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Star Wars 7x7: Daily Star Wars News! The Last Jedi, Rogue One, Star Wars Rebels
1,506: Star Wars Resistance: 7 Top Takeaways From the First Teaser
Aug 18 • 9 min
The first teaser for Star Wars Resistance dropped on Friday, as well as a blog post on with additional information about the upcoming series set in the few years before The Force Awakens. Here’s the full breakdown for you. Punch it!
1,505: Was Thrawn Force-Sensitive As a Child?
Aug 17 • 9 min
We’re in spoiler territory for Thrawn: Alliances, just to warn you. There’s a conversation between Vader and Thrawn toward the end of the novel, and as they discuss how the Force manifests in the Chiss species and how those with “Third Sight” are used, th
1,504: 7 Top Takeaways From the Rebels Era of Thrawn: Alliances
Aug 16 • 17 min
The Rebels-era portion of Thrawn: Alliances takes place after season 3 of Star Wars Rebels, and includes some interesting hints that have far-reaching implications - literally and figuratively. Plus, Thrawn contemplating how to kill Vader. Punch it!
,503: 7 Top Takeaways From the Clone Wars Era of Thrawn: Alliances
Aug 15 • 12 min
We’re in full spoiler territory as we explore the top seven takeaways from the Clone Wars era portion of Thrawn: Alliances, with some juicy reveals, an Original Trilogy nod, and a very bone-headed stunt. Punch it!
1,502: Thrawn: Alliances and the State of Star Wars Adult Novels
Aug 14 • 10 min
A novel that’s as much (if not more so) about Darth Vader than the book’s namesake, and is the sum of two novellas that could have been fleshed out to standalone books in their own rights, Thrawn: Alliances has a lot to recommend it, and leaves this reade
1,501: A Brief History of the Star Wars Fan Film Awards
Aug 13 • 9 min
The origins, the hiatus, the return, and the 2018 expansion - all covered in a breezy single podcast for you. Plus, what you and I as fans REALLY get to vote for in the Star Wars Fan Awards. Punch it!
1,500: Singing the Praises of the 501st and Rebel Legions
Aug 12 • 10 min
Rather than have a big celebration for hitting 1500 episodes (it’s really 1547 when you count the bonus episodes), I’m using this episode to celebrate some of the amazing heroes of Star Wars fandom: the members of the 501st Legion and the Rebel Legion. Pu
1,499: How Carrie Fisher May Appear in Episode IX
Aug 11 • 10 min
On the heels of Lucasfilm’s announcement, Carrie Fisher’s brother Todd gave an interview to Entertainment Tonight Canada about how Carrie will appear in Episode IX - from a certain point of view. And on today’s podcast, we’ll elaborate on that point of vi
1,498: Episode IX Production Update (497 Days Left!)
Aug 10 • 10 min
Thanks to social media posts from John Boyega, Anthony Daniels, and J.J. Abrams, today’s episode also talks about the different ways the cast and crew of Episode IX are going to mess with our heads during the production of the final movie in the Skywalker
1,497: Star Wars Live-Action Series Update
Aug 9 • 8 min
A rumor about when production will start … another rumor about the budget and the number of episodes … and heck, even a rumor about what the subject of the upcoming Star Wars live action series will be! That last one will be given the full spoiler war
1,496: The Episode IX PR, Rey’s Parents, and Kylo’s Fate
Aug 8 • 8 min
“J.J. Abrams returns to direct the final installment of the Skywalker saga.” That’s the second line in the press release issued by Lucasfilm to announce the start of filming on Episode IX. And if you consider what that means for the characters in the movi
1,495: Star Wars Standalone Movies Update
Aug 7 • 10 min
With Rian Johnson revving up on his trilogy, and Benioff and Weiss due to start on their own Star Wars series, is there even a place for Star Wars standalone movies any time soon? Plus, Ewan McGregor gets interviewed about an Obi-Wan movie again, and more
1,494: Scoundrel Business: Solo: A Star Wars Story in July
Aug 6 • 10 min
7th in North America, 11th worldwide for 2018 - that’s where Solo: A Star Wars Story stands right now. Will it hold there? Also, Donnie Yen’s thoughts on Star Wars in China, and my thoughts on what Lucasfilm could do about it. Punch it!
1,493: A Disarming Lesson; Triplecross
Aug 5 • 8 min
In our last look at the season 2 episodes of Forces of Destiny, Ahsoka taunts Ezra and does something unexpected with his lightsaber, while Hondo Ohnaka and IG-88 join forces to capture Qi’ra for all of two seconds. Punch it!
1,492: Perilous Pursuit; Traps and Tribulations
Aug 4 • 8 min
Of the top three significant episodes of Season 2 of Forces of Destiny, in terms of canon significance, today we have the third of the three with “Perilous Pursuit,” which gives us a fully-realized deleted scene from The Force Awakens. “Traps and Tribulat
1,491: Art History; Porgs!
Aug 3 • 7 min
Of the three meatiest episodes in the second season of Forces of Destiny, “Bounty Hunted” gets my first-place vote, and “Art History” gets my 2nd-place vote. Plus, more reasons why Chewie wants to cook porgs. Punch it!
1,490: Chopper and Friends; Monster Misunderstanding
Aug 2 • 6 min
The cold-blooded killer Ewoks are at it again, and Chopper’s a big fan! Also, a touching tale on Naboo that may have the least story impact on the canon of any of this season’s Forces of Destiny episodes - at least, as far as we know for now. Punch it!
1,489: The Path Ahead; Porg Problems
Aug 1 • 8 min
In today’s look at the Forces of Destiny season 2 episodes, we’re closing out the first half with “The Path Ahead,” in which we find out that the best thing for Luke’s Jedi training is to cover his eyes; and “Porg Problems,” because what you really wanted
1,488: Run Rey Run; Bounty Hunted
Jul 31 • 9 min
Teedo’s string of griping is the funniest thing in this season of Forces of Destiny so far. And the episode “Bounty Hunted” is possibly the most significant one from a storytelling perspective in the whole season. Punch it!
1,487: Shuttle Shock; Jyn’s Trade
Jul 30 • 7 min
In the first Last-Jedi-time-period episode of Forces of Destiny, Rose, Finn, and BB-8 get caught in a scene reminiscent of Finding Nemo, and Jyn Erso gets stuck dealing with another street urchin, this time one who’s out to steal from her. It’s “Shuttle S
1,486: Hasty Departure; Unexpected Company
Jul 29 • 8 min
We’re kicking off our look at season two of Forces of Destiny with “Hasty Departure,” in which Chopper utters an anachronism not exactly on par with Chewbacca’s “Tarzan” yell, but in the neighborhood; and “Unexpected Company,” in which Ahsoka can’t leave
1,485: Why Forces of Destiny Is Must-Watch Material
Jul 28 • 7 min
Ewoks cooking stormtroopers? Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, and more original actors doing the voices? Major canon reveals about who lives and who dies across in-universe events? That’s just the tip of the iceberg for reasons to check out Forces of Destiny. P
BONUS EPISODE: Carrie Fisher Will Appear in Episode IX
Jul 27 • 6 min
Finally! The announcement about Episode IX filming has arrived - and along with it has come two new names in the cast, official confirmation of Billy Dee Williams returning, and the first insight into how the death of Carrie Fisher will be handled by J.J.
1,484: Benioff and Weiss Star Wars Series Update
Jul 27 • 6 min
HBO programming president Casey Bloys recently provided an update on the production of the final season of Game of Thrones. The news about when those last episodes will be aired gives us a glimpse at a timeframe for when showrunners David Benioff and D.B.
1,483: Rian Johnson Trilogy Update
Jul 26 • 11 min
Previously, it seemed like the first movie in Rian Johnson’s planned Star Wars trilogy wouldn’t arrive until 2021 at the earlier. Might it come even sooner, in 2020? A development from earlier this month opens the door for it - and it’s logistically possi
1,482: Star Wars Story-Based Video Games Update
Jul 25 • 9 min
There’s been no direct news about Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order since its announcement at the E3 conference earlier this year. But the way things went down over EA’s other Star Wars project - the one code-named “Ragtag” - as well as the evolution of Battle
1,481: Star Wars Resistance Update
Jul 24 • 8 min
No new news about Star Wars Resistance came out of San Diego Comic-Con last week, but enough information has surfaced online in the past couple of weeks or so that gives us an indication of where in the timeline the series takes place. Punch it!
1,480: Episode IX Important Dates to Watch
Jul 23 • 9 min
Let’s reset the calendar! With 515 days left until Episode IX, when can we expect to see teasers and trailers, magazine cover stories, and more? I’ve got the dates to watch for you on today’s episode. Punch it!
1,479: SDCC Resistance Era and Scoundrel-Related Comic News
Jul 22 • 10 min
Though there wasn’t a specific Star Wars comics panel, they were well represented at SDCC in the Disney/Lucasfilm Publishing panel. And there are three series called out in particular that bear on the Resistance-era and on the possibility of new scoundrel
1,478: The Big Three Star Wars Novel Announcements From SDCC
Jul 21 • 10 min
Solo gets an expanded edition, Claudia Gray takes on Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon (I’ve got a prediction about that), and E.K. Johnston takes on Padme two years before Attack of the Clones. Punch it!
1,477: #CloneWarsSaved: More Details About the Final Story Arcs
Jul 20 • 14 min
Now that there’s been a little time to digest it, we can put the news about new Clone Wars episodes into context - and a panel from Celebration Europe in 2016 may tell us everything we could want to know about the story arcs that will finish the series on
BONUS EPISODE: #CloneWarsSaved: 12 Episodes Coming to Disney Streaming Service
Jul 19 • 1 min
The one guess I threw out to the world on Monday’s episode came true during the Clone Wars 10th Anniversary panel at San Diego Comic-Con. Star Wars: The Clone Wars is coming back for a 12-episode finale on the Disney streaming service. The top-level detai
1,476: The Death of the Unguarded Interview
Jul 19 • 10 min
“Really worth tracking down - feels like a sort of fluke that couldn’t exist today, a strangely plain & intimate view of the production with lots of very unguarded interviews.” - Rian Johnson, tweeting about “Once Upon a Galaxy: A Journal of the Making
1,475: The Biology of the Force, Lucas, and the Whills
Jul 18 • 9 min
Putting aside the whole “how the sequels would be different if Lucas had done them” conversation, his recent comments about the microbiotic “Whills” and their part in the biology of the Force is super-fascinating. Let’s break it down, shall we? Punch it!
1,474: Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Update
Jul 17 • 8 min
Of all the things we could learn at SDCC about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is probably low on the totem pole list. But new news related to the new land coming to Disney theme parks is percolating from other avenues, so let’s explore that, shall we? Punch it!
1,473: 2018 Star Wars at SDCC Preview
Jul 16 • 6 min
Lucasfilm doesn’t have a giant presence at San Diego Comic-Con this year, but there are a couple of panels worth paying attention to. Here’s my preview of what’s happening with Star Wars at SDCC, and what kind of news may come out of them. Punch it!
1,472: Solo/Enfys Nest and Rogue One/Saw Gerrera Link Confirmed
Jul 15 • 7 min
For a while there, it didn’t look like it was the case, but Solo co-writer Jon Kasdan has confirmed on Twitter that there’s a link between Saw Gerrera’s Partisans from Rogue One and Enfys Nest’s Cloud-Riders from Solo. The details on today’s episode… Pu
1,471: The Belfast/Obi-Wan/April 2019 Rumor Again?!
Jul 14 • 7 min
So this rumor is coming back around again. Somehow, a visit by George Lucas to a Belfast suburb in November 2017 has been spun up into a story alleging that an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie starring Ewan McGregor will begin filming in Northern Ireland in April 201
1,470: Chewbacca’s Best 10 Seconds Ever
Jul 13 • 9 min
Chewbacca’s appeared in six Star Wars movies prior to Solo: A Star Wars Story (the OT, Revenge of the Sith, and the two sequel movies), but the seventh time’s the charm for him. The father-son Kasdan writing team does more for the character of Chewie in 1
Episode 1,469: Why Did Chewie Trust Han in the Mud Pit?
Jul 12 • 7 min
I was just sitting around, happening to think about Solo: A Star Wars Story the other day, as one does. And I got to wondering: Why is it that Chewie decides to trust Han when they’re down in that mud pit together, where they first meet? I think I have an
1,468: Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019 Update
Jul 11 • 7 min
How fast are tickets selling out for Star Wars Celebration Chicago? Who might some of the guests be? And what improvements might there be over 2017 in Orlando? All of that and more on today’s Celebration 2019 update. Punch it!
BONUS EPISODE: THR Sources Say Billy Dee Williams Returning for Episode IX
Jul 10 • 4 min
This rumor’s been kicking around ever since Billy Dee Williams had to cancel a convention appearance due to an unknown movie conflict. Well, now it’s kicked up to another level, as The Hollywood Reporter is quoting sources that say Williams will, in fact,
1,467: Episode IX Pre-Production Update
Jul 10 • 8 min
Episode IX is still firmly in pre-production mode - no announcement on principal photography just yet, though it’s supposed to be starting later this month. Meanwhile, Keri Russell is allegedly in talks to play a role in Episode IX, and based on her physi
1,466: Scoundrel Business: Wham, Bam, Thanks Japan!
Jul 9 • 6 min
With Solo: A Star Wars Story slipping out of the Top 10 in box office totals during the seventh weekend of its release, this will be the last weekly Scoundrel Business update, though we’ll check in on Solo from time to time during the summer. Meanwhile, I
1,465: Are You Scared, Darth Vader?
Jul 8 • 7 min
In the spirit of something we were talking about earlier in the week, about sharing the joy of Star Wars with new generations, I humbly present “Are You Scared, Darth Vader?” (Thanks to Disney-Lucasfilm Press for sending me a copy to check out!) In the be
1,464: The 4th Anniversary of Star Wars 7x7!
Jul 7 • 10 min
On July 7th, 2014, Star Wars 7x7 went live on iTunes with four episodes, and a promise to deliver a daily dose of Star Wars joy. Four years and more than 1,500 numbered and bonus episodes later, it’s time to pause for a moment and share a heaping helping
1,463: The Political and Social Depth of George Lucas’ Star Wars
Jul 6 • 8 min
Star Wars isn’t so resonant because of its pulling from Joseph Campbell’s monomyth. It’s because it also pulls from political and social history as well - and not just the history of the United States, though that certainly plays a part. And when you take
1,462: My One Philosophical Disagreement With George Lucas
Jul 5 • 9 min
You can talk about individual story choices all you want - and the Force knows I will, too - but when it comes to the bigger picture of Star Wars, I only have one particular disagreement with what George Lucas did with the Star Wars Saga. Being that I’m o
1,461: Scarcity and Star Wars
Jul 4 • 8 min
Many times over the years here at Star Wars 7x7, we’ve talked about how the scarcity of Star Wars films over the first 30+ years of its existence may have been part of the secret sauce that helped create the level of devotion it has achieved. After the re
1,460: 7 Ways We Fans Control and Deepen Our Star Wars Experience
Jul 3 • 10 min
Building off of yesterday’s episode: If there’s no ownership or entitlement or “public trust,” as it were, then what is our place as fans in the Star Wars experience? I’ve got seven pretty straightforward ideas about that… Punch it!
1,459: Star Wars and the “Public Trust”
Jul 2 • 9 min
If I’ve learned anything in the past four years, and especially in the past six months, it was that I was wrong about something fundamental from the very get-go. In Episode #1 of the podcast back in 2014, I asserted that Star Wars belonged to us as fans,
1,458: Scoundrel Business: Testing Star Wars’ Limits Since 2016
Jul 1 • 8 min
We’re doing Scoundrel Business a day early because we’ve got important stuff to talk about during this, the Anniversary Week for Star Wars 7x7, and it begins here. We’re looking at how Universal, Sony, and Fox have all tried aggressively to figure out how
1,457: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Update
Jun 30 • 7 min
In news from earlier this month that we haven’t yet covered, Respawn Entertainment finally got to announce the game on which they’re working for Lucasfilm. “Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order” will be released in the 2019 holiday season, and we’ll talk about wh
1,456: Star Wars Resistance Production Update
Jun 29 • 7 min
We’re about three months away from the launch of the new Star Wars animated TV series, Star Wars Resistance. That’s a guesstimate - no debut date has been announced, but by looking at the season premiere dates for the four seasons of Star Wars Rebels on D
1,455: “Star Wars Underworld” Team-Up: Was “Solo” the First Shot?
Jun 28 • 10 min
Occasionally, folks talk about what Lucasfilm could learn from Marvel in terms of using character movies to build up to one big extravaganza. But what if Lucasfilm is already doing it? And what if Solo: A Star Wars Story was the first shot (pun intended)
1,454: 7 Reasons We Need a Sequel to Solo: A Star Wars Story
Jun 27 • 9 min
Sure, it might seem strange to suggest it, in light of the reviews that weren’t as good as the three previous Disney/Star Wars movies, and the box office performance too. But that’s actually one of the reasons why doing a sequel to Solo: A Star Wars Story
BONUS EPISODE/PSA: One Year Cancer-Free
Jun 26 • 3 min
If you’ve listened to the podcast for a while, you’ve probably heard me talk about being diagnosed with skin cancer in June 2017. I wasn’t sure I wanted to talk about it on the podcast, but the number of people who’ve said it influenced them to make their
1,453: Hollywood Reporter Sources Speak About Star Wars Standalones
Jun 26 • 8 min
Another country heard from, so to speak! It’s still REALLY quiet, comparatively speaking, regarding the Collider report about Star Wars standalone movies being put on hold. But another publication, The Hollywood Reporter, is finally on the record about it
1,452: Scoundrel Business: Solo Crosses $200 Million Domestic
Jun 25 • 9 min
Well, it took a bit longer than it did for the previous three Star Wars movies released under the Disney banner, but Solo: A Star Wars Story crossed the $200 million mark domestically and the $350 million mark worldwide during its fifth weekend of release
1,451: The Timeline Overlap Between Rogue One and Solo
Jun 24 • 6 min
Solo: A Star Wars Story takes place mostly in 10 BBY, with a prologue that takes place in 13 BBY. Where does that fit into the timeline of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story? You might be surprised, but there is a bit of a crossover… Punch it!
1,450: The Planets of Solo: A Star Wars Story
Jun 23 • 8 min
As far as Star Wars movies go, Solo: A Star Wars Story is a pretty crazy road trip. Most of the Star Wars movies only visit five planets or less (not counting the montages in Revenge of the Sith or ending of the special edition of Return of the Jedi). As
1,449: Star Wars Stories Shelved? Separating Truth From Rumors
Jun 22 • 7 min
It was a bit of a bombshell - Collider’s report that Star Wars standalone movies have been put on hold. Then ABC News (like Lucasfilm, also owned by Disney) reports that it’s not the case. EW’s Anthony Breznican and Nerdist’s Amy Ratcliffe haven’t chimed
1,448: How Kessel Became the Kessel We Know
Jun 21 • 7 min
Kessel didn’t always look like a wasteland due to strip mining. In fact, half of the planet is very much like the rest of it once was! on today’s episode of the podcast, I’m looking at Kessel’s past, and how it became such a notorious mining operation.
1,447: Droids on Kessel: Plot Device or Pseudo-RetCon?
Jun 20 • 8 min
Remember the scene in Solo: A Star Wars Story where L3-37 pulls a restraining bolt off of a droid, and it turns into a full-blown revolt? Well, the Solo: A Star Wars Story Official Guide explains why all those droids are there in the first place, which le
1,446: Nine (or More) Star Wars Movies in Development?
Jun 19 • 9 min
Aaron Goins of the Star Wars Bookworms podcast happened to catch Tom Kane (notably, the voice of Yoda in the Clone Wars and Rebels cartoons) on a panel at All-Star Comic Con this past weekend, and Tom said during the panel that there are at least nine Sta
1,445: Scoundrel Business: Solo’s Fourth Weekend at the Box Office
Jun 18 • 9 min
Solo finished the weekend in fourth place, behind the debuts of The Incredibles 2 and Tag, and the second weekend of Ocean’s 8. And although Deadpool 2 is beating Solo at the international box office, domestically Solo has beaten Deadpool 2 in all four we
1,444: Tribe Versus Family, and More From the DK Solo Guide
Jun 17 • 9 min
We’re wrapping up our deep dive into the Solo: A Star Wars Story Official Guide with a look at the chapters covering Kessel and Savareen. Along the way, we’re going to talk about the tribe versus family thing, shadowports, and more. Punch it!
Episode 1,443: Getting to Know Lando, From DK’s Official Solo Guide
Jun 16 • 8 min
Clint Howard’s character may have a secret tie to a character from Return of the Jedi! And perhaps more significantly, we’re going to talk about all the new Lando Calrissian information we get thanks to DK Publishing’s official guide to Solo: A Star Wars
1,442: Solo’s “Place Your Bets,” From the DK Publishing Official Guide
Jun 15 • 10 min
Supporting the idea that Solo: A Star Wars Story may be the most “Star Wars” Star Wars movie to date, today’s episode digs into all the goings-on inside Dryden Vos’ yacht, the First Light. There are connections to every era of movies, TV, books, comics, t
1,441: Solo’s “The Great Robbery” - Top Takeaways From the Official Guide
Jun 14 • 10 min
In the third of our six installments digging into DK Publishing’s official guide to Solo: A Star Wars Story, we’re looking at the top takeaways from the action on Vandor, details about Tobias, Val, and Rio, and references to both The Clone Wars and Star W
1,440: “Trench Warfare” - Top Takeaways From the Official Guide
Jun 13 • 12 min
It’s all about Mimban on today’s episode, including details of the past exploits, adventures, and unexpected turns of luck that brought together one of the most iconic duos in movie history. And a reference to Arby’s that probably wasn’t intentional by Lu
1,438: Scoundrel Business: Wrapping Up Solo’s 3rd Box Office Weekend
Jun 11 • 9 min
In its third weekend, Solo: A Star Wars Story has been knocked out of the top spot in the box office by Ocean’s 8, which turned out to have a better opening total than any of its own predecessors. The hand wringing about why Solo underperformed compared t
1,437: Benioff and Weiss Star Wars Movie Series Update
Jun 10 • 7 min
It’s been comparatively quiet on the Benioff and Weiss front. The showrunners of Game of Thrones, who will be developing their own series of Star Wars movies, are still hard at work wrapping up the final season of their hugely popular fantasy show on HBO.
1,436: Star Wars Live TV Series Update
Jun 9 • 7 min
We know just a little bit more about the Star Wars live action TV series being created by Rio Durant’s voice actor, Jon Favreau. What’s he got up his sleeve for us? We’ll parse the details on today’s episode. Punch it!
1,435: New Episode IX Working Title! (Star Wars Episode IX Update)
Jun 8 • 9 min
We’re still in pre-production for Star Wars: Episode IX, and the details are still very hush-hush. But there’s been a change in the working title of the movie, and it tells us absolutely nothing about the content of Episode IX - much like “Red Cup” and “S
1,434: Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019 Update
Jun 7 • 8 min
All right, enough with the heavy stuff. Let’s have some fun! Registration opened for Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019 on Tuesday, tickets and hotel blocks both. The organizers at ReedPOP also updated the Celebration website with a bunch of new details a
1,433: Is a Small Group of People Really Affecting the Solo Box Office?
Jun 6 • 13 min
I’ve had a few people suggest that I’m ignoring this situation or not understanding its magnitude. So I’m going to address it head-on in today’s podcast. We’re going to talk about review-bombing and why the user scores on sites like Rotten Tomatoes can’t
Episode 1,432: Scoundrel Business: Solo’s Worst Fears Realized
Jun 5 • 7 min
There was a time when making nearly $265 million in 10 days would have been considered remarkable! Not so anymore, considering the budget that Solo: A Star Wars Story had to work with (reshoots included). And especially considering the last three Star War
1,431: Scarcity, Star Wars, and Brand Fatigue Once More
Jun 4 • 9 min
Okay, once more with feeling. The notion of “brand fatigue” can express itself in different ways. I took a very informal poll in a few Star-Wars-focused Facebook groups where it would be unlikely to encounter the sorts of people who have been raging about
1,430: “Brand Fatigue” and the International Box Office Connection
Jun 3 • 8 min
The first three new Star Wars movies were about 50/50 in terms of their North American box office versus their non-North-American box office. Solo: A Star Wars Story is not - it’s much stronger in North America versus the rest of the world. What gives? De
1,429: “Brand Fatigue” Versus the MCU Argument, Part 2 of 2
Jun 2 • 7 min
Yeah, yeah, Thor: Ragnarok came out in November, and Black Panther came out in February, and Avengers: Infinity War came out in April, and they were all boffo at the box office, so is this brand fatigue thing real? Why yes, it’s a real thing! Maybe not th
1,428: “Brand Fatigue” Versus the MCU Argument, Part 1 of 2
Jun 1 • 8 min
We should be comparing this new era of Star Wars to the *start* of the MCU in 2008, and not what the MCU looks like in 2018. Not to mention that everyone who says Lucasfilm has released “four movies in three and a half years” is doing the math wrong (and
1,427: The Moment Solo: A Star Wars Story Won Me Over
May 31 • 9 min
Back in early May, I did an episode covering what Lucasfilm did to celebrate May the 4th (Star Wars Day). One of those things was to release a commercial that, at the time, I didn’t want to talk about on the podcast because it was something that I wished
1,426: Explaining THAT Cameo at the End of Solo: A Star Wars Story
May 30 • 8 min
On today’s episode, the brief history of that character leading up to the surprise Solo appearance, plus a note from the Corrections Department about the error in my box office reporting on yesterday’s episode. Punch it!
1,425: Scoundrel Business: Silver Linings in Solo’s Box Office Numbers
May 29 • 9 min
With all the headlines saying that Solo: A Star Wars Story is a “bomb,” is “crashing” at the box office, and other clever things like that, it’s tougher to find some positive news about how Solo did over the long Memorial Day weekend. But the details are
Episode 1,424: Top 7 Reasons Solo Is Flying Below Box Office Projections
May 28 • 12 min
Fans skewing the narrative? Bad PR over the director change? Earlier critics’ reviews? Memorial Day competition? Brand fatigue? I’m ranking these and a couple other possibilities to explain why Solo: A Star Wars Story is not performing up to its (lowered,
1,423: What Do People REALLY Think of Solo: A Star Wars Story?
May 27 • 7 min
Well, the user scores for Solo: A Star Wars Story on Rotten Tomatoes have jumped from 38% to 58% since its Thursday release, but as we all know, that score is being heavily skewed by people who still have an ax to grind about The Last Jedi. But as we talk
1,422: Does Solo’s Ending Signal the Start of a Scoundrels Cinematic Universe?
May 26 • 7 min
Warning! Spoilers on the show today for Solo: A Star Wars Story. I’m connecting a few threads here, including: the recent news about momentum on a Boba Fett movie; the old rumor about an Obi-Wan movie; the fact that Obi-Wan is causing trouble to a certain
BONUS EPISODE: Breaking News: Boba Fett Movie Back in the Works?
May 25 • 6 min
As broken by Borys Kit of The Hollywood Reporter and followed up on by Anthony Breznican at Entertainment Weekly, it seems that there’s some motion on a Boba Fett movie once again. Both writers have sources telling them that James Mangold is going to be d
1,421: 7 Non-Spoiler Reactions to Solo: A Star Wars Story
May 25 • 13 min
From the performances of Alden Ehrenreich and Donald Glover to the reaction by two-plus generations of viewers spanning a group of about 18 people, let’s start the official Solo: A Star Wars Story reactions by looking at some non-spoiler-y info. Punch it!
1,420: Will George Lucas Ever Direct Another Star Wars Movie?
May 24 • 12 min
In an interview with Mashable’s Chris Taylor, Ron Howard seems to leave the door open to the possibility that George Lucas could direct another Star Wars film someday. It’s a very diplomatic answer. It’s also utter nonsense, because we all know what Lucas
1,419: “Solo” User Ratings Tanking on Rotten Tomatoes?
May 23 • 8 min
It’s happening all over again! User ratings are tanking for Solo: A Star Wars Story on Rotten Tomatoes, and the movie hasn’t even come out yet. What gives? Rogue One re-wrote Star Wars history, too, but that’s still getting lots of love on the movie revie
1,418: Projecting Solo: A Star Wars Story’s Box Office Success
May 22 • 9 min
No one can’t predict things with 100% accuracy, but that doesn’t stop anyone from trying. And from “unaided awareness” to “definite interest,” movie studios spend a lot of time and effort trying to gauge what an audience will do before they every do it. S
1,417: What Deadpool 2’s Box Office Opening Means for Solo: A Star Wars Story
May 21 • 7 min
What can the performance of Deadpool 2 at this weekend’s box office tell us about how Solo: A Star Wars Story will fare next week when they square off at the box office? Well, the performance of the first Deadpool movie in 2016 leaves some clues for us…
1,416: Future Kenobi, Lando, and Han/Chewie Movie Rumors
May 20 • 8 min
Ewan McGregor showing up at premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story stirred up a couple of questions. Like, will he have a cameo in the movie? And does this mean that the oft-rumored Kenobi movie could be any closer to reality? Meanwhile, a French reporter mi
1,415: Alden Ehrenreich’s Signed for Three Star Wars Movies?
May 19 • 9 min
In an interview with Esquire magazine, Alden Ehrenreich revealed that he is under contract with Lucasfilm for three movies. Solo: A Star Wars Story is just the first, but what does this three-picture deal really mean? Especially in light of the fact that
1,414: “Rush” and “Bullitt” (Solo: A Star Wars Story Movie Club)
May 18 • 9 min
We’ve been talking this week about some of the films that Larry and Jon Kasdan were keeping in mind as they wrote the script for Solo: A Star Wars Story. But what about Ron Howard? Surely this supremely accomplished director had a few films in mind that m
1,413: “Miller’s Crossing” (Solo: A Star Wars Story Movie Club)
May 17 • 9 min
What does a neo-noir gangster thriller have in common with Solo: A Star Wars Story? That’s the topic of today’s podcast. Miller’s Crossing is another of the films that were mentioned in the Entertainment Weekly interview about sources of inspiration for S
1,412: “Unforgiven” (Solo: A Star Wars Story Movie Club)
May 16 • 11 min
There’s a certain feeling in the relationship between “the kid” and Clint Eastwood in the movie Unforgiven, Jon Kasdan says, that he and his father Larry Kasdan were interested in when they were writing Solo: A Star Wars Story. The source of that info, an
1,411: “The Big Lebowski” (Solo: A Star Wars Story Movie Club)
May 15 • 10 min
Han as The Dude from The Big Lebowski, and Chewie as Walter Sobchak? It may not be as far-fetched as it seems. In an interview for Entertainment Weekly, Solo: A Star Wars Story co-writer Jon Kasdan said, “Larry [Kasdan] and I are both huge Coen brothers f
1,410: Solo: A Star Wars Story Movie Club: “Heat”
May 14 • 11 min
Larry and Jon Kasdan have cited a number of movies which they used as inspiration while writing Solo: A Star Wars Story. Today, we’re looking at “Heat,” the crime drama written and directed by Michael Mann. We’ll talk about the specifics that the Kasdans
1,409: Jon Favreau’s Star Wars Series Starts in 11 ABY
May 13 • 11 min
At the Solo: A Star Wars Story world premiere in Los Angeles, Jon Favreau revealed that the Star Wars live action series coming to Disney’s streaming service in 2019 will be set seven years after Return of the Jedi, or 11 ABY. He also revealed a couple ot
1,408: Episode IX Pre-Production Update
May 12 • 9 min
Solo: A Star Wars Story? That’s old news! Just kidding, of course … but hey, as things wind down around Solo from the production standpoint, let’s ramp up our coverage of the projects that are currently in some phase of production. We’ll start with Epis
1,407: Our Final Solo: A Star Wars Story Post-Production Update
May 11 • 8 min
Solo: A Star Wars Story had its world premiere last night in Los Angeles, and with that we begin our “Safe Week” period - actually, two weeks, considering Solo doesn’t come out until the 25th. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have things to talk about regar
1,406: “The Ride” in Canto Bight
May 10 • 12 min
The most light-hearted of the four tales in the Canto Bight short story collection that was part of the Journey to The Last Jedi, “The Ride” also ties in many of the characters we met in the three other stories - and turns one man’s ideas about luck, prob
1,405: “Hear Nothing, See Nothing, Say Nothing” in Canto Bight
May 9 • 11 min
The Last Jedi Visual Dictionary by Pablo Hidalgo has a few spreads dedicated to Canto Bight. In the case of “Hear Nothing, See Nothing, Say Nothing” by Rae Carson, we have a story that involves more of the characters introduced in the TLJ Visual Dictionar
1,404: “The Wine in Dreams,” Canto Bight, and the Journey to The Last Jedi
May 8 • 10 min
The galaxy’s best sommelier, a bar owner with debts to pay, a pair of sisters who may or may not be from another dimension entirely, and an indentured desk clerk all play roles in creating a legend around a rare vintage of wine, and in creating “a certain
1,403: “Rules of the Game,” Canto Bight, and Solo: A Star Wars Story
May 7 • 13 min
The swank nightclub-like scenes from Solo: A Star Wars Story, or the outdoor scenes of Beckett telling Han Solo how Beckett’s putting together a crew - any chance those are happening on Cantonica? Just a pet theory of mine, and as such, I’m taking a close
1,402: Was Star Wars Day a Bit of a Bust, News-Wise?
May 6 • 9 min
Andi Gutierrez of The Star Wars Show said “probably” when she hinted there could be breaking news announced on Star Wars Day, so her bets were successfully hedged - no big news actually dropped! The “190 Years Old” TV spot dropped, featuring a moment that
1,401: Star Wars Day Interview on CTV News (Canada)
May 5 • 10 min
It’s always fun to get the chance to be on live TV to talk Star Wars, and the occasion happened again on Star Wars Day! On today’s episode of the podcast, I’m sharing the interview I did with Todd van der Heyden of CTV News, a Canadian national news netwo
1,400: Happy Star Wars Day! May the 4th Be With You!
May 4 • 11 min
Part reflective, part fun, all about a passion for Star Wars! It’s a little bit looser of a show today, considering the round number and the whole “May the 4th Be With You” business…
1,399: Ron Howard on the Uniqueness of Star Wars Movies
May 3 • 7 min
More video! Lucasfilm released a tour of the swank inside of Lando’s Falcon, led by none other than Donald Glover, and an interview with Solo: A Star Wars Story Ron Howard. That latter video sheds light on Clint Howard’s appearance in the movie, and equal
1,398: Analyzing the “Crew” and “Rio” TV Spots for Solo: A Star Wars Story
May 2 • 8 min
You’re not going to find the “Rio” TV spot on the official Star Wars YouTube channel (yet), but it’s out there … and I’m analyzing that and the “Crew” commercial for Solo: A Star Wars Story on today’s episode. Punch it!
1,397: What We’ve Learned From the “Han” and “Risk” Solo: A Star Wars Story TV Spots
May 1 • 10 min
The “Han” and “Risk” TV commercials for Solo: A Star Wars Story include new clips of Han, Qi’ra, Lando, Beckett, and the gang - and it puts more characters in places we hadn’t seen them before. Punch it!
1,396: 7 Top Takeaways From the Solo: A Star Wars Story BTS Reel
Apr 30 • 14 min
Was that a hint at the potential for more “Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo” movies? Who is Han telling that he’s a driver and a flyer? And how much cooler can Lando get? That and more on the show today as we discuss the seven top takeaways from the new Solo:
1,395: Ranking 1st and 2nd Place of The Last Jedi’s Deleted Scenes
Apr 29 • 11 min
In the finale of our look at the deleted scenes from The Last Jedi, we finally get a proper dismemberment, and the third and final lesson from Luke is revealed. Sort of… Punch it!
Episode 1,394: Ranking 3rd and 4th Place of The Last Jedi’s Deleted Scenes
Apr 28 • 7 min
A decision that would have proven even more divisive than anything else you’ve heard people complain about, and Rose taking a bite out of General Hux, feature in today’s stop on the countdown list of deleted scenes from The Last Jedi, in terms of their im
1,393: Ranking 5th and 6th Place of The Last Jedi’s Deleted Scenes
Apr 27 • 7 min
We’re staying on the island of Ahch-To for both of The Last Jedi deleted scenes we’re discussing today, in which we get a little mourning from Luke and we also learn something about his alien language skills. Punch it!
BONUS EPISODE: Star Wars Resistance: New Animated Series in Fall 2018
Apr 26 • 9 min
In this bonus episode of the podcast, I’m talking about the details of the Star Wars Resistance announcement; what other stories have taken place in the six-year existence of the Resistance before The Force Awakens; and add to the announcement by flagging
1,392: Ranking 7th and 8th Place of The Last Jedi’s Deleted Scenes
Apr 26 • 7 min
We’re crossing the halfway mark in our look at the deleted scenes from The Last Jedi. Today in the ranking, another extended scene appears, as well as a scene with Poe and Finn that hearkens back to The Empire Strikes Back. Punch it!
1,391: Ranking 9th and 10th Place of The Last Jedi’s Deleted Scenes
Apr 25 • 7 min
Next up on our countdown ranking of the deleted scenes from The Last Jedi (in terms of their importance to the overall story), we’ve got #10 and #9 on tap for you. One of them features a joke that could have spoiled an otherwise very dramatic moment, and
1,390: Ranking 11th and 12th Place of The Last Jedi’s Deleted Scenes
Apr 24 • 6 min
Today, we continue our series ranking the deleted scenes from The Last Jedi home video release, in terms of their importance to the story of The Last Jedi. In 11th and 12th place we find scenes with Finn and Rose - not because we have anything against the
1,389: Ranking The Last Jedi Deleted Scenes: #13 and #14
Apr 23 • 7 min
14 deleted scenes arrived with the home video release of The Last Jedi, and this week, we’re counting them down from #14 to #1 in terms of their importance to the story of The Last Jedi. Today, #14 and #13, including a scene that’s not really a scene, and
1,388: What Happened to Luke’s Belongings After He Died?
Apr 22 • 9 min
In the last of our deep dives into The Last Jedi novelization, we investigate what happened to all of Luke’s “stuff” after he died. What was there, and what did the Caretakers do with it? We also find out how Luke was rather unique in the eyes of the Care
1,387: Relationship Status: It’s Complicated
Apr 21 • 10 min
General Hux and Kylo Ren. Rey and Kylo Ren. Rey and Finn. Rey and Poe. Finn and Poe. All sorts of fans are rooting for all sorts of possible relationship combinations. (Except Threepio - no one’s suggesting anything for him, the poor droid.) Does The Last
1,386: Everyone’s Had It With Kylo Ren
Apr 20 • 9 min
General Hux is ready to push him to the sidelines. Rey doesn’t believe in their shared future. Leia’s kissed him goodbye, and Luke realizes the guilt about his part in this whole catastrophe engine was misplaced. On today’s episode of the podcast, we near
1,385: How Other Characters Experienced Luke’s Arrival on Crait
Apr 19 • 14 min
In The Last Jedi, Luke makes a dramatic entrance on Crait. But how did Leia, Poe, Finn, Rose, Rey, and even General Hux react to the arrival of this legendary Jedi Knight? The Lat Jedi novelization has the answers, some of which may be surprising. Like th
1,384: New Details About the Ground War on Crait
Apr 18 • 10 min
What was the actual objective of the Resistance in their frontal assault on the First Order? What famous flying group did Leia and Poe reference in their speeches to the pilots about to fly those rickety ski speeders into battle? And why did Kylo Ren deci
1,383: Secrets the Rebel Alliance Never Shared With the New Republic
Apr 17 • 9 min
Leia still has the capacity to surprise. Thanks to The Last Jedi novelization, we find out that she - along with Admiral Ackbar and other leaders of the long-forgotten Rebel Alliance - kept important secrets from the New Republic. Oh sure, the Alliance sh
1,382: Why Didn’t Rey Kill Kylo Ren When She Had the Chance?
Apr 16 • 10 min
Let me set the scene for you. Kylo Ren wakes up in the wreckage of Snoke’s throne room. Hux is standing over him, scratching some weird itch on his side. (LOL!) Rey is gone, which means she had a golden opportunity to kill the unconscious Ren. But she did
Episode 1,381: New Details From the Solo: A Star Wars Story Toy Reveals
Apr 15 • 10 min
There’s no big midnight toy event for the Solo: A Star Wars Story movie release this time around. Instead, the toys have been revealed in a post on And as we’ve done for previous movie releases, we’re checking the toys out to find out wh
1,380: Young Han Solo: Everything We Know So Far (Solo: A Star Wars Story)
Apr 14 • 17 min
In the first commercial, we heard young Han Solo boast that he would become the best pilot in the galaxy. Then in the teaser, Qi’ra told us she might be the only person who knows what Han really is. Finally, in the full trailer, we have a more fully forme
1,379: Lando: Everything We Know So Far (Solo: A Star Wars Story)
Apr 13 • 11 min
We got to hear Han and Tobias in the Super Bowl commercial. We got to hear Qi’ra in the teaser that followed. But we didn’t get to hear anything Donald Glover said as Lando until the most recent trailer. (Yes, there was indistinct yelling in the teaser, b
1,378: Qi’ra: Everything We Know So Far (Solo: A Star Wars Story)
Apr 12 • 11 min
It’s all about the inferences right now. Emilia Clarke’s dialogue as Qi’ra in the Solo: A Star Wars Story footage we’ve seen so far - as well as one of her costumes - hints at how she and Han left things from their early days, and how well one of their ad
1,377: Everything We Know About Tobias Beckett From Solo: A Star Wars Story
Apr 11 • 11 min
Drawing from interviews with Ron Howard, Larry Kasdan, and Jon Kasdan, as well as the Super Bowl commercial, teaser, and trailer, here’s what we know so far (with no spoilers!) about Tobias Beckett, the mentor character played by Woody Harrelson in Solo:
1,376: Seven Top Takeaways From the Final Solo: A Star Wars Story Trailer
Apr 10 • 11 min
From Han’s early days as a Corellian ne’er-do-well, to his time in service of the Empire; from a potential posting on Mimban where he meets Chewie, to reconnecting with Qi’ra; from high-stakes gambling dens to high-stakes heists; all that, and so much mor
1,375: The Secret History of Snoke and the First Order
Apr 9 • 11 min
Thanks to the magic of novel narration, Jason Fry has shed some light on the secret history of the First Order and Snoke’s involvement with it. No, of course, not everything has been revealed! But Snoke’s ruminations in his throne room, prior to his uncer
1,374: Our Interview With Jason Fry, Author, The Last Jedi Novelization
Apr 8 • 43 min
The author of The Last Jedi: Expanded Edition (you and I know it better as The Last Jedi novelization, perhaps) sat down with me earlier in the week to talk about the process of creating the novel to complement the movie, tells the story of how that surpr
Episode 1,373: The Significance of the Number “30” in Star Wars Movies
Apr 7 • 11 min
We know about 327 and 1138 - special numbers that pop up again and again in various Star Wars content. But there’s another number that popped up twice in The Last Jedi, and it got me thinking about its other uses in the movies, and what kind of significan
1,372: The Secrets in Snoke’s and Kylo’s Minds During Their Last Confrontation
Apr 6 • 11 min
How was Snoke manipulating Kylo Ren’s weaknesses, up until and during their final time together in The Last Jedi? And what was the straw that broke the camel’s back for Kylo Ren, when it came to taking action against Snoke? This and more in today’s deep d
Episode 1,371: Slapstick on the Supremacy (We Nearly Missed These Gems)
Apr 5 • 11 min
For this, our latest foray into The Last Jedi novelization, we’re looking at another consequential part of the Act II finale - the showdown between Rose, Finn, DJ, Captain Phasma, and General Hux. There are more than a couple moments where things got a bi
Episode 1,370: Inside the Resistance for The Last Jedi’s Act II Finale
Apr 4 • 11 min
We’re about to dive into the three-part Act II finale for The Last Jedi and its novelization, and on today’s episode, I’m talking about the Resistance side of that finale - Leia quelling the mutiny, Poe’s final gift to Vice-Admiral Holdo, and a potential
1,369: More of What Went Wrong on the Supremacy for Rose, Finn, and DJ
Apr 3 • 10 min
In the latest of our series of deep dives into The Last Jedi novelization, we find out just how many more things went wrong or nearly went wrong in the process of Rose, Finn, and DJ trying to disable the hyperspace tracker. This is also where a scene was
1,368: For Real This Time: Yoda, Luke, and the Jedi Library
Apr 2 • 8 min
“Ending all this, I am!” So says Yoda in The Last Jedi novelization, and rather than spending five minutes by saying (and singing!) the word “porg” over and over again, I’m sharing more about Luke’s attempts to burn the tree, his first reaction at seeing
1,367: Yoda, Luke, and the Secret Within the Jedi Library
Apr 1 • 7 min
Continuing in our series of deep dives into The Last Jedi novelization, the title of this episode (almost) says it all… Punch it!
1,366: Luke’s Shocking Demand of Rey Before Their Final Confrontation
Mar 31 • 7 min
When Luke was meditating during that last fateful night on Ahch-To, when he touched his sister’s mind from across the galaxy, he was also acknowledging a contact with both the “living” Force and the “cosmic” Force that he hadn’t felt in years. And it led
1,365: Rey’s Departure From Ahch-To and Arrival at the Supremacy
Mar 30 • 8 min
Where was Rey in that line of “Rey” reflections inside the dark-side cave on Ahch-To? And what REALLY happened between Rey and Kylo Ren when she emerged from the escape pod on the Supremacy? That and more in our continuing series of deep dives into The La
1,364: How Poe Dameron Slowly Lost His Mind and Started a Coup
Mar 29 • 9 min
Getting kicked off the bridge, missing BB-8, evacuating the other ships, and otherwise being kept in the dark slowly drove Poe Dameron a little loopy on the Raddus… Punch it!
1,363: Ending Rose and Finn’s Excellent Adventure
Mar 28 • 10 min
Rose and Finn argue a lot more, the fathiers create even more destruction, BB-8 puts the improv skills he learned from Poe to the test, and more! Continuing with our series of deep dives into The Last Jedi novelization, I’m digging into the fun stuff abou
1,362: Luke’s Second Lesson, and Not His Third
Mar 27 • 9 min
We’re continuing our series of deep dives into the parts of The Last Jedi novelization that you may find will best enhance your next viewing of the movie! On today’s episode, we’re talking about Luke’s second lesson for Rey, and a deleted scene from the m
1,361: How Finn Reveals His Feelings for Rey
Mar 26 • 9 min
After being accused of “heavy pining” by Rose while they’re at Canto Bight, Finn explains to Rose why Rey means so much to him. And also, Finn throws a bit of shade at the notion of Rey becoming a Jedi. This and more from the latest in our series of deep
1,360: Reviewing “Reflections” First Order Film Short
Mar 25 • 9 min
Epic Games, in collaboration with NVIDIA and ILMxLAB, debuted “Reflections” at the Game Developers Conference earlier this week. It’s a demonstration of real-time ray tracing in Unreal Engine - in other words, the best-yet CG implementation of how light w
1,359: What Does Aftermath: Life Debt Tell Us About Solo: A Star Wars Story?
Mar 24 • 11 min
I’ve been reading Aftermath: Life Debt by Chuck Wendig as nighttime reading for Scorekeeper Declan, and a passage just appeared that may speak volumes about something we’re bound to see in Solo: A Str Wars Story. It’s a monologue by Han Solo that touches
1,358: Star Wars TV and Movie Production Updates
Mar 23 • 10 min
There are six total TV and movie productions going on in the galaxy far, far away … that we know about. On today’s episode of the show, we’re going to dig into what’s news for Solo, Episode IX, Rian Johnson’s trilogy, the Benioff/Weiss series, the Jon F
1,357: Revealed? The Secret of Rey’s Rapid Force Mastery
Mar 22 • 9 min
In today’s deep dive into The Last Jedi novelization, we’re looking at Lesson 1 of Rey’s Jedi teaching from Luke Skywalker - as well as Rey’s encounters with Kylo Ren before and after that session. As part of Rey’s ruminations over that contact, we may ha
1,356: “Big Deal” Finn’s Big Mistakes With Rose and Poe
Mar 21 • 8 min
Remember how Finn kept talking over Rose when they were presenting the plan to Poe about how to get away from the First Order’s hyperspace tracking? Finn’s behavior always bothered me in that scene, and that feeling’s only been deepened by the additional
1,355: Poe’s Promotion Dreams, Rose’s Brutal Insults
Mar 20 • 9 min
Was Poe a potential choice to take over the fleet while Leia was in a coma? And what did Rose think of Poe’s sewing skills? (Hint: she was brutal about it.) That, plus mouth-watering porg roasts on tap in the next look at Part 3 of The Last Jedi novelizat
1,354: Rey’s First Three Days on Ahch-To
Mar 19 • 11 min
Our next look at The Last Jedi novelization by Jason Fry digs into Rey’s first days on the island of Ahch-To - how long it takes until Luke cracks and finally has a conversation with her in the Jedi library tree, the extra things they talk about that were
,353: The Last Jedi’s Complicated Lessons About Mentors and Students
Mar 18 • 11 min
If Poe hadn’t disobeyed Leia about the dreadnought, the dreadnought would have destroyed the Resistance fleet after tracking them through hyperspace. But Poe’s disobedience with the Canto Bight mission and mutiny caused the deaths of most of the Resistanc
1,352: Wrapping Up Part 2 of The Last Jedi Novelization
Mar 17 • 9 min
How did Leia use the Force to get back onto the Raddus after the bridge was blown to bits? How did Rey know the First Order would take over the galaxy within weeks? The answers to those questions, plus additional fun facts from Part 2 of The Last Jedi Nov
1,351: Leia and Ben Tell the Story of His Childhood
Mar 16 • 11 min
We’re jumping around a bit in our look at The Last Jedi novelization right now, and on today’s episode, the scenes with Leia aboard the Raddus and Kylo Ren in his TIE Silencer tell the story of Ben’s childhood in a series of flashes that illuminate the so
1,350: The Snoke/Hux Meeting We Missed; Rey and Luke Redux
Mar 15 • 11 min
In today’s episode, a continuation of the series of looks at the reveals from The Last Jedi novelization by Jason Fry, I’m getting into the scene we saw only the tail end of in the movie - the scene where General Hux explains how the Resistance’s escape f
1,349: New Details About the Resistance Escape From D’Qar
Mar 14 • 11 min
The Last Jedi Novelization includes new details about the evacuation from D’Qar, including the specific reason why Poe was stalling for time in the first place; why TIE Fighters weren’t launched right from the get-go; how Admiral Ackbar evaluated General
1,348: Funeral for a Friend in The Last Jedi Novelization
Mar 13 • 8 min
As of this recording, we don’t yet know if this scene was filmed for The Last Jedi and not included, or if it was something written and never filmed, or even perhaps invented solely for the novel. That said, here’s what you need to know about Han Solo’s f
1,347: The Last Jedi Novelization’s Shocking Prologue
Mar 12 • 11 min
This is the first in a series of looks at The Last Jedi novelization, and we’re kicking things off with an analysis of the shocking prologue. It’s something you’ll never see coming, and as it dawns on you what’s really happening, I think it’s going to inc
1,346: Is Captain Rex the White-Bearded Guy From Return of the Jedi?
Mar 11 • 7 min
Is he or isn’t he? The debate rages on about Captain Rex from The Clone Wars and Rebels. Is he that white-bearded guy in Return of the Jedi? Here’s the history of the character, and the truth of the situation as it stands right now… Punch it!
1,345: Unpacking the Star Wars Rebels Series Finale Epilogue
Mar 10 • 10 min
What happened to Hera, Sabine, and Zeb in the 4+ years after they liberated Lothal? The epilogue of the Star Wars Rebels finale has some answers for us, and hints at new mysteries… Punch it!
1,344: Interview: Nick Martorelli, Producer, The Last Jedi Novelization Audiobook
Mar 9 • 31 min
He’s back! Penguin Random House Audio producer Nick Martorelli returns to discuss another Star Wars audiobook creation - the novelization of The Last Jedi. And let’s start with this: Imagine you received a copy of the novelization BEFORE the movie debuted
BONUS EPISODE: Jon Favreau Helming New Star Wars Live-Action TV Series
Mar 8 • 2 min
Lucasfilm announced today that Jon Favreau will be executive producing and writing a new Star Wars live-action TV series for Disney’s upcoming “direct-to-consumer” (aka streaming) service. Let’s talk about the details, including when we might expect to se
1,343: “Family Reunion – and Farewell, Part 2” – Star Wars Rebels Briefing, Season 4, Episode 16
Mar 8 • 17 min
How the creative team manages to skirt around that thing about how the Rebels first major victory was The Battle of Scarif is just the tip of the iceberg as far as the final episode of Star Wars Rebels is concerned. Part 2 of “Family Reunion - and Farewel
1,342: “Family Reunion - and Farewell, Part 1” - Star Wars Rebels Briefing, Season 4, Episode 15
Mar 7 • 15 min
The pieces are all on the board, and the final plan is set in motion. I’m talking about part 1 of “Family Reunion - and Farewell,” the series finale of Star Wars Rebels. Not only does Ezra’s plan fail, but it plays right into Thrawn’s hands. And the paral
BONUS EPISODE: Return of the Jedi Meets Return of the King in the Star Wars Rebels Finale
Mar 6 • 20 min
While borrowing from - and sometimes reversing - scenarios from both Return of the Jedi and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, Dave Filoni and crew created a memorable send-off for the Ghost team that was uniquely Star Wars Rebels, too. “Family Reunion -
1,341: “A Fool’s Hope” - Star Wars Rebels Briefing, Season 4, Episode 14
Mar 6 • 11 min
The title, a line taken from a Gandalf line in The Return of the King, evokes the folly of what the scant rebel contingent on Lothal is trying to pull off. And this is their Minas Tirith moment, with the last citadel of freedom and safety being assaulted
1,340: Non-Spoiler Star Wars Rebels Finale Preview
Mar 5 • 12 min
The spoilers are already out there, but they’re not in here. On today’s episode, I’m taking one last look at the footage we already have - from the midseason trailer, the teaser at the end of the last episode of Rebels Recon, and the “Let’s Do This” sizzl
BONUS EPISODE: The Last Jedi Shut Out at the Oscars
Mar 5 • 5 min
With four nominations and zero wins, The Last Jedi was shut out of the Oscar celebration on Sunday night. And this would be the seventh Star Wars production in a row from Lucasfilm to be shut out from the annual awards - a streak now spanning 37 years. Si
1,339: Talking Force User and Flow State on the Star-B-Q Podcast
Mar 4 • 15 min
This may be the longest interview I’ve ever done! On today’s podcast, I’m sharing a snippet of an interview from the Star-B-Q Podcast, on one of their “Nibblers” episodes. Ironic, in a sense, since the full interview goes for two hours! For the snippet yo
1,338: Could Ahsoka Tano Return in the Finale of Star Wars Rebels?
Mar 3 • 11 min
Could Ahsoka Tano make an appearance in Star Wars Rebels during the series finale on Monday, March 5? I’m looking back at the 10-card Topps series from the Star Wars Card Trader app released in 2016, and discussed by Dave Filoni at Star Wars Celebration E
1,337: Solo: A Star Wars Story and Episode IX Production Updates
Mar 2 • 11 min
Del Rey’s latest timeline tells us nothing new about Solo: A Star Wars Story (even though a bunch of folks seem to think it does). We’ve learned more, in fact, from the news about the Solo publishing initiative courtesy of Lucasfilm’s Michael Siglain, and
1,336: A Brief History of Time Travel in Star Wars Canon and Legends
Mar 1 • 12 min
The Star Wars Rebels episode “A World Between Worlds” re-introduced the concept of time travel back into the Star Wars canon. Based on how the episode turned out, it might not feature as a plot element again any time soon. And that would be in alignment w
1,335: “A World Between Worlds” - Star Wars Rebels Briefing, Season 4, Episode 13
Feb 28 • 12 min
The fate of Ahsoka Tano is revealed - to a degree - in “A World Between Worlds,” episode 13 from season 4 of Star Wars Rebels. in the process, we also learn that we’ve seen this world between worlds before, and in a huge leap for the Star Wars canon, an e
1,334: “Wolves and a Door” - Star Wars Rebels Briefing, Season 3, Episode 12
Feb 27 • 11 min
In an episode that owes a debt to Raiders of the Lost Ark, “Wolves and a Door” gives us the first real idea of what’s so special about the Jedi Temple on Lothal. “It’s a conduit between the living and the dead,” Palpatine says, which makes for some bold f
1,333: “Wolves and a Door” and “A World Between Worlds” - Star Wars Rebels Previews
Feb 26 • 10 min
Once again, the creative team behind Star Wars Rebels is playing it close to the vest. Despite two clips shown for the upcoming episodes “Wolves and a Door” and “A World Between Worlds,” the clips are only from one of them (“Wolves”), and they only show t
1,332: What’s the “Heart” of Star Wars Without the Skywalkers?
Feb 25 • 9 min
Recently I had the pleasure of being a guest on Tim McMahon’s “Less Than Twelve Parsecs” podcast again, this time for his “Conversations” series - which are much longer interviews than his normal “fastest podcast in the galaxy” episodes. For the conversat
1,331: Every Star Wars Saga Movie Reveals a New Force Power
Feb 24 • 9 min
I’ve been thinking a lot about how Rian Johnson revealed that the Force power Luke Skywalker used to project his image across the galaxy came from the (now-Legends) reference book “The Jedi Path.” Some people were upset about this new power, and got reall
1,330: Secrets of the Empire Full-Spoiler Story Details
Feb 23 • 11 min
Here we go … if you want to know the story of Secrets of the Empire, I’m here to give it to you! This is a full-spoiler podcast - if you just want the review of the experience with no spoilers, check out the previous episode (1,329). But if you want to
1,329: Non-Spoiler Secrets of the Empire Review
Feb 22 • 12 min
Episode 1,330 will have the spoiler-filled story of Secrets of the Empire, the new Star Wars virtual reality experience created by The Void, ILMxLAB, the Lucasfilm Story Group, and writer David S. Goyer (of the Christopher Nolan Batman movies). This one t
1,328: “DUME” - Star Wars Rebels Briefing, Season 4, Episode 11
Feb 21 • 9 min
The “devastating loss” suffered by the Ghost crew is the focus of “DUME,” episode 11 of season 4 of Star Wars Rebels. Each member of the crew deals with it in a different way, but the way forward after the loss comes in a dream featuring the biggest loth-
1,327: “Jedi Night” - Star Wars Rebels Briefing, Season 4, Episode 10
Feb 20 • 11 min
The second half of the final season of Star Wars Rebels started quietly and ended with a bang. This is a no-spoiler description of the fact that this podcast episode will be a full-spoiler discussion of “Jedi Night,” episode 10 from season 4 of the Star W
1,326: “Jedi Night” and “DUME” Star Wars Rebels Preview
Feb 19 • 9 min
The log line for “Jedi Night” tells us Hera will be rescued. Nothing new there - we saw as much in the mid-season trailer for Star Wars Rebels. But the log line for “DUME” mentions a “devastating loss.” Of course, that’s more fuel for the “Kanan Dies” fir
1,325: Why Are We All So Convinced Kanan Will Die in Star Wars Rebels?
Feb 18 • 14 min
Yoda’s infamous line from Return of the Jedi has something to do with this notion. But basing the theories of Kanan’s death during Rebels means you have to make a couple of assumptions that I don’t think are safe to make. One of them has to do with whethe
1,324: Star Wars Rebels Season 4 First Half Recap
Feb 17 • 10 min
The first half of season 4 of Star Wars Rebels finished off the storylines for the Mandalorians and Saw Gerrera as they related to the Ghost crew in its first four episodes, and then turned its focus to Lothal for the final five. Now, we’ve got seven epis
1,323: Solo: A Star Wars Story and Episode IX Production Updates
Feb 16 • 9 min
Jon Favreau voicing an “very cool & important alien character.” Warwick Davis involved in post-production recording work. And new toys announced ahead of New York Toy Fair confirm the existence of a planet in the movie that had been oh so strongly hinted
1,322: Disney CEO Bob Iger Helps Us Understand New “Solo” Footage and Info
Feb 15 • 10 min
Back in March 2017, Bob Iger said four very crucial things about Solo: A Star Wars Story. This was back before they had even announced the name of the movie! Iger revealed the timeline of the movie; the fact that he’d be “acquiring a certain vehicle and m
1,321: Valentine’s Day Special: The Most Important Love Relationship From Each Star Wars Movie
Feb 14 • 10 min
Yes, I did a podcast earlier this year about how we’re missing romance as a crucial element of the sequel movies. That’s not to say there aren’t love-like relationships happening in there - or in the other movies as well. Today, I’m looking at what I’d co
1,320: How Many Planets Will We See in Solo: A Star Wars Story?
Feb 13 • 9 min
Two planets in Solo: A Star Wars Story have been confirmed outright: Corellia (Han’s homeworld), and Mimban, the swamp planet you may remember from the earliest days of the Expanded Universe. A third one has been strongly hinted at: Kessel, of the infamou
1,319: Lando Calrissian and Other Scoundrels of Solo: A Star Wars Story
Feb 12 • 9 min
Dryden Vos (no relation to Quinlan Vos), Tobias Beckett (no relation to anyone one else that we know), and that old smoothie Lando Calrissian all get write-ups in Anthony Breznican’s coverage of Solo: A Star Wars Story for Entertainment Weekly. Today, I’l
1,318: The Women of Solo: A Star Wars Story
Feb 11 • 11 min
Han Solo is surrounded by strong women in Solo: A Star Wars Story … even if one of those “women” is a droid with a female personality. Still counts. :-) In today’s podcast, I’m digging into the details shared about Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke), Val (Thandie Ne
1,317: Oh, So It’s Okay If George Lucas Does It…
Feb 10 • 9 min
It’s the first of our episodes focused on gleaning the most relevant and interesting details from the Entertainment Weekly cover story featuring Solo: A Star Wars Story! Today, revisiting the whole director change, and the unexpected sources of inspiratio
1,316: A Conversation With CTV News’ Todd van der Heyden About Solo: A Star Wars Story
Feb 9 • 8 min
The commercial, the trailer, the performance of Alden Ehrenreich, the “troubled” production … these are all topics up for discussion when I join Todd van der Heyden from CTV News in Toronto to talk about Solo: A Star Wars Story. This is the audio versio
1,315: The “Less Is More” Strategy Applied to Donald Glover As Lando
Feb 8 • 9 min
He didn’t utter a line of dialogue, and appeared in only five shots in the commercial and the teaser for Solo: A Star Wars Story. What is it about Donald Glover’s performance as Lando Calrissian that they’re trying to hide form us??? Just kidding, of cour
1,314: Our First Experience With Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo
Feb 7 • 8 min
Well, we’ve had our first extended experience of Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, and what can we glean from it? For one thing, he’s not the Han Solo we meet in the cantina on Tatooine because he hasn’t become that person yet. So what we’re hearing in the co
BONUS EPISODE: HBO’s Game of Thrones Creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss to Helm New Series of Star Wars Movies
Feb 6 • 6 min
in a surprise announcement from Lucasfilm, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss - best known as the creators of HBO’s Game of Thrones - have been tapped to helm a new “series” of Star Wars movies. No release date has been set, except that that can’t get to work o
1,313: Solo: A Star Wars Story Official Teaser Breakdown
Feb 6 • 10 min
Hot on the heels of the teaser commercial released during Super Bowl Sunday, the good folks at Lucasfilm gave us a full teaser trailer, released during Good Morning America. In addition to offering new footage, it also helps to expand our understanding of
BONUS EPISDOE: Solo: A Star Wars Story Super Bowl Commercial Breakdown
Feb 5 • 11 min
There was a Super Bowl ad after all! And it gave us some meaty footage to fire up our imaginations about Solo: A Star Wars Story. In this bonus episode, I’m sharing seven top takeaways from that ever-so-brief but exciting first look at the young Han Solo
1,312: The Squirrley World of Rumors, Leaks, and the Solo: A Star Wars Story Trailer
Feb 5 • 9 min
You may have seen various media outlets reporting that the “studio” - aka Lucasfilm - has “confirmed” the appearance of the first Solo: A Star Wars Story on Good Morning America on Monday, February 5th. (Today!) But if you look at all of Lucasfilm’s offic
1,311: Interview With Illustrator Kemp Remillard, The Last Jedi Incredible Cross-Sections
Feb 4 • 36 min
Yesterday, I talked with Jason Fry, the author of Star Wars: The Last Jedi Incredible Cross-Sections. Today, his other half (so to speak!) joins me - that would be Kemp Remillard, the illustrator who’s brought his talents to the last two Incredible Cross-
1,310: Interview With Author Jason Fry, The Last Jedi Incredible Cross-Sections
Feb 3 • 41 min
Jason Fry is the author or co-author of a number of Star Wars reference books (and fiction books, too), including one of his most recent works, The Last Jedi Incredible Cross-Sections by DK Publishing. And though that’s the focus of what Jason and I will
1,309: Vice-Admiral Holdo, Rose Tico, and the Shot Felt Even in Hyperspace
Feb 2 • 9 min
Why is Rose not on the Resistance Bomber with her sister Paige for the battle over D’Qar in The Last Jedi? The novel Cobalt Squadron has the answer, which involves a direct request from none other than Vice-Admiral Holdo herself. Also, the shot from Stark
1,308: First Order Atrocities, and the Fate of Finn’s Parents
Feb 1 • 9 min
When the First Order imposes a blockade on the Atterra system in the novel Cobalt Squadron, it has a devastating effect on the worlds of Atterra Alpha and Atterra Bravo. Thsi is a spoiler-filled podcast revealing just how awful the First Order really is -
1,307: Who Are the Tico Sisters?
Jan 31 • 9 min
Paige and Rose Tico are new additions to the Star Wars universe, but we learn precious little about them in the movie. Paige, if I recall correctly, doesn’t even have a line of dialogue! Rose tells us they escaped from the First Order devastating their ho
1,306: Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Cobalt Squadron Review
Jan 30 • 8 min
In the days leading up to The Last Jedi, Cobalt and Crimson Squadrons - those would be the squadrons of Resistance bombers - we’re on a secret mission in First Order territory, risking the provocation of open warfare first to spy on the First Order’s acti
1,305: Jedi Business: Wrapping Up The Last Jedi’s Box Office Performance Totals
Jan 29 • 9 min
With The Last Jedi on 700 fewer screens this weekend (under 1800 in total), and with weekend box office numbers projected at about $4 million, we’re reaching the point where we can just about finalize The Last Jedi’s performance in comparison to the top m
1,304: Interview With Executive Producer Nick Martorelli, From a Certain Point of View Audiobook
Jan 28 • 34 min
“From a Certain Point of View” is just the beginning. I’m talking with Nick Martorelli today - he’s a producer with Penguin Random House Audio who’s responsible for casting and overseeing production of the Star Wars programs. And yes, we’ll talk about Jon
1,303: Interview With Executive Producer Aaron Blank, The Force Doth Awaken Audiobook
Jan 27 • 11 min
It’s one thing to merely read Shakespeare, and it’s another thing entirely to see it performed. By the same token, it’s one thing to merely read The Force Doth Awaken, the Shakespearean-style adaptation of The Force Awakens by Ian Doescher. But it’s anoth
1,302: Chewie and the Porgs, Or, How Wookiees Fatten Up Their Dinners
Jan 26 • 9 min
After reading the lovable “Chewie and the Porgs” children’s book, I’ve arrived at a rather inescapable conclusion: That our sweet Chewbacca is, in fact, a diabolical scoundrel. Because the book has to live in the same universe as the movie and The Last Je
1,301: Behind-the-Stories Facts From the Battle of Crait
Jan 25 • 10 min
The history of the Rebel outpost on Crait, and more about the First Order’s heavy artillery - that’s what’s on tap for today’s podcast. Also, we’re following up on Episode 1,299 about Finn’s defection with a note about why, specifically, Captain Phasma wa
1,300: Rian Johnson’s Luke Stories; The Last Jedi Oscar Nominations
Jan 24 • 10 min
The Last Jedi scored four Oscar nominations yesterday, for Original Score, Visual Effects, Sound Editing, and Sound Mixing. I’ll be putting this in historical perspective on today’s podcast, as well as discussing a couple of Twitter revelations from Rian
1,299: The Surprising Effects of Finn’s Desertion on the First Order
Jan 23 • 10 min
First, you need to know how the First Order reacts to disloyalty. (Hint: they’re somewhat poor sports about it.) Then, you need to know just how wide a variety of duties and assignments are given to some stormtroopers. At that point, you can get a sense o
1,298: Clues About Solo: A Star Wars Story and Episode IX in The Last Jedi Visual Dictionary
Jan 22 • 9 min
We know for a fact that Pablo Hidalgo has hidden clues about future movies in plain sight before - just look at the mention of Crait in the Rogue One Ultimate Visual Guide for proof. What might he be hiding in The Last Jedi Visual Dictionary about Solo: A
1,297: We Desperately Need Romance in Star Wars Movies
Jan 21 • 16 min
Star Wars fans love to talk about shipping in the new movies. Rey and Finn. Finn and Poe. Poe and Rey. Rey and Kylo Ren. Heck, people are even shipping Kylo Ren and General Hux now! Why do we care so much about shipping characters? Because we desperately
1,296: 7 Top Takeaways From the Rebels Series Finale Trailer
Jan 20 • 16 min
The return of Ian McDiarmid as Emperor Palpatine has to be one of the biggest surprises about the finale trailer for Star Wars Rebels. But the trailer is almost as intriguing for what *isn’t* there as for what is. Naturally, this opens the door to questio
1,295: What We Now Know About Luke Skywalker’s Mysterious Past
Jan 19 • 10 min
We haven’t been given the full picture of Luke’s post-Return of the Jedi history yet, but we’ve been given some tantalizing clues thanks to The Last Jedi Visual Dictionary. In fact, we may be able to safely break that thirty-year time period into thirds b
1,294: Exploring the Mysteries of Snoke, and the Unexplained Jedi Tree
Jan 18 • 9 min
The Supreme Leader is dead. Long live the Supreme Leader! Just because Snoke is out of the picture, that doesn’t mean it’s not worth taking a deeper look at him to find out what the deal really is with him. After all, there could be more of him running ar
1,293: The Nicest Star Destroyer Name Ever, War Profiteering, and More Last Jedi Reveals
Jan 17 • 8 min
Before Captain Canady commanded a Dreadnought in the First Order, he served aboard a Star Destroyer in the Galactic Empire with the sweetest name for a Star Destroyer you’ve ever heard. Plus, more about the war profiteering in the galaxy; how many ships w
BONUS EPISODE: Solo: A Story Wars Story Official Synopsis
Jan 16 • 8 min
Surprise! Lucasfilm released an official synopsis for Solo: A Star Wars Story today. What does it reveal about the movie that we didn’t already know? I’m dissecting the 76-word statement and comparing it against what we already know about the movie thanks
1,292: Han Solo’s Revenge on Snoke From Beyond the Grave, and More Reveals
Jan 16 • 10 min
How did Han sow the seeds of Snoke’s destruction in his final moments on Starkiller Base? Why does Finn’s jacket suggest more time passed in between The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi than we previously thought? These and more questions are being discuss
1,291: Secret Messages on Resistance Bombs, and Other Resistance Reveals
Jan 15 • 9 min
Did you know? The Resistance scribbled secret messages on some of the bombs they dropped on the Dreadnought in The Last Jedi. I’m translating a couple of those Auerbesh messages - plus, does a location on the galactic map in The Last Jedi Visual Dictionar
1,290: The Last Jedi: Project Resurrection Story (Star Wars Battlefront II DLC)
Jan 14 • 10 min
During “Safe Week” last month, I shared with you the details of the story mode for Star Wars Battlefront II, which continued the story of Iden Versio and Inferno Squad. Well, it ended in a cliffhanger that was to be resolved with the DLC for The Last Jedi
1,289: Solo: A Star Wars Story Post-Production Update (132 Days Left!)
Jan 13 • 11 min
Fox moved Deadpool 2’s release date from the week after Solo: A Star Wars Story to the week before it. Why does that give one box office expert a weird feeling? Also, the upcoming reshoots that aren’t really “reshoots,” per se, trailer anticipation, and s
1,288: Han Solo and the Lost Legacy, Rogue One, and Other Story Links to The Last Jedi
Jan 12 • 12 min
There are basically four kinds of stories in The Last Jedi Incredible Cross-Sections book: Business stories that give you a glimpse of the work of an industry; thumbnail stories provided in their entirety; hints at brand new events never detailed previous
1,287: Incredible Cross-Sections Bringing Legends Back Into the Canon
Jan 11 • 12 min
One of the (many) neat things about the Incredible Cross-Sections books from DK Publishing is the miniature stories you find included side by side with the descriptions of the vehicles being profiled in the book. And in some of those cases for The Last Je
1,286: The Surprising Truth About Resistance Bombers
Jan 10 • 9 min
You know the Resistance bomber sequence in The Last Jedi, of course. Well, it left a lot of moviegoers (or, perhaps, a few very vocal moviegoers) scratching their heads. How did they get the bombs to drop in zero-G space? Why did they stay so close togeth
1,285: The First Order Devastates With Kyber Crystals in the Sequel Movies
Jan 9 • 10 min
Finn told us that the siege cannon deployed by the First Order on Crait was “Death Star tech.” Well, what kind of Death Star tech would power a giant laser cannon? If you guessed kyber crystals, you’d be right as rain. But here’s the scary thing - that’s
1,284: How Far Has Cloaking Technology Come in The Last Jedi?
Jan 8 • 10 min
Back when Captain Needa said, “No ship that small has a cloaking device!” about the Millennium Falcon, that’s about all we knew about stealth tech in the Star Wars galaxy. Thirty years later, it seems the galaxy hasn’t advanced very far in that field. On
1,283: Solo: A Star Wars Story and Episode IX Production Update
Jan 7 • 9 min
Donald Glover on the reshoots, Ron Howard’s silence on social media, the breaking of a three-movie box office streak, and the biggest question of all - when will we see the first trailer??? All that and more about Solo: A Star Wars Story on today’s podcas
Episode 1,282: How “Human” Decisions Nearly Destroyed the Resistance
Jan 6 • 11 min
Thanks very much to Justin Bolger, Social Media Strategist at Lucasfilm, for helping me look at the decisions made - especially by Poe Dameron - in a new and more charitable light. If you remove the value judgments, there are no “good” or “bad” decisions.
1,281: 2018 Previews: Star Wars Video Games, Mobile Games, and Virtual Reality
Jan 5 • 13 min
Console games, mobile games, and virtual reality - for a while there, we thought that we were going to get a lot more storytelling out of the new releases. That we were going to learn more about that galaxy far, far away with every new release. Well, it s
1,280: Star Wars Comics and Limited Series 2018 Previews
Jan 4 • 10 min
Marvel’s only revealed their plans for the first three months of 2018 so far. But based on what they’ve done over the past couple of years, we can make some pretty safe educated guesses about what they might have up their sleeves that they’re not telling
1,279: 2018 Previews: Star Wars Novels and Reference Books
Jan 3 • 9 min
We know some of what’s coming in 2018, we can guess at a few more, and even with all that there’s still a huge gap in what’s been announced. I’m going over all the details about the novels from Del Rey and Disney, the reference books from DK Publishing, a
1,278: Star Wars TV 2018 Previews
Jan 2 • 12 min
Star Wars Rebels is entering its home stretch, as the final seven episodes of the series should be released in the first three months of the year. After that, what happens? I’ve got updates for you on Forces of Destiny, the recently-announced live-action
1,277: 2018 Previews: Star Wars Movies
Jan 1 • 11 min
The Last Jedi finishes its run. Solo: A Star Wars Story debuts. Episode IX begins and likely finishes principal photography. Rian Johnson’s trilogy development gets underway. And maybe we get an announcement about a previously rumored Obi-Wan Kenobi movie
1,276: The Lucasfilm 2017 Year in Review
Dec 31, 2017 • 15 min
“Tumultuous” would be a fair word for the world of Lucasfilm in 2017. The departure of Lord and Miller from Solo: A Star Wars Story, the departure of Colin Trevorrow and company from Episode IX, the foofaraw from a segment of people over The Last Jedi, an
BONUS EPISODE: Inside the Making of the The Last Jedi Commercials for Nissan
Dec 30, 2017 • 22 min
Last year, Nissan came out with commercials for their Limited Edition Rogue that featured special effects elements that looked like they came straight out of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. This year, as with other aspects of their campaign in conjunction w
1,275: In Memoriam: Lights We Lost in the Star Wars Galaxy in 2017
Dec 30, 2017 • 11 min
Although we didn’t lose any “big names” in 2017 like we did with Carrie Fisher and Kenny Baker last year, the folks who passed away this year all made their marks in indelible ways on the Star Wars galaxy we’ve known and thrilled to for the past forty yea
1,274: 7 Storylines From The Force Awakens Rendered Moot by The Last Jedi
Dec 29, 2017 • 13 min
J.J. Abrams set out a lot of possible paths for the director who would follow in his storytelling footsteps. And it’s fair to say that Rian Johnson seems to have zagged a lot of times where other folks might have expected him to zig. In today’s episode, I
1,273: What Choices Did Rian Johnson Give J.J. Abrams for Episode IX?
Dec 28, 2017 • 9 min
With the decisions Rian Johnson made for The Last Jedi and the fates of its characters and major galactic powers (or lack thereof, as the case may be), he’s potentially created a deja vu situation. For Episode IX, J.J. Abrams and Chris Terrio may have no
1,272: Is the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy Actually a “Trilogy”?
Dec 27, 2017 • 12 min
Since J.J. Abrams only did The Force Awakens, and didn’t lay out a plan for Episodes VIII and IX … and since Rian Johnson only did The Last Jedi and didn’t lay out a plan for Episode IX … are we actually getting a Star Wars “trilogy” in the true sense
BONUS EPISODE: Inside the Making of Nissan’s The Last Jedi Accessory Packages
Dec 27, 2017 • 11 min
Fresh off their successful Rogue One Limited Edition Nissan Rogue, the folks at Nissan USA raised their game in creating customized accessory packages in honor of their partnership with Lucasfilm and in celebration of the release of The Last Jedi. To find
1,271: Who Is The Last Jedi and the Sequel Trilogy Really About?
Dec 26, 2017 • 16 min
On first blush, the Sequel Trilogy is about Rey, Finn, and Poe, as the new generation of heroes. But when you expand your viewpoint to include the Prequel and Original Trilogies, and you consider that these movies make up the “Skywalker Saga,” and you fac
1,270: Jedi Business: What’s to Blame for Lower Box Office Totals?
Dec 25, 2017 • 12 min
Scott Mendelson, the box office guru for, tells us The Last Jedi did $151 million less this weekend than last weekend. That’s the biggest drop from weekend to weekend ever. And yet, it’s still projected to make a billion dollars worldwide. So w
1,269: Revisiting the Story Behind “R2-D2 We Wish You a Merry Christmas”
Dec 24, 2017 • 9 min
Back into the vault we go on this holiday weekend! Today, in the second of two episodes focused on the Star Wars holiday album from 1980, Christmas in the Stars, I’m sharing the behind-the-scenes story of the making of “R2-D2 We Wish You a Merry Christmas
1,268: Revisiting the Story Behind “What Do You Get a Wookiee for Christmas?”
Dec 23, 2017 • 11 min
I’m going into the vault this holiday weekend, and sharing with you the episodes I did last year on the two best known songs from Christmas in the Stars, the Star Wars holiday album. Today, the behind-the-scenes story of the making of What Do You Get a Wo
1,267: What Did Mark Hamill “Fundamentally Disagree” With About Luke’s Character?
Dec 22, 2017 • 11 min
Back in May 2017, in the Vanity Fair cover story, Mark Hamill said he told The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson that he “fundamentally disagreed” with every choice Johnson made for his character, Luke Skywalker. He later elaborated on that, to make
BONUS EPISODE: The Last Jedi World Premiere, Nissan’s “Customize Your Craft” Campaign and Its Seven Custom Car Builds
Dec 21, 2017 • 25 min
What’s it like to attend the world premiere of a Star Wars movie, and get to meet your boyhood hero? That’s the payoff of the story I’m talking about with Jeremy Meadows, Senior Manager of Strategy and Integration with Nissan USA. On the way, we’ll also b
1,266: Is The Last Jedi the Funniest Physical Comedy Star Wars Movie?
Dec 21, 2017 • 17 min
Writer/director Rian Johnson has said they made sure that, even though this is the “darker” movie of the trilogy, there would be lots of humor in it as well. One of the things Star Wars does best is physical comedy, and so I’m taking the time on today’s p
1,265: Romance and the Final Meet-Cute in The Last Jedi
Dec 20, 2017 • 13 min
Shipping the characters of the Sequel Trilogy has been an avid interest of many Star Wars fans. And the events of The Last Jedi only fuel those fires. Without spoiling anything in this description, I’ll be talking about five different combinations of char
1,264: Rey’s Parents Revealed: Is It Legit? And What Does It Mean?
Dec 19, 2017 • 11 min
Full-spoiler podcast, no-spoiler description! So, the truth has been revealed - or so we think. The person providing the information may not be the most reliable source, but Rey’s experience on the island of Ahch-To suggests there could be truth in what t
1,263: Jedi Business: Big Box Office Numbers and Low Audience Ratings?
Dec 18, 2017 • 13 min
On the one hand, The Last Jedi’s opening weekend is the second biggest of all time (after a certain other Star Wars movie). On the other hand, it went from second-best finishes on Thursday and Friday to fourth-best finishes on Saturday and Sunday. What gi
BONUS EPISODE: 7 Gripes I’ve Got When It Comes to The Last Jedi
Dec 17, 2017 • 17 min
Look, I like the Star Wars movies and I’m a positive guy. I’ll look for the bright spots anywhere I can, and try to stay focused on those in a given day. But I’m not the kind of fanboy who just blindly accepts what people are putting out for us. So here,
1,262: SAFE WEEK: Battlefront II’s Connection to The Last Jedi
Dec 17, 2017 • 11 min
Today’s the last day of being saved from spoilers on the podcast - starting in the numbered episodes, I’ll be digging into The Last Jedi in full-spoiler detail. For now, enjoy this look at the final sequences of Star Wars Battlefront II, which cover the B
BONUS EPISODE: 7 Most Beautiful Visual Moments From The Last Jedi
Dec 16, 2017 • 14 min
Rian Johnson may have given us a masterpiece with The Last Jedi that’s second only to Revenge of the Sith in terms of its visual language and inventiveness. On today’s episode of the podcast, I’m flagging seven moments from the new Star Wars movie that ma
1,261: SAFE WEEK: Han’s and Lando’s Missions in Star Wars Battlefront II
Dec 16, 2017 • 9 min
Our penultimate numbered episode with no Last Jedi spoilers in it - but there are spoilers for the story mode of Star Wars Battlefront II. In this episode, which is part 4 of what will total up as a 5-part series on Battlefront II’s story mode, gives the
BONUS EPISODE: 7 Ways The Last Jedi Defied Expectations
Dec 15, 2017 • 16 min
Head’s up - this is a full spoiler discussion podcast! I’ve seen The Last Jedi for the first time, and here’s my list of seven big ways the movie defied our expectations. Punch it!
1,260: SAFE WEEK: The Most Shocking Turn for Inferno Squad in Battlefront II
Dec 15, 2017 • 9 min
We may be staying away from spoilers about The Last Jedi for the next few days on the numbered episodes, but that doesn’t mean we can’t give you spoilers about the story of Star Wars Battlefront II. Today, I’m covering the story mode and (specifically) th
1,259: SAFE WEEK: What’s Luke Doing in Battlefront II at the Emperor’s Observatory?
Dec 14, 2017 • 10 min
Yes, The Last Jedi debuts in theaters later this evening! Yes, you’re still safe from spoilers here. At least, from The Last Jedi spoilers. In today’s episode, I’m continuing my look at the story mode for Star Wars Battlefront II, and in particular the on
1,258: SAFE WEEK: The First Story Details for Battlefront II
Dec 13, 2017 • 11 min
Safe Week continues! Less than two days until The Last Jedi appears in theaters, and until then (and for a couple of days afterward for folks who don’t see the movie on opening day), I’ll be digging into the story of Star Wars Battlefront II, which follow
1,257: SAFE WEEK! Resistance Donations Down; Propaganda War Ramps Up
Dec 12, 2017 • 10 min
The battle between the Resistance and the First Order takes on a political dimension, as Leia needs to get creative about fundraising for the Resistance. This is where the Resistance takes the propaganda war against the First Order to a new level. People
1,256: SAFE WEEK: Leia’s Leadership Lessons for Poe Dameron
Dec 11, 2017 • 11 min
It’s not Poe’s fight, and it’s not Leia’s fight. The lesson Leia’s trying to teach Poe is a crucial one, and it bears directly on the relationship we’re going to see between the two of them in The Last Jedi. That, and the most dangerous mission for Black
1,255: SAFE WEEK: Spymaster C-3PO and His Personal Bodyguard, Poe Dameron
Dec 10, 2017 • 13 min
C-3PO, spymaster? It’s true, and I’d love to learn more about how he set it up. For today’s purposes, all we get to know is that Poe has to act as Threepio’s bodyguard while Threepio goes on a mission to make contact with a droid agent who may have discov
1,254: SAFE WEEK: That Time Leia Sent Poe to Break a Hutt Out of Prison
Dec 9, 2017 • 10 min
Poe Dameron, under orders to find Lor San Tekka before the First Order, has to go talk to Grakkus the Hutt in prison. Because that’s where Tekka went. Grakkus has a history of collecting Jedi artifacts, which might have had something to do with it. But he
1,253: SAFE WEEK: No New Last Jedi Reveals; Leia’s Second-Ever Mission for Poe Dameron
Dec 8, 2017 • 12 min
That’s right, you can listen safely to us! Today, I’m talking about the second mission Leia sent Poe on in the months before The Force Awakens (and The Last Jedi as well, if you think about it). It’s the start of Poe tracking down Lor San Tekka, and his r
1,252: The First Spoken Word of The Last Jedi, and More Q&A Details
Dec 7, 2017 • 14 min
J.J. Abrams revealed the first spoken word in The Force Awakens two years ago, so it’s only right that Rian Johnson was compelled on the Jimmy Kimmel show to reveal first spoken word in The Last Jedi. Fun fact for you: It’s the first contraction to start
1,251: The Resistance Spy and the Jilted First Order Captain From Jakku
Dec 6, 2017 • 11 min
All we know about when the novel Phasma takes place is that it’s between The Force Awakens and the novel Bloodline - a six-year swing. It seems to be closer to Bloodline, but the only real clue of any kind is the fact that the D’Qar Resistance base is up
1,250: Captain Phasma, the Wild Card of the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy
Dec 5, 2017 • 11 min
You want to talk ruthless? Let’s talk about Captain Phasma. Sure, she didn’t show up much in The Force Awakens, and she didn’t do much either, but you could tell she was a bad person to be on the bad side of. And the Phasma novel by Delilah Dawson confirm
1,249: Facebook Q&A With The Last Jedi Cast: Lightsabers, Smiles, Rain Machines, and More
Dec 4, 2017 • 10 min
Seven members of the cast of The Last Jedi joined Rian Johnson in two separate Facebook Live Q&A sessions where they picked pre-screened questions out of a stormtrooper bucket. The questions were fluffy in some places; in others, they allowed little rays
1,248: Rian Johnson Twitter Q&A: The Last Jedi in Three Words, Keeping Secrets, and More
Dec 3, 2017 • 12 min
Rian Johnson answered a bunch of questions from Twitter users this week, and for the Twitter Q&A he didn’t do what he did with the Facebook one. Instead of one 20+ minute video, this time he did a handful of videos at 30 seconds or (often) less. I’m break
1,247: Rian Johnson Q&A on Writing The Last Jedi, Its Visual Cues, and the New Trilogy
Dec 2, 2017 • 15 min
Rian Johnson took part in a Facebook Live Q&A session from Instagram headquarters and answered questions from the moderator and a few carefully selected questions from Facebook users. I’ve pulled the key moments from his interview here, and added a bit of
1,246: The Last Jedi News Roundup: Runtime, Crait Details, Daisy Ridley Interviews and More
Dec 1, 2017 • 13 min
Will The Last Jedi be the longest Star Wars movie to date? Why does Leia care so much about Crait? What has Daisy Ridley been saying in interviews of late? (Sorry, once I hit the first rhyme, I couldn’t keep myself from the next one.) All this and more in
1,245: What Will General Leia’s Mission Be in The Last Jedi?
Nov 30, 2017 • 10 min
Back in June, I listed off seven huge challenges General Leia Organa could/would face in The Last Jedi. Well, thanks to the trailer release last month, and the Entertainment Weekly cover story this month, a new light has been shined on Leia’s predicaments
1,244: Does “The Legends of Luke Skywalker” Reveal Snoke’s Backstory?
Nov 29, 2017 • 10 min
One of the stories in “The Legends of Luke Skywalker” takes place largely in the Unknown Regions, around a planet only referred to as The Deep, with a space station orbiting it called The Gem. Based on the details of the story, and on Andy Serkis’ comment
1,243: What We Really Know About Luke Skywalker Before The Force Awakens
Nov 28, 2017 • 10 min
Now that we’ve studied the Legends of Luke Skywalker, what do we *really* know about him and his life in between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens? What have we been told - via one specific character’s narrative - that might be totally incorrect? A
1,242: “Big Inside” - The Sixth and Final Legend of Luke Skywalker
Nov 27, 2017 • 17 min
In The Empire Strikes Back, Luke Skywalker missed out on the fun of accidentally going inside the body of an exogorth - also known as a giant space slug. If “Big Inside” is to be believed, then Luke got his chance to explore one himself, in between Return
1,241: “The Tale of Lugubrious Mote” - The Fifth Legend of Luke Skywalker
Nov 26, 2017 • 10 min
Was Lugubrious Mote there at Jabba’s palace and at the Sarlacc Pit? Probably so. Did the story he told happen the way he told it? Probably not, but it’s a wild ride all the same. “The Tale of Lugubrious Mote” is the fifth Legend of Luke Skywalker I’m exam
1,240: “I, Droid” - The Fourth Legend of Luke Skywalker
Nov 25, 2017 • 12 min
I know I said that yesterday’s “Fishing in the Deluge” might have had the most factual information about Luke Skywalker out of all the Legends of Luke Skywalker. But today’s story, “I, Droid,” has been passed on by droids to other droids. Why isn’t this t
1,239: “Fishing in the Deluge” - The Third Legend of Luke Skywalker
Nov 24, 2017 • 12 min
As opposed to yesterday’s story, “Fishing in the Deluge” is quite possibly the Legend of Luke Skywalker that has the most truth to it. Why? The things Luke is quoted as saying, and the very familiar setting (despite the name given in the story). Punch it!
1,238: “The Starship Graveyard” - The Second Legend of Luke Skywalker
Nov 23, 2017 • 12 min
It’s the second of six stories in The Legends of Luke Skywalker by Ken Liu, and in all honesty, it probably has the least to reveal to us about Luke Skywalker. But it does give us more insight into the Battle of Jakku and its aftermath. Punch it!
1,237: “The Myth Buster” - The First Legend of Luke Skywalker
Nov 22, 2017 • 17 min
What more can we learn about Luke Skywalker and how he spent his time in between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens? Let’s find out, shall we? On today’s episode, I’m looking at the first of six stories in The Legends of Luke Skywalker by Ken Liu, t
1,236: Special Guest Anthony Breznican on The Last Jedi Cover Story for EW
Nov 21, 2017 • 34 min
Finally! The cover story I’ve been promising you for months is arriving at newsstands now. It’s Entertainment Weekly’s final installment on The Last Jedi, a big cover story with lots of new photos and more information about the working relationship betwee
1,235: Star Tours Visits Crait and Batuu, the Galaxy’s Edge Planet
Nov 20, 2017 • 10 min
A new update to Star Tours rolled out at Disney Parks over the weekend, and it included a trip to the Graveyard of Giants on Jakku, the battle between the Resistance and the First Order on Crait, and a final arrival on Batuu, the planet we’ll all visit wh
1,234: Analyzing “Twelve O’Clock High” With Bobby Roberts
Nov 19, 2017 • 50 min
At Star Wars Celebration Europe, Rian Johnson named a few movies that he asked the Lucasfilm Story Group folks to watch, so that they would have a common cinematic language when it then came to discussing and preparing for his creation of The Last Jedi. O
1,233: Interview With Patrick Johnson, Author, “The Physics of Star Wars”
Nov 18, 2017 • 44 min
How might lightsabers work in real life, and how close are we to having them? Did Jango Fett make sound in space possible? And could Han’s line about doing the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs have been an actual fact - not a mistake by Lucas, and not a
1,232: Daisy Ridley & Kelly Marie Tran Interviews; Plus a “Solo” Update
Nov 17, 2017 • 11 min
How Rey and Daisy think differently about the porgs in The Last Jedi. What Carrie Fisher did that set Kelly Marie Tran at ease in a brand-new situation. What Ron Howard has been up to recently for Solo: A Star Wars Story. What I’ve been up to that will le
1,231: Four New “The Last Jedi” Commercials
Nov 16, 2017 • 9 min
“Kick,” “Permission,” “Fight,” and “Destiny” - those are the titles for four new commercials for The Last Jedi that have found their way online. I’ll be discussing all of them today, but fair warning - if you don’t want to know who says “May the Force be
1,230: “Finishing Business” - Star Wars Rebels Season 4 Midterm Review
Nov 15, 2017 • 14 min
Dave Filoni intends to give Star Wars Rebels the definitive ending that Clone Wars never got. Knowing that, how does that affect how we look at the first half of this final season of Rebels? Is he “finishing business,” as it were, and if so, what’s left t
1,229: “Rebel Assault” - Star Wars Rebels Briefing, Season 4, Episode 9
Nov 14, 2017 • 12 min
If you were saying to yourself, “I’ve got a bad feeling about this,” your instincts were correct. You probably weren’t sure where the bad news was going to hit you in “Rebel Assault” the mid-season finale of Star Wars Rebels. I’ve got the Rebels Briefing
1,228: Trusting Rian Johnson With an Eleven-Figure Payday
Nov 13, 2017 • 10 min
When you think about it, isn’t it crazy that Rian Jonson’s The Last Jedi is still more than a month away from theaters, and Lucasfilm is so high on it, they made a new three-picture deal with him? And that new trilogy he’s creating will be worth at least
1,227: “A Imperial Feast,” With Some Huge Star Wars Revelations
Nov 12, 2017 • 13 min
This has to have been my favorite episode of Star Wars: Forces of Destiny yet, out of all 16 episodes. “An Imperial Feast” confirms your worst nightmares about the Ewoks dietary habits; reveals that Hera and Chopper have survived the events of Rogue One a
1,226: A Rebels/Rogue One Crossover and More in Forces of Destiny
Nov 11, 2017 • 11 min
Well, not exactly, but close. Sabine Wren from Star Wars Rebels, in the middle of a job in Garel City, has a run-in with Rogue One’s own Jyn Erso. Plus, Rey gets slimed by a happabore who ultimately does the right thing, and the Mandalorian-turned-bounty-
1,225: Rian Johnson to Create New Star Wars Movie Trilogy
Nov 10, 2017 • 15 min
This may be the biggest Star Wars news of the year that’s not related to The Last Jedi. Even though it kind of is related. Lucasfilm has revealed that Rian Johnson will be creating a brand-new Star Wars trilogy for the screen, and will write and direct th
1,224: Canto Bight in the News
Nov 9, 2017 • 11 min
Reveals about Canto Bight and its denizens have come to light recently, and I’m rounding up those news stories for you in today’s podcast! It’s not anything from spoiler social media folks - in fact, I’ve reached the point where I’m pretty much “spoiler a
1,223: “Crawler Commandeers” - Star Wars Rebels Briefing, Season 4, Episode 8
Nov 8, 2017 • 10 min
Can Hera convince Alliance High Command to attack the TIE Defender factory on Lothal - and rescue her crew in the process? Can the Rebels find their way back to the northern hemisphere in time to coordinate a ground assault? And what’s with the ominous ne
1,222: “Kindred” - Star Wars Rebels Briefing, Season 4, Episode 7
Nov 7, 2017 • 11 min
Action, romance, a mind-blowing lightspeed escape, and the most mystical moment this side of the Mortis Arc! “Kindred,” the seventh episode of season four of Star Wars Rebels, really had it all. The Rebels got away with the TIE Defender flight data record
1,221: Whose “Raw Strength” Has Luke Seen Only Once Before?
Nov 6, 2017 • 10 min
Kylo Ren may be the obvious answer, but there are others to consider: Vader, Palpatine, Snoke, even Rey herself as a little girl. Whose “raw strength” do Star Wars fans think Luke is talking about? And what is it about “raw strength” that scares Luke, any
1,220: Interview With Theresa Chung, “Become the Force”
Nov 5, 2017 • 36 min
Theresa Cheung is the author of more than 20 books on spirituality and personal transformation, and conducted multiple interview sessions with Church of Jediism founder Daniel M. Jones in order to bring “Become the Force: 9 Lessons on How to Live As a Jed
1,219: Interview With Daniel M. Jones, Church of Jediism Founder
Nov 4, 2017 • 39 min
In honor of the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Church of Jediism and the upcoming release of “Become the Force: 9 Lessons on How to Live As a Jediist Master,” I had a conversation with author and church founder Daniel M. Jones about how the churc
1,218: How Phasma Survived the Trash Compactor, and Covered Up Her Betrayal
Nov 3, 2017 • 10 min
What happened after Han, Finn, and Chewie stuffed Phasma down the garbage chute on Starkiller Base? Writer Kelly Thompson handles that question immediately, which means that there’s a lot more compelling story space to fill in the Captain Phasma miniserie
1,217: The Last Jedi “Awake” Commercial, and the International Trailer
Nov 2, 2017 • 9 min
We got the international trailer we were looking for! Unfortunately, it didn’t give much of anything away that was new or exciting. A couple new shots of characters and three words of dialogue, and that’s about it. Meanwhile, the new 45-second commercial
1,216: “Flight of the Defender” - Star Wars Rebels Briefing, Season 4, Episode 6
Nov 1, 2017 • 12 min
“Flight of the Defender” isn’t really just “The Occupation Part 2,” even though it is the second part of a two-episode night for Star Wars Rebels. This is episode 6 of season 4, and we get to realize that when Ezra says he’s there to stay, he might very w
1,215: “The Occupation” - Star Wars Rebels Briefing, Season 4, Episode 5
Oct 31, 2017 • 12 min
“The Occupation” is not also called “Part 1,” but it might as well be, since it’s the first of a two-part story in season 4 of Star Wars Rebels. You can think of it as episode #5 if you like, too. The Rebels return to Lothal to discover the secret of the
1,214: What It’s Like to Be a Force Ghost, From a Certain Point of View
Oct 30, 2017 • 9 min
When Luke zooms away to discover the fate of Beru and Owen, Obi-Wan calls on the ghost of Qui-Gon Jinn for some much-needed, last-minute advice and reassurance. In the process, we get to learn what it’s like to be a Force ghost, to separate from the livin
1,213: Tatooine Desert Drama, From a Certain Point of View
Oct 29, 2017 • 14 min
The Tusken Raiders didn’t just happen upon Luke, and he didn’t just randomly cross their paths. And Aunt Beru finally gets her say - and she has a lot to say (including something that might freak you out). That’s what’s happening in the stories I’m coveri
1,212: The Last Jedi and Solo: A Star Wars Story Post-Production Updates
Oct 28, 2017 • 11 min
Is an international trailer on the way? Can you trust the international translations of the main trailer? What does Rian Johnson have to say about Finn, Poe, and Leia in The Last Jedi? Plus, what’s Ron Howard up to these days? Punch it!
1,211: Seven Top Takeaways From USA Today’s Last Jedi BTS Reel
Oct 27, 2017 • 8 min
A lot of blink-and-you’ll-miss-them moments were featured in the latest behind-the-scenes reel for The Last Jedi. This one came from an unusual source: USA Today, previously only known for their exclusive Star Wars book excerpts. But it’s a welcome surpri
1,210: Two Scene Changes Turn Star Wars Into The X-Files
Oct 26, 2017 • 9 min
Imagine this: If you were unfamiliar with Star Wars and watched it from Episode I onward - through Clone Wars and Rebels even - and you deleted just two scenes, you could create a situation where Saw Gerrera’s quest for discovering the truth of the Empire
1,209: “In the Name of the Rebellion, Part 2” – Star Wars Rebels Briefing, Season 4, Episode 4
Oct 25, 2017 • 10 min
The second half of “In the Name of the Rebellion” comes to an explosive conclusion! It’s a Briefing on Episode 4 of Season 4, the final season of Star Wars Rebels, and once again, Saw Gerrera is up to his old double-crossing, innocent jeopardizing ways. U
1,208: “In the Name of the Rebellion, Part 1” - Star Wars Rebels Briefing, Season 4, Episode 3
Oct 24, 2017 • 11 min
Saw Gerrera and Mon Mothma get into it during the first half of “In the Name of the Rebellion,” and we get to see just how deep the divide is between them. This is the Star Wars Rebels Briefing on the first half, which is Episode 3 of Season 4 of the Star
1,207: A Galaxy Beyond the Jedi and the Sith
Oct 23, 2017 • 10 min
When Luke said, “It’s time for the Jedi to end,” you didn’t actually believe him, did you? You probably thought that was borne of some as yet-unnamed pain and suffering over the loss of his fledgling academy. But what if the fine folks at Lucasfilm are qu
1,206: Drama in the Sandcrawler, From a Certain Point of View
Oct 22, 2017 • 11 min
This is my second in a series of looks at “From a Certain Point of View,” the 40-story collection that opens up new windows of understanding on the events of that significant story. Today, there was a lot of drama in that sandcrawler, and couple more amaz
1,205: Blade Runner Versus the Star Wars Franchise
Oct 21, 2017 • 9 min
In a way, it’s like comparing apples and oranges. But in another way, both had an enormous impact on pop culture of the time. And even that was different. Star Wars may have kept all the glory for itself, but the Blade Runner aesthetic has become equally
1,204: More Trailer Talk, and Laura Dern’s New Last Jedi Pic
Oct 20, 2017 • 12 min
For your Friday enjoyment, an extended conversation about The Last Jedi trailer courtesy of an interview I got to do for Viewpoints, a syndication radio show from north of the border (that would be Canada, folks). Plus, what’s the scoop on the new photo L
1,203: Rethinking the Endgame of Star Wars Rebels
Oct 19, 2017 • 12 min
The first half of “Heroes of Mandalore” - the premiere of the fourth and final season of Star Wars Rebels - made you think the creators were will to shake everything up. The second half pretty well put that idea to bed. If they’re going to play it safe, t
1,202: “Heroes of Mandalore Part 2” - Star Wars Rebels Briefing, Season 4, Episode 2
Oct 18, 2017 • 9 min
That sense of danger and uncertainty I had about the final season of Star Wars Rebels? It’s pretty well gone thanks to the events of Part 2 of “Heroes of Mandalore,” which for official purposes is Episode 2 of Season 4 of the Star Wars TV series. Punch it
BONUS EPISODE: “Solo: A Star Wars Story” Is Your Official Title
Oct 17, 2017 • 6 min
What a lovely way to wrap up principal photography on the previously untitled young Han Solo movie! Ron Howard makes it official - the title of the film is “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” Punch it!
1,201: “Heroes of Mandalore, Part 1” - Star Wars Rebels Briefing, Season 4, Episode 1
Oct 17, 2017 • 10 min
Remember how I’ve been saying that the Star Wars Rebels creative team isn’t taking any prisoners with season 4, based on the first episode they showed back in April at Star Wars Celebration Orlando? Well, if you weren’t at SWCO to see it, now you finally
1,200: Is That All There Is? (for The Last Jedi Promos)
Oct 16, 2017 • 10 min
More dialogue? More scenes? More background information? Just because the trailer dropped last week, that doesn’t mean you won’t be hearing anything new from Lucasfilm about The Last Jedi between now and December 15. Punch it!
1,199: Luke Skywalker and the Gray Jedi Theory
Oct 15, 2017 • 9 min
Thanks to a new IMAX display for The Lsat Jedi, folks are stirring up trouble in fandomland. Why? Because Luke is pictured on both sides of the display, one dedicated to the Light Side characters, and the other dedicated to the Dark Side characters. But w
1,198: Han Solo and Episode IX Movie Updates
Oct 14, 2017 • 9 min
Well, The Last Jedi has been getting all the headlines recently, but quietly in the house, I can hear little squeaks of information from beyond the walls of my imagination. Information about the as-yet-untitled Han Solo movie, as well as the script in pro
1,197: Lies, Deceptions, and The Last Jedi Trailer
Oct 13, 2017 • 10 min
It’s funny - Rian Johnson at first said he didn’t want us to watch The Last Jedi trailer, and then he was all, “Watch it watch it watch it!” I’m beginning to wonder what kinds of mind games he might be playing with us. And this trailer certainly seems to
1,196: Secrets and Reveals in The Last Jedi Poster
Oct 12, 2017 • 11 min
The Last Jedi theatrical poster was revealed on Monday, October 9th, earlier in the day before the release of the trailer. So you can excuse it for getting lost in the shuffle. But the poster has some interesting information on it - from the way Luke Skyw
1,195: Three Observations About The Last Jedi Trailer (Interview)
Oct 11, 2017 • 7 min
I was thrilled to be a guest on CTV News in Canada again yesterday, this time to talk about The Last Jedi trailer. it’s been a wild 24 hours since the release of the trailer, and already, the speculation is heating up - including speculation that the trai
BONUS EPISODE: The Last Jedi Full Trailer Breakdown
Oct 10, 2017 • 32 min
This is the audio track from the video of my trailer breakdown for The Last Jedi - look for the video version later today at or!
BONUS EPISODE: Why You Might Want to Avoid The Last Jedi’s Final Trailer
Oct 10, 2017 • 9 min
Rian Johnson, Mark Hamill, and Adam Driver all want you to see as little as possible of The Last Jedi before you see it in theaters. In fact, Rian Johnson said, “If you want to come in clean, absolutely avoid it. But it’s gooooood…..” Well, he’s right
Episode 1,194: Top 7 Takeaways From The Last Jedi Trailer
Oct 10, 2017 • 16 min
Want to know the highlights of The Last Jedi trailer without having to listen to the full breakdown? The most important things you need to know about the trailer are here in this podcast. Punch it!
1,193: How Political Will The Last Jedi Be?
Oct 9, 2017 • 8 min
Star Wars has always been political, whether by drawing inspiration from real-world politics to dealing with its own internal politics. Today, I’m looking back in brief at some of the political elements of previous Star Wars movies, and speculating as to
1,192: Reveals From NYCC’s Last Jedi Exhibit
Oct 8, 2017 • 10 min
Lucasfilm did something it’s never done before - brought a major exhibit to New York Comic-Con. Costumes and props from The Last Jedi were on display at NYCC, and we learned more intriguing details about the Elite Praetorian Guards than anything else. But
1,191: A Brief History of the Falcon Being Boarded
Oct 7, 2017 • 8 min
The Falcon appears in six Star Wars movies so far (four released, two in production), and so far it seems like it gets boarded by hostile parties in all but one of those six movies. (Well, maybe we don’t know what the porgs’ intentions are.) A brief histo
1,190: Han Solo Movie and The Last Jedi Production Updates
Oct 6, 2017 • 10 min
The Han Solo movie continues its re-shoots and wraps up filming for more of its actors, while Rian Johnson reveals the actress playing the Resistance fighter named Tallie in The Last Jedi, whose character was first revealed via an action figure release on
1,189: The Capture of the Tantive IV, From a Certain Point of View
Oct 5, 2017 • 10 min
Lucasfilm put its best foot forward to kick off their Star Wars 40th anniversary anthology, “From a Certain Point of View.” Gary Whitta (Rogue One, Star Wars Rebels), Christie Golden (Dark Disciple, Battlefront II: Inferno Squad) and Ken Liu (The Legends
1,188: Which Ghost Crewmember WiIl Die in Star Wars Rebels Season 4?
Oct 4, 2017 • 9 min
“We know Hera and Chopper survive at least until Rogue One. Who do you think will die in Rebels Season 4?” That’s the question I posed in a couple of Star-Wars-dedicated podcast groups on Facebook earlier this week. The choices, of course, were Ezra, Kana
1,187: Episode Summaries for the New “Forces of Destiny” Installments
Oct 3, 2017 • 9 min
Four new episodes of Star Wars: Forces of Destiny arrived on Sunday evening! They included “The Starfighter Stunt,” “Teach You, I Will,” “Newest Recruit,” and “Tracker Trouble,” the latter of which takes place during The Force Awakens. Punch it!
1,186: Star Wars Rebels Season 4 Preview, Part 2
Oct 2, 2017 • 9 min
The first nine episode titles and first six episode descriptions of Star Wars Rebels Season 4 have been released! Today, in the second half of our Rebels Season 4 preview, I’m comparing those descriptions to what we’ve been shown in the two trailers to se
1,185: Star Wars Rebels Season 4 Preview, Part 1
Oct 1, 2017 • 9 min
The first of a two-parter, taking a look at the upcoming final season of Star Wars Rebels, based upon the new (and also final) trailer for the first half of the season, debuting in October. Punch it!
1,184: Operation Cinder: The Emperor’s Final Revenge
Sep 30, 2017 • 9 min
Operation Cinder was part of Emperor Palpatine’s infamous “Contingency” - his plan to have the Empire washed away from the face of the galaxy in the event of his own death. It already has ties to the Star Wars comics (Shattered Empire) and novels (the Aft
1,183: Our “Who Watches Over Rey?” Poll Results, and The Last Jedi Runtime
Sep 29, 2017 • 10 min
Inspired by BB-8 on the Run - which, when you consider it, you discover that Tuanal can’t have been too far away from Rey’s AT-AT home - and by the fact that every important abandoned child in Star Wars has had someone benevolent and nearby to help with t
1,182: Empire Magazine’s Last Jedi Cover Story, and My Knights of Ren Theory
Sep 28, 2017 • 11 min
Rian Johnson and Mark Hamill have been two of the loudest proponents of keeping the runup to The Last Jedi as spoiler-free as possible. So of course they would be the two folks picked to be primarily interviewed for the traditional Empire Magazine (three
1,181: BB-8 on the Run, 24 Hours on Jakku, and a Glaring Coincidence
Sep 27, 2017 • 10 min
A children’s picture book? Color me surprised, too. But the artwork is absolutely stunning, and the story’s got its fair share of twists and surprises. It’s called “BB-8 on the Run,” and I’m talking about it on the podcast today. I’ll also spend a little
1,180: Leia: Princess of Alderaan Spoiler-Ish Review
Sep 26, 2017 • 12 min
A coming of age story at the nexus of politics, tyranny, and rebellion, Leia: Princess of Alderaan manages to tie the Prequel Trilogy, Original Trilogy, Sequel Trilogy, and even a standalone movie into one utterly believable package, with a dynamic charac
1,179: Will Vice Admiral Holdo Be the First Openly LGBTQ Character in a Star Wars Movie?
Sep 25, 2017 • 10 min
It’s just one line in the novel Leia, Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray, but it was enough to launch a thousand internet articles. Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, being played by Laura Dern in The Last Jedi, appears as a young woman in the Leia novel and sa
1,178: The Last Jedi and Han Solo Movie Production Updates
Sep 24, 2017 • 9 min
82 and 243 days, respectively! That how long you have to wait (at the very least) for The Last Jedi and the young Han Solo movie to hit theaters. But in case you’re wondering where they’re at with the whole moviemaking thing, I’ve got updates on the very
1,177: That Time Saw Gerrera Almost Killed Princess Leia
Sep 23, 2017 • 9 min
It’s true - Saw Gerrera planned an attack with his Partisans that nearly killed Princess Leia at 16 years of age. Oh, not intentionally of course! But still. I’m digging into this in today’s podcast, as well as talking about Saw’s intended target, and the
1,176: Leia’s First Trip to Crait, 37 Years Before “The Last Jedi”
Sep 22, 2017 • 9 min
It’s a good bet that Leia is going to wind up on or near Crait during the events of The Last Jedi. But it won’t be her first time there. In fact, her first time there would have happened 37 years before the events of The Last Jedi, considering what we lea
1,175: Did Mark Hamill Really Reveal The Last Jedi Trailer Date?
Sep 21, 2017 • 8 min
“Watch Monday Night Football on Monday October 9th- for no reason in particular.” That’s the tweet that launched a thousand blog posts about the possibility that Mark Hamill was telling the truth - we’re going to get the final trailer for The Last Jedi on
1,174: Leia’s Mercy Mission to Wobani and First Encounter With Tarkin
Sep 20, 2017 • 9 min
As I mentioned in yesterday’s podcast, the novel Leia: Princess of Alderaan is thick with connections to other media, and meaningful encounters. Today, I’m talking about one of each. Leia conducts her first humanitarian mission, which happens to be to Wob
1,173: Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo Is Exactly the Opposite of What You’d Expect
Sep 19, 2017 • 10 min
Admit it - based on the two images you’ve seen of Laura Dern as Resistance Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, you’ve constructed an idea about her character in your mind. She’s gotta be tough as nails to work in an organization with Leia and get up to that rank,
1,172: New Reveals About Maz, Leia, Chewie, and More Via Force Friday II
Sep 18, 2017 • 9 min
15 character descriptions were revealed via the “Find the Force” app inside the official Star Wars smartphone app during the Force Friday II weekend. In many cases, the information in those descriptions was the same as what was posted to the
1,171: Star Wars News Bites: Paul Bettany, John Landis, Jon Hamm
Sep 17, 2017 • 9 min
Today on the podcast: Star Wars news bites! These are brief Star Wars news stories that weren’t big enough to warrant a whole episode dedicated to them. Up today: news related to actor Paul Bettany, director John Landis, and Renaissance man Jon Hamm. Punc
1,170: Insider Info About Colin Trevorrow’s Departure
Sep 16, 2017 • 9 min
John Boyega, a few months ago, said something in an interview that someday will be referred to as him famously saying, “Star Wars will always be the star of Star Wars.” And its that insight that ties in so well to the apparent problems behind the scenes w
1,169: Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill GQ Interviews
Sep 15, 2017 • 8 min
Surprise! GQ magazine has landed moments with not one, but two iconic Star Wars actors. For the American edition, Harrison Ford is the cover story feature. Among the topics discussed, a question of whether Han Solo is, indeed, dead. For the British folks,
1,168: More Canto Bight Details, and More Episode IX News
Sep 14, 2017 • 9 min
Not only was the cover of the Canto Bight novella collection revealed on Wednesday (featuring two new Star Wars vehicles), the descriptions of the four novellas were also revealed. Is it more like “Before the Awakening” or “Tales From a Galaxy Far, Far Aw
1,167: Rose’s Backstory, Porg Meals, and More About Episode IX
Sep 13, 2017 • 9 min
From hating the First Order at a young age to a “tragic past,” we’re learning more about Kelly Marie Tran’s character Rose Tico from The Last Jedi in the new fun reference book, “Star Wars Made easy.” Also on the show today: gorilla walkers, Canto Bight,
BONUS EPISODE: J.J. Abrams to Direct, Co-Write Episode IX
Sep 12, 2017 • 10 min
Lucasfilm made the safe choice by re-hiring Force Awakens director/co-writer J.J. Abrams to be the new director/co-writer for Episode IX. As opposed to Larry Kasdan, the newly announced co-writer with Abrams will be Chris Terrio, who won the Best Adapted
1,166: Star Wars Made Easy, and New “Last Jedi” Details
Sep 12, 2017 • 9 min
Star Wars Made Easy, from DK Publishing, came out on September 1 as part of the “Journey to the Last Jedi” Force Friday II publishing initiative. Clear, concise, and filled with information that entertains without overwhelming, it also contains a few gems
1,165: Untitled Han Solo Movie Update
Sep 11, 2017 • 9 min
With 256 days left before the premiere of the as-yet-untitled Han Solo movie, Ron Howard is posting photos of a rougher part of the galaxy - bar fights and all. Plus, I’ve got a theory about someone who could be making a cameo appearance in the movie, bas
1,164: Snoke in the Past Tense, What “DJ” Might Mean, and More
Sep 10, 2017 • 9 min
The description of the Elite Praetorian Guard in the Databank includes a curious choice of verb tense as it relates to Supreme Leader Snoke. That’s the first topic I’m covering on today’s podcast, in which I’m rounding out the coverage of the
1,163: Crait, Gorilla Walkers, Resistance Ski Speeders and Bombers
Sep 9, 2017 • 9 min
Where were we, before we were so rudely interrupted by the departure of Colin Trevorrow from Star Wars Episode IX? Ahh, yes, we were looking at the new entries in the Databank together - specifically, new entries related to The Last Jedi. Let
1,162: In Kathleen Kennedy I Trust (and Why You Should, Too)
Sep 8, 2017 • 9 min
You can understand - sort of - why you’d see stories questioning whether Lucasfilm is in trouble. With all the directorial upheavals happening, and with a voracious entertainment news cycle built on clickbait and anxiety, it’s almost a given. But there ar
1,161: (Female) Director Options for Star Wars Episode IX
Sep 7, 2017 • 9 min
Only two names are being bandied about by “inside sources” to replace Star Wars Episode IX director/co-writer Colin Trevorrow. However, there are a lot of other websites posting claims about who else would/could/should be considered as a replacement direc
1,160: BREAKING: Colin Trevorrow Out as Episode IX Director
Sep 6, 2017 • 9 min
With a short and sweet statement on, Lucasfilm again rocked the Star Wars fandom with the announcement that they were parting ways with Colin Trevorrow, the director and co-writer of Star Wars Episode IX. This one came as a surprise - there’d
1,159: What’s on Luke Skywalker’s Belt? (Plus New Databank Entries)
Sep 5, 2017 • 9 min
The action figures for Luke Skywalker are decidedly unaccessorized - he comes with nothing but his clothes and his robot hand. Not even a glove for it! But there’s something about his belt that should make you oooh and aaah for a moment. Would Hasbro ever
1,158: What We Learned About Snoke’s Flagship
Sep 4, 2017 • 9 min
In the Sphero app (for controlling the BB-8, R2-D2, and BB-9E droids), there’s a whole series of datascreens that reveal information about Supreme Leader Snoke’s flagship, “Supremacy.” I’m digging into those reveals today, and connecting them to what’s de
1,157: The Business and Fandom of Force Friday
Sep 3, 2017 • 7 min
In an interview with CTV News (think of it as the CNN of Canada), I talked with host Todd van der Heyden about the business of Force Friday and the hopes of Star Wars fandom for The Last Jedi. Plus, a couple of ships and their names have been revealed, fr
1,156: A New Perspective on Force Friday, With Bryan Fontaine of Jedi Scavenger
Sep 2, 2017 • 8 min
When Force Friday arrived, I didn’t have to go it alone this year. I reached out to Bryan Fontaine of Jedi Scavenger (a collecting-focused podcast), which is also part of the Brick City Blockade podcast network. He happened to be coming to the same Toys R
1,155: The Highs and Lows of a #ForceFriday Midnight Opening
Sep 1, 2017 • 10 min
What’s it like to attend a midnight opening at Toys ‘R Us for #ForceFriday? I’ll give you the vibe, share what I’ve learned about the Crait battle, and give you a preview of the reveals coming down the pike over the next few days. Punch it!
1,154: Why We Didn’t Get an August Trailer for The Last Jedi, and What’s Next?
Aug 31, 2017 • 9 min
Turns out the similarities in the promotional timeframes from Rogue One weren’t as easy to apply as a template to The Last Jedi. With yet another Force Friday promo partner announced yesterday, all the momentum is clearly on driving awareness for the even
1,153: What New Characters Will We Meet in the “Find the Force” AR App?
Aug 30, 2017 • 9 min
The “Find the Force” character scavenger hunt app within the official Star Wars app promises to let you unlock (and do photo/video AR stuff with) 15 characters from The Last Jedi. We’ve been promised new characters, and they’ve fulfilled it by having the
1,152: What “12 Wipes” Tells Us About The Last Jedi and Its Opening Scenes
Aug 29, 2017 • 12 min
Whereas the original Star Wars had 31 wipe transitions, Empire had 42, and The Force Awakens only had 14, The Last Jedi is bringing up the rear with 12 wipe transitions, according to writer/director Rian Johnson. What does that mean for the structure of t
1,151: Revealed! Phasma’s Homeworld and Its Shocking Deprivations
Aug 28, 2017 • 9 min
In the latest excerpt from the upcoming Phasma novel, we get the name of her home planet and details about how deprived they’ve been. We also learn about her clan, get verification of her real name, see the scene of her first meeting with Commandant Brend
1,150: Han Solo Movie Is Already Into Reshoots
Aug 27, 2017 • 9 min
Reshoots are already happening on the Han Solo movie, as revealed by Michael K. Williams in two separate interview about how he was unfortunately (and with no ill will on either side) cut from the Han Solo movie due to scheduling conflicts. More about tha
1,149: Non-“Who Is Snoke?” Snoke Theories
Aug 26, 2017 • 9 min
Look, Snoke is Snoke. So let’s start there. We’ve been given an idea of where he comes from, and who in the known Star Wars galaxy seems to have discovered his existence first. Beyond that, the whole existence of the First Order and its origins suggests a
1,148: All About the First Order Dreadnought in The Last Jedi
Aug 25, 2017 • 9 min
Yesterday, I talked with you about the First Order’s AT-M6 “gorilla” walker revealed on the Star Wars Show, and today I’m going over the details of the Dreadnought - that’s the giant 7.7 kilometer/4.5 mile long First Order ship packing two massive orbital
1,147: Revealed! The AT-M6 “Gorilla” Walker in The Last Jedi
Aug 24, 2017 • 9 min
On the Star Wars Show on Wednesday, two new vehicles from The Last Jedi were revealed! I’m talking about one of them today, the AT-M6 - that would be the All Terrain MegaCaliber Six for those of you interested in such things. The reveal, and the related i
1,146: Taylor Gray’s Favorite Star Wars Memory (and more!)
Aug 23, 2017 • 9 min
Star Wars 7x7 Patron Bobby Gordon caught up with Star Wars Rebels’ Taylor Gray, who was performing in his new play “Sold in the Name of Sex” at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. (Which he wrote, produced, and directed as well.) They talked about the play and
1,145: What Star Wars Can Learn From Star Trek
Aug 22, 2017 • 8 min
It was a marathon podcast call-in show! I hung out with Steele Saunders for about two hours, as his guest on the Steele Wars call-in show. The Obi-Wan Kenobi movie was a hot topic, of course, and in this excerpt from the show, Steele begins by suggesting
1,144: Steele Saunders’ Favorite Star Wars Memory
Aug 21, 2017 • 8 min
When I’ve been doing single-question interviews in 2017, the one question I’ve been asking folks is, “What’s your favorite Star Wars memory?” I had the good fortune to hang out with Steele Saunders last Friday, and he graciously contributed a lovely story
1,143: What Does the Phasma Novel Synopsis Tell Us?
Aug 20, 2017 • 11 min
The synopsis for the novel “Phasma” by Delilah S. Dawson has been released, as well as three posters depicting mysterious characters from the novel. Well, not so mysterious anymore, perhaps, since the synopsis seems to make it rather clear who at least tw
1,142: What’s “Official” and “Confirmed” About an Obi-Wan Movie?
Aug 19, 2017 • 12 min
Some Star Wars new sources, I trust whatever they’re reporting about. Other sources, I only trust for certain things. I was reminded starkly of this by the reporting on the Obi-Wan Kenobi movie rumors. Some o those semi-trusted sources used the words “off
1,141: Is an Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars Story in the Works?
Aug 18, 2017 • 9 min
it’s early, EARLY days yet, but unnamed sources (perhaps inside Lucasfilm, perhaps not) are saying that director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours, The Reader) is in an early, EARLY stage of talks with Lucasfilm about directing an Obi-Wan Kenobi sta
1,140: Why Is Luke Isolating Himself on Ahch-To?
Aug 17, 2017 • 7 min
Earlier this year, I theorized that one of the biggest challenges Luke would have in The Last Jedi is coming to terms with the guilt of what happened with Ben Solo and the destruction of the fledgling Jedi Academy. In the fall 2017 Movie Preview cover sto
1,139: How Much Will The Last Jedi Resemble The Empire Strikes Back?
Aug 16, 2017 • 9 min
Rian Johnson notes that, structurally, J.J. Abrams essentially handed Johnson a situation that already had a number of structural parallels to The Empire Strikes Back. So Johnson set about making it different. Here’s a look at some of the similarities we’
1,138: That Special Number and Its Appearance in Star Wars Films
Aug 15, 2017 • 9 min
I’m celebrating hitting the iconic 1,138-episode mark with a look back at all the uses of that special number in the Star Wars movies. (Hint: there may be more references than you might expect.) Punch it!
1,137: New Things We’ve Learned about Leia and Poe
Aug 14, 2017 • 8 min
Going back to some of the earlier stories released about The Last Jedi as part of Entertainment Weekly’s Fall 2017 Movie Preview cover story, I’m taking a look at what new things we’ve learned about Leia and Poe - as well as a bit about Laura Dern’s Vice
1,136: Kylo, Phasma, Chewie, and Maz
Aug 13, 2017 • 8 min
Anthony Breznican and Entertainment Weekly wrapped up their eight-story coverage of The Last Jedi (as part of their Fall 2017 Movie Preview Cover Story) by giving us a few insights into some of the as-yet-uncovered characters in the movie - specifically,
1,135: Will We Discover the Origins of Rey and Finn in The Last Jedi?
Aug 12, 2017 • 8 min
No spoilers in the article from Entertainment Weekly about the parents of Rey and Finn, but we do get to learn a bit about *what* we’re going to learn about Rey’s and Finn’s parents, and a bit about how much that family lineage ultimately matters to their
1,134: What We Now Know About Benicio del Toro’s “DJ” Character
Aug 11, 2017 • 8 min
Thanks to Entertainment Weekly’s cover story on The Last Jedi, we know a bit more about Benicio del toro’s shady “DJ” character. On today’s podcast, I’m reviewing the reveals; piecing together a theory based on those reveals and what we learned from the D
1,133: Recapping The Last Jedi Reveals From the EW Fall 2017 Movie Preview
Aug 10, 2017 • 8 min
Remember how I’ve been saying that this is the time of year that we get the Entertainment Weekly Fall 2017 Movie Preview, and that The Last Jedi should be on the cover? Well, it all came true on Wednesday. From Snoke Praetorian Guards to the “Caretakers,”
1,132: Why Lucasfilm Can’t Match Marvel Studio’s Production Pace
Aug 9, 2017 • 9 min
It may seem like Lucasfilm has been having a challenge with directors recently - needing Tony Gilroy to come in and tinker with Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One, needing Ron Howard to take over the Han Solo movie - but there may be a more fundamental issue plagu
1,131: An Unfair Comparison: Marvel Studios vs. Lucasfilm Ltd.
Aug 8, 2017 • 8 min
Since being acquired by Disney in 2009, Marvel Studios - the movie production arm of Marvel - has produced more than a dozen films, none of them lower than 66% on Rotten Tomatoes (to give you a thumbnail indication of their quality). In the same time peri
1,130: Rethinking an August Trailer for The Last Jedi
Aug 7, 2017 • 8 min
Will there be a trailer for The Last Jedi in August? Does there even need to be? Considering the upcoming Entertainment Weekly Fall Movie Preview and the lack of chatter on social from sources usually in the know, I’m rethinking my prediction for an Augus
1,129: Star Wars Movies in Production Update
Aug 6, 2017 • 9 min
John Boyega’s and Gwendoline Christie’s interviews about The Last Jedi; Ron Howard’s tweets about the Han Solo movie; and the Hollywood Reporter’s exclusive on a new writer being brought in for Episode IX are all up for discussion on today’s podcast. Punc
1,128: Beach Reading: The Crimson Corsair and the Lost Treasure of Count Dooku
Aug 5, 2017 • 7 min
In this last episode of Beach Reading Week, I’m looking at “The Crimson Corsair and the Lost Treasure of Count Dooku,” one of the first four stories to be released from “Tales From a Galaxy Far, Far Away: Aliens, Volume 1.” Punch it!
1,127: Beach Reading: True Love
Aug 4, 2017 • 7 min
In today’s beach reading episode, I’m looking at “True Love,” one of the stories first published in the collection “Tales From a Galaxy Far, Far Away: Aliens, Volume 1.” It features Unkar Plutt, and two thugs who try to con Plutt into revealing where he k
1,126: Beach Reading: All Creatures Great and Small
Aug 3, 2017 • 9 min
“All Creatures Great and Small,” the next short story from “Tales From a Galaxy Far, Far Away: Aliens, Volume 1” by Landry Q. Walker up for discussion during Beach Reading Week, features Bobbajo - the Force Awakens alien we first saw in the Omaze video, w
1,125: Beach Reading: The Face of Evil
Aug 2, 2017 • 7 min
The Beach Reading Week continues! Today, it’s “The Face of Evil,” one of four Star Wars Short Stories released back in December 2015 and later collected in Landry Q. Walker’s “Tales From a Galaxy Far, Far Away: Aliens, Volume 1.” Punch it!
1,124: Beach Reading: A Recipe for Death
Aug 1, 2017 • 8 min
In today’s beach reading episode, I’m catching up with “A Recipe for Death,” which takes place in and around the kitchen of Maz Kanata’s castle. It comes from the collection “Tales of a Galaxy Far, Far Away: Aliens, Volume 1” by Landry Q Walker. Punch it!
1,123: Beach Reading: High Noon on Jakku
Jul 31, 2017 • 7 min
While I’m getting to hang out at the beach with family this week, I’m doing a little beach reading! Specifically, I’m finally digging into the Star Wars short stories included in “Tales From a Galaxy Far, Far Away: Aliens, Volume 1” by Landry Q. Walker. O
1,122: The Last Jedi Post-Production Update
Jul 30, 2017 • 9 min
Rian Johnson is tweaking the audio mix in post-production for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and meanwhile, there’s no news on John Williams’ work since May 24th, and as far as the recent image and toy leaks are concerned, you’re not going to hear anything abo
1,121: Untitled Han Solo Movie Update
Jul 29, 2017 • 9 min
John Powell will score the still-untitled Han Solo movie, which is still slated for a May 25th release date, and Ron Howard has been very creative with his social media sharing from the set of the movie. I’m discussing it all here today… Punch it!
Episode 1,120: Battlefront II: Inferno Squad’s Ties to Other Star Wars Stories
Jul 28, 2017 • 8 min
In another spoiler-y podcast about Star Wars Battlefront II: Inferno Squad, I’m talking today about the other Star Wars stories that tie into the events of Inferno Squad - including one comic limited series, two novels, and a short story. Punch it!
1,119: Battlefront II: Inferno Squad’s Ties to the Star Wars Movies
Jul 27, 2017 • 8 min
Going into spoiler territory about the new novel, Star Wars Battlefront II: Inferno Squad! Today, I’m exploring the connections Inferno Squad has to the Star Wars movies. Punch it!
1,118: Star Wars Battlefront II: Inferno Squad Non-Spoiler Review
Jul 26, 2017 • 8 min
It’s hard to talk about Star Wars Battlefront II: Inferno Squad without talking about its predecessor, Battlefront: Twilight Company. But Inferno Squad is by no means a sequel, and has its own merits - which, to be honest, make the novel even more rewardi
1,117: Comparing Battlefront: Twilight Company and Battlefront II: Inferno Squad
Jul 25, 2017 • 8 min
Whereas both Battlefront: Twilight Company and Battlefront II: Inferno Squad have compelling characters, the fact that the upcoming Battlefront II video game has a campaign mode which involves the characters from the novel makes that novel all the more sa
1,116: Predicting the Big Media Moments for the Rest of 2017
Jul 24, 2017 • 8 min
Now that we’re through the gauntlet of the D23 Expo and San Diego Comic-Con in successive weekends - and based on what was revealed there - I’ve got what I think is a very reasonable set of predictions for the remaining big media moments remaining for The
1,115: “Journey to The Last Jedi” Reveals New Movie Details
Jul 23, 2017 • 7 min
At the Lucasfilm Publishing Panel at San Diego Comic-Con, not only did we learn about more books coming out for the “Journey to The Last Jedi” publishing initiative, we also got some new reveals about the movie itself. Punch it!
1,114: Curious Clues About the Porgs in The Last Jedi
Jul 22, 2017 • 7 min
Pablo Hidalgo was interviewed by Dan Brooks for for more details about the “porgs,” lovely puffin-like creatures inhabiting the island with the first Jedi Temple! Two things in particular jump out from the story - one to do with CG, and the o
1,113: More Last Jedi Reveals From San Diego Comic-Con
Jul 21, 2017 • 10 min
Lucasfilm is displaying a costume and props exhibit from The Last Jedi at San Diego Comic-Con. As with last year’s Rogue One reveal of Edrio Two Tubes, this time they’ve revealed a new character - a pilot who previously appeared in a blink-and-you’ll-miss
1,112: Kylo Ren’s TIE Silencer Reveal
Jul 20, 2017 • 8 min
This episode was recorded on location from the Big Rock Trail overlooking Skywalker Ranch! I’m talking about the new ship revealed on the Star Wars Show - the TIE Silencer, Kylo Ren’s new personal fighter. You’ll also hear a couple of fun facts about Skyw
1,111: Rian Johnson Reveals One Word From The Last Jedi Opening Crawl
Jul 19, 2017 • 8 min
In an interview by the L.A. Times at the D23 Expo, Rian Johnson shared one word about which he was especially proud to have worked into the opening crawl for The Last Jedi. In today’s show, you’ll hear that word straight from him, and I’ll tell you what I
1,110: The Last Jedi Secrets Hidden in Plain Sight
Jul 18, 2017 • 7 min
The folks at Lucasfilm like to try to sneak things by the fans - for their own amusement, to playfully troll us, to see whether we can suss out what they’re up to. Well, I think I’ve got a line on something they shared with us at the D23 Expo last weekend
1,109: 5 Top Takeaways From the D23 Expo
Jul 17, 2017 • 8 min
The D23 Expo is in the books, and I’ve got the quick wrap-up of everything you need to know about the big reveals from the three-day event. Punch it!
1,108: The Last Jedi Behind the Scenes Breakdown (Extended Episode!)
Jul 16, 2017 • 73 min
We called it! At the D23 Expo on Saturday, Lucasfilm revealed a Behind the Scenes video for The Last Jedi, featuring a lot of cool new details, hints at bigger mysteries, and so much more! As with previous teasers, trailers, and BTS videos, I’ve put toget
1,107: Star Wars Land Plans Revealed at D23 Expo
Jul 15, 2017 • 11 min
The big reveal! D23 Expo kicked off Friday with an enormous model of the 14-acre expansion happening in both Orlando and Anaheim - Star Wars Land. In today’s episode, I’ve got an audio tour from an Imagineering Creative Director, and an interview with an
1,106: “The Stranger” and “Bounty of Trouble”
Jul 14, 2017 • 8 min
Today is the last of my looks at “Forces of Destiny,” the new micro-series on Disney’s YouTube channel. “The Stranger” (a Jyn Erso story) and “Bounty of Trouble” (a Sabine Wren/Princess Leia story) are up for discussion today. Punch it!
1,105: “Beasts of Echo Base” and “The Imposter Inside”
Jul 13, 2017 • 8 min
“Forces of Destiny” plays into the background of a deleted scene from The Empire Strikes Back with “Beasts of Echo Base”! Plus, Padme and Ahsoka are reunited for some palace intrigue action in “The Imposter Inside.” Punch it!
1,104: “Ewok Escape” and “The Padawan Path”
Jul 12, 2017 • 8 min
How did Princess Leia earn her Ewok dress? And how did Ahsoka Tano earn an extra recognition of honor for her Jedi Padawan braid? These are the questions answered by “Ewok Escape” and “The Padawan Path,” two more shorts from Disney’s new “Forces of Destin
934: “Trials of the Darksaber” - Star Wars Rebels Briefing, Season 3, Episode 15
Jan 23, 2017 • 14 min
“Trials of the Darksaber” is episode 15 from season 3 of Star Wars Rebels! Today’s a Rebels Briefing day with a surprise tie-in to a seminal Legends tale. Punch it!
933: “Monster” - Clone Wars Briefing, Season 3, Episode 13
Jan 22, 2017 • 11 min
A link to the Journey to The Force Awakens, hiding in plain sight in “Monster,” season 3, episode 13 of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV series. Details here… Punch it!
932: Star Wars Trivia Lightning Challenge
Jan 21, 2017 • 8 min
It’s the first Star Wars Trivia Lightning Challenge of 2017! I got 24 right and 4 wrong in this edition. Can you top that score? Punch it!
931: Jyn Erso’s Hero’s Journey
Jan 20, 2017 • 14 min
Star Wars stories often feature a Hero’s Journey - a Joseph Campbell-inspired narrative structure. Does Rogue One include it? For Jyn, it looks like they did. Punch it!
930: Saw Gerrera, Linchpin of the Star Wars Galaxy
Jan 19, 2017 • 10 min
Saw Gerrera, played by Forest Whitaker in Rogue One and Star Wars Rebels, connects a lot of different pieces of the Star Wars galaxy. Looking at the links today… Punch it!
929: K-2SO’s Pinocchio Complex
Jan 18, 2017 • 8 min
How do we know K-2SO wants to be a real boy - a real Rebel boy, that is? He’s striving to be brave, truthful, and unselfish. I’ll explain in the podcast. Punch it!
928: Carrie Fisher and the Future of Star Wars CGI
Jan 17, 2017 • 11 min
What does the way forward without Carrie Fisher look like? I’m exploring this from a few angles, including a look at a leak/rumor and how that could play into the plans. Punch it!
927: “Warhead” - Star Wars Rebels Briefing, Season 3, Episode 14
Jan 16, 2017 • 9 min
Echoes of Empire Strikes Back, xenophobic protocol droids, and a narrowing for Grand Admiral Thrawn’s rebel search, in “Warhead” - Star Wars Rebels Season 3, Episode 14. Punch it!
926: “Nightsisters” - Clone Wars Briefing, Season 3, Episode 12
Jan 15, 2017 • 13 min
Lucasfilm creatives talk about expanding our conception of the Force and its users. Well, it started with “Nightsisters,” Clone Wars Season 3, Episode 12. Punch it!
925: Star Wars Episode VIII Update
Jan 14, 2017 • 10 min
Rian Johnson says a large part of Star Wars Episode VIII will focus on Luke Skywalker - why he’s on that island, and what he’s going to do next. Punch it!
924: Young Han Solo Movie Update
Jan 13, 2017 • 8 min
Act of commission - Woody Harrelson announced as joining the young Han Solo movie cast. Act of omission - no exact release date from the PR. Details here… Punch it!
923: The Voice of the Empire (Rogue One/Catalyst Tie-In)
Jan 12, 2017 • 9 min
How did the Rebels find out about the Empire’s interest in Jedha? And who is Director Orson Krennic’s tailor? The answers in today’s episode… Punch it!
922: That Time Luke, Leia, and Han Hijacked a Star Destroyer
Jan 11, 2017 • 7 min
Leia also raced Han to determine who would captain the Star Destroyer, which involved speeder bikes and spacesuits. The details are here… Punch it!
921: The Secret Rebel Alliance Black Site Prison
Jan 10, 2017 • 7 min
Did you know? Even though they weren’t an official government, the Rebel Alliance operated at least one black-site prison (and probably more). The scoop here… Punch it!
920: “Ghosts of Geonosis” - Star Wars Rebels Briefing, Season 3, Episodes 12 and 13
Jan 9, 2017 • 13 min
“Ghosts of Geonosis” is Star Wars Rebels Season 3, Episodes 12 and 13, featuring Forest Whitaker reprising his role as Saw Gerrera from Rogue One. Punch it!
919: Rebels Season 3 Mid-Season Trailer Breakdown
Jan 8, 2017 • 18 min
Everyone’s talking about Obi-Wan versus Maul, but there’s so much more to the Star Wars Rebels Season 3 mid-season trailer. I’m breaking it all down here. Punch it!
918: Who Will Die in Rebels Season 3?
Jan 7, 2017 • 14 min
I conducted a poll in two Facebook groups about who people thought would be killed off at the end of Star Wars Rebels Season 3. The results are in… Punch it!
917: Rogue One Beats The Force Awakens at the Box Office
Jan 6, 2017 • 9 min
It’s true … from a certain point of view. Rogue One made more in 2016 than The Force Awakens. But maybe a billion less overall. Is that a “success”? Punch it!
916: Baze Malbus and the Fate of the Force User
Jan 5, 2017 • 10 min
Sure, Chirrut Imwe is very likely a Force user. Is Baze Malbus a Force user, too? I’m sharing my reasoning here, which also ties into Order 66. Punch it!
915: Is Chirrut Imwe Actually a Jedi?
Jan 4, 2017 • 8 min
Baze Malbus says Chirrut Imwe is not a Jedi. So how do you explain his amazing feats in Rogue One? Maybe not a Jedi, but still a Force user? Punch it!
914: Star Wars 2017 Comics, Games, and More
Jan 3, 2017 • 9 min
The 2017 Preview Series concludes with a look at comics, video games, Force Friday, and more. Plus, an announcement about the Expanded Comicverse. Punch it!
913: 2017 Star Wars Rebels and Books Preview
Jan 2, 2017 • 11 min
Our 2017 Star Wars preview continues with a focus on Star Wars books and on Star Wars Rebels. Resolving the Aftermath trilogy, springing Thrawn’s plan… Punch it!
912: Star Wars 2017 Preview: Movies, Orlando, and More
Jan 1, 2017 • 8 min
What can you expect to be revealed at Celebration Orlando in April? The first Episode VIII trailer, on-set pics from the Han Solo movie, and more. Punch it!
911: Star Wars Books, TV, and More: The Year in Review
Dec 31, 2016 • 13 min
For our final episode of the year, we’re looking back at the year that was for the expanded Star Wars canon, including TV, books, and comics. Punch it!
910: Star Wars In Memoriam 2016
Dec 30, 2016 • 8 min
Looking back at the people we lost from Star Wars in 2016, plus one more interview about the passing of our Princess, Carrie Fisher.
909: “Boldness Nobody Could Question” on CTV News
Dec 29, 2016 • 9 min
I’ve been asked to appear on TV and radio to talk about Carrie Fisher’s life and legacy. Here’s the first interview I did, on a panel with Ben Hart from Star Wars Underworld.
908: In Memory of Carrie Fisher
Dec 28, 2016 • 13 min
In a year where we’ve lost a number of Star Wars personalities, 2016 saved its cruelest cut for last. Looking back on the life of Carrie Fisher today…
907: Star Wars Movies - The Year in Review
Dec 27, 2016 • 12 min
Our year in review series begins with a look at all seven Star Wars movies - yes, seven! - that were in the news in one form or another in 2016. Punch it!
906: Carrie Fisher Update
Dec 26, 2016 • 7 min
On Friday 12/23, Carrie Fisher suffered what authorities are calling a “cardiac event” moments before her flight landed in Los Angeles. Here’s what we know so far.
905: The Story Behind “What Do You Get a Wookiee for Christmas”
Dec 25, 2016 • 10 min
The biggest hit from “Christmas in the Stars” was “What Do You Get a Wookiee for Christmas (When He Already Owns a Comb).” I’ve got the backstory here… Punch it!
904: The Story Behind “R2-D2 We Wish You a Merry Christmas”
Dec 24, 2016 • 9 min
On this holiday weekend, I’m looking back behind the scenes of “Christmas in the Stars” and Jon Bon Jovi’s “R2-D2 We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” Punch it!
903: Rogue One Box Office, and What’s Next for Saw Gerrera
Dec 23, 2016 • 10 min
How’s Rogue One doing at the box office so far? And what’s next for Saw Gerrera’s character? Let’s dig into both of those topics today. Punch it!
902: The Evolution of Bodhi Rook in Rogue One
Dec 22, 2016 • 12 min
Of all the characters affected by the reshoots on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Bodhi Rook seems to have gotten the biggest - and most impressive - makeover. Punch it!
901: Romance in Rogue One and Star Wars in General
Dec 21, 2016 • 11 min
There were signals pointing toward a Jyn/Cassian relationship in the promotional clips for Rogue One. Was it there in the first place and edited out, or not there at all? Punch it!
900: The Uncanny Valley and the Future of Star Wars
Dec 20, 2016 • 16 min
900 numbered episodes! (Technically, 918 when you throw in the bonus episodes.) A brief pause to reflect before addressing the future of Star Wars CGI. Punch it!
899: Darth Vader, Rogue One, and the 50 Greatest Villains
Dec 19, 2016 • 10 min
Darth Vader is #3 on AFI’s 2003 list of the greatest villains of the first 100 years of movies. Did he deserve it, and does Rogue One change that? Punch it!
898: Cassian Andor’s “Han Shot First” Moment
Dec 18, 2016 • 9 min
Obligatory spoiler warning! Today we dig into Cassian Andor’s “Han Shot First” moment and how it’s affected by the trailers. Plus, a Rogue One box office update. Punch it!
897: Rogue One x 3: Rebels, Catalyst, and Story Changes
Dec 17, 2016 • 9 min
After three viewings of Rogue One, things like the tie-ins to Star Wars Rebels and Catalyst stand out - as do story changes. Punch it!
896: Rogue One Spoiler-Free Review
Dec 16, 2016 • 15 min
The use of Vader, the effects of the reshoots, the characters, the battles, and more - all spoiler free! Join me for this Rogue One: A Star Wars Story review… Punch it!
895: Do Non-Star-Wars Fans “Get” Rogue One, and Does It Matter?
Dec 15, 2016 • 9 min
It’s Rogue One Day! I asked a Star Wars Facebook Group: Do your non-Star-Wars-fan friends and family understand the deal with Rogue One? Punch it!
894: Don’t Take This New Star Wars Galaxy for Granted
Dec 14, 2016 • 7 min
The Rogue One review embargo is over - we’ve got the results. Plus, a plea to not take the expanding Star Wars galaxy for granted over the coming years. Punch it…
893: Rogue One Viewpoints, With Todd van der Heyden
Dec 13, 2016 • 8 min
I had the pleasure of making a return appearance on “Viewpoints,” the nationally syndicated Canadian radio show, to talk Rogue One. Here’s a preview… Punch it!
892: “Visions and Voices” - Star Wars Rebels Briefing, Season 3, Episode 11
Dec 12, 2016 • 13 min
“Visions and Voices” is Season 3, Episode 11 of Star Wars Rebels, featuring more trouble with Maul, and answers to key questions from episode 3, “Holocrons of Fate.” Punch it!
891: “Pursuit of Peace” - Clone Wars Briefing, Season 3, Episode 11
Dec 11, 2016 • 12 min
It’s a Clone Wars Briefing! “Pursuit of Peace” - season 3, episode 11 - is a Star Wars political thriller that’s more political than thriller. Punch it!
890: “George Lucas: A Life” - Brian Jay Jones Interview, Part 2
Dec 10, 2016 • 37 min
The second half of my conversation with “George Lucas: A Life” author Brian Jay Jones digs into pivotal moments in Lucas’ life, “older brother” figures, and more. Punch it!
889: Interview With Lucas Biographer Brian Jay Jones, Part 1
Dec 9, 2016 • 37 min
The first half of my interview with Brian Jay Jones, author of George Lucas: A Life, the new and definitive biography. Also, details on how to win a copy. Punch it!
888: The Cutting Room Floor of Star Wars 7x7
Dec 8, 2016 • 9 min
There’s so much going on with Star Wars right now, I’ve left some proposed episodes on the cutting room floor. Plus, is the media push for Rogue One working? Punch it!
887: Jyn and Chirrut, Baze and Cassian, and The Star Wars Talk Show
Dec 7, 2016 • 7 min
Sharing an excerpt from my recent appearance on The Star Wars Talk Show with Alex Chellberg, talking Rogue One, Star Wars: Catalyst, and much more. Punch it!
886: Rogue One and How the Definition of “Spoiler” Changes
Dec 6, 2016 • 9 min
Does your definition of “spoiler” change as you get closer to a movie’s release date? I’m considering that idea as we’re 10 days away from Rogue One. Punch it!
885: “An Inside Man” - Star Wars Rebels Briefing, Season 3, Episode 10
Dec 5, 2016 • 13 min
I predicted this one about two months ago! I’m talking about the identity reveal of the new Fulcrum in “An Inside Man,” Star Wars Rebels Season 3, Episode 10. Punch it!
884: “Heroes on Both Sides” - Clone Wars Briefing, Season 3, Episode 10
Dec 4, 2016 • 8 min
The confusing line from the opening crawl of Revenge of the Sith became much clearer after “Heroes on Both Sides,” Clone Wars Briefing Season 3, Episode 10. Punch it!
883: Star Wars Trivia Lightning Challenge With Jim Tyrrell
Dec 3, 2016 • 12 min
In a special Star Wars Trivia Lightning Challenge, I’m the Quizmaster for Jim Tyrrell, 1/3rd of the Midweeklings, the group that plays the Cantina Band song for the podcast. Punch it!
882: A Scene With Michael Giacchino’s Rogue One Score
Dec 2, 2016 • 10 min
An actual Rogue One scene, actually scored by Michael Giacchino! It appeared on The Tonight Show on Wednesday, and I’m talking about it here. Punch it!
881: The Princess Diarist, Part 2 - (Not) Filming Star Wars
Dec 1, 2016 • 13 min
How little does Carrie Fisher talk about the filming of Star Wars in her new book, The Princess Diarist? Very little, indeed, and more about fame. Punch it!
880: The Princess Diarist, Part 1 - The “Carrison” Affair
Nov 30, 2016 • 11 min
In the first of my two-part look at The Princess Diarist, I dig deeper into what Carrie Fisher shares about her affair with Harrison Ford during the filming of Star Wars. Punch it!
879: “The Wynkahthu Job” - Star Wars Rebels Briefing, Season 3, Episode 9
Nov 29, 2016 • 10 min
Welcome to another Star Wars Rebels Briefing! On the table today is “The Wynkahthu Job,” Season 3, Episode 9 of the series, featuring the return of Hondo. Punch it!
878: Entertainment Weekly’s Rogue One Cover Story
Nov 28, 2016 • 12 min
A new Rogue One cover story in Entertainment Weekly came out, with the cover blurbs promising a lot more than it delivered. The website did much better… Punch it!
877: “Hunt for Ziro” - Clone Wars Briefing, Season 3, Episode 9
Nov 27, 2016 • 11 min
Ziro the Hutt bites the dust in a very enjoyable episode of the Clone Wars. “Hunt for Ziro” is episode 9 from Season 3 of the Star Wars TV series. Punch it!
876: “Jyn and Cassian” Rogue One Commercial
Nov 26, 2016 • 13 min
Are they shipping Jyn and Cassian? Do Jyn and Chirrut share an affinity that hasn’t yet been revealed? Those are the subjects of today’s Rogue One commercial analysis. Punch it!
875: “Welcome to the Rebellion” and “Protect” Rogue One Commercials
Nov 25, 2016 • 10 min
In today’s episode, I’m parsing out the new footage and dialogue from the Rogue One commercials “Welcome to the Rebellion” and “Protect.” Punch it!
874: Happy Thanksgiving!
Nov 24, 2016 • 10 min
Reflecting back on 2016, the history of the podcast, and things I’m grateful for when it comes to Star Wars, Lucasfilm, Star Wars 7x7, and its Patrons. Punch it!
873: “Hope” and “Dream” Rogue One TV Spots
Nov 23, 2016 • 9 min
New bits of dialogue and footage across two new Rogue One commercials are helping the puzzle pieces of the Star Wars Story movie fall into place. Punch it!
872: New Footage and Dialogue From the Rogue One Featurette
Nov 22, 2016 • 9 min
We’ve been treated to new footage and dialogue in a new Rogue One: A Star Wars Story featurette! I’ve got the analysis on today’s episode for you. Punch it!
Episode 871: “Iron Squadron” - Star Wars Rebels Briefing, Season 3, Episode 8
Nov 21, 2016 • 12 min
Grand Admiral Thrawn puts together another piece of the rebel puzzle in “Iron Squadron.” My Star Wars Rebels Briefing for Season 3, Episode 8 is here… Punch it!
870: Star Wars POP: Tim McMahon, Less Than 12 Parsecs
Nov 20, 2016 • 19 min
I’m kicking off a new feature, “Star Wars Podcasters on Podcasting,” interviewing the hosts of Star Wars podcasts, like Tim McMahon of Less Than 12 Parsecs. Punch it!
869: “Evil Plans” - Clone Wars Briefing, Season 3, Episode 8
Nov 19, 2016 • 11 min
“Evil Plans” stretched the limits of my belief to the breaking point. In this Clone Wars Briefing, I’m covering season 3, episode 8 of the Star Wars series. Punch it!
868: Does Galen Erso Sabotage the Death Star Design?
Nov 18, 2016 • 10 min
Based on a Star Wars: Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel excerpt, Entertainment Weekly’s Anthony Breznican has a theory about Galen Erso sabotaging the Death Star design. Is it true? Punch it!
867: The Affair: Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford
Nov 17, 2016 • 8 min
In Carrie Fisher’s latest book, The Princess Diarist, she reveals that she had an affair with Harrison Ford on the set of Star Wars. All the true dish here… Punch it!
866: The Rogue One Guest Star in Star Wars: Catalyst
Nov 16, 2016 • 8 min
Want the details about the Rogue One movie character that shows up for a significant supporting role in Star Wars: Catalyst? It’s revealed in this podcast. Punch it!
865: Star Wars: Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel - Non-Spolier Review
Nov 15, 2016 • 11 min
Want to know how Krennic and the Ersos got their start on the big Death Star project? Star Wars: Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel has satisfying answers. Punch it!
864: Part 2 of My (New) Conversation With Bobby Roberts
Nov 14, 2016 • 40 min
The second half of my latest conversation with Bobby Roberts, Podcast Emeritus from Full of Sith and now Star Wars “Podcast Force Ghost at Large.” Punch it!
863: A (New) Conversation With Bobby Roberts, Part 1
Nov 13, 2016 • 48 min
Part 1 of an in-depth conversation about the Star Wars “Story” movies and so much more, featuring Bobby Roberts, Star Wars “Podcast Force Ghost at Large.” Punch it!
862: “Assassin” - Clone Wars Briefing, Season 3, Episode 7
Nov 12, 2016 • 10 min
The beginnings of the true power of the Force, revealed in “Assassin,” season 3, episode 7 of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars cartoon series. Punch it!
861: Rogue One International Trailer Breakdown
Nov 11, 2016 • 18 min
Surprise! An international trailer for Rogue One has dropped, and it includes new scenes, new dialogue, and some heavy foreshadowing about Jyn Erso’s fate. Punch it!
860: Will Jyn and Cassian Survive Rogue One?
Nov 10, 2016 • 10 min
Today I conclude a two-episode set looking at the odds of survival for major Rogue One characters. Today: Jyn Erso, Cassian Andor, Bodhi Rook, and K-2SO. Punch it!
859: The Odds: Who Will Survive Rogue One?
Nov 9, 2016 • 8 min
Will Galen Erso, Lyra Erso, Saw Gerrera, and Orson Krennic survive the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story? Starting a mini-series to look at the odds… Punch it!