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The Hidden Fortress • The Samurai Movie that Inspired George Lucas

What is The Hidden Fortress, and how did it influence George Lucas as he came up with Star Wars? Paul Hoppe joins me to talk about this Kurosawa classic about peasants and samurai in feudal Japan.

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Star Wars Universe Podcast episode 210

Star Wars: Thrawn Trilogy • Thrawn

Danielle (Written in the SW) joins me to discuss “Thrawn”, book one of the Star Wars: Thrawn trilogy written by Timothy Zahn in the Disney canon.

Star Wars Universe Podcast episode 209

Master & Apprentice

I talk to Riki Hayashi about “Master & Apprentice,” a Star Wars novel about Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi’s master-apprentice relationship, with Dooku flashbacks.

Inquisitor: Rise of the Red Blade

What leads a Jedi to the dark side? How did the Clone Wars hinder the Jedi in aiding padawans, and how did Palpatine exploit this? We discuss Delilah S. Dawson’s “Inquisitor: Rise of the Red Blade.”