With only three days left before the final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars hyperdrives its way to Disney+ things must be feeling pretty surreal for fans considering the long journey it took to get us to Friday, February 21.
So keep everyone's anticipation levels high, the network's released an extended look at the first appearance of Clone Force 99 – or as they like to call themselves, "The Bad Batch". Defective clones with desirable mutations, "Squad 99" is just the team our heroes need behind enemy lines – right?
"Star Wars: The Clone Wars" season 7, episode 1 "The Bad Batch": It's the end of the historic Clone Wars, as the forces of darkness have amassed great power in their bid to transform the Republic into the Galactic Empire. With the Republic on a losing streak, Captain Rex fears the Separatists are using stolen data to help predict the Grand Army's every move. As the threat of defeat looms, Rex teams up with experimental Clone Force 99, also known as the Bad Batch. Together, they embark on a high-risk mission behind enemy lines to uncover the truth behind the Separatist victories
Here's a look back at the viewers' original introduction to "The Bad Batch":
Last month, Disney+ released the official trailer for a season that will continue the storylines introduced in the original series – exploring the events leading up to Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. Whether you're watching it for the first time or the 31st time, it's pretty clear from the scenes below that The Clone Wars has no intention of ending its run on a quiet, warm-n-fuzzy note:
Created by George Lucas, with director Dave Filoni as Executive Producer/Supervising Director, Star Wars: The Clone Wars stars Matt Lanter as Anakin Skywalker, Ashley Eckstein as Ahsoka Tano, Dee Bradley Baker as Captain Rex and the clone troopers, James Arnold Taylor as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Katee Sackhoff as Bo-Katan, and Sam Witwer as Maul.
Here's what Filoni had to say at the time about Star Wars: The Clone Wars returning, and why the show endures with the fans:
"I think the variety of stories was a big part of it. You also can't underestimate how important it was that so many people grew up with the show. Clone Wars was a piece of Star Wars that older fans might have, initially, not taken seriously because it was animated, but that wasn't a barrier for kids. They loved the clones and identified with them. Ahsoka gave kids a character that was like them — someone their age that was experiencing life's challenges and learning along the way. Plus, having a new episode each week really allowed us to explore what was going on with the new and legacy characters in a dynamic way, including Anakin and Obi-Wan. I think the stories left an indelible impression and, of course, George knew it would. He always knew."