The first thing we agreed with my family was: “This was kind of filler, but great filler”. Then I thought this isn’t exactly filler and got the exact same idea of having a couple of episodes without the main Bad Batch at the forefront of the story. They leaned this way with the episode of Omega and Bane, and now we have an episode that’s fully from the POV of new characters with a bit of Crosshair added in, which I thought was a welcome change of pace. The episode also delivered fully in regards to seeing the rise of the Empire from the perspective of the common folk.
Also I liked the detail of the clone commander that was close to the Syndullas (surely a veteran of the battle of Ryloth in TCW) and the fact he isn’t that bent on following orders, despite other episodes suggesting most clones had lost any semblance of individuality and creative thinking after the activation of Order 66. Could he even turn against his Imperial superiors, setting a precedent for the eventual dropout of other clones?
The only downside would be the death of Orn Free Taa, despite his role in the Lords of the Sith novel.