Hard NOC Life 269: ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Episode III Revenge of the Darth

Keith, Dominic, and Britney break down the most recent episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi and its surprise Vader confrontation. What possibly could await our heroes for the remainder of the season?

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On Creating a Safe Space for People of Color in the Star Wars Universe

During Star Wars Celebration this past weekend, The Nerds of Color got to chat with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy about bringing more creatives of color into the Star Wars Universe, while also protecting newcomers like Moses Ingram coming into the fandom. Kennedy knows they can’t change social media, but they can change how they react to it.

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A Look Back at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, From a Certain Point of View

Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, after quite a few pandemic delays, has at last come and gone. Three members of The Nerds of Color were present for all the action, including yours truly. This was actually the first Celebration I had ever been to and having bought my pass to it back in June 2019, this was a long time coming.

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Hard NOC Life 268: ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ First Reactions

Keith, Dominic, and Britney are here to review the first two episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi, which dropped on Disney+ over Memorial Day Weekend. They also cover all the major news from Star Wars Celebration, including the Ahsoka series and the Andor trailer.

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The Cast and Crew of ‘The Bad Batch’ Reflect on Season 1 and Tease Season 2

It’s not Star Wars without its animated shows, and The Bad Batch is the latest entry to expanding the galaxy far, far away through that medium. Set immediately after Order 66, Clone Force 99 — a squad of clone troopers with genetic mutations — along with young clone, Omega, navigate the galaxy, where the need for clones in the era of the Empire is slowly but surely becoming obsolete.

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Disney+ and Lucasfilm Tease First-Look at ‘Ahsoka’

“Ezra’s out there somewhere. And it’s time to bring him home…” four years ago, those final words ended one journey, and began a new one, as the beloved Star Wars: Rebels brought its four-season run to a close. For years, Rebels mastermind, and overall walking Star Wars encyclopedia, Dave Filoni, has been asked when we’d get to see that new journey unfold. And this weekend at Star Wars Celebration, Filoni finally answered that question.

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Citizen Ignites Star Wars Celebration with Exclusive Timepieces

Are you at Star Wars Celebration? Looking for some really special watches that will light up the galaxy hotter than Luke did to the first Death Star (Burn on you, Empire)? Then you’ll immediately want to check out the Citizen booth (Hall C, Booth #2743) when visiting the convention.

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Disney+ Releases ‘Andor’ Trailer and Key Art at Star Wars Celebration

During Star Wars Celebration’s LucasFilm Studio panel, the cast and creatives behind the upcoming Disney+ series Andor released a teaser trailer. The series, which was revealed to consist of 12 episodes — and 12 other episodes for the second season, launches exclusively on Disney+ on August 31.

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NOC Blasts Off to the ‘Galaxy’s Edge’ During Star Wars Celebration

Soon you’ll be able to visit a galaxy far, far away real, real close to home. Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Disneyland opens May 31, 2019, then Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Disney World opens August 29, 2019. Disney and Lucasfilm previewed their newest theme park attraction at Star Wars Celebration and here’s what we learned. 

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Janina Gavankar: How a Nerd of Color Became the Face of Star Wars

Since the NOC launched in 2013, actress Janina Gavankar has been one of the community’s biggest celebrity boosters. Now, finally, Janina is able to join us on Hard NOC Life! In the intervening years, she has racked up the nerd bona fides by starring in Arrow, True Blood, and Sleepy Hollow. But now, she is part of the biggest nerd franchise of them all: as Iden Versio in the blockbuster game franchise Star Wars: Battlefront II.

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May the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars Be With You

Hard NOC Life is back with a special episode dedicated to the 40th anniversary of Star Wars! Keith is joined by the hosts of Desi Geek Girls, Swapna Krishna and Preeti Chhibber, to talk about their experience meeting Riz Ahmed and Mark Hamill at Star Wars Celebration, Rogue One and the increasingly diverse galaxy, the need for more women of color in Star Wars, and why Rebels is the best!

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Star Wars Celebration Anaheim Recap

There is something to be said for having a shared experience with over 6,000 people sitting in an arena in Anaheim, California. A single, solitary moment when a giant video screen fades to black and you hear a voice that you recognize but can’t quite process quick enough before the visual hammers it home, “Chewie, we’re home.” Everybody around me immediately jumps up, fists pumping up high, cheers deafening, not quite processing everything about the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer. Luckily, we are able to see it again and are able to focus more on what we just saw.

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The Force Awakens Trailer Debuts at Star Wars Celebration

“Chewie, we’re home.”

With those three words, the internet became the happiest place in the galaxy. For an hour on Thursday, millions of UPFs (ultra passionate fans, as coined by Mark Hamill, himself) around the world tuned in to YouTube to watch a live stream of the eagerly anticipated Force Awakens panel at Star Wars Celebration. And if you stuck around for the whole hour, it did not disappoint as director JJ Abrams and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy unveiled the second teaser for Episode VII. We should have been working live-tweeted the whole thing. Choice tweets (and the trailer, of course) are after the jump.

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