The Bad Batch just killed one of the main Kaminoans. What happened to her may be an omen for her people.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Bad Batch Season 1, Episode 9, “Bounty Lost,” which is now airing on Disney +.
The break between Star Wars, Clone Wars Y Star Wars: The Bad Lot it was not random. Order 66 literally reshaped the galaxy, and nothing about Star Wars it would be the same again. The two shows just make the clearest demonstration of it. That is confirmed not only by the Bad Batch themselves, who are now fighting with their purpose in a galaxy operating under new rules, but also by the supporting figures who have reached the end of or the beginning of their respective stories.
Season 1, episode 9, “Bounty Lost,” has an unexpected entry on that list: Taun We, the first Kaminoan ever seen in canon, who played a major role in both. The Clone Wars Y Star Wars: Episode II – Clone Attack. His end here, sudden and superficial, but revealing dark secrets to young Omega, is another sign that an entire era in the Star Wars The universe has come to an end.
Officially, Taun We served as a senior assistant to Prime Minister Lama Su, and oversaw the creation and training of the Clone Army in Attack of the clones. She was the Kaminoan who greeted Obi-wan Kenobi when he arrived during his investigation, and accompanied the Jedi and Prime Minister on a tour of the facility. She did not appear in The Clone Wars themselves – the Kaminoan presence in the series was limited – but returned in The bad lot as Lama Su’s add-on in Season 1, Episode 1, “Aftermath”.
She remained loyal to her leader and dedicated herself to carrying out his agenda, as she had in Attack of the clones. Lama Su removed Nala Se from the operation to get Omega back, considering her maternal feelings for the suspicious clone girl, and sent Taun We instead to make the exchange with Cad Bane. When he arrived, Fennec Shand shot him and demanded payment from Bane, intending to negotiate custody of the girl.
The death of us is another example of how well Star Wars – Y The bad lot in particular, to go ahead with their respective world construction. A random Kaminoan might have been enough just as easily as a named one, but selecting Taun provided him with continuity and a weighted tragedy to his loss that might not have existed otherwise.
We are also a fit representative of your species; delicate grace and beauty that hide a core that is slowly rotting away. Taun We has no problem running Omega after his genetic material is extracted, as the Prime Minister wants it. His execution comes on the orders of a fellow Kaminoan and is suitably carried out in the faded ruins of an ancient Kaminoan facility on Bora Vio. His death was an ignoble afterthought in what amounted to human trafficking for money, a far cry from the grace and beauty they present to the rest of the galaxy.
It is likely a sign of things to come for his species, who did not appear in recent films and is desperately fighting to avoid political irrelevance in The bad lot. His position will likely grow more desperate as the series progresses, and figures like Omega will increasingly become his only bargaining chip. Taun We’s death is probably appropriate for a planet whose time is passing. The bad lot I found a great way to connect that with Star Wars’ past, and a character whose silent misdeeds finally caught up with her.
Created by Dave Filoni, Star Wars: The Bad Batch stars Dee Bradley Baker, Andrew Kishino, and Ming-Na Wen. New episodes premiere on Fridays on Disney +.
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