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'Star Wars: The Bad Batch' cooks up more animated action for May the 4th

May 4, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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(L-R): Crosshair, Echo, Wrecker, Hunter and Tech in a scene from "STAR WARS: THE BAD BATCH", exclusively on Disney+. ?? 2021 Lucasfilm Ltd. & ???. All Rights Reserved.

Before "The Mandalorian" made its debut, animated series carried the "Star Wars" banner on TV, keeping hope alive. The franchise returns to those roots with "Star Wars: The Bad Batch," a fun if not particularly distinctive "The Clone Wars" extension. Built around a small band of renegade clones, the "Rebels"-like feel doesn't break the mold, even if its characters did.

The franchise returns to those roots with "Star Wars: The Bad Batch," a fun if not particularly distinctive "The Clone Wars" extension.

The Bad Batch actually have a bit of history, having been introduced via "The Clone Wars. " Also known as Clone Force 99, the group consists of clones with genetic mutations deviating from the template that gifted them with special abilities, approximating (at the risk of mixing Disney-owned franchises) a sort of Fantastic Five or X-Clones.

As the series begins, the Clone Wars are coming to an end, one of the most fertile narrative windows in the "Star Wars" timeline.

Yet that episode and the second in this series -- developed under Dave Filoni, the keeper of "Star Wars" animation as well as an executive producer of "The Mandalorian" -- are understandably devoted to establishing the core characters, which include the group's leader Hunter and the bruising, super-strong Wrecker, basically the Mr. Fantastic and the Thing of this outfit.

In that context, "The Bad Batch" feels like a modest addition to "Star Wars" canon, relatively narrow in its appeal, which is fine, so far as it goes.

"Star Wars: The Bad Batch" premieres May 4 on Disney+, with new episodes every Friday beginning May 7.

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