Producer for season 2 of Star Wars: The Bad Batch on Disney+ answered questions about Star Wars canon restrictions.
While the time between Revenge of the Sith and A new hope was unexplored on screen for years, it has changed with Star Wars Rebels, Rogue One: A Star Wars Storyand one of Lucasfilm’s last animated series, Star Wars: The Bad Batch.
The show’s first season, which debuted in May 2021 on Disney+, focused on experimental Clone Force 99 during the events of Order 66 and the early days of the Empire.
But since the first season ended, Lucasfilm has explored this era further with Obi-Wan Kenobi, Andorand will continue to do the same with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order sequel, Jedi: Survivor.
Out front The Bad BatchIn its Season 2 premiere, the show’s producers commented on creating a new season while respecting the ever-expanding Star Wars canon.
How Star Wars: The Bad Batch Avoids Canon Conflicts
When asked about The Bad Batch shares the same post-Republic period as Obi-Wan Kenobi and Andorshow producer Brad Rau explained to The Direct how the animated series is doing “more wiggle room” and who the showrunners look to to navigate the asteroid field that is the Star Wars canon:
“Honestly, we’re still a little earlier than those shows. We’ve got a little more wiggle room, you might say, for our space fathers in Star Wars.”
Although both Obi-Wan Kenobi and Andor including flashbacks to earlier times, as Rau noted, most of the shows take place later in this post-war era.
For example, while season 1 of The Bad Batch begins immediately before order 66, Obi-Wan Kenobi takes place ten years after and nine years before A new hope.
Meanwhile, Season 1 of the Andor is set five years into the future Rogue One/A New Hope.
Still, despite the decade and the change differ The Bad Batch from Obi-Wan Kenobi and Andorthat is not to say that the animated series has total carte blanche.
According to Rau, the Lucasfilm Story Group will “way in” when it comes to certain characters, plot lines and locations, and “make sure things are connected:”
“We rely a lot on the Lucasfilm Story Group to specifically answer your question where every once in a while we’ll have a story or a character or a setting that they’ll weigh in and let us know if there’s something else going on. Never feel limited , but they’re definitely there to help and make sure things tie together.”
This isn’t the first time a Star Wars showrunner has discussed working alongside the Star Wars canon.
Mission NemoAndrew Stanton, who co-wrote the last two episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobiadmitted that canon limitations can be frustrating from a storytelling perspective, noting that Andor “is in a safe place” in terms of canonicity like that “can just do whatever the hell it wants.”
How Lucasfilm is keeping Star Wars connected
While it is true that Andorthe writers have more freedom than the Ewan McGregor-led series, The Bad Batch has even more flexibility.
Because of Rogue OneStar Wars fans know who Cassian Andor becomes and how his story ends.
On the other hand, Clone Force 99 has yet to be in a Star Wars movie, and audiences don’t know what the future holds for them.
But while Canon isn’t a huge concern at the moment, that could change as the show progresses, and it will become even more restrictive as Season 2 of Andor working to keep up with Rogue One.
This is why it was fascinating to hear about the Lucasfilm Story Group and its role in protecting against characters, plot lines and events from contradicting the Star Wars story.
After all, what makes Star Wars unique is that it has always been presented as a story.
While it is true that Star Wars fans want new and original stories and characters, their narratives must still support the overall historical narrative. If not, it weakens the stakes for both the timeline and any new stories.
Lucasfilm Story Group and its influence is good news for The Bad Batch and Lucasfilm’s upcoming slate because, as Rau explained, their goal is to “make sure things are connected.”
As for these connections and how The Bad Batch will contribute to this period in the Star Wars timeline, fans don’t have much longer to wait.
Season 2 of Star Wars: The Bad Batch premieres Wednesday, January 4 on Disney+.