Star Wars: The Clone Wars ‘Bad Batch’ Recon

Go deep into the creation and characters of the Bad Batch story reels!

Now on StarWars.com, The Clone Wars Legacy continues with “The Bad Batch” — an unfinished four-episode arc that has finally been made available. These four story reels electrified fans at Celebration, which also featured a panel about the arc from supervising director Dave Filoni, actor Dee Bradley Baker, and writers Brent Friedman and Matt Michnovetz. The “Bad Batch” arc stars Captain Rex and an elite squad of  experimental clones known as Clone Force 99, but who call themselves the “Bad Batch,” on a mission to recover a combat algorithm from Separatist forces. Fans will love the introduction of the Bad Batch: Wrecker, Tech, Cross Hair, and Hunter, along with other faces from the past…

As Filoni discussed at the panel, these are four episodes “about clone troopers who are different from the rest, different in ways we have never seen in The Clone Wars before. It was an idea that George [Lucas] had towards the end of the series, something we were going to go forward.” Filoni went on to say that this arc “fulfills a promise that he had to fans of clone trooper Echo, when he seemed at the Citadel to be doomed. I saw a massive outpouring of depression, especially from the younger “clones” and believe me, nothing makes me feel worth than to see that. So Star Wars, in a lot of ways, as J.J. Abrams said yesterday, is about hope. Here is your hope for your lost friend Echo and your continuing friend Rex.” Check out the full panel now at StarWars.com for more insight into the episodes.

If you enjoyed the Bad Batch, then you should delve into the story of how clone trooper Echo went from a near washout to a pivotal figure in The Clone Wars. Below you will find a suggested viewing order for episodes featuring Echo, which includes the episode number for each episode, title, Jedi fortune cookie, and official description. These are all available now on Netflix. Enjoy.

Clone-Cadets

Season Three, Episode One: “Clone Cadets”
“BROTHERS IN ARMS ARE BROTHERS FOR LIFE.”
Five headstrong clones struggle to complete their training on Kamino. These cadets — Hevy, Cutup, Droidbait, Fives, and Echo — seem to be a “bad batch” and are unable to work as a team. As Shaak Ti and drill instructors Bric and El-Les debate the cadets’ fate, the clones learn to work together and accept their destiny as soldiers.

Rookies
Season One, Episode Five: “Rookies”
“THE BEST CONFIDENCE BUILDER IS EXPERIENCE.”
Alone on a distant outpost, clone officers Rex and Cody must inspire their rookie unit to believe in themselves to stave off a droid commando invasion.

ARC-Troopers

Season Three, Episode Two: “ARC Troopers”
“FIGHTING A WAR TESTS A SOLDIER’S SKILLS, DEFENDING HIS HOME TESTS A SOLDIER’S HEART.”
The Republic learns of an impending Separatist attack on Kamino, and Anakin and Obi-Wan hurry to the planet. After the Republic repulses the Separatists’ diversionary assault, the real attack begins. Asajj Ventress, General Grievous and an army of droids rise out of the oceans, bent on destroying Kamino’s clone production facilities. Rex, Cody, Fives and Echo lead the clones in a desperate defense of their home planet.

The-Citadel

Season Three, Episode Eighteen: “The Citadel”
“ADAPTATION IS THE KEY TO SURVIVAL.”
With help from R2-D2 and a squad of captured battle droids, an elite team of Jedi and clone troopers led by Obi-Wan and Anakin attempt to free a captive Jedi general, Even Piell, from an impenetrable prison. Despite orders to the contrary, Ahsoka Tano tags along, though she proves indispensable when the infiltration mission begins to evolve. Piell and his fleet officer, Captain Tarkin, are liberated from their cells, but now the fugitives must escape the Citadel itself.

Counterattack

Season Three, Episode Nineteen: “Counterattack”
“ANYTHING THAT CAN GO WRONG WILL.”
With freed prisoners in their possession and the brutal warden attempting desperately to thwart them, Obi-Wan and Anakin search for a way out of the Citadel and back to Coruscant. The prison, however, has more traps, perils and pitfalls in store for them than they had imagined and they must work past their differences if they are to escape. Their bid to board their shuttle fails when heavy weapons fire destroys the escape craft. Trooper Echo dies in the blast. The escapees then flee to the caves and call for rescue from the Jedi Temple on Coruscant.

Citadel-rescue

Season Three, Episode Twenty: “Citadel Rescue”
“WITHOUT HONOR, VICTORY IS HOLLOW.”
After their ship and only way off the planet is destroyed, Anakin and Obi-Wan must lead the escaped prisoners across Lola Sayu’s perilous landscape as Plo Koon commands a task force of four cruisers and their fighters through the Separatist defenses in a daring rescue. Even Piell is ravaged by anooba tracking beasts, but before he dies, he passes on his Nexus Routes coordinates to Ahsoka. When the survivors return to Coruscant, Ahsoka knows half the intel, and refuses to disclose it to anyone but the Jedi Council, while Tarkin refuses to hand over his half to anyone other than the Chancellor.

Pete Morrison is a writer, reader and lover of all things Star Wars and genre. He is the editor in chief of RebelsReport.com and the co-host of the Rebels Report, a Star Wars Rebels podcast.

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