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"Tumultuous" would be a fair word for the world of Lucasfilm in 2017. The departure of Lord and Miller from Solo: A Star Wars Story, the departure of Colin Trevorrow and company from Episode IX, the foofaraw from a segment of people over The Last Jedi, and the microtransaction melee prior to the release of Star Wars Battlefront II all made for more dramatic headlines than Lucasfilm is used to in a given year. They also had one movie finish its run as the 7th biggest domestic movie of all time, another gearing up to beat that total, and a surprisingly low-key announcement of a new trilogy to come. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-12-31-StarWars7x7-Ep1276-T11.mp3
Category:Star Wars, Lucasfilm -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Last year, Nissan came out with commercials for their Limited Edition Rogue that featured special effects elements that looked like they came straight out of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. This year, as with other aspects of their campaign in conjunction with The Last Jedi, they raised the bar considerably. From AT-M6s to squadrons of TIE led by the TIE Silencer, and First Order landing bays with troops led by Captain Phasma, the Nissan Intelligent Mobility commercials made the features fun - thanks in part to landing a very cool director for the project.

In this third of three conversations with Jeremy Meadows, Senior Manager for Strategy and Integration with Nissan USA, I'm getting all the behind-the-scenes details about the design and execution of these commercials, including the roles played by Lucasfilm, ILM, and the 501st Legion. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-12-31-StarWars7x7-EpBonus3-T01.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 8:00pm EST

Although we didn't lose any "big names" in 2017 like we did with Carrie Fisher and Kenny Baker last year, the folks who passed away this year all made their marks in indelible ways on the Star Wars galaxy we've known and thrilled to for the past forty years.

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Direct download: 2017-12-30-StarWars7x7-Ep1275-T10.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

J.J. Abrams set out a lot of possible paths for the director who would follow in his storytelling footsteps. And it's fair to say that Rian Johnson seems to have zagged a lot of times where other folks might have expected him to zig. In today's episode, I've collected some of the biggest plotlines and potential plotlines from The Force Awakens that went nowhere (or next to it) in The Last Jedi - including one suggested by the spectacular Carrie Fisher herself. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-12-29-StarWars7x7-Ep1274-T09.mp3
Category:Star Wars The Last Jedi -- posted at: 3:33am EST

With the decisions Rian Johnson made for The Last Jedi and the fates of its characters and major galactic powers (or lack thereof, as the case may be), he's potentially created a deja vu situation. For Episode IX, J.J. Abrams and Chris Terrio may have no choice but to echo the events of Star Wars: A New Hope all over again (and in brand-new ways) to close out the Sequel "Trilogy." Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-12-28-StarWars7x7-Ep1273-T08.mp3
Category:Star Wars, The Last Jedi -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Since J.J. Abrams only did The Force Awakens, and didn't lay out a plan for Episodes VIII and IX ... and since Rian Johnson only did The Last Jedi and didn't lay out a plan for Episode IX ... are we actually getting a Star Wars "trilogy" in the true sense of the word with this Sequel Trilogy? Or are we getting something else entirely - something that might happen to be very close to the heart of the Maker himself, George Lucas? Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-12-27-StarWars7x7-Ep1272-T07.mp3
Category:Star Wars The Last Jedi -- posted at: 4:41am EST

Fresh off their successful Rogue One Limited Edition Nissan Rogue, the folks at Nissan USA raised their game in creating customized accessory packages in honor of their partnership with Lucasfilm and in celebration of the release of The Last Jedi. To find out what went into the making of the new Limited Edition vehicles - just 3,000 in all! - I talked with Jeremy Meadows, a life-long Star Wars fan and the Senior Manager for Strategy and Integration with Nissan. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-12-26-StarWars7x7-EpBonus1-TXX.mp3
Category:Star Wars, The Last Jedi -- posted at: 4:35am EST

On first blush, the Sequel Trilogy is about Rey, Finn, and Poe, as the new generation of heroes. But when you expand your viewpoint to include the Prequel and Original Trilogies, and you consider that these movies make up the "Skywalker Saga," and you factor in what we now know (or think we know) about Rey's parents, it starts to make you wonder who the main character of The Last Jedi really is. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-12-26-StarWars7x7-Ep1271-T06.mp3
Category:Star Wars, The Last Jedi -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Scott Mendelson, the box office guru for Forbes.com, tells us The Last Jedi did $151 million less this weekend than last weekend. That's the biggest drop from weekend to weekend ever. And yet, it's still projected to make a billion dollars worldwide. So what gives? Why the big drop? Is it the word of mouth from that one corner of fandom? Stronger movies opening against it in the second weekend? The way Christmas falls in the calendar this year? Or is the scarcity issue finally coming into play? Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-12-25-StarWars7x7-Ep1270-T05.mp3
Category:Star Wars The Last Jedi -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Back into the vault we go on this holiday weekend! Today, in the second of two episodes focused on the Star Wars holiday album from 1980, Christmas in the Stars, I'm sharing the behind-the-scenes story of the making of "R2-D2 We Wish You a Merry Christmas," which happens to feature the recording debut of a super-world-famous rock star. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-12-24-StarWars7x7-Ep1269-T04.mp3
Category:Star Wars Music -- posted at: 3:00am EST

I'm going into the vault this holiday weekend, and sharing with you the episodes I did last year on the two best known songs from Christmas in the Stars, the Star Wars holiday album. Today, the behind-the-scenes story of the making of What Do You Get a Wookiee for Christmas?" Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-12-23-StarWars7x7-Ep1268-T03.mp3
Category:Star Wars Music -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Back in May 2017, in the Vanity Fair cover story, Mark Hamill said he told The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson that he "fundamentally disagreed" with every choice Johnson made for his character, Luke Skywalker. He later elaborated on that, to make it clear that there were no hard feelings or anything like that, and that it eventually became a thrilling experience for him. But what, exactly, was he objecting to at first? Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-12-22-StarWars7x7-Ep1267-T02.mp3
Category:Star Wars The Last Jedi -- posted at: 3:00am EST

What's it like to attend the world premiere of a Star Wars movie, and get to meet your boyhood hero? That's the payoff of the story I'm talking about with Jeremy Meadows, Senior Manager of Strategy and Integration with Nissan USA. On the way, we'll also be talking about Nissan's "Customize Your Craft" campaign, as well as the seven custom cars inspired by characters and vehicles from The Last Jedi, coming soon to an auto show near you. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-12-21-StarWars7x7-EpBonus1-T01.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 6:18pm EST

Writer/director Rian Johnson has said they made sure that, even though this is the "darker" movie of the trilogy, there would be lots of humor in it as well. One of the things Star Wars does best is physical comedy, and so I'm taking the time on today's podcast to compare it to other Star Wars movies on slapstick terms. Is it one of the best? And how does it hold up against its fellow middle-of-the-trilogy movies, Attack of the Clones and The Empire Strikes Back? Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-12-21-StarWars7x7-Ep1266-T12.mp3
Category:Star Wars, The Last Jedi -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Shipping the characters of the Sequel Trilogy has been an avid interest of many Star Wars fans. And the events of The Last Jedi only fuel those fires. Without spoiling anything in this description, I'll be talking about five different combinations of characters, and where their romantic prospects stand after the end of The Last Jedi. What's more, there's something that happened in The Last Jedi that happened almost exactly the same way in the novelization for The Force Awakens. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-12-20-StarWars7x7-Ep1265-T11.mp3
Category:Star Wars The Last Jedi -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Full-spoiler podcast, no-spoiler description! So, the truth has been revealed - or so we think. The person providing the information may not be the most reliable source, but Rey's experience on the island of Ahch-To suggests there could be truth in what that character says. However, other stories in the new canon, including Before the Awakening, cast doubt on what that character claims. Mysterious enough so far? I'll name names on the podcast. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-12-19-StarWars7x7-Ep1264-T10.mp3
Category:Star Wars The Last Jedi -- posted at: 3:00am EST

On the one hand, The Last Jedi's opening weekend is the second biggest of all time (after a certain other Star Wars movie). On the other hand, it went from second-best finishes on Thursday and Friday to fourth-best finishes on Saturday and Sunday. What gives? Could it be that people don't actually like it, and word of mouth is driving down ticket sales? Is that why it has a 56% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes? Naturally, there's a lot more to the story. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-12-18-StarWars7x7-Ep1263-T09.mp3
Category:Star Wars The Last Jedi -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Look, I like the Star Wars movies and I'm a positive guy. I'll look for the bright spots anywhere I can, and try to stay focused on those in a given day. But I'm not the kind of fanboy who just blindly accepts what people are putting out for us. So here, to prove that I'm able to critique The Last Jedi, are seven things that bothered me to varying degrees. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-12-17-StarWars7x7-EpBonus-T08.mp3
Category:Star Wars The Last Jedi -- posted at: 3:01am EST

Today's the last day of being saved from spoilers on the podcast - starting in the numbered episodes, I'll be digging into The Last Jedi in full-spoiler detail. For now, enjoy this look at the final sequences of Star Wars Battlefront II, which cover the Battle of Jakku and the fate of Garrick Versio (Iden's dad); and a decades-later mission which reveals a shocking First Order secret. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-12-17-StarWars7x7-Ep1262-T07.mp3
Category:Star Wars games -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Rian Johnson may have given us a masterpiece with The Last Jedi that's second only to Revenge of the Sith in terms of its visual language and inventiveness. On today's episode of the podcast, I'm flagging seven moments from the new Star Wars movie that may well become indelibly etched in the hearts of fans everywhere. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-12-16-StarWars7x7-EpBonus-T06.mp3
Category:Star Wars The Last Jedi -- posted at: 3:01am EST

Our penultimate numbered episode with no Last Jedi spoilers in it - but there are spoilers for the story mode of Star Wars Battlefront II. In this episode, which is part 4 of what will total up as a 5-part series on Battlefront II's story mode, gives the details of Han's and Lando's playable missions in the game. Plus, that time when Inferno Squad blew up three Star Destroyers - that's right, three - using only a Twin Pod Cloud Car. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-12-16-StarWars7x7-Ep1261-T05.mp3
Category:Star Wars Video Games -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Head's up - this is a full spoiler discussion podcast! I've seen The Last Jedi for the first time, and here's my list of seven big ways the movie defied our expectations. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-12-15-StarWars7x7-EpBonus-T04.mp3
Category:Star Wars The Last Jedi -- posted at: 3:24am EST

We may be staying away from spoilers about The Last Jedi for the next few days on the numbered episodes, but that doesn't mean we can't give you spoilers about the story of Star Wars Battlefront II. Today, I'm covering the story mode and (specifically) the most surprising turn of events for Inferno Squad. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-12-15-StarWars7x7-Ep1260-T03.mp3
Category:Star Wars Video Games -- posted at: 3:16am EST

Yes, The Last Jedi debuts in theaters later this evening! Yes, you're still safe from spoilers here. At least, from The Last Jedi spoilers. In today's episode, I'm continuing my look at the story mode for Star Wars Battlefront II, and in particular the one mission in which Luke Skywalker appears, mere months after the Battle of Endor. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-12-14-StarWars7x7-Ep1259-T02.mp3
Category:Star Wars The Last Jedi -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Safe Week continues! Less than two days until The Last Jedi appears in theaters, and until then (and for a couple of days afterward for folks who don't see the movie on opening day), I'll be digging into the story of Star Wars Battlefront II, which follows the further exploits of Iden Versio and Inferno Squad. Today, Iden's Endor and Operation Cinder missions. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-12-13-StarWars7x7-Ep1258-T01.mp3
Category:Star Wars games -- posted at: 3:00am EST

The battle between the Resistance and the First Order takes on a political dimension, as Leia needs to get creative about fundraising for the Resistance. This is where the Resistance takes the propaganda war against the First Order to a new level. People are tired of hearing her dire warnings. Senators on the take are serving as apologists and placaters, claiming the First Order isn't a danger. It's time to stop talking about the First Order as bad guys - it's time to prove it. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-12-12-StarWars7x7-Ep1257-T12.mp3
Category:Star Wars The Last Jedi -- posted at: 3:00am EST

It's not Poe's fight, and it's not Leia's fight. The lesson Leia's trying to teach Poe is a crucial one, and it bears directly on the relationship we're going to see between the two of them in The Last Jedi. That, and the most dangerous mission for Black Squadron yet in "Legend Lost," the fourth story arc from the Poe Dameron comic series. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-12-11-StarWars7x7-Ep1256-T11.mp3
Category:Star Wars comics -- posted at: 3:00am EST

C-3PO, spymaster? It's true, and I'd love to learn more about how he set it up. For today's purposes, all we get to know is that Poe has to act as Threepio's bodyguard while Threepio goes on a mission to make contact with a droid agent who may have discovered intel on Supreme Leader Snoke before going missing. In reality, it's a trap laid by Agent Terex of the First Order Security Bureau. "The Gathering Storm" is the story on tap today. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-12-10-StarWars7x7-Ep1255-T10.mp3
Category:Star Wars comics -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Poe Dameron, under orders to find Lor San Tekka before the First Order, has to go talk to Grakkus the Hutt in prison. Because that's where Tekka went. Grakkus has a history of collecting Jedi artifacts, which might have had something to do with it. But he'll only talk about Tekka if Poe and Black Squadron break out of prison. First. Before Agent Terex and the First Order do. Lots of shifting alliances that Poe has to manage, not to mention the potential traitor in their midst. In other words, more of the kind of experience General Leia Organa needs him to get, if he's ever going to step into a bigger leadership role in the Resistance. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-12-09-StarWars7x7-Ep1254-T09.mp3
Category:Star Wars The Last Jedi -- posted at: 3:00am EST

That's right, you can listen safely to us! Today, I'm talking about the second mission Leia sent Poe on in the months before The Force Awakens (and The Last Jedi as well, if you think about it). It's the start of Poe tracking down Lor San Tekka, and his run-in with an agent of the First Order Security Bureau. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-12-08-StarWars7x7-Ep1253-T08.mp3
Category:Star Wars comics -- posted at: 3:00am EST

J.J. Abrams revealed the first spoken word in The Force Awakens two years ago, so it's only right that Rian Johnson was compelled on the Jimmy Kimmel show to reveal first spoken word in The Last Jedi. Fun fact for you: It's the first contraction to start off a Star Wars movie. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-12-07-StarWars7x7-Ep1252-T07.mp3
Category:Star Wars The Last Jedi -- posted at: 3:00am EST

All we know about when the novel Phasma takes place is that it's between The Force Awakens and the novel Bloodline - a six-year swing. It seems to be closer to Bloodline, but the only real clue of any kind is the fact that the D'Qar Resistance base is up and running. We also know the main story centers around a captured Resistance Spy and the man in the cardinal-red armor who had his thunder stolen from him by Phasma. But how will any of this bear on The Last Jedi? Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-12-06-StarWars7x7-Ep1251-T06.mp3
Category:Star Wars The Last Jedi -- posted at: 3:00am EST

You want to talk ruthless? Let's talk about Captain Phasma. Sure, she didn't show up much in The Force Awakens, and she didn't do much either, but you could tell she was a bad person to be on the bad side of. And the Phasma novel by Delilah Dawson confirms that opinion and THEN some. The way she's operating, no one is safe - not even people at the highest levels of the First Order. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-12-05-StarWars7x7-Ep1250-T05.mp3
Category:Star Wars The Last Jedi -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Seven members of the cast of The Last Jedi joined Rian Johnson in two separate Facebook Live Q&A sessions where they picked pre-screened questions out of a stormtrooper bucket. The questions were fluffy in some places; in others, they allowed little rays of sunlight in to illuminate some things about The Last Jedi. Here's what Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Laura Dern, Gwendoline Christie, Domhnall Gleeson, and Kelly Marie Tran had to say. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-12-04-StarWars7x7-Ep1249-T04.mp3
Category:Star Wars The Last Jedi -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Rian Johnson answered a bunch of questions from Twitter users this week, and for the Twitter Q&A he didn't do what he did with the Facebook one. Instead of one 20+ minute video, this time he did a handful of videos at 30 seconds or (often) less. I'm breaking down the details of his most interesting answers on today's podcast. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-12-03-StarWars7x7-Ep1248-T03.mp3
Category:Star Wars The Last Jedi -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Rian Johnson took part in a Facebook Live Q&A session from Instagram headquarters and answered questions from the moderator and a few carefully selected questions from Facebook users. I've pulled the key moments from his interview here, and added a bit of commentary and context for you... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-12-02-StarWars7x7-Ep1247-T02.mp3
Category:Star Wars The Last Jedi -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Will The Last Jedi be the longest Star Wars movie to date? Why does Leia care so much about Crait? What has Daisy Ridley been saying in interviews of late? (Sorry, once I hit the first rhyme, I couldn't keep myself from the next one.) All this and more in a news roundup on The Last Jedi as we head into the final two weeks before its premiere. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-12-01-StarWars7x7-Ep1246-T01.mp3
Category:Star Wars The Last Jedi -- posted at: 3:23am EST

Back in June, I listed off seven huge challenges General Leia Organa could/would face in The Last Jedi. Well, thanks to the trailer release last month, and the Entertainment Weekly cover story this month, a new light has been shined on Leia's predicaments in The Last Jedi. With Vice Admiral Holdo taking the reins of Resistance leadership, what will Leia's mission become? The answer, it seems, has been right in front of us all along. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-11-30-StarWars7x7-Ep1245-T12.mp3
Category:Star Wars The Last Jedi -- posted at: 3:00am EST

One of the stories in "The Legends of Luke Skywalker" takes place largely in the Unknown Regions, around a planet only referred to as The Deep, with a space station orbiting it called The Gem. Based on the details of the story, and on Andy Serkis' comments about Snoke's character in Entertainment Weekly this week, is it possible that the events on The Gem are the inciting incident for Snoke's grudge against the New Republic? Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-11-29-StarWars7x7-Ep1244-T11.mp3
Category:Star Wars The Last Jedi -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Now that we've studied the Legends of Luke Skywalker, what do we *really* know about him and his life in between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens? What have we been told - via one specific character's narrative - that might be totally incorrect? And if that's the case, how would a set of incorrect assumptions flip the story of Luke and Ben Solo on its ear? Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-11-28-StarWars7x7-Ep1243-T10.mp3
Category:Star Wars, The Last Jedi -- posted at: 3:00am EST

In The Empire Strikes Back, Luke Skywalker missed out on the fun of accidentally going inside the body of an exogorth - also known as a giant space slug. If "Big Inside" is to be believed, then Luke got his chance to explore one himself, in between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. It's the final Legend of Luke Skywalker... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-11-27-StarWars7x7-Ep1242-T09.mp3
Category:Star Wars The Last Jedi -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Was Lugubrious Mote there at Jabba's palace and at the Sarlacc Pit? Probably so. Did the story he told happen the way he told it? Probably not, but it's a wild ride all the same. "The Tale of Lugubrious Mote" is the fifth Legend of Luke Skywalker I'm examining... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-11-26-StarWars7x7-Ep1241-T08.mp3
Category:Star Wars The Last Jedi -- posted at: 3:00am EST

I know I said that yesterday's "Fishing in the Deluge" might have had the most factual information about Luke Skywalker out of all the Legends of Luke Skywalker. But today's story, "I, Droid," has been passed on by droids to other droids. Why isn't this the most accurate story? Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-11-25-StarWars7x7-Ep1240-T07.mp3
Category:Star Wars The Last Jedi -- posted at: 3:00am EST

As opposed to yesterday's story, "Fishing in the Deluge" is quite possibly the Legend of Luke Skywalker that has the most truth to it. Why? The things Luke is quoted as saying, and the very familiar setting (despite the name given in the story). Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-11-24-StarWars7x7-Ep1239-T06.mp3
Category:Star Wars The Last Jedi -- posted at: 3:00am EST

It's the second of six stories in The Legends of Luke Skywalker by Ken Liu, and in all honesty, it probably has the least to reveal to us about Luke Skywalker. But it does give us more insight into the Battle of Jakku and its aftermath. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-11-23-StarWars7x7-Ep1238-T05.mp3
Category:Star Wars The Last Jedi -- posted at: 3:00am EST

What more can we learn about Luke Skywalker and how he spent his time in between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens? Let's find out, shall we? On today's episode, I'm looking at the first of six stories in The Legends of Luke Skywalker by Ken Liu, this one entitled "The Myth Buster." And for a barnburner of a kick-off story, Ken's got a character cooking up the most incredible conspiracy theory you've ever heard, hands down. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-11-22-StarWars7x7-Ep1237-T04.mp3
Category:Star Wars Books -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Finally! The cover story I've been promising you for months is arriving at newsstands now. It's Entertainment Weekly's final installment on The Last Jedi, a big cover story with lots of new photos and more information about the working relationship between Poe Dameron and Vice Admiral Holdo, to name one thing. But I'm burying the lede, so to speak.

Anthony Breznican, the author of the cover story (and all the stories contained therein, as well as the ones coming out on EW.com that are expansions of the print stories), joined me on the podcast today to talk about the making of the cover story, and to reveal a new feature coming next week. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-11-21-StarWars7x7-Ep1236-T03.mp3
Category:Star Wars The Last Jedi -- posted at: 3:02am EST

A new update to Star Tours rolled out at Disney Parks over the weekend, and it included a trip to the Graveyard of Giants on Jakku, the battle between the Resistance and the First Order on Crait, and a final arrival on Batuu, the planet we'll all visit when Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opens at Disney Parks in 2019. More details about Batuu in the podcast today... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-11-20-StarWars7x7-Ep1235-T02.mp3
Category:Star Wars, The Last Jedi -- posted at: 3:00am EST

At Star Wars Celebration Europe, Rian Johnson named a few movies that he asked the Lucasfilm Story Group folks to watch, so that they would have a common cinematic language when it then came to discussing and preparing for his creation of The Last Jedi. One of those movies is Twelve O'Clock High, the 1949 movie about daylight precision bombers in World War II. I'm analyzing that movie with a special guest: writer and podcast producer Bobby Roberts. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-11-19-StarWars7x7-Ep1234-T01.mp3
Category:Star Wars The Last Jedi -- posted at: 3:00am EST

How might lightsabers work in real life, and how close are we to having them? Did Jango Fett make sound in space possible? And could Han's line about doing the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs have been an actual fact - not a mistake by Lucas, and not a retconned explanation of Han testing Ben and Luke? These are the topics I'll be discussing with Patrick Johnson, Georgetown University physics professor and author of the new book The Physics of Star Wars. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-11-18-StarWars7x7-Ep1233-T12.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

How Rey and Daisy think differently about the porgs in The Last Jedi. What Carrie Fisher did that set Kelly Marie Tran at ease in a brand-new situation. What Ron Howard has been up to recently for Solo: A Star Wars Story. What I've been up to that will lead to interview podcasts this Saturday and Sunday. All this and more on today's podcast. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-11-17-StarWars7x7-Ep1232-T11.mp3
Category:Star Wars, Han Solo Movie, The Last Jedi -- posted at: 3:00am EST

"Kick," "Permission," "Fight," and "Destiny" - those are the titles for four new commercials for The Last Jedi that have found their way online. I'll be discussing all of them today, but fair warning - if you don't want to know who says "May the Force be with you" in The Last Jedi, don't watch the "Kick" commercial, and only listen to this episode of the podcast through the commercial break. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-11-16-StarWars7x7-Ep1231-T10.mp3
Category:Star Wars The Last Jedi -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Dave Filoni intends to give Star Wars Rebels the definitive ending that Clone Wars never got. Knowing that, how does that affect how we look at the first half of this final season of Rebels? Is he "finishing business," as it were, and if so, what's left to finish in the final seven episodes that will make up the rest of season four? Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-11-15-StarWars7x7-Ep1230-T09.mp3
Category:Star Wars Rebels -- posted at: 3:00am EST

If you were saying to yourself, "I've got a bad feeling about this," your instincts were correct. You probably weren't sure where the bad news was going to hit you in "Rebel Assault" the mid-season finale of Star Wars Rebels. I've got the Rebels Briefing on Season 4, Episode 9 right here. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-11-14-StarWars7x7-Ep1229-T08.mp3
Category:Star Wars Rebels -- posted at: 3:00am EST

When you think about it, isn't it crazy that Rian Jonson's The Last Jedi is still more than a month away from theaters, and Lucasfilm is so high on it, they made a new three-picture deal with him? And that new trilogy he's creating will be worth at least $12 billion dollars in revenue, when you include the licensing and merchandising revenue? Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-11-13-StarWars7x7-Ep1228-T07.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

This has to have been my favorite episode of Star Wars: Forces of Destiny yet, out of all 16 episodes. "An Imperial Feast" confirms your worst nightmares about the Ewoks dietary habits; reveals that Hera and Chopper have survived the events of Rogue One and the whole Original Trilogy; and features deftly executed slapstick. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-11-12-StarWars7x7-Ep1227-T06.mp3
Category:Star Wars Forces of Destiny -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Well, not exactly, but close. Sabine Wren from Star Wars Rebels, in the middle of a job in Garel City, has a run-in with Rogue One's own Jyn Erso. Plus, Rey gets slimed by a happabore who ultimately does the right thing, and the Mandalorian-turned-bounty-hunter-turned-Rebel Ketsu does a few things I just don't understand. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-11-11-StarWars7x7-Ep1226-T05.mp3
Category:Star Wars Rebels, Rogue One -- posted at: 3:00am EST

This may be the biggest Star Wars news of the year that's not related to The Last Jedi. Even though it kind of is related. Lucasfilm has revealed that Rian Johnson will be creating a brand-new Star Wars trilogy for the screen, and will write and direct the first of the movies in the trilogy. On today's podcast, I'm talking about the big questions that arise as a result of this announcement, and what this tells us about The Last Jedi. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-11-10-StarWars7x7-Ep1225-T04.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Reveals about Canto Bight and its denizens have come to light recently, and I'm rounding up those news stories for you in today's podcast! It's not anything from spoiler social media folks - in fact, I've reached the point where I'm pretty much "spoiler averse." News from official sources? Fine. Outside of that? Not so much. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-11-09-StarWars7x7-Ep1224-T03.mp3
Category:Star Wars, The Last Jedi -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Can Hera convince Alliance High Command to attack the TIE Defender factory on Lothal - and rescue her crew in the process? Can the Rebels find their way back to the northern hemisphere in time to coordinate a ground assault? And what's with the ominous news that the Empire has invoked Protocol 13 - the same protocol invoked on Jedha just before the Death Star arrived in Rogue One? Most is answered in "Crawler Commandeers," episode eight of season four of Star Wars Rebels. As for the rest - well, we can guess... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-11-08-StarWars7x7-Ep1223-T02.mp3
Category:Star Wars Rebels -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Action, romance, a mind-blowing lightspeed escape, and the most mystical moment this side of the Mortis Arc! "Kindred," the seventh episode of season four of Star Wars Rebels, really had it all. The Rebels got away with the TIE Defender flight data recorder, but now they need to go back for its hyperdrive - and hope it'll work when grafted onto a U-wing. Meanwhile, Thrawn has sent his assassin Rukh to track the Rebels down before they can get away. As shown in one of the preview clips, the Loth-wolves show up again, and open doors in ways no one ever expected. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-11-07-StarWars7x7-Ep1222-T01.mp3
Category:Star Wars Rebels -- posted at: 4:10am EST

Kylo Ren may be the obvious answer, but there are others to consider: Vader, Palpatine, Snoke, even Rey herself as a little girl. Whose "raw strength" do Star Wars fans think Luke is talking about? And what is it about "raw strength" that scares Luke, anyway? Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-11-06-StarWars7x7-Ep1221-T12.mp3
Category:Star Wars, The Last Jedi -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Theresa Cheung is the author of more than 20 books on spirituality and personal transformation, and conducted multiple interview sessions with Church of Jediism founder Daniel M. Jones in order to bring "Become the Force: 9 Lessons on How to Live As a Jediist Master" to the world. My conversation with her about the book, the church, and Star Wars is right here for you. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-11-05-StarWars7x7-Ep1220-T11.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 2:00am EST

In honor of the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Church of Jediism and the upcoming release of "Become the Force: 9 Lessons on How to Live As a Jediist Master," I had a conversation with author and church founder Daniel M. Jones about how the church and the book came about, what the plans are for the church in its next decade, and what the founder of a church based on the Jedi teachings thinks when he hears Luke Skywalker saying it's time for the Jedi to end. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-11-04-StarWars7x7-Ep1219-T10.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

What happened after Han, Finn, and Chewie stuffed Phasma down the garbage chute on Starkiller Base? Writer Kelly Thompson handles that question immediately, which means that there's a lot more compelling story space to fill in the Captain Phasma miniseries for Marvel. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-11-03-StarWars7x7-Ep1218-T09.mp3
Category:Star Wars comics -- posted at: 3:00am EST

We got the international trailer we were looking for! Unfortunately, it didn't give much of anything away that was new or exciting. A couple new shots of characters and three words of dialogue, and that's about it. Meanwhile, the new 45-second commercial "Awake" is a lot more satisfying in terms of new sights to behold. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-11-02-StarWars7x7-Ep1217-T08.mp3
Category:Star Wars, The Last Jedi -- posted at: 3:00am EST

"Flight of the Defender" isn't really just "The Occupation Part 2," even though it is the second part of a two-episode night for Star Wars Rebels. This is episode 6 of season 4, and we get to realize that when Ezra says he's there to stay, he might very well mean it. Plus, one hyphenated word: Loth-wolf. Punch it!


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Direct download: 2017-11-01-StarWars7x7-Ep1216-T07.mp3
Category:Star Wars Rebels -- posted at: 3:00am EST

"The Occupation" is not also called "Part 1," but it might as well be, since it's the first of a two-part story in season 4 of Star Wars Rebels. You can think of it as episode #5 if you like, too. The Rebels return to Lothal to discover the secret of the upgrades to the TIE Defender, but Ezra starts out the mission by saying he's "there to stay." Does this mean the first member of the Ghost crew is breaking away? Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-10-31-StarWars7x7-Ep1215-T06.mp3
Category:Star Wars Rebels -- posted at: 3:00am EST

When Luke zooms away to discover the fate of Beru and Owen, Obi-Wan calls on the ghost of Qui-Gon Jinn for some much-needed, last-minute advice and reassurance. In the process, we get to learn what it's like to be a Force ghost, to separate from the living Force and become part of the physical world, and just how substantial Qui-Gon can get. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-10-30-StarWars7x7-Ep1214-T05.mp3
Category:Star Wars Books -- posted at: 3:00am EST

The Tusken Raiders didn't just happen upon Luke, and he didn't just randomly cross their paths. And Aunt Beru finally gets her say - and she has a lot to say (including something that might freak you out). That's what's happening in the stories I'm covering in "From a Certain Point of View" on today's podcast. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-10-29-StarWars7x7-Ep1213-T04.mp3
Category:Star Wars Books -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Is an international trailer on the way? Can you trust the international translations of the main trailer? What does Rian Johnson have to say about Finn, Poe, and Leia in The Last Jedi? Plus, what's Ron Howard up to these days? Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-10-28-StarWars7x7-Ep1212-T03.mp3
Category:Star Wars, Han Solo Movie, The Last Jedi -- posted at: 3:00am EST

A lot of blink-and-you'll-miss-them moments were featured in the latest behind-the-scenes reel for The Last Jedi. This one came from an unusual source: USA Today, previously only known for their exclusive Star Wars book excerpts. But it's a welcome surprise nonetheless, and I'm highlighting the key takeaways here. That includes new insights into which characters appear together and where, and closer looks at a couple of locations. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-10-27-StarWars7x7-Ep1211-T02.mp3
Category:Star Wars The Last Jedi -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Imagine this: If you were unfamiliar with Star Wars and watched it from Episode I onward - through Clone Wars and Rebels even - and you deleted just two scenes, you could create a situation where Saw Gerrera's quest for discovering the truth of the Empire's potential "superweapon" looks very much like a Fox-Mulder-like X-Files obsession, with a wild reveal in Rogue One. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-10-26-StarWars7x7-Ep1210-T01.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

The second half of "In the Name of the Rebellion" comes to an explosive conclusion! It's a Briefing on Episode 4 of Season 4, the final season of Star Wars Rebels, and once again, Saw Gerrera is up to his old double-crossing, innocent jeopardizing ways. Unfortunately, Ezra, Sabine, and Chopper have to go along for the ride - until Saw alters the deal. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-10-25-StarWars7x7-Ep1209-T12.mp3
Category:Star Wars Rebels -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Saw Gerrera and Mon Mothma get into it during the first half of "In the Name of the Rebellion," and we get to see just how deep the divide is between them. This is the Star Wars Rebels Briefing on the first half, which is Episode 3 of Season 4 of the Star Wars TV series. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-10-24-StarWars7x7-Ep1208-T11.mp3
Category:Star Wars Rebels -- posted at: 3:00am EST

When Luke said, "It's time for the Jedi to end," you didn't actually believe him, did you? You probably thought that was borne of some as yet-unnamed pain and suffering over the loss of his fledgling academy. But what if the fine folks at Lucasfilm are quietly preparing us for a galaxy beyond the Jedi and the Sith? Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-10-23-StarWars7x7-Ep1207-T10.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

This is my second in a series of looks at "From a Certain Point of View," the 40-story collection that opens up new windows of understanding on the events of that significant story. Today, there was a lot of drama in that sandcrawler, and couple more amazing near misses that show you just how lucky the Rebels were to take down a Death Star. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-10-22-StarWars7x7-Ep1206-T09.mp3
Category:Star Wars Books -- posted at: 3:00am EST

In a way, it's like comparing apples and oranges. But in another way, both had an enormous impact on pop culture of the time. And even that was different. Star Wars may have kept all the glory for itself, but the Blade Runner aesthetic has become equally as pervasive - just underneath other guises. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-10-21-StarWars7x7-Ep1205-T08.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

For your Friday enjoyment, an extended conversation about The Last Jedi trailer courtesy of an interview I got to do for Viewpoints, a syndication radio show from north of the border (that would be Canada, folks). Plus, what's the scoop on the new photo Laura Dern shared from The Last Jedi on The Ellen Show? Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-10-20-StarWars7x7-Ep1204-T07.mp3
Category:Star Wars, The Last Jedi -- posted at: 3:00am EST

The first half of "Heroes of Mandalore" - the premiere of the fourth and final season of Star Wars Rebels - made you think the creators were will to shake everything up. The second half pretty well put that idea to bed. If they're going to play it safe, then it's time to rethink what the endgame of the Rebels series will be. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-10-19-StarWars7x7-Ep1203-T06.mp3
Category:Star Wars Rebels -- posted at: 3:00am EST

That sense of danger and uncertainty I had about the final season of Star Wars Rebels? It's pretty well gone thanks to the events of Part 2 of "Heroes of Mandalore," which for official purposes is Episode 2 of Season 4 of the Star Wars TV series. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-10-18-StarWars7x7-Ep1202-T05.mp3
Category:Star Wars Rebels -- posted at: 3:00am EST

What a lovely way to wrap up principal photography on the previously untitled young Han Solo movie! Ron Howard makes it official - the title of the film is "Solo: A Star Wars Story." Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-10-17-StarWars7x7-EpBonus-T04.mp3
Category:Solo: A Star Wars Story -- posted at: 6:59pm EST

Remember how I've been saying that the Star Wars Rebels creative team isn't taking any prisoners with season 4, based on the first episode they showed back in April at Star Wars Celebration Orlando? Well, if you weren't at SWCO to see it, now you finally can. "Heroes of Mandalore" debuted on Disney XD last night, and I've got the recap of Part 1 right here for you. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-10-17-StarWars7x7-Ep1201-T03.mp3
Category:Star Wars Rebels -- posted at: 3:00am EST

More dialogue? More scenes? More background information? Just because the trailer dropped last week, that doesn't mean you won't be hearing anything new from Lucasfilm about The Last Jedi between now and December 15. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-10-16-StarWars7x7-Ep1200-T02.mp3
Category:Star Wars The Last Jedi -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Thanks to a new IMAX display for The Lsat Jedi, folks are stirring up trouble in fandomland. Why? Because Luke is pictured on both sides of the display, one dedicated to the Light Side characters, and the other dedicated to the Dark Side characters. But what does it MEAN? That, and a the meat of a recent Andy Serkis interview, on today's podcast. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-10-15-StarWars7x7-Ep1199-T01.mp3
Category:Star Wars, The Last Jedi -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Well, The Last Jedi has been getting all the headlines recently, but quietly in the house, I can hear little squeaks of information from beyond the walls of my imagination. Information about the as-yet-untitled Han Solo movie, as well as the script in progress of Episode IX. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-10-14-StarWars7x7-Ep1198-T12.mp3
Category:Star Wars, Han Solo Movie, The Last Jedi -- posted at: 3:00am EST

It's funny - Rian Johnson at first said he didn't want us to watch The Last Jedi trailer, and then he was all, "Watch it watch it watch it!" I'm beginning to wonder what kinds of mind games he might be playing with us. And this trailer certainly seems to have its share of mind games - or what Saw Gerrera might refer to as "Lies! Deceptions!" Here are the three biggest ones. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-10-13-StarWars7x7-Ep1197-T11.mp3
Category:Star Wars The Last Jedi -- posted at: 3:00am EST

The Last Jedi theatrical poster was revealed on Monday, October 9th, earlier in the day before the release of the trailer. So you can excuse it for getting lost in the shuffle. But the poster has some interesting information on it - from the way Luke Skywalker is depicted, to the new injury on Rey's arm, to name a couple things. And what's excluded from the poster is also very telling in a way, too. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-10-12-StarWars7x7-Ep1196-T10.mp3
Category:Star Wars The Last Jedi -- posted at: 3:00am EST

I was thrilled to be a guest on CTV News in Canada again yesterday, this time to talk about The Last Jedi trailer. it's been a wild 24 hours since the release of the trailer, and already, the speculation is heating up - including speculation that the trailer is filled with, as Saw Gerrera might say, "Lies! Deceptions!" Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-10-11-StarWars7x7-Ep1195-T09.mp3
Category:Star Wars The Last Jedi -- posted at: 3:00am EST

This is the audio track from the video of my trailer breakdown for The Last Jedi - look for the video version later today at Facebook.com/sw7x7 or YouTube.com/sw7x7!

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Direct download: 2017-10-10-StarWars7x7-EpBonus2-T08.mp3
Category:Star Wars The Last Jedi -- posted at: 3:38am EST

Rian Johnson, Mark Hamill, and Adam Driver all want you to see as little as possible of The Last Jedi before you see it in theaters. In fact, Rian Johnson said, "If you want to come in clean, absolutely avoid it. But it’s gooooood....." Well, he's right, but here - in the spirit of their best intentions, is an episode giving you the reasons why you might want to skip the trailer, without actually telling you what's in the trailer. Completely spoiler and speculation free. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-10-10-StarWars7x7-EpBonus1-T06.mp3
Category:Star Wars The Last Jedi -- posted at: 3:34am EST

Want to know the highlights of The Last Jedi trailer without having to listen to the full breakdown? The most important things you need to know about the trailer are here in this podcast. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-10-10-StarWars7x7-Ep1194-T07.mp3
Category:Star Wars The Last Jedi -- posted at: 3:27am EST

Star Wars has always been political, whether by drawing inspiration from real-world politics to dealing with its own internal politics. Today, I'm looking back in brief at some of the political elements of previous Star Wars movies, and speculating as to how much politics will be a factor in The Last Jedi. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-10-09-StarWars7x7-Ep1193-T05.mp3
Category:Star Wars, The Last Jedi -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Lucasfilm did something it's never done before - brought a major exhibit to New York Comic-Con. Costumes and props from The Last Jedi were on display at NYCC, and we learned more intriguing details about the Elite Praetorian Guards than anything else. But there were also some interesting tidbits about Kylo Ren, Resistance bombers, and even something about Finn that's really more about what Lucasfilm *didn't* tell us. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-10-08-StarWars7x7-Ep1192-T04.mp3
Category:Star Wars, The Last Jedi -- posted at: 3:00am EST

The Falcon appears in six Star Wars movies so far (four released, two in production), and so far it seems like it gets boarded by hostile parties in all but one of those six movies. (Well, maybe we don't know what the porgs' intentions are.) A brief history of the Falcon being boarded - onscreen, offscreen, and in deleted scenes - awaits you on today's podcast. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-10-07-StarWars7x7-Ep1191-T03.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

The Han Solo movie continues its re-shoots and wraps up filming for more of its actors, while Rian Johnson reveals the actress playing the Resistance fighter named Tallie in The Last Jedi, whose character was first revealed via an action figure release on Force Friday II. Plus, later in the show (and with ample warning to avoid it if you want to), I'll address the spoilers out there about Tallie. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-10-06-StarWars7x7-Ep1190-T02.mp3
Category:Star Wars, Han Solo Movie, The Last Jedi -- posted at: 4:21am EST

Lucasfilm put its best foot forward to kick off their Star Wars 40th anniversary anthology, "From a Certain Point of View." Gary Whitta (Rogue One, Star Wars Rebels), Christie Golden (Dark Disciple, Battlefront II: Inferno Squad) and Ken Liu (The Legends of Luke Skywalker) tell the first stories in the anthology, which feature tales from the capture of the Tantive IV. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-10-05-StarWars7x7-Ep1189-T01.mp3
Category:Star Wars Books -- posted at: 4:29am EST

"We know Hera and Chopper survive at least until Rogue One. Who do you think will die in Rebels Season 4?" That's the question I posed in a couple of Star-Wars-dedicated podcast groups on Facebook earlier this week. The choices, of course, were Ezra, Kanan, Sabine, and Zeb. Their answers on today's podcast... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-10-04-StarWars7x7-Ep1188-T12.mp3
Category:Star Wars Rebels -- posted at: 4:06am EST

Four new episodes of Star Wars: Forces of Destiny arrived on Sunday evening! They included "The Starfighter Stunt," "Teach You, I Will," "Newest Recruit," and "Tracker Trouble," the latter of which takes place during The Force Awakens. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-10-03-StarWars7x7-Ep1187-T11.mp3
Category:Star Wars Forces of Destiny -- posted at: 3:00am EST

The first nine episode titles and first six episode descriptions of Star Wars Rebels Season 4 have been released! Today, in the second half of our Rebels Season 4 preview, I'm comparing those descriptions to what we've been shown in the two trailers to see how they match up with what's been revealed to us. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2017-10-02-StarWars7x7-Ep1186-T10.mp3
Category:Star Wars Rebels -- posted at: 3:00am EST