May the 4th is just about here and for Star Wars fans that means Star Wars: The bad Batch is just about here. Taking place after the end of Star Wars: The Clone Wars season 7, Clone Force 99 (The Bad Batch) that consists of the leader Hunter, the brains Tech, former ARC Trooper Echo, the muscle Wrecker, and the sharpshooter Crosshair. This elite team of clones is now on the run after Admiral Tarkin’s order to wipe them out. Well, this past week I was able to attend the official Star Wars: The Bad Batch Press Junket to learn more about what to expect from this highly anticipated Disney+ series.
Hosted by Entertainment Tonight’s Ash Crossan we were introduced to the many voices of The Bad Batch Dee Bradley Baker. Also joining were Supervising Director and Executive Producer Brad Rau, and Head Writer and Executive Producer Jennifer Corbett. First Dee Bradley Baker broke down The Bad Batch.
Dee Bradley Baker Breaks Down The Bad Batch
“All right, you have Hunter who’s kind of the leader of the pack, he’s got tracking skills and a heightened sense that helps him gauge the terrain. Then you got Tech, who is-is very technically oriented. Always has a handheld device that he’s working on and is super cool, super calm, and competent with all things technical. Wrecker, who is the muscles of the group and has incredible strength.” Baker would continue, “Who else do we have? Crosshair is the sharpshooter of the group and is quite interesting in the dynamic. And then you’ve also got Echo who is a modified clone. An android clone from the Clone Wars episodes, who was brought on board with the Batch. And, um, that’s-that’s the gang, I think. Together they are a force to be reckoned with.”
Jennifer Corbett and Brad Rau On Working With Dave Filoni
Moving to Jennifer and Brad, Ash asks them what was it like to work with Dave Filoni on The Bad Batch. “We know that Dave Filoni is overseeing the show, and you’ve both worked with him before. Can you talk a little bit about what it was like to collaborate with him on this series?”
Jennifer started by talking about how she got to work with Filoni on Star Wars: Resistance, “which was a great experience,” she said. Jennifer would go on to say: “It’s kinda like a master class in writing Star Wars. And he, you know, with this being a sequel series of sorts, to the Clone Wars, it was kind of crucial he is involved in this process very much.”
Brad Rau would add to this. “I couldn’t think of a better mentor. Especially for Star Wars. The stuff he tells us every day, is fantastic and amazing. And yeah just collaborating with him and being able to work with you, Jen, so closely on this show’s been awesome. It’s been a dream come true.”
What Is Happening In The Galaxy When The Show Picks Up?
Jennifer talks about what is going on at the time that this show takes place and some of the challenges The Bad Batch is getting ready to face.
“This time period is one of the reasons I got so excited about this show, other than this oddball group of characters. I just found it intriguing and engaging to watch a series where you know, we’ve seen the Clone Wars where it’s the height of the Clone Troopers doing what they’re meant to do, and what they were created for. I found it intriguing and engaging to watch a series where the question became ‘What happens after the war’s over?”
Dee Bradley Barker would add, “It’s an interesting point you make there, Jen, that in the transition-the sudden, shocking transition from Republic to Empire, that it becomes a suddenly much more rule-based power structure of the galaxy. And that, The Bad Batch is not so much a rule-based unit.”
The Bad Batch Introduces Omega
As shown in The Bad Batch Trailer we are introduced to a young girl named Omega. As of now, she seems to be an important part of this story. While not much is known about her, Ash did have a few questions for Baker about how important was she to the story and if there are some The Mandalorian and Baby Yoda reluctant dad in armor vibes going on because she sure feels it.
“It’s interesting in terms of the story and the writing, to have this kind of personal relationship with the younger character. And to see how that changes and how they accommodate. Because it’s more of like an uncle/niece, or a father/child dynamic, but not entirely. Because Omega is her own interesting potential of powers.”
Brad Added More On The Bad Batch
“This time period that as a fan, I’m just so excited to see. Because we haven’t seen that much about the rise of the Empire. So, to have these clinical, best of the best soldiers as suddenly fish out of water in this changing galaxy. And to have this kid that they do look to help raise in a very parental way. It’s a two-way street, honestly, the way that that works, that none of them are really equipped to go out into the world. And how do they, you know, how do they eat? Also, They don’t have a mess hall to go to. How do they get their gear fixed? How do they get fuel for their-for their ship? These are the things that are, “Wait a minute, oh yeah, we didn’t-we didn’t have to deal with that last week, now we gotta deal with it.”’
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