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Everyone’s Favorite “Defective” Clones Are Back In The Bad Batch

The Bad Batch brings Star Wars fans back into the lives of everyone’s favorite “defective” clones, right after the ending of The Clone Wars.


Star Wars: The Bad Batch kicks off with a near movie length episode on May the 4th, which is so perfectly fitting, and then carries on with a new episode each Friday, starting May 7th. This special series premiere does a fantastic job of picking up where Star Wars: The Clone Wars left off, and following the group of misfit clones known as The Bad Batch as they deal with the aftermath of Order 66. 

Crosshair, Echo, Wrecker, Hunter and Tech are an experimental batch of clones that are each enhanced in their own way. When they realize that their brothers are starting to act like they are brainwashed, or being controlled, things get intense. They meet a young girl named Omega, who is sure to be a major part of the series going forward, and discover they need to do something about this all, they just don’t know what.


(L-R): Crosshair, Echo, Wrecker, Hunter and Tech in a scene from “STAR WARS: THE BAD BATCH”, exclusively on Disney+. © 2021 Lucasfilm Ltd. & ™. All Rights Reserved.

For anyone who is a fan of The Clone Wars show, this show is going to feel right at home. It perfectly connects to the previous series in many ways, not only with the characters, but with the look and purpose of the show as well. The scores, the cinematography, the action scenes — they all feel like we are getting another season of The Clone Wars, and that is not a bad thing. 

Of course this show will be focusing more on The Bad Batch, as well as newcomer Omega, but there are other Star Wars characters that have been teased to appear, including Fennec Shand from The Mandalorian, voiced by Ming-Na Wen. It is also assumed that viewers will see a lot more of the Emperor and Admiral Tarkin, as the world immediately after Order 66 is explored in depth. 

The first episode of the new series is near film length, which was the right call to make. It allows the viewers to fully embrace the world after Order 66 without feeling rushed. That being said, it leaves a lot of cliffhangers out there and sets up for some major things to go down later on in the show. There are some fantastic action scenes, on point animation, and the story set up is near flawless. it feels so good to be back among the clones.

Do You Have To Have Seen The Clone Wars Show?

One of the great things about The Bad Batch is that while yes, it picks up directly after Star Wars: The Clone Wars show ends — perhaps there is even a little bit of an overlay there, but you do not have to have seen the show to understand it. While you would know a little bit more about some of the characters and what they have been through, allowing you to connect more with them, the first episode does a fantastic job of giving the audience an overview of it all through dialogue that fits into a natural conversation.

And yes, the announcer at the beginning of the episodes is back, giving a quick rundown of what has happened previously, and where the particular episode will go. Something that fans all love about The Clone Wars show and will be happy to hear back in action.

Admiral Tarkin Bad Batch

Admiral Tarkin in a scene from “STAR WARS: THE BAD BATCH”, exclusively on Disney+. © 2021 Lucasfilm Ltd. & ™. All Rights Reserved.

Overall Thoughts

The Bad Batch does a great job of bringing Star Wars fans, especially those from The Clone Wars television show, back into the world that they know and love. Seeing this group of clones back in action, picking up right from the ending of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, could have been a hit or miss, but luckily, it is a hit. Diving deeper into this ragtag group of clones, and what happened to them after Order 66, is something fans might not have known they needed, but they certainly do. 

Of course, adding more characters into the story like Omega, is the right way to do it, while still giving fans more of the characters they have come to know over the course of the animated, and live action, Star Wars movies and series. This show feels exactly like The Clone Wars, likely because it is from the brilliant mind of Dave Filoni, who has proven many times over that he knows what he is doing when in charge of these characters. 

The perfect welcome back into this world fans know and love, The Bad Batch has action, drama, & introduces Omega, who is sure to be a fan favorite!

About Star Wars: The Bad Batch

Star Wars: The Bad Batch” follows the elite and experimental clones of the Bad Batch (first introduced in “The Clone Wars”) as they find their way in a rapidly changing galaxy in the immediate aftermath of the Clone War. Members of Bad Batch – a unique squad of clones who vary genetically from their brothers in the Clone Army – each possess a singular exceptional skill that makes them extraordinarily effective soldiers and a formidable crew.

Star Wars: The Bad Batch” makes its debut on Disney+ Tuesday, May 4, with a special 70-minute premiere, followed by new episodes every Friday starting on May 7.