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A Patron and long-time listener and supporter of the show reached out to ask when - if ever - there will be a DVD for season 1 of The Mandalorian. Which raises questions about how they'll be handling DVDs in general, now that Disney+ is here...

On today's show, I'll explore Tim McMahon's question in light of The Rise of Skywalker and the Clone Wars for season 6 and 7, and I'll even bring that other "Star"-related franchise into the discussion. We'll also talk about how there are literally hundreds of Mando products already, even though Mando Mondays haven't even started! Plus, I'll share the one thing I found that seems to suggest a Mando season 1 DVD is on the horizon... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-09-30-StarWars7x7-2280.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

It was the big reveal at the end of Mandalorian season 1. It's analogous to Excalibur for Mandalorians. Today, a brief history of the Darksaber, including thoughts on the gap in its timeline between Rebels and The Mandalorian. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-09-29-StarWars7x7-2279.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

With the notion of multiple seasons and rumors of familiar characters, it's looking more and more like the Mandalorian is building to something even bigger - but what? I've got a very logical answer today... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-09-28-StarWars7x7-2278.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

After seeing Christopher Nolan's "Tenet" at a drive-in, I've been thinking about another of his movies, "Inception."

If you haven't seen the movies, don't worry, none of them are spoiled in the podcast. To frame the discussion, though, I explain a piece of the setup of "Inception," which is that it's easier to extract ideas from people's minds, but to insert an idea is much more difficult. It requires that the idea be simple and easy to grasp, and one that the mind can believe it to have created by itself (rather than the mind sensing that the idea did not originate within itself).

The notion of Inception as a concept gave me a different way of looking at the story decision about Rey's lineage that I thought I'd explore with you today... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-09-27-StarWars7x7-2277.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

I was listening to the Force Toast podcast yesterday, and their conversation about the season 2 trailer of The Mandalorian got me thinking about a couple of the episodes we've done here on Star Wars 7x7 recently...

Specifically, one possibility Laura and Alyce posed about the graffitied location made me think back to the show I did about Nevarro's location in the galaxy, as well as the show I did about which Jedi Din Djarin could run into during his travels with the Child. We'll talk about those possibilities today, as well as something unusual about The Client's behavior that I wondered about during a recent rewatch of the first three episodes of season 1. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-09-26-StarWars7x7-2276.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

On today's episode, we'll discuss why and how it's easier to believe that the galaxy has forgotten the Jedi than you may have previously believed. And - more excitingly - based on the timeline, we'll talk about how the Mandalorian's search for the Jedi could logically lead him to a VERY exciting discovery. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-09-25-StarWars7x7-2275.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

As part of the Emmy Awards festivities, People magazine interviewed Giancarlo Esposito, who was nominated not just for his role in The Mandalorian, but also for his role in Better Call Saul. But naturally, they asked him about what season 2 of The Mandalorian holds for viewers.

Some of his answers, well, you *could* consider a bit spoiler-y, definitely on the mildest side. But it's what he says as, for all intents and purposes, a throw-away line that should really grab your attention. I'll be talking about that today, and about how Esposito has further opened the door to discussing the possibility of a "Mandoverse" - a series of interconnected TV shows, similar to what DC has with the "Arrowverse." Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-09-24-StarWars7x7-2274.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

As part of the Emmy Awards festivities, People magazine interviewed Giancarlo Esposito, who was nominated not just for his role in The Mandalorian, but also for his role in Better Call Saul. But naturally, they asked him about what season 2 of The Mandalorian holds for viewers.

Some of his answers, well, you *could* consider a bit spoiler-y, definitely on the mildest side. But it's what he says as, for all intents and purposes, a throw-away line that should really grab your attention. I'll be talking about that today, and about how Esposito has further opened the door to discussing the possibility of a "Mandoverse" - a series of interconnected TV shows, similar to what DC has with the "Arrowverse." Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-09-24-StarWars7x7-2274.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Remember Force Fridays and Rogue Friday? Well, Mando Mondays is their spiritual successor, and the surprises have already begun. Here's what we learned... Punch it!

(The character descriptions are vague, but here's what they gave us...)

The Mandalorian
The Mandalorian is battle-worn and tight-lipped, a formidable bounty hunter in an increasingly dangerous galaxy.

Cara Dune
An intimidating brawler and crack shot, Dune has put her days of military discipline behind, and has now reinvented herself as a mercenary.

IG-11
One of a series of dangerous assassin droids largely outlawed in the galaxy, IG-11 is a hired gun programmed to follow Bounty Hunters Guild protocols to the letter.

The Child
The adorable 50-year-old creature known as The Child (and lovingly referred to as “Baby Yoda” by fans) is many things: cute, curious, hungry, sleepy, Force-sensitive, and one of the galaxy’s most wanted!

Imperial Death Troopers
The elite soldiers of Imperial Intelligence, Death Troopers are encased in specialized Stormtrooper armor with a dark, ominous gleam.

Remnant Stormtroopers
Stormtroopers are elite shock troops fanatically loyal to the Empire and impossible to sway from the Imperial cause.

Heavy Infantry Mandalorian
A born survivor, he guards a precious armory and helps to keep the flames of Mandalorian heritage flickering in this time of galactic chaos.

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Direct download: 2020-09-23-StarWars7x7-2273.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

The Mandalorian took home two more Emmys in addition to the five it had already won! On today's show, we'll run down the full winners, and we'll talk about why it matters that The Mandalorian won any Emmy awards in the first place. We'll also talk about the final Emmy fate of Star Wars Resistance, and my hopes for its characters in the future. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-09-22-StarWars7x7-2272.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

In part two of our conversation with Catherine Taber, we'll talk about the original tale from Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark; Star Wars Celebration; and when it comes to Star Wars, what she knows for sure. Punch it!

Here's Catherine's bio, via Penguin Random House Audio:

Catherine Taber’s film and television credits include Nickelodeon’s The Loud House, Jane the Virgin, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The Georgia native is the winner of multiple Earphones Awards for audiobook narration. In addition, Catherine has lent her voice to some of the most beloved animation and gaming franchises, including Minecraft: Story Mode, X-Men, Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Metal Gear Solid, and Final Fantasy.

Check out what Catherine's up to on:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cattaber/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/cattaber
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheGirlNextGalaxy
PRH Audio: https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/narrator/152086/catherine-taber/

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Direct download: 2020-09-21-StarWars7x7-2271.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Catherine Taber - Padme Amidala in the Clone Wars series - also narrates two stories in Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark! Today, part one of our conversation, focusing on the Padme story in the collection. Punch it!

Here's Catherine's bio, via Penguin Random House Audio:

Catherine Taber’s film and television credits include Nickelodeon’s The Loud House, Jane the Virgin, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The Georgia native is the winner of multiple Earphones Awards for audiobook narration. In addition, Catherine has lent her voice to some of the most beloved animation and gaming franchises, including Minecraft: Story Mode, X-Men, Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Metal Gear Solid, and Final Fantasy.

Check out what Catherine's up to on:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cattaber/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/cattaber
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheGirlNextGalaxy
PRH Audio: https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/narrator/152086/catherine-taber/

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Direct download: 2020-09-20-StarWars7x7-2270.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

In our latest "What to Watch Now" segment, we'll talk about "Hunted," a mini-story prequel to the events of Star Wars Squadrons - and told from the Imperial point of view. Punch it!

"Hunted" on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2VmOqjV_7Q

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Direct download: 2020-09-19-StarWars7x7-2269.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

The location of Nevarro - home base for Din Djarin in The Mandalorian - has not yet been revealed. But season 1 offered solid clues, and the season 2 trailer reinforces the idea of a very specific section of the Outer Rim. What's more, our discussion of the whole Moff business earlier this week helps to inform a sensible location... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-09-18-StarWars7x7-2268.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

It's been a long time since a Star Wars movie won at the Oscars. Thankfully, The Mandalorian is stepping up, with five Emmy wins out of ten nominations so far. Congratulations to the entire cast and crew!!!

On today's episode of the show, we'll talk about how 14 of the 15 awards for which The Mandalorian is nominated aren't actually given out on the big gala show happening this Sunday - and which one is. We'll also break down the five categories in which The Mandalorian won last night, and the five nominations that didn't come through with wins. We'll also talk about when the rest of the awards will be announced; more about why Episode 5, "The Gunslinger," wasn't among the nominees; and when Star Wars Resistance gets its shot at an award. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-09-17-StarWars7x7-2267.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

The Mandalorian Season 2 trailer is finally here! We're addressing the biggest questions, including: Who is Sasha Banks playing? Why are we back on Tatooine? And for all that they hinted at, what are they still hiding? Punch it!

Here's the trailer, in case you want to see it again...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eW7Twd85m2g

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Direct download: 2020-09-16-StarWars7x7-2266.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

In The Mandalorian, we know that Imperial remnant leader Gideon is a "Moff." But what does that even mean? How do you get to be a Moff, let alone a Grand Moff? We'll untangle it all today... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-09-15-StarWars7x7-2265.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Between the Entertainment Weekly cover story and previous interviews, Giancarlo Esposito has given us some VERY intriguing hints about Moff Gideon and season 2 of The Mandalorian... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-09-14-StarWars7x7-2264.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

The new monthly issue of Entertainment Weekly is out! It's the Fall TV Preview, and The Mandalorian landed the cover. Here's what we're learning about the new season... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-09-13-StarWars7x7-2263.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

From even before the release of The Force Awakens, Lucasfilm was teasing us about Rey's identity. One of pre-release commercials featured Maz Kanata and Rey speaking in voiceovers - Rey answering Maz's identity question by saying "I'm no one."

Then, it turns out she's "someone" - a Force user with serious natural ability, and with her potential seemingly unlocked by Kylo Ren.

She continues to insist that she's a nobody in The Last Jedi, even in the face of Luke Skywalker's repeated pestering, also supporting the notion that there's going to be a reveal somewhere. And there is, and it's the no-one reveal. She's exactly who she said she is.

Then we have The Rise of Skywalker. And Daisy Ridley herself has had a few things to say about how the story went from her being a nobody to being a capital "S" Somebody in a recent interview. We're talking about that on the show today, and how those heritage decisions reflect on the development of both the Original and the Sequel Trilogies. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-09-12-StarWars7x7-2262.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Almost entirely, the audiobook version of every new Star Wars novel is the same as the written version. In fact, I don't think there's a single Star Wars novel that has appeared as an "abridged" version in audiobook form.

That said, there are a couple of things about the text version of Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendancy (Book I: Chaos Rising) that don't appear in the audiobook version. On today's episode, for the audiobook review of Chaos Rising, I'm going to flag the differences, and discuss how and whether they affect the experience of the story as an audio performance. (Ultimately, there are a couple of things that, if you know them in advance, make for a less confusing experience.)

We'll also talk briefly about narrator Marc Thompson's performance as well as the rest of the production, and also about one element that - though small - really has the potential for sending a tingle through your skin. And it's one I missed when I went through the text version... Punch it!

(And thanks once again to Del Rey and Penguin Random House Audio for sharing advance copies of both versions of the novel with me, to review and talk about with you!)

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Direct download: 2020-09-11-StarWars7x7-2261.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Turns out the novel Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendency (Book I: Chaos Rising) tells us exactly when the "present day" events of the novel take place - and they tie in to another Thrawn novel. On today's episode of the show, we're going to go a bit into spoiler territory. Specifically, we'll talk about which previous Thrawn novel crosses paths with this new one (and, more to the point, which *part* of that other novel). We'll also talk about the spoils of the mission from that other novel, and how it leads to the other shoe dropping in the latest story. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-09-10-StarWars7x7-2260.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

In addition to the world-building that happens in Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendency (Book I: Chaos Rising), we're also learning more about how certain people connect with the Force in their worlds.

On today's episode, we're going to talk about the "sky-walkers" (yup, that's what they call them!) and Pathfinders (different from the SpecForce Pathfinders of the Rebel Alliance) we meet in Chaos Rising; how they interact with the Force; how that relates to the overall movement away from Jedi/Sith storytelling with this trilogy; and whether it opens the door for further Force abilities to appear. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-09-09-StarWars7x7-2259.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

What does a 1999 film written by Lem Dobbs and directed by Steven Soderbergh have to do with the new Star Wars novel by Timothy Zahn? And why is this new novel, Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendency (Book I: Chaos Rising), not just the start of a new trilogy, but also a spiritual sibling with one of its predecessors, Thrawn: Alliances?

I promise it will make sense when you listen or watch the non-spoiler review on tap for you today... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-09-08-StarWars7x7-2258.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We know very little about the Obi-Wan Kenobi series, especially when compared to what we know about the Cassian Andor series. For one thing, Ewan McGregor is the only officially announced cast member for that series, whereas about half a dozen have been conformed for the Cassian series.

That said, there's still a lot about the time the Cassian series is supposed to take place that we don't know, but we do know a little. I'll summarize stories and details we know about 5 BBY today, including a milestone in the life of a character who will become VERY important to Cassian in the future; the recruitment of a final member into one of the most famous Rebel cells; and when a certain droid may have joined all the fun. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-09-07-StarWars7x7-2257.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

The Obi-Wan Kenobi series takes place eight years after Revenge of the Sith. That's one of the very few things we know about it, and it's taking place during a year in the canon timeline that we don't know a lot about.

But... we do know a few things. One Star Wars novel takes place entirely during that year, and another begins in that year. Wookieepedia reminds us of a couple of ongoing events that cross through that year. But most importantly, there's actually a story about Obi-Wan rescuing an eight-year-old Luke Skywalker which takes place during that time.

On today's episode, I'll run down what we know about that year in Star Wars history, including the story of Obi-Wan's daring rescue of Luke. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-09-06-StarWars7x7-2256.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

There are a lot of reasons why you might not be able to make it to Galaxy's Edge right now, but that doesn't mean you can't experience some of the magic!

On today's episode of the show, I'll be talking about the experience of finding and enjoying videos of ridethroughs. There are no spoilers for the storylines of the rides in this episode, but we'll talk about whether there are other aspects of watching the videos that might make up for the ride getting spoiled for you... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-09-05-StarWars7x7-2255.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

So on the one hand, you have rumors and leaks and spoilers. On the other hand, you have simple logic. A few months ago on the show, in talking about the High Republic announcements, I wondered where Yoda was in all of this. He was prominently absent from any of the reveals, but he would have been in his 700s during that time, so he would have to play a role in the story, right?

Just logic, no sources. And it turned out to be right (though I probably wasn't the only one to think of it, to be sure). Lucasfilm recently announced that Yoda would be the main character in Daniel José Older's IDW comic series, Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures. On today's episode, I'll share quotes from the news story, and flag how a couple of those comments could tell us something about whether Yoda will appear in other stories, and also whether there's a parallel with American history that presages the fall of the Galactic Republic. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-09-04-StarWars7x7-2254.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

On the heels of a rumor about a Mandalorian trailer being pulled at the last minute, we talk about how rumors are handled here, overall and also pertaining to the Mandalorian season 2 trailer. That will involve discussions about media planning at big corporations, which Peter Sciretta at /Film rightly notes is meticulously planned out well in advance.

So, at best, it's unfortunate timing that the debut date of the Mandalorian was announced on the very same day that John Boyega's interview with GQ dropped, where he talks about the difficulties of being a Black man in Hollywood (and his whole life) in general, and about Star Wars in specific. At best, it's unfortunate timing, and here's hoping that's all it is. Punch it!

That said, the interview with John Boyega is not to be missed. Read it here: https://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/culture/article/john-boyega-interview-2020

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Direct download: 2020-09-03-StarWars7x7-2253.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

On the occasion of the publication of the first novel in the new Thrawn trilogy - Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendency (Book I: Chaos Rising) - author Timothy Zahn took to his Facebook page to share some behind-the-scenes details. Here's an excerpt:

With the post-REBELS era still locked down, Del Rey and LFL came up with a plan for me to write three books set in the Chiss Ascendancy that would predate Thrawn’s arrival in the Empire. By the time I heard about these discussions, everyone was already on board, which meant I didn’t have to pitch or plead or cajole. All I had to do was say yes. (Or rather, “Heck, yes.”) Even better was the fact that I was being given three books right from the get-go, the first time since the original Thrawn Trilogy that had happened.

On today's episode of the show, we'll talk about how his comments dovetail with recent Star Wars author interviews here on Star Wars 7x7, and what that post-Rebels era lock down could be about. For the record, the only other time I've heard of an era being locked down was when George Lucas told everyone to stay away from the Clone Wars, because he had future stories he wanted to tell within that era... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-09-02-StarWars7x7-2252.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

With all the things that *could* have happened if Celebration Anaheim had happened, there's a lot of potential for Star Wars surprises in September, in addition to what we already know... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-09-01-StarWars7x7-2251.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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