Rebel Force Radio: Star Wars Podcast

Ahsoka Tano is a fan favorite, mostly in part to the great Ashley Eckstein. Her relationship to the character and connection to the Star Wars fanbase is unlike that of any other actor. To celebrate the return of Ahsoka to THE CLONE WARS, we reconnect with Ashley for a long, deep conversation about Ahsoka, her past, her present, and yes, even her future. Ashley talks openly about the recent rumors concerning Ashoka appearing in the upcoming season 2 of THE MANDALORIAN and shares her feelings about the support she’s received from STAR WARS fans everywhere. And, we continue our discussion/debate/argument over the rapid emergence of Rey’s Force powers throughout the Sequel Trilogy, plus, Anthony Daniels talked about THE RISE OF SKYWALKER in a recent interview and we got the highlights.

Direct download: Ashley_Eckstein_IS_Ahsoka_Tano.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 5:01pm CDT

Ahsoka Tano is rumored to show up in season 2 of THE MANDALORIAN with Rosario Dawson bringing the role to life for the first-time in a live-action medium. We talk about this huge development for the fan favorite character and The Future for Ahsoka. THE RISE OF SKYWALKER is finally available for digital download complete with bonus features and feature-length behind-the-scenes documentary. We review highlights from the doc, looking for additional insight into the return of Palpatine, the shift of Kylo Ren back to the light as Ben Solo, along with the father/son reunion. Comments made by cast and creators in the documentary ignite fired-up debates, opinions, praise, and criticism. We look closer at The Force Dyad, including a frame-by-frame analysis of the Kylo-Rey Force Vision from the start of Episode IX. It’s impact on the rest of the film might be deeper than you thought.

Direct download: AHSOKA_Joins_THE_MANDALORIAN__At_Ho.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 9:40pm CDT

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"The Bad Batch"

"A Distant Echo"

"On The Wings of Keeradaks"

"Unfinished Business"

 

The mysterious Clone Force 99 joins Captain Rex and Anakin on a mission that leads to the discovery of a fellow Clonetrooper long considered dead.

 

We’re talking about the first four episodes from the final season of STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS with our review of the full “Bad Batch” arc featuring our special guests, Star Wars artist Kevin Liell and morning drive sports anchor from Newsradio 780 Chicago, Josh Liss. Plus, live callers voice weigh in!

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 11:02pm CDT

We're back in Ohio for a live recording of RFR at Wizard World Cleveland featuring audience participation as we review some passages from the novelization to STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER, along with some talk about that Sweet Baby Yoda. Then, we moved to the main stage to interview The Armorer from THE MANDALORIAN, the fabulous Emily Swallow, who filled us in with us stories from the set of the popular Disney+ series. Emily talks about what it's like to work in the Star Wars universe, shares tales about her fellow Mando cast-mates, her work on SUPERNATURAL, and much more. Keep your eye on our website for videos of both Wizard World panels, coming soon. Thank you Evergreen Podcasts, Emily Swallow and Wizard World Cleveland for making everything happen.

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 1:23pm CDT

Welcome to RFR’s very first audio commentary track for STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER, wrapping up the controversial Sequel Trilogy and finale to “The Skywalker Saga”. The film received mixed reviews and this commentary is a reflection of that with opinions ranging the spectrum from very favorable to very critical and all points in between. We really seem to like it like it while RFR brother Billy Mac tends to lean in the other direction. All three of us have our likes and dislikes so you will hear a variety of honest opinions and critique. No phony gushing or harsh hatred from any of us, just well-thought out observations and analysis of Episode IX from three hardcore fans since 1977, along with a bunch of laughs. This show works as both a commentary track you can listen to as you watch the film, or as a standalone audio podcast. You won’t be getting an official audio commentary track from cast and crew with the soon-to-be released Digital and Blu Ray releases, so we’re happy to fill that void. And, as a special exclusive bonus, members of RFR ALL ACCESS on PATREON get to watch the movie along with us, without having to fumble around to sync the video with the audio. So join today to watch Episode IX with us tonight!

Direct download: THE_RISE_OF_SKYWALKER_Film_Comment_1.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 12:23am CDT

We received an early copy of the novelization for STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER two weeks before it hits store shelves and we are happy to share all the essential information revealed about EPISODE IX. How did Palpatine orchestrate his return? Who was his son and where did he come from? How did Leia save Ben Solo through The Force? How did the Sith Eternal build their army in secret? What message did the Force Spirit of Luke Skywalker communicate to his sister Leia? All of the answers and more are revealed in this “Expanded Edition” novel adaptation. Special guest Paul Bateman joins Jimmy Mac for a SPOILER HEAVY close look at all the extra scenes and new details revealed in the new book by Rae Carson, along with tons of analysis and reaction.

Direct download: Novel_Review__THE_RISE_OF_SKYWALKER.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 5:59pm CDT

Comedian Josh Robert Thompson has been our favorite George Lucas impersonator for years now, since he debuted his twisted take on GL in WALKING WITH GEORGE LUCAS and THE SECRET HISTORY OF STAR WARS audiobook, we here at RFR have been big fans. Now, JRTs carbon copy take of the famous director has been amped up, thanks to the addition of Deepfake technology in videos like GEORGE LUCAS GOES TO VEGAS. JRT joins us IN THE CANTINA to talk about how his career, combined with his passion for Star Wars, led him to the creation of these hilarious videos. Baby Yoda made a strong showing at Toy Fair 2020. Criz Bee from Jedi Business was at the big event and he gives us his full report on all the cool STAR WARS merch reveals. Huge Disney corporate news broke this week that could have huge ramifications on the galaxy far, far away as Bob Iger has moved on from his perch as CEO of the Walt Disney Corp. We talk about his successor Bob Chapek and how his leadership can be very different from that of Mr. Iger. Star Wars In Pop Culture features a deep Original Trilogy reference that all Jedi dads will love and appreciate.

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 4:22am CDT

Harrison Ford finally broke his silence recently about returning as Han Solo in THE RISE OF SKYWALKER. He’s currently on a media tour and we got all the highlights! Harrison talks about his career and STAR WARS which triggers interesting conversation about his character and the man himself. Harrison is completely disconnected and disinterested with the lore of the saga and he gives us big laughs when he tries to use Star Wars terminology, but he instead references another franchise. Was he a Force Ghost in Episode IX? Harrison doesn’t give a rats ass but hear what we think! Did you think the “Force Dyad” concept from TROS was confusing? So did we! We go down the rabbit hole to try to figure that one out. Star Wars In Pop Culture returns to shine the light on a new hilarious video “George Lucas Goes To Vegas” starring the legendary Josh Robert Thompson. Plus, more DUEL OF THE FATES, rants about the state of Star Wars action figure collecting, and other cool stuff!

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 9:04pm CDT

An early draft of a script for the version of Episode IX that was to be directed by Colin Treverrow, DUEL OF THE FATES, leaked recently online. We review the script, along with concept artwork from the abandoned film. What could have been! Speaking of which, remember George Lucas's live-action TV series STAR WARS UNDERWORLD that ended up "on the shelf"? Test footage from the show was recently revealed publicly and we walk you through the whole video while wondering what the series would have been like if it actually happened. But let's not to forget the Star Wars that actually does exist with THE RISE OF SKYWALKER still in theaters. We discuss what the state of the galaxy may be like following the end of TROS and how the Force may have awakened across the universe. Plus, Skywalker Sound's Matthew Wood interview highlights reveal interesting info about the origin of Greedo's new "Maclunky" dialog, Oscars talk, Star Wars in Pop Culture and more. 

Direct download: Duel_of_the_Fates_Script_Review.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 2:27pm CDT

The history of Star Wars is forever immortalized at Rancho Obi-Wan in Petaluma, California, home to Steve Sansweet’s Guinness World Record largest collection of Star Wars memorabilia. Steve joins us to give us an update on a cool auction of Death Star art to benefit the museum along with his thoughts on The Mandalorian, Baby Yoda, and The Rise of Skywalker. Bob Iger made more comments this week regarding the Star Wars cinematic universe taking a hiatus, which triggers debate about the future of the film franchise and the players involved behind the scenes. In Jar Jar Binks news, a long-open RFR investigation gets resolved as we can now finally answer the question: Who is B.J. Hughes? Parker Swank stops by with a review of Nerf’s Mandalorian Rocket Gauntlet and he lists his Top 5 All-Time Force Abilities. Plus, Ewan McGregor talks Kenobi with Jimmy Fallon and more!

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 4:53pm CDT

We review what's to come in the final season of STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS and look at all of the story lines that we're under production when the animated series was initially cancelled. The upcoming KENOBI series has hit a pre-production bump in the road. We review the setback and listen to Ewan McGregor comment on the situation. THE RISE OF SKYWALKER editor Maryann Brandon revealed candid opinions and behind-the-scenes information about the film in a recent interview. We review her comments and throw down our opinions. Adam Driver returned to SNL to bring Kylo Ren back to "Undercover Boss". We have the hilarious highlights. THE RISE OF THE RESISTANCE finally debuted earlier this month at Disneyland Anaheim to overflow crowds. Tech Expert and Batuu resident "Mac Sparky" David Sparks returns to RFR with an in-depth review of this all-new innovative Star Wars ride.

Direct download: Clone_Wars_Preview___Rise_of_The_Res.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 12:00pm CDT

Jedi Yogi John Marcoux returns to RFR to lay down The Mythological Blueprint for THE RISE OF SKYWALKER. John is a student of Joseph Campbell, a world-class yoga instructor (105F.com), an entertainment attorney, and a STAR WARS fan who uses knowledge of world mythology to analyze the saga and it's influences. As he's done for previous films, John tears apart EPISODE IX to present us with all the major story beats that define the protagonist, Rey, and the path of her specific "Hero's Journey".  John's analysis is always filled with unique connections between STAR WARS and the history of myth. His take on TROS is another classic! Plus, THE CLONE WARS returns next month and a new trailer dropped this week to hype us up. We review the whole thing and look for clues about how the final season of the groundbreaking animated show will wrap everything up. 

Direct download: Mythological_Blueprint_for_TROS.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 4:03pm CDT

We're taking listener calls about Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, breaking down one of the rumored Colin Trevorrow/Derek Connelly Episode IX scripts, talking about "Release The JJ Cut", and reviewing the present and past of Star Wars at The Oscars.

Direct download: Rumored_Trevorrow_Ep_IX_Script-TROSCalls.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 5:06pm CDT

Two weeks after THE RISE OF SKYWALKER debut, we begin a deep exploration into the themes, character development, and impact of Episode IX on the whole Saga. This time, with no special guests or distractions, we're able to have a full discussion about what TROS means to us and how it ties up the Skywalker story. Where does it enhance previous episodes in this trilogy? How does it reinforce messages from prior films? Does it contradict any of the previous mythology? We consider our reactions and look at other responses from across the internet. And, we listen to that mysterious transmission from The Emperor in Fortnite, along with comments from J.J. Abrams and more theater audio from when we saw the movie on opening night. 

Direct download: The_Fallout_of_The_Rise_of_Skywalker.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 12:14pm CDT

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