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“Star Wars: The Bad Batch”: That's why “The Mandalorian” fans should definitely tune in

On “Star Wars” day, the latest series from the “The Mandalorian” creator started exclusively on the streaming service. We tell you why you shouldn't miss this.

May 4, 2021 is the new series "Star Wars: The Bad Batch" launched on Disney +. The first season awaits you with 16 episodes a week with new adventures from a galaxy far, far away. If you are currently still struggling with yourselves whether you should watch the latest animated original series, three reasons could convince you why "The Mandalorian" fans in particular should tune in.

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See the clone unit 99 in action: "The Bad Batch" will be available to you in the Trailer presented:

Dave Filoni - The creative mind behind "The Mandalorian", "Clone Wars" and "Bad Batch"

Atypical for a recommendation, we start at the end for once: When the credits of the opening film of “Star Wars: The Bad Batch” begin, the first name that appears on the screen is Dave Filoni - "Created by" is written there.

Filoni should have taken “The Mandalorian” fans into their hearts long ago as the co-creator of the first live-action “Star Wars” series. Together with Jon Favreau, the duo realized their vision of a Mandalore bounty hunter using the latest technology. They paid particular attention to the continuity, not only to the well-known “Star Wars” films, but also to other series such as “Star Wars: Clone Wars” and “Star Wars: Rebels”, but they were also not afraid to give their own impulses that quickly cast a spell over the audience (keyword: Baby Yoda).

With “Star Wars: The Bad Batch”, the series creator continues his vision of a world in upheaval. Unlike "The Mandalorian" (played after "Episode 6: The Return of the Jedi"), the story in "The Bad Batch" begins at the end of the prequel trilogy of "Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith". The galaxy is also changing with the proclamation of empire and the question of who is friend or foe is at the center of the main characters of Clone Unit 99. The quintet was already at their debut in the last season of "Star Wars: Clone Wars" Hunter, Wrecker, Tech, Crosshair and Echo established as independently thinking clone warriors who, in contrast to their brothers, fell out of the norm.

Reunion with well-known characters

Although the damage batch, the German name of "Bad Batch", is superior in some ways to its clone brothers, due to its different appearance, it does not fit into the desired norm of the newly founded empire. In search of allies, the clone unit will encounter well-known characters.

In addition to Captain Rex, one of the most important characters in “Clone Wars”, it is already certain that mercenary Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) will meet the “Bad Batch”. In the further course of the first season, viewers can learn more about the history of the assassin, who is found almost 30 years later in "The Mandalorian" on Tatooine by former bounty hunter Boba Fett and her next live-action appearance in "The Book of Boba Fett “will have in 2021.

Who knows: on their adventures through the Outer Rim, the mutated clone warriors may even meet a young Din Djarin, Mandalorian Bo-Katan, the imperial admiral Thrawn, the later temporary bearer of the dark sword Moff Gideon and the former Jedi Ahsoka Tano, who was submerged, who was responsible for rescuing Captain Rex through Order 66.

“Star Wars” as it was intended: Dirty, dangerous and yet full of hope

One point of criticism that some of the recent “Star Wars” films had to face was the clean design of the locations and heroes that never really seemed to be in danger. While “Star Wars 9: The Rise of Skywalker” in particular said goodbye to the ideas of the beloved sci-fi fantasy epic in the eyes of some die-hard fans, “The Mandalorian” offered exactly what “Star Wars “Fans of the first hour have missed the newer movies. The dirty appearance, paired with dangerous situations for the heroes, who in the end nevertheless spread a bit of hope, are just a few points that "Star Wars" fans have taken to their hearts.

Even as an animated series, “Star Wars: The Bad Batch” succeeds in capturing the dangerous look of the empire and the dirty Western aesthetic of the outer rim. Even the opening sequence puts the elite troops in danger more than once. Thanks to the newly introduced character Omega, viewers may be reminded of their first contact with the “Star Wars” universe, when everything was new and exciting. Who does not remember the exhilarating feeling when the Millennium Falcon flew through hyperspace for the first time?

You can now see the first season of “Star Wars: The Bad Batch” every Friday on Disney +.

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