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

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Oct 12, 2018

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.

THE RESISTANCE BEGINS

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.

As we take the show further into this time period, which takes place after Return of the Jedi and shortly before The Force Awakens, it will be interesting to see if we’ll get more context and information about the Star Wars universe that was missing from the films. For instance, the movies haven't really addressed the fallout from the First Order's destruction of Hosnian Prime, which will take place about six months after the events of Resistance's first episode.

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.

ALPHABET SQUADRON

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.

PROJECT PORG

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

Project Porg, starring Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, is an augmented reality situation from ILMxLab where the hapless protocol droid will guide you through raising your very own virtual porgs. The app will be a free download for the Magic Leap One device. Which is good news because the Magic Leap One is pricey.

RUMOR CONTROL: PALPATINE IN IX?

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.

We can trace it from Esquire to UK's Express, which is reporting the story as though it’s a legitimate leak. But following the leak back takes us to the work of Mike Zeroh. Zeroh is notorious for making up wild speculation that bears little resemblance to reality or any competent reading of the text of Star Wars. Virtually none of his alleged “scoops” have panned out and somehow he’s still cited as a source for things by the press.

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.

STAR WARS PODCASTS

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.

QUEEN AND STAR WARS

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.

So, yeah, it turns out Freddie Mercury was just being flippant and probably liked Star Wars as much as anyone.

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


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