Star Wars: The Bad Batch TV Review
May 4, 2021 by: Alex Maidy
Plot: Star Wars: The Bad Batch follows the elite and experimental clones of the Bad Batch as they find their way in a rapidly changing galaxy in the immediate aftermath of the Clone War. Members of Bad Batch—a unique squad of clones who vary genetically from their brothers in the Clone Army—each possess a singular exceptional skill that makes them extraordinarily effective soldiers and a formidable crew.
Review: Happy Star Wars Day! With Resistance and The Clone Wars coming to an end in 2020, there has not been much new Star Wars animation. But, as announced in last year's investment presentation, Dave Filoni's beloved series continues in the form of sequel/spin-off The Bad Batch. Focused on characters introduced in the final season of The Clone Wars, this new series presents a unique perspective in the expanding franchise with minimal Jedi but the promise of connections to The Mandalorian and other upcoming Disney+ series. In short, this is a series that will appeal to fans of the animated series that came before it while delivering a new story that shares more in common with The Mandalorian than the Skywalker saga.
The first two episodes of The Bad Batch were made available for this review and they deliver a clear tone and narrative that will propel this series forward. The first seconds of the premiere episode, which clocks in at a feature-length 70 minutes, features The Clone Wars logo burning into the new series title. We then hear the familiar intro narration that accompanied each episode of the preceding series. The first episode, titled "Aftermath", picks up from the moments just before Emperor Palpatine executed Order 66. We then see some overlap with the events from the final act of Revenge of the Sith, firmly setting this series' place in the Star Wars timeline. From there, The Bad Batch breaks off to tell its own story centered on the title characters.
For those unfamiliar, The Bad Batch is comprised of Hunter, Wrecker, Tech, Crosshair, and Echo (all voiced by Dee Bradley Baker who also lends his talents to every Clone Trooper including Captain Rex). These defective troopers all have distinct personalities and traits which makes them much more fun to watch than the standard Jango Fett copies. Each has a unique ability that makes them work well as a team and often disagree about how to approach missions. When they first appeared in The Clone Wars, they offered a nice view different from the faceless Republic soldiers. Here, after not being triggered by the Order 66 command, they are put to the test by Moff Tarkin who wants to do away with the clone program and replace the Empire's forces with recruited stormtroopers.
Without divulging too much about the plot, Clone Force 99 becomes an enemy of the Empire and heads out on the run from their former clone brethren. Over the feature-length premiere episode, which feels like a cohesive story and not a pair of episodes crammed together, the action is intense and the storyline slightly more mature than what we got from The Clone Wars. The stakes are clearly not tied to the Jedi despite familiar names being mentioned. As teased in the trailer, we do meet Rogue One character Saw Gerrera and in upcoming episodes, we will meet The Mandalorian's Fennec Shand as voiced by the great Ming-Na Wen. But, this first episode puts the Bad Batch front and center.
While the Empire and the fall of the Republic are major elements to the story and the series is set firmly in the Star Wars universe, this series feels different. Like The Mandalorian, it exists within the canon of George Lucas' creation but it tells a very un-Skywalker story. Thematically, there are a lot of similarities that echo the relationship between Mando and Baby Yoda (aka Grogu) as well as the dynamic in Rebels between Ezra Bridger and Kanan. The Bad Batch takes the heroic Clone Troopers from The Clone Wars and turns them into villains which makes the titular squad all the more enjoyable to watch as they are not the evil, faceless soldiers that gunned down the Jedi. These characters are fun to watch even if the story does start to treat some cliche moments with the new character Omega.
With a story that continues to show that Star Wars can be about more than lightsabers, Jedi, and Sith lords, The Bad Batch is a fun action series with quick pacing and solid writing. While I was never a huge fan of the animations style of these series, I was able to tolerate it in order to enjoy this tale. If you are not a fan of Dave Filoni's animated Star Wars properties, you likely won't be converted by The Bad Batch. If you don't like Star Wars without the main Original Trilogy characters, you likely won't be convinced by this series, either. But, if you enjoy any world-building that expands the canon set in a galaxy far, far away, you will enjoy this show.
Star Wars: The Bad Batch debuts May 4th on Disney+.
Star Wars May the 4th celebratory content coming to Disney+
May 3, 2021 by: Steve Seigh
May the 4th, otherwise known as Star Wars Day, is nearly upon us! That means it’s time to throw your robes in the wash and change the batteries in your lightsaber because this year’s celebration is going to be one for the books. On Star Wars Day, Disney+ will release a brand-new original Star Wars series, Star Wars: The Bad Batch; a first-of-its-kind Star Wars-themed short from The Simpsons; and multiple themed cinematic experiences in celebration of a galaxy far, far away.
Steel yourselves, my Padawans, because your Disney+ subscription is about to be worth all the credits you’ve been paying for it.
Per today’s exciting Star Wars Day press release:
As a special treat for fans, Disney+ will debut Maggie Simpson in ‘The Force Awakens From Its Nap, a new Star Wars-inspired short, bringing characters from the Star Wars galaxy to the fictional town of Springfield. The new promotional short is the first of several from The Simpsons that Disney+ will release throughout the year paying tribute to the service’s marquee brands and titles.
Additionally, to celebrate the creativity and artistry of the Star Wars community, Lucasfilm and Disney+ have commissioned original artwork to take over the service for several days – a first for the platform. A global group of artists and Star Wars fans has created illustrations representing an assortment of Star Wars movies and original series, bringing them to life in their own unique styles. The artwork will be featured on the service until May 9 and will also be available for purchase through Amazon.
Premiering May 4, 2021 at 12:00am PT
Star Wars: The Bad Batch
The series follows the elite and experimental clones of the Bad Batch (first introduced in “The Clone Wars”) as they find their way in a rapidly changing galaxy in the immediate aftermath of the Clone War. Members of Bad Batch – a unique squad of clones who vary genetically from their brothers in the Clone Army — each possess a singular exceptional skill that makes them extraordinarily effective soldiers and a formidable crew. In the post-Clone War era, they will take on daring mercenary missions as they struggle to stay afloat and find a new purpose.
Maggie Simpson in The Force Awakens From Its Nap
In a daycare far, far away… but still in Springfield, Maggie is on an epic quest for her stolen pacifier. Her adventure brings her face-to-face with young Padawans, Sith Lords, familiar droids, Rebel scum, and an ultimate battle against the dark side, in this original short celebrating the Star Wars galaxy.
Star Wars Biomes
Take a virtual vacation to some of the Star Wars films’ most iconic and beloved locations like Hoth, Tatooine, and Sorgan as this charming series whisks you off for fly-over tours of a galaxy far, far away.
Star Wars Vehicle Flythroughs
Get up-close-and-personal with two of the Star Wars films’ most iconic and beloved ships as this charming content leads viewers on an exploration of the memorable interiors and exteriors of the Millennium Falcon and an Imperial Star Destroyer.
As your attorney, I advise you to take the day off tomorrow so you can enjoy all the new Star Wars content uninterrupted. Enjoy, and May the 4th be with you, always.
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Star Wars: The Bad Batch trailer and May 4th launch date unveiled
March 30, 2021 by: Steve Seigh
Today, Disney+ unveiled a new trailer for its animated series from Lucasfilm, Star Wars: The Bad Batch, which is now set to premiere on Star Wars Day, May 4th.
The series follows the elite and experimental clones of the Bad Batch (first introduced in The Clone Wars) as they find their way in a rapidly changing galaxy in the immediate aftermath of the Clone War. Members of Bad Batch — a unique squad of clones who vary genetically from their brothers in the Clone Army — each possess a singular exceptional skill, which makes them extraordinarily effective soldiers and a formidable crew. In the post-Clone War era, they will take on daring mercenary missions as they struggle to stay afloat and find their place in a galaxy far, far away.
In addition to introducing us to the Clone Force 99 crew – Hunter, Echo, Tech, and Wrecker – the trailer also highlights The Mandalorian’s Fennec Shaw (Ming-Na Wen), who appears in the new show.
If you ask me, Star Wars: The Bad Batch looks super slick. Each character, as well as the world, has been given a spit shine, and the Clone Wars universe has never looked better. Fans can expect plenty of jaw-dropping visuals in addition to meaningful character moments from the new team. The Bad Batch may be under the thumb of the Empire at the start, but soon they’ll break the chains that bind them and strike out on their own.
Star Wars: The Bad Batch will premiere with a special 70-minute episode, with new episodes arriving every Friday, starting May 7th.
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Star Wars: The Bad Batch animated series headed to Disney+ in 2021
July 13, 2020 by: Gaius Bolling
The STAR WARS universe will continue to expand on Disney+. It has been announced that the streamer has ordered the next Lucasfilm animated series Star Wars: The Bad Batch which is set to premiere in 2021.
Dave Filoni, who is behind Clone Wars and The Mandalorian, will return for The Bad Batch 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) with Carrie Beck (The Mandalorian, Star Wars Rebels) as co-executive producer and Josh Rimes as producer (Star Wars Resistance. Agnes Chu, senior vice president of Content at Disney+, had this to say about the latest Star Wars adventure.
“Giving new and existing fans the final chapter of ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ has been our honor at Disney+, and we are overjoyed by the global response to this landmark series. While the Clone Wars may have come to its conclusion, our partnership with the groundbreaking storytellers and artists at Lucasfilm Animation is only beginning. We are thrilled to bring Dave Filoni’s vision to life through the next adventures of the Bad Batch.”
Star Wars: The Bad Batch will follow the elite and experimental clones of the Bad Batch that were first introduced in Clone Wars. As they find their way in a rapidly changing galaxy in the immediate aftermath of the Clone War, members of Bad Batch – a unique squad of clones who vary genetically from their brothers in the Clone Army — each possess a singular exceptional skill which makes them extraordinarily effective soldiers and a formidable crew. In the post-Clone War era, they will take on daring mercenary missions as they struggle to stay afloat and find a new purpose.
The Star Wars animated series’ tend to be well-received by fans and this could be another winner for Disney+ which has seen a great response for The Mandalorian. I think holding off on new STAR WARS film and focusing on the television universe allows for a bit more creative freedom and time to really flesh out stories that the fans will enjoy.
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