The Star Wars movies are one of the most famous and successful film franchises ever. The first movie was released in 1977 and only in 42 theatres. But at that time no one could have predicted that the franchise will become so popular for decades to come. The first Star Wars trilogy (Episode IV – A New Hope, Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, Episode VI – Return of the Jedi) which was released in the late 1970s and early 1980s. This was followed by the second trilogy (Episode I – The Phantom Menace, Episode II – Attack of the Clones, Episode III – Revenge of the Sith) which were prequel trilogy which released between 1999 to 2005.
Thereafter, another sequel trilogy (Episode VII – The Force Awakens, Episode VIII – The Last Jedi, Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker) this one to the original Star Wars trilogy—opened in theatres in 2015. The popularity of the franchise has let number of prequels, sequels, standalone films, animated films, television series, and merchandise ether these products have raked in trillions of dollars over the years for the makers.
Whether you are fans of star war or not you would have heard the popular phrase ‘May the Fourth be with you’. now you must be wondering where it came to be? Or why is May 4 celebrated as Star Wars Day? The reason May 4th is celebrated as ‘May the force’ as it sounds similar. As a result, May 4 is celebrated as Star Wars Day, wishing each other by saying “May the Fourth be with you. “Star war day is dedicated to the celebration of the Star Wars franchise which was created by George Lucas in 1977. In 2011, the first large organised we organized in Toronto Underground Cinema where fans gathered to play games, show off their costumes, watch screenings of the films.
The Walt Disney Company has officially purchased Lucasfilm – the production company which was responsible for the franchise – in 2012 and has been organising annual events and celebrations on May 4 every year. The fans were sad to favourite clone characters storytelling coming to an era with Star Wars: The Clone Wars. But while back the announcement of Star Wars: The Bad Batch brought back smiles on the faces of the fans. The show is all set to premier today and is a sequel to The Clone Wars and follows a group of elite clones as they watch the galaxy in its transition from Republic to its first Galactic Empire. The group of elite clone troopers, are known to have genetic mutations that grants them unique skills.
The supervising director on The Bad Batch, Brad Rau was quoted saying “We think of The Bad Batch as a spiritual successor to The Clone Wars, So there’s a lot in common. When we start our first episode, we’re backing up a little bit, timewise, from what we’ve seen at the very end of the Clone Wars. It’s something that Dave Filoni wanted us to do. And it’s really exciting to see how things come about, like Order 66. Having these characters that we only know a little bit about from the final season of The Clone Wars gives us an opportunity to carry on that legacy and storytelling of The Clone Wars, but through new characters’ eyes.”
In the Star Wars world, Order 66 is known for Sith plot masterminded by Sith Lord Darth Sidious who is also known as Emperor Palpatine which saw behavioural modification biochips planted in the brains of all clone troopers deployed by the Republic. The Order 66 led to termed all Jedi as traitors and their own clone trooper allies turned on them, slaughtering the Jedi Order in the process. Star Wars: The Bad Batch begins roughly around the same time and finds the group of elites now working for the newfound Empire, as are all the other non-mutated clones.
Star Wars: The Bad Batch will get to see a character from The Mandalorian and its none other than Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen), an elite mercenary introduced in the first season when Mando visited Tatooine. Star Wars: The Bad Batch can be watched on 4 on Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar and the first episode will be a 70-minute special episode. There are believed to be 14 episodes in the series and new episodes air Friday thereafter and schedule is as follows: –
Episode 1: Aftermath – Friday, May 4, 2021
Episode 2: Cut and Run – Friday, May 7, 2021
Episode 3: Replacements – Friday, May 14, 2021
Episode 4: Friday, May 21, 2021
Episode 5: Friday, May 28, 2021
Episode 6: Friday, June 4, 2021
Episode 7: Friday, June 11, 2021
Episode 8: Friday, June 18, 2021
Episode 9: Friday, June 25, 2021
Episode 10: Friday, July 2, 2021
Episode 11: Friday, July 9, 2021
Episode 12: Friday, July 16, 2021
Episode 13: Friday, July 23, 2021
Episode 14: Friday, July 30, 2021