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tar Wars: The Bad Batch is just over a month away. No one expected a trailer in the midst of new book announcements and full cast lists. But here we are. Totally fine. Not pressing replay for the fourteenth time just to see if that’s who we really think it is.

We are blessed.

Hunter. Echo. Tech. Wrecker. Crosshair.

Darktroopers. Small children with light bows. Maybe Captain Rex?

This is a lot to take in. Here. Watch it one more time, just because.

Though we’ve known The Bad Batch would be getting their own show for a while now, we didn’t know many details until Disney+ released the first teaser earlier this year. That’s where we learned Tarkin would play a bigger role than expected … and got glorious confirmation that Fennec Shand would make her first animated appearance.

This new trailer strongly suggests the newly formed Empire isn’t willingly going to let this unique force of clone troopers forge their own path. In the eyes of the regime, they’re weapons. But isn’t that what clones have always been to many of their superiors - tools, not people?

This show, like the other animated Star Wars hits that have come before it, has the potential to stretch beyond the perceived limits of its genre to address issues of identity, sacrifice, and how to survive the aftermath of a war that changed the galaxy forever.

The show will debut with a 70-minute premiere on May 4 and another installment that same week on Friday the 7th.

Star Wars: The Bad Batch drops on Disney+ on May 4, 2021.

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Meg is a writer, podcaster, and photographer. She lives in Illinois with her dog and medal-worthy book collection, and believes any conversation in which Star Wars references are applicable is one worth having.

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