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"No Place Safe" concludes a two-part story arc for Star Wars Resistance, and today's Resistance Briefing digs into this episode, which is number 16 in season two of the Star Wars animated series. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-01-20-StarWars7x7-2026.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

The countdown to the final episodes of Star Wars Resistance begins! Today, it's a Resistance Briefing for "The New World," episode 15 from season 2 of the Star Wars animated series. The Colossus has been on the run from the First Order and survived a mutiny attempt staged by the pirates on board, but have they finally found a place they can call home?

Aeos Prime sure looks pretty sweet - and it's tucked away on the edge of the Outer Rim, far from prying eyes. But there's evidence that the First Order has been there recently, and possibly because the planet used to house an old Rebellion outpost. Uh-oh...

If you remember the "Martha!" moment from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, you might find (like I did) that someone in the writer's room (or the designers or animators or *someone*) had a similar realization about Griff Halloran's pilot helmet. It's a detail that's been kicking around for a season and a half, and there's finally been a plot point payoff for it. And we'll have a few more things to talk about, too... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-01-19-StarWars7x7-2025.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

You can't leave the Internet alone for a few hours without people losing their minds over unsourced rumors these days!

The most recent case happened yesterday, when a Twitter account and a website each reported (not sure which was the chicken and which was the egg, so to speak) that the Obi-Wan Kenobi series had been canceled in the wake of Ewan McGregor's departure over "creative differences."

So I thought we were going to be talking about Star Wars Resistance today, but instead we need to take a moment and set the story straight. The tl;dr is that the Twitter account is a fake one, the website is one I've never heard of until yesterday, and a bunch of industry people have been coming out to confirm that the story is false. As we get into the details of the situation on today's show, we'll also talk about what we do know for sure about the upcoming show. Punch it!

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

As first announced by The Hollywood Reporter, Taika Waititi is in early talks to helm an upcoming Star Wars movie. That news broke yesterday, and Variety and Deadline Hollywood later "confirmed" the story.

But what does that "confirmation" "actually" mean? I'm going to dig into that on today's episode. For now, I can tell you that, as of the time of the recording of the show, everyone else seems to be referencing one of those three publications, and no one else is breaking news on it. Neither Lucasfilm nor Waititi have responded to the stories, but Waititi did post a picture of the cover of Fleetwood Mac's Rumors album on Twitter late yesterday, without further comment. So make of that what you will.

If it does turn out to be true, then I can tell you when it which previously announced Star Wars film date it can hit at the earliest, and - as a result of that, plus a few other things we'll discuss - we can make some guesses about the 2022 and 2026 movies as well. Punch it!

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

We've done four 2020 preview episodes so far - for movies, live action series, animated series, and books - and now it's time to take a look at the comics!

2019 was a big transitional year for the Star Wars brand. Not only was it the year that saw the end of the Skywalker Saga, it also saw the end of a couple of long-running comic series. The flagship Star Wars title ended its first series, set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. And the wildly popular Doctor Aphra series that spun off from the first Darth Vader series also ended. Yikes!

On today's episode, we'll talk about what's coming next for Star Wars, Aphra, and Vader, as well as other existing series and miniseries. Also, there's even more time with announced situations than there is for the books! But based on past history, I can make some guesses - some reasonable, some less so - about what's to come. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-01-16-StarWars7x7-2022.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

The Academy Award nominations were announced on Monday, and The Rise of Skywalker has been nominated in three categories: Visual Effects, Original Score, and Sound Editing. Intriguingly - at least to me! - all the nominees for Sound Mixing are the same as for Sound Editing, with the lone exception being that Ad Astra was nominated instead of The Rise of Skywalker.

On today's show, we'll see how this compares to the rest of the Sequel Trilogy movies, the other Disney-era movies, and the rest of the Skywalker Saga as well. We'll also talk about how long it's been since a Star Wars movie won an Oscar in these main TV-broadcast categories (not counting "Special Achievement Awards," but acknowledging them while we're at it). And finally, we'll celebrate the work of one very special person who's been nominated for his work on six of the nine Skywalker Saga movies - and examine why he wasn't nominated for the other three. Punch it!

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

Well, it was going to happen sometime, it was only a matter of when. The Rise of Skywalker did not top the box office during its fourth weekend of release. That honor went to 1917, the World War I movie from Sam Mendes, which won a couple of Golden Globes two weekends ago, and opened "wide" for the first time this past weekend. (As in, it had ben in limited release previously and before the end of 2019, so it could qualify for the Academy Awards this year.)

On today's episode, we'll talk about how long the four previous Star Wars movies commanded the top of the box office by way of comparison, plus of course we'll go over the numbers so far, and talk about when The Rise of Skywalker will reach its next box office milestones - $1 billion global, and $500 million domestic.

Also - it's early yet, but I'm already thinking about it - a brief thought or two about whether any of the reactions to The Last Jedi had a noticeable impact on the performance of The Rise of Skywalker. Then finally, a moment of gratitude about the comments on the family mini-series of episodes that concluded yesterday, along with time-traveling thoughts about episode 2,022. Punch it!

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

With it being the end of the "Skywalker Saga," and with it being called The Rise of Skywalker, it's probably no surprise that this whole movie hinges on family dynamics. And as we've done for the other 10 Star Wars movies whose release years coincided with our episode numbers, the final episode of that mini-series has arrived.

One of the fascinating things, though, is that the movie's dynamic is driven much more by the Palpatine family line than it is the Skywalker line. Sure, there are squad goals for the Skywalker lineage - like dealing with Ben Solo's descent to the dark side, and how any other Skywalkers (Luke, Leia, Anakin) would factor into the resolution of that character arc. But really, this is all driven by the Palpatine story, which kind of a dark mirror of the Skywalker story.

To wit: Palpatine uses a dark side acolyte to try to destroy the most powerful/only light side acolyte out there. If said light sider can't be destroyed, perhaps they can be turned instead. Thus, Palpatine is up to his old tricks, pitting light against dark, and all he cares about is who's stronger. But this time, he tries the seduction route a bit more. He offers the might of the Sith fleet to Kylo Ren in exchange for killing Rey. When that doesn't work, he tells Rey to strike him down so she can save her friends at Exogol. When Palpatine was egging Luke on to strike him down, he never dangled the carrot of saving his friends at Endor.

We'll talk about this and lots more, plus we'll address - as conclusively as it can be addressed right now - the Lando/Jannah father/daughter rumors. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-01-13-StarWars7x7-2019.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

In this series of episodes looking at family dynamics in the Star Wars movies, one of the main things upon which I've been keeping an eye is how family becomes a driving force for the story of a movie, or of a specific character's story, story arc, and/or development.

Yesterday, I said that The Last Jedi was one of the movies with the least amount of its story driven by family dynamics, and that was true. In fact, it's driven to a large degree by a lack of family - Rey finally admitting out loud that she has no family left to go home to or to come back for her, and Kylo/Ben having killed his father, allowed his mother to nearly be killed, ready to kill his uncle, and having his affinity for his grandfather ridiculed to the point that he destroys his own mask.

Well, Solo, by comparison, has none of those dynamics at all. It's the Star Wars movie with the least amount of story driven by family dynamics, hands-down. But there are brief conversations about parents, which I'll explore in today's episode, and I'll also share a fun fact I learned about Warwick Davis' character in Solo that would make for a great trivia question down the road. Punch it!

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

This episode didn't quite go the way I thought. It's the episode number that matches the year of release for The Last Jedi, so we're exploring family themes (as with previous number/year matchups). But my first instinct was to say that family was less of a driver in this Star Wars movie than any other Star Wars movie we've discussed so far.

And in a sense, that's right. Rey has accepted, somewhere inside of her, that her family isn't coming back for her, so she's forging ahead with the Resistance and training (hopefully) with Luke. Meanwhile, Kylo is still reeling from having killed his dad, and instead of it solidifying his journey to the dark side, it's split his soul, and Snoke is using it to drag Kylo about his adoration of his grandfather.

Well, Kylo gets a shot at redemption, so to speak - literally and figuratively. But he can't do it, he can't kill his mother. But he won't save her, either, which means that he, too, is totally alone in this galaxy.

Except that he isn't. And that's where family suddenly comes into the whole equation in an unexpected way - and it's the kind of family we've talked about in previous episodes, though it's usually a good-guy phenomenon. That's the part I wasn't initially thinking about when I started the episode, but that's where it's going to go today. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-01-11-StarWars7x7-2017.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

2016 is the year of Rogue One's release, so we're going to talk about that movie here on episode number 2,016 as well! As with our previous year/episode number matchups, family is the topic of the show, and in the case of Rogue One, family is a key driver of the action. Sure, you can make the case that family is important in most, if not all, of the Star Wars movies. But in this case, the father/daughter relationship between Galen and Jyn Erso is at the heart of the movie.

I noticed some parallels and follow-ups looking at the movie through this lens that I hadn't before. For example, Krennic calls Galen a terrible liar in the opening. Later, in Galen's hologram message (which Jyn hears in Saw Gerrera's hideout), Galen reveals that he learned to lie, in order to hide the flaw in the Death Star.

And Jyn telling the Rebel leaders in her initial briefing that it's easier for her to think of Galen as being dead, juxtaposed with Galen saying in his hologram that he tries to only think of Jyn when he's "strong enough"? Beautifully connected.

We'll be talking about this, and how Jyn's relationship (or connection, or lack thereof at times) drives her journey in the movie on today's episode. We'll also touch on the family situations only hinted at for three other characters as well. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-01-10-StarWars7x7-2016.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

And here we go! As with the episodes that corresponded to the years of release for the Original Trilogy and Prequel Trilogy movies, we're now about to enter the final run of episodes focused on the theme of family in the Star Wars movies. Today, The Force Awakens is on tap.

We've talked on the podcast before about how many, MANY of the story beats from The Force Awakens mirror those from A New Hope. Well, it turns out that, seen through the lens of family, there's a similarity between the two as well. Both movies feature people from broken families banding together to achieve one great victory against a galaxy-threatening evil.

The primary difference is that The Force Awakens is much more overt about putting family front and center as a driving element of the story and its character arcs. The most significant reference to family you get in A New Hope is Obi-Wan telling Luke that Darth Vader killed Luke's father. Meanwhile, Rey's waiting for her family to return to Jakku, flagging the possibility that her lineage will prove significant; Kylo Ren is the estranged child of Han and Leia; Han and Leia themselves are estranged; and Leia has spent years searching desperately for her missing brother.

We'll discuss the finer points on today's show, including two other cast members for whom family plays a significant role. Ultimately, this is the most brutal Star Wars movie to all of its characters, as seen through the lens of family. Punch it!

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

Time to get back to our series of looks at what's to come in Star Wars storytelling for 2020! This is our fourth in the series - we've already covered movies, live action series, and animation. Now, we're on to novels, short stories, and children's books. On today's episode, I'll be going through the announcement we have so far, in chronological order, and sharing what we know about the titles announced so far.

I'll also talk about what's NOT on the calendar as of yet, since nothing has been announced for September and beyond. That includes one potential title that seems logical, when you look back at the 2017 Star Wars releases, and one very large project that's still quite mysterious... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-01-08-StarWars7x7-2014.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Welcome to another Resistance Briefing! With this one, we're all caught up on Star Wars Resistance, as today's episode of the podcast breaks down "The Mutiny." I have to say, I'm wondering if there was more to this episode - the log line at Disney's website says Ax Tagrin (Joe Manganiello) and Norath Kev (Daveed Diggs) were also supposed to appear in this episode, but they did not after all. I've got a theory about how they could have been involved, which I'll be sharing on the show.

We'll also talk about the cameo appearance of a cameo character from The Force Awakens, a confusing bit about the Colossus lockdown, and what's coming up next for the show. Punch it!

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

The third weekend is complete, and The Rise of Skywalker is on track to easily clear a billion dollars at the global box office. That said, it's still tracking behind The Last Jedi's numbers, which could be a function of the better reviews received by TLJ as compared to TROS ... at least in part.

We'll talk about this today, as well as other factors that could and will affect TROS's final box office totals, including how well the counter-programming by other studios worked out this time around, and what's coming up at the box office that could potentially draw attention away from TROS.

Also, if you were anywhere near social media last week, you may have seen calls for an "Abrams Cut" of TROS trending. The deal is that a user on Reddit claimed to have access to a source with intimate knowledge of the TROS production, who said (in summary) that Disney undermined Abrams by increasing degrees, to the point that he was "blindsided" by the version of TROS that arrived in theaters. Further, the source alleges that Disney did this in part to ruin Abrams' reputation as he moves on to his nine-figure deal with Warner Brothers (home of DC, a potential direct rival to Disney's Marvel).

Well, there's some truth to what was posted, but some of that truth was already out there, to borrow from another franchise. So we'll talk about all of that today, too. Punch it!

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

Well, here's the cliffhanger that could easily also have been a mid-season premiere if it had been held for a few weeks more. "Breakout" is the 13th episode from season 2 of Star Wars Resistance, and as I noted in yesterday's show, this is now three episodes in a row that are at the peak of Resistance episodes overall. They really seem to be hitting their stride with the show - more's the pity that it's going to end with this season...

When we last left our heroes, Yeager, Synara, and CB-23 had been captured and would be turned over to Commander Pyre, Agent Tierney, and the First Order's tender ministrations. (Ironically stated - they actually show all three being tortured with electricity in this episode, which seems like a step older from their previously-stated younger audience perspective.) Kaz and the other Resistance spy Norath Kev have to figure out how to rescue them - and do it before the First Order finds and destroys the Colossus hiding nearby.

This podcast features a full-spoiler breakdown, and also looks ahead at episode 14 - because apparently we're not done with the bounty hunter Ax Tagrin just yet. Punch it!

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

Well, with all the hoopla around The Rise of Skywalker, our Star Wars Resistance coverage had to take a back seat for a bit, I'm sorry to say. The good news is that we're catching up this weekend, starting with a Resistance Briefing for "The Missing Agent." This is episode 12 from season 2.

I praised the previous episode, "Station to Station," as the best of the series to date. While I wouldn't dethrone that episode, I will say that "The Missing Agent" (and "Breakout" following it) are turning this into a very strong run of shows. Action-packed, exciting, suspenseful, surprising, and funny - everything you could want from a Star Wars story!

That said, there is something strange going on that I've talked about on previous episodes related to Resistance. It was just a sense I had, but I've done a little digging and confirmed my suspicions, which we'll talk about on today's show as well. Punch it!

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

Fans lobbied tirelessly for it, and Lucasfilm answered the call! Clone Wars season 7 is coming to Disney+ in February, with 12 episodes to let creator Dave Filoni finish the series and give it the kind of send-off that he always wanted - the kind he got to do with Star Wars Rebels.

Meanwhile, Star Wars Resistance is going to end its run in 2020, and after that ... what's next? A new season of a Star Wars animated series has begun in the fall of every year since 2008! (With the exception of 2013, but for that year, the "Lost Missions" episodes of Clone Wars, which would have been season 6, debuted a little later, in February 2014.) So, does that mean we have a new series to look forward to in the Fall of 2020? I'll be talking about all of the above on today's show. Punch it!

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

Well, this is new! In previous years of previewing what's to come in Star Wars storytelling, live-action TV never had its own episode on the podcast. But now we've got not one, not two, but at least three shows in production in 2020! The Mandalorian is gearing up for season 2, and the Cassian Andor series and the Obi-Wan series are both in pre-production, at different stages of development. Today, I'll be talking about where we stand on all three of them right now, when to expect new news from each of the productions, and more. Punch it!

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

Happy New Year! To kick off 2020, I'm starting a series of looks at the different kinds of Star Wars media, with a quick look back at 2019 for each, and a deeper look ahead at what's coming in 2020.

Today, movies are on tap. We're covering a lot of the "look back" stuff with the Jedi Business posts, so there won't be a lot of time spent on The Rise of Skywalker. And no, of course there are no Star Wars movies being released in 2020. But if you think that means nothing will be happening with Star Wars movies this year, my friend, I have good news on the show for you.

I'll be discussing an interview Kathleen Kennedy gave to the Los Angeles Times on December 15th, the fact that Disney is still holding the December 16th, 2022 date on their release calendar for Star Wars, and the production schedule of The Force Awakens to explain why 2020 is going to be a big deal for the galaxy far, far away. And one thing I didn't mention in the show: Star Wars Celebration in August is perfectly timed for a big movie announcement. Punch it!

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

The second weekend of The Rise of Skywalker's release is behind us, and in some cases, the numbers are promising. Its closing the gap between it and The Last Jedi, its second-weekend drop was lower percentage-wise, and even the most conservative estimates for the total domestic box office have it matching TLJ's "multiple" (2.82, meaning that the total box office was/will be 2.82 times the opening weekend numbers). But that would still leave it below TLJ's dollar amount by more than $120 million.

So ... what does that MEAN???

On today's episode, a disclaimer about how I'm approaching these Jedi Business episodes, what we can learn from how the other top-10 movies of 2019 have been performing, and how their CinemaScore ratings may (or may not) correspond to their box office results. Punch it!

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

2005 is, of course, the year that saw the release of the final movie in the Prequel Trilogy, Revenge of the Sith. And to continue our series of looks at family and its related dynamics in the Star Wars movies, we're talking about Revenge of the Sith from that certain point of view.

Seen through the lens of family, this movie is when things really get bad for Anakin. Yes, you don't have to look at it that way to see the same thing, but play along, will ya? ;-) It's one thing to have a super-secret and exciting thing going on with your spouse, and you have no other responsibilities - except for that whole Clone Wars business, of course. But then a baby comes along, and now how are Anakin and Padme going to keep this thing going on a secret?

Somewhere in here, there's an idea for a sitcom, where they have to hide the baby, and the madness ensues. "No, Obi-Wan, that noise is just R2-D2 whistling to himself in the other room." But I digress...

On today's episode, we'll be talking about Anakin getting forced to the sticking point, what other options he might have had, how Padme adjusts so much better to this turn of events, what's possibly the best monologue in all of the Star Wars movies, and much more. Punch it!

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

From a daringly lengthy comedic opening to an action-packed resolution and a shock of a final scene, "Redemption" saved The Mandalorian's Season 1 best for last. Just about every setup was fulfilled, meaningful moments were well-planned, the mythology was advanced, and we've got a cliffhanger that can possibly open the doors to a whole host of interesting possibilities for Season 2.

On today's spoiler-filled episode of the show, I'm also flagging a few things I forgot to mention that were notable in Chapter 7 (Force-choking!), reviewing the highlights of Chapter 8, explaining the significance of *that* final scene, and more. Punch it!

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

Yay! We're back to the main story arc in "The Reckoning," Chapter 7 from Season 1 of The Mandalorian. And we're catching up on it finally, since we've been talking about this little thing called The Rise of Skywalker for a while. This episode of The Mandalorian actually dropped a week and a half ago...

On today's episode, we'll be talking about the surprises, the funniest moment of the season so far (and the most emotional one, too), plus the first live-action appearance of a vehicle first introduced as a Sears department store toy exclusive, additional appreciation for Werner Herzog, and the whole "Strand-Cast" business. Punch it!

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

From a family dynamics view, Attack of the Clones is an especially difficult movie for Anakin Skywalker. Not only is he dealing with a life-or-death crisis in his biological family, he's also forced to deal with a life-or-death crisis for his surrogate family as well. In fact, you could argue that the reason why he chooses to marry Padme in secret - and not leave the Jedi Order - is because of the death of his mother. He loses his link to one family in the movie, and so it's highly unlikely he would walk away from the only family he has left.

Or he could become a moisture farmer with his stepdad, and start a new family with Padme. Unlikely, perhaps, but it's not like he didn't have options. We'll be talking about all of this and more, including a potential link between this movie and The Last Jedi as well. Punch it!

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

You may notice a bit of a jump in this episode - that's because it was initially recorded right on the heels of me seeing The Rise of Skywalker for the first time. But being that it's the evening of Christmas Day when it came time to pull this episode together, and (on a personal note) we still have family visiting with us, the easiest solution was for me to re-record the introduction to this episode, which is focused on Resistance Reborn.

Resistance Reborn is the primary novel in the Journey to The Rise of Skywalker publishing initiative, and tells us about the Resistance's activities in the days and weeks following the events of The Last Jedi. As for what it does, or doesn't, set up and prepare you for when you ultimately see The Rise of Skywalker - well, that's what I'm going to talk about on this episode. I'm also going to trace a couple connections to other Star Wars stories while I'm at it... Punch it!

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

By a weird fluke of the calendar, and maybe of fate as well, the 2,000th episode of Star Wars 7x7 falls on Christmas Day! So this episode is going to be a quieter, more personal celebration. It starts off with gratitude for you (yes, you!) for making the show possible and getting me excited to be in front of the microphone every day. Thank you for supporting me and Star Wars 7x7, whether you've been with me the whole way or you're just joining the fun!

From there, I'll be taking a look back at some of the unexpected things that have come about as a result of starting and continuing the podcast; sharing the make-up of the top ten most downloaded episodes of the show; looking ahead to (yes, I'm going to say it) the next thousand episodes; and taking a moment to be humbly awed by what we've created over these 5+ years. Punch it!

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

We've hit another episode number that corresponds to the year of a Star Wars movie release, so we're going to stop with The Rise of Skywalker talk for the day and have a look at The Phantom Menace!

Just like the previous year/episode number matches for 1977, 1980, and 1983, we're exploring the themes and complications of family as presented in the Star Wars movies, focused this time on the first movie in the Prequel Trilogy. It's an interesting comparison to A New Hope, the first of the Original Trilogy. In that movie, people from families broken out of their control banded together to deal a blow to a Galactic Empire - and as a result, created their own new family. From a certain point of view. :-)

Meanwhile, in The Phantom Menace, people have left their families on purpose, to join the Jedi Order. And they have free will! If they decide that the Jedi Order isn't for them, they can leave and go back to their own lives.

But things are not all as rosy and blissful as they seem. Because it's easy to be the master of your emotions when you're just hanging out in a temple all day. Then the Sith come along, and Obi-Wan is definitely not using the Force against Darth Maul only for knowledge and defense ... we'll be talking about that today, and how family matters are so much easier when there's no drama. Punch it!

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

The "Jedi Business" segment returns! Every Monday for the next few weeks, I'll be talking about the performance of The Rise of Skywalker at the box office, though this time around the focus is going to be a little bit different.

There's been an assertion floating around for the last two years that dissatisfaction from some quarters with The Last Jedi would have a negative effect on the box office of all Star Wars movies going forward. When Solo: A Star Wars Story came out, I spent a lot of time looking at the numbers and the extenuating circumstances, and concluded that there were a lot more significant reasons for Solo's showing at the box office than any Last-Jedi effect.

Well, if The Rise of Skywalker had received better critics' reviews than it did, then this discussion would be a whole lot easier. As it is, the movie (at recording time) is on track for a $175-$180 million opening, which is below both The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, but above Rogue One. The sequel Saga movies declined in successive opening weekends, but for the comparative, the prequel Saga movies each outperformed the previous one released, so that Revenge of the Sith had the biggest opening weekend of the three.

Also, the movie received a B+ from CinemaScore, while its predecessors all scored A and A- grades. And PostTrak has The Rise of Skywalker at 4 out of 5 stars and 81% positive overall - which is behind The Force Awakens (90% positive overall, 4.5 out of 5 stars), Rogue One (91% positive overall, 4.5 out of 5 stars), and The Last Jedi (89% positive overall, 5 out of 5 stars). These aren't exactly hopeful numbers for The Rise of Skywalker beating The Last Jedi at the box office, which it was expected to do based on prequel history.

But there are signs of hope, which I'll talk about on the podcast today, as well as discuss the reveal about something Finn said (or didn't say) in the film (mild spoiler, with ample warning in the recording). Punch it!

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

We talked about some story choices Rian Johnson made in The Last Jedi that were supported by J.J. Abrams in The Rise of Skywalker. But we didn't talk about the biggest story choice of all - the one about Rey's parents. J.J. told us there would be "more to the story," and there was, but did it support or subvert what came before?

You could certainly make the case that it undoes what Johnson did, but I actually think it upholds what he did. In fact, I think the situation also echoes a similar story beat from another Star Wars movie. This is a full-spoiler episode, and in addition to explaining my point, I'll also talk about what Abrams did - or rather, didn't - do with Kelly Marie Tran in The Rise of Skywalker. Punch it!

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

The debate has already begun online about whether the story choices made by J.J. Abrams and Chris Terrio for The Rise of Skywalker enhance or undo the events of Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi. Personally, after my first viewing, I think it's pretty clear that what Abrams and company did is perfectly in line with what Johnson and company did.

So on today's episode, I'm going to talk about four of the most ardently discussed aspects of The Last Jedi - the death of Supreme Leader Snoke, Luke's lighsaber toss, Luke's self-exile, and Leia's Force use to get back on the Raddus - that were ultimately supported and reinforced by the events of The Rise of Skywalker. Punch it!

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

The end is nigh! The Rise of Skywalker debuted last night, and I was lucky enough to see it with the whole family at one of the first showings. Honestly, none of us ever know what's going to happen in life - it's entirely possible that neither you nor I might have lived long enough to see Lucasfilm bring the Skywalker Saga to an end. Not everyone has. Aside from getting to see the movie itself, that aspect of seeing it with my family was wonderful.

I'll be posting a bonus episode with reactions that do delve into spoiler territory, but this one is totally clean in that regard. Punch it!

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

It is amazing how I feel lighter and happier now that I've seen The Rise of Skywalker for the first time! And I do think much of what the film critics have been saying were right - great performances by Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver, action-packed, visually dazzling, and I'll also add "funny," too. As for the rest - well, on today's episode, we're just getting started. Punch it!

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 2:05am EST

I wish someone had said to me, before the full critics' reviews started to come online Wednesday, "This is not going to go the way you think!" And I wish I'd thought to say that in this episode of the podcast, too, but I only had the inspiration as I was writing this post to introduce this episode.

So the Rotten Tomatoes critical consensus continues to fluctuate, but it's been in the fifties for most of the day Wednesday, topping out at 59% as of the recording of the show (10:00pm Eastern on Wednesday). The "Top Critics" subgroup has it at 49%. I've seen a couple of headlines claiming it's the "worst Star Wars movie ever made," but that's currently inaccurate. The Top Critics scores for The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones are both lower than The Rise of Skywalker's, though I understand full well the implications of that statement.

And yet... And yet... Even across the negative reviews, I'm seeing some consistent positives - the performances of Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver, the music from John Williams, how action-packed and visually dazzling the film is, to name a few - and I'm holding on to the reactions of some specific folks as a lifeline to the (very real) possibility that I will enjoy the heck out of it regardless of the critics' reviews.

We'll be talking about all of that, as well as why I'm on camera with a stain on my shirt. Punch it!

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

Well, it's out there now... The Rise of Skywalker world premiere happened in Hollywood on Monday night, and now John Boyega's lost script isn't the only source of information about the movie anymore!

We're still in the "SAFE ZONE" here on the podcast, which means you can listen or watch without worrying about learning something about the movie that you're not yet ready to know. But that still gives us room to talk about the premiere, about the audience for it, the experience of looking at the feedback on Twitter so far, the knowledge that there are now spoilers-for-real out there and people aiming to drop them on unsuspecting fans, and what's missing from the conversation so far. Punch it!

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

And here's the second half of my interview with Christian Blauvert! It's also a SAFE ZONE episode, so you can listen or watch without fear of hearing something about The Rise of Skywalker that you're not ready to learn.

But speaking of learning, you'll do a lot of it when you check out How Not to Get Eaten by Ewoks (and Other Galactic Survival Skills), the guide to staying alive in a galaxy far, far away. On today's episode, I'll be talking with Christian about the creation of the book (part of which was completed from a hospital bed!), and exploring how Legends information gets brought into the book, how tidbits from future Star Wars stories could make it into a book like this, and much more. Punch it!

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

Welcome to our latest Resistance Briefing! This is also a SAFE ZONE episode, so you can watch or listen without fear of hearing something about The Rise of Skywalker that you're not ready to know just.

This episode was also recorded in the midst of a power outage, which occurred due to high winds across multiple New Hampshire counties. But the show must go on, and as long as a local cell tower stays active, today's episode will arrive right on schedule.

"Station to Station" is episode 11 from season 2 of Star Wars Resistance, and for me at least, this is hands down the best episode of the series so far. The script moves so fast that Larry Kasdan himself would be proud of it. It's got tension, intrigue, drama, comedy, the whole shebang. And that's what we'll be talking about on the show... Punch it!

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

Be More Lando and Be More Leia came out earlier this year from DK Books, and on today's show, I'm talking to the man behind these two titles, Christian Blauvert! Christian also wrote Be More Vader and Be More Yoda, the latter of which has skyrocketed to the top of Amazon sales thanks to the "Baby Yoda Bounce."

We'll be talking about that, plus the challenges of writing books like these; what he admires about Leia; what he learned from Lando; and much more. This is also a "SAFE ZONE" episode, so you can listen or watch without fear of hearing anything about The Rise of Skywalker that you're not ready to learn just yet. Punch it!

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

Welcome to another Mandalorian Briefing! (And yes, this also counts as being within the SAFE ZONE, so you can listen or watch without fear of encountering anything about The Rise of Skywalker that you're not ready to hear.)

On today's show, we're talking about Chapter 6, "The Prisoner." It's now the fourth out of six total episodes that doesn't advance the main story arc, and while I'm enjoying the episodes, I have to say I'm starting to feel restless at this point.

I really, REALLY want to get back to Nevarro and see what happens next with Mando and Greef Karga, the remains of the bounty hunter's guild, the Mandalorian covert, Werner Herzog's "Client," how Moff Gideon is going to get involved, and what the deal is with Baby Yoda and what the ultimate plans were for this cute little being...

We'll also talk about the log lines for the final two chapters, the actor Easter eggs throughout this chapter, and much more. Punch it!

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

Are you emotionally invested in Star Wars? If so, you may be excited for the upcoming release of The Rise of Skywalker. But maybe you're also feeling something more. Excitement, sure, but also nervousness? Sadness? Hope? All of the above, and more, and more complex?

Speaking for myself, at least, it's all starting to hit me now, now that we're a week away from the release of the final movie in the Skywalker Saga. So on today's episode, I thought I'd do something a little different, and talk through some of the emotions I've been feeling and experiences I've been reflecting upon as we all come together for one final ride. Punch it!

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

We've been told over and over again that The Rise of Skywalker is the end of not just the sequel movies, but the end of a trilogy of trilogies - the end of the "Skywalker Saga." But what does that actually mean?

In a new interview, Kathleen Kennedy says:

...'the saga' really references the Skywalker family. And that's what we're bringing to a conclusion. There is an inevitability with that because of the actors and the characters they're playing. So that's really what we're looking at more than anything. At least in my lifetime, there's never going to be an end to Star Wars. So this isn't the end of Star Wars, it's the end of that family saga.

I would take that a couple of very logical steps further, which I do on today's episode of the show. Also, it turns out that when you look up the definition of "rise," there are a lot of meanings you might not have expected. One of them made the full title of the movie click into place for me in a way that it hadn't before, so we'll talk about that, too. Punch it!

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

The Safe Zone continues! You can listen to or watch the podcast knowing that no rumors, leaks, or spoilers about The Rise of Skywalker will be discussed on the show during these final days before the movie debuts.

Yesterday, we explored what we already know from trailers and interviews about The Rise of Skywalker, and how certain elements seem to be similar to things found in Return of the Jedi. Today, we're looking at the things that are different! The list isn't as long - yet - but there are still some significant entries. Punch it!

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 6:00am EST

Welcome to the Safe Zone! The Rise of Skywalker is just 10 days away, and you can listen to or watch Star Wars 7x7 without fear. No spoilers will be shared on the show, but we will be talking about what we already know in this final run up to the end of the Skywalker Saga.

On today's show: If The Force Awakens was at all similar to A New Hope (and, I would argue, also did the job of the whole prequel trilogy as well), and if The Last Jedi did similar work to The Empire Strikes Back (albeit in entirely different ways), then how might The Rise of Skywalker mirror Return of the Jedi? Based on the footage we've already seen, and interviews with J.J. Abrams, I'm flagging all the similarities between the two movies that I've spotted so far. Punch it!

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

It's Resistance Briefing time! The Guavian Death Gang makes another sinister return to the Star Wars Resistance festivities in "Kaz's Curse," episode 10 from season 2 of the Star Wars animated series. Things start off innocently and comically enough, with Kaz getting into a new kind of trouble with the pirates on the Colossus. The timing of that trouble is worse because it coincides with our heroes having to maneuver through an asteroid field in order to pass through Guavian Death Space unnoticed.

Well, you can imagine how well *that* goes. And we'll be talking about that on today's episode, plus we'll take a closer look at the Guavian Death Gang itself. Punch it!

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

Continuing our series of looks at family dynamics in the Star Wars movies, on the days where the episode numbers coincide with the years of their release dates! As you might guess, Return of the Jedi is going under the microscope today, and things get really awkward at moments in the movie.

Not only that, but there's also some familial connections that *don't* get made during the course of the movie, and one beautiful one that seems to have happened off screen at some point. And there's about a half hour of Return of the Jedi where, based solely on what we know from the movies, the audience can logically believe that in A New Hope, Princess Leia was coming to Tatooine to get Obi-Wan and deliver him to Darth Vader. Punch it!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 2:00am EST

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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