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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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

"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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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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Direct download: 2019-09-26-StarWars7x7-1910.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

"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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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

In the last of the summer rewind episodes this week, I'm re-sharing an interview I did with Anthony Breznican at Star Wars Celebration Orlando in 2017, where I asked everyone I interviewed what their favorite Star Wars memory was. His answer was one of my favorites... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-31-StarWars7x7-1853.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

In this, the second of three summer rewind episodes (which is also the second of a two-part interview), Anthony Breznican - former senior writer for Entertainment Weekly - shares his experience as host at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, gives insight into the inner workings of Celebrations, and much, much more. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-30-StarWars7x7-1852.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

In honor of Anthony Breznican's tenure as senior staff writer for Entertainment Weekly, which came to an end earlier this year, here's the first of three interview episodes with him, where we start off by talking about the planning that goes into Star Wars cover stories, and it gallops off into unexpected directions from there... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-29-StarWars7x7-1851.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Charlie Hall and a team of folks for Polygon did an extensive array of articles about Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, including the most complete guide to Dok Ondar's Den of Antiquities published to date. Unfortunately, he wasn't available for a real-time interview, but he very generously answered questions via email. On today's show, Scorekeeper Declan joins me to create the full interview effect. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-28-StarWars7x7-1850.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Thanks to some very polite notes from Sarah Hess, Andrew Keen, and Johnny Orme (as of press time), I'm sorry to say that there were errors in yesterday's episode of the show regarding the availability of The Mandalorian and Clone Wars season 7 on the Disney+ service. Today, a Department of Corrections episode, where I set the record straight, and hey - is it 10 episodes of The Mandalorian, or eight??? Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-27-StarWars7x7-1849.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS: In the video, I incorrectly state that the full season of The Mandalorian will be available on day 1 (only the first episode will be, as of what's known today), and Clone Wars Season 7 is a year 1 release, not a day 1 release (we don't have a specific date yet). My deep apologies for the errors.


Just 109 days left until the launch of Disney+! What will be available on day 1? Let's run down the list, as well as what will be coming later in year one, further out in year two, and what probably will *never* be on there. Plus, a check-in on The Mandalorian post-production. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-26-StarWars7x7-1848.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Since we're looking into what's going on with other Star Wars projects these days, let's check in on the Benioff and Weiss Star Wars movies, shall we? After all, there's only 1,240 days left until the scheduled debut of their first one, on December 16th, 2022. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-25-StarWars7x7-1847.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Here's the thing: It's really hard to find *actual* news about Rian Johnson's Star Wars trilogy, amidst all the opinions about him and The Last Jedi. I'm not here to re-litigate any of that today - I'm here to update you on the facts about the trilogy (yes, it's still happening), to talk about how it may be affected by the Benioff & Weiss 2022 announcement, and speculate whether both could be affected by the progress on a certain other franchise now owned by Disney. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-24-StarWars7x7-1846.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

The set visit Kevin Smith made to Pinewood for The Rise of Skywalker resulted in a very different experience, as compared to his previous Star Wars set visits. Hear what he had to say in an interview with IGN, and then let's break down what it could tell us about the movie - no spoilers, of course. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-23-StarWars7x7-1845.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Ahh, the mysterious Project Luminous. Nothing new was announced about it at San Diego Comic-Con, so let's take a look back at all the public pronouncements to date, and see what there is to learn about this massive Star Wars project set to debut next year. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-22-StarWars7x7-1844.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Arguably the biggest Star Wars news to come out of San Diego Comic-Con this year came from the Lucasfilm Publishing Panel. Even though they teased Project Luminous multiple times but said nothing about it other than the name itself, there was a lot of new information shared for other projects... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-21-StarWars7x7-1843.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

As we discussed last week, Friday at SDCC was slated to have five major Star Wars panels. On today's show, we're talking about the reveals - or lack thereof - from four of those five panels, plus one other one that slipped under the radar. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-20-StarWars7x7-1842.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Thanks to everyone tweeting their faces off at SDCC to share all the Star Wars news from Day 1 that's fit to tweet, with special kudos to Johnamarie Macias (@BlueJaigEyes on Twitter) and Annalise Ophelian (@Dr_Ophelian on Twitter), whose photos and videos I'm referencing in today's episode about the Star-Wars-related reveals from the first day of San Diego Comic-Con 2019. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-19-StarWars7x7-1841.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Wanna get inside the mind of Luke Skywalker? Well, hearing his inner monologue would be something previous Star Wars movies have never done, but thankfully we have another source of information - the comics! Here are all the choice Luke moments from the The Last Jedi adaptation. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-18-StarWars7x7-1840.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

As opposed to the "faithful" adaptation of The Force Awakens, the comic adaptation for The Last Jedi adds more breadth and depth to the story, and makes you realize that the movie was not as "different," per se, as it might have seemed on first few viewings. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-17-StarWars7x7-1839.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Yes, I know, you're really just cooling your heels waiting for the new news to come out of SDCC on Friday, right? So let's look back at other versions of the current crop of Star Wars movies and see what else we can learn about them. Today, we'll start with The Force Awakens. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-16-StarWars7x7-1838.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

The opening of Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland in Anaheim was just the first salvo in Star Wars' enormous new expansion at the Disney Parks. On today's show, let's talk about the rest of the important dates that have been announced, reports about park attendance, and what we know so far about the upcoming "Rise of the Resistance" ride. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-15-StarWars7x7-1837.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

The public green-lit announcement hasn't been made, but Jon Favreau is already writing and in pre-production for season 2 of The Mandalorian. Which makes sense, because he didn't wait to get a green light before starting to write season 1, either... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-14-StarWars7x7-1836.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

The biennial D23 Expo returns to the Anaheim Convention Center next month! They recently announced "all" of their Star-Wars-related events coming to the show, and here's the rundown for you. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-13-StarWars7x7-1835.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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