The Bad Batch just featured young Hera Syndulla, setting up her story for Star Wars Rebels just like Kanan, though two Rebels is probably enough.
Warning! Spoilers ahead for Star Wars: The Bad Batch episode 11, “Devil’s Deal”.
While Star Wars: The Bad Batch has now set up two characters from the Star Wars Rebels animated series, it’s likely that there won’t be anymore going forward as the series continues. Thus far, The Bad Batch has done a great job acting as a bridge between the prequel and original trilogies, featuring elements from The Clone Wars that still remain after the war’s end, while also bringing in elements from the original trilogy as the Empire begins its reign of oppression over the galaxy. However, having three characters being set up from Star Wars Rebels seems to be more than enough, seeing as how anyone else being featured from the crew of The Ghost would most likely feel forced during this particular time period.
In the first episode of The Bad Batch, Caleb Dume was featured escaping the clone troopers and Clone Force 99 during the Jedi Purge, setting up his future as a survivor of Order 66. He would then eventually take the name Kanan and create the Spectres with Hera Syndulla in Star Wars Rebels. Likewise, the latest episode of the series (“Devil’s Deal”) features young Hera during the Empire’s takeover of her homeworld of Ryloth, and their control over her people has led to her family being put in danger in the years before she’ll eventually join the Rebel Alliance.
While Hera’s story in The Bad Batch will perhaps continue with one or two more episodes, it’s doubtful that any other members of The Ghost crew will be featured in the series going forward. Firstly, Zeb Orrelios is likely still a part of the Lasan Honor Guard during the Empire’s subjugation and subsequent devastation of his homeworld. Secondly, Ezra Bridger and Sabine Wren either haven’t been born yet or are still quite young at this point in the Star Wars timeline, so it wouldn’t make much sense to feature them either. Setting up Kanan and Hera’s stories, along with Chopper, is certainly satisfying enough.
Having any more of the Rebels featured at this point of the series would feel somewhat forced, and would certainly detract from the core squad of clones themselves. Case in point, the Bad Batch were hardly in episode 11 as the focus was kept largely on Hera Syndulla. As such, it’s doubtful that the series would go that route a second time. That being said, the Empire’s takeover of Ryloth is quite interesting considering its tumultuous history during the Clone Wars, and viewing it through Hera’s perspective is certainly a dynamic lens considering how critical she becomes within the Rebellion.
In any case, including young Kanan and Hera is certainly welcome to Star Wars: The Bad Batch, though, hopefully, Lucasfilm won’t go overboard by introducing anyone else from the Star Wars Rebels series. However, it doesn’t seem as though Hera’s Bad Batch story is over just yet, and it’s likely that she’ll soon be getting some help from Clone Force 99 to save her parents from the Empire in future episodes of the new Star Wars animated series.
Star Wars: The Bad Batch releases new episodes every Friday on Disney+
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