The Star Wars Underworld Podcast (general)

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, Chris, and Hannah are joined by Iraj from The Sith List to break down the seventh episode of The Acolyte, “Choice.” They discuss the reveal of what happened between the Jedi and the Witches in the past and whether the payoff was worth the build-up. They also talk about Sol and how this experience shaped him in the present story. And look at how Torbin’s teen angst leads to the confrontation between the Jedi and the Witches. Plus, the end credits song, the future of Star Wars on Disney+, and how the show's structure impacts the experience of watching the show. All this and much more.

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Direct download: SWU_12-07-24.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:18pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic and Hannah break down the sixth episode of The Acolyte, “Teach/Corrupt”.  They discuss The Stranger/Qimir’s seduction of Osha, as well as what Osha reveals about her past to her Sith captor.  They also talk about Sol’s feelings of loss, and whether he knew it was Mae with him the whole time or not.  And they look at Vernestra’s motivations and choices in this episode, how she got her from The High Republic books, and what she may represent.  Plus, Sol is really taking his time telling Osha and Mae what really happened on Brendok, we have theories about Qimir’s master, and how the perceived reaction to the series online differs from reality.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_06-07-24.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:05pm PDT

On this episode Chris, Ben and Hannah are joined by Matthew and Joel from the 'Eye On Canon' Podcast to breakdown the shocking fourth episode of 'The Acolyte' titled "Night". They share their thoughts on the episode, including the reactions to the shocking fates of Jecki and Yord, as well as the big reveal of the Sith Lord's indentity. They also dive deep into the sociopolitical themes of the series, Dom drops by briefly to share his thoughts, Hannah reveals a big parallel to 'The Clone Wars', and they discuss how Star Wars influences their daily lives. Plus, who's the real Dominic Jones?

 

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Direct download: SWU_-_Acolyte_5_V2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:25pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, Hannah, and Chris break down the fourth episode of The Acolyte, “Day”. They discuss and debate the ways in which the episode moves the story forward and how it builds off the flashbacks seen in last week’s episode. They also talk about how Mae and Osha’s stories evolve and the twists and turns that we see from them in “Day.” And they talk about the greatest new Star Wars character: Bazil. Plus, outlandish theories about Qimir and Darth Smiley’s true identities, what makes great Star Wars wisdom, and join #BazilsBuddies! All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_21-06-14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:06pm PDT

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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Direct download: SWU_14-06-24.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:28pm PDT

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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Direct download: SWU_07-06-24.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:16pm PDT

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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Direct download: SWU_31-05-24.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:50pm PDT

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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Direct download: SWU_24-04-24.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:04pm PDT

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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Direct download: SWU_17-05-24.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00pm PDT

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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Direct download: SWU_10-05-24.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:34pm PDT

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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Direct download: SWU_03-05-24.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:36pm PDT

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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Direct download: Graham_Interview_April_2024.mp3
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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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Direct download: SWU_26-04-24.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:28pm PDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 4:54pm PDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 8:31pm PDT

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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Direct download: SWU_4-12-24.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:19pm PDT

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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Direct download: SWU_05-04-24.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:06pm PDT

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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Direct download: SWU_29-03-24.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:26pm PDT

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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Direct download: SWU_22-03-24.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:29pm PDT

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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Direct download: SWU_15-03-24.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:38pm PDT

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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Direct download: SWU_08-03-24.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:39pm PDT

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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Direct download: SWU_01-03-24.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:10pm PDT

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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Direct download: SWU_23-02-24.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:10pm PDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 9:23pm PDT

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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Direct download: SWU_09-02-24.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:26pm PDT

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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Direct download: SWU_2-2-24.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:06am PDT

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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Direct download: SWU_26-01-24.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:17pm PDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 9:14pm PDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 9:10pm PDT

On the final episode of 2023, Dominic, Ben, Hannah, and Chris face off in the annual trivia showdown! With Matthew from Eye on Canon as guest moderator, the hosts take on the Dragon Con entry quiz to see if Ben can three-peat or not. Plus, they all look back on 2023 in Star Wars and share what they are most looking forward to in 2024. All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_22-12-23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:32pm PDT

Ahsoka finale breakdown! Dominic, Ben, Chris, and Hannah are all finally back together to review the final episode of Ahsoka, “The Jedi, The Witch, And The Warlord”. They discuss the ways the episode wraps up the series and how successful (or not) it was. They talk about the role Morgan Elsbeth played in the episode and whether there was enough build-up to her being the finale villain. Then they talk about the impact of Thrawn’s return to the main galaxy. And they talk about the conclusion to Sabine’s arc. Plus, Adam Driver discusses the evolution of Kylo Ren across the sequel trilogy, how Skeleton Crew could follow up on Ahsoka, and the uneasy alliance between Thrawn and the Nightsisters. All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_15-12-23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:53pm PDT

 

On this episode Chris and Ben are joined by Jordan from ‘Tales From Beyond The Galaxy’ and Chad to discuss “Far, Far Away” and “Dreams And Madness”, the sixth and seventh episodes of ‘Star Wars: Ahsoka’. They dive into all the big reveals, including Peridea, Nightsisters, Thrawn, Eza, Night Troopers, and more! Chris also takes some time to share what he learned at the premiere of the new Star Wars Holiday Special documentary “A Disturbance In The Force”. Plus; who could possibly play Baylan Skoll after Ray Stevenson? Is it time for a Japanese Star Wars film? And how many Star Wars series are we *actually* getting next year? Watch and/or listen for all of that and more!

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Direct download: SWU_12-8-23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:26am PDT

Ahsoka episode five breakdown! Better late than never, Dominic, Ben, and Hannah break down THAT episode of Ahsoka, episode five, “Shadow Warrior”. They analyze the long-awaited reunion of Ahsoka Tano and Anakin Skywalker, exploring how their relationship has changed over the years and how their dynamic has evolved since we last saw them. They also discuss how the series handled the Clone Wars flashbacks and why those moments were chosen as key points in Ahsoka’s life. And they look at Anakin’s headspace in this moment and what he may still have to learn. Plus, Ben’s latest character, Doctor Who connections in Star Wars, and the possibility of more Clone Wars-era stories. All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_01-01-23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:50pm PDT

Ahsoka episodes 3 & 4 discussion! On this episode, Dominic and Ben are joined by Din of F-105 (Website) to break down the third and fourth episodes of Ahsoka, “Time to Fly” and “Fallen Jedi”. They discuss the portrayal of Hera Syndulla in the series by Mary Elizabeth Winstead and how the character interacts with the New Republic establishment. They also discuss the introduction of Senator Xiono, his Star Wars Resistance connections and what he could represent with the New Republic government. Then, they talk about Sabine’s arc in the series and what it says about the Force. And they look at what Dave Filoni’s new title and role at Lucasfilm means for the future of Star Wars. Plus, Dominic and Ben trade cultures, the stuff we’re glad we missed during the hiatus, and Hayden Christensen’s latest return to Star Wars. All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_24-11-23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:06pm PDT

Ahsoka episodes 1 and 2 break down & EK Johnston interview! Dominic, Ben, Chris, and Hannah are back to discuss the first two episodes of Ahsoka, “Master and Apprentice” and “Toil and Trouble”. They discuss the introductions to Ahsoka, Sabine, Baylan, and Shin, as well as our return to Lothal and the concept of other galaxies in the Star Wars universe. They also discuss what it means for Sabine to be able to tap into the Force and whether the series did enough to sell the Ahsoka and Sabine as master and apprentice. Plus, crawls, cliffhangers, and an edition of Ben’s Connection Corner that is either too long or too short. And Dominic interviews author EK Johnston about her new novel Crimson Climb! All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_17-11-23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:37pm PDT

Somehow, the SWU returned… Weesa Back! The strikes are over, so Dominic, Ben, Chris, and Hannah return to the airwaves to get caught up on all they missed during the hiatus. They share their thoughts on Ahsoka, highlighting some standout moments from the series. Then, they discuss the news that the Lando series is now a movie and being written by Donald and Stephen Glover. After that they turn things over to the listeners for an extended Ask The SWU segment where they cover more Ahsoka thoughts, looking ahead at what projects are next, and what they got up to during the break. Then, Dominic sits down with The High Republic authors Charles Soule, Cavan Scott, George Mann, and Justina Ireland to preview Phase 3 of the series. Plus, what the hosts did during the hiatus, Guillermo Del Toro’s cancelled Jabba the Hutt movie, and Ben debuts a new character. All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_10-11-23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:33pm PDT

On this episode Ben is joined by Joel from Eye On Canon and Jesse from the Question/Possible Answer Podcast to discuss the latest Star Wars news, including some breaking updates from San Diego Comic Con! They start off by examining new comments from both John Boyega and Temuera Morrison and speculate about if the actors will return as their respective Star Wars characters. Furthermore they discuss a The Acolyte update, some non-news about the Lando show, and a couple of new quotes from Bob Iger and how they interface with the ongoing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. They also take time to explore all the exciting Star Wars reveals from SDCC, including costumes, props and concept art from Ahsoka, new Lego sets, upcoming panels, and more! Plus, what will the Star Wars galaxy look like 25,000 years in the past? We discuss that and so much more!

 
Special Note: This episode was recorded during the 2023 WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. Without the labor of the writers and actors currently on strike, all the Star Wars media being discussed here wouldn't exist. We stand in solidarity with all those currently on strike. We also strongly encourage our viewers to donate to the Entertainment Community Fund to help industry workers in need: https://ow.ly/uGrG50PhtSm
 
Direct download: SWU_-_7-21-23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:13am PDT

AHSOKA TRAILER BREAKDOWN! On this episode, Dominic, Ben, Hannah, and Chris dissect and discuss the brand-new trailer for the upcoming series, Ahsoka.  They talk about how the series feels like a continuation of Rebels, but also how the characters have grown and evolved since we last saw them.  They also break down the reveal that Ahsoka tried to train Sabine and walked away from her, and what this says about her past, present, and future.  And they look at Hera's role in this story and how she might clash with Mon Mothma.  Plus, Bob Iger shows his true colours, Star Wars picks up some major award nominations, and the future of the entertainment industry.  All this and much more!
 
 
 
Direct download: SWU_14-07-23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:26pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Hannah review Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny from a Star Wars fan perspective and review the season three episode of Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian.  They start by talking about Dial of Destiny, what this film tells us about James Mangold as a filmmaker (and his Star Wars film) and Lucasfilm's continues use of CGI de-aging technology. SPOILER DISCUSSION FROM 46:07 TO 58:53. Then they talk about Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian season three, which leads to some reminiscing about the old "Rebels Recon" and "Clone Wars Download" days.  Plus, is Thrawn looking for the world between worlds, could Mara Jade show up in the Rey movie, and how long until we get a Shania Twain song in Star Wars? All this and much more!
 
Direct download: SWU_07-07-23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:34pm PDT

On this episode Chris, Ben and Hannah break down some new comments from Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and director James Mangold. Kennedy teases the beginning of a "new chapter" and potential connections between the 'New Jedi Order' and 'Dawn Of The Jedi' films, and Mangold finally opens up about that long rumored Boba Fett movie. Additionally they discuss new 'Andor' behind the scenes photos, the beginning of the end for The Bad Batch season 3, and a surprising reveal from an 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' action figure. Plus, will Poggle the Lesser and Jar Jar be showing up on Naboo in Andor? And does Indiana Jones' box office really matter? Tune in for all of that and more!

 

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Direct download: SWU_-_6-30-23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:17am PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, Hannah, and Chris are joined by Katherine of Legends-Con (website) to break down the week's news and talk about a new fan-run event. They start by reminiscing about some classic Star Wars Expanded Universe memories. Then Katherine tells the hosts about the new Legends fan convention, Legends-Con (website), she's helping organize (September 9th-11th in Burbank, CA). After that, they break down the week's news, including how Andor is (or is not) affected by the writer's strike, Pedro Pascal's thoughts on Din not removing his helmet in The Mandalorian season three, and if there will be more seasons of Ahsoka. Plus, another round of "Finish The Line: Star Wars Edition", translating costumes from animation to real life, and the launch of the #SaveFerus campaign. All this and much more!

 

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Direct download: SWU_23-06-23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:22pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris are joined by Chris "Starrapter" Abbott (YouTube link) to discuss the announcement of Star Wars Outlaws, the upcoming video game from Lucasfilm Games, Ubisoft, and Massive Entertainment.  They talk about the game's story and new characters, as well as the gameplay style and what that means for Star Wars.  Then they talk about the news of (another) Star Wars movie release date shake-up.  And they play a game of "Finish the line...Star Wars Edition".  Plus, a thought exercise about what might have happened had George Lucas never sold Star Wars, is Rebels required for Ahsoka, and the potential for Legends characters and ideas to appear in the Rey/New Jedi order movie.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_16-06-23..mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:24pm PDT

On this episode Hannah and Ben are joined by Matt and Joel from the Eye On Canon Podcast to get hyped about Star Wars: Ahsoka! They dive deep into a newly released trailer for the upcoming series, which includes a release date along with an exciting new shot of Sabine wielding a Lightsaber. Furthermore, they break down all the new images and quotes release by Empire Magazine which triggers a multitude of tangents. What's Ahsoka up to? Who is that Inquisitor? Why is Sabine wearing Ezra's clothes?!? And then throwing in a bunch of intriguing viewer questions makes this one jam packed podcast that you don't want to miss!

 

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Direct download: SWU_6-9-23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:57pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, Hannah, and Chris get caught up on all the latest Star Wars news and chat with one of the stars of The Mandalorian.  They start by talking about a report that Temuera Morrison is going to be playing Captain Rex in Ahsoka.  Then they talk about Mark Hamill's comments about recasting Luke and discuss what Lucasfilm's de-aging work means for films going forward. After that, Hannah chats with Misty Rosas (Frog Lady) about her experience working on The Mandalorian. Then, to close out the show, the gang answers some listener questions.  Plus, six months in the Ben Hart calendar, old man Dom complains about new movies in the future, and some of the best Star Wars trailers. All this and much more!
 
Direct download: SWU_02-06-23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:02pm PDT

On this episode Hannah, Chris and Ben react to the breaking news that Disney's Galactic Starcruiser hotel is closing! They also discuss the rumored title for the MandoVerse movie (and it's exactly what you think), more Star Wars film updates from Kathleen Kennedy, Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian is back, Urkel goes to a Galaxy far, far away, and we breakdown our ideal Star Wars hotels. Plus, your questions answered, our best guesses at Dave Filoni's movie title, and we reveal the results of last week's very important and serious poll!

 

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Direct download: SWU_5-19-23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:12pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, Chris, and Hannah talk Star Wars: Visions Volume Two, the latest news, and look back at The Bad Batch and The Mandalorian.  They start by sharing their overall thoughts on the second seasons of Visions, as well as what makes something Star Wars.  Then they look back at their scores for the second season of The Bad Batch and the third season of The Mandalorian and see if they feel their scores reflect how they feel about the seasons now. Plus, Tony Gilroy steps away from his Andor duties in solidarity with the WGA, the future of Boba Fett, and the most important poll of all time (Twitter link).  All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_12-05-23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:17pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris are joined by Chris "Starrapter" Abbott (YouTube link) to celebrate May the Fourth, aka Star Wars Day!  They share their (spoiler-free) thoughts on what they've seen of Star Wars: Visions Volume Two so far.  Then Starrapter gives his in-depth review (spoiler-free) of Jedi: Survivor, with a focus on the relationship between gameplay and story. Then Chris and Ben review the ongoing Star Wars/Fortnite event, and Dominic and Starrapter review (spoiler-free) the first episodes of Young Jedi Adventures. Then they break down some news stories about the film release schedules, Andor's final three episodes, and the return of the Star Wars crawl.  All this and much more!
 
 
Direct download: SWU_05-05-23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:31pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Hannah break down the trailer for Ahsoka!  They talk about the role Thrawn might play in the series, as well as what it means to have the Rebels characters appearing in live action. They also discuss the level of anticipation for the series and the evolution of fan appreciation of Ahsoka. Then they race through other reveals from Star Wars Celebration about Skeleton CrewThe AcolyteAndor season two, and Tales of the Jedi season two.  Plus, the varying degrees of interest and disinterest in Star Wars: Visions, the legend that is Leslye Headland, and the Japanese equivalent of IHOP. All this and much more!
 
 
Direct download: SWU_28-04-23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:50pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, Chris, and Hannah break down the season finale of The Mandalorian, "The Return".  They discuss how the finale tied together the arcs that have been building over the course of the season and whether the payoffs were impactful enough.  They also talk about the feeling of the end of the episode and what it signifies about the story so far and where we're headed from here.  Plus, life finds a way on Mandalore, the Praetorian guard showdown, and the curious case of Moff Gideon's clones. All this and much more!
 
 
 
Direct download: SWU_21-04-23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:02pm PDT

On this episode Chris, Hannah and Ben dive deep into The Mandalorian season three's penultimate episode "Chapter 23: The Spies". They discuss many aspects, including the Shadow Council, how exactly the Empire will transition into the First Order, and who the heck are the spies? Plus, Grogu's first words, more Thrawn teases, Expanded Universe parallels, and could they really kill off Din Djarin in the finale? Furthermore, they just begin to scratch the surface on all the amazing news from Star Wars Celebration in London, starting with the reveal of three new Star Wars films. Are these the right movies to be made? And should we be worried about their possible cancelation? Watch and/or listen for all this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_-_4-14-23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:05am PDT

It's the final day of Star Wars Celebration Europe 2023 and Dominic is on the ground at the ExCel Centre in London! To help break down the final two days of the convention, he's once again joined by Chris "Starrapter" Abbott, Rob Gower, and Ciaran Duggan. They talk about the reveals from the Bad Batch and Visions Volume Two panels, as well as give a SPOILER-FREE review of the upcoming Visions episode "I am your Mother". They also talk about the Marvel panel, the cosplay contest, the look back at Obi-Wan Kenobi panel, the Jedi: Survivor reveals, the Star Wars animation game night, the Villians of the Sequel Trilogy panel, a publishing panel, and #Cantina2.  And they reflect on the experience of the convention as a whole. All this and much more!
 
 
 
Direct download: SWCE_2023_Days_Three_and_Four.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:03pm PDT

It's day one of Star Wars Celebration Europe 2023 and Dominic is on the ground at the ExCel Centre in London! To break down day one, he's joined by Chris "Starrpater" Abbott and Rob Gower to break down all the reveals of day one, talk about their experiences on the floor, and give their SPOILER FREE review of next week's episode of The Mandalorian. They talk about the reveals about AndorThe AcolyteSkeleton CrewAhsoka, and the announcement of the three new Star Wars movies!  All this and much, much more!
 
 
Direct download: SWCE_2023_Day_Two.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:36pm PDT

It's day one of Star Wars Celebration Europe 2023 and Dominic is on the ground at the ExCel Centre in London! To break down day one, he's joined by Chris "Starrpater" Abbott and Rob Gower to break down all the reveals of day one, talk about their experiences on the floor, and give their SPOILER FREE review of next week's episode of The Mandalorian. They talk about the reveals about AndorThe AcolyteSkeleton CrewAhsoka, and the announcement of the three new Star Wars movies!  All this and much, much more!
 
 
Direct download: SWCE_2023_Day_One.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:39pm PDT

On this episode, Chris, Hannah and Ben wrestle with their very mixed opinions on this truly wild episode of The Mandalorian! They dive deep into "Chapter 22: Guns For Hired" and all it's impressive visuals, crazy cameos, and surprising story beats. And it wouldn't be complete without Dominic & Ciaran dropping in from Star Wars Celebration London to give their thoughts on the episode! Plus, Ben has a mental breakdown, Hannah tests out her battle droid impression, and Chris attempts to solve the mystery of how Quarrens can talk underwater! Listen and/or watch for all of this and more!

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Direct download: SWU_-_4-7-23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:02am PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, Chris, and Hannah break down the two-part season finale of The Bad Batch, "The Summit" & "Plan 99".  They discuss the fate of Tech and what his sacrifice means for the surviving members of the Bad Batch.  They also talk about Dr Hemlock and the kidnapping of Omega.  And they reflect on the series as a whole and how well the story was executed over the past sixteen episodes.  Plus, Saw Gererra is like Skittles somehow, Omega and Emery Karr are sisters, and the fate of Cid.  All this and much more!
 
 
Direct download: SWU_01-04-23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:35pm PDT

On this episode, Ben, Chris, and Dominic are joined by Chris "Starrapter" Abbott (YouTube Link) to discuss the new episode of The Mandalorian, "Chapter 21: The Pirate", and the latest Star Wars news.  They discuss how this episode handles the bureaucracy of the New Republic, as well as Carson Teva's hunches about what's going on in the outer rim. Then they talk about the Mandalorians liberating Navarro and Bo-Katan and The Armorer reaching an agreement for the future of Mandalore. Then, they talk about what's going on with the latest Star Wars film news and theorize about what it will take to get a new film in theaters.  Plus, Zeb becomes the first Rebels character to appear in the Mandoverse, a theory about the season three post-credits scene, and a preview for the BEST PANEL AT CELEBRATION LONDON!  All this and much more!
 
 
Direct download: SWU_31-03-23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:56pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, Chris, and Hannah break down the latest episode of The Bad Batch, "Tipping Point".  They discuss Crosshair's interactions with Dr. Hemlock and Emeri Karr and his choice to warn the rest of the Bad Batch about Hemlock's intentions.  They also talk about what Echo and Gregor have been up to, and the rescue of Howzer.  And they talk about the Bad Batch and their new life on Pabu.  Plus, some thoughts on the kinda-sorta-not-really cancellation of Willow, the social media habits of SWU hosts, and a brief on-the-ground report from WonderCon.  All this and much more!
 
 
Direct download: SWU_26-03-23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:57pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, Chris, and Hannah are joined by Matthew Neugebauer of the Eye On Canon podcast to break down the latest episode of The Mandalorian, "Chapter 20: The Foundling" and this past weekend at Toronto ComiCon.  They discuss the reveal that it was Kelleran Beq who rescued Grogu from the Jedi Temple during Order 66 and what it means to have Ahmed Best be the actor playing Baby Yoda's saviour.  They also talk about Bo-Katan's continue evolution with the Children of the Watch. Then, Graham E. Hancock of Blocks Magazine stops by to preview Celebration London, including some tips for visiting London from an actual Londoner, and chat a little bit about Lego Star Wars.  Plus, more Oreo analogies, people posting spoilers on social media, and the time Matthew brought down the house with Emily Swallow at Toronto ComiCon.  All this and much more!
 
Direct download: SWU_24-03-23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:19pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, Chris, and Hannah break down the latest episode of The Bad Batch, "Pabu".  They discuss how this episode explores the Bad Batch as characters away from the war and what this tells us about their future.  They also look at the Bad Batch's contentious voicemail from Cid, as well as the return and evolution of Phee's character.  And they analyze the placement of this episode in this season.  Plus, a stand-out Ben's Connection Corner, the Oreo talk continues, and advice for what to do in the event of a tsunami.  All this and much more!

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Direct download: SWU_19-03-23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:40pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, Chris (briefly), and Hannah break down the latest episode of The Mandalorian, "Chapter 19: The Convert".  They start by discussing how this episode evolves the relationship between Bo-Katan and Din Djarin, showing how Bo might find something unexpected among the Children of the Watch.  Then they talk about Dr. Pershing's adventures on Coruscant with former(?) Imperial Comms Officer, Elia Kane.  And they look at the ways this episode exposes the flaws in the New Republic that will one day lead to the rise of the First Order.  Plus, more Oreo references, the days of the week in Star Wars, and the MAndorlorian.  All this and much more!
 
 
 
Direct download: SWU_17-03-23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:25pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, Chris, and Hannah break down the latest episode of The Bad Batch, "The Outpost".  They start by talking Crosshair's arc and how the series has handled his development across the two seasons.  They also break down his relationships with the two new characters, Clone Commander Mayday and Imperial Lieutenant Nolan.  And they talk about the implications of Crosshair's arrival on Tantis.  Plus, the careers of Brad Rau and Jennifer Corbett, more Oreo comparisons, and an unexpected Clone Wars/Mandalorian connection.  All this and much more!
 
Direct download: SWU_13-03-23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:15pm PDT

On this episode, Ben, Chris, and Dominic are joined by Anna from Tales From Beyond The Galaxy (link) to discuss the new episode of The Mandalorian, "Chapter 18: The Mines of Mandalore", and the latest Star Wars news.  They discuss the evolving relationship between Din Djarin and Bo-Katan, and what the future may hold for them and Mandalore.  They also talk about Grogu's role and the relative strengths and weaknesses of Jon Favreau's writing.  And they break down the new report from Variety about the current state of Star Wars films.  Plus, what are the big panels of Star Wars Celebration London, what will happen when Din and Bo face the mythosaur, and why won't anyone mention Duchess Satine?  All this and much more!
 
Direct download: SWU_10-03-23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:19pm PDT

On this (late) weekend episode, Dominic, Ben, Chris, and Hannah break down the latest episode of The Bad Batch, "Metamorphosis".  They discuss the long-awaited return of the Zillo Beast and what it means that the Empire has followed through on Palapatine's order to clone the beast.  They also discuss the season finally delving into what's going on on Tantis and the future of Nala Se and Lama Su.  And they discuss the return of Clone Commandos.  Plus, Omega and Tech together again, the debut of Dr. Hemlock, and what kind of Oreo is this episode?  All this and much more!
 
Direct download: SWU_06-03-23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:49pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, Chris, and Hannah break down the season three premiere of The Mandalorian, "Chapter 17: The Apostate".  They discuss how this episode went about introducing the new season and re-introducing the key players, as well as whether it lived up to the hype.  They talk about Din Djarin's mission for this season and who his likely allies and adversaries are.  And they discuss the introduction of the pirates and what tie-ins to other shows there might be coming down the line.  Plus, some super-obscure Clone Wars impressions, a tiny bit of Bad Batch chat, and a round of hockey player or Star Wars character.  All this and much more!
 
 
Direct download: SWU_03-03-23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:36pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, Chris, and Hannah break down the latest episode of The Bad Batch, "Retrieval", and talk about the latest Star Wars news!  They discuss the themes of revolution and uprising in the episode, and how the episode portrays tyranny in the galaxy.  They also discuss how Omega's experiences led to her being in the right place at the right time to help the workers. Then, they discuss the news that the next Star Wars Celebration (after London) won't be until 2025.  And, they look at the new Mandalorian character posters and the rumoured runtime for the premiere.  Plus, Ahsoka might not air until the Fall, Celebration stories, and workers of the galaxy unite!  All this and much more!
 
Direct download: SWU_24-02-23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:33pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, Chris, and Hannah break down the latest episode of The Bad Batch, "The Crossing", and talk about the latest Star Wars news! They discuss how Echo's departure last week has changed the dynamic of the series.  They also talk about how the show depicts Tech and his conversations with Omega.  Then, they look at the new marketing for The Mandalorian season three and speculate about what's to come in the new season.  Plus, some love for Clancy Brown, getting hockey players to sign Star Wars items, and everybody gets a corner.  All this and much more!
 
Direct download: SWU_17-02-23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:35pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, Chris, and Hannah break down the latest episodes of The Bad Batch, "The Clone Conspiracy" and "Truth and Consequences", and talk about the latest Star Wars news!  They discuss the political thriller that was the latest duo of Bad Batch episodes and the parade of returning Clone Wars characters. They also talk about Palpatine's role in the story, Omega and Chuchi on an adventure, and Echo choosing to join Rex.  Then, they break down the week's news with stories about Jedi: SurvivorThe Mandalorian season three, and Crimson Rise.  Plus, leave Young Jedi Adventures alone(!), lots of connections in the corner with Ben, and the debut of Yodannah.  All this and much more!
 
 
Direct download: SWU_10-02-23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:42pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, Chris, and Hannah break down the latest episode of The Bad Batch, "Tribe", and talk about the latest Star Wars news!  They start by talking about Gungi and his connections with Omega, Hunter, and the planet Kashyyyk.  They also talk about the possibility of Omega being Force-sensitive.  Then they discuss the news of the Star Wars: Visions Volume Two animation studio being revealed, as well as the delay of Star Wars Jedi: Survivor.  Plus, some thoughts on the current state of Star Wars action figure collecting, Star Wars Celebration London updates, and an Uncle Harlow conspiracy theory chart.  All this and much more!
 
Direct download: SWU_03-02-23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:33pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris break down the latest episode of The Bad Batch, "Entombed", and get caught up on the latest Star Wars news.  They start by sharing their thoughts on "Entombed", which leads to a larger discussion about expectations, how TV has changed over the years, and what kind of show The Bad Batch wants to be.  Then they check in on the latest news about Skeleton Crew wrapping filming, Lars Mikkelsen lying about being live-action Thrawn, and Daisy Ridley answering questions about The Rise of Skywalker and a potential return to Star Wars.  Plus, the new Lego Star Wars helmet sets are amazing!  All this and much more!
 
Direct download: SWU_27-01-23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:21pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Hannah break down the latest episode of The Bad Batch, "Faster".  They discuss how this season has been featuring the batch in smaller groups more than season one and how that structure is working so far. They also talk about what we learn about Cyd and her past, and how that may impact the story going forward.  And they talk about Tech's continued character discussion. Plus Ben Schwartz and Ernie Hudson guest star this week, the use of colour in the series, and Omega's leadership.  All this and much more!
 
Direct download: SWU_22-01-23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:26pm PDT

THE MANDALORIAN SEASON THREE TRAILER BREAKDOWN! On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Hannah share their thoughts on the brand new trailer for season three of The Mandalorian that debuted this week.  They share their thoughts on the growing cast of Mandalorians and whether this season has its roots in other Star Wars projects.  They also discuss how the show will grapple with its relationship to The Book of Boba Fett and the important plot points that took place in the other series.  And they discuss the return to Coruscant and what this might mean for the New Republic and Empire.  Plus, another Order 66 sequence, Carson Teva returns, and the absence of Bo-Katan in this trailer.  All this and much more!
 
Direct download: SWU_20-01-23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:41pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, Chris, and Hannah review the newest episode of The Bad Batch and break down the latest Star Wars news.  They talk about Crosshair and Cody's arcs in "The Solitary Clone", as well as what this tells us about the place of the remaining clones in the Empire. They also discuss the continued depictions of the many sides of Count Dooku, and why we're seeing this now. Then they talk about the news that a new The Mandalorian season three trailer is coming on Monday and what they hope to see from it.  And they look back on their scores out of ten for season one of Andor and reflect on whether they stand by them now.  Plus, the stars are aligning for Ryan Reynolds to be in Star Wars, award nods for Andor and Kenobi, and the generational gap between the SWU hosts.  All this and much more!
 
 
Direct download: SWU_13-01-23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:36pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, Chris, and Hannah kick off the new year by breaking down the two part season two premiere of The Bad Batch, "Spoils of War" & "Ruins of War".  They discuss the show's long awaited return and if the extended break impacted their viewing experience.  Then they talk about the evolving relationships of Hunter, Echo, Tech, and Omega.  And they discuss how Vice Admiral Rampart's actions at the end set up what's to come in the season.  Plus, the final results of the Star Wars Underworld 2022 Trivia Challenge.  All this and much more!
 
Direct download: SWU_06-01-23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, Chris, and Hannah are joined by Matthew from Eye on Canon to discuss Patty Jenkins' update on the current status of her Rogue Squadron film.  They break down what this means for the film and where it fits in the current slate of reported film projects.  Then, it's a Star Wars Trivia rematch for the ages, as the hosts take the DragonCon Star Wars Trivia qualifying quiz.  And the hosts open their eyes and ears and look back on Ben's appearance on Canadian TV about the release of The Last Jedi.  All this and much more!
 
Direct download: SWU_16-12-22.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:53pm PDT

On this episode, Hannah, Chris and Ben have an overwhelming amount of breaking Star Wars news to cover! First off, they give their initial impressions on the new trailer for Star Wars Jedi: Survivor that was released just moments before they're recording. Then later they're joined by Jordan from Beyond The Galaxy and Chad from Convor Call for a full on frame-by-frame break down of the brand new trailer for The Bad Batch season two! They discuss the incredible visuals, new characters, Commander Cody, Gungi, Trandoshans, Bail Organa, Palpatine, and more! And they top it all off by analyzing the newly revealed photos from the set of The Acolyte. Plus, we try out lots of new impressions, Dominic drops in briefly to share his thoughts on The Bad Batch trailers, and who the heck is Pabu?! Tune in for all of that and more!

 

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Direct download: SWU_12-9-22.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:05am PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris get caught up on all the Star Wars news they missed while Andor was on.  They start by discussing the announcement of the cast and the first synopsis for The Acolyte.  Then they talk about the Bob-shake-up at Disney, and what sort of impact on Star Wars this might (or might not) have.  Then they break down all the rumors of which writers and directors might be making Star Wars movies in the next couple of years.  Plus, Tony Gilroy teases season two of Andor, the cover is revealed for Jedi: Battle Scars, and The Mandalorian season three gets a revised release date.  All this and much more!
 
Direct download: SWU_02-12-22.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:53pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Chris, and Hannah wrap up season one of Andor, by discussing the finale, "Rix Road".  They discuss Cassian's evolution over the course of the series, from thief to rebel agent, and how Maarva's last words to him connect with actions in Rogue One.  They then talk about Mon Mothma's arc and her decisions to throw her family under the bus in support of the rebellion, as well as her role in the larger story of Andor.  And they talk about the riot on Ferrix and what it tells us (and maybe Luthen) about the state of the galaxy.  Plus, should we start shipping Dedra and Syril, did it seem like a lot of the characters were very passive in this episode, and how different will season two feel (whenever we see it)?  All this and much more!
 
Direct download: SWU_25-11-22.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:53pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Hannah are joined by Jesse Bennet of the Question/Possible Answer podcast to break down the latest episode of Andor, "Daughter of Ferrix". They discuss Maarva's death and the community rallying around her, especially Brasso and B-2EMO. Then they talk about Cassian and Melshi's escape and motivations now that their out of prison. And they talk about Mon Mothma's growing problems at home, and Luthen run ins with Saw Gerrera and the Empire. Plus, Vel and Kleya's war of words in the shop, Syril's future, and attack of the Saw impressions! All this and much more!

 
Direct download: SWU_18-11-22.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:09pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, Chris, and Hannah break down the latest episode of Andor, "One Way Out". They start by breaking down the actions and words of Kino Loy, before and during the prison break. Then they talk about Cassian's role as a leader in both the break out and, ultimately, the Rebel Alliance. They also discuss Mon Mothma's predicament with Davos and her daughter. And they talk about Luthen's meeting with the ISB informant, Lonny. Plus, Melshi's future, what the hell is going on with Anto Kreegyr, and Ben's connection corner gets an upgrade. All this and much more!

Direct download: SWU_11-11-22.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:34pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, Chris, and Hannah break down the latest episode of Andor, "Nobody's Listening!"  They start by discussing the character arc of Kino and how his worldview is shattered by the events of the episode.  They also discuss the evolution of our perception of Dedra Meero and how we finally get to see her as the unsympathetic villain she really is.  Then they talk about Sryil going full stalker and what this means for him going forward.  Plus, Mon Mothma's homelife is still terrible, Luthen's presence in the episode even though we never see him, and an excellent podracer impression.  All this and much more!
 
Direct download: SWU_04-11-22.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:08pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, Chris, and Hannah are joined by Catherine Kneen of That Geek Pod (Twitter) to break down the latest episode of Andor, "Narkina 5".  They discuss Cassian's life in an Imperial prison, his fellow prisoners (including Andy Serkis and Melshi), and what the Aldhani raid meant for the forgotten people of the galaxy. They also discuss Mon Mothma's party and home life, specifically what is going on with her husband and daughter.  Then they talk about the long awaited meetings of Syril Karn and Deedra Meera, and Saw Gerrera and Luthen Rael.  And they talk about how all the storylines are converging back on Ferix.  Plus, a very dark theory about what the prisoners are building, ideas from this episode for parties at the next Star Wars Celebration, and a list of things that Luthen is afraid of.  All this and much more!
 
Direct download: SWU_30-10-22.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:13pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, Chris, and Hannah break down all six episodes of Tales of the Jedi!  They discuss the way the series fleshes out Count Dooku, showing how he became disillusioned with both the Republic and the Jedi Order.  They also talk about his relationship with Qui-Gon Jinn, and Qui-Gon's unique place among the Jedi.  Then they analyze the Ahsoka stories, breaking down how these stories inform the choices she make's throughout The Clone Wars and beyond.  Plus, telling time by Obi-Wan's mullet, the fate of Eeth Koth, and we announce a second episode of the podcast is coming this weekend (Saturday @ 8:30pm ET) to discuss this week's episode of Andor!
 
Direct download: SWU_28-10-22.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:43pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, Chris, and Hannah are joined by Catherine of Culture Slate Reacts (YouTube Link) to break down the latest episode of Andor, "Announcement".  They talk about how this episode picks up on all the previous storylines and shows the fallout from them.  Then they discuss the changes at the ISB, Yularen's appearance, and Dedra's role in the bureau.  Then they talk about Syril's new life on Corsucant and his aspirations for his future.  They also break down Mon Mothma's conversations with both Luthen and Tay, and what she wants for the Rebellion.  And (finally) they talk about Cassian's return home and his capture on the beach.  Plus, more connections in different parts of the house, Dominic goes full teacher mode, and still no sign of Uncle Harlow.  All this and much more!
 
Direct download: SWU_21-10-22.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:16pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, Chris, and Hannah break down the latest episode of Andor, "The Eye". They discuss how the episode handles the stakes of the mission and the execution of the heist of Aldhani. They also compare the filmmaking techniques used in Andor versus other Star Wars series like The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett. Then they talk about the various character deaths in this episode and what they mean for the rebellion.  And there's a stream of jokes about a certain scene.  Plus, when might we see Saw Gerrera, how bad was Skeen really, and did we see enough of the Senate?  All this and much more!
 
Direct download: SWU_14-10-22.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:26pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, Chris, and Hannah are joined by Din of F-105 to break down the latest episode of Andor, "The Axe Forgets".  They begin by discussing how this show represents a departure from more modern Star Wars stories, and how different people are reacting to that change.  They then talk about how the episode explores the theme of everyone having a reason for being a rebel or being an Imperial.  They also discuss Syril Karn's current situation and speculate about where that might be headed. Plus, Mon Mothma and her family, the scale of selfish to selfless, and a fun story about meeting Obi-Wan Kenobi director Deborah Chow in Toronto.  All this and much more!
 
 
Direct download: SWU_07-10-22.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:03pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris discuss the fourth episode of Andor, "Aldhani". They start by discussing how this series is structured in a way that is unlike most other Star Wars series, and how it builds off how The Clone Wars used to do things. Then they talk about the depiction of Coruscant in the episode, the dynamics between the Imperial Officers, and Luthen Rael and Mon Mothma's interactions. They also talk about Cassian's introduction to Vel and her crew and what's being set up for future weeks. Plus, what's the deal with Mon Mothma's husband, some great easter eggs, and the story of the Ukrainian company that created Darth Vader's voice for Obi-Wan Kenobi.  All this and much more!
 
Direct download: SWU_30-09-22.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:59pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, Hannah, and Chris break down the first three episodes of Andor!  They discuss how this series feels so different from previous Star Wars instalments, including how it incorporates more mature and adult concepts and themes.  They also talk about the series' introduction to Cassian and how it sets him on his journey that will eventually culminate in Rogue One.  They then look at the "bad guys", the shades of grey in their portrayals and how they operate with respect to the Empire.  And they talk about the introduction of Bix, her life on Ferix, and her relationship to Cassian.  Plus, the term BBY being used on screen, Cassian's life in the flashbacks, and where we go from here.  All this and much more!
 
 
Direct download: SWU_22-09-22.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:01pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, Hannah, and Chris break down all the trailers, stills, and other news out of D23 Expo!  They start by talking about the new Andor trailer and give their final pre-premiere thoughts on the series with less than a week until the premiere.  Then they break down the Tales of the Jedi trailer and give their thoughts on the choice of Ahsoka and Dooku as the characters to focus on for the series.  And then they discuss the teaser trailer for season three of The Mandalorian and analyze what Grogu's potential role this season might be.  Plus, thoughts on the new stills from Ahsoka and Skeleton Crew, there's a new release date for The Bad Batch, and casting news for The Acolyte (oh dip!).  All this and much more!
 
Direct download: SWU_16-09-22.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:14pm PDT

On this episode, Hannah, Chris & Ben are joined by Dominic who reports in live from Anaheim, California on the eve of D23 2022! They speculate about what might be revealed in the coming days, and discuss the disappointing lack of a plan for future Star Wars films. Furthermore they examine some recent comments from Rian Johnson concerning ‘The Last Jedi’ and his (perhaps still upcoming) Star Wars Trilogy. Also, Leia’s wedding dress revealed, ‘The Book Of Boba Fett’ wins an Emmy, and two new actors have just joined the cast of ‘The Acolyte’. Tune in for all of that and more!


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Direct download: SWU_-_9-9-22.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:25am PDT

On this episode, Dominic and Ben are joined by a trio of guests to look back on Rogue One after seeing it again in IMAX this week.  First, they welcome Tales From Beyond The Galaxy (LINK), and its co-hosts Jordan, Tracy, and Anna, to the ever expanding Star Wars Underworld Network!  Then, the five of them reflect on Rogue One and speculate about Andor.  They talk about Mon Mothma's role, Luthen Rael's tightrope walk, and Cassian's mysterious backstory.  Plus, a little House of the Dragon talk (spoiler free), another wrinkle in the release date for The Bad Batch, and the worst question to ask at convention panel.  All this and much more!
 
Direct download: SWU_09-02-22.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:49pm PDT

On this episode Hannah, Chris and Ben finally get around to discussing all the latest Star Wars news that's been lying in wait, including a new 'Andor' clip, the official reveal of 'Obi-Wan Kenobi: A Jedi's Return', and the apparent delay of 'The Bad Batch' season two. And they manage to find time to touch on all the rest of the most recent noteworthy stories, including a 'Star Wars: Jedi' tie-in novel, 'Rogue One' returning to theaters, and more talk surrounding the protentional for 'The Book Of Boba Fett' season two. Furthermore, they officially reveal The Star Wars Underworld Network Discord server and Dominic and Matt from Eye On Canon drop in to give an update live from Fan Expo Canada. Plus, is John Boyega really done with Star Wars? And will Jar Jar show up in 'Andor'? Listen and/or watch for all of that and so much more!

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Direct download: SWU_-_8-26-22.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:26am PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Hannah, and Chris are joined by Matthew and Joel of the Eye On Canon podcast for an in-depth discussion about Star Wars canon: what is it, how should it work, and how can it be improved? They discuss their feelings on the concept of canon (with lots of metaphors) and how Star Wars does things differently than other franchises. They also analyze ways that canon can be implemented to grow the franchise in interesting ways. Plus, another big announcement about the Star Wars Underworld network, we don't discuss any news on our news show, and JJ Abrams' legacy in both Trek and Wars.  All this and much more!
 
Direct download: SWU_19-08-22.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:11pm PDT

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT WEEK! On this episode, Dominic, Ben, Chris, and Hannah discuss the new TV special, Lego Star Wars Summer Vacation.  They delve into how the special handles the sequel trilogy characters, and why this hasn't been done in "canon", as well as why the special hasn't been released in certain parts of the world.  Then they talk about the latest updates about AndorAhsoka, and Obi-Wan Kenobi season two.  And they make a big announcement about the future of The Star Wars Underworld and introduce a new co-host.  Plus, the word scurrilous, how the hosts' voices have changed over the years, and a tease for another announcement next week.  All this and much more!
 
Direct download: SWU_12-08-22.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:22pm PDT

ANDOR TRAILER BREAK DOWN! On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris take a deep dive on the new trailer for Andor that was released this week.  They discuss the tone of the trailer and how the series could explore the various types of rebels that make up the Rebel Alliance.  They also look at how the Imperial Senate could be portrayed and the roles that Mon Mothma and Luthen Rael.  And they talk about how Cassian's backstory could force us to re-examine the Republic's war in the clone wars (building on what The Clone Wars series began).  Plus, what does the release date change mean for The Bad Batch and Tales of the Jedi, what sort of Imperial Agents will we see on the series, and how will this series intersect with Star Wars Rebels.  All this and much more!
 
 
Direct download: The_SWU_05-08-22.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:52pm PDT

On this episode Ben is joined by Hannah Raeside, Jordan Chaffer and Chris "Starrapter" Abbott! They discuss the fate of the 'Knights Of The Old Republic' remake following a troubling report about the game being indefinitely delayed. They also touch on some big Star Wars television updates, including new interviews with Diego Luna and Pedro Pascal discussing 'Andor' and season three of 'The Mandalorian', respectively. And they debate who Amandla Stenberg could be playing following their long awaited confirmation of being cast in 'The Acolyte'. Furthermore, they take a look at the new poster for 'Lego Star Wars: Summer Vacation', share their initial impressions of the new docuseries 'Light & Magic', and speculate about some new Lucasfilm trademarks and what they could mean. Listen for all of this and much more!

 

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Direct download: SWU_-_7-29-22.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:10am PDT

On this episode Ben and Chris are joined by Dominic who reports live from San Diego Comic Con! They discuss the exciting yet somewhat lacking presence of Star Wars at the convention, including a display of costumes from from 'Obi-Wan Kenobi', 'The Book Of Boba Fett', and others. They also (briefly) touch on a new TV spot for 'Andor' as well as the new droid from the series B2EMO who was officially revealed at SDCC. Furthermore, Chris and Ben discuss some big updates from various Disney+ series, including a protentional confirmation for season two of 'The Book Of Boba Fett', the beginning of production for 'Skeleton Crew', and several new Emmy nominations for two Star Wars series! Also, what would have happened if George Lucas had NOT sold Lucasfilm to Disney? And did George secretly make his own version of the Sequel Trilogy in his basement? Listen as we answer those questions and more!

 

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Direct download: SWU_-_7-22-22.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:44pm PDT

There's no weekly Star Wars Underworld Podcast this week, so instead enjoy this peek behind the paywall with a compilation of some of our favorite moments from the infamous weekly SWU Patreon Pre-Show.  Topics discussed include Stranger Things 4 (spoiler-free), meeting Star Wars directors, interacting with scammers online, Doctor Stranger In The Multiverse Of Madness, and behind the scenes of the SWU.  All this and much more!
 
 
Direct download: Best_of_the_PreShow.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:26pm PDT

On this special bonus episode, Dominic is joined by Din of F-105 (LINK) and Hannah Raeside of Star Wars Culture (LINK) to look back on the 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' series.  They take an in-depth look at the character arcs of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader, while also breaking down the roles of Princess Leia, Reva, Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru, Roken, Tala, and the Gran Inquisitor.  Plus, they have a little fun with the SWU intro.  All this and much more!
 
Direct download: The_Kenobi_Kastaways.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:48pm PDT

On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris get the hype train rolling on Andor, discuss the road not taken for Obi-Wan Kenobi, and look ahead at The Mandalorian.  They discuss Tony Gilroy's comments about how the structure for season two of Andor and discuss what this means for the story of the second season and what it says about the future of Star Wars storytelling.  Then they discuss the revelation that Commander Cody was considered as a character to be included in Obi-Wan Kenobi and discuss what the relationship between Cody and Obi-Wan really is.  And they look ahead at updates about The MandalorianAhsoka, Skeleton Crew, and Taika Waititi's movie.  Plus, a ridiculous order to watch all of Star Wars in, the two "sides" of the Rebel Alliance, and the simple wisdom of George Lucas. All this and much more!
 
Direct download: SWU_08-07-22.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:10pm PDT

On this episode Chris and Ben are joined Hannah Raeside and Jordan Chaffer from Star Wars Culture discuss the latest and greatest Star Wars news! They start off with the big revelation that 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' was originally conceived as a film trilogy and what that means for a potential season two. They further examine recent comments from the cast and creators and share their opinions on how the story could continue. They also address Taika Waititi confirming that his film will not shoot this year and what that means for the future Star Wars film slate. Also, Sam Jackson wants to play Mace Windu more than he wants and Oscar, John Williams is retiring(?), and will Chris Evans play Lux Bonteri? Listen for all of that and so much more!

 

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Direct download: SWU_-_7-1-22.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:25pm PDT

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