When it was announced that “Star Wars: The Bad Batch” would be the next animated adventure released by Lucasfilm, fans were understandably ecstatic. After all, after their appearance in Season 7 of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” the titular clone squad left most fans impressed, so a series featuring them in a post-Republic future seemed like a no-brainer. Despite the fact that “Star Wars” fans haven’t been shy about airing their grievances, it’s safe to say that Season 1 was a huge success – even landing before the excitement train for Season 2 could leave the station.
Here’s how “The Bad Batch’s” 16th episode, “Kamino Lost,” said goodbye to fans at the end of the first season.
Star Wars: The Bad Batch – Waterlogged Escape
Vice Admiral Rampart (Noshir Dalal) continues to gaze over Tipoca City’s devastation in “Kamino Lost.” He and his Venator-class Star Destroyers depart callously, focusing the attention squarely on the Bad Batch.
The gang struggles to negotiate the debris with more than a few close calls as their house crumbles around them. Their first major setback occurs when a door separates Omega (Michelle Ang), Crosshair (Ben Diskin), and AZI (Ben Diskin) from the rest of the group, nearly drowning them.
Thankfully, the trio is still alive thanks to everyone’s combined efforts, but danger lurks around every corner at this point. They then make their way to an underwater passage with no electricity, almost allowing a sea creature to consume our heroes (and Crosshair) as they exit.
The Batch must now deal with the reality that the tunnel leading from Nala Se’s (Gwendoline Yeo) hidden lab to the landing platform has been demolished. What is their solution? To get them back to the surface, they’re using old cloning pods as buoys, with AZI directing them clear of oncoming debris.
Despite the fact that their escape had spectators across the world gasping for oxygen at points, everyone who was imprisoned in Tipoca City when it crashed out alive. Sadly, as Crosshair points out, the facility’s destruction symbolizes the end of an era, further phasing out the clones and the Republic they served.
Star Wars: The Bad Batch – Omega Gets Through to Crosshair
Despite the fact that the Kamino cloning facility is collapsing around them, Crosshair has time to make snarky remarks about his old comrades.
He criticizes Hunter’s leadership abilities, makes fun of Wrecker’s (Baker) IQ level, and assigns blame for their current predicament.
Furthermore, he enrages everyone by citing the Empire’s fascist vision for the galaxy as something he wants to be a part of, while turning down his brothers’ offers of alternatives.
Crosshair constantly mocks Omega for her lack of expertise in circumstances like the one they’re in, and he expresses his doubts about her leadership abilities. After saving his life, all she gets from him is a modest gesture, nothing like appreciation.
This, paired with his usually disagreeable temperament, successfully breaks the glass-half-empty Omega, who scolds him and effectively labels him a horrible person, inhibitor chip or not. This must affect him, for he saves her and AZI from drowning after she abandons her pod to save her droid friend.
Omega informs Crosshair, before a rare Kamino sunrise, that he’s still her and the Batch’s brother, whether he likes it or not, as they return to the Havoc Marauder. They leave him behind again at his request, but it’s evident that her words, as well as those of his brothers, will linger in his memory for some time.
Star Wars: The Bad Batch – Promotion of Nala Se
We see where Nala Se has been taken now that Kamino and the Kaminoans have been wiped from the Empire’s radar just as the credits roll on “Kamino Lost.” She is carried to an undisclosed installation by armed Imperial warriors, where she is met by an unknown medical officer (Helen Sadler). She says that Nala Se’s cloning work has caught the Empire’s notice, and that the dictatorship has enormous plans for her, despite her lack of input.
Given the “Star Wars” universe’s extensive history of cloning, this scenario most certainly foreshadows future storylines. This hint might be referring to Emperor Palpatine’s (Ian McDiarmid) experimental cloning procedures, which resulted in First Order Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) and the father of Rey (Daisy Ridley).
This might tie “The Bad Batch” and “The Mandalorian” together, given how much the latter has concentrated on Imperial interest in creating cloning technology, most likely for Palpatine’s benefit.
Nala Se will very certainly return in Season 2 of “The Bad Batch,” giving us further insight into why the Empire has such a strong fondness for cloning technology.
Star Wars: The Bad Batch – What to Expect from Season 2?
The Bad Batch will return to Ord Mantell in the season 2, which has served as their temporary home. They might continue to serve as mercenaries for Cid, but they’ll have to keep a low profile. The gang will very certainly be dragged into the battle between the Empire and the slowly growing rebels at some point. Meanwhile, Crosshair appears to be determined to forge his own path, and a return to the Empire may be in his future.
The Empire’s ambitions for Nala Se and how they benefit from her cloning expertise may be revealed in the sophomore season. She might be vital to the Empire’s plans to manufacture Force-sensitive clones. Fan favorites like Ahsoka Tano, Boba Fett, and Kanan Jarrus might make cameo appearances, further cementing the show’s links to the larger ‘Star Wars’ world.
However, the network has yet to set a specific date for the second season. The first season premiered in May 2021, after being announced in July 2020. Season 2 of ‘Star Wars: The Bad Batch’ is set to air sometime in May 2022, if the second season follows a similar production schedule.
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