Each week, Mike from @mikelovins/@reelgay will be recapping the most recent episode(s) of The Bad Batch and exploring the connections to the overall Star Wars Expanded Universe. The fun starts with the premiere next Tuesday!
Star Wars animation has not only added to the stories from that galaxy far, far, away, it’s expanded upon the types of stories that can be told. They are no longer confined to the budgets and run times of their feature film counterparts. In fact, the Clone Wars was mentioned in one scene in A New Hope, practically a throw away line, and that sparked seven seasons of animated television. Sure, we get the start of the war in one movie and end of the war in the next, but the real meat is in the show.
First introduced in season seven of The Clone Wars, The Bad Batch is the code name for Clone Force 99. It’s also the name of Disney+’s latest exploration into Star Wars. The show explores how an experimental group of clones navigate life after the war has ended, the fall of the Republic and the rise of the Galactic Empire.
Though the show is new, there will be a lot of elements that you may find familiar. Dee Bradley Baker returns to voice all of the clones. There will be characters you know such as Saw Gerrera and Grand Moff Tarkin, as well the first animated appearance of Fennec Shand, voiced by Ming-Na Wen, who portrayed the character on The Mandalorian. And Kevin Kiner’s score should give you all those Clone Wars feels.
So here’s what I’m hoping… I hope that, despite the familiar elements I mentioned above, this show is more than just a spiritual season eight of The Clone Wars. I hope we really get a good insight into what the galaxy was like in those early times of the Empire. I hope we get lots of new, compelling characters and not a lot of canon characters forced in (pardon the pun) just for fan service. And lastly, I hope the show is really, really good.
The Bad Batch will premiere on Disney+ on Star Wars Day (Tuesday, May the 4th) with the first episode clocking in at 70 minutes. The second episode will air on Friday, May 7th and will be weekly from then on. The first season is expected to be 14 episodes long.
Make sure you are following Guy At The Movies to catch my weekly recaps. Heck, follow me on Twitter too if you’d like, @mikelovins and @reelgay. And may the Force be with you. Always.