The Bad Batch, Lucasfilm’s subsequent animated sequence from a galaxy far, far-off with, premieres on Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar on Star Wars Day — that’s May 4, as in “May the Fourth” be with you. The Clone Wars spin-off is about throughout the aftermath of the eponymous battle and follows Clone Force 99, a gaggle of elite clone troopers, each of whom has genetic mutations that grant them distinctive experience. The Bad Batch comes from Star Wars veteran Dave Filoni, who has beforehand labored on Star Wars: The Clone Wars, created Star Wars Rebels and Star Wars Resistance and is now joint in command of the Star Wars cinematic universe with The Mandalorian creator Jon Favreau.
“We think of The Bad Batch as a spiritual successor to The Clone Wars,” Brad Rau, supervising director on The Bad Batch, knowledgeable journalists over Zoom. “So there’s a lot in common. When we start our first episode, we’re backing up a little bit, timewise, from what we’ve seen at the very end of the Clone Wars. It’s something that Dave Filoni wanted us to do. And it’s really exciting to see how things come about, like Order 66. Having these characters that we only know a little bit about from the final season of The Clone Wars allows us to carry on that legacy and storytelling of The Clone Wars but through new characters’ eyes.”
In the Star Wars galaxy, Order 66 refers to a Sith plot masterminded by Sith Lord Darth Sidious — larger known as Emperor Palpatine — that seen behavioral modification biochips planted throughout the brains of all clone troopers deployed by the Republic. With the flick of a change, Order 66 was executed. It termed all Jedi as traitors and their very personal clone trooper allies turned on them, slaughtering the Jedi Order throughout the course of. Star Wars: The Bad Batch begins roughly throughout the equivalent time and finds the titular group now working for the newfound Empire, as are all the alternative non-mutated clones.
“That was one of the most exciting things for us to dive into with this series,” Jennifer Corbett, head writer on The Bad Batch, acknowledged. “When you discuss concerning the finish of the Clone Wars, what that appears like for not solely Clone Force 99, however the clones generally. And what the galaxy appears to be like like as a result of it is not the Empire that everyone is so used to from the unique trilogy and from Star Wars Rebels, the place it was on the peak of its dominance over the galaxy.
“It’s the beginning stages of that. [The Bad Batch shows] what the galaxy is going through immediately when the war is over. How some planets and systems are happy the war’s over and are embracing the Empire because of that. And others are a little bit wearier of the Empire and what their reign truly means. In terms of the Bad Batch, it was fun to sort of explore their feelings, because, with the Republic, they were given a lot of freedom. But with the Empire. they run things a little differently, and we wanted to show how the Batch reacts to that.”
“The Bad Batch again is an interesting point of view on that because they’re not ‘regs’,” Rau added, referring to frequent clone troopers as regs. “Even the way they consider their brothers. We deal with how they are now on the opposite side in this growing Empire. The regs are suddenly the face of the enemy, just like we see in [Star Wars: Episode III –] Revenge of the Sith.”
Thanks to its setting and animation trend, The Bad Batch feels a lot like The Clone Wars. But that’s not the one Star Wars sequence that it resembles. The Bad Batch has elite warrior(s) who placed on helmets throughout the lead. There’s moreover a youthful girl Omega (voiced by Michelle Ang) throughout the mix, who ends up beneath the care of Hunter (Dee Bradley Baker), The Bad Batch’s unofficial chief. In the early episodes — I’ve seen two — Hunter has to hassle caring for Omega and even makes an attempt to dump her right into a family, because of the assumption she could have a safer life with them. This all sounds a lot like the current Star Wars hit The Mandalorian.
“I think what’s connecting all of these shows, is the idea of change,” Corbett acknowledged after I requested her in regards to the similarities. “And I see the similarities with The Mandalorian when it comes to how he is taking up this new function. And that is very a lot what the Batch is doing. Now that every part has modified, they’re questioning the place they slot in and the place they belong. Because the warfare is over, what’s their objective now, if to not be troopers?
“And when you add a child into that mix, suddenly these elite soldiers who are used to being able to tackle any mission are completely fish out of water in terms of how to raise and be a guardian for a child. At least with Omega, she’s older, she is her person [as opposed to Grogu/ Baby Yoda]. And I think that the dynamic between them is so interesting because she’s very different in how she was raised versus how they were raised.”
Rau thinks the similarities are all the way down to the reality that virtually all Star Wars is concerning the family. “Some of these similarities might feel more common [here] or at least they start more common,” Rau added. “Whether you’re talking about grizzled warriors and a young girl, like we are in our show, or anything else around it, the sense of how a family works together as a military unit but more than that, just looking out for each other — [those] are themes that are important in this show.”
Star Wars: The Bad Batch may share a character with The Mandalorian — Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen), an elite mercenary launched throughout the first season when Mando visited Tatooine. Shand was seemingly killed in that episode nonetheless she made a miraculous return in The Mandalorian season 2, revealing that Boba Fett had saved her. Shand would later help Fett to take over the Hutt palace — which established The Book of Boba Fett spin-off sequence which will additionally embrace her. Given that The Mandalorian takes place after the autumn of the Empire, The Bad Batch will attribute quite a bit youthful Shand.
There are usually not lower than two further ties to the larger Star Wars cinematic universe on The Bad Batch. Resistance fighter Saw Gerrera (voiced by Andrew Kishino), launched in The Clone Wars and later carried out by Forest Whitaker in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, may also be involved. And then there’s Death Star commander Grand Moff Tarkin — or fairly Admiral Tarkin (voiced by Stephen Stanton) on The Bad Batch, as he is however to ascend the place made well-known by Peter Cushing throughout the genuine 1977 Star Wars movie.
“Something we try to do is keep this show true to what Star Wars is at its core, and that’s something that Dave Filoni is always teaching us and pressing upon us,” Corbett acknowledged. “In terms of like characters that we get to see, it’s so tempting to want to use everybody, because we’re all fans of Star Wars. So we want to play with all those toys. But it’s a balancing act between why we use certain people, with also wanting to introduce everybody to new characters because it is a big galaxy. So we don’t want it to feel too small. We want to get to explore other people’s points of view and perspectives.”
Rau added: “When we do get a chance to get a character to fit into this storyline, I mean we freak out. It’s so fun just talking about it, it’s fun bringing it to life. So much effort was spent, technically, to honor the legacy of any character that we’re familiar with. And that is not only from a casting perspective but the musical cues we use, the way it’s animated, the lighting, the way that all comes together. But we do make sure that someone who doesn’t know who that character is could still follow along. But if you do know who it is, you might cry, you might laugh, maybe both, all of that.”
Star Wars: The Bad Batch premieres on May 4 on Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar. It will debut with a 70-minute explicit episode. New episodes air Friday thereafter.