The Voice Of The Batch Batch’s Omega: Michelle Ang
Thanks to Ang, Omega is quickly becoming a Star Wars fan-favorite….
It’s not like anyone would have predicted Omega’s impact on Star Wars.
Instead, it turned into “Four Men And A Little Lady” or the fan-coined, “The Dad Batch.” That’s because “all-comers” came to include the lone female clone out of Jango Fett’s cadre of “sons” and “brothers.”
Who Is Omega?
Serving as medical assistant to Nala Se, the young girl known as Omega has a curious mind and an affinity for the elite clone troopers known as Clone Force 99, but many underestimate her intelligence. After spending her life working in Tipoca City on Kamino, the product of the Kaminoans cloning experimentation, Omega embarks on a new adventure with the Bad Batch following the dawn of the Empire.
Now, and much obliged to the terrific voice acting of Michelle Ang, Omega is one of the most intriguing characters in a galaxy far, far away.
Earlier this week, StarWars.com’s Kristin Baver wrote about Ang’s ascension and how a second chance at landing a Star Wars role turned out to be the charm for Michelle.
“There’s a lot of Michelle Ang in Omega, the newest member of Clone Force 99, on Star Wars: The Bad Batch wrote Baver. “The actor was invited to use her native New Zealand accent, an homage to fellow Kiwi Temuera Morrison who originated the role of Jango Fett and the clone soldiers in the prequel films.
“But Ang also imbues the character with the child-like wonder she sees in her now four-year-old son as he discovers new parts of our own world each day.”
As a fan, an older fan, I think that is why Omega caught on so quickly; Star Wars remains a pathway to our inner child’s wide-open worldview for so many of us.
In her earnest wonder, Omega is us as we take in the galaxy far, far away through her eyes.
As such, Ang told Baver:
I’m someone who really likes to look at the world and see people and give people the benefit of the doubt and take all the richness…. I’m not really much of a cynic in my real-world life and I think that’s a wonderful quality that I can bring to Omega in the sense that she’s also quite an optimist. But hers has more to do with innocence and youth.”
Meanwhile, Omega’s unpredictability makes the show much more than an eighth season of The Clone Wars.
And that is why, early tomorrow morning, I will be up early to watch The Bad Batch and listen to Ang.
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