Still can’t get over the epicness of The Bad Batch trailer? Neither can we. Star Wars dropped a new trailer this week, and it features cameos by fan-favorite characters like Fennec Shand and Grand Moff Tarkin. It also confirms the return of Clone Wars veteran Captain Rex.
The Bad Batch is a direct sequel to The Clone Wars series and follows the group of five genetically enhanced clones as they navigate a new galaxy in the wake of the growing Empire. While their rebelliousness, independence and unique set of skills made them an asset to the Republic, the new Empire sees them as a threat to its fascistic sense of order.
Those who love action, adventure and explosions in their Star Wars are in for a treat with a show following Hunter, Echo, Tech, Wrecker and Crosshair. They may be clone misfits but they’re instantly loveable, even if the first you’re seeing of them is in the 2-minute trailer.
Speaking of the new trailer, there’s a lot to unpack. Read on below the video for some of the best moments and Easter eggs you may have missed:
1. Meeting the crew
The troopers of Clone Force 99 are enhanced clones, but what exactly makes them different from the other clone troopers of Kamino? In the trailer, an unnamed child (subtitles call the child Omega) narrates introductions for the crew, including the newest member Echo, as scenes show them doing what they do best: getting the job done and causing mayhem.
Hunter is seen fighting Imperial troops with his bare hands, the android-esque Echo literally plugging himself into a ship’s computer, genius Tech launching a ship’s hyperdrive back online, Wrecker excitedly blowing stuff up and Crosshair showing off his sniper skills.
There’s something to admire and respect about each one, especially with the superior voice talents of Dee Bradley Baker, who voiced the clone troopers in The Clone Wars, returning for The Bad Batch.
2. Dark Troopers
Did you catch the Dark Troopers at the beginning of the trailer? You may have missed them, seeing as they’re not exactly like the Dark Troopers in The Mandalorian (seen above).
The trailer opens with Tarkin saying, “a test is in order” for the troops of Clone Force 99. The future grand moff has obviously heard about the Bad Batch’s prowess, but he wants to see how good they are for himself. In this test on Kamino, we see Tarkin throw a batch of Dark Troopers and other droid soldiers at the crew.
These Dark Troopers look more like the ones introduced in the non-canonical Dark Forces video game. They’re lighter in color and a bit bulkier, but still deadly.
Clone Force 99 swiftly takes out these opponents and seems to enjoy the exercise. Wrecker even shouts at Tarkin, “Is that all you got? Give me more!”
3. The three must-see cameos
The most noticeable cameos in The Bad Batch trailer are Tarkin, Fennec Shand and Saw Gerrera.
Tarkin, of course, was first seen in A New Hope and has appeared in both live-action and animated form throughout the Star Wars saga. Embattled Clone Wars veteran Saw Gerrera was introduced in The Clone Wars and later appeared in Rogue One and in Rebels. In the trailer, Saw Gerrera is heard telling Clone Force 99 they can either “adapt and survive” the new Empire or “die with the past.”
Fennec Shand is one of the most popular characters to come out of The Mandalorian live-action series. The cunning assassin is played by Ming-Na Wen, who also voices her animated character. Based on the scene in the trailer of Hunter throwing an explosive device at her, it appears Fennec Shand isn’t friends with Clone Force 99.
The Bad Batch is set decades before The Mandalorian, so it’s possible we’ll get to see Fennec Shand learning the ways of bounty hunting.
4. Enemies of the Empire
We don’t think anyone thought Clone Force 99 would become the Empire’s soldiers, but it’s still chilling to hear Tarkin exclaim he wants them “found and wiped out,” declaring them enemies of the state.
Based on this statement and the rest of the trailer, it’s safe to assume much of The Bad Batch will revolve around Hunter, Echo, Tech, Wrecker and Crosshair navigating a new galaxy and government that’s hunting them and grappling with their own personal trauma.
5. Captain Rex
If you blinked, you probably missed a quick appearance by Captain Rex, who’s been an integral part of both The Clone Wars and Rebels animated series. It’s a brief shot, but it shows members of the Bad Batch following clone trooper Rex on an unknown planet littered with the wreckage of Republic ships.
Rex was a key character in The Clone Wars and grew close relationships with many of the Jedi, including Ahsoka Tano. We see him again in Rebels along with several other clone troopers who managed to refuse to execute Order 66.
We don’t, however, know much about his life between Order 66 and joining the Rebellion. It looks like we’re about to find out in The Bad Batch.
The Bad Batch will begin streaming on Disney+ on May 4.