Warning! Spoilers ahead for Star Wars: The Bad Batch season two, episode sixteen, “Plan 99.”
The previous episode of The Bad Batch ended with a literal cliffhanger that saw Clone Troop 99 stuck mid-air as they attempted to flee the Imperial base. “Plan 99” picked up with a devastating loss that would change the clones forever.
With the clones stuck in a precarious situation that could send them all careening toward a deathly fall, Tech (Dee Bradley Baker) made his most calculated decision yet–let go and sacrifice himself to save his family.
It was a heartbreaking moment in a season that saw the Bad Batch break apart over and over again. While Tech could still be alive, he and the Bad Batch will never be the same as they continue to discover the true horrors of the galaxy as the Empire takes control.
A New Sister
It was only a matter of time before Cid (Rhea Perlman) ratted out the clones, but it was nonetheless devastating to see Omega (Michelle Ang) get captured by the Empire. At least one part of Hemlock’s (Jimmi Simpson) plan was revealed–return Omega to Nala Se (Gwendoline Yeo) with the hopes she would resume the cloning program.
With Nala Se as an ally, Omega also found Crosshair, though he wasn’t conscious. But she was also introduced to an unwelcome and startling new member of her family–Emerie Karr (Keisha Castle-Hughes), her apparent sister.
This revelation will undoubtedly lead the third season into even further clone plots, primarily Omega’s backstory, which still has a lot of room for exploration.
The finale saw the Bad Batch fail in ways we hadn’t really seen before. They lost Tech and Omega and failed to rescue Crosshair. Perhaps these losses will, at last, awaken them to the realities of the Empire’s brutality and grip on the galaxy and the role that clones–like Echo and Rex–could play.
Clone Troop 99 largely warmed the bench this season, playing bounty hunter instead of soldier and fighting alongside their brothers. Perhaps these losses are what it will take to push them to act.
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