Just when we think we have everything figured out in the galaxy far, far away, Star Wars pulls us back in with something that changes everything we thought we knew. From revealing Rey’s parentage in Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019) to Ahsoka Tano name-dropping Grand Admiral Thrawn on the planet Corvus, Lucasfilm is at its best when it subverts fans expectations.
And Dave Filoni is doing just that. In the latest episode of his new animated series, The Bad Batch, we finally got an answer as to who Omega is and it was perhaps one of the most shocking things Star Wars has ever done.
Warning: Spoilers ahead for The Bad Batch Episode 9, “Bounty Lost”.
Debuting on Star Wars Day (May 4), Dave Filoni’s The Bad Batch tells the story of the unique squad of experimental clones — Clone Force 99, the eponymous “Bad Batch” — and their mercenary missions across the rapidly changing galaxy.
The show — which comes from the creator of Star Wars Rebels and Star Wars Resistance — showcases the rise of the Galactic Empire after Palpatine executes Order 66 to end the Clone War — the feature-length premiere episode, “Aftermath”, even showed a few familiar faces like a young Kanan Jarrus, the Jedi Padawan Caleb Dume, escaping the clutches of the brainwashed clone trooper army.
But since that immense opening crossover with The Clone Wars, The Bad Batch has gone on to tell its own story, making the members of Clone Force 99 the leading players of the new animated series. The show was quick to break fans’ hearts when Crosshair’s inhibitor chip was activated by Admiral Tarkin on Kamino, this would foreshadow Wrecker’s attack on his squadmates when his own chip activated on Bracca.
While the squad lost Crosshair, they also gained the young clone, Omega. Michelle Ang joins the cast of The Bad Batch as Omega, teaming up with Star Wars veteran Dee Bradley Baker who voices the clone soldiers.
The Star Wars series has already thrown in some fan-favorite characters too — Captain Rex showed up and the bounty hunters Fennec Shand (Ming Na-Wen), who first appeared in The Mandalorian, and Cad Bane (Corey Burton) have both appeared as Omega became the biggest bounty in the galaxy.
One of the biggest questions in The Bad Batch is who, or what is Omega? There have been pointers to suggest she is Force-sensitive, meaning she could be the catalyst to Supreme Leader Snoke’s creation in the sequel trilogy. This latest episode of Filoni’s series finally answers, at least in part, who Omega is — she’s not just any regular clone.
In the opening half of “Bounty Lost,” we find Omega using her skill and wit to escape the clutches of Cad Bane — the infamous bounty hunter who appeared at the end of the last episode managed to overthrow Hunter in order to capture the young clone. Shortly after, Bane encounters Fennec Shand who is also still chasing the girl. While this was all very exciting it would be the moment aboard Clone Force 99’s Havoc Marauder space shuttle that would shake things up.
Tech reveals that he has analyzed Omega’s genetic profile and discovered she has first-generation Jango Fett DNA. The only other clone to have these pure Fett genes is none other than Boba Fett. And if we take it that Jango Fett is Boba’s father then, yes, Star Wars just gave Boba Fett a sister. As a reminder, let’s use Tech to give context on why this is important:
“All clones were created from a host named Jango Fett. While our genetic structure was modified for growth acceleration and obedience, Omega is a pure genetic replication.”
Hunter even asks “How many clones like that exist?”, and we all know there’s only one — Boba Fett.
This could mean a few things: Boba’s arrival in The Bad Batch is imminent, Omega will perhaps play into the future of the live-action universe — her regular aging would match up with the timeline –, or it could further signal to Star Wars finally including the dramatic showdown between Cad Bane and Boba Fett, now Bane is seemingly intent on capturing his sister. Or it could be all three and more…fingers crossed!
Whatever happens, it must be noted that Dave Filoni rarely does things by accident and the executive producer proves that Lucasfilm is still a leading force of groundbreaking storytellers.
Boba’s mention in “Bounty Lost” as well as Omega’s direct familial link and the soon-to-be The Book of Boba Fett — which in Morrison’s own words will “go back in time” — inches ever closer towards the bigger inclusion of the fan-favorite bounty hunter. After all, audiences have been clamoring for more Boba Fett since Star Wars properly debuted the character in Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980).
As ever, we won’t know until we know but as The Bad Batch ticks on, and December looms closer it must be said that everything might just lead back to Boba Fett.
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