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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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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