Welcome to The Bad Batch Explained, our new weekly column dedicated to the remnants of the Clone Wars and their march through a bold new galaxy far, far away. In this post, we delve into the premiere of Star Wars: The Bad Batch (“Aftermath”) and examine Omega, a curious new addition to Star Wars history.
Early Child Alert! Those who tune in Star Wars: The bad lot premiere waiting for a heavy action attack that celebrates the twisted soldiers featured during Star Wars, Clone Wars‘the final season will raise a crooked brow with the introduction of omega. At first glance, the young man doesn’t have to be on the same poster as Clone Force 99, but as the premiere episode progresses, it becomes clear that this mysterious resident of Kamino hopes to define the new Disney + series.
Omega is first seen by Hunter, the leader of Bad Batch, as he struggles to understand the galactic speech of the newly appointed Emperor. The Republic has fallen. The Empire is triumphant in its place. Can you take out the star wars? Peace is nothing more than a pause, if not a total fantasy.
To add an exclamation to Hunter’s fear, see Omega standing among the Kaminoan staff. She shouldn’t be there. Kamino is a capitalist kingdom, maintained by its exceptional cloning facilities and the Republic’s desperate need for its clone troopers. From the cells of Jango Fett, grew an unstoppable army and secured Palpatine’s dominance over the galaxy. Beyond the Kaminoans, the only creatures roaming the facility should be the clones in their various stages of combative upbringing. Who is this girl?
The child hero trope is nothing new to Star Wars. Go back a year and look The mandalorian for one second. Grogu (aka “Baby Yoda”) was not Jonathan Lipnicki, but the boy melted the heart of a rogue and ignited the fury of the Empire. Star Wars: Rebels he put his hero’s journey on the shoulders of young Ezra Bridger. Hell, Luke Skywalker barely had chest hair when he joined Obi-Wan Kenobi. And let’s not forget little Annie Skywalker.
One more common sense rule of thumb will not break a franchise. Even if you thought you were going to get to The bad lot for clone-on-clone violence.
Omega is not a fool either. During the premiere climax, after Crosshair rebels against his squad and aims his blaster rifle at Hunter’s head, Omega saves his melon with a quick shot. Happy to keep his head on his shoulders, Hunter asks Omega, “Where did you learn to do that?” The boy has no answer. He had never fired a blaster before.
While the Star Wars: The bad lot The premiere never makes it explicitly clear, it seems obvious that Omega belongs to the team because she is like the rest of them. She is a Jango Fett clone and a genetic aberration. Baked in his DNA are all the things that make a good little soldier, but with a few bonuses. So the real question is whether these bonuses are accidental or intentional.
Regulatory clones poke fun at the bad lot. They look different; they behave differently. Their anomalies give them advantages in certain situations. Like the great brute, Wrecker can fight his way through any tight spot. The technology is the smart one and you may think that the team will get out of any jam. Crosshair has a deadly target and, well, her ability is obvious in combat scenarios. Hunter’s senses heighten. It’s practically Marvel’s Daredevil, but for the Star Wars Galaxy.
With the imperial rise, the value of the clones is called into question. They served their purpose as cannon fodder in a mock battle. Now that the Clone Wars are over, Palpatine wants to get serious about his Empire. The Emperor has commissioned Grand Moff Tarkin (the father of the Death Star who had Darth Vader bound Star Wars: A new hope) with solidifying your police force. They can no longer afford to spend what they want or not on these carbon copies. They need to get their money’s worth.
Clone Force 99 is very successful. With five strong, the brutes of the bad group are as powerful as twenty clone records. The opening of the Bad batch The premiere proves this same point when Hunter and company eradicate the Battle Droid platoon that cornered Jedi Master Depa Billaba and his Padawan, Caleb Hume. Tarkin is ready to ditch the clones, but offers Hunter’s gang one last training session. If they can track down and assassinate Saw Gerrera’s insurgents, the evil group will gain their rank among the rapidly transforming Imperial army.
But whatever is in their DNA that makes them resist Order 66 also allows them to think for themselves and reject Tarkin’s order. Witnessing Depa Billaba killed by his clone troopers scares Hunter. The order does not make sense. Not all Jedi can be traitors. When he comes face to face with Gerrera, Hunter denies the chain of command. Orders are orders, but what is right is what is right.
Rather than flee the system, Bad Batch returns to Kamino and rescues Omega. Before leaving on her mission, she begged Hunter to take her with them. Omega tried to tell him that things weren’t the way they were before Order 66. Danger engulfs Kamino.
As the medical assistant to Kaminoan chief scientist Nala Se, Omega has observed more than he probably should have. His boss played a key role in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars series, executing subterfuge against Jedi Master Shaak Ti. Nola designed the inhibitor chips that would eventually turn on when the Emperor gave Order 66. As featured in that cartoon series, Nola Se could care deeply about her clones, but they were only a means of advancing her ideas.
In the Bad batch In the premiere, Nola Se’s ruthless nature is seen once again as she intensifies the chip inside Crosshair, forcing him to bow to the will of the Empire and turn against his comrades. He may value clones more than Tarkin, but he doesn’t value them above his own ambition. They serve their science.
So the mere presence of Omega around your ankles should be cause for concern. Maybe the bad lot weren’t accidents. Perhaps they were obstacles throughout the evolution of the clones. An evolution that leads to Omega.
When Hunter asks Omega about his parents, she responds in shock. The inflection in his voice indicates much more than his simple repetition of Hunter’s question. We know he’s offering a big “no duh” in that tone, but Omega doesn’t get a chance to explain his confusion when a clone trooper food fight breaks out in the dining room.
Nola became Omega. For what purpose? That’s less of a “no duh”.
Omega’s aberration seems to be more than its gender. The Star Wars: The Bad batch premiere indicates that Omega might actually be Force-sensitive. When Tarkin throws Clone Force 99 into the dungeon, there is a quiet moment shared between Crosshair and Omega. As the others plan their escape, Omega places his hand on Crosshair’s shoulder. “I know it’s not your fault,” he says. “You can not avoid it”.
Omega senses Crosshair’s future betrayal and is already extending his forgiveness. It is the product of devious engineering. They can relate on multiple fronts. This is why he wants to get out of Kamino and join the ranks of Bad Batch. It’s also the reason why he doesn’t fire a blaster through Crosshair’s brain when he gets the chance. Instead, she shoots the wound so their paths may cross (pun intended) again one day.
The mystery remains with Nola Se. What is he up to with Kamino? Is he turning clones into Jedi or Kamino Force soldiers? The bad lotThe final scene with Nola Her exchange with the Kaminoan Prime Minister, Lama Su, is shown. She informs him that the clones have escaped. However, he tells her: “We must be cautious. Until the Empire’s intentions are clear, say nothing. “
The Kaminoan way of life is under attack. The Clone Wars were a time of great prosperity for them and Nola Se made great technological advances as a result. Omega was probably intended as a show floor model designed to stimulate the Republic’s imagination into throwing buckets of cash their way. Like pincers, the Empire is denied the great launch of Omega. The Kaminoans will likely need the next generation of Jango Fett’s dupes for their own protection.
So while the introduction of Omega in Star Wars:The bad lot seems a bit off-kilter, it may prove vital for Clone Force 99 to understand its place in the universe. Whatever conversation about identity you started in The Clone Wars certainly continues inside The bad lot. About us? What does it do to us? Who is to blame for our actions, the actor or the creator?
The boy is not precocious. She’s just as badass as any other badass badass group. Or it will be once you’ve seen the galaxy beyond your birthplace. Omega is another secret weapon dressed in humility because Star Wars hypocrisy Star Wars without a Force wielder and a hero’s journey.