The following article contains spoilers for The Bad Batch episode 9: Bounty Lost.
In the last episode, we were left on a cliffhanger as The Bad Batch tried to escape the Empire on Bracca. In the process, Omega was kidnapped by Cad Bane, a bounty hunter, and Hunter was injured trying to save her. This episode drops us right back in the action.
With Crosshair on their tails, The Bad Batch are forced to jump to hyperspace and leave Bracca without any information on where Omega has been taken.
The Return of Cad Bane
Omega wakes up aboard Bane’s ship, unsure of where she’s going. She looks for her communication device but is only met with taunts from Todo, Bane’s trusty droid. After a short conversation with his captive, Bane then contacts the Kaminoans, who hired him to retrieve their valuable clone. Nala Se tells the Prime Minister, Lama Su, that she’ll go and deliver the bounty and bring Omega back to Kamino. But, due to her ‘personal interest’ in Omega, Lama Su sends Taun We in her place.
Lama Su tells Nala Se to terminate Omega once she’s back on Kamino and they retrieve the genetic material they need.
Looking for Answers
Back aboard the Marauder, The Bad Batch try to determine who the bounty hunter who took Omega is. Hunter recognises Cad Bane from Republic files and the team try to reach out to Cid for information.
Unsure of why Omega is so valuable, Tech is finally able to give answers. Having analysed Omega’s genetic profile he determines that she has pure, first-generation DNA. This means that she is an unaltered genetic replication of Jango Fett, the original host for the clones. This also makes her a genetic replica/sibling of Boba Fett.
A Crafty Escape
Aboard Cad Bane’s ship, Omega watches as Todo struggles to reconnect his leg. She uses this situation to her advantage and plots her escape by offering to repair it for him. After a bit of convincing, he agrees and releases her from the cell. She reconnects his leg, as promised, but deactivates the droid when she’s calibrating the repair.
She searches for her communication device in a haste, feeling the ship landing. Finding it just in time, she slips out onto the planet before Bane comes to collect her. Omega manages to contact The Bad Batch, but doesn’t know where she is and she’s too far away for them to track.
Tech tells her to create a power surge so they can locate her. However, Bane catches up to her before she can do this and destroys her communicator in the process of recapturing her.
An Unexpected Ally
Cad Bane is on the verge of delivering Omega to Taun We but finds the Kaminoan dead. Bane is then presented with a new threat to his bounty: Fennec Shand. Previously, in episode 4, Fennec had tried to kidnap Omega to claim the credits herself. But, it now turns out that the two bounty hunters are at odds, seemingly working for different employers but both with the same target.
Fennec offers the credits Taun We was carrying for the bounty in exchange for Omega. Although Bane accepts the trade, Todo flies in and snatches the credits from Fennec which causes a fight to break out. Omega uses the commotion to cover her escape.
She finds herself in the Kaminoan’s old cloning facility, where she manages to create a power surge large enough for The Bad Batch to track her. Fennec catches up to her soon after, having temporarily knocked out Bane. She presents herself as an ally to Omega, making it clear that her job is not to take her back to Kamino. But, after their last encounter Omega is hesitant to trust her. Collapsing an old cloning pod on top of Fennec, she runs again.
The Final Struggle
Omega spots flight pods and makes a beeline to get to one. Cad Bane finds her en route and once again faces off against Fennec, who isn’t fair behind. With both bounty hunters distracted, Omega is left only with Todo to deal with. She manages to get into a flight pod and shake the droid off in the process.
Bane sees his target escaping and tries to pursue her, but The Bad Batch get there just in time to pick her up and get off the planet. Both bounty hunters are left planet-side, Bane resenting the loss of his target, but Fennec having completed her mission to keep Omega away from the Kaminoans.
A shaken Omega asks Hunter why the Kaminoans are after her and he tells her the truth. Meanwhile, aboard Fennec’s ship, it’s revealed that she was privately hired by Nala Se to keep Omega away from Lama Su. This proves that she has a soft spot for Omega, going so far as to undermine her own Prime Minister. Lama Su considers Omega to be safe with The Bad Batch and pays Fennec the bounty fee.
The episode ends with Hunter reassuring Omega that she’s never going back to Kamino.
The Bad Batch premieres every Friday on Disney+