In case you somehow missed it, the annual Star Wars Celebration -- the annual event that gets held at the Mouse House's official grounds -- took place over the weekend. As you can imagine, a fair amount of news bytes and blurbs have emerged from the expensive fan-friendly event, some of which I might be featuring in this space over the next several days. (Sorry, kids, I'm not like other outlets, the kinds with a wealth of staffers who can run through press releases and scribble up rundowns. At present, this is all just me, so I've gotta find the time.) Not all of it looked all that interesting -- if I'm being perfectly honest -- but we'll see what rises to the top.
One of the biggest announcements -- so far as this knucklehead is concerned -- in the return of Star Wars: The Bad Batch for its second season this fall. It streams on Disney+, and it explores the events and situations involving a group of defective clones in the days when the Empire was beginning to weed out these troops in favor of trained -- ahem -- normal folk. Set after Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith but well before A New Hope, it explores that fertile period in which that galaxy far, far away was in transition to what it would become when audiences were first introduced to it by George Lucas and company back in the late 1970's.
For what it's worth, Season 1 was pretty glorious. We spent a fair amount of time getting to know these irregulars -- Tech, Wrecker, Hunter, Echo, and Omega -- and establishing the particulars of their circumstances (being on the fringes of a burgeoning Empire as well as being on-the-run from a brother-at-arms who bought the Imperial line); so it'll be nice to get back into action to see what awaits them in this all-new crop of episodes. I don't have a press release to copy-and-paste -- I'm not yet on the inside with the Lucasfilm folks, though I was for a time -- but I can post the released trailer as it's up on the good ol' reliable YouTube as of today.