Ever since we first heard about Omega, the newcomer to The Bad Batch who joins the squad and becomes one of them, we’ve been wondering what makes her special.
It’s been hinted at throughout the season so far too, as we know that there are five genetically modified clones. Four of them are Hunter, Wrecker, Tech, and Crosshair. It seems that Tarkin assumes Echo is the fifth, but he’s not. So it seems like it’s Omega, and since the other four have enhanced abilities, it seemed like Omega would too.
That might still be the case, but we learned why the Kaminoans want her back so desperately. In the most recent episode of the show, “Bounty Lost,” Tech informs the rest of the squad why Omega is so valuable. After learning that it was a bounty hunter named Cad Bane who took her, a conversation takes place aboard their ship:
Wrecker: “First the bounty hunter on Pantora, now this guy? Why are they after the kid?”
Tech: “Because she’s more valuable than we realized.”
Hunter: “What do you mean?”
Tech: “I further analyzed Omega’s genetic profile and discovered she has pure, first-generation DNA.”
Wrecker: “Whoa. Wait, what does that mean?”
Tech: “All clones were created from a host named Jango Fett. While our genetic structure was modified for growth acceleration and obedience, Omega is a pure genetic replication.”
Hunter: “How many clones like that exist?”
Tech: “To my knowledge, there’s only one other. A male clone, codenamed Alpha, later referred to as Boba. Since he disappeared at the start of the War, that makes Omega the sole living source of Fett’s raw genetic material.”
While this is a huge reveal in the show, it’s similar to what we already were thinking, given her name was Omega. She’s the last of Fett’s raw genetic material. I love the touch with Boba being referred to as Alpha, and now Omega. And it all ties in with what we already knew about the Kaminoan cloning project. In the first episode of season three of The Clone Wars, “Clone Cadets,” Lama Su tells Shaak Ti,
“I understand your concerns, Master Jedi. Ever since the unfortunate death of Jango Fett, we have had to stretch his DNA to produce more clones.”
So it was already well-established that the genetic material was being stretched thin. That is why, after all, Jango Fett lived on Kamino, so that the cloners would have ready access to more genetic material whenever needed. But with his death, that was no longer the case. The subject came up again earlier this season in The Bad Batch, as in the third episode, “Replacements,” we see a conversation between Lama Su and Nala Se:
Lama Su: “… We must ensure our clones remain essential.”
Nala Se: “The original genetic material from Jango fett continues to degrade.”
Lama Su: Then it is time to begin the next phase. If your experiment can yield a superior clone, it will secure our relationship with this Empire.”
Nala Se: “Such a contingency cannot be created without a direct source. The clones required will not return willingly.”
Lama Su: “They are Kaminoan property. And we only need one. Our survival hinges on it.”
We now know that the clones (plural) that are required are Boba Fett and Omega. These are the only two (known) clones to possess the raw genetic material of Jango Fett, and thus they are the only avenues for the Kaminoans to acquire this. But the Kaminoans lost track of Boba at the start of the War. I’m not sure how, since he’s trying to make a name for himself in the galaxy as a bounty hunter, but nonetheless they do know of Omega and need her back.
But as you’ll note from that conversation between Lama Su and Nala Se, it seems like they’re not just interested in making more clone troopers; they want a superior clone trooper. And in order to run the tests to create such a clone, they need the raw material. So we still don’t know the whole plan, as the Kaminoans want to create a different clone that will supposedly be even better than the others and will convince the Empire to keep the contracts.
And there’s still the question of whether there’s some special genetic modifications with Omega. There obviously are some, since she’s a female and the others aren’t, but is that all? We don’t know the whole story yet, and I’m thinking we’ll still learn more as the season goes on.
But even if we do know everything there is to know about Omega, it’s compelling and interesting enough. She’s basically the daughter of Jango Fett in the same way that Boba is his son. That opens all sorts of storytelling possibilities, and I’m sure it means that Boba will be brought into all of it soon enough.