Star Wars Makes Both The Separatists & Empire Even Worse

The premiere of Star Wars: The Bad Batch makes two of the franchise’s core military groups even worse than before: the Separatists and the Empire.

Warning! Contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Bad Batch season 2 premiere.Star Wars: The Bad Batch is back for season 2, with its two-part premiere making both the Separatists and the Empire of Star Wars’ past, present, and future all the worse. The Bad Batch continues to follow the adventures of Clone Force 99, who are outlaws of the Empire and earn a living through Cid, a former Jedi informant. In The Bad Batch’s season 2 premiere, Clone Force 99 is sent to Serenno, a planet in the Outer Rim.


On Serenno, The Bad Batch explores two of the major military groups of the prequel and original trilogies. This is largely through the planet’s former inhabitant, Star Wars’ Jedi-turned-Sith Count Dooku, whose wealth the Bad Batch is sent to acquire. While on the planet, the Batch encounter survivors of Serenno and the Empire’s forces, both of which further show just how evil both the Separatists and the Empire can be.

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The Bad Batch Reveals Dooku’s Separatists Went Further Than We Realized

Count Dooku Tales of the Jedi

While some of the Separatist factions of the prequel trilogy had good intentions, simply wanting to be rid of a corrupt Republic that was a detriment to their planets, it is mainly through the evil Sith Lord Count Dooku that The Bad Batch explores their villainy. While on Serenno, Tech, Echo, and Omega run into a Serennian survivor. This survivor, named Romar Adell, reveals the source of Dooku’s wealth.

While stating that Dooku stole money from other planets, Romar Adell reveals that Dooku’s wealth also came from exploiting the people of Serenno. This is a direct contrast to the Dooku focused on in Tales of the Jedi, who fought against this exact thing in episode 3 of the animated show. This goes to show how far some of the Separatists, and Dooku especially, went to further their war efforts, made worse by Dooku being a servant of the Sith and the fledgling Galactic Empire.

The Bad Batch Highlights Just How Unstoppable The Empire Was

The Bad Batch Admiral Rampart

Outside of the orbital bombardment of Serenno made by the Empire, The Bad Batch also highlights the sheer might of the Empire’s power. Echo states that the Empire continues to grow stronger and that the Bad Batch should be doing more to directly oppose their oppression. Considering The Bad Batch takes place only a year at most after the Empire’s formation, the show is establishing how strong the Empire has grown so quickly. If the Empire is as strong as it is in Disney+’s Star Wars: The Bad Batch after only a year, it is no surprise the regime went on to dominate the galaxy for almost two decades.

The ending of The Bad Batch’s two-episode premiere only exemplifies the Empire’s cruelty and dedication to dominating the galaxy. At the end of The Bad Batch episode 2, Admiral Rampart tells Captain Wilco to falsify a report that the Bad Batch was not seen on Serenno. After Wilco refuses this, Rampart kills him in cold blood. This shows how the Empire is willing to kill those who do not comply with their corrupt ways, allowing Star Wars: The Bad Batch to truly exemplify how unstoppable the Empire became.

New episodes of Star Wars: The Bad Batch release every Wednesday on Disney+.

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