Inside Star Wars: The Bad Batch, The Clone Wars Spin-Off That’s a Bit Like The Mandalorian

Star Wars: The Unhealthy Batch, Lucasfilm’s subsequent animated sequence from a galaxy far, distant with , premieres on Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar on Star Wars Day — that is Could 4, as in “May the Fourth” be with you. The Clone Wars spin-off is ready within the aftermath of the eponymous battle and follows Clone Pressure 99, a gaggle of elite clone troopers, every of whom have genetic mutations that grants them distinctive abilities. The Unhealthy Batch comes from Star Wars veteran Dave Filoni, who has beforehand labored on Star Wars: The Clone Wars, created Star Wars Rebels and Star Wars Resistance, and is now joint in-charge of the Star Wars cinematic universe with The Mandalorian creator Jon Favreau.

“We think of The Bad Batch as a spiritual successor to The Clone Wars,” Brad Rau, supervising director on The Unhealthy Batch, instructed journalists over Zoom. “So there’s a lot in common. When we start our first episode, we’re backing up a little bit, timewise, from what we’ve seen at the very end of the Clone Wars. It’s something that Dave Filoni wanted us to do. And it’s really exciting to see how things come about, like Order 66. Having these characters that we only know a little bit about from the final season of The Clone Wars gives us an opportunity to carry on that legacy and storytelling of The Clone Wars, but through new characters’ eyes.”

Within the Star Wars galaxy, Order 66 refers to a Sith plot masterminded by Sith Lord Darth Sidious — higher often known as Emperor Palpatine — that noticed behavioural modification biochips planted within the brains of all clone troopers deployed by the Republic. With the flick of a swap, Order 66 was executed. It termed all Jedi as traitors and their very own clone trooper allies turned on them, slaughtering the Jedi Order within the course of. Star Wars: The Unhealthy Batch begins roughly across the similar time and finds the titular group now working for the newfound Empire, as are all the opposite non-mutated clones.

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“That was one of the most exciting things for us to dive into with this series,” Jennifer Corbett, head author on The Unhealthy Batch, stated. “When you talk about the end of the Clone Wars, what that actually looks like for not only Clone Force 99, but the clones in general. And what the galaxy looks like because it’s not the Empire that everybody is so used to from the original trilogy and from Star Wars Rebels, where it was at the height of its dominance over the galaxy.

“It’s the beginning stages of that. [The Bad Batch shows] what the galaxy is going through immediately when the war is over. How some planets and systems are happy the war’s over and are embracing the Empire because of that. And others are a little bit wearier of the Empire and what their reign truly means. In terms of the Bad Batch, it was fun to sort of explore their feelings, because with the Republic, they were given a lot of freedom. But with the Empire. they run things a little differently, and we definitely wanted to show how the Batch reacts to that.”

“The Bad Batch again is an interesting point of view on that because they’re not ‘regs’,” Rau added, referring to common clone troopers as regs. “Even the way they consider their brothers. We deal with how they are now on the opposite side in this growing Empire. The regs are suddenly the face of the enemy, just like we see in [Star Wars: Episode III –] Revenge of the Sith.”

Due to its setting and animation type, The Unhealthy Batch feels loads like The Clone Wars. However that is not the one Star Wars sequence that it resembles. The Unhealthy Batch has elite warrior(s) who put on helmets within the lead. There’s additionally a younger woman Omega (voiced by Michelle Ang) within the combine, who finally ends up underneath the care of Hunter (Dee Bradley Baker), the Unhealthy Batch’s unofficial chief. Within the early episodes — I’ve seen two — Hunter has bother taking care of Omega and even makes an attempt to dump her to a household, as a result of he believes she can have a safer life with them. This all sounds loads like the present Star Wars hit The Mandalorian.

“I think what’s connecting all of these shows, is the idea of change,” Corbett stated after I requested her concerning the similarities. “And I see the similarities with The Mandalorian in terms of how he’s taking on this new role. And that’s very much what the Batch is doing. Now that everything has changed, they are questioning where they fit in and where they belong. Because the war is over, what is their purpose now, if not to be soldiers?

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“And when you add a child into that mix, suddenly these elite soldiers who are used to being able to tackle any mission are completely fish out of water in terms of how to raise and be a guardian for a child. At least with Omega, she’s older, she is her own person [as opposed to Grogu/ Baby Yoda]. And I think that the dynamic between them is so interesting because she’s very different in how she was raised versus how they were raised.”

Rau thinks the similarities are all the way down to the truth that just about all Star Wars is about household. “Some of these similarities might feel more common [here] or at least they start more common,” Rau added. “Whether you’re talking about grizzled warriors and a young girl, like we are in our show, or anything else around it, the sense of how a family works together as a military unit but more than that, just looking out for each other — [those] are themes that are really important in this show.”

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Ming-Na Wen as Fennec Shand (left) in The Mandalorian
Picture Credit score: Disney/Lucasfilm

Star Wars: The Unhealthy Batch may even share a personality with The Mandalorian — Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen), an elite mercenary launched within the first season when Mando visited Tatooine. Shand was seemingly killed in that episode however she made a miraculous return in The Mandalorian season 2, revealing that Boba Fett had saved her. Shand would later assist Fett take over the Hutt palace — which established The E book of Boba Fett spin-off sequence that may even embrace her. On condition that The Mandalorian takes place after the autumn of the Empire, The Unhealthy Batch will characteristic a a lot youthful Shand.

There are not less than two extra ties to the bigger Star Wars cinematic universe on The Unhealthy Batch. Resistance fighter Noticed Gerrera (voiced by Andrew Kishino), launched in The Clone Wars and later performed by Forest Whitaker in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, can be concerned. After which there’s Dying Star commander Grand Moff Tarkin — or somewhat Admiral Tarkin (voiced by Stephen Stanton) on The Unhealthy Batch, as he’s but to ascend the position made well-known by Peter Cushing within the authentic 1977 Star Wars film.

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“Something we try to do is keep this show true to what Star Wars is at its core, and that’s something that Dave Filoni is always teaching us and pressing upon us,” Corbett stated. “In terms of like characters that we get to see, it’s so tempting to want to use everybody, because we’re all fans of Star Wars. So we want to play with all those toys. But it’s a balancing act between why we use certain people, with also wanting to introduce everybody to new characters because it is a big galaxy. So we don’t want it to feel too small. We want to get to explore other people’s points of view and perspectives.”

Rau added: “When we do get a chance to get a character to fit into this storyline, I mean we freak out. It’s so fun just talking about it, it’s fun bringing it to life. So much effort was spent, technically, to honour the legacy of any character that we’re familiar with. And that is not only from a casting perspective but the musical cues we use, the way it’s animated, the lighting, the way that all comes together. But we do make sure that someone who doesn’t know who that character is could still follow along. But if you do know who it is, you might cry, you might laugh, maybe both, all of that.”

Star Wars: The Unhealthy Batch premieres Could 4 on Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar. It’ll debut with a 70-minute particular episode. New episodes air Friday thereafter.

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