This spoiler-free recap of Star Wars: The Bad Batch Season 2 Episode 5, 'Entombed.'
This week, The Bad Batch goes all Indiana Jones, presenting another mostly standalone adventure — although it does have some worldbuilding implications — that includes the entire team, as well as serving as a showcase for new-ish character Phee Genoa, a treasure-hunting pirate who is naturally optimistic, dangerously naive, or just a outright fantasist.
Season 2 Episode 5 of Star Wars: The Bad Batch Recap
Although they aren't necessarily traits you'd like in a friend, they have a knack for putting Omega and Clone Force 99 into dangerous and entertaining situations. This one takes you from "worst" to "much, much worse" in in record time.
The Kaldar Trinary system and the Treasure of Skara Nal that may be found there are two new Star Wars lore, but the idea of treasure pre-dating the Republic suggests a future for Disney's current canon storytelling project, The High Republic.
'Entombed' has some stunning visuals, especially once the group realizes that the "tomb" they're exploring is a massive bipedal death machine, and that the treasure Phee is looking for controls it. The challenge is whether they can stop it before it turns their ship to pieces and leaves them stuck in a lost world.
The danger before that comes from navigating the various traps inside as well as the very different personalities, particularly since Phee's self-serving recklessness is anathema to someone like Tech or Hunter, who's primary aim is to keep Omega and the others safe. Even if the Bad Batch goes missing by the end of the episode, will the history of this mysterious civilization become more integral as the season progresses?
Season 2 Episode 4 was enjoyable, but this one was equally enjoyable – it receives additional points for possibly being crucial to Star Wars storytelling in a way we may not have anticipated yet. Of course, it might not be, but it still made for a great evening.
Season 2 of Star Wars: The Bad Batch, Episode 5, "Entombed," is now available on Disney+.
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