Star Wars: The Clone Wars “Bad Batch” Arc at Star Wars Celebration

Season 6 Echo Sketch by Dave Filoni. Credit: Lucasfilm.

When the Star Wars: The Clone Wars Legacy project was announced in September 2014, it reaffirmed that the Lucasfilm crew are well-aware of the passion and need within the fan community to see the remaining stories of the cancelled award-winning series. We saw the release of Darth Maul’s story in Dark Horse’s Son of Dathomir last year, and since then, we’ve had the Dark Disciple announcement at San Diego Comic-Con, the unfinished “Crystal Crisis on Utapau” arc, and the return of fan favorite character Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars Rebels.

“The one thing you need is good stories to tell and thanks to the legacy that George left us, we have many, many, many good stories that hopefully the audience will get to see,” Dave Filoni said, when discussing the Legacy project.

One lucky audience will get to do just that at this year’s Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California. announced one week prior to the official kickoff of the show that fans attending Star Wars Celebration will get to see an exclusive screening of “The Bad Batch” arc written by Brent Friedman.

Originally intended to be the opening arc for season seven, “The Bad Batch” episodes will focus on a group of experimental clone commandos, the return of ARC trooper Echo, and the emotional relationship that will transpire between him and Captain Rex.

Here are some additional details about the episodes, according to Wookieepedia and Friedman’s tweets:

Jedi General Anakin Skywalker is involved throughout the arc to an extent, though most of the action focuses on Rex and The Batch. Friedman stated that the “emotional hook” of the arc is Rex’s relationship with ARC trooper Echo, a character who had been killed in the third season episode “Counterattack” but was resurrected for this arc. The setting for the episodes is split between Anaxes, a planet from the Star Wars Legends line, and a new world called Skako Minor.

Season 6 Echo Sketch by Dave Filoni. Credit: Lucasfilm.
(Photo: Dave Filoni, Lucasfilm)

I look forward to seeing how Echo survived, what happened to him, and why this unit of clone commandos exists in the first place. When Dave Filoni released a piece of concept art of Echo, the first thing that jumps out at you is the gear attached to his head. Similar to what we have seen on Lobot and Tseebo, we discover in Star Wars Rebels that the device is put in place to strip away personality in favor of productivity. That said, how does this device change Echo emotionally and mentally? Also, given that these set of episodes happen after the death of ARC trooper Fives in “The Lost Missions”, I wonder whether his name will come up in conversation and dredge up emotions from losing a brother and close friend.

As for other Clone Wars stories written by Friedman, “Besides Bad Batch for S7, I wrote one other arc, for S8, which featured Rex & R2 in possibly the strangest CW adventure ever!”

Here’s hoping we see more stories from The Clone Wars surface down the line!

Visit Rebels Report to listen to an older episode with Brent Friedman, where he discussed the Star Wars: The Clone Wars writing conference.

If you’re attending Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, make sure to add this screening to your schedule. It will take place at the Digital Stage on Friday, April 17, at 12:00 PM. What’s even more awesome? A Q&A with Dave Filoni, Dee Bradley Baker, Brent Friedman, and Matt Michnovetz will follow the special screening. When and how these episodes will be made available to the public remains unknown, but stay on top of for official information and updates.

4 comments on “Star Wars: The Clone Wars “Bad Batch” Arc at Star Wars Celebration

  1. I won’t be there on Friday for this panel, so I hope you’ll fill us in on what happened to Echo!

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  3. chris dietz

    Yes, this is awesome indeed! But what about those like myself who are unable to attend? How will we see it? Please tell me they’ll put it up on Star….

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