Star Wars: The Bad Batch Episode 1 Questions Answered and Theories

Who Is the Padawan?

While most fans will likely recognize Jedi Master Depa Billaba in the opening scene of The Bad Batch (since she first appeared all the way back in The Phantom Menace), some might not be clear on who her padawan is or why he’s significant. We meet him in the episode as Caleb Dume, a loyal student whose life with the Jedi Order is completely shattered. By the time he jumps across a waterfall and into the snowy woods beyond where the clone troopers are searching for him, Caleb has been irrevocably changed.

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This is why fans first met Caleb as a resistance fighter named Kanan Jarrus on the animated series Rebels, which takes place more than a decade after The Bad Batch. We learn on Rebels that the Jedi padawan formerly known as Caleb was forced to change his name and go into hiding, keeping his Force abilities a secret in order to evade the Empire. It’s only after he meets a young Force-sensitive orphan named Ezra Bridger that Kanan begins to come to terms with his Jedi past. He eventually takes Ezra on as his own apprentice, but that’s a story for another time.

Who Was the Dead Jedi?

The mystery behind the dead Jedi on the stretcher persists, even a day after the show’s premiere. Some viewers speculated that the lightsaber that falls out of the stretcher looked a lot like Jedi Master Shaak Ti’s weapon, but that’s not the case. The truth is we don’t know who that Jedi is or if she will ever be named. For the moment, it seems the scene’s main purpose is to illustrate just how much things have changed on Kamino when the Bad Batch return to home base.

Who Is Omega?

The mysterious new clone known as Omega is introduced as Lana Se’s medical assistant, but it’s clear from the very first episode that she’s special. Revealed to be the last of the genetically enhanced clones, Omega naturally fits in with the Bad Batch, who are themselves the product of mutations. But while we already know the abilities that make Hunter, Wrecker, Crosshair, and Tech different (Echo doesn’t count as a clone mutation since he wasn’t born that way), Omega’s enhancement remains a secret.

“Aftermath” does drop some clues about Omega’s enhancement, at time suggesting that she might be Force-sensitive, but that seems like a red herring. The one thing we do know is that Nala Se and prime minister Lama Su want to keep Omega’s true nature a secret.

You also likely noticed that Omega looks very different to the other clones. For one thing, she’s female. She also has blonde hair. While The Bad Batch hasn’t directly addressed why Omega looks so different, there is a canon pseudo-scientific explanation for it already. Apparently, as the years have gone by, it’s become harder to maintain the purity of the original genetic template provided by Jango Fett. The more clones the Kaminoans create, the more spread thin the genetic template gets. Don’t think about this bit too much. The point is that years of cloning have inevitably resulted in mutations such as the Bad Batch and Omega.

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