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Star Wars: The Bad Batch gets an explosive new trailer

They don’t play by the rules, but they get results

Joshua Rivera (he/him) is an entertainment and culture journalist specializing in film, TV, and video game criticism, the latest stop in a decade-plus career as a critic.

In case you perhaps found The Mandalorian a little too cuddly, Star Wars: The Bad Batch is here to suplex a droid and show that it means business.

The forthcoming Disney Plus animated series and focuses on the titular Bad Batch, a squad of clone troopers introduced near the end of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, in the gap between the Original and Prequel trilogies. Each of the Batch’s five members have a unique skill and loud personality to complement it, making them a fun Dirty Dozen-style crew to follow into the post-War, early Empire days of Star Wars universe.

The new trailer hints at an extremely action-packed show, with big bombastic shootouts and plenty of Easter Eggs. In a lot of ways, The Bad Batch feels like a more blockbuster version of The Clone Wars — perhaps it’ll make for a great entry point for new viewers to discover the less-mainstream animated side of Star Wars.

Star Wars: The Bad Batch premieres on Disney Plus on May 4 (you know: the Star Wars day). Here’s a look at the series announcement poster:

The poster for Star Wars: The Bad Batch, featuring the five members of the Bad Batch in clone trooper armor Image: Disney Plus