Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels #84: Alphabet Squadron

On episode 84, the Scoundrels discuss Alexander Freed’s new novel Alphabet Squadron, Yrica Quell, and the hunt for Shadow Wing.

After a mid-summer hiatus, the Scoundrels are recording together once again. Now, it is time to catch up on some Star Wars literature. This week, Dennis, Jay, and Taxus are exploring the latest novel from Alexander Freed in episode 84: “Alphabet Squadron.”

Welcome to episode 84 of Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels: Alphabet Squadron. On this episode, the Scoundrels review Alphabet Squadron by Alexander Freed.

Star Wars News – From Ben to Ren

After some introductory comments, the Scoundrels turn to the news. This week’s topics include:

  • Developments on The Mandalorian,
  • Announcements concerning The Rise of the Resistance at Galaxy’s Edge,
  • The release of season one of Resistance on DVD and Emmy nominations, and
  • San Diego Comic Con Star Wars publishing announcements including The Rise of Kylo Ren.

Alphabet Squadron

In the “Hyperthetical” segment, Dennis, Jay, and Taxus are getting back into Star Wars literature. This week, they look at Alexander Freed’s Alphabet Squadron. They discuss:

  • The pilots of Alphabet Squadron,
  • Yrica Quell’s backstory as an Imperial,
  • The effectiveness of Shadow Wing and Colonel Shakara Nuress,
  • The mysterious Devon,
  • How Alphabet Squadron compares to other novels like the X-Wing series and Twilight Company, and
  • Hera Syndulla’s inclusion in the novel.

Silence Fools! – Community Feedback

In the community feedback portion of the show, the Scoundrels highlight messages from Instagram and Discord about past shows and community support.

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Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels is a bi-weekly show that features three first-generation Star Wars fans. Each episode, RetroZappers Dennis Keithly, Jay Krebs, and Darth Taxus offer their thoughts and reactions on Star Wars news. Then, they engage in Star Wars discussion in the “Hyperthetical” segment. Top ten lists, book reviews, Resistance and television discussion, and interviews are all on the table. After the Hyperthetical, each episode features listener feedback with Silence Fools!

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