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September 2020
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Remember Force Fridays and Rogue Friday? Well, Mando Mondays is their spiritual successor, and the surprises have already begun. Here's what we learned... Punch it!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here's Alex's short bio:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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

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

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

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

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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

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

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

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

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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

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

General Hux
Luke
Maz Kanata
Phasma
Poe
Resistance Leadership
Snoke

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

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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

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

DJ
Finn
Kylo Ren/Ben Solo
Leia
Rey
Rose
Yoda

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

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

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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

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

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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

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

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

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

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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

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

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

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

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

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And here's her bio...

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

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

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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

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

And these are the questions I had prepped for her:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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

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

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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

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

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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

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

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

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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

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

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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

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

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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

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

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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

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

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

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

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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

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

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

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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

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

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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

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

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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

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

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

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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

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

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

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

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

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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

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

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

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

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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

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

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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

Here's what to expect in today's episode, based on what I wrote back then:

[Lucas] talks about the financial investment he made by committing to Empire. What will it take to break even, what will happen if it doesn’t make enough money, and what he dreams of creating with the hoped-for revenues of the film, as well as the challenges of making Star Wars a self-sustaining enterprise.

It is pretty astounding stuff (what he reveals, that is). Punch it!

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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

Here's what I said in prep for the episode:

Lucas gets personal with his discussions about how he prefers to work, what’s on the line for him creatively and financially, and shares some things that, had he remembered them 20 years later, the prequels might have been much different.

Now, let's dig into the details... Punch it!

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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

I was a little worked up over this part, apparently. Here's what I said about it back then:

In this episode’s set of interview questions, Lucas talks about the directing and not directing, and arrrgh!! What happened from 1979 to 1999 that he changed his mind about this?!

Well, have a listen today and find out why... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-07-29-StarWars7x7-2217.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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

Here's what I said about this episode at the time:

Today’s set of questions continues the theme of control and translating his vision to the other professionals creating the movie reality, as well as a brief meditation on the importance of attention to detail in the Star Wars universe – an endeavor that’s fraught with more danger than you’d expect!

So, let's get into it ... again. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-07-28-StarWars7x7-2216.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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

Here's what I said about this episode at the time:

What’s more, memory is a slippery thing. We know Lucas has changed his story over the years about the movies and the process and so forth … and I’m certain not all of those changes are intentional. (Unlike his Special Edition changes!) Part of it is for public perception and posterity, to be sure. And, eventually, all of us as people remember the stories the way that we want them to be told, and maybe the facts change, get mixed around, edited, ret-connned in the process.

So today, we dive in to the first of multiple Lucas interview episodes. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-07-27-StarWars7x7-2215.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We talked about the Traveler's Guide to Batuu earlier this week, and I'm thrilled to have its author, Eloc Throno - aka Cole Horton - back on the show to talk about the making of this vital Galaxy's Edge resource. (This interview was actually conducted last month, but because the book's release had been moved to July 21st, we held this interview until now - it was actually recorded on the same day, 1-2 with our conversation about Star Wars: Book of Lists.) Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-07-26-StarWars7x7-2214.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

There aren't a lot of Star Wars music videos out there! I know that's not exactly shocking, but when I checked out the recent music video of Ludwig Göransson performing the theme from The Mandalorian, the point hit home. Prior to that, I think the only other "official" music video was the one released for The Phantom Menace's "Duel of the Fates." I'll talk about those today, and as promised, here are the videos I talked about in the show, and a couple more!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXJa1YcV6OQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ga7Iw7-ANho

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ROl4LuyNQM

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdu8I1gWqk4

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Direct download: 2020-07-25-StarWars7x7-2213.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

The allusions to the Aphra/Sana relationship in the Star Wars comics covered by the Doctor Aphra audio drama are brief and filled with attitude, but the audiobook reveals that it's at the heart of the action... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-07-24-StarWars7x7-2212.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

In a move that likely comes as no surprise - it was probably inevitable at this point - Disney has updated its movie release schedule. With movie theaters still closed and production still halted due to the coronavirus, there's no help for it. So the announcements came today, and with them, the news that Star Wars is moving from its previous December dates in 2022, 2024, and 2026.

The good news is, they were moved one year ahead, to December 2023, 2025, and 2027. This, at least, suggests that the delays are only coronavirus related, and not because of anything else going on behind the scenes. Couple this with a recent Taika Waititi interview, and we've got predictions for who will be in charge of each of those three movies... Punch it!

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 10:42pm EDT

Yes, it's established that Doctor Aphra is a scoundrel. As such, it's probably wise not to trust her with anything too valuable. But as a character in the Star Wars comics on which the Doctor Aphra audio drama is based, she presents a very reliable front. In other words, she is exactly who she appears to be in those stories.

But once you put her front and center, and let her tell the whole story - well, that's when things get a little more slippery. On today's episode of the show, I'm going to talk about how Doctor Aphra became an unreliable narrator, and cite three particular types of unreliability. And the responsibility for each type, depending on the type, falls on different shoulders... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-07-23-StarWars7x7-2211.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Yesterday, during the non-spoiler review of the Doctor Aphra audio drama, I mentioned that there were a couple of places in the story where, if you were not familiar with the source material (namely, the first series of Darth Vader comics for Marvel), you might find yourself a little lost. As, in, with references to things that seem to be coming out of nowhere.

There's a structural reason for that - since Aphra is our narrator, and since there are lots of things happening in that comic book series which have nothing to do with her, it's the moments where Aphra crosses paths with those other events that it gets a little odd inside the audio drama. She has no frame of reference for what's happening, and so the listener can get a little confused, much as Aphra herself does.

I think it was an unavoidable side effect of adapting this storyline. Since Aphra never becomes privy to some of those details, it's not like she can explain it to the listener after the fact via some other narrative device.

So, on today's episode of the podcast, I'm going to very quickly explain what was happening in that series outside of Aphra's knowledge. That should make the two primary confusion points in the audio drama make more sense. It's only lightly spoilery for the comic series and for the audio drama... Punch it!

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

The Doctor Aphra audiobook original builds from the source material, featuring a compelling expansion on the title character by author Sarah Kuhn, and an exuberant performance by Emily Woo Zeller.

On today's episode of the show, we'll stay in non-spoiler review territory - REALLY non spoiler, as most of the conversation is about the intended audience; the evaluation of its adaptation from the comic book stories; the novel ways in which author Sarah Kuhn expanded upon the original comic stories; and the deeper development of the title character by Kuhn and as performed by Emily Woo Zeller. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-07-21-StarWars7x7-2209.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

The Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Traveler's Guide to Batuu is essential reading for anyone who hopes to go to the Star Wars land at Disneyland or Walt Disney World one day - and connects to Star Wars storytelling as well.

On today's show, I'll share more details from the book and its author, "Eloc Throno" - a thinly-veiled anagram for Star Wars reference book writer extraordinaire Cole Horton - including how the in-universe aspect affects the way information is presented; the spot on the timeline where the Galaxy's Edge experience exists; connections to other Star Wars stories; and more. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-07-20-StarWars7x7-2208.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

When we were talking about the possibility of a sequel to Solo: A Star Wars Story the other day, there was one other rumor I failed to mention. It actually dates back to September of 2019, and involves another rumored Star Wars project that had the rug pulled out from under it. Because things with Solo didn't go as planned? Maybe so, maybe no, but the fate of another rumored Star Wars project that's actually coming to fruition may point to a way forward.

I'm going to use that as the jumping-off point to talk about the future of Star Wars live action storytelling, and ask YOU a question. As we get into this gap of time where we're waiting for the next announcements about movies and live action series, where do you draw the line as far as rumors, leaks, and spoilers go?

For myself, as the years have gone by, I've drawn the line at plot points. I don't mind hearing about casting and character rumors, for example, and I don't mind hearing about settings or timeframes. But let's say - to give a 138% completely invented and hypothetical example - there had been a rumored published saying that there Baby Yoda was successfully cloned, and that we'd see dozens of him in season 2 of The Mandalorian. That's the kind of rumor that A) I'd never want to know in advance of the actual episode where they appear, and B) I'd never want to discuss that on the podcast until they had appeared in the actual episode.

So that's where my head is at on these sorts of things. As a listener, where's your head at? Where do you draw the line? Let me know in the comments... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-07-19-StarWars7x7-2207.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

You know what we haven't talked about for a while? The Cassian Andor series, that's what! So let's check in on what's been happening there, shall we?

On today's episode, we'll talk about the casting announcements we know so far - including a Star Wars connection for two of the actors whose specific roles we don't yet know - and rumors about two actors that have yet to be confirmed. We'll also talk a bit about Cassian's character backstory, the time in which the story is supposed to be set, and the directors and writers currently involved with the show. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-07-18-StarWars7x7-2206.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

So let's be clear: Up until a few days ago, the notion of a sequel to Solo: A Star Wars Story was nothing more than a boisterous fan campaign. The most visible one since the movement to get a season 7 for The Clone Wars, it should be noted. But most recently, back in March, co-writer Jon Kasdan said on Twitter:

Don't think anyone's pursuing a Solo sequel at the moment ... I think a feature, at this point, would be a tough sell & the D+ Star Wars slate is really...pretty packed, all shows I'm lookin forward to.

But then Alden Ehrenreich is featured in an Esquire cover story a few days ago, and when pressed about it, says:

I've heard soooome stuff, but nothing concrete.

WAIT A MINUTE!!! What's this "soooome stuff" he's talking about???

The Esquire article doesn't press further, so on today's show, I'll be double-checking the rumor mills to see whether there are any other hints about a potential Solo sequel out there. And there are two - from a certain point of view, of course, and one of them doesn't seem very likely. We'll also talk about two big obstacles to a Solo sequel, and whether Disney+ can handle them - if they even need to. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-07-17-StarWars7x7-2205.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

It's been a tumultuous year since the announcement of the Kenobi series at the D23 Expo in August 2019. One thing that has never wavered was, and continues to be, Ewan McGregor's enthusiasm for the series, which is awesome. One wonders if, among other reasons, it was also because he knew something we didn't. Something about one of his co-stars, for example...

It didn't storm the social media airwaves yesterday, but Latino Review Media dropped a rumor report that Hayden Christensen - Anakin Skywalker himself - has signed onto the Kenobi series. They also claim that it's not for a cameo appearance, but for a major role in the series.

I received a bit of outreach from my own source-of-a-source on this, and I'll tell you what I heard on today's episode. I'll also put this in context with the news and rumors that have come before about the series, and what this new rumor - if it's true - suggests for the direction of the series. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-07-16-StarWars7x7-2204.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Resuming our "What to Watch Now" series from Monday, after we were so rudely interrupted by that Bad Batch series news, lol...

Until now, the only place you could stream Solo: A Star Wars Story (if you didn't already buy it, that is) was on Netflix. But no more! The contract has run out, and the movie is now on Disney+. That makes it complete - every Star Wars movie is now on the service!

But with the advent of Solo on Disney+ comes a set of "Extras" - 11 of them, to be precise. Today, we'll talk about what's there and what's worth your time. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-07-15-StarWars7x7-2203.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We've been saying we were due for an announcement about Star Wars animation, and it finally arrived yesterday: The Bad Batch is getting their own series.

If you watched the final season of The Clone Wars on Disney+, you finally met Clone Force 99 - or, as they call themselves, The Bad Batch. The StarWars.com Databank says:

The motley crew that makes up Clone Force 99 boasts an astounding 100 percent success rate and skills unseen in any other clone troopers. Adept at working together, Hunter, Wrecker, Tech, and Crosshair use their unique talents and specialized physiology to execute extraordinary solutions on the battlefield. And after rescuing the clone trooper Echo from Separatist captivity, they welcome the cybernetic soldier into their fold.

On today's episode of the show, we'll talk about what we learned from the announcement, and take a closer look at the creative team - including their past experience, and how that may bode for the series. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-07-14-StarWars7x7-2202.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Well, the Disney Gallery series on The Mandalorian is complete. Season 2 of The Mandalorian doesn't come out until October. The Cassian Andor series is still in pre-production, as is the Kenobi series, and if something new is coming later this year from the animation side of the house, we don't know about it yet. Also, the next movie won't arrive until 2022 at the earliest.

So ... what, as a Star Wars fan, could you watch now to keep yourself entertained and immersed until the next story arrives on your screen? Today, let's talk about one option: "The Force of Sound," a very cool mini documentary from ABC News. Punch it!

And here's where you can watch the full documentary:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GM0-8v4Ppb4

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Direct download: 2020-07-13-StarWars7x7-2201.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Kae and Jeremiah from The Fanitarium were kind enough to invite me on their show to talk about my TEDx talk, Star Wars Celebration, The Mandalorian, how podcasting has changed these last few years, and much more. On my show, I'm sharing an excerpt where we talk about Baby Yoda and what they may or may not do with his character in season 2 of the hit Disney+ series... Punch it!

And as mentioned on my show, here's where you can check out the full discussion on their show:

https://youtu.be/WMogPnzhd5g

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Direct download: 2020-07-12-StarWars7x7-2200.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

"Connections" is the final episode of the Disney Gallery series about The Mandalorian, and a significant amount of time is spent discussing the concept of fan service in the series. Not only that, but it has so many visual examples of scenes, characters, species, and creatures from across the range of Star Wars stories and how they're brought in to the story of The Mandalorian - and on today's show, you'll hear about how Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni addressed the notion of fan service in the series.

You'll also get to hear how George Lucas summarily and succinctly disavow any connection to one of those bits of fan service... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-07-11-StarWars7x7-2199.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We've talked about Dave Filoni being the heir apparent to George Lucas this week, but Lucas was running the business of Lucasfilm for a good long while. So, since that's Kathleen Kennedy's job now, will it eventually be Filoni's? after all, Kennedy's contract ends in 2021, and despite years upon years of (unfounded) rumors, there's been nothing to suggest that she's going to cut her contract short.

Meanwhile, as we've discussed this week, Dave Filoni has been groomed for a certain level of prominence within Lucasfilm. From learning directly from Lucas with storytelling, to learning about live-action direction with The Mandalorian, and so much in between, Filoni's skill set is increasing and aligning more with the skill set Lucas has. But does that mean he's in line for Kennedy's position when her contract ends?

I'll give you my thoughts today, and I look forward to hearing yours as well. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-07-10-StarWars7x7-2198.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

From a certain point of view, Dave Filoni has a number of advantages that George Lucas didn't have at their respective stages of their careers. For example, Filoni isn't having to invent the Star Wars galaxy from scratch. He doesn't have to run multiple companies. He doesn't have to push filmmaking technology further than it's ever been pushed. But there's one specific advantage he has, that's been developed throughout his career, that might make all the difference for the future of Star Wars storytelling.

On today's episode, I'll be talking about the three phases of Star Wars storytelling in both Lucas' and Filoni's career, and looking at three specific aspects of the storytelling process. The differences in how they've unfolded for Lucas and Filoni are where I'm headed with this... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-07-09-StarWars7x7-2197.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Naturally, the career paths of George Lucas and Dave Filoni have been very different. That said, it looks as though Lucasfilm is working to close the gap in their skill sets...

Building off of our conversation from Monday (Episode 2,194), I'm going to take a high-level look at George Lucas' skill sets, and use that as a jumping-off point to talk about Dave Filoni's work experience over the years, and how his tenure on The Mandalorian seems tailor-made to expand his experience into areas where Lucas was proficient. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-07-08-StarWars7x7-2196.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Nearly 2200 numbered episodes, five movies, the first live-action series, two animated series and a revival for a third, multiple video games and AR/VR experiences, dozens of books, hundreds of comics, and so much more. It's been an amazing six years so far.

I'm pausing to give thanks and reflect for a moment today, sharing the subjects of the top 10 episodes from the last year, and considering why it's still important - even with everything else going on in the world - to bring a daily dose of Star Wars joy into your life. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-07-07-StarWars7x7-2195.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

One of the things the Disney Gallery series about The Mandalorian is doing - perhaps unintentionally, perhaps not - is introducing a new group of Star Wars fans to Dave Filoni. In most of the episodes, Filoni has been given space to talk about a variety of Star Wars subjects at length, and the round table audiences have all been so deeply attentive to what he's shared.

It was no less the case in the "Score" episode, where Filoni, in conversation with Jon Favreau and Ludwig Göransson, digressed slightly during a discussion of the music to talk about the blessings and the perils of making new Star Wars stories now, and as compared to when George Lucas was making A New Hope.

I'll share that clip with you as we start to explore the deal with the heir apparent to George Lucas' storytelling legacy. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-07-06-StarWars7x7-2194.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

On a Sunday Conversation episode, I'm thrilled to welcome Alexander Freed to the show. Freed is the author of four Star Wars novels, including last month's Shadow Fall, second in the Alphabet Squadron trilogy.

The topics of conversation I proposed included his writing process; the uniqueness of the physical setting of the novel; the construction of battle sequences and how his experience with video game and comic writing may or may not play into them; how he views the main characters of the trilogy; and how the novel itself and certain sequences within it seem to reflect a kinship with the structure of The Empire Strikes Back.

The conversation takes turns to talk about the nature of Star Wars stories, the mystical and spiritual aspects of character arcs, and much more. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-07-05-StarWars7x7-2193.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

The seventh episode of the Disney Gallery Series for The Mandalorian, "Score," starts off with one of the most unlikely stories you'll ever about the creation of a Star Wars soundtrack - and only gets more fascinating from there. On today's episode of the show, we'll talk about why that is, and I'll play a musical instrument for the first time ever on the show. Not nearly as well as Ludwig Göransson, of course, but still.

The conversation will also explore the unique place music has in the eyes of Star Wars fandom, and what the timing of the recording studio sessions for season 1 may tell us about how things developed for season 2, especially in light of the coronavirus shutdown. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-07-04-StarWars7x7-2192.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Admiral Ackbar said it himself - at close range, Mon Calamari Star Cruisers can't hold up against Imperial Star Destroyers. On today's episode of the show, you'll hear him and Lando talking about it during the Battle of Endor in Return of the Jedi.

As it turns out, the Rebellion was secretly working on a ship that could go toe-to-toe with a Star Destroyer - and win. And the development of the prototype for that class of battleship looks like it's going to play a major role in the single-player campaign of Star Wars Squadrons when it comes out in October 2020.

I'll explain all about it on today's show, and talk about the major galactic battle where the Mark I versions of these ships helped turn the tide against the largest known Imperial remnant. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-07-03-StarWars7x7-2191.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Star Wars Squadrons revealed more about its story and inspirations, thanks to an interview on Polygon with EA's creative director Ian Frazier. Here's what he revealed, and what could be read between the lines. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-07-02-StarWars7x7-2190.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We ended June with an update on The Mandalorian Season 2, and we start July with news of a surprising kind - an expansion of the world of The Mandalorian, with new forthcoming stories.

Lucasfilm just announced a Mandalorian-themed publishing program, which they say will begin in the fall of 2020 and continue into the winter and spring of 2021. So far, only two dates have been announced - both of which are technically in the fall, but are well after the anticipated start to season 2 of The Mandalorian. That means it's not a "Journey to" publishing program like we've had prior to the releases of the Sequel Trilogy movies. But many of the elements are similar.

I'll talk about what we know so far, why we might have seen this coming, and when we can expect further details - all on today's episode. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-07-01-StarWars7x7-2189.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

It's been a while since we talked about The Mandalorian Season 2, so let's get up to speed with a couple of announcements that might have slipped under your radar. 

There's a great story on Collider that I promised to link to during the show, so here's the Collider link about the hiring of Sam Hargrave as a second unit director for The Mandalorian Season 2. I'm diving into that in detail, and I'm also talking about a rumored character appearance that seems like it's not going to happen after all. And there was a thing about a Star Wars celebrity with a cameo you'd never catch unless someone gave up the goods on it. Well, the person who had the cameo finally did, and I'll share the audio of that scene and who did it with you today. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-06-30-StarWars7x7-2188.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

First came Episode 327. Then came Episode 1138. Now, we come to the last of the magic Star Wars numbers in Episode 2187. And its uses are not as prevalent as the other two. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-06-29-StarWars7x7-2187.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Today, a conversation with Cole Horton, author of the just-released Star Wars Book of Lists. Which is an enormous book, and we'll talk about everything that went into the making of this comprehensive yet irreverent tome. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-06-28-StarWars7x7-2186.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

The shortest and the most technical of the Disney Gallery episodes thus far, "Process" goes behind the scenes of The Mandalorian to reveal how they refined the story through animatics and pre-visualization before filming the real thing.

On today's episode, I'll boil it down for you as best I can, though I think it's definitely worth checking out the "Process" episode so you can see the animatics and pre-visualizations for yourself. I'll also be featuring part of the conversation between Kathleen Kennedy, Jon Favreau, and Dave Filoni, where they talk about the story iteration process and how Dave Filoni's experience in animation fits right into this new way of making live action stories. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-06-27-StarWars7x7-2185.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Alphabet Squadron's audiobook was narrated by Saskia Maarleveld, and I was a fan of her work on that first book in Alexander Freed's trilogy. So in all honesty, I was a bit disappointed when I heard that she wouldn't be narrating Shadow Fall.

That's no knock on the person who does narrate it, Carol Monda. As I listened to the audiobook version of Shadow Fall, I kept thinking to myself, "Where have I heard her voice?" Because, as far as I can tell, this is the first Star Wars novel she's narrated, but she sounds so darned familiar. Well, that's because she has a CV as long as your arm when it comes to narration in film, TV, radio, online, on stage, and in audiobooks. She's been at it for 30 years! I think the link that worked for me is that she's been the narrative voice of the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Classic Film Festival...

On today's show, I'll talk about the admittedly apples-to-oranges comparison between Maarleevld and Monda, and why the differences in the two novels themselves seem to play toward the different strengths of the two narrators. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-06-26-StarWars7x7-2184.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

No Star Wars story takes place in isolation, and Alexander Freed's Shadow Fall is no exception. Yesterday, we talked specifically about its connections to the upcoming video game, Star Wars: Squadrons. Today, we tease out some of its connections to other movies, TV, and novels. That may be as a result of stories the characters tell each other; surprise appearances (or the lack thereof); and of a whole group of people hiding in plain sight. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-06-25-StarWars7x7-2183.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

The more we learn about the people and places of Star Wars: Squadrons, the more we learn that those details are elaborated upon in Alexander Freed's Shadow Fall.

On today's episode of the show, I'm going to dig into some of the details we learn about the mission in Star Wars: Squadrons as revealed in Shadow Fall, including what Caern Adan (of New Republic Intelligence) thinks about the leader of Vanguard Squadron, Lindon Javes. (The mildest of spoilers for Shadow Fall happen in today's show, but only at the level of trivia - nothing about the story itself is spoiled.) Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-06-24-StarWars7x7-2182.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Thanks to Becker&mayer! for sending me a digital review copy to check out! I have to say, when I first heard about Star Wars: Book of Lists, I thought it was going to be a fun read, and good trivia fodder, but also exactly what its title promised - a book of lists.

When I actually got to check it out, though, I realized how mistaken I was. Cole Horton, who's written and co-written a dozen or so encyclopedic Star Wars reference books, brought all of those skills to the table when creating this book as well. Coming in at 224 pages, sure, you could just skim it for the 100 lists and you'd enjoy it. But the descriptive information included with those lists is what really makes the book a valuable addition to your Star Wars non-fiction shelf.

On today's episode, I'll talk about all of that, and share one of my favorite lists in the book - which, ironically, doesn't come with the descriptive, but is actually all the better because of the choice to make it an exception to the rule. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-06-23-StarWars7x7-2181.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Shadow Fall is the sequel to last year's Alphabet Squadron by Alexander Freed, and the second in a trilogy of novels about a group of sole survivors banding together to create a fighting force for the New Republic. If Alphabet Squadron is the A New Hope of this trilogy, then Shadow Fall is its Empire Strikes Back - a thrilling novel that improves upon its already strong predecessor with daring action, deep characterization, and devastating consequences for all involved.

On today's episode of the show, I'll be talking briefly about where we left off with Alphabet Squadron, and what we've been told publicly about the story of Shadow Fall so far. From there, I'll get into my non-spoiler review, and why I liked the novel as much as I did. I'll also share why I'm going to be reading or listening to it again very soon - it has to do with the ending, let's put it that way for now. I'll say more in the show, but I promise I won't spoil it for you in any way, shape, or form. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-06-22-StarWars7x7-2180.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

For a franchise, a saga if you will, that turns largely on one father-son relationship, there's not a lot of fatherly representation in Star Wars. In fact, Star Wars is probably more notable for its *lack* of fatherly examples - or lack of screen time for them, to be sure.

On today's episode, we'll talk about types of fathers you may encounter, albeit briefly, in the Star Wars movies. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-06-21-StarWars7x7-2179.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

A fairly large portion of "Practical" - the fifth episode of the Disney Gallery series about The Mandalorian - is dedicated to Baby Yoda. And why wouldn't it be? Certainly the fortunes of the show have turned, to a large degree, around the success of that character's introduction.

But on this episode of the mini-documentary series, you also find out about the intersection of performer, prosthetics, and animatronics; the use of World-War-II-era weapons as design inspirations; how the special effects wizards use the starfield to enhance the impression of spaceship movement; how they worked in the use of miniatures (when digital effects would have been cheaper); and much more. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-06-20-StarWars7x7-2178.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Before we get into spoiler territory regarding the VR experience Vader Immortal: Episode II, I think it's worth spending a moment on the philosophy around spoilers here at Star Wars 7x7. I've been thinking about this as compared with console video games, and also with book review spoilers - which we did last week with Queen's Peril, and which we have coming soon with a few other books.

With VR, as much as you may learn about the story of Vader Immortal: Episode II here today, nothing can replace the experience of actually playing it. And as opposed to console video games, it really IS an experience. So I'm very confident that, if it's your kind of thing and you have access to a VR headset, talking about the story here won't make you avoid the game. In fact, I imagine it might make you want to play it that much more. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-06-19-StarWars7x7-2177.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Episode I of the groundbreaking Vader Immortal VR game from ILMxLAB set up the story. Now, Episode II sends you on the Bright Star quest - after being trained to use the Force.

On today's episode of the show, we'll get into a non-spoiler review of Vader Immortal: Episode II, which includes a comparison of the installment not only to the Episode I predecessor, but also to the LEGO Star Wars games (yes, really - although, spoiler alert, the VR version is way cooler than the LEGO Star Wars version in terms of the ability I'm talking about on the show).

Not only will we be talking about the gameplay/story mode, but we'll also talk about the enhancements to the Lightsaber Dojo as well. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-06-18-StarWars7x7-2176.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

The inevitable has become the official: Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2020 has been canceled. So, what happens next? That's what we're talking about today... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-06-17-StarWars7x7-2175.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT