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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

The Mandalorian season 2 requires a lot less set up than season 1 did, and the creative team is using that time to maximum effect. Here's our mid-season review... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-11-25-StarWars7x7-2336.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Sure, Lucasfilm is releasing a lot of fun, funky, and fascinating merchandise on these "Mando Mondays" following each episode of The Mandalorian, but are we learning anything more about the show as a result? Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-11-24-StarWars7x7-2335.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

In the second half of my conversation with Cole Horton, co-author of The Star Wars Book, we're diving into sections of the book and the joys of bringing in details from across a range of media. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-11-23-StarWars7x7-2334.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

A three-time guest this year, Cole Horton returns to the podcast to discuss his latest contribution to the galaxy far, far away in The Star Wars Book. From DK Publishing (thanks for the review copy!), this new Star Wars reference book is not your typical DK offering - instead of the short summaries and factoid captions, this one features long-form essays that allowed Horton (along with co-authors Pablo Hidalgo and Dan Zehr) to really dig into their topics and explore deeper themes across Star Wars storytelling. Today, I'm sharing the first half of my conversation with Cole. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-11-22-StarWars7x7-2333.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Mando returns to a renewed Nevarro, and what should be a simple clean-up job uncovers a deep, dark hole where Moff Gideon's true desires reside. "The Siege" is Chapter 12 of The Mandalorian, and this is our official briefing... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-11-21-StarWars7x7-2332.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

"The Heiress," Chapter 11 of The Mandalorian, introduces more complexity to the history of Mandalore in the past 12 years, packs big reveals, and continues a monster trend. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-11-20-StarWars7x7-2331.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

42 years later, a new Star Wars Holiday Special arrives - a LEGO one! On today's show, a non-spoiler review, and a note about the important treatment of one sequel-era character. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-11-19-StarWars7x7-2330.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Today, I'm bringing back the second half of my Star Wars Holiday Special 40th Anniversary interview with Hollywood comedy writer extraordinaire and co-writer on the Special. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-11-18-StarWars7x7-2329.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Happy Life Day! In honor of the occasion, I'm bringing back the 40th anniversary interview I did with Bruce Vilanch, one of the writers of the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-11-17-StarWars7x7-2328.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Here's part two of my two-part interview with author Preeti Chhibber, and today we're going to be talking about her wonderfully inspirational "Star Wars: A Jedi You Will Be." Punch it!

Follow her exploits on Twitter at https://twitter.com/runwithskizzers, and check out her website at https://t.co/wocPTXOF8m?amp=1!

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Direct download: 2020-11-16-StarWars7x7-2327.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Today, the first of a two-part conversation with Preeti Chhibber! In this half of the conversation, we'll be talking about Anakin and Padme in her Clone-Wars-inspired story "Hostage Crisis" from Stores of Light and Dark. Punch it!

Follow her exploits on Twitter at https://twitter.com/runwithskizzers, and check out her website at https://t.co/wocPTXOF8m?amp=1.

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Direct download: 2020-11-15-StarWars7x7-2326.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

In our last discussion about the book version of "From a Certain Point of View," the short story collection celebrating The Empire Strikes Back, we're going to look at a couple of threads we haven't covered yet... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-11-14-StarWars7x7-2325.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Perhaps because the action gets so personal in the final act of The Empire Strikes Back, the stories in "From a Certain Point of View" short story collection related to that final act - while still interesting - are also more hit-and-miss in terms of their emotional impact. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-11-13-StarWars7x7-2324.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Today, a sampling of the highlights from the second act of The Empire Strikes Back, as depicted through perspectives both popular and unusual, in the "From a Certain Point of View" short story collection. Punch it!

 

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Direct download: 2020-11-12-StarWars7x7-2323.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Hoth, the search for it, the battle there, and the escape from it, are the focus of the first dozen or so tales for the The Empire Strikes Back edition of the "From a Certain Point of View" short story collection. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-11-11-StarWars7x7-2322.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

The story of The Empire Strikes Back, as told by bit players, creatures, a Force ghost, and more! Here's our non-spoiler review of the latest "From a Certain Point of View" short story collection. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-11-10-StarWars7x7-2321.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 6:13pm EST

Today, the second half of my interview with Daniel Wallace, author/co-author of more than 50 books - many of them Star Wars one! - including last month's Star Wars: The Lightsaber Collection. Punch it!

To see what Daniel will be getting up to in the future, check him out on Twitter: https://twitter.com/danwallaceMSP

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Direct download: 2020-11-09-StarWars7x7-2320.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

He's back, and for "real" this time! Last month, I featured an email interview with author Daniel Wallace (most recently, Star Wars: The Lightsaber Collection). Today, the first of a two-part real-time conversation. Punch it!

To see what Daniel will be getting up to in the future, check him out on Twitter: https://twitter.com/danwallaceMSP

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Direct download: 2020-11-08-StarWars7x7-2319.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Less Easter eggs, more egg-related scenes by turns comedic and horrifying, permeate "The Passenger," Chapter 10 of The Mandalorian (or, season 2, episode 2).

On today's episode of the show, we'll break down all the subtle details for you, including the tribute to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, to Star Wars Rebels, the Alien franchise, and much more. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-11-07-StarWars7x7-2318.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

The Mandalorian and Baby Yoda will appear in the LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special, and if you ever needed something fun to take your mind off of things in the world, this will be it.

On today's episode of the show, we'll also talk about the logline for Chapter 10 of The Mandalorian (out today!), a real-world Mustafar, and how the new LEGO show coming November 17th could fill the void you may have felt at the end of the Skywalker Saga. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-11-06-StarWars7x7-2317.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Ron Howard was recently asked about the prospects for a sequel to Solo: A Star Wars Story. While he was definitive in his answer, there's still an aspect or two that are worth discussing further... Punch it!

And particular credit goes to Star Wars News Net and their Resistance Broadcast podcast for starting and driving the #MakeSolo2Happen movement!

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Direct download: 2020-11-05-StarWars7x7-2316.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

On the one hand, The Mandalorian season 2 premiere was highly enjoyable. On the other hand, did they have to build on *that* story, or would they have been better off building a new one?

On today's episode of the show, I'm taking some time to meditate on the value of mystery and unclosed story loops in Star Wars storytelling - even as I find it enjoyable to close some of them! - and how Star Wars, in its reflexive approach to define everything, may leave little room for our own wonder and imagination to play. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-11-04-StarWars7x7-2315.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Merch from Mando Mondays can reveal details about The Mandalorian - including the relative importance of a character to the future of the show. Today, an analysis... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-11-03-StarWars7x7-2314.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

What's coming in Star Wars storytelling in November 2020? The Mandalorian captures the headlines, of course, and the very first High Republic story debuts, "beyond" books and comics. Punch it!

We don't cover all the categories, 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: 2020-11-02-StarWars7x7-2313.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

The Mandalorian Chapter 9, "The Marshal," has so many little winks and nods to all corners of Star Wars storytelling - and to some familiar non-Star-Wars movie tropes, too. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-11-01-StarWars7x7-2312.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 2:00am EST

The wait is over! Mando season 2 debuted yesterday, and in addition to closing the loop on a 5-year-old and a 37-year-old story, we also found out the Mandalorian's plan for finding the Jedi. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-10-31-StarWars7x7-2311.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

To help you avoid spoilers for the first episode of season 2 of The Mandalorian, it's a safe zone episode today! We're catching up on the news about a Willow series coming to Disney+, which matters particularly to Star Wars fans because Dave Filoni considers Willow to be part of a larger "Lucasverse" with very subtle connections to Star Wars... Punch it!

Here's the official press release about it:
https://www.lucasfilm.com/news/jon-m-chu-to-direct-lucasfilms-willow-series-for-disney/

And here's the behind-the-scenes blog post I mentioned on today's show:
https://www.lucasfilm.com/news/forget-all-you-know-behind-the-story-and-creation-of-willow/

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Direct download: 2020-10-30-StarWars7x7-2310.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

It's nice to know that the writers and filmmakers for The Mandalorian are making connections with other realms of Star Wars storytelling, including Rogue One and The Clone Wars...

On our last deeper dive into the first season of The Mandalorian, we're considering episode #8, Redemption. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-10-29-StarWars7x7-2309.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Nevarro - the planet from which Greef Karga runs the Bounty Hunter's Guild in The Mandalorian - has been a bit of a puzzle. Season 1's "The Reckoning" puts some pieces together. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-10-28-StarWars7x7-2308.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

The first of the new/regular Mando Mondays events happened, and while toys and merch aren't the focus of our show, what they reveal about characters and story falls right in our wheelhouse. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-10-27-StarWars7x7-2307.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Word continues to spread about Mando's troubles with Guild, and though "The Prisoner" - season 1, episode 6 - doesn't advance the tale, it gives us insight into Din Djarin's backstory, and how he's changed over the years. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-10-26-StarWars7x7-2306.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

The Gunslinger, episode 5 from season 1 of The Mandalorian, has the least amount of season-overarching information to it, but the one piece it does have is kind of surprising. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-10-25-StarWars7x7-2305.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

In our continuing deeper dive into the episodes from season 1 of The Mandalorian, we're discussing "Sanctuary," episode 4. Which means discussing the Mandalorian's poor babysitting skills, the concept of "filler" episodes and whether this one should have that label, the passage of time in the episode, a couple of still unanswered questions, and more. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-10-24-StarWars7x7-2304.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

What do the Bondsmen's Guild, the Mandalorian covert, and the Empire remnant know about each other in The Mandalorian? We examine the details and damage today, as we dig deeper into "The Sin," episode 3 from season 1 of The Mandalorian. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-10-23-StarWars7x7-2303.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

As we approach the season 2 premiere of The Mandalorian, we're looking back at all the episodes of season 1 with the benefit of hindsight. Today, what we learned about Din Djarin's character - including his similarity to Luke Skywalker in the Original Trilogy - in episode 2, The Child. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-10-22-StarWars7x7-2302.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

As we count down to season 2 of The Mandalorian, we're examining season 1 episodes in light of the full season, to glean new insights and flag unanswered questions. On today's episode, we'll talk about The Mandalorian's rules of engagement with adversaries; his feelings about the Empire; what Chapter 1 suggests about the current status of Mandalore five years after the fall of the Empire; and much more. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-10-21-StarWars7x7-2301.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

What does the evolution of religion and government in our own world potentially tell us about how the Jedi of the High Republic era become the Jedi of the Clone Wars era?

On today's episode of the show, I'm following up on a topic we brushed across yesterday, thanks to the interview with Daniel Wallace, author of Star Wars: The Lightsaber Collection. That reignited something I've been wanting to pursue for a while, about how religion gave way to government as the dominant force (no pun intended) in people's lives and on the world stage.

I think there's a potential parallel between that evolution in our own lives and in the way that it could play out in the galaxy far, far away. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-10-20-StarWars7x7-2300.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

So, here's the deal again with Star Wars: The Lightsaber Collection:

Star Wars: The Lightsaber Collection is a comprehensive visual guide exploring the iconic and legendary lightsabers found within the Star Wars galaxy, featuring fan-favorite hilts from the Skywalker saga, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, comics, novels, & video games.

And here's the official bio for its author, Daniel Wallace:

Daniel Wallace is the author or coauthor of more than fifty books, including The Jedi Path, Ghostbusters: The Ultimate Visual History, The World According to Spider-Man, Warcraft: Behind the Dark Portal, and The New York Times best-selling Star Wars: The New Essential Guide to Characters. His specialty is exploring the underpinnings of popular fictional universes.

I'm so grateful to Daniel Wallace and Insight Editions for making this interview possible! Today, we're going to talk more about his approach to the book, about the High Republic lightsaber included in book, and about his own particular lightsaber preferences. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-10-19-StarWars7x7-2299.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Today, the first half of my email interview with Daniel Wallace, author/co-author of more than 50 books, including his latest for Lucasfilm, Star Wars: The Lightsaber Collection. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-10-18-StarWars7x7-2298.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Disney just announced a big reorganization, with changes to how content is created and distributed. But what does this mean for Star Wars in general - and season 3 of The Mandalorian in specific? Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-10-17-StarWars7x7-2297.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

On today's episode, I'll go over what little we know about Baby Yoda ("The Child") so far, relate it to what we knew from Legends about the actual Yoda's early life, and project it into Baby Yoda's future. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-10-16-StarWars7x7-2296.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

New info from a Star Wars reference book allows us to pin down a timeline for Din Djarin - aka The Mandalorian - and also, draw some very strong potential connections to Sabine Wren. One today's show, I'll connect those dots... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-10-15-StarWars7x7-2295.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

The writers of all eight episodes for The Mandalorian season 2 have been revealed, and unlike the director situation - which is very different from season 1 - the writing situation is very similar. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-10-14-StarWars7x7-2294.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

A new Mandalorian season 2 commercial reveals more about the ice cave, and new character posters feature a couple of Star Wars species in their graffiti...

On today's episode of the show, I'll flag what's new about the commercial, and we'll dig into some background information about a species with a red "NO" circle and slash through it - plus, one other option for where we are when we arrive on the graffitied planet. Punch it!

Here's where you can see the character posters:
https://twitter.com/disneyplus/status/1315653533186682880

And here's where you can see the new commercial:
https://twitter.com/CultureCrave/status/1315699276828176384

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Direct download: 2020-10-13-StarWars7x7-2293.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

In our latest "What to Watch Now" installment, we're highlighting part of a conversation with the High Republic authors about how different Jedi experience and interact with the Force.

In case you weren't aware of it, New York Comic-Con was supposed to happen this weekend, and it did ... from a certain point of view. They had a bunch of virtual panels, one of which was focused entirely on the High Republic. All five authors were there (Claudia Gray, Justina Ireland, Daniel Jose Older, Cavan Scott, and Charles Soule), as well as the architect of the initiative, Lucasfilm's Michael Siglain.

On today's episode of the show, we'll cover the notable things they revealed and discussed, and I'll point you to where in the video of the session they talked about how their Jedi characters perceive the Force. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-10-12-StarWars7x7-2292.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Pulling information from publisher's summaries, interviews, excerpts, and more, we can actually piece together a lot about the "Great Disaster" that kicks off the High Republic publishing initiative, and in particular the events at the beginning of Light of the Jedi by Charles Soule... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-10-11-StarWars7x7-2291.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Light of the Jedi writer Charles Soule recently talked about the process of how the timeframe of the High Republic was determined, which opens up some fun behind-the-scenes conversation...

We'll talk about that today, and also about the other publishers involved in the High Republic initiative. It's not just Del Rey, Disney LFL Press, Marvel, and IDW - there are six other publishers involved, and what they've done in the past provides clues to what they'll be doing for the formerly-known-as-Project-Luminous saga. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-10-10-StarWars7x7-2290.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

As New York Comic-Con reveals start to arrive, we're checking in on a couple of news stories about The High Republic publishing initiative that we haven't covered yet... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-10-09-StarWars7x7-2289.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

It's a milestone episode, but not for anything to do with the episode number, obviously. It happens to be my birthday, and a round-number one at that. And Star Wars, and this podcast journey with you, is still as exciting as ever. Punch it!

And if I may humbly share my birthday wish with you, it's to be able to do this show as my full time gig.

If you enjoy the podcast, and you think it's worth supporting this daily dose of Star Wars joy, there are a few ways you can help:

1. Rate the show on iTunes. As of this writing, we're at 197 ratings. It would be fantastic to break 200 today! https://sw7x7.com/itunes

2. Review the show on iTunes. Ratings are terrific, to be sure. As far as iTunes is concerned, reviews are even better, because that takes extra effort. And it helps more people find Star Wars 7x7 when they're looking for Star Wars podcasts to listen to. https://sw7x7.com/itunes

3. Tell a friend. If you like Star Wars and podcasts, chances are you know other folks who like Star Wars and podcasts. Today would be a great day to let a bunch of folks know about this show!

4. Check out my "Hyperspacing Hope" talk ... on the official TED website! Yes, my TEDx talk from last year was promoted up to the big leagues, along with several of my fellow speakers from last year's event. https://sw7x7.com/ted

5. Get the (Unofficial) Force Awakens Trivia Book on Amazon. It features 501+ galaxy-spanning questions and answers from the first of the sequel movies. https://sw7x7.com/tfa

6. Become a Patron of the show. There are shows with thousands of Patrons, and I hope to get there someday as well. For now, adding two more, or fifty-two more, would be wonderful. https://patreon.com/sw7x7

7. Sponsorship. We've had sponsors and affiliate arrangements on the show, and it's the biggest thing that's moved the needle in terms of getting closer to doing the show as a full-time affair. It's also a very particular thing, because it has to be an authentic fit between you, me, and the sponsor. If you or someone you know is associated with a brand you think would do well on the show, let's talk. https://sw7x7.com/sponsors

Thank you for indulging me in sharing my birthday wish list. :-) Now, on with the show!

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Direct download: 2020-10-08-StarWars7x7-2288.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

The characters in the "From a Certain Point of View" stories for The Empire Strikes Back 40th anniversary collection have been revealed! We'll run them down today... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-10-07-StarWars7x7-2287.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Celebrating reading and encouraging literacy, Star Wars Reads is back for 2020! Today, a limited-time free book download offer leads to a discussion about the 10 YA books in the new Star Wars canon...

That free download offer is for Zoraida Cordova's A Crash of Fate, and it's available for US residents through October 9. Here's the link where you can go to pick your favorite ebook seller and get it: https://books.disney.com/book/a-crash-of-fate/

While we're at it, we're going to run down all ten YA novels in the new Star Wars canon, which are:

Queen's Peril (E.K. Johnston)
Queen's Shadow (E.K. Johnston)
Ahsoka (E.K. Johnston)
Most Wanted (Rae Carson)
Rebel Rising (Beth Revis)
Lost Stars (Claudia Gray)
Leia, Princess of Alderaan (Claudia Gray)
Poe Dameron: Free Fall (Alex Segura)
Force Collector (Kevin Shinick)
A Crash of Fate (Zoraida Cordova)

Though I won't attempt to rank them, I'll talk about which one seems to have received the best reviews overall, which one is my own personal favorite, and share a quote from Zoraida Cordova about Star Wars storytelling that particularly resonated with me... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-10-06-StarWars7x7-2286.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

It's ironic, in a way, that soap opera would pave the way for space opera. But it's happening as we speak. In the US, you have shows like General Hospital (on which Mark Hamill had a brief stint, as pictured!), Days of Our Lives, and The Bold and the Beautiful. Across the pond, you have shows like EastEnders, Coronation Street, and Hollyoaks.

These soap operas - also known as serials, funnily enough - are already back in production, with new protocols to protect the safety of cast and crew during the pandemic. Now that they've been running for three months or more without a major incident, it's time to consider the possibility that Star Wars in specific, and Hollywood in general, may be able to get back to live action production themselves very soon.

On today's show, we'll talk more about what soaps have been doing both in front of and behind the camera, and explore an altogether different way they could make it happen, which would also support the secrecy of Star Wars productions. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-10-05-StarWars7x7-2285.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

An Instagram Story on the German localized Disney+ account seems to have confirmed the presence of Rosario Dawson and Timothy Olyphant for season 2. But not all of the information you may have seen about this online is exactly accurate. And we need to talk about an elephant in the room... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-10-04-StarWars7x7-2284.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

In our latest What to Watch Now segment, we examine a couple of behind-the-scenes videos that reveal The Mandalorian's technical wizardry - and a surprising connection to The Clone Wars. Punch it!

Here are the links to where the videos referenced in this episode live:

This Mandalorian Video Illustrates Just How Wild the Production Was
https://io9.gizmodo.com/this-mandalorian-video-illustrates-just-how-wild-the-pr-1845052483

This VFX Reel Shows Some of The Mandalorian's Best Moments Coming Together
https://io9.gizmodo.com/this-vfx-reel-shows-some-of-the-mandalorians-best-momen-1844970961

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Direct download: 2020-10-03-StarWars7x7-2283.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Star Wars Squadrons is out today! The fourth console game from Electronic Arts is only getting partial reviews so far, and of those, there's a lot of positives, but also not entirely so.

Looking at the early reviews also offers a rather interesting peek behind the scenes at the reviewing aspect of the video game industry, since there were only certain things that could be tested in time to get a story posted on release day. We'll talk about that, about what's covered in the reviews, and where the bright and not-so-bright spots seem to be, based on the reviews out there so far. I'll say that, on first blush, it looks like video-game-specific outlets are being harder on the story mode than more general entertainment review outlets... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-10-02-StarWars7x7-2282.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

We've divided the Star Wars storytelling media into ten distinct groups, and on today's show, we'll tell you what's coming up in October (if anything) for each and every one. Punch it!

The categories are:

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

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Direct download: 2020-10-01-StarWars7x7-2281.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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!

LINKS
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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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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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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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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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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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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