Star Wars 7x7: The Daily Star Wars Podcast

Star Wars 7x7: The Daily Star Wars Podcast
Star Wars 7x7: Daily Star Wars News, Stories, History, and More

2,228. Reveals of Tales From the Galaxy’s Edge
Aug 9 • 6 min
The “Galaxy’s Edge” is where all the action is! Another Star Wars story is going to take us to Batuu, but it’s also going to take us … back in time? Let’s discuss. Punch it!
2,227. What to Watch Now: Willow
Aug 8 • 8 min
In another of our “Watch to Watch Now” segments, we take a look at how Willow (the 1988 film from Lucas and director Ron Howard) connects to Star Wars, and why it’s important now. Punch it!
2,226. Audiobook Review for Poe Dameron: Free Fall
Aug 7 • 7 min
It’s one thing to read a Star Wars story. It’s quite another to experience it as an audiobook, with the sound effects and the music. Today, the audiobook review for Poe Dameron: Free Fall. Punch it!
2,225. Why the Bad Blood Between Zorii and Poe?
Aug 6 • 6 min
Zorii Bliss has been holding a grudge against Poe Dameron for a long time - about 18 years, to be specific. But why? Today, we go to spoiler territory for the answer. Punch it!
2,224. Poe Dameron: Free Fall in the Canon Timeline
Aug 5 • 11 min
Where does the novel Poe Dameron: Free Fall take place in the Star Wars canon timeline? And what other significant events are happening in and around that time? Punch it!
2,223. Poe Dameron: Free Fall Non-Spoiler Review
Aug 4 • 8 min
If you were shocked by his spice runner revelation, you’ll find that Poe Dameron: Free Fall effectively illuminates the backstory and builds the bridge to the hero we know and love in the movies. Punch it!
2,222. Analyzing The Mandalorian’s 15 Emmy Nominations
Aug 3 • 9 min
The Mandalorian - in a “surprise” to some - snagged 15 Emmy nominations this year! But when you consider the categories, it makes a lot of sense. Punch it!
2,221. Flashback: 1979 Interviews With George Lucas, Part 6
Aug 2 • 9 min
In the last of our flashback looks back at 1979 interviews with George Lucas during the making of The Empire Strikes Back, he talks about being a gladiator. Really. Punch it!
2,220. Star Wars August 2020: What’s Coming This Month!
Aug 1 • 8 min
Not only will we be talking about what we know is coming out in August 2020, but also what was/is likely to be coming, thanks to what would have been, if Celebration Anaheim had happened. Punch it!
2,219. Flashback: 1979 Interviews With George Lucas, Part 5
Jul 31 • 8 min
Welcome back to the flashback series! In 1979, George Lucas was interviewed in depth during the making of The Empire Strikes Back. This is our fifth of six looks at those interviews. Punch it!
2,218. Flashback: 1979 Interviews With George Lucas, Part 4
Jul 30 • 8 min
Continuing our flashback series! It’s part 4 of our dive into exclusive and personal interviews George Lucas gave during the making of The Empire Strikes Back. Punch it!
2,217. Flashback: 1979 Interviews With George Lucas, Part 3
Jul 29 • 7 min
Jump into our summer flashback series! In 1979, George Lucas gave a series of revealing interviews to journalist Alan Arnold during the making of The Empire Strikes Back. Punch it!
2,216. Flashback: 1979 Interviews With George Lucas, Part 2
Jul 28 • 7 min
Our second summer flashback installment! We’re continuing a deep dive into interviews with George Lucas, conducted during the making of The Empire Strikes Back. Punch it!
2,215. Flashback: 1979 Interviews With George Lucas, Part 1
Jul 27 • 8 min
In the first of a series of summer flashback episodes, I’m looking back at a series of interviews George Lucas gave during the making of The Empire Strikes Back. Punch it!
2,214. Cole Horton Interview (Traveler’s Guide to Batuu)
Jul 26 • 36 min
Eloc Throno - aka Cole Horton - is back! The author of the Galaxy’s Edge: Traveler’s Guide to Batuu talks about the making of this in-universe travel book. Punch it!
2,213. What to Watch Now: Star Wars Music Videos
Jul 25 • 5 min
In our latest episode of What to Watch Now, we focus on a form of Star Wars entertainment that’s pretty rare - “official” music videos. Punch it!
2,212. The Secret Heart of the Doctor Aphra Audio Drama
Jul 24 • 7 min
The allusions to the Aphra/Sana relationship in the Star Wars comics covered by the Doctor Aphra audio drama are brief and filled with attitude, but the audiobook reveals that it’s at the heart of the action. Punch it!
Bonus Episode: Star Wars Movies Delayed to 2023, 2025, and 2027
Jul 23 • 5 min
Disney modified its release calendar today, and dozens of movies were affected. Among them? The next three Star Wars movies, which have each been pushed out a year. Punch it!
2,211. Three Kinds of Unreliable Narrators and Story Narration
Jul 23 • 7 min
Having an unreliable narrator is a pretty new thing for the current Star Wars canon. Doctor Aphra didn’t come across as an unreliable narrator in the comics, but in the audio drama, she is … and it’s not all her fault. Punch it!
2,210. What Did Palpatine Do to Vader After Luke Destroyed the Death Star?
Jul 22 • 8 min
There are a couple of times in the Doctor Aphra audio drama where, if you aren’t familiar with the source material, you might find yourself a bit confused. Today, some solutions. Punch it!
2,209. Doctor Aphra Audio Original Non-Spoiler Review
Jul 21 • 8 min
The Doctor Aphra audiobook original builds from the source material, featuring a compelling expansion on the title character by author Sarah Kuhn, and an exuberant performance by Emily Woo Zeller. Punch it!
2,208. Book Review: Traveler’s Guide to Batuu
Jul 20 • 6 min
The Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Traveler’s Guide to Batuu is essential reading for anyone who hopes to go to the Star Wars land at Disneyland or Walt Disney World one day - and connects to Star Wars storytelling as well. Punch it!
2,207. Solo and the Future of Star Wars Live-Action Storytelling
Jul 19 • 8 min
One more Solo-related rumor I forgot to mention, which leads into a discussion of the future of Star Wars storytelling, and a question for YOU, too. Punch it!
2,206. Cassian Andor Series Update
Jul 18 • 8 min
You know what we haven’t talked about for a while? The Cassian Andor series, that’s what! So let’s check in on what’s been happening there, shall we? Punch it!
2,205. Is Alden Ehrenreich Hinting at a Solo Sequel?
Jul 17 • 11 min
Nothing about anything has suggested that a sequel to Solo: A Star Wars Story could be in the works. But then Alden Ehrenreich had to open the door during an Esquire interview… Punch it!
2,204. Is Hayden Christensen Coming Back to Star Wars?
Jul 16 • 8 min
A report by Latino Review Media says Hayden Christensen has signed on to reprise the role of Anakin Skywalker for the Obi-Wan Kenobi series. Today, additional info and context. Punch it!
2,203. What to Watch Now: More Than Just “Solo”
Jul 15 • 7 min
Solo isn’t on Netflix anymore! Nope, it’s finally made the move to Disney+, but there’s even more to love as a result. We’ll talk about the extras available, too… Punch it!
2,202. The Bad Batch Series Coming to Disney +
Jul 14 • 8 min
We’ve been saying we were due for an announcement about Star Wars animation, and it finally arrived yesterday: The Bad Batch is getting their own series. Punch it!
2,201. What to Watch Now: “The Force of Sound”
Jul 13 • 8 min
It’ll be about three months before we get the next installment of visual Star Wars storytelling content, so what do we watch in the meantime? Today, a look at “The Force of Sound.” Punch it!
2,200. Discussing Baby Yoda on The Fanitarium
Jul 12 • 8 min
Kae and Jeremiah from The Fanitarium were kind enough to invite me on their show to talk about my TEDx talk, Star Wars Celebration, The Mandalorian, how podcasting has changed these last few years, and much more. Punch it!
2,199. “Connections” (Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian Episode 8)
Jul 11 • 7 min
“Connections” is the final episode of the Disney Gallery series about The Mandalorian, and a significant amount of time is spent discussing the concept of fan service in the series. Punch it!
2,198. Could Dave Filoni Succeed Kathleen Kennedy?
Jul 10 • 5 min
We’ve talked about Dave Filoni being the heir apparent to George Lucas this week, but Lucas was running the business of Lucasfilm for a good long while. So, since that’s Kathleen Kennedy’s job now, will it eventually be Filoni’s? Punch it!
2,197. The Advantage Dave Filoni Has Over George Lucas
Jul 9 • 10 min
From a certain point of view, Dave Filoni has a number of advantages that George Lucas didn’t have at their respective stages of their careers. But there’s one that might make all the difference. Punch it!
2,196. Closing the Gap Between George Lucas and Dave Filoni
Jul 8 • 6 min
Naturally, the career paths of George Lucas and Dave Filoni have been very different. That said, it looks as though Lucasfilm is working to close the gap in their skill sets. Punch it!
2,195. The 6th Anniversary of Star Wars 7x7!
Jul 7 • 9 min
Nearly 2200 numbered episodes, five movies, the first live-action series, two animated series and a revival for a third, multiple video games and AR/VR experiences, dozens of books, hundreds of comics, and so much more. It’s been an amazing six years so f
2,194. Dave Filoni: Heir Apparent to George Lucas’ Legacy
Jul 6 • 6 min
If there’s an heir apparent to the storytelling legacy created by George Lucas, then Dave Filoni is likely to be your guy. And the Disney Gallery series about The Mandalorian is bringing that to the fore. Punch it!
2,193. Alexander Freed Interview (Shadow Fall)
Jul 5 • 31 min
On a Sunday Conversation episode, I’m thrilled to welcome Alexander Freed to the show. Freed is the author of four Star Wars novels, including last month’s “Shadow Fall,” second in the Alphabet Squadron trilogy. Punch it!
2,192: “Score” (Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian Episode 7)
Jul 4 • 9 min
“Score” starts off with one of the most unlikely stories you’ll ever about the creation of a Star Wars soundtrack - and only gets more fascinating from there. Punch it!
2,191: The Most Powerful Rebel/New Republic Ship You’ve Never Heard About
Jul 3 • 6 min
Admiral Ackbar said it himself - at close range, Mon Calamari Star Cruisers can’t hold up against Imperial Star Destroyers. Secretly, the Rebellion was working on a ship that could go toe-to-toe with them - and win. Punch it!
2,190. Star Wars: Squadrons Story Reveals and Hints
Jul 2 • 8 min
Star Wars Squadrons revealed more about its story and inspirations, thanks to an interview on Polygon with EA’s creative director Ian Frazier. Here’s what he revealed, and what could be read between the lines. Punch it!
2,189. Expanding the World of The Mandalorian
Jul 1 • 7 min
We ended June with an update on The Mandalorian Season 2, and we start July with news of a surprising kind - an expansion of the world of The Mandalorian, with new forthcoming stories. Punch it!
2,188. The Mandalorian Season 2 Update
Jun 30 • 7 min
It’s been a while since we talked about The Mandalorian Season 2, so let’s get up to speed with a couple of announcements that might have slipped under your radar. Punch it!
2,187. Our Third Episode Featuring the Uses of a Magic Star Wars Number!
Jun 29 • 5 min
First came Episode 327. Then came Episode 1138. Now, we come to the last of the magic Star Wars numbers in Episode 2187. And its uses are not as prevalent as the other two. Punch it!
2,186. Cole Horton Interview (Star Wars: Book of Lists)
Jun 28 • 28 min
Today, a conversation with Cole Horton, author of the just-released Star Wars Book of Lists. Which is an enormous book, and we’ll talk about everything that went into the making of this comprehensive yet irreverent tome. Punch it!
2,185. “Process” (Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian Episode 6)
Jun 27 • 7 min
The shortest and the most technical of the Disney Gallery episodes thus far, “Process” goes behind the scenes of The Mandalorian to reveal how they refined the story through animatics and pre-visualization before filming the real thing. Punch it!
2,184. Shadow Fall Audiobook Non-Spoiler Review
Jun 26 • 5 min
Alphabet Squadron’s audiobook was narrated by Saskia Maarleveld, and its sequel Shadow Fall switches to Carol Monda for its narration. Their differing styles seem suited to each novel’s focus. Punch it!
2,183. Connecting Shadow Fall to Other Star Wars Stories
Jun 25 • 6 min
No Star Wars story takes place in isolation, and Alexander Freed’s Shadow Fall is no exception. Today, we tease out some of its connections to other movies, TV, and novels. Punch it!
2,182. Shadow Fall’s Secret Ties to Star Wars: Squadrons
Jun 24 • 8 min
The more we learn about the people and places of Star Wars: Squadrons, the more we learn that those details are elaborated upon in Alexander Freed’s Shadow Fall. Punch it!
2,181. Star Wars: Book of Lists Review
Jun 23 • 5 min
Star Wars: Book of Lists by Cole Horton offers readers a galaxy of trivia, with the opportunity to both glide on the fun of the lists themselves, or dive deep into encyclopedic detail that’s also breezy to read. Punch it!
2,180. Shadow Fall Non-Spoiler Review
Jun 22 • 6 min
The “Empire Strikes Back” to Alphabet Squadron’s “A New Hope,” Shadow Fall is the sequel to Alexander Freed’s novel about broken pilots banding together - and how the bond is put to the test. Punch it!
2,179. Types of Dads in Star Wars
Jun 21 • 8 min
For a “saga” that turns largely on a father/son relationship, there’s a surprising lack of father/child interaction in Star Wars. Today, we’ll talk about a few types of dads we do meet. Punch it!
2,178. “Practical” (Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian Episode 5)
Jun 20 • 7 min
“Practical” is practically a love letter to Baby Yoda. That said, you’ll also learn a whole lot of other cool behind-the-scenes details in The Mandalorian’s fifth Disney Gallery episode. Punch it!
2,177. Spoiler Details From Vader Immortal: Episode II
Jun 19 • 8 min
Yes, we dive into spoilers for Vader Immortal: Episode II in this installment of the show, but we’re also going to talk briefly about the “why” of spoilers in general. Punch it!
2,176. Vader Immortal: Episode II Non-Spoiler Review
Jun 18 • 7 min
Episode I of the groundbreaking Vader Immortal VR game from ILMxLAB sets up the story. Now, Episode II sends you on the Bright Star quest - after being trained to use the Force. Punch it!
2,175. Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2020 Is Now 2022
Jun 17 • 6 min
The inevitable has become the official: Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2020 has been canceled. So, what happens next? That’s what we’re talking about today… Punch it!
2,174. Star Wars: Squadrons: Everything We’ve Learned So Far
Jun 16 • 6 min
The video game code-named “Maverick” has been revealed as “Star Wars: Squadrons,” and there’s a multi-hour narrative (single-player story campaign) to this starfighter title. Punch it!
2,173. More Star Wars Storytelling in Progress
Jun 15 • 6 min
Another kind of storytelling - or “storyLIVING,” as ILMxLAB’s Executive-in-Charge Vicki Dobbs Beck puts it - is still moving forward despite the coronavirus. Today, let’s talk virtual reality. Punch it!
2,172. “Technology” (Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian Episode 4)
Jun 14 • 8 min
You may have heard of “The Volume” before, but what’s the deal with it? How does it work, and how was George Lucas thinking about this a decade ago? Punch it!
2,171. Secret Origins of the Handmaidens
Jun 13 • 6 min
Are you a fan of the handmaidens of Naboo? You’re gonna learn some cool things about them and their recruitment, thanks to E.K. Johnston’s Queen’s Peril. Punch it!
2,170. Doubling Down on Taxes!
Jun 12 • 7 min
One of the things I particularly enjoyed about Queen’s Peril by E.K. Johnston is that it doubles down on the taxation issue that kicked off The Phantom Menace, and how it does so. Punch it!
2,169. Galaxy’s Edge Anaheim Re-Opening?
Jun 11 • 8 min
Disney just announced their plans for re-opening the Galaxy’s Edge experience at Disneyland in Anaheim. But there’s some fine print to consider - and what of Star Wars Celebration? Punch it!
2,168. Phantom Menace Deleted Scenes
Jun 10 • 8 min
The final third of Queen’s Peril by E.K. Johnston runs concurrently with The Phantom Menace. Apart from a plotline that fills in a backstory hinted at in Queen’s Shadow, most of this section serves one of two purposes. Punch it!
2,167. Queen’s Peril Non-Spoiler Review
Jun 9 • 5 min
Queen’s Peril (the prequel to Queen’s Shadow), by E.K. Johnston, is a breezy read best suited for Padme, handmaiden, and prequel fans, although it relies on The Phantom Menace for much of its conflict. Punch it!
2,166. Star Wars Is the Story of Multiple Violent Revolutions
Jun 8 • 7 min
Yes, as Pedro Pascal recently noted, Star Wars succeeds on the strength of its characters and relationships. From a certain point of view, it’s also a series of stories about violent revolutions. Punch it!
2,165. “Cast” (Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian Episode 3)
Jun 7 • 7 min
Gina Carano hearkening back to the actors in movies that influenced George Lucas. The four different performances of The Mandalorian’s character. What a script means to Carl Weathers. That and more today… Punch it!
2,164. Star Wars News and Rumors Update
Jun 6 • 8 min
Books delayed and moved up, comics in flux, a clue about that new lightsaber to be revealed, and more casting rumors! It’s been a while, so let’s catch up on Star Wars story news. Punch it!
2,163. Lucasfilm and Disney Statements in Support of Racial Justice
Jun 5 • 7 min
What have Lucasfilm and Disney said and done as companies in the wake of the George Floyd killing? We’ll review today, and talk about how far it goes…
2,162. John Boyega’s Speech at a London George Floyd Protest
Jun 4 • 7 min
On today’s show, I’m featuring John Boyega’s powerful speech yesterday at a London protest related to the killing of George Floyd.
2,161. The TEDx Talk on Hope and Star Wars
Jun 3 • 3 min
“The Star Wars stories have deeply explored the nature of hope, and shown us how to live in a world, a galaxy, where hope is at times lost to us.” Punch it!
2,160. Yoda, Fear, and Life Right Now
Jun 2 • 9 min
Reflecting on Yoda’s words, and begging you to: 1) keep your loved ones and community safe, 2) don’t lose sight of the inciting incident in all of this, and 3) say that #BlackLivesMatter.
2,159. Star Wars June 2020: What’s Coming This Month!
Jun 1 • 6 min
From novels to reference books, comics to documentaries, here’s what we know is coming for Star Wars in June 2020 - and speculation about movies, live action series. animation, and more. Punch it!
2,158. “Legacy” (Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian Episode 2)
May 31 • 12 min
Lucasfilm is getting the world more exposure to Dave Filoni as part of the Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian series. Today, what we learned from “Legacy,” episode 2. Punch it!
2,157. Did Vader Actually Care About Saving Luke From the Emperor?
May 30 • 10 min
In Return of the Jedi, Darth Vader kills the Emperor and saves his son, winning a return to the light side of the Force. But is that *really* why he did it? I’m not so sure… Punch it!
2,156. The Remarkable Rise of Skywalker Improvement Over Return of the Jedi
May 29 • 8 min
Yes, Palpatine is the big baddie in Return of the Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker. But the main ROTJ Luke/Vader clash doesn’t get nearly as much screen time as Rey/Kylo in TROS. Punch it!
2,155. TROS Variations on the ROTJ Structure
May 28 • 9 min
The Force Awakens follows A New Hope’s structure very closely. The Last Jedi shakes up The Empire Strikes Back’s structure. And The Rise of Skywalker shatters and repeats elements of Return of the Jedi’s structure, which is what we’ll be talking about tod
2,154. ROTJ and TROS Themes: Redemption Versus Identity
May 27 • 9 min
Despite the fact that The Rise of Skywalker does concern itself with the redemption of Ben Solo//Kylo Ren, it’s not the central theme - unlike fellow trilogy-ender Return of the Jedi. Punch it!
2,153. ROTJ and TROS Structure: Timeframes and Final Boss Battles
May 26 • 9 min
In thinking about the structure of The Rise of Skywalker as compared to Return of the Jedi, I thought it would be helpful to start by talking about two major issues: the time between the previous movies, and the final bosses the good guys must defeat. Pun
2,152. “Recontextualizing” With Return of the Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker
May 25 • 9 min
This week, we complete the saga! On today’s episode, we’ll again explore the concept of recontextualization, this time with Return of the Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker. Punch it!
2,151. Episode 1: “Directing” (Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian)
May 24 • 7 min
“Creatively brave” - that’s how Jon Favreau describes The Mandalorian season 1 directors. Today, more about those directors - and especially Dave Filoni. Punch it!
Episode 2,150. “Recontextualizing” With Empire Strikes Back and The Last Jedi
May 23 • 8 min
Empire Strikes Back’s “I am your father” reveal is the ultimate recontextualization in cinema history. The Last Jedi has its share of recontextualizations, too. Punch it!
2,149. The Theme of Failure in Empire Strikes Back and The Last Jedi
May 22 • 11 min
Thematically, The Last Jedi is very much about failure and the lessons our heroes can learn from it. Funnily enough, The Empire Strikes Back is very much about failure, too. Punch it!
2,148. Comparing the Structure of Empire Strikes Back and The Last Jedi
May 21 • 8 min
Back in the day, some folks said The Last Jedi was not enough like the Star Wars movies of old. Well, turns out it has a lot in common with The Empire Strikes Back after all. Punch it!
2,147. Clarifying the Boba Fett/Timothy Olyphant/ Mandalorian Rumors
May 20 • 6 min
Rumors abound! Timothy Olyphant joining the cast of Mandalorian Season 2, and wearing the Boba Fett armor. What does it mean? Well, thanks to a source of a source, I can add a little clarity. Punch it!
2,146. The “Hardest Things” for Empire and Last Jedi Characters
May 19 • 12 min
Continuing a series of comparative looks at The Last Jedi and The Empire Strikes Back, we answer Rian Johnson’s question: What’s the hardest things these characters could face? Punch it!
2,145. Comparing Empire Strikes Back With The Last Jedi
May 18 • 9 min
Years ago, I did episodes that compared The Force Awakens to the narrative beats and structure of the original Star Wars (aka A New Hope). Now, I’m starting the same for Empire Strikes Back and The Last Jedi. Punch it!
2,144. Star Wars POP! With Sixth Scale Scavengers
May 17 • 34 min
In our latest edition of Star Wars POP! - that’s “Podcasters on Podcasting” - I’m reconnecting with a pair of fellow NH podcasters, Bryan and Chris from Sixth Scale Scavengers. Punch it!
2,143. The Mandalorian Season 2 Update
May 16 • 5 min
While we were busy stoking controversy about Boba Fett’s status as a Mandalorian, there were a couple of news items about The Mandalorian Season 2 this week… Punch it!
2,142: Boba Fett: Corrections and Elaborations
May 15 • 8 min
I got a lot of feedback on yesterday’s episode discussing the question of whether Boba Fett is a Mandalorian! Today, a special corrections and elaborations episode. Punch it!
2,141. Is Boba Fett Really a Mandalorian?
May 14 • 7 min
There are two primary ways you could answer the question of whether Boba Fett is a Mandalorian. One way, with certain caveats, is a yes. The other way - arguably, the more important way - it’s a hard no. Punch it!
2,140. Did Boba Fett Actually Survive the Sarlacc Pit?
May 13 • 7 min
Ahh, Boba Fett, the Schrödinger’s cat of Star Wars. Is he alive or dead? And, are we talking about Boba Fett the person, or Boba Fett as represented by the armor? Punch it!
2,139. Sorting Out the Boba Fett/Mandalorian Season 2 Rumors
May 12 • 9 min
Temuera Morrison in Mandalorian Season 2. Boba Fett in Mandalorian Season 2. Yes, but are these the same rumors? Maybe so, maybe no. Here’s what else I’m watching and hearing… Punch it!
2,138. Star Wars POP! With Brews & Blasters
May 11 • 34 min
In our latest edition of Star Wars POP! - Podcasters on Podcasting - I’m talking with Joe Tavano and Chris Salton from Brews and Blasters. Punch it!
2,137. 12 Types of Mothers in Star Wars Stories
May 10 • 11 min
Star Wars stories tend to be much more father-focused than mother-focused. That said, a number of different types of mothers are represented, from relationship and plot perspectives. We’ll explore them today… punch it!
2,136. Our Final Review of the Final Arc of the Final Clone Wars Season
May 9 • 9 min
Did “The Siege of Mandalore” live up to its promise, the hype, to Dave Filoni’s dream of finally completing the story he wanted to tell? We’ll discuss on today’s show… Punch it!
2,135. Star Wars News Updates!
May 8 • 9 min
Is the Taika Waititi Star Wars movie happening in 2024? Is the 2022 movie still on the schedule? And is Lucasfilm Animation gearing up for a new series? All that and more today. Punch it!
2,134. Why More Maul? Plus Trooper Types and Quarantined Characters
May 7 • 11 min
Why did they bring Maul back in the first place? How many trooper types appear in the new canon? And what are Star Wars characters doing in quarantine? Answers in another Patreon Q&A today… Punch it!
2,133. Female Jedi Voices, Character Design, and More!
May 6 • 9 min
The female Jedi voices, fixed! The relative popularity of Star Wars in other countries? Favorite character design. These are our Patron Q&A topics today… Punch it!
2,132. Victory and Death (Clone Wars Briefing, Season 7, Episode 12)
May 5 • 12 min
“Victory and Death,” the action-packed Clone Wars finale, not only gave us a rousing sendoff for Ahsoka and Rex, it also made clear the extent to which Order 66 would be carried out. Punch it!
2,131. Eight Interviews, and May the 4th Be With You!
May 4 • 17 min
May the 4th be with you! Over the past 5+ years of the show, I’ve had the opportunity to interview some amazing folks - including some folks from Lucasfilm! Today, eight interviews… Punch it!
2,130. Star Wars POP! Featuring Followers of the Force
May 3 • 28 min
In our latest installment of Star Wars POP! - that’s “Podcasters on Podcasting” - I’m talking to David, Gwendy, and Jason from the Followers of the Force podcast. Punch it!
2,129. Shattered (Clone Wars Briefing, Season 7, Episode 11)
May 2 • 13 min
“Shattered” features the implementation of Order 66, but the whole episode is so eventful, we’d be doing it an injustice if we only focused on that aspect of Clone Wars season 7/episode 11. Punch it!
2,128: Rebelthon 2020 Interview With The Rebel Legion’s Rubin Polizzi
May 1 • 8 min
Rebelthon 2020 is a first-ever event, supporting UNICEF and its efforts to fight COVID-19. To find out more, The Rebel Legion’s Rubin Polizzi joins me for a quick conversation. Punch it!
2,127: Star Wars May 2020: What’s Coming This Month!
Apr 30 • 7 min
From movies to live action, animation to comics, novels to reference books and much more, here’s what’s happening in the galaxy far, far away for May 2020. Punch it!
2,126. The Lawless (Clone Wars Briefing, Season 5, Episode 16)
Apr 29 • 8 min
“The Lawless” completes the tragic story arc of Obi-Wan and the Duchess Satine, the story of Maul’s rise to power on Mandalore, and how Darth Sidious always comes out on top. Punch it!
2,125. Shades of Reason (Clone Wars Briefing, Season 5, Episode 15)
Apr 28 • 9 min
“Shades of Reason” is the second of a three-part story arc that details how Maul assembled his Shadow Collective crime syndicate and came to rule Mandalore from the shadows… Punch it!
2,124. Eminence (Clone Wars Briefing, Season 5, Episode 14)
Apr 27 • 9 min
How did Maul come to power on Mandalore? We’ll dig into that by exploring the final Clone Wars story arc to feature Maul before his season 7 appearance. Today, “Eminence,” episode 14 from season 5. Punch it!
2,123. Star Wars POP! Featuring Holochronicles’ Josh and Andy
Apr 26 • 29 min
For this week’s Sunday conversation, it’s a new edition of Star Wars POP! That’s “Podcasters on Podcasting,” and this time we’re featuring Andy and Josh from Holochronicles. Punch it!
2,122. The Phantom Apprentice (Clone Wars Briefing, Season 7, Episode 10)
Apr 25 • 13 min
They pulled out all the stops for “The Phantom Apprentice,” Clone Wars season 7/episode 10 - the most realistic lightsaber battles and the best writing, especially for Maul. Punch it!
2,121. The Leslye Headland Disney+ Star Wars Series Rumors!
Apr 24 • 8 min
The Hollywood trades are reporting that “Russian Doll” series creator Leslye Headland is helming a female-centric Star Wars series! Here’s what else we know, and what’s also been rumored. Punch it!
2,120. Revival (Clone Wars Briefing, Season 5, Episode 1)
Apr 23 • 7 min
“Revival” kicks off season 5 of the Clone Wars and wraps up the “Maul Resurrected” story arc for the time being - accompanied by a fair share of death and dismemberment. Punch it!
2,119. Revenge (Clone Wars Briefing, Season 4, Episode 22)
Apr 22 • 10 min
Maul, found! With new legs and an unclouded mind thanks to Mother Talzin, Maul gets his first shot at vengeance against Obi-Wan Kenobi in “Revenge,” the end of Clone Wars season 4. Punch it!
2,118. Brothers (Clone Wars Briefing, Season 4, Episode 21)
Apr 21 • 7 min
Three Darth Maul story arcs from The Clone Wars bridge the gap between The Phantom Menace and when we meet him again in season 7. Today, we start a look at the first of these arcs with “Brothers,” from season 4, episode 21. Punch it!
2,117. Star Wars Celebration Anaheim Update
Apr 20 • 8 min
There’s been no specific update about whether Star Wars Celebration Anaheim will happen as planned, but we’ll talk about other news that’s relevant to it… Punch it!
2,116. Star Wars POP! Featuring Force Toast’s Alyce and Laura
Apr 19 • 24 min
Our Sunday conversation is a new installment of Star Wars POP! (Podcasters on Podcasting), featuring Alyce and Laura from Force Toast: A Star Wars Happy Hour. Punch it!
2,115. Old Friends Not Forgotten (Clone Wars Briefing, Season 7, Episode 9)
Apr 18 • 15 min
“Old Friends Not Forgotten” is Clone Wars season 7/episode 9, giving us a cinematic kickoff for the final story arc, and some surprises more earned than others. Punch it!
2,114. The Nature of Hope in The Rise of Skywalker
Apr 17 • 18 min
On the one hand, hope is treated in a very functional fashion for the overwhelming majority of The Rise of Skywalker. On the other hand, no other Star Wars movie has as big of a big-bang hope moment. Punch it!
2,113. The Nature of Hope in Solo: A Star Wars Story
Apr 16 • 12 min
The scoundrels of Solo: A Star Wars Story don’t talk much about “hope.” But when they do talk about it, they tend to use a different word for it… Punch it!
2,112. The Nature of Hope in The Last Jedi
Apr 15 • 15 min
The Last Jedi, like Rogue One before it, is pretty up front with its meditations on hope. And it transfers hope to the audience in ways not seen since The Empire Strikes Back. Punch it!
2,111. The Nature of Hope in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Apr 14 • 20 min
We’re picking up where we left off on the “Hope” series with a look at Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which shows perhaps the widest spectrum of hope of any Star Wars movie. Punch it!
2,110. Final Notes on the Second Story Arc of Clone Wars Season 7
Apr 13 • 10 min
Now that the second story arc of Clone Wars season 7 is done, we’ll look back at what we knew about it in 2016, how it changed, and what’s next. Punch it!
2,109. Interview With Star Wars Audiobook Narrator/Performer Marc Thompson
Apr 12 • 32 min
Marc Thompson is a spectacular narrator and performer of Star Wars audiobooks (to say nothing of his work outside the GFFA). Today, he talks about The Rise of Skywalker Expanded Edition. Punch it!
2,108. Together Again (Clone Wars Briefing, Season 7, Episode 8)
Apr 11 • 9 min
Who, exactly, is “Together Again” in Clone Wars season 7/episode 8? We don’t find out until the very end, after Ahsoka and the Martez sisters escape the Pykes. Punch it!
2,107. How Palpatine Survived the Fall and Had a Kid, Sort Of
Apr 10 • 12 min
The big question: How did Palpatine survive the fall in Return of the Jedi! The Rise of Skywalker Expanded Edition novelization answers that and other questions. Punch it!
2,106. Ben Solo’s Childhood Memories…
Apr 9 • 9 min
In The Rise of Skywalker Expanded Edition, we get to experience some of Ben Solo’s childhood memories. But he’s not the one remembering them… Punch it!
2,105. Where Did Rey’s Force Lightning REALLY Come From?
Apr 8 • 9 min
Yes, Rey is a Palpatine. Yes, Rey is powerful. But how, exactly, did she suddenly manifest Force lightning on Pasaana? Today, the answer. Punch it!
2,104. The Tools of Palpatine’s Survival
Apr 7 • 9 min
“Ommin harnesses”? “Regeneration fluid”? As Palpatine once said, the dark side leads to some unnatural stuff, and we’ll explore that on today’s show. Punch it!
2,103. More Details About Leia’s Training With Luke
Apr 6 • 9 min
Did you see The Rise of Skywalker and want to know more about Leia’s time in Jedi training with Luke? Today, what we learn from the “Expanded Edition” novelization. Punch it!
2,102. Star Wars POP! Featuring Coffee With Kenobi’s Dan Z
Apr 5 • 36 min
In the latest edition of Star Wars POP! (that’s “Podcasters on Podcasting”), I’m talking to Dan Zehr, better known as Dan Z, the host of Coffee With Kenobi. Punch it!
2,101. Dangerous Debt (Clone Wars Briefing, Season 7, Episode 7)
Apr 4 • 10 min
“Dangerous Debt” is Clone Wars season 7/episode 7, and a more satisfying third part in a four-part story arc than the first arc of the season - and that’s without counting THAT scene, either. Punch it!
2,100. Joby Harold Reportedly Selected as Kenobi Series Writer
Apr 3 • 10 min
Joby Harold, according to Variety, has been selected as the new writer for the Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney+ series. Today, we get to know Harold and his work. Punch it!
2,099. The Mandalorian Season 2 Update
Apr 2 • 8 min
Aside from the Ahsoka/Rosario thing, what else do we know that’s new about The Mandalorian Season 2? Today, a roundup of recent news… Punch it!
2,098. BREAKING: Project Luminous Resets Star Wars Canon
Apr 1 • 9 min
High Republic/Project Luminous kicks off with a major hyperspace event. Today, the details, which involve a fracturing of the “world between worlds” that could reset Star Wars canon. Punch it!
2,097. Our Emotional Reactions to Star Wars Stories
Mar 31 • 8 min
I’ve had the luxury - read: no one that I know of who’s contracted the coronavirus - to have time and space to think about the anger I’ve been experiencing. And it’s got me thinking differently about our reactions to Star Wars stories. Punch it!
2,096: March 2020 Patreon Q&A Session
Mar 30 • 15 min
Celebration Anahiem 2020? Female-led Star Wars series? When and how to introduce kids to Star Wars? These are the questions I’m tackling on today’s Patreon Q&A episode. Punch it!
2,095. Clone Wars Season 7 Mid-Season Review
Mar 29 • 10 min
We’re halfway through Clone Wars season 7, the final season. There’s been a lot to enjoy, and yet I’m having some challenges with the choices, which I’d love to discuss with you. Punch it!
2,094. Deal No Deal (Clone Wars Briefing, Season 7, Episode 6)
Mar 28 • 11 min
“Deal No Deal” is season 7/episode 6 of the Clone Wars, which has similar strengths to the start of the Bad Batch arc, but also reveals a similar weakness in another of the episodes. Punch it!
2,093. Star Wars POP! Featuring Podcast Stardust
Mar 27 • 36 min
I’m rebooting Star Wars “POP!” - that’s “Podcasters on Podcasting” (still a super-creative title, I know). This installment features Dennis and Jay from Podcast Stardust. Punch it!
2,092. The Empire Strikes Back Guest Spot on Podcast Stardust
Mar 26 • 8 min
Dennis and Jay at Podcast Stardust invited me to be on the latest episode in their series of deep dives into The Empire Strikes Back. Today, an excerpt from that show. Punch it!
2,091. 7+ Likely Storylines for The Mandalorian Season 2
Mar 25 • 10 min
Following on the heels of our recent Mandalorian discussions, we’re exploring potential storylines for season 2 - including the potential for appearances by Shara Bey and Bo-Katan Kryze. Punch it!
2,090. The Mandalorian Season 2 Production Update
Mar 24 • 8 min
Since we opened the door to the topic yesterday, let’s check in on the production of The Mandalorian season 2 - what we know so far, and who the directors will be. Punch it!
2,089. The Coronavirus, Lucasfilm, and Star Wars Podcasting
Mar 23 • 9 min
This episode starts with a discussion of how the coronavirus is affecting Star Wars storytelling. From there it gets personal, spiritual, and practical…
2,088. Gone With a Trace (Clone Wars Briefing, Season 7, Episode 5)
Mar 22 • 12 min
“Gone With a Trace,” Clone Wars season 7/episode 5, starts Ahsoka Tano’s post-Jedi-Temple story, but it feels like a one-off, not a story arc. Punch it!
2,087. Friday Rumor Mill: Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka Tano in Mandalorian Season 2
Mar 21 • 9 min
We *were* gonna talk about Clone Wars season 7 episode 5, but then the Friday Star Wars rumor mill kicked into gear about the Mandalorian season 2, so here we go. Punch it!
2,086. The Rise of Skywalker and the Sacred Jedi Texts
Mar 20 • 10 min
We learned about two sacred Jedi texts thanks to the The Last Jedi novelization. Now, thanks to The Rise of Skywalker Visual Dictionary, we’ve learned even more. Punch it!
2,085. Answering Physics Questions About The Rise of Skywalker
Mar 19 • 10 min
Before The Rise of Skywalker’s release, we examined how physics could explain what we saw in teasers and trailers. Today, we revisit those situations… Punch it!
2,084. Exploring the Mystery of Sith Assassin Ochi of Bestoon
Mar 18 • 8 min
Sith Assassin Ochi of Bestoon was the missing link Exegol and the wayfinder to get there (to say nothing about the link between Rey and Palpatine). Punch it!
2,083. Planetary Fun Facts From The Rise of Skywalker Visual Dictionary
Mar 17 • 11 min
We go to more worlds in The Rise of Skywalker than just about any other movie in the Saga. Here’s what we’ve learned about them in the TROS Visual Dictionary. Punch it!
2,082. All the Timeline Details From The Rise of Skywalker Visual Dictionary
Mar 16 • 12 min
The Rise of Skywalker Visual Dictionary converts BBY/ABY to BSI/ASI and spreads timeline info throughout the book. I’m collecting and converting it for you in one spot today. Punch it!
2,081. Wrapping Up the First Story Arc of Clone Wars Season 7
Mar 15 • 8 min
The first story arc from season 7 of the Clone Wars is complete! On today’s episode, a review of the arc’s high and low points, plus what “could have been…” Punch it!
2,080. Unfinished Business (Clone Wars Briefing, Season 7, Episode 4)
Mar 14 • 14 min
“Unfinished Business” finishes the first story arc of season 7 of the Clone Wars, with action, humor, and a significant change that makes for a very emotional ending. Punch it!
2,079: Disney Parks and Cruises Coronavirus Closures
Mar 13 • 5 min
Late Thursday, Disney announced closures for its theme parks in California, Florida, and Paris, and the suspension of Disney Cruise Line operations due to the coronavirus.
2,078. The Rise of Skywalker Visual Dictionary Review
Mar 12 • 12 min
The Rise of Skywalker Visual Dictionary is quite possibly the deepest and densest one yet, filled not only with facts but with story, elegantly told. Punch it!
2,077. Starting Fake Controversies in Star Wars Fandom
Mar 11 • 9 min
The recent headline said “Diego Luna Says Lucasfilm Doesn’t Trust Him.” It’s misleading at best, and inflammatory at worst. Today, the truth. Punch it!
2,076. Remembering Max von Sydow (1929-2020)
Mar 10 • 5 min
Max von Sydow kicked off the Sequel Trilogy with the gravitas and ease that comes with such an incredibly prolific filmography. He passed away on Sunday, and today, we’re looking back at his storied career.
2,075. Star Wars and International Women’s Day
Mar 9 • 9 min
Star Wars may have introduced a groundbreaking character with Princess Leia in 1977, but it took decades for Lucasfilm to debut a female character with the intent to make her significant. Punch it!
2,074. MORE Fast Facts From Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Galactic Guide
Mar 8 • 7 min
Last time we looked at backstory facts about the good guys in The Rise of Skywalker Galactic Guide. Today, we shift our focus to the bad guys… Punch it!
2,073. On the Wings of Keeradaks (Clone Wars Briefing, Season 7, Episode 3)
Mar 7 • 12 min
“On the Wings of Keeradaks,” Clone Wars season 7/episode 3, has great action and a touching final moment. It’s also a bit disappointing overall. Punch it!
2,072. 37 Fast Facts From Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Galactic Guide
Mar 6 • 8 min
As we get closer to The Rise of Skywalker’s home video release, let’s dig into some backstory details from “The Galactic Guide” by DK Publishing. Punch it!
2,071: Could “The High Republic” Go Beyond Publishing?
Mar 5 • 10 min
Yes, of course The High Republic could go beyond publishing. But will it? The press and interviews gave some tantalizing clues pointing that way… Punch it!
2,070. Padawan Lost (Clone Wars Briefing, Season 3, Episode 22)
Mar 4 • 7 min
Stunt casting! “Wookiee Hunt” closes out season 3 of Clone Wars with a familiar furry face - his first appearance, chronologically in-universe. Punch it!
2,069. Padawan Lost (Clone Wars Briefing, Season 3, Episode 21)
Mar 3 • 8 min
Since Ahsoka Tano figures in two of the three Clone Wars season 7 story arcs, and since the only story arc from season 3 we haven’t yet talked about features her, let’s talk about “Padawan Lost.” Punch it!
2,068: Jedi Business: Our Final Rise of Skywalker Box Office Report
Mar 2 • 8 min
The Rise of Skywalker is in about 400 US theaters, so its final box office standing is pretty much set. Let’s look at the tally, and what’s next. Punch it!
2,067. Star Wars March 2020: What’s Coming This Month!
Mar 1 • 6 min
The Rise of Skywalker and the Clone Wars are the big drivers of Star Wars storytelling in March 2020! And what else is going on? Let’s explore… Punch it!
2,066. A Distant Echo (Clone Wars Briefing, Season 7, Episode 2)
Feb 29 • 8 min
“A Distant Echo,” season 7/episode 2 of the Clone Wars, answers the big question: did Echo really survive the season 3 explosion at the Citadel? Punch it!
2,065. Citadel Rescue (Clone Wars Briefing, Season 3, Episode 20)
Feb 28 • 9 min
“Citadel Rescue,” Clone Wars season 3/episode 20, is the final episode in a story arc that serves as a prequel to the first story arc of season 7. Punch it!
2,064. Counterattack (Clone Wars Briefing, Season 3, Episode 19)
Feb 27 • 8 min
“Counterattack,” Clone Wars season 3/episode, shows the clone Echo getting caught in an explosion that bears directly on the events of season 7. Punch it!
2,063. Disney CEO Bob Iger Steps Down; Bob Chapek Named New CEO
Feb 26 • 9 min
On the one hand, no one expected Bob Iger to step down as Disney CEO on a random Tuesday afternoon and stage hurried investor calls. On the other hand… Punch it!
2,062. The Project Luminous/High Republic Reveal!
Feb 25 • 9 min
Project Luminous! The publishing event starts with “The High Republic: Light of the Jedi” on 8/25. Here are the highlights from the kickoff event. Punch it!
2,061. The Citadel (Clone Wars Briefing, Season 3, Episode 18)
Feb 24 • 9 min
To get context for the big reveal at the end of “The Bad Batch” (Clone Wars season 7/episode 1), we’re looking back at “The Citadel” in season 3. Punch it!
2,060. The Latest Star Wars Movie Development Rumors
Feb 23 • 9 min
The latest Star Wars movie rumor features writer-director J.D. Dillard - and we’ll dig into all the details (some conflicting!) on today’s show. Punch it!
2,059: The Bad Batch (Clone Wars Briefing, Season 7, Episode 1)
Feb 22 • 11 min
The new version of “The Bad Batch,” Clone Wars season 7/episode 1, differs a bit from the story reels. But the shocking final reveal is the same. Punch it!
2,058. Clone Wars Season 7 and Ahsoka’s Final Story Arcs
Feb 21 • 10 min
Clone Wars Season 7 debuts today! Tomorrow we’ll have the Briefing, but today we consider the clues out there about the as-yet-unknown middle story arc of the season. Punch it!
2,057. Sacrifice (Clone Wars Briefing, Season 6, Episode 13)
Feb 20 • 15 min
In “Sacrifice,” Yoda faces his final Force-ghost training trials. And in this, season 6/episode 13 of Clone Wars, the galaxy’s fate is at stake. Punch it!
2,056. Destiny (Clone Wars Briefing, Season 6, Episode 12)
Feb 19 • 13 min
“Destiny” may not say much about Clone Wars season 7, but as season 6/episode 12 and in the final story arc, it has a LOT to say about the Force. Punch it!
2,055. Voices (Clone Wars Briefing, Season 6, Episode 11)
Feb 18 • 10 min
In “Voices,” Clone Wars season 6/episode 11, Yoda thinks he might be losing his mind, as he hears the voice of Qui-Gon Jinn from beyond the grave. Punch it!
2,054. The Lost One (Clone Wars Briefing, Season 6, Episode 10)
Feb 17 • 9 min
“The Lost One,” season 6, episode 10 of the Clone Wars, starts the final story arc of The Lost Missions - and the Jedi uncover shocking secrets. Punch it!
2,053. The Disappeared, Part 2 (Clone Wars Briefing, Season 6, Episode 9)
Feb 16 • 7 min
“The Disappeared, Part 2” is season 6, episode 9 of the Clone Wars series, which features a whole lotta action and a surprise enemy from the past. Punch it!
2,052: The Disappeared, Part 1 (Clone Wars Briefing, Season 6, Episode 8)
Feb 15 • 11 min
“The Disappeared, Part 1” is season 6, episode 8 of the Clone Wars, which features the unusual combination of a new brand of Force mystics and Jar Jar Binks getting hot and heavy with a queen. Punch it!
2,051. Crisis at the Heart (Clone Wars Briefing, Season 6, Episode 7)
Feb 14 • 9 min
In “Crisis at the Heart,” Dooku collects on the favor he did for Clovis, and it’ll end badly for most involved. Clone Wars season 6, episode 7… Punch it!
2,050. The Rise of Clovis (Clone Wars Briefing, Season 6, Episode 6)
Feb 13 • 14 min
“The Rise of Clovis” from the Clone Wars shows Palpatine at his manipulative best, and Obi-Wan and Anakin discuss dangerous romantic attachments. Punch it!
2,049 An Old Friend (Clone Wars Briefing, Season 6, Episode 5)
Feb 12 • 11 min
Rush Clovis was “An Old Friend” to Padme once, but now, as an enemy, he needs her help to expose Banking Clan corruption in the Clone Wars series. Punch it!
2,048. Orders (Clone Wars Briefing, Season 6, Episode 4)
Feb 11 • 8 min
“Orders” concludes the first story arc from season 6 of the Clone Wars, and the quest for the truth about Order 66 ends as badly as you’d fear. Punch it!
2,047. Fugitive (Clone Wars Briefing, Season 6, Episode 3)
Feb 10 • 10 min
“Fugitive” is episode 3 from season 6 of Clone Wars, and pivots to sci-fi thriller as Fives goes on the run to unravel the Tup tumor mystery. Punch it!
2,046. Conspiracy (Clone Wars Briefing, Season 6, Episode 2)
Feb 9 • 8 min
“Conspiracy,” season 6, episode 2 of the Clone Wars, sees a battlefield drama turn into a medical investigation drama with a rising sense of dread. Punch it!
2,045. The Unknown (Clone Wars Briefing, Season 6, Episode 1)
Feb 8 • 7 min
The Lost Missions! We begin our Clone Wars Briefings for season 6 with “The Unknown,” which features a shocking Order-66-related development. Punch it!
2,044. Star Wars News Roundup!
Feb 7 • 9 min
Disney chief Bob Iger talks about the future of Star Wars storytelling! Plus a few other items of interest in a Star Wars news roundup. Punch it!
2,043. The Wrong Jedi (Clone Wars Briefing, Season 5, Episode 20)
Feb 6 • 11 min
“The Wrong Jedi” ends the final story arc of Clone Wars season 5, and tells us what we need to know about Ahsoka before we see her in season 7. Punch it!
2,042: To Catch a Jedi (Clone Wars Briefing, Season 5, Episode 19)
Feb 5 • 9 min
Another Hitchcockian-titled episode, “To Catch a Jedi” is episode 19 from season five of the Clone Wars, and all about the hunting of Ahsoka Tano. Punch it!
2,041. The Jedi Who Knew Too Much (Clone Wars Briefing, Season 5, Episode 18)
Feb 4 • 7 min
“The Jedi Who Knew Too Much,” Clone Wars season 5, episode 18 and second in a four-part story arc, sees Ahsoka Tano framed for multiple murders. Punch it!
2,040. Sabotage (Clone Wars Briefing, Season 5, Episode 17)
Feb 3 • 8 min
Get ready for season 7 of Clone Wars! Today, a Clone Wars Briefing on “Sabotage,” season 5, episode 17, starting that season’s final story arc. Punch it!
2,039. A Eulogy, of Sorts, for Star Wars Resistance
Feb 2 • 12 min
No new episode of Star Wars Resistance tonight because the series has ended, and far too soon. Today, a eulogy of sorts, and some final kudos. Punch it!
2,038. Star Wars February 2020: What’s Coming This Month!
Feb 1 • 8 min
Clone Wars season 7 headlines Star Wars in February 2020! We’ll go over all the new stories coming this month, and expected announcements, too. Punch it!
2,037. Patreon Q&A: Rise of Skywalker Prophecies, Lightsaber Emotions, and More!
Jan 31 • 18 min
On the second Patreon Q&A episode this month, we’ll talk about whether prophecies from Master & Apprentice predicted Palpatine’s return, and more. Punch it!
2,036. Patreon Q&A: Finn’s Force Feels, Chewie’s Family, and More!
Jan 30 • 12 min
Patrons of Star Wars 7x7 have asked about Finn’s Force powers, Chewbacca’s family, splitting Rise of Skywalker into two movies, and much more… Punch it!
2,035. The Escape, Part 2 (Resistance Briefing, Season 2, Episode 19)
Jan 29 • 8 min
The Star Wars Resistance series finale, “The Escape” (Part 2) features Tam’s rescue and a final battle between the Colossus and the First Order. Punch it!
2,034. The Escape, Part 1 (Resistance Briefing, Season 2, Episode 18)
Jan 28 • 9 min
The first half of Star Wars Resistance’s series finale, The Escape, finally brings Tam Ryvora to the breaking point of her First Order commitment. Punch it!
2,033. Jedi Business: Rise of Skywalker’s Sixth Box Office Weekend
Jan 27 • 7 min
In the final *weekly* Jedi Business feature related to The Rise of Skywalker, we’ll look at its sixth weekend box office numbers and much more. Punch it!
2,032. Star Wars Celebration Anaheim Update
Jan 26 • 7 min
It’s seven months and a day until the start of Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2020! Here’s what we know about the big event so far. Punch it!
2,031. Ewan McGregor Responds to Kenobi Series Rumors
Jan 25 • 7 min
Perfect timing! Ewan McGregor was at the Birds of Prey premiere, and was asked repeatedly about the Kenobi series rumors. Here’s what he said… Punch it!
2,030. Those Kenobi Series “On Hold” Rumors Again…
Jan 24 • 9 min
Remember the rumors from last week about the Obi-Wan Kenobi series being canceled or delayed, but the sources were iffy? Well, there’s new news… Punch it!
2,029. The Clone Wars Season 7 Final Trailer and Release Schedule!
Jan 23 • 8 min
The final trailer for Clone Wars season 7 is here! We’ll talk about featured story arcs, highlights, the episode release schedule, and more. Punch it!
2,028. Jedi Business: Rise of Skywalker’s Fifth Box Office Weekend
Jan 22 • 7 min
The Rise of Skywalker reached a couple of box office milestones this past week/weekend, and has a few more in its sights before its run is done. Punch it!
2,027. Rebuilding the Resistance (Resistance Briefing, Season 2, Episode 17)
Jan 21 • 8 min
“Rebuilding the Resistance,” season 2, episode 17 of Star Wars Resistance, features a recent strong point of the show - great starfighter battles. Punch it!
2,026. No Place Safe (Resistance Briefing, Season 2, Episode 16)
Jan 20 • 8 min
“No Place Safe” is the 16th episode from season 2 of Star Wars Resistance, concluding a two-part story arc. Our Resistance Briefing is here… Punch it!
2,025. The New World (Resistance Briefing, Season 2, Episode 15)
Jan 19 • 8 min
“The New World” is season 2, episode 15 of Star Wars Resistance, the first of a two-part story arc that also reveals another old Rebellion hideout. Punch it!
2,024. About Those Obi-Wan Kenobi Series Cancellation Rumors…
Jan 18 • 9 min
People losing their minds over unsourced rumors! Today, let’s set the record straight about the Obi-Wan Kenobi series cancellation rumors. Punch it!
2,023: A Taika Waititi Star Wars Movie?!
Jan 17 • 9 min
Rumor! Mandalorian/Thor: Ragnarok/Jojo Rabbit’s Taika Waititi is in early talks to helm a Star Wars movie. What to make of the “confirmations”? Punch it!
2,022. Star Wars 2020 Comics Preview (and 2019 Review, Too!)
Jan 16 • 8 min
There’s still a 2020 preview or two to do! It’s time to bring you the comics one today, including some educated guesses at unannounced titles. Punch it!
2,021. The Rise of Skywalker Oscar Nominations
Jan 15 • 7 min
Academy Award nomination time! How many Oscar nods did The Rise of Skywalker get? We’ll discuss, compare, and also celebrate one special nominee. Punch it!
2,020. Jedi Business: Rise of Skywalker’s Fourth Box Office Weekend
Jan 14 • 7 min
The Rise of Skywalker fell from first at the box office this weekend. We’ll compare that development to previous films, talk numbers, and more. Punch it!
2,019. The Rise of Skywalker!
Jan 13 • 8 min
Released in 2019 - also, this episode number - the end of the “Skywalker Saga,” The Rise of Skywalker, is (no surprise) ALL about family dynamics. Punch it!
2,018. Solo: A Star Wars Story!
Jan 12 • 7 min
We’re looking at family as a driving force in Star Wars movies, and as far as Solo, it’s probably the least “family-driven” movie of them all. Punch it!
2,017. The Last Jedi!
Jan 11 • 9 min
Because it’s the episode number of The Last Jedi’s release year, we’re talking about how family isn’t a big motivator in this movie - until it is. Punch it!
2016. Rogue One!
Jan 10 • 9 min
We don’t have to do the “from a certain point of view” business to talk about the importance of family in Rogue One - it’s a key story driver. Punch it!
2,015. The Force Awakens!
Jan 9 • 12 min
The Force Awakens came out in 2015, so for the matching episode number, we’re talking about family themes in the movie - and man, are they brutal. Punch it!
2,014. Star Wars 2020 Books Preview
Jan 8 • 9 min
The fourth in our series of 2020 Star Wars previews! Today, we’re looking at upcoming Star Wars books, including what’s NOT been announced yet. Punch it!
2,013. The Mutiny (Resistance Briefing, Season 2, Episode 14)
Jan 7 • 9 min
“The Mutiny” is episode 14 from season 2 of Star Wars Resistance, and we’re breaking down the details for you today in our Resistance Briefing… Punch it!
2,012. Jedi Business: Rise of Skywalker’s Third Box Office Weekend
Jan 6 • 10 min
We’ll talk about The Rise of Skywalker’s third box office weekend, and consider what to believe about the “Release the Abrams Cut” rumors. Punch it!
2,011. Breakout (Resistance Briefing, Season 2, Episode 13)
Jan 5 • 7 min
The conclusion of a cliffhanger, “Breakout” is episode 13 from season 2 of Star Wars Resistance. Today: our Resistance Briefing, and a look ahead. Punch it!
2,010. The Missing Agent (Resistance Briefing, Season 2, Episode 12)
Jan 4 • 7 min
The Star Wars Resistance creators turn in another exciting episode with “The Missing Agent.” Today, our season 2, episode 12 Resistance Briefing. Punch it!
2,009. Star Wars 2020 Animation Preview (and 2019 Review)
Jan 3 • 7 min
Clone Wars Season 7 is coming in 2020, and Star Wars Resistance ends its run in 2020. What comes next for Star Wars animation? Let’s discuss… Punch it!
2,008. Star Wars 2020 Live-Action Preview (and 2019 Review)
Jan 2 • 8 min
2019? One live action series in production. 2020? THREE. On today’s show, we’ll talk about each of them, and when we can expect them on Disney+. Punch it!
2,007. Star Wars 2020 Movies Preview (and 2019 Review)
Jan 1 • 8 min
If you think 2020 will be a slow year for Star Wars movies, have I got news for you! Today, clues from Kathleen Kennedy and The Force Awakens… Punch it!
2,006. Jedi Business: Rise of Skywalker’s Second Box Office Weekend
Dec 31, 2019 • 9 min
Some box office numbers look great for The Rise of Skywalker, and others paint a less inspiring picture. Today, our “Jedi Business” update… Punch it!
2,005. Revenge of the Sith!
Dec 30, 2019 • 9 min
Continuing our series of looks at family dynamics in Star Wars movies, since it’s episode 2,005 today, we’re talking about Revenge of the Sith. Punch it!
2,004. Redemption (Mandalorian Briefing, Season 1, Chapter 8)
Dec 29, 2019 • 12 min
From a skit out of “Troops” to a shock that ties into Star Wars Rebels, “Redemption” had it all. It’s the Mandalorian Briefing for Chapter 8… Punch it!
2,003. The Reckoning (Mandalorian Briefing, Season 1, Chapter 7)
Dec 28, 2019 • 10 min
We’re back to the main story arc in “The Reckoning,” and today’s Mandalorian Briefing explores the emotional high points in Chapter 7 of Season 1. Punch it!
2,002. Attack of the Clones!
Dec 27, 2019 • 9 min
Continuing our series of looks at family dynamics in Star Wars movies, since it’s episode 2,002 today, we’re talking about Attack of the Clones. Punch it!
2,001. Resistance Reborn and The Rise of Skywalker
Dec 26, 2019 • 11 min
Resistance Reborn is the primary novel in the “Journey to The Rise of Skywalker.” Today, what it reveals - or doesn’t - in the run up to the film. Punch it!
2,000. Past, Present, Future
Dec 25, 2019 • 9 min
By a strange coincidence, Episode 2,000 of the show falls on Christmas Day! So the party will come later - for now, a humble thank you and review. Punch it!
1,999. The Phantom Menace!
Dec 24, 2019 • 8 min
Continuing our series of looks at family in the Star Wars movies, since it’s episode 1,999 today, we’re talking about The Phantom Menace. Punch it!
1,998. Jedi Business: The Rise of Skywalker’s Opening Weekend Box Office
Dec 23, 2019 • 9 min
Can The Rise of Skywalker prove The Last Jedi didn’t damage Star Wars’ box office fortunes? The early returns are in, and the results are mixed. Punch it!
1,997. Did J.J. Abrams Change Rian Johnson’s Reveal About Rey’s Parents?
Dec 22, 2019 • 8 min
It seems like you could argue this pretty well on both sides, but I think there’s a definitive winner - and a classic Obi-Wan line makes it clear. Punch it!
1,996: The Rise of Skywalker Reinforces The Last Jedi’s Story Choices (With Spoilers)
Dec 21, 2019 • 8 min
The debate has begun, but there’s seems to be ample evidence - which we’ll discuss - that The Rise of Skywalker does not retcon The Last Jedi. Punch it!
1,995. SAFE ZONE: Non-Spoiler Rise of Skywalker First Reactions
Dec 20, 2019 • 11 min
I’ve finally seen The Rise of Skywalker for the first time, and some of what the critics are saying is true … from a certain point of view. Punch it!
BONUS EPISODE: The Rise of Skywalker First Reactions (With Spoilers!)
Dec 20, 2019 • 12 min
Look for today’s numbered episode if you want to avoid The Rise of Skywalker spoilers! On this bonus episode, my spoiler-filled first reactions. Punch it!
1,994. SAFE ZONE: Let’s Discuss the ‘Top Critics’ Reviews for The Rise of Skywalker
Dec 19, 2019 • 10 min
The film critics embargo has been lifted, and The Rise of Skywalker results aren’t as glowing as they were for the first two movies. So, what now? Punch it!
1,993. SAFE ZONE: Spoiler-Free Thoughts on The Rise of Skywalker Premiere
Dec 18, 2019 • 7 min
The Rise of Skywalker premiered Monday night, and the social media embargo has ended. Somehow, we’ll talk about it without *talking* about it… Punch it!
1,992. Part 2: Christian Blauvelt Interview (How Not to Get Eaten by Ewoks)
Dec 17, 2019 • 14 min
Christian Blauvert, author of the Star Wars galactic survival guide, talks about adding Legends material, items from future stories, and more. Punch it!
1,991. Station to Station (Resistance Briefing, Season 2, Episode 11)
Dec 16, 2019 • 9 min
It’s a Resistance Briefing for “Station to Station,” season 2, episode 11 of Star Wars Resistance - and for my money, the best episode of the show to date. Punch it!
1,990. Part 1: Christian Blauvelt Interview (Be More Lando, Be More Leia)
Dec 15, 2019 • 17 min
Be More Lando and Be More Leia author Christian Blauvelt talks about the genesis of this book series, the challenges of writing them, and more. Punch it!
1,989. The Prisoner (Mandalorian Briefing, Season 1, Chapter 6)
Dec 14, 2019 • 9 min
“The Prisoner” is the most intense of The Mandalorian’s “story of the week” episodes, but it’s also the 4th that doesn’t advance our main story. Punch it!
1,988. SAFE ZONE! The Emotional Roller Coaster of The Rise of Skywalker
Dec 13, 2019 • 14 min
I’m talking about the emotional roller coaster you might be experiencing in these final days leading up to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Punch it!
1,987. SAFE ZONE! What Exactly Is the Skywalker “Saga”?
Dec 12, 2019 • 9 min
The Rise of Skywalker is the end of the Skywalker Saga, but what does that mean??? I’ll shed some light on that, with help from Kathleen Kennedy. Punch it!
1,986. SAFE ZONE! How The Rise of Skywalker Already Differs From Return of the Jedi
Dec 11, 2019 • 8 min
Yesterday, we looked at how The Rise of Skywalker is already similar to Return of the Jedi, based on the footage so far. Today - what’s different? Punch it!
1,985. SAFE ZONE! Will Rise of Skywalker = Return of the Jedi?
Dec 10, 2019 • 9 min
Listen or watch without fear of spoilers! On today’s show: How is what we already know about The Rise of Skywalker similar to Return of the Jedi? Punch it!
1,984. Kaz’s Curse (Resistance Briefing, Season 2, Episode 10)
Dec 9, 2019 • 9 min
In our Resistance Briefing for “Kaz’s Curse,” episode 10 in season 2 of Star Wars Resistance, we get a little more insight into the criminal underworld… Punch it!
1,983. Return of the Jedi!
Dec 8, 2019 • 11 min
Family dynamics get awkward in Return of the Jedi, and on today’s Star Wars 7x7 episode (1983!), we’ll dig into all the uncomfortable moments. Punch it!
1,982. The Gunslinger (Mandalorian Briefing, Season 1, Chapter 5)
Dec 7, 2019 • 11 min
Fill your Star Wars “bingo” card with “The Gunslinger,” chapter 5 of The Mandalorian, with lots of Easter eggs and a new theory about those boots. Punch it!
1,981. Myth, Metaphor, and the Mandalorian
Dec 6, 2019 • 8 min
The juxtaposition of new armor being forged for The Mandalorian, with flashbacks to a traumatic childhood moment, is a powerful visual metaphor. Punch it!
1,980. The Empire Strikes Back!
Dec 5, 2019 • 9 min
We’ve hit the episode number that matches the year of The Empire Strikes Back’s release! On today’s show, I’ll be talking about how this mostly isn’t a movie about family, until it’s suddenly ALL about family. Along the way, we’ll also talk about how the
1,979. Is “The Mandalorian” Actually a Mandalorian?
Dec 4, 2019 • 9 min
The Mandalorian is a rather mysterious character. But with all this talk about foundlings, you have to wonder - is our Mando an actual Mandalorian? On today’s show, we’ll explore the evidence, which will also include a breezy trip through Mandalorian hist
1,978. The Voxx Vortex 5000 (Resistance Briefing, Season 2, Episode 9)
Dec 3, 2019 • 8 min
What does “The Voxx Vortex 5000” have in common with some episodes of The Mandalorian? Or even The X-Files? I’ll explain during the Resistance Briefing on episode 9 from season 2 of Star Wars Resistance. Punch it!
1,977. Star Wars!
Dec 2, 2019 • 9 min
We’ve talked about hope in Star Wars - aka “A New Hope,” but we haven’t talked about one of the other strong themes of the movie: family. Since it’s episode 1977 (the year A New Hope came out!), I thought we’d talk about the very unusual family dynamic of
1,976. Star Wars December 2019: What’s Coming This Month!
Dec 1, 2019 • 12 min
The Rise of Skywalker is, of course, the headline news in Star Wars for the month of December. And there’s so much more Star Wars happening this month, too! From TV to animation, books to comics, video games and retrospectives, it’s shaping up to be a hug
1,975. Sanctuary (Mandalorian Briefing, Season 1, Chapter 4)
Nov 30, 2019 • 10 min
Another in-between episode of sorts, but one with more import and backstory fulfillment this time around. It’s “Sanctuary,” chapter 4 from season 1 of The Mandalorian. And on today’s Mandalorian Briefing, we’ll also be talking about what’s left to do in t
1,974. Is This the Final Word on The Rise of Skywalker?
Nov 29, 2019 • 9 min
In the last week, we’ve gotten multiple new commercials for The Rise of Skywalker, a series of Good Morning America segments, and a “Special Look” video. We’ll talk about all of it today, and listen - I don’t know about you, but I think I’ve hit my limit
1,973. Expressions of Gratitude in Star Wars
Nov 28, 2019 • 11 min
There are pages of things online about people grateful *for* Star Wars, but nothing I could find about expressions of gratitude *within* Star Wars movies. And so on this Thanksgiving Day in the US, I’m looking at which era of Star Wars movies is the most
1,972. They Fly Now! A Brief History of Star Wars Jetpacks
Nov 27, 2019 • 9 min
“They fly now!” This, based on the reactions of Chewie, Threepio, Finn, and Poe, is an unexpected development. And it’s a particularly surprising reaction for one of these characters! I’ll explain, and talk about the history of jet packs and jumptroopers
1,971. How Will Leia Be Redeemed in The Rise of Skywalker?
Nov 26, 2019 • 9 min
Yes, at first blush, the notion of Leia actually needing redemption for anything seems impossible. But when you look at the sequel movies so far, there’s been a very strong thread carried through. Han’s redemption for sins of the past happened in The Forc
1,970. Rendezvous Point (Resistance Briefing, Season 2, Episode 8)
Nov 25, 2019 • 9 min
We get some interesting backstory pieces about the Resistance and the crew of the Colossus as Tam Ryvora’s loyalties are put to the test yet again in “Rendezvous Point,” episode 8 from season 2. It’s a Resistance Briefing today, and with me still talking
1,969. The Sin (Mandalorian Briefing, Season 1, Chapter 3)
Nov 24, 2019 • 10 min
Chapter 3 of The Mandalorian is titled “The Sin,” but there are quite a lot of sins committed or referenced in this episode, as well as a very signification transgression. On today’s episode, it’s our latest Mandalorian Briefing, and we’ll talk about thos
1,968. Jedi Business: Iger’s November “Hiatus” Talk Is More Than Just Old News
Nov 23, 2019 • 8 min
Circling back to some “news” from earlier this month! On a Disney earnings call, Bob Iger talked about Star Wars movies going into a “hiatus” after The Rise of Skywalker. Some media outlets paired this with the news of Benioff and Weiss ditching their dea
1,967. 7 Scenes Shared by Kylo/Ben and Rey in The Rise of Skywalker
Nov 22, 2019 • 8 min
Daisy Ridley made a comment about all the time Rey spends with Threepio. But looking at all the footage and photos we’ve seen from The Rise of Skywalker, it sure looks like Rey and Ben Solo/Kylo Ren are spending a lot of time together themselves … and n
1,966. New Rise of Skywalker Commercial and EW Cover Story!
Nov 21, 2019 • 11 min
I’m running a 99.8 degree fever at the time of recording, but the show must go on. And we’ve got a bunch of new Rise of Skywalker stuff to talk about, including a new commercial and the Entertainment Weekly cover story (complete with extra photos). Punch
1,965. Is The Mandalorian Force-Sensitive?
Nov 20, 2019 • 7 min
Sure, the Mandalorian is an efficient bounty hunter and all, but are his skills aided by the Force? And does he know it? I’d say yes to the first question and no to the second. On today’s show, the evidence for my answers, which is drawn from what we saw
1,964. The Relic Raiders (Resistance Briefing, Season 2, Episode 7)
Nov 19, 2019 • 9 min
With implications for both The Rise of Skywalker and a significant chunk of the old Expanded Universe (now “Legends”), “The Relic Raiders” is the action-packed 7th episode from season 2 of Star Wars Resistance. I’ve got the Resistance Briefing for you…
1,963. The Child (Mandalorian Briefing, Season 1, Chapter 2)
Nov 18, 2019 • 11 min
Chapter 2 of The Mandalorian, “The Child,” featured echoes of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Monthy Python and the Holy Grail, and even Return of the Jedi. A necessary episode? Not so much. An entertaining episode? Without a doubt. On today’s Mandalo
1,962. 7 Lessons Learned by Giving a TEDx Talk
Nov 17, 2019 • 13 min
It’s done! I delivered my TED talk at TEDx Amoskeag Millyard yesterday. Now we wait for the video, but until then, here are (in no particular order) seven lessons I learned during the process of preparing for this event. Punch it!
1,961: My TEDx Talk Preview and Thank Yous
Nov 16, 2019 • 6 min
A bit of a different episode here today… A few hours after this episode premieres, I’ll be delivering a TED Talk at the TEDx Amoskeag Millyard event. Today’s episode of the show gives a bit of a preview of the talk, what Star Wars references will be inc
1,960. What Chapter 1 Revealed About The Mandalorian’s Character
Nov 15, 2019 • 9 min
What did we learn about our main character in Chapter 1 of The Mandalorian? Who is he, what does he value? How does he feel about the Empire? We’ll look at the clues in today’s episode - and talk about why THAT scene doesn’t tell us anything about his mor
1,959. From Beneath (Resistance Briefing, Season 2, Episode 6)
Nov 14, 2019 • 8 min
An episode with shades of Star Wars: Myths and Fables as well as the original Jurassic Park, “From Beneath” is a comparatively low-stakes (First-Order-wise) entry in season 2 of Star Wars Resistance. Episode 6 is most notable for the gentle reveal that Or
1,958. The Mandalorian Non-Spoiler Chapter 1 Review
Nov 13, 2019 • 9 min
It’s finally here! Chapter 1 of The Mandalorian debuted with the launch of Disney+ yesterday, and there won’t be any spoilers on Star Wars 7x7 about it until a couple of days from now. For this episode of the show, I’m sharing spoiler-free reactions for w
1,957. Mon Calamari Ships, Quarren Treachery
Nov 12, 2019 • 9 min
Once again, the Quarren find themselves on the wrong side of history, as the First Order arrives at Mon Cala in Star Wars: Allegiance. And the events of the final part in this Journey to The Rise of Skywalker story may tie directly into the events of The
1,956. A Lack of Diplomacy Causes More Trouble
Nov 11, 2019 • 8 min
The pieces are moving into place for the final confrontation in Star Wars: Allegiance, part of the Journey to The Rise of Skywalker. As we breeze through the third of four parts of this story, we’re going to take a side trip down memory lane, and consider
1,955. The Brutal Lesson Kylo Ren Learned From the Empire
Nov 10, 2019 • 9 min
In the second of our four-part look at Star Wars: Allegiance - the part of the Journey to the Rise of Skywalker where we discover how the Mon Calamari will join the fight - the lesson that Kylo Ren learned about the failures of the Empire come into brutal
1,954: After Crait, What Next for the Resistance?
Nov 9, 2019 • 10 min
Where did the Resistance go after the Battle of Crait? Let’s just say that Leia and the rest of the survivors have sunk about as low as they can go, and now it’s time to rebuild in Star Wars: Allegiance. This is the first of four episodes about the series
1,953. The Big Reveals From Spark of the Resistance
Nov 8, 2019 • 9 min
Whether you already read Spark of the Resistance, haven’t yet, or (gasp!) don’t plan to, there are bits of information that shed light on the time period between The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker. Though this is a spoiler-y podcast for the new novel
1,952. Spark of the Resistance Non-Spoiler Review
Nov 7, 2019 • 9 min
In our non-spoiler review, I’m talking about Spark of the Resistance by Justina Ireland. It’s a junior novel that takes place after the events of The Last Jedi, and is part of the Journey to The Rise of Skywalker publishing initiative. It’s also the first
1,951. What’s the Deal With the Parsec?
Nov 6, 2019 • 9 min
Werner Herzog’s character says he’s heard the Mandalorian is “the best in the parsec,” and some folks are saying that Star Wars got the parsec “wrong again.” But did they? I’m not so sure. So let’s talk about the history of the most famous parsec usage in
1,950. Appearing on the Holochronicles Podcast!
Nov 5, 2019 • 12 min
Andy and Josh from the Holochronicles Podcast invited me to join them on a recent episode of their show, and today I’m sharing an excerpt from that conversation! You’ll hear about us getting Twitter-blocked by Lucasfilm’s Pablo Hidalgo, comparisons to Cal
1,949. The Engineer (Resistance Briefing, Season 2, Episode 5)
Nov 4, 2019 • 9 min
The episodes of Star Wars Resistance this year have been neatly building upon each other, and “The Engineer” is no exception. Building on the pirates and their potential/history for treachery and mutiny, a stranded engineer who says she was attacked by th
1,948. Hunt on Celsor 3 (Resistance Briefing, Season 2, Episode 4)
Nov 3, 2019 • 7 min
Following on the heels of the previous episode of Star Wars Resistance, the pirates volunteer to kill one of the giant space manta rays (a “jakoosk”) to get food for the Colossus residents and to undermine Captain Doza’s authority. Naturally, nothing goes
1,947. The One Detail About the Benioff & Weiss Star Wars Movies
Nov 2, 2019 • 9 min
News outlets are being sort of clickbait-y about an unnamed source with an alleged detail about what would have been the subject of the Benioff and Weiss Star Wars movies, had they happened. It’s really only one thing, but it’s presented as a much bigger
1,946. Star Wars November 2019: What’s Coming This Month!
Nov 1, 2019 • 13 min
The Mandalorian, debuting this month, is incredibly important to the future of Star Wars. I’ll be talking about why, as well as all the other debuts of note from the galaxy far, far away for the month of November. Punch it!
1,945. Answering Star Wars Questions from Star Wars 7×7 Patrons!
Oct 31, 2019 • 12 min
Patrons of Star Wars 7x7 at the “Vader’s Fist” level and above can submit questions for me to answer on the show every month! In this installment, we’ll be talking about an aspect of the Millennium Falcon as it appears in The Rise of Skywalker; why Ben So
1,944. Reacting to the Benioff/Weiss Departure
Oct 30, 2019 • 10 min
Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have walked away from their deal to develop a new Star Wars trilogy, blaming the time commitments required by their new nine-figure contract with Netflix. What does this mean for the future of the f
1,943. The Mandalorian Final Trailer - What’s New?
Oct 29, 2019 • 12 min
Surprise! The folks behind Disney+ decided to drop a final trailer for The Mandalorian last night! And while a good chunk of the scenes were ones that had been shown before - both in the August trailer and to the audience at Celebration Chicago - there we
1,942. How Are Those Space Horses Running on a Star Destroyer?
Oct 28, 2019 • 17 min
On the one hand, this question kind of answers itself. They just are! And yet, the Star Destroyer appears to be flying, which adds a level of complication and danger to the process. On today’s episode, I’m wrapping up my conversation with Georgetown Unive
1,941. Explaining the Floating Iceberg in The Rise of Skywalker
Oct 27, 2019 • 15 min
In all honesty, I didn’t even think to ask physics professor Patrick Johnson about that crazy floating space iceberg we see in The Rise of Skywalker’s final trailer, but when he brought it up during our conversation, I realized I had to pursue the subject
1,940. Star Destroyer vs. Mountain - Which One Wins in Physics?
Oct 26, 2019 • 7 min
It’s the age-old query - which would win, Star Destroyer or mountain? Okay, maybe not so age-old, but brought to mind by a quick scene in the final trailer for The Rise of Skywalker. In a continuation of my conversation with physics professor Patrick John
1,939. Professor Patrick Johnson on the Physics of the Death Star Wreckage
Oct 25, 2019 • 16 min
How could that Death Star wreckage in The Rise of Skywalker have landed on that moon without utterly destroying it? Patrick Johnson, author of The Physics of Star Wars, returns to discuss the poossibilities. And we’ll end up talking about the dinosaurs, c
1,938. Comparing and Contrasting Rise of Skywalker Footage
Oct 24, 2019 • 9 min
Now that we have the Celebration teaser, the D23 special look, and the final trailer, I thought it would be fun to look at what we’ve seen so far of The Rise of Skywalker, compare and contrast elements of the three with each other, and understand just how
1,937. 7 Most Shocking Moments From The Rise of Skywalker Trailer
Oct 23, 2019 • 11 min
I think you and I will be in agreement about the seven I’ve chosen for this episode - and about why I chose to exclude a certain moment that certainly would have qualified otherwise. Where I think you and I might disagree is about the order in which I’ve
1,936. The Rise of Skywalker’s Final Trailer (Extended Episode!)
Oct 22, 2019 • 21 min
Rey and Ben destroying the Vader mask pedestal? A “one last look” line from Threepio? Wet Kylo? The Ghost? A physical Palpatine? HORSES RUNNING ON TOP OF A STAR DESTROYER??? The final trailer of The Rise of Skywalker has done what it was supposed to do -
1,935. Live Fire (Resistance Briefing, Season 2, Episode 3)
Oct 21, 2019 • 9 min
A former Imperial TIE pilot explains why he thinks the Empire lost the war to the Rebellion, and it also illustrates the difference between the First Order and the way Jarek Yeager trains the Aces in “Live Fire,” episode 3 from season 2 of Star Wars Resis
1,934. “Be More Leia” Book Review
Oct 20, 2019 • 5 min
Having read “Be More Lando” for yesterday’s episode, I had a better idea of what to expect in DK’s “Be More Leia” by Christian Blauvelt (and thanks again to DK for sending me review copies of both). The Leia book takes full advantage of the fact that she
1,933. “Be More Lando” Book Review
Oct 19, 2019 • 6 min
I was very pleasantly surprised by “Be More Lando” by Christian Blauvert from DK Publishing. I must have been expecting something “fluffier” - and there’s a place for that, to be sure! - but it turned out to be an honest-to-goodness high-level business su
1,932. Star Wars News Roundup: TROS, Cassian Andor, and More
Oct 18, 2019 • 9 min
All the news that fits in one episode! It’s another of our “potpourri” shows where we cover bits of Star Wars news that can’t take up a whole episode by themselves. Today: Tony Gilroy joins the Cassian Andor series; Daisy Ridley talks about “Reylo” and Th
1,931. The Nature of Hope in The Force Awakens
Oct 17, 2019 • 12 min
We’re moving on to the sequel trilogy as we continue the Hyperspacing Hope series! A lot of commentary exists (and I’m among them) about how The Force Awakens mirrors A New Hope in its story beats. But in fact, TFA is doing the work of the entire prequel
1,930. A Quick Salvage Run (Resistance Briefing, Season 2, Episode 2)
Oct 16, 2019 • 8 min
“A Quick Salvage Run”? If only it were that simple. In our Resistance Briefing for Season 2, Episode 2, we’re covering the biggest moments from the show, including surprise survivors of the Hosnian Cataclysm and what’s left at D’Qar after the opening of T
1,929. The Rise of Skywalker Trailer: If Not Now, When?
Oct 15, 2019 • 7 min
Well, Lucasfilm broke with a three-in-a-row precedent and did NOT reveal the last trailer for The Rise of Skywalker during Monday Night Football last night. But what about John Boyega’s agent saying it was (brace yourself) confirmed? Well, we’ll dig into
1,928. How Leia Stays Hopeful in the Resistance
Oct 14, 2019 • 8 min
In our final look at the Age of Resistance stories, it’s worth pointing out that a lot of the stories aren’t always about the characters depicted on their covers. Yes, this is the Rey episode, but General Leia Organa looms large in this one - and she has
1,927. One of Leia’s Most Inspirational Speeches
Oct 13, 2019 • 6 min
We already know a lot of the background details about Rose and Paige Tico that are shared in the Age of Resistance one-shot focused on Rose. But it’s really the final moments with General Leia Organa that really make this story shine, including a few line
1,926. Kylo Ren Outdoes His Dear Old Granddad
Oct 12, 2019 • 8 min
He will finish what Vader started. Or, put another way, he will do what his grandfather before him failed to do. In this Age of Resistance look at the backstory of Kylo Ren, we’ll see how he takes on the “god” of a species (a creature we’ve seen before),
1,925. Snoke and Kylo at the Dagobah Tree
Oct 11, 2019 • 9 min
And no, they weren’t K-I-S-S-I-N-G (but the rhyme sprung up in my head when I wrote the title of the episode, I couldn’t help it). So, what did Kylo Ren discover inside the Dagobah tree? Snoke said it would be “the things you’re too weak to bury” (nice gu
1,924. Kylo’s Fate, Rey’s Parents, and The Rise of Skywalker
Oct 10, 2019 • 7 min
Do we know what we actually *think* we know about Rey’s parents? I’m looking at a couple of assumptions we’ve all made, and the results of our polling on the question of Kylo Ren’s fate at the end of The Rise of Skywalker. Will he survive or die? Will he
1,923. The Nature of Hope in “Revenge of the Sith”
Oct 9, 2019 • 13 min
In the bleakest of the Prequel Trilogy movies, the concept of hope gets weaponized by Chancellor Palpatine/Darth Sidious. He turns Anakin’s worst fears into the leverage he needs to destroy the Jedi and replace Count Dooku with a newer, younger, and far m
1,922. The Nature of Hope in “Attack of the Clones”
Oct 8, 2019 • 14 min
In this fifth of a series looking at the nature of hope as expressed in the Star Wars movies, we’re flipping the script. After all, hope isn’t a concept reserved for the good guys! Today, we’re looking at the hopes of the bad guys, too, as we look at Atta
1,921. Remembering Diahann Carroll (1935-2019)
Oct 7, 2019 • 4 min
From a Star Wars perspective, Diahann Carroll will always be remembered for the Holiday Special. But her career - including memorable roles alongside Billy Dee Williams and James Earl Jones - was nothing short of groundbreaking. Today, we remember Diahann
1,920. The Mandalorian and Jedi: Fallen Order Reveals From Triple Force Friday
Oct 6, 2019 • 9 min
The reveals on Triple Force Friday weren’t limited to just The Rise of Skywalker. Merchandise related to The Mandalorian and Jedi: Fallen Order also debuted, but in all honesty, we didn’t learn much more than we already knew… Punch it!
1,919. The Rise of Skywalker Reveals From Triple Force Friday
Oct 5, 2019 • 9 min
It’s not about collecting the toys (though there’s nothing wrong with that!) - it’s about checking out the packaging and finding out all sorts of new and interesting things when the merch gets released on Triple Force Friday. Today, The Rise of Skywalker
1,918. Two Key Questions Fueling The Rise of Skywalker
Oct 4, 2019 • 9 min
Triple Force Friday coverage is coming soon, but in the meantime, let’s talk about the Empire Magazine cover story on The Rise of Skywalker! Today, two key questions driving the story of Episode IX, according to co-writer Chris Terrio. Punch it!
1,917. The Nature of Hope in “The Phantom Menace”
Oct 3, 2019 • 12 min
The expressions of hope in The Phantom Menace are rather different from the expressions of hope in the Original Trilogy movies. A lot of that owes to the differences in the state of the Galaxy Far, Far Away during those two eras. Hope is more of a “diffus
1,916. Yoda’s Deathbed Words and The Rise of Skywalker
Oct 2, 2019 • 8 min
Coming back to our conversations about Return of the Jedi, we’re taking a look at the final words Yoda spoke from his deathbed. He made three significant statements, and two of them have already been referenced in the Sequel Trilogy. There’s more that can
1,915. Star Wars October: What’s Coming This Month!
Oct 1, 2019 • 9 min
This is going to be an INSANELY active month for the GFFA! From Triple Force Friday and the Journey to The Rise of Skywalker, to Star Wars Resistance Season 2 and new footage from Jedi: Fallen Order, I’m summarizing everything we know so far about what’s
1,914. Answering Star Wars Questions from Star Wars 7x7 Patrons!
Sep 30, 2019 • 9 min
On today’s episode, we’re going to discuss the answers to two Patron-posed questions - one that weighs heavily over The Rise of Skywalker, and one that weighs more lightly on the faces of male characters in the movies. Punch it!
1,913. Marvel’s Kevin Feige Developing a Star Wars Movie
Sep 29, 2019 • 8 min
The Hollywood Reporter exclusively broke the news last week that Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige would develop a Star Wars movie with Kathleen Kennedy at Lucasfilm. Here’s what we know so far (very little, actually), and why the rumor mills seem to be running
1,912. New Reveals From the Jedi: Fallen Order “Cal’s Mission” Footage
Sep 28, 2019 • 9 min
September did not disappoint in revealing new footage from Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order! The “Cal’s Mission” video first played during the Triple Force Friday Global Livestream preview on Thursday gave us more with hero Cal Kestis versus the Inquisitorius
1,911. New Rise of Skywalker Reveals From the Force Friday Livestream
Sep 27, 2019 • 9 min
The global livestream preview for Triple Force Friday featured a cavalcade of stars from The Rise of Skywalker, The Mandalorian, and Jedi: Fallen Order. It also dropped some interesting reveals about Zorii Bliss, other new characters, and Threepio brandis
1,910. How Return of the Jedi Cemented Leia’s Action Hero Status
Sep 26, 2019 • 6 min
Princess Leia Organa may have been seen as an action hero from the start, with her debut in the original Star Wars. But it’s during the finale of the Original Trilogy that she truly cements her action hero status. Today, an examination of just how awesome
1,909. Re-Examining the Rescue of Han Solo From Jabba the Hutt
Sep 25, 2019 • 14 min
Was there an actual plan? If so, was it insane, or insanely brilliant? I’ve said in the past that it was just insane, but after re-watching Return of the Jedi, I’ve come to the conclusion that the rescue of Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt was not only planne
1,908. The Nature of Hope in “Return of the Jedi”
Sep 24, 2019 • 13 min
It’s part 3 of our ten-part weekly series looking into the nature of hope as it’s expressed in the Star Wars movies! Today, I’m examining Return of the Jedi, which is a master manipulator of our hopes during its first act. It also features a rather remark
1,907. Age of Resistance Special, Featuring Maz, Holdo, and BB-8
Sep 23, 2019 • 12 min
The Age of Resistance Special features three stories that maybe weren’t “big” enough to warrant their own issues, and/or feature somewhat “secondary” characters - all the quotes because I’m not intending to cast aspersions with either of those observation
1,906. Age of Resistance: Poe Dameron’s Story
Sep 22, 2019 • 9 min
“Fight and Flight” is another Age of Resistance backstory one-shot from Marvel, this time featuring Poe Dameron! In it, we get a story that may well have been Poe’s first encounter with the notion that the New Republic might not be telling everyone about
1,905. Age of Resistance: Finn’s Story
Sep 21, 2019 • 9 min
Remember how Finn said he used to mop the floors at Starkiller Base? Well, now you get to see it happen! And you may get a sense of how the seeds of Finn’s break from the First Order were sewn in “Infestation,” from the Age of Resistance series. Punch it!
1,904. Wrapping Up Star Wars Myths and Fables (Part 3 of 3)
Sep 20, 2019 • 15 min
Three tales that warn against the perils of greed wrap up our look at Star Wars Myths and Fables by George Mann - and all three also have ties to other works of Star Wars fiction (two of them to Cavan Scott). Punch it!
1,903. More Star Wars Myths and Fables (Part 2 of 3)
Sep 19, 2019 • 15 min
In our second of three looks at the stories of Star Wars Myths and Fables, we’re looking at the two stories featuring Batuu and Black Spire Outpost, and one straight-up ironic tale featuring a prominent villain from the Prequel Trilogy. Punch it!
1,902. Exploring Star Wars Myths and Fables (Part 1 of 3)
Sep 18, 2019 • 14 min
In a spoiler-rific discussion of Star Wars Myths and Fables by George Mann, today we’re examining the direct and meta-level connections between three of the stories, and - if one were to assume they’re real (from a certain point of view), when the events
1,901. Star Wars Myths and Fables Non-Spoiler Review
Sep 17, 2019 • 9 min
Though it’s not marked as such, Star Wars Myths and Fables is part of the informal “Galaxy’s Edge” Lucasfilm publishing initiative, as two of its nine stories take place on Batuu, the planet where Black Spire Outpost resides. To review these, and the othe
1,900. The Nature of Hope in “The Empire Strikes Back”
Sep 16, 2019 • 13 min
In this second of a 10-part weekly series, I’m looking at the nature of hope as it manifests in The Empire Strikes Back. Along the way, we’ll talk about the etymology of hope (more interesting than you might guess); how the rebel base on Hoth is a physica
1,899: Age of Resistance: Captain Phasma’s Story
Sep 15, 2019 • 9 min
Okay, for real this time! The Captain Phasma one-shot introduces us to a new planet and species in the Unknown Regions. As with the General Hux one-shot from Marvel Comics, Phasma tell us in her own words what kind of person she is - and shows us with som
1,898: Age of Resistance: General Hux’s Story
Sep 14, 2019 • 10 min
Over the course of the next few weekends, we’re going to take a look at all of the “Age of Resistance” comics from Marvel, to see what they might reveal to us (or tease us about!) when it comes to The Rise of Skywalker’s release in December. On today’s sh
1,897: The State of the First Order in “Black Spire”
Sep 13, 2019 • 9 min
Yesterday we talked about the state of the Resistance in the novel Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge: Black Spire. We talked a bit about the First Order, too, because it’s hard to talk about one without talking about the other! Today, we’ll talk more about the Fir
1,896: The State of the Resistance in “Black Spire”
Sep 12, 2019 • 12 min
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge: Black Spire isn’t part of the Journey to The Rise of Skywalker publishing initiative, and even if it were, they wouldn’t want to reveal a heck of a lot about what might be coming in Episode IX. That said, there are things we can
1,895: What “Black Spire” Reveals About the Star Wars Timeline
Sep 11, 2019 • 9 min
Like the gentle push that starts the dominos falling, the details about when the events of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge: Black Spire take place tell us not only about its place in the Sequel Era timeline, but also shed light on a significant section of the ti
1,894: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge: Black Spire Non-Spoiler Review
Sep 10, 2019 • 10 min
There’s a lot to recommend “Black Spire,” the new novel by “Phasma” author Delilah S. Dawson. The strengths of character and character interaction in the latter book are on full display here as well, headlined by the spectacular Vi Moradi and the returnin
1,893: The Nature of Hope in 1977’s “Star Wars”
Sep 9, 2019 • 9 min
For all the talk about the “Skywalker Saga” coming to an end, when you consider the very first Star Wars movie - which wasn’t referred to as “A New Hope” until years later - Luke Skywalker isn’t the new hope, and the Jedi aren’t either. So, what’s the rea
1,892: The Rise of Skywalker News & Notes Roundup
Sep 8, 2019 • 9 min
A blink-and-you’ll-miss-it Star Destroyer clue, the “Siege Breaker,” the dual-phase lightsaber, and what John Williams had to say about Poe Dameron - all of these little snippets of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker news are interesting, but not substantia
1,891: EW’s Mandalorian Fall TV Preview Highlights
Sep 7, 2019 • 7 min
Entertainment Weekly’s Fall TV Preview came out, and as predicted, The Mandalorian is prominently featured! On today’s show, I’m covering the highlights of the new reveals from the issue - and talking about one item that (to my ears, at least) doesn’t see
1,890: Revisiting the “trIXie” Working Title for The Rise of Skywalker
Sep 6, 2019 • 9 min
A couple hundred episodes ago (#1435, to be exact), we talked about the potential meaning of the then-newly-announced working title for Episode IX, “trIXie.” (With the stylized capital IX, of course. Clever.) Here we are, a little more than a year later,
1,889: Is Kylo Ren or Rey the “Black Diamond” of Episode IX?
Sep 5, 2019 • 7 min
Previous production names for Star Wars movies had hidden meanings. Now that we know more about The Rise of Skywalker, does its production name “Carbonado Industries” tell us something more about the movie? Examining two character possibilities today, as
1,888: Evil Rey’s Ring - Does It Actually Tell Us Anything?
Sep 4, 2019 • 7 min
Much is being made about the appearance of an evil-looking Rey in the D23 footage from The Rise of Skywalker - including the ring she’s wearing. What’s the deal with that ring, anyway? Is it actually meaningful in some dark side way? Or is there possibly
1,887: Star Wars September 2019 - What’s Coming This Month!
Sep 3, 2019 • 8 min
September is going to be a slow month compared to the final three months of 2019, but there’s still a lot to look forward to in the world of Star Wars! On today’s episode, I’m detailing the things we know, and the things we can expect to see, before the c
1,886: The Grysk Threat and Their Ties to the First Order
Sep 2, 2019 • 9 min
The Grysk could be the next big bad for the Star Wars universe, capable of turning what we know about the GFFA on its head! Today, let’s add what we’ve learned about them from Thrawn: Treason to what we already know - which will wind up connecting them to
1,885: Thrawn, the Chiss, the Empire, and the Sequel Era
Sep 1, 2019 • 9 min
What do the Chiss want with the Galactic Empire? What does Palpatine want with the Chiss? What do the events of Thrawn: Treason have to do with the Sequel Era, and why is it a good thing (from a certain point of view) that Thrawn got spirited away by the
1,884: Thrawn: Treason Non-Spoiler(ish) Review
Aug 31, 2019 • 9 min
Wonder what happened to Grand Admiral Thrawn when he checked out of Star Wars Rebels for a while in the middle of that final season? The answer is in Thrawn: Treason, and on today’s show, I’m sharing my non-spoiler-ish review of the book, its pleasures, i
1,883: Star Wars News Potpourri: Mandalorian, Rise of Skywalker, More!
Aug 30, 2019 • 9 min
It’s been a while, so let’s do a Star Wars potpourri episode! Here are little bits of news that don’t support their own episode by themselves, but together, these news bits about The Mandalorian, The Rise of Skywalker, and Galactic Starcruiser are all wor
1,882: Moff Gideon! Details on Giancarlo Esposito’s Mandalorian Character
Aug 29, 2019 • 7 min
We barely knew anything about Giancarlo Esposito’s character in The Mandalorian before the D23 Expo last weekend. Now, thanks to interviews with SyFy Wire, ET Canada, and Extra Butter, we know a lot more! Check out snippets of those interviews today, and
1,881: Wrapping Up “The Rise of Skywalker” D23 Expo Reveals
Aug 28, 2019 • 9 min
There are still a few more things we haven’t talked about, related to The Rise of Skywalker, that were revealed at the D23 Expo. From the jet trooper to the Friday footage to the subtle timeline reveal, I’ve got all the last little details on today’s show
1,880: The Rise of Skywalker D23 Footage Breakdown
Aug 27, 2019 • 12 min
They did it! Lucasfilm released the D23 Expo footage from The Rise of Skywalker, and on today’s show, I’m breaking down all the details for you. Punch it!
1,879: D23 Expo Day 3: 5 Fast Facts About Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser
Aug 26, 2019 • 9 min
The final day of the D23 Expo featured a sneak peek into the future of Disney Parks. For Star Wars, that meant new information about the Galactic Starcruiser (psst - don’t call it a “hotel”). On today’s show, five fast facts about the two-night immersive
1,878: D23 Expo Day 2: The Rise of Skywalker Sizzle Reel (with Dark Side Rey?!)
Aug 25, 2019 • 9 min
Lucasfilm released a “sizzle reel” for The Rise of Skywalker at the D23 Expo during the panel dedicated to the upcoming Disney movie slate. And by all accounts, the footage did not disappoint - rather, it shocked, as it ended with a moment seeming to depi
1,877: D23 Expo Day 1: Kenobi, Mandalorian, Clone Wars, More!
Aug 24, 2019 • 6 min
What an eventful day at D23 Expo! Day 1 featured the debut of The Mandalorian teaser (discussed on a separate bonus episode), a month for Clone Wars Season 7, an update on the Cassian Andor series, and a Vader Immortal: Episode 2 panel (more on that soon)
BONUS EPISODE: Breaking Down The Mandalorian Teaser
Aug 24, 2019 • 9 min
Finally! An official teaser for The Mandalorian was released at the D23 Expo on Friday. Here, a breakdown of the footage, including notes about what’s shown here that was previously show in the secret footage played for attendees at Star Wars Celebration
1,876: D23 Expo Kickoff: Mando Costumes, Star Wars Hotel, and More
Aug 23, 2019 • 8 min
D23 Expo kicks off today, but there’s already news coming out of the biennial event - namely, Mandalorian costumes on display, the concept of the immersive hotel coming to Orlando’s Galaxy’s Edge in the future, selective livestream details, and much more.
1,875: Is Pedro Pascal’s “The Mandalorian” Actually a Mandalorian?
Aug 22, 2019 • 9 min
Ahead of the news that a trailer for The Mandalorian will be debuting at this weekend’s D23 Expo, a potentially controversial question - is Pedro Pascal’s title character actually from the planet Mandalore? It may seem strange, but when you consider that
1,874: Which Former Rebel Leaders Could Help the Resistance?
Aug 21, 2019 • 8 min
Yesterday, we talked about the former Rebel “leaders” hinted at by the references to Corellia and Ryloth in the publisher’s summary for Resistance Reborn. Who else might be able to come out of the woodwork and help the Resistance? Today, a look at former
1,873: Resistance Reborn Hints at the Return of OT Rebellion Heroes
Aug 20, 2019 • 8 min
The publisher’s summary for Resistance Reborn by Rebecca Roanhorse has been released, and it says “the Resistance must journey throughout the galaxy, seeking out more leaders—including those who, in days gone by, helped a nascent rebellion topple an emp
1,872: The Rise of Skywalker Update - Scoring and Runtime!
Aug 19, 2019 • 9 min
John Williams’ brother Don Williams was interviewed at the Academy of Scoring Arts about the progress of the score for The Rise of Skywalker. Here’s his update, and what it means about the runtime of the film (and how SlashFilm got it wrong in their analy
1,871: Updating Rian Johnson, Benioff & Weiss Star Wars Projects
Aug 18, 2019 • 8 min
Rian Johnson was interviewed again about Star Wars in the wake of his “Knives Out” promotional rounds, and though he didn’t reveal anything new, per se, what he said flags something very important about the future of Star Wars. Also: Benioff and Weiss’ Ne
1,870: Ewan McGregor and New Obi-Wan Kenobi Rumors!
Aug 17, 2019 • 9 min
A while back, it was an Obi-Wan Kenobi that was rumored to be in development. Now, we have reports claiming that Ewan McGregor is in talks to star in an Obi-Wan Kenobi series for Disney+. Let’s break down the details of these rumors, and how they relate t
1,869: Black Spire Excerpt Sheds New Light on Canon Timeline
Aug 16, 2019 • 9 min
A new excerpt from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge: Black Spire by Delilah S. Dawson takes place during the events of The Force Awakens. And what’s revealed in that excerpt seems to put all the pieces in place for fitting the events of the novel Phasma into the
1,868: The Final Season of Star Wars Resistance!
Aug 15, 2019 • 8 min
The season 2 trailer for Star Wars Resistance has dropped, and with it some shocking news - this will be the final season! I’m breaking down the highlights from the trailer and the announcement that came with it, including upcoming guest stars, timeframes
1,867: Remembering Star Wars Podcaster Steve Kirk
Aug 14, 2019 • 7 min
The Star Wars podcasting community lost a beautifully bright and supportive light this week. Steve Kirk, host of the San Diego Sabers Radio Podcast and a driving force behind the San Diego Sabers Lightsaber Training Group, has passed away. Today’s show is
1,866: Star Wars Speculation vs. Attachment
Aug 13, 2019 • 9 min
Remember when Emperor Palpatine was introduced, and we all speculated about what his deal was, and he turned out to be a doddering old man who liked trolling Luke and could somehow shoot lightning out of his fingertips? Today, with 129 days left until The
1,865: Why Romance Is So Important to Star Wars
Aug 12, 2019 • 10 min
In the wake of my previous episode about the possibility of a Rey/Ben love connection, I’m digging into why romance matters - and crucially so - to Star Wars storytelling. Punch it!
1,864: Vi Moradi’s Hairstyle and the Canon Timeline
Aug 11, 2019 • 7 min
At one point, Resistance spy Vi Moradi is depicted with tight curly hair cut short. At another, she’s depicted with straighter, longer hair that’s tinted blue toward the ends. Does the change in hairstyle tell us anything about how to place Galaxy’s Edge,
1,863: Batuu’s Strategic Importance to the Resistance and First Order
Aug 10, 2019 • 9 min
What’s so special about Batuu, anyway? Well, because of its location and because of certain events in recent-ish galactic history, the region around Batuu is of significant strategic importance to both the Resistance and the First Order. Today, I’m explor
1,862: Dok-Ondar, Oga Garra, and Sympathy for the Resistance
Aug 9, 2019 • 8 min
We learn more about the mysterious Dok-Ondar (of the Den of Antiquities) and Oga Garra (of Oga’s Cantina) in A Crash of Fate. We also learn about their interactions with the Resistance and the First Order, which is what I’m covering on today’s (mild spoil
1,861: A Crash of Fate and the Sequel Era Timeline
Aug 8, 2019 • 9 min
A Crash of Fate takes place after the events of The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, but how long after? And where is it on the timeline in comparison to the Galaxy’s Edge theme park experience? Those questions answered, as well as First Order and Resista
1,860: The Mandalorian, Galaxy’s Edge, More During Disney Investor Call
Aug 7, 2019 • 9 min
During the Disney’s Q3 FY19 Earnings Results call for investors, Galaxy’s Edge got the most attention of any Star Wars property. However, Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger says he’s seen all of season one of The Mandalorian, and he made some comments tha
1,859: Strong Leads Drive “A Crash of Fate”
Aug 6, 2019 • 9 min
The informal “Journey to Galaxy’s Edge” publishing initiative includes Zoraida Cordova’s “A Crash of Fate,” which dives deeper into the world of Black Spire Outpost and delivers an emotionally satisfying (and logically believable) love story for the speed
1,858: More Updates About Star Wars at D23 Expo
Aug 5, 2019 • 7 min
I’m back in the studio after a week’s vacation! Thankfully, there wasn’t a heck of a lot of new news while I was gone - most of it involved updates to the slate of programming at the D23 Expo later this month. In short: less (and more) from The Mandaloria
1,857: Kylo Ren’s Dark Side Training: What’s Left for Him to Do?
Aug 4, 2019 • 9 min
Supreme Leader Snoke said that when Kylo Ren killed Rey, Kylo’s training would be complete, and that he would have fulfilled his destiny. Obviously, that’s not what happened. But what does that mean for Kylo’s training? Since he killed his master (a class
1,856: Rey’s Jedi Training: What’s Left for Her to Do?
Aug 3, 2019 • 9 min
Jedi training has gotten a bit sketchy since Darth Sidious overthrew the Galactic Republic and wiped out the Jedi Order. On today’s episode, I’m talking about where Rey will be with her training at the start of The Rise of Skywalker, bringing to bear some
1,855: Could Rey and Ben Fall in Love in Episode IX?
Aug 2, 2019 • 8 min
One of the most hotly-debated topics over the course of the sequel movies is the prospect of romance - and specifically, who might end up with whom. Today, I’m taking a look at whether Rey and Ben Solo will wind up together by the end of The Rise of Skywa
1,854: Upcoming Star Wars Highlights for August 2019
Aug 1, 2019 • 8 min
Happy August! There are three big events on the calendar this month that you won’t want to miss … or at least, won’t want to miss hearing about. I’ve got the scoop for you on those three events in today’s episode, and a note about one other one that we’
1,853: Anthony Breznican’s Favorite Star Wars Memory (Summer Rewind!)
Jul 31, 2019 • 5 min
In the last of the summer rewind episodes this week, I’m re-sharing an interview I did with Anthony Breznican at Star Wars Celebration Orlando in 2017, where I asked everyone I interviewed what their favorite Star Wars memory was. His answer was one of my
1,852: Anthony Breznican Interview, Part 2 of 2 (Summer Rewind!)
Jul 30, 2019 • 39 min
In this, the second of three summer rewind episodes (which is also the second of a two-part interview), Anthony Breznican - former senior writer for Entertainment Weekly - shares his experience as host at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, gives insight into
1,851: Summer Rewind: Anthony Breznican Interview, Part 1 of 2
Jul 29, 2019 • 38 min
In honor of Anthony Breznican’s tenure as senior staff writer for Entertainment Weekly, which came to an end earlier this year, here’s the first of three interview episodes with him, where we start off by talking about the planning that goes into Star War
1,850: A Galaxy’s Edge “Interview” With Polygon’s Charlie Hall
Jul 28, 2019 • 8 min
Charlie Hall and a team of folks for Polygon did an extensive array of articles about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, including the most complete guide to Dok Ondar’s Den of Antiquities published to date. Unfortunately, he wasn’t available for a real-time inter
1,849: Department of Corrections for The Mandalorian and Clone Wars Season 7
Jul 27, 2019 • 8 min
Thanks to some very polite notes from Sarah Hess, Andrew Keen, and Johnny Orme (as of press time), I’m sorry to say that there were errors in yesterday’s episode of the show regarding the availability of The Mandalorian and Clone Wars season 7 on the Disn
1,848: Disney+ Content Update (109 Days Left!)
Jul 26, 2019 • 9 min
Just 109 days left until the launch of Disney+! What will be available on day 1? Let’s run down the list, as well as what will be coming later in year one, further out in year two, and what probably will *never* be on there. Plus, a check-in on The Mandal
1,847: Benioff & Weiss Star Wars Movie Update (1,240 Days Left!)
Jul 25, 2019 • 9 min
Since we’re looking into what’s going on with other Star Wars projects these days, let’s check in on the Benioff and Weiss Star Wars movies, shall we? After all, there’s only 1,240 days left until the scheduled debut of their first one, on December 16th,
1,846: Just the Facts About Rian Johnson’s Star Wars Trilogy
Jul 24, 2019 • 9 min
Here’s the thing: It’s really hard to find *actual* news about Rian Johnson’s Star Wars trilogy, amidst all the opinions about him and The Last Jedi. I’m not here to re-litigate any of that today - I’m here to update you on the facts about the trilogy (ye
1,845: The “Melt Your Mind” Moment (NO Spoilers) in The Rise of Skywalker
Jul 23, 2019 • 8 min
The set visit Kevin Smith made to Pinewood for The Rise of Skywalker resulted in a very different experience, as compared to his previous Star Wars set visits. Hear what he had to say in an interview with IGN, and then let’s break down what it could tell
1,844: Everything We Know (So Far) About Project Luminous
Jul 22, 2019 • 9 min
Ahh, the mysterious Project Luminous. Nothing new was announced about it at San Diego Comic-Con, so let’s take a look back at all the public pronouncements to date, and see what there is to learn about this massive Star Wars project set to debut next year
1,843: The Rise of Skywalker: More #SDCC Details on the Journey
Jul 21, 2019 • 9 min
Arguably the biggest Star Wars news to come out of San Diego Comic-Con this year came from the Lucasfilm Publishing Panel. Even though they teased Project Luminous multiple times but said nothing about it other than the name itself, there was a lot of new
1,842: Part 1 of #SDCC Day 2 Star Wars Reveals!
Jul 20, 2019 • 9 min
As we discussed last week, Friday at SDCC was slated to have five major Star Wars panels. On today’s show, we’re talking about the reveals - or lack thereof - from four of those five panels, plus one other one that slipped under the radar. Punch it!
1,841: #SDCC Day 1 Star Wars News and Reveals!
Jul 19, 2019 • 9 min
Thanks to everyone tweeting their faces off at SDCC to share all the Star Wars news from Day 1 that’s fit to tweet, with special kudos to Johnamarie Macias (@BlueJaigEyes on Twitter) and Annalise Ophelian (@Dr_Ophelian on Twitter), whose photos and videos
1,840: Examining Luke’s Inner Monologues During The Last Jedi
Jul 18, 2019 • 9 min
Wanna get inside the mind of Luke Skywalker? Well, hearing his inner monologue would be something previous Star Wars movies have never done, but thankfully we have another source of information - the comics! Here are all the choice Luke moments from the T
1,839: Going Deeper Into The Last Jedi’s Story Moments
Jul 17, 2019 • 9 min
As opposed to the “faithful” adaptation of The Force Awakens, the comic adaptation for The Last Jedi adds more breadth and depth to the story, and makes you realize that the movie was not as “different,” per se, as it might have seemed on first few viewin
1,838: A Different Version of Rey’s “Forceback” Vision
Jul 16, 2019 • 9 min
Yes, I know, you’re really just cooling your heels waiting for the new news to come out of SDCC on Friday, right? So let’s look back at other versions of the current crop of Star Wars movies and see what else we can learn about them. Today, we’ll start wi
1,837: Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Update
Jul 15, 2019 • 8 min
The opening of Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland in Anaheim was just the first salvo in Star Wars’ enormous new expansion at the Disney Parks. On today’s show, let’s talk about the rest of the important dates that have been announced, reports about park attenda
1,836: Season 2 of The Mandalorian in Pre-Production
Jul 14, 2019 • 8 min
The public green-lit announcement hasn’t been made, but Jon Favreau is already writing and in pre-production for season 2 of The Mandalorian. Which makes sense, because he didn’t wait to get a green light before starting to write season 1, either… Punch
1,835: Star Wars Updates for August’s D23 Expo
Jul 13, 2019 • 7 min
The biennial D23 Expo returns to the Anaheim Convention Center next month! They recently announced “all” of their Star-Wars-related events coming to the show, and here’s the rundown for you. Punch it!
1,834: SDCC 2019 Star Wars Preview
Jul 12, 2019 • 10 min
We’re one week away from San Diego Comic-Con 2019! Today, here’s your full preview of the big Star Wars-related panels taking place at the event - and one glaring omission. Punch it!
1,833: A Sith Trooper?! 3 Theories About the SDCC Reveal
Jul 11, 2019 • 9 min
Lucasfilm unveiled its plans for an SDCC costume exhibit, headlined by the rise of the Sith Trooper, the next Imperial/First Order evolution in the field. But wait - didn’t Kylo Ren say he wanted the past to die? Here’s three possibilities for why a Sith
1,832: Things You May Not Have Known About Darth Maul
Jul 10, 2019 • 8 min
Did you know that Darth Maul was loaded? That he liked to hunt big game - in packs? And that he liked to taunt Jedi before Sidious said the Sith were allowed to “reveal themselves”? That and more fun facts about Darth Maul’s history today, courtesy of his
1,831: Reviewing a New Star Wars “Who’s Who” Book
Jul 9, 2019 • 9 min
The Star Wars “Who’s Who in the Galaxy Character Storybook” by Ella Patrick is a retelling of the eight Skywalker Saga stories to date, under the “Galaxy of Adventures” banner. And there’s something about this lovely book that took me right back to the da
1,830: Promoting Popular Characters Up to the Big Leagues
Jul 8, 2019 • 6 min
When it comes to popular Star Wars characters, the tendency is to expand them from novels into books and comics - for example, Captain Phasma got one of each after her intriguing appearance in The Force Awakens. But what about it going the other way? How
1,829: The 5th Anniversary of Star Wars 7x7!
Jul 7, 2019 • 9 min
It’s been an incredible five years, and so much has changed in the Star Wars universe since I launched this show on July 7, 2014! Today, a look back at the first five years, a look forward at the next five, and half - just half for now - of a special anno
1,828: What’s Next for Alphabet Squadron?
Jul 6, 2019 • 9 min
In our last episode covering the first novel in the Alphabet Squadron trilogy, we look ahead to the next novel - how Shadow Wing will recover, the fault lines between our hero characters, and the potential for more Star Wars Rebels connections. Punch it!
1,827: The Rise of Skywalker Update (168 Days Left!)
Jul 5, 2019 • 6 min
Daisy Ridley is doing press for her new movie Ophelia, and you know what that means - it means everyone’s going to ask her about The Rise of Skywalker! Today, excerpts from her interviews with USA today and the Happy Sad Confused podcast. Punch it!
1,826: General Hera Syndulla, After the Battle of Endor
Jul 4, 2019 • 8 min
We knew she survived the events of Star Wars Rebels and the Battle of Scarif during Rogue One. We also know she showed up on Endor after the destruction of the second Death Star in Return of the Jedi. Now, we’re learning more about Hera Syndulla’s career
1,825: Luke Skywalker, Iden Versio, and Yrica Quell
Jul 3, 2019 • 10 min
Luke Skywalker’s journey from galactic citizen to New Republic hero began with ideas very similar to those of Alphabet Squadron’s Yrica Quell. How her journey diverges, the “What if?” of Luke’s path, and comparisons to Iden Versio (another famous Imperial
1,824: Alphabet Squadron Non-Spoiler Review
Jul 2, 2019 • 9 min
In depicting a galaxy in turmoil on the macro scale, and a disparate band of pilots learning to bond as a squadron on the micro level, Alexander Freed has raised his game with his latest entry into the new Star Wars canon, Alphabet Squadron. My coverage t
1,823: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order “Secret” Demo Revealed
Jul 1, 2019 • 8 min
During last month’s E3 video game expo, Respawn Entertainment, in connection with EA and Lucasfilm, revealed a chunk of gameplay footage from Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order to the world. They also privately shared a separate chunk of footage with the assemb
1,822: How Tarkin Learned Vader’s Force-Using Limits
Jun 30, 2019 • 10 min
In our final look at Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith (a Star Wars comic series), I’m talking about the first-ever meeting between Rogue One’s Orson Krennic and Darth Vader, and about Vader cashing in a favor from Tarkin, which involved using a bunch of
1,821: Momin Python and the Holy Fortress Vader
Jun 29, 2019 • 11 min
There’s a series of panels in the back half of the Fortress Vader story arc that gives you the Star Wars version of Michael Palin as the King of Swamp Castle from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. And it’s priceless. It’s also probably not the most *import
1,820: Make Mine Mustafar!
Jun 28, 2019 • 9 min
Luke wanted to go to Tosche Station to pick up some power converters! His dad, on the other hand, was focused on more serious things. But Vader did have a bit of a whiny “I want my OWN planet!” moment with Palpatine, once things got boring with the Jedi h
1,819: The Roots of the Mon Cala Rebellions
Jun 27, 2019 • 8 min
A rogue former Jedi survivor of Order 66 cons the Mon Cala into open hostilities with the Empire - and predicts the future role the species led by Admirals Ackbar and Raddus will play in the fight against the forces of evil, now and decades into the futur
1,818: Does Darth Vader Have a Death Wish?
Jun 26, 2019 • 9 min
Writer Kieron Gillen has said you can’t give Vader an internal monologue, or you’ll demystify him. And while I agree with that evaluation, writers are also finding ways around that situation. I’m talking about one way Marvel Comics is taking us inside his
1,817: Darth Vader Versus Jocasta Nu
Jun 25, 2019 • 9 min
Yep, it happened - Jedi librarian Jocasta Nu took on Darth Vader, and in a way, you could say she got the better of him. I’ll explain what I mean, and what this has to do with Luke Skywalker getting help in restoring the Jedi Order, too. Punch it!
1,816: How Vader Got a Sith Lightsaber
Jun 24, 2019 • 9 min
After Palpatine rescued Vader from Mustafar, the Emperor sent Vader on a mission - to get a kyber crystal from a still-living Jedi. Not easy to find them after Order 66, but here’s the story of how he did it - and why Palpatine sent Vader to Mustafar once
1,815: Regarding Mark Hamill’s Star Wars Opinions…
Jun 23, 2019 • 10 min
So, Mark Hamill gave another interview quote that’s being used as a springboard to re-litigate The Last Jedi. I haven’t weighed in on any of Hamill’s previous comments (though I’ve been asked to on multiple occasions), but I finally hit the point where I
1,814: Star Wars News Potpourri Show
Jun 22, 2019 • 8 min
There have been a lot of little Star Wars stories popping up over the last week or so - none that would drive a single episode by themselves, but together, well, that’s another story. First up: sell-outs for Star Wars Celebration already, and possibly sur
1,813: First Big-Event Preview for Celebration Anaheim 2020
Jun 21, 2019 • 9 min
Tickets go on sale at noon ET/9am PT for Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2020! What will the big headline events be at next year’s four-day edition of the love fest for a galaxy far, far away? We already know enough to fill in some of the details… Punch i
1,812: Vader Immortal 2nd Half Walkthrough
Jun 20, 2019 • 10 min
The surprising history of Mustafar, and Vader’s dark purpose for you as the player character in Vader Immortal, are revealed in the second half of the virtual reality experience’s first episode. Learn all the secrets in today’s episode… Punch it!
1,811: Vader Immortal: First Half Walkthrough
Jun 19, 2019 • 9 min
Vader Immortal is only going to be available on the Oculus VR system - there’s not going to be an “Expanded Edition” novelization. So if you can’t wait to find out the scoop about it, I’ll walk you through the story and flag the highlights for you. Today,
1,810: Vader Immortal Episode I Non-Spoiler Review
Jun 18, 2019 • 12 min
I’ve had the opportunity to experience the complete ride that is Episode I of Vader Immortal, and it’s truly amazing. VR experiences are new to me (my kids are better versed thanks to friends who have headsets already), so I may not be the most critical j
1,809: First Visceral Reactions to Vader Immortal
Jun 17, 2019 • 7 min
Vader Immortal Episode I has been out for a few weeks now, but back at Celebration Chicago, they gave attendees a chance to get a glimpse of the story inside the standalone Oculus Quest VR headset. I’m very grateful to the PR team at ILMxLAB for letting m
1,808: The Top 7 Fathers in Star Wars
Jun 16, 2019 • 9 min
It’s Fathers Day in the United States, so I’m counting down the top 7 fathers in Star Wars. “Traditional” fathers don’t appear a lot in these movies, so I’m bending the definition only as much as I need to for us to have seven fathers to talk about. But e
1,807: Maryann Brandon on Editing The Rise of Skywalker
Jun 15, 2019 • 9 min
Maryann Brandon is an Emmy- and Oscar-nominated editor who’s worked with J.J. Abrams for more than a decade. While being interviewed for UC Santa Barbara’s “Script to Screen” series on the 10th anniversary of the Star Trek reboot, Brandon also shared a co
1,806: The Rise of Skywalker Post-Production Update
Jun 14, 2019 • 9 min
It’s been a while, so let’s check in and do an update on the post-production status of The Rise of Skywalker! Naturally, there’s been a very tight lid kept on the goings-on, but the John Williams Fan Network has been tracking the Maestro’s Star-Wars-relat
1,805: Cal Kestis and Kanan Jarrus - Alike or Different?
Jun 13, 2019 • 9 min
The trailer reveal for Jedi: Fallen Order at Celebration Chicago seemed to show a couple of similarities between its hero Cal Kestis and another Padawan who’d survived Order 66. Now that we’ve learned more about Cal thanks to recent reveals, let’s compare
1,804: More Jedi: Fallen Order Reveals From the Game Informer Cover Story
Jun 12, 2019 • 9 min
What timing! In addition to the reveals from E3 these past few days, Game Informer magazine was given an extra level of access to Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Today, an additional seven reveals about the game coming to consoles and computers in November.
1,803: But What About the SECRET Jedi: Fallen Order Footage?
Jun 11, 2019 • 9 min
EA and Respawn Entertainment released gameplay footage of Jedi: Fallen Order over the weekend. But they showed even MORE footage to the assembled press behind closed doors - and many of them summarized what they saw online. I’ve read a bunch of those repo
1,802: 7 Reveals From the Jedi: Fallen Order Gameplay Footage Release
Jun 10, 2019 • 9 min
Ahead of the big E3 video game conference, EA released 13 minutes of gameplay and cut-scene footage from Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (the game itself will be available in November). And there are some big reveals in the footage, including a good look at
1,801: Sorting Out Knights of the Old Republic Movie Rumors
Jun 9, 2019 • 9 min
BuzzFeed cites three unnamed sources saying Laeta Kalogridis is working on the first script in a trilogy of Knights of the Old Republic films. But rumors also say that KOTOR is the subject of Benioff and Weiss’ movies. How do we resolve these conflicting
1,800: Star Wars Highlights From the Last 100 Days
Jun 8, 2019 • 9 min
100 days have gone by since March 1st, and on today’s episode - #1800! - I’m looking back at what you and I have discussed over the last 100 days, which includes 107 episodes of the show, two countries, Episode IX, multiple books, 22 interviews, the death
1,799: Can Fans Really #MakeSolo2Happen?
Jun 7, 2019 • 12 min
Ron Howard, Jon Kasdan, Joonas Suotamo, and Rob Bredow all say they’d be onboard if someone were to #MakeSolo2Happen. But can the campaign spearheaded by Star Wars News Net actually get a sequel off the ground? Today, I’m examining the possibilities… Pu
1,798: Reinventing the Kessel Run in Solo: A Star Wars Story
Jun 6, 2019 • 12 min
The Kessel Run was going to be very different before Ron Howard joined the Solo: A Star Wars Story team. That and more from the post-production phase of Rob Bredow “ILM Presents” making-of book, including some very heartfelt personal stories. Punch it!
1,797: Solo Production Highlights Shared by ILM’s Rob Bredow and Friends
Jun 5, 2019 • 12 min
You can read between the lines of the production phase of Rob Bredow’s “making of” book for Solo: A Star Wars Story to guess at the places where Lord and Miller’s work and Ron Howard’s work overlapped. But it’s not the book’s place or purpose to do that,
1,796: Pre-Production Highlights From Rob Bredow’s “Making Solo: A Star Wars Story”
Jun 4, 2019 • 9 min
There are many remarkable things about ILM Chief Rob Bredow’s book Making Solo: A Star Wars Story. Today, in the first of three episodes covering the book, we’re looking at the pre-production phase - from building a digital mountain range to real world si
1,795: ILM’s Rob Bredow Answers the One-Question Interview
Jun 3, 2019 • 6 min
Rob Bredow’s official titles are SVP, Executive Creative Director and Head of ILM. In addition to that, he was also the Visual Effects Supervisor and Co-Producer of Solo: A Star Wars Story. And on top of that, he’s also the author of the recently released
1,794: One-Question Interview With Star Wars Artist Tony Fleecs
Jun 2, 2019 • 4 min
We’re coming up on the last of the interviews from Star Wars Celebration Chicago! This was actually the last one I recorded, and it’s with Tony Fleecs, who’s an artist on the Star Wars Adventures comics for IDW Publishing. And it’s also, I think, the only
1,793: What San Diego Sabers’ Steve Kirk Knows for Sure About Star Wars
Jun 1, 2019 • 3 min
Steve Kirk is the founder of the San Diego Sabers Lightsaber Combat Group, and also happens to be a Patron Emeritus of Star Wars 7x7! I caught up with him during a live broadcast event at Celebration Chicago and posed the one-question interview question t
1,792: Author Zoraida Cordova Answers the One-Question Interview
May 31, 2019 • 6 min
We’re coming into the home stretch on interviews from Star Wars Celebration Chicago, and today, I’m not only sharing one with Zoraida Cordova (author of the Galaxy’s Edge tie-in novel A Crash of Fate), I’m also sharing a story about the one interview that
1,791: One-Question Interviews With Chris Reiff and Chris Trevas
May 30, 2019 • 5 min
Illustrators Chris Reiff and Chris Trevas are responsible for the visuals in the Haynes Manual for the YT-1300 Modified Corellian Freighter (that’s the Millennium Falcon, in other words), and on today’s episode, I’m sharing the story of how I wound up int
1,790: ABC News’ Clayton Sandell Answers the One-Question Interview
May 29, 2019 • 4 min
ABC News correspondent Clayton Sandell doesn’t primarily cover the big doings about Star Wars - but he does have a particular way of describing that part of his job. You’ll get to hear that, and well as the story he told me about how he got his start cove
1,789: Pop-Up Creator Matthew Reinhart Answers the One-Question Interview
May 28, 2019 • 5 min
Last month, Star Wars pop-up book engineer extraordinaire Matthew Reinhart was at Star Wars Celebration Chicago, showing off a prototype version of a spread from the forthcoming Star Wars: The Ultimate Pop-Up Galaxy. Now that the official spread has been
1,788: One-Question Interview With Amy Richau of 365 Star Wars
May 27, 2019 • 5 min
I have a particular affinity for people who commit to a daily level of craziness, and so I was rather thrilled to interview Amy Richau at Star Wars Celebration Chicago. Amy is the creator of, home to the 365 Days of Star Wars Women project
1,787: Final Notes on Vanity Fair’s Rise of Skywalker Cover Story
May 26, 2019 • 9 min
Just a couple final thoughts on the deeper Force bond between Rey and Kylo, the origins of the First Order, and a side note about Werner Herzog’s role in The Mandalorian and why he took it on. Punch it!
1,786: What “Surprise” Is C-3PO Capable Of?
May 25, 2019 • 9 min
One of the side articles related to the main Vanity Fair feature story about The Rise of Skywalker claims that C-3PO is going to do something that surprises everyone, but also isn’t entirely out of character. What does that mean? Well, let’s talk about wh
1,785: One Year Between VIII and IX?! Plus, Carrie Fisher in IX
May 24, 2019 • 9 min
The one-year-between-The-Last-Jedi-and-The-Rise-of-Skywalker thing has been repeated in the Vanity Fair article, and you would think, since this one was written in closer connection with official sources, that if it was ever going to be accurate, now woul
1,784: Vanity Fair Star Wars Cover Story: The Major Reveals!
May 23, 2019 • 9 min
It’s here! Well, digitally, at least… the print edition of Vanity Fair’s Rise of Skywalker cover story hits newsstands in LA and NY on 5/30 and the rest of the country by 6/4, but the feature article and bevy of side articles have already been released
1,783: Rancho Obi-Wan’s Steve Sansweet Answers the One-Question Interview
May 22, 2019 • 5 min
This was actually the second interview I conducted during Star Wars Celebration Chicago, and also the second time I’ve interviewed Rancho Obi-Wan President and CEO Steve Sansweet on the show. And his answer to the one-question interview is a rather beauti
1,782: One-Question Interview With Star Wars Archives Author Paul Duncan
May 21, 2019 • 7 min
The author of Taschen’s The Star Wars Archives: 1977-1983, Paul Duncan, stopped on his way to a book signing to answer this year’s one-question interview. And thankfully, he had help on the way to the signing, as you’ll hear in the pre-interview section w
1,781: One-Question Interview With Tom Spina of Regal Robot Designs
May 20, 2019 • 5 min
The odd thing is, I was going to run this interview about two weeks ago, but when I re-watched the video version of it, I was caught more than a little off guard. I explain why that happened in the podcast today, and finally share the one-question intervi
1,780: One-Question Interviews With Star Wars Authors Liz Heinecke and Cole Horton
May 19, 2019 • 4 min
Cole Horton has written multiple Star Wars books and appeared multiple times on Star Wars 7x7; Liz Heinecke has also written multiple books, and Star Wars Maker Lab was her first Star Wars book, and it’s also her first time on the show. Crazy how things w
1,779: One-Question Interview With Star Wars Author Jason Fry
May 18, 2019 • 6 min
In addition to writing the Jupiter Pirates series of novels, Jason Fry is a prolific author in the Star Wars realm. I caught up with him at Celebration Chicago to ask him what he knows for sure about Star Wars, as well as another question I have a history
1,778: Resetting “The Rise of Skywalker” Media Calendar
May 17, 2019 • 9 min
Nearly 300 episodes ago, I provided a guide to the big media moments that would happen in the run-up to The Rise of Skywalker’s release on December 20, 2019. Today, I’m resetting that calendar and adding new information that’s since come to light. Punch i
1,777: How Star Wars on Disney+ and Star Wars Movies Will Play Together
May 16, 2019 • 10 min
Bob Iger outlined the big idea of what Star Wars live action TV series on Disney+ will have to do with Star Wars movies, and used the Marvel model as an example. What this means for future Disney+ series, and what Benioff and Weiss are (or aren’t) doing w
1,776: Star Wars 2022 Goes to Game of Thrones Showrunners
May 15, 2019 • 9 min
Bob Iger made it official yesterday - the 2022 Star Wars movie is in the hands of David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the Game of Thrones showrunners. Plus, Iger revealed something more about live action Star Wars on Disney+, and I address the latest Rian Johns
1,775: Happy 75th Birthday, George Lucas!
May 14, 2019 • 14 min
On the momentous occasion of George Lucas’ 75th birthday, an extended episode in which I’m charting his involvement in the Star Wars franchise after the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney. Turns out, it isn’t just that he can’t leave it behind - it’s that he’s t
1,774: One-Question Interview With Dan Zehr and Mark Newbold
May 13, 2019 • 5 min
Two rather big names in Star Wars publishing and podcasting join me for interviews at Star Wars Celebration Chicago! On today’s episode, Coffee With Kenobi’s Dan Zehr and Fantha Tracks’ Mark Newbold share what they know for sure when it comes to Star Wars
1,773: One-Question Interview With Podcasters Tim McMahon and Dennis Keithly
May 12, 2019 • 6 min
Tim McMahon and Dennis Keithly have supported me and Star Wars 7x7 since the early days of the show, as friends, podcasters, and Patrons. I got to see them both at Star Wars Celebration Chicago, and put them both through the one-question interview ringer.
1,772: ILM Co-Founder Lorne Peterson: the One-Question Interview
May 11, 2019 • 7 min
As far as legends go, Lorne Peterson is right up there. He was a founding member of Industrial Light and Magic, won an Academy Award for visual effects, was deeply involved in the model making for the Original and Prequel Trilogies … and was so kind and
1,771: Force Collector and The Rise of Skywalker
May 10, 2019 • 9 min
Where could that lightsaber have come from? And what’s with the asymmetrical stormtrooper helmet? The cover art for the upcoming YA novel “Force Collector” is perhaps the most mysterious of all the elements revealed about the Journey to The Rise of Skywal
1,770: Star Wars News From the Disney Q2 Earnings Call
May 9, 2019 • 9 min
Disney CEO Bob Iger held court during Disney’s “Q2 FY19 Earnings Results Webcast” yesterday, and I listened to it so you wouldn’t have to! On today’s episode, here’s everything Star-Wars-related that you need to know - plus a lesser-known bit of news fr
1,769: Star Wars Movies to Return in 2022
May 8, 2019 • 9 min
Back in December (episode #1,615, to be precise), I looked at how things were unfolding and predicted that it wouldn’t be until 2022 that we’d see the next Star Wars movie after the end of the Skywalker Saga. Yesterday, The Walt Disney Company announced t
1,768: Journey to The Rise of Skywalker Details Revealed!
May 7, 2019 • 9 min
On May the 4th, Lucasfilm revealed its plans for the Journey to The Rise of Skywalker publishing initiative - and surprisingly, many of the significant stories won’t be dropping until well after the Triple Force Friday event on October 4th. Today, those m
1,767: One-Question Interviews With Nick Martorelli and Marc Thompson
May 6, 2019 • 5 min
Getting back to the conversations we were having about Star Wars audio dramas last week, I’m sharing my one-question interviews from Star Wars Celebration Chicago today with Nick Martorelli (producer, Penguin Random House Audio) and Marc Thompson (voice a
1,766: CTV News Interview: Thanking Canada for May the 4th!
May 5, 2019 • 6 min
Happy Revenge of the Fifth! Today, I’m sharing my interview on CTV News in Canada, during which I got to thank Canada for hosting the first organized Star Wars Day event. We also talk about Star Wars Day in California, Galaxy’s Edge, The Mandalorian, and
1,765: International “Rise of Skywalker” Titles!
May 4, 2019 • 8 min
More international versions of “The Rise of Skywalker” have been released - at least, as far as releasing the name of the movie in different languages. And as with The Last Jedi, we’re bound to misunderstand this one, too. A hot take on the Polish version
1,764: Remembering Peter Mayhew (1944-2019)
May 3, 2019 • 9 min
A former hospital orderly, he brought to life an iconic character on the silver screen, and his influence will continue to be as legendary as the mighty Wookiee himself. Peter Mayhew passed away on April 30th, family by his side, at the age of 74. Today,
1,763: Audio Easter Eggs and the Visceral Experience of Dooku: Jedi Lost
May 2, 2019 • 9 min
Kudos to the production team of Dooku: Jedi Lost, who buried some audio Easter eggs in the recording, and who really took the storytelling up to a new and visceral level. There’s a scene midway through the audio drama I’ll be talking about today, and shar
1,762: Cavan Scott One-Question Interview
May 1, 2019 • 5 min
Before we get to the deep dive into Dooku: Jedi Lost, my one-question interview with the author of that excellent audio drama, Cavan Scott. (The reason for the change in schedule is personal - our Video Production Assistant Padme - an Australian Shepherd
1,761: Dooku: Jedi Lost Non-Spoiler Review
Apr 30, 2019 • 10 min
It’s here! The audio-only drama Dooku: Jedi Lost debuts today, and I’ve got the non-spoiler review here for you. Also - a lot of puzzles are present in the few quick shots we get of Leia and Rey in The Rise of Skywalker teaser. Let’s suss ‘em out. Punch i
1,760: The April 2019 Patreon Q&A Session!
Apr 29, 2019 • 9 min
Ranking Star Wars movies, adding non-Star-Wars movies into the mix, and a non-spoiler take on Avengers: Endgame and what it means for The Rise of Skywalker in this month’s Patreon Q&A episode. Punch it!
1,759: More Missed Details About The Rise of Skywalker Teaser
Apr 28, 2019 • 9 min
The First Order Treadspeeder in action, the other moons of Yavin and Endor, what Poe’s wounded arm means for the order of events, and much more in the second part of our look at what’s been missed or misconstrued about The Rise of Skywalker teaser trailer
1,758: What Everyone Else Missed About The Rise of Skywalker Teaser
Apr 27, 2019 • 9 min
From the moment we hear Luke’s voice in The Rise of Skywalker teaser, we’re being misled by J.J. Abrams and company. And no one else is talking about this! On today’s episode, there’s a lot happening in those desert scenes that’s either been missed or mis
1,757: Debunking the Time Claims Between Episodes 8 and 9
Apr 26, 2019 • 9 min
Time Magazine is still perpetuating the claim that The Rise of Skywalker takes place one year after The Last Jedi. That, and other claims about the timeframe in between the two movies, is the subject of today’s show. Punch it!
1,755: Keri Russell, Richard E. Grant, and Matt Smith
Apr 25, 2019 • 9 min
Adam Driver, Lupita N’yongo, and Domhnall Gleeson weren’t at Celebration Chicago for The Rise of Skywalker panel, but we know who they’re playing. Keri Russell, Richard E. Grant, and Matt Smith weren’t there, either, and we DON’T know who they’re playing.
1,756: How Can Rey’s Lightsaber “Live” Again?
Apr 25, 2019 • 9 min
If you saw season 4 of Star Wars Rebels, you might answer “time travel.” But let’s take that one off the table, and consider how else the lightsaber Rey inherited from Luke could “live” to see action in The Rise of Skywalker. Punch it!
1,754: Host Allen Voivod’s Canadian Radio Interview
Apr 23, 2019 • 7 min
It’s always a joy to chat with Todd van der Heyden about Star Wars news, and my latest opportunity happened this past weekend! Todd invited me onto CTV News’ “Viewpoints” syndicated radio show, and the excerpt I’m sharing today includes topics I haven’t t
1,753: George Lucas’ Episode IX Involvement Pre-Dates The Last Jedi
Apr 22, 2019 • 9 min
Not long after The Rise of Skywalker panel at Star Wars Celebration Chicago, J.J. Abrams revealed in interviews that they met with George Lucas prior to writing the script for Episode IX. That may sound like a big deal (and it is, for reasons I’ll explain
1,752: Rey’s Parents Will Factor Into The Rise of Skywalker
Apr 21, 2019 • 8 min
In an interview after the Episode IX panel at Star Wars Celebration, director J.J. Abrams was asked about Rey’s parents, and he actually had a bit of a teaser to share about that topic. I’m breaking his response into three parts and analyzing each for wha
1,751: That Giant Death Star Fragment Landed Where?
Apr 20, 2019 • 9 min
Star Wars planets are often treated as having only one climate, and we know where the only two Death Stars blew up. So we can speculate about which Death Star we’re seeing a fragment of in The Rise of Skywalker trailer, and what planet it might be on. I’v
1,750: How Many Planets Appear in The Rise of Skywalker Teaser?
Apr 19, 2019 • 9 min
Continuing a tradition here on the show, I’m analyzing the teaser trailer for The Rise of Skywalker to determine how many planets we’re seeing in the newly-released footage. One of them takes up the lion’s share of the footage, and I’m making my strongest
1,749: 7 Explanations for Palpatine’s Laughter in The Rise of Skywalker Teaser
Apr 18, 2019 • 8 min
How are we to explain the laughter of that madman as heard in the teaser for The Rise of Skywalker? Well, between the movies, books, TV shows, and comics, there are at least seven different explanations for how this is possible, and I’m going to run them
1,748: The End of the Beginning of Your Star Wars Celebration Experience
Apr 17, 2019 • 6 min
It was an amazing five days of Star Wars Celebration, and though the party has left town (as you’ll see in the video version of the show, and in photos on our social channels), the fun is just beginning. On today’s show, I’m recapping the coverage and the
1,747: #SWCC Day 5: Star Wars Resistance, Project Luminous, and More
Apr 16, 2019 • 7 min
Ian McDiarmid teases us about Palpatine; a haunting event gets a sequel; an intriguing new publishing initiative is hinted at; and the first episode of Star Wars Resistance Season 2 debuts! It’s a solid finale to an amazing Star Wars Celebration. Punch it
#SWCC Bonus: “Into the Unknown” (Resistance Briefing: Season 2, Episode 1)
Apr 16, 2019 • 9 min
This is a full-spoiler briefing on the season 2 premiere of Star Wars Resistance! If you can’t wait to learn the details, it’s all here - but please, be sure not to share, comment, or reply to this episode in any way that could reveal spoilers to someone
Episode 1,746: #SWCC Day 4: The Mandalorian and Clone Wars Season 7
Apr 15, 2019 • 10 min
As opposed to previous days at Star Wars Celebration Chicago, Day 4 only contained two news-breaking story events: panels for The Mandalorian and for Clone Wars Season 7. And the footage they provided in both was stunning, even though they decided not to
#SWCC Bonus: Clone Wars Season 7 Panel Deep Dive
Apr 15, 2019 • 9 min
Dave Filoni is a man who does not disappoint, and is also a man who loves to make Ashley Eckstein cry. At the Clone Wars Season 7 (aka #CloneWarsSaved) panel at Star Wars Celebration Chicago, he shared clips each of the three story arcs that will comprise
#SWCC Bonus: The Mandalorian Blackout Details
Apr 15, 2019 • 9 min
The rules said no video recording or flash photography, but if I can’t do that, then at least I can tell you what was happening during the two times they blacked out the livestream of The Mandalorian panel at Star Wars Celebration Chicago. This was record
#SWCC Bonus: The Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Trailer and Reveals
Apr 14, 2019 • 9 min
If we had to pick a winner for Day 3 of Star Wars Celebration Chicago, the panel for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order would get my vote. I’ve got the full scope of the reveals here, including details about the trailer, the characters, the story, and much more
#SWCC Bonus: All the Galaxy’s Edge Reveals From Star Wars Celebration
Apr 14, 2019 • 8 min
The reveals from the Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge panel at Star Wars Celebration Chicago were all kind of at the little teaser level. As in, snippets of music, mentions of voice actors, hints at ride footage previews, and one “refreshing” revelation. Punch it!
1,745: #SWCC Day 3: Galaxy’s Edge, Fallen Order, Books, Comics, and Animation
Apr 14, 2019 • 6 min
It was Galaxy’s Edge’s turn in the Star Wars Celebration Stage Panel Lottery spotlight, but I think its thunder was stolen by the gangbusters trailer and additional reveals for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. And surprisingly, there were panels on books, co
#SWCC Bonus Episode: Vader Immortal Panel and Gameplay Reveals
Apr 13, 2019 • 8 min
Another bonus episode from Star Wars Celebration Chicago! In this one, I’m downloading all the reveals about Vader Immortal Episode I. Toward the end (and with ample warning), there will be a minor spoiler that comes from the gameplay itself, which i09 sh
#SWCC Bonus Episode: All the Major Lucasfilm Publishing Panel Reveals
Apr 13, 2019 • 9 min
In this bonus episode, I do a deep dive into all the new details we got about Star Wars books from the Lucasfilm Publishing panel during Day 2 at Star Wars Celebration Chicago. Punch it!
1,744: #SWCC Day 2: The Rise of Skywalker, Vader Immortal, Lucasfilm Publishing
Apr 13, 2019 • 10 min
Recapping the biggest news from Day 2 of Star Wars Celebration Chicago, including the title and teaser for Episode IX, the trailer and new details for Vader Immortal Episode I, and some minor new reveals from the Lucasfilm Publishing panel. Punch it!
1,743: #SWCC Day One: Episode IX, Disney+, Vader Immortal
Apr 12, 2019 • 6 min
Even though there was no official programming for Star Wars Celebration Chicago on Thursday, Lucasfilm managed to drop multiple reveals on us, for Episode IX, Vader Immortal, The Mandalorian, Disney+, and the Cassian Andor series. Details summed up here..
1,742: J.J. Abrams Talks Episode IX Ahead of Celebration
Apr 11, 2019 • 7 min
In an interview with Fast Company, Star Wars Episode IX director and co-writer J.J. Abrams had some juicy and mysterious things to say about the finale to the Skywalker saga, what it took to make it, and how it’s shaping up in the editing room. Punch it!
1,741: The Star Wars Celebration Walking Tour and Coverage Plans
Apr 10, 2019 • 6 min
I’m only a half-hour’s walk away from the Star Wars Celebration festivity prep, so I took a walk yesterday and scouted out the scene. Get the details on where to see the developments happening at McCormick Place, and learn more about how I’ll be covering
1,740: My Star Wars Celebration One-Question Interview
Apr 9, 2019 • 7 min
The time has come to reveal my one-question interview inquiry for Star Wars Celebration. Each year of Celebration, the question has been asked of authors, artists, podcasters, and Lucasfilm employees, and for the first time, I’m widely sharing the 2019 qu
1,739: Final Star Wars Celebration Chicago Advice
Apr 8, 2019 • 7 min
I’m here! Star Wars 7x7 is coming at you from Chicago ahead of Star Wars Celebration. Today’s episode, recorded outside Wintrust Arena and McCormick Place, features some of my last-minute advice for people coming to SWCC, and collections of advice from ot
1738: The Photo Op Biz at Star Wars Celebration: Interview With Frank Rich
Apr 7, 2019 • 16 min
Have you ever wondered how the whole autograph and photo op situation works behind the scenes? In part 2 of my interview with Frank Rich of Star Wars Autograph News, Frank reveals how the system works, and why you see (or don’t see) certain Star Wars star
1,737: The Star Wars Autograph Business: Interview With Frank Rich
Apr 6, 2019 • 18 min
The autograph and photo op setup at Star Wars Celebration Chicago is shaping up to be the largest one ever at Celebration! But how did autographing as a business get started, and how did it become what it is today? In the first of a two-part interview, St
1,736: Hondo Ohnaka vs. Bazine Netal
Apr 5, 2019 • 10 min
Want to know more about the time in between The Last Jedi and Episode IX? Pirate’s Price has more answers, including how Hondo deals with Bazine Netal and her mysterious employer, and how the Falcon got to Batuu in time for the Galaxy’s Edge experience. P
1,735: A Secret “Journey to Episode IX” With Bazine Netal
Apr 4, 2019 • 10 min
Similar to how three novels targeted to younger readers for “The Journey to The Force Awakens” included sequel-era prologues and epilogues, the “Flight of the Falcon” series has prologues and epilogues that are very “Journey to Episode IX” in their nature
1,734: With a Little Bit of (Lando’s) Luck…
Apr 3, 2019 • 9 min
While we count down the final days until the big reveals at Celebration Chicago, I’m circling back to a title with storytelling that takes place between The Last Jedi and Episode IX. It’s “Lando’s Luck” by Justina Ireland, part of the “Flight of the Falco
1,733: April Fool’s Day Rundown (and History, Too!)
Apr 2, 2019 • 12 min
Thanks to everyone who had such nice things to say about yesterday’s April Fool’s Day episode! Today, I’m running down some other pranks that popped up, and looking back at the history of April Fool’s Day episodes on Star Wars 7x7. Punch it!
1,732: “Special Edition” Phantom Menace Re-Release Details
Apr 1, 2019 • 10 min
In honor of the 20th anniversary of its debut, Disney has created a Special Edition version of The Phantom Menace for limited release next month! Here’s the scoop on some of the changes Disney made, as well as the strategy behind this surprising move. Pun
1,731: My March 2019 Patreon Q&A Session!
Mar 31, 2019 • 12 min
It’s time for our monthly Patron Q&A session! This time around: Why Leia didn’t become queen after the destruction of Alderaan, and what being Padme’s daughter got her on Naboo; the changing story of why Vader didn’t (or did) sense the Force in Leia in A
1,730: What I’ll Do for You at Star Wars Celebration
Mar 30, 2019 • 11 min
I don’t approach Star Wars Celebration like the average fan, or even the average podcaster. I’ll explain in today’s episode, and reveal the theme for this Celebration’s one-question interview. Plus, I’m asking for your support in making this show possible
1,729: Monday Preview for Star Wars Celebration Chicago
Mar 29, 2019 • 7 min
Just because it’s the last day of Star Wars Celebration Chicago, don’t go thinking there won’t still be some major news and story updates to reveal. On today’s show, I’m flagging my top three panels in that regard, naming two honorable mention panels, and
1,728: Sunday Preview for Star Wars Celebration Chicago
Mar 28, 2019 • 10 min
Disney+ is taking center stage on Sunday at Star Wars Celebration Chicago, with the main newsbreaking highlights of the day coming from two panels related to content on the upcoming streaming service. Plus, one stage at Celebration we haven’t talked about
1,727: Saturday Preview for Star Wars Celebration Chicago
Mar 27, 2019 • 10 min
Saturday will be the first of two Star Wars Celebration Chicago clusterfest days in terms of attendance, but luckily there’s a handful of must-attend panels to keep you away from the crowds. Here’s my top five list, along with three very honorable mention
1,726: Friday Preview for Star Wars Celebration Chicago
Mar 26, 2019 • 8 min
There’s a ton of amazing things happening on Friday at Star Wars Celebration Chicago. Here are my selections for the top 5 events of the day, including one that hasn’t been getting anywhere near the level of attention it deserves. Punch it!
1,725: Thursday Preview for Star Wars Celebration Chicago
Mar 25, 2019 • 8 min
This week, a preview of the biggest happenings at Star Wars Celebration Chicago, and what you can expect to hear and see from me and Star Wars 7x7! Today: the Thursday, April 11th events of #SWCC. Punch it!
1,724: No More Overnights at Star Wars Celebration
Mar 24, 2019 • 9 min
Fans got a little nervous about the cold Chicago nights when they heard that lining up overnight for Star Wars Celebration panels wasn’t going to happen. But now they’ve announced a new online panel lottery and reservation system, and here’s how it’s goin
1,723: New “Black Spire” Details Revealed
Mar 23, 2019 • 9 min
A lot of announcements dropped that I’ll be talking about next week, but one of them is a stand-alone thing that I’ll cover today - new news about the novel “Black Spire” and how it applies to that currently mysterious time between Episode VIII and Episod
1,722: The New Lucasfilm Games Jobs Mystery, Solved
Mar 22, 2019 • 8 min
Eagle-eyed observers saw new Disney job postings tagged with “Lucasfilm Games” and got all worked up over it. Were they taking gaming in-house? Was EA in more trouble? The answer’s “no” on both counts, and the job descriptions for these new postings made
1,721: Amazing Star Wars Resistance Cross-Pollination
Mar 21, 2019 • 10 min
How could an apparent throw-away line in a comic book from last year turn into a driver of events in Star Wars Resistance this year? The connection explained, plus thoughts on what will greet the Colossus when it emerges from hyperspace, and two First Ord
1,720: What Star Wars Resistance Taught Us About the First Order
Mar 20, 2019 • 11 min
Sure, we knew the First Order was armed to the teeth and could take control of the galaxy in a matter of weeks after the Hosnian cataclysm. But how did they build up to that point? Star Wars Resistance offered us some answers, and shed some more light on
1,719: What We’ve Learned About the Resistance From Star Wars Resistance Season 1
Mar 19, 2019 • 9 min
Now that the first season of Star Wars Resistance is in the books, let’s take a look back and see what we’ve learned about the Resistance itself over the course of these 21 episodes, and how it fits into what we already know from other media sources. Punc
1,718: “No Escape, Part 2” (Resistance Briefing: Season 1, Episode 21)
Mar 18, 2019 • 9 min
A choice of loyalties, a major death, and a cliffhanger that opens up a whole new realm of possibilities - that’s what’s in store for you in “No Escape, Part 2,” the season 1 finale for Star Wars Resistance. Punch it!
1,717: The Post-Credits Scene of “Queen’s Shadow”
Mar 17, 2019 • 8 min
In movies, they’d call it a post-credits scene. It’s an apt comparison for the epilogue of E.K. Johnston’s “Queen’s Shadow,” since the epilogue doesn’t wrap up the events of the novel - it takes place several years afterward. And it hints at some juicy ne
1,716: Surprise Ties to Other Star Wars Stories in Queen’s Shadow
Mar 16, 2019 • 10 min
Not only does Queen’s Shadow tie into other Star Wars stories, it also features surprise character appearances, deepened appreciations, and - most shocking of all - the revelation of an attempt to right a wrong that didn’t work out (but could have changed
1,715: Saying Goodbye to Star Wars Celebration’s Mary Franklin
Mar 15, 2019 • 7 min
Mary Franklin, leader of Star Wars events for Lucasfilm and ReedPOP since 2001, has left to take on a new challenge. Today, a tribute to her tireless dedication to Star Wars fans, and the incredible effort she put into making the new Star Wars Celebration
1,714: Star Wars Celebration Chicago Update (28 Days Left!)
Mar 14, 2019 • 7 min
What I’ve been telling you for months has finally been confirmed! The Episode IX panel at Star Wars Celebration Chicago will take place on Friday, April 12. Who will appear, who’s already scheduled to be there, and who’s yet to be announced? I’ll run it d
1,713: Oscar Isaac’s New Episode IX Interview Details
Mar 13, 2019 • 8 min
Last month it was JJ Abrams. This month it’s Oscar Isaac, promoting something else entirely and getting asked about Episode IX. Oscar had his own single-word description of the movie, repeated a detail or two, and shared a few new ones… Punch it!
1,712: “Descent” (Resistance Briefing: Season 1, Episode 19)
Mar 12, 2019 • 9 min
Turns out the makers of Star Wars Resistance have even crazier things planned for the season finale than we know, because they sank the Colossus two episodes before the finale in “Descent,” episode 19 of season 1. As Neeku says, “Or it’s so crazy, it’s cr
1,711: “No Escape, Part 1” (Resistance Briefing: Season 1, Episode 20)
Mar 11, 2019 • 8 min
A personal tragedy has been hiding in plain sight all season long, and it comes to devastating fruition in “No Escape, Part 1,” episode 20 of the first season of Star Wars Resistance. I’m recapping the major points today for you… Punch it!
1,710: Captain Marvel, Vote Brigading, and Episode IX
Mar 10, 2019 • 6 min
What does Episode IX have to do with Captain Marvel and the vote brigading going on during its opening weekend? It’s a preview of how things are going to go in December, and how the concept of “Audience Scores” may be becoming a thing of the past. Punch i
1,709: Star Wars Celebration Chicago Update
Mar 9, 2019 • 7 min
New guests and a trio of animation panels make the picture of Star Wars Celebration Chicago much clearer than it was during our last update. I’ll be sorting through all the details on today’s show for you… Punch it!
1,708: Episode IX and Galaxy’s Edge at the Disney Shareholders Meeting
Mar 8, 2019 • 6 min
Opening dates and phases for Galaxy’s Edge were revealed at the Disney shareholders meeting yesterday, and some shots from Episode IX appeared in a sizzle reel. The mildest of mild Episode IX spoilers, with ample warning and delivered from a hammock, on t
1,707: Nute Gunray Holds a Grudge in Queen’s Shadow
Mar 7, 2019 • 11 min
Mild spoilers continue in my discussion of E.K. Johnston’s Star Wars: Queen’s Shadow. We know from Attack of the Clones and the Clone Wars cartoon series that Nute Gunray holds a grudge against Padme Amidala. Johnston’s novel fills in more of that backsto
1,706: Another Queen Makes a Surprise Appearance in Queen’s Shadow
Mar 6, 2019 • 7 min
Mild spoilers in this episode of the show, where I talk about a character that makes an unexpected appearance in Star Wars: Queen’s Shadow. It’s particularly interesting because this character has appeared more in the last five years in Star Wars stories
1,705: Queen’s Shadow: Non-Spoiler Review
Mar 5, 2019 • 8 min
E.K. Johnston’s novel Star Wars: Queen’s Shadow hits bookshelves today, and what’s especially remarkable about the book is how it deepens our understanding of the many roles played by Padme’s handmaidens - and how that affects our experiences with the han
1,704: Story Reveals From Galaxy’s Edge Media Event
Mar 4, 2019 • 7 min
Folks like Nerdist’s Amy Ratcliffe and EW’s Anthony Breznican got an extensive look inside Galaxy’s Edge last week. On today’s show, I’m piecing together story reveals from across all of Breznican’s articles that happen mere weeks before Episode IX. Punch
1,703: The Final Resistance Season 1 Synopses
Mar 3, 2019 • 8 min
Well, it’s a little confusing, because we’re supposed to get 22 episodes, but there’s only a half-hour episode on March 17th, so that would only make 21 … but what we do know for sure are the details for “Descent” and “”No Escape” parts 1 and 2. Punch i
1,702: Star Wars Celebration Chicago Update
Mar 2, 2019 • 8 min
40 days left until Star Wars Celebration Chicago! Lots more guests have been revealed, but precious few panels have been announced. So let’s use the announced guests to speculate… Punch it!
1,701: Almost Star Wars: Actors Who Auditioned for A New Hope
Mar 1, 2019 • 9 min
You may have heard about some of the actors who auditioned for the parts of Luke, Leia, and Han back in the 1970s, but some of the names may surprise you - and you may not have heard that a few other actors weren’t the first choice for their supporting pa
1,700: My February 2019 Patreon Q&A Session!
Feb 28, 2019 • 12 min
How many different titles has Leia held, and which ones offered opportunities for advancement? What is the deal with bacta, and how were its effect different for Kylo Ren and Finn? Get the answers to these and more in my February Patreon Q&A episode. Punc
1,699: “The Disappeared” (Resistance Briefing: Season 1, Episode 18)
Feb 27, 2019 • 6 min
The next step in the First Order’s takeover of the Colossus platform goes into effect in “The Disappeared,” and we find out that the FO has also been quietly arresting people and removing them from the Colossus - to where, we don’t know… Punch it!
1,698: Star Wars Composer Ryan Shore: Part Two of Our Conversation
Feb 26, 2019 • 23 min
Here we go! Composer Ryan Shore talks about how he came to score Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures and Forces of Destiny, and what goes into the creation of the music for these two web series. Punch it!
1,697: Composer Ryan Shore Interview, Part One
Feb 25, 2019 • 22 min
If you’ve watched Galaxy of Adventures or Forces of Destiny, then you’re already familiar with Ryan Shore’s work. He scored both of these animated series, blending his own original compositions with John Williams’ classic themes. And that’s in addition to
1,696: Anatomy of a Title Hoax, via C-3PO
Feb 24, 2019 • 7 min
It’s a reasonably safe bet that Anthony Daniels saw the developing Episode IX title frenzy and decided to have a little fun with it - but not without purpose. Now that things seem to have been resolved (as far as they’re going to be for now, at least), he
1,695: J.J. Abrams’ One-Word Hope for Episode IX Viewers
Feb 23, 2019 • 9 min
Entertainment Tonight caught up with J.J. Abrams, and after politely asking about the U.S.-Ireland Alliance event being hosted at Bad Robot, the conversation was quickly turned to Episode IX. Let’s unpack what J.J. had to say… Punch it!
1,694: The Most Mesmerizing Star Wars Video Clips
Feb 22, 2019 • 9 min
You think you know how talkative Chewbacca was in the Original Trilogy, but really, you have NO idea. No idea at all! And the same goes for Yoda grunting, groaning and giggling, and a few other surprising things being captured in the new Star Wars by the
1,693: Reviewing Star Wars: Galaxy of Adventures
Feb 21, 2019 • 9 min
There are 15 installments of Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures to date, which ought to be more than enough to get us started on reviewing this new foray into Star Wars storytelling. And if this is what the future looks like, then we’re in good hands so far.
1,692: The End and Evolution of Star Wars Storytelling
Feb 20, 2019 • 9 min
The announcement of Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures back in November not only revealed what kinds of moments we’d see depicted, but also hinted at a couple of much larger storytelling implications for the Star Wars galaxy on the cusp of Episode IX. Punch i
1,691: The Endgame for Season 1 of Star Wars Resistance
Feb 19, 2019 • 9 min
The end is nigh … for season 1 of Star Wars Resistance. Based on the finale date, we know (at a high level) how the rest of the season is going to unfold - and what still needs to be revealed. Punch it!
1,690: “The Core Problem” (Resistance Briefing: Season 1, Episode 17)
Feb 18, 2019 • 9 min
We’re just an episode or two away in Star Wars Resistance from them crossing the line into the territory of The Force Awakens. In “The Core Problem” (episode 17 of season 1), we get to see a graveyard that may be the result of the early Starkiller weapon’
1,689: Star Wars Noteworthy News Roundup
Feb 17, 2019 • 10 min
Meanwhile… from who knows the title of Episode IX (and who should but doesn’t?), to stormtroopers in The Mandalorian, to Rian Johnson again confirming his trilogy, to a Triple Force Friday! Here’s our roundup of Star Wars news we’ve yet to cover on the
1,688: That’s a Wrap! Episode IX Completes Principal Photography
Feb 16, 2019 • 9 min
It’s a wrap! Episode IX has finished filming, and J.J. Abrams marked the occasion with a touching tweet, and a photo that’s worth dissecting. The big question: Where in the galaxy are they? Punch it!
1,687: Qui-Gon & Obi-Wan! Master and Apprentice First Look
Feb 15, 2019 • 8 min
The publisher’s summary and a first excerpt for Claudia Gray’s Master and Apprentice have been released. On the one hand, it’s a bummer that we’re not going to hear about Obi-Wan and the Duchess Satine of Mandalore in this one! On the other, it’s an excit
1,686: Wild Space vs. Unknown Regions - What’s the Difference?
Feb 14, 2019 • 10 min
Wild Space. Unknown Regions. What’s the difference? It was defined by Pablo Hidalgo a few years ago in a Rebels Recon episode, and recent information (Thrawn: Alliances, Lando’s Luck, Galaxy’s Edge, and Star Wars Resistance) seem to be complicating the ma
1,685: A Trilogy? New News About the Benioff/Weiss Star Wars Movies
Feb 13, 2019 • 8 min
When the Benioff and Weiss Star Wars movies were announced (one year ago on 2/6!), they were labeled as a “series.” Now, HBO’s network president Casey Bloys is on the record being more specific about the number of Star Wars movies to which they’re committ
1,684: Final Thoughts on the Awakening, Rey, Kylo, Snoke, and the Force
Feb 12, 2019 • 10 min
So there’s something I need to clarify amidst all the information and possibility presented around the “awakening,” and we’ll set the record straight about Rey, Kylo, and Snoke’s involvement in it on today’s show. Punch it!
1,683: “The New Trooper” (Resistance Briefing: Season 1, Episode 16)
Feb 11, 2019 • 10 min
The next step in the First Order’s master plan comes into focus in “The New Trooper,” episode 16 from season 1 of Star Wars Resistance. Plus, their fair share of slapstick, and lots of flying fruit. Punch it!
1,682: The Living Force, the Cosmic Force, and the Awakening
Feb 10, 2019 • 12 min
The “cosmic Force” was stirred by Rey’s awakening, as opposed to the “living Force” first introduced to us conceptually by Qui-Gon Jinn in The Phantom Menace. So, what’s the difference between the two? And how does that difference indicate that Rey’s awak
1,681: What, Exactly, Is the Source of the “Awakening”?
Feb 9, 2019 • 10 min
“There has been an awakening,” Snoke said. But the cosmic Force had lain dormant for years, after the destruction of Luke Skywalker’s fledgling Jedi temple and following. So what, exactly, caused the awakening? And might the timing be off a bit? Punch it!
1,680: Will Kylo Ren Finish What Darth Vader Started?
Feb 8, 2019 • 8 min
Kylo Ren promised his grandfather that he would finish what Vader started. Kylo certainly made big strides in that direction, but what di he really mean by it? And can he actually fulfill that promise? Punch it!
1,679: Little-Known Facts About Kylo Ren
Feb 7, 2019 • 9 min
The “Complete Visual Dictionary” leverages a lot of content from previous movie visual dictionaries, but there are distinct differences. Today, new facts (and some old ones worth revisiting) about Kylo Ren and his link to the Knights of Ren. Punch it!
1,678: Star Wars News From Disney CEO Bob Iger
Feb 6, 2019 • 10 min
I’m listening to the Disney investor call so you don’t have to! And there’s nothing earth-shattering being revealed, but there are some interesting notes from Disney CEO Bob Iger about Disney+, Galaxy’s Edge, and Star Wars video games. Punch it!
1,677: The Final Episode IX Title Speculation Episode
Feb 5, 2019 • 7 min
We didn’t get any Star Wars reveals during the Big Game. How much longer must we wait? In my final title speculation episode, I’ll explain why it has to be before Celebration Chicago, and even before March 7th. Why that date? Listen to find out… Punch i
1,676: “The First Order Occupation” (Resistance Briefing: Season 1, Episode 15)
Feb 4, 2019 • 10 min
Kaz risks everything to help Synara escape from the First Order, and the deal gets worse all the time for Captain Doza and the Colossus residents in “The First Order Occupation,” episode 15 from season 1 of Star Wars Resistance. Punch it!
1,675: The “Skywalker Saga” Loophole
Feb 3, 2019 • 9 min
We’ve all been told that Episode IX is the “final installment in the Skywalker saga.” But what does that actually mean for the predicament of our (non-Skywalker) heroes after Episode IX? Not nearly as much as we might have guessed… Punch it!
1,674: The Informal “Journey to Galaxy’s Edge” Publishing Initiative
Feb 2, 2019 • 8 min
They’re not calling it “Journey to Galaxy’s Edge,” but they might as well, considering that the new initiative includes three books, two comic series, and a cookbook (you read that right)… Punch it!
1,673: Is “Black Spire” the First Episode IX Tie-in, Too?
Feb 1, 2019 • 9 min
What amounts to a “Journey to Galaxy’s Edge” publishing initiative has been announced, and one of the pieces, the novel “Black Spire” by Delilah S. Dawson, could well be a “Journey to Episode IX” book as well… Punch it!
1,672: Could Rian Johnson Make the First Star Wars Comedy?
Jan 31, 2019 • 9 min
Seems far-fetched, doesn’t it? Well, maybe that’s not the case, but as he heads into post-production on Knives Out - which now has a release date, and by extension, a date by which he can get started on his new Star Wars trilogy - he’s telegraphing a stro
1,671: Super Bowl Night Is Actually Star Wars Resistance Night
Jan 30, 2019 • 11 min
Due to a quirk on the Disney/ABC Press Website, it’s not immediately clear that Star Wars Resistance will debut a new episode on Super Bowl Sunday. But they will, entitled “The First Order Occupation.” (Another tiding that doesn’t bode well for an Episode
1,670: Another Nail in the Episode IX Super Bowl Trailer Coffin
Jan 29, 2019 • 8 min
Deadline Hollywood is hearing that we won’t see a Super Bowl trailer for Episode IX, and the marketing campaigns for Rogue One and The Last Jedi are being cited as examples of how Lucasfilm does their thing. But there are crucial differences between those
1,669: “The Doza Dilemma” (Resistance Briefing: Season 1, Episode 14)
Jan 28, 2019 • 9 min
“The Doza Dilemma” could as easily been called “Reversals of Fortune,” as nearly all the major players have things flipped around on them in episode 14 from season 1 of Star Wars Resistance - some for the good, most for the bad. Punch it!
1,668: Our January 2019 Patreon Q&A Session!
Jan 27, 2019 • 8 min
Featured in our January 2019 installment of answering questions submitted by Patrons of the show is an in-depth look at whether the object that fell from the bottom of Cloud City was, in fact, Luke’s lightsaber being clutched by his severed hand. Punch it
1,667: More of Hera Syndulla’s Post-Rebels Fate Revealed
Jan 26, 2019 • 12 min
She debuted in a novel, conquered animation, comics, and webisodes, and even fought at the Battle of Scarif in Rogue One. Now, Hera Syndulla’s back and in charge of Alphabet Squadron. Punch it!
1,666: Who Will Stand Up to the First Order in Episode IX?
Jan 25, 2019 • 7 min
The New Republic and the Resistance may not be as wiped out as we thought, but even a year after the Hosnian attack, they’re still not ready to take on the First Order by themselves. So, who’s going to come to the galaxy’s rescue? I’ve got the answer for
1,665: How the First Order Can Take Over the Galaxy Within Weeks
Jan 24, 2019 • 11 min
Rey says the First Order will take military control of the galaxy in a matter of weeks. Is that legit? If so, how will they do it? on today’s podcast we look at the facts in their favor, and hint at the one source of trouble they haven’t taken into accoun
1,664: The Resistance Is in Better Shape Than We Think
Jan 23, 2019 • 7 min
Is the Resistance in “good shape”? Certainly not - they’re worse off than the New Republic by comparison. But the fact that no one answered their calls for help in The Last Jedi is not a sign that they’re down to only the people left on the Millennium Fal
1,663: Was the New Republic Really Wiped Out in The Force Awakens?
Jan 22, 2019 • 12 min
We all saw the Hosnian cataclysm in The Force Awakens, but does that mean the New Republic was totally wiped out? The answer’s “No,” and on today’s episode, I’m going to share some examples of how the New Republic survived the Starkiller attack. Punch it!
1,662: Resistance Briefing: “Dangerous Business” (Season 1, Episode 13)
Jan 21, 2019 • 9 min
A shady dude claims to be with the mining guild, but who is he REALLY working for? You’re about to find out, as well as how The Force Awakens is affected by “Dangerous Business,” episode 13 from season 1 of Star Wars Resistance. Punch it!
1,661: Episode IX Super Bowl Teaser: The Case Against It
Jan 20, 2019 • 9 min
I’m going behind the scenes of the Super Bowl advertising process to see just how likely it is that we’ll get an Episode IX teaser during the big game. I’ll never tell you the odds, but I’ll explain the reasoning behind them, and what one thing I think th
1,660: Star Wars Celebration Chicago Update (82 Days Left!)
Jan 19, 2019 • 9 min
Voice actors and authors have been announced, but I’m pretty sure we haven’t heard about all of them just yet, and I’ve got some examples of missing folks in both categories. Plus, the enormous fan props have been announced, and I’ve got the rundown here.
1,659: Taking “Immersive” to New Levels in Galaxy’s Edge
Jan 18, 2019 • 10 min
A couple tidbits of information about the shopping experience at Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge from that Barron’s magazine piece, paired with some previously released information, suggests that the level of “immersiveness” you’ll experience in the new Star Wars
1,658: Behind the Scenes for the Creation of Galaxy’s Edge
Jan 17, 2019 • 9 min
How does Galaxy’s Edge tie into other Star Wars media? Where did the team go for inspiration in building the 14-acre expansion? And what will your first views be like? That and more in our discussion on the show today… Punch it!
1,657: The Tech Behind the Two Big Galaxy’s Edge Rides?
Jan 16, 2019 • 7 min
The descriptions of the two types of AGV “Dark Rides” created by the theme-park experts at Dynamic Attractions sound so much like the descriptions of “Smuggler’s Run” and “Rise of the Resistance” at Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge that it’s downright crazy. Punch
1,656: Galaxy’s Edge Details From Barron’s Magazine
Jan 15, 2019 • 10 min
Earlier this month we talked about Bob Iger’s interview with Barron’s magazine and what he had to say about Disney+ and Star Wars’ place within it. Well, there was another part to the Barron’e piece, and we’re diving into the Galaxy’s Edge reveals from it
1,655: Resistance Briefing: “Bibo” (Season 1, Episode 12)
Jan 14, 2019 • 10 min
There are a couple of “mythology” moments in “Bibo,” episode 12 from season 1 of Star Wars Resistance. That’s interspersed with some well-executed physical comedy and Josh Brener going all-in on his character Neeku’s storyline. Punch it!
1,654: Could Episode IX Be the Star Trek Beyond of the Sequel Movies?
Jan 13, 2019 • 10 min
On the heels of the announcement that a fourth installment of the rebooted Star Trek franchise has been canceled, and a reminder that the second one (Into Darkness) was considered “divisive among fans,” we stop to ponder the possibility - could Episode IX
1,653: Final Notes on the Star Wars Resistance Trailer
Jan 12, 2019 • 8 min
The trailer for Star Wars Resistance includes a first for Star Wars animation, and Kaz takes the “Hot Kallus” business many steps further. That and more, plus an update on that *other* trailer for which we’re waiting… Punch it!
1,652: The First Order’s Post-TFA Military Mobilization
Jan 11, 2019 • 10 min
Once the First Order pulled the trigger on Starkiller and wiped out the Hosnian system, they moved to take control of the galaxy. But how would they actually do it? Star Wars Resistance’s mid-season trailer just put another piece of that puzzle in place..
1,651: Decoding the Resistance Mid-Season Trailer
Jan 10, 2019 • 14 min
They’ve pretty much laid out the course of the rest of season 1 of Resistance for all to see, and that’s partly a function of being set hard on the heels of The Force Awakens. They’ve also teased some interesting season 2 possibilities with the mid-season
1,650: New Disney+/Star Wars Content Details From Bob Iger
Jan 9, 2019 • 8 min
Disney CEO Bob Iger pulled back the curtain on Disney+ in a wide-ranging interview, which included details on the future of Star Wars content for the new streaming service. We’re discussing his comments and insights today… Punch it!
1,649: Going Beyond Reality With Star Wars in 2019
Jan 8, 2019 • 9 min
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1,648: Why Do We Care About Star Wars Video Games Here?
Jan 7, 2019 • 7 min
The placement of the colon in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (coming in late 2019) may indicate something important for the future of Star Wars video games. And if we’re getting a novel tie-in, does that mean it’ll be part of the “Journey to Episode IX” pub
1,647: The Scoop on 2019 Comics Storytelling
Jan 6, 2019 • 8 min
No, not comedians! Comics as in comic books! And not only that, but Legends stories are actively getting compilations, too! Plus, what we know and can guess about tie-ins to Episode IX… Punch it!
1,646: What’s Next for Star Wars Resistance?
Jan 5, 2019 • 7 min
We may learn the identity of the First Order mole on Star Wars Resistance this month! Plus, what the new episode descriptions also tell us about the timing for the rest of the season, what we’ll see at Star Wars Celebration Chicago, and when season 2 of R
1,645: What’s Missing From 2019 Star Wars Novel Announcements?
Jan 4, 2019 • 7 min
The novel announcements only go through July so far, and history suggests a specific reason why. Also, my bet on which 2019 novel gets a Celebration Chicago Special Edition version, and a rundown of the stories we know about so far. Punch it!
1,644: Star Wars 2019 TV Series Preview
Jan 3, 2019 • 7 min
A start date for the Cassian Andor production, a robot bounty hunter for The Mandalorian that might not be CGI, and more in our look at Star Wars/Disney+ preview for 2019… Punch it!
1,643: “Several Minutes” of Carrie Fisher in Episode IX?
Jan 2, 2019 • 7 min
Todd Fisher (Carrie Fisher’s brother) recently told Good Morning America “There’s a lot of minutes of footage” of Carrie being used for Episode IX. That’s the headline news for our 2019 Movie Preview, and we’ll discuss the details of his comments today
1,642: My 7 New Year’s Resolutions for You and Star Wars 7x7
Jan 1, 2019 • 9 min
I’m sharing my new year’s resolutions - specifically, my resolutions regarding you and me and Star Wars 7x7 in 2019. Here’s a glimpse at what’s to come in the new year… Punch it!
1,641: About That Reported One-Year Episode IX Time Jump…
Dec 31, 2018 • 9 min
Empire Magazine says John Boyega confirmed that Episode IX takes place roughly one year after the events of The Last Jedi. The challenge is, no one else can confirm this - not even John Boyega. We dug deeper, and here’s what we found… Punch it!
1,640: In Memoriam: Lights We Lost in the Star Wars Galaxy in 2018
Dec 30, 2018 • 5 min
Today, it’s our annual tribute to the people who passed away in 2018 and, with their own unique talents and passions, helped create the experience of Star Wars you and I share today…
1,639: 2018 Movies – the Star Wars Year in Review
Dec 29, 2018 • 7 min
We wrap up our year in review with a different look at the box office response to Solo: A Star Wars Story, and see what DVD sales 2018 have to tell us about how well received Solo and The Last Jedi were with Star Wars viewers. Punch it!
1,638: 2018 Television - the Star Wars Year in Review
Dec 28, 2018 • 8 min
As opposed to video games, books, and comics, the world of Star Wars television didn’t take a step backward in canon storytelling production in 2018. In fact, you could say that it took several steps forward. Punch it!
1,637: 2018 Novels and Comics – the Star Wars Year in Review
Dec 27, 2018 • 9 min
In terms of sheer production, 2018 was a down year compared to 2017 when it comes to Star Wars novels and comics. There’s a notable reason for that (maybe not a cause, but certainly a correlation), and like the video game space, there’s also a notable can
1,636: 2018 Video Games and Experimental Media - the Star Wars Year in Review
Dec 26, 2018 • 6 min
Two new Battlefront II seasons, a bunch of new updates to the Jedi Challenges VR game, and the “Reflections” short produced in conjunction with ILMxLAB were the big “headline news” updates in video games and experimental media for Star Wars in 2018. And t
1,635: An R2-D2 Montage (and Meet Padme, Our New Production Assistant!)
Dec 25, 2018 • 5 min
Check out the video version of the show on YouTube or Facebook to meet Padme, our new Production Assistant! The 3.5-month-old Australian Shepherd mix pup helped produce a video montage celebrating everyone’s favorite droid, R2-D2, to the tune of everyone’
1,634: Our Monthly “Star Patron” Patreon Q&A Session!
Dec 24, 2018 • 14 min
How many YT-1300s were kicking around the galaxy, and why was the Falcon so recognizable? How long did it take our heroes to go from Hoth to Bespin, and was the Empire pursuing them the whole time? And what’s your favorite Star Wars background character a
1,633: What If Solo: A Star Wars Story Had Come Out in December?
Dec 23, 2018 • 10 min
It’s been weird, going through this December without having a Star Wars movie … and then Solo: A Star Wars Story co-writer Jon Kasdan wonders in a tweet how things might have been different if Solo came out this week. Well, let’s talk about that, and pu
1,632: A Scavenger, a Hutt, and a Protocol Droid Will Save the Galaxy
Dec 22, 2018 • 9 min
Plus, what the First Order is telling its people about the destruction of the Resistance, about how many Resistance folks actually survived the events of The Last Jedi, and a rumor kicking around about the time jump between The Last Jedi and Episode IX. P
1,631: The Resistance’s First Two Post-Crait Wins
Dec 21, 2018 • 7 min
The Resistance scores its first military victory and first diplomatic victory in the post-Crait era in the final issue of the Poe Dameron comic series. We’ll talk about those victories today, and explore what it means for the Resistance’s next steps… Pu
1,630: How Poe Dameron Is Becoming More Like Lando Calrissian
Dec 20, 2018 • 7 min
Also, and perhaps more importantly, we’re talking about the very first effort to recruit assistance for the Resistance after the Hosnian genocide and the loss of the D’Qar base - which, surprise surprise, didn’t go as well as they hoped. Punch it!
1,629: One of the Best, Most Unexpected Character Conversations
Dec 19, 2018 • 11 min
One character calls Han Solo a “maniac,” to which the other (referred to as a “legend”) replies, “One of the best maniacs.” And it goes on as they discuss Chewie, Leia, Rey, and the attack on Starkiller Base, but you won’t believe who’s talking. Plus, how
1,628: How Did the First Order Track the Resistance to D’Qar?
Dec 18, 2018 • 7 min
“Torture buddies”! That’s how Poe describes a newly-discovered bond he shares with Rey. But this episode is about more than that - specifically, it’s about the real story behind the Resistance’s recon mission to Starkiller Base, and how they were tracked
1,627: How Did Poe Survive the TIE Fighter Crash on Jakku?
Dec 17, 2018 • 8 min
What happens after The Last Jedi? Well, for one thing, Poe tells Finn and Rey about what happened during the events of The Force Awakens while they were otherwise occupied. Today, how Poe survived and escaped Jakku, and telling General Leia Organa that he
1,626: When Did Han and Chewie Leave the Resistance?
Dec 16, 2018 • 7 min
The Resistance started in 28 ABY, when Leia and Han were still together. Sometime in the next six years, they broke apart, and Han and Chewie left the Resistance. Can we narrow down within that six years when it happened? Thanks to Poe Dameron Annual #2,
1,625: How the Resistance Found Lor San Tekka
Dec 15, 2018 • 10 min
High-security break-ins and break-outs, kidnappings and double-crossings led to the Leia and Lor San Tekka finally meeting in person in the months before The Force Awakens. Today, the highlights of a “Legend Found” as told in issues 20-25 of the Poe Damer
1,624: Episode IX Update (371 Days Left!)
Dec 14, 2018 • 8 min
The story on Entertainment Weekly’s website was about a new wrinkle in Episode IX’s script security. But the interview with Mark Hamill about that security measure, and the story written around it, contained more headline-worthy news than a script with a
1,623: The Mandalorian Series Update
Dec 13, 2018 • 8 min
The official cast The Mandalorian has been announced, with Pedro Pascal leading an all-star cast including Gina Carano, Giancarlo Esposito, and … Werner Herzog?! An interesting concept is getting even more so. Punch it!
1,622: Star Wars Celebration Chicago Update
Dec 12, 2018 • 7 min
A new stage host and a slew of authors have been announced for Celebration Chicago, and based on the list, we have a couple of panel predictions - as well as some thoughts on where the gaps in the announcements are so far… Punch it!
1,621: Star Wars Resistance Mid-Season Review and Recap
Dec 11, 2018 • 10 min
From a review of the voice casting as compared to the first season of Star Wars Rebels, and to speculations for what’s in store for the second half of season one as well as the timeline of season two, here’s our mid-season review and recap for Star Wars R
1,620: Resistance Briefing: “Station Theta Black” (Season 1, Episode 11)
Dec 10, 2018 • 8 min
It’s not an official confirmation statement, but it’s as close as we’ll get: General Leia’s voice actor for Star Wars Resistance is Carolyn Hennesy, a soap opera veteran like the show’s lead player, Christopher Sean. Also, we find out about a First Order
1,619: Most Memorable Post-Podcast Memories
Dec 9, 2018 • 6 min
In today’s episode, one more snippet of conversation from my appearance on the Followers of the Force podcast, in which David and I swap the best of memories we’ve had since starting our respective podcasts… Punch it!
1,618: Followers of the Force Interview
Dec 8, 2018 • 8 min
We’ve got another table turning on this weekend’s interview episodes. Today, an excerpt of my guest appearance on the Followers of the Force podcast, where host David Triana and I talk about our Star Wars prequel experiences, and I share a story I don’t t
1,617: Episode IX, Rey, and the Future of the Jedi
Dec 7, 2018 • 10 min
It’s a little unusual for me to do this, but I’ve been thinking a lot about Rey, the sacred Jedi texts, how she’s going to get another kyber crystal, how the First Order may be locking all of them down, whether she’s going to train a new generation of Jed
1,616: Star Wars Episode IX Update (379 Days Left!)
Dec 6, 2018 • 6 min
Amidst trailer/teaser rumors, Kevin Smith appeared on Good Morning America and gushed about his visit to the set of Episode IX. While he didn’t say much, he said enough for us to analyze… Punch it!
1,615: Benioff, Weiss, and Johnson Movie Updates
Dec 5, 2018 • 8 min
What David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, and Rian Johnson are NOT working on right now is Star Wars. What they ARE working on, and the completion timelines for those projects, suggest that the next Star Wars movie after Episode IX is further out than we thought -
1,614: Cassian Andor Disney+ Series Update
Dec 4, 2018 • 7 min
Not only do we know who the executive producer/showrunner is for the Cassian Andor streaming series (Stephen Schiff, The Americans), we also know who pitched it and wrote the pilot and “bible” for it (Jared Bush, Zootopia, Moana). And both of them have ma
1,613: Resistance Briefing: “Secrets and Holograms” (Season 1, Episode 10)
Dec 3, 2018 • 7 min
More First Order duplicity. A surprise reveal that leads to more misunderstanding. People who know more about Kaz’s New Republic background than anyone thought. That and more in our Resistance Briefing on “Secrets and Holograms,” episode 10 from season 1.
1,612: Part 2 of the Bruce Vilanch Interview
Dec 2, 2018 • 10 min
As we wrap up our conversation with Bruce Vilanch, we get into the aftermath of the Star Wars Holiday Special, with notes about George Lucas, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Art Carney. We also talk about A Sign of the Times, the new musical for which B
1,611: The Bruce Vilanch Interview (Part 1 of 2)
Dec 1, 2018 • 17 min
Bruce Vilanch is a six-time Emmy Award winner, a brilliant comedy writer, songwriter, and playwright. He’s also one of the writers who helped bring the Star Wars Holiday Special to TV screens 40 years ago. Part one of our interview with him has arrived…
1,610: Remembering Gloria Katz (1942-2018)
Nov 30, 2018 • 7 min
One of the great unsung voices in the creation of Princess Leia, the success of Star Wars, and the lineage of strong female action heroes, Gloria Katz passed away on Sunday. Today, we talk about her life and legacy.
1,609: Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures - You Know, for Kids!
Nov 29, 2018 • 8 min
The big announcement for the end of November isn’t going to be about Episode IX, it seems. Instead, it’s about Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures, a new kid-focused reimagining of the Original Trilogy, along with a new Star Wars Kids banner that will become t
1,608: Star Wars Episode IX Update (387 Days Left!)
Nov 28, 2018 • 8 min
Four years ago today, The Force Awakens teaser trailer was released. Here we are now, 387 days before the release of Episode IX, and we don’t have a teaser, a cast photo, a title, nothing! So, one wonders … if not now, when? Punch it!
1,607: #GivingTuesday: Lucas, the 501st, Force for Change and More
Nov 27, 2018 • 7 min
Star Wars fandom is arguably one of the most charitable fandoms out there. It starts at the top, with George Lucas’ well-documented philanthropy, and what he’s inspired in fans at the grass roots level. Today, a brief overview of those efforts, as well as
1,606: Resistance Briefing: “The Platform Classic” (Season 1, Episode 9)
Nov 26, 2018 • 9 min
The aftermath of the Battle of Jakku, the Guavian Death Gang, a rumored spaceship verified, and a system we haven’t heard about since the Clone Wars all play a part in “The Platform Classic,” episode 9 from season 1 of Star Wars Resistance. Punch it!
1,605: 3 First-Time Viewers React to the Star Wars Holiday Special
Nov 25, 2018 • 13 min
Fun fact: Brainstormer Lani, Quizmaster Joe, and Scorekeeper Declan had never seen the Star Wars Holiday Special. So I made them watch it, and then had them join me for our Sunday conversation and share their impressions. Punch it!
1,604: The Winners and Losers of the Star Wars Holiday Special
Nov 24, 2018 • 10 min
Shocking as it may seem, the fallout from the Star Wars Holiday Special was actually rather minimal. Most of the actors and creative team continued to have successful careers! There was one clear winner when it came to the production, and only perhaps thr
1,603: Goodnight, But Not Goodbye
Nov 23, 2018 • 6 min
Two musical numbers round out the final half hour of the Star Wars Holiday Special … sung by Bea Arthur and Carrie Fisher. Plus, the Wookiees wear red robes during the final Life Day celebration because the show’s budget wasn’t big enough to put all tho
1,602: Still the Best Part of the Star Wars Holiday Special
Nov 22, 2018 • 8 min
It’s easy to say that the Boba Fett cartoon was the best part of the Star Wars Holiday Special, considering the competition it had. But it actually had some cool ideas. And the cartoon appeared to be Rebel propaganda, too! And then, Bea Arthur shows up…
1,601: The Most Uncomfortable Scene in Star Wars History
Nov 21, 2018 • 7 min
The most uncomfortable scene in Star Wars live action history is also one that no kid under the age of 10 understood at the time of the Star Wars Holiday Special. As an adult looking back at it, though, it’s the biggest “What the @#$%?!” moment yet. Punch
1,600: The Star Wars Holiday Special at 40!
Nov 20, 2018 • 12 min
The thing is, the Star Wars Holiday Special really starts with a bang, and you think it’s going to be awesome! Then, after nine minutes of Shyriiwook-only dialogue, you wonder what you’ve gotten yourself into. Plus, Harvey Korman inspires Rio Durant in So
1,599: Resistance Briefing: “Synara’s Score” (Season 1, Episode 8)
Nov 19, 2018 • 7 min
The First Order’s plans take a major leap forward in “Synara’s Score,” episode 8 from season 1 of Star Wars Resistance. Here’s the scoop, to fill you in on the doings in the canon timeline… Punch it!
Episode 1,598: Host Allen Voivod Interviewed for Less Than 12 Parsecs Podcast
Nov 18, 2018 • 7 min
For our Sunday conversation this week, the tables are turning! I was lucky enough to be interviewed for a “Titans of Star Wars Podcasting” series on the always-awesome Less Than 12 Parsecs podcast, and for our episode here, I’m sharing a snippet of the in
1,597: Timeline/Storyline-Dependent Characters for the Cassian Andor Series
Nov 17, 2018 • 7 min
Happy Life Day to you! More to come next week about that, but for today, we’re completing our look at characters who could appear in the Cassian Andor streaming series - “could,” because these ones only work for specific storylines, or certain ranges in t
1,596: Who Will (and Won’t) Be in the Cassian Andor Streaming Series?
Nov 16, 2018 • 6 min
The Hollywood Reporter suggested five characters who could appear in the Cassian Andor streaming series for Disney+. It’s a fun idea, but I daresay I think I have a better sense of it. Today, my take on three who definitely will appear, and three who defi
1,595: Star Wars Episode IX Update (400 Days Left!)
Nov 15, 2018 • 8 min
A slightly less caffeinated episode than yesterday’s, but still with a bit of a conspiracy theory bent - this time about what we think we know about Episode IX’s social media posts. Plus, the news reports about the destruction of Rey’ lightsaber, put into
1,594: “The Mandalorian” Conspiracy Theories
Nov 14, 2018 • 7 min
The news that Pedro Pascal is getting a role in The Mandalorian is probably true, but when you read into the details, it’s not official yet. And because of that, I’ve started to wonder just how much of what we think we know about The Mandalorian is actual
1,593: Remembering Stan Lee (1922-2018)
Nov 13, 2018 • 8 min
The story of Star Wars and the life of Stan Lee first intersected in 1975, and none of our lives would ever be the same. On today’s episode, we reflect upon Stan’s legacy, some of the touching tributes being shared, and more about the early history of Sta
1,592: Resistance Briefing: “Signal From Sector Six” (Season 1, Episode 7)
Nov 12, 2018 • 8 min
If there’s anything in particular to recommend “Signal From Sector Six” to you - without ruining the episode for you - it would have to be Oscar Isaac’s hilarious reactions to what Poe and Kaz encounter on a cargo ship that’s come under attack by pirates.
1,591: Interview With Mark O’Connell, “Watching Skies”
Nov 11, 2018 • 29 min
In another installment of our Sunday conversations, here’s our interview with Mark O’Connell, author of “Watching Skies: Star Wars, Spielberg, and Us,” an engaging memoir and a loving ode to a VHS galaxy not so far, far away. Punch it!
1,590: Bob Iger Announces New Cassian Andor Streaming Series
Nov 10, 2018 • 8 min
Diego Luna will reprise his role as Cassian Andor for the second live action series coming to Disney+, their upcoming streaming service, according to Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger. Listen to Iger’s announcement, as well as our analysis of the further d
1,589: ILM Launches Television Division for The Mandalorian
Nov 9, 2018 • 7 min
Want to know what’s really important for Lucasfilm and Disney right now? Look no further than the announcement that Industrial Light and Magic is opening up a new division for streaming and episodic television: ILM TV. Punch it!
1,588: Is Star Wars Episode IX a “Course Correction”?!
Nov 8, 2018 • 9 min
J.J. Abrams is seeking to consolidate his operations with some incredible ambition. But the industry-insider-fueled story is also claiming that Star Wars Episode IX is a “course correction” after what happened with Solo: A Star Wars Story. Could that be t
1,587: Predicting the Big Events of Celebration Chicago
Nov 7, 2018 • 8 min
We haven’t checked in on Star Wars Celebration Chicago in a while, and based on what we already know about major upcoming Star Wars content, it seems pretty easy to figure out what the focal points are going to be for each day at SWCC. Plus, three major r
1,586: Is the Boba Fett Movie REALLY Dead?
Nov 6, 2018 • 7 min
Are the reports of the Boba Fett movie’s death exaggerated? Is there a chance it might crawl out of the sarlacc pit of development and see the light of day? Let’s talk about the possibilities on today’s podcast, and refresh ourselves briefly on its histor
1,585: Resistance Briefing: “The Children From Tehar” (Season 1, Episode 6)
Nov 5, 2018 • 9 min
Why is the First Order after these two kids? Is it related to how they steal kids for indoctrination as stormtroopers, or is something more sinister afoot? Plus, the tightrope Captain Doza is walking with Captain Phasma, and a surprise appearance from ano
1,584: Interview With Morten Bay, “Weaponizing the Haters”
Nov 4, 2018 • 28 min
Last month, Morten Bay (a Research Fellow at the Center for the Digital Future at USC Annenberg) published a study which revealed that the hate directed at Rian Johnson on Twitter over The Last Jedi was not what it seemed. I’m talking to him today about h
1,583: Disney Recoups Lucasfilm Investment in Six Years?
Nov 3, 2018 • 7 min
Has it really been six years since Disney bought Lucasfilm? My, how time does fly. And according to a report on CNBC via comScore, Disney has already turned a profit on the purchase, thanks in part to nearly $5 billion in box office sales. But that’s not
1,582: A Non-Spoiler Discussion About Episode IX Spoilers
Nov 2, 2018 • 7 min
If you’ve been seeing more and more headlines about Episode IX that reveal the leaks, rumors, or spoilers right in the headline, you’re not alone. A lot of media outlets seem to have abandoned any sense of fair play in this regard, but take heart! A new i
1,581: Is the First Order Stronger in the Outer Rim Than We Thought?
Nov 1, 2018 • 8 min
It’s just a doll, or perhaps a statue. But the mere fact of its existence is a little terrifying. What does it mean when the First Order is such a significant part of life in this section of the Outer Rim that there are - what appear to be - mass-produced
1,580: Connecting the Original Trilogy to Star Wars Resistance
Oct 31, 2018 • 8 min
A wink and a nod to the old Star Wars merchandising conundrum; a doll that ca’t possibly be what it is (can it?); and artwork that suggests galactic fame found a former Rebel. On today’s episode, we examine some of the Original Trilogy connections to Star
1,579: Connecting the Prequel Era to Star Wars Resistance
Oct 30, 2018 • 8 min
You may not be a cartoon person, or a kids’ content person when it comes to Star Wars. But when it comes to Resistance, not only is it a major new contribution to Star Wars storytelling, it’s also building ties to other eras. Today, connections to the Pre
1,578: Resistance Briefing: “The High Tower” (Season 1, Episode 5)
Oct 29, 2018 • 8 min
The First Order’s Major Vonrag raises the stakes with his attempt to gain control of the Colossus refueling platform. But does Kaz really understand where Captain Doza’s allegiance really lies? This and more in our Resistance Briefing on “The High Tower,”
1,577: Is Star Wars Outer Space Different From Our Outer Space?
Oct 28, 2018 • 21 min
Today I’m welcoming Georgetown physics professor Patrick Johnson back onto the show! It’s one thing to hear laser blasts and explosions in space as a Star Wars viewer and suspend your disbelief. But when you throw in extended space exposure, and the sound
1,576: Beckett Gets Double-Crossed Before Solo: A Star Wars Story
Oct 27, 2018 • 6 min
The last of the one-shot stories we’re going to talk about for a while, this one reveals the job that Tobias Beckett and crew were working just before they got the coaxium theft assignment we saw them take on in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Punch it!
1,575: How DJ Got Himself Arrested Before The Last Jedi
Oct 26, 2018 • 8 min
When we met DJ in The Last Jedi, he claimed he was just trying to get a good night’s sleep. Which was true, from a certain point of view. What also was true is the bit about how two different casinos and at least one criminal organization were out to get
1,574: How Cassian Met (and Reprogrammed) K-2SO
Oct 25, 2018 • 9 min
In another of our episodes where I’m catching up with stories we haven’t yet talked about on the show, I’m digging in to the tale of how Cassian first met, reprogrammed, and captured K-2SO. Let’s put it this way - catching K-2SO was never part of the miss
1,573: Leia’s Other, Equally Successful Trip to Crait
Oct 24, 2018 • 9 min
Leia’s trip to Crait didn’t go that well in The Last Jedi, and it went about as well when she went there in between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, too. Today, our look at seven top takeaways from “The Storms of Crait,” a one-shot from Marvel Comi
1,572: Oscar Isaac, Gwendoline Christie Returning to Star Wars Resistance
Oct 23, 2018 • 8 min
Official descriptions for episodes 6-9 of Star Wars Resistance have been released, and they’re more revealing than you might expect on first blush. Also, Poe Dameron and Captain Phasma are coming back for another tour of duty… Punch it!
1,571: Resistance Briefing: “Fuel for the Fire” (Season 1, Episode 4)
Oct 22, 2018 • 10 min
Nothing that immediately jumps out as being Resistance/First Order related in “Fuel for the Fire,” episode 4 from season 1 of Star Wars Resistance. But: Elijah Wood, Yeager’s rebellious past, and speeder bike without steering vanes. Punch it!
1,570: Catching Up on NYCC Star Wars News
Oct 21, 2018 • 7 min
Since we never really talked about news out of New York Comic Con from earlier this month, I thought today would be a good day to close the loop on that! On this episode, a summary of Star Wars TV, comic, and novel announcements from NYCC. Punch it!
1,569: Clone Wars Season 7 Update
Oct 20, 2018 • 13 min
We’re maybe a year away from the release of Clone Wars Season 7 on the new Disney streaming service, but after careful review of the information out there, we’re pretty confident about which three of the 13 unproduced story arcs will make the cut. Punch i
1,568: Harrison Ford Inserted Into Solo: A Star Wars Story
Oct 19, 2018 • 8 min
You’ve seen Michael Douglas and Robert Downey Jr. de-aged for Marvel movies, but what would it have been like if they de-aged Harrison Ford for Solo: A Star Wars Story? There’s a video making the rounds that gives you an idea of it, and we’re discussing i
1,567: What Is (Good or Bad) “Fan Service,” Anyway?
Oct 18, 2018 • 8 min
What exactly is “fan service,” and what’s the difference between good and bad fan service? That’s the topic I’m exploring in light of the prop reveals from The Mandalorian we discussed yesterday, and I’m going to share a couple more examples with you from
1,566: The Mandalorian Live-Action Series Update
Oct 17, 2018 • 8 min
Jon Favreau has posted two rather insane prop photos from what appears to be the set of The Mandalorian, his live-action series coming to Disney’s streaming service in the fall of 2019. We’re talking about the backstories behind these two items, as well a
1,565: Chuck Wendig’s Firing From Marvel Comics
Oct 16, 2018 • 8 min
Last week, Chuck Wendig announced that he’d been fired from writing Star Wars comics for Marvel because of the way he conducts his Twitter activity. It’s a sad state of affairs, and though there are some things on which Chuck and I don’t see eye to eye, t
1,564: Resistance Briefing: “The Triple Dark” (Season 1, Episode 3)
Oct 15, 2018 • 9 min
Our seven top takeaways from “The Triple Dark,” episode 3 of season 1 of Star Wars Resistance, in which we find out the kind of gambit the First Order is running in relation to the Colossus refueling platform… Punch it!
1,563: Star Wars Episode IX Update (432 Days Left!)
Oct 14, 2018 • 8 min
Oscar Isaac talks about improvisation on the set of Episode IX, and new rumors suggest that not only are script rewrites happening, but production may be extending by as much as two months… Punch it!
1,562: A Brief History of Cantinas in Star Wars Movies and TV
Oct 13, 2018 • 7 min
For a franchise that has been described by George Lucas and countless other Lucasfilm creatives as being primarily for kids, the movies and TV shows sure manage to get into bars, cantinas, and other drinking establishments rather quickly. Today, a brief (
1,561: Final Notes From the Premiere Week of Star Wars Resistance
Oct 12, 2018 • 6 min
From the timeline crossing with The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi to the time spot in the broadcast day, from the target audience age to the type of content for that age, we’re wrapping up our premiere week coverage of Star Wars Resistance. Punch it!
1,560: Where Is the Money Coming From in Star Wars Resistance?
Oct 11, 2018 • 7 min
When I watch new Star Wars stories, I often find myself wondering about the money. Not about the animators or producers and the like - about the in-world money situation. And in the case of Star Wars Resistance, a couple things made me start wondering abo
1,559: Star Wars: A Future Without the Force?
Oct 10, 2018 • 7 min
Once is an accident; twice is a coincidence; three times is a conspiracy. The three most recent blocks of Star Wars storytelling are mostly free of Force-user influence. Is the future of Star Wars a future without Jedi and Sith, without the overt use of t
1,558: Resistance Briefing: “The Recruit” (Season 1, Episodes 1 and 2)
Oct 9, 2018 • 7 min
Star Wars Resistance debuted on Sunday night, with a two-part episode entitled “The Recruit.” The title refers to our main character, Kaz Xiono, and in our first Resistance Briefing, I’m sharing the seven top takeaways from this episode - ones that most S
1,557: Resistance Week! Mining the Star Wars Databank
Oct 8, 2018 • 8 min
At least twenty new entries have appeared in the Databank in concert with the run-up to the premiere of Star Wars Resistance. On today’s episode, we’re running down the information you need to know from these new entries - not just as a poten
1,556: Resistance Week! Reveals From the Cast Interviews
Oct 7, 2018 • 8 min
Just how long was Star Wars Resistance in development? And what is there to learn from the interviews conducted with the cast and crew during the press junkets? We’re digging into the details in today’s podcast. Punch it!
1,555: Resistance Week! The First Order’s Proxy War Heats Up
Oct 6, 2018 • 7 min
In the extended sneak peek at Star Wars Resistance, we learn that pirates attacking the Colossus refueling platform are suddenly changing tactics, are better prepared, and better equipped. How is this possible? I’ll give you three guesses, and the first t
1,554: Resistance Week! The First Order Is … NOT Attacking?
Oct 5, 2018 • 7 min
A video featuring the ace pilots on the Colossus in Star Wars Resistance reveals more about life on the Colossus refueling platform, including the danger they face (which isn’t just about the First Order), the business of racing, and how people are going
1,553: Favreau’s Series Is “The Mandalorian”
Oct 4, 2018 • 8 min
Well, that was a surprise! Jon Favreau took to Instagram yesterday to post a presumed title of his Star Wars live-action series: “The Mandalorian.” He shared the premise of the show as well, and we’re breaking it down on today’s episode. Punch it!
1,552: Resistance Week! Planet Revealed, Timeline Confirmed
Oct 3, 2018 • 7 min
The press event for Star Wars Resistance was held not too long ago, and we’re learning more details about the series - including the name of the planet on which the Colossus fuel rig resides, and whether that “set six months before The Force Awakens” busi
1,551: Resistance Week! What We Know About the First Five Episodes
Oct 2, 2018 • 7 min
We’ve got the overview of the first five episodes of Star Wars Resistance, including lots of star power like Frodo Baggins himself, Elijah Wood! However, there’s one voice you may have heard a rumor about, but to this point, that’s all it is - just a rumo
1,550: Resistance Week! Why the New Series Is Essential for Star Wars Fans
Oct 1, 2018 • 10 min
Even if you’re not planning on watching the new series Star Wars Resistance, or your gut reaction is to dismiss it because it’s targeted at kids, there are a few compelling reasons why you’ll want to keep tabs on what happens in the show - reasons that re
1,549: The Future of the Jedi Order Revealed in “Jedi Challenges”?
Sep 30, 2018 • 9 min
We haven’t talked about Lenovo’s “Jedi Challenges” augmented reality game yet, and it’s not designed to have much of a story to it, per se. But it is in the canon world, and the premise has a very strong implication for the future of the Jedi Order after
1,548: Kathleen Kennedy Gets Three-Year Contract Extension
Sep 29, 2018 • 9 min
Big news on the business front: Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy’s contract has been renewed for three years, through 2021. What does that mean? From a vote of confidence to a potential seat at the head of the Disney table, we look at the ramification
1,547: Episode IX Update (448 Days Left!)
Sep 28, 2018 • 8 min
Mark Hamill “going to work.” Andy Serkis canceling a comic book convention appearance. Both make great grist for the rumor mill, but is there anything Star-Wars-related in these bits of news? The answers and more on today’s Episode IX update. Punch it!
1,546: “Vader Immortal” VR Series and Star Wars Gaming Update
Sep 27, 2018 • 8 min
The next big thing in Star Wars VR has been announced! “Vader Immortal” is a three-part VR series beginning in early 2019, from the same team that brought you “Secrets of the Empire.” We’re digging into the details today, and checking in on Jedi Fallen Or
1,545: Rey’s Parents: The Non-Spoiler Toy Reveal
Sep 26, 2018 • 7 min
There are more rumors kicking around about Rey’s parents, but you can ignore them, whatever they are. The fact of the matter is, we may have already been introduced to Rey’s parents, thanks to a LEGO set from last year. Punch it!
1,544: Remembering Star Wars Producer Gary Kurtz (1940-2018)
Sep 25, 2018 • 9 min
There may be multiple generations of Star Wars fans for whom the name Gary Kurtz doesn’t ring a bell. For others, knowing he was a producer of Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back might not convey the significance of his contributions to the galaxy far,
1,543: The Physics of the Kessel Run
Sep 24, 2018 • 10 min
Back in Episode 1,233 in November 2017, I interviewed Georgetown University physics professor Patrick Johnson, author of The Physics of Star Wars. In the book (which came out six months before the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story), he gave three possibl
1,542: Han Solo’s Abandonment Issues
Sep 23, 2018 • 8 min
Left behind by his father. Left behind by Beckett. Left behind by Qi’ra. Han Solo’s got some major abandonment issues. And it informs his character deeply, from the earnestness of his wanting to return for Qi’ra to how hard (not very) it must have been fo
1,541: Disney CEO Bob Iger on the Future of Star Wars
Sep 22, 2018 • 10 min
Earlier this week, The Hollywood Reporter featured a wide-ranging interview with Disney CEO Bob Iger, in which he had a few comments about the future of Star Wars. I’m addressing those comments today… Punch it!
1,540: Our Final Review of Solo: A Star Wars Story (Expanded Edition)
Sep 21, 2018 • 10 min
Now that we’ve spent all this time looking at the trees, what about the forest? So to speak, that is. We’ve dug into the depths of the Solo: A Star Wars Story novelization by Mur Lafferty, and now it’s time to reflect on what we’ve learned and give a fina
1,539: Secrets of the Finale of Solo: A Star Wars Story
Sep 20, 2018 • 9 min
After all the double-crosses are said and done, who did what they were expected to do, and why? Qi-ra’s motivations, in particular, get much clearer in our look at the stories behind the story of Solo: A Star Wars Story Expanded Edition, aka the novelizat
1,538: How Many Parsecs Was It???
Sep 19, 2018 • 8 min
In full disclosure, our deep dive into the Solo: A Star Wars Story novelization is mostly about L3-37, Lando, and his decision to leave Han, Chewie, Beckett, and Qi-ra behind on Savareen. But the thing you’ll most want to hear, I’m sure, is what the truth
1,537: More Fun Facts From the Kessel Run
Sep 17, 2018 • 13 min
How can our heroes “hear” the booming of carbonbergs smashing into each other in space? What two moments during the Kessel Run are different in the movie than they are in the Solo: A Star Wars Story novelization - and was it good that they happened one wa
1,536: The Secrets of the Kessel Slave Revolt
Sep 17, 2018 • 9 min
Two sly references to A New Hope, one to the original Lando novels, droids getting religion, and much more on tap as we discuss the secrets of the Kessel Slave Revolt, beyond what we got to see in Solo: A Star Wars Story - including a small difference in
1,535: Filling in Qi’ra’s Three Deadly Missing Years
Sep 16, 2018 • 9 min
We learned a little about what happened to Qi’ra after she and Han were split up on Corellia in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Now, thanks to the “Expanded Edition” novelization, we learn just how deadly and difficult those three years were. Punch it!
BONUS EPISODE: Nissan’s Jeremy Meadows on Working With Lucasfilm, ILM and More
Sep 15, 2018 • 29 min
Most Star Wars fans won’t get to go to the red-carpet world premiere of a Star Wars movie, or work directly with ILM, Skywalker Sound, or the Lucasfilm Story Group in our lives. But the next best thing is talking to a friend who did, and who’ll tell you a
1,534: Lando’s Cape Obsession, Chewie’s Shower Destruction
Sep 15, 2018 • 9 min
A lighter look at the Solo: A Star Wars Story Expanded Edition novelization today, in which we meet Lando Calrissian, discover just how deep his cape obsession goes, and empathize with him as Chewie destroys his shower and his supply of rare hair care pro
1,533: What You *Didn’t* Know About the Dryden Vos Meeting
Sep 14, 2018 • 9 min
When Han Met Dryden… doesn’t exactly sound like a romantic comedy, does it? Well, Dryden Vos may have admired Han’s audacity, but there was no love lost during that meeting in his yacht’s study. Today, as we dig deeper into the Solo novelization, we lea
1,532: Legends In-Jokes in the Solo Novelization?
Sep 13, 2018 • 8 min
The Vandor train heist - and its prologue and aftermath - are what we’re looking at in today’s installment of our series on the secrets of the Solo: A Star Wars Story “Expanded Edition” (aka, the novelization). There may be a few nods to the old Expanded
1,531: Why Was Beckett’s Crew Short-Handed in Solo: A Star Wars Story?
Sep 12, 2018 • 7 min
In Solo: A Star Wars Story, Tobias Beckett considers taking Han and Chewie off Mimban with them because his crew is “short-handed.” But how did they get short-handed in the first place? The movie doesn’t explain, but the “Expanded Edition” novelization ha
1,530: Corellian Secrets From the Solo Novelization
Sep 11, 2018 • 13 min
In the first of our series of episodes looking at the “Expanded Edition” (aka the Solo: A Star Wars Story novelization), we’re digging into the new insights into the Corellian opening of the movie, including Han’s original coaxium plan, how he and Qi’ra l
1,529: Bethany Lacina Interview: Analyzing Star Wars Twitter Behavior
Sep 10, 2018 • 34 min
Do people talk in a more hostile way to women than men on Twitter, when they’re talking about Star Wars? A new analysis from Bethany Lacina, a political science professor, at the University of Rochester, certainly makes that case. I’m talking to Bethany t
1,528: Our Review of Star Wars: Last Shot
Sep 9, 2018 • 13 min
Now that we’ve given you the top takeaways from the novel Star Wars: Last Shot, today’s episode is the review episode! Yes, normally the review episode comes before all the spoiler-y episodes, but considering the whole “fractured narrative” thing, we thou
1,527: Han and Lando Grow Up in “Last Shot”
Sep 8, 2018 • 10 min
Our last summary of the major takeaways from Star Wars: Last Shot concludes with the high points from the “Now” timeframe of the novel, more than two years after the events of the Aftermath Trilogy. This includes Ben Solo nearly getting killed by a culina
1,526: Lovelorn Han, Mixed Up With Sana Starros Again!
Sep 7, 2018 • 9 min
Okay, NOW we get to Han Solo’s part in this whole crazy “Last Shot” affair, and it involves the mysterious Sana Starros, she of the “marriage” to Han from her introduction via the Marvel Comics a few years ago. And things only get more complicated as a re
1,525: Cantonica Interlude, Continuity Issue?
Sep 6, 2018 • 9 min
Before we get to Han Solo’s involvement in this whole droid apocalypse scenario, we have to examine an interlude in Star Wars: Last Shot that also, as it happens, helps to bring into stark relief a potential continuity issue with the timeframes of the sto
1,524: L3-37 Keeps the Galaxy’s Biggest Secret From Lando
Sep 5, 2018 • 10 min
Fyzen Gor swore revenge on the galaxy in 13BBY, in Daniel José Older’s novel Last Shot. Three years later, he was well on his way to making it a reality. Meanwhile, L3-37 knew exactly what Gor was up to - and was planning to stop him! How is getting uplo
1,523: The Start of Han and Lando’s Problems in “Last Shot”
Sep 4, 2018 • 11 min
How did Lando and Han get into so much trouble in Daniel José Older’s “Last Shot”? Well, it all started about twenty years ago - 13BBY, more precisely - when a promising young Pau’an medical student’s bad day sowed the seeds of an apocalyptic vision. Pun
1,522: Scoundrel Business: Final Solo Box Office Report
Sep 3, 2018 • 7 min
In its 15th weekend of release, Solo: A Star Wars Story is still in 90 movie theaters in the US, but for all intents and purposes it’s reached the end of its theatrical run. And considering that Solo’s home release is coming in a few short days, this will
1,521: No Force Friday, No More Toys ‘R’ Us
Sep 2, 2018 • 9 min
Here we are in the month of September, and this will be the first time in four years that we don’t have a Force Friday event to look forward to. Yes, they called it “Rogue Friday” in 2016, but it was the same thing, of course. And that got me thinking abo
1,520: Star Wars Resistance Update (36 Days Left!)
Sep 1, 2018 • 9 min
A new behind-the-scenes featurette for Star Wars Resistance was released earlier this week, and if you look carefully, you’ll get to see some very interesting surprises. Like, General Leia Organa, Kylo Ren’s shuttle, and a character who *could* be Cardina
1,519: Episode IX Production Update (476 Days Left!)
Aug 31, 2018 • 9 min
Tomorrow marks the one-month anniversary of the start of filming for Episode IX, and they’ve already started filming on location! Not exotically, but still… Also, casting news, and nuggets from interviews given by Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac. Punch
1,518: The Link Between Enfys Nest, Saw Gerrera, and Jyn Erso
Aug 30, 2018 • 6 min
In our last look at excerpts from Solo: A Star Wars Story Expanded Edition (the novelization of the movie), we get more clarity on the link between the leader of the Cloud-Riders, Enfys Nest, and the leader of the Partisans, Saw Gerrera. There’s also a su
1,517: L3-37 and the Three Brains of the Millennium Falcon
Aug 29, 2018 • 11 min
Fun Fact: The Millennium Falcon’s main computer is composed of three different droid brains! We know that L3-37 is one of them, thanks to Solo: A Star Wars Story. And thanks to a new excerpt from the “Expanded Edition” novelization, we know much more. Pun
1,516: How Qi’ra Started Working for Dryden Vos in Solo: A Star Wars Story
Aug 28, 2018 • 8 min
There were three years between Han and Qi’ra being separated on Corellia and being reunited on Vandor. We know (generally) what happened to Han in those three years, but how about Qi’ra? Well, another excerpt from the Solo: A Star Wars Story novelization
1,515: How Han Solo Got Kicked Out of the Flight Academy
Aug 27, 2018 • 9 min
The “Expanded Edition” of the Solo: A Star Wars Story novelization comes out next week, but we’re already being showered with excerpts from the book - excerpts that come from scenes not included in the movie. And in today’s episode, we’re going to talk ab
1,514: What Happened to Security Cam Footage at the Jedi Temple?
Aug 26, 2018 • 8 min
Obi-Wan and Yoda discovered the Anakin/Vader secret via security camera footage from the massacre at the Jedi Temple. It doesn’t look like they saved a copy of footage, but what happened to the it? At least one copy seems to have survived… Punch it!
1,513: The Newest (Living) Discoverer of the Anakin/Vader Secret
Aug 25, 2018 • 6 min
I’m clarifying a bit about the parameters of who knew the Anakin/Vader secret today, and adding a new set of people to the list - only one of whom actually survived when Darth Vader himself came to town. Punch it!
1,512: Who Knows/Knew the Anakin/Vader Secret?
Aug 24, 2018 • 7 min
When the canon was rebooted in 2014, the only people who knew that Anakin Skywalker was Darth Vader were Obi-Wan and Yoda, as far as we knew. (And Palpatine, of course, but we’re not counting him because Sith happens.) There may have been others in the ol
1,511: Where Do All These Fan Theories Come From?
Aug 23, 2018 • 10 min
They come from fans, of course! Well, that’s the simple answer to a simple question. The more complex question is, why do you hear about certain fan theories being reported on fandom-focused websites? They’re often not the ones generating the ideas, so wh
1,510: Are Fan Theories a Good Thing for Star Wars?
Aug 22, 2018 • 10 min
We all have theories about what might happen in upcoming Star Wars movies. But is it a good thing when fandom-focused websites raise some of those theories up to the level of being reporting-worthy news? And how does that affect our viewing and enjoyment
1,509: Episode IX Production Update (486 Days Left!)
Aug 21, 2018 • 11 min
More updates on things you can’t believe or shouldn’t take for granted, including Dan Mindel’s alleged set photo, Richard E. Grant’s alleged role, Episode IX’s alleged splitting, and the production’s alleged end date. Plus, what Domhnall Gleeson actually
1,508: Is “Resistance” the “Deep Space Nine” of Star Wars TV?
Aug 20, 2018 • 11 min
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - set on a space station, and focused on the crew stationed there. Star Wars: Resistance - set on a refueling platform, and our hero’s mission is to find who’s good and who’s bad there. And that’s where the similarities begin…
1,507: Thrawn’s Next Adventure and Post-Rebels Fate
Aug 19, 2018 • 9 min
What’s next for Timothy Zahn and Thrawn? As far as villainous characters go, Thrawn is certainly one of the most popular in the Star Wars galaxy. Surely we haven’t heard the last of him, right? Based on what we learned from Thrawn: Alliances and the end o
1,506: Star Wars Resistance: 7 Top Takeaways From the First Teaser
Aug 18, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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!
858: “Together” - New Rogue One Commercial Dialogue
Nov 8, 2016 • 7 min
A new Rogue One commercial dropped Sunday, with some new dialogue that hints at the relationship between Jyn Erso, Saw Gerrera, the Rebellion, and the Partisans. Punch it!
857: “Imperial Supercommandos” - Star Wars Rebels Season 3, Episode 7
Nov 7, 2016 • 8 min
“Imperial Supercommandos” is Season 3, episode 7 of Star Wars Rebels, referring to Mandalorians serving the Empire. But can Fenn Rau be trusted, either? Punch it!
856: “The Academy” - Clone Wars Briefing, Season 3, Episode 6
Nov 6, 2016 • 9 min
“The Academy,” Season 3 Episode 6 of the Clone Wars cartoon series, is a quieter episode that highlights the importance of Mandalore to the Star Wars franchise. Punch it!
855: Episode VIII and Han Solo Movie Updates
Nov 5, 2016 • 18 min
Daisy Ridley says wait for Episode VIII for answers about Rey’s parents. Bradford Young says the Han Solo movie won’t be what you expect. Updates here… Punch it!
854: Rogue One Post-Production Update (42 Days Left!)
Nov 4, 2016 • 7 min
“New” Rogue One behind-the-scenes images, “new” Rogue One commercials, “new” Rogue One secrets … and a legit date for new Rogue One footage. Punch it!
853: Starkiller Base, Ilum, and Star Wars: Complete Locations
Nov 3, 2016 • 10 min
Was Starkiller Base made from Ilum, once home to the Jedi’s stash of kyber crystals? Or is it another planet? Star Wars: Complete Locations offers conflicting details… Punch it!
852: Secrets of Maz Kanata’s Castle and the Resistance Base
Nov 2, 2016 • 8 min
In my next look at The Force Awakens material from Star Wars: Complete Locations, Episode VIII action is hinted at by the info on Maz’s Castle and the Resistance Base. Punch it!
851: Secrets of Jakku and Rey’s AT-AT From Star Wars: Complete Locations
Nov 1, 2016 • 11 min
What secrets are hiding on Jakku and in Rey’s AT-AT? We’re going to find out together, as I share details from the new Star Wars: Complete Locations. Punch it!
850: 7 Scariest Characters/Creatures From the Star Wars Movies
Oct 31, 2016 • 10 min
In honor of Halloween, I’m naming my list of the seven scariest characters/creatures from the seven Star Wars movies. What are yours? Share in the comments… Punch it!
849: “Corruption” - Clone Wars Briefing, Season 3, Episode 5
Oct 30, 2016 • 8 min
“Corruption” is season 3, episode 5 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, in which government bribery is turned into lighthearted children’s cartoon fare. Punch it!
848: Gareth Edwards on Jyn Erso and Orson Krennic
Oct 29, 2016 • 9 min
USA Today is fast becoming a go-to Star Wars information source. This time, they revealed insights into Jyn Erso and Orson Krennic you won’t want to miss. Punch it!
847: Rogue One Post-Production Update
Oct 28, 2016 • 9 min
Could C2-B5 be R2-D2 in disguise? Does the new Duracell commercial reveal a character appearance and a plot point? This and more in a Rogue One update. Punch it!
846: Decoded! Rogue One Hidden Messages in IMAX Standees, Revealed
Oct 27, 2016 • 8 min
The Star Wars Show revealed that Rogue One IMAX “standees” would have hidden messages on them. It’s also online, and I’ve decoded them for you. Punch it!
845: A Brief History of the Death Star
Oct 26, 2016 • 9 min
Where did the Death Star go after it left Geonosis? And what clue in Attack of the Clones explains the parallel Death Star project inside the Republic? We surmise… Punch it!
844: What Donald Glover’s Casting Tells Us About the Han Solo Movie
Oct 25, 2016 • 8 min
Donald Glover is your young Lando Calrissian in the 2018 Han Solo movie! His casting gives a strong hint about the vibe they’re going for. I’ll explain… Punch it!
843: Star Wars Rebels Briefing: “The Last Battle” - Season 3, Episode 6
Oct 24, 2016 • 11 min
Who really won the Clone Wars? Ezra asks the all-important question (and gets the answer) in the midst of “The Last Battle,” Star Wars Rebels Season 3, Episode 6. Punch it!
842: “Sphere of Influence” - Clone Wars Briefing, Season 3, Episode 4
Oct 23, 2016 • 9 min
Greedo’s a coward, Papanoida throws down, and Ahsoka should be dead in “Sphere of Influence,” the latest in our Star Wars: Clone Wars Briefing series. Punch it!
Episode 841: Star Wars Trivia Lightning Challenge
Oct 22, 2016 • 8 min
In a new installment of the Star Wars Trivia Challenge, I got 14 of 17 correct. Can you do better? Let’s hope so… Punch it!
840: Dissecting the Rogue One: Catalyst Excerpt
Oct 21, 2016 • 14 min
Baby Jyn Erso! The excerpt from Star Wars: Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel sheds new light on the Ersos, Krennic, and the Rogue One footage we’ve seen. Punch it!
839: Is Han Solo Really Alive?
Oct 20, 2016 • 9 min
A fan theory is taking the online space by storm - that Han Solo may survive getting stabbed with a lightsaber and falling 10 miles into the heart of a self-destructing planet. I’m look at the evidence… Punch it!
838: Rogue One Backstory Reveal, and Death Star Ownership
Oct 19, 2016 • 9 min
The Separatists (led by Geonosian Poggle the Lesser) worked on the Death Star before the Republic became the Empire. How did it transfer to the Empire? Punch it!
837: “Turning Point” - Aftermath: Life Debt Tie-In?
Oct 18, 2016 • 9 min
“Turning Point,” the latest short story from Star Wars Insider, claims to be a “Life Debt” tie-in. But is it really? I liked it, but I didn’t see the tie-in… Punch it!
836: “Hera’s Heroes” - Star Wars Rebels Briefing, Season 3, Episode 5
Oct 17, 2016 • 13 min
It’s my latest Star Wars Rebels Briefing! Today I’m covering “Hera’s Heroes,” season 3, episode 5 of the TV series, featuring a Syndulla doomsday scenario. Punch it!
835: “Supply Lines” - Clone Wars Briefing, Season 3, Episode 3
Oct 16, 2016 • 11 min
In this Clone Wars Briefing, we’re taking another trip back in time with “Supply Lines,” a prequel to “Ambush” from Season 1 - and one of Jar Jar’s worst outings. Punch it!
834: The Rogue One Trailer: Did You Really Miss Anything?
Oct 15, 2016 • 7 min
Lots of articles on the web talk about the Easter eggs in the Rogue One trailer, or things you missed, or hidden clues. Were you in the dark about any of it? Mostly, no. Punch it!
833: Ahsoka’s White Lightsaber Source Revealed
Oct 14, 2016 • 9 min
How did Ahsoka get the white lightsabers she wields in Star Wars Rebels? You find that out, and a lot more, in Star Wars: Ahsoka. Get the scoop here… Punch it!
BONUS EPISODE: Final Rogue One Trailer Breakdown
Oct 14, 2016 • 33 min
The final Rogue One trailer breakdown in an extended episode, which also ties in what we already know from other footage, interviews, toy packaging, and more. Punch it!
832: The State of the Rebellion in Star Wars: Ahsoka
Oct 13, 2016 • 9 min
What does the Rebellion look like at the first anniversary of Empire Day? I dig into it in today’s podcast, and its implications for Rogue One, too. Punch it!
831: The State of the Empire in Star Wars: Ahsoka
Oct 12, 2016 • 10 min
What is the Empire like, one year after the fall of the Jedi? The new novel Star Wars: Ahsoka reveals secrets about the army, vehicles, bureaucracy, Jedi hunting, and more. Punch it!
830: Star Wars: Ahsoka Non-Spolier Novel Review
Oct 11, 2016 • 12 min
My review of the newly released YA Star Wars novel, “Star Wars: Ahsoka,” is on tap today! Spoiler free in this episode, more spoiler-y later this week. Punch it!
829: “The Antilles Extraction” - Star Wars Rebels Season 3, Episode 4
Oct 10, 2016 • 11 min
My Star Wars Rebels Briefing on “The Antilles Extraction” is here! Season 3, episode 4 of the TV series features not just Wedge, but another familiar pilot. Punch it!
828: “ARC Troopers” - Clone Wars Briefing, Season 3, Episode 2
Oct 9, 2016 • 9 min
“ARC Troopers” is the Clone Wars Briefing subject today! It’s episode 2 of season 3 of the Clone Wars TV series, featuring a first-ever censored scene. Punch it!
827: Listener Feedback, and a 5-Second Birthday Wish
Oct 8, 2016 • 9 min
The things you’ve written in iTunes reviews are wonderful! Would you mind taking a few seconds to rate the podcast in your podcast app for the birthday host? Punch it!
826: Rogue One Trailer and Post-Production Update
Oct 7, 2016 • 12 min
When will the final Rogue One trailer debut? I’m guessing Monday, October 17, and I’m sharing my rationale in today’s podcast. Punch it!
825: What Was Lando Doing Before Running Cloud City?
Oct 6, 2016 • 15 min
To pay off a debt to a gangster, Lando has to steal a luxury yacht. Turns out to be the Emperor’s. Yikes! All about Lando’s wild adventure today. Punch it!
824: What Did Chewbacca Do Right After the Events of “A New Hope”?
Oct 5, 2016 • 10 min
Chewie went on an important and personal mission after the Battle of Yavin - but got sidetracked, and wound up freeing slaves! The full story today… Punch it!
823: What Princess Leia Did Right After “A New Hope”
Oct 4, 2016 • 8 min
I’m boiling down a multi-issue story Princess Leia arc in less than seven minutes. What did she do right after Luke blew up the Death Star? Find out here. Punch it!
822: “Holocrons of Fate” - Star Wars Rebels Briefing, Season 3, Episode 3
Oct 3, 2016 • 11 min
Another piece of the Star Wars Rebels season 3 trailer puzzle is revealed in “Holocrons of Fate,” episode 3 in the new season of the TV series. Punch it!
821: A Tribute to Vin Scully, and 67 Years of Podcast Inspiration
Oct 2, 2016 • 10 min
Today marks the last game for Vin Scully, voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers for 67 years. This is my humble tribute to one of the inspirations for the way I podcast. Punch it!
820: “Clone Cadets” - Clone Wars Briefing, Season 3, Episode 1
Oct 1, 2016 • 7 min
Season 3, Episode 1 Clone Wars Briefing! “Clone Cadets” reveals what happens when the Kaminoans have to “stretch” Jango Fett’s DNA to make more clones. Punch it!
BONUS EPISODE: Inside a #RogueFriday Midnight Event
Sep 30, 2016 • 6 min
#RogueFriday - the #ForceFriday event for Rogue One this year - was a much lower-key affair compared to last year’s Force Awakens hoopla. My wrap-up is here… Punch it!
819: Part 3 of the Rogue One Interview Reveals
Sep 30, 2016 • 14 min
In our last look at the Rogue One extended interviews from GMA, Gareth Edwards and Kathleen Kennedy talk about other returning Star Wars characters, and whether everyone survives. Punch it!
BONUS EPISODE: What the #GoRogue Shorts Reveal About Rogue One
Sep 29, 2016 • 5 min
The #GoRogue short videos have been entertaining - and possibly enlightening about the events of Rogue One. My review of the series is here. Punch it!
818: Part 2 of Rogue One Reveals From the Cast
Sep 29, 2016 • 8 min
Diego Luna as Cassian Andor, Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso, and Jiang Wen as Baze Malbus appeared on GMA last month, and two of them revealed Rogue One hints. Punch it!
Bonus Episode: Sneak Peek at Rogue One Reveals From the Force Friday Toys!
Sep 28, 2016 • 11 min
My local toy purveyor put some Force Friday figures out early! Here’s what the package copy reveals about the characters, and Rogue One situations we might encounter. Punch it!
817: Rogue One Reveals From the Cast - Part 1
Sep 28, 2016 • 8 min
Forest Whitaker, Riz Ahmed, Donnie Yen, and Alan Tudyk talk about their characters and motivations in interview excerpts from Good Morning America. Punch it!
816: Discussing Rogue One’s “Force Friday” Event
Sep 27, 2016 • 7 min
An excerpt of my interview with Todd van der Heyden, CTV national news anchor and host of the syndicated “Viewpoints” radio show, about Force Friday. Punch it!
815: Star Wars 2020 Movie and Beyond!
Sep 26, 2016 • 8 min
Disney chief Bob Iger shared news about Star Wars movies in 2020 and beyond, but some media outlets gave conflicting reports about it. Here’s the real scoop. Punch it!
814: “Steps Into Shadow” - Star Wars Rebels Briefing, Season 3, Episode 1
Sep 25, 2016 • 12 min
The season 3 premiere of Star Wars Rebels, “Steps Into Shadow,” previously only seen at Star Wars Celebration Europe, debuted for the world yesterday. Punch it!
813: Predictions for Star Wars Rebels Premiere Night!
Sep 24, 2016 • 14 min
Today’s the big day! Star Wars Rebels Season 3 debuts tonight, and I asked fellow podcasters to weigh in with their predictions for this new season. Punch it!
812: Our Theory on Ahsoka Tano’s Fate
Sep 23, 2016 • 30 min
What happened to Ahsoka Tano after the Star Wars Rebels season 2 finale? My theory: she survives to become a more powerful neutral Force user like Bendu. Punch it!
811: Dave Filoni, Star Wars Rebels Mastermind
Sep 23, 2016 • 12 min
In today’s installment of our Star Wars Rebels Premiere Week celebration, I take a closer look at the mind behind the series, Dave Filoni. Punch it!
810: Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Clips
Sep 21, 2016 • 11 min
Continuing our celebration of Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Premiere Week with our look at the three additional clips which have been released so far. Punch it!
809: Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Trailer Themes
Sep 20, 2016 • 8 min
The trailer for the third season of Star Wars Rebels is action-packed. I’ve a look at key themes of the season, plus titles for the first six episodes. Punch it!
Bonus Episode: New Rogue One Planet Revealed!
Sep 19, 2016 • 4 min
Have you seen the “Go Rogue” stop motion toy videos? The 3rd one, just released, officially reveals the name and description of a new Star Wars planet. Punch it!
Episode 808: Star Wars Rebels Season 2 Recap
Sep 19, 2016 • 8 min
It’s Star Wars Rebels Premiere Week! I’m getting you ready for the Season 3 debut on Saturday night, starting with a recap of season 2 today. Punch it!
807: “Lethal Trackdown” - Clone Wars Briefing, Season 2, Episode 22
Sep 18, 2016 • 14 min
We’re wrapping up Season 2 Clone Wars Briefings with the “Lethal Trackdown” finale and the conclusion of a three-episode Star Wars story arc. Punch it!
806: “R2 Come Home” - Clone Wars Briefing, Season 2, Episode 21
Sep 17, 2016 • 9 min
It’s another Clone Wars Briefing! This time we’re looking at “R2 Come Home,” Season 2, Episode 21 of the Star Wars TV series, with more R2-D2 heroics. Punch it!
805: Rogue One and Episode VIII Weekly Update
Sep 16, 2016 • 11 min
What are Lupita Nyong’o and Adam Driver saying about Episode VIII? What’s going on with Michael Giacchino replacing Alexander Desplat on Rogue One? Punch it!
804: Pablo Hidalgo on the Lucasfilm Story Group
Sep 15, 2016 • 8 min
We’re taking a look at what’s been going on with the official Star Wars Show, and particularly at what Pablo Hidalgo revealed about the Lucasfilm Story Group. Punch it!
803: The Perfect Weapon
Sep 14, 2016 • 9 min
Today we’re sharing details about Bazine Natal (the First Order informant on Takodana from The Force Awakens), as revealed in “The Perfect Weapon” e-book. Punch it!
802: “TK-146275” and What’s Next for Star Wars Short Fiction
Sep 13, 2016 • 8 min
In our last (for now) look at Star Wars short stories from Star Wars Insider magazine, I’m looking at “TK-146275” and what’s coming in their next few issues. Punch it!
801: “Inbrief” and “Bait” From Star Wars Insider
Sep 12, 2016 • 8 min
We’re getting near the end of our catch-up on Star Wars short fiction with looks at “Inbrief” and “Bait” from Star Wars Insider magazine #161 and #162. Punch it!
800: A Milestone, and Sharing My Dream With You
Sep 11, 2016 • 12 min
Episode 800 - another milestone! I’m sharing the Star Wars 7x7 Podcast history, plus my dream to reach 1,000 Patrons by Episode #1,000 on March 30, 2017. Punch it!
799: “Fire Across the Galaxy” - Rebels Briefing, Season 1, Episode 13
Sep 10, 2016 • 10 min
It’s a Star Wars Rebels Briefing! We’re covering “Fire Across the Galaxy,” the season 1 finale, featuring the returns of Ahsoka Tano and Darth Vader. Punch it!
798: “Death Trap” - Clone Wars Briefing, Season 2, Episode 20
Sep 9, 2016 • 8 min
It’s a Clone Wars Briefing! “Death Trap,” Season 2, Episode 20, features the brilliant premise of Boba Fett infiltrating a Clone Youth Brigade to kill Mace Windu. Punch it!
797: 2006-2016 - Star Wars Year by Year, A Visual History
Sep 8, 2016 • 11 min
In our last look at Star Wars Year by Year: A Visual History (Updated and Expanded Edition), we check out 2006-2016 - from Clone Wars to Rogue One. Punch it!
796: 1984-2005 - Star Wars Year by Year, A Visual History
Sep 7, 2016 • 9 min
We’re reviewing 1984-2005 in “Star Wars Year by Year: A Visual History,” the updated and expanded coffee-table tome by DK Publishing that’s out this week. Punch it!
795: 1914-1983 - Star Wars Year by Year, A Visual History
Sep 6, 2016 • 8 min
1914-1983. That’s the time period we’re covering in our podcast about “Star Wars Year by Year: A Visual History,” the updated edition of which comes out today. Punch it!
794: Blade Squadron - “Zero Hour” and “Kuat”
Sep 5, 2016 • 8 min
We’re back having a look at short fiction from Star Wars Insider magazine, and in particular, two Blade Squadron stories, “Zero Hour” and “Kuat.” Punch it!
793: “Rebel Resolve” - Rebels Briefing, Season 1, Episode 12
Sep 4, 2016 • 9 min
Time for a Star Wars Rebels Briefing! This time we’re talking about “Rebel Resolve,” episode 12 of season 1 of the series, ending on a cliffhanger. Punch it!
792: “The Zillo Beast Strikes Back” - Clone Wars Briefing, Season 2, Episode 19
Sep 3, 2016 • 10 min
Time for a Clone Wars Briefing! Today we’re looking at “The Zillo Beast Strikes Back,” episode 19 of Season 2 of the Star Wars Clone Wars series. Punch it!
791: Rogue One, Episode VIII, and Han Solo Movie Update
Sep 2, 2016 • 18 min
There’s been a lot brewing recently with Rogue One, Episode VIII, and the Han Solo standalone movie. Let’s get you updated on Star Wars movie news. Punch it!
790: “Rebel Bluff” and “Kindred Spirits”
Sep 1, 2016 • 8 min
Today, in our look at Star Wars fiction in Star Wars Insider magazine, we’re covering “Rebel Bluff” with Lando and “Kindred Spirits” with Ventress. Punch it!
789: “Last Call at the Zero Angle” and “Orientation”
Aug 31, 2016 • 10 min
In our continuing series on short Star Wars fiction from Star Wars Insider magazine, we’re looking at “Last Call at the Zero Angle” and “Orientation.” Punch it!
788: “One Thousand Levels Down” and “The End of History”
Aug 30, 2016 • 9 min
Continuing our look at Star Wars short fiction with “One Thousand Levels Down” and “The End of History” by Alexander Freed, from Star Wars Insider. Punch it!
787: Blade Squadron and the Fate of the Devastator
Aug 29, 2016 • 7 min
Starting our series of looks at the new canon stories from Star Wars Insider magazine with “Blade Squadron” Parts 1 and 2, from issues #149 and #150. Punch it!
786: “Call to Action” - Star Wars Rebels Briefing, Season 1, Episode 11
Aug 28, 2016 • 7 min
It’s time for another Star Wars Rebels briefing! This time, we’re looking at “Call to Action,” episode 11 from season 1 of the Disney XD series. Punch it!
785: “The Zillo Beast” - Clone Wars Briefing, Season 2, Episode 18
Aug 27, 2016 • 9 min
In this week’s Clone Wars Briefing, we’re looking at “The Zillo Beast,” the Godzilla tribute in Season 2, Episode 18 of the Star Wars series. Punch it!
784: Interview With Rod Gillies, DK Books and The Brothers Brick
Aug 26, 2016 • 7 min
In the last of our Star Wars Celebration Europe interviews, meet Rod Gillies, author of DK Publishing’s “LEGO Star Wars: Build Your Own Adventure.” Punch it!
783: Blabba the Hutt on the Star Wars Franchise
Aug 25, 2016 • 7 min
Back in July, I had the pleasure of meeting Kate (Arizona) and Jamie (Ireland) from the Blabba the Hutt Podcast. Their thoughts on Star Wars now? Punch it!
782: 5 Rogue One Characters About Whom We Learned Nothing From the New Trailers
Aug 24, 2016 • 7 min
We learned things about a few Rogue One characters from the new trailers. But there are five characters about whom we learned nothing. Who are they? Punch it!
781: New Rogue One Things We Learned About Vader, Galen Erso, and More
Aug 23, 2016 • 8 min
The Rogue One trailers revealed a few choice tidbits about Darth Vader, Galen Erso, Baze Malbus, K-2SO, and Alister Petrie’s unnamed Rebel… Punch it!
780: Saw Gerrera - 3 New Things We’ve Learned
Aug 22, 2016 • 8 min
The new Rogue One trailers gave us a more detailed picture of Forest Whitaker’s rebellious extremist Saw Gerrera. I’ve got a summary of what we’ve learned. Punch it!
779: “Vision of Hope” - Star Wars Rebels Season 1, Episode 10
Aug 21, 2016 • 8 min
“Vision of Hope” is episode 10 of season 1 of Star Wars Rebels, featuring a hidden Star Trek connection and ties back into earlier episodes. Punch it!
778: “Bounty Hunters” - Clone Wars Briefing, Season 2, Episode 17
Aug 20, 2016 • 9 min
Welcome to another Star Wars: Clone Wars Briefing! This time we’re covering the Akira Kurosawa tribute, “Bounty Hunters” - Season 2, Episode 17. Punch it!
777: Our Seven Most Popular Podcasts of All Time
Aug 19, 2016 • 11 min
I’m digging back through the data to find out what the seven most popular Star Wars 7x7 episodes of all time are, and the answers were surprising. Punch it!
776: 3 New Things We Learned About Cassian Andor
Aug 18, 2016 • 8 min
Yesterday we looked at the new stuff we learned about Jyn Erso from the Rogue One trailers. Today, we’re looking at the reveals about Cassian Andor. Punch it!
775: 3 New Things We Learned About Jyn Erso
Aug 17, 2016 • 9 min
With two new trailers in the span of five days, what new things have we learned about Jyn Erso? Three, at least, which we’re examining today. Punch it!
774: Rogue One International Trailer Breakdown
Aug 16, 2016 • 13 min
The first international trailer for Rogue One has dropped! There are a couple of new scenes, and new lines of dialogue that may have great import. Punch it!
773: Our Theory on Darth Vader’s Rogue One Role
Aug 15, 2016 • 15 min
What’s Darth Vader’s “very, very important” role in Rogue One? My theory - he has to find and install kyber crystals to power the Death Star Superlaser. Punch it!
772: Episode VIII and Han Solo Movie Update
Aug 14, 2016 • 9 min
Sure, there’s a lot of fuss around Rogue One right now. But what’s going on with Episode VIII and the young Han Solo movie? We’ll update you here… Punch it!
771: A Tribute to Kenny Baker (1934 - 2016)
Aug 13, 2016 • 7 min
Kenny Baker passed away Saturday at the age of 81. Today, a look back at his career and the defining role from a galaxy far, far away. Punch it, Chewie…
770: Rogue One 2nd Trailer Breakdown
Aug 12, 2016 • 27 min
The (second) wait is over! We’ve got the full breakdown of the second trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in this bonus-length episode. Punch it!
769: Rogue One, New Trailer Tease Breakdown
Aug 11, 2016 • 8 min
A teaser for the trailer came out for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story! In advance of the new trailer debuting this evening, we’re analyzing the new footage. Punch it!
768: #SWCE Interviews - A Family Affair
Aug 10, 2016 • 6 min
In a special interview from Star Wars Celebration Europe, I caught up with a fan of the podcast who also brought his entire family to #SWCE. Punch it!
767: The Secret History of the U-wing From Rogue One
Aug 9, 2016 • 8 min
We’ve seen the U-wing before - hiding in plain sight, so to speak. Here’s what we now know about the new ship from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Punch it!
766: The New (1st!) Rogue One Commercial
Aug 8, 2016 • 8 min
Did you see the new Rogue One commercial? It’s the first one so far, but there’s only one thing different from everything else we’ve seen so far. Punch it!
765: “Idiot’s Array” – Rebels Briefing, Season 1, Episode 9
Aug 7, 2016 • 8 min
“Idiot’s Array” is episode 9, season 1 of Star Wars Rebels, and brings back a welcome character from the Original Trilogy - Lando Calrissian. Punch it!
764: “Cat and Mouse” – Clone Wars Briefing, Season 2, Episode 16
Aug 6, 2016 • 6 min
It’s a Star Wars: The Clone Wars Briefing! In “Cat and Mouse,” Season 2, Episode 16, we get and lose a good villain, and Anakin disobeys … again… Punch it!
763: Jonathan Wilkins, Star Wars Insider Magazine – #SWCE Interviews
Aug 5, 2016 • 8 min
We’re wrapping up another Star Wars Celebration (#SWCE) interview week with Jonathan Wilkins, Editor of Star Wars Insider Magazine. Punch it!
762: Adam Bray, Star Wars Author – #SWCE Interviews
Aug 4, 2016 • 6 min
Adam Bray, author of “Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know” and other fine DK Publishing books, is our #SWCE interviewee today. Punch it!
761: Amanda Jean Camarillo, Lucasfilm – #SWCE Interviews
Aug 3, 2016 • 6 min
On today’s #SWCE interview show, we’ve got Amanda Jean Camarillo, part of the team bringing “The Star Wars Show” to life every Wednesday on YouTube. Punch it!
760: Chris Clarke, The Force Awakens – #SWCE Interviews
Aug 2, 2016 • 5 min
More from Star Wars Celebration Europe! This time we’re talking to Chris Clarke, Key Animatronics Designer from The Force Awakens. Punch it!
759: Steele Saunders, Steele Wars Podcast – #SWCE Interviews
Aug 1, 2016 • 9 min
More from Star Wars Celebration Europe! Today we’re featuring an interview with Steele Saunders, Australian comedian and host of the Steele Wars podcast. Punch it!
758: “Path of the Jedi” – Rebels Briefing, Season 1, Episode 8
Jul 31, 2016 • 12 min
Yoda himself, Frank Oz, stars as a guest voice in more ways than one! It’s our Star Wars Rebels Briefing for “Path of the Jedi,” Season 1, Episode 8. Punch it!
757: “Senate Murders” – Clone Wars Briefing, Season 2, Episode 15
Jul 30, 2016 • 7 min
In this week’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars Briefing, we’re looking at “Senate Murders” from Season 2, even though it takes place during Season 3. Huh? Punch it!
756: Eric Goldman, Executive Editor, IGN TV - #SWCE Interviews
Jul 29, 2016 • 7 min
Our latest Star Wars Celebration interview features Eric Goldman, Executive Editor of IGN TV, and his take on what’s best about Star Wars right now. Punch it!
755: Jordan White, Marvel Comics - #SWCE Interviews
Jul 28, 2016 • 6 min
It’s Jordan D. White’s turn at the microphone! The editor of Star Wars stories at Marvel Comics joins our series of Star Wars Celebration Europe interviews. Punch it!
754: Jason Fry, Star Wars Author - #SWCE Interviews
Jul 27, 2016 • 7 min
In our latest interview from Star Wars Celebration Europe (#SWCE), we talk to Jason Fry, author of Star Wars fiction, non-fiction, and much more. Punch it!
753: Matt Martin, Lucasfilm Story Group - #SWCE Interviews
Jul 26, 2016 • 7 min
Our series of Star Wars Celebration Europe (#SWCE) interviews continues with Matt Martin, Creative Executive with the Lucasfilm Story Group. Punch it!
752: San Diego Comic-Con Star Wars News Wrap-up
Jul 25, 2016 • 7 min
Two characters revealed, two other names revealed, and Episode VIII completes filming! We’re wrapping up Star Wars San Diego Comic-Con news… Punch it!
751: “Gathering Forces” - Rebels Briefing, Season 1, Episode 7
Jul 24, 2016 • 8 min
“Gathering Forces” (it’s a play on words!) is Episode 7, Season 1 of Star Wars Rebels, and features our first look at Ezra tuning into the Dark Side… Punch it!
750: “Duchess of Mandalore” - Clone Wars Briefing, Season 2, Episode 14
Jul 23, 2016 • 7 min
Clone Wars Briefing: “Duchess of Mandalore,” Season 2, Episode 14 of Clone Wars series, the end of a 3-episode arc about Obi-Wan’s unrequited love. Punch it!
749: Bryan Young, Full of Sith - #SWCE Interviews
Jul 22, 2016 • 6 min
What does Bryan Young of Full of Sith find most exciting about Star Wars right now? Tune in to the latest in my series of Star Wars Celebration Europe interviews. Punch it!
748: Cole Horton, Star Wars Writer - #SWCE Interviews
Jul 21, 2016 • 5 min
Today’s interview from Star Wars Celebration Europe features Cole Horton, writer of Star Wars books, working for Electronic Arts, and digging ILMxLAB. Punch it!
747: #SWCE Interview: Lucasfilm’s Michael Siglain
Jul 20, 2016 • 7 min
After the #SWCE Disney Publishing Panel, I met with Michael Siglain, Creative Director, Lucasfilm Publishing. What excites him about Star Wars? Find out… Punch it!
746: #SWCE Interview With Kemp Remillard, DK Star Wars Artist
Jul 19, 2016 • 7 min
#SWCE - our interview with DK’s Incredible Cross-Sections artist Kemp Remillard includes a reveal about an upcoming Star Wars book you don’t want to miss. Punch it!
745: #SWCE Day 3 Wrap-Up: Books, Storytelling, and Interviews!
Jul 18, 2016 • 13 min
DK Publishing, Art of Storytelling, Future Filmmakers, One Question Project kickoff - all part of Star Wars Celebration! Details:
#SWCE Bonus Episode: Episode VIII, Han Solo, Rogue One
Jul 17, 2016 • 20 min
We’re reviewing the Future Filmmakers Panel at Star Wars Celebration Europe, with Rian Johnson (Episode VIII), Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Han Solo), and more. Punch it!
744: #SWCE Day 2: Rebels, Books, Comics, Short Stories, and More!
Jul 17, 2016 • 12 min
Old characters return (Thrawn!), new books announced (Catalyst), comics keep their secrets, and more in this Day 2 update from Star Wars Celebration Europe. Punch it!
Bonus Episode: Star Wars Rebels Season 3 at #SWCE
Jul 16, 2016 • 15 min
The big reveal of the day? Grand Admiral Thrawn coming back to Star Wars! Yes, the classic villain from Timothy Zahn is coming, and we’ve got the scoop on more. Punch it!
743: #SWCE Day 1: Hamill, Rogue One, Rebels, and More!
Jul 16, 2016 • 19 min
Rogue One, Mark Hamill, the fate of Ahsoka Tano, and so much more were in play during Day 1 of Star Wars Celebration Europe. Our wrap-up is here… Punch it!
Bonus Episode: Rogue One “Behind the Scenes” Trailer Breakdown
Jul 15, 2016 • 21 min
A behind-the-scenes featurette about Rogue One became the de-facto trailer released at Star Wars Celebration Europe, but there was more footage, too… Punch it!
742: Inside Celebration Europe: The Rogue One All-Nighter
Jul 15, 2016 • 10 min
What’s it like to wait in line all night for the chance to be in the live Rogue One panel session? You’ll find out in today’s podcast, live from London. Punch it!
741: Pre-Celebration Rogue One News
Jul 14, 2016 • 8 min
Tomorrow is the big day! Star Wars Celebration Europe kicks off with the Rogue One Panel and likely the trailer as well. I prep for it here… Punch it!
740: Rey, Jakku, and the Bookends of Aftermath: Life Debt
Jul 13, 2016 • 11 min
The novel Aftermath: Life Debt by Chuck Wendig has some tantalizing implications for Rey, Jakku, and the future of the Sequel trilogy. Punch it!
739: Our Review of Aftermath: Life Debt
Jul 12, 2016 • 12 min
Aftermath: Life Debt is the 2nd novel in the Star Wars: Aftermath trilogy by Chuck Wendig chronicling the post-Return-of-the-Jedi era. Our review is here… Punch it!
738: Aftermath: Life Debt Excerpts
Jul 11, 2016 • 8 min
We start our in-depth look at Star Wars: Aftermath: Life Debt by examining the excerpts released in Entertainment Weekly, Mashable, and USA Today. Punch it!
737: “Empire Day” - Rebels Briefing, Season 1, Episode 6
Jul 10, 2016 • 10 min
It’s Empire Day in episode six of season one of Star Wars Rebels, and we’re deepening the mystery surrounding the fate of Ezra’s parents. Punch it!
736: “Voyage of Temptation” - Clone Wars Briefing, Season 2, Episode 13
Jul 9, 2016 • 11 min
Let’s get right to it: Obi-Wan and Satine had an unrequited thing going on in the past, which we learn about in this latest Clone Wars Briefing. Punch it!
735: Sunday at Star Wars Celebration Europe
Jul 8, 2016 • 8 min
The “Future Filmmaker Panel” will be the highlight of a jam-packed day at Star Wars Celebration Europe on Sunday the 17th. We’re covering that and more… Punch it!
734: Saturday at Star Wars Celebration Europe
Jul 7, 2016 • 12 min
Star Wars storytelling is highlighted on Day 2 of Star Wars Celebration Europe, including Rebels, novels, comics, and more. Here’s our coverage preview… Punch it!
733: Friday at Star Wars Celebration Europe
Jul 6, 2016 • 9 min
The Rogue One Panel is the highlight of the Friday sessions at Star Wars Celebration Europe. Here’s a review of the day’s events and what we’ll be covering for you. Punch it!
732: Amy Ratcliffe Interview, Part 2
Jul 5, 2016 • 22 min
It’s part 2 of our interview with Amy Ratcliffe, host of the Behind the Scenes Stage at Star Wars Celebration Europe, podcast host and prolific Star Wars writer. Punch it!
731: Interview With Amy Ratcliffe, Part 1
Jul 4, 2016 • 20 min
Amy Ratcliffe is the first female host at Star Wars Celebration, taking the spotlight on the Behind the Scenes Stage in Europe. First of a two-parter… Punch it!
730: “Out of Darkness” - Rebels Briefing, Season 1, Episode 5
Jul 3, 2016 • 6 min
“Out of Darkness” is episode 5 of season 1 of Star Wars Rebels, which introduces us to the soon-to-be-very-important “Fulcrum” informant. Punch it!
729: “The Mandalore Plot” - Clone Wars Briefing, Season 2, Episode 12
Jul 3, 2016 • 9 min
“The Mandalore Plot” is episode 12 of season 2 of the Clone Wars series, and the first of a three-part story arc that brings a major player onto the stage. Punch it!
728: Part 2: Our Interview With Anthony Breznican
Jul 1, 2016 • 39 min
In the second half of our interview with Entertainment Weekly’s Anthony Breznican, we talk about his Star Wars career coverage, Celebration, and more. Punch it!
727: Anthony Breznican Interview, Part 1
Jun 30, 2016 • 40 min
It’s part one of our two-part interview with Anthony Breznican, senior writer for Entertainment Weekly and the trusted source for Star Wars news. Punch it!
726: Saw Gerrera, From the Clone Wars to Rogue One
Jun 29, 2016 • 8 min
We’ve got lots to share about Saw Gerrera, the character played by Forest Whitaker in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Will he jeopardize the mission? Punch it!
725: The New Faces of Rogue One
Jun 28, 2016 • 11 min
We get some new pictures and new details about the characters appearing in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story thanks to Entertainment Weekly… Punch it!
724: Darth Vader in Rogue One
Jun 27, 2016 • 8 min
It’s official - Darth Vader appears in Rogue One! We’re discussing the details of his cameo here, as well as how he might be revealed in the next trailer. Punch it!
723: “Breaking Ranks” - Rebels Briefing, Season 1, Episode 4
Jun 26, 2016 • 6 min
In this Star Wars: Rebels Briefing, we’re looking at Season 1, Episode 4 - “Breaking Ranks,” and a covert op to destroy a kyber crystal shipment. Punch it!
722: “Lightsaber Lost” - Clone Wars Briefing, Season 2, Episode 11
Jun 25, 2016 • 7 min
“Lightsaber Lost” is Season 2, Episode 11 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and pretends to be about arms dealers, but is really about a pickpocket. Punch it!
721: Rogue One Reshoots - Putting the Rumors to Rest
Jun 24, 2016 • 10 min
A month or more of reshoots, totaling 40% or more of the film? A lot of this Rogue One reshoot news seems to have been blown out of proportion. Punch it!
720: The EW Rogue One Cover Reveal
Jun 23, 2016 • 17 min
Along with the cover, a teaser for the elements of their big first-look piece on Rogue One, and a Good Morning America segment. We’re digging in… Punch it!
719: “Betrayed” and “Destroyed” - Truth or Trap?
Jun 22, 2016 • 8 min
Kylo Ren “betrayed” the new Jedi, and is responsible for their “destruction.” Haven’t we heard these words before, and with different meanings? Punch it!
718: Destroying the Empire’s Records
Jun 21, 2016 • 9 min
Ironically, the Empire destroyed all of its records before they found out they had a use for them. More about galaxy-shaping events discussed here. Punch it!
717: Does the Galactic Empire Still Exist?
Jun 20, 2016 • 7 min
Last we knew, the Empire was forced into a treaty and harsh sanctions. Are they still out there, nursing a grudge and waiting to strike? Punch it!
716: “Rise of the Old Masters” - Rebels Briefing Season 1, Episode 3
Jun 19, 2016 • 9 min
“Rise of the Old Masters” - Season 1, Episode 3 of Star Wars Rebels - has a great emotional payoff/tie-in to the Prequel and Original Trilogies. Punch it!
715: “The Deserter” - Clone Wars Briefing Season 2, Episode 10
Jun 18, 2016 • 7 min
In this Clone Wars Briefing, we’re covering “The Deserter” (Season 2, Episode 10). And it broaches some pretty deep topics for a kids’ cartoon. Punch it!
714: Rogue One/Star Wars Episode VIII Weekly Update
Jun 17, 2016 • 7 min
Mads Mikkelsen pipes up again, and a potential spoiler about Rey’s parentage is debunked in this weekly update on Rogue One and Episode VIII. Punch it!
713: New Celebration Europe Guests and Artistic Creations
Jun 16, 2016 • 7 min
More guests announced for Star Wars Celebration Europe! Plus the tattoo pavilion, juried artists, and cosplayers galore. Less than a month away … Punch it!
712: What Happened Between 4 ABY and 34 ABY?
Jun 15, 2016 • 11 min
Introducing a new resource on Star Wars 7x7 - the New Republic Timeline, chronicling major events between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. Punch it!
711: The First Discovery of the First Order
Jun 14, 2016 • 10 min
21 ABY. That’s when the seeds of the First Order were first planted. Here’s the scoop behind the plot to fund and foster the enemy of the Republic. Punch it!
710: The Start of the Resistance
Jun 13, 2016 • 9 min
Claudia Gray’s novel Star Wars: Bloodline doesn’t tell us much about the Resistance but it does tell us some crucial things, including its origin. Punch it!
709: “Grievous Intrigue” - Clone Wars Briefing Season 2, Episode 9
Jun 12, 2016 • 9 min
We get a taste of the General’s motivation in “Grievous Intrigue,” Season 2, Episode 9 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. We dig into the backstory, too. Punch it!
708: “Fighter Flight” - Star Wars Rebels Season 1, Episode 2
Jun 11, 2016 • 7 min
A Star Wars Rebels briefing featuring Season 1, Episode 2 - “Fighter Flight.” It’s a fluff piece, with funny moments and a couple of neat extras. Punch it!
707: Rogue One and Star Wars Episode VIII Update
Jun 10, 2016 • 12 min
Never mind the echo chamber. We get to the heart of the matter with sources and news you can trust about Rogue One. Also, Star Wars Episode VIII. Punch it!
706: Celebration Europe Countdown: The Big Guests
Jun 9, 2016 • 8 min
Gareth Edwards, Kathleen Kennedy, Dave Filoni, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill are the headliners announced so far for Star Wars Celebration Europe. Punch it!
705: What We Now Know About Ben Solo/Kylo Ren
Jun 8, 2016 • 15 min
Six years before The Force Awakens, it looks like Ben Solo, aka Kylo Ren, is estranged from Han and Leia, and may already be headed down a dark path. Punch it!