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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

Mary Franklin, leader of Star Wars events for Lucasfilm and ReedPOP since 2001, has left to take on a new challenge. Today, a tribute to her tireless dedication to Star Wars fans, and the incredible effort she put into making the new Star Wars Celebrations as awesome as humanly possible. Also, great news for fans looking to buy and sell Celebration tickets... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-03-15-StarWars7x7-1715.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

What I've been telling you for months has finally been confirmed! The Episode IX panel at Star Wars Celebration Chicago will take place on Friday, April 12. Who will appear, who's already scheduled to be there, and who's yet to be announced? I'll run it down today. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-03-14-StarWars7x7-1714.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Last month it was JJ Abrams. This month it's Oscar Isaac, promoting something else entirely and getting asked about Episode IX. Oscar had his own single-word description of the movie, repeated a detail or two, and shared a few new ones... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-03-13-StarWars7x7-1713.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Turns out the makers of Star Wars Resistance have even crazier things planned for the season finale than we know, because they sank the Colossus two episodes before the finale in "Descent," episode 19 of season 1. As Neeku says, "Or it's so crazy, it's crazy." Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-03-12-StarWars7x7-1712.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

A personal tragedy has been hiding in plain sight all season long, and it comes to devastating fruition in "No Escape, Part 1," episode 20 of the first season of Star Wars Resistance. I'm recapping the major points today for you... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-03-11-StarWars7x7-1711.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

What does Episode IX have to do with Captain Marvel and the vote brigading going on during its opening weekend? It's a preview of how things are going to go in December, and how the concept of "Audience Scores" may be becoming a thing of the past. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-03-10-StarWars7x7-1710.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 8:46am EDT

New guests and a trio of animation panels make the picture of Star Wars Celebration Chicago much clearer than it was during our last update. I'll be sorting through all the details on today's show for you... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-03-09-StarWars7x7-1709.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Opening dates and phases for Galaxy's Edge were revealed at the Disney shareholders meeting yesterday, and some shots from Episode IX appeared in a sizzle reel. The mildest of mild Episode IX spoilers, with ample warning and delivered from a hammock, on today's show. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-03-08-StarWars7x7-1708.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Mild spoilers continue in my discussion of E.K. Johnston's Star Wars: Queen's Shadow. We know from Attack of the Clones and the Clone Wars cartoon series that Nute Gunray holds a grudge against Padme Amidala. Johnston's novel fills in more of that backstory, and how it affects Padme's first year in the Senate. Plus, the fate of Captain Panaka, and a Battlefront II tie-in... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-03-07-StarWars7x7-1707.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Mild spoilers in this episode of the show, where I talk about a character that makes an unexpected appearance in Star Wars: Queen's Shadow. It's particularly interesting because this character has appeared more in the last five years in Star Wars stories than in the 35 years before that. And that character's fate may not be set in stone... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-03-06-StarWars7x7-1706.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

E.K. Johnston's novel Star Wars: Queen's Shadow hits bookshelves today, and what's especially remarkable about the book is how it deepens our understanding of the many roles played by Padme's handmaidens - and how that affects our experiences with the handmaidens in other Star Wars media, too. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-03-05-StarWars7x7-1705.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Folks like Nerdist's Amy Ratcliffe and EW's Anthony Breznican got an extensive look inside Galaxy's Edge last week. On today's show, I'm piecing together story reveals from across all of Breznican's articles that happen mere weeks before Episode IX. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-03-04-StarWars7x7-1704.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Well, it's a little confusing, because we're supposed to get 22 episodes, but there's only a half-hour episode on March 17th, so that would only make 21 ... but what we do know for sure are the details for "Descent" and ""No Escape" parts 1 and 2. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-03-03-StarWars7x7-1703.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

40 days left until Star Wars Celebration Chicago! Lots more guests have been revealed, but precious few panels have been announced. So let's use the announced guests to speculate... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-03-02-StarWars7x7-1702.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

You may have heard about some of the actors who auditioned for the parts of Luke, Leia, and Han back in the 1970s, but some of the names may surprise you - and you may not have heard that a few other actors weren't the first choice for their supporting parts, either. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-03-01-StarWars7x7-1701.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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