The Bad Batch attempts to solve many of its predecessors' issues: The animation is still reminiscent of an animated video game scene between play, but it's more modern-looking than early Clone Wars seasons were. The story is blessedly linear.
It's too soon to say whether The Bad Batch will keep us hooked, but the premiere shows a lot of promise, and deftly balances action, humor, and the franchise's rich mythology to deliver a must-see opening episode for Star Wars fans.
The Bad Batch really has a chance to break that mold and give us more characters that aren't important because of their bloodline, that have to make daring choices about good and evil without the help of a laser sword.
An animated series that seems unlikely to make the same kind of waves as the hit that gave the world Baby Yoda/Grogu, but should satisfy the hardcore fans who know why this show is premiering on May 4th.