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We had some seriously in-depth questions from Patrons of Star Wars 7x7 this month! So in this, the second of two podcast episodes dedicated to answering those questions, we're going examine prophecies from the novel Master & Apprentice, and see whether they predicted Palpatine's return in The Rise of Skywalker; consider whether Luke's green lightsaber should have been buried with the Anakin blue lightsaber on Tatooine instead of Leia's lightsaber; and talk about John Boyega's comments about Disney+ and the potential of appearing in future Star Wars projects. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-01-31-StarWars7x7-2037.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

This month on the Patreon Q&A episode, there will have to be two episodes! Why, you ask? Because the questions our Patrons sent in are awesome, and there are enough of them that go deep enough with the answer that I won't be able to get to them all on this episode.

So, today: An exploration of how Chewie's family, first introduced in the Star Wars Holiday Special, has been re-canonized over the last few years; the story about the possibility of splitting The Rise of Skywalker into two films, and whether Disney/Lucasfilm made the right choice in keeping it as one movie; exploring the reveal of Finn's Force sensitivity and the potential of it being fodder for future Star Wars stories; and the deal with the giant multi-colored hula hoop you see in the background of the video version of the show. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-01-30-StarWars7x7-2036.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

The 20+ minutes that make up part two of "The Escape" are also the final moments from the series run of Star Wars Resistance. When we broke for the first half, the Colossus was waiting in the Barabesh system, hoping to get word from Kaz or Yeager about their mission to help Tam defect from the First Order. Torra was ready to lead the other Aces on a follow-up mission to investigate, but Captain Doza wasn't ready to act, and remained unaware of the danger headed their way...

...thanks to Jace Rucklin, who managed to gain consciousness just in time to get that info on the Colossus' location, before being taken into First Order custody as a presumed accomplice to Tam's defection attempt. Not that the First Order will believe him. And Kaz, Yeager, and CB-23 are on the run inside the Star Destroyer (which, curiously, still hasn't been named for us in the series).

So, the task at hand - Kaz, Yeager, and CB-23 have to somehow escape the Star Destroyer with Tam, and the Colossus has to escape yet again from the approaching Star Destroyer. How that unfolds is what we'll be talking about on today's (final!) Resistance Briefing. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-01-29-StarWars7x7-2035.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

The series finale for Star Wars Resistance kicks off with the first of a two-part adventure, "The Escape." Since the ending of season one, the big question has been about Tam Ryvora: Would she stay with the First Order and help them destroy the Colossus, or would she have a change of heart and try to rejoin her friends?

Well, I think we all anticipated what the final answer would be - the only unknown was how season 2 would navigate us to that result. And the final straw happens in the opening moments of this episode, as the First Order returns en masse to Aeos (last seen in "The New World" and "No Place Safe" two weeks ago) and bombards the planet for their role in assisting the crew of the Colossus. It's similar to First Order behavior we've seen in other media (books, comics), and it's very satisfying for Jace Rucklin (Elijah Wood, who's played this perfectly awful character to perfection). But for Tam, it's the breaking point. She can't be a part of this any longer.

On today's Resistance Briefing, we'll talk about what happens next, including the disturbing appearance of a major Sequel Trilogy villain. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-01-28-StarWars7x7-2034.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

The Rise of Skywalker just concluded its sixth weekend in theaters, and though the numbers have gone down again - as they do for every movie - the movie crossed a new milestone threshold on Saturday, and may overtake another Star Wars movie on the global grosses list within another week or so.

On today's episode - which will be the last weekly edition of the Jedi Business feature related to The Rise of Skywalker - we'll go over the numbers to date, where it could end up, and talk about how much money it could make between now and the end of its theatrical run. Which, incidentally, is much farther away than you might guess. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-01-27-StarWars7x7-2033.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Star Wars Celebration takes place August 27-30, 2020 in Anaheim this time around, and I'm very grateful for the opportunity to attend again.

Today, I'm starting a series of monthly looks at what we know about the event so far. They haven't announced any guests as of yet, but we do know a lot of the stage elements, and the open applications give us more information as well. And even though they haven't announced the hours for the Exhibit Hall, they've given us a very good indication based on another element of the show... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-01-26-StarWars7x7-2032.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Here we are, a couple of days after the venerable Hollywood trade publications announced the rumors about a delay on the Obi-Wan Kenobi series, and there's been exactly one new development - and it's a pretty big one.

No, there's still no statement at press time from Lucasfilm or Disney about the stories published earlier this week, and rumored the week prior. But Ewan McGregor was at the premiere for Birds of Prey, and you know how it is with actors in Star Wars - it doesn't matter what press they're doing, they're going to be asked about Star Wars. So you could consider this perfect timing!

On today's show, I'm going to highlight three interview clips with Ewan from the premiere, and as a last little thing, I'm going to flag a surprise cameo from The Clone Wars trailer the other day that we haven't yet talked about. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-01-25-StarWars7x7-2031.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Well, it's one thing when a website you've never heard of before say they hear the Obi-Wan Kenobi series has been canceled, and after a storm erupts on social media, they update the story to say the Kenobi series has only been "delayed." But then when the big-time Hollywood publications start looking into it ... let's just say that things totally start to get real. Like, executive-level realness.

Collider first reported yesterday they were hearing from sources that production on the Obi-Wan Kenobi series had been put on hold indefinitely, and people at Pinewood Studios had been sent home. Then The Hollywood Reporter got involved, and their sources not only confirmed* what Collider's sources were saying, but added a few more important details to the story.

*Confirmed meaning that The Hollywood Reporter heard what Collider heard. That doesn't mean this delay, hold, whatever you want to call it, has been officially confirmed by Lucasfilm or Disney - at the time of recording for this episode of the show, they hadn't commented at all.

On today's episode, I'll recap all the details from last week as well as what's changed this week, and we'll also talk about Lucasfilm's track record for these kinds of creative changes. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-01-24-StarWars7x7-2030.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

It's finally here! The final trailer for the final season of The Clone Wars dropped on Wednesday, and it's a doozy. Action-packed, to be sure, but also including some very thought-provoking moments as well. I'll be talking today about some of those highlights, as well as what story arcs we might be seeing (or not seeing) in this final season, the release schedule for the episodes, and more. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-01-23-StarWars7x7-2029.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Well, the fifth weekend is in the books for The Rise of Skywalker, and the results are showing the beginning of the end of the box office run. That's not pessimism talking, necessarily - that's a reflection of a couple of facts that are showing up in the numbers.

For a start, TROS lost about 1200 screens this past weekend, meaning fewer opportunities to be making money at the box office. That said, the reason why it loses screens is because it's not making enough money to keep it on all of those screens. It's all about efficiency, you know, and movie houses want to make as much off of their screens as possible.

So TROS went down to about 3000 screens this weekend, and also dropped from second to fifth place at the box office. $21.5 million over the weekend is nothing to sneeze at, and not only has it crossed the $1 billion mark overall, it's also cracked the top 15 of domestic box office earners. As far as beating Rogue One or The Last Jedi, we'll talk about that and more on today's show... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-01-22-StarWars7x7-2028.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Since Kaz couldn't get to the Resistance in the previous episode of Star Wars Resistance, the Resistance is coming to him - sort of! In "Rebuilding the Resistance," Captain Doza's wife Venisa returns, along with the rest of her Jade Squadron Resistance fighters. They're hoping to evacuate some new Resistance recruits from - wait for it - Dantooine! And stash them on the Colossus for a few days. But Captain Doza has other plans, as does the First Order. They're taken over the planet and blockaded it, so this evacuation is going to be dangerous...

Featuring more starfighter battles (another recent strength of the series), this 17th episode from season 2 also features the second showdown in as many weeks between Kaz and Tam Ryvora. For the second time, she gets a target lock on him, and for the second time, she doesn't take him down. But we'll get to all of that and more in today's Resistance Briefing. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-01-21-StarWars7x7-2027.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

"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 EDT

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 EDT

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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Direct download: 2020-01-18-StarWars7x7-2024.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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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Direct download: 2020-01-17-StarWars7x7-2023.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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 EDT

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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Direct download: 2020-01-15-StarWars7x7-2021.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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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Direct download: 2020-01-14-StarWars7x7-2020.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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 EDT

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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Direct download: 2020-01-12-StarWars7x7-2018.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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 EDT

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

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 EDT

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 EDT

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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Direct download: 2020-01-07-StarWars7x7-2013.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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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Direct download: 2020-01-06-StarWars7x7-2012.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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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Direct download: 2020-01-05-StarWars7x7-2011.mp3
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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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Direct download: 2020-01-04-StarWars7x7-2010.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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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Direct download: 2020-01-03-StarWars7x7-2009.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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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Direct download: 2020-01-02-StarWars7x7-2008.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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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Direct download: 2020-01-01-StarWars7x7-2007.mp3
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