Star Wars: The Bad Batch creators preview what’s to come in season one
Star Wars: Bad Batch lead writer Jennifer Corbett, director Brad Rau and Star Dee Bradley Baker discussed the premiere during the show’s virtual press conference.
On May 4th, Star Wars fans had the opportunity to enjoy the first episode of The Bad Batch. Another episode came out on Disney Plus this Friday. Prior to the show’s premiere, Heroic Hollywood had the opportunity to attend the The Bad Batch virtual press conference, where lead writer Jennifer Corbett, director Brad Rau and voice actor Dee Bradley Baker previewed the latest Star Wars animated series. After the first episode was released, here were some of the highlights of that press conference.
Dave Filoni has been heavily involved in Star Wars animation since getting into The Clone Wars. While Filoni still has his hand in animation, he’s also working on the various live-action projects that emerge from The Mandalorian. This has meant that the lightsaber situation, which is inherently Star Wars, is over and a new generation of writers and directors are spearheading the new animated shows. “I worked with Dave on Star Wars Resistance, which was a great experience.” Corbett shared. “Getting the chance to develop the series with him is like a masterclass in Star Wars writing.”
Each previous Star Wars animation series also has its own animation style. The Bad Batch images, however, are very similar to what we saw in The Clone Wars last season. “The Bad Batch is a spiritual successor to Clone Wars, so we wanted to honor its style and heritage.” Rau revealed. “The way it was designed is still the legacy of The Clone Wars, but with a little more detail.”
In the premiere, Clone Force 99 meets Saw Gerrera on the planet Onderon, where they get a new perspective on the rule of the Empire. The Bad Batch is expected to continue pulling back the layers, showing different perspectives of a new controlling power ruling over the galaxy. “It’s the early stage, and I found it interesting to show planets and places that were glad the war was over and they didn’t really understand what an empire actually meant.” Said Corbett. “It lays the foundation for what everyone knows that the Empire will be later.”
The episode also introduced us to the female clone Omega. As the episode progresses, we quickly see Omega bond with Hunter very similar to what we saw between Din Djarin and Grogu in The Mandalorian. Omega eventually joins Clone Force 99 as they escape Kamino and search for their new place in the galaxy. “It’s more of an uncle / niece or a father / child dynamic, but not quite.” Baker revealed. “Because Omega has its own power potential. [LAUGHS] May be. It’s interesting to see how it all unfolds. “
As many Star Wars fans speculated, Crosshair became an agent of the Empire by the end of the episode, and it appears that he will be a lingering threat to Clone Force 99 throughout the season. “He’s not someone walking around with the team, he’s supporting the team in a very strategic and laser-focused way.” Baker noted before it was his turn. “It is in his nature to be apart.”
What do you think of the premiere? Will the crosshair have its chip removed at some point? Is Omega a clone of Palpatine? Feel free to speculate in the comments below!
Here is the recap of Star Wars: The Bad Batch:
The series follows the elite and experimental Bad Batch clones (first introduced in The Clone Wars) that find their way into a rapidly changing galaxy immediately after the Clone War. Members of Bad Batch – a unique group of clones who are genetically different from their brothers in the Clone Army – each have an extraordinary ability that makes them extraordinarily effective soldiers and an impressive crew. In the post-Clone War era, they will take on daring mercenary missions as they struggle to stay afloat and find a new purpose.
Star Wars: The Bad Batch is produced by Dave Filoni, Athena Portillo, Brad Rau and Jennifer Corbett with Carrie Beck as co-executive producer and Josh Rimes as producer. Rau also acts as the supervisor, and Corbett as the headwriter. Dee Bradley Baker is behind the votes for Clone Force 99.
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