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Three books, three narrators! Unusual, to be sure, and on today's episode of the show, we'll talk about January LaVoy's performance in the audiobook of Victory's Price. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2021-03-05-StarWars7x7-2436.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

An interview Alexander Freed gave at the very start of the Alphabet Squadron launch hints strongly at important themes in Victory's Price. Also, a discussion of the key differences in the defector journeys of Yrica Quell and Battlefront II's Iden Versio. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2021-03-04-StarWars7x7-2435.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

When you call your book "Victory's Price," it shouldn't come as a surprise that readers are concerned for the fates of their favorite characters...

On today's episode, we're NOT going to reveal who lives and who dies in Victory's Price, the final novel in the Alphabet Squadron trilogy. But we know the Rebellion/New Republic will win the war, and we can talk about the toll it's taken on our heroes up till now, while considering the challenges they're about to face. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2021-03-03-StarWars7x7-2434.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Moving confidently between epic battles and interpersonal dramas, Alexander Freed concludes the Alphabet Squadron trilogy in spectacular fashion with Victory's Price. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2021-03-02-StarWars7x7-2433.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Animation, books, audiobooks, and comics are the main storytelling avenues where we know new things are coming in March 2021. We'll talk about those, and other places where news may be due. 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: 2021-03-01-StarWars7x7-2432.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

"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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

From short stories to comics to gift books, Spinner Sunday is here, checking out the short stuff of the Star Wars galaxy! Today a review of Amy Richau's I Love You/I Know: Lessons in Love and Friendship. Punch it!

And thanks to DK for sending me a copy to review!

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Direct download: 2021-01-31-StarWars7x7-2403.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

On our latest episode of what to watch now, or next, or what have you: the fast-paced and segment-packed first episode of The High Republic Show. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2021-01-30-StarWars7x7-2402.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

To set up the so-called golden age of the Jedi, there had to be some even further-back history set up, and we're seeing hints of it dropped by books like A Test of Courage. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2021-01-29-StarWars7x7-2401.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

The High Republic was a golden age for the Jedi for many reasons, including a wider variety of Force-fueled abilities. It highlights just how much was forgotten or lost with the rise of the Empire, and makes you wonder how much Luke Skywalker was able to recover. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2021-01-28-StarWars7x7-2400.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

It's interesting to consider the Nihil's goals both in isolation within A Test of Courage, as well as the larger story that includes Light of the Jedi. And also, what novels will be true "sequels" versus just the next story in the High Republic. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2021-01-27-StarWars7x7-2399.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

A Test of Courage, the first middle-grade novel of the High Republic publishing initiative, is great fun and introduces a Jedi prodigy who has a lifetime of growth and experience ahead of her. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2021-01-26-StarWars7x7-2398.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Cara Dune appeared in one more episode in season 2 than she did in season 1, but her involvement was more functional in terms of moving plot along, rather having a well-developed arc of her own. Unless, of course, her false talk about not being a "joiner" is going to lead to something else down the line... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2021-01-25-StarWars7x7-2397.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

On today's episode, we're talking about what Charles Soule referred to as a sort of "Chapter 0" to Light of the Jedi: "Go Together (Part 1)," the first of the new "Starlight Stories" for Star Wars Insider. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2021-01-24-StarWars7x7-2396.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

It'd take you barely any time to watch them, but the two High Republic character videos so far tell a story that goes beyond simply introducing you to two Jedi from the era. Punch it!

Here's the first two videos from the "Characters of Star Wars: The High Republic" series, featuring Vernestra Rwoh and Avar Kris:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnWuQAYBp24

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRz7bDyoRg0

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Direct download: 2021-01-23-StarWars7x7-2395.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

What makes the Nihil so dangerous, aside from their, um, nihilism? The "Paths." Think of it as the particular way they can hack hyperspace. We'll discuss further on today's show... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2021-01-22-StarWars7x7-2394.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

The Nihil we meet in Light of the Jedi are scary enough as it is. But when Marchion Ro shows his true colors... We'll talk about the Nihil and how they evolve on today's show. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2021-01-21-StarWars7x7-2393.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

From hyperspace travel to medical breakthroughs, from peacetime defenses to "Great Works" of infrastructure and culture, let's have a look at the state of the Galactic Republic in the High Republic era of Star Wars. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2021-01-20-StarWars7x7-2392.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Light of the Jedi handles the heavy lifting admirably. It has to world-build for The High Republic era, introduce a raft of new characters, and create a credible threat for the Jedi, and succeeds on nearly all counts. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2021-01-19-StarWars7x7-2391.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Our second "Mando Memos" installment focuses on what we learned about Dr. Pershing in season 2 of The Mandalorian. And we also learned there are many HUGE unanswered questions surrounding him. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2021-01-18-StarWars7x7-2390.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Trying out a new feature/series today! For "Spinner Sundays," we're looking back at seminal story arcs from comics, and kicking off with a big one - the "Son of Dathomir" Maul story that's part of the Clone Wars Legacy project. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2021-01-17-StarWars7x7-2389.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Debuting prior to The Rise of Skywalker, and with one final set released in 2020, Star Wars Roll Out ran for six story arc and 16 total episodes. And The Mandalorian picked up a thing or two from them... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2021-01-16-StarWars7x7-2388.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

So, EA's exclusivity agreement with Lucasfilm Games is coming to an end. But EA is still working on Star Wars titles! Today, what's in the works, what's not, and what's rumored... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2021-01-15-StarWars7x7-2387.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

The very good, very big week for Lucasfilm Games continues with the announcement of an open-world, story-driven game coming from Ubisoft's Massive Entertainment. But rest assured, EA isn't going anywhere. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2021-01-14-StarWars7x7-2386.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

You might look at Star Wars elements of The Sims or Minecraft and never wonder whether what you're seeing is part of 'canon' storytelling. But there's a little more complexity to the story of what goes into Star Wars video games... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2021-01-13-StarWars7x7-2385.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Lucasfilm just announced that its organizing its video games under one big brand identity umbrella, Lucasfilm Games. What does it mean, and what doesn't it? And what was left out? We'll explore today... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2021-01-12-StarWars7x7-2384.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

In a new weekly series, I'm going to take some deeper dives into specific topics related to The Mandalorian! Today, a look at what we learned about Greef Karga in season 2. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2021-01-11-StarWars7x7-2383.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

On episode 2,378, I explored potential answers to the critical High Republic question, "What scares the Jedi?" The answer I arrived at was hiding in plain sight, and today I look to the prequel trilogy to explain what it means to lose control of the Force. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2021-01-10-StarWars7x7-2382.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

A story crossed my radar that reminded me that Empire Strikes Back had a re-release in theaters in 2020 for its 40th anniversary - even with the pandemic! And it did surprisingly well for a 40-year-old movie... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2021-01-09-StarWars7x7-2381.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:17am EST

First reported by Deadline and seconded by Variety, the two Hollywood trades are reporting that Michael Waldron will be writing the script for Kevin Feige's Star Wars movie. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2021-01-08-StarWars7x7-2380.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Star Wars - in particular, the prequels and Revenge of the Sith - is helping me process what happened in the real world yesterday. And it was bad enough yesterday that I couldn't do the show without addressing it...

 

Direct download: 2021-01-07-StarWars7x7-2379.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

One of the foundational questions the High Republic storytelling creatives asked themselves was, "What scares the Jedi?" Today, we consider that question in light of recent reveals, and our own psychology, and arrive at an answer... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2021-01-06-StarWars7x7-2378.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Three distinct (and titled) phases! More novels, short stories, a graphic novel, and even a manga! The High Republic launch event revealed a massive scale and scope for this "interconnected mega-story." Punch it!

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Direct download: 2021-01-05-StarWars7x7-2377.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

The era of High Republic storytelling begins tomorrow! On today's episode, I'm taking one last look at the timeline with some new details, considering how and whether the Sith will get involved, and more. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2021-01-04-StarWars7x7-2376.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

In our final look back/look ahead episode for 2020/2021, we're looking at five categories of Star Wars storytelling: comics, video games, VR, experiential, and merchandise. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2021-01-03-StarWars7x7-2375.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

In our penultimate look back/look ahead episode, I'm focused on books and audiobooks. In addition to January March, May, and July are shaping up to be pretty big deals... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2021-01-02-StarWars7x7-2374.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

The long-awaited High Republic launch is the banner event of January 2021, but there's even more to look forward to in the world of Star Wars storytelling this month. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2021-01-01-StarWars7x7-2373.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

We're continuing our series of looks back at 2020 and ahead to 2021 today, this time heading over to Star Wars animated storytelling - and covering something we haven't yet on the show, the new news about The Bad Batch. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-12-31-StarWars7x7-2372.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

In what's generally an annual episode, we honor the lights we've lost from the Star Wars galaxy this year, including folks from behind the scenes who helped make Star Wars the amazing franchise it is today.

Direct download: 2020-12-30-StarWars7x7-2371.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

One series live, two more in the works, a bunch of rumors, a few announcements, and a lot of questions! That's the nutshell explanation of Star Wars live action in 2020 and looking ahead to 2021. We'll dig deeper today... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-12-29-StarWars7x7-2370.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

2020 started with the final movie of the Skywalker Saga in theaters, and ended with the announcement of the next movie due in theaters. We're recapping the year and looking forward to 2021 today... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-12-28-StarWars7x7-2369.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

A Lando "event series" was revealed during the Disney Investor Day, but what does that mean? That's one of the questions we're considering, while we also recap the announcement. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-12-27-StarWars7x7-2368.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

"How Star Wars Conquered the Universe" author Chris Taylor argues that Grogu should not return to The Mandalorian. The question we'll consider today is whether there's any reason for him too - and if so, what it would have to be. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-12-26-StarWars7x7-2367.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

It took an intervention of sorts to get past my concerns about how the return of Luke Skywalker could be viewed, and to reconnect with the joy my 12-year-old self would have felt on seeing his arrival. On today's episode, I'll explain/confess further, and talk about how wonderful it was - from both a left brain and a right brain perspective - that Luke's arrival seems to be the best and most logical story choice, despite anyone else's opinions. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-12-25-StarWars7x7-2366.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Season 2 of The Mandalorian compares very favorably to season 1. To be fair, season 1 had a lot of heavy lifting to do, and did it well. Once past that, season 2 was able to soar. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-12-24-StarWars7x7-2365.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

There's a lot of time unaccounted for in the life of Luke Skywalker right now! On today's episode of the show, we're going to place his actions and whereabouts in context with The Mandalorian series. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-12-23-StarWars7x7-2364.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

There's only two ways Bo-Katan could have lost the Darksaber that would require combat to get it back. The Great Purge may factor into it. And there may another Mando with a claim on it, who we haven't seen since Chapter 3. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-12-22-StarWars7x7-2363.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Not all the surprises in The Mandalorian's season 2 finale took place in the show itself. The mid-credits stinger revealed one more new series, "The Book of Boba Fett." To set the baseline, here's what we know so far... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-12-21-StarWars7x7-2362.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

On today's episode, we honor the life and work of Jeremy Bulloch, who helped bring the role of Boba Fett to life, creating a compelling on-screen persona that paved the way for the character's legendary appeal.

We'll share statements from Bulloch's website, from castmates, and from George Lucas himself. We'll also revisit a write-up from Alan Arnold's Once Upon a Galaxy: The Making of The Empire Strikes Back, which helps to draw a line all the way from Bulloch's performance to Pedro Pascal's in The Mandalorian.

 

Direct download: 2020-12-20-StarWars7x7-2361.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

The season 2 finale of The Mandalorian was filled with action and surprise, and also did something similar to the end of season 1 - wrapped up most of its story arcs without major cliffhangers. We'll compare the endings of season 1 and season 2, and talk about what the ending of the second season offers for storylines in season 3. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-12-19-StarWars7x7-2360.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

The Mando season 2 finale is out, but you can still get a spoiler-free dose of Star Wars joy by checking out today's show about Leslye Headland's upcoming Lucasfilm series, "The Acolyte." Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-12-18-StarWars7x7-2359.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Let's dig into the Disney Investor Day announcements about the two shows to be spun off from The Mandalorian - at least, the two we know about so far, Star Wars: Ahsoka and Star Wars: Rangers of the New Republic. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-12-17-StarWars7x7-2358.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

A casting announcement confirms an ongoing rumor, and a timeline change opens the door for some interesting crossover potential. Let's dig deeper into the Kenobi series news from Disney's Investor Day. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-12-16-StarWars7x7-2357.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Now that it's been a few days, we can add more context to the biggest of the announcements from last week's Disney Investor Day - Star Wars: Rogue Squadron as the 2023 Star Wars movie. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-12-15-StarWars7x7-2356.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

"The Believer," Chapter 15 of The Mandalorian, has two distinct purposes: to complete a functional task (setting up the finale's confrontation) and achieve a character arc milestone. Today, the Mandalorian Briefing on season 2, episode 7. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-12-14-StarWars7x7-2355.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Today, the second half of my conversation with Dan Zehr, host of Coffee With Kenobi and co-author of The Star Wars Book: Expand Your Knowledge of a Galaxy Far, Far Away. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-12-13-StarWars7x7-2354.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Dan Zehr returns! The Coffee With Kenobi host joins me to discuss the journey to co-authoring his first book, The Star Wars Book, alongside Cole Horton and Pablo Hidalgo. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-12-12-StarWars7x7-2353.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

I walked into this episode with at least a dozen questions unanswered about the return of Boba Fett in The Mandalorian, but they mostly spring from one central quandary that reflects on his (alleged) bounty hunting skills... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-12-11-StarWars7x7-2352.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

In Chapter 13 of The Mandalorian, Ahsoka spoke of letting Grogu's powers "fade." If that happens to untapped Jedi powers, that affects how many people can come to Grogu's aid... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-12-10-StarWars7x7-2351.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

As further Star Wars stories have been told, Yoda's comment about Luke being "the last of the Jedi" has become more difficult to understand. I think I may have hit on a solution for it, involving the Jedi Order itself. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-12-09-StarWars7x7-2350.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

In "The Tragedy" (season 2, episode 6 of The Mandalorian - or Chapter 14, if you prefer), Grogu activated the seeing stone at the Jedi Temple on Tython! He sent a message out to the galaxy, but who's out there to answer? The shortlist, on today's show... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-12-08-StarWars7x7-2349.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Today, the second half of my latest conversation with Amy Ratcliffe! She's back to discuss her latest book, Star Wars: The Jedi Mind. And we're going to dive deep... Punch it!

Here's where you can learn more about Amy and her work:

Instagram: https://instagram.com/amy_geek
Twitter: https://twitter.com/amy_geek
New! Newsletter: https://amyratcliffe.substack.com/
Website: https://www.amyratcliffe.com

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Direct download: 2020-12-07-StarWars7x7-2348.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

I'm thrilled to welcome Amy Ratcliffe back to the show! She's the author of Star Wars: The Jedi Mind, and we're going to catch up and talk about the book in the first of this two-part conversation. Punch it!

Here's where you can learn more about Amy and her work:

Instagram: https://instagram.com/amy_geek
Twitter: https://twitter.com/amy_geek
New! Newsletter: https://amyratcliffe.substack.com/
Website: https://www.amyratcliffe.com

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Direct download: 2020-12-06-StarWars7x7-2347.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Crazy surprises, non-stop action, and shocking story beats fill "The Tragedy," Chapter 14 of The Mandalorian. Full spoiler alert in effect for this Mandalorian Briefing... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-12-05-StarWars7x7-2346.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Ahsoka saying it would be better to let Grogu's powers fade than to train him is emblematic of the chronic problem the Jedi had in helping anyone in their order deal productively with fear. And I think this is a big piece of the flaw in the Jedi Order that led to its downfall - and we really haven't talked much about that aspect at all.

On today's show, we're going to talk about love and fear, about the Jedi's non-attachment approach to life, how Anakin's notion about the Jedi being "encouraged to love" wasn't just a line to seduce Padme, and how - rather than helping anyone in their order address fears in a healthy way, presumed that anyone filled with fear was a risk, instead of someone in need, someone who could learn to master their fears in a healthy way. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-12-04-StarWars7x7-2345.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

The casting for season 2 of The Mandalorian is bigger than last season, in terms of actors and characters. But are these big names just going to be one-and-done? Today, we'll discuss... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-12-03-StarWars7x7-2344.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

From movies to live-action TV, books to comics, video games to VR, and everything in between! Here's your Star Wars storytelling preview for December 2020. 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: 2020-12-02-StarWars7x7-2343.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Today, we acknowledge the Star Wars contributions of David Prowse, who struck terror into Rebel hearts as the man in the Darth Vader suit throughout the Original Trilogy. He passed away at the age of 85 on November 28th.

Read the statement from Lucasfilm, including a reflection from George Lucas, at https://www.starwars.com/news/david-prowse.

Direct download: 2020-12-01-StarWars7x7-2342.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Today, the second half of my latest conversation with Nick Martorelli, executive producer for the PRH Audio adaptation of From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back. Punch it!

What follows is the full list of questions I had for him, and I think we got to all of them, though not necessarily in this order:

Aside from the source material and the stories themselves (naturally), how was the process of doing this audiobook different from the previous From a Certain Point of View audiobook?

How does the preparation for an audiobook of short stories differ from the preparation that goes into a novel?

How has the current public health situation changed your production process?

Can you talk a bit about the casting process, as far as how and where it fits into the whole project process?

Some folks, like January LaVoy and Marc Thompson, are well known to Star Wars audiences, and have “strong suits,” as it were, based on their previous Star Wars narration experience. How do you balance your casting decisions between leaning into those strengths versus applying their talents in fresh ways?

Dion Graham is an experienced narrator doing a Star Wars project for the first time, and the similarly experienced Soneela Nankani is doing her second, after Lando’s Luck. (Emily is comparatively new, too, of course, but with more recent appearances.) Can you talk a bit about the considerations for bringing in narrators who may well be unknown to a Star Wars audience?

Jon Hamm is, of course, an accomplished actor, but doesn’t do a lot of audiobook narration – this is only his fourth PRH Audio credit, and half of those are Star-Wars related. What does he bring to the table for you, from your own experienced perspective?

I’d love to learn about the process of adapting Older’s “STET!” for an audiobook, because it’s so unique on the page.

Do you have personal favorites among the stories in the collection? Or any stories that affected the way you think about Empire as a whole?

And here are the links mentioned at the end of the conversation!

Nick on Twitter: https://twitter.com/nickmartorelli

PRH Audio: https://penguinrandomhouseaudio.com

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Direct download: 2020-11-30-StarWars7x7-2341.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Today, the first half of my conversation with Nick Martorelli, the executive producer for Penguin Random House Audio's version of The Empire Strikes Back's 40th anniversary short story celebration. Punch it!

What follows is the full list of questions I had for him, and I think we got to all of them, though not necessarily in this order:

Aside from the source material and the stories themselves (naturally), how was the process of doing this audiobook different from the previous From a Certain Point of View audiobook?

How does the preparation for an audiobook of short stories differ from the preparation that goes into a novel?

How has the current public health situation changed your production process?

Can you talk a bit about the casting process, as far as how and where it fits into the whole project process?

Some folks, like January LaVoy and Marc Thompson, are well known to Star Wars audiences, and have “strong suits,” as it were, based on their previous Star Wars narration experience. How do you balance your casting decisions between leaning into those strengths versus applying their talents in fresh ways?

Dion Graham is an experienced narrator doing a Star Wars project for the first time, and the similarly experienced Soneela Nankani is doing her second, after Lando’s Luck. (Emily is comparatively new, too, of course, but with more recent appearances.) Can you talk a bit about the considerations for bringing in narrators who may well be unknown to a Star Wars audience?

Jon Hamm is, of course, an accomplished actor, but doesn’t do a lot of audiobook narration – this is only his fourth PRH Audio credit, and half of those are Star-Wars related. What does he bring to the table for you, from your own experienced perspective?

I’d love to learn about the process of adapting Older’s “STET!” for an audiobook, because it’s so unique on the page.

Do you have personal favorites among the stories in the collection? Or any stories that affected the way you think about Empire as a whole?

And here are the links mentioned at the end of the conversation!

Nick on Twitter: https://twitter.com/nickmartorelli

PRH Audio: https://penguinrandomhouseaudio.com

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Direct download: 2020-11-29-StarWars7x7-2340.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

The worst-kept secret is out of the bag with "The Jedi," Chapter 13 of The Mandalorian (or episode 5 from season 2, if you prefer). And this episode also opens another huge door... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-11-28-StarWars7x7-2339.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Before we get to the second half of the second season of The Mandalorian (Ahsoka, anyone?), we dig into the two big reveals from Chapter 12: The Siege. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-11-27-StarWars7x7-2338.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

On a day where gratitude is the thing, I share my gratefulness to Andy and Josh for inviting me onto their Holochronicles Podcast earlier this week to talk about The Mandalorian and Mando Monday... Punch it!

This episode features an excerpt of that conversation, and you can catch the whole thing right here!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W53utxszX6M

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Direct download: 2020-11-26-StarWars7x7-2337.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST