After six long years, Star Wars: The Clone Wars has finally returned for a proper final season on Disney+. The first of the 12 episodes to air, called “The Bad Batch,” dropped last week to much fanfare and critical acclaim. The episode centered on a group of Republic clone troopers who came out “defective.” Essentially, they have some genetic variance from their original DNA donor (Jango Fett), and therefore have unique characteristics, both physical and otherwise.
Now the adventures of the Bad Batch will continue on in the second episode of the final season. You can check out a clip for “A Distant Echo,” down below:
The previous episode ended on quite the cliffhanger. Captain Rex discovered that one of his clone brothers, Echo, is surprisingly still alive following a brutal battle. In the show’s latest chapter, it appears that Captain Rex, Anakin Skywalker, and the rest of the Bad Batch troops go off to a mysterious planet to look for their missing comrade. Judging by the new clip, it looks like Echo is being held on a strange and savage world. But at least one of the Bad Batch clones seems to have no fear when it comes to dealing with the local creatures.
Here is the official synopsis for this latest episode:
“A mysterious live signal leads Jedi General Anakin Skywalker, Captain Rex, and the Bad Batch to a Techno Union facility where they make a shocking discovery! They get more than they bargained for when they find themselves trapped by Separatist forces in ‘a Distant Echo,’ an all-new episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars this Friday, February 28 on Disney+.”
Disney has also released several images from the upcoming episode, including one that shows Anakin Skywalker talking to a very visibly pregnant Padmé Amidala. Could Clone Wars start overlapping with the events of Revenge of the Sith already?! It certainly seems so. Remember, Star Wars fans: often the Clone Wars episodes air out of chronological order. So just because we see this episode overlapping with Episode III, that doesn’t mean subsequent story arcs in the final season don’t take place before the events of said film. It’s kind of a Clone Wars tradition to do things this way.
And as for how whole episodes of Clone Wars could take place within the time frame of Revenge of the Sith, I advise fans to give that film a harder look. After the opening scene where Anakin and Obi-Wan rescue chancellor Palpatine and crash land on Coruscant, there is some significant story “down time” that takes place. We see Anakin and Padmé chillin’ on their balcony, among a few other talky moments. We have no idea how much time elapses during those scenes before the action picks up again. It’s certainly possible it’s enough time for Anakin and Obi-Wan to have had more adventures.
There is also still no sign of Ahsoka Tano is any of the scenes they’ve released for this “batch” of episodes (sorry about that), but that doesn’t mean she won’t appear within the confines of this storyline. And even if she doesn’t, fans won’t have to wait too much longer to see their favorite former Jedi padawan throw down with her lightsabers one more time. We just know that we’re all going to collectively pop champagne bottles when she does finally show up.
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