This galaxy far, far away still has a significant role for clone troopers after the Clone Wars. A ragged bunch of genetically modified troops known as Clone Force 99 will continue their adventures in The Bad Batch season 2.
It took a long time for the first 16 episodes of the show to discover its purpose in the Star Wars canon, but the show eventually found its place in the galaxy far, far away. In season 2, Hunter, Tech, Wrecker, Echo, Crosshair, and Omega’s young sidekick Omega strive to find their place in a universe where the newly created Empire is trying to exert its influence.
Here is everything you need to know about The Bad Batch season 2, including the release date, plot, cast, and more, since the show’s comeback has been announced for 2022.
Release Date: The Bad Batch Season 2
Disney Plus confirmed (via StarWars.com) that the show will return on August 5, one day before the two-part season 1 conclusion.
Season 2 of The Bad Batch will air sometime in 2022, which is all we know for sure at this point. That being said, we wouldn’t be surprised to see the second season premiere on May 4 (Star Wars Day), given it occurs on a Wednesday in 2022, which looks to be Disney Plus’s new favourite day for original series launches.
According to a recently released page from Star Wars Insider magazine (uploaded on Reddit), fresh episodes of The Bad Batch will arrive on Disney Plus between March and June of 2022. Season 2 is expected to premiere in May of 2022, but Disney hasn’t confirmed this release date yet.
Plot: The Bad Batch Season 2
Like its Marvel counterparts, Lucasfilm does not reveal key plot clues prior to the debut of a Star Wars film or TV show. There’s no way season 2 of The Bad Batch won’t pick up just where the first one left off.
Ex-Clone Force 99 member Crosshair was no longer part of the group after the terrible devastation of Tipoca City and the cloning facilities on Kamino by the Imperial navy.
According to StarWars.com’s chief writer Jennifer Corbett in an interview, even though Crosshair assured the Bad Batch that the inhibitor chip installed as part of Order 66 had been removed, his allegiance remained with Emperor Palpatine.
It’s true that “good warriors follow orders,” as he likes to remind his brethren, but now that conscripted TK Troopers, the forerunners of Imperial Stormtroopers, are gradually replacing Clones, the question remains: would the Empire respect his services?
The Havoc Marauder, the ship of the Bad Batch, is expected to leave Kamino with some important decisions to make. After season 1, “we didn’t want to have everyone’s purpose locked down,” supervising director Brad Rau said to Star Wars.com.
In season 2, they’ll have to deal with it in a huge way.” What is their goal from a variety of perspectives? This is a major deal, and something we wanted to investigate further.”
Despite being on the run from Imperial forces, the Bad Batch hasn’t yet taken up weapons against the Emperor’s dictatorial regime in full force. They are unlikely to continue doing odd jobs for former Jedi informant/information broker Cid when they observe more and more of the repressive tactics deployed against the public.
Cast:The Bad Batch Season 2
There would be no Bad Batch if Dee Bradley Baker had not been cast. It’s no surprise that the actor, who has voiced countless Clone Troopers in The Clone Wars, takes on all five key parts in the new series, giving each character their own distinct characteristics. As well as Rex and Gregor, two veterans of both The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels, he provided the voice for other Clones in season one.
Omega, the’sister’ of the Bad Batch, is almost certainly returning, as is Cheers’ Rhea Perlman as Cid. There will be a lot more Gwendoline Yeo and Noshir Dalal to hear from now that Nala Se is working for the Imperials at an Imperial facility, so we can anticipate to see a lot more of them.
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Thereafter, we’re in a more unpredictable guest star zone.
The bounty hunters Ming-Na Wen and Corey Burton (as Fennec Shand and Cad Bane, respectively) are expected to make a reappearance. Daniel Logan, who portrayed the young Boba Fett in Attack of the Clones and The Clone Wars, could return if the bounty hunter makes an appearance in season 2 of The Bad Batch.
In terms of the Imperials, Stephen Stanton is expected to be the next Grand Moff Tarkin. Palpatine’s reappearance would likely bring back Sam Witwer, who voiced Palpatine in both The Clone Wars and Rebels, as well as Darth Maul. First episode of The Bad Batch featured a scene taken from Ian McDiarmid’s depiction as Palpatine in Revenge of the Sith.
If you’re a great Star Wars fan or a fan of the animated shows, you’ll enjoy listening for big-name performers like Billy Dee Williams, who played Lando in Star Wars Rebels, to pop up on the soundtrack (Simon Pegg cropped up as bounty hunter Dengar in The Clone Wars). Fleabag’s Sian Clifford made an appearance as a protocol droid in the first season of The Bad Batch.
Director Brad Rau and executive producer Dave Filoni (creator of The Bad Batch and Lucasfilm’s executive creative director) will serve as the primary production team behind the camera, with Jennifer Corbett serving as the lead writer and Brad Rau serving as the supervising director.