Star Wars: The Bad Batch made its big debut yesterday on Disney+. The series, which was first ordered by the streaming service back in July 2020, follows the Bad Batch of cloonetroopers introduced in Season 7 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and is a standalone/ sequel focusing on the group.
Titled “Aftermath”, the show picks up after Palpatine’s deadly Order 66, which saw all Jedi masters being executed. Amongst the commotion, The Bad Batch (Hunter, Wrecker, Tech, Crosshair and Echo) comes across Omega, a clone similar to them.
Later, when the group is dispatched to execute fugitives from the Empire under the guise of being “insurgents,” they decide to go rogue. However, during their return to Kamino for Omega’s extraction, they are captured, and Crosshair is reprogrammed to go against the others. This causes the rest to flee from the planet without him.
The episode also featured several easter eggs. Significant among them are Crosshair’s black suit which could be a hint that he is the first Death Trooper, Obi-Wan Kenobi’s fight with General Grievous, which confirms the Revenge of the Sith timeline and the appearance of Caleb Dune aka. Kanan Jarrus from another Disney series, Star Wars: Rebels.
Furthermore, Anakin Skywalker makes a brief comeback as Saw Gerrera is recognized to be the man trained by the former. Although Anakin did train Gerrera among other people of Onderon to fight against the oppressive Separatists, it’s upsetting that he ends up subjugating them.
Within a day of the episode’s release on Disney+, IMDb has already rated the show a 9.2. It has amassed positive reviews from fans and critics alike, with Jesse Schdeen of IGN deeming the premiere episode “a worthy successor” of The Clone Wars.
The Bad Batch received much praise on the Twitterati as well, with many sharing their opinions over the show’s excellent pilot. Check them out here:
The story, which picks up after the events of the Clone Wars will see the rogue clonetroopers venturing on dangerous missions following their insurgency against the Galactic Empire. Along the way, the group will also recruit Omega to join their team.
But, as of now, their fate without Crosshair remains dark, especially not knowing what their future holds.
About Star Wars: The Bad Batch
Star Wars: The Bad Batch is an American animated show created by Dave Filoni for Disney+. It is both a sequel and a spin-off of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The series’ renewal was announced right before season 1’s two-part finale.
Dee Bradley Baker reprises his role as voice actor for all the clone troopers from the previous Star Wars animated projects. Additionally joining him are Ming-Na Wen, Stephen Stanton, Andrew Kishino and Michelle Ang.
The Bad Batch follows the elite and experimental troopers of Clone Force 99 as they find their way in a rapidly changing galaxy in the immediate aftermath of the Clone Wars. Choosing to become an independent group of mercenaries the show will see them undertake dangerous missions.