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‘The Bad Batch’ Season 3 Episode 3 Recap & Review: Omega Leads an Escape

Crosshair taps into his experience with Clone Force 99 as he and Omega avoid further dangerous imprisonment.

Warning: Spoilers ahead for The Bad Batch Season 3, Episode 3.

With Episode 3 comes the conclusion of the three-part premiere of The Bad Batch Season 3, and now the wait is on as the rest of the season assumes a standard Disney+ release model. One episode will release every Wednesday until May 1, when the series will officially conclude in an epic finale. The final episode in the premiere sees Omega (Michelle Ang) and Crosshair (Dee Bradley Baker) work in unison to escape Tantiss base.

Although Rex and Echo (Baker) are absent once again in The Bad Batch Season 3, Episode 3, the third installment provides thrilling action and heartfelt teamwork. Crosshair has had some clear trust issues to this point in the season and series as a whole, but he and Omega find their chemistry when they need it most and work together to successfully escape the base. Let’s dive into all the gripping details with a Bad Batch Season 3, Episode 3 recap.

Omega and Crosshair Put On a Gorgeous Display of Teamwork in ‘The Bad Batch’ Season 3, Episode 3

Crosshair laying on his bunk in the Tantiss detention center in The Bad Batch Season 3, Episode 3 | Agents of Fandom
Crosshair is hesitant about such a dangerous escape attempt, but even he knows he can’t sit in a cell forever. Image Credit: Lucasfilm/Disney+.

To kick off the episode, Emerie (Keisha Castle-Hughes) visits Omega in her room, and on the way to the lab, Omega notices there are far more clone troopers about than usual. Dr. Royce Hemlock (Jimmi Simpson) and Nala Se (Gwendoline Yeo) enter the lab to announce a guest is visiting the base, while Emerie is taking a blood sample from Omega. Before she departs, Nala Se warns Omega that she’s in danger and needs to flee the base immediately.

Emerie, clearly hiding something from Omega, sends her back to her room to get some rest. Outside the base, Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) — the mysterious guest — departs his shuttle and walks inside with Dr. Hemlock while the two discuss Project Necromancer, a cloning project related to replicating midi-chlorian count. Using Nala Se’s data pad from the lab, Omega heads to the detention center to break out Crosshair so they can escape.

Deep in the base, Dr. Hemlock shows Emperor Palpatine the subjects of Project Necromancer and promises him that more resources will help him reach his goal on a faster timeline. Emerie goes to Omega’s room to check on her but discovers it is empty. She and Crosshair have made their way down to the animal pens and plan to access the downed ship that Dr. Royce opted not to save at the beginning of Episode 1 as their means to escape.

Emerie and Dr. Royce Hemlock Must Make a Sacrifice To Achieve Their Greater Goal

Emerie standing beside a clone trooper in The Bad Batch Season 3 | Agents of Fandom
Emerie may be a clone, but her time under Dr. Hemlock has left her completely subservient and devoid of spirit in The Bad Batch Season 3, Episode 3. Image Credit: Lucasfilm/Disney+.

Emerie shows up at the animal pens and tries to talk them out of escaping. Crosshair stuns her, but not before she activates a distress beacon, alerting the base to their location. The two barely make it past the ray shields in time and escape into the forest. Further up in the base, Emperor Palpatine warns Dr. Hemlock of those who would thwart their plans before leaving the planet.

Dr. Hemlock releases the Lurca hounds to kill Omega and Crosshair and also sends a recovery team to bring back their bodies. When they arrive at their planned escape ship, they find the communications are completely dead. Omega and Crosshair engage with the guards, and Batcher shows up to help them in their fight.

Amidst the chaos, the pair steals the guard’s shuttle and makes their escape. Back inside the base, Dr. Hemlock and Emerie learn that Omega’s blood is the key to producing the M-count the Emperor is looking for. After learning this, Hemlock decides to let Omega escape and vows to use his endless supply of Imperial resources to find her.

All Three Episodes of ‘The Bad Batch’ Premiere Are a Slam Dunk

A close up still of Dr. Royce Hemlock in The Bad Batch Season 3, Episode 3 | Agents of Fandom
For Dr. Hemlock to be in such good standing with a character as menacing as Emperor Palpatine speaks volumes about his evil ambitions. Image Credit: Lucasfilm/Disney+.

Despite the remarkably high moments, Star Wars was largely hit or miss in 2023 with The Mandalorian Season 3 and Ahsoka. The Bad Batch stumbled a bit in its sophomore season, but it bucks that trend through the first three episodes in 2024. With Omega and Crosshair now out of confinement, the final season is set to crank up the intensity to series-high levels.

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'The Bad Batch' Season 3, Episode 3 "Shadows of Tantiss" Review

'The Bad Batch' Season 3, Episode 3 "Shadows of Tantiss" Review
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The Good

  • The escape from Tantiss base is nothing short of thrilling.
  • Great chemistry on display between Omega and Crosshair.
  • A satisfying conclusion to the three-episode premiere arc.

The Bad

  • The episode moves quickly, seemingly over before there's much time to analyze what's happening.
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