“Kamino Lost” puts the Bad Batch in a precarious position, and the only way out of it is together.
This recap of Star Wars: The Bad Batch season 1, episode 16, “Kamino Lost” — the ending/finale explained — contains spoilers.
“Kamino Lost”, the finale of the first season of Star Wars: The Bad Batch, begins where the penultimate episode left off, with Admiral Rampart raining down fire on Kamino from the safety of his Star Destroyer. Clone Force 99 and Omega are trapped inside the collapsing structure as the domed cities collapse into the ocean. Rampart is pleased by this development, adding to a long list of scenes in which Imperia stooges delight in razing entire planets and cultures to the ground.
Omega is the first to wake, separated from the rest of the squad, stuck with the Kaminoan medical droid AZI and a trapped Crosshair, wedged underneath some debris as the water level rises. Hunter, Wrecker, Tech, and Echo are trapped elsewhere, trying to force their way inside. But it’s Omega’s quick-thinking that saves Crosshair in this tense opening, proving herself as valuable a member of the team as any of the other clones.
With everyone reunited, the team continues their escape as the rest of Kamino collapses and sinks, and “Kamino Lost” gets a lot of mileage out of the visuals and score here. Stopping off in their old barracks, Omega once again comes to the rescue with a risky escape plan, while Hunter and Crosshair continue to clash over their conflicting ideologies. Omega’s plan leads through a long underwater tunnel buckling under the pressure of the ocean and into the path of a monstrous sea creature not unlike the one in The Phantom Menace — there’s always a bigger fish, indeed, and it seems like the Bad Batch has found it, though they’re able to swerve its attacks for the time being and dip into Nala Se’s private lab.
Star Wars: The Bad Batch season 1, episode 16 finale/ending explained
The tunnel leading back to the Marauder has collapsed, so Clone Force 99 is left to argue among the wreckage as their oxygen supply slowly depletes. Crosshair remains adamant about cosying up to the Empire, especially considering they’re on track to rule the entire galaxy anyway. In a fitting full-circle development, the team are able to flood the labs and float to the surface in pods not unlike the ones they were created in, guided by AZI, who has a sad moment of self-sacrifice in getting Omega to safety. Omega, though, isn’t having that, and goes after the droid, almost killing herself in the process. It’s Crosshair, of all people, who fires a winch line from his rifle that is able to drag Omega and AZI to safety.
When all is said and done, “Kamino Lost” isn’t exactly the happy reunion that some predicted it would be. Crosshair, after all, already made his choice, and he isn’t any more keen to rejoin Clone Force 99 after their shared near-death experience. Even after Omega reminds him that he’s a brother, he remains on the landing pad as the rest of the team leave aboard the Marauder.
In a closing scene, we see Nala Se arrive at an Imperial facility, where she’s told that apparently, the Empire has big things planned for her and her scientific talents.
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