May the 4th is here and a very happy Star Wars Day to you all. And in the celebrations that occur on this auspicious day, we’ve been treated to the all-new Star Wars animated series, Star Wars: The Bad Batch and this series is shaping to be something special for Disney+ fans.
Following the exploits of an elite special forces clone unit, Clone Force 99, also known as ‘The Bad Batch”, who consist of troopers Hunter, Echo, Tech, Wrecker and Crosshair, as they embark on highly classified missions across the galaxy. But in the wake of Emperor Palpatine’s purge of the Jedi Order, this group of soldiers begins to see things differently, and they will have to choose their own path: whether they blindly follow orders or stand up for what is right and just.
Fans of the Star Wars animated series will be in heaven with this new series which teams up the supreme Star Wars talent of Dave Filoni with head writer Jennifer Corbett and supervising director Brad Rau and the result is something that we haven’t seen before in the Star Wars universe. While the Clone Wars closely followed the adventures of the Jedi Order and its leading members, this series is stepping much more into the space of the military thriller and the action that it promises is full of high-intensity and gripping new character development.
In a 75 minute presentation, we are introduced to Clone Force 99, better known as ‘The Bad Batch’, who are ‘the elite of the elite’ of all clone troopers and whose mutant abilities marks them out as a fearsome group of outcasts within the Star Wars galaxy. Each member of the team has his own unique talents, and noted voice actor Dee Bradley Baker has a great vocal command that keeps all these characters unique and different. Each of them has a role to play in this series and the focus on teamwork and creativity to overcome an objective keeps things interesting.
Also joining the series is New Zealand actress Michelle Ang as Omega, a mysterious girl from Kamino who has a very unique connection to The Bad Batch and who finds herself as a part of their force as things become undone in the wake of the purge of the Jedi Order. Ang gives Omega plenty of spark, and in ‘Aftermath’ new secrets are revealed about her that keeps things very interesting, and I think this will be one character that long time Star Wars fans are really going to grow to love.
While I won’t go into spoilers to ensure the surprises that await in Star Wars: The Bad Batch, I will say that this series is set to explore brand new territory, both in terms of the Star Wars animated series, but also in the greater Star Wars mythology. Its focus on an ensemble cast of characters, all of whom offer very unique perspectives and points-of-view, is sure to also keep things very interesting and I have no doubt that Star Wars fans will be in for a very fun ride with this series as it’s moves forward in its narrative.
There’s no better way than to celebrate May the 4th than with Star Wars: The Bad Batch and this series is set to shake up a galaxy far, far away like never before.
Star Wars: The Bad Batch is available to stream on Disney+
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