Disney plus has revealed a new trailer for "Star Wars: The Bad Batch," which debuts on Tuesday, May the 4th. Famed Imperial baddie Grand Moff Tarkin got a CGI rendering in the live-action prequel Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and his animated form continue to live in this series.
“Star Wars: The Bad Batch” 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 that makes them extraordinarily effective soldiers and a formidable crew.
“Star Wars: The Bad Batch” makes its debut on Tuesday, May 4, with a special 70-minute premiere, followed by new episodes every Friday starting on May 7.
The new trailer for the series is filled with action, drama, and some big surprises — in other words, everything we’d expect from this rough-and-tumble crew.
The cold and calculating Tarkin opens the trailer, praising the Bad Batch’s skills while expressing concern about their individuality. Meanwhile, the Bad Batch seems to enjoy their droid-destroying workout. Taken together, it’s a great setup for the series and personalities involved: the uniformity and fascism of the soon-to-be Empire, and how that brushes up against the rebellious nature of Clone Force 99. Tarkin officially names the Bad Batch as enemies of the state. These elite soldiers are now truly on their own.
A child, on what looks to be the cloning world of Kamino, meets the Bad Batch and, by proxy, introduces them to us. We see Hunter, Echo, Tech, Wrecker, and Crosshair doing what they do best, and it’s glorious mayhem. If you love action in your Star Wars, it looks like you’ll love this series and this crew. The trailer ends with some more trademark Bad Batch action — explosions and good ol’ fashioned droid beating, you know the drill — but with the promise of a new kind of Star Wars adventure.
It looks like the Bad Batch will have some famous company. Both Fennec Shand (voiced by Ming-Na Wen, reprising her role from The Mandalorian) and a young-but-scarred Saw Gerrera (played once again by Andrew Kishino, who originally brought the soldier to life in Star Wars: The Clone Wars) make appearances. Saw raises the central question for the Bad Batch: with the Clone War over, what will they choose to be? While we can’t wait to see how they respond, we’re just happy to see Fennec and Saw again.
“Star Wars: The Bad Batch” is executive produced by Dave Filoni (“The Mandalorian,” “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”), Athena Portillo (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” “Star Wars Rebels”), Brad Rau (“Star Wars Rebels,” “Star Wars Resistance”) and Jennifer Corbett (“Star Wars Resistance,” “NCIS”) with Carrie Beck (“The Mandalorian,” “Star Wars Rebels”) as co-executive producer and Josh Rimes as producer (“Star Wars Resistance”). Rau is also serving as supervising director with Corbett as head writer.
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