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THE MANDALORIAN SEASON TWO TRAILER BREAKDOWN!  On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris dissect and discuss the first trailer for the second season of The Mandalorian.  They talk about how this trailer sets the tone for the upcoming season, while reminding everyone where we've been in season one.  They also delve into the clues about Din Djarin's quest to reunite Baby Yoda with the Jedi.  Plus, the New Republic's role in season two, is Boba Fett's jet pack in the trailer, and just who is Sasha Banks playing?  They also chat about the new Star Wars: Squadrons short, "Hunted".  All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_17-09-20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:55pm PDT

Dominic and Ciaran continue their look back at season seven of The Clone Wars with PART TWO of their "Siege of Mandalore" discussion.  They look at some of the key relationships Ahsoka has in this arc, starting with Bo-Katan.  They break down the unexpected partnership between the Jedi outcast and the Mandalorian outcast. Then they delve into Ahsoka and Maul's confrontation in the throne room, Maul's offer to Ahsoka, and her reasons for ultimately rejecting him.  And to close out the show they do a deep dive on Ahsoka's final conversation with the Jedi council.  Plus, how Obi-Wan and Padme's reactions to Anakin's fall compare to Ahsoka's, what does the future hold for Mandalore, and in defense of Mace Windu?  All this and much more!

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Direct download: TCW_Siege_of_Mandalore_PT_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:23pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris break down all the reveals about The Mandalorian Season Two from Entertainment Weekly.  They analyze all the new photos and discuss the quotes from Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Pedro Pascal, Giancarlo Esposito, and Carl Weathers about what's to come this October.  Then they look at Daisy Ridley's recent revelations about the production of the sequel trilogy and Rey's lineage, as well as speculating about some potential roads not taken for the story.  Plus, Ewan McGregor confirms the Kenobi series is just one season, Lego reveals an incredible new Mos Eisley Cantina set, and the return of the Star Destoryer.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_11-09-20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris discuss John Boyega's recent interview with British GQ, where he reflects very candidly about his experiences on Star Wars.  Then they discuss the news of the release date of season two of The Mandalorian. They also react to the news that a younger Yoda in the High Republic stories.  Plus, the rumored evolution of the Obi-Wan Disney+ series, collecting updates, Star Wars birthday party guests, and the history of the clone wars.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_03-09-20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:23pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris are joined by SWU "Senior Tie-In Materials Correspondent" Chris "Starrapter" Abbott (check out his YouTube channel) to discuss all the Star Wars new at Gamescon 2020.  They break down the new Star Wars: Squadrons preview, and talk about how it ties-in with other Star Wars material set in that era.  They also share their thoughts on the Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga trailer and the new The Sims "Journey to Batuu" expansion.  Then they talk to the organizers of this weekend's ForceFest virtual convention Richard and Sara Woloski from Skywalking Through Neverland, and Tyler Bucks from Chatter Squadron.  Plus, reaction to Kathleen Kennedy's latest comments about the future of Star Wars, the mystery of 2019 The Clone Wars Celebration trailer, and Ben tells an amazing story about the SWU live show at Clebration Chicago.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_28-08-20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:12pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic and Ciaran continue their look back at season seven of The Clone Wars with PART ONE of their "Siege of Mandalore" discussion.  They discuss the reaction to the arc, as well as the ways the arc calls back to the 2008 The Clone Wars movie.  Then they delve into Ahsoka's tense reunion with Obi-Wan and Anakin, and how Ahsoka and Rex's journey's impact their stories in this arc.  Plus the similarities between Duchess Satine and her sister Bo-Katan, Maul's visions of Sidious, and an epic tangent about Anakin's visions in Revenge of the Sith and Sidious' potential role.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: TCWSB_Siege_of_Mandalore_PT_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:34pm PDT

On this episode Chris is joined by Lauren Scott, Amber Hope and Michael Shatz from Culture Slate to discuss all the latest Star Wars news, and asking the question that’s on everyone’s minds; Where the heck is that Mandalorian: Season 2 trailer?! They dive into some new updates on the production of season 3 of The Mandalorian and react to George Lucas’ reaction to the first season. They also discuss the recent rumors surrounding the possibility of a film or TV series focused on Ben Solo. Plus, Michael, Amber and Lauren talk about their experience attending an exclusive The Mandalorian screening in Hollywood. And Ben Hart stops in briefly to give his two cents on some of the news. Listen for all of this and more!

Direct download: SWU_PODCAST_8-20-20.mp3
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On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris discuss the news that a new Star Wars Holiday Special (in LEGO form) is coming to Disney+ this fall.  They also look at some updates about what's going on with The Mandalorian season two, including some speculation about Moff Gideon's role in the upcoming story, and production on the Cassian Andor show.  They also delve into some more listener emails.  Plus, a few publishing updates, a discussion of the current state of streaming services and what the future holds for them, and more discussion on the legacy of the sequel trilogy.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_14-08-20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:48pm PDT

Dominic and Ciaran continue their look back at season seven of The Clone Wars by discussing the Bad Batch arc.  They delve into how this arc brings Rex's arc (almost) to its conclusion through his connection with Echo and Anakin's influence on him.  They also talk about the Bad Batch as characters, and their reactions to the news that Star Wars: The Bad Batch is coming to Disney+ in 2021.  Plus, did Palpatine overlook Ahsoka in his plans for Anakin, the connections between this arc and the Martez Sisters arc, and the role of the separatists in the Clone Wars and what they tell about the Empire and the First Order.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: TCWSB_Bad_Batch.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:15pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris discuss the rumors of when we'll see the first trailer for season two of The Mandalorian and speculate about what we might see and if any of the rumored characters might make their first appearance.  Then they discuss Ron Howard's recent comments about a potential Solo: A Star Wars Story sequel.  They also look at the potential impact of Disney's choice to release Mulan on Disney+ on the future of theatrical film releases.  Plus, favourite Star Wars parodies, dark and light side personas and their consequences, Satine in the Obi-Wan series, and Dominic grapples with the results of the hockey game live on the show.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_06-08-20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:41pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris discuss the recent Emmy nominations for The Mandalorian and Star Wars Resistance!  They also break down the latest rumors about upcoming Disney+ Star Wars series', including what other Solo characters might be getting their own shows, as well as the potential appearance by Grand Moff Tarkin in the Cassian Andor TV show.  They then close down the show with a massive discussion about the legacy of the sequel trilogy and its current place in Star Wars, and how that compares to the other trilogies.  Plus, an update of the Tales From The Galaxy's Edge VR Experience, the future of Ahsoka stories, and the tone of future Star Wars stories.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_31-07-20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:46pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris discuss the news that the release dates for the next three Star Wars movies have been moved back by a year each.  They also talk about the rumors that Donald Glover will be returning as Lando Calrissian for a Disney+ series, and speculate about what other Solo: A Star Wars Story characters could show up.  They also talk about Colin Trevorrow's reveal of a ship designed for his version of Episode IX.  Plus, what do the next few years look like in terms of Star Wars film and series releases, the Jedi of the High Republic, and pitches for a Star Wars horror movie.  All this and much more!

Direct download: SWU_24-07-20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:47pm PDT

It's a jam packed episode of The SWU Podcast this week!  First, Dominic, Ben, and Chris are joined by Corey Van Dyke and Noah Outlaw from Kessel Run Transmissions to break down the announcement of the new animated series Star Wars: The Bad Batch.  They share their thoughts on the series, and the choice of these characters to focus, and where this story can go.  Corey and Noah also talk about how they first heard about the series, when they first reported on it a few weeks ago.  They also talk about the rumor that Hayden Christensen is back for the Kenobi series.  Then, Graham Hancock from BrickFanatics.Com and Blocks Magazine stops by for a deep dive into the current goings on in Lego Star Wars.  Plus, Hasbro finally reveals their Clone Wars Black Series figures, a shake-up in the Disney+ release schedule, and some random celebrity encounters and Star Wars dreams.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_17-07-20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:02pm PDT

This week on The Clone Wars Strikes Back, Dominic and Ciaran begin their look back season seven of The Clone Wars by discussing the Martez Sisters arc.  They get into some of the galactic issues presented in this arc, including how the Jedi are perceived by the people of the galaxy.  They also discuss how this arc depicts the ways Palpatine was able to rise to power by playing on the already existing problems in the galaxy.  Plus, they get into some of the issues in the fourth episode, Ahsoka's mindset going into this episode, and a further defense of the ship name The Silver Angel.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: TCWSB_Martez_Sisters.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:34pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris continue the SWU Podcast film commentary series by watching and discussing Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.  They break down the conclusion to the prequel trilogy, focusing on how it depicts Anakin's ultimate fall to the dark side and the role that Palpatine, Obi-Wan, and the Jedi Order play in that.  They also recall their experience seeing the film in 3D at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2015.  Plus, several Hamilton references, George Lucas' affinity for visual storytelling, Rian Johnson's interpretation of the prequel trilogy, Padme's empathy, and the rise of the Empire.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_ROTS_Commentary.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:48pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris get caught up on the latest Star Wars news!  They start with a bounty of publishing news, including a slew of The Mandalorian books, the Doctor Aphra audiobook cast, The Clone Wars short stories, and what really happened to the The Making Of The Force Awakens book.  They also discuss recent comments from Deborah Chow about making The Mandalorian and the Obi-Wan Kenobi show.  Plus, what makes something "feel like Star Wars", is there an heir apparent to Star Wars, and the greatest piece of audio ever produced for this show.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_03-07-20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:53pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic and Ciaran are joined by Din of the band F-105, Kareem Dharsee from Order 416, and Matt Neugebauer of the For Christ's Sake, Anakin! podcast to discuss the 2003 micro series Star Wars: Clone Wars. They look back on the series and how it compares to the 2008 series, as well as how it connects to the larger themes of the saga. They also break down the series' depictions of Anakin, Obi-Wan, Padme, Asajj Ventress, and Grievous. All this and much more!

Direct download: TCWSB_Microseries.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:19pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris discuss the future of the Star Wars franchise.  They begin by discussing the rumor that Rian Johnson's trilogy will begin following Taika Waititi's Star Wars movie.  They analyze what this says about what Lucasfilm is thinking after the sequel trilogy, and what Star Wars needs to do in this current movie climate.  Then they discuss Oscar Isaac's recent comments about potentially returning to Star Wars.  And to close out the show they break down the final episodes of Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian.  Plus, Lucasfilm being reactionary, what film in the sequel trilogy is most likely to inspire new filmmakers, and The Mandalorian and fan service.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_25-06-20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:01pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris are joined by SWU Senior Tie-In Materials Correspondent Chris "Starrapter" Abbott to discuss the newly revealed Star Wars Squadrons video game.  They discuss the potential of a new flight simulator game, as well as the few story details revealed.  Then they talk about the news that Star Wars Celebration Anaheim has been postponed to 2022.  They also discuss a new rumor that "The Bad Batch" are getting their own animated series.  Plus, new Lego Star Wars sets revealed, the amount of storytelling in the first year after Return of the Jedi, and when to expect the next Star Wars movie.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_19-06-20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:47pm PDT

This week on The SWU Podcast, we have a different sort of episode.  Dominic, Ben, and Chris discuss what's been going on in the world in the past two weeks with the #BlackLivesMatter protests and what we all can do to help.  They also highlight the words of John Boyega and Naomi Ackie about their life experiences.  Then they discuss the first two episodes of Jedi Temple Challenge, what they liked about the show and what they would like to see from it in the future.  Plus, From A Certain Point Of View: The Empire Strikes Back announced, and an idea for the next Celebration.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_12-06-20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:48pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic and Ben break down the latest Star Wars news!  They discuss the first trailer for the new Jedi Temple Challenge show, and their excitement for the series.  They also talk about the possibility of Enfys Nest making an appearance in the Cassian show.  They also delve into new announcements about the future of The High Republic and Star Wars VR from ILMxLABs.  Plus, what could a "Clone Wars" series for the sequel era look like, Ronald D. Moor talks more about his experience working on George Lucas' live action series, and an update/vent session on the current state of Star Wars action figures.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_29-05-20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:32pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back, sharing memories associated with the film and some thoughts on what makes the film stand out.  Then they discuss the first three episode of Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian, what works about the series and some of their takeaways from the behind the scenes of The Mandalorian. They also delve into the rumors that Timothy Olyphant has been cast in season two of The Mandalorian, and who he might be playing.  Plus, a tribute to the life of Star Wars marketing guru Charles Lippincott, a "Snyder Cut" tangent, and what a satisfying end to Boba Fett's story might look like.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_22-05-20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:05pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris, get caught up on all the latest Star Wars news, including the announcement that Taika Waititi and Krysty Wilson-Cairns are making a new Star Wars film and that Leslye Headland is making a Star Wars series for Disney+.  They also discuss the latest casting rumors, Temuera Morrison and Katee Sackhoff, for season two of The Mandalorian, including how Boba Fett and Bo-Katan could impact the story and if there are any concerns about they're being too many cameos in the second season.  Plus, Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga gets a release date (sorta), two new directors for The Mandalorian were announced, and two Rogue One cast members are rumored to return for the Cassian show.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_15-05-20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:57pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ciaran, Ben, and Chris discuss the series finale of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, "Victory and Death".  They discuss the way the episode portrayed the drama of Order 66 from a different perspective than Revenge of the Sith.  They also discuss the relationship between Ahsoka Tano and Captain Rex, and how their bond is what saves them in the end.  Then they delve into the meaning of the title and discuss the shocking epilogue.  Plus, Vader's thoughts on Ahsoka pre-Rebels, Maul goes all Force Unleashed, and the legacy of The Clone Wars.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: TCWSB_Victory_and_Death.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:09pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ciaran, Chris, and Ben are joined by Clare Stribling (The Imperial Senate Podcast) to discuss the penultimate Clone Wars episode, "Shattered".  They discuss what it was like seeing Order 66 play out on screen again, 15 years after Revenge of the Sith was released.  They also discuss the near team up between Ahsoka and Maul, as well as the lengths Ahsoka goes to to save Rex.  Plus, is Ahsoka in denial about what really happened to Anakin, Bo-Katan's future on Mandalore, and the divide between Ahsoka and the Jedi council.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: TCWSB_Shattered.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:10pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic and Ben get you set for this year's Star Wars Day (May the 4th Be With You!), previewing the finale of The Clone Wars, talking about ReedPop's virtual Star Wars convention, and The Rise of Skywalker's arrival on Disney+. They also discuss the latest (official!) news about the upcoming Cassian Andor series, including casting additions and behind the scenes shake-ups.  They also delve into the news that the final Star Wars Battlefront 2 update has been released and what the legacy of EA's Battlefront series might be. Plus, strange Disney+ Canada quirks, listener feedback, and some love for the maker, George Lucas, on this Star Wars Day.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_01-05-20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:20pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ciaran, and Chris are joined by friend of the show Katie Horn (@PoeHotDameron on Twitter) to discuss the episode "The Phantom Apprentice". They delve into Maul's motivations in this episode, and what it says about his character. They also talk about the way Ahsoka responds to reveals from both Maul and Obi-Wan and how that plays into her beliefs about the Jedi council and her friends, as well as what could have happened if Maul and Ahsoka really had teamed up. Plus, what's next for Maul, where are we in Revenge of the Sith, and the lack of trust in the Jedi council. All this and much more!

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Direct download: TCW_The_Phantom_Apprentice.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:27pm PDT

On this episode, Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano) joins the show to discuss the final season of The Clone Wars so far, as well as the legacy of Ahsoka.  Then, Dominic, Ben, and Chris break down the latest Star Wars news, including the reports that Russian Doll creator Leslye Headland.  They discuss what the series could be and what this hiring represents.  Then they delve into the latest updates about The Mandalorian.  Plus, Dr. Aphra is getting an audio drama, an update on this summer's conventions, some book talk, and favourite moments from the saga.  All this and much more! 

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Direct download: SWU_24-04-20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:40pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ciaran, Chris, and Ben are joined by Eric Strothers of The Bad Motivators and The Sith List Podcasts to discuss the Clone Wars episode "Old Friends Not Forgotten".  They discuss Ahsoka's various reunions of this episode, with Anakin, Rex, and Obi-Wan.  They also discuss how the previous arcs impact the story of this arc.  They also break down some of the best action scenes from the series, including the opening battle scene, and the invasion of Mandalore.  Plus, Bo-Katan and the politics of Mandalore, Maul's continuing obsession with Obi-Wan, and Ben has created a petition!  All this and much more!

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Direct download: TCWSB_Old_Friends_Not_Forgotten.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:11pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic and Ben get you set for the final four episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars by breaking down the "Siege of Mandalore" trailer.  Then they discuss the announcement of the new Mandalorian docuseries debuting on Disney+ on May 4th, as well as Rosario Dawson's comments about whether she's in season two of The Mandalorian. They also discuss the new casting rumors about the upcoming Cassian Andor series.  Plus, the future of Star Wars Celebration, our Star Wars Mount Rushmores, a deep dive on Clone Wars chronology, and a special greeting from, Jar Jar Binks himself, Ahmed Best.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_17-04-20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:36pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ciaran, Ben, and Chris discuss the Clone Wars episode "Together Again".  They discuss how this episode brings to a conclusion the "Ashoka's Walkabout" arc, and whether the elements that were included to set up the next arc, the siege of Mandalore.  They also delve into the importance of this moment in Ahsoka's live, and how the fortune cookies for the episodes in this arc spell that out. They also look at where Maul is at this moment in time and what he is looking for.  Plus, some thoughts on how this episode depicted Trace and Rafa, the Pyke syndicates place in the "shadow collective", and what Ahsoka means when she says she's not a Jedi.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: TCWSB_Together_Again.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:40pm PDT

It's the 10th anniversary of The Star Wars Underworld, and we celebrate with a deep dive on one of our favourite TV shows and a trip down SWU memory lane.  First, Dominic interviews Clone Wars Concept and Design artist Russell Chong about his time working on the series, what makes a good Star Wars design, and life at Skywalker Ranch.  Then, Dominic, Ben, and Chris look back at the origins of The SWU, talk about what the Underworld means to them, and share some fun stories from the past 10 years.  And, to close out the show we read some listener emails about favourite background characters, how our appreciation of Star Wars changes over the years, and weird Star Wars dreams.  Plus, tips for starting your own podcast, dream Star Wars movies, and does Mark Hamill play the best background characters in all three sequel trilogy films.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_10-04-20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:03pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ciaran, and Chris are joined by friend of the show Din of the band F-105 to discuss the Clone Wars episode "Dangerous Debt".  They break down how this episode (and larger arc) shows the failings of the Jedi order, and Ahsoka's reactions to it.  They also talk about the Martez sisters' backstory and how this episode furthers their journey.  They also get into the surprise appearance by the Mandalorians.  Plus, the greatness of this seasons "fortune cookies", ideas for where the larger Star Wars story needs to go in the future, and the return of Mr Borkus. All this and much more!

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Direct download: TCWSB_Dangerous_Debt.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:26pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris discuss the latest releases relating to The Rise of Skywalker, the novelization and the documentary The Skywalker Legacy.  They break down the ways the documentary increases their appreciation of the film, while also highlighting some of the reveals made in the film. Then they debate whether or not novelizations are necessary in this day and age, before talking about some of the new scenes and details featured in the book.  Plus, the Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney+ series has found its writer, is the Star Wars saga the story of Palpatines and Skywalkers, and JJ Abrams actually talks about the prequels.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_03-04-20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:58pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ciaran, Ben, and Chris are joined by Kareem Dharsee from Order 416 to discuss the Clone Wars episode "Deal Or No Deal".  They discuss Ahsoka's continued exposure to what life is like outside the Jedi order.  They also break down how the episode challenges our notions about the "goodness" of the Republic and the Jedi, and the challenges for people like Trace and Rafa in navigating the galaxy.  They also delve into the layers of Anakin and Ahsoka's relationship, and why Anakin lets Ahsoka go in this episode.  Plus, connections to Solo: A Star Wars Story, a new side to Kessel, the Pykes are back, and a defense of the name "Silver Angel" for a ship.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: TCWSB_Deal_or_No_Deal.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:40pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris discuss the news that Ahsoka Tano will be appearing in season two of The Mandalorian and that Rosario Dawson will be playing her.  Then they open up the phone lines to talk to SWU listeners about a variety of topics including Admiral Ackbar in The Last Jedi, more The Mandalorian casting reports, and other animated characters making the jump to live action.  Plus, Kylo Ren's favourite ice cream flavour, Han Solo's favourite Star Wars movie, and the debut of "InfoStarWars".  All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_27-03-20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:32pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic and Chris are joined by Lauren Scott of Channel 1138 to discuss the Clone Wars episode "Gone With A Trace".  They discuss the introduction of the Martez sisters, Trace and Rafa, and their current dynamic and how Ahsoka may impact that. They also talk Ahsoka's adjustment to life in the lower levels (the underworld) of Coruscant, and the way the Jedi are perceived by the people of the galaxy.  Plus, the droid chase sequence, Palpatine's influence on the people of the republic, and how laundry works in the galaxy far, far away.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: Gone_With_A_Trace.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:26pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris, at long last, continue the SWU Podcast film commentary series by watching Star Wars: The Last Jedi.  They discuss the various strengths and weaknesses of the film, and debate what small changes could have been made to improve the film's reception with audiences.  They also discuss Luke's arc in this film and how it works with the other films (including The Rise of Skywalker).  Plus, Finn's muddled arc, lots of love for Rose, a (small) debate about the Holdo maneuver, Rey and Kylo's evolving relationship, and the importance of test screenings.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_TLJ_Commentary.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:30pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ciaran, and Ben, are joined by Dan Georgiev of the Tune Walkers Podcast to discuss the Clone Wars episode "Unfinished Business".  They break down Echo's decision to join the Bad Batch, Rex's reaction to that choice and what it says about their bond.  Then they discuss the role of the Separatist leaders in this story arc and their various machinations throughout the prequel trilogy.  Plus, Anakin drifts closer and closer to Darth Vader, should more have been done to suggest Echo might have been turned by the Separatists, and how would The Rise of Skywalker been different if Admiral Trench had been the surprise villain instead of Palpatine.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: Unfinished_Business.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:03pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris discuss the latest news in the world of Star Wars.  They discuss some news about season two of The Mandalorian, and discuss some of the ground breaking techniques used to make the series and how it could be applied to other Star Wars projects.  They also cover the recent cancellations because of Covid-19/Coronavirus, and talk about whether Star Wars Celebration will happen this summer (and if it even should).  Plus, a tribute to the life and career of Max Von Sydow, behind the scenes of The Rise of Skywalker, and some fun listener emails.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_13-03-20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:26pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic and Chris are joined by Selene Jade of the Star Peace Podcast and Chris "Starrapter" Abbott to discuss the Clone Wars episode "On the Wings of Keeradaks".  They discuss how Echo and Rex's views on the future differ, and what the future might hold for both of them.  Then they discuss the way Anakin and the clones bring the Poletacs into the fight, and the moral dilemmas and ethical questions faced in doing so.  Plus, the Techno Union's neutral status in the war, some love for Wat Tambor, and the multiple shades of utilitarianism.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: On_The_Wings_Of_Keeradaks.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:26pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris kick off their in-depth discussion of The Rise of Skywalker, by discussing the opening scenes of the film.  They discuss the scene on Mustafar and what they think of the way the planet was portrayed in the film.  They also discuss Kylo first visit to Exegol, and how that scene sets up Palpatine's motivations (or lack there of).  Plus, thoughts on the film's crawl, Star Wars filming locations we've visited, the physics of the Star Wars universe, and our thoughts on the first details about a new video game known as "Project Maverick."  All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_06-03-20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:16pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic and Ben are joined by Corey Van Dyke of Kessel Run Transmissions to discuss the Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode, "A Distant Echo".  They discuss how the war has impacted Captain Rex, and how that informs his drive to save Echo.  Then they discuss the reveal that both Rex and Obi-Wan know (at least a little) about Anakin and Padme, and how that impacts how we view their relationships with Anakin.  Plus, who do the Bad Batch report to, the story of Domino Squad throughout the series, and what might the future hold for Star Wars animation on Disney+.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: A_Distant_Echo.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:36pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris are joined by guest co-host and friend of the show Chris "Starrapter" Abbot to discuss the exciting reveal of "The High Republic" publishing campaign.  They delve into what was announced (and what wasn't) and what we can expect from these stories in this new era.  They also discuss the news that Bob Iger has stepped down as CEO of Disney and what this might mean for Star Wars.  Then they look at the news that J.D. Dillard and Matt Owens are developing a new Star Wars movie.  Plus, more Star Wars video games get cancelled, revisiting The Rise of Skywalker in theaters, and could we ever see a Star Wars movie released on Disney+?  All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_28-02-20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:52pm PDT

On this episode Dominic, Ben, and Chris break down the first new episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars in six years, "The Bad Batch".  They talk about how thrilled they are The Clone Wars is back, and how the series influenced them as fans.  Then they delve into how Rex has evolved through the series, and how this episode shows that.  They also discuss the four members of "the bad batch", Hunter, Wrecker, Tech, and Crosshair.  Plus, how the final episode differs from the story reels that were released in 2015, is there more to Rex's hunch, and a message from "Dave Filoni".  All this and much more!

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Direct download: The_Bad_Batch.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:53pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris get you set for the new season of The Clone Wars and discuss the latest new about Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker home media release.  First, Dominic interviews The Clone Wars and Rebels composer Kevin Kiner about his work on the series, including the early days of working with George Lucas, Ahsoka's theme, and what fans can listen for in season seven.  Then the guys discuss recent comments from Dave Filoni about Ahsoka's vocal cameo in The Rise of Skywalker and what that means for the future of the character.  Plus, Freddie Prinze Jr has high praise for Dave Filoni, our favourite characters, StarWars.com confuses us with their announcement of the saga being released in 4K UHD, and Ben shocks Chris and Dominic with his Star Wars impressions.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_21-02-20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:20pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris discuss the latest updates about the upcoming Cassian Andor Disney+ series and what their hopes are for the series.  They also react to and break down a surprise (to be sure, but a welcome one) trailer for the "Bad Batch" arc of The Clone Wars.  Then they read and discuss some listener emails about what the future might hold for the characters of the sequel trilogy, the jokes of The Rise of Skywalker, and how a future Star Wars multimedia project could work.  Plus Taika Waititi responds to the rumors about him making a Star Wars movie, an update on Galactic Starcruiser, and goals vs ghouls.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_14-02-20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:01pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris discuss Star Wars television past, present, and future.  They talk about the latest news about The Mandalorian out of "IgerCon", as well as their hopes for the second season.  They also follow up on the latest updates about the status of Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney+ series.  And then they look at the test footage or "proof of concept" that was created for the "Star Wars: Underworld" TV series that George Lucas and Rick McCallum were working on in the late 00s.  Plus, the starfighters of the sequel trilogy, movies vs moments, and blu-ray box sets.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_07-02-20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:45pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Ciaran discuss the series finale of Star Wars Resistance, "The Escape".  They delve into how well the episode functions as a series finale, as well as what storylines are left incomplete.  They also discuss how the series brings to an end Tam's story arc and what led to her choice to return to her friends, as well as her relationship with Agent Tierney. Plus the role Kaz plays in this finale, Kylo Ren's long awaited appearance on the series, and what made the people of the Colossus finally stand up for themselves.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: Ep_034_The_Escape.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:08pm PDT

THE LISTENERS SPEAK! On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris read and respond to the thoughts of some SWU listeners about Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.  There's lots of talk about Rey Palpatine, why it works for some and why it doesn't work for others, as well as how it fits in with other Star Wars reveals and the general mythos of the saga.  Plus, Poe Dameron (Spice Runner) and the issue of representation, the impact of Palpatine's return on Anakin's sacrifice, and how will the sequel trilogy by viewed in the future.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_31-01-20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:41pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris break down the new trailer for Star Wars: The Clone Wars season seven.  They discuss how the series will depict Order 66 and other events from Revenge of the Sith, as well as how it may tie-in with other Star Wars projects like The Mandalorian.  They also cover the latest reports that the Obi-Wan Kenobi series has been delayed due to issues with the script.  Plus, what exactly is "Disneyland After Dark", does Anakin look weird in the new Clone Wars trailer, and is this really the end of The Clone Wars?  All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_24-01-20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:27pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic is joined by Chris "Starrapter" Abbot to discuss the Star Wars Resistance episode "Rebuilding The Resistance".  They discuss how the episode forces the characters to confront the realities of war and death like never before on the series.  Then they delve into what Tam experiences in the episode, and how her story compares to that of other ex-First Order soldiers.  Plus, how Doza's choices in this episode reflect the galaxy at large, hopes for the finale, and the legacy of the series.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: Ep_033_Rebuilding_The_Resistance.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:08pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic and Ben are joined by friend of the show Din of the band F-105 to discuss the latest Star Wars news and review the leaks about what was in Colin Trevorrow's Episode IX script.  First, they talk about the news that Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok, Jojo Rabbit) is being eyed to direct a future Star Wars film and what he might bring to the table for Star Wars.  Then, they look at The Rise of Skywalker hitting $1 Billion at the Box Office and being nominated for three BAFTAs and three Oscars.  And then, they begin an epic break down of the leaks about the script for Episode IX (titled "Duel of the Fates") written by Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly.  They discuss what they like, what they didn't, and how it could have been combined with some of the stuff we saw in The Rise of Skywalker.  Plus, a discussion of Balance of the Force, Mortis' place in Star Wars lore, and what would have made the perfect ending to the saga.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_17-01-20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Ciaran break down the Star Wars Resistance episodes "The New World" and "No Place Safe".  They discuss the sense of finality that hangs over these episodes, and whether or not the show will be able to resolve all its story lines with three episodes left. They also discuss Kaz's mindset in these episodes, as well as how Tam is currently feeling about the First Order.  Plus, Griff's backstory is finally revealed, the Colossus' relationship with the Aoesians, and is Kaz Force sensitive?  All this and much more!

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Direct download: Ep_032_The_New_World_-_No_Place_Safe.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:52pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris revisit Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and discuss how they feel about the film three weeks after its release.  They delve into how the sequel trilogy fits together on both a story and thematic level.  And, yes, they also revisit the Rey Palpatine debate.  Then they delve into the new rumors about the "High Republic Saga" multimedia project and the follow-up series to Star Wars Rebels.  Plus, The Rise of Skywalker's box office returns, The Clone Wars has a release date, and thoughts on season two of The Mandalorian.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_10-01-20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:38pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Ciaran get caught up on the four episodes of Star Wars Resistance they missed over the holidays, "Station to Station", "The Missing Agent", "Breakout", and "The Mutiny".  They discuss how Tam's arc is furthered, the appearance of General Hux, Doza's dual loyalties to the Resistance and the people of the Colossus, Kaz's connections to the larger Resistance, the tensions with the pirates reach their climax, Synara makes her choice, and the return of Super Battle Droids.  Plus, have Disney and Lucasfilm failed to properly promote this series?  All this and much more.

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Direct download: Ep_031_Station_to_Station_-_The_Missing_Agent_-_Breakout_-_The_Mutiny.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:09pm PDT

Dominic, Chris, and Ben are back to kick off 2020 with another "Rogue Fun" episode of The Star Wars Underworld Podcast.  On this episode, they tell stories from the week leading up to The Rise of Skywalker being released in theaters, including how Chris and Dominic found themselves at the world premiere.  Plus tales from their latest trip to Galaxy's Edge, thoughts on the Secrets of the Empire VR experience, Star Wars tattoos, and how Carrie Fisher's brother, Todd, kinda spoiled the film on opening night at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_Rogue_Fun_3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:36pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris discuss the finale to season one of The Mandalorian, "Chapter Eight: Redemption".  They discuss the big reveals in this episode, including the Mandalorian's real name, Din's helmet finally coming off, and Moff Gideon's ownership of the darksaber.  They also discuss the way this episode connects to, and causes us to reconsider, other Star Wars series', including The Clone Wars and Rebels.  Plus, thoughts on the season overall, hopes for season two, and opinions on the controversial Scout Troopers scene.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: 008_Chapter_Eight_Redemption.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:12pm PDT

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