Welcome to The Bad Batch Explained, our weekly column devoted to the rough and tumultuous remnants of Clone Wars and their march through a bold new galaxy far, far away. In this post we dive into Star Wars: The Bad Batch Episode 6 (“Decommissioned”) and examine how three cameos could lead to Ahsoka Tano. So yeah, there are spoilers here.
By doing war of stars animated universe, when your heroes have difficulty understanding their morals, the Martez sisters appear. In the sixth episode of Star Wars: The Bad Batch, Clone Force 99 takes Cid on her second mercenary mission. The Ord Mantell bartender sees tremendous value in this imperial junk and she will use it to do her dirty business. Hunter doesn’t like playing bounty collectors, but his options are limited. They need money if his squad is ever to disappear from the wandering eye of Grand Moff Tarkin.
Cid’s job takes the soldiers to Corellia, Han Solo’s homeland. Your job is to collect the head of a tactical droid from a decommissioning facility. The content of mechanical noggin has a high priority on the black market. These droids fought many battles. You won a lot of battles. They contain the secrets to successfully defeating the clone soldiers who are now working for the Empire.
With property this hot, complications arise. Clone Force 99 aren’t the only ones looking for a score. The Martez sisters are also on Corellia. And they really want that head.
We first met Trace and Rafa on the final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. After this Ahsoka Tano If the Jedi refused, after wrongly accusing them of bombing the Jedi Temple, they retired to the lower decks of Coruscant. There she got to know the real taxpayers of the republic. They wrestle for food on their plates.
Through Trace and Rafa’s eyes, Tano saw the unintended damage the Republic and the Jedi were doing to ordinary citizens. While living with the Martez sisters, Tano rediscovered her calling. Her courage strengthened her own. She left her side and stormed into battle against Maul on Mandalore, fighting not for the Jedi, but for the people who could not fight for themselves.
And based on The Bad Batch Episode 6 (titled “Decommissioned”), Ahsoka Tano rubbed off on Trace and Rafa as well. The sisters are not bounty hunters. They don’t trade droid heads for money like Hunter’s crew. Instead, Trace and Rafa need what’s on the tactical droid’s head because that information will aid those who rebel against the Empire.
Hunter won’t let the Martez sisters get away with their prize. They’re having a scuffle, and that scuffle is attracting the attention of the facility’s police droids. The sisters and Clone Force 99 form a troubled alliance to burst their way to freedom. They make a good team, and when little Omega falls to ruin, Trace rescues her.
Trace’s good action underscores the discomfort that simmers in Hunter. He can’t bring the tactical droid’s information back to Cid. Hunter has no idea what the bartender is going to do with it. Hunter trusts the sisters to pass the plans to the right people, and in the final moments of the episode, he gives up the information.
But maybe he shouldn’t have done it? The second the Martez sisters are in orbit, Rafa uses her astromech droid to contact a mysterious cloaked figure. R7-A7. She tells the holo that they retrieved the tactical droid’s information and helped them out like a band of renegade clones. She also declares that she knows how to find the outlaws. The Bad Batch Episode 6 ends with ominous music and we should take a long drink.
Catching a white corner of the holo-mantle immediately ignites the image of Ahsoka Tano in our minds. The outfit looks very similar to the one she used in similar communiqués with the. wore Star Wars: Rebels Crew. With Trace and Rafa apparently collecting data to aid the Imperial Resistance, it makes perfect sense to keep in touch with Ahsoka Tano. We know Tano is starting rebellious flames at this point in the timeline.
Plus, Trace and Rafa hang out with R7! This is Tano’s Clone Wars astromech droid! The tough little robot was decimated during The Clone Wars final season when Rex and Tano got caught in a gun battle by clone soldiers aboard the Star Destroyer Tribunal. After the battle, Tano collected the parts from R7 and apparently gave them to the Martez sisters. If Tano entrusts them with their good little pals, their friendship must still be strong.
However, the hologram has the wrong pronoun to be Ahsoka Tano. Rafa tells R7 to “patch him up”. So the cloak may be the right color, but it doesn’t belong to Tano. There’s still a great chance the former Jedi will show up in The Bad Batch at some point, but Clone Force 99 will have to meet with Captain Rex before that can happen.
Rex is the Clone Trooper we got to know the most in The Clone Wars. It was our experience with the clones’ strange bondage experience. He made it more than the product that the republic created it to be. He made them human.
Thanks to Order 66, Rex and Tano were very close to killing each other last season. Succumbing to the chip in his head caused Rex tremendous shame, and encountering the aberrated clones that defied his siren song will evoke complicated emotions. He’s also supposed to help Wrecker fall victim to the inhibitor chip hammering inside his skull.
Every day, Clone Fore 99’s biggest brute is approaching the same phone call as Crosshair. Orders are orders. Good soldiers obey orders. Order 66 is screaming in Wrecker’s head, and after the big bump he took in The Bad Batch this week, the fatal order will go off in him. Hunter doesn’t even realize the threat they’re all on team with Wrecker in.
Meeting Captain Rex just as Wrecker breaks out in violence would be incredibly useful. Rex’s experience could help the guy fight his way through hypnosis. And if they solve the inhibitor chip with Wrecker, maybe they can also solve Crosshair’s imperial loyalty. So the fallen soldier of Clone Force 99 may not actually have fallen. Crosshair could rejoin the team.
R7 and the Martez sisters weren’t the cameos we expected in The Bad Batch Episode 6, but they are the cameos that bring us closer to the cameos we want. Rex and Tano are on the horizon. We can feel them approach. Every week The Bad Batch crawls towards the rebels. Before this season ends, you can bet Hunter and Omega will join in the overthrow of the Empire. If Trace and Rafa see no other option, what choice does Clone Force 99 have? None. They are soldiers. And soldiers fight.