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  1. State of the Empire :: Episode 51 :: We’ve Got a Good Feeling About This! The Solo Official Trailer & Denny’s Solo Menu

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

    There’s a lot to #Solobrate right now. We’ve got a new Solo: A Star Wars Story trailer and in Denny’s across America, galactic gourmands can treasure the taste of the the inner rim.

    But are these Co-Reactor Pancakes drizzled with as many shocking revelations about the forthcoming film as the juicy new tidbits from the trailer? What even is a “co-reactor”? Surely these edible tributes to the exploits of Han, Chewie, and Lando have some Star Wars secrets smuggled into them. We review Denny’s entire six-course feast du Solo, dissect the latest trailer, and dig deep into the new movie’s marketing and merchandising for character reveals and clues of what’s to come. We’re still braced for disaster, but like Han said, we’ve got a good feeling about this. (more…)

  2. State of the Empire :: Episode 50 :: #ImperialMarch

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

    Sometimes things don’t go according to plan. Just ask Lord & Miller.

    To celebrate 50 episodes of State of the Empire, Cap went out to L.A. to hang with Matt and storm Lucasfilm for Solo intel. And… well, though we didn’t end up like the Bothan spies, at least they had something to show for themselves. It’s 60 days until we’re strapped in for the latest Star Wars and we’re still flying without a targeting computer.

    But hey – you know when State of the Empire is in town there’s always a party. So we’re celebrating #ImperialMarch by scoping out YOUR picks for the greatest Imps of ’em all. Plus we discover surprising ties between forthcoming novels and the theme park, Galaxy’s Edge, swoop into some deep, classic Star Wars lore in Solo, explore the sordid secrets of the Rancor Giga Pet, and get ready for the impending return of one of the greatest and greenest heroes in the galaxy: Jaxxon. (more…)

  3. State of the Empire :: Episode 49 :: Solo Brand Synergy

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

    When it comes to Solo: A Star Wars Story intel, we’re still scraping the bottom of the bantha bin. That’s why, in typical State of the Empire fashion, we’re putting our snouts where they don’t belong and rounding up some unusual suspects: advertising partners. Will you quench your 5-0-Thirst in a Solo cup? Can Norton Antivirus commercials clue us into a slicing subplot?

    In considerably more important news, we discuss the surprising announcement that Jon Favreau is helming a new, live action Star Wars streaming series, and behind the spoiler-proof Blast Doors explore the universe-expanding details worth knowing from The Last Jedi: Expanded Edition and the massive waves made in the series finale of Star Wars Rebels.

    What’s the difference between The Living Force, The Unifying Force, and The Cosmic Force? What detail from The Force Awakens did The Last Jedi‘s adaptation retcon? What will Ezra bridge next? You’ll have to go beyond the Blast Doors to find out. And be sure to tell us who your favorite Imperial is this #ImperialMarch! (more…)

  4. State of the Empire :: Episode 48 :: The Future is the Past

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

    We’ve often heard that in the Lucasfilm archives nothing goes to waste.

    We knew that Solo‘s story samples from an abandoned plot thread from The Empire Strikes Back, we’d noticed similarities between early drafts and some events from The Last Jedi, but folks it turns out we don’t know the half of it. In digging through an assortment of early scripts we’ve found many more instances where the new films have pulled from George Lucas’ garbage chute and now… we might actually know how Episode 9 ends. Seriously!

    Join Cap, Doug, and Matt as they do dramatic script readings, recount the latest emerging details on Solo: A Star Wars Story, share details and more recycled concepts making their way to the toy aisles, and assemble a conspiracy web that bridges Rebels to details on the forthcoming theme park (Galaxy’s Edge), a newly-trademarked Star Wars property (Resistance), and every era of the saga. Sound too crazy? Well,  Honey-Thrusters, this is State of the Empire – you best get yourself a protocol droid, ’cause crazy’s the only language we speak. (more…)

  5. State of the Empire :: Episode 47 :: A Game of Rebels

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

    Rebels ushered in the Disney era of Star Wars and in four seasons has become one of the most beloved corners of the galaxy far, far away. This series has literally and figurative bridged the era of the prequels and the original trilogy, introduced incredible characters who’ve redefined the story of the Rebellion, and expanded the mythos in ways that the new saga could never hope to. Now, the series returns from its mid-season break and in just a few short weeks will end.

    Join Matt and Cap as they recap Rebels season 4 so far and go behind the blast doors as we speculate about both the highly unpredictable outcomes for this series as well as what comes next. Who lives, who dies, whose stories aren’t done yet? That’s not the least of it though – this episode kicks off with us exploring the shocking announcement that A Game of Thrones showrunners, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will be ushering in a new “series” of Star Wars films set during a specific point in the mythology. What in the Rim does that mean and what more have we learned about Solo in the week since the first trailers? We’ve got some answers and so, so many questions. (more…)

  6. State of the Empire :: Episode 46 :: Smuggler’s Bounty: Dissecting the Han Solo Trailers

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

    It’s finally here! After months and months of waiting for a glimpse, a glimmer, a sliver of the hotly-debated Han Solo film: the Solo trailer has arrived! Oh wait, not just “trailer”… “trailers“! Lucasfilm has doubled-down on the under-promoted impending release and with these first looks there’s a lot to unpack.

    Join Cap, Doug, and Matt as we weigh what we’ve seen against the rumors and leaks we’ve been excavating this past year. We attempt to piece together a timeline from the plot-light teaser trailers, look for clues in leaked action figures, and examine possible ties to classic Star Wars continuity. Solo still isn’t a film any of us wanted, but it just might satisfy the cravings we have for that funky, Expanded Universe vibe and the skeezy smuggler weirdness of the outer rim.

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

  7. State of the Empire :: Episode 45 :: A Great Disturbance in the Fandom: The Last Jedi’s Fallout

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

    The Last Jedi has opened a massive schism in the fandom. A rift, not between light and dark, but polarizing all the same. Whether you love the film or loathe it, civil discourse is few and far between and like The First Order dismissal and nihilism reign supreme.

    It’s a discussion too big for us to ignore, and one that desperately needs to be had – even Cap, Matt, and Doug aren’t of the same mind about this divisive movie. We share thoughts and insights from others and search own feelings for new perspectives on how this movie succeeded and failed. Has Star Wars become an exquisite corpse? What do the film’s deleted scenes offer in terms of explanation and expansion? Join us for a civil discussion on The Last Jedi‘s fallout as we quest to find balance in the force. (more…)

  8. State of the Empire :: Episode 44 :: Desperately Seeking Solo

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

    The young Han Solo film allegedly comes out May 25th, but we haven’t seen so much as a ship! Well… not officially anyway. Unofficially, the first of the leaks are here: LEGO playsets! We explore the new characters and potential plot points spinning out of Solo’s storied past, one minifig at a time. There’s a new look for the Falcon, a surprising, legendary Star Wars planet in the mix, races from Clone Wars, and myriad more intriguing nuances.

    Join Cap, Matt, and Doug as we discuss peculiar patents headed to a theme park near you, Star Wars comic successes and fails, the best Vader books, and try and figure out just what Deadpool has to do with Solo: A Star Wars Story. (more…)

  9. State of the Empire :: Episode 43 :: Star Wars VR – Secrets of the Empire Review!

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

    We already know you live Star Wars – you’re listening to this podcast after all. But c’mon, you’ve always wanted to LIVE IN Star Wars, right? Maybe not for life, but at least just for a visit? Well, folks, the universe doesn’t get anymore lived in than this! ILMxLAB and The Void have teamed up to create a virtual reality experience the likes of which you’ve never seen before. Seriously! We’ve seen, heard, smelled, touched, and blasted through Star Wars. Throw out any preconceived notions you’ve got about what VR is or can be – THIS is the new paradigm for virtual entertainment.

    Join Cap and Doug for a review of Secrets of the Empire, the debut Star Wars adventure. We share a spoiler-free overview of this uncanny hybridization of escape room and first person shooter, and for those of you willing to go beyond the blast doors, we spill our guts about everything that went down. But it’s not all review – we’ve got some secrets of our own to unearth: learn when this semi-canonical adventure takes place, how might it tie into future Star Wars stories, and even get a little taste of some Indy Inquiry. (more…)

  10. State of the Empire :: Episode 42 :: The Last Jedi Review!

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

    Here at State of the Empire, we make it a habit of staring into the abyss and divining secret Star Wars truths; but when we heard a rumor that this was going to be the most decisive Star Wars movie of all-time… we shrugged it off. We’re shocked to say that the prophecies came to pass and that we’ve found ourselves caught in the middle of the true star war: was this movie good or bad?

    This Last Jedi review is one forged from years of speculation, fan love, sharply-honed critical skills, and a deep need for three friends to come together and attempt to bring balance to their warring psyches. The irony that this film about light and dark has polarized us and indeed the entire Star Wars fanbase is not lost on us. Join Matt; the dissenter, Doug; the voice of hope, and Cap; the moderate as we unpack our extreme conflict, dissect the film’s struggles both in-world and cinematic, and look to the future, hoping to discern just what this film means for the future of Star Wars – not just from a narrative perspective, but as a franchise. (more…)

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