The Bad Batch season 3 premiere ending explained

Let's unpack the first three episodes of season 3 and talk about what it means for the remaining episodes in the series.

Star Wars: The Bad Batch. Doctor Hemlock. Image Credit: The Walt Disney All Access Pages
Star Wars: The Bad Batch. Doctor Hemlock. Image Credit: The Walt Disney All Access Pages /

The season 3 premiere of The Bad Batch just dropped on Disney Plus this morning with three incredible and intense episodes.

The third and final season of The Bad Batch has arrived! While extremely exciting, we also feel a twinge of bittersweet as we witness the beginning of the end of this wonderful series. With the three episodes dropping all at once, we've been given a galactic bombshell and it's time to dissect the juicy details.

Warning: If you haven't caught up with the first three episodes, spoilers are about to fly faster than the Millennium Falcon on a Kessel Run.

Star Wars: The Bad Batch. Omega. Image Credit: The Walt Disney All Access Pages /

The great escape and a twist of fate

When we last left our heroes, Omega had been snatched by Dr. Hemlock, the Emperor's cloning whiz, and whisked away to the mysterious Mount Tantiss. But here's where it gets interesting: Omega doesn't sit around waiting to be rescued. With a little help from Crosshair, she pulls off a daring escape right under Palpatine's huge nose - atta girl.

But the plot thickens.

During the chaos, Emerie Karr discovers something groundbreaking about Omega's DNA. Turns out, she's not just any clone; she's the golden ticket Palpatine has been looking for in his quest to crack the code on Force-sensitive clones. That kind of changes things a bit and definitely puts more pressure on our favorite crew to not let Palpatine take Omega.

Star Wars: The Bad Batch. Emperor Palpatine. Image Credit: The Walt Disney All Access Pages /

Palpatine's pet project: Project Necromancer and why Omega matters

Mount Tantiss isn't just a creepy name; it's the heart of Palpy's grand plan - Project Necromancer. The goal? Nothing short of immortality.

By creating a Force-sensitive clone, Palpatine dreams of conquering death itself. But there's a catch: Midi-chlorians, those tiny organisms that connect everything to the Force, can't just be copied. They need to be transferred, and that's where Omega comes into play. This is where that lovely plot twist in Rise of Skywalker comes in - this is where his clones start coming into play and start to tie up some loose ends. Less of a "somehow, Palpatine has returned" and more of a "oh, so that's how it happened."

On the other side of this coin, Omega is special because her body can accept Midi-chlorians without rejecting them. This discovery turns her from a mere pawn in the Empire's game into its most valuable player. If Dr. Hemlock can reverse-engineer Omega's unique compatibility, Palpatine might just be able to create an army of Force-sensitive minions and, potentially, secure a vessel for his own dark essence.

Omega in a scene from "STAR WARS: THE BAD BATCH", season 2 exclusively on Disney+. © 2022 Lucasfilm Ltd. & ™. All Rights Reserved. /

The Force-sensitivity conundrum

But what about Omega and Crosshair's Force abilities? Omega's potential is hinted at, but she hasn't shown any overt Force powers... yet. As for Crosshair, his body's rejection of the Midi-chlorians suggests his experiment might be a bust. However, the door isn't entirely closed on him tapping into the Force somehow.

This is something Star Wars as a franchise has started to play with more and more. Though it's refreshing to see characters become Force-sensitive or develop Force powers at an older age, directors and producers really need to sit down and have a conversation regarding the entire subject so everyone is on the same page. I'm just hoping nothing as frustrating as Sabine Wren's random and suddenly forced (no pun intended) Force powers and sensitivity in Ahsoka - only one of the many issues in that show.

Connecting the Star Wars dots

What's truly epic about this third and final season is how it links every single Star Wars era, and we've been witnessing the beginning of it.

From the Empire's early cloning experiments to the mysteries unraveled in The Rise of Skywalker, we're seeing the foundations of Palpatine's long game. And let's not forget the Shadow Council's pursuits in The Mandalorian - it's all connected, with Omega at the center of this intergalactic web.

As we eagerly await the next episodes, one thing's for sure: Clone Force 99 isn't just fighting for the little guys. They're battling for the fate of the galaxy itself, trying to keep Omega out of the Empire's clutches. With each episode, The Bad Batch isn't just entertaining us - it's enriching the Star Wars universe in ways we never imagined.

So, grab your popcorn and strap in, because The Bad Batch season 3 is shaping up to be a wild ride through the galaxy far, far away, and we're here for every twist and turn.

Catch new episodes on Disney+ every Wednesday, and may the Force be with you, always.

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