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Star Wars 7x7: The Daily Star Wars Podcast

Star Wars Daily, by Allen Voivod

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Star Wars 7x7: The Daily Star Wars Podcast

Star Wars 7x7: The Daily Star Wars Podcast

Star Wars Daily, by Allen Voivod

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11
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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, The Last Jedi, The Force Awakens, Star Wars Resistance, and more! The Star Wars 7x7 Podcast is Rebel-rousing fun for everyday Jedi, 7 minutes a day, 7 days a week. Destiny unleashed! #SW7x7 Join Allen Voivod for Star Wars news, history, trivia, movies, cartoon, comics, characters, vehicles, toys, books, and so much more. You get it all in just 7 minutes, so subscribe now!

Latest Episodes

2,158. "Legacy" (Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian Episode 2)

"Legacy" is the second episode of the Disney+ series Disney Gallery: Star Wars: The Mandalorian. A snippet from that episode has been making the rounds on social media, wherein executive producer Dave Filoni talks about the meaning and the stakes of the lightsaber battle in The Phantom Menace. And I thought that's what we'd be talking about today... But as it turns out, there's also a rather important thing to examine regarding the telling of Star Wars stories with and without George Lucas, and - by sheer coincidence - Dave Filoni also talks about the Vader redemption that we were just talking about on yesterday's show. And it turns out that he and I may have been saying the same thing ... from a certain point of view. Punch it! ***I'm listener supported! Join the community at http://Patreon.com/sw7x7 to get access to bonus episodes and other insider rewards.***

12 MIN7 h ago
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2,158. "Legacy" (Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian Episode 2)

2,157. Did Vader Actually Care About Saving Luke From the Emperor?

So here's how this happened... In looking at The Rise of Skywalker and comparing it to Return of the Jedi over the past few days, I've been thinking a lot about the theme of redemption in Return of the Jedi, and how it's the main theme for that movie, but only a secondary theme for The Rise of Skywalker. Well, the more I started thinking about Vader "redeeming" himself in Return of the Jedi, I got to thinking - is he, though? I'll explain my well-nigh sacrilegious take on this subject, and how the subsequent 37 years of storytelling supports the case - but you can make the case merely by what happens in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. We'll also speculate as to how this may have made George Lucas decide to have Vader scream "NOOOOOO!" in the Special Edition. Punch it! ***I'm listener supported! Join the community at http://Patreon.com/sw7x7 to get access to bonus episodes and other insider rewards.***

10 MIN1 d ago
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2,157. Did Vader Actually Care About Saving Luke From the Emperor?

2,156. The Remarkable Rise of Skywalker Improvement Over Return of the Jedi

Imagine with me, if you will, a different Return of the Jedi. The primary protagonist/antagonist conflict is not with Luke and Palpatine, it's with Luke and Vader. And yet they don't spend a heck of a lot of time onscreen together. It's only near the end of the second act and into the third that they finally confront each other. Can you imagine what it would have been like if they encountered each other multiple times throughout the movie? Like, for example, if he got word that Luke was back on Tatooine, and headed out there? Now, contrast that with The Rise of Skywalker. Again, Rey/Palpatine isn't the real conflict here, it's Rey/Kylo. And their issues get a lot more attention... Punch it! ***I'm listener supported! Join the community at http://Patreon.com/sw7x7 to get access to bonus episodes and other insider rewards.***

8 MIN2 d ago
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2,156. The Remarkable Rise of Skywalker Improvement Over Return of the Jedi

2,155. TROS Variations on the ROTJ Structure

When we looked at The Force Awakens, it was remarkable how much it lined up with the events of A New Hope. Then we looked at The Last Jedi, and while it had elements that lined up with The Empire Strikes Back, it also shook things up. Today, we look at The Rise of Skywalker. It has a lot in common with Return of the Jedi, but it actually explodes the structure of ROTJ, spreads it out across the movie, and even repeats those structural elements as the movie progresses. Punch it! ***I'm listener supported! Join the community at http://Patreon.com/sw7x7 to get access to bonus episodes and other insider rewards.***

9 MIN3 d ago
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2,155. TROS Variations on the ROTJ Structure

2,154. ROTJ and TROS Themes: Redemption Versus Identity

Return of the Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker start their bad guys in similar places. No one walking into Return of the Jedi ever thought that redemption was in the cards for Darth Vader. And - if you pretend you never saw the original trilogy - you would likely say the same thing about Kylo Ren while walking into The Rise of Skywalker. Thematically, however, Return of the Jedi is very concerned about the idea of redemption. And that shows up not just in the main conflict of the story, but also in smaller ways for Luke, Han, and Lando. (Leia? Not so much. What does she have to redeem herself for, after the events of The Empire Strikes Back? Not much, as it turns out.) Meanwhile, though The Rise of Skywalker does concern itself with the redemption of Kylo Ren after all, it's a secondary theme when considered in light of what's really going on thematically - a war of identity. I'll explain my thinking on today's episode... Punch it! ***I'm listener supported! Join the community at http...

9 MIN4 d ago
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2,154. ROTJ and TROS Themes: Redemption Versus Identity

2,153. ROTJ and TROS Structure: Timeframes and Final Boss Battles

As we dive deeper into our examination of The Rise of Skywalker, and the comparison of it to Return of the Jedi, structure is where we want to head next. But before we get there, there's a related pair of topics we need to consider. First is the question of the final boss battles - the "big bads," if you will. Because the primary job of both movies is for the heroes to strike the winning blow, and it needs to be against something that presents the greatest challenge our heroes have seen yet. And the other thing we need to consider is the timeframe. By an interesting coincidence - if it is, actually, coincidence - both of these final movies in their trilogies take place about a year after the events of the previous movie. There's a very clear reason for that in Return of the Jedi. As for The Rise of Skywalker, the answer is not so clear, but with the application of a couple of thought experiments, it turns out that it had to be closer to a year than the five or ten years we previousl...

9 MIN5 d ago
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2,153. ROTJ and TROS Structure: Timeframes and Final Boss Battles

2,152. “Recontextualizing” With Return of the Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker

Last week, we spent time talking about The Last Jedi, and comparing it to The Empire Strikes Back - which is similar to what we did a while ago when we talked about The Force Awakens in relation to A New Hope. Well, it's time to complete the cycle! On today's episode, we're starting a series of looks at The Rise of Skywalker, in comparison with Return of the Jedi. And in particular, we're going to pick up right where we ended with The Last Jedi - on the concept of recontextualization. Both Return of the Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker offer us changes that are supposed to make us rethink a bunch of things that came before in their respective trilogies. In one sense, they're very different - one of them comes completely out of the clear blue sky, while the other is relentlessly hinted at. And in another sense, they're very similar - the change doesn't add drama so much as it resolves it, and changes the foci of the final fights. Punch it! ***I'm listener supported! Join the community ...

9 MIN6 d ago
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2,152. “Recontextualizing” With Return of the Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker

2,151. Episode 1: "Directing" (Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian)

The end of 2019 was remarkable in a lot of ways for Star Wars. One of those reasons was The Mandalorian, the first-ever live-action Star Wars series. It was so remarkable, in fact, that Disney is putting together an eight-part series under the "Disney Gallery" banner to go behind the scenes of the creation of The Mandalorian. Today, we're following that series with a look at the first episode, "Directing." And we'll cite some notable elements about each of the directors. But as we go through this, we're also going to pay particular attention to Executive Producer Dave Filoni. This time, we'll get to hear him talk about this storytelling and animation background, leading up to his work on The Mandalorian. Punch it! ***I'm listener supported! Join the community at http://Patreon.com/sw7x7 to get access to bonus episodes and other insider rewards.***

7 MIN1 w ago
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2,151. Episode 1: "Directing" (Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian)

Episode 2,150. "Recontextualizing" With Empire Strikes Back and The Last Jedi

The "I am your father" reveal from The Empire Strikes Back is the ultimate "recontextualization" in cinema history. Recontextualization is a heavy word, one definition of which is: To place or view (a work of literature or art, for example) in a new or unfamiliar context, especially in order to suggest a different interpretation. As we've been comparing The Empire Strikes Back to The Last Jedi this week, we're going to wrap up the conversation with a discussion of recontextualizations. The Last Jedi has more than one of them, and so does Empire, for that matter. Punch it! ***I'm listener supported! Join the community at http://Patreon.com/sw7x7 to get access to bonus episodes and other insider rewards.***

8 MIN1 w ago
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Episode 2,150. "Recontextualizing" With Empire Strikes Back and The Last Jedi

2,149. The Theme of Failure in Empire Strikes Back and The Last Jedi

I hinted at us coming to this episode earlier in the week, about a thematic similarity between The Empire Strikes Back and The Last Jedi. Well, here we are now: ready to talk about failure. The Last Jedi wears this theme on its sleeve, so to speak - failure is actively spoken of, and Yoda identifies failure as one of the most important lessons Luke could ever have passed on to Jedi students. Luke, Leia, Rey, Poe, Finn, and Rose all faces failures in particular ways, and their character arcs are built around them learning lessons from those failures in order to succeed when things are at their darkest hour. As it turns out, The Empire Strikes Back is very much about failure, too. We watch the Rebels suffer their first major onscreen defeat; we watch Luke fail time and again with Yoda on Dagobah; for every heroic deed by Han, the odds against his success get worse and worse until finally it all comes crashing down; and Leia, our take-charge heroine, has all control taken away from her...

11 MIN1 w ago
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2,149. The Theme of Failure in Empire Strikes Back and The Last Jedi

Latest Episodes

2,158. "Legacy" (Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian Episode 2)

"Legacy" is the second episode of the Disney+ series Disney Gallery: Star Wars: The Mandalorian. A snippet from that episode has been making the rounds on social media, wherein executive producer Dave Filoni talks about the meaning and the stakes of the lightsaber battle in The Phantom Menace. And I thought that's what we'd be talking about today... But as it turns out, there's also a rather important thing to examine regarding the telling of Star Wars stories with and without George Lucas, and - by sheer coincidence - Dave Filoni also talks about the Vader redemption that we were just talking about on yesterday's show. And it turns out that he and I may have been saying the same thing ... from a certain point of view. Punch it! ***I'm listener supported! Join the community at http://Patreon.com/sw7x7 to get access to bonus episodes and other insider rewards.***

12 MIN7 h ago
Comments
2,158. "Legacy" (Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian Episode 2)

2,157. Did Vader Actually Care About Saving Luke From the Emperor?

So here's how this happened... In looking at The Rise of Skywalker and comparing it to Return of the Jedi over the past few days, I've been thinking a lot about the theme of redemption in Return of the Jedi, and how it's the main theme for that movie, but only a secondary theme for The Rise of Skywalker. Well, the more I started thinking about Vader "redeeming" himself in Return of the Jedi, I got to thinking - is he, though? I'll explain my well-nigh sacrilegious take on this subject, and how the subsequent 37 years of storytelling supports the case - but you can make the case merely by what happens in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. We'll also speculate as to how this may have made George Lucas decide to have Vader scream "NOOOOOO!" in the Special Edition. Punch it! ***I'm listener supported! Join the community at http://Patreon.com/sw7x7 to get access to bonus episodes and other insider rewards.***

10 MIN1 d ago
Comments
2,157. Did Vader Actually Care About Saving Luke From the Emperor?

2,156. The Remarkable Rise of Skywalker Improvement Over Return of the Jedi

Imagine with me, if you will, a different Return of the Jedi. The primary protagonist/antagonist conflict is not with Luke and Palpatine, it's with Luke and Vader. And yet they don't spend a heck of a lot of time onscreen together. It's only near the end of the second act and into the third that they finally confront each other. Can you imagine what it would have been like if they encountered each other multiple times throughout the movie? Like, for example, if he got word that Luke was back on Tatooine, and headed out there? Now, contrast that with The Rise of Skywalker. Again, Rey/Palpatine isn't the real conflict here, it's Rey/Kylo. And their issues get a lot more attention... Punch it! ***I'm listener supported! Join the community at http://Patreon.com/sw7x7 to get access to bonus episodes and other insider rewards.***

8 MIN2 d ago
Comments
2,156. The Remarkable Rise of Skywalker Improvement Over Return of the Jedi

2,155. TROS Variations on the ROTJ Structure

When we looked at The Force Awakens, it was remarkable how much it lined up with the events of A New Hope. Then we looked at The Last Jedi, and while it had elements that lined up with The Empire Strikes Back, it also shook things up. Today, we look at The Rise of Skywalker. It has a lot in common with Return of the Jedi, but it actually explodes the structure of ROTJ, spreads it out across the movie, and even repeats those structural elements as the movie progresses. Punch it! ***I'm listener supported! Join the community at http://Patreon.com/sw7x7 to get access to bonus episodes and other insider rewards.***

9 MIN3 d ago
Comments
2,155. TROS Variations on the ROTJ Structure

2,154. ROTJ and TROS Themes: Redemption Versus Identity

Return of the Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker start their bad guys in similar places. No one walking into Return of the Jedi ever thought that redemption was in the cards for Darth Vader. And - if you pretend you never saw the original trilogy - you would likely say the same thing about Kylo Ren while walking into The Rise of Skywalker. Thematically, however, Return of the Jedi is very concerned about the idea of redemption. And that shows up not just in the main conflict of the story, but also in smaller ways for Luke, Han, and Lando. (Leia? Not so much. What does she have to redeem herself for, after the events of The Empire Strikes Back? Not much, as it turns out.) Meanwhile, though The Rise of Skywalker does concern itself with the redemption of Kylo Ren after all, it's a secondary theme when considered in light of what's really going on thematically - a war of identity. I'll explain my thinking on today's episode... Punch it! ***I'm listener supported! Join the community at http...

9 MIN4 d ago
Comments
2,154. ROTJ and TROS Themes: Redemption Versus Identity

2,153. ROTJ and TROS Structure: Timeframes and Final Boss Battles

As we dive deeper into our examination of The Rise of Skywalker, and the comparison of it to Return of the Jedi, structure is where we want to head next. But before we get there, there's a related pair of topics we need to consider. First is the question of the final boss battles - the "big bads," if you will. Because the primary job of both movies is for the heroes to strike the winning blow, and it needs to be against something that presents the greatest challenge our heroes have seen yet. And the other thing we need to consider is the timeframe. By an interesting coincidence - if it is, actually, coincidence - both of these final movies in their trilogies take place about a year after the events of the previous movie. There's a very clear reason for that in Return of the Jedi. As for The Rise of Skywalker, the answer is not so clear, but with the application of a couple of thought experiments, it turns out that it had to be closer to a year than the five or ten years we previousl...

9 MIN5 d ago
Comments
2,153. ROTJ and TROS Structure: Timeframes and Final Boss Battles

2,152. “Recontextualizing” With Return of the Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker

Last week, we spent time talking about The Last Jedi, and comparing it to The Empire Strikes Back - which is similar to what we did a while ago when we talked about The Force Awakens in relation to A New Hope. Well, it's time to complete the cycle! On today's episode, we're starting a series of looks at The Rise of Skywalker, in comparison with Return of the Jedi. And in particular, we're going to pick up right where we ended with The Last Jedi - on the concept of recontextualization. Both Return of the Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker offer us changes that are supposed to make us rethink a bunch of things that came before in their respective trilogies. In one sense, they're very different - one of them comes completely out of the clear blue sky, while the other is relentlessly hinted at. And in another sense, they're very similar - the change doesn't add drama so much as it resolves it, and changes the foci of the final fights. Punch it! ***I'm listener supported! Join the community ...

9 MIN6 d ago
Comments
2,152. “Recontextualizing” With Return of the Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker

2,151. Episode 1: "Directing" (Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian)

The end of 2019 was remarkable in a lot of ways for Star Wars. One of those reasons was The Mandalorian, the first-ever live-action Star Wars series. It was so remarkable, in fact, that Disney is putting together an eight-part series under the "Disney Gallery" banner to go behind the scenes of the creation of The Mandalorian. Today, we're following that series with a look at the first episode, "Directing." And we'll cite some notable elements about each of the directors. But as we go through this, we're also going to pay particular attention to Executive Producer Dave Filoni. This time, we'll get to hear him talk about this storytelling and animation background, leading up to his work on The Mandalorian. Punch it! ***I'm listener supported! Join the community at http://Patreon.com/sw7x7 to get access to bonus episodes and other insider rewards.***

7 MIN1 w ago
Comments
2,151. Episode 1: "Directing" (Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian)

Episode 2,150. "Recontextualizing" With Empire Strikes Back and The Last Jedi

The "I am your father" reveal from The Empire Strikes Back is the ultimate "recontextualization" in cinema history. Recontextualization is a heavy word, one definition of which is: To place or view (a work of literature or art, for example) in a new or unfamiliar context, especially in order to suggest a different interpretation. As we've been comparing The Empire Strikes Back to The Last Jedi this week, we're going to wrap up the conversation with a discussion of recontextualizations. The Last Jedi has more than one of them, and so does Empire, for that matter. Punch it! ***I'm listener supported! Join the community at http://Patreon.com/sw7x7 to get access to bonus episodes and other insider rewards.***

8 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Episode 2,150. "Recontextualizing" With Empire Strikes Back and The Last Jedi

2,149. The Theme of Failure in Empire Strikes Back and The Last Jedi

I hinted at us coming to this episode earlier in the week, about a thematic similarity between The Empire Strikes Back and The Last Jedi. Well, here we are now: ready to talk about failure. The Last Jedi wears this theme on its sleeve, so to speak - failure is actively spoken of, and Yoda identifies failure as one of the most important lessons Luke could ever have passed on to Jedi students. Luke, Leia, Rey, Poe, Finn, and Rose all faces failures in particular ways, and their character arcs are built around them learning lessons from those failures in order to succeed when things are at their darkest hour. As it turns out, The Empire Strikes Back is very much about failure, too. We watch the Rebels suffer their first major onscreen defeat; we watch Luke fail time and again with Yoda on Dagobah; for every heroic deed by Han, the odds against his success get worse and worse until finally it all comes crashing down; and Leia, our take-charge heroine, has all control taken away from her...

11 MIN1 w ago
Comments
2,149. The Theme of Failure in Empire Strikes Back and The Last Jedi
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