So, this scene probably needs to be excised altogether. There is no earthly reason my bad guys would stick Ben in a cage rather than just strap him to a table out of hand.
...but I like this scene. It serves the purpose of introducing us to a new character and cementing the assholery of an old one so we don't feel bad when Ben eats him. The new character has a starting point for growth, as well, here, and I'm not sure how I shoehorn that into the next scene where he actually is strapped to the table.
I realize that I Am The Writer and I should thus know how to do this, and I should probably just Sit Down And Do It, but OH GOD WHAT WAS I THINKING.
Kill your darlings.