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Episode 44 :: Desperately Seeking Solo

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 surprising nuances. Join Cap, Matt, and Doug as we discuss peculiar...

Duration: 01:18:55

Episode 43 :: Star Wars VR - Secrets of the Empire Review!

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...

Duration: 00:38:59

Episode 42 :: The Last Jedi Review!

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,...

Duration: 01:30:04

Episode 41 :: Prelude to The Last Jedi

We're mere days away from the release of Episode VIII and the full-fledged return of Luke Skywalker. Compared to The Force Awakens it's shocking how little we know going in... or at least it was. After months of rampant speculation, Bothan spies have provided a juicy dossier filled to the brim with insights on the film: The Last Jedi Visual Dictionary. But fear not of spoilers friend! They're locked safely behind the blast doors. In this episode we talk the latest news on Solo and Star...

Duration: 02:01:40

Episode 40 :: Scavenging for Jedi Secrets

The release of The Last Jedi looms large - and we're shocked by how little we know about what's to come. One thing's for sure: Disney is IMPRESSED. In this episode we share reactions and discuss the ramifications of director Rian Johnson being given his own standalone Star Wars trilogy. We also use some ancient Jedi secrets to uncover possibilities of what might be in store for us in the new film. No, really - We consult an early draft of The Empire Strikes Back which shares some eerie...

Duration: 02:22:32

Episode 39 :: Star Wars Novels: Retcon Artistry

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...

Duration: 01:30:43

Episode 38 :: Han Solo and the Kingdom of the Crystal Porg

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...

Duration: 01:17:29

Episode 37 :: The Last Jedi Trailer - Recap & Insights

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,...

Duration: 00:59:24

Episode 36 :: Rogue One Six Months Later: The Great Anthology Experiment

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...

Duration: 01:14:18

Episode 34 :: Han Fired First: Lord & Miller Jettisoned from Han Solo

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...

Duration: 01:22:19

Episode 29 :: The Rouge One Run-Down

State of the Empire is Nerdy Show’s Star Wars speculation podcast where we “look for news in Alderaan places”. Rogue One is mere days away and the State of the Empire crew might as well be hopped up on spice, given their anticipatory euphoria. We've watched countless TV spots, international trailers, and taken in every shred of content leading up to the release. We've got a list of neat expanded universe tie-ins and details to look for and we've learned a lot about the film, but at this...

Duration: 10:24:18

Episode 16 :: Force Friday Frenzy

State of the Empire is Nerdy Show’s Star Wars speculation podcast where we “look for news in Alderaan places”. If you've been following State of the Empire since our start at the dawn of the Disney era of Star Wars, then you've been on "The Journey to The Force Awakens" for quite some time, but for many that journey begins now. September 4th 2015, aka Force Friday, marked the global pistol crack to the transmedia race of marketing and storytelling leading up to the December debut of the...

Episode 13 :: Revelations at Star Wars Celebration

State of the Empire is Nerdy Show’s Star Wars speculation podcast where we “look for news in Alderaan places”... ...Though for once we're looking in the right place - We're on site at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim! The Star Wars universe is poised to erupt in a fervor not seen since the series' debut. This weekend alone we've seen Han and Chewie return to the screen, Rebels season 2 bridge the gap between the Clone Wars and the Rebellion, Star Wars Battlefront return gamers to the...

Duration: 15:41:35

Episode 12 :: The "Journey" Begins

State of the Empire is Nerdy Show’s Star Wars speculation podcast where we “look for news in Alderaan places”. We're only 9 months away from the release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens and, like a great engine of war, the rumor mill is churning! The printing presses are churning too - because we're witnessing the first signs of a transmedia blitz that's ushering in the new age of Star Wars; comics, novels, and more branded as "The Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens". Join...

Duration: 10:41:54

Episode 11 :: The Force Awakens

State of the Empire is Nerdy Show’s Star Wars speculation podcast where we “look for news in Alderaan places”. There has been an awakening, folks! Episode VII has a title and a snazzy and much-debated teaser trailer to boot! What’s more, the Internet was treated to a veritable buffet of leaked production art which appears to be 100% legit. State of the Empire has always been about rampant speculation based on the most miniscule of details – never before have we been given so much powerful...

Episode 10 :: Star Wars Rebels Sparks the Rebellion

State of the Empire is Nerdy Show’s Star Wars speculation podcast where we “look for news in Alderaan places”. The big news this month is Star Wars Rebels has premiered – launching the new official cannon of Star Wars! As of this recording we’ve seen the hour-long debut, “Spark of Rebellion” as well as the first regular episode “Droids in Distress”. As faithful followers of the show know, even with the talented Greg Weisman on board, we weren’t getting our hopes up. We’ve been burnt too...

Episode 8 :: The Ponda Baba Conundrum

State of the Empire is Nerdy Show’s Star Wars speculation podcast where we “look for news in Alderaan places”. It’s a time of celebration throughout the galaxy. May the Fourth has brought jubilation to countless systems and the cast of Episode VII has finally been announced! But – there are still many secrets surrounding the burgeoning new film. Rumors of a mysterious cast member still to come, and the roles that the actors will be playing are yet to be revealed. Join Cap, Doug, and Matt...

Episode 7 :: A Whole New Galaxy

State of the Empire is Nerdy Show’s Star Wars speculation podcast where we “look for news in Alderaan places”. The Star Wars universe we know is changing rapidly. Like the cycle of rebirth, the old must be burnt away before it can come back familiar but new and (hopefully) stronger. With game-changing shake-ups like this we had to convene for a new State of the Empire. The Expanded Universe is in the process of drastic revision as the recently formed Lucasfilm Story Group compress the...

Duration: 01:04:25

Episode 6 :: These Arndt the Droids You’re Looking For

State of the Empire is Nerdy Show’s Star Wars speculation podcast where we “look for news in Alderaan places”. Since last we convened, the Episode VII saga continues to unfold as the balance of power in the universe has once again shifted. Michael Arndt – Episode VII‘s celebrated screenwriter, and our greatest hope for the New Trilogy, is off the project. We don’t know why, nor do do we know much of the circumstances, but we mourn his loss and attempt to put the pieces together as to how...

Duration: 00:49:43

Episode 5 :: Shadows of the Sith

When last Nerdy Show assembled to discuss Star Wars, LucasArts and Star Wars: The Clone Wars had fallen to the might of their new masters and rumors of a television series that would bridge the original and new trilogies had surfaced. It has been three months since Nerdy Show’s last report. We join them now, Cap, Hex, Marc, Matt, and Doug – still looking for news in Alderaan Places… We discuss the recently-announced Star Wars: Rebels, an animated show set to take place between episodes III...

Duration: 01:03:10

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