Whilst en route to another job for Cid, the Batch is hailed by a call from Captain Rex. He informs the team that a fellow clone has let off a distress call. He asks them to go and investigate for him since he’s preoccupied elsewhere. After a short debate, the team convinces Hunter to deviate from their course and go to help the clone.
The distress signal originates from a planet in the outer rim, Tech says that there are no known settlements or installations there. Despite still being apprehensive, Omega and Echo manage to convince Hunter that they should take the mission.
Developments on Kamino
Crosshair and Admiral Rampart are overseeing the departure of all viable clone troopers from Kamino. The Kaminoan Prime Minister Lama Su watches on with suspicion, wondering why their forces are being taken. Out of earshot, Crosshair and Rampart allude to orders regarding the fate of the Kaminoans.
Nala Se meets with Lama Su in private and he reveals that the Empire has cancelled all of its cloning contracts. Although Nala Se assures him that their success with The Republic will mean they can find other clients, Lama Su can sense the imminent danger they’re in with the Empire. With their safety in mind, they plan to gather a number of key individuals and flee the planet.
On the planet Daro, the team find the missing clone’s tracking beacon. There’s no sign of anything or anyone nearby, but Hunter’s enhanced senses allow him to track the clone. He senses something inside a seemingly non-descript mountain. Tech’s scans being jammed confirm his suspicion.
Concerned about the direction the mission is headed in, Hunter sends Omega and Wrecker back to the ship to wait as backup. Despite Omega’s reluctance, they follow orders. Hunter, Tech and Echo scale the mountain to get a closer look at what’s inside. They discover a military base and move in to get a closer look. They see squads of troopers and commandos, all wearing new armour.
With the complication of an impenetrable base, Hunter thinks the mission has gone beyond a simple extraction and suggests going back to the ship. Echo reminds him that the team rescued him on Skako Minor without any reinforcements and Hunter agrees to rescue the missing clone.
Using an elevator to infiltrate the facility, Echo slices into the mainframe and finds the cell holding the clone they’re looking for. When they rescue him, they begin their escape. When Tech tries to redirect troops using clone codes, he triggers an alarm. Gregor, the clone they rescued, informs him that clone codes no longer work. After a battle, they discover that the troopers they fought aren’t clones as they expected. They’re recruits from all over the galaxy who have signed up to fight for the Empire. With the clone inhibitor chips proving to be defective in many cases, the Empire has turned to find those who will willingly swear loyalty.
A Narrow Escape
With their escape route blocked, Tech suggests getting out via the main reactor’s external exhaust port. Hunter is able to comm Wrecker and Omega and tell them to have the ship ready for a pickup. When they reach their exit, they’re met with a dangerous drop off the edge of the mountain and as the troopers catch up with them, they rely on the arrival of Wrecker and Omega to save them.
With the ship appearing in the nick of time, Tech and Gregor are able to jump aboard before they get attacked by imperial ships and are forced to pull away. Hunter and Echo are able to stay covered whilst they wait for Tech to bring the ship back around. When they reappear, Echo jumps aboard followed by Hunter, but he slips and plummets to the ground.
Using his vibroblade to break his fall, he manages to pull himself back to his feet when he hits the ground. But, he knows that the Empire is closing in. He orders the team to leave him, saying that he’ll find another way out. Omega protests, begging him to make them stay and rescue him, but he refuses. The Batch is forced to leave their Sergeant behind at the mercy of the Empire.
Bad News All Around
Back on Kamino, Lama Su is preparing for departure. But, Nala Se got caught rounding up fellow scientists and the Empire find out about their plan to escape. Admiral Rampart says that he can make use of Nala Se’s skills as a scientist, but not of Lama Su’s status as a politician. Members of Crosshair’s elite squadron are left in the room with the Prime Minister to execute him.
Trouble for Hunter
The episode ends with Hunter in a cell on Daro. He’s visited by Crosshair and says that he was expecting his ex-teammate to show up. Crosshair retorts that he was hoping for the whole squad of Clone Force 99, but just Hunter will do.
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