After being introduced in the final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the reckless squad of off-beat clones that call themselves the Bad Batch are coming back to our screens with their own animated series on Disney+, announced as part of Disney’s Investor Day earlier this month.
Though not carbon copies of their other clone brethren, the Bad Batch (or Clone Force 99) each have unique and desirable abilities that make them a force to be reckoned with on the battlefield. And as we saw in their Clone Wars arc, they do not conform to the conventional discipline of the Grand Army of the Republic.
The last we saw of them in the Clone Wars, the Bad Batch added Echo, a clone modified with cybernetic parts by the Separatists, to their ranks and went off to continue fighting on behalf of the Republic. But The Clone Wars finale didn’t show what happened to the Bad Batch after Order 66. This seems to be where the new The Bad Batch animated series picks up.
It ends where it began.
After a brief narration from Commander Cody, the trailer opens up with a beautiful shot of the Bad Batch's shuttle arriving on the planet Kamino - the birthplace of the Clone army. We know from later on in the trailer that the Bad Batch participate in some kind of training session on the planet, similar to what we saw Domino Squad participate in during the Season Three premiere of The Clone Wars.
It's fitting that we see the Bad Batch returning to the origin of the Clone army. Not only are they outcasts due to the "imperfections" they have as a result of the cloning process, but it's looking like fans are going to get a better idea of what happened to the clones following Order 66 and the formation of the Empire.
We know from Star Wars Rebels that the Emperor "retired" the Clone Army following the formation of the Empire, so the question is, what actually happened to them, particularly those that were fresh off the assembly line. We could be in for some darker storylines when it comes to the position of the clones and how they fit into the Emperor's plan.