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To keep tabs on the ever-growing pop culture zeitgeist that is Star Wars, we 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.
Pop culture is a dirty job, but someone’s got to do it. From the film scripts that never see the light of day to the regrettable transmedia tie-ins that’d be better off staying buried, it’d take some kind of whip-cracking archaeologist to uncover these forgotten relics … or perhaps some wise-cracking podcasters.
In this episode, we raid the Lucasfilm tombs and discover that Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is fantastic – compared to the ghost-hunting, rhino-riding, suicidal student-screwing antics of Indiana Jones in an unmade Chris Columbus script. We also gain some insight into the upcoming animated series Star Wars Resistance and speculate how the show might overwrite existing Star Wars canon for the better. Exhibit A: The “fart wedding” – a notorious event, recently written out of continuity, in which Poe Dameron let loose “the most atmosphere-ripping flatulence the galaxy ever heard.”
We also discuss the Episode IX casting news with Keri Russell and Billy Dee Williams, shed light on the state of Star Wars cinema via directors Chris McQuarrie and James Mangold’s tweets, explore some fascinating Disney patents that could indicate jaw-dropping experiences to come at Galaxy’s Edge, and spend some time with Captain EO and Willow too.
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Star Wars Media:
— Poe Dameron Vol. 4: Legend Found by Charles Soule
— Join the Resistance Book 2: Escape from Vodran by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker
— Darth Vader 18 by Charles Soule
— Thrawn Alliances by Timothy Zahn
— Thrawn comic adaption by Jody Houser
— Greetings From Castle Rock – Stephen King Film Fest – July 28-29
— Take a look at Disney’s new blaster patents
— Check out the first image from Star Wars Resistance | Detail
— Read the Thrawn Alliances excerpt with Padmé
— The Raiders of the Lost Ark brainstorming session
— Romancing the Stone | Jewel of the Nile
— “Willow Don’t Cry” music video by Leslie Hall | Door Man’s Daughter by Leslie Hall