State of the Empire Episode 28: The Return of Obi-Wan

on November 09, 2016, 7:00pm

To keep tabs on the ever-growing pop culture zeitgeist that is Star Wars, we’ve partnered up with Nerdy Show to bring you State of the Empire. Led by Art Director Cap Blackard, the series speculates on the future of the franchise and looks for news in Alderaan places. To catch up on episodes, click here.

Like the Death Star, Rogue One looms ominously just beyond our atmosphere. We’re starting to see the shape of it, but the film’s air of mystery persists, even with new trailers and teasers. While there’s still new news about the film to share, it’s the rest of the Star Wars universe keeping us busy as we eagerly anticipate December 15th. Between comics, the novel, Ahsoka, and the happenings in Star Wars Rebels, a new narrative is appearing in the galaxy: the return of Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Join Cap, Doug, Matt, and Colin as we follow new clues. Much like how mention of kyber crystals seeded in books and TV led us to the imminent threat in Rogue One, we’re seeing deeper explorations of The Force as we approach Episode VIII… and all paths point to a small hut on Tatooine. But, as the new Star Wars galaxy expands, is it falling apart? We’ve got a lot to discuss – and that’s just the Star Wars part! We’ve also got one of our longest Willow discussions in ages with a new hope straight from Ron Howard and exciting insight into the film via Phil Tippet’s prop archives.

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Space Mines Ahead! :: Sievert

Star Bride :: Zantilla

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The Empire Strikes Back/ Spectre/ Radiohead opener

The Gillette Rogue One ad

Rogue One trading cards

@Starwars’ tweet about C2-B5

The current state of kyber crystals’ color

Beyond Yacht Rock – Plot Rock: Horror Rap Ups

Force Awakens deleted scene: Unkar Plutt vs. Chewbacca

Episode VIII‘s “Executioner”

Rogue One a Chronological Story”

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Rogue One Catalyst by James Luceno

Thrawn by Timothy Zahn

The Aftermath Trilogy by Chuck Wendig  Aftermath  Life Debt  |  Empire’s End

Star Wars: Ahsoka by E.K. Johnston

Star Wars Rebels Complete Season 1

Star Wars Rebels Complete Season 2

Star Wars Rebels Season 3

Han Solo by Marjorie Liu and Mark Brooks

Poe Dameron by Charles Soule and Phil Noto

Willow Watch Links:

Our interview with screenwriter, Bob Dolman

Clarke Wolfe’s interview with Ron Howard

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Images of Willow props from the Phil Tippet auction

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