The clone army has been a part of Star Wars mythology since an excited Luke Skywalker breathlessly asked Obi-Wan Kenobi about fighting in the Clone Wars in a throwaway line from Star Wars: A New Hope. Fans got their first glimpse of the clone army and the Clone Wars in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, but it wasn’t until Dave Filoni’s animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars film, followed by the Clone Wars series, that the clones themselves started to appear as characters.
The enigmatic Boba Fett from the original trilogy was retconned as a clone, and the animated spinoffs brought the world beloved heroes like Rex and his team. If there’s a limit to how many clones a franchise can support before things start to get crazy, Star Wars may have reached it, but The Bad Batch is a nice, off-kilter look at what happens when individuals rise from a legion of science fiction sameness.
The eponymous Bad Batch first appeared as supporting characters in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, but they’re now more than capable of carrying their own broadcast. The Kaminoans engineered each member of this unit, which was considered elite and experimental during the Republic, to have unique skills that set them apart from the regular issue stormtrooper. Hunter possesses enhanced senses, Tech is a material genius, Crosshair is a master marksman, Wrecker possesses superhuman strength, and Echo is a “normal” clone whose presence in the unit is clarified in The Clone Wars.