter, Wrecker, and Deke.

Now back on the ship, Hunter decodes the data to uncover a very vague lead as to where Dr. Hemlock moved his laboratory. Hunter and Wrecker offer to take the young cadets to the island Pabu where they’ll be safe, and Clone Force 99 can now reunite and resume their search for Omega.

‘The Bad Batch’ Season 3 Picks Up Where It Left Off in Season 2

Dr. Royce Hemlock stares over clone trooper Crosshair in Star Wars: The Bad Batch Season 2 | Agents of Fandom
Dr. Hemlock can hold his own with even the most evil of Star Wars villains. Image Credit: Lucasfilm/Disney+.

The Bad Batch Season 3, Episode 2 marks another strong installment to start the season. One could make the argument that Season 3 is moving a bit slow through two episodes, but with 15 episodes total, there’s plenty of time to lay the groundwork and establish a solid foundation.

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'The Bad Batch' Season 3, Episode 2 "Paths Unknown" Review

'The Bad Batch' Season 3, Episode 2 "Paths Unknown" Review
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The Good

  • More beautiful animation accompanies a compelling story.
  • It's great to see Hunter and Wrecker after their absence in Episode 1.
  • Really palpable and turbulent danger inside the abandoned base.

The Bad

  • By nature, it feels very "adventure of the week."
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