Rebel Force Radio: Star Wars Podcast

Lucasfilm announced a new head of Live Action Development and Production, Michelle Rejwan. We look at what is known about Michelle and her career and try to follow her path to Star Wars. Is she the right person for the job? We discuss and debate. The big talk at E3 was fresh reveals of gameplay for STAR WARS JEDI: FALLEN ORDER. We get up to speed with what’s known about the game and discuss a cool ROGUE ONE character that makes an appearance. Will Darth Bane appear in a future Star Wars film? We speculate! Mark Hamill visited James Cordon and talked about his visit to STAR WARS: GALAXY’S EDGE. Mark had some funny observations to make about George Lucas’s comments during the opening ceremony. We review the highlights! Plus, Listener feedback, Star Wars In Pop Culture goes to The Tony Awards and Gilligan’s Island, and our Outrageous Unthinkable Story of the Week features the “relationship” between Natalie Portman and electronica musician Moby.

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We are putting aside the typical RFR show rundown this week and spotlighting live listener calls for the whole show.  We continue to discuss the experiences and collectibles from Disneyland's Galaxy's Edge, consider Emperor Palpatine's role in THE RISE OF SKYWALKER, and define our expectations for THE MANDALORIAN. All callers this week are members of RFR on PATREON and they lit up our switchboard with tons of great conversation and commentary. Join today to get exclusive access to original programming, deep dives into the RFR archives, and other special features. 

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Stephen J. Sansweet, the acclaimed Star Wars author and owner of the Guinness Book of World Records Largest Star Wars collection at Rancho Obi-Wan, has been to the Galaxy’s Edge and back. Steve joins us to give his first-ever review of the new Star Wars Land at Disneyland. Hear Steve’s reviews of the Millennium Falcon ride “Smugglers Run”, the lightsaber building experience in Savi’s Workshop, and all the rest of the exclusive merch. For years, we’ve relied on Steve’s authentic and expert assessment of all things in the Star Wars universe, and his review of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is not to be missed. Plus, we continue to analyze the Annie Leibovitz photographs from “The Rise of Skywalker” set, and listener tips on the best way to remove those ugly and pesky decals from Hasbro’s new Star Wars "Retro Collection/Colección/Série” action figure line.

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Disneyland’s STAR WARS: GALAXY’S EDGE is now open and fans are buzzing about this immersive addition to the famous theme park. Tech expert "Mac Sparky" David Sparks, has already logged several hours in this new Star Wars Land and fills us in with a mind-blowing, detailed, spoiler-heavy review that virtually puts you in the park. Is a KOTOR film on the way? How does Palpatine fit into the events of the Sequel Trilogy? How will THE RISE OF SKYWALKER bring together all nine films of the saga? We don’t know! But we talk about it all this week on RFR as we continue to pick apart the recently released EPISODE IX information, rumors about a KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC film, and the writer attached to the project. Also in news headlines, we have highlights of Harrison Ford’s recent visit to The Tonight Show, and Jason’s past desire to see Kate Mulgrew take over the role of General Leia was actually presented to the actress herself. Hear what Captain Janeway thinks about such an idea. In collecting news, we found some of those retro vintage Star Wars action figures that have been hitting Target shelves. Hear about our misadventures trying to remove the ugly decal on the cards and learn why Jimmy Mac is now known as "The Goo Gone Guy”.  

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We look at all the cool new details and photos from THE RISE OF SKYWALKER and we let it fuel our speculation. Plus, how will Luke and Leia fit in to the final chapter of the Saga? And how does George Lucas's approach to creating Star Wars differ from Disney? We look back at 20 years of THE PHANTOM MENACE and share our memories, from the epic lightsaber duel, to the methods of the puppet master Senator Palpatine, and we debate over who is the true protagonist of the Episode I. Joining us for the whole episode, from The Big Honkin' Show, is the ebullient Steve Glosson, master of the GOLiverse.

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More information about future STAR WARS films was revealed this week by Disney CEO Bob Iger, and RFR microphones were there. Billy Mac sits in this week as we review Bob’s recent statements and pick apart what he said for clues. The RFR Listener Voice Mail Hotline is wide open this week for post-Star Wars Celebration feedback, speculation and rumors about THE RISE OF SKYWALKER, THE MANDALORIAN and the upcoming return of THE CLONE WARS. Plus, the hunt is on for Hasbro’s new Retro Collection action figures, Puppet Lando brings us the latest tweets from the real Billy Dee Williams, and much more.

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It's official. The future of the STAR WARS film franchise was made much more clear this week as Disney announced their release schedule going into next decade and beyond THE RISE OF SKYWALKER. We speculate about what this may mean for the already announced Benioff/Weiss film series and the Rian Johnson trilogy. Natalie Portman says criticisms of the Prequels were a “bummer”. We believe the Prequels have aged well and we have opinions. What will be the future of Star Wars Celebration? We discuss, share rumors, and make predictions. Where were you the night CARAVAN OF COURAGE: AN EWOK ADVENTURE premiered on ABC in 1984? Jimmy Mac remembers! Plus, Mark Hamill pays tribute to Peter Mayhew, Werner Herzog talks THE MANDALORIAN, and we review CLONE WARS news and information to come out of Star Wars Celebration Chicago. 

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It's STAR WARS DAY! We are back in the studio for May the Fourth with tons of STAR WARS news, opinion and conversation. Marvel’s AVENGERS ENDGAME is poised to become the all-time US box office champ, and will eventually claim the crown from STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. Do we care?  Jimmy Mac was there for the big Avengers opening weekend and he saw both the film and THE RISE OF SKYWALKER teaser trailer in IMAX. Mark Hamill came under heat on social media this week for posting a fan-made mashup photo of himself, Harrison, Carrie and Billy Dee in the cockpit of The Falcon. We give you our opinions of the fallout and feature audio highlights of a recent interview where Mark discusses his personal process of dealing with how Luke Skywalker has been portrayed in the Sequel Trilogy. Plus, we have John Boyega interview highlights about Episode IX at Star Wars Celebration Chicago, and we review “The Filoni Factor and The Ranch”, the latest episode of Sheldon Norton’s RFR documentary, WHEN THE GALAXY LISTENS.

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We interrupt regular programming to mourn the loss of a truly legitimate Star Wars icon. The man behind the mask of the legendary Chewbacca, the great Peter Mayhew has passed away. We reflect on Peter's career, his relationship with the fanbase, and his love of Chewie. We share memories of times we shared with the man both on the airwaves, and off, and remember him for his contributions to the Star Wars galaxy. Plus, highlights of Peter's many appearances on our show over the years which will be sure to invoke fond thoughts of Peter's personality and life. 

The regular weekly RFR will launch over the weekend. But for now, take a moment with us to celebrate Peter Mayhew, a Star Wars legend. 

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Following day one of Star Wars Celebration Chicago, we got together with a couple hundred of our friends at Reggie's Music Joint in the South Loop for a sold out show. This live podcast event brought together Star Wars fans from everywhere to join us for an evening of music, laughs, family and friends. Relive this epic evening filled with many familiar names and voices from our entire podcasting career, plus the original Sandtrooper from Star Wars: A New Hope Anthony Forrest and more. And of course, we couldn't have a bash of this size without Puppet Lando!

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Our Star Wars Celebration coverage continues with this breakdown of The Mandalorian panel featuring Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni and the cast of the upcoming streaming series. Paul Bateman is back! We talk about everything that happened at the panel along with all the reveals, teases, clues and more. Plus, more Episode IX as we get the Bateman Breakdown of The Rise of Skywalker teaser trailer. 

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On day three of STAR WARS CELEBRATION CHICAGO, RFR Patreon members gathered on Chicago’s South Side at Alulu Brewery for an exclusive live episode of Rebel Force Radio. Rancho Obi-Wan’s legendary Stephen J. Sansweet stops by to talk about the history of Star Wars Celebration and the challenges he faced as a member of the Lucasfilm planning committee in charge of the first-ever event back in 1999. It’s always a “celebration” of laugh and song when Steve joins us. Worlds collide! Puppet Lando shared the same space with the real Lando, Billy Dee Williams for a whirlwind photo-op. We provide a play-by-play recount of what was our most insane moment at Star Wars Celebration. Then, Puppet Lando himself joins us to read through the amazing Star Wars-inspired menu provided by Alulu Brewery. We review some hot new STAR WARS headlines including news that J.J. Abrams met with George Lucas while developing the script for THE RISE OF SKYWALKER. Plus, we react to the return of Emperor Palpatine in Episode IX and how it may affect the legacy of THE LAST JEDI. Bob Iger says that Star Wars films will be placed on a hiatus and we try to decipher what that really means. Star Wars artist/entrepreneur Kevin Liell joins us along with audience feedback about THE RISE OF SKYWALKER trailer. The blue milk was spiked by Greedo and flowing all night long at Alulu. Join us for the party!   

More Star Wars Celebration Chicago coverage is coming from us soon including RFR LIVE in CHICAGO from REGGIE’S.

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RFR was at the Star Wars: Episode IX panel at Star Wars Celebration Chicago where we saw the first footage from THE RISE OF SKYWALKER in the teaser trailer. We talk about some of the surprises revealed during the panel and break down the trailer shot-by-shot. 

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Not only will we be getting more STAR WARS at Disney Parks in 2019, well be getting booze! For the first time ever, alcoholic beverages will be made available at Disneyland...And they will be Star Wars-inspired! We look at the adult beverage menu for STAR WARS: GALAXYS EDGE and consider how they tie-in to the Star Wars universe. Spoiler Alert! We review recently leaked EPISODE IX poster art and rumored details about characters, planets, and aliens in THE MANDALORIAN. We have highlights from Samuel L. Jacksons new 60 Minutes interview where he talks about Mace Windu and his purple lightsaber. Adam Goldbergs Schooled paid tribute to THE PHANTOM MENACE. We review the new ABC comedy episode Darth Mellor in STAR WARS IN POP CULTURE. Plus, Conan OBrien recently had a few hilarious things to say about the taxation of trade routes in EPISODE I, and more.

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The Jedi Yogi, our friend John Marcoux returns to RFR to provide us with his take on the famous Mortis Trilogy. John references his massive knowledge bank of mythology and history and applies it to his review of one of the most revered story arcs from STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS. We continue our review of the amazing Haslab Jabba’s Sail Barge collectible and look back at the crazy Jabba Glob toy from the late-90s. Mark Hamill stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live this week for a fun interview and despite Mark being there to promote History Channel’s “Knightfall”, the discussion inevitably turns to STAR WARS. We pick apart everything Mark says in a quest for clues about STAR WARS EPISODE IX. In video game news, STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT II “The Chosen One” update recently went live and CLONE WARS actor Matt Lanter returned to the role of Anakin Skywalker to provide his voice for the game. We listen to Matt recreate an infamous Hayden Christensen line from ATTACK OF THE CLONES.  Plus, in the wake of St. Patrick’s Day, we continue to fill in the list of actors from Ireland seen in STAR WARS films and more stuff.  

 
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Oscar Isaac is hitting the talk show circuit promoting his new Netflix film, but everyone wants to hear him talk about STAR WARS EPISODE IX. We review the talking points Oscar has been throwing out there in interviews and analyze what he’s saying about the film, most notably, the end of the Skywalker Saga. We’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day Star Wars style as Jason quizzes us on Irish actors in the saga. The fallout from the Jedi Coup d’etat debate continues on the RFR Voice Mail Hotline, and we have audio from Dave Filoni and the REVENGE OF THE SITH audiobook to present as evidence. Plus, new info about the opening of  STAR WARS: GALAXY’S EDGE from Bob Iger, Star Wars Resistance Season One winds down, Saw Guerrera, and Shorty Robe Luke.

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Mark Hamill is again expressing opinion, perhaps some of his strongest ever, about the use of his character Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars sequel trilogy. We review his comments and offer opinions of our own. Jason is back to sit on the judge’s bench and Billy Mac returns for the conclusion of our Mace vs Palpatine coup d’etat debate. Plus, we reveal the new Star Wars product reveals from Toy Fair 2019, including Hasbro’s upcoming controversial reproduction of the original vintage action figure line from the 70s and 80s, Oscar Isaac talks about Episode IX, and Mr. Iger once again calls the RFR voicemail hotline.

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EPISODE IX filming is complete and J.J. Abrams made his first comments since the shooting wrapped at a recent charity event. We analyze what J.J. had to say and dive deep into STAR WARS references from the Abrams-produced ABC series “Lost”. Is anxiety for the reveals of the Episode IX title and trailer getting to be a little tiresome? We discuss! Also, we review recent interview highlights with Episode IX newcomers Naomi Ackley and Richard E. Grant. Star Wars actors and references populated the Academy Awards this year and we rundown everything we noticed in the network broadcast of the show. STAR WARS ALWAYS is an amazing new trailer compiling footage from every Star Wars film, and we provide a full review of this Topher Grace/Jeff Yorkes produced tribute to the Saga. The RFR Voice Mail Hotline is packed with great listener feedback leading us to discuss and debate such diverse topics like The Clone Wars revival, Episode IX speculation, the Mace Windu/Palpatine confrontation from REVENGE OF THE SITH and more. 

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STAR WARS EPISODE IX speculation is kicking in to full gear here at RFR. This week, the spotlight shines on the RFR Voice Mail Hotline and we go heavy with listener feedback. The biggest questions: Will Darth Sidious return? Was Kylo Ren lying to Rey about her parents? Who is (was) Snoke? Our audience guides the conversation on this week’s show as Billy Mac sits in as special guest co-host. With rumors about multiple new STAR WARS live-action series for the upcoming Disney+ streaming service burning like wildfire, we run down some of the rumors and talk about a few we’d like to see. Plus, RFR returns to Twitter, RFR LIVE in CHICAGO tickets go on sale, and more.  

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STAR WARS EPISODE IX character reference photos leaked to Reddit this week. We review all the pictures with a very critical eye and talk about what we like...And what we don’t. SPOILER ALERT! We get caught up with the newest rumors about Episode IX and discuss in detail, including teases about a new evil foe. Friend of the show Chris “From Cleveland” Marinin sits in for this episode and we get into deep speculation about what to expect in final chapter of “The Skywalker Saga”, and debate how elements from the old EXPANDED UNIVERSE could be used in the film. The RFR Voicemail hotline once again gets us talking about crying while watching Star Wars. We recall our emotional responses to the saga, and look back at a magical moment that brought us to tears during a George Lucas panel at Star Wars Celebration III, with audio highlights. 

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STAR WARS: EPISODE IX info is greatly anticipated by fans. Many thought we would have seen the trailer and learned the title of the film by now. When will it drop? We give you our guesses, as well as discussion about the latest title rumor for Episode IX. This week, Bob Iger addressed Disney investors with his first quarter update. Hear what he had to say about the upcoming Disney Plus streaming service and STAR WARS: GALAXY’S EDGE. A long lost Mark Hamill interview from 1986 was recently unearthed and we have highlights. Plus, connections between Star Wars and The Grateful Dead, The RFR Voice Mail Hotline is open and our listeners bring some great topics to the table like what would we like to see from a future Star Wars animated series and more.

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The STAR WARS EPISODE IX rumors are getting more hardcore and more outrageous. We take a look at some of the wild online rumors as shooting winds down and speculation heats up. Billy Mac sits in for the full show and as a Star Wars Celebration veteran, he offers some tips and opinions on time management at the convention. Puppet Lando also makes an appearance...This time, courtesy of a very loyal RFR listener. We all remember the line from STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE: ”If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine”. Was Obi-Wan exaggerating? Or did he achieve the power he predicted after Vader struck him down. We pick it apart and consider the ramifications of that statement and how it can effect EPISODE IX. Billy Mac questions the  ability to forgive the sins of Anakin Skywalker. Plus, STAR WARS IN POP CULTURE spotlights a popular network drama. Star Wars is everywhere!   

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Electronic Arts has had a rocky relationship with the Star Wars license. In the wake of yet another cancelled STAR WARS game, EA critics have been making a lot of noise. Rogue One writer Gary Whitta is among those voicing strong opinions about the mismanagement of the brand. We listen to audio highlights from a recent Whitta interview and we discuss the situation with SEGAbits Barry Harmon. We talk about the past, present and future of Star Wars video gaming, along with Barry’s top 3 Star Wars video games of all time. Rumors for EPISODE IX are getting stronger and more specific. We check out some of the latest to hit the web. “There’s no crying in Star Wars!” The RFR Voicemail Hotline gets us talking about the moments in the saga that bring out an emotional response from us. And we look at how George Lucas worked with his actors and used his fortune to invest in film technologies. Plus, famous Chicago film locations for fans to check out during Star Wars Celebration, Carrie Fisher’s brother talks about her EPISODE IX footage, Samuel L. Jackson again says he’s up for a return to the galaxy far, far away, and more!

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What does “Space Opera” really mean? Who (or what) is Nick Nolte playing in The Mandalorian? Can SOLO find new success on Netflix? We try to find the answers this week on RFR! The street date for STAR WARS RESISTANCE action figures was this week and the toys are on the pegs, if you’re in the right place at the right time. Jimmy Mac hits the stores looking for the new figures and he’s wired for sound. Hear what happens on the hunt! We also review the second half trailer for Resistance and speculate on what will go down on the Colossus. Plus, new reveals for STAR WARS: GALAXY’S EDGE, Mr. Iger leaves a voicemail and more!  

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RFR is back for 2019 with an all-new show as we look forward to what should be an epic year for STAR WARS. After getting caught up with special guest Cris Macht (THE FORCE AMONG US), we take a deep dive into some amazing Darth Vader content released during the holiday season. We review Marvel Comics DARTH VADER #25 and debate what some believe to be confirmation of the identity of Anakin Skywalker’s father. And, we take a look at VADER: SHARDS OF THE PAST, a new fan film that takes the medium to the next level. Plus, Cris gives us updates on his current projects, along with a review of Columbia’s Empire Strikes Back Crew Parka, we offer some tips for those visiting Chicago in April for Star Wars Celebration, Star Wars Christmas gifts, Listener Voice Mail, and we pay tribute to a “Real Fan of the Saga”.

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