Picking off where Episode 15 left off, Episode 16 sees Kamino’s cloning facility falling into the sea as smoldering ruins Omega (Michelle Ang), the Bad Batch (Dee Bradley Baker) and Crosshair (also Dee Bradley Baker) are stuck on. After being knocked unconscious by the initial bombardment by Vice Admiral Rampart’s Star Destroyers, the group awaken in the sinking ruins, assisted by the droid AZI-3 (Ben Diskin), whose main objective is to keep Omega safe.
Part of the structure had sealed off to keep the water that makes up Kamino’s surface from flooding it, which would have instantly killed the group. Luckily enough, the Empire did not know of the secret tunnels that lead to Nala Se’s secret lab the group entered through, and as a result, it is unharmed by the Empire’s attack, but they lack power to protect it from the planet’s sea creatures. Thankfully, with the help of AZI and some quick-thinking, the group make it back to their ship, with Crosshair admitting that they are even, but still wishing to stay with the Empire. Hunter admits that they just want two different things, so they leave him behind.
There isn’t much to say about the finale other than the fact that we see Crosshair reluctantly cooperate with the group, and that previously mentioned notion that they’ve come to terms with wanting different things, which is a surprisingly mature way to end this show’s first season; a lesser show would have seen everyone make up, no matter how unforgivable the things Crosshair has done are, or how incompatible he is with the group. Episode 16 really feels like an aftermath episode; all of the huge punches in the finale landed in Episode 15 including the destruction of Kamino, the Empire’s betrayal of Crosshair, Crosshair’s killing of his team, and his act of mercy to his old one.
It leaves the door wide open for the Bad Batch to continue what they’re doing being bounty hunters for Cid, or to eventually join the rebellion, as the show teases in this season that it’ll be a conflict that the Bad Batch won’t be able to sit on the sidelines during. Crosshair’s path forward is cloudy, as while he is an asset to the Empire, they’ve already proven he’s one they’re willing to lose, and there is no doubt that they will question his loyalty after he spared his squad last episode.
In its final minutes, Dave Filoni apparently felt the need to light the internet on fire with “Mandalorian” theory videos, as Nala Se is seen meeting with someone with the exact same uniform as that weird scientist that wanted to test Baby Yoda in Mando Season 1, pretty much confirming what was already a strong cloning connection that will probably *sigh* explain the existence of all those failed Snoke clones in “The Rise of Skywalker.” These Star Wars shows have for the most part avoided connections to the sequels, but I guess it was bound to happen sometime …
Overall, I really liked this finale, even if it wasn’t as spectacular as I had hoped. It gave me room to process Kamino’s loss, and the end of the era of Clones, something I thought I was already done processing after Season 7 of “The Clone Wars.” This show really made me appreciate just how front and center the clones were in that show, and proves that there is more than enough talent between Filoni and Baker to make a show entirely about them stand on its own. I’m looking forward to Season 2.
“Star Wars: The Bad Batch” Season 1: Episode 16 “Kamino Lost” gets an 8.5/10