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  1. State of the Empire :: Episode 33 :: Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Recap / Season 4 Preview

    State of the Empire is Nerdy Show’s Star Wars speculation podcast where we “look for news in Alderaan places”.

    If you’re watching Star Wars Rebels, then chances are good you’re anticipating episodes of this show more than the new films. It’s a key component to establishing the galaxy as we know it when our Original Trilogy heroes come onto the scene in A New Hope, where the few good things to come from the Prequels live on, and a place for pieces of the lost Expanded Universe to live again. It’s also home to an incredible cast of characters whose fates are 100% up in the air once the films take over.

    We recently learned that Rebels season 4 will end the series – all the tales that showrunner Dave Filoni wants to tell will have been told – and so the year to come is going to be filled with high tension and tremendous consequences. We explore the major arcs and moments from the close of season 3 and share everything we know about season 4… Including details on the debut episode which we were shown at Star Wars Celebration.

    All safely behind the spoiler-proof blast doors, of course. (more…)

  2. State of the Empire :: Episode 32 :: Star Wars Celebration 2017 – Secrets, Speculations, & Insights

    State of the Empire is Nerdy Show’s Star Wars speculation podcast where we “look for news in Alderaan places”.

    We were on-site at Star Wars Celebration 2017 – both in the room for the most coveted panels and experiences, and in the trenches wading through the most merciless lines in the galaxy. As with any Celebration there were thrills and tears; like when George Lucas, Harrison Ford, and John Williams all appeared unannounced and presented a stirring tribute to Carrie Fisher. We saw unseen clips from The Clone Wars, an all-new episode of Rebels, and other assorted goodies, but surprisingly the overall news and announcements we’ve come to expect from past Celebrations was light. When has that ever stopped us?

    If you know State of the Empire, you know that our Force powers of precognition are strong; so join Cap, Doug, and Matt as we journey into a veritable Dagobah cave of nuanced news and subtle hints you may have missed. And, of course, we’re discussing the first teaser trailer for Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. There’s a lot of complex context loaded into that simple trailer, so let us be your holocron, showing you the true path. You’ll also hear about the convention experience, which mirrored Disney’s recent Star Wars feature films in a lot of ways… Incredible spectacles, awesome moments, and cool characters – coupled with dubious decisions, poor planning, and awkward moments. You know, a lot like designing a kick ass chrome stormtrooper lady and then flushing her down a garbage chute. (more…)

  3. State of the Empire :: Episode 31 :: The FVIII of the Force

    State of the Empire is Nerdy Show’s Star Wars speculation podcast where we “look for news in Alderaan places”.

    Star Wars Celebration is in less than a week, Episode VIII: The Last Jedi is eight months away, the Han Solo anthology film is in nearly a year… and all that’s just the visible half of this veritable Star Wars sarlaac pit. Lucasfilm has a plan for us all; and that’s to be blissfully digesting space stories for over a thousand years. Or… not?

    We’ve got some hot new intel about what’s to come – intel that could very well be confirmed in this coming week – and not only does that involve some exciting, long-rumored film projects but also a shockingly tactful return to Star Wars scarcity before the next trilogy. There’s lots of provocative details to discuss. Plus: the latest casting surprises and details behind VIII and Han Solo, fascinating things happening in comics and novels, and Willow Watch wherein we learn of a new Willow ally and put out a call to celebrate the film’s 30th in a big way. (more…)

  4. State of the Empire :: Episode 30 :: Rogue One Review!

    sote30State of the Empire is Nerdy Show’s Star Wars speculation podcast where we “look for news in Alderaan places”.

    At long last, we’ve seen it! Welcome to our Rogue One review!

    Ever wondered what it would be like if there was more “wars” in “Star Wars”? Wonder no more. The first “Star Wars Story” or “Anthology Film” or “Spin-Off” or whatever you want to call it is out, and it sets the pace for things to come in more ways than one. We’re fresh from an opening night screening, and teeming with thoughts about this risk-taking, bold new venture for the Star Wars Universe.

    Join Cap, Doug, Matt, and Rex as we offer up a brief spoiler-free review and then open the blast doors for a full-on, heated discussion of the highs and lows of Rogue One. Did this motley crew of Rebels storm the beaches of our hearts? How drastic did the reshoots remix the film, and how painfully obvious were the changes? And for you die-hard State of the Empire fans out there — how much of our rumors and speculation came true? (more…)

  5. State of the Empire :: Episode 29 :: The Rouge One Run-Down

    sote29State of the Empire is Nerdy Show’s Star Wars speculation podcast where we “look for news in Alderaan places”.

    Rogue One is mere days away and the State of the Empire crew might as well be hopped up on spice, given their anticipatory euphoria. We’ve watched countless TV spots, international trailers, and taken in every shred of content leading up to the release. We’ve got a list of neat expanded universe tie-ins and details to look for and we’ve learned a lot about the film, but at this late hour the juiciest stuff is locked safely behind the blast doors for your spoiler-free pleasure. In the meantime, there’s actually quite a lot to talk about that isn’t Rogue One.

    Kathleen Kennedy has pulled back the veil a bit on the past couple years at Lucasfilm, surprising new lineage theories for Rey, more hints to an Obi-Wan film and casting news from Han Solo, big things happening in Star Wars Rebels, new info on the next Star Wars Battlefront title and Visceral’s forthcoming game, Matt’s strange Star Wars story from a 7-11 at 2am, and much more!

    We’ll see you later in the week with our reactions to Rogue One! (more…)

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

    sote28State of the Empire is Nerdy Show’s Star Wars speculation podcast where we “look for news in Alderaan places”.

    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. (more…)

  7. State of the Empire :: Episode 27 :: Rogue Friday

    sote27State of the Empire is Nerdy Show’s Star Wars speculation podcast where we “look for news in Alderaan places”.

    If you’ve been raving like a rathtar for Rogue One merch, your day has come! Last year we had Force Friday, this year it’s Rogue Friday – a time of midnight releases, swarms of fans, and a mad dash for the latest action figures etc. Or is it…?

    No, this year’s Star Wars shopping spree was much more subdued – not just in turnout, but also in plot insights that could be gleaned new products. That’s not stopping State of the Empire though! Join Cap, Matt, Doug, and Rex as we relentlessly dig through box art details, minifig pairings, and other minutia that might reveal the secrets of the most mysterious Star Wars release to date. We discuss the latest from Billy Dee Williams on the potential re-casting of Lando and dust off an interview with the man himself from the Nerdy Show archives. But that’s not all, hear what the InteracTech Stormtrooper has to say for himself, new casting news, remember the sacrifice of Constable Zuvio, and if you’re brave enough to venture behind the blast doors, we’ve got some interesting details about Episode VIII. (more…)

  8. State of the Empire :: Episode 26 :: The Wrath of Thrawn

    sote26State of the Empire is Nerdy Show’s Star Wars speculation podcast where we “look for news in Alderaan places”.

    Season 3 of Star Wars Rebels is here and with it the return of one of the most revered characters in the series: Grand Admiral Thrawn. Hear our thoughts on how this Star Wars legend fared in his on-screen debut and reintroduction to the cannon. But Thrawn is only one facet of the changes and troubles facing the Rebellion: a mysterious Force-sensitive creature, a Sith holocron, foreboding owls, Ezra’s bad haircut… We take on all of it; both spoiler-free and behind the blast doors, for those brave enough.

    Rebels isn’t the big news – Rogue Friday is almost upon us! Soon the Rebellion’s agents will be infiltrating retail stores across the world – but some secrets have already been leaked. We’ll be back for a merch-filled episode of State of the Empire next week, but for now Cap, Matt and Doug pour over what we know about the forthcoming film. Join us for theories on the next Star Wars animated series, more confusing quotes from Bob Iger, assorted speculation for Episode VIII and Han Solo, and more. (more…)

  9. State of the Empire :: Episode 25 :: The Rogue One Trailer is Unleashed

    SotE25State of the Empire is Nerdy Show’s Star Wars speculation podcast where we “look for news in Alderaan places”.

    The time has come: the Rogue One trailer is finally here! Not a teaser, not a sizzle reel, not a behind-the-scenes promo – and honest-to-God, fully-loaded trailer, Sith Lord and all. There’s a lot to take in, so let the crew of State of the Empire navigate you through the proverbial asteroid belt of what’s going on and what nuances we can glean from this sexy and revealing advertisement.

    Cynics, don’t fret; Cap, Doug, and Matt aren’t all rose colored lenses over this well-dressed Star Wars trailer. We’ve still got our heads level and our minds open. Not only do we talk Rogue One, but we also chew over the latest rumors surrounding Lord and Miller’s young Han Solo film (trilogy?) and we report our findings on Episode IX director Colin Tervorrow. With only the dubious Jurassic World and indie darling Safety Not Guaranteed under his belt, does he have the chops to put a bow on the new trilogy? New tales from Willow, new editions of The Force Awakens, and more await! (more…)

  10. The Rogue One AT-ACT Toys Are Making Star Wars History!

    Hasbro is making toy history with their line of vehicles for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Behold: the AT-ACT (aka All Terrain Armored Cargo Transport) as seen in the beach assault in Rogue One‘s trailer… aka a masterpiece of fusing a vehicle, a playset, and remote control features. Here it is in action:

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