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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 EDT

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 EDT

We barely knew anything about Giancarlo Esposito's character in The Mandalorian before the D23 Expo last weekend. Now, thanks to interviews with SyFy Wire, ET Canada, and Extra Butter, we know a lot more! Check out snippets of those interviews today, and let's talk about what he reveals about Moff Gideon. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-08-29-StarWars7x7-1882.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

There are still a few more things we haven't talked about, related to The Rise of Skywalker, that were revealed at the D23 Expo. From the jet trooper to the Friday footage to the subtle timeline reveal, I've got all the last little details on today's show. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-08-28-StarWars7x7-1881.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

They did it! Lucasfilm released the D23 Expo footage from The Rise of Skywalker, and on today's show, I'm breaking down all the details for you. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-08-27-StarWars7x7-1880.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

The final day of the D23 Expo featured a sneak peek into the future of Disney Parks. For Star Wars, that meant new information about the Galactic Starcruiser (psst - don't call it a "hotel"). On today's show, five fast facts about the two-night immersive experience, and how it ties into Galaxy's Edge. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-08-26-StarWars7x7-1879.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Lucasfilm released a "sizzle reel" for The Rise of Skywalker at the D23 Expo during the panel dedicated to the upcoming Disney movie slate. And by all accounts, the footage did not disappoint - rather, it shocked, as it ended with a moment seeming to depict Rey having fallen to the Dark Side. What does it mean??? Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-08-25-StarWars7x7-1878.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

What an eventful day at D23 Expo! Day 1 featured the debut of The Mandalorian teaser (discussed on a separate bonus episode), a month for Clone Wars Season 7, an update on the Cassian Andor series, and a Vader Immortal: Episode 2 panel (more on that soon). But the biggest news? The confirmation of an Obi-Wan Kenobi series for Disney+. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-08-24-StarWars7x7-1877.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Finally! An official teaser for The Mandalorian was released at the D23 Expo on Friday. Here, a breakdown of the footage, including notes about what's shown here that was previously show in the secret footage played for attendees at Star Wars Celebration Chicago. Also, one note about a final scene that seems to be getting missed in other coverage so far... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-08-23-StarWars7x7-Bonus.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 12:09am EDT

D23 Expo kicks off today, but there's already news coming out of the biennial event - namely, Mandalorian costumes on display, the concept of the immersive hotel coming to Orlando's Galaxy's Edge in the future, selective livestream details, and much more. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-08-23-StarWars7x7-1876.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Ahead of the news that a trailer for The Mandalorian will be debuting at this weekend's D23 Expo, a potentially controversial question - is Pedro Pascal's title character actually from the planet Mandalore? It may seem strange, but when you consider that the most famous character in the franchise to wear Mandalorian armor wasn't actually Mandalorian himself, it's suddenly not so strange... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-08-22-StarWars7x7-1875.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Yesterday, we talked about the former Rebel "leaders" hinted at by the references to Corellia and Ryloth in the publisher's summary for Resistance Reborn. Who else might be able to come out of the woodwork and help the Resistance? Today, a look at former members of the Alliance who might still be alive - and two groups with a strong Rebel allegiance that would likely make fans VERY happy if they appeared in the novel - or especially in The Rise of Skywalker. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-08-21-StarWars7x7-1874.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

The publisher's summary for Resistance Reborn by Rebecca Roanhorse has been released, and it says "the Resistance must journey throughout the galaxy, seeking out more leaders—including those who, in days gone by, helped a nascent rebellion topple an empire." Today, five characters whose involvement is strongly implied by the rest of that publisher's summary. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-08-20-StarWars7x7-1873.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

John Williams' brother Don Williams was interviewed at the Academy of Scoring Arts about the progress of the score for The Rise of Skywalker. Here's his update, and what it means about the runtime of the film (and how SlashFilm got it wrong in their analysis). Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-08-19-StarWars7x7-1872.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Rian Johnson was interviewed again about Star Wars in the wake of his "Knives Out" promotional rounds, and though he didn't reveal anything new, per se, what he said flags something very important about the future of Star Wars. Also: Benioff and Weiss' Netflix deal, and how it may affect their Star Wars future. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-08-18-StarWars7x7-1871.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

A while back, it was an Obi-Wan Kenobi that was rumored to be in development. Now, we have reports claiming that Ewan McGregor is in talks to star in an Obi-Wan Kenobi series for Disney+. Let's break down the details of these rumors, and how they relate to the upcoming D23 Expo and the future of Disney+ and its Star Wars storytelling. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-08-17-StarWars7x7-1870.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

A new excerpt from Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge: Black Spire by Delilah S. Dawson takes place during the events of The Force Awakens. And what's revealed in that excerpt seems to put all the pieces in place for fitting the events of the novel Phasma into the canon timeline. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-08-16-StarWars7x7-1869.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

The season 2 trailer for Star Wars Resistance has dropped, and with it some shocking news - this will be the final season! I'm breaking down the highlights from the trailer and the announcement that came with it, including upcoming guest stars, timeframes, and more. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-08-15-StarWars7x7-1868.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

The Star Wars podcasting community lost a beautifully bright and supportive light this week. Steve Kirk, host of the San Diego Sabers Radio Podcast and a driving force behind the San Diego Sabers Lightsaber Training Group, has passed away. Today's show is in honor of Steve, and also features the one-question interview I did with him at Star Wars Celebration Chicago earlier this year.

Please check out the San Diego Sabers lightsaber combat training group at https://www.sandiegosabers.net/, and learn more about the newly formed non-profit Saber Martial Arts Foundation at https://sabermartialarts.com/, dedicated to developing and promoting Saber Martial Arts. Already, there are six fully-operational schools under the SMA Foundation's banner, and may there be many more in the years to come.

Direct download: 2019-08-14-StarWars7x7-1867.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Remember when Emperor Palpatine was introduced, and we all speculated about what his deal was, and he turned out to be a doddering old man who liked trolling Luke and could somehow shoot lightning out of his fingertips? Today, with 129 days left until The Rise of Skywalker, a consideration of the joys of speculation - and an invitation to do so without attachment to the outcome. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-08-13-StarWars7x7-1866.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

In the wake of my previous episode about the possibility of a Rey/Ben love connection, I'm digging into why romance matters - and crucially so - to Star Wars storytelling. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-08-12-StarWars7x7-1865.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

At one point, Resistance spy Vi Moradi is depicted with tight curly hair cut short. At another, she's depicted with straighter, longer hair that's tinted blue toward the ends. Does the change in hairstyle tell us anything about how to place Galaxy's Edge, A Crash of Fate, and the upcoming Black Spire in the canon timeline? Or is that actually someone other than Vi Moradi in one of those stories? Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-08-11-StarWars7x7-1864.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

What's so special about Batuu, anyway? Well, because of its location and because of certain events in recent-ish galactic history, the region around Batuu is of significant strategic importance to both the Resistance and the First Order. Today, I'm exploring a few of the reasons why, flagging a couple more planets that have similar value, and discussing one theory about The Rise of Skywalker's events that I haven't seen discussed elsewhere yet... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-08-10-StarWars7x7-1863.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We learn more about the mysterious Dok-Ondar (of the Den of Antiquities) and Oga Garra (of Oga's Cantina) in A Crash of Fate. We also learn about their interactions with the Resistance and the First Order, which is what I'm covering on today's (mild spoilers) episode. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-08-09-StarWars7x7-1862.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

A Crash of Fate takes place after the events of The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, but how long after? And where is it on the timeline in comparison to the Galaxy's Edge theme park experience? Those questions answered, as well as First Order and Resistance details on today's light-spoilers episode. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-08-08-StarWars7x7-1861.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

During the Disney’s Q3 FY19 Earnings Results call for investors, Galaxy's Edge got the most attention of any Star Wars property. However, Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger says he's seen all of season one of The Mandalorian, and he made some comments that bear on the future of Star Wars Resistance. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-08-07-StarWars7x7-1860.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

The informal "Journey to Galaxy's Edge" publishing initiative includes Zoraida Cordova's "A Crash of Fate," which dives deeper into the world of Black Spire Outpost and delivers an emotionally satisfying (and logically believable) love story for the speedy timeframe in which the action takes place. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-08-06-StarWars7x7-1859.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

I'm back in the studio after a week's vacation! Thankfully, there wasn't a heck of a lot of new news while I was gone - most of it involved updates to the slate of programming at the D23 Expo later this month. In short: less (and more) from The Mandalorian, more from Vader Immortal, and a teensy bit more from The Rise of Skywalker, too. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-08-05-StarWars7x7-1858.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Supreme Leader Snoke said that when Kylo Ren killed Rey, Kylo's training would be complete, and that he would have fulfilled his destiny. Obviously, that's not what happened. But what does that mean for Kylo's training? Since he killed his master (a classic Sith tradition), is his training complete anyway? Considering the possibilities on today's episode... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-08-04-StarWars7x7-1857.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Jedi training has gotten a bit sketchy since Darth Sidious overthrew the Galactic Republic and wiped out the Jedi Order. On today's episode, I'm talking about where Rey will be with her training at the start of The Rise of Skywalker, bringing to bear some of the history of Jedi training from the prequel and original trilogies, what we know from the sequel movies and other sources already, and a bit of speculation based on the teaser trailer. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-08-03-StarWars7x7-1856.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

One of the most hotly-debated topics over the course of the sequel movies is the prospect of romance - and specifically, who might end up with whom. Today, I'm taking a look at whether Rey and Ben Solo will wind up together by the end of The Rise of Skywalker, including a consideration of what the previous trilogies and even fairy tales may tell us about the possibilities. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-08-02-StarWars7x7-1855.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Happy August! There are three big events on the calendar this month that you won't want to miss ... or at least, won't want to miss hearing about. I've got the scoop for you on those three events in today's episode, and a note about one other one that we've had in the past, but we're unlikely to get this time around. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-08-01-StarWars7x7-1854.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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