When does The Bad Batch release?

The first episode of Star Wars: The Bad Batch is out now, having debuted on 4 May, AKA Star Wars day (May the Fourth be with you). The series is 70 minutes long.

New episodes will drop every Friday starting on 7 May 2021. We assume that these will be a little shorter than the first episode. The series will consist of 16 episodes in total. 

The Bad Batch trailer

You can check out the official full trailer for Star Wars: The Bad Batch below:

There was another teaser trailer released back in December which you can watch below:

Who are the cast and crew?

Former Clone Wars voice actor Dee Bradley Baker has returned to voice the squad - Wrecker, Tech, Crosshair, Hunter and Echo. Michelle Ang plays Omega, the child who joins the crew. 

The trailer appeared to show Fennec Shand from The Mandalorian and the upcoming The Book of Boba Fett  - the character is played Ming-Na Wen.

Behind the camera, we have Jennifer Corbett serving as the head writer and executive producer. Corbett has previously worked on NCIS and Golden Boy. She is joined by Brad Rau as supervising director and executive producer, Josh Rimes as producer, Dave Filoni and Athena Portillo as executive producers, Carrie Beck as co-executive producer and Lucasfilm acting as the production company. Kevin Kiner is scoring the show. 

What is the plot of The Bad Batch?

Now that The Clone Wars animated series has officially finished, Star Wars: The Bad Batch will act as a follow-up to the show.

It centres around the elite and experimental clone soldiers called The Bad Batch (AKA Clone Force 99), who are trying to adapt to life in the galaxy after the events of the Clone War during the Imperial Era.

Each member of the Batch has their own ‘singular exceptional skill’, which make them a force to be reckoned with in battle during mercenary missions. Characters in the group include Hunter, Wrecker, Tech, Crosshair and Echo. The trailer also showed that the group will be taking a young apprentice with them. 

Whilst that’s everything which has officially been revealed, many Star Wars fans are speculating that we may see the return of popular characters from The Clone Wars such as Ahsoka Tano and Rex. It could also be possible that this show will continue to tie-in with some of the live-action series – just as The Clone Wars did.

How to watch The Bad Batch

Star Wars: The Bad Batch is a Disney Plus exclusive. In order to watch it, you’ll need a subscription. At the time of writing, an account with Disney+ costs £7.99/US$7.99 per month, or £79.90/$79.99 per year, and you can sign up on the Disney+ website.