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Syndication

If there's one thing that's clear from what we're highlighting in the "What to Watch Now" feature today, it's the joy that everyone brings and feels to making The Mandalorian. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2021-02-28-StarWars7x7-2431.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

I debated whether it was worth saying anything on the podcast about me getting COVID, but in case just one person listening needs to hear a "stay strong" kind of message right now, well, here we go.

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Direct download: 2021-02-27-StarWars7x7-2430.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

There's not one "thing" that makes Star Wars "Star Wars," but Force users are such a strong part that - if post-Skywalker-Saga storytelling didn't include them - then Star Wars would be lacking something crucial. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2021-02-26-StarWars7x7-2429.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We're continuing our look at post-Skywalker-Saga storytelling, and the trends we're seeing from Lucasfilm as it moves into this new era. As opposed to yesterday's "scoundrels at the margins," today's "damaged do-gooders" did set out to be good folks, but are haunted by what they've done in the name of the light. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2021-02-25-StarWars7x7-2428.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Yesterday we talked about a certain kind of story that's becoming prevalent in the post-Skywalker-Saga era. Today, we're exploring a kind of character that's becoming ever more prominent. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2021-02-24-StarWars7x7-2427.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

What would Star Wars storytelling look like, once the Skywalker Saga was complete? Now that more than a year has gone by, some patterns have emerged. On today's episode, we're starting a miniseries of looks at the directions Lucasfilm is taking, starting with the concept of the grand interconnected story initiative. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2021-02-23-StarWars7x7-2426.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Migs Mayfeld became a multi-dimensional character in season 2 of The Mandalorian, and his arc within his lone episode appearance subverted any expectation you might have had for him. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2021-02-22-StarWars7x7-2425.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

The conclusion of a new High Republic story also signals a continued investment in a unique in-universe perspective on the events of this big storytelling initiative. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2021-02-21-StarWars7x7-2424.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Amy Richau is the author of her first Star Wars book, "I Love You. I Know. Lessons in Love and Friendship"! And she's back on the show to talk about the experience. Punch it!

Here's Amy's bio:

Amy Richau is a regular contributor to the official Star Wars website (StarWars.com) and the magazine Star Wars Insider. Her work has also appeared in Nerdist, Screenrant, and she wrote about the Denver Broncos for several outlets over the years including Mile High Report.

She worked as a researcher for the docu-series about female Star Wars fandom "Looking for Leia" and she's been researching female Star Wars characters and women who worked behind the scenes on Star Wars projects for the 365 Star Wars Women Project. (365 Star Wars started out at the beginning of 2018 as 365 Star Wars Women. In this project she highlights a new female character, actress, writer, producer, or artist from Star Wars films, TV shows, books, comics, and more every day.)

She has a background in film history, analysis, and preservation from academic and archive work at UC Santa Barbara, The George Eastman House, the UCLA Film & Television Archives, YCM Laboratories, and The Lucasfilm Film Archive at Skywalker Ranch.

And here are the sites and socials mentioned in the show:

Website: https://365starwars.com
IG: https://instagram.com/365starwars
Twitter: https://twitter.com/365_starwars (note the underscore) and https://twitter.com/amyrichau

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Direct download: 2021-02-20-StarWars7x7-2423.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

First-person shooter? Multiplayer co-op? Arena challenges? Today, we're sorting out the details of the newly announced Star Wars: Hunters game, including some intriguing elements about its placement in the storytelling timeline. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2021-02-19-StarWars7x7-2422.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

This notion of epic Star Wars storytelling initiatives with a tale told across a variety of outlets has taken on a more niche application. Today, history, context, and news about the just-announced "War of the Bounty Hunters," led by a High Republic writer. Punch it!

In case you want to dive deeper:

The Legends version of Boba's time between Empire and Jedi:
https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Boba_Fett/Legends#Pursued_by_Rebels_and_bounty_hunters

The new storytelling initiative news:
https://www.starwars.com/news/war-of-the-bounty-hunters-exclusive

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Direct download: 2021-02-18-StarWars7x7-2421.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Rian Johnson confirms - yet again - that his Star Wars trilogy is still a thing. And the language of it makes us dig and discover an important story we missed from 2019... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2021-02-17-StarWars7x7-2420.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

The question "What scares the Jedi?" was crucial to the development of the High Republic storytelling initiative. it seems that, in the process, they've also revealed what scares the Sith.

On today's episode, we'll talk about why it is that a group of villains from Into the Dark are the ones that scare the Sith. And - perhaps more importantly - we'll talk about Star Wars history timelines, and why the timelines suggested that the Jedi should be extremely worried, and not just about the villains from that book. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2021-02-16-StarWars7x7-2419.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Last we saw the Armorer, she was salvaging what she could from the Mandalorian covert before leaving Nevarro. She didn't appear in season 2, but a reappearance in season 3 would be filled with drama. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2021-02-15-StarWars7x7-2418.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Penguin Random House Audio Executive Producer Nick Martorelli dives even deeper into the process of creating Star Wars audiobooks as we complete our conversation about the new High Republic titles. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2021-02-14-StarWars7x7-2417.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

How do you create an audio experience that *feels* like Star Wars and yet is a new galactic experience all its own? That's the crux of my latest conversation with Penguin Random House Audio Executive Producer Nick Martorelli. Punch it!

In the first half of the interview, we'll talk about just what an executive producer does for the creation of an audiobook (it's a LOT), and then break that down in terms of how it played out for the creation of an audiobook experience for the High Republic storytelling initiative...

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Direct download: 2021-02-13-StarWars7x7-2416.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

"Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future," a Lucasfilm spokesperson said in a statement. After that first announcement on Wednesday evening, we can add a bit of context to the news. Punch it!

Here's the story from THR that we discuss in the episode, and which goes into detail about the social media posts that led to this action:
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/the-mandalorian-star-gina-carano-fired-amid-social-media-controversy

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Direct download: 2021-02-12-StarWars7x7-2415.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

From becoming a Wayseeker to taking the Barash Vow, and discussing what comes more naturally to some Force users than others versus learning by sheer willpower, we're diving into new things we learn about the Force and the Jedi in Into the Dark. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2021-02-11-StarWars7x7-2414.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

After listening back to the non-spoiler review of Into the Dark, I realized that anything I said about the character Geode likely made no sense at all. So we'll briefly discuss the lack of official information about some characters from the new novel, but really, we're here to talk about the hilarity of Geode. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2021-02-10-StarWars7x7-2413.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Nearly everyone has a history catching up to them in Into the Dark, the High Republic YA novel by Claudia Gray. It's unusually structured, uniquely entertaining, and features the best running comedy gag in all of the new canon. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2021-02-09-StarWars7x7-2412.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

While we didn't learn anything new about "The Client" during season 2 of The Mandalorian, Chapter 12 (The Siege) helped to show The Client's activities from season 1 in a new light. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2021-02-08-StarWars7x7-2411.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

BUCKETS OF BLOOD!!! Yes, we're kicking off the second half of the conversation with Daniel Jose Older by exploring the inspiration for Jedi Master Torban Buck... Punch it!

Here's Daniel's official bio:

Daniel José Older, a lead story architect on the Star Wars cross-platform initiative The High Republic, is the New York Times bestselling author of the sci-fi adventure Flood City, the Middle-Grade historical fantasy series Dactyl Hill Squad, The Book of Lost Saints, the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series, Star Wars: Last Shot, and the award-winning Young Adult series the Shadowshaper Cypher, which won the International Latino Book Award and was shortlisted for the Kirkus Prize in Young Readers’ Literature, the Andre Norton Award, the Locus, the Mythopoeic Award, and named one of Esquire’s 80 Books Every Person Should Read and one of Time’s best fantasy books of all time. He co-wrote the upcoming graphic novel Death’s Day and writes the monthly IDW comic book series The High Republic Adventures. You can find more info and read about his decade long career as an NYC paramedic at http://danieljoseolder.net/.

He's also on Twitter:
https://twitter.com/djolder/

And TikTok:
https://www.tiktok.com/@danieljoseolder

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Direct download: 2021-02-07-StarWars7x7-2410.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

I'm thrilled to finally debut this episode! Daniel and I had this conversation back on January 19th, but since we were talking about his Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures, I needed to hold this until after issue #1 came out, which was earlier this week. Punch it!

So, we'll start by talk about about the notion of a "lead story architect" (see in his bio), about adapting his writing style for the comics space, and much more...

Here's his official bio:

Daniel José Older, a lead story architect on the Star Wars cross-platform initiative The High Republic, is the New York Times bestselling author of the sci-fi adventure Flood City, the Middle-Grade historical fantasy series Dactyl Hill Squad, The Book of Lost Saints, the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series, Star Wars: Last Shot, and the award-winning Young Adult series the Shadowshaper Cypher, which won the International Latino Book Award and was shortlisted for the Kirkus Prize in Young Readers’ Literature, the Andre Norton Award, the Locus, the Mythopoeic Award, and named one of Esquire’s 80 Books Every Person Should Read and one of Time’s best fantasy books of all time. He co-wrote the upcoming graphic novel Death’s Day and writes the monthly IDW comic book series The High Republic Adventures. You can find more info and read about his decade long career as an NYC paramedic at http://danieljoseolder.net/.

He's also on Twitter:
https://twitter.com/djolder/

And TikTok:
https://www.tiktok.com/@danieljoseolder

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Direct download: 2021-02-06-StarWars7x7-2409.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

The other major announcement (aside from Andor) that we never talked about after the Disney Investor Day was The Bad Batch! So today, let's revisit that heady trailer filled with planetary arrival shots... Punch it!

BTW, here was the official description from July 2020 - which was repeated verbatim on the official Star Wars website within the rest of the Disney Investor Day announcements:

The series follows the elite and experimental clones of the Bad Batch (first introduced in The Clone Wars) as they find their way in a rapidly changing galaxy in the immediate aftermath of the Clone War. Members of Bad Batch — a unique squad of clones who vary genetically from their brothers in the Clone Army — each possess a singular exceptional skill, which makes them extraordinarily effective soldiers and a formidable crew. In the post-Clone War era, they will take on daring mercenary missions as they struggle to stay afloat and find new purpose.

And if you haven't seen the sizzle reel yet, check it out here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YB9DIxdB198

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Direct download: 2021-02-05-StarWars7x7-2408.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

You know, we never talked about the Andor series updates that came from the Disney Investor Day! Well, let's correct that, shall we? And let's see what's new since then, too... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2021-02-04-StarWars7x7-2407.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Blizzards. White-outs. Multiple avalanches. And Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher weren't even supposed to be there! That's just the tip of the glacier when it comes to the insanity of the Hoth location shoot. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2021-02-03-StarWars7x7-2406.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

It's an actual, honest-to-goodness snow day at the Star Wars 7x7 studio! So today, an appreciation of the Star Wars content that lives rent-free in my head - the Hoth sequence. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2021-02-02-StarWars7x7-2405.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

It's a short month and a comparatively quiet month - as far as we know - in the world of Star Wars storytelling. We *know* about releases in three of our categories, and I think we're likely to get announcements in at least two more of them. We'll talk about the real and the possible on today's show... Punch it!

We don't cover all the categories this month, because there's not notable news in all of them, but for the refresher, here's what they are...

Movies
Live-action TV
Animation
Books
Audiobooks
Comics
Virtual Reality
Video Games
Experiential (Events/Conventions/Parks)
Merchandise

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Direct download: 2021-02-01-StarWars7x7-2404.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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