Eager for some new animated Star Wars content? Well, you won’t have to wait too much longer as Lucasfilm and Disney have confirmed that the upcoming series Star Wars: The Bad Batch will premiere on the Disney+ streaming service on May 4, 2021!
May 4 isn’t just Star Wars Day; it also marks the one-year anniversary of The Clone Wars’ heart-breaking finale. Fans of the hit animated series will already be familiar with the titular Bad Batch, aka Clone Force 99, a group of misfit but highly specialised clone commandos who were born with “desirable” genetic mutations. The new series will follow Hunter, Tech, Crosshair, Wrecker and their latest recruit, clone corporal Echo, as they “try to find their way in a rapidly changing galaxy in the immediate aftermath of the Clone War.” This motley crew will “take on daring mercenary missions as they struggle to stay afloat and find new purpose.”
Admittedly, I wasn’t thrilled when they first announced this series last summer. I felt the Bad Batch had outstayed their welcome by the time their four-episode arc ended and didn’t relish the thought of an entire series about these four walking stereotypes. But the moment I saw Fennec Shand of The Mandalorian fame in the sizzle reel released back in December, I knew we were in for a special treat. And, frankly, I’m looking forward to returning to the early Imperial era and finding out how the end of the war (and Jedi massacre) affected our beloved clones. Perhaps we’ll learn what happened to Commander Cody after he ordered that hit on Obi-Wan and Boga. Maybe we’ll see how crime syndicates like Crimson Dawn rose to power or how the fledgling rebellion began to undermine the Empire’s nefarious efforts. And how did Rex track down his clone brothers Wolffe and Gregor? The possibilities are endless.
It’s not yet known if Ashley Eckstein will be reprising her role for this series but I wouldn’t immediately rule out the possibility of Ahsoka making a guest appearance. While Ahsoka’s exploits after the Siege of Mandalore and Order 66 were explored in E.K. Johnston’s novel, some of the events of said novel were retconned or outright contradicted in season 7 of The Clone Wars. Could the events of that novel be incorporated into the series? Or will Filoni and co simply choose to tell another version of events? Or is this all just a case of wishful thinking? I guess we’ll have to tune in to find out!
- Executive Producers: Dave Filoni, Athena Portillo, Brad Rau, Jennifer Corbett.
- Co-Executive Producer: Carrie Beck.
- Supervising Director: Brad Rau.
- Head Writer: Jennifer Corbett.
The first episode of Star Wars: The Bad Batch will be available on Disney+ on May 4, 2021, and a brand new episode will premiere every Friday thereafter.
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