Star Wars Blaster Canon



This podcast explores every angle of the Star Wars canon, from the classics to the new releases, from the books to the cartoons. Blaster Canon covers it all!


  • BC37: The Rise of Skywalker, The Clone Wars, Kenobi

    BC37: The Rise of Skywalker, The Clone Wars, Kenobi

    22/04/2020 Duración: 01h15min

    Mid-lockdown, Den of Geek’s Star Wars experts talk The Clone Wars and The Rise of Skywalker news. Episode IX is out in home release, and Paul breaks down the merits of different versions, including digital, physical, and 4k editions. He has high praise for the physical version, laying out an argument for sticking with physical disks to preserve the dynamic look of the film and avoid the grainy look of the digital version. We have relatively few new tie-in books or book schedule changes to talk about, but do have a brief review of the Prequel Era novel Queen’s Peril. Star Wars comic books have been disrupted like other comic book lines, and the comic book industry is responding to that in ways that affect readers and comic shops. In Star Wars TV news, writer Joby Harold has been reported as being attached to the live-action Kenobi series on Disney+. That prompts us to talk about the rumor that Ahsoka Tano will appear in the second season of The Mandalorian, played by Rosario Dawson. Our main topic th

  • BC36: The Clone Wars, Project Luminous

    BC36: The Clone Wars, Project Luminous

    28/02/2020 Duración: 01h45min

    The mysterious Project Luminous has been revealed as a new crop of books set in the High Republic, 200 years before The Phantom Menace. Jedi are at the height of their powers, fighting against a group called the Nihil, described as “space Vikings.” Concept art by Iain McCaig of Prequel Trilogy fame has fans excited about a whole host of new characters who may or may not actually appear in the books. We discuss how the initiative can bring in new fans and why the era Disney and Lucasfilm chose for it makes sense. There are also some deeper canon cuts: what does the inclusion of a loth wolf in the lineup mean for the future of animation in Star Wars?  See for privacy and opt-out information.

  • BC35: The Mandalorian Season Finale, The Clone Wars

    BC35: The Mandalorian Season Finale, The Clone Wars

    24/01/2020 Duración: 01h59s

    In this episode, we tackle this month's news and the finale episode of The Mandalorian. Season nine of The Clone Wars is drawing closer, and a new trailer shows some unexpected but familiar faces. The Star Wars books world is also reaching into the Prequel era with the upcoming Queen's Peril.The Mandalorian ended with a bang! We talk about the state of the Imperial Remnant and how canon differs from Legends, then fangirl over Moff Gideon and speculate on what might come next for Mando and Baby Yoda.  See for privacy and opt-out information.

  • BC34: The Rise of Skywalker, The Mandalorian

    BC34: The Rise of Skywalker, The Mandalorian

    30/12/2019 Duración: 01h45min

    The Rise of Skywalker is here, and it’s wild. We have mixed opinions on the final (?) installment of the main Star Wars saga, with some surprising alliances. Saf and Paul enjoyed it, while Megan has criticisms and questions. We cover the twists and surprises in The Rise of Skywalker, the character development and script, and what it might mean for the future of Star Wars. Before that, we take a jaunt into tie-in material with The Mandalorian. At the time of recording episode 7 was the most recent episode, so we cover episodes 4 through 7. Everyone is enjoying them, but Saf has some suggestions for viewing order. Paul has been reading The Rise of Kylo Ren, and Megan takes a look (and maybe read the whole issue in the course of recording this podcast). Things have been a bit quiet in the Star Wars books realm, but Megan has read Force Collector and has a brief review. It’s a fun book, but what are its implications about the First Order? Like The Rise of Skywalker, they’re a bit weird.  See

  • BC33: The Mandalorian, Jedi: Fallen Order

    BC33: The Mandalorian, Jedi: Fallen Order

    30/11/2019 Duración: 01h36min

    This episode contains spoilers for episodes 1 through 3 of The Mandalorian. The Mandalorian is here, and our Star Wars podcast hosts are excited to talk about the first live-action Star Wars television show. First, Saf and Paul have played Jedi: Fallen Order and are in agreement about the entertainment value of the game but have very different ideas about the quality. Performance issues affect the gameplay, especially the traversal. Saf, a narrative writer for video games, picks out the parts that didn’t work for her. Paul brings the perspective of someone who doesn’t play games often, and praises the story. Then it’s all hands on deck for The Mandalorian. With Baby Yoda and Pedro Pascal’s Mando taking the internet by storm, we talk about how we went from excited anticipation (or weary skepticism) to fully on board with the new show by the time episode 3 was released. We break down what the different directors brought to each episode, and the hopes we have for Deborah Chow’s upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi show. It w

  • BC32: The Rise of Skywalker and Future Saga Films

    BC32: The Rise of Skywalker and Future Saga Films

    01/11/2019 Duración: 58min

    This week in Star Wars news, the final trailer for The Rise of Skywalker is out, and our podcast hosts break down what we’re excited about and the deep cuts we noticed. Game of Thrones duo David Benioff and D. B. Weiss have been removed from their official Star Wars project, according to reports from Variety and Hollywood reporter this week. Are they “failing upward?” Is this symptomatic of a larger problem of disorganization among Lucasfilm’s leadership? Another idea that was confirmed by this news was that the pair was working on a project about the origins of the Jedi. Ancient Jedi are a popular subject among Star Wars fans across the board, so how could that project go ahead with a different creative team?We veer toward the Prequels to talk about why Rey’s story might ought to be more like Anakin Skywalker’s. Was Rey born from the Force? Will The Rise of Skywalker be influenced by a growing love of the prequels and deep Force lore from the fandom? Another key reveal in The Rise of Skywalker is Empero

  • BC31: D23 Conference News, Galaxys Edge Tie-In Novels

    BC31: D23 Conference News, Galaxy's Edge Tie-In Novels

    15/09/2019 Duración: 01h33min

    The lead-up to The Rise of Skywalker began at the D23 conference in August, and our Star Wars podcast hosts have the news. The Mandalorian is premiering with Disney+, and we have mixed feelings about the tone. What does it mean for a Star Wars show to do “dark” storytelling correctly? Very importantly, the trailer also features a Twi’lek. We discuss what we think of the new The Mandalorian footage, including breaking down favorite moments from the trailer. Is The Mandalorian really likely to connect to the Sequel Trilogy?We take a detour to Galaxy’s Edge to talk about the hotel planned for the park. Additionally, the tie-in novels Black Spire and Crash of Fate add to the canon—but are they very good? The Age of Resistance comics bring us new Sequel trilogy stories, including about Supreme Leader Snoke and Kylo Ren.Especially compared to the breathlessness of the Marvel announcements, did D23 as a whole feel like an exciting time to be a Star Wars fan or not? In other news, the Kenobi TV show has officially be

  • BC30: Alphabet Squadron, San Diego Comic-Con 2019 News

    BC30: Alphabet Squadron, San Diego Comic-Con 2019 News

    29/07/2019 Duración: 01h40min

    On this month’s episode of Blaster Canon, our Star Wars tie-in experts tackle news from San Diego Comic-Con. The biggest announcement: the comic ministries The Rise of Kylo Ren. We talk about why Charles Soule is the perfect writer for this tale of the dark side. And in what ways is Kylo Ren’s story particularly suited to comics? A The Rise of Skywalker prequel comic, Allegiance, was also announced. However, we’re tired of prequel comics that manage not to add anything to canon. In other tie-in news, the first season of the animated TV show Resistance comes to home media—but only to DVD.Our main topic this week is the novel Alphabet Squadron by Alexander Freed, the first in a trilogy. We talk about why military stories appeal to us, how Alphabet Squadron manages to be both slow and propulsive, and the complexity of the main character. Alphabet Squadron also gives us an opportunity to do an overview of the new continuity. It can be awkward when one piece of tie-in media needs to dance around the history o

  • BC29: Dooku: Jedi Lost, Star Wars Celebration, Lucasfilm

    BC29: Dooku: Jedi Lost, Star Wars Celebration, Lucasfilm

    22/06/2019 Duración: 01h27min

    With Celebration 2020 dates announced, our Star Wars experts sit down to talk about the show and the latest new canon content. First, we chat about the difference between attending as press and attending as a fan. What is it going to be like going to Celebration after The Rise of Skywalker is out and the cultural conversation has sparked? And are conventions too expensive?In behind-the-camera news, Michelle Rejwan was named Senior Vice President of Live Action Development & Production at Lucasfilm. What does it mean that she could be “the Kevin Feige of Star Wars”? We go over her credentials and talk about the difference between adapting comics and creating new stories.Our main topic this week is the audio drama Dooku: Jedi Lost, telling the story of the Count’s fall to the dark side. Saf and Paul generally found the concept interesting but the execution to be poor. Asajj Ventress talks to a manifestation of her former Jedi Master, and Dooku encounters Syfo-Dias and his prophetic visions. It turns out tha

  • BC28: Master  Apprentice, Vanity Fair, Dooku: Jedi Lost

    BC28: Master & Apprentice, Vanity Fair, Dooku: Jedi Lost

    30/05/2019 Duración: 01h22min

    The latest addition to the Star Wars galaxy brings Den of Geek’s Star Wars experts back to the Prequel Trilogy with the novel Master & Apprentice, by Claudia Gray. The main topic for this episode, a review of the novel, covers whether or not the hosts liked it (a wide variety of opinions) as well as what it tried—successfully or unsuccessfully—to say about the fall of the Old Republic Jedi. Anakin’s turn to the dark side, Qui-Gon’s belief in the prophecy, and the role of the Republic in interfering in slave-holding planets like Tatooine all connect to the novel—but what exactly is it saying?The hosts also dig into new character Rael Aveross, a contemporary of Qui-Gon, and what he can tell us about Anakin’s Jedi lineage.In other Star Wars news, Vanity Fair released its traditional article and photos to accompany the upcoming saga film. It reveals space horses, new costumes, and a lot of lighting choices to interpret. Most importantly, space horses!Director Laeta Kalogridis is rumored to be on board for a K

  • BC27: Star Wars Celebration 2019 Edition

    BC27: Star Wars Celebration 2019 Edition

    24/04/2019 Duración: 01h11min

    Blaster Canon is back from Star Wars Celebration Chicago with news about The Rise of Skywalker, The Mandalorian, and more. We recount how the best part of Celebrations is the way the convention lifts our spirits and shows Star Wars fans at their best, including embracing Kelly Marie Tran after she was hassled off of Twitter.Episode IX brought a surprise: the return of the Emperor. We speculate on what form he might be living in on after his apparent defeat, and how his presence helps tie all nine movies together. Paul and Saf debate over whether directional decisions will create tension between Episode VIII and IX.After a brief foray into the upcoming seventh season of The Clone Wars we talk Jedi: Fallen Order, the Del Rey tease of “Project Luminous,” and The Mandalorian, including the new images and how the panel itself was handled. A big part of the con experience is dictated by the behind-the-scenes planning, and so we also talk about how panel hosts and streaming changed the experience.  See aca

  • BC26: Star Wars Resistance Season 1 Review

    BC26: Star Wars Resistance Season 1 Review

    01/04/2019 Duración: 01h09min

    Den of Geek’s Star Wars experts cover this month’s news in on the latest Blaster Canon. Star Wars Resistance season one has wrapped up, and we devote most of this episode covering our mixed feelings about the series. The show dovetails with The Force Awakens, bringing the Resistance agents into direct contact with the First Order while continuing to try, with varying success, to tell a story about the average citizen of the galaxy far, far away. Does Kaz work for us as a main character? Paul doesn’t think so. We speculate about what will happen next season and how the show could become more of an ensemble to take advantage of the characters of the Aces. With the destruction of Hosnian Prime and Tam’s defection, the characters have a lot of room to grow.In other tie-in news, Del Rey Star Wars has announced their first audio-only story, Dooku: Jedi Lost by Cavan Scott. We talk about the format, the current wide variety of Prequel characters, and the dark powers of the Sith.Disney has announced opening dates for

  • BC25: Episode IX, Galaxys Edge, Star Wars Resistance

    BC25: Episode IX, Galaxy's Edge, Star Wars Resistance

    23/02/2019 Duración: 01h06min

    J.J. Abrams broke the serious secrecy around Episode IX just long enough to post a photo of the cast on the day photography wrapped. Den of Geek’s Star Wars podcast hosts have you covered with analysis of the new costumes, and we’ve hyped ourselves up for what might be the last movie in Rey’s saga. That’s just the beginning of a plethora of the news for February. "Triple Force Friday" and a bevy of other merchandising announcements have dropped, including a promise of toys connected to the upcoming game Jedi: Fallen Order. With all the changes in the Star Wars video game world, what can we expect from its merchandise? In terms of books, a full slate of tie-in products has been announced supporting the Galaxy’s Edge theme park. An excerpt from the novel Master and Apprentice sparks a comparison of Legends Qui-Gon to the character as he appears in Age of Republic and in The Clone Wars. As the characters in Resistance grow, we get a better feeling for which people and relationships have most at stake on the Colo

  • BC24: Rogue One, The Mandalorian, Thrawn: Treason, Age of Republic

    BC24: Rogue One, The Mandalorian, Thrawn: Treason, Age of Republic

    13/01/2019 Duración: 56min

    With the Cassian Andor television series coming to Disney +, our Star Wars podcast hosts revisit Rogue One and Cassian’s character in particular on this month’s episode of Blaster Canon. What might the TV show be about? What is the “secret weapon” that makes Rogue One so good? We take another look at the symbolism in Rogue One, particularly the contrast between Jyn and Cassian. Additionally, we examine how Rogue One takes a unique look at the Force, and discuss whether Rogue One might actually be a more “Force-ful” story than The Force Awakens. And, how could Rogue One have gone differently if Cassian had made different choices?In other Star Wars news, we cover the newly confirmed cast of The Mandalorian, upcoming books including Thrawn: Treason, and the Flight of the Falcon middle grade series, including Pirate’s Price and Lando’s Luck.In the world of comics, Age of Republic is knocking it out of the park with in-depth explorations of Prequel characters like Obi-Wan and Darth Maul, and we take a look at what

  • BC23: Resistance, The Mandalorian, Cassian Andor, Alphabet Squadron

    BC23: Resistance, The Mandalorian, Cassian Andor, Alphabet Squadron

    19/11/2018 Duración: 01h01min

    Rogue One hero Cassian Andor is coming to live action TV, and our Star Wars hosts have the details on how this show connects to the movies and why Cassian is a good fit. As usual, Blaster Canon covers new Star Wars book releases including Lando’s Luck, Women of the Galaxy, and the upcoming Alphabet Squadron.This month also brings more news and rumors around The Mandalorian, the much-hyped live-action gunslinger show which hasn’t yet announced its cast. Is Pedro Pascal the new face under the classic Star Wars helmet? What’s in store for martial artist Gina Carano, also reported to be attached to the project?Our main topic is the animated show Star Wars Resistance, which has, as many subjects do, divided the fandom. Does it work for adults and children, or is this one solidly just for the younger set? Resistance does give a few hints at the state of the First Order, and may answer questions fans have wondered about since The Force Awakens, but our review of the season so far shows that those answers are few and

  • BC22: Resistance, Solo Novelization, Thrawn Alliances

    BC22: Resistance, Solo Novelization, Thrawn Alliances

    25/09/2018 Duración: 01h23min

    Star Wars Resistance is about to change the world of Star Wars animation, and on this episode of Blaster Canon we break down the latest trailer and lay down some expectations for the Sequel Trilogy-era story. Resistance brings flashy racing starships and brand new characters, and we’ve already claimed some favorites.This week, Paul also reviews the current Darth Vader comics and talks about how much they’ve added to the story of the Sith Lord. After some brief conversion about Star Wars reference guides (particularly The Rebel Files), we zoom into the novelization of Solo: A Star Wars Story.For our main topic we return to the galaxy’s premiere blue strategist with Thrawn Alliances, the latest novel from heavy hitter Timothy Zahn. Alliances brought the Clone Wars-era characters back to the screen with a focus on Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala. We break down how Zahn built on the sometimes inconsistent characterization Padmé had in the Prequels to make her a compelling point of view in the novel as she work

  • BC21: SDCC, The Clone Wars, Prequel Novels

    BC21: SDCC, The Clone Wars, Prequel Novels

    21/08/2018 Duración: 01h03min

    After San Diego Comic Con, our Star Wars panelists have had the chance to think about the many book and television announcements from the galaxy far, far away. The biggest news was the return of The Clone Wars, which Paul thinks might be just the beginning of a renaissance for the popular animated show. Since the time we recorded this episode we’ve also seen a new trailer for Star Wars Resistance, the Sequel Trilogy-era animated series coming this October.Shooting has started on Episode IX, and we peer into the first of director J.J. Abrams’ typically cryptic set photos. In other live-action news, what might Jon Favreau’s live action Star Wars series be about? Rumor has it the show might focus on Boba Fett’s masked kin the Mandalorians. We discuss how it could connect to other Star Wars stories and why Mandalorians might be a great choice.In the world of Star Wars books, SDCC brought an unexpected bounty of Prequel-era novel announcements. Master and Apprentice brings us back to the days of Qui-Gon Jinn, wh

  • BC20: Thrawn: Alliances, Most Wanted, Last Shot

    BC20: Thrawn: Alliances, Most Wanted, Last Shot

    17/07/2018 Duración: 01h23min

    Solo has come and gone, and Blaster Canon is back to cover Star Wars tie-in novels and discuss what — if anything — went wrong with Solo’s marketing and reception. In the world of books we review Last Shot by Daniel José Older and Most Wanted by Rae Carson, both of which flesh out characters from the standalone film. How does L3’s role in Last Shot compare to her story in the film, and do either justify her fate?In other books news, the fandom is buzzing with the announcement of an exclusive San Diego Comic Con cover for Thrawn: Alliances by Timothy Zahn and an excerpt featuring Anakin Skywalker. Speaking of Clone Wars-era content, an excerpt released after we recorded also features Padmé Amidala.At the end of the episode we zoom out to take a look at Star Wars books of the present era as a whole. How does the current crop compare to the old Expanded Universe? Has the secrecy around the Sequel Trilogy kept the books from achieving the sprawling story and memorable cast that the previous canon had, or have we

  • BC19: Solo, Forces of Destiny, Last Shot

    BC19: Solo, Forces of Destiny, Last Shot

    05/06/2018 Duración: 01h52min

    Solo has arrived, and we have mixed feelings. On this episode of Blaster Canon, the Star Wars expanded universe podcast, Paul, Megan and Saf break down the new film and some of its more controversial story decisions. What does Solo’s box office performance mean for the future of the anthology films? Do Solo’s strengths outweigh the flaws? The movie comes with plenty of references, deep cuts, and surprising cameos from other Star Wars stories, so we have plenty of excitement about both canon and Legends.In the world of tie-in stories, the latest episode of season four of Forces of Destiny brings together Qi’Ra and some fan favorite scoundrels. Forces of Destiny continues to provide quick looks into the lives of many female characters. We’ll talk about what it means for Solo. An update with information we have learned since we recorded: Qi’ra is played in Forces of Destiny by Olivia Hack.Also out now is the novel Last Shot, which take place over three different time periods and tells the stories of Han, Lando,

  • BC18: Forces of Destiny, Thrawn: Alliances, Solo Characters, The Last Jedi

    BC18: Forces of Destiny, Thrawn: Alliances, Solo Characters, The Last Jedi

    06/04/2018 Duración: 01h16min

    The heroes of Star Wars had more adventures in Forces of Destiny this month, so we reviewed the YouTube short series and speculated on what other characters might get the cartoon treatment next. Forces of Destiny season 2 connects to some major events in the saga, including how Leia got the armor she used to sneak into Jabba’s Palace, and an extra adventure with Rose and Finn in The Last Jedi.After a brief diversion to discover the origins of banana splits and the cultural significance of Denny’s in both the United States and New Zealand, we talk about the new characters revealed from Solo: A Star Wars Story. Is Therm Scissorpunch the best Star Wars name yet? Yes. How does Therm Scissorpunch pick up objects? We don’t know.We also discuss the Blu-Ray release of The Last Jedi and compare what was seen in the movie and deleted scenes to the scenes included in the novelization.Timecodes: 0:45 Thrawn: Alliances novel excerpt 9:50 Solo: A Star Wars Story character reveals 18:45 The Last Jedi Blu-Ray and special fea

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