Star Wars fans rejoice! Now you can celebrate Star Wars Day (May the 4th) with the return of Clone Force 99 in Star Wars: The Bad Batch on Disney+. The new series premieres with a 70-minute long episode and continues with weekly half-hour episodes starting May 7th. We met the Bad Batch in the final season of the Clone Wars and I love that we get to know more about their story. Plus, we get to meet some new characters as well!

Last week, I had the chance to attend a Star Wars: The Bad Batch press event with Dee Bradley Baker (who voices ALL of the clones), Jennifer Corbett (the Producer and Head Writer), and Brad Rau (the Producer). Here are some of the highlights:

The Time Period

“…it was interesting to just sort of talk about the transition from the Republic to the Empire and what that looks like because it’s not what we saw in the original trilogy, where it’s the dominance of the Empire. It’s kind of like the early stages, and I found it kind of interesting to show planets and places that were happy that the war is over, and they don’t really understand the implications of what an Empire actually means.  And it’s kind of just laying the groundwork for what-what everyone knows the Empire to be later on. – Jennifer Corbett

“It’s an interesting point you make there, Jen, that in the transition-the sudden, shocking transition from Republic to Empire, that it becomes a suddenly much more rule-based power structure of the galaxy of the universe.  And that the Bad Batch is not so much a rule-based unit.” – Dee Bradley Baker

The dynamic between Hunter and Omega

“It’s a fascinating relationship that unfolds.  Because at first, of course, the team is not-they’re kind of their own sealed unit and they’re certainly not used to having anybody else along or working with anybody else… I mean, it’s interesting, in terms of the story and the writing, to have this kind of personal relationship with the younger character and to see how that-how that changes and how they accommodate that and how-how that works…” – Dee Bradley Baker

About Omega

Omega has her own interesting, uh, potential of powers.  [LAUGH]  Maybe.  And, so it’s interesting to see all of that unfold.  But I think it connects you to the story in a personal way.  So it’s not just an action story.” – Dee Bradley Baker

Star Wars: The Bad Batch makes its debut on Disney+, Tuesday, May 4, with a special 70-minute premiere, followed by new episodes every Friday starting on May 7.

About Star Wars: The Bad Batch

“Star Wars: The Bad Batch” follows the elite and experimental clones of the Bad Batch (first introduced in “The Clone Wars”) as they find their way in a rapidly changing galaxy in the immediate aftermath of the Clone War. Members of Bad Batch – a unique squad of clones who vary genetically from their brothers in the Clone Army – each possess a singular exceptional skill that makes them extraordinarily effective soldiers and a formidable crew.