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"Legacy" is the second episode of the Disney+ series Disney Gallery: Star Wars: The Mandalorian. A snippet from that episode has been making the rounds on social media, wherein executive producer Dave Filoni talks about the meaning and the stakes of the lightsaber battle in The Phantom Menace. And I thought that's what we'd be talking about today...

But as it turns out, there's also a rather important thing to examine regarding the telling of Star Wars stories with and without George Lucas, and - by sheer coincidence - Dave Filoni also talks about the Vader redemption that we were just talking about on yesterday's show. And it turns out that he and I may have been saying the same thing ... from a certain point of view. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-05-31-StarWars7x7-2158.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

So here's how this happened...

In looking at The Rise of Skywalker and comparing it to Return of the Jedi over the past few days, I've been thinking a lot about the theme of redemption in Return of the Jedi, and how it's the main theme for that movie, but only a secondary theme for The Rise of Skywalker. Well, the more I started thinking about Vader "redeeming" himself in Return of the Jedi, I got to thinking - is he, though?

I'll explain my well-nigh sacrilegious take on this subject, and how the subsequent 37 years of storytelling supports the case - but you can make the case merely by what happens in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. We'll also speculate as to how this may have made George Lucas decide to have Vader scream "NOOOOOO!" in the Special Edition. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-05-30-StarWars7x7-2157.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Imagine with me, if you will, a different Return of the Jedi. The primary protagonist/antagonist conflict is not with Luke and Palpatine, it's with Luke and Vader. And yet they don't spend a heck of a lot of time onscreen together. It's only near the end of the second act and into the third that they finally confront each other. Can you imagine what it would have been like if they encountered each other multiple times throughout the movie? Like, for example, if he got word that Luke was back on Tatooine, and headed out there?

Now, contrast that with The Rise of Skywalker. Again, Rey/Palpatine isn't the real conflict here, it's Rey/Kylo. And their issues get a lot more attention... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-05-29-StarWars7x7-2156.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

When we looked at The Force Awakens, it was remarkable how much it lined up with the events of A New Hope.

Then we looked at The Last Jedi, and while it had elements that lined up with The Empire Strikes Back, it also shook things up.

Today, we look at The Rise of Skywalker. It has a lot in common with Return of the Jedi, but it actually explodes the structure of ROTJ, spreads it out across the movie, and even repeats those structural elements as the movie progresses. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-05-28-StarWars7x7-2155.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Return of the Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker start their bad guys in similar places. No one walking into Return of the Jedi ever thought that redemption was in the cards for Darth Vader. And - if you pretend you never saw the original trilogy - you would likely say the same thing about Kylo Ren while walking into The Rise of Skywalker.

Thematically, however, Return of the Jedi is very concerned about the idea of redemption. And that shows up not just in the main conflict of the story, but also in smaller ways for Luke, Han, and Lando. (Leia? Not so much. What does she have to redeem herself for, after the events of The Empire Strikes Back? Not much, as it turns out.)

Meanwhile, though The Rise of Skywalker does concern itself with the redemption of Kylo Ren after all, it's a secondary theme when considered in light of what's really going on thematically - a war of identity. I'll explain my thinking on today's episode... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-05-27-StarWars7x7-2154.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

As we dive deeper into our examination of The Rise of Skywalker, and the comparison of it to Return of the Jedi, structure is where we want to head next. But before we get there, there's a related pair of topics we need to consider.

First is the question of the final boss battles - the "big bads," if you will. Because the primary job of both movies is for the heroes to strike the winning blow, and it needs to be against something that presents the greatest challenge our heroes have seen yet.

And the other thing we need to consider is the timeframe. By an interesting coincidence - if it is, actually, coincidence - both of these final movies in their trilogies take place about a year after the events of the previous movie. There's a very clear reason for that in Return of the Jedi. As for The Rise of Skywalker, the answer is not so clear, but with the application of a couple of thought experiments, it turns out that it had to be closer to a year than the five or ten years we previously discussed on the show.

I'll be addressing both the big bads and the timeframes on today's show... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-05-26-StarWars7x7-2153.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Last week, we spent time talking about The Last Jedi, and comparing it to The Empire Strikes Back - which is similar to what we did a while ago when we talked about The Force Awakens in relation to A New Hope.

Well, it's time to complete the cycle! On today's episode, we're starting a series of looks at The Rise of Skywalker, in comparison with Return of the Jedi. And in particular, we're going to pick up right where we ended with The Last Jedi - on the concept of recontextualization.

Both Return of the Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker offer us changes that are supposed to make us rethink a bunch of things that came before in their respective trilogies. In one sense, they're very different - one of them comes completely out of the clear blue sky, while the other is relentlessly hinted at. And in another sense, they're very similar - the change doesn't add drama so much as it resolves it, and changes the foci of the final fights. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-05-25-StarWars7x7-2152.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

The end of 2019 was remarkable in a lot of ways for Star Wars. One of those reasons was The Mandalorian, the first-ever live-action Star Wars series. It was so remarkable, in fact, that Disney is putting together an eight-part series under the "Disney Gallery" banner to go behind the scenes of the creation of The Mandalorian.

Today, we're following that series with a look at the first episode, "Directing." And we'll cite some notable elements about each of the directors. But as we go through this, we're also going to pay particular attention to Executive Producer Dave Filoni. This time, we'll get to hear him talk about this storytelling and animation background, leading up to his work on The Mandalorian. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-05-24-StarWars7x7-2151.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

The "I am your father" reveal from The Empire Strikes Back is the ultimate "recontextualization" in cinema history. Recontextualization is a heavy word, one definition of which is:

To place or view (a work of literature or art, for example) in a new or unfamiliar context, especially in order to suggest a different interpretation.

As we've been comparing The Empire Strikes Back to The Last Jedi this week, we're going to wrap up the conversation with a discussion of recontextualizations. The Last Jedi has more than one of them, and so does Empire, for that matter. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-05-23-StarWars7x7-2150.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

I hinted at us coming to this episode earlier in the week, about a thematic similarity between The Empire Strikes Back and The Last Jedi. Well, here we are now: ready to talk about failure.

The Last Jedi wears this theme on its sleeve, so to speak - failure is actively spoken of, and Yoda identifies failure as one of the most important lessons Luke could ever have passed on to Jedi students. Luke, Leia, Rey, Poe, Finn, and Rose all faces failures in particular ways, and their character arcs are built around them learning lessons from those failures in order to succeed when things are at their darkest hour.

As it turns out, The Empire Strikes Back is very much about failure, too. We watch the Rebels suffer their first major onscreen defeat; we watch Luke fail time and again with Yoda on Dagobah; for every heroic deed by Han, the odds against his success get worse and worse until finally it all comes crashing down; and Leia, our take-charge heroine, has all control taken away from her.

We'll talk about this and more on today's episode... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-05-22-StarWars7x7-2149.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

There was a funny meme going around back in the day, which had two images, which were the same shot of protesters with torches and pitchforks. And one photo depicted people complaining about The Force Awakens for being too much like the Star Wars of old, while the second photo depicted the same people complaining about The Last Jedi for being too different from the Star Wars of old.

Well, as it turns out, The Last Jedi has a lot more in common with The Empire Strikes Back than you might expect. Part of that is because of the setup J.J. Abrams gave Rian Johnson, and we'll explore those similarities (and a few differences) on today's episode. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-05-21-StarWars7x7-2148.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Last Friday, The Hollywood Reporter broke the rumor that Timothy Olyphant would be joining the cast of The Mandalorian for season 2, with this additional note:

It is unknown whether the actor will play a new character or a returning favorite in a new guise.

Yesterday, /Film broke the rumor that Olyphant will be wearing Boba Fett's armor on the show. But clearly, he does not look like Temuera Morrison. Here's what they had to say about that:

...Earlier this month it was reported that Temuera Morrison, who originated the role of Jango Fett (Boba’s clone father), had been cast as Boba Fett. So what’s going on here? If Morrison is playing the role of Boba Fett, then Timothy Olyphant is playing an enigmatic character named Cobb Vanth.

Now, in a few recent episodes where rumors have been discussed, I've been able to share that someone reached out to me to share information from another person to confirm/deny media reports like this. Well, that someone let me know a thing or two about this particular set of rumors, and I'm sharing what I've heard on today's show. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-05-20-StarWars7x7-2147.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

The May 2017 Vanity Fair cover story on The Last Jedi includes this:

But Johnson, in drawing up his screenplay, decided to raise the stakes further. 'I started by writing the names of each of the characters,' he said, 'and thinking, What’s the hardest thing they could be faced with?'

I think it's fair to assume that he didn't need to think too deeply about that question for certain characters - Threepio, Maz Kanata, Phasma, Snoke, DJ, Hux, Holdo, or Yoda. But I certainly believe he entertained that question, and deeply, for Luke, Leia, Rey, Kylo/Ben, Finn, Poe, and Rose. On today's episode, we'll talk about what The Last Jedi tells us about Rian's answers to that big question for each character. We'll also talk about how The Empire Strikes Back, whether we knew it or not, was doing the same thing to Leia, Luke, and Han all those years ago. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-05-19-StarWars7x7-2146.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

In October 2017 (before the release of The Last Jedi), Rian Johnson spoke at an "Ireland Week" event to talk about the movie. The Hollywood Reporter quoted him as saying:

"That very last image of The Force Awakens, with Rey holding the lightsaber out to Luke, that was so evocative. In every other case, Star Wars movies jumped forward in leaps of time. I knew I was supposed to do that, but the last image was intriguing. I knew I wanted to know where we were going next."

Later on in the article, there was a direct interview with Johnson, and I wanted to flag this question and answer for you:

Q: Part of [Star Wars] is recontextualizing past movies. How does yours do that?

A: Each new film hopefully recontextualizes what came before it. That’s part of the game. Yes, it’s a continuation of not only The Force Awakens, but also of the legacy leading up to it.

These, along other past comments from Johnson, are going to come into play as we set the stage to discuss how The Last Jedi is similar to and different from The Empire Strikes Back on today's episode. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-05-18-StarWars7x7-2145.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

It's time for another episode of Star Wars POP! That's "Podcasters on Podcasting," and for today's episode, I'm joined by Bryan and Chris from Sixth Scale Scavengers. Here's their scoop:

Sixth Scale Scavengers is a Hot Toys collecting podcast with a focus on the Star Wars, Marvel, and DC Comics licenses.

The co-founders Bryan Fontaine and Chris Leddy created the podcast and later this website as resource for collectors of all experience levels to learn and interact with the collecting community. You will find checklists and databases of all the Hot Toys figures released to date with product information, release dates, and helpful links to scavenge your own collecting deals.

Each podcast episode covers news, collecting tips, featured collecting topics, and figure reviews in each episode.

On today's episode of the show, I'll be talking to them about their podcasting history, inspirations, and much more. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-05-17-StarWars7x7-2144.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

While we were spending the last couple of days talking about the question of whether Boba Fett is an actual Mandalorian, and going down all sorts of Legends rabbit holes and so forth, a couple of news items related to season 2 of The Mandalorian hit the airwaves. One of them was great news from Disney CEO Bob Chapek on the status of post-production for the hit Disney+ series. The other - a casting rumor about Katee Sackhoff reprising her animation role in live action as Bo-Katan Kryze from The Clone Wars, which could be great news if it happens - seems not to be getting the same kind of juice that previous casting rumors have gotten. I'll explain on today's show... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-05-16-StarWars7x7-2143.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

I got a lot of feedback about my episode yesterday, exploring the idea of whether Boba Fett is, in fact, a Mandalorian. Turns out I got a little too narrow with my focus on a couple of things! So on today's episode of the show, I'll be handling some corrections (the clan signet doesn't have to be on the right shoulder, for example). I'll also be getting into a few elaborations - specifically about the Mandalorian icon on Boba Fett's left shoulder, and the emblem on the right side of his chest plate.

And after all of that, which will dig deeply into Legends territory, I'll dig my heels in and assert that I still don't think Boba Fett is a Mandalorian in the "practicing" sense of the word. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-05-15-StarWars7x7-2142.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

It may seem an odd question to consider at first. After all, I think the segment of the Star Wars audience that cares about such things has generally accepted the idea that Boba Fett is a Mandalorian. But as I did my research for yesterday's episode about whether Boba Fett survived the sarlacc pit, and how his potential appearance in The Mandalorian could be as much about the armor as it is about the person within the armor, I also got to thinking about Boba Fett's history himself.

Which led me to Jango Fett, and to questions of citizenship, and birth versus cloning, and pauldrons, and I promise you this will make sense in the episode itself. Ultimately, it seems there are two primary ways of answering the question of whether Boba Fett is a Mandalorian. One way, the answer (with certain caveats in place, so as not to go too far into the weeds) is a yes.

The other way - arguably, the more important way of considering the question - the answer is a hard no. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-05-14-StarWars7x7-2141.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Ahh, Boba Fett, the Schrödinger's cat of Star Wars. Is he alive or dead? No canon story has anything to say about him after his last appearance, tumbling down into the mouth of the sarlacc in Return of the Jedi. So like the famous quantum physics thought experiment, he is both alive AND dead until we actually observe him in one state or the other.

There's another complicating factor to all of this. Boba Fett was a person, but as we saw with Boushh in Return of the Jedi, bounty hunters can be impersonated - or mistakenly identified. In other words, people could see someone show up in Boba Fett's armor and think, "Hey, that's Boba Fett!" when in reality it isn't.

So on today's show, we're going to separate the man from the armor, and tell you what we know about both. In addition, Wookieepedia has gathered some VERY interesting information about what George Lucas considers Boba's fate to be. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-05-13-StarWars7x7-2140.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

On Friday - why is it always Friday? - The Hollywood Reporter broke the rumor that Temuera Morrison has been cast in The Mandalorian for season 2, and that he'll be playing Boba Fett. The other trades followed up with their own sources and said they were hearing the same thing. (One wonders - do they all have the same sources? And if so, that doesn't make it any more real, does it?)

Meanwhile, Jordan from Cinelinx is saying that he's heard Morrison - who played Jango Fett in Attack of the Clones and has voiced a variety of clones in other Star Wars projects - may not *only* be playing Boba Fett.

So, one of three things could be happening:

Morrison is only playing Boba Fett
Morrison is playing Boba Fett AND one or more clones
OR - I've got a third theory, which lines up with what I'm hearing from a source of a source, and brings another person connected with Boba Fett into play

We'll talk about it all today... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-05-12-StarWars7x7-2139.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Star Wars POP! - Podcasters on Podcasting - is the segment on our show where I interview other Star Wars podcasters about their influences, insights, and the details of their Star Wars shows. On today's installment, I'm welcoming Brews and Blasters to the show. Here's their scoop:

Born from the discussions between two friends at a local pub in the historic town of Salem, Massachusetts, this Star Wars podcast is your chance to kick back and enjoy everything about that galaxy far, far away.

Each episode, hosts Chris Salton and Joe Tavano sit down every week to do what they would be doing anyway — talk about all things Star Wars, tell some stories, and have a good time. Join them as they share their love for Star Wars, the most obscure Star Wars characters, Boston’s North Shore, 1980s pop culture and delicious food, and occasionally talk to fascinating people - and friends, like an anthropomorphic packet of crystallized lime.

Not sure about that last bit! Sadly, I didn't ask them about it, but we did cover a lot of ground on this episode, and I hope you enjoy. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-05-11-StarWars7x7-2138.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

I think it's safe to say - as in, there's little argument over this point - that as far as parents in Star Wars stories go, the stories are much more focused on fathers than mothers. But mothers are certainly represented in Star Wars, and since today is Mother's Day, I thought it'd be fun to take a look at the types of mothers we meet in Star Wars.

Some of them we'll flag for the type (i.e., immaculate, surrogate, adoptive); others for the relationship with their child or children (i.e., influential, disowning, idealized); and still others for their actions (i.e., abandoning, sacrificing, unconditionally loving). All too often, mothers serves as plot devices for the story arcs of their children in Star Wars, but there are exceptions to that rule. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-05-10-StarWars7x7-2137.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

At Celebration Orlando in 2017, Dave Filoni talked about the then-upcoming season 4 of Star Wars Rebels, saying that it would be the final season, and that he would get to end the series the way he wanted to, which was an opportunity he didn't have with the Clone Wars.

Well, here we are, three years later, and Dave Filoni got the "happy" ending he wanted. I'm putting "happy" in quotes only because the end of the story includes the advent of Order 66 and the fall of the Galactic Republic, but I think you take my meaning, right? Clone Wars Season 7, the final season, concluded on Monday, May 4 with "Victory and Death," the conclusion of the "Siege of Mandalore" story arc, the capstone to three in-universe years of epic storytelling.

On today's episode of the show, we'll have one last review of the final story arc as a whole, including an exploration of whether the arc was about the Siege of Mandalore in name only; extra notes of appreciation for Ahsoka's stunt double; Mace Windu having had it up to here with everyone and taking it out on Ahsoka for no good reason; and the cliffhangers/unanswered questions left by the ending. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-05-09-StarWars7x7-2136.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

There's been a lot going on in the GFFA this week! On Star Wars Day, the final episode of the Clone Wars dropped, as did the first episode of the documentary series Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian, and The Rise of Skywalker made an early debut on Disney+.

But that wasn't all! StarWars.com made a couple of big announcements - mostly confirming rumors that had already been reported in the Hollywood trades, but with one new detail about the Taika Waititi feature film project.

I'll be talking about both creative project confirmations today, as well as non-spoiler rumors about The Mandalorian, and whether Lucasfilm Animation still has something cooking for the fall of 2020. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-05-08-StarWars7x7-2135.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

It's been eight years since Dave Filoni brought Maul back from the dead for The Clone Wars series. And as fans, it was 13 years that we thought he was dead, until he wasn't! But why did they do it? Pamela, one of our awesome Patrons, asked me to explore the reasons why, and I've done it as part of our latest Patreon Q&A session.

Also, Tim asked what I thought various Star Wars characters might be doing while in quarantine, and Jarrod wanted to know about any differences in the generations of Stormtroopers, as well as how many different types there are now. I'm going to explore all of these on today's show. Thanks go to them, and to Bobby, Pioter, Emily, Leah, and Samantha for their questions that we discussed on yesterday's show, and to all the Patrons who have helped me bring this show to you!

If you'd like to support me in delivering this daily dose of Star Wars joy around the world, I hope you'll consider checking out Patreon.com/sw7x7. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-05-07-StarWars7x7-2134.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

I asked Patrons of the show from the Vader's Fist level and above to send their questions in for this month's Q&A session, but because of the way the final days of April and the first days of May played out, I haven't been able to get to answering them until now! So today on the show, part 1 of 2 in the Q&A session, where I address these topics:

Pioter asked about the popularity/fan base of Star Wars in countries outside the United States

Emily, Leah, and Samantha asked why three of the four female Jedi voices weren't named in the closed captioning for The Rise of Skywalker, but almost all the male Jedi voices were named (except for "Old" Obi-Wan Kenobi)

Bobby asked me to name my favorite character design, and why

That's what's on tap for the show today... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-05-06-StarWars7x7-2133.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

"Victory and Death," Clone Wars season 7/episode 12, completes the story arc, the season, and the series, game, set, and match. It also features a surprise epilogue, and packs as much action in to the episode as any you've ever seen in the series.

Even with that, they also manage to fit in an incredibly emotional moment with Ahsoka and Rex talking about the clones, and their sadness and frustration in the face of seeing their comrades fall unwittingly and tragically under the control of the greatest evil in the galaxy.

On today's episode, I'll be breaking down the final beats, and addressing a question about whether Order 66 is going to apply to Force-sensitive people regardless of their affiliation (or lack thereof) with the Jedi Order. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-05-05-StarWars7x7-2132.mp3
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Happy Star Wars Day! May the 4th be with you, and I hope you feel the Force all day long today (and every day, really, but especially today).

For this episode of the show, I thought I'd look back at interviews I've been able to bring you from Lucasfilm folks over the years - some from folks who have since promoted into new positions, others from folks who weren't even with Lucasfilm when I interviewed them but who later joined the company, and one who isn't with Lucasfilm but is with the parent company (and happens to be very into Star Wars himself).

You'll get to hear eight total interviews on today's show (in order of appearance):

Matt Martin
Justin Bolger
A.J. Camarillo
Michael Siglain
Taylor Gray
Lorne Peterson
Clayton Sandell
Rob Bredow

I hope you enjoy the trip down memory lane... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-05-04-StarWars7x7-2131.mp3
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On this latest episode of Star Wars POP! - that's "Podcasters on Podcasting," if you're new to the feature - I'm interviewing the three co-hosts of the Followers of the Force podcast. Here's the scoop on their show:

David Triana, Gwendy Ren and Jason Williams, your hosts of the Followers of the Force podcast! Each week, we discuss the latest news in the Star Wars galaxy in detail, have tons of fun, and above all, CELEBRATE all that Star Wars has to offer. Want to delve into themes? Gwendy has you covered. Want organization and weird things memorized? David's got ya. Want to laugh, learn and listen to some awesome Star Wars opinion? Jason's your guy? We all have our strengths, but most importantly, we're friends who love Star Wars. Join us and become a Follower of the Force!

This is the first time I've interviewed three co-hosts at once, and with a great recommendation from Gwendy near the start, things go swimmingly (if I do say so myself). Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-05-03-StarWars7x7-2130.mp3
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"Shattered" is the 11th and penultimate episode of season 7 of the Clone Wars, and of the series itself. And oh my Force ghost, what an episode. It picks up right where we left off with "The Phantom Apprentice," and as with previous episodes in this arc, it lays directly over the timeline of Revenge of the Sith. In this case, it corresponds with the most impactful events of that movie: the fall of Anakin Skywalker and the execution of Order 66.

Now that Maul has been captured (in a way that doesn't quite correspond with what we know from other Star Wars storytelling), and since we know that Ahsoka and Rex survive the events of Order 66, much of the suspense in this and the final episode has be around HOW they survive. And the creators do it in style. I'd like to give special props to Kevin Kiner, whose score for these final episodes has been spectacular. It feels like he's taken inspiration from Vangelis and Blade Runner, mixing that sensibility in with the epic Star Wars motifs.

We'll talk about all of this and much more, including some of the other overlaps with Revenge of the Sith; Mace's unnecessary clapback to Ahsoka; the foresahdowing that wasn't; and the echoes of lines from other characters and even other Star Wars movies. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-05-02-StarWars7x7-2129.mp3
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Rebelthon 2020 starts May 3rd at 12pm Eastern! Here's the scoop on it, from The Rebel Legion's Facebook page:

Rebel Legion presents Rebelthon 2020! A celebration of Community, Giving, and Hope.

Rebelthon 2020 Facebook LIVE 12-hour long webathon to raise money for UNICEF and their efforts to fight the COVID-19 virus. Rebelthon will feature interviews, special guests from the Star Wars Universe and original content created by Rebel Legion members.

Log on to the Rebel Legion Facebook page May 3rd, 2020, from 12pm to 12am est. to join us in raising money for the battle against COVID-19.

Together we can be the spark that will burn this virus down.

DONATE TO #UNICEF HERE: Bit.ly/Rebelthon2020

On today's show, I'm thrilled to interview Rubin Polizzi, Assistant Legion Public Relations Officer for The Rebel Legion, and a driving force behind this event. You'll be amazed to hear how quickly this huge event came together... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-05-01-StarWars7x7-2128.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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