Star Wars fans may eagerly await the next story in the films or season 2 of The Mandalorian. However, the most anticipated new thing is something, well, old. After debuting the release date for Season 7 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Disney+ released the first preview clip highlighting the Bad Batch. The title of the episode, this comes from an equally legendary story arc scripted for the final season but scrapped because of the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney.
In the preview clip, we see fan-favorites Captain Rex and Commander Cody discussing the Bad Batch. Known officially as Clone Force 99, they are an effective team of special operators but one with a reputation. It’s fitting that the first episode of The Clone Wars final season focuses on the clones. Yes, we all love Ahsoka, Obi-Wan, and Anakin, but the clones voiced by Dee Bradley Baker are the heart of this series. The first episode of the series (not the animated featured film) features Yoda highlighting to the clones that they are, in the eyes of the Force, individual beings.
Who Are the Bad Batch?
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Clone Force 99 is a group of clones who developed genetic mutations that made them different from their brothers in the clone army. However, their mutations were “desirable,” and thus gave them unique abilities the other clones didn’t have. There is the oversized “Wrecker” who loves battle, explosions, and fears heights. There is Tech, the computer guy in the group. He is quirky, loves trivia, and stays out of conflict with his fellow clones. Crosshair is the gruff and critical sniper in the group. He and Wrecker compete during battle to see who destroys more of the enemy. Finally, they are led by Hunter, a sergeant. He is the most agreeable of the Bad Batch, but is very straightforward and has little humor. In battle, he uses either two pistols or fights with a “vibroblade.”
Interestingly, the Bad Batch takes their name from another clone. Named 99, he was a defective clone who cleaned up around the facilities on Kamino. He often inspired the cadets during their training. He also gave his life helping the cadets defend their home from attack.
Interestingly, this story arc is mostly already known. During Star Wars Celebration in 2015, the story reels (roughly animated versions of the episodes) were shown. They were then uploaded to the Star Wars website.
The final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars premieres on Disney+ on February 21, 2020.
What do you think of the first preview clip of Star Wars: The Clone Wars season 7 and are you excited to meet the Bad Batch? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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