On the surface, Ryloth appears to be a pretty peaceful planet to live on. It has plenty of diverse species, and although there were a few issues of starvation and disease, it was mostly a time of prosperity and peace. However, it is a planet of lies and deceit, and the people of Ryloth are not as peaceful as they seem. The planet’s rulers are manipulating the planet for their own personal gain.
In “Rescue on Ryloth”, the rebels attempt to rescue Ryloth’s children, and the Children’s council sets up a trap to capture them.
CHECK: Bad Batch – Season 1, Episode 12, Rescue on Ryloth
In Rescue on Ryloth, Admiral Rampart mistreats the prisoners Cham and Eleni Sindulla. He informs them that Hera is about to be captured and that it will be even easier to deal with Cham’s henchmen. Hauser does not want to follow the admiral’s order to gather Cham’s men and capture Hera. He points out that Cham did not kill Senator Thar, but gives up when Admiral Rampart reminds him of his position. Meanwhile, Hera contacts Omega and asks for help in freeing her parents. Hunter doesn’t want to get involved in a new imperial conflict, but Omega convinces him and the team to help. Hauser asks Cham to give him Hera’s place so he can protect her from the Fadenkreuz gang, but Cham says he doesn’t trust him after what happened.
Crosshairs warns Rampart about the party, but tells him to focus on his mission to find the girl. Omega and Hera destroy the Imperial oil refinery while Butch frees Sindulla and other prisoners. Hauser warns the fugitives that a brigade of soldiers is waiting for them at the exit. Cham trusts Hauser and tells him they will be back. They decide to use Senator Tara’s shuttle to escape. Hauser tries to turn the clones against Ryloth’s occupation, which he succeeds at first, but Fadenkreuz stops them. After their escape, the Sindullahs offer the group payment, but Hunter refuses, saying they will still need them in the coming battle. The two parties part on good terms, especially Omega and her new friend Hera. Admiral Rampart admits that he underestimated the group and gives Crosshairs permission to track them down.
I think Disney+ should have released Deal with the Devil and Salvation on Ryloth together, in two parts. That’s what Rebels did with special episodes like the season premieres and finales, and I think it would make sense here too. It was a story, and I think the sole purpose of their separation is to keep putting Star Wars content on their app every week. I watched them back to back because my husband had to catch up on the previous week’s series, and I think they provide a better viewing experience. That’s not a negative for either episode; I just think it would have made more sense in terms of timing.
As for the episode itself, I was intrigued by the budding friendship between Hero and Omega. Hera never mentioned or met Omega in Rebels, but we should be used to Star Wars reinventing itself by now. At the end of Redemption on Ryloth, Hera hints that she expects to see Omega again. So I wonder if we’ll ever see them together again. They could have appeared in any Disney+ series about the Mandalorian era, especially Ahsoka. Omega’s double, Michelle Ang, seems close enough to an adult version of her character to play her when that happens. I loved Omega’s determination to help Hera’s family by telling Hunter. I would have done the same for you. The only thing that was really weird about this episode of Omega was when she told Hera that the party was her brothers’. I buy it mostly from Echo, Tech and Wrecker. Wrecker has a playful relationship with her and is himself the most childlike of them all (though he is the most destructive and violent). And biologically, they are siblings, because they are modified clones of the same person. But Hunter reminds me more of an overprotective father than a big brother to Omega. It may be strange, but it’s not the kind of relationship Omega and Hunter got to see. I didn’t expect her to call him father or anything, but it felt strange, whereas Ahsoka describing Anakin as a big brother felt very natural.
The scenes with the other clones were great this week, especially Crosshairs and Howzer. I wish Crosshairs had had a more direct confrontation with his brothers, but I think it will be a big fight in the season finale. A nice touch is that he warned Rampart that there would be a lot of trouble with them, but he underestimated them anyway. To Rampart or any other imperial bureaucrat, the party seems a small elite of clones. But Fadenkreuz knows his brothers better. I wonder if he will find it in the next episode or if they will make it last longer?
On the other side is Hauser, a clone whose chip inhibitor never seemed to go off. He considers the Sindullahs his family and does what he can for them. In Deal with the Devil, he acted largely within the law – although he returned Hera to her parents without turning her in, which probably wouldn’t have pleased Rampart or Crosshair. In Rescue on Ryloth, his concern for the people of Ryloth and his loyalty to the Empire are put to the test. At first he chose the Empire, but I think we all knew he would change his mind. All his uncertain looks and pitiful obedience led to this. I was amazed at the number of clones willing to join his rebellion; seriously, how many inhibitor chips didn’t work? How many clones ignore orders? Because at some point, if so many people hadn’t been injured, Order 66 just wouldn’t have happened. Or at least, many Jedi would make it out alive due to the actions of the untouched clones. Still, I was glad they were arrested and not killed. As soon as Hauser spoke, I feared he had been caught.
All in all, I really enjoyed Salvation on Ryloth. I liked it a little less than Deal with the Devil, but I think the two episodes work better as back-to-back deals. I’m looking forward to the final four episodes and the inevitable showdown with Crosshair.
Location – 8
Actor – 9
Progression – 8
Production planning – 10
Animation/Action – 10
I really enjoyed the save on Ryloth. I liked it a little less than Deal with the Devil, but I think the two episodes work better as back-to-back deals.
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