In part one of the Bad Batch season finale, “Return to Kamino,” a lot of dominoes set up in the premiere start to fall. Old companions are brought together—as it were. Shocking data becomes known. Omega and her clone brothers return home, where the entire wreck started. This has been a truly strong first season, matching 2014’s Star Wars Rebels.
Lucasfilm declared for this present week that Star Wars: The Bad Batch will get a second season, which is scheduled for at some point in 2022.
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What happens in this episode of ‘The Bad Batch’?
Using the signal from Hunter’s comlink, Crosshair brings the rest of the Bad Batch into a trap on Kamino. He realizes they’d walk through fire to get Hunter back, which, it turns out, is an extraordinary source of resentment for him; he feels like his brothers deserted him on Kamino in the season premiere. In private, a member of Crosshair’s new squad confides in Admiral Rampart that they doubt the clone’s thought processes in luring Squad 99 to the facility. “Keep an eye on things,” says the admiral.
Echo noticed the small size of the fleet looming above Tipoca City: only three Venators. With the cloning activity shut down, the Kaminoans and their clones have all been transported off-world. Furthermore, the Empire, it appears, is mostly out the door. To get inside the city, Omega shows the Batch to a hidden landing platform that prompts Nala Se’s undersea lab. This, they learn, is the place where the four original members of the Bad Batch were born. We don’t find much else in this scene, but to be reminded that Omega is truth be told older than the others, and was available in the lab during their creation. (Except for Omega and Boba, Jango Fett’s clones were designed to develop quickly.) It does, notwithstanding, bring up the vague question of whether there were ever some other transformed clones—something season two may well investigate.
While Crosshair and Hunter trust that the others will show up, we get an agonizing look into the previous’ wounded psyche. While Hunter blames his brother’s loyalty on the inhibitor chip in his head, Crosshair offers a totally different perspective. He feels like his family deserted him on Kamino; brainwashed or not, he believes he never truly had a decision in favoring the Empire.
“We’re loyal to each other,” says Hunter, “not some Empire.”
“You weren’t loyal to me,” Crosshair tells him. But there’s still time to make things right. Like Vader in Empire, Anakin in Episode III, or Kylo in The Last Jedi, Crosshair sees the dark side—the Empire—as a means to an end, a position of strength from which to enforce peace and justice upon the galaxy. He hopes the Batch will join him on the side of the victors. To prove the sincerity of his proposal, Crosshair even executes his squad of conscripted soldiers to make room for his brothers. “Don’t make the same mistake twice,” he says. “Don’t become my enemy.”
“We never were,” Hunter counters.
One of the large interests of Star Wars, connected to its central theme of reclamation and fairly obvious, is the possibility that people are not the institutions they serve. A Vietnam-era draftee has an inner life that is entirely discrete from the United States Army; George Lucas was never the American film industry. These things shape us, they can harm us, and we can occasionally influence them thus. Yet, individuals have hearts and minds of their own. At their best, humans can oppose the systems wherein they get themselves and make the best choice, in any event, when it’s hazardous or inconvenient. That is what heroism resembles in this galaxy. What’s more, that is the thing that Hunter needs Crosshair to do—to pick the side of rebellion regardless of the risk.
At the point when he specifies his brother’s inhibitor chip once more, Crosshair uncovers the season’s greatest twist: that he eliminated his own embed some time back. “This is who I am,” he insists. Unwilling to accept this, Hunter blasts him with a stun round before he can hurt anyone. “Wrecker, grab Crosshair,” he says. “He’s coming with us.” Omega streaks him with a smile of approval.
In orbit, Rampart orders his boats to start bombardment. Also, the episode closes with Tipoca City a flaring ruin, the Bad Batch trapped inside.