The Bad Batch Brings Back Clone Wars Character In Cut And Run: Review
There’s a lot to love about the new Star Wars animated series on Disney+. One of the coolest things is that it can serve as a sequel to their first animated series in ways that Star Wars: Rebels couldn’t. In the latest episode of The Bad Batch, Cut & Run, we get another direct connection to The Clone Wars. However, this show is more than just a sequel series. If this episode has a central character, it’s Omega, an adolescent “defective” clone voiced by Michelle Ang. In The Bad Batch series premiere, the rest of Clone Force 99 decided to rescue the odd little clone that seems to have a lot of the characteristics of her fellows.
The origin of Omega, and her role in the plans of the Kaminoans and the Republic-turned-Empire, is going to be a central part of this series. My favorite theory about her provenance suggests that she’s a clone that’s been given all of the beneficial “defects” of Clone Force 99. Though, I also think she might be Force sensitive, either by accident or on purpose. Either way, this episode gives the audience a little more insight into this new character. She’s just a kid (and a sheltered one, at that), but she’s also something much more.
The other great thing about Cut & Run has nothing to do with the Clone Wars or the Bad Batch themselves. It’s interesting to see how the Republic transitioned to the Empire outside of Coruscant. A planet of privilege, the change on the galactic core-world was likely very subtle. However, the military fortifications established by the Republic are excellent bases from which the Empire can tighten their fist around the people.
Spoilers to follow!
The Bad Batch Turns to Cut, the Clone Wars Deserter for Help
(L-R): Crosshair, Echo, Wrecker, Hunter and Tech in a scene from “STAR WARS: THE BAD BATCH”, exclusively on Disney+. © 2021 Lucasfilm Ltd. & ™. All Rights Reserved.
One of the best episodes of The Clone Wars comes in season 2 with “The Deserter.” After crash-landing on the planet Saluecamai, Captain Rex and some other clone troopers discover a deserter. Now known as Cut Lawquane, he decided he didn’t want to “kill for a living.” He met a Twilek woman named Suu and became the adoptive father to her children. It seems that, during their travels during the Clone Wars, the Bad Batch also met Cut and got to know the family. The kids refer to Wrecker as “Uncle Wrecker,” and take to Omega because they never get to see other children.
The other connection to The Clone Wars in this episode is that we get confirmation that both Rex and the Bad Batch are on-the-run. Cut mentions that Rex came by just a day or so before the Bad Batch arrived. I think we’ll probably see Rex at some point in the show. I’d like to see him jaunt around with the Bad Batch awhile, but even if he doesn’t it makes sense they eventually link up. There aren’t that many clone deserters out there, after all.
There is a tease that Omega might be sent off with Cut and his family, but obviously she’s sticking around. The point of stopping by the Lawquane farm was so that Hunter could learn a bit about being a parent from Cut and Suu. Cut, at least, recognizes that Omega was created for a purpose, and worries that purpose may follow the Bad Batch as they try to flee the Empire.
The Bad Batch Is All About Omega
Omega in a scene from “STAR WARS: THE BAD BATCH”, exclusively on Disney+. © 2021 Lucasfilm Ltd. & ™. All Rights Reserved.
Just as Grogu was the emotional core of The Mandalorian, Omega is the emotional core of The Bad Batch. Star Wars stories, especially the cartoons, work best when there is a kid along for the ride discovering the galaxy for the first time. Like Ahsoka Tano and Ezra Bridger, from Rebels, Omega is on a hero’s journey. However, unlike Ahsoka and Ezra, Omega seems to lack any self-doubt about her ability to keep up with a group of special forces operators on the run from an autocratic government. It’s an interesting decision, and it likely means that whatever tension or fear that will eventually press Omega is yet to be revealed.
In the meantime, she’s just learning to be a kid. Not only does she not understand how to play “catch,” at the start of the episode she doesn’t know what soil is. Fans looking to nitpick will likely find this absurd, especially since she has extensive medical knowledge about the clones. In fact, she tells the group all about the inhibitor chips that forced the clones to follow Order 66. I think we’re going to see a shifting balance between Omega being proficient at Star Wars business and simply being a kid. Frankly, such moments are when Star Wars is at its best.
Ultimately, whether or not you latch on to Omega may dictate how much you enjoy this show. However, in both The Clone Wars and Rebels, some fans found “the kid” annoying at first. Yet, they (meaning Dave Filoni and the other storytellers) can always eventually win you over.
The Bad Batch debuts on Disney+ on Fridays.
What did you think? Were you excited to see Cut from The Clone Wars on this episode of The Bad Batch? Who else do you want to see show up in this series?
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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. The first books he read on his own were comics, and he's loved the medium ever since. He is the greatest star-pilot in the galaxy, a cunning warrior, and a good friend. His book "What I Learned: Stories, Essays, and More" is available in print from Amazon and from all electronic booksellers.