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‘The Bad Batch’ Season 3, Episode 4 Recap & Review: Clone Force 99 Reunites (Mostly)

Is the youngest clone in the group also the smartest?

Warning: Spoilers ahead for The Bad Batch Season 3, Episode 4.

The weekly release model is in full swing and the fourth episode of The Bad Batch Season 3 is now streaming exclusively on Disney+. After a long gap between Seasons 2 and 3, Omega (Michelle Ang) finally reunites with her favorite troopers of Clone Force 99, Hunter and Wrecker (Dee Bradley Baker). Episode 4 continues the strong start from the premiere by keeping the characters and their core traits at the center and leaning into the signature, gorgeous Star Wars animation style.

After escaping Mount Tantiss in the previous episode, Crosshair (also Baker) and Omega are now firmly on the run from Dr. Royce Hemlock (Jimmi Simpson). Despite the pair escaping for a reunion at episode end, Hemlock’s plethora of resources have him hot on their trail. The fourth installment is full of action and exposition, so let’s dive into all the exciting details with a Bad Batch Season 3, Episode 4 recap.

Dr. Royce Hemlock Has a Terrifying Benefactor in ‘The Bad Batch’ Season 3

Emperor Palpatine surrounded by two royal guards, Dr. Hemlock, Nala Se, and a mass amount of clone troopers in The Bad Batch Season 3 | Agents of Fandom
Emperor Palpatine’s presence in The Bad Batch Season 3 adds a level of menacing intrigue that would be absent if the sole antagonist was Dr. Hemlock. Image Credit: Lucasfilm/Disney+.

At the start of the episode, Crosshair and Omega’s stolen ship crash lands on a rocky planet due to the damage they sustained during their escape, and they set out on foot towards the local spaceport. Back at Mount Tantiss, Dr. Hemlock interrogates and threatens Nala Se (Gwendoline Yeo), warning that he knows she’s been throwing out Omega’s samples. Now in the town, Omega and Crosshair find new clothes to ditch their previous Imperial garments, not wanting to stick out.

The pair goes to the station to purchase train tickets but don’t have the proper chain codes. However, the clerk is willing to sell them tickets for 15,000 credits each — 30,000 total. They then head to a bar where Omega plans to hustle someone to earn the credits they need for their train tickets. After she wins a few games, an Imperial captain walks in, takes a seat at the table, and challenges Omega to a game.

She beats the captain, and he gives her 20,000 credits, but turns around and charges her a 10,000 credit fine for gambling (despite gambling himself). Omega and Crosshair head outside and find that the captain stole Batcher and took her to the cargo docks. Crosshair insists they should forget about the Lurca hound and leave the planet, but Omega won’t leave her behind.

Omega Gets a Wonderful Reunion With Wrecker and Hunter

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Omega’s reunion with Hunter and Wrecker at the end of The Bad Batch Season 3, Episode 4 is even more emotional than their reunion in Season 1. Image Credit: Lucasfilm/Disney+.

Together, Omega and Crosshair sneak onto the cargo docks and find Batcher locked inside a shipping container. The captain extorts Omega for the rest of her money and warns her that Dr. Hemlock is on his way. After refusing the offer, a massive fight ensues that leads to all the animals on the cargo docks being set free. They escape on a large cargo ship and make the jump to hyperspace.

Dr. Hemlock arrives on the rocky world and inspects the remains of the original ship they arrived in. Once in hyperspace, Omega sends Hunter and Wrecker a coded message to meet them at a remote location, but Crosshair warns her that they may not even be alive.

They arrive at the rendezvous point to find Hunter and Wrecker, and the two share a touching moment with Omega. However, their embrace is short-lived, and the episode ends with an eerie standoff between Crosshair and his former teammates, Hunter and Wrecker.

‘The Bad Batch’ Season 3, Episode 4 Is the Best Episode Thus Far in the Newest Season

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The special troopers in Dr. Hemlock’s mysterious clone army are sure to cause trouble for the Bad Batch later this season. Image Credit: Lucasfilm/Disney+.

More than a quarter of the way through the last season, things are shaping up to be a powerful and cathartic final journey for Clone Force 99. Now that Omega has successfully reunited with Hunter and Wrecker, one more reunion with Rex and Echo is next in store to bring this family full circle. Dr. Hemlock has established himself as a formidable opponent for the Bad Batch, but if they work in tandem, there’s no foe they can’t vanquish.

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'The Bad Batch' Season 3, Episode 4 "A Different Approach" Review

'The Bad Batch' Season 3, Episode 4 "A Different Approach" Review
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The Good

  • A beautifully touching reunion ends the episode.
  • This week's planet has some mysterious undertones.
  • The animation style is best-in-class.
  • A thrilling action sequence takes place at the cargo dock.

The Bad

  • It's only 25 minutes.
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