Tensions run high in the latest episode of Star Wars: The Wrong Lot, as our favorite group of misfit clones have to strike a balance between making money and keeping a low profile. With a number of close calls that almost brought Omega back to Empire hands, it’s clear that Hunter and co. feel anxious about taking on other assignments. But the situation resolves itself in a wonderful way that involves the space chess version of Star Wars.
As a reminder: The clones are still on the run from their former employer. A few episodes ago, the group made progress in breaking away from their previous masters by undergoing surgery that removed a chip in their brains. The chip, we are told, is able to control them even from a distance. Not good! And so our happy bunch of tough guys are heading to a location introduced in Star Wars: Fallen Order, barely managing to escape. While in the end the clones got what they wanted, the mission proved traumatic for everyone involved. Not only did the clones have to fight a former team member, Omega was nearly killed by Wrecker, his best friend.
While Omega obviously forgives Wrecker, the ordeal is just the beginning of the group’s troubles. Immediately after, Omega is kidnapped by a bounty hunter who intends to bring her back to the Kaminoans. Except the Kaminoans are divided over what they want to do with Omega, with one wanting her back for termination, and the other hoping to keep her safe and sound. And so poor Omega finds herself the target of a second bounty hunter who is responsible for reducing the first.
The Clones manage to get Omega back, but at this point Hunter has grown tired of the danger his adopted daughter faces. In Episode 10, released on July 2, Hunter decides that it’s no longer a good idea to take Omega on a mission, especially not to places teeming with Stormtroopers. Although Omega is unhappy with it, the clones leave it to the arcade they used as a base.
The saloon belongs to Cid, who promises to take care of her while the clones go on a mission. While Cid is grumpy and doesn’t want to deal with Omega, she agrees to do so as it is the only way to ensure that the clones can get the job done and pay the huge debt they owe him. Omega, of course, is miserable: so far, despite being just a child, she has been a key part of the team. Usually she’s outside kicking butt and shooting space arrows, but now she’s stuck inside the scouring counters. It sucks!
Ever since the base was introduced into the show, I have been mesmerized by the visible arcade machines glowing in the background. What kinds of games could people Star wars enjoy, I wondered? To my delight, S1E10 is finally using this setting. While we can’t see any new games, sometimes we do see people playing this holographic version of chess that was introduced in the original trilogy. Known as the holochess (or Dejarik for Star wars nerds), the rules of the game are never fully explained in the movies. However, we see enough to understand that this is a two player strategy game in which a number of aliens are moved around a board, each with their own hit points, attacks and movement patterns. .
Basically, space failures. And wouldn’t you know, Omega is a strategy killer. While watching Cid play against other clients, Omega criticizes Cid’s playstyle, warning him that his intended move is not a good idea. Cid doesn’t listen and ends up getting killed. That’s when the gears start to spin in his head. If Omega is a gaming genius, can she use her intelligence to trick other players into paying money?
The answer, dear reader, is yes. Omega, still the sharp girl, negotiates with Cid for a 60% cut in profits. And then they play against unsuspecting competitors, allowing Omega not only to make money, but also to pay off the giant debt accumulated by the clones. That settles! I’m encouraged that the show is careful to show that, regardless of her physical ability or age, Omega isn’t truly helpless. She’s smart, she’s resourceful, and she’s a tactical genius.
While she is always a help during missions, raids also push her out of her comfort zone. Sure, she was genetically engineered to have enhancements, but she’s not a trained soldier like Wrecker and the rest of his foster fathers. She does indeed become more capable as the series unfolds, but it’s as cool as The bad lot finds a way to let Omega shine in its own way. Whether it is a fictional game is the icing on the cake. Turns out you can still have epic gameplay moments in space.