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  1. State of the Empire :: Episode 36 :: Rogue One Six Months Later: The Great Anthology Experiment

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

    One of the most exciting things to come from Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm was the chance to tell new Star Wars stories on the big screen –  stories beyond the ever-continuing the episodic saga. Films exploring The Old Republic, Boba Fett finally having a chance to really earn that fan following, tales of smugglers, scoundrels, and smarmy aliens – anything is possible. The debut spin-off film, Rogue One, was a ballsy first foray into a bigger cinematic universe; and with that risk came a Hutt-load of trouble.

    Rogue One released to great acclaim and profit, but what hasn’t yet come out is the real story of what went on behind the scenes. In the months following the film’s release, the rumors about drastic, character-reshaping reshoots have become more and more substantiated and fragmented clues about the movie’s original narrative have been scattered like the dust of Alderaan across numerous filmmaker interviews. Was Rogue One a bad film saved at the last minute? A better movie made safer by focus groups? This film’s production is a fascinating untold story, and in this episode we’re assembling all the nuggets of insight we’ve collected.

    Who was Sergent Jyn Erso? Was Krennic ever a competent villain? Who lived and who died between reshoot and release? Will we see more ? and ?? And perhaps biggest of all, what do the struggles of Rogue One and the meltdown of the Han Solo film mean for the future of these experiments in Star Wars filmmaking? (more…)

  2. Wicked Anime Podcast :: Episode 117 :: Ballroom Blitz (Summer 2017)

    Wicked Anime brings you awesome animated commentary every other week!

    The summer 2017 season of anime is upon us and . . . we’re less than enthused. While this chart may be the least exciting we’ve come across in quite a few seasons, we are still determined to watch it all to find that diamond in the rough!

    Join Jonathan and Andrew as they talk about what’s happening in anime and the miniscule picks from the summer 2017 anime season! PLUS – Ballroom Kung-Fu, birds and the bees, and audio malfunctions!

    P.S. We do apologize for the end of the episode, due to an unknown malfunction, the last 10 minutes of the recording was lost.

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  3. State of the Empire :: Episode 35 :: Jedi Mind Tricks

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

    In the era of fake news, no quadrant of the galaxy is safe from mind tricks. Yes, State of the Empire is your wacky, zany source for absurd rumors, but if we smell bantha poodoo, you’d better believe we’re gonna call it out so you don’t step in it. So forget all you know… or think you know about the Han Solo film and Lord and Miller’s firing. Let Cap, Doug and Matt set you straight.

    In addition to tackling the new murmurs coming from the smouldering crater of the Han Solo implosion, we’ve got a new cache of Episode VIII action figure code names with some baffling implications, awe-inspiring and disconcerting plans from Disney’s upcoming Star Wars attractions, musings on the forthcoming Indiana Jones film, upcoming comics, and a shocking amount of character and story details for the untitled Star Wars adventure project from Visceral Games. (more…)

  4. Wicked Anime Podcast :: Episode 116 :: Wanna Watch Me Sleep?

    Wicked Anime brings you awesome animated commentary every other week!

    We’ve got two major things going on in this week’s podcast. The first thing is E3; it just happened and there is a ton of games from all around the world that we want to talk about. The second, we’re talking about the anime that we keep watching despite it’s taboos and possibly because it’s straight up terrible. And yes, we mean different shows than the ones we talk about on a weekly basis.

    Join Jonathan, Andrew, Evan, and Wicked Fan Gerardo as we talk about what’s happening in anime and how expansive it’s worlds are! PLUS – Monster Hunter, anime girls and arbitrary tasks, and the Pikachu glory hole!

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  5. State of the Empire :: Episode 34 :: Han Fired First: Lord & Miller Jettisoned from Han Solo

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

    There’s been a great disturbance in the force. As if two bright voices in pop cinema set about making a Han Solo movie and were suddenly silenced.

    This week we received the shocking news that Phil Lord and Chris Miller had been fired from the young Han Solo film with only three weeks left to shoot. Changing creative directions early into a film is one thing, but a firing this late in production is catastrophic and highly unusual. We discuss this baffling development at length – why it might have happened, what it means for the modern era of Star Wars film making, who to believe, and what Ron Howard being brought in means for the Han Solo film (and Willow!).

    We also explore the latest on The Last Jedi including character reveals, rumor confirmations, leaked info from LEGOs, and behind the spolier-proof blast doors we even provide an outline of a sequence from the film. (more…)

  6. Wicked Anime Podcast :: Episode 115 :: My Little Hero Academia Pony

    Wicked Anime brings you awesome animated commentary every other week!

    Worldbuilding is one of the most important unseen aspects of bringing an idea to life. Creators have to consider myriad aspects about the world characters live in, even though the audience may never notice those details. Today, we’re here to uncover the expansive worlds of some of our favorite anime and find out just how big these shows really are!

    Join Jonathan, Andrew, and Evan as we talk about what’s happening in anime and how expansive it’s worlds are! PLUS – Lesbian Fozzy Bear, top-notch hotdog eating, and philosophy like pro-wresling!

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  7. Wicked Anime Podcast :: Episode 114 :: Safe Search Tsunade!

    Wicked Anime brings you awesome animated commentary every other week!

    Look, we don’t care how funny you think Goku and Piccolo getting their driver’s license is – the Androids are about to attack! They might be great, they might be legendary, but even the best, most beloved series have points that drag on. “Drag ON.” Get it?

    This week, we have a fan-requested topic and discuss which anime we want to see get the Dragon Ball Z Kai treatment.

    Join Jonathan, Andrew, and Evan as we talk about what’s happening in anime and how to get shorter anime! PLUS – HIFLs, Attack on Roger Waters, and Weebin Hood!

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  8. Wicked Anime Podcast :: Episode 113 :: Glenn Lagann

    Wicked Anime brings you awesome animated commentary every other week!

    We all love fluffy animals!  Some love them so much, they anthropomorphize them and . . . well, I’ll stop there.  But today, Wicked Anime is going to talk about all those little furry bundles of kawaii that always bring us back for more!

    Join Jonathan, Andrew, Evan, and Victoria as we talk about what’s happening in anime and our fuzzy little familiars! PLUS – Animal waifus, Ploo, and DNA-WHAT?! (more…)

  9. Wicked Anime Podcast :: Episode 112 :: Happy Animeversary!

    Wicked Anime brings you awesome animated commentary every other week!

    Wicked Anime turned 5 this month, and now you all have to sit back and suffer through the crew’s favorite memories! We also get into extensive talks about metal music and festivals. What is this podcast turning into!?  Happy Animeversary!

    Join Jonathan, Andrew, and Evan as we talk about what’s happening in anime and 5 years of Wicked Anime! PLUS – Here comes the fuzz, talking to strangers, and cubed girls are hawt! (more…)

  10. 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…)

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