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Who is Omega? ‘Star Wars: The Bad Batch’ Premiere Explained

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Welcome to The Bad Batch Explained, our new weekly column dedicated to those rough and tumble Clone Wars leftovers and their march through a bold, new galaxy far, far away. In this entry, we’re charging into the Star Wars: The Bad Batch premiere (“Aftermath”) and examining Omega, a curious new addition to Star Wars lore.

Precocious child alert! Those tuning into the Star Wars: The Bad Batch premiere expecting an action-heavy onslaught celebrating the gnarly soldiers introduced during Star Wars: The Clone Wars‘ final season will cock a crooked eyebrow with the introduction of Omega. At first glance, the youngling has no business being on the same poster as Clone Force 99, but as the premiere episode strolls along, it becomes clear this mysterious Kamino resident is hoping to define the new Disney series.

Omega is first spotted by Hunter, the Bad Batch’s leader, while he’s struggling to comprehend the newly self-appointed Emperor’s galactic address. The Republic has fallen. The Empire stands triumphantly in its place. Can you take the wars out of the stars? Peace is but a pause, if not a total fantasy.

To add an exclamation to Hunter’s dread, he eyes Omega standing amongst the Kaminoan staff. She should not be there. Kamino is a capitalist kingdom, maintained by their exceptional cloning facilities and the Republic’s desperate need for their clone troopers. From Jango Fett’s cells, they grew an unstoppable armada and secured Palpatine’s rule over the galaxy. Beyond the Kaminoans, the only creatures roaming the facility should be the clones in their various stages of combative education. Who is this girl?

The kid hero trope is nothing new to Star Wars. Hop back one year and look at The Mandalorian for a second. Grogu (a.k.a. “Baby Yoda”) was no Jonathan Lipnicki, but the kid melted a rogue’s heart and ignited the Empire’s fury. Star Wars: Rebels placed its hero’s journey on the shoulders of young Ezra Bridger. Heck, Luke Skywalker barely had hair on his chest when he joined up with Obi-Wan Kenobi. And let’s not forget about little Annie Skywalker.

One more tyke with gumption won’t........

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