CRITICAL / REVIEWS SERIES – The fourth animated series derived from the universe “Star Wars” arrives on Disney +. Still directed by Dave Filoni, the show traces the new adventures of The Bad Batch, a team of clones unlike any other.
What’s this The Bad Batch ?
Dave Filoni is the undisputed boss of animated series Star wars. It was he who, along with George Lucas, launched The clone wars in 2008. Faced with the success of this series, whose final season was released last year, Dave Filoni has directed other animated series, to know Star Wars Rebels and Star Wars Resistance. His new creation, The Bad Batch, arrives Tuesday, May 4 on Disney +. A date that is not chosen at random since it is the annual date in tribute to Star Wars thanks to its pronunciation in English: May the fourth (understand May the force be with you).
Thereby, Star Wars: The Bad Batch is part of the continuity of The clone wars. The show tells about the events following Order 66 through the Bad Batch, a team of 5 atypical clones. The latter, introduced in season 7 of The clone wars, are irregular and do not fit into the mold. Due to their abnormal status, they are insensitive to Order 66, and will therefore follow their own path.
The Bad Batch : review without spoiler
For the occasion, Dave Filoni decided to offer a first episode of 70 minutes. A first in the series landscape Star wars, while even The Mandalorian never reached such a length. Then, every Friday, the platform will unveil a new chapter of The Bad Batch. And this introduction is part of the perfect continuity of The clone wars. The fans are on familiar ground, enough to facilitate the reunion with Dave Filoni. The showrunner uses the same animation as on The Clone War. He decides to anchor this new story in the same visual style. The show uses the same clichés, the same kind of treatment, the same kind of plot, which will satisfy die-hard fans, but will disappoint the most demanding spectators. They will inevitably point the finger at a lack of renewal and creativity on the part of Dave Filoni which is based on its achievements.
However, this first episode is very effective, and takes up the great moments of mythology Star wars. Dave Filoni can also count on strong and endearing main characters. This heterogeneous team made up of Hunter, Crosshair, Wrecker, Tech and Echo makes it possible to create an exciting and terribly well paced dynamic. Even if they are sometimes based on stereotypes, this Suicide Squad version Star wars should logically reserve for spectators great heroic moments.
Review with spoilers
Now is the time to get into the details. And for that, difficult not to address some spoilers. The force, but also paradoxically, the problem of The Bad Batchis that the series takes up all the common places of the license. Like the Snap in the Marvel Universe, The Odre 66 comes back again and again in the different productions Star wars. The Bad Batch is no exception to the rule. Dave Filoni decides once again to stage this cult rebound in the mythology of George Lucas.
Obviously, he stages this action under a new prism, confronting his Bad Batch with this galactic betrayal of the clones. The opportunity for Dave Filoni to offer a skillful connection with Star Wars Rebels. An intelligent easter-egg, since it features a young Kanan Jarrus, survivor of Order 66, while he is called Caleb Dume again. Something to delight hardcore fans of the franchise. Likewise, some emblematic figures of the saga come and say hello. So once again Moff Tarkin and Saw Gerrera are in the game. But after all, that’s the formula too Star wars : bring back fan favorite heroes again and again.
Finally, this first episode ends with an interesting risk-taking: Crosshair’s betrayal. The latter obviously does not resist Odre 66, and remains loyal to Chancellor Palpatine. Unlike his friends, this sniper falls under the yoke of the Empire. Even if it means betraying his longtime brothers in arms. Through this script element, Dave Filoni addresses an emblematic subject of clones: standardization of thought. Crosshair’s change of course resonates like an admission of failure, like an alignment with one thought. A critique of the trivialization of the mind, of loss of identity, individuality, for the benefit of a totalitarian society. An examination of patriotism to excess, brainwashing, and the highlighting of soldiers who listen to orders without flinching, without asking …