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The Academy Recognizes Kathleen Kennedy (and We Do Too!) – The Blockade Runner Podcast #75

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We think Kathleen Kennedy being awarded an Irving G. Thalberg Oscar this year is worthy of a celebration so we’re devoting the entirety of this episode to looking at her illustrious career in film and her stewardship of Lucasfilm. Join Ryan and John as we break down Ms. Kennedy’s many accomplishments as well as recognize the ways in which we think she’s changed LFL for the better.

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Resistance Reveals – The Blockade Runner Podcast #74

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Star Wars Resistance debuts in just under a month and Ryan and John discuss the upcoming animated series in-depth for the first time on this episode. We share our thoughts on the trailer, premise, look, and characters for the show this week after chatting about a few Episode IX updates and Rian Johnson’s upcoming non-Star Wars movie Knives Out.

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What About Ben? – The Blockade Runner Podcast #73

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Ryan and John devote this episode to exploring Kylo Ren and the possibilities for his character in Episode IX. We look at:

  • Who Is Kylo Ren?
    • the complexities of his character
    • abandonment and perceived betrayal as the genesis of his rage
  • The Case for Kylo’s Redemption
    • J.J. and Rian’s possible foreshadowing in TFA and TLJ
    • Leia’s role in Kylo’s future
    • His importance to the Skywalker Saga
  • The Case Against Redemption
    • Kylo’s choice to refuse redemption in TLJ
    • J.J.’s 2016 comments that “deep down he’s gone too far”
    • The weight of Kylo’s previous atrocities
    • The fact that Episode IX being the end of the Skywalker saga suggests it might also be the end of Skywalkers in general

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Episode IX Cast Announced! – The Blockade Runner Podcast #72

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We celebrate Episode IX’s first day of shooting (today!) by breaking down last week’s wonderful cast announcement press release. We share our thoughts on the returning cast, the newly announced actors joining the fold, and J.J. and Lucasfilm’s beautiful statement and plan for including Carrie Fisher and Princess Leia in the final installment of the Skywalker Saga.

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Star Wars at SDCC 2018 – The Blockade Runner Podcast #71

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Ryan and John break down all of the Star Wars news coming out of San Diego Comic Con 2018. Join us as we look at:

  • TV: The return of Star Wars: The Clone Wars to Disney’s direct-to-consumer streaming service!
  • Novels: Queen’s Shadow, Master & Apprentice, and the Solo novelization
  • Youth Publishing: Lando’s Luck, Pirate’s Price, Star Wars Choose Your Destiny: A Luke and Leia Adventure, and Star Wars: Search Your Feelings
  • Comics: Tales from Vader’s Castle, Age of Republic/Rebellion/Resistance macro-series,  and the Solo adaptation
  • Toys: Vintage Collection, Black Series, and Solo Force Link 2.0 figures and playsets

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Star Wars: The Power of the 90s (1994) – The Blockade Runner Podcast #70

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Ryan and John return to the 90s to discuss all of the Star Wars books, comics, games, and merchandise releases from 1994. Join us as we look at:

  • Books: The Jedi Academy Trilogy, The Courtship of Princess Leia, The Crystal Star, A Guide to the Star Wars Universe (2nd Edition), The Art of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, and West End Games’s The Last Command Sourcebook and Star Wars Adventure Journals #1
  • Comics: Droids, Classic Star Wars, Classic Star Wars: The Early Adventures, and Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith
  • Games: Super Return of the Jedi and Tie Fighter
  • Plus: The inaugural issue of Star Wars Insider and the start of The Phantom Menace pre-production!

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Celebrating What We Love: Rose Tico & Kelly Marie Tran (with special guest Laura Sirikul) – The Blockade Runner Podcast #69

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All of us here at The Blockade Runner were horrified to hear last week that Kelly Marie Tran left Instagram/social media seemingly as a result of the disgusting harassment she’s been facing since she was cast in The Last Jedi. Inspired by Rose’s statement to save what we love instead of only fighting what we hate, we decided to put together an episode celebrating Rose and Kelly Marie Tran herself. Luckily the wonderful Laura Sirikul agreed to join us for this one, and we’re so glad she did! Laura has been a fan of Rose and Kelly since Lucasfilm first announced the character’s involvement in The Last Jedi; she’s the first fan to cosplay as Rose and has met Kelly Marie Tran too, so she’s the perfect person to help us celebrate one of the best parts of one of the best Star Wars movies! We start out by addressing the harassment and cruelty that toxic Star Wars fans (or whatever they are) have been spewing at Kelly Marie Tran, Kathleen Kennedy, and Rian Johnson in response to The Last Jedi before discussing some of the positive and inspiring reactions from the fan community. Then we spend the rest of the episode exploring the qualities and characteristics that make both Rose and Kelly Marie Tran such incredible new additions to the Star Wars universe.

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