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State of the Empire Episode 49: Solo Brand Synergy

on March 12, 2018, 3:30pm

To keep tabs on the ever-growing pop culture zeitgeist that is Star Wars, we bring you State of the Empire. Led by Art Director Cap Blackard, the series speculates on the future of the franchise and looks for news in Alderaan places.

When it comes to Solo: A Star Wars Story intel, we’re still scraping the bottom of the bantha bin. That’s why, in typical State of the Empire fashion, we’re putting our snouts where they don’t belong and rounding up some unusual suspects: advertising partners. Will you quench your 5-0-Thirst in a Solo cup? Can Norton Antivirus commercials clue us into a slicing subplot?

In considerably more important news, we discuss the surprising announcement that Jon Favreau is helming a new, live action Star Wars streaming series, and behind the spoiler-proof Blast Doors explore the universe-expanding details worth knowing from The Last Jedi: Expanded Edition and the massive waves made in the series finale of Star Wars Rebels.

What’s the difference between The Living Force, The Unifying Force, and The Cosmic Force? What detail from The Force Awakens did The Last Jedi‘s adaptation retcon? What will Ezra bridge next? You’ll have to go beyond the Blast Doors to find out. And be sure to tell us who your favorite Imperial is this #ImperialMarch!

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Star Wars Media:
The Last Jedi: Expanded Edition by Jason Fry
The Last Jedi Blu-ray
Thrawn by Timothy Zahn
Thrawn: Alliances by Timothy Zahn

Star Wars Links:
Star Wars Spoilers on Facebook
The Pop figures leaked image
Doug’s early Return of the Jedi live tweet