The bad batch arrived today as the latest star Wars spinoff series for disney plus. It’s a different, less show than previous animated shows like The Clone Wars or Rebels, focusing on a squad of cloned soldiers, Clone Force 99 – the titular “Bad Batch” – and its struggle to find a place in the galaxy after the rise of the Empire.
Unlike other clone soldiers, Bad Batch members are cloned with a focus on specific genetic abnormalities. Hunter, for example, has improved senses, while Wrecker is far larger and stronger than the average clone.
The Bad Lot is presented for the first time in the resurrected seventh season of Dave Filoni̵
Knowledge from the previous seven seasons of Clone Wars or the four seasons of Rebels it is not important to enjoy The bad batch, at least for now. The show took a long time to reintroduce the team at the beginning of the extended first episode. However, acquaintance with the broad events of The revenge of the Sith and the fall of the Republic are useful. Knowing the preferences of the show’s creator Dave Filoni to refer to his other series, this is almost guaranteed The bad batch will eventually pass with characters and events from Clone Wars,, Rebels, or even The Mandalorian at some point along the line.
And that’s something in general. The bad batch is an early review of the next wave of star Wars shows: a tower of spinoffs to spinoffs, each of which connects and builds previous shows and movies.
This is something we have already seen the first views from the live action. The success of The Mandalorianthe second season has already spawned not one but three different spinoffs (Ashoka, Rangers of the New Republic, and Bob Fett’s book), which will eventually end with The Avengers-eski crossover in the coming years.
If any of this sounds familiar to you, it’s because Disney already uses virtually identical tactics with its Marvel Studios movies and Disney Plus shows: building an interconnected storyline that spans a wide range of shows and movies to engage viewers. and keep them subscribed to Disney Plus this and head to the theaters.
Disney has experienced something similar before with its first attempts at smashing star Wars from the mold of the Skywalker Saga, but the cinematic spinoffs like it Rogue One or Solo did not become a breakthrough success on a par with more popular films. However, these films were aimed at being connective tissue, filling in the missing connections between the episodes or overshadowing the story of the characters we have already met. Instead of doing star Wars feel like a bigger universe, they have had the adverse effect of making it smaller
The bad batch seeks to solve this problem with a stricter focus on a relatively new group of clones that strike out on their own. This is not the broad scope of the extensive conflict of the entire Clone Wars or the beginning of the emerging rebellion, which means that we will hopefully be able to create a new area of star Wars the universe instead of just revisiting the old ones.
Much of this depends on how independent they are from the series The bad batchthe creators want to do. The Mandalorianfor example, it seems to be on a similar trajectory to begin, but in its second season the show fell back into the mass flow star Wars Luke Skywalker’s cameo trail, Boba Fett’s guest episodes, darksaber duels and more. It’s easy to imagine The bad batch descent on a similar route. (The first episode, for example, already sees an appearance from Rogue Oneis Saw Gerrera and finer Rebels cameo.)
However, we hope so The bad batch will be the first of a new wave of star Wars spinoffs, which outlines its own course in the universe with new stories. Because with the number of Disney Plus shows and movies in the Disney documentation, branching into new parts of the galaxy will be essential – after all, there are still many galaxies that need to be explored.