The cavalry has arrived! This May the Fourth, aka Star Wars Day, is the series premiere of Star Wars: The Bad Batch on Disney+. Hunter, Tech, Crosshair, Wrecker, and Echo are reporting for duty! Clone Force 99 made its debut during the last season of The Clone Wars, leaving an impression on Rex, Cody, and the Jedi. But where did this motley crew of clones come from? Before you dive into The Bad Batch, here’s a list of episodes to offer some background intel, including episodes featuring Tarkin, Saw Gerrera, and Fennec Shand, who also appeared in the official trailer. Gear up, trooper! The Empire is waiting.
The Bad Batch
- The Clone Wars Season 7 Episode 1: The Bad Batch
Rex, Cody, and Clone Force 99 (an unorthodox, elite squad also known as the Bad Batch), look to recover the Republic’s strategy algorithm from Admiral Trench, but a haunting truth awaits.
- Season 7 Episode 2: A Distant Echo
Believing that MIA soldier Echo may still be alive, Rex’s mission becomes even more crucial and personal. Alongside the Bad Batch and Anakin Skywalker, the clone captain launches a dangerous covert rescue.
- Season 7 Episode 3: On the Wings of Keeradaks
With Echo recovered, Rex, the Bad Batch, and Anakin Skywalker look to fight their way out of the clutches of Wat Tambor and the Techno Union.
- Season 7 Episode 4: Unfinished Business
The Republic plans a daring final strike against Admiral Trench, bringing together Rex, Echo, Anakin Skywalker, and the elite Bad Batch squad. But Echo’s loyalties come into question.
Before the they were the Bad Batch, they were Clone Troopers in Training
- Season 3 Episode 1: Clone Cadets
Unless they want to flunk out, the clones of Domino Squad must learn to work together during their training on Kamino. 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 cannot 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.
- Season 1 Episode 5: Rookies
Alone and on a distant outpost, Commander Cody and Captain Rex must inspire the rookie clones to believe in themselves to stave off boredom and a commando droid invasion.
ARC Troopers Move Out!
- Season 3 Episode 2: ARC Troopers
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 actual battle begins. Asajj Ventress, General Grievous, and an army of droids rise out of the ocean depths, bent on destroying Kamino’s clone production facilities. Rex, Cody, Fives, and Echo lead the clones in a desperate defense of their home planet.
Greetings Captain Tarkin
- Season 3 Episode 18: The Citadel
With the 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.
- Season 3 Episode 19: Counter Attack
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.
The Rebel, Saw Gerrera
- Season 5 Episode 5: A War on Two Fronts
Anakin, Obi-Wan, Ahsoka, and Rex travel to Onderon, a world under Separatist control. There, they will train a group of insurgent rebels — including Lux Bonteri — to help take back the capital city of Iziz from the rule of a duplicitous king.
- Season 5 Episode 6: Front Runners
Led by Ahsoka, the Onderon rebels infiltrate the capital and carry out a series of strikes on targets throughout the city. As the Separatist-aligned king comes under increasing pressure to deal with the growing rebellion, the rebels choose a new leader.
- Season 5 Episode 7: The Soft War
After a rebel attempt to save Onderon’s true king, Ramsis Dendup, an unexpected ally steps forward to halt Dendup’s execution and aid the rebel cause.
- Season 5 Episode 8: Tipping Points
As a full-scale revolt embroils Onderon, the rebels strike a decisive blow against the planet’s Separatist-aligned king. Unfortunately for the rebels, such victory comes at a high price. (These four episodes also have ties to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story).
- The Mandalorian Season 1 Chapter 5: The Gunslinger
On a familiar desert planet, the Mandalorian helps a rookie bounty hunter claim his stake in the Guild. But when an experienced assassin is his prey, the tide turns very quickly.
A Little About Me
My name is Eric Onkenhout, I live in Massachusetts, and Star Wars is my jam and has been since I was 6 or 7. Besides Star Wars, I also enjoy Marvel and Game of Thrones. I love to write, whether it’s fiction, reviews, or journalistic articles. I also enjoy long walks on the beach! As far as movies, books, comic books, or tv shows, I tend to gravitate towards good writing regardless of the genre. I have a Bachelor’s degree in English-Creative Writing; I like sports like hockey, football, and soccer.