It was announced by Lucasfilm today that a new animated Star Wars television show is hitting Disney+! The show will continue the further adventures of the mutated clones we met in the final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The new animated series will hit in 2021 which officially makes it the only thing I’m looking forward to next besides a Covid-19 vaccine. At this point in time, anything to look forward to is pretty rad.
“The series follows the elite and experimental clones of the Bad Batch (first introduced in “The Clone Wars”) as they find their way in a rapidly changing galaxy in the immediate aftermath of the Clone War. Members of Bad Batch – a unique squad of clones who vary genetically from their brothers in the Clone Army — each possess a singular exceptional skill which makes them extraordinarily effective soldiers and a formidable crew. In the post-Clone War era, they will take on daring mercenary missions as they struggle to stay afloat and find new purpose.”
When I first watched The Bad Batch episodes of The Clone Wars, I felt it was easily the strongest “batch” of the series. It had callbacks to characters like 99 and did feel like it was moving forward while honoring the past as all good Star Wars does. Most of all it was mostly pretty cinematic.
It’s pretty cliched to note Akira Kurasowa’s influence on Star Wars. However, I find The Bad Batch interesting for different reasons pertaining to how the influence is felt. To me, I felt like that arc of The Clone Wars was very much a Star Wars take on The A-Team. Well, The A-Team was influenced by The Magnificient Seven which was the American remake of Seven Samurai. That’s why it works so well, I think.
The best thing about this show that I like is it seems as if it will launch with pretty good characters. I am pretty tired of the awkward teen that sees girls and falls over with a bucket landing on his head. It doesn’t work and it doesn’t feel like Star Wars to me. I love Star Wars: The Clone Wars. I enjoyed a lot of Star Wars Rebels and I thought Star Wars: Resistance had potential but I never felt passionate about it one way or the other.
If this series goes how I hope it does, it will feel like a Star Wars film when you place every 3-4 episodes together. I hope it keeps the quality and intensity of The Clone Wars but borrows from the heart of Rebels. If Dave Filoni and Lucasfilm animation continue to play on the A-Team riff they introduced recently, we’ll get their quirks, traits, and personality rediscovered each week as they encounter new people in the galaxy who need their help.