Star Wars: The Bad Batch starts off dull and uninspired

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The first episode of Star Wars: The Bad Batch is now available on Disney+, and it serves as a follow-up to Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series. It follows an elite group of clone troopers, each uniquely different thanks to genetic mutations. We have the leader who resembles John Rambo, a techie, the muscles, a cyborg, and a sneering sniper. With these different squad members, it’s surprising that they borderline on boring archetypes. And to make matters worse, the story is dull, adding nothing new to Order 66, which we’ve seen before in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Revenge of the Sith, and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

The episode begins in the same similar style as Star Wars: The Clone Wars with a narrator describing the action. In the premiere episode, “Aftermath,” the Republic is dominating over the Separatists across the galaxy, although on Kaller, the clone troopers and their general, Jedi Master Depa Billaba, are struggling to hold their position. We’re introduced to a Jedi Padawan, and Star Wars Rebels fans will certainly recognize him. It would have been a nice cameo, but the voice acting was laughable since the actor’s voice is that a full-grown man, and not a young kid.

That’s where Clone Force 99, aka the Bad Batch, comes in. The elite squad was able to turn the tide of the battle, but everything goes bad when Chancellor Palpatine executes Order 66, causing the clone troopers to take out the Jedi Order.

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Hunter is the leader of the group who’s dressed like an ’80s action hero. The design choice just screams Rambo, and I can’t get the thought out of my mind every time he’s on-screen with his red bandana and black mullet. He meets a little girl named Omega, raised by Kaminoans, and she decides she wants to go on adventures with the Bad Batch. She has the potential of becoming a fascinating character with her background. Wrecker, Tech, Crosshair and Echo all follow their roles as their respective archetype, and it brings nothing new to the table.

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Admiral Tarkin, who’ll later be known as Grand Moff Tarkin, is a villain who makes an appearance in the episode, and it will surely please many fans of the original trilogy. He has a watchful eye on the squadron, which puts tension between Hunter and Crosshair, but their dynamic is predictable, and any tough choices felt flat. To add to the uninspiring characters, the plot drags on with no real sense of danger, mystery, and intrigue.

Star Wars: The Bad Batch is off to a dull start with a predictable and unimaginative episode and bland archetypes that make up the squad. We’re hoping that future episodes will flesh out the characters in engrossing ways.

Episode 1 Score: 2/5 Atoms

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