This week, we finally find out why Omega (Michelle Ang) is so important to the Kaminoans; seeing as the original genetic template for the clones, Jango Fett, is deceased, only two unaltered clones contain his original genetic material: Boba Fett aka “Alpha”, Jango’s adopted son whose whereabout are unknown, and Omega.
Prime Minister Lama Su (Bob Bergman) of Kamino, weary of Omega’s risk to their operation, sends his subordinate Taun We (Rena Owen) to the Cloud-City like planet of Bora Vio to retrieve Omega from bounty Hunter Cad Bane (Corey Burton) to extract her genetic information and terminate her, but unbeknownst to him, Nala Se (Gwendoline Yeo), Kamino’s chief scientist, sent bounty hunter Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) to foil him, and that’s exactly what happens. Taun We is killed early on, and the rest of the episode focuses on Shand and Bane duking it out, while Omega tries to reach the Bad Batch in hopes that they’ll rescue her.
This episode will probably make fans run wild with the popular theory that Omega was key to making Supreme Leader Snoke of the sequel trilogy, as well as Palpatine’s clone body, but other than some deliberate imagery that mirrors the dirty tanks full of liquid that held failed Snoke clones in “The Rise of Skywalker,” I don’t think there’s anything solid to back this theory up just yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they go there, especially considering that it was alluded to in “The Mandalorian” Season 2 that the imperial remnant’s research into Grogu (baby Yoda) probably had something to do with Snoke’s origins.
The fight between Shand and Bane that is central to this episode is a good one, and the cloudy backdrop of Bora Vio lead to some interesting visuals. Overall, this was an above average episode.
“Star Wars: The Bad Batch” Season 1: Episode 9 “Bounty Lost” gets an 8/10