Now that the hit animated series Star Wars: The Bad Batch (2021) is a year old, having premiered on May 4th last year, will it ever be released on DVD and Blu-Ray? Sure, Season 1 is available on Disney+, but don't you want to binge-watch it without worrying about your Internet connection, or simply add it to your existing Star Wars collection? Or both?!
If you've not yet seen Star Wars: The Bad Batch, check out the trailer below:
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Star Wars: The Bad Batch follows a group of defected clones known as Clone Force 99 - Tech, Wrecker, Crosshair, Hunter, and Echo. When Order 66 is initiated, the Grand Army of the Republic becomes the Galactic Empire.
Recgonizing that the Empire has sinister plans for the galaxy, Clone Force 99 - with the exception of Crosshair, who wishes to remain loyal to the Empire - goes on the run, taking young female clone Omega with them.
The Bad Batch is set directly after Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 - 2020), 14 years before Star Wars: Rebels (2014 - 2018), and 28 years before the live-action shows The Mandalorian (2019) and The Book of Boba Fett (2021).
The show is comprised of 16 episodes, however, Season 2 has already been confirmed, though it was recently reported that it will be delayed and won't be arriving during Summer 2022 as originally planned.
While the full first season is available on Disney+, unfortunately there are no plans for a DVD and Blu-Ray release. With Disney owning the rights to Star Wars, Disney+ is the sole distributor of the series.
This also helps the streaming service secure subscribers - having the show available on physical release would mean that users may end their subscription with Disney+, using it only to check out shows before purchasing hard copies.
With that said, it's possible that the show will get a release in the future. After all, you can purchase most things Star Wars on DVD and Blu-Ray, so it's a shame to have a great show like The Bad Batch missing from your collection.
On the other hand, DVD and Blu-Ray sales are dwindling, which is largely because of streaming services. The movie theater isn't the only industry to have been hit pretty hard by the emergence of these services.
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So, Star Wars: The Bad Batch can only currently be viewed on the popular streaming service, with no plans for a future release on DVD or Blue-Ray (but who knows - the likes of The Clone Wars and Rebels are available to buy).
Either way, for now, you'll just have to make do with a digital "copy "of the show. So, while your collection is a little lacking when it comes to Star Wars shows, why not view Disney+ itself as part of that collection?
And The Bad Batch isn't the only animated Star Wars show on Disney+ - it's also home to the likes of The Clone Wars, Star Wars: Resistance (2018 - 2020), Star Wars: Visions, and a number of vintage Star Wars cartoons.
Here's to hoping for more news about Star Wars: The Bad Batch Season 2 on either May 4th or on Star Wars Celebration (May 26 - 29) this year.
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