Warning: This article contains spoilers from The Bad Batch season 2 finale.
The Bad Batch season 2 ended with heartbreak and defeat. They lost Tech, Omega was taken by the Empire, Cid betrayed the Batch, and they were unable to find and save Crosshair. To make matters even worse, they do not know where Dr. Hemlock and the Empire took Omega.
Despite all this devastation, the Batch still has hope, with Hunter declaring that they will get Omega back. Season 3 will likely feature two main storylines that will eventually converge, one being the Batch’s search for Omega and Crosshair, and the other storyline focusing on what is happening at Mount Tantiss with Omega, Crosshair, Dr. Hemlock, Emerie Karr, and Nala Se.
Hunter, Wrecker, and Echo are a great team and are quite resourceful, but they will not be able to find and save Omega on their own. Rex and his clone network will definitely help, but who else can the Batch turn to, especially after Cid’s betrayal?
Fortunately, Omega and the Batch have forged connections with strong friends and allies over the course of seasons 1 and 2. These characters can help the Batch find Mount Tantiss and help save Omega and Crosshair.
Hera Syndulla and her parents
In the season 1 episodes “Devil’s Deal” and “Rescue on Ryloth,” the Bad Batch helped the Twi’leks resisting the Empire on Ryloth. Hera worked closely with the Batch in “Rescue on Ryloth” and became good friends with Omega. The Batch rescued Hera’s parents Cham and Eleni Syndulla from the Empire after Cham was framed for the Empire’s staged assassination attempt against Orn Free Taa.
Between the relationship that the Batch already have with the Syndullas, along with what is already known about everything Hera and Cham go on to do to combat the Empire, they are a natural choice of characters who would help the Batch find and save Omega.
Cham and Eleni would do anything to protect Hera and would be happy to help Hunter, Wrecker, and Echo protect Omega. Hera would also do anything for her friend Omega, especially after Omega helped Hera believe in herself during her first-ever flight. Getting to fight the Empire while doing this will only further incentivize the Syndullas to help.
Through their treasure hunting adventure where they unintentionally awakened a giant mech, the Bad Batch developed a bond with Phee Genoa. They learned they could trust her and that when it matters most, she will do the right thing instead of serving her own self-interest. Omega in particular bonded with Phee and looked up to her.
When the Batch reached their breaking point with Cid, they chose to work with Phee instead. They not only trusted her, but she also trusted the Batch enough to take them to Pabu, knowing that the peaceful planet would be good for all of them, especially Omega. Phee also developed romantic feelings toward Tech.
She will definitely want to help Omega and will want to honor the sacrifice Tech made. She has built up a network of contacts and valuable information through her treasure hunting that can help locate and maybe even get into Mount Tantiss. Phee will be a useful ally who genuinely cares about helping the Batch with this mission.
The season 2 episode “Tribe” saw the Bad Batch helping Gungi return to Kashyyyk and driving out the ruthless Trandoshans there. Gungi and Omega quickly became friends who helped each other and who were genuinely interested in learning about their respective cultures and backgrounds.
Just as the Batch found their happy ending on Pabu, Gungi got his happy ending by returning to Kashyyyk and reuniting with his fellow Wookies. Leaving Kashyyyk to help the Batch could cause him to lose that.
Yet, the Batch left Pabu to try to find and save Crosshair because they felt it was the right thing to do. Between his friendship with Omega, his history with the Batch, and being a Jedi, Gungi may do the same.
As a Jedi, it would be incredibly risky for him to go to Mount Tantiss. He would be of great interest to Dr. Hemlock and the Empire and horrible things could happen to Gungi if he is captured.
Even if Gungi doesn’t go to Mount Tantiss, he may still be able to help the Batch in their mission to find it and save Omega.
The Bad Batch didn’t get off to a good start with Benni Baro as he stole their ship and later sold them out to his boss Mokko. Yet, Benni saw how the Batch treated Omega like an equal, a stark contrast to Mokko treating Benni and the other ipsium miners as inferior and forcing them to work hard for scraps.
Omega also found data reports that revealed how Mokko was lying and taking advantage of Benni and the rest of the miners. This eventually led Benni to stand up against Mokko once and for all and the other miners rallied around Benni. They were also helped out by Tech and Wrecker taking out Mokko’s sentry droids.
With Mokko gone, Benni explained that he and the other miners would continue mining ipsium and unlike Mokko, they will share the profit they earned. He thanked Omega for showing him the truth and told her that if she ever needs a thief, he owes her. This seemed like setup for Benni returning and helping Omega in the future, but this never happened in season 2.
Season 3 seems like the ideal time for Benni to return and pay the favor he owes. While the Batch could use Benni as a thief, they are perfectly capable of stealing something on their own. The more valuable thing that Benni can offer is the ipsium in his mines. Once the Batch finds Mount Tantiss, they can use ipsium to set off explosions and destructive mayhem to infiltrate and escape the Imperial facility.
Some fans have criticized The Bad Batch for spending too much time on bringing back Clone Wars or Rebels character or for “filler” episodes that didn’t push the story forward. Many of those episodes focused on Omega and her brothers building relationships that have already been essential to the show’s core story and that will will likely continue to be essential moving forward.
Who do you think will help the Bad Batch find and save Omega in season 3? Let us know in the comments!