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Meanwhile, across the picnic party at her own table, the Duchess of Buccleauch is having a terrible time trying to get the waiter to bring her simple dry toast and tea (none of this fancy, saucy foreign stuff, thank you very much). Lord knows what she would have thought of the tiny, drowned birds you could only bite behind makeshift curtains.The Duchess cannot even handle bread baked in a shape that is not altogether respectable.

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What else did you notice during this episode of The Bad Batch? What do you think is coming in the rest of the season? Do you think Crosshair will have a redemption arc or is he a full-blown bad guy, and does he even deserve one? Let us know in the comments!

As Commander Cody and Crosshair infiltrate the base, they have to make increasingly difficult choices, the likes of which they never had to during the Clone Wars. At the end of the day, Crosshair and the Empire renege on a truce with the locals of Desix and it causes a crisis of conscience for Commander Cody.

Later in the episode, Cody tells Crosshair the difference between the droids of the Separatist Army and the clones is that the clones actually have to live with the consequences of their choices. Will Crosshair's straight and narrow dogma rub off on Commander Cody? Or will it be the other way around?

For those who don't instantly recognize Commander Cody, his first appearance was in "Revenge of the Sith" as the Clone Commander who worked closely with Obi-Wan Kenobi. During Order 66, Cody is the one who shot down Kenobi and his Varactyl on Utapau after the destruction of General Grievous. Cody searched for Kenobi's body but came up with nothing. We haven't seen anything from him post-Clone Wars and this episode answers the questions about his fate.

As we go back to the roots of the Clone Wars, since Desix is still essentially a Separatist world, it's fun to see a Tactical Droid working with them, as these have been largely decommissioned, thanks to Darth Vader's shutdown order on Mustafar, as seen in "Revenge of the Sith." For those interested, the Tactical Droid is voiced by Shelby Young, who is one of the primary voices of Princess Leia in the LEGO projects and on "Star Wars: Forces of Destiny."

During the Battle of Anaxes, CT-9904 "Crosshair" was deployed alongside the rest of his squad, Clone Force 99, as special reinforcements under Jedi General Anakin Skywalker. Deployed to a Cyber Center, the squad set out to retrieve intelligence that could have turned the tide of the battle. En route to their destination, Crosshair stared at CT-5597, "Jesse," who questioned what was he looking at. Crosshair responded that he and the Bad Batch did not usually work with "regs." The situation was quickly defused and they were briefed on the mission. On the way to the center, Clone Marshal Commander CC-2224, "Cody," was injured. When Clone Captain CT-7567, "Rex", attempted to take command, Crosshair met this with protest alongside Wrecker, subsiding when Clone Sergeant "Hunter" officially ceded command to Rex. Upon reaching the cyber center, Crosshair was left outside to secure the perimeter. After the squad retrieved information revealing that CT-1409, "Echo," who was thought to have perished on Lola Sayu, was in fact alive on Skako Minor, Crosshair secured a shuttle to transport him and his squad back to the base.[2]

Upon arriving at the Purkoll Tower Base, Crosshair remarked that it could be a trap, and accused Rex of blindly leading the squad into a trap because of his guilt over leaving Echo for dead on Lola Sayu. Crosshair angered Rex further by saying that he would have willingly just left Echo for dead due because he was a "reg." Rex, angered, attacked Crosshair, and the fight had to be broken up by Skywalker. As the group made their way through the base, Crosshair assisted in clearing a large group of D1-series aerial battle droids. With the assistance of Skywalker, Crosshair dispatched another group of droids that had almost cornered the Jedi General.[11]

As the system overloaded Echo with electricity, shocking him unconscious, battle droids approached their position. Crosshair dispatched them together with Wrecker, while Skywalker went to deal with Admiral Trench. As they returned to the Marauder, Crosshair bought them time by using his reflector disks, allowing him to destroy the approaching droids. This stunned Wrecker, who had wanted to have the best move, and Crosshair gloated that he wouldn't be able to beat it. As they flew back to Anaxes, Crosshair nodded in disappointment, conceding defeat in their friendly competition, as Wrecker was allowed to blow the entire ship with a remote detonator.[13]

Upon returning to Kamino, Crosshair and his teammates were immediately apprehended and placed in the brig, alongside Omega. Crosshair became frustrated with Hunter, blaming him for the situation they were in due to his unwillingness to follow orders. When the argument subsided, Omega approached Crosshair, attempting to console him and convince him not to turn on his brothers, stating that his urges were not his fault. Crosshair was then taken away by clones and into the medical bay under Tarkin's orders, who had noticed that he was far more loyal to the Empire compared to his teammates. Nala Se, who accompanied Tarkin, inspected Crosshair and noted that while his inhibitor chip was not as active as a regular clone's, the order was still working, hence Crosshair's drastic change in personality. Tarkin then proceeded to have the chip enhanced to ensure full loyalty.[5]

Returning to Onderon, Crosshair and his squad swiftly took out the remaining Onderonian rebels and apprehended the survivors. Crosshair placed one survivor at blaster point, asking her where Gerrera was. When she responded that she didn't know, Crosshair remarked that he believed her, and promptly shot her. Crosshair then turned, ordering his squad to execute the remaining survivors. ES-01 objected, stating that the survivors should have only been captured, and attempted to give the other squad members alternative orders. Crosshair then shot and killed ES-01, stating that he was placed in charge because he is "willing to do what needs to be done". Shortly after, the remaining squad members executed the remaining survivors under Crosshair's command.[6]

ES-02, who had regained consciousness, rendezvoused at the training grounds and found her squad-mates dead and Crosshair fighting with the Bad Batch. ES-02 believed Crosshair had turned traitor, having been suspicious of his leniency towards his old squad, and quickly left the scene to inform Rampart that Crosshair had lost control of the situation. Rampart then ordered his Venators to sink the city into the sea, deciding to have the clones die together.[20]

Back on Coruscant, Cody wondered if they were making the galaxy a better place by contributing to the rise of the Empire, to which Crosshair replied that they were simply following orders. However, Cody insisted on the fact that, unlike droids, Clone troopers had the ability to make their own choices, and therefore had to live with them, before walking away. Due to his success on Desix, Vice Admiral Rampart later entrusted Crosshair with another mission and requested him to report to CC-1226. When Crosshair asked why this mission would not be done with Commander Cody, Rampart revealed that the latter had gone AWOL and pointed out that clones were not as loyal as they used to be.[7]

Crosshair removed his inhibitor chip at some point, but he continued to remain loyal to the Empire. Nonetheless, despite his initial attempts at killing them, he did show concern for his old squad, wishing to have them serve the Empire together. Likewise, he also showed some degree of concern for Omega's well-being, despite trying to kill her at the start, and was willing to have her taken off-world for her own good, believing that living with "fugitives" placed her in constant danger. He also rescued her to pay back for her saving him earlier during their escape from the Empire's bombardment of Tipoca City.[20] In spite of this he remained fully loyal to the Empire and defended every immoral act committed by it, including murdering Jedi, slaughtering innocent civilians and even destroying an entire city, as "what needed to be done."[8]

Crosshair had a tattoo of a circle and a line vertically across his right eye.[5] After suffering severe burns during the mission on Bracca, Crosshair had burn marks covering the right side of his head. He also shaved his head.[20]

Crosshair was to appear in a four episode arc written by Michnovetz[24] which starred the Bad Batch which now included "Echo," alongside Yoda on Kashyyyk. At the "Untold Clone Wars" panel at Celebration Anaheim, Dave Filoni talked about the plot of the arc. He revealed that the characters would ride on "giant ape lizards," that were holy to the Wookiees in a religious way. In one scene Tarfful would ask the tree spirits for permission to go into battle against the enemy, which was a Trandoshan and the Separatist Alliance. To get the enemy out of some of their cities they would have to burn some of the trees. The Clones had no problem with it, but it was upsetting to the Wookiees. A part of the arc would be about the Clones and the Wookiees finding a common ground to fight the Separatists. A story reel clip was shown at the panel, which showed the Bad Batch and other Wookiees riding on the "ape lizards" and battle against a new beast that was based on kinraths from the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic game.[25]

1988-1999, 2009-presentThe UK has often tackled sci-fi on the small screen, but the sci-fi comedy is a much rarer beast. Red Dwarf at its prime was one of our greatest examples: the budget may not have been intergalactic, but the characters pinged off each other and the vast majority of the jokes landed. Dave Lister (Craig Charles) is the last man left alive on the eponymous mining vessel, with just an uptight hologram (Chris Barrie's Rimmer, an all-time great comedy loser snob), an evolved cat-man (Danny John-Jules' ebullient, vain Cat), a nervy android (Robert Lewellyn's Kryten) and the ship's less-than able computer Holly (Norman Lovett) for company. The show expanded beyond its initial concept and enjoys a revival run on Dave, but those first three seasons remain the glory days. 041b061a72


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