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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

We're one week away from San Diego Comic-Con 2019! Today, here's your full preview of the big Star Wars-related panels taking place at the event - and one glaring omission. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-12-StarWars7x7-1834.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Lucasfilm unveiled its plans for an SDCC costume exhibit, headlined by the rise of the Sith Trooper, the next Imperial/First Order evolution in the field. But wait - didn't Kylo Ren say he wanted the past to die? Here's three possibilities for why a Sith Trooper exists in The Rise of Skywalker. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-11-StarWars7x7-1833.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Did you know that Darth Maul was loaded? That he liked to hunt big game - in packs? And that he liked to taunt Jedi before Sidious said the Sith were allowed to "reveal themselves"? That and more fun facts about Darth Maul's history today, courtesy of his 5-issue Marvel mini-series. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-10-StarWars7x7-1832.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

The Star Wars "Who's Who in the Galaxy Character Storybook" by Ella Patrick is a retelling of the eight Skywalker Saga stories to date, under the "Galaxy of Adventures" banner. And there's something about this lovely book that took me right back to the days when I first shared Star Wars stories with my kids, before they were old enough to watch the movies... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-09-StarWars7x7-1831.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

When it comes to popular Star Wars characters, the tendency is to expand them from novels into books and comics - for example, Captain Phasma got one of each after her intriguing appearance in The Force Awakens. But what about it going the other way? How about getting popular characters introduced in comics and novels to make their way to bigger screens? Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-08-StarWars7x7-1830.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

It's been an incredible five years, and so much has changed in the Star Wars universe since I launched this show on July 7, 2014! Today, a look back at the first five years, a look forward at the next five, and half - just half for now - of a special announcement. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-07-StarWars7x7-1829.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

In our last episode covering the first novel in the Alphabet Squadron trilogy, we look ahead to the next novel - how Shadow Wing will recover, the fault lines between our hero characters, and the potential for more Star Wars Rebels connections. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-06-StarWars7x7-1828.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Daisy Ridley is doing press for her new movie Ophelia, and you know what that means - it means everyone's going to ask her about The Rise of Skywalker! Today, excerpts from her interviews with USA today and the Happy Sad Confused podcast. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-05-StarWars7x7-1827.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We knew she survived the events of Star Wars Rebels and the Battle of Scarif during Rogue One. We also know she showed up on Endor after the destruction of the second Death Star in Return of the Jedi. Now, we're learning more about Hera Syndulla's career in the New Republic, thanks to Alphabet Squadron. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-04-StarWars7x7-1826.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:43am EDT

Luke Skywalker's journey from galactic citizen to New Republic hero began with ideas very similar to those of Alphabet Squadron's Yrica Quell. How her journey diverges, the "What if?" of Luke's path, and comparisons to Iden Versio (another famous Imperial defector) are on tap in today's episode. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-03-StarWars7x7-1825.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

In depicting a galaxy in turmoil on the macro scale, and a disparate band of pilots learning to bond as a squadron on the micro level, Alexander Freed has raised his game with his latest entry into the new Star Wars canon, Alphabet Squadron. My coverage this week starts with the non-spoiler review... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-02-StarWars7x7-1824.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

During last month's E3 video game expo, Respawn Entertainment, in connection with EA and Lucasfilm, revealed a chunk of gameplay footage from Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order to the world. They also privately shared a separate chunk of footage with the assembled media at E3. Well, that "secret" footage has finally been revealed publicly, and that's the topic for the show today. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-01-StarWars7x7-1823.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

In our final look at Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith (a Star Wars comic series), I'm talking about the first-ever meeting between Rogue One's Orson Krennic and Darth Vader, and about Vader cashing in a favor from Tarkin, which involved using a bunch of bounty hunters in an attempt to kill Vader. In the midst of this, Tarkin learned things about Vader one could consider ... dangerous. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-06-30-StarWars7x7-1822.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

There's a series of panels in the back half of the Fortress Vader story arc that gives you the Star Wars version of Michael Palin as the King of Swamp Castle from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. And it's priceless. It's also probably not the most *important* thing about that story arc, since it also involves Lord Momin resurrecting himself, a genocidal lava attack, and Vader finally piercing the veil of time and attempting to bring his beloved Padme back to life. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-06-29-StarWars7x7-1821.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Luke wanted to go to Tosche Station to pick up some power converters! His dad, on the other hand, was focused on more serious things. But Vader did have a bit of a whiny "I want my OWN planet!" moment with Palpatine, once things got boring with the Jedi hunting business. The scoop revisited on today's episode... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-06-28-StarWars7x7-1820.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

A rogue former Jedi survivor of Order 66 cons the Mon Cala into open hostilities with the Empire - and predicts the future role the species led by Admirals Ackbar and Raddus will play in the fight against the forces of evil, now and decades into the future... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-06-27-StarWars7x7-1819.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Writer Kieron Gillen has said you can't give Vader an internal monologue, or you'll demystify him. And while I agree with that evaluation, writers are also finding ways around that situation. I'm talking about one way Marvel Comics is taking us inside his head, as well as detailing the first assassination plot against Vader - and how he finally gets the lightsaber hilt we all know and fear. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-06-26-StarWars7x7-1818.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Yep, it happened - Jedi librarian Jocasta Nu took on Darth Vader, and in a way, you could say she got the better of him. I'll explain what I mean, and what this has to do with Luke Skywalker getting help in restoring the Jedi Order, too. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-06-25-StarWars7x7-1817.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

After Palpatine rescued Vader from Mustafar, the Emperor sent Vader on a mission - to get a kyber crystal from a still-living Jedi. Not easy to find them after Order 66, but here's the story of how he did it - and why Palpatine sent Vader to Mustafar once that kyber crystal was acquired. Plus, the beginnings of the Inquisitorius... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-06-24-StarWars7x7-1816.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

So, Mark Hamill gave another interview quote that's being used as a springboard to re-litigate The Last Jedi. I haven't weighed in on any of Hamill's previous comments (though I've been asked to on multiple occasions), but I finally hit the point where I feel like I need to be on the record about the subject. As a side note, he didn't exactly confirm an element of The Rise of Skywalker in his most recent interview, but certainly gave strong evidence in something we all probably assumed from the moment The Rise of Skywalker trailer debuted. Punch it!

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

There have been a lot of little Star Wars stories popping up over the last week or so - none that would drive a single episode by themselves, but together, well, that's another story. First up: sell-outs for Star Wars Celebration already, and possibly surpassing Chicago levels? Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-06-22-StarWars7x7-1814.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Tickets go on sale at noon ET/9am PT for Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2020! What will the big headline events be at next year's four-day edition of the love fest for a galaxy far, far away? We already know enough to fill in some of the details... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-06-21-StarWars7x7-1813.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

The surprising history of Mustafar, and Vader's dark purpose for you as the player character in Vader Immortal, are revealed in the second half of the virtual reality experience's first episode. Learn all the secrets in today's episode... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-06-20-StarWars7x7-1812.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Vader Immortal is only going to be available on the Oculus VR system - there's not going to be an "Expanded Edition" novelization. So if you can't wait to find out the scoop about it, I'll walk you through the story and flag the highlights for you. Today, Part 1 of this first VR episode. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-06-19-StarWars7x7-1811.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

I've had the opportunity to experience the complete ride that is Episode I of Vader Immortal, and it's truly amazing. VR experiences are new to me (my kids are better versed thanks to friends who have headsets already), so I may not be the most critical judge. That said, let's talk about the experience on today's show... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-06-18-StarWars7x7-1810.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Vader Immortal Episode I has been out for a few weeks now, but back at Celebration Chicago, they gave attendees a chance to get a glimpse of the story inside the standalone Oculus Quest VR headset. I'm very grateful to the PR team at ILMxLAB for letting me try it out there, and on today's episode, I'm sharing my initial reaction video - heart palpitations and unconsciously held breaths and all. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-06-17-StarWars7x7-1809.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

It's Fathers Day in the United States, so I'm counting down the top 7 fathers in Star Wars. "Traditional" fathers don't appear a lot in these movies, so I'm bending the definition only as much as I need to for us to have seven fathers to talk about. But everyone listed on today's show has appeared in a Star Wars movie... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-06-16-StarWars7x7-1808.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Maryann Brandon is an Emmy- and Oscar-nominated editor who's worked with J.J. Abrams for more than a decade. While being interviewed for UC Santa Barbara's "Script to Screen" series on the 10th anniversary of the Star Trek reboot, Brandon also shared a couple of stories from the set of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. A few outlet have reported on this already, but in today's episode, you'll get to hear those stories straight from Maryann herself. Punch it!

And if you have even the slightest bit of interest in how movies are made in general or that Star Trek movie in particular, I highly recommend checking out the entire conversation between Brandon and the Script to Screen moderator, Matt Ryan, at https://www.carseywolf.ucsb.edu/pollock-events/star-trek-2009/.

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Direct download: 2019-06-15-StarWars7x7-1807.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

It's been a while, so let's check in and do an update on the post-production status of The Rise of Skywalker! Naturally, there's been a very tight lid kept on the goings-on, but the John Williams Fan Network has been tracking the Maestro's Star-Wars-related activities of late, and a new report reveals that a certain TIE design pre-dates J.J. Abrams' time on Episode IX. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-06-14-StarWars7x7-1806.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

The trailer reveal for Jedi: Fallen Order at Celebration Chicago seemed to show a couple of similarities between its hero Cal Kestis and another Padawan who'd survived Order 66. Now that we've learned more about Cal thanks to recent reveals, let's compare and contrast Cal with Kanan Jarrus of Star Wars Rebels. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-06-13-StarWars7x7-1805.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

What timing! In addition to the reveals from E3 these past few days, Game Informer magazine was given an extra level of access to Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Today, an additional seven reveals about the game coming to consoles and computers in November. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-06-12-StarWars7x7-1804.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

EA and Respawn Entertainment released gameplay footage of Jedi: Fallen Order over the weekend. But they showed even MORE footage to the assembled press behind closed doors - and many of them summarized what they saw online. I've read a bunch of those reports, and I'm summarizing them on today's episode - including a couple of new Force powers, and a funny story about something that's easy to do in movies but apparently very hard in video games... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-06-11-StarWars7x7-1803.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Ahead of the big E3 video game conference, EA released 13 minutes of gameplay and cut-scene footage from Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (the game itself will be available in November). And there are some big reveals in the footage, including a good look at Cal Kestus' Force abilities (which seem to go way beyond padawan levels) and the reveal of a character whose presence means we may encounter some interesting moral dilemmas in the storyline. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-06-10-StarWars7x7-1802.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

BuzzFeed cites three unnamed sources saying Laeta Kalogridis is working on the first script in a trilogy of Knights of the Old Republic films. But rumors also say that KOTOR is the subject of Benioff and Weiss' movies. How do we resolve these conflicting rumors? Let's look at what we know today and figure it out... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-06-09-StarWars7x7-1801.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

100 days have gone by since March 1st, and on today's episode - #1800! - I'm looking back at what you and I have discussed over the last 100 days, which includes 107 episodes of the show, two countries, Episode IX, multiple books, 22 interviews, the death of a very special actor, new movie announcements, and so much more. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-06-08-StarWars7x7-1800.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Ron Howard, Jon Kasdan, Joonas Suotamo, and Rob Bredow all say they'd be onboard if someone were to #MakeSolo2Happen. But can the campaign spearheaded by Star Wars News Net actually get a sequel off the ground? Today, I'm examining the possibilities... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-06-07-StarWars7x7-1799.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

The Kessel Run was going to be very different before Ron Howard joined the Solo: A Star Wars Story team. That and more from the post-production phase of Rob Bredow "ILM Presents" making-of book, including some very heartfelt personal stories. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-06-06-StarWars7x7-1798.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

You can read between the lines of the production phase of Rob Bredow's "making of" book for Solo: A Star Wars Story to guess at the places where Lord and Miller's work and Ron Howard's work overlapped. But it's not the book's place or purpose to do that, and ultimately it becomes a testament to the dedication and talent of everyone involved, including and especially Ron Howard's stewardship under very difficult conditions. On today's show, highlights of the some of the most remarkable aspect of the production phase. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-06-05-StarWars7x7-1797.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

There are many remarkable things about ILM Chief Rob Bredow's book Making Solo: A Star Wars Story. Today, in the first of three episodes covering the book, we're looking at the pre-production phase - from building a digital mountain range to real world situations that necessitated script changes, and much more. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-06-04-StarWars7x7-1796.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Rob Bredow's official titles are SVP, Executive Creative Director and Head of ILM. In addition to that, he was also the Visual Effects Supervisor and Co-Producer of Solo: A Star Wars Story. And on top of that, he's also the author of the recently released ILM Presents: Making Solo: A Star Wars Story. And he was kind enough to take a couple minutes out of his time at Star Wars Celebration Chicago to answer the one-question interview... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-06-03-StarWars7x7-1795.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We're coming up on the last of the interviews from Star Wars Celebration Chicago! This was actually the last one I recorded, and it's with Tony Fleecs, who's an artist on the Star Wars Adventures comics for IDW Publishing. And it's also, I think, the only interview where I asked a follow-up question based on his response to the initial question. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-06-02-StarWars7x7-1794.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Steve Kirk is the founder of the San Diego Sabers Lightsaber Combat Group, and also happens to be a Patron Emeritus of Star Wars 7x7! I caught up with him during a live broadcast event at Celebration Chicago and posed the one-question interview question to him after he finished his broadcast... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-06-01-StarWars7x7-1793.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We're coming into the home stretch on interviews from Star Wars Celebration Chicago, and today, I'm not only sharing one with Zoraida Cordova (author of the Galaxy's Edge tie-in novel A Crash of Fate), I'm also sharing a story about the one interview that "got away," so to speak. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-05-31-StarWars7x7-1792.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Illustrators Chris Reiff and Chris Trevas are responsible for the visuals in the Haynes Manual for the YT-1300 Modified Corellian Freighter (that's the Millennium Falcon, in other words), and on today's episode, I'm sharing the story of how I wound up interviewing them at Star Wars Celebration Chicago - as well as the interviews themselves. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-05-30-StarWars7x7-1791.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

ABC News correspondent Clayton Sandell doesn't primarily cover the big doings about Star Wars - but he does have a particular way of describing that part of his job. You'll get to hear that, and well as the story he told me about how he got his start covering the Star Wars beat when it started heating up again, in today's one-question interview episode from Celebration Chicago. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-05-29-StarWars7x7-1790.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Last month, Star Wars pop-up book engineer extraordinaire Matthew Reinhart was at Star Wars Celebration Chicago, showing off a prototype version of a spread from the forthcoming Star Wars: The Ultimate Pop-Up Galaxy. Now that the official spread has been revealed everywhere, I can share this interview with you... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-05-28-StarWars7x7-1789.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

I have a particular affinity for people who commit to a daily level of craziness, and so I was rather thrilled to interview Amy Richau at Star Wars Celebration Chicago. Amy is the creator of 365StarWars.com, home to the 365 Days of Star Wars Women project - which has gone well past the 365 and is still going strong. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-05-27-StarWars7x7-1788.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Just a couple final thoughts on the deeper Force bond between Rey and Kylo, the origins of the First Order, and a side note about Werner Herzog's role in The Mandalorian and why he took it on. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-05-26-StarWars7x7-1787.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

One of the side articles related to the main Vanity Fair feature story about The Rise of Skywalker claims that C-3PO is going to do something that surprises everyone, but also isn't entirely out of character. What does that mean? Well, let's talk about what Threepio is capable of... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-05-25-StarWars7x7-1786.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

The one-year-between-The-Last-Jedi-and-The-Rise-of-Skywalker thing has been repeated in the Vanity Fair article, and you would think, since this one was written in closer connection with official sources, that if it was ever going to be accurate, now would be the time for it to be. But I still have my doubts... Also, let's talk about Carrie Fisher's integration into The Rise of Skywalker. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-05-24-StarWars7x7-1785.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

It's here! Well, digitally, at least... the print edition of Vanity Fair's Rise of Skywalker cover story hits newsstands in LA and NY on 5/30 and the rest of the country by 6/4, but the feature article and bevy of side articles have already been released on their website. Today, how the big reveals add depth to what we saw in The Rise of Skywalker teaser trailer. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-05-23-StarWars7x7-1784.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

This was actually the second interview I conducted during Star Wars Celebration Chicago, and also the second time I've interviewed Rancho Obi-Wan President and CEO Steve Sansweet on the show. And his answer to the one-question interview is a rather beautiful one. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-05-22-StarWars7x7-1783.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

The author of Taschen's The Star Wars Archives: 1977-1983, Paul Duncan, stopped on his way to a book signing to answer this year's one-question interview. And thankfully, he had help on the way to the signing, as you'll hear in the pre-interview section when I share how the interview came about. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-05-21-StarWars7x7-1782.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

The odd thing is, I was going to run this interview about two weeks ago, but when I re-watched the video version of it, I was caught more than a little off guard. I explain why that happened in the podcast today, and finally share the one-question interview with Tom Spina of Regal Robot. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-05-20-StarWars7x7-1781.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Cole Horton has written multiple Star Wars books and appeared multiple times on Star Wars 7x7; Liz Heinecke has also written multiple books, and Star Wars Maker Lab was her first Star Wars book, and it's also her first time on the show. Crazy how things work out! Hear their answers to the one-question interview from Celebration Chicago here... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-05-19-StarWars7x7-1780.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

In addition to writing the Jupiter Pirates series of novels, Jason Fry is a prolific author in the Star Wars realm. I caught up with him at Celebration Chicago to ask him what he knows for sure about Star Wars, as well as another question I have a history of discussing with him. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-05-18-StarWars7x7-1779.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Nearly 300 episodes ago, I provided a guide to the big media moments that would happen in the run-up to The Rise of Skywalker's release on December 20, 2019. Today, I'm resetting that calendar and adding new information that's since come to light. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-05-17-StarWars7x7-1778.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Bob Iger outlined the big idea of what Star Wars live action TV series on Disney+ will have to do with Star Wars movies, and used the Marvel model as an example. What this means for future Disney+ series, and what Benioff and Weiss are (or aren't) doing with Rian Johnson... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-05-16-StarWars7x7-1777.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Bob Iger made it official yesterday - the 2022 Star Wars movie is in the hands of David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the Game of Thrones showrunners. Plus, Iger revealed something more about live action Star Wars on Disney+, and I address the latest Rian Johnson rumors. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-05-15-StarWars7x7-1776.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

On the momentous occasion of George Lucas' 75th birthday, an extended episode in which I'm charting his involvement in the Star Wars franchise after the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney. Turns out, it isn't just that he can't leave it behind - it's that he's trying to guide the next generation of filmmakers in their efforts to tell new stories in the galaxy far, far away. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-05-14-StarWars7x7-1775.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Two rather big names in Star Wars publishing and podcasting join me for interviews at Star Wars Celebration Chicago! On today's episode, Coffee With Kenobi's Dan Zehr and Fantha Tracks' Mark Newbold share what they know for sure when it comes to Star Wars. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-05-13-StarWars7x7-1774.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Tim McMahon and Dennis Keithly have supported me and Star Wars 7x7 since the early days of the show, as friends, podcasters, and Patrons. I got to see them both at Star Wars Celebration Chicago, and put them both through the one-question interview ringer. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-05-12-StarWars7x7-1773.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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