The Star Wars Underworld Podcast Network (general)
It's the debut of The Star Wars Underworld's brand new The Bad Batch podcast!  On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris share their thoughts on the premiere of the new series and what they are looking forward to seeing going forward.  They discuss how the show revisited Order 66, adding new layers in the process.  As well as the way the show shook up the Bad Batch as we knew them from The Clone Wars through the addition of Omega and the corruption of Crosshair.  Plus, a new encounter with Saw Gerrera, what the Kaminoans are playing at, and where we go from here in season one.  All this and much more!
Direct download: 001_-_Aftermath.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:17pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris preview next week's premiere of Star Wars: The Bad Batch.  They talk about the descriptions for the first three episodes, make guesses (some educated, some wild) about what will happen in those episodes, and talk about what they're feeling going into this new series.  Then they talk about what new Star Wars project Matt Lanter is teasing, the adults only Star Wars bar on a Disney Cruise ship, and Ewan McGregor's recent interview about the Obi-Wan Kenobi series.  And then they close out the show with some listener feedback!  Plus, how the Bad Batch is like ice cream, inconsistencies in Star Wars storytelling, and what else could be announced on May 4th.  All this and much more!
 
Direct download: SWU_30-04-21.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:51pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris break down the latest Star Wars news.  They start with the latest piece of casting news for Obi-Wan Kenobi, followed by Hasbro newest Lucasfilm 50th anniversary figure reveals.  Then they talk about Rian Johnson's recent revelation that he hopes to direct an episode of The Mandalorian and that he's even talked to Dave Filoni about making it happen.  Then they talk about an interesting "road not taken" for The Rise of Skywalker, and read some listener emails.  And they close out the show a spoiler report about The Bad Batch.  Plus, other Star Wars directors we'd like to see come back and direct an episode of The Mandalorian, who is Stellan Skarsgard playing in Andor, and some favourite Star Wars memories.  All this and much more!
 
Direct download: SWU_23-04-21.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:34pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris discuss a veritable smorgasbord of Star Wars news and topics.  They start by celebrating the 11th anniversary of The SWU and look back on some fun memories from Star Wars Celebrations past.  Then Dominic chats with Patrick Schneider and Eric Franer from the Hasbro Star Wars team about the reveals out of Pulse Con.  After that, they talk about the new Bad Batch poster and new sets pics from Andor.  And then they talk about the rumor that Detours is finally being release and open up the mailbag to read some listener feedback.  Plus, recasting the Original Trilogy big three, planets we'd like to live on, and for some reason we started doing William Shatner impressions at the end of the show.  All this and much more!
 
Direct download: SWU_16-04-21.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:11pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris discuss the exciting news that Disney has build a real lightsaber!  Well, maybe.  They teased something for the Parks, but it sounds really cool!  Then they talk about the latest updates about Obi-Wan Kenobi, including Ewan McGregor's new look, a set video, and a possible reveal about the series from a new book.  They also talk about the news and rumors surrounding the other upcoming TV series, including an Ahsoka description, The Mandalorian winning awards, The Bad Batch has at least 14 episodes, Star Wars: Visions is getting a tie-in novel, and a familiar character that might show up in The Book of Boba Fett.  Plus, Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga has been delayed, Chris gives us a lesson on the geography of California, and enough publishing news to fill a bookstore!  All this and much more!
 
Direct download: SWU_09-04-21.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:54pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris discuss the newly announced cast for Obi-Wan Kenobi and the new trailer for The Bad Batch.  They start by talking about what it means to have Joel Edgerton and Bonnie Piesse back as Owen and Beru, and how those characters might interact with Obi-Wan.  Then they talk about who the newcomers might be playing, including Moses Ingram's interesting Instagram tease.  Then, they break down the new Bad Batch trailer, including what's going on with Omega (the kid), Saw Gerrera, Crosshair, and Captain Rex.  Plus, new set pics for Andor, how long with Bad Batch episodes be, and the Galactic Snackin' Grogu! All this and much more!
 
Direct download: SWU_02-04-21.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:33pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris complete the SWU Podcast's film commentary series by watching and talking about Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker.  The have an honest conversation about the film, the good and the bad.  Highlighting some of the great moments in the film, while also breaking down some of the questionable decisions.  They talk about the conclusions to the arcs of Rey, Ben, Finn, and Poe, as well as the reduced role of Rose and the introductions of Jannah and Zorri.  Plus, how D-0 surprised us, JJ Abrams visual styles, could the film have benefitted from an extra 30 minutes, and far less Rey Palpatine talk than you're probably expecting.  All this and much more.
 
Direct download: SWU_26-03-21.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:12pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris are joined by friend of the show Din of the band F-105 (Band Website) to discuss the latest news about the Star Wars galaxy.  They talk about the new additions coming to Disney+, including the Clone Wars micro-series and the Ewoks movies.  Then they chat about new Star Wars Legends content coming to the comics and Hasbro's The Black Series.  Din also tells us about his new album (coming next week) and debuts a Star Wars-inspired song!  And then they break down a new interview with George Lucas about the philosophy of Star Wars, how his films were inspired by the world around him, and what might have been in his sequel trilogy.  Plus, will we ever see Star Wars: Detours on Disney+, when are the 3D blu-rays of the saga coming, and the strangest SWU Podcast intro ever.  All this and much more!
 
Direct download: SWU_19-03-21.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:35pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris relive all the excitement of "BobCon" (aka the Disney Investors Conference Call), including what Disney's pivot to "direct to consumer" means for Star Wars, hopes for Galactic Starcrusier, and CEO Bob Chapek confirms Kathleen Kennedy will continue to run Lucasfilm for "years to come."  Then they talk about the two The Mandalorian tie-in books that were cancelled.  And then they look at some recent comments from Freddie Prinze Jr about his time on Star Wars Rebels.  Plus, the main character of The Phantom Menace, some WandaVision talk, and the return of a segment thought long gone.  All this and much more!
 
Direct download: SWU_12-03-21.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:58pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris break down the latest news and rumors about the world of Star Wars TV.  They start with the latest Game of Thrones star who is making the jump to Star Wars in Obi-Wan Kenobi.  Then they talk about a Star Wars Rebels fan favourite potentially taking over as the lead of Rangers of the New Republic.  And then they talk about a deleted scene from The Rise of Skywalker, San Diego Comic Con going online for the second year in a row, and a new look at Fennec Shand from The Bad Batch.  All this and much more!
 
Direct download: SWU_05-03-21.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:08pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris discuss the upcoming slate of Star Wars television.  They start with the announcement that The Bad Batch will premiere on May the 4th (just like Dominic predicted).  Then they talk about the rumors that Mena Massoud will be playing Ezra Bridger in Ahsoka.  Then they talk about Temuera Morrison's latest comments about The Book of Boba Fett, and speculate about what that series will deal with.  And then they read listener emails about Jedi masters, the scope of Star Wars storytelling, Legends characters making the jump to canon, and the Rogue Squadron movie.  Plus, pinball in VR, Toronto is taking over Star Wars, and Rey responds to the Zodiac Killer.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_26-02-21.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:47pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris break down the biggest Star Wars news from the past week.  They start with the announcement of the new video game Star Wars: Hunters, coming to the Nintendo Switch later this year.  Then they discuss the latest comments from Rian Johnson about his Star Wars trilogy (that it's still happening), how big a story is this and when and what to expect from the trilogy.  Then, Dominic chats with members of the Hasbro Star Wars team about what's coming down the pipe from them.  Plus, the latest on Gina Carano, what's going on with the Knights of the Old Republic remake rumors, some Alec Guinness love, and how we accidentally figured out the working title for the new Padme novel, Queen's Hope.  All this and much more!
 
Direct download: SWU_19-02-21.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris react to the news that Gina Carano is no longer part of Star Wars.  They discuss the circumstances that led to her firing and why it was the right call from Disney/Lucasfilm (albeit, very late).  They also talk about what's next for the character Cara Dune, how The Mandalorian should handle either dropping the character or recasting the role, and how close we were to a Cara Dune spin-off.  Plus, should there ever be a Marvel/Star Wars crossover film, memories of The Phantom Menace 3D release, a plea for a 3D release of Revenge of the Sith, and the correct way to pronounce "against".  All this and much more!
 
Direct download: SWU_12-02-21.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris get you caught up on the latest goings on with Star Wars productions like The Mandalorian, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Andor. They talk about Jon Favreau's comments about bringing back Luke Skywalker for the season two finale of The Mandalorian, Alan Tudyk's latest thoughts on not being in season one of Andor, and Ewan McGregor clears the air on the Kenobi/Boston saga.  They also talk about the reveal that a scene between Grand Moff Tarkin and Dath Vader was shot for Rogue One, and why it might have been cut.  Plus, speculation about Star Wars: Visions, what Taika Waititi's film might be, and could Grogu fall to the dark side?  All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_05-02-21.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:13pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris finally clear out the mail bag, reading and reacting to listener emails about all things Star Wars.  But first, they speculate about the possibility that The Mandalorian "climatic event" could be a movie, and talk about what else is on deck for Star Wars theatrically.  Then they talk about the return of nostalgic Maul packaging, Star Wars stamps, and the latest book announcements.  Then they react to listener feedback, discussing season two of The Mandalorian, favourite funny moments from the podcast, storytelling in the distant past of the galaxy far, far away, and the return of Star Wars language lessons.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_29-01-21.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:19pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris discuss the latest updates about Star Wars: Andor, including Alan Tudyk revealing that he will not be appearing in season one.  They also (finally) break down the The Bad Batch sizzle reel, talking about how the show could pick up on storylines from The Clone Wars and continuing that show's legacy.  Then they (at last) discuss the season two episode of Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian and highlight some of the best moments from.  Plus, Jason Isaacs on playing the Grand Inquisitor again, more The High Republic (spoiler free) reviews, and Bill Burr comments on having his Boston accent in Star Wars.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_22-01-21.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:10pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris are joined by YouTuber and SWU "Senior Tie-In Materials Correspondent" Chris "Starrapter" Abbott (YouTube), and friend of the show Trey Atwood to discuss the big Lucasfilm Games news.  Starrapter and Trey break down what this news means for Star Wars fans and the guys speculate about what the future could hold for Star Wars games.  They also talk about the Obi-Wan Kenobi series, and whether or not Qui-Gon will be a part of it.  And finally, they talk about the rumors about the Ahsoka series and the Rebels successor show.  Plus, Liam Neeson thinks Star Wars is fading away, the golden age of Star Wars video games, and the launch of the #Vaughn4Thrawn campaign.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_15-01-21.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:42pm PDT

It's the first SWU Podcast of 2021!  Dominic, Ben, and Chris kick off the new year by talking (spoiler free) about the latest developments in The High Republic, and Ben gives a brief (spoiler free) reaction to Light of the Jedi so far.  They also talk about the news that Michael Waldon is writing the Kevin Feige-produced Star Wars film, when we might see that film, and how it might be released.  Then they discuss the news that The Book of Boba Fett will be the next live action Star Wars series, and speculate about what role Luke Skywalker could play in future The Mandalorian seasons and spin-offs.  Plus, Star Wars Christmas gifts, some Star Wars quotes that feel super relevant today, and a Matthew McConaughey-inspired Star Wars character.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_08-01-21.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:38pm PDT

It's the 2020 Star Wars Underworld Podcast Boxing Day Special!  This year, Dominic hosts a look back at some of our favourite moments from the podcast in 2020!  We look back on some of the biggest moments in Star Wars from the past year, as well as some of the more lighthearted moments on the podcast, featuring SWU hosts, contributors, friends of the show, and even a couple of Star Wars celebrities!  This includes The Clone Wars season seven, The Mandalorian season two, The High Republic and Bad Batch announcements, the future of Star Wars, and so much more.  

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Direct download: SWU_Boxing_Day_2020.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:27pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris are joined by returning champion Selene Jade (Twitter) and SWU senior British correspondent Ciaran Duggan (Twitter) to discuss the season two finale of The Mandalorian, "The Rescue".  They talk about the debut of Luke Skywalker on the series, how well the de-aging effect worked, his "hallway scene", and how he impacted the story.  They also talk about Grogu's decision to go with Luke, and what the final scene between Din and Grogu meant.  In addition, they also talk about the new tension between Bo-Katan and Din Djarin over the darksaber.  Plus, Moff Gideon's role in the story, the Empire's presence in the galaxy at this moment in time, and the announcement of The Book of Boba Fett.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: 016_The_Rescue.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:04am PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris continue to make sense of last week's avalanche of exciting Star Wars news!  But first, they pay tribute to life of Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi).  Then they talk about the upcoming Star Wars: Rogue Squadron movie and speculate about where in the timeline the movie might be set.  Then they talk about what was in the hidden Obi-Wan Kenobi footage, and talk about what a Vader vs Kenobi duel might look like in between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.  And they talk about the latest news around the expanding Mandalorian TV 'verse.  Plus, might we see two Star Wars Celebrations in less than a year, Temuera Morrison talks returning to Star Wars, and Fennec Shan's past in The Bad Batch.  All this and much more in the final weekly SWU Podcast of 2020!

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Direct download: SWU_17-12-12.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:42pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris are joined by friend of the show Trey Atwood to discuss Chapter Fifteen of The Mandalorian, "The Believer."  They discuss who the title is actually referring to and how this episode depicts the different sides of The Empire.  They also talk about Din Djarin's choice in the episode, and how it relates to the arc of the returning Migs Mayfeld.  Then they speculate about what Din's choice to remove his helmet will mean for him going forward, and how it might impact his relationships with Bo-Katan and The Armorer.  Plus, a Star Wars Resistance connection, what characters we hope to see more from (and which one we don't), and the return of seismic charges.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: 015_The_Believer.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:35pm PDT

THE FUTURE OF STAR WARS IS HERE!  Dominic, Ben, and Chris react and break down the slew of announcement about the future of Star Wars from the Disney Investor Day live stream!  They discuss the news of the new series: Rangers of the New Republic, Ahsoka, Acolyte, Visions, A Droid's Story, and Lando; the updates about Star Wars: Andor, The Bad Batch, and Obi-Wan Kenobi; and the news that Star Wars will be returning to theaters in 2023 with Rogue Squadrons, directed by Patty Jenkins.  They talk about Hayden Christensen's return to Star Wars, how it's odd that there's no actor mentioned in the Lando announcement, and how will The Mandalorian tie-in with Ahsoka and Rangers of the New Republic.  Plus, Leslye Headland and the High Republic, The Bad Batch feels like The Clone Wars season eight, and a whole lot of excitement over the future of the galaxy far, far, away... All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_11-12-20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:18pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris are joined by friends of the show Din of the band F-105 (link) and Steven Shinder of the Delayed Replay Podcast (link) to talk about Chapter Fourteen of The Mandalorian, "The Tragedy".  They break down Boba Fett's return and builds off of what's been established previously and how the depiction differs from previous interpretations.  They also talk about the seeing stone and the ancient temple, and how it relates to similar ancient structures on Earth.  They also talk about Din Djarin and Grogu's connection and what they need from each other.  Plus, Moff Gideon's glee at Grogu causing chaos, is the show setting up a magnificent seven or dirty dozen for the finale, and the Mandalorian history of Jango Fett.  All this and much on this episode of Sounds of Slave I!

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Direct download: 014_The_Tragedy.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:45pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris recap the latest breaking Star Wars news!  They pay tribute to the life and career of the late David Prowse, who played Darth Vader in the original trilogy.  Then they discuss the leaked episode of the never-released animated series Star Wars: Detours, as well as why these episodes have never been released officially and if it ever will be.  After that they break down the new interview Dave Filoni and Rosario Dawson did with Vanity Fair about The Mandalorian.  Plus, is the Kenobi series shooting in Boston, what does Jon Favreau think of the price of Macarons, and just who is James Yoda?  All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_04-12-20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:52pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic and Chris are joined by Clare Stribling of The Imperial Senate Podcast (website) to talk about Chapter Thirteen of The Mandalorian, "The Jedi."  They break down the live action debut of Ahsoka Tano, including her characterization, thoughts on the portrayal of the character, and her role in the story of Din Djarin and Grogu.  Then they discuss the reveals about Baby Yoda, aka Grogu, including his Jedi past and how he escaped Order 66.  They also delve into the reveal that Ahsoka is hunting Grand Admiral Thrawn.  Plus, how this episode changes and sets up the future of Star Wars and the series, Ludwig Göransson's incredible score, and what other characters iconic characters might we see in the future.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: 013_The_Jedi.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:34pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris break down the latest rumors about future Star Wars series coming to Disney+.  They start on the rumored Boba Fett mini-series, then touch on the Kenobi series, and then move on to the upcoming Bad Batch animated series.  After that, they discuss some reason updates on The Mandalorian and respond to listener emails.  Plus, how could a Boba Fett series and The Mandalorian cross-over, The Rise of Skywalker comics adaptation may be cancelled, and what can of villain should the heroes of the sequel era face next.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_26-11-20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:35pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris are joined by SWU senior British correspondent Ciaran Duggan (Twitter), Kareem of Order 416 (Instagram), and Culture Slate's Lauren Scott (Instagram) to discuss Chapter Twelve of The Mandalorian, "The Siege".  They discuss what this episode reveals about Moff Gideon's ultimate plans, including his army of Dark Troopers and what exactly is in those tanks in the lab.  They also talk about the return of Greef Carga and Cara Dune to the series, and what's been going on on Navarro since we were last there.  And, they speculate about what's to come next week.  Plus, Din Djarin's questionable parenting skills, Imperial design flaws, and are there any Greg's in the Star Wars universe?  All this and much more!

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Direct download: 012_The_Siege.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:24pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris review The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special.  They talk about how the special balances jokes, Holiday spirit, and a really great Star Wars story, as well as how it might set the table for post-sequel trilogy storytelling with these characters.  They also talk about Bo-Katan's live action debut on The Mandalorian, including what Katee Sackhoff had to say about it.  Plus, Sasha Banks talks about her Star Wars debut, Daisy Ridley defends Baby Yoda, and how will extra-terrestrial archeologists react when they find Baby Yoda aboard the International Space Station.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_20-11-20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:27pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic and Chris are joined by Eric Strothers of The Bad Motivators (Twitter) and The Sith List (Website) Podcasts to discuss Chapter Eleven of The Mandalorian, "The Heiress".  They talk about the live action debut of Bo-Katan, played by Katee Sackhoff, and her interactions with Din Djarin.  They also discuss the reveal that Din is part of "The Children of the Watch", and how his meeting with Bo might alter his path.  Then they get into what's going on with Moff Gideon and the Imperial Remnant, and what their ultimate goal might be.  Plus, Mando and Baby Yoda set sail with some Quarren, Frog Lady is reunited with Frog Gentleman, and a name we never thought we'd hear in live action Star Wars: Ahsoka Tano.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: 011_The_Heiress.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:17pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris discuss the latest updates in the world of Star Wars production.  They start with The Mandalorian, and try to figure out what is going on with filming rumors about season three and a potential spin-off show.  Then they talk about a new interview with Leslye Headland, where she talks about her past with Star Wars and a little about what went into her pitch for her upcoming Disney+ series.  They also talk about the recent revelation of more details about what George Lucas was planning for his sequel trilogy.  Plus, Darth Vader on the big screen, Carl Weathers reveals what episode of Mando he directed, and new details about the Solo deluxe edition soundtrack.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_12-11-20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:41pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben (eventually), and Chris are joined by YouTuber and SWU "Senior Tie-In Materials Correspondent" Chris "Starrapter" Abbott (YouTube), and friend of the show Din of the band F-105 (website) to break down Chapter Ten of The Mandalorian, "The Passenger."  They delve into how this episode leans into Star Wars' weird side, and the concept of "table setter episodes" vs "filler episodes."  They also talk about the role of the New Republic in this episode and their evolving relationship with Din Djarin.  And they look at the new "Frog Lady" character and the importance of maternal stories in Star Wars.  Plus, the return of Zero, Baby Yoda's weird eating habits, and some love for Peli Motto.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: 010_The_Passenger.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:07pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris are joined by returning champion Selene Jade (Twitter) to break down this week's Star Wars news, including the new trailer for the upcoming LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special and other LEGO Star Wars holiday shorts.  Then, Dominic chats with Patrick Schneider and Chris Reiff of the Hasbro Star Wars team about some of their recent reveals and the state of the line.  Then, the gang speculates about what's to come in season two of The Mandalorian and answer some listener emails.  Plus, Darth Sidious' plan for Anakin, Jyn Erso's fate, and a Star Wars languages lesson.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_05-11-20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:47pm PDT

Radio Razorcrest returns for season two of The Mandalorian!  Dominic, Ben, and Chris are joined by returning champion Selene Jade (Twitter) and SWU senior British correspondent Ciaran Duggan (Twitter) to kick off the new season by discussing Chapter Nine: The Marshal.  They break down the return of Boba Fett, and how that may be setting the table for the next chapter in Din Djarrin's story, as well as what they hope to see from Boba.  They also talk about the debut of Timothy Olyphant as Cobb Vanth, and how his character impacts Din and what his backstory tells us about the state of the galaxy.  Plus IG-11's impact of Din Djarin, how The Mandalorian continues to re-contextualize the Tusken Raiders, and the on-screen debut of the Krayt Dragon.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: 009_The_Marshal.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:23pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris are joined by Nikk Sereno of the band Outatime (check out their music!) as they watch and comment on Return of the Jedi.  They share some early memories of the film and talk about the impact this film had on the saga as a whole.  They also take a couple of glimpses at "the road not taken" for Star Wars and the potential alternate storylines of the original trilogy that could have been if things had gone a little differently.  Plus, the importance of Ewoks, Palpatine's hold on Darth Vader, Jabba the Hutt, and what if various Star Wars characters had been voiced by Hagrid.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_ROTJ_Commentary.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:55pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris "break down" the "Special Look" at season two of The Mandalorian that aired during Monday Night Football.  They talk about the hype surrounding the release of the new spot, the (few) tidbits revealed, and the differences between marketing films and TV shows.  They also talk about an new update from Ewan McGregor about the Kenobi series.  And they talk about the new details about George Lucas' sequel trilogy that were revealed in the new book Star Wars Fascinating Facts.  Plus, listener feedback, the expanded Solo soundtrack, John Boyega comments on Trevorrow's Episode IX concept art, and more references to Emily in Paris than you're probably expecting.  All this and much more! 

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Direct download: SWU_Podcast_23-10-20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:32pm PDT

Dominic and Ciaran conclude their look back at season seven of The Clone Wars with PART THREE of their "Siege of Mandalore" discussion.  They discuss the way the Order 66 was depicted over the course of these final episodes.  They discuss Ahsoka and Rex reflecting on the war, and how their conversation on the bridge just before "the moment" encapsulates their entire arcs.  They also talk about the "I am one with the Force, the Force is with me moment".  Plus, Ahsoka's feelings pre-Order 66, the Fives cover-up, Darth Vader, and Anakin's password.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: TCW_Siege_of_Mandalore_PT_3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:01pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris are joined by SWU "Senior Tie-In Materials Correspondent" Chris "Starrapter" Abbott (link to his YouTube) to discuss the week's Star Wars news!  They start by talking about the new promos for season two of The Mandalorian, as well as updates about production on season three and the possibilities of a Mandalorian movie at some point.  Then they continue the discussion about Star Wars: Squadrons, with Starrapter giving his full review of the game (including the VR experience).  Plus, updates on the Lego Star Wars Holiday Special, Kenobi and Cassian filming updates, and a rumored Mandalorian spin-off series.  All this and much more!
 
Direct download: SWU_16-10-20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:42pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris recap the week that was in Star Wars!  They begin with Chris' initial review of Star Wars: Squadrons, sharing his thoughts on the gameplay and the story.  Then the trio look at the latest teases for season two of The Mandalorian, talking about how the appearances by familiar characters could/should be handled, as well as what those characters could teach Din Djarin.  They also talk about the recently revealed story topics for From A Certain Point Of View: The Empire Strikes Back.  Plus, the writers for season two of The Mandalorian revealed, the new Hot Toys Darth Maul, and the crawl for The High Republic.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_09-10-20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:17pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris get caught up on the latest Star Wars news.  They start by reviewing the reveals made during Hasbro's PulseCon.  They talk about the new Haslab Razorcrest vehicle, the latest Black Series figures, and the surprising new holiday-themed trooper figures.  They also talk about the rumors that Lucasfilm is considering bringing Darth Bane into some new projects.  Then they read some listener emails about a plethora of topics.  Plus, The Mandalorian previews, the D23 Expo dates have been revealed, and the Ahsoka image that has people wondering about The Mandalorian.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_02-10-20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:24pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris catch you up on all the latest Star Wars news from all around the galaxy.  First, they check in with The Mandalorian and discuss the new merchandising reveals as well as Giancarlo Esposito's comments that seasons three and four are in the works.  Then they discuss the latest shake-up with the crew of the Cassian Andor series and what this means for the show.  They also read some listener emails about The Bad Batch, Kenobi, and The Mandalorian.  Plus, Ezra Bridger twitter shenanigans, the latest from Alden Ehrenreich on Solo, and more wacky Star Wars dreams.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_25-09-20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:51pm PDT

 

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, 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

It's The Star Wars Underworld's annual Boxing Day special!  This year, Dominic, Chris, and Ciaran discuss The Rise of Skywalker with Iraj Dowlatshahi of The Sith List podcast, Graham Hancock of Brick Fanatics, Steele Saunders of the Steele Wars podcast, Charlie Ashby of The Imperial Senate podcast, Corey Van Dyke of Kessel Run Transmissions, and Ben Hart of The Star Wars Underworld podcast.  They get into the highs and lows of the film, including Rey's lineage, the death fake-outs, the voices of the past, the final scene, Lando's return, and Palpatine's role.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: Boxing_Day_2019.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:21pm PDT

SkywalkerPod is a crossover podcast review of Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker, hosted by The Star Wars Underworld, the Intergalactic Peace Coalition Podcast, the Hype Function Podcast, and Channel 1138. During this incredible 4-and-a-half-hour discussion, members from all the aforementioned programs came together to discuss their detailed thoughts about the final installment of the Star Wars Skywalker saga. SPOILERS are very prevalent in this podcast, as they discuss the shocking reveals about Rey, what it means to have Palpatine back in the saga, how General Leia was used in the movie, the further character development of Kylo Ren, Finn, and Poe, along with contributions of the various other characters who were featured or had cameos in this film. Listen for those things, and so much more!

 

Direct download: SWU_Podcast_-_SkywalkerPod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:11am PDT