Review: ‘The Bad Batch’: S01 Ep.9 ‘Bounty Lost’
by Olly MacNamee
(+++ WARNING: This review contains spoilers for The Bad Batch ‘Bounty Lost’ +++)
As we already know everyone is after Omega, but in this episode it would seem that Cad Bane (Corey Burton) has beaten everyone else to it. And he’s heading to meet his Kaminoan contact, Taun We (Rena Owen) at an abandoned cloning facility on Bora Vic. A ghost planet enveloped in mist that sets up the prefect setting for a shoot-out with a returning fellow bounty hunter Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen). Like I said, everyone wants a piece of Omega for the purity of DNA she carries in her every cell. Only Jango Fett (teh “Alpha” clone) is her equal, and he’s nowhere to be seen, For now. Interestingly Shand has been sent by fellow Kaminoan, Nala Se (Gwendoline Yeo), someone sympathetic to Omega’s plight and something of the rebel amongst her fellow emotionless species, who want her DNA extracted before terminating her.
Clone Force 99 are barely in this week’s instalment as Omega once more gets a little bit more time in the spotlight in an action-orientated episode set amongst the smokey backdrop of a haunting Bora Vic. Made more creepy when Omega stumbles upon vats containing clones that aren’t too dissimilar to Snoke. Or possibly Kaminoan hybrids. Either way, it’s a scene that’s begging for fans to take notice and raise questions.
In amongst all this is Omega’s own independence and her ability to save herself. Again. After all, she is as close a copy of Jango Fett as you can get, making her akin in prowess to Boba Fett, who’s own moment to truly shine is only just dawning thanks to events in The Mandalorian Season 2. What if there’s an adult Omega still out there in the Star Wars timeline currently being explored in the aforementioned series? And if so, where has she been all this time? Questions I doubt will be answers any time soon in this particular era of The Bad Batch, but an interesting mystery nonetheless. And one Disney can exploits should they wish. After all, by this point, I think everyone who’s a fan of The Bad Batch is a fan of Omega. She is far from the precocious kid she could have been simply to pander to the younger demographic this series is targeted at.
Another thrilling episode that raises a good many new questions as well as puts the cat amongst the pigeons with the continues defiance of Nala Se in secret. Omega once more is reunited with the Clone Force 99 but with the heat still on her – and them – I doubt the action will let up as we build to the first series’ finale.
The Bad Batch is streaming now on Disney + with new episodes every Friday.
You can read all the reviews for previous episodes here.