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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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Direct download: 2019-10-14-StarWars7x7-1928.mp3
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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Direct download: 2019-10-13-StarWars7x7-1927.mp3
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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Direct download: 2019-10-12-StarWars7x7-1926.mp3
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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Direct download: 2019-10-11-StarWars7x7-1925.mp3
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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Direct download: 2019-10-10-StarWars7x7-1924.mp3
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

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