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Star Wars Celebration Anaheim would have taken place this past weekend. There would have been major reveals throughout, so it seemed logical that there would be a bunch of reveals over the past few days, even though the in-person event wouldn't be able to go on...

Well, it didn't work out that way. The most hotly anticipated reveal - a trailer drop for season 2 of The Mandalorian - didn't happen, but it's hard to imagine a world where it *won't* happen in the near future. After all, the show is supposed to debut season 2 in October, so it's gotta be soon, right?

In the meantime, another conference, this one entirely virtual, also happened to be taking place this past weekend. It was gamescon (yes, stylized in all lowercase), and there were three gaming reveals from Lucasfilm these past few days. One involved a Galaxy's Edge pack being added to The Sims 4, and another centered on LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga. But the biggest news was a new gameplay trailer for Star Wars Squadrons, with new details about the story. That's what we'll focus on today... Punch it!

And here's that trailer, worth it for Leia's speech in the first minute alone:
https://youtu.be/5zEjIEP1038

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Direct download: 2020-08-31-StarWars7x7-2250.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Today, the rest of our conversation with Alex Segura, author of Poe Dameron: Free Fall! We'll talk about Zorii Bliss, Babu Frick, and much more... Punch it!

And here's where you can check out Alex online:

Website: http://www.alexsegura.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alexseguraofficial
Twitter: https://twitter.com/alex_segura

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Direct download: 2020-08-30-StarWars7x7-2249.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We've talked about Poe Dameron: Free Fall on the show in previous episodes, and today, I'm thrilled to share with you the first half of my conversation with its author, Alex Segura!

Here's Alex's short bio:

Alex Segura is an acclaimed writer of novels, comic books, and podcasts. He is the author of Star Wars Poe Dameron: Free Fall, the Pete Fernandez Mystery series (including the the Anthony Award-nominated crime novels Dangerous Ends, Blackout. and Miami Midnight), and the upcoming Secret Identity (Flatiron Books). He has also written a number of comic books, most notably the superhero noir The Black Ghost, the YA music series The Archies, and the “Archie Meets” collection of crossovers, featuring real-life cameos from the Ramones, B-52s, and more. He is also the co-creator/co-writer of the Lethal Lit crime/YA podcast from iHeart Radio, which was named one of the best podcasts of 2015 by The New York Times. By day he is Co-President of Archie Comics. A Miami native, he lives in New York with his wife and children.

In this first half of the conversation, you'll get to hear about Alex's history with and love of Star Wars; how the opportunity to write Poe Dameron: Free Fall came his way; details about Poe Dameron's character; and much more. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-08-29-StarWars7x7-2248.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

All stories in Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark are inspired by Clone Wars episodes, but one story is a full original, and we'll talk about that one today.

Or, to be more specific: For all the stories in that collection, 10 of the 11 focus on a particular episode or story arc from the TV series, and they each center on a character who appeared in that episode or story arc. Each of those 10 stories digs deeper and expands the story.

The 11th and final story, "Bug," also deepens and expands on its inspiration. But unlike all the others, it focuses on brand-new characters, and doesn't run concurrently with its source material. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-08-28-StarWars7x7-2247.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Well, we may not be getting a Star Wars Celebration this year, but a bunch of podcasters have rallied together to create a 60-panel event called ForceFest this weekend.

"Star Wars Celebration has always been a huge part of Star Wars fandom," said Sarah Woloski, one of the event’s organizers. "Fans gather from all over the world to celebrate the Star Wars saga and meet up with new and old friends. We knew we could use technology to mimic that feel virtually."

"The Star Wars fandom has always been active online creating their own content out of love for the saga," said David Jesse of Tatooine Sons, one of the organizing shows. "FORCEFEST will create a larger platform for shows of all themes and sizes to share their unique brand of streaming in a shared environment."

On today's show, we'll talk about what's in store for the event, how it has a great tie-in to the in-person Star Wars Celebration events, and the good cause for which they're raising money. Punch it!

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Here's where to find them online:

Donate: https://bit.ly/FFMakeAWish
Website: https://about.getvokl.com/forcefest
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2671861966424569
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ForceFestSaga
Instagram: http://instagram.com/forcefestsaga

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Direct download: 2020-08-27-StarWars7x7-2246.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

I thought the short stories of Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark were good, but via audio, they're even better - and for a unique reason.

Most audiobooks are performed by a narrator who does all the voices. Sometimes you get a full cast performance, like with the Dooku: Jedi Lost or Doctor Aphra audio dramas. The nearest thing, perhaps, to what we get in this collection is what happened for From a Certain Point of View, the collection of stories for the 40th anniversary of A New Hope. But most of those stories were also read by narrators with whom you're familiar from other Star Wars audiobooks.

For this collection of Clone Wars stories, however, you're treated to performances by the actors who voiced characters in the Clone Wars series itself. We'll talk about how that all matches up, and about the one original story in the collection, on today's show... Punch it!

(Thanks to Penguin Random House Audio for sharing a review copy with me, too.)

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Direct download: 2020-08-26-StarWars7x7-2245.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark is a new collection of 11 short stories, each inspired by a Clone Wars episode or story arc. (Thanks go to Disney Lucasfilm Press for sending along a review copy to check out in advance.)

It's been advertised as a set of stories for middle grade readers, but in fact it reads above its pitched level. It's satisfying for a YA or even an adult audience in most cases, with political, philosophical, and emotional complexity to many of the stories. They mix it up with first- and third-person tales, and you generally don't need to have seen the episodes which inspired them in order to enjoy them. Although that certainly doesn't hurt.

It's a non-=spoiler review today, and we'll also talk about the fact that three of the eleven stories were inspired by one specific Clone Wars TV series writer (the other eight were inspired by eight other writers's stories), and that three-story writer is rather noteworthy... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-08-25-StarWars7x7-2244.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

This is it! The final episode in our "winners" and "losers" series covering the Skywalker Saga, looking at the fortunes of the characters (and groups of characters) in those movies, and whose fortunes improved the most, or sank the hardest, as a result of the events of a given movie.

Today, we're looking at the losers of The Rise of Skywalker. Without revealing the order, here's the list alphabetically (sort of):

Allegiant General Pryde
General Hux
General Leia Organa
Imperial Remnant
Palpatine
Sith Eternal
Snap Wexley

I have to say, it feels a bit sacrilegious to have Leia on this list, but I think I have a defensible reason. We'll get into all of it today... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-08-24-StarWars7x7-2243.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We're in the final stretch of our look at the winners and losers of the various Star Wars Skywalker Saga movies! Following a series we had done for the Original and Prequel Trilogies many years ago, this set closes the circle.

Today, we're looking at the winners of The Rise of Skywalker - the people whose fortunes most improved as a result of the events of the movie. In alphabetical order, we're talking about:

Babu Frick
Finn
Jannah
Kylo Ren/Ben Solo
Lando
Poe
Rey

What order they come in is another story. You'll have to listen for it, but I will say that Rey does not come out on top. Let me know what your own order would be... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-08-23-StarWars7x7-2242.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

The "Winners and Losers" series for the Star Wars movies continues! We're on to The Last Jedi, and in yesterday's episode, we talked about the winners. So naturally, today we're going to talk about the "losers" - the characters whose fortunes took a turn for the worst as a result of the events of the movie.

But in yesterday's episode, we noted that middle movies in trilogies tend to have an interesting effect on wins and losses. The wins tend not to be tidy; and by the same token, the losses sometimes have silver linings or offer moments of redemption. On today's episode, you'll be hearing about these seven, though not in this order:

General Hux
Luke
Maz Kanata
Phasma
Poe
Resistance Leadership
Snoke

So, would you change the order, or swap out anyone here with someone else? Let us know in the comments... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-08-22-StarWars7x7-2241.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

The "Winners and Losers" series continues! We're moving on to The Last Jedi, and this movie presented a bit of a challenge. Bad things do happen to characters in Star Wars movies, but when they come out on top, it feels fully triumphant. There's something about the middle movies in a trilogy, though, that don't make for clean victories.

The "Winners" episode is where we talk about the characters whose fortunes most improved as a result of the events of movie. In alphabetical order, here's who you'll hear about today:

DJ
Finn
Kylo Ren/Ben Solo
Leia
Rey
Rose
Yoda

The order is where the surprises are... Punch it!

(And where would YOU order them? Have your say in the comments!)

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Direct download: 2020-08-21-StarWars7x7-2240.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

As I was prepping the "Winners" and "Losers" episodes for The Force Awakens, I realized that Finn appeared on neither list. Why?

On today's episode, I'm going to explain why Finn is a special case, and resisted (no pun intended) an easy classification as a winner or loser as a result of the events of the movie. It has something to do with his wavering loyalties... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-08-20-StarWars7x7-2239.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Yesterday, we revived a series that began in 2014, which detailed the seven "winners" and "losers" from each Star Wars movie. At the time, the Sequel Trilogy hadn't yet appeared in theaters - now that they have, it's time for the circle to be completed!

We started off with a look at the winners of The Force Awakens, and today, we're flipping the coin to look at the top seven losers - the characters whose fortunes took the most dramatic turns for the worst. Without revealing the order of the list, here are the seven you'll hear about on the show today:

Captain Phasma
Chewbacca
Kylo Ren/Ben Solo
Leia Organa
Maz Kanata
Snap Wexley
Unkar Plutt

I'll also say that you could easily make a case for swapping who I have at #1 and #3 - in fact, I actually did! After recording the episode, I decided I had it wrong, and re-recorded to flip the two into the order you'll hear on the episode. But how would YOU order them, or swap and replace? Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-08-19-StarWars7x7-2238.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Back in 2014 - when Star Wars 7x7 episodes were two-digit numbers instead of the four-digit numbers they are today - we did a series of looks at the Original Trilogy and Prequel Trilogy movies through an unusual lens. We did episodes about the winners and losers of each movie - specifically, the seven characters whose fortunes were the most improved as the result of the events of a given movie, or alternatively, whose fortunes suffered the most.

To complete the cycle (for the time being, at least), we're revisiting that series and picking up where we left off, by listing the top seven characters whose fortunes improved as a result of the events of The Force Awakens.

Not to spoil the order in the episode, but alphabetically speaking, here's who made the winner's list:

BB-8
C-3P0
General Hux
Han Solo
Poe Dameron
R2-D2
Rey

Who took the top spot? How would you rank this list, and who would you add/replace? Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-08-18-StarWars7x7-2237.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Today, the conclusion of our interview with Sarah Kuhn, author of the Star Wars: Doctor Aphra audiobook exclusive. As a refresher, these are the questions I'd had prepped for her:

1. You’ve written novels from a character’s first-person perspective before. Knowing that Doctor Aphra would be specifically produced as an audio drama, did that affect the way you approached Aphra’s narration of the story (and if so, how)?

2. It’s often said that Star Wars stories succeed in part because they doesn’t just reference themselves; they draw inspiration from other genres and sources. What non-Star-Wars sources inspired you for this story?

3. What are some of the perks, and some of the challenges, of writing for an unreliable narrator like Aphra?

4. In your previous works, you invented everything from scratch, but here you were adapting and building on an existing story. How did that change your writing process, or the way you create your characters?

5. It seems like Aphra is breaking the fourth wall in her narration, until we get deeper into the audio drama. What inspired you to take the angle of Aphra recording herself telling this story?

6. In the comics from which this is adapted, readers only get one brief hint at the previous romantic relationship between Aphra and Sana Starros. But your story makes it clear that the relationship was deeply formative for both of them. And as a result, it feels like their story is crucial to the overall story being told, when that wasn’t necessarily the case in the source material. Discuss! :-)

7. Although Aphra is the star of the show, Triple Zero has proven himself to be a scene stealer. What are some of the joys and perils of writing for Triple Zero?

8. Were there any characters who surprised you, as you wrote for them and developed them? If so, who and how?

9. Would you talk to us a bit about your reactions to hearing Emily Woo Zeller’s performance as Aphra?

And here's her bio...

Sarah Kuhn is the author of the popular Heroine Complex novels—a series starring Asian American superheroines. The first two books were 2016 and 2017 RT Reviewers’ Choice Award nominees for Best Urban Fantasy. Additionally, the first book is a Locus bestseller and one of the Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog’s Best Books of 2016. Other projects include the Japan-set YA romantic comedy I Love You So Mochi and a Batgirl/Cassandra Cain graphic novel for DC Comics. Additionally, Sarah was a finalist for the Astounding Award for Best New Writer and the CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment) New Writers Award. She has also written assorted short fiction, non-fiction, and comics about geeks, aliens, romance, and Barbie. Yes, that Barbie. You can visit her online at heroinecomplex.com or on Twitter: @sarahkuhn.

So, then, today: the exciting conclusion to the conversation. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-08-17-StarWars7x7-2236.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

I'm thrilled to welcome Sarah Kuhn to the podcast today for the first of a two-part interview! Here's Sarah's bio...

Sarah Kuhn is the author of the popular Heroine Complex novels—a series starring Asian American superheroines. The first two books were 2016 and 2017 RT Reviewers’ Choice Award nominees for Best Urban Fantasy. Additionally, the first book is a Locus bestseller and one of the Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog’s Best Books of 2016. Other projects include the Japan-set YA romantic comedy I Love You So Mochi and a Batgirl/Cassandra Cain graphic novel for DC Comics. Additionally, Sarah was a finalist for the Astounding Award for Best New Writer and the CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment) New Writers Award. She has also written assorted short fiction, non-fiction, and comics about geeks, aliens, romance, and Barbie. Yes, that Barbie. You can visit her online at heroinecomplex.com or on Twitter: @sarahkuhn.

And these are the questions I had prepped for her:

1. You’ve written novels from a character’s first-person perspective before. Knowing that Doctor Aphra would be specifically produced as an audio drama, did that affect the way you approached Aphra’s narration of the story (and if so, how)?

2. It’s often said that Star Wars stories succeed in part because they doesn’t just reference themselves; they draw inspiration from other genres and sources. What non-Star-Wars sources inspired you for this story?

3. What are some of the perks, and some of the challenges, of writing for an unreliable narrator like Aphra?

4. In your previous works, you invented everything from scratch, but here you were adapting and building on an existing story. How did that change your writing process, or the way you create your characters?

5. It seems like Aphra is breaking the fourth wall in her narration, until we get deeper into the audio drama. What inspired you to take the angle of Aphra recording herself telling this story?

6. In the comics from which this is adapted, readers only get one brief hint at the previous romantic relationship between Aphra and Sana Starros. But your story makes it clear that the relationship was deeply formative for both of them. And as a result, it feels like their story is crucial to the overall story being told, when that wasn’t necessarily the case in the source material. Discuss! :-)

7. Although Aphra is the star of the show, Triple Zero has proven himself to be a scene stealer. What are some of the joys and perils of writing for Triple Zero?

8. Were there any characters who surprised you, as you wrote for them and developed them? If so, who and how?

9. Would you talk to us a bit about your reactions to hearing Emily Woo Zeller’s performance as Aphra?

The conversation didn't go in that order, but we did wind up talking about all of this and more... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-08-16-StarWars7x7-2235.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

It may seem crazy to suggest watching something as utterly unwatchable as the Star Wars Holiday Special. And yet, from a certain point of view, it really is worth your time, especially if you've never seen it before. Also, in a recent bit of news, it seems that Lucasfilm under Disney is looking to revive the Life Day celebration in an all-new way.

On today's show, we'll talk about the merits of watching the 1978 Holiday Special, and the new news that may present more fun that the previous version... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-08-15-StarWars7x7-2234.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

There's a story in Star Wars Myths and Fables called "Gaze of Stone," and it tells the cautionary tale of a Twi'lek named Ry Nymbis, who is adopted at an early age by the nefarious Darth Caldoth. The story details how Nymbis came to be Caldoth's apprentice, and what happened to the two of them when Nymbis - as Sith apprentices are often wont to do - decided to try to kill his master and take his place at the top of the Sith list.

Well, it turns out that "Gaze of Stone" is just a fragment in a larger story, which is revealed in Star Wars Dark Legends. We'll talk about the two stories and their connections, and we'll also talk about how and why these two stories may be the most likely ones to be taken "literally" from the two collections of Star Wars folklore. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-08-14-StarWars7x7-2233.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Thematically (sort of) continuing our conversation this week, which began with a review of George Mann's Star Wars: Dark Legends, I got to thinking about a line from George Lucas I'd once heard, and I found the source of it - a 2014 article in the New York Times about the impending release of Star Wars Rebels:

'Star Wars Rebels' got its start in spring 2013, not long after Disney bought Lucasfilm. Returning the franchise to bedrock would help introduce it to a new generation. Mr. Abrams’s similarly old-school movie would follow. 'Continuity' became a watchword. (Mr. Filoni said that Mr. Lucas, unconcerned in recent years that his stories had become confusing, once told him, “Continuity is for wimps.”)

That's a far cry from something we were talking about last month, when we revisited the interviews Lucas gave during the making of The Empire Strikes Back. I'm going to put that quote in historical context, and talk about how the rebooting of the canon and the continued experiments with books like Dark Legends trace Lucasfilm's journey under Disney to establish continuity - and start to experiment with it. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-08-13-StarWars7x7-2232.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Star Wars: Dark Legends is that rare set of Star Wars stories which can't be taken literally - as in, can't be considered "canon" as presented. But unreliable stories have a long history in Star Wars...

On today's episode, I'll be talking about the books where we know we're dealing with a story that isn't "true," per se, to the stories where the narrator can't be fully trusted, to scoundrel characters and finally back to the one character who was the first and (arguably) the most unreliable narrator of all. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-08-12-StarWars7x7-2231.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Let go your canon-conscious self to enjoy the tales of Star Wars: Dark Legends by George Mann, spooky tales and ghost stories that would go great for kids around campfires...

On today's episode of the show, we'll talk more about the desire to try to place stories like these within the Star Wars canon; the elements that drive the reader to do so; what to expect from the seven stories in the collection; praise for the artwork by Grant Griffin; and more. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-08-11-StarWars7x7-2230.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Of all the kinds of Star Wars storytelling out there, live-action production is the riskiest in terms of keeping people safe during the coronavirus pandemic. Film and TV production in Hollywood was shut down for months, and aside from daytime soap operas, filming - or principal photography, for our purposes - is still largely stalled.

That said, the way Lucasfilm created The Mandalorian - and the lengths to which they've had to go to maintain secrecy in their productions in the past - may indicate that a way forward is possible. What's more, there are success stories from another entertainment industry that could be a hopeful sign. We'll talk about that all today... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-08-10-StarWars7x7-2229.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

More has been revealed about the storyline for Tales From the Galaxy's Edge, a new experience coming to the Oculus VR platform later this year. We'll talk about that today, as well as what's been said about "iconic" characters and how they might factor into the storyline. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-08-09-StarWars7x7-2228.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

In another of our "Watch to Watch Now" segments, we take a look at how Willow (the 1988 film from Lucas and director Ron Howard) connects to Star Wars, and why it's important now. Here's the gist of Willow, from Wookieepedia:

A young farmer named Willow Ufgood is drawn away from his sheltered home to save Elora Danan (a baby girl with a destiny) from the evil sorceress Queen Bavmorda who would see her destroyed. Willow is aided by the disillusioned master swordsman Madmartigan, who has turned to a life of roguery after the fall of his kingdom to the evil queen, and the sorceress Fin Raziel, who has been turned into a muskrat by Bavmorda. They are initially thwarted, but later joined by the queen's daughter Sorsha.

Noticed that that came from Wookieepedia - the Star Wars wiki? That's not an accident. As it turns out, there are many connections between Star Wars and Willow, but perhaps none as important as the connections made between the two by Clone Wars creator and Mandalorian executive producer Dave Filoni.

On today's show, we'll talk about the movie, you'll hear from Filoni himself about that connection, and we'll also explore a news item defining exactly why it's relevant to be talking about Willow now. Punch it!

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It's one thing to read a Star Wars story. It's quite another to experience it as an audiobook, with the sound effects and the music and all of those other intangible aural elements that create the magic of Star Wars.

As I say in the show today, I think all the audiobook reviews to date that I've done have been for the adult novels, and that this may be the first time I've done one for a young adult novel. Weirdly, I had a moment where I wondered whether it would be a similar experience as the adult ones, but I needn't have worried. Penguin Random House Audio produces the young adult audiobooks as well as the adult ones, with familiar folks like Kevin Thompson and Nick Martorelli behind the scenes. So the experience is as fully immersive as you would hope.

Today, the audiobook review for Poe Dameron: Free Fall, which includes discussion of the narrative style of Sean Elias-Reyes in his first full-Star-Wars-book performance, as well as his characterization of Poe Dameron, his dad (Kes Dameron), and Zorii Bliss. Punch it!

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When we first meet Zorii Bliss in The Rise of Skywalker, it's clear that there's some bad blood between her and Poe Dameron. In the novel Poe Dameron: Free Fall, thanks to the assiduous time documentation by author Alex Segura, we know that she's been holding that grudge for a long time - about 18 years, to be specific. But why?

Well, to answer that question, we have to go into spoiler territory. It's actually part of the climax of the novel, so even though we're going to talk about their breakdown, I'm going to do it in a way that doesn't spoil the rest of the story for you... Punch it!

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The novel Poe Dameron: Free Fall takes place within a pretty specific period of time. Author Alex Segura is actually very explicit about the timeframes - not just for the novel overall, but even for the amount of time that lapses between specific adventures depicted in the story.

On today's episode of the show, we'll talk about exactly when the novel takes place, and how it fits in with other significant events that happen in the period between the Original and Sequel Trilogies. We'll also talk a bit about the state of the galaxy, from the depths of the criminal underworld to the heights of the New Republic. Punch it!

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If you were shocked - shocked, I tell you! - to learn that Poe Dameron used to be a spice runner before joining the New Republic and later the Resistance, well, then, the story of how that happened needs to be believable and compelling. If not, then it's a bit like a house of cards - it wouldn't just reflect negatively on the telling of the backstory, but also on how that storyline connects to The Rise of Skywalker.

Luckily, Poe Dameron: Free Fall rises to the occasion. It's a young adult novel that's basically a series of adventures where we see Poe running up against the limits of his young and forming ethical/moral boundaries, until he hits a point where he can't take it anymore. The fun is in hearing Oscar Isaac and Keri Russell's voices in your head (which are captured well by author Alex Segura), and in seeing how their relationship develops.

But it isn't just about them, and on today's episode, we'll talk more about it in a non-spoiler review. Punch it!

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A number of media outlets reported it as a "surprise" that The Mandalorian received 15 Emmy nominations for its inaugural season. (One creator's reaction from the official press release may have driven that take.) But when you look at the categories for which The Mandalorian has been nominated, you'll see an overlap with the kinds of categories for which Star Wars movies are often nomination for Oscars (as far as the categories themselves overlap):

Outstanding Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Drama Series (three separate nods)
Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup For A Series, Limited Series, Movie Or Special
Outstanding Sound Editing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (Half-Hour) And Animation
Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (Half-Hour) And Animation
Outstanding Special Visual Effects
Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Original Dramatic Score)

These ones, on the other hand, tend to be new for Star Wars nominations (again, extrapolating to their movie counterparts):

Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Program (Half-Hour)
Outstanding Cinematography For A Single-Camera Series (Half-Hour)
Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance
Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series
Outstanding Stunt Coordination For A Drama Series Limited Series Or Movie

And then of course there's the nomination for the season itself as Outstanding Drama Series. On today's episode, we'll talk about the individual Mandalorian episode that got the most nominations; how the other ones fared (only one episode was shut out of the nominations), likely winning possibilities, and more. Punch it!

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It's flashback time! Back in 2014, I did a series of episodes looking at interviews conducted with George Lucas by Alan Arnold for the seminal book Once Upon a Galaxy: A Journal of the Making of The Empire Strikes Back.

Here's what you'll be hearing about in this final look back:

Lucas talks candidly about the practical and creative sides of his nature, how he deals with them, how his preferred method of working was changed by Star Wars, and what he’s had to do as a result of that change.

All right, time to dive in once more... Punch it!

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Here's the thing about the month of August 2020: This is the month that would have included Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, if it hadn't been canceled due to the pandemic. So in addition to the things that would have been released this month had there been no pandemic (i.e., the first of the High Republic books) there would have been a LOT of reveals happening.

And even though there's no in-person event, we still might be hearing about a lot of new projects this month - chief among them, maybe a first trailer for season 2 of The Mandalorian! Today, we'll talk about what we DO know is coming, and then about the logical possibilities for what could be coming. Punch it!

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