'Star Wars: Clone Wars' Season 7 Episode 3 Review: Action-heavy episode mostly just moves the plot along
A plot-light, action-heavy episode feels like an extended scene filling up the 4 episode arc focusing on Echo and the Bad Batch
Spoiler alert for 'On the Wings of Keeradaks' - Episode 3 of Season 1 of 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars'
While 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' generally holds itself up to a high standard when it comes to balancing action, humour, plot and character moments, 'On the Wings of Keeradaks' is rather light on the last two, feeling more like an extended action scene bridging this episode to the next. That being said, it still remains a rather fun episode. It's filled with clever moments that continue to highlight the Bad Batch's skills while reminding everyone why it's always good to have a Jedi on your side.
Though Echo (Dee Bradley Baker) is found alive and well, his rescue team still has a bit of a problem - how to get him out of Skako safely. Fortunately for them, while Echo's memories were being plundered, he managed to take back a few plans and schematics of his own, all now downloaded into his brain. He helps the team escape, and with some help from the Poltec tribe (and a little convincing), everyone manages to escape from Skako unharmed.
While the episode is light on significant plot, and emotional moments, its quick pace and reduced length still manages to give everyone their moment to shine. Whether it's Wrecker (Dee Bradley Baker) throwing people to hard-to-reach places, Tech (Dee Bradley Baker) neutrally declaring his brilliant idea, Anakin Skywalker (Matt Lanter) showing off, or Rex (Dee Bradley Baker) convincing the Poltecs that it's time to pick a side in the war, everyone gets a chance to show what makes their character unique.
There's a little more humour than usual, which is only natural, given that the best comedy in 'The Clone Wars' is often in throwaway moments during the action. What plot there is is more of a hint of things to come - next episode closes out the Bad Batch arc, and if the final shot of Echo is anything to go by, he's going to have something to say about his place in the war.
The next episode of 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' airs March 13, on Disney+.