Directors: Brad Rau and Nathaniel Villanueva
Starring: Dee Bradley Baker, Michelle Ang, Corey Burton, Ming-Na Wen, Seth Green
‘Bounty Lost’, this week’s episode of Star Wars: The Bad Batch, opens right where the previous episode finished: the crew (all Dee Bradley Baker, of course) are being chased by Crosshair (also Bradley Baker) after Omega (Michelle Ang) was captured by Cad Bane (Corey Burton).
Omega is taken to Bora Vio, an old cloning facility, where she is to be given back to the Kaminoans; but when Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) arrives and disrupts the hand-over Bane must protect his bounty.
The Plot Thickens in Star Wars: The Bad Batch
We finally found out why Omega is so valuable: she is a pure clone of Jango Fett (albeit a female one) and is the sole known model of the original DNA (Boba Fett is currently off leading a fun life of crime).
This revelation makes her valuable, but to what end is unsure. The Kaminoans are surprisingly becoming one of the most interesting aspects of the series – hopefully they’ll play their hand more vigorously soon.
Last week we were on the darkened corridors of the venator cruiser, and Bora Vio is even more atmospheric. The corridors of the facility are drenched in clouds of gas (or dust), which become the best battleground for two scoundrels like Bane and Shand to fight in.
Also fascinating was the facility itself. Presumably, Kaminoan clones were still held in tanks – whether or not the show will return to this setting in the future is unsure, but given cloning has been such an important part of later Star Wars material (The Mandalorian and The Rise of Skywalker being two key examples) it would be unsurprising for them not to hint at how these plans fit into wider ones at some point.
Dirty Rotten Star Wars Scoundrels
The fighting in this episode was top notch. Instead of the gunfights usually seen in the show Bane’s and Fennec’s hand-to-hand fighting was guttural. They both play dirty and use the full arsenal of their weapons – it’s fun seeing the past and future of Star Wars TV shows (Bane and Fennec represent The Clone Wars and The Mandalorian respectively) do battle.
Todo (Seth Green), Bane’s maltreated service droid, also gets some fun focus during the episode, but more curious still is Bane’s character. A panel on the side of his head suggests something has happened between now and The Clone Wars. Whether or not we’ll find out here is to be seen.
Otherwise, there is not a lot to say about this episode. Where Lama Su (Bob Bergen) had previously been an ambiguous middle character, his identification now as a villain means The Bad Batch are slowly gathering a roster of enemies of various types. The bounty hunter Bane may well continue to hunt Omega to secure his money, whilst Crosshair’s mission to kill the clones will continue as before.
Alongside Lama Su’s business focus also sits the empire who are re-colonising the galaxy on the quiet. These organisations represent a different kind of threat to the Batch. How they’ll face them all will no doubt be the focus of episodes to come.
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