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They Call Me Sheev (Part 2) The Original & Sequel Trilogies – The Blockade Runner Podcast #108

BR 108 CoverAfter looking back at Palpatine’s origins in episode #103, we dedicate this episode to exploring Star Wars’s villainous mastermind as he appears in the original trilogy and to guessing at how he may be manipulating Kylo Ren, Snoke, and the events of the sequel trilogy.

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Vanity Fair’s The Rise of Skywalker Coverage – The Blockade Runner Podcast #107

BR 107 CoverThis week’s episode features our break down of Vanity Fair’s photos and behind the scenes look at The Rise of Skywalker. As we wrap up the show we touch briefly on the recent rumors and news about future Star Wars films.

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They Call Me Sheev (Part One): The Prequels – The Blockade Runner Podcast #103

BR 103 CoverWe planned on doing one show covering Palpatine’s machinations, but in typical us fashion we recorded for almost two hours and only made it through the prequels. Whoops. We’ll be back next week with a second chapter in our look at Palpatine’s orchestration of the events of the original and sequel trilogies, but for now enjoy our rundown of the quintessential Sith Lord’s evil plans, mystical powers, and tyrannical control over the lives of his unsuspecting victims during the prequel era.

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Early TFA Concept Art & Episode IX – The Blockade Runner Podcast #84

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John does a brief solo show covering possible links between TFA‘s early concept art and Episode IX for our final episode of 2018. We’re mostly just using Peter Sciretta’s Twitter comments from a few days ago as an excuse to pull down and pour over Phil Szostak’s incredible Art Of books for The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. Follow along if you have the books (or check out the images in the video version), and if you don’t, definitely pick them up if you can – they are must have resources for sequel trilogy fans, no doubt. Thanks for watching or listening in 2018 and here’s to what will undoubtedly be an unbelievable 2019 for Star Wars fans!

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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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