Disney has finally revealed that the adventures of The Bad Batch will continue for a second season. Season 2 of the Clone Wars spin-off is set to hit Disney+ in 2022. This reveal comes just ahead of season one’s two-part finale, which begins tomorrow, Friday, August 6th. Executive Producer and co-savior of Star Wars Dave Filoni had this to say: “The entire Lucasfilm Animation team and I would like to thank Disney+ and our fans for the opportunity to continue telling the story of the Bad Batch.” If you haven’t been following The Bad Batch, it takes place right after The Clone Wars and follows an elite squad of specialized clones. The Batch first appeared in the first 4-part story arc of The Clone Wars season 7.
— Star Wars (@starwars) August 5, 2021
This is excellent news. Disney+ hasn’t exactly been transparent with the ratings their content gets, but there hasn’t been much buzz around The Bad Batch. YouTube channels like Thor Skywalker have reported that their reviews for this series receive fewer and fewer views week-to-week. The series has also trended downward on Google. Neither of these are concrete measuring tools for interest in The Bad Batch, but when Disney doesn’t provide any data, speculation is bound to happen. I love the show and was afraid it wouldn’t come back for another season or that Disney would even claim it was only intended to be one season. It would make little sense to develop such an expensive series with so many characters to explore with only 16 episodes in mind. Still, that doesn’t mean Disney and Lucasfilm wouldn’t lie about it to cover their butts.
Regardless, I’m just happy that these characters will be returning. When we first learned that this would be Lucasfilm Animation’s next project, I wasn’t thrilled. I liked the Batch well enough for their roles in their Clone Wars arc, but I didn’t see any of them as lead characters. But all my griping and nitpicks aside, I really love Hunter, Omega, and Wrecker now. They’ve won me over, and I only wish they’d do more with Echo and Tech. I take the show’s renewal as a signal that they may do just that in the future. I look forward to seeing this season’s finale, and I’ll definitely be tuning in next year when the series returns.
Are you excited to see more of the Batch’s exploits? Do you know what Dave Filoni hides under his cowboy hat? Let us know in the comments below!