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Star Wars Weekly: Resistance eclipses The Force Awakens and Star Tours turns 32

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Jan 11, 2019

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.

RESISTANCE IS BACK!

It looks like Star Wars Resistance is kicking into high gear as it returns from its mid-season break. The new trailer shows just how deep into the war the show will get, as the timeline now eclipses the events of The Force Awakens

We were told that this would happen, but we were never sure just how much it would impact the station. It looks like the answer to that is “a lot.” And with a new order for a second season of the show, this could help us understand the state of the galaxy as the First Order moves to seize power in events that are only hinted at in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi

Star Wars Resistance comes back from hiatus this weekend with a new episode, and is really going to start to fill in gaps of our knowledge as we get a look at the state of the galaxy that will culminate in Episode IX at the end of the year.

NO MOVIES WILL PREMIERE ON DISNEY+

In a talk with Barron’s, Bob Iger mentioned that Lucasfilm would not be making Star Wars films to drop directly onto the Disney+ streaming service. “We wouldn’t make a Star Wars movie for [the Disney+] platform,” he told them. “When everybody goes out on the weekend and you have a movie that opens up to $200 million, there’s a buzz that creates that enhances value. We like that. And eventually, the movies we’re making are going to [end up on] the service.”

And this makes sense. Though the conventional “wisdom” around Ron Howard's Solo: A Star Wars Story is that it was a huge flop, the film still did more than $200 million domestically and almost $400 million worldwide, far more than could be brought in by spending that much money on a film and dropping it on a streaming service.

And, as Iger says, those movies will all end up there anyway, so if you don't want to pay for a ticket, you'll eventually get to watch it at home. 

SHORT PANTS: A DEATH STAR ASSAULT STORY

“Pardon me for asking, sir, but what good are snub-fighters going to be against that?” Jon Vander asked General Dodonna before getting into a single-pilot fighter and flying against a space station the size of a small moon.

What we didn’t know is that the pilots stripped away more than their fear before launching their assault. They also stripped their pants.

 Mark Hamill is a never-ending font of wisdom and I hope he never changes.

CELEBRATION ANNOUNCEMENTS

StarWars.com has announced its first batch of voice-over guests for Star Wars Celebration: Chicago. Leading the pack is the main cast of Star Wars Resistance: Christopher Sean, Suzie McGrath, and Scott Lawrence. Then Matthew “General Grievous” Wood, James Arnold Taylor, the voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Iden Versio herself, Janina Gavankar will be there.

For fans hoping to meet any of the voices and talent behind the Star Wars universe, there really isn’t a better place to do it than Star Wars Celebration. 

HONDO READS PIRATE’S PRICE

Who doesn’t love Hondo Ohanaka?

Who doesn’t love Hondo telling stories?

Since the answer is no one, I have got a treat for you: Hondo Ohnaka himself, Jim Cummings, narrated Pirate’s Price, a new book that came out this week. It tells the tale of a time when Hondo encountered the Millennium Falcon. And Entertainment Weekly has a preview.

It’s glorious. Get the whole audiobook.

And when you’re done with that, come back and watch Hondo Ohnaka’s recipe for Thanksgiving stuffing.

STAR TOURS TURNS 32

It’s hard to imagine life without Star Tours. It’s an incredible window into the world of Star Wars, and it's been around for a long time. It celebrated a birthday this week.

To send you off this week, here is video I captured on the last night the original Star Tours run in 2010. You can read my recap of that evening here, if you were so inclined.

 

Until next week, May the Force Be With You!


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