The Bad Batch Season 2 stars tease the growing threat of the Empire

The Bad Batch Season 2 stars tease the growing threat of the Empire
The Bad Batch Season 2 stars tease the growing threat of the Empire

Season 2 premieres on Disney+ on January 4.

With the return of the animated series Star Wars: The Bad Batch, fans will get a chance to catch up with everyone’s favorite family of misfit clones just trying to get by in the early days of the Galactic Empire. But as Palpatine’s power grows stronger, and the galaxy slips further and further away from the Republic it once was, the titular Bad Batch must decide what role they want in things going forward.

In interviews with Collider’s own Maggie Lovittseries stars Michelle Angwho plays young unchanged clone Omega and Dee Bradley Baker, playing Bad Batch members Hunter, Wrecker, Echo, Tech, and their former teammate Crosshair (as well as every other adult male clone in the series) weighed in on what the growing influence of Empire means for a group that has never really had a fixed space in the system from before.


For Baker, this growing threat is what the entire season hinges on. “The key theme of the season for me is that the empire is growing bigger and there’s nowhere to run or hide,” he said, before going on to say that it affects the whole group, saying:

“And it plays out for Omega as it does for Bad Batch, as it does for Crosshair. And so these are the larger realities of the Star Wars canon that lock into place and come into play, and it’s spectacularly great Star Wars that as far as I’m concerned. I just love it.”

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Even for Ang, reflecting on what Omega comes to learn in Season 2 inevitably ties back to the Empire, and how it perceives the role of clones in the new power structure:

I think it was kind of there in season one, and it gets developed more in season two, but this idea of ​​free will and choice combined with identity. I think season two is a lot about understanding who she is as an individual, but also she becomes very heavily focused on her people, her brothers, how others in the Empire view clones. And I think she takes it and takes it pretty strongly and will advocate for them as a race of rights.

It is this view, Ang says, that radicalises Omega, and makes her – like so many other young people before her – realize that the world and the system they live in is not fair.

[s]he has very strong ideas about what family should feel and look like and how they should be. And I think the realities of being in this particular world and this particular universe mean that sometimes it can’t play out how she as a young adolescent wants it to play out. So she has to deal with a more complicated … I guess she realizes that the way her idealism is facing challenges and she really has to figure out how to work through that.

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How Bad Batch and Omega learn in different ways

For Baker, the family dynamic of the Bad Batch seems much more inwardly focused, with Omega learning from the others and vice versa, with their growth naturally informing how they fare in this new Imperial landscape.

A lot of what The Bad Batch has to learn, I think it’s interesting because they’re really their own individual branch that does things in a more improvisational way, and now they’re thrown into a situation that’s exponentially more. improvisational than ever before where they don’t even know where their money is coming from, I mean, they’re always on the go. They don’t really follow anyone’s orders. They are sort of guns for hire, free contractors who run missions.

And then the Omegas have a child in their midst now who wants a family and sees them and their ship as home and family, and they have a lot to learn, it turns out, from her. From her improvisational open-hearted attitude towards the universe and towards what is fair and what is fair and not. And that she has a lot to teach them, as children often do. They have a lot to teach an adult. And so they both learn from each other under these increasingly challenging conditions. On the other hand, you have Crosshair now among the Empire doing what he thinks is right, and well, he has his own education to play out.

The Bad Batch Season 2 premieres on Disney+ on January 4. You can check out the trailer below:

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