After spending six seasons knowing some of the clones that make up the Great Army of the Republic, it became Season 7 ofStar Wars: The Clone Wars“Introduced us to The Bad Batch or Clone Force 99, a group of clones with genetic malfunctions that give them enhanced skills and personalities straight out of a 1980s action movie. While their initial introduction to the aforementioned animated series felt a little out of place, the team’s first solo adventure was in the aptly titled title, “Star Wars: The Bad Batch“Is much more justified as it adds a new perspective and time period to the larger story of the galaxy far, far away.
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Probably the best part of the premiere episode, which lasts 72 minutes (even if it feels a lot like three episodes pieced together), takes us back to the moments immediately before the devastating Order 66. We meet Caleb Dume (Freddie Prinze Jr.) the boy who would one day become Kanan Jarrus by “Star Wars: Rebels, “Sounds like a 40-year-old man in a teenager’s body. The scene serves as a reintroduction to the title Bad Batch and their unique skills and personalities, as we see them shoot their way through an armada of droids without a backup, in a visually stunning sequence that shows just how far the franchise has come, animation – wise.
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Similar to “The Mandalorian“The Bad Batch” is all about the transition between the Republic and the Galactic Empire. The first episode even recreated Palpatine’s speech when he played the role of Emperor of the First Galactic Empire from “Revenge of the Sith“And even when we are shown hundreds of thousands of clones in the audience, the first thing they do is cheer at the news that the war is finally over Kevin Kiner presents a different story.
In the best case, “The Bad Batch” serves as a bridge between two epochs of “The Bad Batch”war of stars“As represents the unseen time when the Empire was just beginning, and most people still thought it was perfectly normal for a man to suddenly declare himself emperor and order the genocide of the entire Jedi Order. It is small details like changing the name of the currency to imperial credits or implementing chain codes as a form of identification throughout the galaxy that help paint the picture of a changing galaxy as it penetrates deeper into authoritarianism. The Bad Batch “delves deeper into the idea of clones, the series offers something unique to the franchise.
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We’ve seen stories of clones questioning their existence and purpose as war machines, but The Bad Batch goes further and presents these questions once the clones face an existential crisis. What are clones specially bred for war after the war is over? What will happen to them when the Empire nears conscription? The first episode doesn’t offer many answers, but it does suggest a more complex exploration of these topics as the series progresses.
At this point, singing the voice actor’s praise may feel like a broken record Dee Bradley BakerBut more than ever, “The Bad Batch” feels like a showcase of his acting skills as he speaks 90% of the characters on the show. You’d think another actor sneaked in and recorded lines for at least some of the clones, considering how different they sound, and yet Baker makes sure that the clones are subtle but noticeably descended from the same ancestral ways as their speech pattern and the tempo in their voices.
But of course, Clone Force 99 isn’t alone as we meet an enigmatic new kid named Omega, a medical assistant on Kamino with a mysterious past. While the show may avoid this danger, it’s hard not to think of this character as a franchise forcing another unnecessary mystery box like Baby Yoda or Rey. There are enough enigmatic lines in this hint at a larger purpose and backstory that are meant to be made up of fan speculation rather than to serve the show’s story.
It’s too early to say if we really needed to see the immediate aftermath of the end of the Clone Wars and if The Bad Batch is the right show to tell that story, but after the first episode it looks promising. Clone Force 99 is made up of underdogs and rulers, so they are already tailored to be “Star Wars” protagonists, and their role as underdogs even within the larger clone army makes them the perfect replacement for the audience in a fascinating transition time at the larger “Star Wars” universe where the good guys have died or disappeared and no one has noticed that the bad guys are in charge. [B]
The first episode of “Star Wars: The Bad Batch” is available now on Disney +.