Star Wars: The Bad Batch

Star Wars: The Bad Batch
Star Wars The Bad Batch logo-2.png
Created byDave Filoni
Based onStar Wars
by George Lucas
Developed by
  • Dave Filoni
  • Jennifer Corbett
Directed byBrad Rau (supervising)
Voices of
ComposerKevin Kiner
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes7
Executive producers
  • Dave Filoni
  • Athena Yvette Portillo
  • Jennifer Corbett
  • Brad Rau
ProducerJosh Rimes
Running time23–75 minutes
Production companies
DistributorDisney Platform Distribution
Original networkDisney+
Original releaseMay 4, 2021 (2021-05-04) –
present (present)
Preceded byStar Wars: The Clone Wars
External links

Star Wars: The Bad Batch is an American animated series created by Dave Filoni for the streaming service Disney+. It is part of the Star Wars franchise, acting as both a sequel to and spin-off from the series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The Bad Batch is produced by Lucasfilm Animation, with Jennifer Corbett as head writer and Brad Rau as supervising director.

Dee Bradley Baker stars as the Bad Batch, a squad of elite clone troopers with genetic mutations. He also voices other clones in the series, reprising his role from The Clone Wars. Michelle Ang stars as Omega, a female clone that joins the squad. The series was officially ordered by Disney+ in July 2020 as a spin-off from The Clone Wars, with Filoni, Corbett, and Rau attached.

Star Wars: The Bad Batch premiered on May 4, 2021, and will consist of 16 episodes.


Clone Force 99, also known as the Bad Batch—a group of elite clone troopers with genetic mutations that were first introduced in Star Wars: The Clone Wars—take on daring mercenary missions in the aftermath of the Clone Wars.[1]

Cast and characters


  • Dee Bradley Baker as the Bad Batch:
    A squad of elite clone troopers also known as Clone Force 99, consisting of Hunter, Wrecker, Tech, Crosshair, and Echo.[2] Star Wars creator George Lucas wanted the Bad Batch to be more unique than other clones, with each having special abilities, but he did not want them to be superheroes.[3] Baker also voices the other clones in the series, including Cut Lawquane and Captain Rex.[4]
  • Archie Panjabi as Depa Billaba: A Jedi Master to Caleb Dume.
  • Michelle Ang as Omega:
    A young female clone working as a medical assistant on Kamino. She too is genetically deviant from standard clone templates and therefore feels a kind of kinship with the Bad Batch.[5]



No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [8]
1"Aftermath"Steward Lee, Saul Ruiz, and Nathaniel VillanuevaJennifer Corbett and Dave FiloniMay 4, 2021 (2021-05-04)
Before the end of the Clone Wars, while the Bad Batch—defective clones Hunter, Tech, Crosshair, and Wrecker plus cyborg clone Echo—are assisting Jedi Master Depa Billaba and her Padawan Caleb Dume on Kaller, Order 66 is issued and Billaba is killed by her clones. The Bad Batch receive the order too, but only Crosshair feels compelled to obey it, and Hunter lets Dume escape. Returning to Kamino, the Bad Batch learn that the war is over, that an Empire has replaced the Republic, and they meet a young girl, Omega, who is another defective clone. Admiral Tarkin arrives to evaluate the clones' viability, and sends the Bad Batch to eliminate a group of insurgents on Onderon. When they discover that these "insurgents" are actually fugitives under Saw Gerrera who refuse to submit to the new Empire, Hunter has his men abandon the mission and return for Omega. They are arrested for treason, and Tarkin has Crosshair's inhibitor chip enhanced, turning him against his squadmates and forcing the Bad Batch and Omega to flee without him.
2"Cut and Run"Steward LeeGursimran SandhuMay 7, 2021 (2021-05-07)
The Bad Batch and Omega seek refuge on Saleucami with clone deserter Cut Lawquane, who tells them about the inhibitor chips which programmed the regular clones and Crosshair to be loyal to the Empire after Order 66. With increased military presence from the Empire, Cut plans to escape with his family, but they discover that newly introduced chain codes are needed to book public transport. Knowing Cut would be arrested if he tried to get one, Tech and Echo steal some chain codes, and Omega helps deliver them to Cut and his family in time for them to board the transport. Hunter attempts to send Omega with Cut as he thinks she needs a family, but she decides to stay with the Bad Batch.
3"Replacements"Nathaniel VillanuevaMatt MichnovetzMay 14, 2021 (2021-05-14)
The Bad Batch and Omega are stranded on a moon after their ship was damaged on Saleucami, and an Ordo Moon Dragon steals the part they need to repair it. Hunter and Omega set out to retrieve it, but Hunter is incapacitated. Omega continues alone and is able to track the Dragon, retrieving the part without a fight. On Kamino, Tarkin and Admiral Rampart put Crosshair in command of a new unit of conscripted soldiers that are sent to Onderon to wipe out Gerrera's camp. Gerrera is already gone, and Crosshair kills one disloyal recruit, but the rest comply and are otherwise successful. Tarkin sees potential for conscripted soldiers, concerning Kaminoan Prime Minister Lama Su.
4"Cornered"Saul RuizChristian TaylorMay 21, 2021 (2021-05-21)
On their way to a proposed hiding-place on planet Idaflor, the Bad Batch is forced to stop on the nearest planet, Pantora, so they can gather supplies and Tech can modify their ship's signature since it now appears on the Empire's wanted list. A landing bay attendant on Pantora identifies the Bad Batch and informs Fennec Shand, a mercenary who has been hired to retrieve Omega. Hunter, Echo, and Omega search for supplies while Tech and Wrecker work on the ship. Omega is approached by Shand, which leads to Hunter chasing Shand throughout the city. Hunter and Omega lose Shand, and, after the modifications are completed, the Bad Batch depart from Pantora.
5"Rampage"Steward LeeTamara Becher-WilkinsonMay 28, 2021 (2021-05-28)
Hoping to discover who hired Shand, the Bad Batch go to Ord Mantell where Echo knows of a Jedi informant named Cid. She offers to find out about Shand in exchange for their help: slavers have kidnapped a child named Muchi, and Cid will receive a reward from Jabba the Hutt if the Bad Batch help her rescue the child. The Bad Batch find and fight off the slavers, rescuing Muchi, who is a young rancor. Taking her to Cid, Muchi is then given to Jabba's right-hand man Bib Fortuna in exchange for the reward. Cid gives some of the reward to Hunter but is unable to learn who hired Shand. She offers to give the Bad Batch more mercenary work in the future.
6"Decommissioned"Nathaniel VillanuevaAmanda Rose MuñozJune 4, 2021 (2021-06-04)
Cid hires the Bad Batch to retrieve a Separatist tactical droid for its battle intel before it is destroyed at a Corellian decommissioning site. They encounter police droids guarding the facility, as well as Trace and Rafa Martez who are also after the droid. Wrecker accidentally hits his head and his inhibitor chip begins to activate. Tech and the sisters program the tactical droid to turn on the police droids, allowing them to escape, but the tactical droid is destroyed in the process. The sisters explain that they were retrieving it for a client who is fighting the Empire. Hunter gives them a copy of the droid's data that Tech made during the fight, and the sisters later tell their client how to find the Bad Batch.
7"Battle Scars"Saul RuizJennifer CorbettJune 11, 2021 (2021-06-11)
After failing to return with the tactical droid's data, Cid tells the Bad Batch that they will need to do a big job to pay off their debt to her. They are interrupted by Trace and Rafa's mystery client, their old friend Captain Rex, who is alarmed to learn that the Bad Batch have yet to remove their inhibitor chips like he has. They go to Bracca, a starship graveyard planet controlled by the Scrapper Guild, and sneak onto an old Jedi cruiser to use its medical bay. Wrecker's agitation activates his chip and he attacks his teammates, but he is subdued and the chip removed. Rex takes his leave once all the chips are gone; as they say goodbye, Hunter is seen by members of the Scrapper Guild.



By September 2016, Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels supervising director Dave Filoni had stepped back from that position on the latter series so he could focus more on the series' writing as well as the development of future animated series for Lucasfilm.[9] In July 2018, Filoni announced that a final season of The Clone Wars would be released on the streaming service Disney+ in 2020.[10] The season includes a four episode arc introducing a squad of clone troopers with genetic mutations known as the Bad Batch; the episodes previously existed as story reels for an earlier, unfinished season of the series, and came directly from the plans of Star Wars creator George Lucas.[3]


Disney+ officially ordered a new series from Lucasfilm Animation in July 2020 titled Star Wars: The Bad Batch, a spin-off from the final season of The Clone Wars following the Bad Batch clones in the aftermath of the Clone War. The announcement described the series as Dave Filoni's vision, and he serves as executive producer alongside Lucasfilm's Athena Portillo, supervising director Brad Rau, and head writer Jennifer Corbett, with Lucasfilm's Carrie Beck and Josh Rimes as co-executive producer and producer, respectively.[1] Filoni described the series as "very much in the vein" of The Clone Wars and said it would stay true to Lucas's vision for that series of telling epic, exciting adventure stories.[11]


The first trailer for the series was released in December 2020, and confirmed that Dee Bradley Baker would return from The Clone Wars as the voice of all the clone troopers in the series, including the members of the Bad Batch and Captain Rex.[2][4] It also revealed that a younger version of the character Fennec Shand from the series The Mandalorian would be appearing in the series, and actress Ming-Na Wen soon confirmed that she would reprise her role as Fennec from The Mandalorian.[7] Additionally, Stephen Stanton and Andrew Kishino reprise their roles as Admiral Tarkin and Saw Gerrera, respectively.[4][6]


Kevin Kiner was confirmed to be scoring the series in January 2021, after previously scoring The Clone Wars and Rebels.[12] He wrote the Bad Batch Theme for the final season of The Clone Wars,[13] and described his score for The Bad Batch as an evolution from its predecessor with a mix of electronic and orchestral elements. Kiner was inspired by the soundtracks of The Guns of Navarone (1961) and The Dirty Dozen (1967), which both feature a band of characters similar to The Bad Batch.[14]

Kiner's score for the series is being released digitally by Walt Disney Records in two volumes: music from the first eight episodes will be released on June 25, 2021, and music from the last eight episodes will be released on August 20. A track from the albums, "Enter the Bad Batch", was released digitally as a single on May 13.[15]


Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy promoted the series at Disney's Investor Day event on December 10, 2020, revealing the first trailer for the series. Jacob Oller of Syfy Wire felt the trailer made the series look like a more action-heavy version of The Clone Wars, and compared it to the 1980s television series The A-Team.[2]


Star Wars: The Bad Batch premiered on Disney+ on May 4, 2021, Star Wars Day,[16] with a special 70-minute episode.[4] The second episode was released on May 7, 2021, with subsequent episodes releasing weekly for a total of 16 episodes.[4][5]


The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported an 86% approval rating with an average rating of 7.16/10, based on 11 reviews.[17] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 67 out of 100 based on 7 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[18]

Jesse Schdeen of IGN gave the premiere episode an 8 out of 10 rating, stating that the series is "a worthy successor to The Clone Wars, so much so that it could easily be rebranded as an eighth season" and that "it uses a loose end from that show to build a brand new story about the plight of clones after the war's end, and it's one that immediately resonates". He also added that the show "captures a lot of what made The Clone Wars so great (including the slick animation style and the vocal talents of Baker), but it doesn't entirely escape that show's flaws, either".[19]


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