What episodes to watch before Star Wars: The Bad Batch

STAR WARS: THE BAD BATCH key art. Photo courtesy of Lucasfilm.
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Episodes based on Omega

Here’s the thing about Omega. So far, we don’t know anything about her. She makes her first appearance in the official trailer, but it doesn’t reveal much about why she’s on Kamino and what motivates her to leave with Clone Force 99. We only have theories about her character, like what if Omega is a Force-sensitive child? Running with that idea, we can’t help but think back to Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels episodes in which the Empire steals Force-sensitive children for experiments and recruitment.

Even if Omega turns out not to have any Force abilities, we still think these are must-watch episodes, since they give us a glimpse at the kind of nefarious operations taking place leading up to and during the Empire’s reign.

Holocron Arc, The Clone Wars

Episodes: “Holocron Heist” (season 2, episode 1), “Cargo of Doom” (season 2, episode 2), “Children of the Force” (season 2, episode 3)

Years before the Empire takes over, one of the galaxy’s most notorious bounty hunters, Cad Bane, steals a holocron containing the names of Force-sensitive children. Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano chase after him and eventually discover a sinister operation involving kidnapped children of the Force. Given Omega’s decorative headpiece, we like to think she’s from a different culture or planet, like the children Anakin and Ahsoka rescue.

“Future of the Force,” Star Wars Rebels (season 2, episode 10)

Rebels follows the story of Ezra Bridger, a young Force-sensitive kid who joins the Ghost crew. Together, they fight in the name of good and do what they think is right, including saving Force-sensitive children from Inquisitors. Omega seems to be in the same situation as Ezra. She’s a young kid who joins a group of soldiers, and they carry out good deeds while escaping the clutches of the Empire. Since Rebels (and presumably The Bad Batch) was inspired by the ’80s action-adventure show The A-Team, “Future of the Force” might give you a small taste of what’s to come in the new series.