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Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian and The Clone Wars Concludes – The Blockade Runner Podcast #146

BR 146 CoverRyan and John finally find the opportunity to discuss the final episode of Clone Wars as well as the first three episodes of Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian. We take a look at our favorite moments from both (including a bit of a detour in response to Dave Filoni’s monologue re: the importance of the conclusions of TPM and RotJ) before closing the show with even more Mandalorian season two casting rumors.

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You’re Not Dead In Star Wars Unless We See Your Bones Or Your Organs Are On Fire – The Blockade Runner Podcast #145

BR 145 CoverThis episode features a look at the many Star Wars announcements and updates that happened this past week in celebration of Star Wars Day. We devote the most time to looking at the rumor of Temura Morrison returning to Star Wars and the question of whether or not Lucasfilm is creating a troubling trend of reviving once dead characters, but also tackle the Taika Waititi and Leslye Headland announcements as well as video game, book, and Mandalorian season two news.

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Chatting On Star Wars Day Eve – The Blockade Runner Podcast #144

BR 144 CoverRyan and John celebrate fabled holiday Star Wars Day Eve by catching up on a few  updates on Dr. Aphra, Cassian Andor, and a new show for Disney Plus before discussing the first three episodes of The Siege of Mandalore arc of The Clone Wars.

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Always In Motion The Future Is – The Blockade Runner Podcast #141

BR 141 CoverRyan is back after taking a bit of a hiatus from both Star Wars and the podcast. We catch up on where he’s at with Star Wars overall before jumping into Clone Wars season 7, recent comics, and both the TROS digital release and novelization. In the second half of the show we discuss the impact COVID-19 may have on the High Republic, Celebration, Galaxy’s Edge, and upcoming Disney+ shows.

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Goodbye Team Colossus – The Blockade Runner Podcast #139

BR 139 CoverStar Wars Resistance ended on a high note last week with the excellent two-part episode “The Escape.” Friend of the show Caleb joins John to show some love to the often overlooked Resistance, take a quick look back at season two, and break down this final episode’s best moments. We also look forward to Clone Wars season 7 and the future of Star Wars animation to round out the episode.

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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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Rebels Screenshot Spotlight – Brothers of the Broken Horn

The newest episode of Rebels, “Brothers of the Broken Horn,” is the lightest and most humorous we’ve seen since probably “Idiot’s Array” in season one, so for this Rebels Screenshot Spotlight I’m choosing an image that highlights the always entertaining weequay pirate Hondo Ohnaka.

Hondo and Ezra

“Brothers of the Broken Horn” ends with Ezra’s realization that a pirate life is not for him as he knows he has a more selfless path in front of him. Still, Hondo and Ezra shared a brief adventure and though this shot of the two of them together is simple and straightforward, I thought it was a nice moment between the two of them and a good representation of the episode as a whole.

HondoAs a Clone Wars character returning on Rebels, it’s also interesting to look at how Hondo’s design has been simplified to match the aesthetic of the newer show. I’ve always loved Hondo (and I’m not alone, as he’s certainly a fan favorite), but I find him even more charismatic and appealing in his Rebels incarnation. I prefer the more cartoonish feel of Rebels and a character like Hondo exemplifies how warm and welcoming the show’s look is in comparison to the approach of Clone Wars.

Some fans expressed disappointment in “Brothers of the Broken Horn” because it lacks the drama and weight of other episodes of Rebels, but I was happy to see Hondo return and I don’t mind a lighter episode now and then to balance out the darker ones. I’m happy to have the old pirate back, and while I hope they use him sparingly going forward, I’m hoping to see him again when the arc of the show calls for a bit of levity.