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It's Fathers Day in the United States, so I'm counting down the top 7 fathers in Star Wars. "Traditional" fathers don't appear a lot in these movies, so I'm bending the definition only as much as I need to for us to have seven fathers to talk about. But everyone listed on today's show has appeared in a Star Wars movie... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-06-16-StarWars7x7-1808.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Maryann Brandon is an Emmy- and Oscar-nominated editor who's worked with J.J. Abrams for more than a decade. While being interviewed for UC Santa Barbara's "Script to Screen" series on the 10th anniversary of the Star Trek reboot, Brandon also shared a couple of stories from the set of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. A few outlet have reported on this already, but in today's episode, you'll get to hear those stories straight from Maryann herself. Punch it!

And if you have even the slightest bit of interest in how movies are made in general or that Star Trek movie in particular, I highly recommend checking out the entire conversation between Brandon and the Script to Screen moderator, Matt Ryan, at https://www.carseywolf.ucsb.edu/pollock-events/star-trek-2009/.

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Direct download: 2019-06-15-StarWars7x7-1807.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

It's been a while, so let's check in and do an update on the post-production status of The Rise of Skywalker! Naturally, there's been a very tight lid kept on the goings-on, but the John Williams Fan Network has been tracking the Maestro's Star-Wars-related activities of late, and a new report reveals that a certain TIE design pre-dates J.J. Abrams' time on Episode IX. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-06-14-StarWars7x7-1806.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

The trailer reveal for Jedi: Fallen Order at Celebration Chicago seemed to show a couple of similarities between its hero Cal Kestis and another Padawan who'd survived Order 66. Now that we've learned more about Cal thanks to recent reveals, let's compare and contrast Cal with Kanan Jarrus of Star Wars Rebels. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-06-13-StarWars7x7-1805.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

What timing! In addition to the reveals from E3 these past few days, Game Informer magazine was given an extra level of access to Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Today, an additional seven reveals about the game coming to consoles and computers in November. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-06-12-StarWars7x7-1804.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

EA and Respawn Entertainment released gameplay footage of Jedi: Fallen Order over the weekend. But they showed even MORE footage to the assembled press behind closed doors - and many of them summarized what they saw online. I've read a bunch of those reports, and I'm summarizing them on today's episode - including a couple of new Force powers, and a funny story about something that's easy to do in movies but apparently very hard in video games... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-06-11-StarWars7x7-1803.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Ahead of the big E3 video game conference, EA released 13 minutes of gameplay and cut-scene footage from Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (the game itself will be available in November). And there are some big reveals in the footage, including a good look at Cal Kestus' Force abilities (which seem to go way beyond padawan levels) and the reveal of a character whose presence means we may encounter some interesting moral dilemmas in the storyline. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-06-10-StarWars7x7-1802.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

BuzzFeed cites three unnamed sources saying Laeta Kalogridis is working on the first script in a trilogy of Knights of the Old Republic films. But rumors also say that KOTOR is the subject of Benioff and Weiss' movies. How do we resolve these conflicting rumors? Let's look at what we know today and figure it out... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-06-09-StarWars7x7-1801.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

100 days have gone by since March 1st, and on today's episode - #1800! - I'm looking back at what you and I have discussed over the last 100 days, which includes 107 episodes of the show, two countries, Episode IX, multiple books, 22 interviews, the death of a very special actor, new movie announcements, and so much more. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-06-08-StarWars7x7-1800.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Ron Howard, Jon Kasdan, Joonas Suotamo, and Rob Bredow all say they'd be onboard if someone were to #MakeSolo2Happen. But can the campaign spearheaded by Star Wars News Net actually get a sequel off the ground? Today, I'm examining the possibilities... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-06-07-StarWars7x7-1799.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

The Kessel Run was going to be very different before Ron Howard joined the Solo: A Star Wars Story team. That and more from the post-production phase of Rob Bredow "ILM Presents" making-of book, including some very heartfelt personal stories. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-06-06-StarWars7x7-1798.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

You can read between the lines of the production phase of Rob Bredow's "making of" book for Solo: A Star Wars Story to guess at the places where Lord and Miller's work and Ron Howard's work overlapped. But it's not the book's place or purpose to do that, and ultimately it becomes a testament to the dedication and talent of everyone involved, including and especially Ron Howard's stewardship under very difficult conditions. On today's show, highlights of the some of the most remarkable aspect of the production phase. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-06-05-StarWars7x7-1797.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

There are many remarkable things about ILM Chief Rob Bredow's book Making Solo: A Star Wars Story. Today, in the first of three episodes covering the book, we're looking at the pre-production phase - from building a digital mountain range to real world situations that necessitated script changes, and much more. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-06-04-StarWars7x7-1796.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Rob Bredow's official titles are SVP, Executive Creative Director and Head of ILM. In addition to that, he was also the Visual Effects Supervisor and Co-Producer of Solo: A Star Wars Story. And on top of that, he's also the author of the recently released ILM Presents: Making Solo: A Star Wars Story. And he was kind enough to take a couple minutes out of his time at Star Wars Celebration Chicago to answer the one-question interview... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-06-03-StarWars7x7-1795.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We're coming up on the last of the interviews from Star Wars Celebration Chicago! This was actually the last one I recorded, and it's with Tony Fleecs, who's an artist on the Star Wars Adventures comics for IDW Publishing. And it's also, I think, the only interview where I asked a follow-up question based on his response to the initial question. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-06-02-StarWars7x7-1794.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Steve Kirk is the founder of the San Diego Sabers Lightsaber Combat Group, and also happens to be a Patron Emeritus of Star Wars 7x7! I caught up with him during a live broadcast event at Celebration Chicago and posed the one-question interview question to him after he finished his broadcast... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-06-01-StarWars7x7-1793.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We're coming into the home stretch on interviews from Star Wars Celebration Chicago, and today, I'm not only sharing one with Zoraida Cordova (author of the Galaxy's Edge tie-in novel A Crash of Fate), I'm also sharing a story about the one interview that "got away," so to speak. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-05-31-StarWars7x7-1792.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Illustrators Chris Reiff and Chris Trevas are responsible for the visuals in the Haynes Manual for the YT-1300 Modified Corellian Freighter (that's the Millennium Falcon, in other words), and on today's episode, I'm sharing the story of how I wound up interviewing them at Star Wars Celebration Chicago - as well as the interviews themselves. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-05-30-StarWars7x7-1791.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

ABC News correspondent Clayton Sandell doesn't primarily cover the big doings about Star Wars - but he does have a particular way of describing that part of his job. You'll get to hear that, and well as the story he told me about how he got his start covering the Star Wars beat when it started heating up again, in today's one-question interview episode from Celebration Chicago. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-05-29-StarWars7x7-1790.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Last month, Star Wars pop-up book engineer extraordinaire Matthew Reinhart was at Star Wars Celebration Chicago, showing off a prototype version of a spread from the forthcoming Star Wars: The Ultimate Pop-Up Galaxy. Now that the official spread has been revealed everywhere, I can share this interview with you... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-05-28-StarWars7x7-1789.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

I have a particular affinity for people who commit to a daily level of craziness, and so I was rather thrilled to interview Amy Richau at Star Wars Celebration Chicago. Amy is the creator of 365StarWars.com, home to the 365 Days of Star Wars Women project - which has gone well past the 365 and is still going strong. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-05-27-StarWars7x7-1788.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Just a couple final thoughts on the deeper Force bond between Rey and Kylo, the origins of the First Order, and a side note about Werner Herzog's role in The Mandalorian and why he took it on. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-05-26-StarWars7x7-1787.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

One of the side articles related to the main Vanity Fair feature story about The Rise of Skywalker claims that C-3PO is going to do something that surprises everyone, but also isn't entirely out of character. What does that mean? Well, let's talk about what Threepio is capable of... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-05-25-StarWars7x7-1786.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

The one-year-between-The-Last-Jedi-and-The-Rise-of-Skywalker thing has been repeated in the Vanity Fair article, and you would think, since this one was written in closer connection with official sources, that if it was ever going to be accurate, now would be the time for it to be. But I still have my doubts... Also, let's talk about Carrie Fisher's integration into The Rise of Skywalker. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-05-24-StarWars7x7-1785.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

It's here! Well, digitally, at least... the print edition of Vanity Fair's Rise of Skywalker cover story hits newsstands in LA and NY on 5/30 and the rest of the country by 6/4, but the feature article and bevy of side articles have already been released on their website. Today, how the big reveals add depth to what we saw in The Rise of Skywalker teaser trailer. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-05-23-StarWars7x7-1784.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

This was actually the second interview I conducted during Star Wars Celebration Chicago, and also the second time I've interviewed Rancho Obi-Wan President and CEO Steve Sansweet on the show. And his answer to the one-question interview is a rather beautiful one. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-05-22-StarWars7x7-1783.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

The author of Taschen's The Star Wars Archives: 1977-1983, Paul Duncan, stopped on his way to a book signing to answer this year's one-question interview. And thankfully, he had help on the way to the signing, as you'll hear in the pre-interview section when I share how the interview came about. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-05-21-StarWars7x7-1782.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

The odd thing is, I was going to run this interview about two weeks ago, but when I re-watched the video version of it, I was caught more than a little off guard. I explain why that happened in the podcast today, and finally share the one-question interview with Tom Spina of Regal Robot. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-05-20-StarWars7x7-1781.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Cole Horton has written multiple Star Wars books and appeared multiple times on Star Wars 7x7; Liz Heinecke has also written multiple books, and Star Wars Maker Lab was her first Star Wars book, and it's also her first time on the show. Crazy how things work out! Hear their answers to the one-question interview from Celebration Chicago here... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-05-19-StarWars7x7-1780.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

In addition to writing the Jupiter Pirates series of novels, Jason Fry is a prolific author in the Star Wars realm. I caught up with him at Celebration Chicago to ask him what he knows for sure about Star Wars, as well as another question I have a history of discussing with him. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-05-18-StarWars7x7-1779.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Nearly 300 episodes ago, I provided a guide to the big media moments that would happen in the run-up to The Rise of Skywalker's release on December 20, 2019. Today, I'm resetting that calendar and adding new information that's since come to light. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-05-17-StarWars7x7-1778.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Bob Iger outlined the big idea of what Star Wars live action TV series on Disney+ will have to do with Star Wars movies, and used the Marvel model as an example. What this means for future Disney+ series, and what Benioff and Weiss are (or aren't) doing with Rian Johnson... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-05-16-StarWars7x7-1777.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Bob Iger made it official yesterday - the 2022 Star Wars movie is in the hands of David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the Game of Thrones showrunners. Plus, Iger revealed something more about live action Star Wars on Disney+, and I address the latest Rian Johnson rumors. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-05-15-StarWars7x7-1776.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

On the momentous occasion of George Lucas' 75th birthday, an extended episode in which I'm charting his involvement in the Star Wars franchise after the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney. Turns out, it isn't just that he can't leave it behind - it's that he's trying to guide the next generation of filmmakers in their efforts to tell new stories in the galaxy far, far away. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-05-14-StarWars7x7-1775.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Two rather big names in Star Wars publishing and podcasting join me for interviews at Star Wars Celebration Chicago! On today's episode, Coffee With Kenobi's Dan Zehr and Fantha Tracks' Mark Newbold share what they know for sure when it comes to Star Wars. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-05-13-StarWars7x7-1774.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Tim McMahon and Dennis Keithly have supported me and Star Wars 7x7 since the early days of the show, as friends, podcasters, and Patrons. I got to see them both at Star Wars Celebration Chicago, and put them both through the one-question interview ringer. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-05-12-StarWars7x7-1773.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

As far as legends go, Lorne Peterson is right up there. He was a founding member of Industrial Light and Magic, won an Academy Award for visual effects, was deeply involved in the model making for the Original and Prequel Trilogies ... and was so kind and generous with his time at Star Wars Celebration Chicago. Today, his answer to the one-question interview. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-05-11-StarWars7x7-1772.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Where could that lightsaber have come from? And what's with the asymmetrical stormtrooper helmet? The cover art for the upcoming YA novel "Force Collector" is perhaps the most mysterious of all the elements revealed about the Journey to The Rise of Skywalker publishing initiative. I'll examine those mysteries and more today... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-05-10-StarWars7x7-1771.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Disney CEO Bob Iger held court during Disney’s "Q2 FY19 Earnings Results Webcast" yesterday, and I listened to it so you wouldn't have to! On today's episode, here's everything Star-Wars-related that you need to know - plus a lesser-known bit of news from last August that ties into the new stuff we learned. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-05-09-StarWars7x7-1770.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Back in December (episode #1,615, to be precise), I looked at how things were unfolding and predicted that it wouldn't be until 2022 that we'd see the next Star Wars movie after the end of the Skywalker Saga. Yesterday, The Walt Disney Company announced their latest film release schedule and the next Star Wars movie comes out in ... 2022. Then 2024 and 2026, and I'll examine the release schedule implications for these movies and who may, in fact, be creating them. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-05-08-StarWars7x7-1769.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

On May the 4th, Lucasfilm revealed its plans for the Journey to The Rise of Skywalker publishing initiative - and surprisingly, many of the significant stories won't be dropping until well after the Triple Force Friday event on October 4th. Today, those major stories and more, including a tentative timeline for how some of them unfold between The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-05-07-StarWars7x7-1768.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Getting back to the conversations we were having about Star Wars audio dramas last week, I'm sharing my one-question interviews from Star Wars Celebration Chicago today with Nick Martorelli (producer, Penguin Random House Audio) and Marc Thompson (voice actor and audiobook narrator). Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-05-06-StarWars7x7-1767.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Happy Revenge of the Fifth! Today, I'm sharing my interview on CTV News in Canada, during which I got to thank Canada for hosting the first organized Star Wars Day event. We also talk about Star Wars Day in California, Galaxy's Edge, The Mandalorian, and The Rise of Skywalker. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-05-05-StarWars7x7-1766.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

More international versions of "The Rise of Skywalker" have been released - at least, as far as releasing the name of the movie in different languages. And as with The Last Jedi, we're bound to misunderstand this one, too. A hot take on the Polish version, and consideration of whether the French and Spanish versions support or contradict it. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-05-04-StarWars7x7-1765.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

A former hospital orderly, he brought to life an iconic character on the silver screen, and his influence will continue to be as legendary as the mighty Wookiee himself. Peter Mayhew passed away on April 30th, family by his side, at the age of 74. Today, statements from his family, Star Wars creators and cast members, and a personal thought or two on the occasion of his passing.

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Direct download: 2019-05-03-StarWars7x7-1764.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Kudos to the production team of Dooku: Jedi Lost, who buried some audio Easter eggs in the recording, and who really took the storytelling up to a new and visceral level. There's a scene midway through the audio drama I'll be talking about today, and sharing a creepy excerpt as an example... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-05-02-StarWars7x7-1763.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Before we get to the deep dive into Dooku: Jedi Lost, my one-question interview with the author of that excellent audio drama, Cavan Scott. (The reason for the change in schedule is personal - our Video Production Assistant Padme - an Australian Shepherd mix puppy - had two grand mal seizures yesterday. She's home and seemingly okay now, but that threw a spanner in the works, so to speak.)

 

Direct download: 2019-05-01-StarWars7x7-1762.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

It's here! The audio-only drama Dooku: Jedi Lost debuts today, and I've got the non-spoiler review here for you. Also - a lot of puzzles are present in the few quick shots we get of Leia and Rey in The Rise of Skywalker teaser. Let's suss 'em out. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-04-30-StarWars7x7-1761.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Ranking Star Wars movies, adding non-Star-Wars movies into the mix, and a non-spoiler take on Avengers: Endgame and what it means for The Rise of Skywalker in this month's Patreon Q&A episode. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-04-29-StarWars7x7-1760.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

The First Order Treadspeeder in action, the other moons of Yavin and Endor, what Poe's wounded arm means for the order of events, and much more in the second part of our look at what's been missed or misconstrued about The Rise of Skywalker teaser trailer. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-04-28-StarWars7x7-1759.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

From the moment we hear Luke's voice in The Rise of Skywalker teaser, we're being misled by J.J. Abrams and company. And no one else is talking about this! On today's episode, there's a lot happening in those desert scenes that's either been missed or misconstrued by a lot of other folks posting breakdown stories and Easter egg videos and whatnot, and I'm setting the record straight. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-04-27-StarWars7x7-1758.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Time Magazine is still perpetuating the claim that The Rise of Skywalker takes place one year after The Last Jedi. That, and other claims about the timeframe in between the two movies, is the subject of today's show. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-04-26-StarWars7x7-1757.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Adam Driver, Lupita N'yongo, and Domhnall Gleeson weren't at Celebration Chicago for The Rise of Skywalker panel, but we know who they're playing. Keri Russell, Richard E. Grant, and Matt Smith weren't there, either, and we DON'T know who they're playing. So let's dig into that where we can... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-04-24-StarWars7x7-1755.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

If you saw season 4 of Star Wars Rebels, you might answer "time travel." But let's take that one off the table, and consider how else the lightsaber Rey inherited from Luke could "live" to see action in The Rise of Skywalker. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-04-25-StarWars7x7-1756.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

It's always a joy to chat with Todd van der Heyden about Star Wars news, and my latest opportunity happened this past weekend! Todd invited me onto CTV News' "Viewpoints" syndicated radio show, and the excerpt I'm sharing today includes topics I haven't talked a lot about on my own show in the wake of Celebration Chicago. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-04-23-StarWars7x7-1754.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Not long after The Rise of Skywalker panel at Star Wars Celebration Chicago, J.J. Abrams revealed in interviews that they met with George Lucas prior to writing the script for Episode IX. That may sound like a big deal (and it is, for reasons I'll explain), but we need to remember that he was consulted about this movie long before Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi debuted. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-04-22-StarWars7x7-1753.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

In an interview after the Episode IX panel at Star Wars Celebration, director J.J. Abrams was asked about Rey's parents, and he actually had a bit of a teaser to share about that topic. I'm breaking his response into three parts and analyzing each for what it means to The Rise of Skywalker - and The Last Jedi. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-04-21-StarWars7x7-1752.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Star Wars planets are often treated as having only one climate, and we know where the only two Death Stars blew up. So we can speculate about which Death Star we're seeing a fragment of in The Rise of Skywalker trailer, and what planet it might be on. I've got two strong prequel-era candidates, which are also remarkably near to two other significant planets... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-04-20-StarWars7x7-1751.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Continuing a tradition here on the show, I'm analyzing the teaser trailer for The Rise of Skywalker to determine how many planets we're seeing in the newly-released footage. One of them takes up the lion's share of the footage, and I'm making my strongest case yet for what that planet is. Plus, another milestone I've hit that goes beyond 1,750 episodes, and a fun Palpatine fact I didn't share with you on yesterday's show. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-04-19-StarWars7x7-1750.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Palpatine died on the second Death Star. And if you had any doubts about that, Ian McDiarmid put them to rest. He told The Phantom Menace 20th Anniversary panel audience that he'd had multiple conversations with George Lucas about it over the years, and Lucas always insisted that Palpatine was dead as a doornail. So how are we to explain the laughter of that madman as heard in the teaser for The Rise of Skywalker?

Well, between the movies, books, TV shows, and comics, there are at least seven different explanations for how this is possible, and I'm going to run them all down for you today. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-04-18-StarWars7x7-1749.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

It was an amazing five days of Star Wars Celebration, and though the party has left town (as you'll see in the video version of the show, and in photos on our social channels), the fun is just beginning. On today's show, I'm recapping the coverage and the biggest reveals, and announcing the names of all 25 - yes, 25! - interviewees you'll be hearing from on the show in the coming weeks. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-04-17-StarWars7x7-1748.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Ian McDiarmid teases us about Palpatine; a haunting event gets a sequel; an intriguing new publishing initiative is hinted at; and the first episode of Star Wars Resistance Season 2 debuts! It's a solid finale to an amazing Star Wars Celebration. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-04-16-StarWars7x7-1747.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

This is a full-spoiler briefing on the season 2 premiere of Star Wars Resistance! If you can't wait to learn the details, it's all here - but please, be sure not to share, comment, or reply to this episode in any way that could reveal spoilers to someone who doesn't want it to be spoiled. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-04-16-StarWars7x7-Bonus-Star-Wars-Resistance-Into-the-Unknown.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 2:34am EDT

As opposed to previous days at Star Wars Celebration Chicago, Day 4 only contained two news-breaking story events: panels for The Mandalorian and for Clone Wars Season 7. And the footage they provided in both was stunning, even though they decided not to show The Mandalorian footage to anyone but the attendees at the panel. Here's the top stories update for both events... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-04-15-StarWars7x7-1746.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Dave Filoni is a man who does not disappoint, and is also a man who loves to make Ashley Eckstein cry. At the Clone Wars Season 7 (aka #CloneWarsSaved) panel at Star Wars Celebration Chicago, he shared clips each of the three story arcs that will comprise the final season of The Clone Wars, and unveiled a full trailer as well. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-04-15-StarWars7x7-Bonus-CloneWars.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

The rules said no video recording or flash photography, but if I can't do that, then at least I can tell you what was happening during the two times they blacked out the livestream of The Mandalorian panel at Star Wars Celebration Chicago. This was recorded in the halls of Wintrust Arena while it was fresh in my head, and sheltered from the freak snowstorm outside. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-04-15-StarWars7x7-Bonus-Mandalorian.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 12:45am EDT

If we had to pick a winner for Day 3 of Star Wars Celebration Chicago, the panel for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order would get my vote. I've got the full scope of the reveals here, including details about the trailer, the characters, the story, and much more. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-04-14-StarWars7x7-Bonus-FallenOrder.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 11:06am EDT

The reveals from the Star Wars Galaxy's Edge panel at Star Wars Celebration Chicago were all kind of at the little teaser level. As in, snippets of music, mentions of voice actors, hints at ride footage previews, and one "refreshing" revelation. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-04-14-StarWars7x7-Bonus-GalaxyEdge.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 10:55am EDT

It was Galaxy's Edge's turn in the Star Wars Celebration Stage Panel Lottery spotlight, but I think its thunder was stolen by the gangbusters trailer and additional reveals for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. And surprisingly, there were panels on books, comics, and animation where the list of new news could all be summed up neatly in one episode. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-04-14-StarWars7x7-1745.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:12am EDT

Another bonus episode from Star Wars Celebration Chicago! In this one, I'm downloading all the reveals about Vader Immortal Episode I. Toward the end (and with ample warning), there will be a minor spoiler that comes from the gameplay itself, which i09 shared from their experience with it at the Oculus/ILMxLAB/Vader Immortal booth. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-04-13-StarWars7x7-Bonus-VR.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:34am EDT

In this bonus episode, I do a deep dive into all the new details we got about Star Wars books from the Lucasfilm Publishing panel during Day 2 at Star Wars Celebration Chicago. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-04-13-StarWars7x7-Bonus-Publishing.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:13am EDT

Recapping the biggest news from Day 2 of Star Wars Celebration Chicago, including the title and teaser for Episode IX, the trailer and new details for Vader Immortal Episode I, and some minor new reveals from the Lucasfilm Publishing panel. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-04-13-StarWars7x7-1744.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Even though there was no official programming for Star Wars Celebration Chicago on Thursday, Lucasfilm managed to drop multiple reveals on us, for Episode IX, Vader Immortal, The Mandalorian, Disney+, and the Cassian Andor series. Details summed up here... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-04-12-StarWars7x7-1743.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

In an interview with Fast Company, Star Wars Episode IX director and co-writer J.J. Abrams had some juicy and mysterious things to say about the finale to the Skywalker saga, what it took to make it, and how it's shaping up in the editing room. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-04-11-StarWars7x7-1742.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

I'm only a half-hour's walk away from the Star Wars Celebration festivity prep, so I took a walk yesterday and scouted out the scene. Get the details on where to see the developments happening at McCormick Place, and learn more about how I'll be covering #SWCC for you. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-04-10-StarWars7x7-1741.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

The time has come to reveal my one-question interview inquiry for Star Wars Celebration. Each year of Celebration, the question has been asked of authors, artists, podcasters, and Lucasfilm employees, and for the first time, I'm widely sharing the 2019 question with my listeners. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-04-09-StarWars7x7-1740.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

I'm here! Star Wars 7x7 is coming at you from Chicago ahead of Star Wars Celebration. Today's episode, recorded outside Wintrust Arena and McCormick Place, features some of my last-minute advice for people coming to SWCC, and collections of advice from other folks, too. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-04-08-StarWars7x7-1739.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Have you ever wondered how the whole autograph and photo op situation works behind the scenes? In part 2 of my interview with Frank Rich of Star Wars Autograph News, Frank reveals how the system works, and why you see (or don't see) certain Star Wars stars in the photo ops at Star Wars Celebration. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-04-07-StarWars7x7-1738.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

The autograph and photo op setup at Star Wars Celebration Chicago is shaping up to be the largest one ever at Celebration! But how did autographing as a business get started, and how did it become what it is today? In the first of a two-part interview, Star Wars Autograph News owner and founder Frank Rich joins me to set the scene. We'll talk about his history as a Star Wars fan and how it led him to collecting signatures and from there to creating Star Wars Autograph News. We'll also talk about how the autographing industry has changed over the last decade, and I'll give a preview of what's on tap for tomorrow's show... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-04-06-StarWars7x7-1737.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Want to know more about the time in between The Last Jedi and Episode IX? Pirate's Price has more answers, including how Hondo deals with Bazine Netal and her mysterious employer, and how the Falcon got to Batuu in time for the Galaxy's Edge experience. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-04-05-StarWars7x7-1736.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Similar to how three novels targeted to younger readers for "The Journey to The Force Awakens" included sequel-era prologues and epilogues, the "Flight of the Falcon" series has prologues and epilogues that are very "Journey to Episode IX" in their nature, but this time, there's a central plot and character - Bazine Netal's hunt for the Millennium Falcon. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-04-04-StarWars7x7-1735.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

While we count down the final days until the big reveals at Celebration Chicago, I'm circling back to a title with storytelling that takes place between The Last Jedi and Episode IX. It's "Lando's Luck" by Justina Ireland, part of the "Flight of the Falcon" series. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-04-03-StarWars7x7-1734.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Thanks to everyone who had such nice things to say about yesterday's April Fool's Day episode! Today, I'm running down some other pranks that popped up, and looking back at the history of April Fool's Day episodes on Star Wars 7x7. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-04-02-StarWars7x7-1733.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

In honor of the 20th anniversary of its debut, Disney has created a Special Edition version of The Phantom Menace for limited release next month! Here's the scoop on some of the changes Disney made, as well as the strategy behind this surprising move. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-04-01-StarWars7x7-1732.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

It's time for our monthly Patron Q&A session! This time around: Why Leia didn't become queen after the destruction of Alderaan, and what being Padme's daughter got her on Naboo; the changing story of why Vader didn't (or did) sense the Force in Leia in A New Hope; and my favorite Star Wars ship... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-03-31-StarWars7x7-1731.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

I don't approach Star Wars Celebration like the average fan, or even the average podcaster. I'll explain in today's episode, and reveal the theme for this Celebration's one-question interview. Plus, I'm asking for your support in making this show possible... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-03-30-StarWars7x7-1730.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Just because it's the last day of Star Wars Celebration Chicago, don't go thinking there won't still be some major news and story updates to reveal. On today's show, I'm flagging my top three panels in that regard, naming two honorable mention panels, and adding a couple of last highlights. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-03-29-StarWars7x7-1729.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Disney+ is taking center stage on Sunday at Star Wars Celebration Chicago, with the main newsbreaking highlights of the day coming from two panels related to content on the upcoming streaming service. Plus, one stage at Celebration we haven't talked about yet, which has some pretty stellar programming... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-03-28-StarWars7x7-1728.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Saturday will be the first of two Star Wars Celebration Chicago clusterfest days in terms of attendance, but luckily there's a handful of must-attend panels to keep you away from the crowds. Here's my top five list, along with three very honorable mentions. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-03-27-StarWars7x7-1727.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

There's a ton of amazing things happening on Friday at Star Wars Celebration Chicago. Here are my selections for the top 5 events of the day, including one that hasn't been getting anywhere near the level of attention it deserves. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-03-26-StarWars7x7-1726.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

This week, a preview of the biggest happenings at Star Wars Celebration Chicago, and what you can expect to hear and see from me and Star Wars 7x7! Today: the Thursday, April 11th events of #SWCC. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-03-25-StarWars7x7-1725.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Fans got a little nervous about the cold Chicago nights when they heard that lining up overnight for Star Wars Celebration panels wasn't going to happen. But now they've announced a new online panel lottery and reservation system, and here's how it's going to affect the show and what you'll catch on Star Wars 7x7 during the event. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-03-24-StarWars7x7-1724.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

A lot of announcements dropped that I'll be talking about next week, but one of them is a stand-alone thing that I'll cover today - new news about the novel "Black Spire" and how it applies to that currently mysterious time between Episode VIII and Episode IX. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-03-23-StarWars7x7-1723.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Eagle-eyed observers saw new Disney job postings tagged with "Lucasfilm Games" and got all worked up over it. Were they taking gaming in-house? Was EA in more trouble? The answer's "no" on both counts, and the job descriptions for these new postings made that super-clear - as well as flagged a big priority for Disney in the coming years. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-03-22-StarWars7x7-1722.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

How could an apparent throw-away line in a comic book from last year turn into a driver of events in Star Wars Resistance this year? The connection explained, plus thoughts on what will greet the Colossus when it emerges from hyperspace, and two First Order characters whose prospects for appearing in season 2 seem grim. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-03-21-StarWars7x7-1721.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Sure, we knew the First Order was armed to the teeth and could take control of the galaxy in a matter of weeks after the Hosnian cataclysm. But how did they build up to that point? Star Wars Resistance offered us some answers, and shed some more light on the First Order in the process. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-03-20-StarWars7x7-1720.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Now that the first season of Star Wars Resistance is in the books, let's take a look back and see what we've learned about the Resistance itself over the course of these 21 episodes, and how it fits into what we already know from other media sources. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-03-19-StarWars7x7-1719.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

A choice of loyalties, a major death, and a cliffhanger that opens up a whole new realm of possibilities - that's what's in store for you in "No Escape, Part 2," the season 1 finale for Star Wars Resistance. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-03-18-StarWars7x7-1718.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

In movies, they'd call it a post-credits scene. It's an apt comparison for the epilogue of E.K. Johnston's "Queen's Shadow," since the epilogue doesn't wrap up the events of the novel - it takes place several years afterward. And it hints at some juicy new storytelling opportunities. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-03-17-StarWars7x7-1717.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Not only does Queen's Shadow tie into other Star Wars stories, it also features surprise character appearances, deepened appreciations, and - most shocking of all - the revelation of an attempt to right a wrong that didn't work out (but could have changed the course of the galaxy if it had). Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-03-16-StarWars7x7-1716.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT