The following article contains spoilers for The Bad Batch episode 16: Kamino Lost.
At the end of last week’s episode, the Batch was left stranded on a sinking Tipoca City. The Empire continues to rain fire on Kamino’s capital, blocking every escape route. Another corridor collapses, trapping Omega, AZ and Crosshair in a room that’s flooding dangerously fast.
Wrecker tries to force the door open. Meanwhile, on the other side, Crosshair is stuck under debris. He and Omega are both close to being submerged underwater as she and AZ try to rescue him. AZ pushes the debris from underwater whilst Omega shoots her bow from the surface. Between them, they’re able to free Crosshair and the others manage to get the door open and save them from drowning.
Hunter tells Crosshair that the Empire is responsible for destroying the city and that they weren’t going to leave him behind. He gives him the choice to try and escape with them or stay there and die. With some reluctance, he follows.
Tipoca City sinks further down to the ocean floor, with the Bad Batch still stuck in the cloning facility. Every turn they take seems to lead to another dead end. With almost every inch of the facility flooding, they find sanctuary in their old barracks. There’s a brief exchange between Crosshair and his brothers. He reiterates his loyalty to the Empire and that soldiers follow orders. Hunter reminds him that blindly allegiance makes him a pawn rather than a soldier.
Omega notices that they landed on the underwater tunnel that they used to sneak into the city. Despite the risks, it’s their only viable option for escape. As they walk down the tunnel, the glass threatens to crack. But, the real problem comes when a creature attacks the tunnel. AZ says that it’s only protected when the power is operational and goes to jump start it. As the water begins to flood the tunnel, AZ manages to turn on the power which gives the team a chance to escape.
A Route to the Surface
Back in Nala Se’s private lab, escape once again seems hopeless as the remainder of the underwater tunnel has collapsed. Crosshair and Hunter once again find themselves at odds as they argue about Crosshair’s loyalty to the Empire. Omega talks to Crosshair afterwards and tries to offer him some comfort, but he doesn’t want to hear it.
Echo and Tech soon discover that the medical pods in the lab are watertight and can carry the team to the surface. AZ agrees to guide the pods to the surface to help the team avoid the floating debris. Once they’re all sealed in, they blow the window out and are all swept out into the ocean. The pods all naturally begin to float to the surface with AZ in the water helping them to stay on course.
Omega’s pod gets trapped beneath some debris, but AZ pulls her out. Meanwhile, the others all reach the surface safely. In freeing Omega, AZ uses the remainder of his reserve power, but she refuses to let him go. Opening her pod, she swims after him despite Hunter’s protests. He tries to dive in and go after her, but Crosshair stops him. He fires a line into the water and pulls both Omega and AZ out.
A Bitter-Sweet Ending
Morning breaks and the team finally make it back to the Marauder. They see the aftermath of the destruction of Tipoca City, but Tech points out that they need to leave before the Empire sends scouts. Crosshair still refuses to go with them. Before they leave, Omega thanks Crosshair for saving AZ and he tells her that they’re even after she saved him. In a final exchange, she reminds him that he’s still their brother. With that, The Bad Batch leave and Crosshair is once again alone.
The Future of the Empire
The final scene of series one shows Nala Se being to a new Empire facility. She’s greeted by a scientist who says that they have big plans for her and her cloning knowledge. There appears to be some remorse in Nala Se’s eyes as she’s led into the facility.
The Bad Batch has been renewed for season two, which is due for release in 2022.