Again in Might 2021, Lucasfilm caught me off-guard with season 1 of Star Wars: The Dangerous Batch. This band of surprising Clone troopers hadn’t wowed me with their backdoor spinoff pilot within the ultimate season of The Clone Warshowever my low expectations for his or her starring function was fascination.
Fortunately, season 2 continues the identical traits set within the first season by Clone Pressure 99—Hunter, Wrecker, Tech, Echo, and, by extension, their estranged brother-in-arms Crosshair. Greater than something, The Dangerous Batch continues to show itself because the true successor of The Clone Warsmoreso than Disney’s different animated Star Wars reveals, rebels and Resistance. This implies the identical pacing that is at all times struck me as a little bit unbalanced, juxtaposed with some sensible character moments.
Fortunately, the over-the-top (and dare I say, Poochie-esque) attitudes the heroes exhibited in The Clone Wars season 7 and early in The Dangerous Batch season 1 proceed to be tempered. Dee Bradley Baker continues his Herculean effort of voicing any Clone characters and different miscellaneous folks—so, roughly 75% of the solid.
Becoming a member of him because the unchanged clone Omega is Michelle Ang, rounding out the Batch’s personalities and giving them a humanizing affect. Omega’s coaching is a background focus for the season, because the clones do their better of her to lift her between missions and fights for survival. She stays The Dangerous Batch‘s anchor each within the fiction and with out, a counterbalance that the crew wanted.
Rounding out the solid are numerous Imperials and Rebels, together with acquainted faces from the earlier season and the bigger Star Wars Canyon. I did not know I wished to listen to Wanda Sykes on this universe, however she’s an ideal match—as is Steven Stanton along with his rendition of To New Hope’s nefarious Grand Moff Tarkin.
I stated of the primary season that The Dangerous Batch caught me off guard with its depiction of the Star Wars galaxy instantly after the Clone Wars (the in-universe occasion and actual world present) alike and Revenge of the Sith—one thing we have glimpsed by Marvel’s Darth Vader (2017) comics, however by no means from a extra grounded or intimate perspective. Likewise, Order 66 and the loss of life of the Jedi have been depicted in myriad flashbacks, however solely from the attitude of surviving Jedi.
That notorious second looms massive over The Dangerous Batch even in its second season. It each informs the collection’ stakes and motivates our motley band of heroes. Seeing the Clones proceed to grapple with its actuality as a collective provides a contemporary layer of pathos to what ought to have been a cookie cutter class of monotonous troopers. We see the Empire by one other contemptible lens because it slowly replaces the Clone Troopers that secured its victory, planting seeds for the authoritarian nightmare we see later in Andor.
However, as I discussed earlier, I nonetheless discover The Dangerous Batch‘s motion sequences too extended. They’re effectively performed, to make certain, however a distraction from the meatier fundamental course of the collection. I would like extra time for the characters to unfurl and the stakes to rise, and the commando intrigue begins to really feel a little bit the samey after some time. It is the identical pacing that leads me to be selective when revisiting The Clone Warsskipping sure mini-arcs or leaping to the top of a skirmish. rebels might stagnate this manner at occasions too, nevertheless it additionally benefited from a broader scope of views to rejuvenate the narrative.
All instructed, The Dangerous Batch holds its place as night-required looking ahead to The Clone Wars buffs and followers of the period between the Prequel and Authentic Trilogies. It continues to impress with its general narrative progress, skipping a sophomore droop because of intelligent plotlines, views, and performances. If something, I nearly want it wasn’t aimed for a TV-PG viewers; Omega is a minor grounding level for youthful followers, however there is not as a lot of Star Wars‘ normal antics to maintain them engaged between the blaster fireplace and Wrecker’s slapstick cravings for destruction.