After thirteen episodes and a storyline that seems to yank me every which way each week, The Bad Batch has finally completely lost my interest or investment. Don’t worry. I’ll finish the season because I’m a loyal Star Wars fan but my feelings for this series has been annihilated.
The problem with this animated series (that no one wanted in the first place, might I add) is that it hasn’t managed to carve its identity in thirteen weeks! For its first four weeks, it felt like The Mandalorian; a bunch of tough guys have to take care of likable kid. Then it strayed into side quest-ville with a few moments of drama along the way (Wrecker’s inhibitor chip fiasco) and an unnecessary cameo appearance by Rex.
Then there’s a side story with Crosshair and what was a rather fascinating storyline; the decommissioning of the clone troopers and the Empire’s slow but deliberate annihilation of the Kaminoans’ livelihood. That got highlighted for maybe a couple of episodes and hasn’t been revisited since.
Honestly, I’m not going to even delve into the other storylines this series has been dabbling with in the past few weeks because it’s just too much to keep track of and it’s annoying.
Months ago I wrote a post about my disinterest in The Bad Batch and my gut feeling has been realized. Clearly, this series is going to have a second season…because it has to. Clearly this series is setting something up for The Book of Boba Fett (why else would we all of a sudden learn that Boba Fett had a sister just months before his spinoff series drops on Disney+.) And clearly Lucasfilm believes they can continue to give us mediocre content and we, the fans, will just plod along and say, yay, more Star Wars.
I, for one, am not happy with how this series has turned out and I feel this is just another step backward for a franchise that used to be my favorite of all time.
I would rather have a season with eight great episodes than a series with sixteen episodes that don’t have a purpose.
I probably won’t be writing anymore weekly reviews of this series until the series’ finale because honestly, every week has become a rant fest and that’s not fun.
What do you think about The Bad Batch? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.
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