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Author Alex Kane Returns to Talk KOTOR, Celebration, and His Top 10 Star Wars Games – The Blockade Runner Podcast #102

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Author Alex Kane returns to the show to talk to Ryan about his Celebration 2019 coverage for StarWars.com, his top 10 Star Wars games article for Variety, the Jedi Fallen Order reveal, and some more KOTOR.

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Celebration Chicago Saturday & Sunday Rundown – The Blockade Runner Podcast #101

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John, Chris, Ryan, and Dan once again convene in our spacious Air BNB studio to discuss highlights from Saturday and Sunday at Celebration 2019. We talk books, comics, Star Wars Archives, and most importantly, the incredible Mandalorian panel.

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Rise of Skywalker Trailer Breakdown or Maybe Ian McDiarmid Playing Darth Maul In the Prequels Was The Friends We Made Along the Way – The Blockade Runner Podcast #100

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We celebrate 100 episodes at Celebration by breaking down the Rise of Skywalker trailer! Highlights include Ryan being obsessed with Palpatine cloning himself on Kamino, Ian McDiarmid playing Darth Maul in the prequels or something, and whether or not Rey is trying to slice Kylo’s TIE in half or take it for a ride.

Having done 100 episodes over the past almost four years has been a lot of fun and if you’ve followed us at all or ever listened, thank you so much!

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Celebration 2019 Day 1 – The Blockade Runner Podcast #99

BR 99 CoverDan and Chris join Ryan and John to preview Star Wars Celebration Chicago. We share our picks for panels we hope to attend day by day (use chapter links to jump to specific days) and a few favorite memories from Celebrations past.

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SWCC Preview Show – The Blockade Runner Podcast #98

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Dan and Chris join Ryan and John to preview Star Wars Celebration Chicago. We share our picks for panels we hope to attend day by day (use chapter links to jump to specific days) and a few favorite memories from Celebrations past.

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Resistance: No Escape – The Blockade Runner Podcast #96

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We kick the show off by breaking down the recent panel lottery and reservations system announcements for Star Wars Celebration before jumping into our discussion of the Resistance two-part finale, “No Escape.”

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The Queen’s Shadow – The Blockade Runner Podcast #95

BR 95 CoverWe kick off the show by covering the recent Episode IX panel announcement for Star Wars Celebration 2019 before jumping into our featured discussion on E.K. Johnston’s Padme novel Queen’s Shadow. If you haven’t read the book yet, we discuss it in broad terms before jumping into spoilers, so you’re save for the first part. 

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The Blockade Runner Podcast at Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017

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Show Notes: John, Chris, and BCD spent four glorious days at Star Wars Celebration Orlando last week and this episode features our thoughts about the show as well as an in-depth analysis of the Last Jedi trailer. Recorded from the show floor and/or our hotel room on the 6th floor of the Fairfield Inn!

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The Blockade Runner Podcast – April 8th, 2017 – Celebration Orlando Preview and Schedule Planning

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John and Chris are joined by Adam from The Nerfherder Council to chat all things Star Wars Celebration Orlando. We compare our tentative schedules and must-attend panels as well as share a few stories from Celebrations past. Not long now! #SWCO

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Rebels Screenshot Spotlight – “Always Two There Are”

It occurred to me while watching the most recent episode of Rebels, “Always Two There Are,” that I’d like to do something here on The Blockade Runner blog to show appreciation for the incredible art/design/look of the show. To be honest, I wasn’t sure about the show’s style when the characters were revealed (there had been a bit of talk re: the McQuarrie influence and I think was expecting something different), but from the moment I was able to see it in motion, I’ve been incredibly impressed. Seeing Joel Aaron’s presentation at Celebration Anaheim only increased my appreciation for the show’s look and dedication to authenticity, and the initial shot of The Ghost approaching the abandoned Republic medical station moved me to action.

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I was initially taken aback by the presentation of the medical station itself; the elegance of the station and the cylindrical or almost funnel-like shape of it seemed distinctly McQuarrie. I think it may have reminded me of some of his Cloud City designs, and upon doing some digging I found a piece of Coruscant concept work that shares some similarities with this design. I’m not sure if this specific station was directly influenced by McQuarrie concepts or not, but it shares qualities with his designs that I think are very beautiful and very Star Wars.

I was also struck by the enormity of the medical station in relationship to The Ghost. It becomes clear as the episode unfolds that Ezra and the rest of the crew are pitted against a powerful enemy that outmatches them in most ways, and the composition of this shot emphasizes that the deck is very much stacked against them and that they’ll have to overcome a major challenge to successfully complete their mission.

I’m no design expert, so I hope it’s clear here that I’m commenting on this shot from Always Two There Are” out of appreciation for the incredible work of the Rebels crew. Watching Rebels has delighted me more than I expected in numerous ways, and its so gratifying and exciting to be presented with such beautiful imagery each week, so I’m looking forward to finding more breathtaking shots to feature from upcoming episodes.