State of the Empire Episode 18: Prelude to the Awakening


In anticipation of this week’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we’ve partnered up with Nerdy Show to bring you episodes of their Star Wars speculation podcast, State of the Empire. Led by Art Director Cap Blackard, the series speculates on the future of the franchise and look for news in Alderaan places. To catch up on episodes, click here.

We’re but days away from The Force Awakens!

It’s hard to believe we’re finally here. The journey began in November 2012 when Disney purchased Lucasfilm and changed our whole perspective. We’d grown disillusioned with Star Wars, but now anything was possible and in just a few days we’ll see if these three years of waiting, hoping, and rampant speculation have paid off.

In this episode, join Cap, Doug, and Matt as we brace for impact. We share what new news we have on the films to come following Episode VII, as well as first-hand experiences from Disney’s Season of the Force, huge news for Willow in this episode’s Willow Watch, a coloring contest, and our new hope that the ill-fated video game Star Wars: 1313 might live again!

Fear not! Our spoilers are tightly sealed behind the blast doors. Having said that, we do pour over the latest clues and come to terms with the possibility that our initial outline for the film might be true … all of it. All this plus a heated debate about Anakin’s force ghost. Get hype here and stay tuned for our post-film podcast — coming crazy-soon!

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The State of the Empire Coloring Contest!

Star Wars Links:

— Discuss Star Wars on the Forums

— Our Force Awakens After Party! (Sat Dec 19th – Orlando, FL)

 Shop Star Wars On Amazon

— Buy a Sphero BB-8!

Learn about the Notorious “Chewie Notebook” in Episode 15 of State of the Empire

 New Map of the Star Wars Galaxy

 Star Tours: Jakku

 Consequence of Sound‘s “Nothing But Star Wars” Coverage

 Consequence of Sound/ State of the Empire‘s “Brief History of Star Wars Video Games”

 See the Shadow Stormtrooper Helmet

 Phil Tippet Being Hugged by Mystery Wookiee

 The Star Wars: Uprising Nerdy Show Forum Thread

 Can You Beat Our Scores in Star Wars: Battlepod?

 The Most Recent EPIC PIEcast with Lucas Siegel

 Watch Hard Truths With Doug :: Jar Jar > Chewie

 Carrie Fisher on Good Morning America

 Mark Hamill Goes Incognito as a Stormtrooper

 Duracell Star Wars Commercial

 That Fake Force Awakens Soundtrack Listing

 The Shooting Schedule For The Force AwakensCaution, Major Spoilers

 Who is Arden Lyn?

 Acquire a Plastic Effigy of Constable Zuvio, the Greatest Character in Episode VII!   Standard  |  Black Series

 Watch The Star Wars Holiday Special at The Geek Easy – Dec 16th – Orlando, FL

 Nerdy Show‘s Holiday Special: Life Day Spectacular

Star Wars Media:

Star Wars Battlefront  Deluxe   |   Standard

 Star Wars Volume 1 Written by Jason Aaron

 Darth Vader Volume 1 Written by Kieron Gillen

 Kanan: The Last Padawan by Greg Weisman

 Shattered Empire by Greg Rucka

 Pre-Order Lando by Charles Soule

 Star Wars: Lost Stars by Claudia Gray

 Star Wars: Tarkin by James Luceno

 Pre-Order the Tales From a Galaxy Far, Far Away Anthology

 Early Release Anthology Tales: Zuvio A Theif on Takodana  |  A Jakku Storyteller  |  Captain Ithano

 Star Wars: Aftermath by Chuck Wendig

 Star Wars Rebels Complete Season 1

 Watch the Star Wars Rebels Season 2 Premier

The New Trailers:

 Japanese Trailer

 Chinese Trailer

 Movie Clip 1 – Escape

 Disney XD UK Preview

 Disney Channel On Set

 TV Spot 4

 TV Spot 5

 TV Spot 6 – Finn

 TV Spot 7

 TV Spot 8 – Secret

 TV Spot 9

 TV Spot 10

Willow Links:

 Discuss Willow Watch on the Forums

 Ron Howard: “Never say never” to Willow 2

 See the Willow Reference in the Rebels Episode, “The Future of the Force”

 See the Willow Reference in Regular Show

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