Great art is rarely original. It builds off the strengths of its predecessors and pulls in the accepted norms of its form. Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey, which George Lucas used to build his narrative for Star Wars, is a testament to this. Lucas pulled from the narrative history of mythology, filmmaking, and storytelling in the […]Read more "Shang-Chi: A Star Wars Story"
There are times in stories where the end is inevitable. The writers, directors, and audience all know where things have to go, but it still hurts when it gets there. The mask descending onto a newly minted Darth Vader comes to mind, as does Ahsoka and Rex having to go into hiding after Order 66. […]Read more "Becoming The Bad Batch: Kamino Lost"
The Bad Batch is the near a perfect culmination of everything both Clone Wars and Rebels did so well. The clones, the military presence, and the rising darkness in the galaxy seen throughout the seven seasons of Clone Wars is certainly there. Likewise, it is akin to Rebels not simply in having characters like Caleb […]Read more "Becoming The Bad Batch: Return to Kamino"
For light there is dark. For hope there is pain. For enemy there is ally. Simple concepts to consider, muddied by the reality that the line that divides is much thinner than general conception. But turn off a light and see how quickly the dark arrives. For the clones of Force 99, that line revolved […]Read more "Becoming The Bad Batch: Rescue on Ryloth"
It was a dark and stormy night. A basic introduction to a ghost story, and in the instance of “Reunion” a quite effective one. The storms of Kamino, the rain, waves, and lightning striking terror into the hearts of fans who know what awaits the intrepid heroes of Clone Force 99. For the new fans, […]Read more "Becoming The Bad Batch: Reunion"
When The Bad Batch began, it was a story of belonging, be it where Omega belonged, where her antithesis, Crosshair, belonged, or where the team as a whole fit into the overall narrative of the galaxy. While still present, after “Battle Scars” it is clear that the story is much more about identity and who […]Read more "Becoming The Bad Batch: Battle Scars"
The rise of the Empire came quietly sneaking up on the galaxy through the machinations of Palpatine, but once its flag flew there was no denying it. The new regime challenged the identity of all citizens. In this restructuring, rogues such as Clone Force 99, The Bad Batch, would have to figure out who they […]Read more "Belonging and The Bad Batch: Cornered"
Light and dark. Good and evil. Jedi and Sith. Duality and Dyads. The binary nature of life, and the spectrum of that binary, is about as Star Wars as one can get. The Bad Batch, which has become a story about belonging and identity, set up ideas in the first two episodes that fully birthed […]Read more "Belonging and The Bad Batch: Replacements."
The Mandalorian was expected to be the dark and gritty Star Wars show. Instead, it’s a story about a dad and his kid. Enter The Bad Batch, a show expected to be focused on a group of outcasts on the run and hiding for survival. But, once more, it is a story about a dad […]Read more "Belonging and The Bad Batch: Cut and Run"
“You can either adapt and survive or die with the past.” In the aftermath of a war, in the aftermath of any trauma, there are but those two choices. One most grow and evolve, absorbing trauma into self or die. The death may be metaphorical rather than literal, as we all can think of someone […]Read more "Belonging and The Bad Batch: Aftermath"