If you’re a Star Wars fan and you’re only partially familiar with the events of The Clone Wars series, there’s one big reason to tune in to The Bad Batch. This spin-off show will eventually give you a right look at the rise of the Galactic Empire immediately after Order 66 – from the perspective of an elite crowd of clone soldiers discovering the universe around them has changed overnight.
It feels like part of the Star Wars universe that you’ve never seen explored in much detail, except briefly for places like the excellent game The fallen order of the Jedi.
“It was one of the most interesting things we can dive into in this series,” says Jennifer Corbett, Star Wars: The Bad Batch, lead author who begins Disney Plus May 4 In honor of Star Wars Day. “Because when you talk about the end of the Clone Wars – what Clone Force 99, but also the clones in general and what the galaxy looks like – is not the Empire to which everyone is accustomed to the original Trilogy and Star Wars, where it was the height of its dominance against the galaxy.”
The Emperor has just taken control of the galaxy in this exhibition – so you see the Empire in its former state, where entire worlds are in a changing state.
“It’s its initial stage, and what it looks like and what the galaxy will go through right after the war – and how some planets and systems are happy at the end of the war and therefore embrace the kingdom, and others have a little more power over the Empire and what their reign really means.”
Best of the best
Bad Batch tells the story of Clone Force 99 soldiers making their debut in The Clone Wars last season. They were each tailored as experts – Hunter is an exhibition actually the protagonist and crew leader, and has strong senses that make him a resource in battle. Crosshair, on the other hand, is a deadly shooter. The echo, which had a long arc in The Clone Wars, will be cybernetically enhanced to give the team a tactical advantage in battle. Fast-talking, nerdier Tech is a computer expert. Wrecker, on the other hand, is a really big dude with incredible power.
All of the Bad Batch crew members are played by Dee Bradley Baker, the voice of all the clone soldiers in The Clone Wars, which is quite a great achievement considering how many scenes the nominal heroes talk to each other.
“It simply came to our notice then almost all the characters, “Baker says.” There are a few new ones, and there are also a few old ones because you know if you’ve seen the trailer. “Ming-Na Wen repeats his role as Mandalorian’s Fennec. Shand, only earlier on the Star Wars schedule, to which Baker referred here.
“It’s a weird lonely experience, and yeah, I’m doing it in collaboration. [Director] Brad Rau and Jennifer Corbett, they are with me as we make this story together … Often, but not always, only I work through the scene, with myself. But there are times when we also collaborate with another actor. It’s strange. It’s a weird activity, especially nowadays with a virus where everything is now done remotely. “
As characters, The Bad Batch finds themselves losing the autonomy they had throughout the events of the Clone Wars. The presentation explores how it affects them and what their place is in this new world.
“As for Bad Batch, it was fun to explore their feelings because with the Republic, they were given a lot of freedom, and they didn’t really report to anyone except Commander Cody,” Corbett tells us. “But with the Empire, they run things a little differently. And we definitely wanted to show how the lot reacts to that.”
No matter how gloomy this revenge of the Sith is – all the Jedi who haven’t been killed yet are in exile, like Obi-Wan or Yoda, the show is closer to the tone of The Clone Wars than you might think. It still has separate stories, and writers are finding ways to keep the series fun and light, like the work of all Star Wars fiction.
The sequel series
“With The Bad Batch, we think of it as a spiritual successor to the Clone Wars,” says director Brad Rau. “So it has a lot in common. When we even start our first episode, we back up a little bit of time to what we’ve seen at the end of the Clone Wars, so it overlaps. Something Dave Filoni wanted us to do, and it’s really, really exciting to see how things happen, such as Order 66.
“So in that sense we have a lot in common, but we have these characters we know little about from that arc in the last season of The Clone Wars, giving us a chance to continue the legacy and storytelling of the Clone Wars, so someone who doesn’t know the Clone Wars can start forward, and if you know who they are, even better, but that’s one reason we wanted to use those characters. ”
So you don’t need expert knowledge to enjoy the show – publishing on the Disney Plus platform, which is widely available around the world, makes a big difference in how easy this show is compared to a cable-bound series like The Clone Wars. If you’re a Star Wars fan who has never seen an animation project set up in this universe before, you don’t feel like anything would be here. It might even encourage you to start your predecessor’s long 133-episode binge.
“It’s really interesting to see how the Bad Batch team reacts to the changes of change they suddenly face as they move from the republic to the empire,” Baker says when asked how the characters evolve during this first season. “The tensions and differences within this group, this truly fine-tuned group, are brought out in very interesting, even explosive ways because of the pressures of this republic becoming an empire. A universe that is much more authority and rule-based.
“And The Bad Batch, they play by their own rules. While the group has an interesting difference in dynamism in terms of authority and control and worldview, they say. This works in a very big way. During the season.”
I hope this could lead to second season stories with characters. The big question in The Bad Batch is whether you watch the tragedy play or not – from the surface, things don’t look good to the crowd The crowd of Clones currently has a moral compass in the history of Star Wars. It’s not a good time to be a hero.
But whether they survive this ever-changing galaxy – and how they really survive – is definitely a strong hook for the new Star Wars story.
Star Wars: The bad lot starts on May 4th Disney Plus, new episodes will be published every Friday thereafter from May 7th.