Order 66 is one of the darkest events on the Star Wars timeline – and the Revenge of the Sith revealed you only to its main beats. If you played the 2019 video game The fallen order of the Jedifor example, it successfully captures the horror of watching the clone army turn to the Jedi and the shock of its event to the survivors. There was definitely more to say at this gloomy time in war history.
In The Clone Wars, the sequel to The Star Wars, you watch a bunch of clones try to figure out why their brothers just turned to their former allies. It’s a whole order of the aftermath of 66 and what happens to the galaxy right after that – friends become enemies and whole worlds are shaped around them. The empire, as we know it, is rapidly rising from the collapse of the republic.
Introduced in The Clone Wars, Bad Batch – known as Clone Force 99 – is a bunch of customized clone soldiers specifically modified to offer specialties in combat. Hunter, the director who uses the bandana, has senses – he’s mostly the protagonist of the show. Tech is an intelligent and fast-talking IT expert with C-3PO tones. Echo is a semi-cyber soldier who can interact with computers that were first introduced earlier in the Clone Wars series. Crosshair is a dangerous and incredibly accurate shooter. In contrast, the destroyer of the group’s raw material is the group’s tank. Dee Bradley Baker, a longtime voice actor behind all the clones in the Star Wars animated series, plays all the protagonists.
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Watching this crew try to figure out exactly what happened with the call to Order 66 is one of the most interesting things in this opening episode. While other clones are launched by the Jedi, Bad Batch does not. The show successfully sells the idea that the Star Wars universe has changed around characters almost overnight, and that the emperor stole his creature from under the galaxy.
You might think this makes the show an incredibly dark proposition because Bad Batch’s former allies, the Jedi, are now being destroyed under politics. Well, the show has a way to get around it.
Anna Omega, a young girl who lives among the clones of Kamino and who exists to give the show a more youthful energy – she provides a way for younger viewers, just like Ezra Bridger did in the Rebels or Ahsoka Tano did at the beginning of the film. The Clone Wars. Omega gives the show a bit of contrast, so you don’t just watch a bunch of bursts of soldiers being expressed by the same (very talented) man trying to survive life in the galaxy. We’ll give you more information about Omega by watching the series.
Based on this opening cycle, The Bad Batch maintains the adventure structure of the week, and totally it doesn’t go that dark. There are strong suggestions that the relationship between the members of Bad Batch will change over time, which may make for some convincing character along the way, and its producers hope the show lands in the second season.
While a fan of Clone Wars has a clear advantage in terms of character familiarity and the deeper history of the Prequel trilogy era, you don’t need any of that baggage to enjoy the Bad Bad lot.
However, it is worth saying that for sure feel as a sequel to this show – if Lucasfilm’s CG series hasn’t caught up with you before, and you’re a curious floating viewer who loves Mandaloria, this probably won’t change your mind. It’s awesome in terms of age for a wider audience than Mando, which speaks to some of the creative choices in the series. It feels like it could appear on a Saturday morning, despite the gloomy tones of the subject.
Still, it’s great that newcomers can check this out and see if it’s their thing. It’s welcome to watch the original Star Wars stuff right now – because assuming we see the likes of Andor, The Mandalorian season 3 and Obi-Wan Kenobi Hitting Disney Plus next year, this may be the last time Star Wars is a slightly quieter time in our lives.
Star Wars: The first episode of Bad Batch is now available on Disney Plus, and new episodes are released every Friday.