To me, one of the most interesting time periods in Star Wars history is the time between the fall of the Galactic Republic and the rise of the Empire. The clones are portrayed as heroes in the prequels to some extent, but much more so in THE CLONE WARS. It was tough to imagine how the clones we knew and loved could turn on their Jedi friends in partners.
Well, luckily, with THE BAD BATCH, we don’t have to imagine anymore. The show follows the seemingly defective Clone Force 99 immediately at the fall of the Republic. The crew is almost like a superhero squad, each with a distinct ability.
The show itself opens with an excellent 70-minute premiere, and while the energy and impact of each episode varies a bit, it helps that I’m a fan of the “side-quest” focused episodes. The animation style has also progressed quite a bit from the original CLONE WARS TV show – this is also a darker show that its predecessor, both in tone and visually.
If you’re a STAR WARS fan, whether it be the animated shows, THE MANDALORIAN, or ROGUE ONE, you’ll enjoy THE BAD BATCH – the full first season is streaming on Disney+ now.