The latest ongoing Star Wars series, The Bad Batch, might as well be the best animated series that Disney has produced for the universe.
And if you are one of those people who are considering watching the show without thinking too hard about and watching every little spinoff for “the sake of plotline,” look no further.
I mean, let’s admit it. It gets really confusing with all the ABYs and BBYs to keep up with. Not to forget the franchise’s vast film bank.
Thankfully, The Bad Batch is not as complicated—it’s pretty easy to place in the Star Wars timeline if you’re already familiar with the Clone Wars that happened sometime between the events of Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.
Moreover, Clone Wars fans must already know the protagonists of this show—the infamous Clone Force 99 aka The Bad Batch. This series follows the same batch of “defected” clones.
1. Where does the Bad Batch fit into the timeline?
The latest Disney+ series – The Bad Batch – is a part of the Clone Wars timeline in the Star Wars universe. It picks up right after the end of Clone Wars that ended with the execution of Order 66 and before the events of Star Wars: Rebels.
Tech, Hunter, Crosshair, Echo, and Wrecker together make Clone Force 99. They are a bunch of highly intelligent clones who have been modified genetically, letting them have above-average strength and intelligence.
Now that the Clone Force 99 is getting a show to themselves, “Star Wars: The Bad Batch” begins at a significant moment on the timeline. It happens on the day when the clone troopers are ordered to “Execute Order 66” as they follow the fighting orders against Planet Kaller.
Order 66 places The Bad Batch just after The Clone Wars ending, at the end of Revenge of the Sith. It places the show at year 19BBY (Before Battle of Yavin). This was back when Rebels weren’t all that prominent.
Then comes Star Wars: Rebels, where Rebels win in the battle against the empires, Or the Battle of Yavin, which takes place right at the end of the New Hope.
In conclusion, The Bad Batch is snuggled cozily in between the Clone Wars and Rebels.
2. Who does The Bas Batch follow?
As I have said before, the new Star Wars show revolves around Clone Force 99, also known as the Bad Batch. The show starts at the point when the Clone Troopers are ordered to execute Order 66. So naturally, the Clone Troopers are designed to follow the orders mindlessly, no matter how harsh or cruel they are.
But the genetically modified Clone Force 99 started to become aware and make decisions for themselves. This led to a lot of things happening, with the Galactic Empire being led by Emperor Palpatine.
The Bad Batch can be watched as a standalone show. You don’t have to watch every other show that is related to it. If you are looking for great animations and action, you’re going to enjoy The Bad Batch.
In case you want to know more about Clone Force 99’s history, you can go ahead and watch the last season of Clone Wars, where the Bad Batch first appeared. But other than that, you don’t really need to know a lot about the show.
3. What is the plot of The Bad Batch?
The Bad Batch is set immediately after the empire set Order 66 into motion. It follows a bunch of genetically “defective” clones who are stronger than your average Clone Troopers. They are capable of free will and cause trouble for the empire by defying their orders.
The era that Bad Batch takes place in was the darker times in Star Wars history, where the rise of the empire was the talk of the town. Clone Force 99 will also set Caleb free, which led to even more significant problems for the empire. I will not spoil the rest of it. Watch it if you haven’t already!
4. 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.
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.