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  1. State of the Empire :: Episode 39 :: Star Wars Novels: Retcon Artistry

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

    Star Wars novels have long been the heart of the galaxy far, far away. This “lived in” sci-fi universe is inevitably left fans dying to know more about its mysteries and covet action figures of obscure aliens from the back ground of Mos Eisley. Now that so much of the expanded universe has been swept away, the pressure is on for new books to step up and fill in the blanks!

    In this episode Cap, Matt, and Doug discuss the latest Star Wars novels and how they’ve build on the bigger themes being explored in the new films. We also give you a run-down on what’s happening in Star Wars comics present and forthcoming. The connective tissues between the stories of the Original Trilogy era and the New Trilogy are getting stronger as is our depth of understanding about the duality of The Force, the cuckolding of Greedo, and the canonicity of The Star Wars Holiday Special. We also learn how single player campaign for Battlefront II is deeply rooted in exciting stories from across the timeline and get deep into a game industry discussion that casts a critical eye to all the drama coming out of EA games. (more…)

  2. State of the Empire :: Episode 38 :: Han Solo and the Kingdom of the Crystal Porg

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

    The suspicious shakeups in the Star Wars Universe keep on coming! In this episode we discuss Colin Trevorrow being booted off Episode IX and the return of JJ Abrams. Along with this more-publicized director change is a promising switch of writers and the reoccurring suggestion that this pivotal film is even more serious than we know – wrapping not just this new trilogy, but uniting and concluding this trilogy of trilogies.

    Cap, Matt, and Doug also recap all the social media teases spinning out of the newly minted Solo – A Star Wars Story. Yeah, we don’t love the title, so we made up some of our own. This summer, Ron Howard has been busy reshooting more of the film than expected. We discuss the cast that’s been added and dropped, the major expanded universe surprises, and more. Plus, the first big batch of Last Jedi rumors (safely shielded behind our spoiler-proof blast doors) and new interpretations of the mystery presented by the looming Obi-Wan Kenobi film.

    Intercept our compete transmission below, and keep the discussion going over on our Star Wars Spoilers Facebook group! (more…)

  3. State of the Empire :: Episode 37 :: The Last Jedi Trailer – Recap & Insights

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

    The final theatrical trailer for The Last Jedi is here – and we are overwhelmed. Join us as we unpack all that we know… or think we know… about the forthcoming Star Wars sequel. Unlike The Force Awakens, this film still has us grasping at straws for determining story beats and gleaning insight into character arcs. However, between this and the behind-the-scenes featurette, we’re beginning to see the big picture. Rumors have been confirmed and the ominous conflicts between light, dark, and (most importantly) grey sides of The Force have taken shape.

    What’s the F8 of Tr8tor? Who’s the MVP of new cuteness -BB-H8 or the porgs? Will Santa Luke save Christmas? Where does The First Order get all those wonderful toys? We’ve got questions, and in some cases we’ve actually got answers.

    Intercept our compete transmission below, and keep the discussion going over on our Star Wars Spoilers Facebook group! (more…)

  4. 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…)

  5. 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…)

  6. 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…)

  7. 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…)

  8. 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…)

  9. 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…)

  10. 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…)

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