Star Wars Blaster Canon Podcast: The Rise of Skywalker, The Mandalorian

Our Star Wars podcast hosts talk about their impressions of The Rise of Skywalker and talk about universal enjoyment of The Mandalorian.

The Rise of Skywalker is here, and it’s wild! For the Star Wars Blaster Canon podcast analysis this month, we have mixed opinions on the final installment of the main Star Wars saga with its surprising alliances and whether or not the story truly ends here. Saf and Paul enjoyed the film, while Megan has criticisms and questions to share. We cover the twists and surprises in The Rise of Skywalker, as well as the character development and the script and what the movie might mean for the future of Star Wars.

Before we get into all that, however, we couldn’t help but take a quick jaunt into tie-in material with The Mandalorian, which has been a great success over at Disney+. At the time of the podcast recording, the finale  of The Mandalorian‘s successful first season had not yet aired, so we continue our discussion from last month and dive into episodes 4 through 7. All of the hosts are enjoying the series, but Saf has some suggestions for viewing order.

further reading: Star Wars: The Mandalorian Ending Explained

In Expanded Universe news, Paul has been reading The Rise of Kylo Ren, and Megan takes a look as well; in fact, she may or may not have read the whole issue in the course of recording this podcast. Things have been otherwise 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.

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Megan Crouse writes about Star Wars and pop culture for, Star Wars Insider, and Den of Geek. Read more of her work here. Find her on Twitter @blogfullofwords.