Bad Batch Easter Eggs From Season 2
A few days ago, Disney released the first two episodes from season 2 of The Bad Batch. Currently, we’re on the third episode, with the fourth one coming tomorrow. This comes almost three years since the first season – and what a great start it’s been so far! As you might already know, the show is essentially a sequel to The Clone Wars. Originally, the writers aimed to feature Clone Force 99 in a four-part story in the show. However, when Cartoon Network canceled the show, they had to find another way to tell their story. Thankfully, Disney returned the show for a final season and a spinoff series. So, here are some of The Bad Batch easter eggs that you might have missed in season 2. Spoilers ahead, of course!
In the show, we learn about a group of soldiers in a post-Revenge of the Sith galaxy. Unlike the other clones, the Bad Batch never had the chips to make them obey Order 66. At the end of season 1, we saw the Empire destroy the cloning facility on Kamino. In season 2, we follow the troopers as they work on missions for Cid, a Trandoshan criminal. Essentially, they’re trying to stay out of the Empire’s way and survive. On this journey, they meet several familiar Star Wars faces and plenty of references to other moments in the galaxy.
For example, in Cid’s hideout, we can see plenty of references to other Star Wars media. You’ve got a Mandalorian mask and a Phase II clone trooper helmet. Meanwhile, we also see the troopers visit Serenno, Count Dooku’s home planet. We see the troopers break into Dooku’s room in the same way as Asajj Ventress did in The Clone Wars.
The Bad Batch Easter Eggs
But, The Bad Batch easter eggs aren’t just locations – there are also references with the vehicles. For example, a Low Altitude Assault Transports follows the Bad Batch in the episode “Ruins of War.” Eagle-eyed fans will recognize these ships from The Clone Wars series and Attack of the Clones. However, the Empire later converts these to Imperial gunships.
Additionally, one of the other transports comes straight from Return of the Jedi. Namely, it’s Omega’s hologram of the Lambda Class Shuttle. In Star Wars, Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine use this vehicle to get on the second Death Star.
Also, the troopers’ armor colors are significant. In The Clone Wars, the troopers decorate their protective gear to help differentiate them from other clones. They also want to show their loyalty to the Jedi Order. However, after order 66, all the troopers are colored white to indicate their loyalty to the Empire. One of the important Bad Batch easter eggs is that the Batch has changed their color to red stripes. Originally, the Rebel Alliance used red predominantly, so this choice of color shows that the Batch has no Empire allegiance.
If that wasn’t enough, we also saw the return of an iconic Clone Wars character. Namely, Commander Cody! In the original series, he was loyal to Obi-Wan Kenobi but tried to kill him during Order 66 in Revenge of the Sith. The Troopers also hear about Mina Bonteri, an important figure in the Separatist Senate, shortly before Palpatine becomes Emperor.
What Happened After the Clone Wars?
Along with these Bad Batch easter eggs, we also heard a throwback sound with the Rangefinder blaster. In fact, this tool’s sound comes from the 2002 video game Bounty Hunter. Initially, Jango Fett used the tool and its advanced sniper skills. What a callback to use!
One of the troopers, Crosshair, is shown eating alone in a clone mess hall. During The Clone Wars, noise and other troopers filled the hall. Now, the lack of other individuals shows how things have changed since those days.
Finally, we also see Commander Cody and Crosshair talking to each other near The First Battle Memorial. In the Star Wars franchise, they built this statue to respect the troopers who died during the Battle of Geonosis.
Clearly, plenty of Bad Batch easter eggs act as callbacks to important moments in the Star Wars franchise. Did you notice any others? Let us know in the comments!
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