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Fill your Star Wars "bingo" card with "The Gunslinger," chapter 5 of The Mandalorian, with lots of Easter eggs and a new theory about those boots. On today's Mandalorian Briefing, I'll be running down the key details of the episode, which includes the planetary name reveal of the Bounty Hunter Guild's homeworld; another hint at the state of the galaxy; the continued fascinating casting of comedians; and a character who looks like he was separated from Hayden Christensen at birth. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-12-07-StarWars7x7-1982.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

The juxtaposition of new armor being forged for The Mandalorian, with flashbacks to his traumatic childhood moment, is a powerful visual metaphor. I'm exploring that today, and it also got me thinking about The Mandalorian's cinematic influences, and whether the template of the Hero's Journey applies to the story we're being told so far. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-12-06-StarWars7x7-1981.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

We've hit the episode number that matches the year of The Empire Strikes Back's release! On today's show, I'll be talking about how this mostly isn't a movie about family, until it's suddenly ALL about family. Along the way, we'll also talk about how the franchise earned the right to be called a "space opera," how this was basically a revenge flick until the big reveal, and how it's that *one moment* which causes the conversation about the proper order in which to watch the movies. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-12-05-StarWars7x7-1980.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

The Mandalorian is a rather mysterious character. But with all this talk about foundlings, you have to wonder - is our Mando an actual Mandalorian? On today's show, we'll explore the evidence, which will also include a breezy trip through Mandalorian history and society. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-12-04-StarWars7x7-1979.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

What does "The Voxx Vortex 5000" have in common with some episodes of The Mandalorian? Or even The X-Files? I'll explain during the Resistance Briefing on episode 9 from season 2 of Star Wars Resistance. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-12-03-StarWars7x7-1978.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

We've talked about hope in Star Wars - aka "A New Hope," but we haven't talked about one of the other strong themes of the movie: family. Since it's episode 1977 (the year A New Hope came out!), I thought we'd talk about the very unusual family dynamic of Star Wars - and what it has in common with the Keanu Reeves/Sandra Bullock movie Speed. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-12-02-StarWars7x7-1977.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

The Rise of Skywalker is, of course, the headline news in Star Wars for the month of December. And there's so much more Star Wars happening this month, too! From TV to animation, books to comics, video games and retrospectives, it's shaping up to be a huge finale in 2019. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-12-01-StarWars7x7-1976.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Another in-between episode of sorts, but one with more import and backstory fulfillment this time around. It's "Sanctuary," chapter 4 from season 1 of The Mandalorian. And on today's Mandalorian Briefing, we'll also be talking about what's left to do in the show, now that we've hit the halfway point. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-11-30-StarWars7x7-1975.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

In the last week, we've gotten multiple new commercials for The Rise of Skywalker, a series of Good Morning America segments, and a "Special Look" video. We'll talk about all of it today, and listen - I don't know about you, but I think I've hit my limit as far as new Rise of Skywalker reveals go... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-11-29-StarWars7x7-1974.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

There are pages of things online about people grateful *for* Star Wars, but nothing I could find about expressions of gratitude *within* Star Wars movies. And so on this Thanksgiving Day in the US, I'm looking at which era of Star Wars movies is the most grateful, which movies have the most expressions of thanks, which ones are the most heartbreaking, and which one is the most touching. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-11-28-StarWars7x7-1973.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

"They fly now!" This, based on the reactions of Chewie, Threepio, Finn, and Poe, is an unexpected development. And it's a particularly surprising reaction for one of these characters! I'll explain, and talk about the history of jet packs and jumptroopers in Star Wars on today's episode. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-11-27-StarWars7x7-1972.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Yes, at first blush, the notion of Leia actually needing redemption for anything seems impossible. But when you look at the sequel movies so far, there's been a very strong thread carried through. Han's redemption for sins of the past happened in The Force Awakens. Luke's happened in The Last Jedi. Is it Leia's turn in The Rise of Skywalker? Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-11-26-StarWars7x7-1971.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

We get some interesting backstory pieces about the Resistance and the crew of the Colossus as Tam Ryvora's loyalties are put to the test yet again in "Rendezvous Point," episode 8 from season 2. It's a Resistance Briefing today, and with me still talking through a throat cold for the show... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-11-25-StarWars7x7-1970.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Chapter 3 of The Mandalorian is titled "The Sin," but there are quite a lot of sins committed or referenced in this episode, as well as a very signification transgression. On today's episode, it's our latest Mandalorian Briefing, and we'll talk about those wrongs and some other very intriguing details. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-11-24-StarWars7x7-1969.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Circling back to some "news" from earlier this month! On a Disney earnings call, Bob Iger talked about Star Wars movies going into a "hiatus" after The Rise of Skywalker. Some media outlets paired this with the news of Benioff and Weiss ditching their deal to focus on Netflix, and tried to make a bigger thing about it than it is. On today's episode, I'm setting the record straight, and going one step further by dispelling the notion of a "hiatus" in the first place. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-11-23-StarWars7x7-1968.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Daisy Ridley made a comment about all the time Rey spends with Threepio. But looking at all the footage and photos we've seen from The Rise of Skywalker, it sure looks like Rey and Ben Solo/Kylo Ren are spending a lot of time together themselves ... and not always at each other's throats. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-11-22-StarWars7x7-1967.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

I'm running a 99.8 degree fever at the time of recording, but the show must go on. And we've got a bunch of new Rise of Skywalker stuff to talk about, including a new commercial and the Entertainment Weekly cover story (complete with extra photos). Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-11-21-StarWars7x7-1966.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Sure, the Mandalorian is an efficient bounty hunter and all, but are his skills aided by the Force? And does he know it? I'd say yes to the first question and no to the second. On today's show, the evidence for my answers, which is drawn from what we saw of Anakin Skywalker's actions in Attack of the Clones and The Phantom Menace. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-11-20-StarWars7x7-1965.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

With implications for both The Rise of Skywalker and a significant chunk of the old Expanded Universe (now "Legends"), "The Relic Raiders" is the action-packed 7th episode from season 2 of Star Wars Resistance. I've got the Resistance Briefing for you... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-11-19-StarWars7x7-1964.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Chapter 2 of The Mandalorian, "The Child," featured echoes of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and even Return of the Jedi. A necessary episode? Not so much. An entertaining episode? Without a doubt. On today's Mandalorian Briefing, we'll talk about the two events of consequence in the episode, and about the funny stuff, too. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-11-18-StarWars7x7-1963.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

It's done! I delivered my TED talk at TEDx Amoskeag Millyard yesterday. Now we wait for the video, but until then, here are (in no particular order) seven lessons I learned during the process of preparing for this event. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-11-17-StarWars7x7-1962.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

A bit of a different episode here today... A few hours after this episode premieres, I'll be delivering a TED Talk at the TEDx Amoskeag Millyard event. Today's episode of the show gives a bit of a preview of the talk, what Star Wars references will be included in it, and most importantly, my thanks to you for helping to make this milestone possible. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-11-16-StarWars7x7-1961.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

What did we learn about our main character in Chapter 1 of The Mandalorian? Who is he, what does he value? How does he feel about the Empire? We'll look at the clues in today's episode - and talk about why THAT scene doesn't tell us anything about his morals - yet. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-11-15-StarWars7x7-1960.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

An episode with shades of Star Wars: Myths and Fables as well as the original Jurassic Park, "From Beneath" is a comparatively low-stakes (First-Order-wise) entry in season 2 of Star Wars Resistance. Episode 6 is most notable for the gentle reveal that Orka and Flix are in a romantic relationship. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-11-14-StarWars7x7-1959.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

It's finally here! Chapter 1 of The Mandalorian debuted with the launch of Disney+ yesterday, and there won't be any spoilers on Star Wars 7x7 about it until a couple of days from now. For this episode of the show, I'm sharing spoiler-free reactions for what I liked - and what I was surprised by - from the first episode of the new Star Wars live action series. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-11-13-StarWars7x7-1958.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Once again, the Quarren find themselves on the wrong side of history, as the First Order arrives at Mon Cala in Star Wars: Allegiance. And the events of the final part in this Journey to The Rise of Skywalker story may tie directly into the events of The Rise of Skywalker itself. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-11-12-StarWars7x7-1957.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

The pieces are moving into place for the final confrontation in Star Wars: Allegiance, part of the Journey to The Rise of Skywalker. As we breeze through the third of four parts of this story, we're going to take a side trip down memory lane, and consider some highlights of the history between the Quarren and Mon Calamari. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-11-11-StarWars7x7-1956.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

In the second of our four-part look at Star Wars: Allegiance - the part of the Journey to the Rise of Skywalker where we discover how the Mon Calamari will join the fight - the lesson that Kylo Ren learned about the failures of the Empire come into brutal focus. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-11-10-StarWars7x7-1955.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Where did the Resistance go after the Battle of Crait? Let's just say that Leia and the rest of the survivors have sunk about as low as they can go, and now it's time to rebuild in Star Wars: Allegiance. This is the first of four episodes about the series, and I've got a related announcement to share about it, too. Punch it!

The related announcement is that I've added a full plot summary to Wookieepedia for Allegiance #1 at https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Allegiance_1 ! Full plot summaries are few and far between for the new canon on Wookieepedia, and I'd love to do more of them. In fact, it's one of my stretch goals for my Patreon presence at http://patreon.com/sw7x7. This is the first one I've ever done, and hopefully this makes it more accessible for folks who can't afford the comics or who may be sight challenged and can't read the comics themselves.

And thanks very much to Tim McMahon for helping to make these comic-related episodes possible!

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Direct download: 2019-11-09-StarWars7x7-1954.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Whether you already read Spark of the Resistance, haven't yet, or (gasp!) don't plan to, there are bits of information that shed light on the time period between The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker. Though this is a spoiler-y podcast for the new novel by Justina Ireland, I'm not going to spill *all* of its secrets - just a few potentially movie-related ones. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-11-08-StarWars7x7-1953.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

In our non-spoiler review, I'm talking about Spark of the Resistance by Justina Ireland. It's a junior novel that takes place after the events of The Last Jedi, and is part of the Journey to The Rise of Skywalker publishing initiative. It's also the first in a series of episodes I'll be doing that looks at the "Journey" content and what we can learn about that mysterious time between the two movies. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-11-07-StarWars7x7-1952.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Werner Herzog's character says he's heard the Mandalorian is "the best in the parsec," and some folks are saying that Star Wars got the parsec "wrong again." But did they? I'm not so sure. So let's talk about the history of the most famous parsec usage in Star Wars, and also about how we talk about distance in the "real" world. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-11-06-StarWars7x7-1951.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Andy and Josh from the Holochronicles Podcast invited me to join them on a recent episode of their show, and today I'm sharing an excerpt from that conversation! You'll hear about us getting Twitter-blocked by Lucasfilm's Pablo Hidalgo, comparisons to Cal Ripken or Johnny Carson, and how I do research for episodes of Star Wars 7x7. Punch it!

If you go to https://sw7x7.com/holo, that'll take you straight to the full interview on Apple Podcasts, or check out the Holochronicles Podcast on your favorite app, whatever it may be.

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Direct download: 2019-11-05-StarWars7x7-1950.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

The episodes of Star Wars Resistance this year have been neatly building upon each other, and "The Engineer" is no exception. Building on the pirates and their potential/history for treachery and mutiny, a stranded engineer who says she was attacked by the First Order pins the blame on them for power issues on the Colossus. In fact, something more sinister is at work, as we'll discuss in this Resistance Briefing for episode 5 from season 2. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-11-04-StarWars7x7-1949.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Following on the heels of the previous episode of Star Wars Resistance, the pirates volunteer to kill one of the giant space manta rays (a "jakoosk") to get food for the Colossus residents and to undermine Captain Doza's authority. Naturally, nothing goes as planned. Today, it's the Resistance Briefing for "Hunt on Celsor 3," the fourth episode from season 2 of the series. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-11-03-StarWars7x7-1948.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 2:00am EST

News outlets are being sort of clickbait-y about an unnamed source with an alleged detail about what would have been the subject of the Benioff and Weiss Star Wars movies, had they happened. It's really only one thing, but it's presented as a much bigger deal. So I'll be exploring that one thing today, including what we know about the topic in the current canon and in Legends as well. Also, Vader Immortal Episode III. You heard me. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-11-02-StarWars7x7-1947.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

The Mandalorian, debuting this month, is incredibly important to the future of Star Wars. I'll be talking about why, as well as all the other debuts of note from the galaxy far, far away for the month of November. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-11-01-StarWars7x7-1946.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Patrons of Star Wars 7x7 at the "Vader's Fist" level and above can submit questions for me to answer on the show every month! In this installment, we'll be talking about an aspect of the Millennium Falcon as it appears in The Rise of Skywalker; why Ben Solo may or may not have talked to his Force-ghost grandfather; and favorite Star Wars Halloween costumes. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-10-31-StarWars7x7-1945.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have walked away from their deal to develop a new Star Wars trilogy, blaming the time commitments required by their new nine-figure contract with Netflix. What does this mean for the future of the franchise? And why, if you're standing in the metaphorical glass house that is Marvel, should you refrain from throwing stones at Lucasfilm? Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-10-30-StarWars7x7-1944.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Surprise! The folks behind Disney+ decided to drop a final trailer for The Mandalorian last night! And while a good chunk of the scenes were ones that had been shown before - both in the August trailer and to the audience at Celebration Chicago - there were also a few new tidbits as well. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-10-29-StarWars7x7-1943.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

On the one hand, this question kind of answers itself. They just are! And yet, the Star Destroyer appears to be flying, which adds a level of complication and danger to the process. On today's episode, I'm wrapping up my conversation with Georgetown University physics professor Patrick Johnson (author of The Physics of Star Wars) by exploring that scene, which also leads us to discussing Leia's "Mary Poppins" scene from The Last Jedi, the electrocution scene from Jurassic Park, and how the human brain acts as a limiter on what our bodies can do in real life. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-10-28-StarWars7x7-1942.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

In all honesty, I didn't even think to ask physics professor Patrick Johnson about that crazy floating space iceberg we see in The Rise of Skywalker's final trailer, but when he brought it up during our conversation, I realized I had to pursue the subject. So as we talk about that iceberg, we also wind up talking about the composition of asteroids, how the tails of comets behave, the temperature of the universe, rogue planets, and more. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-10-27-StarWars7x7-1941.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 7:32am EST

It's the age-old query - which would win, Star Destroyer or mountain? Okay, maybe not so age-old, but brought to mind by a quick scene in the final trailer for The Rise of Skywalker. In a continuation of my conversation with physics professor Patrick Johnson, we talk about how that scene could be happening in a way that *wouldn't* wreck or fatally damage the Star Destroyer. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-10-26-StarWars7x7-1940.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

It's a question we've been wondering about since April, when the first Rise of Skywalker teaser debuted - how could that Death Star wreckage have landed on that moon without utterly destroying it! Well, if you want answers to questions like that right now, the only way you're getting them is by talking to a physics professor. Which is what I did!

Patrick Johnson is the author of The Physics of Star Wars. He's also an assistant teaching professor at Georgetown University, and previously taught at Marquette University and William Jewell College after receiving his PhD in physics from Washington University in St. Louis. He's been on the show before, and after the final trailer debuted, I reached out to him to see if he'd want to talk about this and a couple of other topics where his unique perspective might come into play.

So today, we're talking about the ocean moon of Kef Bir and how it could have survived the arrival of that Death Star wreckage. We'll also get into the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs, uniformity in Imperial design, and much more. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-10-25-StarWars7x7-1939.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Now that we have the Celebration teaser, the D23 special look, and the final trailer, I thought it would be fun to look at what we've seen so far of The Rise of Skywalker, compare and contrast elements of the three with each other, and understand just how *little* of the movie we've actually seen. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-10-24-StarWars7x7-1938.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

I think you and I will be in agreement about the seven I've chosen for this episode - and about why I chose to exclude a certain moment that certainly would have qualified otherwise. Where I think you and I might disagree is about the order in which I've placed them, and I'd love to hear how you'd reorder them and why. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-10-23-StarWars7x7-1937.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Rey and Ben destroying the Vader mask pedestal? A "one last look" line from Threepio? Wet Kylo? The Ghost? A physical Palpatine? HORSES RUNNING ON TOP OF A STAR DESTROYER??? The final trailer of The Rise of Skywalker has done what it was supposed to do - provide thrills and surprises, deepening the mystery while packing an emotional wallop. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-10-22-StarWars7x7-1936.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

A former Imperial TIE pilot explains why he thinks the Empire lost the war to the Rebellion, and it also illustrates the difference between the First Order and the way Jarek Yeager trains the Aces in "Live Fire," episode 3 from season 2 of Star Wars Resistance. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-10-21-StarWars7x7-1935.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Having read "Be More Lando" for yesterday's episode, I had a better idea of what to expect in DK's "Be More Leia" by Christian Blauvelt (and thanks again to DK for sending me review copies of both). The Leia book takes full advantage of the fact that she appears in two more movies than Lando, and has a lot more dialogue to boot - but it also draws inspiration from the Prequels, Sequels, and Rogue One as well. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-10-20-StarWars7x7-1934.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

I was very pleasantly surprised by "Be More Lando" by Christian Blauvert from DK Publishing. I must have been expecting something "fluffier" - and there's a place for that, to be sure! - but it turned out to be an honest-to-goodness high-level business success book that draws its lessons from every era of the movie franchise. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-10-19-StarWars7x7-1933.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

All the news that fits in one episode! It's another of our "potpourri" shows where we cover bits of Star Wars news that can't take up a whole episode by themselves. Today: Tony Gilroy joins the Cassian Andor series; Daisy Ridley talks about "Reylo" and The Rise of Skywalker; why Ridley thought the Rey's parents question was answered in The Force Awakens; and much more. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-10-18-StarWars7x7-1932.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

We're moving on to the sequel trilogy as we continue the Hyperspacing Hope series! A lot of commentary exists (and I'm among them) about how The Force Awakens mirrors A New Hope in its story beats. But in fact, TFA is doing the work of the entire prequel trilogy as well as Episode IV. And that plays a strong part in the way that hope is expressed by old friends and new ones in Episode VII. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-10-17-StarWars7x7-1931.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

"A Quick Salvage Run"? If only it were that simple. In our Resistance Briefing for Season 2, Episode 2, we're covering the biggest moments from the show, including surprise survivors of the Hosnian Cataclysm and what's left at D'Qar after the opening of The Last Jedi. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-10-16-StarWars7x7-1930.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Well, Lucasfilm broke with a three-in-a-row precedent and did NOT reveal the last trailer for The Rise of Skywalker during Monday Night Football last night. But what about John Boyega's agent saying it was (brace yourself) confirmed? Well, we'll dig into that, and reset the guessing game of when it will finally happen. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-10-15-StarWars7x7-1929.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

In our final look at the Age of Resistance stories, it's worth pointing out that a lot of the stories aren't always about the characters depicted on their covers. Yes, this is the Rey episode, but General Leia Organa looms large in this one - and she has a valuable lesson to share with Rey before she departs to find Luke Skywalker. Punch it!

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

We already know a lot of the background details about Rose and Paige Tico that are shared in the Age of Resistance one-shot focused on Rose. But it's really the final moments with General Leia Organa that really make this story shine, including a few lines that'll give you shivers as you imagine Carrie Fisher saying them. Punch it!

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

He will finish what Vader started. Or, put another way, he will do what his grandfather before him failed to do. In this Age of Resistance look at the backstory of Kylo Ren, we'll see how he takes on the "god" of a species (a creature we've seen before), and which has ties to both Palpatine and the Clone Wars TV series. Punch it!

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

And no, they weren't K-I-S-S-I-N-G (but the rhyme sprung up in my head when I wrote the title of the episode, I couldn't help it). So, what did Kylo Ren discover inside the Dagobah tree? Snoke said it would be "the things you're too weak to bury" (nice guy, that one). We'll discuss it today, as well as how it bears on a fan theory about Palpatine's appearance in The Rise of Skywalker. Punch it!

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Do we know what we actually *think* we know about Rey's parents? I'm looking at a couple of assumptions we've all made, and the results of our polling on the question of Kylo Ren's fate at the end of The Rise of Skywalker. Will he survive or die? Will he be redeemed, or still be evil? The answer on today's show... Punch it!

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

In the bleakest of the Prequel Trilogy movies, the concept of hope gets weaponized by Chancellor Palpatine/Darth Sidious. He turns Anakin's worst fears into the leverage he needs to destroy the Jedi and replace Count Dooku with a newer, younger, and far more powerful apprentice. Today, the examination of hope in the Star Wars movies continues with a dive into Revenge of the Sith. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-10-09-StarWars7x7-1923.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

In this fifth of a series looking at the nature of hope as expressed in the Star Wars movies, we're flipping the script. After all, hope isn't a concept reserved for the good guys! Today, we're looking at the hopes of the bad guys, too, as we look at Attack of the Clones. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-10-08-StarWars7x7-1922.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

From a Star Wars perspective, Diahann Carroll will always be remembered for the Holiday Special. But her career - including memorable roles alongside Billy Dee Williams and James Earl Jones - was nothing short of groundbreaking. Today, we remember Diahann Carroll, who passed away last week at 84.

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Direct download: 2019-10-07-StarWars7x7-1921.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

The reveals on Triple Force Friday weren't limited to just The Rise of Skywalker. Merchandise related to The Mandalorian and Jedi: Fallen Order also debuted, but in all honesty, we didn't learn much more than we already knew... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-10-06-StarWars7x7-1920.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

It's not about collecting the toys (though there's nothing wrong with that!) - it's about checking out the packaging and finding out all sorts of new and interesting things when the merch gets released on Triple Force Friday. Today, The Rise of Skywalker reveals... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-10-05-StarWars7x7-1919.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Triple Force Friday coverage is coming soon, but in the meantime, let's talk about the Empire Magazine cover story on The Rise of Skywalker! Today, two key questions driving the story of Episode IX, according to co-writer Chris Terrio. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-10-04-StarWars7x7-1918.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

The expressions of hope in The Phantom Menace are rather different from the expressions of hope in the Original Trilogy movies. A lot of that owes to the differences in the state of the Galaxy Far, Far Away during those two eras. Hope is more of a "diffuse" concept in The Phantom Menace, and instead of being personalized, the focus is more on the ripple effect that one person can create. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-10-03-StarWars7x7-1917.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Coming back to our conversations about Return of the Jedi, we're taking a look at the final words Yoda spoke from his deathbed. He made three significant statements, and two of them have already been referenced in the Sequel Trilogy. There's more that can be read into one of those previous two, and the third one? Well, The Rise of Skywalker teaser in April already tapped into that one. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-10-02-StarWars7x7-1916.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

This is going to be an INSANELY active month for the GFFA! From Triple Force Friday and the Journey to The Rise of Skywalker, to Star Wars Resistance Season 2 and new footage from Jedi: Fallen Order, I'm summarizing everything we know so far about what's to come this month - including the timing for when a final Rise of Skywalker trailer will debut (if Lucasfilm follows standard Imperial procedure, that is). Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-10-01-StarWars7x7-1915.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

On today's episode, we're going to discuss the answers to two Patron-posed questions - one that weighs heavily over The Rise of Skywalker, and one that weighs more lightly on the faces of male characters in the movies. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-09-30-StarWars7x7-1914.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

The Hollywood Reporter exclusively broke the news last week that Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige would develop a Star Wars movie with Kathleen Kennedy at Lucasfilm. Here's what we know so far (very little, actually), and why the rumor mills seem to be running in the wrong direction with the story. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-09-29-StarWars7x7-1913.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

September did not disappoint in revealing new footage from Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order! The "Cal's Mission" video first played during the Triple Force Friday Global Livestream preview on Thursday gave us more with hero Cal Kestis versus the Inquisitorius' Second Sister, some intriguing voiceover content, and an audio Easter egg that could hint at something VERY exciting. Punch it!

Here's the link to the "Cal's Mission" video, dropping you in at 45 seconds - three seconds before the sound I talked about in today's show: https://youtu.be/nfcAHfDuNzw?t=45

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Direct download: 2019-09-28-StarWars7x7-1912.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

The global livestream preview for Triple Force Friday featured a cavalcade of stars from The Rise of Skywalker, The Mandalorian, and Jedi: Fallen Order. It also dropped some interesting reveals about Zorii Bliss, other new characters, and Threepio brandishing Chewie's bowcaster. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-09-27-StarWars7x7-1911.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Princess Leia Organa may have been seen as an action hero from the start, with her debut in the original Star Wars. But it's during the finale of the Original Trilogy that she truly cements her action hero status. Today, an examination of just how awesome she is in Return of the Jedi. Punch it!

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Was there an actual plan? If so, was it insane, or insanely brilliant? I've said in the past that it was just insane, but after re-watching Return of the Jedi, I've come to the conclusion that the rescue of Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt was not only planned, but may be one of the first instances of a now-common cinematic trope. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-09-25-StarWars7x7-1909.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

It's part 3 of our ten-part weekly series looking into the nature of hope as it's expressed in the Star Wars movies! Today, I'm examining Return of the Jedi, which is a master manipulator of our hopes during its first act. It also features a rather remarkable act of hope in its final act - one that helps us to more clearly define the nature of hope in a galaxy not so far away. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-09-24-StarWars7x7-1908.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

The Age of Resistance Special features three stories that maybe weren't "big" enough to warrant their own issues, and/or feature somewhat "secondary" characters - all the quotes because I'm not intending to cast aspersions with either of those observations. And two of the three stories could have interesting implications for The Rise of Skywalker, too. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-09-23-StarWars7x7-1907.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

"Fight and Flight" is another Age of Resistance backstory one-shot from Marvel, this time featuring Poe Dameron! In it, we get a story that may well have been Poe's first encounter with the notion that the New Republic might not be telling everyone about the dangers it faces from the First Order - and that there's a Resistance rising to deal with it. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-09-22-StarWars7x7-1906.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Remember how Finn said he used to mop the floors at Starkiller Base? Well, now you get to see it happen! And you may get a sense of how the seeds of Finn's break from the First Order were sewn in "Infestation," from the Age of Resistance series. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-09-21-StarWars7x7-1905.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Three tales that warn against the perils of greed wrap up our look at Star Wars Myths and Fables by George Mann - and all three also have ties to other works of Star Wars fiction (two of them to Cavan Scott). Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-09-20-StarWars7x7-1904.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

In our second of three looks at the stories of Star Wars Myths and Fables, we're looking at the two stories featuring Batuu and Black Spire Outpost, and one straight-up ironic tale featuring a prominent villain from the Prequel Trilogy. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-09-19-StarWars7x7-1903.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

In a spoiler-rific discussion of Star Wars Myths and Fables by George Mann, today we're examining the direct and meta-level connections between three of the stories, and - if one were to assume they're real (from a certain point of view), when the events that inspired them might have taken place on the timeline. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-09-18-StarWars7x7-1902.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Though it's not marked as such, Star Wars Myths and Fables is part of the informal "Galaxy's Edge" Lucasfilm publishing initiative, as two of its nine stories take place on Batuu, the planet where Black Spire Outpost resides. To review these, and the other seven stories - which may have been told to Luke and Leia as kids in-universe - I turned to a member of its intended audience for a certain point of view. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-09-17-StarWars7x7-1901.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

In this second of a 10-part weekly series, I'm looking at the nature of hope as it manifests in The Empire Strikes Back. Along the way, we'll talk about the etymology of hope (more interesting than you might guess); how the rebel base on Hoth is a physical manifestation of hope; when hope is no longer part of the equation; and about the unique transfer of hope from the characters to the audience in this movie. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-09-16-StarWars7x7-1900.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Okay, for real this time! The Captain Phasma one-shot introduces us to a new planet and species in the Unknown Regions. As with the General Hux one-shot from Marvel Comics, Phasma tell us in her own words what kind of person she is - and shows us with some pretty ruthless deeds. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-09-15-StarWars7x7-1899.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Over the course of the next few weekends, we're going to take a look at all of the "Age of Resistance" comics from Marvel, to see what they might reveal to us (or tease us about!) when it comes to The Rise of Skywalker's release in December. On today's show, we're going to learn about General Hux's story... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-09-14-StarWars7x7-1898.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Yesterday we talked about the state of the Resistance in the novel Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge: Black Spire. We talked a bit about the First Order, too, because it's hard to talk about one without talking about the other! Today, we'll talk more about the First Order as they appear in the novel, and clarify a timeline question about Black Spire in relation to A Crash of Fate. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-09-13-StarWars7x7-1897.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge: Black Spire isn't part of the Journey to The Rise of Skywalker publishing initiative, and even if it were, they wouldn't want to reveal a heck of a lot about what might be coming in Episode IX. That said, there are things we can learn about the state of the Resistance in this period between The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker, and that's what we're going to dig into today. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-09-12-StarWars7x7-1896.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Like the gentle push that starts the dominos falling, the details about when the events of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge: Black Spire take place tell us not only about its place in the Sequel Era timeline, but also shed light on a significant section of the time in between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-09-11-StarWars7x7-1895.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

There's a lot to recommend "Black Spire," the new novel by "Phasma" author Delilah S. Dawson. The strengths of character and character interaction in the latter book are on full display here as well, headlined by the spectacular Vi Moradi and the returning Cardinal. The push of Vi outside her comfort zone by Leia makes for some compelling storytelling, with a bit of a foundational challenge. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-09-10-StarWars7x7-1894.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

For all the talk about the "Skywalker Saga" coming to an end, when you consider the very first Star Wars movie - which wasn't referred to as "A New Hope" until years later - Luke Skywalker isn't the new hope, and the Jedi aren't either. So, what's the real hope? And how is hope expressed by different characters in the movie? This and more in the first of a ten-part weekly series related to my upcoming book and TEDx talk, "Hyperspacing Hope." Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-09-09-StarWars7x7-1893.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

A blink-and-you'll-miss-it Star Destroyer clue, the "Siege Breaker," the dual-phase lightsaber, and what John Williams had to say about Poe Dameron - all of these little snippets of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker news are interesting, but not substantial enough for an episode by themselves. So it's potpourri time! Or, put another way, it's time for a news and notes roundup. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-09-08-StarWars7x7-1892.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Entertainment Weekly's Fall TV Preview came out, and as predicted, The Mandalorian is prominently featured! On today's show, I'm covering the highlights of the new reveals from the issue - and talking about one item that (to my ears, at least) doesn't seem quite right... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-09-07-StarWars7x7-1891.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

A couple hundred episodes ago (#1435, to be exact), we talked about the potential meaning of the then-newly-announced working title for Episode IX, "trIXie." (With the stylized capital IX, of course. Clever.) Here we are, a little more than a year later, and we know more about The Rise of Skywalker than we did back then. So let's re-examine the theory about that title's link to a 1973 George Romero horror movie, and see whether it holds new meaning... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-09-06-StarWars7x7-1890.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Previous production names for Star Wars movies had hidden meanings. Now that we know more about The Rise of Skywalker, does its production name "Carbonado Industries" tell us something more about the movie? Examining two character possibilities today, as well as the incredible, coincidental, geological connection between "carbonado" and Star Wars. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-09-05-StarWars7x7-1889.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Much is being made about the appearance of an evil-looking Rey in the D23 footage from The Rise of Skywalker - including the ring she's wearing. What's the deal with that ring, anyway? Is it actually meaningful in some dark side way? Or is there possibly a more mundane, even heartwarming answer to the mystery? Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-09-04-StarWars7x7-1888.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

September is going to be a slow month compared to the final three months of 2019, but there's still a lot to look forward to in the world of Star Wars! On today's episode, I'm detailing the things we know, and the things we can expect to see, before the calendar turns to October. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-09-03-StarWars7x7-1887.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

The Grysk could be the next big bad for the Star Wars universe, capable of turning what we know about the GFFA on its head! Today, let's add what we've learned about them from Thrawn: Treason to what we already know - which will wind up connecting them to the Sequel Era and even to Supreme Leader Snoke himself. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-09-02-StarWars7x7-1886.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

What do the Chiss want with the Galactic Empire? What does Palpatine want with the Chiss? What do the events of Thrawn: Treason have to do with the Sequel Era, and why is it a good thing (from a certain point of view) that Thrawn got spirited away by the purgill at the end of Star Wars Rebels? Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-09-01-StarWars7x7-1885.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Wonder what happened to Grand Admiral Thrawn when he checked out of Star Wars Rebels for a while in the middle of that final season? The answer is in Thrawn: Treason, and on today's show, I'm sharing my non-spoiler-ish review of the book, its pleasures, its frustrations, and the future opportunities it presents. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-08-31-StarWars7x7-1884.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

It's been a while, so let's do a Star Wars potpourri episode! Here are little bits of news that don't support their own episode by themselves, but together, these news bits about The Mandalorian, The Rise of Skywalker, and Galactic Starcruiser are all worth your attention. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-08-30-StarWars7x7-1883.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST