“Bounty Lost” Returns Plot Development To “The Bad Batch”

Ah, the Fett’s. OK, well, in “Star Wars” counting, there are millions or more in that family, but specifically, here, I’m talking Jango, Boba, and now Omega. “Bounty Lost” reveals Omega is from the original Jango material. What that means for “The Bad Batch” and the rest of the ever-growing “Star Wars” universe is a good question at this point.

Back in “Star Wars: Attack of the Clones,” we were introduced to Jango Fett. Jango served as the source material for the Clone Troopers we know today. The clones would be somewhat different than Jango, as they would be made to more readily accept orders and not question authority. As we’ve seen, that doesn’t always hold for every clone.

Jango also requested one more clone, but this one would be different. The modifications would not take place, and Jango wanted to raise this clone as his son. (Just an aside here, I still think that idea is just weird, almost twenty years after the fact. Rearing yourself as your own child? Only from the same mind that brought you the kissing siblings.) Of course, Jango wouldn’t get much time with his son, Boba, which gives our favorite bounty hunter more character. In a way, it also offers Omega, who we find out this week is the female version of Boba, the same. It also offers another connection to the upcoming “The Book of Boba Fett.” I can’t imagine we won’t get a live-action adult Omega.

Omega hasn’t suffered for lack of screen time in “The Bad Batch.” She hasn’t done much with that exposure, though. Up until “Bounty Lost,” we knew precious little. Some of her actions seem a little far-fetched for a child of her age. If the Kaminoans did a little tinkering, that would explain her aptitude. Hunter and crew also get the tiniest bit of development in showing how desperate they are to retrieve Omega. While seeing the reunion of Wrecker and Omega was touching, we still really need a Hunter/Omega episode to solidify their bonds.

The return of the bounty hunters does more than providing the action for the episode. It exposes the growing rift among the Kaminoans. Prime Minister Lama Su wants Omega recovered dead or alive. One presumes that their cloning techniques are good enough to retrieve what they need from a dead body. Lama Su only wants to find a new way to appease the new Empire. Nala Se has different motivations, though, and they aren’t entirely clear. She’s the one who sent Fennec Shand in “Cornered”. The mission has changed, though, and Nala Se is OK with Omega staying with Clone Force 99 and their protection.

“Bounty Lost” is a traditional mark in a Dave Filoni run show. It brings some clarity to what we’ve witnessed thus far without revealing all of the cards. More information on the characters wouldn’t hurt though and would make it easier to care than it is right now. “The Mandalorian” had the natural bond of Mando and The Child. “The Clone Wars” had the existing chemistry of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker. “The Bad Batch” is lacking any of those things. “Bounty Lost” gives us just enough to hope the show finds that endearment soon.