Star Wars Blaster Canon Podcast: The Rise of Skywalker, The Clone Wars, Kenobi

Our Star Wars podcast hosts talk about the novelization for The Rise of Skywalker and discuss the latest news in their finale episode.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Photo: Del Rey

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 the different versions, including the digital, physical, and 4k editions. He has high praise for the physical version, laying out an argument for sticking with physical discs to preserve the dynamic look of the film and avoid the grainy look of the digital version. Plus there’s just something about having it sitting on your shelf as part of a larger collection…

We have relatively few new tie-in books or book schedule changes to talk about, but we do have a brief review of the Prequel Era novel Queen’s Peril by E. K. Johnston. The release of Star Wars comic books have been disrupted just as other comic book lines have, and the comic book industry is responding to that in ways that affect both 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 discussion prompts us to talk about the rumor that Ahsoka Tano will appear in the second season of The Mandalorian with the role being played by Rosario Dawson.

Our main topic this month is Del Rey’s The Rise of Skywalker novel by Rae Carson, which greatly expands on what was seen in the movie. New scenes and references to other parts of the saga give us a lot to pick apart, including some speculation about Alphabet Squadron. We talk about whether we enjoyed the novel and whether the connections and additions in the novel improved our experiences of the movie. New information about Palpatine’s son adds another wrinkle to the themes of Star Wars overall as well as to the conversation about the canonicity of tie-in books. 

Thanks for listening to the Star Wars Blaster Canon podcast for the past few years. We hope you enjoyed the journey, but I’m sad to report this the final episode. We’ve had a great time getting together each month to put it together, and I hope you’ll join us for the next endeavor. Thanks to Den of Geek for supporting us for these monthly discussions of the latest news about everything in the canon, from movies to books to television and more! Listen wherever you get your podcasts or simply play the episode below, and may the Force be with you. 

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