The highly divisive Star Wars: The Last Jedi improved on a subtle Star Wars concept from The Phantom Menace, something Bad Batch just proved.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi improved on a concept from Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menacewhich has been proved by Star Wars: The Bad Batch. While all these three Star wars projects may seem completely different in tone, they each contain similar aspects. Despite The Phantom Menace and The Last Jedi are equally divisive for their changes to the status quo star wars, some subtle ideas connect the two.

This only continued with Star Wars: The Bad Batch season 2 episode 3 “Faster.” This episode proved the similarities between Star Wars: The Last Jedi and The Phantom Menace through the racing-centric plot of the episode. The Phantom Menace first introduced pod racing to star wars, alongside its political themes, with The Last Jedi promote this, only to be reinforced by Star Wars: The Bad Batch.


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Last Jedi’s Fathier Racing enhanced on Phantom Menace’s Podracing themes

Father Star Wars Podrace

Star Wars: The Last Jedi did this through Canto Bight, more specifically the Fathier racing elements which enhanced the political aspects of The Phantom Menace podrace sequence. These themes originate from the rich and powerful of Star wars the universe using the underclass for their own financial gain and entertainment. The Boonta Eve podrace established this where slaves like Anakin were used in a very dangerous podrace to satisfy the likes of Jabba the Hutt and make Watto the slaver’s money.

This was investigated further in The Last Jedi and detailed specifically in the manuscript. When Finn and Rose visit Canto Bight in The Last Jedi, they learn that the rich and powerful in that specific city are using the war, child slaves, and animals to line their pockets and further their mindless entertainment. This was driven home most prominently with the Fathiers, the giant horse-like animals that Finn and Rose freed from slavery. The rich inhabitants of Canto Bight use the Fathiers and the child slaves who keep them for their own entertainment, without caring about the consequences for the people who are affected as a result.

The Bad Batch shows just how good this Last Jedi & Phantom Menace concept is

Bad Batch Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Bad Batch doubles down on the elements i The Last Jedi and The Phantom Menace. Cid and her rival Millegi use the race and their drivers to further their own financial gain. As shown immediately when the races begin, they are just as dangerous, if not more, than the Boonta Eve podrace. The races at Safa Toma include traps and other obstacles set up by the organizers to purposefully make the course more dangerous for the racers.

This is all used to promote the entertainment factor of the races, despite the risk of death for the drivers. While The bad batch doesn’t lean into the themes of this as heavily as they like Star Wars: The Last Jedi, due to the former’s more kid-friendly approach, it still subtly promotes how good the concept is. It keeps reappearing Star wars and shows that the franchise could benefit from exploring concepts like this even more.

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Star Wars must continue to explore morally “grey” concepts

Diego Luna as Cassian Andor in Andor

In terms of The bad batch season 2, this concept could definitely be described as morally gray as Tech is directly involved in the race for good reason. However, the element still remains inside The bad batch that the races are incredibly dangerous for the racers and even spectators, purely for the financial benefit of the investors. The section next to it The Last Jedi and the phantom menace, proves it Star wars need to delve deeper into morally gray concepts. This was also demonstrated by projects such as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Andor both of which showed a much less black and white aspect of Star wars galaxy to riveting effect.

Andor in particular is often considered one of the best TV shows of 2023, and one of Disney’s best efforts since their acquisition of Lucasfilm. This was largely due to the engaging way the story was presented. By focusing on characters like Stellan Skarsgård’s Luthen Rael and plot points that straddled the line between what is morally right and wrong, Andor solidified as one of star wars best series’. Through this, The Last Jedi, The Phantom Menaceand recently The bad batch, Star wars proving that its most interesting stories are morally dubious.

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