Clone Force 99 heads to Saleucami to visit an old aquaintance on Episode 2 of The Bad Batch and these are our favorite Easter Eggs that we noticed.
Okay, this one isn’t an “Easter Egg” as much as “A major plot point for the entire episode,” but for those unaware let’s discuss who he is and why he is so important. Last week we speculated that the Bad Batch were headed to the proverbial galactic middle of nowhere to meet up with an unnamed friend and while it could have been literally anyone in the galaxy, Cut Lawquane is the only person who we know about out there who would make sense. He, like the batch, was a clone once upon a time, but Cut decided one day that the war didn’t make any sense to him and decided to leave desert in favor of a quiet family life. In The Clone Wars we saw Cut meet Rex and help the captain see why a clone would abandon their post and maybe even gently pushed him down the path to thinking a little more for himself, so it makes a lot of sense why his house was the first top for both Rex and the Bad Batch going on the run after Order 66 and the rise of the Empire.
Return of the Nexu (And Lots of Other Animals Too)
Omega almost gets herself eaten by a Nexu after going past the fence around Cut’s property, and you may recognize these four eyed terror kitties from Attack of the Clones. But they are far from the only recognizable animals and aliens you may have seen in Episode Two. A Rodian, Weequay, Bith, Sniwian, Nuna, Snivvian, Gotal, Gamorrean, can all be spotted, and of course Suu Lawquane is a Twi’Lek
Imperial Transition Is Well Underway
From chain codes to credits being no good to what looks like the earliest Imperial Stormtroopers, it’s clear that the newly formed Galactic Empire is wasting no time with a transition of power to itself. It’s not entirely clear how long the Batch were jumping through hyperspace for, but it’s probably fair to assume that Order 66 wasn’t much more than a week ago by this point, and yet the Empire already has forces out in the edges of space and implementing their new protocols. The sheer speed of this drives home something that we all sort of knew already but the Bad Batch (okay, or maybe just Tech) are likely figuring out – this was all organized to the most minute and miniscule level well in advance. We also see the transitional period between Clone Troopers and Stormtroopers this episode, as it was likely impossible to have enough conscripted people available this quickly for outer rim duty, but we know it’s only a matter of time.
Hush 98 Communicator
Hunter uses a Hush 98 Comlink communicator in this episode, and if that means nothing to you, you’re not alone. This is the same kind of communicator Qui-Gon Jinn used in Phantom Menace to transmit a sample of young Anikan’s blood and is presumably by this point the 2005 Nokia of Comlinks; popular once and likely functioning well enough, but about twenty years obsolete by now. I thought of it as a burner phone, which would make sense considering the Batch’s current relationship with sides of the law. But this particular communicator was originally made from a Gillette for Women Sensor Excel razor. That’s not terribly pertinent to the episode, I just thought it was a fun fact, and maybe it will be helpful if you decide to make a very accurate cosplay prop.
There was a lot to unpack in Friday’s episode of The Bad Batch, but these were our favorite notable details and Easter Eggs. What Easter Eggs did you notice? Where do you think Clone Force 99 is headed next? Which galactic animal do you want to see a cameo from next? Let us know in the comments!
May the Force Be With You, Adventurers!