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Star Wars Weekly: Debunking ridiculous Palpatine rumors and beginning the Resistance

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Oct 12, 2018, 12:00 PM EDT

It's time again for STAR WARS WEEKLY, the SYFY WIRE series that rounds up the most important news of the week from a galaxy far, far away. Think of us as your own personal Star Wars Holocron.


Star Wars Resistance premiered last week to generally positive reviews. The show itself is light-hearted and maintains a sense of humor that cuts across the age demographics of all Star Wars fans.

If protagonist Kaz Xiono’s father is, indeed, serving as a senator on the planet at the time of its destruction, will we finally get the dramatic weight that destruction deserves?

Only time will tell.

But I’m strapped into an X-wing, ready to find out.


At New York Comic Con, the publishing imprint Del Rey announced a new book that got everyone excited:

Alphabet Squadron was a joke of a name that Lucasfilm creative Matt Martin came up with as this book was in early discussions and it stuck (A-wing, B-wing, X-wing, etc). We know very little about the book at this moment, but it will be written by Alexander Freed, who has already penned two Star Wars novels. Battlefront: Twilight Company and the novelization of Rogue One were both very good.

The last time we got pilots kicking ass and taking names like this, we got the incredibly fun and readable (and re-readable) X-Wing and Wraith Squadron series from Michael A. Stackpole and Aaron Allston, so hopes are definitely going to be high.

Alphabet Squadron comes out on June 4, 2019.


ILMxLAB announced a new augmented reality project this week that should have fans of all ages excited.


Esquire is "reporting" that Sheeve Palpatine is going to be in Episode IX. But, thanks to the powers of clicking links and digging deeper, we can get to the bottom of this rumor that seems patently absurd, even on the surface.

The chances of this particular rumor happening is about zero. Or Zeroh…? It’s one thing to make things up on Youtube, we sort of expect that, but it’s another thing entirely for a news outlet to report it like it’s a real thing. It’s something I find pretty irresponsible and highlights the importance of checking sources when reading any news article, Star Wars or otherwise.


Looking for Star Wars podcasts to listen to? (I mean, other than mine…?) Then there’s really only one place to go to find them: Roqoo Depot. Roqoo Depot is a fan website that goes through and meticulously listens to every episode of a wide variety of Star Wars podcasts and then recaps and reviews them for you.

They are there every week with the goods on every episode and can help you curate your feed down to the best of the best.


Star Wars fans who are also into the band Queen have reason to question how their two faves felt about each other. In the song Bicycle Race off of their album Jazz, Freddie Mercury sings “Jaws was never my scene and I don’t like Star Wars.”

Was this a joke? Was Mercury poo-pooing everyone’s favorite movie franchise?

It didn’t exactly jive with the image Mercury presented at concerts, either, riding Vader in like a steed:

But, now we have some clarity, thanks to Brian May, the legendary guitarist from the band. He posted an explanation on Instagram with a meme of Yoda and reversed words from one of Queen’s most iconic songs.

And that’s where we’ll leave you until next week!