Rebel Force Radio: Star Wars Podcast

George Lucas has a pretty solid definition for The Balance of the Force and how the Jedi relate to it. We review comments made by Lucas in regards to this oft-misunderstood concept, and try to make sense of it, while considering how his ideas have been adapted into the Sequel Trilogy. There was a lot of feedback regarding our rewatch of THE LAST JEDI and we go thru some of the comments and opinions. Recent Reddit Rumors about EPISODE IX, STAR WARS GALAXY’S EDGE and more are picking up steam. We review some of the supposed “insider info” that was apparently leaked from a Star Wars 2019 Marketing Conference. Plus, Kevin Smith gives us a set report from EPISODE IX, we investigate a weird rumor about George Lucas returning to the directors chair for a Kenobi film, we discuss a photo of Young Luke Skywalker as he was supposed to appear in THE FORCE AWAKENS, but ended up on the cutting room floor, and a chock-full edition of Star Wars in Pop Culture.

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It's almost a tradition! RFR's Stocking Stuffer is back again, hanging over your fireplace and chock full of wonderful all-new STAR WARS Christmas and holiday music. Listen as you decorate your STAR WARS Christmas tree, while shoveling Hoth-like snow off your driveway, or while driving your snowspeeder to the local cinema to see ROGUE ONE, again.  Then go back into our archives to hear previous Stocking Stuffers from 2013 and 2014! Each has something different to offer. Listen to them all and you will enjoy almost 2 hours of STAR WARS holiday fun. Happy holidays and Merry Christmas from the entire RFR family!

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RFR Stocking Stuffer Vol. 2

The Star Wars Christmas tradition continues!  Welcome to this year's RebelForce Radio Stocking Stuffer. Last year, we presented you with a collection of some great holiday audio production produced exclusively for us here at RFR. This year, we have gathered together an amazing soundtrack of Christmas music inspired by the galaxy far, far away. It's over ONE HOUR worth of Star Wars holiday cheer - non-stop and uninterrupted.  It's the perfect audio accompaniment as you decorate your Christmas tree with Artoo Deeto lights, while you make your holiday toy runs, or as you prepare your presents in Star Wars wrapping paper. Enjoy this gift from RFR...It's our best Star Wars Christmas music compilation ever

 Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from RebelForce Radio!

Don't forget to check out last year's Stocking Stuffer 2013 featuring James Arnold Taylor, Tom Kane, David Collins, and more!

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RFR's Stocking Stuffer Vol. 1

Welcome to our Star Wars Christmas collection of stories, music and comedy produced exclusively for us over the years.  You will hear great holiday audio from the likes of James Arnold Taylor, Tom Kane, Corey Burton and the cast of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.  Plus, David Collins, Denise Vasquez, Randy Martinez and more to stuff your stocking the RebelForce Radio way! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from all of us here at RebelForce Radio!

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In response to the conversation generated on RFR LIVE last week, Jimmy Mac rewatched THE LAST JEDI all the way through for the first time since March. Hear how his opinions have reinforced and changed in an in-depth breakdown of the film. We spotlight the highs and lows of Episode VIII while considering how various characters and situations are portrayed, and where things are heading for the soon-to-be-concluding Skywalker Saga. We look at an Esquire article that claims the portrayal of Luke in THE LAST JEDI was put into motion by George Lucas himself. Plus, we mix in a little MAD MAGAZINE STAR WARS canon for a completely different (and wacky) perspective. Also this week, the attempt to recruit the youngest fans picked up steam with the newly launched STAR WARS: GALAXY OF ADVENTURES series of animated shorts. We give our first-glance adult opinions, then we talk to someone who the shorts are actually geared towards...A kid! Ten year old Bailey Swank shares her take on the latest in STAR WARS animation and tells us whether or not she thinks it will appeal to kid viewers.

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RFR LIVE returned this week featuring wall-to-wall listener phone calls and STAR WARS conversation. Our switchboard was flooded as the topics included everything from MARVEL STAR WARS to THE LAST JEDI to STAR WARS RESISTANCE and more. Billy Mac is also hanging out for the holiday and you know he brought along Puppet Lando! Every year on Thanksgiving week, we point the spotlight on you, the greatest audience in all of Star Wars!

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 5:53pm CST

THE MANDALORIAN added a couple of new cast members this week, and we have insider information about the production from our rebel spies. We pay tribute to Stan “The Man” Lee with some rare audio highlights from Stan’s career and discussion about his role in giving the green light to the original Marvel STAR WARS comic. We have the latest updates on the STAR WARS: GALAXY’S EDGE parks at Disney, along with info from Disney CEO Bob Iger. STAR WARS: RESISTANCE season one continues and we review “Children of Tehar” and “Signal from Sector Six”. James Burns from Jedi News checks in to talk about Queen and STAR WARS. Simon Pegg misses George Lucas, Natalie Portman talks about THE PHANTOM MENACE, the RFR Voicemail Hotline and more.

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 6:37pm CST

Breaking News! Cassian Andor will be the featured character in an upcoming live-action Star Wars streaming series starring Diego Luna. Bob Iger made the big announcement this week and the RFR microphones were there. Hear highlights from the conference call along with new info about the Disney+ Streaming App and THE MANDALORIAN. The Queen biography flick BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY is number one at the box office and everyone is listening to their old Queen albums again. We look back at the band’s connection to STAR WARS via lyrics from their songs and theatrics from their stage show. Was Freddie Mercury a fan of The Wars? Listen to find out! Plus, an actress from THE FORCE AWAKENS debuts on THE WALKING DEAD, we debate about the origin of Vader’s Castle in the latest Marvel Comics, and we listen to a killer jam band tribute to the Galaxy Far, Far, Away, courtesy of The String Cheese Incident.

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 7:39pm CST

This week was the sixth anniversary of Disney’s Lucasfilm acquisition and we look back at the very first comments made after the deal went down from the three major players. We listen to what George Lucas, Kathleen Kennedy, and Bob Iger had to say about the future of STAR WARS back in 2012 and compare those comments to what we have today. The EPISODE IX rumor mill is starting to heat up! We discuss some of the latest gossip to leak from the set of the next Star Wars film. STAR WARS RESISTANCE season one continues with “The High Tower”. We break down some of the recent episode highlights...As well as some series lowlights overall. Plus, we open the listener voicemail hotline and more!

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 4:18pm CST

We celebrate Halloween STAR WARS style this week on RFR! Jimmy attended the annual Rancho Obi-Wan Gala last weekend and he's back from California with a report from the home of the world's largest STAR WARS collection. Star Wars Resistance: Declassified is back with a full review of "The Triple Dark" and "Fuel for the Fire". Plus, we look back at some hilarious Halloween highlights in Star Wars in Pop Culture, we check in with the RFR Patreon community, and listener feedback featuring voice mail from the greatest audience of Star Wars fans in the galaxy. 

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We’re bringing the galaxy far far away closer to you this week as we open up the RFR Voice Mail hotline to hear what you think about THE MANDALORIAN, STAR WARS RESISTANCE, SOLO and more. We continue to go down the rabbit hole in an attempt to discover the identity of the “New” Wilhelm Scream with some fresh evidence in our latest Investigative Report. Plus, Dominic Monaghan talks about his road to Episode IX, Star Wars in Pop Culture spotlights Family Guy, we look at a compilation of crazy Yoda facts and more.   

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 3:41pm CST

STAR WARS RESISTANCE made its debut this week with the premiere “The Recruit”. Join us for the first installment of “Star Wars Resistance: Declassified” as we break down the initial episode with RFR brother Billy Mac. THE MANDALORIAN continues to be a hot topic of conversation and we have listener feedback and voice mail about the upcoming live action series. Plus, we continue our investigation into the “new” WIlhelm Scream, and come closer to its discovery via evidence from INDIANA JONES and the KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL.  

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 3:28pm CST

THE MANDALORIAN has been revealed as the name of the upcoming STAR WARS live-action series coming from Jon Favreau. We review the information revealed in the official press release and analyze the tantalizing first photo of the title character. STAR WARS RESISTANCE launches this weekend. We look at early reviews and talk about our expectations for the series and take a look at some of the upcoming action figures. Friend of the show, STAR WARS artist Kevin Liell stops by IN THE CANTINA with original trilogy actor Rusty Goffe, who shares his stories about playing several characters in A NEW HOPE such as Kabe, Power Droid, and a Jawa. You may have also spotted Rusty in some other famous franchises as well like Harry Potter, Willow, and Willy Wonka. We discuss The Hollywood Reporter story revealing Kathleen Kennedy has extended her contract with Lucasfilm for three more years, we review highlights from Clint Howard’s visit to The Dennis Miller Option, and more.

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 7:42pm CST

Paul is back with Jimmy to get caught up on conversation about everything that influenced the STAR WARS films. An individual who made a huge impact on the first 2 movies was producer Gary Kurtz. In the wake of his passing, we look back at his STAR WARS career and controversies. With STAR WARS RESISTANCE on the horizon, we discuss our expectations for the show and review some early animated efforts from Lucasfilm, DROIDS and EWOKS. Paul talks about some highlights from the SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY Blu Ray, and we look forward to watching a rare and recently unearthed EMPIRE STRIKES BACK documentary.  

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 6:04pm CST

The original STAR WARS poster art created by the Hildebrandt Brothers in 1977 is arguably the most iconic and recognizable symbol of the saga. We are honored to be joined by one half of the duo responsible for its creation as Greg Hildebrandt joins us IN THE CANTINA to fill us in on the background and history of this well-known work of art. Disney’s Bob “The Buck Stops Here” Iger revealed to the Hollywood Reporter a slowdown is coming for STAR WARS as the studio will be pulling back on its up-to-now aggressive release schedule. We discuss what this means beyond EPISODE IX and how it may affect the announced Rian Johnson trilogy. Plus, a closer look at the Anthony Daniels cameo in SOLO, we remember Gary Kurtz, and we continue our search for the “new” Wilhelm Scream.

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Welcome to the latest in the RFR Film Commentary series, this time focusing on SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY. We are joined by Billy Dee McInerney for a deep dive into the HD digital release as we watch the whole thing from beginning-to-end while offering up our observations, trivia, jokes and opinions. You can sync up your copy of SOLO and listen along with us, or just listen along as a standalone podcast. Since there is no commentary track on the official release, join your favorite Star Wars chuckleheads, and Puppet Lando, for a fun screening of SOLO!

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 5:56pm CST

The famous Yoda statue at Presidio Park in San Francisco is a selfie destination for all Star Wars fans. We get the behind-the-scenes story about the sculpture directly from the artist himself, Lawrence Noble, who fills us in about the origin of the statue and how it came to the attention of George Lucas. Lawrence has great stories about his Star Wars works and other celebs who own his artwork, including Peter Jackson and the recently-passed legend Burt Reynolds. Now you can watch Han make the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs at home! The digital version of Solo: A Star Wars Story was released this week. Join us as we review some of the special features and deleted scenes.

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 5:59pm CST

The “Solo: A Star Wars Story” novelization hit store shelves this week and it expands the story seen in the cinema with the inclusion of deleted scenes and additional insight into the characters and plot. We review some of the highlights. Jason points out some interesting observations he picked up while watching the latest promo video for Star Wars Resistance and lets us know what he thinks of the upcoming series. Plus, the latest Episode IX news headlines and rumors, intoxicating news about Disney Parks Star Wars: Galaxy Edge, and listener voicemail gets us talking about Anakin's slavery, Finn’s “programming” and more.

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 1:01pm CST

New casting news for Star Wars Episode IX! New info about Star Wars Resistance! New speculation about the Star Wars Live Action TV Series and more this week on RFR. Paul Bateman serves as guest co-host for a breakdown of all the big Star Wars stories this week including news about Dominic Monaghan and Matt Smith joining the Episode IX cast and a review of the new Star Wars Resistance promo video “Meet Team Fireball”. How many times did you see Solo: A Star Wars Story during its theatrical run? We bet you didn’t see it as many times as Chicago-area Solo-Superfan Lisa Dullard who joins us to talk Solo and review the new book “The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story”. Plus, listener voicemail leads to a discussion about the sounds of Star Wars including The Wilhelm Scream, The Krayt Dragon and Chewie’s “Tarzan Call”.

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 12:00pm CST

The voice behind Obi-Wan Kenobi, James Arnold Taylor returns to RFR to join us in celebration of #CloneWarsSaved and the upcoming return of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. We catch up with JAT and he fills us in with his reaction to the big news, while cracking us up with his many stories and voice impersonations. We got our first look at Star Wars Resistance via a new trailer and press release. We look closely at the cast and characters list, along with the trailer itself shot-by-shot to see if this show can be a worthy successor to The Clone Wars and Rebels.

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 6:05pm CST

Celebrating 10 years of The Clone Wars this week as we look back at what made the series great...And we look ahead to the show returning next year. We have audio highlights of Clone Wars cast members reacting to the show coming back and we review comments from Dave Filoni in recent print interviews. What’s up with the Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone film? We have updates!  Plus, Conan goes to the Mos Eisley Cantina, RFR meets WKRP, vinyl-caped Jawas, and the return of RFR Slow and Tell!

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 5:34pm CST

Return of the Jedi’s Salacious Crumb was a crowd pleaser from the moment we first saw him onscreen in 1983. This week on RFR, we talk to the man behind the laughter, actor Mark Dodson joins us IN THE CANTINA to talk all-things-Crumb, courtesy of our pal Kevin Liell. With Darth Maul’s surprise return to the Saga in SOLO, we review some vintage Ray Park audio from our archives to find some uncanny foresight. In news headlines, Bob Iger reveals new information about the status of the upcoming Disney Streaming Service and what Star Wars content will be included...And what won’t. Plus, new info about Star Wars Resistance. Todd Fisher, Carrie’s brother, shared his thoughts and feelings, along with a little info, about unused footage of his sister being used in Star Wars Episode IX. We listen to highlights of his comments along with a recent Simon Pegg interview where he expresses remorse for some of his past harsh criticisms of the Star Wars prequels and Jar Jar Binks.

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 5:48pm CST

RFR Returns! Star Wars news blew up while we were on vacation and we are pumped up to be back behind the mics just in time for cameras to roll on Episode IX. We review the casting announcement press release, looking closely at who was added to the cast and who was subtracted, and the decision to use existing footage of Carrie Fisher in the final episode of the Sequel Trilogy. We look back at last month’s SDCC and the big #CloneWarsSaved announcement with speculation about the episodes and future potential for the series. Plus, listener voicemail leads to a discussion of Force Ghosts, we talk about aliens we’d like to see in Episode IX, and what are the chances George Lucas would or could return to the saga?

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 7:34pm CST

Tom Savage from the New Orleans Saints joins us IN THE CANTINA to discuss what it’s like to be an NFL quarterback and huge Star Wars fan. Tom shares his reviews of the latest Star Wars films, predictions, and stories from the locker room. Lando’s Back! Rumors are strong about the return of Billy Dee Williams to Star Wars in Episode IX. Billy Mac is in the studio with us to celebrate this good news and other top stories. We have exclusive audio from ComiCONN’s Star Wars panel hosted by Kevin Liell and featuring General Grievous actor Matthew Wood and the laugh behind Salacious Crumb, Mark Dodson. Kevin asked some questions from the RFR audience...See if he asked yours!  Plus, we investigate the voice of Nien Nunb, we listen to audio highlights from recent Mark Hamill and Ron Howard interviews, and we talk about our decision to leave Twitter in the dust.

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 4:57pm CST

People are wondering why we are still talking about THE LAST JEDI...Are you kidding me? We’ll be talking about TLJ for decades! And, SOLO, and the OT, PT, Rogue One...You name it...We talk about it all. This week is no exception as we are joined by STAR WARS artist, entrepreneur and convention panel host Kevin Liell. Kevin joins us to give his reviews of the latest STAR WARS films and his experience appearing on AMC’s recently-cancelled COMIC BOOK MEN. Plus, we review the latest rumors about upcoming STAR WARS films, from Kenobi to Mos Eisley, and potential Lucasfilm shake-ups, Mark Hamill talks more about Luke in TLJ, Ron Howard talks about the rumor that future STAR WARS standalones are on hold, listener voice mail, a new RFR jingle and more.

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 5:23pm CST

Jedi Yogi John Marcoux returns, this time to present us with “The Mythological Blueprint of Han Solo” as seen in Solo: A Star Wars Story. John brings together such diverse sources as Joseph Campbell, Greek Mythology, The French Renaissance, and the classic American Western to create an intriguing foundation for the character of young Han, before he became a scruffy nerf herder. We also answer the lingering question...Is Han an optimist or a pessimist? The answer might surprise you! In news headlines, the future of Star Wars standalone films might be in jeopardy. We review the latest rumors, including the possibility of one more “legacy” character from the Original Trilogy joining the Episode IX cast. And, we continue to address the scary controversies surrounding Star Wars and the fan community on social media. Plus, listener voice mail, some SHADOWS OF THE EMPIRE discussion, and Father’s Day recaps.

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 12:20pm CST

Star Wars dominates the headlines this week as Solo: A Star Wars Story continues its theatrical run. The Goliverse’s Steve Glosson joins us as special guest co-host as we break down the all the latest news including highlights from a recent Ron Howard interview that revealed new Solo insights from the director himself and gets us talking about the Star Wars criminal universe potentially being spotlighted in future films. George Lucas provides info about the direction he would have taken the Star Wars sequel trilogy if he didn’t sell off his company. And we look closely at the reasons why Lucas no longer feels welcome working on Star Wars anymore. Steve gives us his first review of Solo and his opinions of Alden Ehrenrich taking on the lead role. Listener voicemail gets us talking about the villains of the Prequels and we try to wrap our heads around the controversial Star Wars fans vs creators vs media showdown that continues online.

 

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 4:42pm CST

Online controversy has exploded within the Star Wars fanbase. We take a close look at the social media situations surrounding actress Kelly Marie Tran and author Chuck Wendig. We talk about the role we are playing to promote change within the industry and community, and look closely at how DC Comics expects its talent to interact with fans via their Social Media Policy. Plus, the RFR voice mail hotline provides us with listener opinion about the controversies. And, we continue to analyze the box office performance of Solo: A Star Wars Story.

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 12:42pm CST

RFR's A-Team has assembled to provide you with the type of commentary and analysis for SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY you can only find here. We kick things off with Paul Bateman and F.J. DeSanto and a deep dive into the plot, actors, and characters. We focus on the title character and Alden Ehrenrich’s performance, the legend of Chewie’s life debt to Han, Donald Glover’s take on Lando, and more. We also talk about the baggage that this film carried during its shooting and production. Then the gloves come off when Kyle Newman jumps in and we all share our opinions about Lucasfilm’s missteps and where the franchise is heading. In the wake of the Solo box office under-performance, the honest and opinionated insights presented by our panel of film making veterans is eye-opening and revealing. 

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 6:58pm CST

This is SOLO IN OHIO, our live podcast event recorded in front of a packed house of STAR WARS fans in Cleveland at the Playhouse Square Theater. Joining us on this amazing evening was RFR brother/fan fave Billy "Dee" McInerney along with our original brother-in-the-Force and co-host from our early days, Pete Nadel - A true STAR WARS podcast pioneer. But our most special guests were our audience. The mic was open all night for members of the RFR community to jump in on the conversation. We talk all about SOLO in this SPOILER HEAVY discussion. This show was recorded on opening night for the movie and it captures the excitement only a room full of die-hard STAR WARS fans can create!

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 10:37pm CST

We saw SOLO! A group of loyal RFR listeners gathered on opening night at a theater just outside Cleveland and created the perfect atmosphere for our first viewing of SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY. Immediately afterwards, we took our microphones out on the streets of downtown Cleveland to record our first analysis and raw reactions. Hear what we thought about it all: The plot, humor, efx, easter eggs and big surprises. Then, join us later for SOLO in OHIO - A live RFR event at the Playhouse Square Theater. 

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 1:39pm CST

Chicago has been announced as the host city for Star Wars Celebration 2019! SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY hits theaters next week! With so much Star Wars goodness happening at once, we hit the microphones for as long as it takes to break it all down. Joining Jimmy Mac this week is Melody Deel from the Unofficial Rebel Force Radio Facebook Group and RFR brother, Billy Dee McInerney. As Chicagoans, hear what we think about Star Wars Celebration coming to the Windy City and what worked at the convention in the past, and what didn’t. Nissan’s Jeremy Meadows joins us In The Cantina with his report from the red carpet world premiere for SOLO. In news headlines, rumors this week popped up about what will be the next Star Wars standalone film, and it ain’t “Kenobi”. Plus, our final Solo In Ohio update, Puppet Lando and more.

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

Full report from the world premiere for SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY with audio highlights from the red carpet with the cast and crew. Some of the biggest news to come from the premiere had nothing to do with SOLO, but instead, we got our first bits of info about the upcoming STAR WARS live-action TV show from the series creator himself, Jon Favreau. Also walking the red carpet was Dave Filoni, who talked a little about STAR WARS RESISTANCE, but was cagey about where his future in STAR WARS is heading. We analyze what was said and what it could mean. “Prophet...Or Loser (Solo Edition)” with F.J. DeSanto is back! Hear F.J.'s final round of predictions before the release of SOLO. Also in this mega-sized RFR, Donald Glover brings Lando to SNL, Mark Hamill attends a wedding on THE BIG BANG THEORY, we hear the voice of Enfys Nest for the first time, and the story of how Swank got stuck in Chicago.

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 5:55pm CST

Share STAR WARS DAY with us on a mega-sized RFR as we prep for SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY and review the latest SOLO news, audio highlights from interviews with the cast and crew, and speculation about how the characters will be portrayed. We talk about May The Fourth activities and events happening in Chicago and we look at the most popular STAR WARS films in the US state-by-state. Chris Baker from Zen Studios joins us to talk about the extremely fun and addicting STAR WARS PINBALL, and he answers questions about his fandom via our famous Yoda Questionnaire. Plus, Star Wars cosplay dos and don’ts, Helen Hunt’s fandom is revealed, Nissan has an amazing Star Wars Sweepstakes, listener mailbag, voice mail, Moralo Eval and more!

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 5:24pm CST

STAR WARS RESISTANCE was announced this week as the next animated series coming from Lucasfilm. Join us on RFR as we provide a full breakdown of the press release description of this new, anime-inspired series to debut this fall. New TV spots featuring previously unseen footage and dialog from SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY have been hitting lately. We get our first listen to Jon Faverau’s character Rio, and discuss an alien species originally seen in THE CLONE WARS make their silver screen debut in SOLO. Speaking of SOLO, Alden Ehrenreich will be featured in an Esquire Magazine cover story and he says some interesting things about his future with the franchise. Jason’s son Parker Swank provides us with a kid-sized STAR WARS perspective, along with hilarious character impressionations. Listener voice mail prompts discussion about the Jedi afterlife and The Star Wars Holiday Special, and we bring news to make the Kitster Nation rejoice!

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 10:30pm CST

New TV spots for SOLO: A Star Wars Story hit this week along with new merch hitting the shelves. Billy Mac joins us this week to review what we’ve seen and found. Are you Han or Lando? We take a test to find out.  Mark Hamill talks about his interest about his continued involvement in the STAR WARS saga, and we analyze what he said. Prep work continues for RFR’s SOLO in OHIO...Get your tickets now! The RFR Jukebox is fired up and we listen to some amazing show jingles created by listeners. Plus, Puppet Lando reads us the limited edition Denny’s STAR WARS menu, we look at an excerpt from the lastest saga novel, “Star Wars: Last Shot”, we pay tribute to a largely unrecognized Resistance pilot from THE LAST JEDI, we research the correct way to pronounce “Han” and more. 

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 11:08pm CST

SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY hits theaters in six weeks! With the reveal of the second trailer and merch hitting the shelves, we focus hard to the next standalone film to come from the Star Wars galaxy. We talk all-things-Solo, including the cast, the characters, ships, environments and everything that we are excited to see in the film. Paul offers up a huge helping of his amazing insight based on his experience as a British film industry veteran and massive fan of the saga. Plus, we dig deep into the history of Han Solo including the Original Trilogy,  the classic Marvel Comics, Star Wars Holiday Special and even his clothes, especially his iconic vest. Get yourself pumped for SOLO with RFR! 

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 7:49pm CST

The second trailer for SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY was revealed on ABC during American Idol last Sunday. Immediately following the trailer debut, we fired up our microphones to give you our initial raw reactions. We go through the trailer shot-by-shot to analyze the visuals and dialog. From the look of the characters, to the actors behind the roles, the music, special effects and overall look of the film, we discuss it all. And with our SOLO in OHIO live podcast coming up next month, we couldn't be more pumped up for this next Star Wars standalone film! 

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 1:17pm CST

Should They Recast Leia in STAR WARS: EPISODE IX? With rumors flying around, we discuss this hot topic and the possibility of it happening . We look forward to SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY as merch starts to hit and Denny’s launches a special SOLO inspired menu. Also, we have the latest updates on our big live event SOLO in OHIO in Cleveland coming May 25. Tickets are on sale now! By popular demand, Jimmy Mac’s mom joins us to give her review of THE LAST JEDI. You might be surprised with some of her observations! In headline news, we continue to feature Mark Hamill audio highlights as he continues to shoot straight from the hip on the interview circuit. Simon Pegg reveals interesting insight into J.J. Abrams return to Star Wars and compelling information about Rey’s parents. And, filmmaker Tony Gilroy speaks candidly for the first time ever about his involvement bailing out ROGUE ONE.

Direct download: RFR__April_6_2018.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 4:21pm CST

Can Luke Skywalker return from the dead in STAR WARS EPISODE IX? Not as a ghost, but as a corporeal being? We look at George Lucas’s early concepts for Obi-Wan to return in the flesh via the rough draft for RETURN OF THE JEDI and we wonder if such an idea can be used to bring back Luke. Speaking of Luke, Mark Hamill continues to his interview tour and we have some select highlights to inform and entertain you. We continue to dissect the novelization for THE LAST JEDI, we get intimate with THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK director Irwin Kershner, and we mourn the loss of Toys ‘R Us. Plus, listener voice mail, the worst jobs in the STAR WARS galaxy, a SOLO IN OHIO update, and we announce the winner of our big Star Wars Top Trumps giveaway!

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Direct download: RFR__March_30_2018_1.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 8:05pm CST

The novelization for STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI gets our review with highlights from the audiobook featuring some shocking moments not featured in the final film. Speaking of the film itself, we have more to say about THE LAST JEDI home video release. Listener voice mail sparks a new debate over the Anakin/Vader transformation. In news, we follow Mark Hamill from SWSX in Austin all the way to Dublin, Ireland for St. Patrick's Day. Mark never fails when it comes to sharing his Star Wars insights and opinions! The maestro John Williams talks about his future in STAR WARS and his thoughts on Rey’s parents on KUSC radio, and we have the best quotes. RFR is proud to present SOLO in OHIO, happening May 25th in downtown Cleveland. We have the latest details! We look back at the history of Star Wars home video releases and share our memories from VHS to Blu Ray. Plus, some Ziro The Hutt memories, and we’re giving away a huge STAR WARS TOP TRUMPS prize to a lucky RFR listener...Find out how you can win!

Direct download: RFR__March_23_2018.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 4:15pm CST

The home video release of STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI hit earlier this week and, along with the movie, tons of bonus features including the full-length documentary "The Director and The Jedi". We review this new and through behind-the-scenes account of Episode VIII with analysis and audio highlights. We also dive into Rian Johnson's audio commentary track and discuss some of the broader themes and events of THE LAST JEDI, especially the death of Luke Skywalker. And speaking of Luke, Mark Hamill was in Hollywood last week for the unveiling of his star on the Walk of Fame and the RFR microphones were there. Hear from Hamill himself along with a couple of his friends: George Lucas and Harrison Ford. Plus, more details on our big SOLO IN OHIO event coming this May, some Star Wars Lego conversation, and more.

Direct download: RFR__March_16_2018_1.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 5:12pm CST

A bittersweet moment on RFR as we celebrate the end of an era, while mourning it's passing. After four seasons, STAR WARS REBELS concludes as our remaining rebels attempt to liberate Lothal with the Emperor taking an interest in Ezra. In this, the final episode of Declassified, we discuss the amazing series finale "Family Reunion and Farewell" as well as the three episodes that proceeded it, "Wolves and a Door", "A World Between Worlds", and "Fool's Hope", with our A-Team: Paul Bateman and Kyle Newman. 

Direct download: RFR__Star_Wars_Rebels__Declassified.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 7:23pm CST

MORTIS REVISITED: The Gods of Mortis returned to Star Wars animation to play a role in the recent STAR WARS REBELS episode "A World Between Worlds". We look back at the original Mortis arc from 2011 and listen to vintage RFR audio highlights with the cast and crew of THE CLONE WARS. Hear from cast members Matt Lanter, James Arnold Taylor and Ashley Eckstein along with Supervising Director Dave Filoni and Head Writer Christian Taylor.

Direct download: RFR__Star_Wars_Influences_28.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 3:45pm CST

The stakes have risen and the risks are higher than ever before as STAR WARS REBELS gets closer to the series finale. "Jedi Night" pushes our heroes to the limit, with one of them making the ultimate sacrifice. "Dume" confronts the fallout and puts the surviving members of The Ghost crew in a fight for their lives. We deal with the emotional outcome of these two episodes in this, the penultimate episode of DECLASSIFIED. Joining us for this in-memoriam roundtable are Star Wars collecting expert Dan Curto and RFR brother Billy Mac. 

Direct download: RFR__Star_Wars_Rebels__Declassifed_.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 6:20pm CST

We review some of the big STAR WARS reveals at the 2018 NY Toy Fair that have fans buzzing. Collecting expert Dan Curto joins us to break down all the news, including new merchandise from SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY and the ambitious Jabba's Sail Barge from Hasbro's new crowd-sourcing initiative, Haslab.  We also talk critically about Star Wars collectibles on the retail level, what works, and what doesn't. That familiar scream you hear on TV and in movies, The Wilhelm Scream, was an originally inside joke from 1977's STAR WARS that has since spread like wildfire. Now comes word that it has been "retired" by Skywalker Sound, thus we will not be hearing it in STAR WARS again. We investigate this news and look back at the history of The WIlhelm Scream via vintage RFR highlights featuring STAR WARS sound masters Matthew Wood and Ben Burtt. Plus, J.J. gives an Episode IX update, we look forward to the home video release of THE LAST JEDI, Lando Calrissian pickup lines from Billy Mac and more!  

Direct download: RFR__February_24_2018.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 7:36pm CST

New SOLO merch revealed this week and we review the action figures, explore the new-look Millennium Falcon and more. We prepare for the final return of STAR WARS REBELS as the series winds down starting next week. Our review of "The Secret History of Star Wars" audiobook continues and we take a look back at Genndy Tartakovski's CLONE WARS micro series. 

Direct download: RFR__February_16_2018.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 9:24pm CST

New SOLO images and character details were revealed this week in the wake of the first teaser trailer for the film. Plus, surprise announcements about a new series of STAR WARS movies headed by the duo behind HBO's "Game of Thrones". And new STAR WARS television series are in development for the upcoming Disney direct-to-consumer app. We have highlights and excerpts from Bob Iger's announcements and Entertainment Weekly's SOLO cover story. F.J. DeSanto sits in on the show this week to help us figure it all out, and of course, F.J. provides us with his "Prophet or Loser" predictions for SOLO. Also joining us is Corey Helton, founder of Youtini, a new STAR WARS book subscription service. From the old Expanded Universe to the current day Legends, we talk about it all with Corey! It's a big week for STAR WARS news...Big enough for two episodes of RFR! Be sure to check out our SOLO Trailer review show from earlier this week if you haven't already. 

Direct download: RFR__February_9_2018.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 12:00pm CST

Our first glimpses of SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY came earlier this week as a new TV spot debuted on Super Bowl Sunday, and a full teaser trailer dropped the following day. Join us for our initial reactions to Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Danny Glover as Lando, and a factory-fresh Millennium Falcon. Paul Bateman joins us to go thru the Super Bowl commercial and teaser trailer scene-by-scene and speculate about the plot, characters and more. 

Direct download: RFR___Solo__Teaser_Trailer_Review_1.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 4:00pm CST

The trailer for SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY is MIA! When will we finally see it? Signs point to early next week. Will it happen during the Superbowl? Will it stick to the May release date? We look at the evidence out there and discuss about some of the planets we may see in the film. Rian Johnson continues to reveal information about STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI. We listen to his latest comments about not only the film itself, but some of the harsh criticism he’s received. Also missing-in-action, George Lucas’s beard! The Notorious G.L. was spotted at the “Black Panther” premiere with mere stubble. We take a fun look back at the history of the maker’s beard with a story from his old collaborator Walter Murch. Speaking of Lucas, we review an amazing impression of the famed filmmaker via actor Josh Robert Thompson. Plus, Errol Flynn, Kylo Ren’s pants, and a lack of love for Phasma.  

Direct download: RFR__February_2_2018.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 3:29pm CST

We review fresh Rian Johnson interview highlights and analyze the latest comments about THE LAST JEDI from the director himself, including insight into Luke Skywalker, the humor in the film, and more. Melody Deel from The Unofficial RFR Facebook Group fills us in on what fans are talking about online and reviews some of the hot topics in STAR WARS news this week. We discuss new info about the upcoming novelization for THE LAST JEDI and deleted scenes, why Luke was in exile on Ach-To, speculation on when the SOLO trailer will drop, Snoke’s slippers, and could there be a place for Padme Amidala in Episode IX? Plus, listener voice mail, STAR WARS at the Oscars and more. 

Direct download: RFR__January_26_2018.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 5:59pm CST

"The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi" is the topic of conversation in this episode of Influences. We page through the new book while Paul Bateman offers his expert commentary on the amazing art design of Episode VIII. We discuss the film sets like Snoke's Throne Room, props like Rose's Resistance ring, ships like the Resistance Bomber, wardrobe, creatures, aliens and more. Paul applies his years of knowledge and experience in each item we analyze. If you loved the look of THE LAST JEDI, this is not a show you want to miss! 

Direct download: Star_Wars_Influences_27.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 4:39pm CST

The fallout from THE LAST JEDI continues! We review highlights from a recent Rian Johnson interview featuring his insight into some of the most talked about scenes from the film. Our TLJ breakdown continues with a visit from author/entrepreneur John Marcoux ("Poised to Pummell") who presents us with his "Mythological Blueprint for Luke Skywalker in 'The Last Jedi'". John digs deep into mythology, history, and religion and discovers amazing parallels with Luke's story in Episode VIII. Some of the info he reveals will blow your mind. Plus, a new official synopsis of SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY, Listener Voice Mail, and STAR WARS IN POP CULTURE spotlights the popular NBC drama THIS IS US.

For our review of the new midseason trailer for the Star Wars Rebels: Season Four, check out RFR Rush Hour #23, an exclusive show for the RFR Patreon Community

Direct download: RFR__January_19_2018.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 7:39pm CST

RFR returns for our first show of 2018! Celebrating THE LAST JEDI: ONE MONTH LATER with our first audio commentary track. Join us as we watch THE LAST JEDI for our first time together since opening night, while providing commentary fueled by our month-long deep dive into this new extension of the STAR WARS mythology. With multiple previous viewings under our belts, and reference guides at the ready, we decipher everything that makes Episode VIII work. Take us with you to the movie theater, watch with the upcoming home video release, or simply listen to our conversation as a podcast, and let us take you back to the experience of THE LAST JEDI. 

Direct download: RFR__The_Last_Jedi__The_First_Comm_1.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 9:24pm CST

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