The wait is finally over, and “Star Wars: The Bad Batch” has officially premiered on Disney Plus in celebration of Star Wars Day. Fans of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” have been clamoring to see the continued journey of Clone Force 99 since they were introduced in the final season of that series.
Clone Force 99, more often referred to as The Bad Batch by themselves and others, takes center stage in this new animated series. While the series will begin airing on Fridays from May 7, 2021, the first episode landed on May the 4th (be with you), which is celebrated worldwide now as Star Wars Day.
While the day began as a fan-focused celebration and remained unofficial for many years, Disney began hosting Star Wars Day events at their parks back in 2013, detailed in this announcement by Disney from that time. The series finale of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” went live through Disney Plus on May 4, 2020, according to IMDB.
It’s only fitting that one year later we get to witness the return of The Bad Batch, first introduced in that final season of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.” The debut episode was a full 70 minutes long, and there’s already a lot happening in “Star Wars: The Bad Batch.”
This is a review and recap of “Star Wars: The Bad Batch” Season 1 Episode 1. This article will have SPOILERS.
Execute Order 66 Because Good Soldiers Follow Orders
“Star Wars: The Bad Batch” felt drenched in the conflict of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” right from the outset, and this feeling was furthered by the familiar voice of Tom Kane as the narrator of the show. Kane was also the narrator of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” according to IMDB.
The episode began with Jedi Master Depa Billaba embroiled in a battle with the Separatist Droid Army, but her padawan Caleb Dume arrived and stated reinforcements were right behind him. For those who recognized the voice or name of Caleb Dume but couldn’t quite place it, the character is voiced by Freddie Prinze Jr., who also gave his voice to Kanan Jarrus in “Star Wars Rebels.”
The reason for this is that Caleb Dume is the birth name of Kanan Jarrus, though he took a different name later on. This was only the first of a few key reappearances in the first episode of “Star Wars: The Bad Batch” by some iconic characters we’ve seen before.
The reinforcements following Caleb Dume arrived moments after him, and it was Clone Force 99 who eliminated a massive droid resistance without much difficulty. Less than ten minutes into the episode, the directive comes down from Palpatine to “execute Order 66.”
The order, which was detailed as having been programmed into the clones during “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” took effect and all of the regular clones turned on Jedi Master Depa Billaba. However, Clone Force 99 didn’t initially process the order, which Tech speculated on later in the episode.
According to Tech’s analysis, it was the manipulation of the DNA in Clone Force 99 that is likely why they didn’t succumb to Order 66. While Echo was the only one of the group that wasn’t a genetically enhanced clone, Tech stated that damage he’d previously sustained on Skako Minor likely wiped out his behavioral modifications.
This review is in progress and will be updated as soon as possible.