They call themselves the Bad Batch, and they’re ready for their next mission.
Lucasfilm and The Walt Disney Company have given us a date for Star Wars: The Bad Batch, and the animated series will debut on May the 4th — aka Star Wars Day.
With a little over a month to go, let’s take a look at what we can expect from the bold new animated series!
Who Are the Bad Batch?
They’re the baddest of the bad from Clone Force 99. These elite and experimental troopers were first introduced in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. They are a unique squad of clones who vary genetically from the rest of the Clone Army, and each possesses an exceptional skill. They’re a formidable crew of ruthless soldiers when confronted in combat.
Now, we’ll get to see the Bad Batch find their way and navigate daring missions in a rapidly changing galaxy, immediately after the Clone War.
The new series takes place in the immediate aftermath of The Clone Wars, which follows Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. Perhaps we’ll finally get some answers to unresolved plot points leftover from The Clone Wars. After all, the series was canceled after its sixth season when Disney bought Lucasfilm. It left plenty of planned story arcs to explore.
It was already confirmed that Dee Bradley Baker would return from The Clone Wars as the voice of all the clone troopers in the series. This includes the members of the Bad Batch.
The new series will follow Hunter, Echo, Wrecker, Crosshair, and Tech. After avoiding the mind control of Order 66 (presumably due to their genetic mutations), the Bad Batch becomes a roaming team taking odd jobs across the galaxy.
Fennec Shand Will Make Her Animated Debut
We also know that we’ll see Fennec Shand again in The Bad Batch. Brought to life in The Mandalorian by Ming-Na Wen, she quickly became a fan favorite, so it comes as no surprise that we’ll be getting more of her character.
Aside from playing a role in Lucasfilm’s other new series, The Book of Boba Fett, Fennec will also make her animated debut in The Bad Batch. And thanks to the show’s spot in the timeline, we’ll see Fennec years before she crosses paths with Din Djarin and Boba Fett.
Star Wars: The Bad Batch is executive produced by fan-favorite Dave Filoni (The Mandalorian, Star Wars: The Clone Wars), along with Athena Portillo (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels), Brad Rau (Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars Resistance), and Jennifer Corbett (Star Wars Resistance, NCIS).
In other words, I would assume it’s probably going to be pretty amazing. And judging by the official trailer that was released, it looks like I assumed correctly!
Star Wars: The Bad Batch is set to hit Disney+ on May 4th, 2021 (Star Wars Day!), with the second episode following close behind on May 7th. Subsequent episodes will be released weekly on Fridays.