Star Wars: The Bad Batch is almost here. However, there is still so much we don't know about the upcoming animated series. For instance, what can we expect in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars spin-off? Interestingly, fans will finally get to see the rise of the Empire but through the eyes of Clone Force 99.
It has already been confirmed that The Bad Batch takes place directly after the events in the final season of The Clone Wars. This is a time when the Republic has fallen and the Empire is finally taking over. Interestingly, head writer Jennifer Corbett and director Brad Rau explained to Cnet that their goal is to show "the beginning stages of the Empire on-screen."
"It's not just that the Republic falls, suddenly, it's the Empire at the height of their dominance and galactic terror," Corbett said. "It's postwar, so some planets are happy that the Empire has brought peace, and others are starting to suspect that something strange is going on."
She continued by stating that they wanted to explore this period from Clone Force 99's perspective.
"It felt like an opportunity to see it through the Bad Batch's eyes as they're reacting to seeing chain code posts and how, as clones who are just numbers until they get nicknames, they react to civilians voluntarily signing up to be given a number. For them, it just seems bananas," Corbett said.
There is little doubt that Hunter, Wrecker, Tech, Crosshair, and Echo will be in for several surprises in The Bad Batch. In addition to being the witness to the Empire's rise, they will be joined by an unexpected new character named Omega. Moreover, they are set to encounter a younger version of The Mandalorian's Fennec Shand, who will still be voiced by Ming-Na Wen.
Star Wars: The Bad Batch will bring back The Clone Wars voice actor Dee Bradley Baker to play Clone Force 99 members Hunter, Wrecker, Tech, Crosshair and Echo yet again. Andrew Kishino has also been confirmed to provide the voice of Saw Gerrera. The 16-episode animated series will premiere on Disney+ on May 4, 2021.