The Star Wars Underworld Podcast

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Hannah are joined by David Jesse of the Tatooine Sons Podcast to break down episode three of The Acolyte, “Destiny”. They discuss the way this episode portrays the Jedi and the different interpretations of the Force relative to each other. They also discuss the storytelling technique of showing us these events from Osha's perspective and how they may have impacted our perceptions of what happened. They also talked about what the hints around Mae and Osha’s birth may be leading to. Plus, how do you take a blood sample through a sleeve, what exactly are the Jedi testing for with their iPads, and Hannah’s Jar Jar-inspired pet name. All this and much more!

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THE ACOLYTE PREMIERE EPISODES BREAK DOWN! On this episode, Ben, Dominic, Hannah, and Chris review and discuss the first two episodes of The Acolyte which debuted on Disney+ this week. They talk about all the new characters introduced in the first episodes, including the Qui-Gon-like Master Sol, the by-the-book Jedi Yorde, the mysterious Mae, the outsider Osha, and the surprisingly controversial Jecki. They also talk about this new (to the screen) era of Star Wars and how it differs from other depictions of the past of the galaxy far, far away. Plus, a live performance of the “Ben’s Connection Corner” theme song. All this and much more!

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This week, Dominic, Ben, and Hannah look at recent comments made by George Lucas and preview the premiere of The Acolyte. They look at George’s comments about diversity and representation in his film and what they may reveal about his feelings towards Disney and current Lucasfilm (no, it’s not that). Then they share their hopes for The Acolyte a few days before the premiere. And Chris stops by LIVE from Endor. Plus, the best soccer stadium in the world, the death of the author, and why aren’t there more “special editions”? All this and much more!

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On this episode, Dominic, Hannah, and Chris answer YOUR questions about all things Star Wars! They look back at the final season of The Bad Batch, ahead at The Acolyte, where to start with The High Republic, Celebration ideas, future Tales stories, Jar Jar Binks, Jabba the Hutt Oreos, and the Force Scream. Plus, tangents about Doctor Who, Taylor Swift, and the fact that this year is the 10th anniversary of Star Wars Rebels. All this and much more!

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On this episode, Dominic, Hannah, and Ben get caught up on all the major Star Wars news and releases from the past two weeks.  They start by talking about their experiences seeing The Phantom Menace in theatres, what stood out about the experience and why it's the perfect way to get ready for Star Wars' eventual return to theaters.  Then they share their thoughts on the latest trailer for The Acolyte, analyzing what this series will say about the Jedi and the style in which it was shot.  And then, they react to the announcement of Lego Star Wars: Rebuild the Galaxy.  Plus, Celebration memories, the long awaited return of casting rumors, and our Star Wars/Oreo dreams come true.  All this and much more!

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On this episode, Dominic, Ben, Chris (briefly), and Hannah are joined by Din from the band F-105 to break down all six Tales of the Empire episodes. They discuss the evolution of Barriss Offee’s arc from The Clone Wars through her Inquisitor-era, and ultimately her healer-era. And they break down what we learned about Morgan Elsbeth from tragedy on Dathomir through being Thrawn’s right-hand woman. Plus, Din and Hannah share their thoughts on the Bad Batch finale, the pros and cons of the short episode format, and George Lucas’ love of Windows Movie Maker. All this and much more!

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On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris break down the series finale of The Bad Batch, "The Cavalry Has Arrived".  They discuss how the arcs of Omega, Crosshair, Echo, Hunter, and Wrecker wrapped up, as well as what the future may hold for those characters.  They also discuss the relative importance of "Project Necromancer" in the ongoing Star Wars storytelling.  And they celebrate the Zillo Beast's latest escape.  Plus, the debut of the new mix of the F-105 song "Toys", Ben and Chris' old prequel-era fan theories, Dominic and Din get trapped in a time vortex while watching the Leafs game.  All this and much more!

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Dominic chats with friend of the show and author of the new book "LEGO Star Wars: The Force of Creativity" Graham E. Hancock about the history of Lego Star Wars through the years. They cover how the two brands first came together and how the partnership has evolved since the first sets hit shelves in 1999, including the expansion into Lego Star Wars video games and TV specials. Plus, Graham shares some of the secrets he learned while writing the book and reveals what people can expect with their copy. All this and much more!

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On this episode, Dominic, Ben, Hannah, and Chris are joined by Alex Damon of Star Wars Explained (YouTube Link) to discuss the penultimate episode of The Bad Batch, “Strike Force”. They break down Omega emerging into a leader, Emery’s apparent change of heart, Echo’s role as the voice of experience, and the uneasy dynamic of Rampart and The Bad Batch. And, they speculate about what may go down in the finale, who will live and who will get eaten by a Zillo Beast. Plus a preview of our new interview with Graham E. Hancock, author of the upcoming book Lego Star Wars: The Force of Creativity. All this and much more!

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Carson Teva actor Paul Sun-Hyung Lee sits down with The SWU Podcast's Dominic Jones to talk about his experiences working on 'The Mandalorian', 'The Book of Boba Fett', and 'Ahsoka'. In their wide-ranging chat, they cover Paul's journey from 501st and Rebel Legion member to on-screen hero of the New Republic. And Paul shares what it was like to work with giants like Anthony Daniels, Dave Filoni, and Carl Weathers. All this and much more!

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On this episode, Dominic, Ben, Chris, and Hannah are joined by Zach “The Voice” Arnold of The Intergalactic Peace Coalition Podcast to discuss the thirteenth episode of the third season of The Bad Batch, “Into The Breach”. They discuss Omega’s evolution into a leader as she plots an escape for herself and the other kids from Tantiss. They also talk about Rampart’s role in the final episodes and whether he might betray the Batch and return to the Empire. And they preview a special bonus podcast dropping this Sunday night, featuring Carson Teva actor Paul Sun-Hyung Lee. Plus, karaoke to emotionally prepare for The Bad Batch, Zach and Hannah finally meet, and the trial of Count Dooku. All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_19-04-24.mp3
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On this episode, Ben, Hannah, Chris, and Dominic are joined by Catherine Kneen of That Geek Pod to break down the latest episode of The Bad Batch AND the new trailer for Star Wars Outlaws. First, they discuss The Bad Batch season three, episode twelve, “Juggernaut”. They talk about the rolling good times of the action sequences, and the unsettling developments on Tantiss. Then, they break down the new trailer for Outlaws, including what the presence of Crimson Dawn and Han Solo in carbonite means for the story. All this and much more!

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It’s another massive week, as Dominic, Ben, Chris, and Hannah are joined by friend of the show Chad to break down the new trailer for Tales of the Empire AND episodes ten and eleven of The Bad Batch, “Identity Crisis” and “Point of No Return.” They start by sharing their thoughts on the new series and the choice of Barriss Offee and Morgan Elsbeth as the characters to follow. Then they break down Emery Karr’s arc and the growing conflict within her. And they talk about Omega’s choice to turn herself in and return to Tantiss as a prisoner. Plus, how will Vader react to Barriss, the return of General Grievous, and how could Ahsoka appear in Tales of the Empire. All this and much more!

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On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris review the ninth episode of The Bad Batch season three, “Harbinger”. Somehow Ventress returned… and the SWU Vintage Collection break down where she is now in her journey, what her future may hold, and what connection she might have with Omega. They also talk about what the implications of Omega’s potential Force sensitivity mean for her, future storytelling, and Hunter/Wrecker/Crosshair’s arcs in the final stretch. And yes, they talk about canon. Plus, an extended edition of #AskTheSWU. All this and much more!

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On this episode Chris, Hannah and Ben are joined by Matthew and Joel from Eye On Canon to not only discuss the newest episode of The Bad Batch, “Bad Territory”, but also break down the epic new trailer for The Acolyte! The first examine all the new characters revealed by the trailer, including Sol, Mae, Indara, Yord, Jecki, and more! They also dive deep into the lore, discussing how The Acolyte’s story bridges the gap between The High Republic and the Prequel Trilogy. Plus, Hunter and Wrecker take a trip to Louisiana! A bloody Lightsaber! And Chewie was nude all this time?? Listen for all that and much more!

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On this episode, Ben, Dominic, Chris, and Hannah are joined by Eric Strothers from The Sith List and Dinner with the Heelers to discuss the sixth and seventh episodes of The Bad Batch season three, “Infiltration” and “Extraction.” They discuss how these episodes explore the beginnings of the larger Rebel Alliance, and whether Rex’s exploits could provide the foundation for another series. Then they debate the identity of the “Shadow” Trooper hunting the Bad Batch. Is it Tech? Is it Cody? Is it someone else? They cover it all. And they discuss Commander Wolffe’s appearance and how it plays off the past and builds toward the future. Plus, are these episodes literally too dark, why is Disney cutting jokes out of Bluey, and is there a floating clone helmet in this episode? All this and much more!

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On this episode, Ben, Dominic, and Chris are joined by Josh Chapman of the Star Wars Spelt Out Podcast to discuss the fifth episode of The Bad Batch season three, “The Return.” They discuss the tension between Hunter and Crosshair and how that played out over the course of the episode. They also talk about Echo’s season debut and what sort of storyline we might expect to see from him this season. And they look at Omega’s evolving relationship with Crosshair. Plus, Star Wars physical media that’s actually worth buying, some long-awaited Star Tours additions, and Toronto ComiCon panel previews. All this and much more!

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On this episode, Ben, Dominic, Chris, and Hannah are joined by Omar from Culture Slate to discuss the fourth episode of The Bad Batch season three, “A Different Approach.” They discuss the evolving relationship between Crosshair and Omega, the actually impressive Imperial villain of the week, and the long-awaited reunion between the Bad Batch. Then they talk about the news that another Star Wars video game has been cancelled, Amandla Stenberg’s comments about The Acolyte, and the production incentives The Mandalorian and Grogu is receiving. Plus, Betcher and Omega, the correct pronunciation of “Uno” and “Dameron”, and the helmets intro for Star Wars on Disney+. All this and much more!

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On this episode, Dominic, Ben, Hannah, and Chris are joined by Jordan from Tales From Beyond the Galaxy to break down the season three premiere of The Bad Batch! They go in depth on the first three episodes of the third season, discussing Omega’s time in captivity, Crosshair’s evolution as a character, and the desperation of Hunter and Wrecker. They also ask very important questions like: did the Clone Cadets look enough like Clones. Plus, memories of the original Battlefront games, connecting The Bad Batch to the Mandoverse and the sequel trilogy, and just how old are the hosts of the SWU Podcast? All this and much more!

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On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Hannah break down the reveals from Empire Magazine’s celebration of 15 25 years of the Prequels, including the news that The Phantom Menace is returning to theatres this May! They talk about the excitement of seeing Star Wars back in the movie theatres and how this re-release could tie in with other Star Wars promotions (like, maybe, The Acolyte?). Then they talk about some updates on Andor season two and The Mandalorian and Grogu. Then they delve into some listener questions about favourite prequel memories, what 2025 might look like in Star Wars, and the future of Star Wars animation after The Bad Batch. Plus, whatever happened to season two of Obi-Wan Kenobi, what are people saying to Hayden Christensen and Ian McDiarmid on the street, and just what is the most iconic line from The Phantom Menace? All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_16-02-24.mp3
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On this episode, Dominic, Ben, Chris, and Hannah are joined by Chris “Starrapter” Abbott to break down the news out of the latest Disney Investors Call and remember the life of Carl Weathers. They start by predicting what Empire Magazine’s big Star Wars tease is about (something you probably already know). Then, they talk about what the Star Wars film slate is going to look like with The Mandalorian and Grogu hitting theatres in 2026. And they break down the news that Disney is buying a stake in Epic Games to create some sort of Fortnite-like game for Disney properties (including Star Wars). Plus, a new look at The Bad Batch season three, Star Wars (and John Williams) wins awards, and all hell breaks loose when Wookieepedia shows up in the live chat. All this and much more!

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On this episode, Chris and Ben celebrate the 25th anniversary of Lego Star Wars’ conception! But first, Chris shares his thoughts on The Bad Batch season 3 trailer and they continue to try and make sense of Ventress’ return. Plus, Jodie Foster speaks out about almost being cast as Leia, we have yet another Daisy Ridley quote to discuss, Dominic drops in briefly from the NHL All-Star Weekend, and we reveal our first and favorite Lego Star Wars sets! Tune in for all that and much more!

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THE BAD BATCH TRAILER BREAKDOWN! On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Hannah discuss and dissect the new trailer for The Bad Batch season three. They go in-depth on Ventress’ return, why it’s a big deal, what it means for the show, and what it means for the novel Dark Disciple. Then they talk about Palpatine’s appearance in the trailer and what it may be hinting at for this season. And they speculate about the fates of the surviving members of the Bad Batch. Plus, Daisy Ridley dodges Star Wars questions again, John Williams is nominated for an Oscar and gets a building named after him, and debate over what the best episodes of season two of The Bad Batch are. All this and much more!

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On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Hannah look at all the rumors and reports surrounding the Rey/New Jedi Order movie. Is it in trouble or not? And what might the story be about? And how could it set up a new era of storytelling in the Star Wars universe. Then, they talk about the news that Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni are writing The Mandalorian and Grogu together and what impact this may have on Filoni’s film. And they debate whether or not a Star Wars What If…? series is a good idea. Plus, when Dave Filoni was hated, Star Wars divorces, and new dad jokes! All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_19-01-24.mp3
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On this episode, Dominic, Ben, Hannah, and Chris break down the exciting news that The Mandalorian and Grogu is coming to theaters, with production beginning on the new film later this year. They discuss the decision to move The Mandalorian from streaming to cinemas and speculate if this represents a larger shift in the sort of Star Wars output we can expect. They also theorize about what the story might be, how it will tie in with Ahsoka, the Filoni movie, and any other Mandoverse stories in development. Then they talk about the news that Ahsoka is getting a second season and what the future of Star Wars streaming might look like. Plus, David Benioff & D.B. Weiss reveal what their Star Wars project would have been, more dad jokes, and what will it take for Hannah to get an Embo tattoo. All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_12-01-24.mp3
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Ben, Chris, Dominic, and Hannah are back to kick off 2024 in style! They start by discussing the reports of what viewership for The Mandalorian and Ahsoka actually was in 2023, as well as Sharmeen Obaid-Chinnoy’s comments about directing her Star Wars movie. Then, Dominic challenges the other three to another round of “Finish the Line…Star Wars Edition”. And in an extended #AskTheSWU, they cover composers they’d like to see work on Star Wars, who they wouldn’t want to fist fight in the Star Wars universe, Christmas presents, and the future of the Mandoverse. Plus Dad Jokes! So. Many. Dad Jokes. All this and much more!

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