From being more selfless to letting go of earthly attachments, I love how Star Wars finds ways to teach us things we should practice in our own lives. A lot of these lessons are more evident in the animated shows, so it’s not a surprise to see the premiere episode of the final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars drop another nugget of wisdom.
Written by Brent Friedman and Matt Michnovetz, “The Bad Batch” opens with a fortune cookie we need now more than ever: “Embrace others for their differences, for that makes you whole.” We live during a time of divisiveness and exclusion, where our differences are something to fear and used to marginalize certain groups. But right off the bat, this episode teaches us to embrace what makes us different.
It’s not the first time Star Wars exposes us to this message. We’ve seen clones clash with each other before, particularly in “Clone Cadets.” The headstrong clones from Domino Squad didn’t respect each other’s differences and often fell back on trying to win as individuals instead of as a team.
“The Bad Batch” introduces us to a very different set of clones. They’re immediately seen as strange. There’s no doubt the Bad Batch constantly feel like the odd ones out, so they’re quick to fight and argue with anyone who looks at them in the wrong way, like how we see happen between Jesse and Crosshair.
What makes the Bad Batch so successful, however, is how they themselves, within their own unit, accept and embrace their differences. This is what allows them to be an effective group. Their differences give them the advantage on the field.
Another layer to this fortune cookie is how the Bad Batch operates with strategies and approaches that are drastically different than what Rex and the other “regs” are used to doing. Embracing these unorthodox ways is what’s going to help them accomplish the mission, and we see Rex adapt to the situation by taking a page from their book. This is what essentially makes Rex a successful leader and a “whole” individual because he’s willing to put differences aside in order to work together.
Whichever way you interpret it, the ultimate message is simple: when you see something you don’t understand, let go of your fear. Instead, embrace the opportunity to learn something new. Living this kind of approach will make us more open-minded and well-rounded individuals and a more connected community.
What other significant lessons have you picked up from Star Wars? What did you think of the season seven premiere? Let us know in the comments below.
“The Bad Batch” is currently streaming on Disney+ and new episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars will drop on the platform every Friday.