Plugged In Picks, TV: ‘Star Wars: The Bad Batch’

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TV has been called a “vast wasteland.” And in some ways the phrase fits: It can be tough to find good shows.

But not this month.

Plugged In reviewers have uncovered a few semi-precious gems over the last four weeks, from the kid-friendly Chicken Squad (Disney Jr.)  to the clever and silly Archibald’s Next Big Thing is Here! (Peacock) to the very difficult but deeply thoughtful The Underground Railroad (Amazon Prime).

But this time ‘round, we’re going to turn our attention to Disney+ and its new Star Wars animated series, The Bad Batch. A spinoff of The Clone Wars (which aired on a few different networks and services, but can now be found on Disney+), The Bad Batch follows a unit of “defective” clones who’ve gone rogue from the newly instituted galactic Empire—staying one step ahead of their genetic brethren and serving as a bevy of father figures to the group’s youngest member, Omega.

It’s well-crafted fun with some surprisingly resonant messages embedded therein … but obviously, check out our review for more detail.  

Paul Asay

Paul Asay has been part of the Plugged In staff since 2007, watching and reviewing roughly 15 quintillion movies and television shows. He’s written for a number of other publications, too, including Time, The Washington Post and Christianity Today. The author of several books, Paul loves to find spirituality in unexpected places, including popular entertainment, and he loves all things superhero. His vices include James Bond films, Mountain Dew and terrible B-grade movies. He’s married, has two children and a neurotic dog, runs marathons on occasion and hopes to someday own his own tuxedo. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.