Did you catch an Easter egg to George Lucas' favorite Clone Wars episode in The Bad Batch?

This was a neat deep cut in a series that's wrapping up George's legacy

Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode "A Sunny Day in the Void." Image Credit: StarWars.com
Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode "A Sunny Day in the Void." Image Credit: StarWars.com /
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The Bad Batch is wrapping up George Lucas' legacy. Star Wars: The Clone Wars was one of his final projects prior to selling Star Wars to Disney, and The Bad Batch is finishing the story he began. It's why it's so fitting that this show threw in an Easter egg to Lucas' favorite episode from The Clone Wars

In the third season episode, "A Different Approach," Omega and Crosshair are trying to save Omega's lurca hound, Batcher, from an Imperial captain. The baddie seems to have some sort of animal smuggling operation on this planet. Surrounded by stormtroopers, Omega slaps a control panel button and frees hundreds of animals in cages to cause chaos, rescue Batcher, and steal a ship with Crosshair to get out of there.

In the mix of the animals fleeing their cages is a nod to Lucas' favorite episode from The Clone Wars, "A Sunny Day in the Void." They are void striders from the planet Abafar, which Colonel Meebur Gascon and D-Squad member WAC-47 rode to escape the harsh climate of the desert-like void. The void striders led them to the nearby town of Pons Ora to meet up with the other team members.

George Lucas was a massive fan of the comic book artist Jean Giraud, better known as Mœbius. The work of Mœbius influenced him all throughout the creation of Star Wars and the earliest entries of Star Wars animation, as seen in the Boba Fett cartoon "The Story of the Faithful Wookiee" in The Star Wars Holiday Special. Lucas wanted to create an episode as an homage to the artist which is how "A Sunny Day in the Void" came to be. He's been on record many times saying this is his favorite episode of The Clone Wars.

This is only the second appearance of the void striders, but it's a really cool nod to one of Lucas' favorite creations.

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