Star Wars: The Bad Batch is the most recent Star Wars animated show that expands the lore created by George Lucas almost half a century ago. And while the show has gained mostly positive reviews, some critics thought it was a bit generic and a little too heavy on the lore. Still, Star Wars: The Bad Batch is a great show, as is evidenced by the fact that its second season is going to premiere in 2022. In this article, we are going to tell you everything you need to know about the second season of Star Wars: The Bad Batch.
Star Wars: The Bad Batch has been renewed for a second season that is set to premiere sometime during 2022. The show follows the mercenary adventures of Clone Force 99, also known as the Bad Batch. The show stars the voice talents of Dee Bradley Baker, who plays the members of the Bad Batch, and Michelle Ang, who is playing Omega, a young female clone working as a medical assistant on Kamino.
The rest of this article is going to bring you all the known and unknown information related to the upcoming second season of the Star Wars: The Bad Batch streaming series that is set to appear on Disney+. You’re going to find out about its exact release date, whether there is a trailer, what the story will be about, and much more about the show’s upcoming second season.
Star Wars: The Bad Batch Season 2 release date
The idea for the Bad Batch Squad originated with Star Wars creator George Lucas, who wanted to further explore the individuality of clone troopers in his Star Wars: The Clone Wars series. He then thought of a special forces unit with improved skills. The series entered into production in 2012 and but in October of the same year, Lucas sold his company Lucasfilm to The Walt Disney Company. Five months later, The Clone Wars series was canceled after five seasons and production on the series was halted.
The screenplays, dialogues, music, and sound effects were finished at that moment, but not the animation. Part of the unfinished episodes of the series were, however, broadcast on Netflix in March 2014. On the occasion of this broadcast, Dave Filoni, supervisor of The Clone Wars, publishes several sketches including one of the clone trooper Echo, who was presumed dead; he then announces that the latter is still alive, but he did not link Echo to the Bad Batch.
On June 17, 2020, a rumor reported that a new Star Wars animated series will be dedicated to the Bad Batch group. A month later, on July 13, Lucasfilm officially announced the series under the title of Star Wars: The Bad Batch with an expected broadcast in 2021 on Disney+. Brad Rau, director of several episodes of Rebels, Forces of Destiny and Resistance, then succeeded Filoni as the show’s supervisor. Composed of sixteen episodes, the first season was broadcast from May 4 to August 13, 2021. On August 5, 2021, Disney + announced the renewal of The Bad Batch for a second season, which is scheduled to air in 2022.
Star Wars: The Bad Batch Season 2 trailer
Now that we’ve gone over the basic production and release information we have on the second season of the Star Wars: The Bad Batch series, we can continue with the trailer. Sadly, though, at this moment, we don’t have a trailer for the second season, which is relatively surprising, seeing how the season is going to air during this year. The only thing we have at this moment is a confirmation of the show’s second season and nothing else.
The likely reason for that is that the production is not yet over. Disney has focused on other Star Wars shows currently, so they’ve probably postponed serious work on Star Wars: The Bad Batch for a later moment, but that doesn’t mean anything, save for the fact that Disney has a solid schedule it likes to keep.
Taking into account everything we’ve said, a trailer for Star Wars: The Bad Batch is probably going to appear soon, probably in several months’ time. There is even a possibility that Disney might release it on Star Wars Day, which is probably the earliest date we’ll be seeing the trailer.
Star Wars: The Bad Batch Season 2 plot
We know that the “capture” of Nala Se and Crosshair leaving the group are certainly going to play a major part in the second season of Star Wars: The Bad Batch but that is all we know at this moment. Disney has not given us a synopsis for Season 2, so we don’t really know what to expect at this moment. But, we do know what the show is about and what happened in season one, so let us revise that quickly!
The Bad Batch is an elite squad of five clone troopers named Hunter, Crosshair, Wrecker, Tech, and Echo. Genetically modified, they have unconventional methods of combat as well as more distinct personalities and appearances than other clones. They are also much less docile. Shortly after the end of the Clone Wars – which saw the extermination of the Jedi Order and the advent of the Galactic Empire – Admiral Wilhuff Tarkin sends them to eliminate insurgents, who are none other than soldiers of the defunct Galactic Republic and their families led by Saw Gerrera.
They cannot bring themselves to execute innocent civilians and therefore find themselves accused of treason. When Tarkin orders the brainwashed Crosshair to execute his former teammates, the Bad Batch escapes with the help of a new recruit, a cloned child named Omega. Now wanted by the Empire, they undertake mercenary missions while struggling to survive and find a new purpose for their existence.
Star Wars: The Bad Batch Season 2 cast
For a series with so many characters, Star Wars: The Bad Batch had a surprisingly small amount of voice actors behind it, which is mostly due to the fact that Dee Bradley Baker did an amazing job in the roles of the Bad Batch members. Now, as the universe of Star Wars: The Bad Batch expands, we’re also going to see some new characters in the show, as well as some returning ones, definitely. At this moment, we don’t have a cast list, so we’ll just bring you a list of the voice actors and characters we expect to see returning to the show:
- Dee Bradley Baker as all the clone troopers in the series, including the members of Clone Force 99 (also known as the Bad Batch) consisting of: Wrecker, Tech, Crosshair, Hunter, and Echo. Star Wars creator, George Lucas wanted The Bad Batch to explore clones that are more unique than the others, each with special abilities, but he didn’t want them to be superheroes.
- Ming-Na Wen as Fennec Shand, a young bounty hunter and elite sniper who makes an alliance of sorts with the Bad Batch on certain occasions.
- Stephen Stanton as Admiral Wilhuff Tarkin, a high-ranking officer of the newly created Galactic Empire, this series explores the beginnings of this character, long before he had his position as Moff. Andrew Kishino as Saw Gerrera: a fighter for the then nascent Rebel Alliance.
- Michelle Ang as Omega, the first female clone of Jango Fett created on the planet Kamino by the Kaminoans for a previously unknown purpose. The young woman greatly admires the Bad Batch and dreams of being part of them.
- Gwendoline Yeo as Nala Se: The Kaminoan scientist in charge of the cloning process.
- Rhea Perlman as Cid, a Trandoshan and former Jedi informant who provides mercenary work to the Bad Batch.
- Liam O’Brien as Bolo, an Ithorian regular at Cid’s parlor.
- Ian McDiarmid as Emperor Palpatine / Darth Sidious, the Emperor of the Galactic Empire, as well as the Dark Lord of the Sith.
- Tom Kane as the narrator
- Andrew Kishino as Saw Gerrera, a freedom fighter with ties to the Rebel Alliance.
Will there be a Season 3 of Star Wars: The Bad Batch?
At this moment, it might still be too early to discuss a potential third season of Star Wars: The Bad Batch. The series had a good run during its first season and we all know that the Clone Wars and its subsequent spin-offs form an integral part of the recent Star Wars lore, which Star Wars: The Bad Batch is part of. But, the series wasn’t as well-received as the other shows from this batch (pun intended), despite receiving praise from critics.
What could this mean for the future of the show? We don’t actually know. There certainly are stories to tell about the show, and the Bad Batch are a group of interesting characters, but the story borders on being too hardcore-fan-centric, which might deter casual viewers and ultimately reduce the potential number of episodes. On the other hand, if the numbers are good, we’ll certainly see more of the show in the future.
Ultimately, we don’t know whether that will happen and we’ll just have to wait and see what Disney has in store for Star Wars: The Bad Batch; in all probability, we are going to find out more around the time of the second season’s premiere.