The Bad Batch got very intriguing and a bit confusing this week thanks to the arrival of a new ally for Omega. While the episode was solid and offered up some interesting Star Wars content, it didn’t really reveal anything new for the audience, and also managed to muddy the waters a bit more when it comes to why exactly Omega is so special to the Empire.

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We all knew she’d be coming this season, but my goodness was it a treat to see Asajj Ventress back in action, and I have to say she’s even better than before in her new resurrected form.

This character and her new form just ooze radness and star wars character excellence. She looks even cooler than before, sounds even cooler than before, and is just flat out ice cold cool. 

You can’t deny it, especially after she reminded us of how skilled of a warrior she is while making short work out of the some of the finest clones the Grand Republic cooked up. 

Her interactions with Omega were meaningful and purposeful, and showed that she has grown into a much more fleshed out character than just a badass sith assassin. 

And I truly believe she wants the best for Omega and the Clones even if she’s not entirely sure why the Empire is after the tiny clone in the first place. 

The shroud of secrecy she wove while trying to explain that she’s Omega’s best option to be trained if Omega indeed has a high m-count, not only keeps fans guessing why exactly Omega’s blood can accept an M-Count transfer while other clones can’t, but it also teases the potential of a new series if Omega does indeed end up with Asajj for force training or due to her brothers all being killed. 

I just appreciated that Asajj, like us, sorta gets why Omega is being hunted, but ultimately doesn’t know the real reason of her being needed for Palpatine’s Necromancer. She believes, like the other m-count bounties, that Omega may force sensitive, but she doesn’t know that Hemlock is truly after her because her blood can accept the transfer of Midichlorians themselves into a clone vessel. 

It’s an interesting dynamic and one that hopefully gets resolved with crystal clear resolution by the time the series ends. 

I will say though, if it weren’t for Asajj, this would have been this Season’s Pabu episode, so luckily the space babe showed up. Outside of her just oozing star wars awesome, she was also our only slight touch in on the Empire narrative this week while also shedding a sliver of light on Omega’s force potential, furthering that mystery just a bit more. So yeah, this episode was Asajj all the way. 

In terms of top moments, Ms. Ventress is involved in them all. 

Let’s start with her throw down with clone force 99. I mean she just mops the floor with them using a bit of Force karate and barely breaking a sweat. It showed just how dangerous she is, as well as how powerful a trained force user can be, even against other highly skilled warriors. 

The best part may have been the end when Omega comes back all thrilled with herself to find the adults in a state of chaos with her new friend having bested her family with ease. 

I also found the Vrathean encounter to be a standout scene. Not so much for the fight and the Monster of the week aspects, but more for the fact that it highlighted how much Asajj has changed from her past days of an assassin. 

Rather than trying to kill the monster, she uses the force to communicate with it and calm it down. This is a 180 from who she was before, so it was a great way to remind everyone that this kick ass looking chic also has a bit of a heart these days. 

Finally, the ominous end where Asajj makes it as clear as mud that Omega may or may not be a force sensitive was a nice touch on the season’s overarching thread of why exactly Omega’s blood can accept midichlorians while no other clone’s can. While it’s still not clear at all on why Omega’s blood can do this in the first place, it provided some insights into her possible future and abilities. 

I just appreciate that Asajj left the door open on Omega being viable for force training or not, and that if she truly is, she will have to leave her bros to train with Asajj, which quite frankly could become a new series itself, or a viable way to continue both Omega and Asajj’s stories moving forward. 

And as far as eggs and references go, this episode was pretty bleak. I guess we can highlight that Nikka Futterman is back voicing Asajj, who is also back, so there’s that. 

We did here midichlorian for the first time instead of just m-count.

And Asajj’s line about having a few lives left is a nod to the fact that she died in Dark Disciple, but has now returned. Don’t plan on getting that tale told in Bad Batch either, so hopefully this episode was a backdoor pilot for a new series starring the white lady. 

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Matt is literally from a galaxy that is far, far away. Star Wars has consumed his life, and made him the geek that he is. He's no fan of the Prequels, but still loves the Maker. When he's not recording his unstable takes for the Star Wars Time podcast, he's either working on EntertainmentBuddha.com, taking pictures of Star Wars toys, or trying to legitimately wield the Force.