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Every Easter Egg & Hidden Detail in ‘Star Wars: The Bad Batch’ Season 3

By George & Josh Bate

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The Bad Batch has came to an end with its 47th and final episode. Now is a perfect time to look back at all of the easter eggs, references, and hidden details in the 15 episodes that comprise Season 3. Check out every easter egg and hidden detail we noticed episode-by-episode below….

Season 3, Episode 1: Confined

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The tally marks on Omega’s cell wall indicate that Season 3 Episode 1 starts 21 days after Omega arrived on Tantiss. After the time jump, the tally marks indicate she has been on Tantiss for 125 days.

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Omega’s new friend Batcher is voiced by Dee Bradley Baker, who also voices the Bad Batch.

Commander Scorch appears once again as one of the soldiers policing the cloning operations on Mount Tantiss. Scorch first appeared in the Legends video game Star Wars: Republic Commando.

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Season 3 Episode 1 features the first appearance of the conscription trooper pilot, a precursor to the TIE fighter pilot.

Season 3, Episode 2: Paths Unknown

Season 3 Episode 2 starts on the planet Devaron, which is the homeworld of the Devaronian species. A Devaronian first appeared in the Mos Eisley cantina scene of A New Hope.

Isa Durand is voiced by Anjelica Huston, who is known for her roles in The Addams Family and The Witches.

Clone Cadet Mox is voiced by Daniel Logan, who played young Boba Fett in Attack of the Clones.

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The clone cadets Deke and Stak are voiced by Julian Dennison, known for his roles in Hunt for the Wilderpeople and Deadpool 2.

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One of the cadets remarks, “It smells like a rancid jotaz out here.” A jotaz is one of the deadly animals Cal Kestis encounters on Zeffo in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

Season 3, Episode 3: Shadows of Tantiss

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Emperor Palpatine is guarded by Imperial Royal Guards in Season 3 Episode 3. These guards first appeared in Return of the Jedi and have also featured in The Clone Wars and Revenge of the Sith.

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Doctor Hemlock mentions Project Necromancer to Palpatine. Project Necromancer was first referenced by Captain Pellaeon in The Mandalorian Season 3. The term ‘necromancer’ hints that the project has something to do with resurrection or immortality.

Hemlock also mentions “M-Count.” This is referring to midi-chlorians, microscopic life forms that serve as the foundation of life and indicate sensitivity to the Force. Midi-chlorians were first mentioned in The Phantom Menace, while they were referred to as M-Count in The Mandalorian Season 3 during discussions about Moff Gideon’s cloning operations.

Season 3, Episode 4: A Different Approach

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The planet that the episode is set on is called Lau. This may be a reference to Lao Che, the antagonist from the beginning of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

The disguises worn by Omega and Crosshair are reminiscent of the uniforms worn by Rebels on Echo Base in The Empire Strikes Back.

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Omega is asked for a Chain Code while trying to escape off-world. Chain Codes were first mentioned in The Mandalorian.

Captain Mann is voiced by actor Harry Lloyd, who previously played Viserys Targaryen in the first season of Game of Thrones and Jeremy Baines in the Doctor Who episodes “Human Nature” and “The Family of Blood.”

The TK troopers wearing goggles are reminiscent of mud troopers and range troopers seen in Solo: A Star Wars Story

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The droid bartender on Lau makes a remark that sounds like “Oga.” Oga’s Cantina is one of the locations on Batuu in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. The droid also looks like it’s the same model as Glitch from Star Wars Resistance.

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The child who tells Omega and Crosshair Batcher’s location is selling the fruit Meiloorun. This fruit first appeared in an episode of The Clone Wars and has since featured in Andor, Young Jedi Adventures, The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett, Jedi: Fallen Order, and more.

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Omega releases what appears to be a dinosaur-like creature near the end of the episode. These look very similar to the Gallimimus seen in Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park. We may be mistaken, but we’re pretty sure a dinosaur sound effect from Jurassic Park can be heard during this animal escape scene. These ostrich-like animals previously appeared in The Clone Wars episode “A Sunny Day in the Void,” which is actually George Lucas’ favorite episode of the series. This sequence of Omega releasing the animals is also reminiscent of the ending of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

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During the animal escape scene, the sound of a Porg can be heard. Porgs were the tiny creatures that inhabited Ahch-To in The Last Jedi.

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Captain Mann is eaten by a Rathtar, the same creature that Han Solo and Chewbacca were transporting in The Force Awakens. Previously, rathtars played a role in the destruction of Starlight Beacon as depicted in The High Republic: The Fallen Star and were fought by Maul in the comic book Darth Maul 1.

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The moon that Omega and Crosshair meet up with Hunter and Wrecker on is from the Ryloth system and previously appeared in the Ryloth arc of The Bad Batch Season 1.

Season 3, Episode 5: The Return

The episode – “The Return” – shares the same name as the Season 3 finale of The Mandalorian.

The episode begins with a parallel to the start of Season 3. Season 3 Episode 1 opened with shots of Omega waking up in a cold, dark environment while trapped on Tantiss. This contrasts Omega in Season 3 Episode 5 where she wakes up in a warm, brighter environment now that she is reunited with the rest of the Bad Batch.

In this shot of the Bad Batch speaking on Pabu, a chair is notably empty at the table, symbolizing the place Tech used to have in the team (insert crying emoji here).

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The episode largely takes place on Barton IV, which is the same icy planet the Season 2 episode “The Outpost” took place on. “The Return” serves as an epilogue, of sorts, to “The Outpost” and features a variety of visual callbacks to the Season 2 episode, including shots of a bird flying over Crosshair’s head symbolic of his growing distance from the Empire.

The bird that flies over Crosshair’s head appears to have crystals that are similar to the Vulptex (aka crystal critters) in The Last Jedi. They are described as “ice vultures” in the script for the episode.

Crosshair honors the fallen Clones Mayday, Hexx, and Veetch from “The Outpost” by placing their clone helmets on a box. This memorial mirrors how Mayday honored fallen clones in “The Outpost.”

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Symbolizing Crosshair’s gradual reintegration into the Bad Batch, Crosshair is seen with a toothpick again for the first time since leaving the Empire.

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Omega calls Crosshair “baby brother,” which is a reference to the fact that Omega is a clone without accelerated aging and, conversely, Crosshair and the other Bad Batch members have accelerated aging. This means that, for every one year Omega ages, they age two years.

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The monster-of-the-week is called a Wyrm, which shares its name with Sith Wyrms from Legends. The Wyrm resembles the sandworms in the recently released Dune: Part Two in their shared ability to travel underground and emerge above ground. According to StarWars.com, the ice wyrms “are much less active in the coldest seasons, which is why it never attacked when Crosshair was stationed at the snowy base in Season 2. If you compare the weather patterns in this episode to ‘The Outpost,’ you can see that Barton IV is now experiencing a slightly warmer season.”

Season 3, Episode 6: Infiltration

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The episode begins on the planet Pantora. This planet first appeared in The Clone Wars episode “Sphere of Influence.” Notably, George Lucas makes a cameo appearance as a Pantoran – Baron Notluwiski Papanoida – in Revenge of the Sith.

Rex coordinates a meeting between Pantoran senator Riyo Chuchi and senator Avi Singh. Chuchi first appeared in The Clone Wars episode “Trespass” before playing a more substantial role in The Bad Batch Season 2 as an advocate for clone rights. Chuchi is voiced by Jenner Hale, who has voiced a range of Star Wars characters, including Bastila Shan in Knights of the Old Republic, Jaden Korr in Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, Aayla Secura and Lolo Purs in The Clone Wars, and Valik in Resistance. Perhaps more notably, Hale voices Samus in the Metroid Prime trilogy of video games. 

Avi Singh, meanwhile, appeared in the tenth episode of The Bad Batch Season 1 titled “Common Ground.” In this episode, the Bad Batch were hired by Cid to rescue Avi Singh after he refused to align with the Empire. In that episode, Singh was voiced by Alexander Siddig, well known for his portrayal as Dr. Julian Bashir in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, in Season 1, but is now voiced by Danny Jacobs in Season 3.

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Riyo Chuchi and Avi Singh discuss the Emperor’s fear of rebels against the Empire allying together. This is a reference to the Rebel Alliance, whose formation is depicted in Andor and Rebels.

Rex’s base is a B’omarr Order Monastery that is on the planet Teth, as confirmed by StarWars.com. This means Rex’s base is the same monastery that Asajj Ventress used to hide Rotta in the 2008 film The Clone Wars. The inner and outer architecture bear a resemblance to Jabba’s Palace, because Jabba’s Palace is also a B’omarr Order Monastery. 

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“Infiltration” sees the return of Howzer, who appeared in the Ryloth arc of The Bad Batch Season 1. In the episode “Tipping Point,” Howzer notably gave a speech to other troopers that led to him and others rebelling from the Empire. Now in Season 3, after some time has passed, we can see that Howzer has firmly joined the ranks of Rex’s rising clone rebellion.

The clone trooper Nemec, who appeared in Season 2’s episode “Tipping Point,” is also in this two-part arc as a member of Rex’s team.

Gregor is not present at Rex’s Monastery base, but he is referenced when Fireball brings in a dish and claims it is “Gregor’s recipe.”

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The Imperial assassin, often referred to as Clone X, who appears in these episodes is of the same class of assassin that tried to assassinate the Kaminoans in The Bad Batch Season 2. It is revealed in this episode that these elite clones are brainwashed by the Empire and used for dangerous missions. In the credits. they are credited as C-X1 and C-X2.

Wolffe notably appears in this two-part arc of The Bad Batch. Wolffe fought alongside Rex in the Clone Wars and lost his arm to Asajj Ventress. Wolffe reappeared in Rebels, once again fighting alongside Rex. In this arc, however, Wolffe is working for the Empire. Given that Wolffe lets Rex and others go at the end of these episodes, it’s unlikely Wolffe will be working for the Empire much longer. Fans of Star Wars will likely known that Wolffe’s name is a nod to Dave Filoni’s favorite animal. Filoni’s character in live-action Star Wars is called Trapper Wolf.

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With the release of the new episode, a character poster spotlighting Wolffe was released.

Season 3, Episode 7: Extraction

The Wilhelm Scream can be heard when two troopers fall out of their crashing shuttle.

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In reuniting with Rex, Wolffe remarks that he thought Rex was dead. This is a reference to the series finale of The Clone Wars in which Rex and Ahsoka escaped the clutches of clones in a crashing ship. 

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Rex’s plan is revealed in this arc. Rex wants to rescue clones imprisoned on Tantiss, who are being experimented on by Doctor Hemlock. The problem is Rex and his team don’t know the location of Tantiss.

The waterfall fight between Wolffe and Crosshair is reminiscent of various climatic battles in other stories. Sherlock Holmes fought his nemesis Moriarty on Reichenbach Falls. T’Challa and Killmonger also fought one another at the edge of a waterfall in Black Panther.

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Omega can be seen sucking on a toothpick, something that Crosshair is known to do. Throughout the series, Omega has picked up various habits and traits from her fellow members of the Bad Batch.

Omega says, “You’re as bad as Hunter” to Crosshair. Crosshair responds, “Oh I’m much worse.” This was reportedly a very late addition to the episode and is one of the creative team’s favorite scenes in the episode.

Season 3, Episode 8: Bad Territory

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This marks Phee Genoa’s first appearance this season. Phee is voiced by comedian Wanda Sykes and debuted in Season 2. A romance between Phee and Tech was teased throughout the second season, but never had the opportunity to blossom as a result of Tech’s heartbreaking death. With this being Phee’s first appearance since Tech’s death, an ode or acknowledgment to the passing of her romantic interest would be fitting, but is disappointingly not included.

Phee tells the Bad Batch that the Empire is hiring class-one bounty hunters to retrieve high M-count targets, likely for continued experimentation as part of Palpatine and Hemlock’s Project Necromancer. This is the best time (to our knowledge) that bounty hunters have been referred to as class-one, but we assume this means elite bounty hunters. The trailer for Season 3 showed that Cad Bane appears this season and, given his reputation, he is likely considered a class-one bounty hunter.

The episode sees Ming-Na Wen return as Fennec Shand. Fennec previously appeared in the first season of The Bad Batch when she was hired by Nala Se to capture Omega. In live-action, Fennec has appeared in The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett.

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Fennec is introduced sitting in a cantina speaking to a Rodian. Cantinas are obviously common fixtures to Star Wars, with Han Solo also speaking to a Rodian in the Mos Eisley Cantina in A New Hope.

A Yam’rii (also known as a Huk) appears in this episode. This species’ only other canon appearance is in A New Hope. It was referred to as the “Praying Mantis” during production. However, in Legends, they play a much more extensive role, including clashing with General Grievous and his species the Kaleesh in a war.

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The bounty that Fennec, Hunter, and Wrecker are after is named Sylar Saris. Fennec remarks that Sylar eliminated the top bosses for the Haxion Brood. Haxion Brood were a criminal syndicate that first made its appearance in Jedi: Fallen Order.

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Fennec’s bounty Sylar is described as the Slayer of Ordo Eris. Ordo Eris was a space station that served as a stronghold for the Haxion Brood criminal syndicate and also appeared in Jedi: Fallen Order.

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The planet that Fennec, Hunter, and Wrecker hunt the bounty on has a Vietnam-esque meets American south swamp aesthetic. The characters using a small boat on a quiet river is reminiscent of a scene from Apocalypse Now and various other films set in Vietnam.

The episode features a visual parallel to Season 3 Episode 4 “The Return,” which can be seen below.

Omega tells Crosshair that she learned how to meditate from her friend Gungi. This is a reference to the Season 2 episode “Tribe” in which the Bad Batch helped Gungi and other Wookiees on Kashyyyk.

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Fennec consults with an unknown person at the end of the episode. It is soon revealed that this mystery figure is Asajj Ventress.

Season 3, Episode 9: The Harbinger

Obviously, first and foremost, there is Ventress herself. You can read more about the entire backstory of the character, but, to recap, she first appeared in canon in The Clone Wars as an assassin for Count Dooku. After being disregarded by the Sith Lord, she became a bounty hunter and eventually teamed up with Quinlan Vos to kill Dooku, as depicted in Christie Golden’s novel Dark Disciple. This mission didn’t go to plan, however, as Ventress died…at least, that’s what we thought. 

Ventress’ return from the dead isn’t explained in “The Harbinger,” but there’s some hints about what she’s been up to. Ventress has seemingly had some run-ins with the Empire since Dark Disciple, as she warns the Bad Batch of the dangers of the Empire.

In an interview with StarWars.com, Ventress voice actress Nika Futterman and others discussed the return of the fan favorite character. Futterman remarked regarding the character’s return, “It was really surprising and very exciting. She’s fun, interesting, and multi-layered. She’s all these things that I wanted to continue on doing. So, of course, I was like, ‘Yeah, baby! What is next?’” Futterman continued, “They found a way to continue her story. I think they must have discovered that the fans really love this character and they want her around, which makes me very happy because I love her, too.”

The StarWars.com article reveals that Ventress coming back was actually Dave Filoni’s idea. Executive producer / head writer Jennifer Corbett commented about possible continuity issues with The Bad Batch and the novel Dark Disciple. “We had several discussions about the book and how her story could continue,” Corbett stated. “How she survived will be revealed in future content, but for this story, we were thrilled to include her and explore her unique connection to, and compassion for, Omega.”

Back to the easter eggs…

This is not the first time Asajj Ventress has came back from the dead. In the Legends comic Star Wars Obsession 5, Ventress was resurrected from the dead.

Asajj Ventress appears in The Bad Batch – Season 3, Episode 9. Quinlan Vos, the man who Ventress falls in love with in Dark Disciple, appears in The Clone Wars – Season 3, Episode 9. An interesting, probably unintentional, easter egg.

Ventress’ hair style in this episode is similar to her hair in a flashback in The Clone Wars. It’s possible her hair symbolizes her alignment to the light side of the Force.

The black snake symbol on Ventress’ arm first appeared in The Clone Wars. This was chosen as, like Ventress, snakes are often misunderstood creatures.

Ventress finally uses the word “midichlorian” to describe M-count. Her description of midichlorians is similar to how Qui-Gon explains the concept to Anakin in The Phantom Menace.

Ventress states that she “knows some of the Jedi ways.” This is a reference to her training under Ky Narec as a Jedi padawan. This was depicted in the audio drama Dooku: Jedi Lost by Cavan Scott and a flashback in The Clone Wars.

Ventress says that she and the Bad Batch were pawns of the same war. This implies that Ventress knows that the Clone Wars was manipulated by Palpatine, who pitted the Republic against the Separatists in order to gain emergency powers and, eventually, turn the Republic into his personal Empire.

In “The Harbinger,” Ventress tests Omega to see if she is Force sensitive. The initial training involving Omega balancing on a rock has some great visual callbacks to Luke training Rey on Ahch-To in The Last Jedi. Luke and Ventress were both attempting to test the Force potential of a young woman, and happened to be on an isolated island.

Ventress uses a yellow lightsaber in the episode. She joins Rey Skywalker, Luke Skywalker, and Marchion Ro as some of the characters who have wielded a blade with a yellow kyber crystal.

Omega gets frustrated at Ventress during her training in a manner very similar to Luke getting frustrated at Yoda during his training in The Empire Strikes Back.

This is far from the first time a big monster has challenged the Bad Batch. Wrecker even made a remark about the frequency in which they come across big monsters this season in “The Return.” The creature in The Bad Batch is called a Vrathean, and you can see some concept art of the creature by Dawn Carlos below.

Ventress uses the Force to calm down the massive sea creature in a manner very similar to how Ahsoka used the Force to communicate with the purrgil in Ahsoka.

Ventress tells Hunter and Crosshair that, if Omega is Force sensitive, she would have to be trained, which would entail leaving her team behind. This dilemma of staying with one’s found family or training in the Force came up in The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett as Grogu left and eventually returned to Din Djarin after training to be a Jedi with Luke Skywalker. This is also what happened when Anakin left his mother Shmi to train with the Jedi.

At the end of the episode, Ventress makes a remark about having “a few more lives left,” implying that she has died and came back from the dead in the past. Is it possible some kind of Nighsister / dark side magick was used to revive Ventress? In the StarWars.com interview, voice actress Nika Futterman teased that this is not the last we’ve seen of Ventress. She stated, “I think we’re going to find out a lot of things about a lot of things. And I think we’re going to have all kinds of fun adventures.”

Season 3, Episode 10: Identity Crisis

The planet that “Identity Crisis” begins on looks a bit like Zeffo, one of the planets featured in prominently in the video game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. However, StarWars.com confirmed it is a new location called Caraad.

Mother and daughter duo Ailish and Bayrn are both voiced by Shelby Young. Young has voiced numerous characters in the Star Wars galaxy, including Princess Leia in various projects and Captain Bragg in The Bad Batch. Ailish and Bayrn are of the species Tarlafars, an obscure species that first appeared in Solo: A Star Wars Story. They appear to be designed like cats (and they have four ears!)

Bayrn has plush toys of a Tarlafar, a Gran, and a Talz.

After making Emerie Karr chief scientist of Tantiss, Dr. Hemlock gives his colleague access to the Vault. Within the Vault are various imprisoned children, notable for their high M-count. This is reminiscent of various times in the X-Men franchise in which young mutants were imprisoned in a similar facility for experimentation. 

Eva, one of the children imprisoned as part of Project Necromancer, is an Iktotchi, the same species as Jedi Master Saesee Tiin from the prequel trilogy and The Clone Wars.

Jax, another of the imprisoned children, appears to be a Mirialan, which is the same species as Luminara Unduli and Barriss Offee from the prequels and The Clone Wars.

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One of the games played by the kids in the vault was called “Impossible Stack” during production. This is like a Star Wars, holographic version of Jenga.

Hemlock details more about Project Necromancer to Emerie Karr, which aligns with revelations about Doctor Pershing’s experimentations in The Mandalorian Season 3. Hemlock is hoping to create a clone with a high M-count, but, so far, has had trouble replicating and sustaining M-count in a clone body. With Omega, however, there is evidence that a clone can have a high M-count, making her vital to Hemlock’s experiments. In The Mandalorian Season 3, Doctor Pershing gives a speech on Coruscant about his research under Moff Gideon, which includes an explanation of trying to create Force sensitive (a.k.a. High M-count) clones. We’ve theorized that the ultimate aim of these experiments is to create a clone body with a high enough M-count to sustain Palpatine’s powers. That is, we believe Palpatine wishes to ensure longevity / immortality by transferring his consciousness into a clone body that hasa high enough M-count to sustain his immense Force sensitivity.

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The Class 1 bounty hunter contacted to retrieve the Force-sensitive child is none other than Cad Bane himself. Before appearing, you can hear the spurs on Bane’s boots, which is the same sound Boba Fett makes in The Empire Strike Back. Bane is once again voiced by the legendary Corey Burton. Bane was last seen in animation in The Bad Batch Season 1, when he was hired to capture Omega. More recently, Bane featured as an antagonist in The Book of Boba Fett in which he (probably) met his demise.

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This isn’t the first time Cad Bane has been hired by Darth Sidious to capture Force sensitive kids, as this was the plot of “Children of the Force,” an episode of The Clone Wars. It appears Palpatine has had his sights on using Force sensitive children for insidious ends for quite some time.

Cad Bane’s trusted companion droid Todo 360 also makes an appearance in “Identity Crisis.” Todo 360 is voiced by Seth Green. Known for his roles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Austin Powers, Green has a history with Star Wars, including voicing Ion Papanoida in The Clone Wars and parodying Star Wars in his comedy series Robot Chicken.

Tarkin makes an appearance, discussing funding for Project Necromancer with Dr. Hemlock. Tarkin is voiced by Stephen Stanton, who has voiced a range of other Star Wars characters, including Mas Amedda, Griff Halloran, and AP-5. Tarkin’s appearance mirrors an interaction he has with Director Krennic in Rogue One when he was similarly disgruntled about the usage of Imperial funds.

C-X2 reports that he “tracked down the Trandoshian and pulled some intel out of her.” The Transdoshian he is referring to is Cid (also known as Ciddarin Scaleback, the character played by Rhea Perlman in Seasons 1 and 2 of The Bad Batch. Cid betrayed the Bad Batch last season and seems to be, once again, helping their enemies. As Kylo Ren would say, “Traitor!”

Cad Bane delivers the Force sensitive child Bayrn to Emerie Karr at a space station orbiting above Coruscant, which is the capital of the Empire.

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Emerie Karr gifts young Eva a homemade straw doll. This doll was made by Omega and was seen earlier this season as a comfort to her while she was imprisoned on Tantiss. Kelly Knox for StarWars.com has a guide to help you make your own straw tooka doll here.

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Finally, “Identity Crisis” is notable as it is the only episode of The Bad Batch to not feature any current or former members of the Bad Batch.

Season 3, Episode 11: Point Of No Return

Daniel Logan returns to voice Mox after previously playing the character earlier this season. Logan is known for playing young Boba Fett in Attack of the Clones.

Omega leaves Tech’s goggles on Pabu. Tech’s goggles were previously seen aboard the Marauder this season and represent a memento to the team’s fallen member. If you’re like us, the loss of Tech still hurts and moments like this just emphasize this loss even more.

The Bad Batch’s ship The Marauder is destroyed in this episode. This is reminiscent of a moment in The Mandalorian in which Din Djarin’s ship the Razor Crest was similarly destroyed.

In a touching detail, Wrecker shields Gonky from the blast, ensuring his safety.

The visual of the massive Imperial ship hovering over the island of Pabu parallels similar shots from Rogue One in which a Star Destroyer hovered over Jedha and from Rebels in which Imperial ships hovered over Lothal.

Matt Lanter, known for voicing Anakin Skywalker in The Clone Wars, voices the droid attendant Olly and a stormtrooper in this episode. 

Michelle Ang, who voices Omega in the series, voices a villager in this episode.

Season 3, Episode 12: Juggernaut

Crosshair’s hand shakes once again in this episode when discussing Tantiss. This further demonstrates the posttraumatic stress Crosshair is under after suffering at the hands of Hemlock. Speaking of the hands of Hemlock, the evil Imperial doctor often holds his hand just like Crosshair does in this shot.

Crosshair reveals to Wrecker and Hunter that he has an idea to find Tantiss Base: retrieve the coordinates from former Imperial Admiral Rampart. Crosshair and Rampart have history together as the two served the Empire side-by-side in The Bad Batch Seasons 1 and 2.

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Phee remarks to Crosshair, “Any friend of Brown Eyes is a friend of mine.” Brown Eyes is the nickname Phee gave Tech last season. It’s touching to see acknowledgment of Phee’s enduring affection toward Tech as both she (and the audience) continue to grieve his loss.

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Rampart makes an unexpected return to the series. Voiced again by Noshir Dalal, Rampart was the primary antagonist for Season 1 of The Bad Batch before he took the blame for the Empire’s destruction of Tipoca City in Season 2. Since then, he has been made to work in an Imperial labor camp. 

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This isn’t the first time we’ve seen an Imperial labor camp before. An adult Jyn Erso in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story works at a similar camp, this time on the planet Wobani, before she is broken out by rebels. 

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Like the labor camp depicted in Rogue One, the labor camp in “Juggernaut” transports prisoners around using a Juggernaut turbo tank. A model of these armored vehicles – the HAVw A6 Juggernauts – were first seen in Revenge of the Sith when they were used by Republic forces in the Battle of Kashyyyk. Since then, they’ve appeared in various episodes of The Clone Wars, the novel Brotherhood by Mike Chen, the video game Star Wars Battlefront II. The model in this episode of The Bad Batch appears to be a HCVw A9 turbo tank, which has been seen in previous episodes of The Bad Batch and Rogue One.

Rampart is being held on the planet Erebus, which is a new location in Star Wars. Erebus in Greek mythology is the personification of darkness, a physical location characterized by darkness on the way to Hades in the underworld.

Rampart works at the Imperial labor camp with an Ugnaught. This species first appeared in The Empire Strikes Back as laborers on Cloud City. Notable Ugnaughts in Star Wars include Kuiil in The Mandalorian and Melch in Star Wars Rebels. Unlike Kuiil, however, the Ugnaught with Rampart does not appear to know Basic.

While Rampart is working in the mine, the sounds in the background are the same ones from the Geonosis droid factory in Attack of the Clones.

Crosshair mentions Plan 55 to Wrecker. We haven’t seen this specific plan yet, but the phrasing of Plan 55 gets us thinking about Plan 99, which saw Tech sacrifice himself for the team in the Season 2 finale.

The framing of Crosshair and Wrecker entering the turbo tank and finding Rampart is very similar to the framing of Melshi and other rebels boarding a turbo tank to rescue Jyn Erso in Rogue One.

“Juggernaut” mirrors the plot of Chapter 15: The Believer from The Mandalorian Season 2. In both episodes, the respective crews hijack a turbo tank at a similar Imperial labor camp.

Some of the Imperial engineers at the labor camp where the same uniforms as the engineers on the Death Star in A New Hope.

After rescuing Rampart, the battle that ensues between the Bad Batch and Imperial forces is one that was featured in the first trailer for The Bad Batch Season 3. Interesting that something so far along in the season (in episode 12) was featured in early promotional footage.

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Back on Tantiss, more is revealed about what Hemlock is up to with Project Necromancer. Emerie Karr says that Omega’s blood yielded a favorable M-count replication, suggesting once again that the Empire’s plan is to create a Force sensitive / high M-count clone body. Hemlock remarks that experiments to do so have failed so far, with M-count degrading over time. However, Hemlock says that they’ve found success when combining Omega’s sample with one of their other M-count specimens, further suggesting Omega is vital to the Empire’s plans. As we understand, the goal of Project Necromancer is to create a high M-count / Force sensitive clone body for Palpatine to transfer his consciousness / essence into, essentially allowing him to achieve immortality.

Season 3, Episode 13: Into the Breach

Phee drops the Bad Batch and Rampart off on what appears to be Cloud City, the iconic Star Wars location that made its debut in The Empire Strikes Back. This is actually the planet Bora Vio, which previously appeared in the episode “Bounty Lost.” Previously, the Kaminoans used a cloning facility on Bora Vio as a rendezvous bounty for Cad Bane to deliver Omega to Taun We.

Omega waking up in her cell on Tantiss resembles imagery of Mira Killian waking up in Ghost in the Shell.

The Imperial Station that will lead the team to Tantiss orbits above Coruscant. Coruscant is the galactic capital of the Empire and featured prominently in the prequel trilogy.

The episode leans into various elements from classic prison break movies. Omega using the wall of her cell to hatch an escape plan is akin to what Andy Dufresne does in The Shawshank Redemption.

The Bad Batch strip their armor of any color in order to better blend in with Imperial forces aboard the space station. Their new armor is black and looks similar to Death Troopers.

The Bad Batch and Rampart use disguises to find the control room on the Imperial station. Disguises and infiltration have been part of Star Wars since A New Hope in 1977, and this element has repeated in a number of stories since, including Rogue One, The Mandalorian, The Last Jedi, and Rebels.

All of the establishing shots of Mount Tantiss have been face on. That is, until the below shot appears in “Into the Breach.” This shot is also similar shot to a shot of the Narkina 5 prison in Andor.

Rampart says that the Bad Batch are going to “stand out like overheated Gamorreans.” Gamorreans first appeared in Return of the Jedi as guards of Jabba’s Palace. This species has since appeared in The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett, amongst other stories.

The control room of the space station looks very similar to the control room of the Death Star in A New Hope.

Season 3, Episode 14: Flash Strike

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Interestingly, Tantiss’ turbolasers are shown to be originally pointing at the base itself, rather than away from the base or skyward. It seems as if the Empire were more concerned with anything getting out of the Tantiss facility, rather than someone breaking in. 

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In the forests of Tantiss, Rampart rests on what he thinks is a tree, but is actually a Dryax. This is the same creature that Omega and Crosshair encountered when they escaped Tantiss in Season 3 Episode 3.

As Omega escapes The Vault Andy Dufresne-style and explores more of the Tantiss facility, she sees a Zillo Beast. This appears to be the same Zillo Beast that was the focus of The Bad Batch Season 2 Episode 11 “Metamorphosis.” It’s not entirely clear why the Empire are experimenting on or researching the creature, although it’s safe to assume they’re up to no good. In The Clone Wars, Zillo Beasts were implied to be Force sensitive, going so far as to attack Palpatine as they sensed his dark side nature. Perhaps Hemlock and the Tantiss team are using Zillo Beasts for cloning experiments to ensure Palpatine’s longevity. Another theory of why Hemlock wants the Zillo Beast has to do with the species’ lightsaber resistant skin. Perhaps the Empire wanted to use this aspect of Zillo Beasts for development of specific lightsaber-resistant armor. Also, doesn’t it look like the Zillo Beast is being tortured with a Death Star-esque laser?

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Echo dons a stormtrooper outfit in the latest instance of Star Wars characters disguising as enemies. This trend dates all the way back to 1977 when Han Solo and Luke Skywalker pretended to be stormtroopers while aboard the Death Star.

While Echo has had a limited role in Season 3, his role in the rescue mission for Omega is quite poignant. Echo and the Bad Batch are trying to rescue kids who are being experimented on for the Empire. Being experimented on was exactly what happened to Echo while he was captured by the Techno Union. Things have come full circle with Echo saving children who are in a similar predicament to what he experienced.

Omega asks the other kids in The Vault to cover her as she explores the tubes in the cell walls, following which one of the kids says that they don’t know what ‘cover’ means. This subtly shows Omega’s different upbringing as she knows military tactics like cover given she’s been raised by soldiers, unlike the other kids, who are relatively sheltered.

In the credits of the episode, parts of Kevin Kiner’s clones theme from Star Wars: The Clone Wars can be heard.

Season 3, Episode 15: The Cavalry Has Arrived

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Notably, the Star Wars intro and the logo for The Bad Batch no longer have their colors for this final episode. Instead, both are presented in gray. This isn’t the first time a Star Wars animated show has presented a gray version of its logo as this was the case in Star Wars Rebels following the death of Kanan. The gray Bad Batch logo also aligns with the armor currently worn by the crew. Whereas Seasons 1, 2, and much of 3 have had the team wear armor with colors like red, orange, blue, white, gray, and black, the Bad Batch have blacked out their armor for these last few episodes in order to remain covert while infiltrating Tantiss. 

The episode title “The Cavalry Has Arrived” is actually the first ever line spoken by a member of the Bad Batch. This line was spoken by Wrecker in the first episode of The Clone Wars Season 7, which introduced Clone Force 99 and served as a backdoor pilot for The Bad Batch.

Crosshair tries to convince Hunter and Wrecker to let him sacrifice himself in order to save Omega. Hunter contests Crosshair’s willingness to sacrifice, pointing out that he will not execute Plan 99. Plan 99 refers to when a member of the team willingly sacrifices themself for the greater good of the team. This is exactly what Tech did in the Season 2 finale, which, fittingly, was called Plan 99. The usage of the number ‘99’ is a homage to the clone 99, a deformed clone who sacrificed himself for his brothers in The Clone Wars.

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Omega breaking the Zillo Beast out of the facility brings full circle to a plot thread that began all the way back in The Clone Wars. In that show, Palpatine commissions the cloning of a Zillo Beast after it runs rampant through Coruscant. Years later, this Zillo Beast experimentation ends up harming Palpatine as it is through the Zillo Beast escaping that Omega is able to escape, the facility is destroyed, and, in turn, progress on Project Necromancer comes to a halt.

Hemlock’s elite Clone X assassins are visually reminiscent of Purge Troopers and the Knights of Ren.

Crosshair loses his hand in the fight with the Clone X assassins. Crosshair is far from the first Star Wars character to lose a hand, but Crosshair’s loss serves a different symbolic function. All season, Crosshair’s hand has trembled anytime Tantiss is mentioned. In turn, the once-expert marksman now has difficulties using the very skill that makes him unique. On Pabu, Crosshair discovered that this tremor is of psychological origins, not physiological ones. So, when Crosshair has his hand cut off in the episode, it could be seen as a symbol of him finally letting go of his trauma. And, as seen at the end of the episode when Crosshair’s marksmanship is vital to killing Hemlock and rescuing Omega, the loss of his hand does not mean that he isn’t an expert shooter anymore. On the contrary, Crosshair, despite losing the hand, is still able to make an extremely difficult shot.

“Let off some steam, Clone X.” Hunter impales one of the Clone X assassins just like Arnold Schwartznegger’s John Matrix does to Bennett in the 1985 action classic Commando

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Scorch is killed in the series finale of The Bad Batch. This beloved character first appeared in the video game Star Wars: Republic Commando and has served as Hemlock’s primary henchmen throughout The Bad Batch.

Tarkin mentions that he will reallocate funds from Project Necromancer to Project Stardust. As revealed in Rogue One, Project Stardust is the codename for the Death Star. The term ‘stardust’ comes from Galen Erso’s nickname for his daughter Jyn Erso.

When Tarkin brings this up, a version of the Imperial March plays that previously played when Darth Vader dies in Luke’s arms aboard Death Star II in Return of the Jedi.

Tarkin arrives to Tantiss and is accompanied by a new generation of Shock Troopers. This class of trooper first appeared in Revenge of the Sith and have since featured in The Clone Wars, Tales of the Jedi, and the new show Tales of the Empire.

When the team returns to Pabu, a high-pitched version of Omega’s theme by the Kiner family is played. This is the same theme that has been used since Season 1 when Omega joins the team aboard the Marauder.

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Emerie Karr no longer wears her glasses when she is at the end on Pabu, symbolizing how she no longer sees things through rose-colored glasses and has committed herself to doing right by clones.

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The Bad Batch series finale features an epilogue with a time jump. This is exactly what the series finale of Rebels did, with an epilogue that skipped forward in time and showed Ahsoka and Sabine meeting in front of the mural. This is also what happened in The Clone Wars when Darth Vader visits the crash site of Ahsoka’s ship and recovers her lightsaber.

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At the end of the episode, adult Omega uses Hunter’s red bandana to tie her hair up.

When Omega sits down, if you look closely, you can see that she still has the tooka doll Wrecker gave her in Season 1.

In the cockpit of her ship, Omega has Tech’s glasses as a reminder of her brother’s sacrifice.

In an interview with StarWars.com, Dee Bradley Baker and Michelle Ang discussed the emotional epilogue. “The Bad Batch has a spectacular finish, as you would expect from Star Wars, but it has a particularly beautiful and affecting epilogue,” Baker remarked. “It’s really a beautiful moment that plays out.”

The article reports that the final recording session was “an emotional day.” Ang said, “That epilogue really hit me in the feels. This idea of Omega starting a new chapter that she’s so ready for, that she feels compelled and drawn to, that everything has been leading up to, has resonance for me. This whole experience was so new for me. Working with the Star Wars family, working as a voice actor, doing things remotely, holding space with [Dee] when we get to do Celebrations and conventions. And now, having this character realized and grown up, I feel like my personal journey has mirrored Omega’s in some way.”

Dee Bradley Baker made a funny yet poignant point about the theme of fatherhood evolving in this epilogue. “If you can call the Bad Batch, you know, the Dad Batch…I think everybody has learned something along the way,” Baker said. “The good news is that Omega makes it out and she makes it on her own. Off she goes. Dad’s left back with the dog, and you’ve got the satisfaction of the memories that you’ve forged together and [the knowledge] that she has become her own person. What more could a parent want?”

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