The latest animated show to hit the Star wars fan base, Star Wars: The Bad Batch has a lot riding on its shoulders. It will succeed shows like Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, two highly popular shows from the same universe. The animated show will be the work of George Lucas. It is set to stream on Disney+. With the release date for the show nearing, it is time we are up to speed on the latest Star wars show.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars aired on 2008. Star Wars Rebels aired several years later. Under the tutelage of Dave Filoni, the cult-classic show only lasted for four seasons. Star Wars Resistance lasted for only two seasons on Disney XD. So it has been a while since we had a good star wars animated series to binge-watch. Like we said, The Bad Batch has a lot riding on its shoulders.
All animated ventures of Star Wars are set in a unique time period. For example, The Clone Wars explored the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker in the interval between Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of The Clones and star wars Episode 3: Revenge Of The Sith. Star wars rebels on the other hand took an entirely different approach. The pocket of time it was set in was before the events of the original star wars trilogy. Star Wars Resistance happened right after the sequel trilogy. The Bad Batch came into existence after Lucasfilm paved the way for it. Lucasfilm decided to go for a seventh season of The Clone Wars arc on Disney+. Thanks to their efforts, The Bad Batch came into force, with several episodes for the infamous team of soldiers.
The Bad Batch – Behind The Scenes
The Clone Wars Season 7 introduced The Bad Batch. The team rose in popularity and soon Lucasfilm announced a show based on the rag tag group of veterans. Jennifer Corbett serves as lead writer for the series while Dave Filoni is a co-writer. The supervising director will be Brad Rau, the one who directed Star Wars Rebels: The Siege Of Lothal. Any other news on the behind the camera crew is scarce. We will keep you posted if something new comes up.
The Bad Batch – Character Guide
The primary set of characters are obviously the five clones of Clone Force 99. The team is led by the clone named Hunter. The rest of the squad is made up of Echo, Tech, Crosshair, and Wrecker. A familiar voice every star wars fan would recognize returns to voice all the clones. Dee Bradley Baker has lent hi voice for all the clones in the previous Star wars projects. He returns to voice the members of Clone Force 99.
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A character that became popular in the Clone Wars saga is also returning. He will be voiced by Baker as well. Captain Rex returns in Star Wars: The Bad Batch. Ming-Na Wen, who played Fennec Shand in the Mandalorian Season 2, returns to voice her character in The Bad Batch. Grand Moff Tarkin, played by Peter Cushing in the 1977 movie, will also return, portrayed by Stephen Stanton. Saw Gerrera, played by Forest Whitaker in Rogue One, will be voiced by Andrew Kishino. From rumors, it is also being claimed Emperor Palpatine returns in the Bad Batch. But we do not know if Ian McDiarmid or Sam Witwer will lend their voice for the iconic character.
Release Date For The Bad Batch
Lucasfilm and Disney have chosen a rather auspicious day for releasing Star Wars: The Bad Batch. The release date for the series is May 4th in honor of May The Fourth Holiday. With a runtime for over 70 minutes for the first episode, The Bad Batch will hit Disney+ on 12:01 am PST. Subsequent episodes will be released in a weekly format every Friday. The release date for the finale episode is not known since we do not know how many episodes The Bad Batch will have.
As stated earlier, The Bad Batch takes place right after the events of The Clone wars Season 7. The Galaxy far, far away is in utter turmoil. The Republic is no more. The Sith and the Empire have taken over. This leaves the Bad Batch of Clone Force 99 in quite the conundrum. they are unsure of their future.
Since The Bad Batch is basically a team of extremely skilled special operations soldiers, they would be sought after in the Imperial Armed Forces. But from what we have seen in the trailer, there is more to the story than what meets the eye. Clone Force 99, as it looks like, has opted for the life of mercenaries than join the Empire in its crusade. They even show the Bad Batch traveling to Kamino. There they intend to recruit a mysterious kid named Omega to their cause.
The Bad Batch – Primary Antagonist
Grand Moff Tarkin is the primary villain of the story. The trailer reveals The Bad Batch undergoing training in some secretive facility. It is most likely on Kamino, better known as the clone home world. The scene probably took place during the end of the Clone wars since Echo is part of the group now as shown in the footage. At some point in the series, The Bad Batch will rebel against Tarkin. Tarkin on the other hand is ready to move heaven and earth to ensure he puts down the rebel Clone Force 99 for good.
Who is Omega?
Every time a new character is introduced in star wars, it piques our interest. It’s not always we see a major new character so pivotal to the story get introduced to the star wars universe. The mystery child is only captioned as “Omega” in the trailer. The child’s purpose and intentions are not shown. Several theories have sprung up to explain the mystery kid. Some claim Omega is a young clone, created in the laboratories of Kamino. The fact that the kid has such a weird formal name adds more weightage to this theory.