Rebel Force Radio: Star Wars Podcast (rebel force radio)

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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.

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 4:21pm CDT

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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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 8:05pm CDT

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!

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 4:15pm CDT

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.

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 5:12pm CDT

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. 

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 7:23pm CDT

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.

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 3:45pm CDT

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. 

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 6:20pm CDT

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!  

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 7:36pm CDT

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. 

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 9:24pm CDT

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. 

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

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. 

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 4:00pm CDT

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.  

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 3:29pm CDT

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. 

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

"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! 

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 4:39pm CDT

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

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

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. 

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 9:24pm CDT

Paul Bateman joins us for a deep, down-and-dirty breakdown of THE LAST JEDI to wrap up another great year for STAR WARS and RFR. Paul always provides an educated and passionate analysis, and his review of Episode VIII is no exception! We discuss and debate everything Paul liked and disliked about the film, we talk about the polarizing effect it’s had on the STAR WARS fanbase, and we dig deep underneath the surface of what this latest chapter of the saga has to offer. Plus, interview highlights of Rian Johnson talking about some specific details of THE LAST JEDI, Instructions for how to blow up The Death Star at midnight on New Year’s Eve, Jeremy Meadows from Nissan talks about his experience at THE LAST JEDI red carpet premiere, and our final giveaway of the year, courtesy of the Stance Star Wars Collection.

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 10:40pm CDT

STAR WARS prop and alien expert Tom Spina from Regal Robot joins us to give his review of THE LAST JEDI, including his assessment of the patrons of Canto Bight, Luke Skywalker’s character arc, the return of Yoda, the reveal of Rey’s parents and lack of reveal about Snoke’s origins. Plus, learn how you can win a Mandalorian Skull mini-sculpture from Regal Robot. And, we listen to your TLJ reviews on the RFR listener voicemail hotline, we give away more socks from the Stance Star Wars collection and a pair of headphones from Sudio Sweden, and report on an Outrageous Unthinkable moment on The Last Jedi’s opening night at a theater in Burbank.

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 11:04pm CDT

Kyle Newman and F.J. DeSanto join us as we continue to review STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI. Kyle offers his perspective as a lifelong Star Wars fan, director (“Fanboys”) and film industry insider, while helping us look at the film through a very critical lens. His analysis is eye-opening and revealing. Famous for his predictions, producer F.J. DeSanto (“Transformers: Titans Return”) reviews the film and we determine if he was a “Prophet Or Loser”. You’ve heard our thoughts on THE LAST JEDI and we heard yours…Now hear from our friends! 

"This is not going to go the way you think!" 

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 3:30pm CDT

RFR LIVE returns for this listener call-in episode of recorded on December 15th - Opening day for STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI. For almost two hours, we take your calls, uncensored and unscreened. We listen to your reviews and analysis of the latest theatrical release of the saga...From your likes and dislikes, to your emotions and feelings, favorite character moments, action sequences and more, with a little Episode IX speculation along the way. It's a full show dedicated to listener feedback and you certainly have a lot to say about THE LAST JEDI! 

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 10:18pm CDT

About an hour after our first viewing of STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI on Opening Night, we gathered in the RFR studios to discuss our initial raw reactions, opinions, and analysis. We are happy to have RFR brother Billy Mac joining us for this spoiler-intense conversation. What did we love about the film? What had a huge impact on us as fans? What was weird, unpredictable, or unexpected? We talk about the big moments, reveals, and character development in this first of many shows reviewing the eighth episode of the amazing STAR WARS saga. 

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 2:44am CDT

THE LAST JEDI hits theaters next week and the media blitz has jumped into hyperspace. And so has our excitement! We review highlights from THE LAST JEDI press conference in LA last weekend and Jimmy Kimmel Show featuring the full cast. Plus, Mark Hamill on Good Morning America and Rian Johnson in Rolling Stone. We weigh in with our final EPISODE VIII speculation and predictions including the identity of Rey’s Parents and we ask the question: Does Rey already know who her parents are? To celebrate THE LAST JEDI and our audience, we are giving you the opportunity to win big from RFR. Listen to learn how you can win STAR WARS socks from Stance and amazing Bluetooth Regent headphones from Sudio Sweden.  

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 7:51pm CDT

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI hits theaters in a mere two weeks and anticipation is reaching a fever pitch. With members of the cast hitting the talk show circuit, we are digging deep for any clues we can discover about the upcoming film. We have audio highlights from Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and director Rian Johnson from the latest stops on THE LAST JEDI media tour and new Rolling Stone cover story. In his latest installment of "Prophet or Loser", filmmaker/producer F.J. DeSanto (Transformers: Titans Return) returns to update many Episode VIII plot predictions that he originally made in April. Plus, Nissan reveals STAR WARS-inspired  cars at the LA Auto Show, looking back at the FAMILY GUY STAR WARS parodies, and more STAR WARS socks from Stance to giveaway!  

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 5:00pm CDT

RFR Live returns as we give thanks for our community by featuring your phone calls and voice mail. With THE LAST JEDI hitting theaters in less than a month, anticipation is rising to a fever pitch. This week, Entertainment Weekly published their latest TLJ cover stories which ask many questions: “Will Luke and Leia Reunite?” “Could Rey Fall To The Dark Side?” No Lando in THE LAST JEDI? You light up our switchboard to talk about it all. But Episode VIII is not the only event happening in a galaxy far, far away as STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT 2 has finally launched. Plus, Nissan is once again collaborating with Lucasfilm, this time to celebrate the release of THE LAST JEDI. We talk to Nissan’s resident STAR WARS fanatic Jeremy Meadows, who fills us in on all the great things happening including their “Master The Drive” sweepstakes, VR experiences, and more. Jeremy digs deep into his fandom as we ask him the questions from our famous Yoda Questionnaire. If that’s not enough, we giveaway a pair of Star Wars socks from Stance, discover Alderaan’s chief export, and Jason’s Star Wars holiday gift suggestions.

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 3:59pm CDT

With less than a month to go until THE LAST JEDI, the RFR voicemail hotline has gone into overdrive. We listen to your speculation, questions, and observations about not just Episode VIII, but other hot topics in the STAR WARS universe, like the upcoming TV show, Rian Johnson’s all-new trilogy and more. We look back at the history of the live-action STAR WARS television series and listen to comments from George Lucas, Rick McCallum, and others. Mark Hamill spoke at a SalesForce conference last week in San Francisco and RFR microphones were there. Hear what Mark couldn’t say about THE LAST JEDI…and what little he could say. Chewbacca actor Jonas Suotamo and General Veers Julian Glover joined Kevin Liell onstage at the Rhode Island Comic Con last weekend and we have some exclusive highlights of their conversation. Plus, STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT 2, Mark Hamill visits Star Tours, Marvel Comic’s “Darth Vader” and more.

Direct download: Rebel_Force_Radio__November_17_2017.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 6:00pm CDT

X-Wings fly into action as STAR WARS REBELS wraps the first half of season four with the long-awaited siege on Lothal in “Rebel Assault”. Paul Bateman sits in for the conversation about everything we observed in the episode including our speculation on the fate of Thrawn and the crew of The Ghost. Plus, more talk about Loth Wolves, Ralph McQuarrie’s influence on the show, the possibility of Ahsoka’s return, and more.

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 3:34pm CDT

All-New STAR WARS trilogy announced with Rian Johnson at the helm! All-New live-action STAR WARS TV Series in development! And, an all-new RFR is here to bring you our take on this monumental breaking news! We discuss the future of STAR WARS in the wake of these huge announcements and offer tons of speculation about where and when these new projects will take place on the STAR WARS timeline. In current news, STAR WARS: FORCES OF DESTINY continues to break new ground by spotlighting the strong women of the saga. Writer Jennifer Muro joins us IN THE CANTINA. We talk about her experience creating new STAR WARS stories for these amazing animated shorts and her passion for the galaxy far, far away. The countdown to THE LAST JEDI continues and we review the latest interviews with Mark Hamill to look for clues about what to expect from Luke Skywalker in Episode VIII. Plus, listener feedback, voice mails, and STAR WARS IN POP CULTURE visits "The Goldbergs" and "Stranger Things 2".

Direct download: Rebel_Force_Radio__November_10_2017.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 11:03pm CDT

The action stays on Lothal on this week's Rebels two-parter "Kindred" and "Crawler Commandeers". As the final season of Rebels moves along, we get introduced to Thrawn's operative Rukh, Seth Green returns to Star Wars animation to voice the trandoshan Seevor, and the relationship between Kanan and Hera heats up. Plus, more loth-wolves and TIE Defenders! Joining us this week to rip into these episodes is Star Wars artist Kevin Liell.

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 5:44pm CDT

Steve Sansweet joins us to talk about all the cool things happening at Rancho Obi-Wan, his thoughts on THE LAST JEDI, Star Wars collecting and more. We review the news ramping up to THE LAST JEDI including interview highlights, TV spots and new clues found in theater displays, a familiar voice joins the final season of STAR WARS REBELS, and we look at some behind-the-scenes stories featuring Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill. Plus, we look at the new book "Star Wars Stormtroopers: Beyond The Armor", we lock down our viewing plans for Episode VIII opening night and our "Outrageous Unthinkable Story of the Week" comes courtesy of a Philadelphia news anchor.

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 1:24pm CDT

The action on STAR WARS REBELS returns to Lothal, and so does our discussion. Join us as we talk about the latest arc for Ezra and the Ghost crew in "The Occupation" and "Flight of the Defender". Joining us for the conversation is Toronto musician and lead singer of F-105 ("Rebel Girl") Din. 

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 5:32pm CDT

Ashley Eckstein returns to RFR to get us caught up on all the amazing Ahsoka projects she’s been involved with, both past and present, along with the latest scoops from Her Universe. Ashley sticks around for a while to discuss STAR WARS: FORCES OF DESTINY, Rebels, and her contributions to the novel “Star Wars: From A Certain Point of View”. We celebrate Star Wars Halloween with creature expert Tom Spina from Regal Robot. Tom also shares his thoughts and opinions of the newest trailer for THE LAST JEDI. The guys from Sci-Fried drop by for the world premiere of their new ROGUE ONE-inspired tune “One With The Force”, We discuss the official title announcement of SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY, and we look for clues about Benecio Del Toro’s “DJ” character via his ForceLink action figure and a new THE LAST JEDI behind-the-scenes video.

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 7:12pm CDT

We push deeper into season four of STAR WARS REBELS with the exciting two-parter "In The Name of The Rebellion".  Jason Swank returns to moderate the conversation for this unpredictable episode of Declassified recorded live and featuring listener calls. With the action taking us to Yavin IV and beyond, we break down the story, the characters, and the action. Saw Guerrera's return means a shake up for both The Empire and The Rebellion, and we analyze the effect his presence has on the members of The Ghost crew and the war itself.  

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 2:58pm CDT

The final season of STAR WARS REBELS kicks off in a big way with the action-packed 2 parter “Heroes of Mandalore”. The animated STAR WARS universe returns to the Mandalore system for reveals about Sabine’s past, her family, and the Mandalorian struggle against Imperial occupation. It’s the beginning of the end for the Rebels. Jimmy Mac and Paul Bateman take a close look at the story, and speculate on the future for the Mandalorians and the crew of The Ghost 

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 2:44pm CDT

The Rebel Force Radio A-Team gathered at the roundtable to provide full analysis, theories, and speculation immediately following the debut of the full trailer for STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI during Monday Night Football. Our all-star team includes our long-time brothers in the Force and they don’t disappoint! Director Kyle Newman and concept artist Paul Bateman kick off our breakdown with their amazing insights, followed by filmmaker F.J.DeSanto presenting observations with his trademark, no-nonsense style. Plus, we feature your calls on this podcast recorded live for a galaxy-wide audience. Breathe…Just breathe.

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

Gary Whitta joins us In The Cantina to talk about his new short story “Raymus” in “Star Wars: From A Certain Point of View”. We also talk about his contributions to ROGUE ONE, STAR WARS REBELS, and his personal fandom. New STAR WARS: FORCES OF DESTINY animated shorts debuted this week on Disney XD. Melody Deel joins us to break down each story. Plus, we look forward to the next trailer for THE LAST JEDI, we listen to a few listener voice mails, and a stormtrooper holds up a donut shop in our latest Outrageous Unthinkable Story of the Week.

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 3:03pm CDT

Paul Bateman is back to share his thoughts about the Episode IX  director shakeup and the return of J.J. Abrams to STAR WARS. Ron Howard tweeted a pic of some Ralph McQuarrie-inspired hieroglyphs found on the set of the Untitled Han Solo Film. Paul tells us where the designs came from and what they could represent. On the TV front, we consider the potential of the long-talked about STAR WARS live action show in the wake of “The Orville” and “Star Trek Discovery” and we speculate on the future of Star Wars animation. Like all fans, we are wondering who Rey’s parents are? Thanks to listener feedback, we consider a Kenobi connection. Would Guillermo Del Toro be a good choice to direct a Star Wars film? Who or what are the Sentinels from Star Wars Battlefront II? We attempt to answer these questions and much more.

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

“The Journey to The Last Jedi” is underway on bookstore shelves with several titles being released as a lead-up to the film. We preview “Star Wars: From A Certain Point of View”, a collection of 40 short stories presenting a fresh perspective for the original trilogy. We discuss a few of the stories, including one featuring Yoda and Obi-Wan. Author Adam Bray joins us to talk about his upcoming releases, “Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know: Updated and Expanded” and “Stormtroopers: Beyond The Armor”. We also enjoy getting Adam’s take on some of the current STAR WARS hot topics and the importance of canon. Plus, we look forward to STAR WARS REBELS as we get release dates for the first half of season four and speculate what some of the episode titles might mean.

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 1:14pm CDT

We have fresh info about THE LAST JEDI, specifically Porgs and their delectability, from DK’s new book “Star Wars Made Easy”.  Mark Hamill saves the Disney Company the trouble by announcing the release date for the next trailer for EPISODE IX on Twitter…Then he takes it back! We dig deep to see if there is any truth behind Mark’s “joke”. Lucasfilm announces who will be their promotional partners for THE LAST JEDI and we discuss Disney’s plan to stream their properties independently, including STAR WARS. We speculate what that will mean financially for the company and how it will affect fans. Plus, the Chewbacca snowboarder goes to court, listener voice mails, space horses, and we present a snack review for Pop Chips Star Wars Galaxy Puffs that goes horribly south.

Direct download: RFR__September_22_2017.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 11:50am CDT

J.J. Abrams returns to STAR WARS to direct EPISODE IX! Our pal, director Kyle Newman joins us to provide his professional insight and opinions about this latest Lucasfilm shakeup. We analyze all the information at our fingertips concerning J.J.’s return, including comments from fans to some harsh criticism for the studio from director John Landis. The One Man Star Wars Trilogy continues to thrill audiences as the long-running stage show returns to the road. Charles Ross, the man who makes it happen, joins us to talk about his almost two decades of performing his unique, fast-paced take on the original trilogy. Plus, updates from THE LAST JEDI as we feature recent interview highlights from Rian Johnson, the ever-surly Harrison Ford, and one of British GQ’s 2017 Men of the Year, Mark Hamill. 

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 11:41am CDT

Star Wars Episode IX is looking for a new director! In the biggest news of the week, Colin Trevorrow is OUT as director of the ninth episode of the Saga. Who will replace him? We run thru some possibilities, including the odds of George Lucas returning to the director’s chair. (“Never tell me the odds!”). We have plenty of voice mail this week featuring listeners opinions and speculation about this latest shakeup, Filmmaker/actor Alden Ford joins us to talk about his new sci-fi improv podcast “Mission To Zyxx” and comedy in the Star Wars universe, and we continue to review new Star Wars merch scored on Force Friday II including more of the Force Link talking action figures

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 11:40am CDT

FORCE FRIDAY II is here! We share our experiences, review all THE LAST JEDI action figures released during the big event and hear the figures talk with Force Link technology! STAR WARS creature and prop expert Tom Spina joins us to talk about The Caretakers and The Porgs from THE LAST JEDI, and to fill us in on all the great Force Friday sales happening at Regal Robot. Plus, we provide a full review of the bonus features included on the recently released BluRay for STAR WARS REBELS Season Three and more.

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 6:00pm CDT

Porgs! Force Friday preview with an early look at some of the merchandise, like the BB-8 Playset, and we listen to what a Porg toy sounds like. Plus, plenty of Porg speculation on what role they will play in THE LAST JEDI. Kenobi! Melody Deel joins us to give us her take on what the plot of an OBI-WAN KENOBI stand-alone film should contain. As always, she has some creative and interesting suggestions. We also talk about a cinematic future for several other characters like Darth Vader, Boba Fett and Jabba the Hutt. Plus, more Star Wars news and discussion as we’re celebrating Jason’s birthday this week on RFR!

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 4:02pm CDT

Paul Bateman checks in with his thoughts on the news that an Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone film is in the early stages. Plus, we break down recent photos and info from THE LAST JEDI, YOUNG HAN SOLO, and more. Plus, the positive influence of STAR WARS and George Lucas is still offering storytelling suggestions. 

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 6:08pm CDT

Updates from THE LAST JEDI and Young HAN SOLO. We found a list online of “15 Ways ‘The Last Jedi’ Could Go Horribly Wrong” and we throw in our two cents. The odds of that OBI-WAN KENOBI standalone film becoming a reality keep getting better and better. George Lucas is still offering storytelling advice to Lucasfilm. We have vintage audio from Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford, RFR Slow and Tell celebrates the upcoming total solar eclipse, and Chewie hits the slopes in our Outrageous Unthinkable Story of the Week. Joining us for the entire show this week to talk about the latest Star Wars headlines and “When The Galaxy Listens: The Series” is our old buddy Pete Nadel.

Direct download: RFR__August_18_2017.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 3:22pm CDT

Entertainment Weekly dropped some images and big info about THE LAST JEDI this week. We detonate the latest “Breznican Bomb” and dive into the all reveals from the cover story. And there is a ton of TLJ speculation in this episode! From Porgs to Snoke theories to new interpretations of the Chosen One prophesy, we dig deep. Plus, Disney leaves Netflix, listener voice mail, and more.

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 5:42pm CDT

STAR WARS EPISODE IX gets a new writer. We discuss the implications of this move and what impact it might have on the saga in the future. Would you have more confidence in the story if you knew the entire mythology was already mapped out?  Does it matter to you that the sequel trilogy is being created on the fly? We talk about fan expectation and how it’s evolved since the Disney acquisition of Lucasfilm. We review the latest comments from John Boyega and Rian Johnson about THE LAST JEDI and we speculate about Force ghost Anakin making an appearance in the film. Plus, updates from the UNTITLED HAN SOLO FILM including an announcement about composer John Powell landing the soundtrack gig. We listen to some samples from Powell’s career to try to get a feel for how he may approach the music for YOUNG HAN SOLO. Plus, Chewbacca’s looks, Woody Harrelson speaks, and Clint Howard’s greatest hits!

 

 

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 1:46pm CDT

THE LAST JEDI is ramping up towards it's December release! We discuss recently leaked publicity shots of many main characters including Luke, Rey, Kylo and, for the first time in the flesh, Snoke. And, news and rumors from the YOUNG HAN SOLO film and audio highlights of Mark Hamill appearances at D23 and The Late, Late Show with James Corden. Plus, we spotlight new and "exclusive" STAR WARS collectibles, LEGO Star Wars - The Freemaker Adventures Season 2, Ron Howard's "Arrested Rebellion", and the world premiere of "Rebel Girl (On Rebel Force Radio)" from Din and F-105! Joining us this week for all the speculation, analysis and laughs is RFR brother Billy Mac. 

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 6:00pm CDT

THE LAST JEDI made a big splash at D23 with fresh behind-the-scenes footage that has us fans jumping out of our skin! We break down the “Sizzle Reel” scene-by-scene and try to connect the dots with what we already know about the plot. We also review earth-shattering news about STAR WARS: GALAXY’S EDGE and Disney’s STAR WARS Hotel with tech expert David Sparks (MacSparky.com). David attended D23 and provides us with behind-the-scenes info about the park and more. Plus, it’s round two of George Lucas vs The Autograph Hounds!

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 4:35pm CDT

Summer continues to sizzle with Star Wars news, animated releases, and conventions. From the animated STAR WARS: FORCES OF DESTINY, to the upcoming D23, and continuing controversy surrounding the #WheresRey campaign and the characters exclusion from Star Wars Monopoly. Joining us to make sense of it all is prolific podcaster and fan community leader Teresa Delgado (Fangirls Going Rogue). We review each episode of FORCES OF DESTINY, we speculate about what to expect from THE LAST JEDI at D23, and we even have some time for your Listener Voice Mail! 

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 8:12am CDT

Paul Bateman is back to offer analysis, speculation and opinion on all of the hot topics in the STAR WARS galaxy this summer. From the latest news and images from the YOUNG HAN SOLO set, to the new animated FORCES OF DESTINY shorts, to recent comments from Adam Driver about THE LAST JEDI, we cover a ton of territory in this show! Plus, Paul always provides the historical perspective to put everything in the right place! We even talk a little STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT II and the upcoming film VALARIAN. The heat may feel like twin suns this summer, but talking STAR WARS with Paul Bateman is always a cool time.

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 3:37pm CDT

We listen to the first public comments from Ron Howard and Bob Iger in the wake of the big Han Solo director shakeup and continue to break down the latest stories coming from the production. We return to Tatooine with Dr. David West Reynolds, the first Star Wars archaeologist. Dr. Reynolds tells us stories about his rediscovering of the original shooting locations in Tunisia and how you can see his upcoming documentary “Return To Tataouine”. We review the fresh new trailer for the upcoming STAR WARS: FORCES OF DESTINY animated micro-series. And we feature George Lucas vs The Autograph Hounds in our “Outrageous Unthinkable Story of the Week”.

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 1:08pm CDT

Lord and Miller...OUT. Ron Howard...IN. Big shakeup this week as the director chairs get shuffled on the next STAR WARS standalone - The Young Han Solo film -  with only three weeks left for principle photography. We talk about what this could mean for the franchise on many different levels and, while armed with all the latest reports, speculate on how and why this all happened. Joining us to make sense of it all are a couple of filmmakers who offer their amazing professional insights and Star Wars knowledge: J.C.Reifenberg (“Yoga Hosers”/”Hughes The Force”) and Kyle Newman (“Fanboys”/”Barely Lethal”). Plus, J.C. gives us the lowdown on his super popular Hollywood pop-up restaurant, The Scum and Villainy Cantina. Learn how you can save big on admission, exclusively for RFR listeners. Plus, bad Star Wars trivia and more. 

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 6:00pm CDT

Marvel Comic’s “Darth Vader #1” is in our hands and we give you our full review and continue our impassioned discussion from the past few weeks about whether the book attempts to rewrite established film canon or not. “Star Wars: Thrawn” author Timothy Zahn, Ray Park (Darth Maul) and ROGUE ONE’s Darth Vader, Spencer Wilding appeared in panels last week at ComiCONN. Kevin Liell hosted the panels and he joins us with exclusive audio highlights. Mark Hamill recently spoke about THE LAST JEDI and the passing of iconic Batman actor Adam West. We review his comments and more!

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 6:00pm CDT

RFR brings you a CLONE WARS reunion this week as Master and Padawan are brought together for an exclusive podcast conversation. Matt Lanter (Anakin Skywalker) gives us updates on all the amazing projects he’s been involved with lately, including NBC’s “Timeless”, recently renewed for a second season. Then, James Arnold Taylor (Obi-Wan Kenobi) joins us to share stories with Matt from STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS and we get info about JAT’s new YouTube series “Clone Wars Conversations”.  Plus, more debate about the new DARTH VADER comic series from Marvel, bleeding Kyber crystals, and a heartbreaking theft at Rancho Obi-Wan.

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 6:00pm CDT

“The Real Fans of the Saga” is a fresh new fandom reality show from our old friend Cris Macht and friends. Cris joins us in the studio this week to give us the behind-the-scenes deets about “Real Fans” and more. “40 Years of Star Wars: Through The Decades” is an amazing new Star Wars documentary produced by The Decades Network, hosted by Bill Kurtis and featuring Jimmy Mac. We review the show and feature highlights. Plus, new leaks from the productions of THE LAST JEDI and the HAN SOLO standalone and an early look at some Episode VIII LEGO minifigs that offer our first look at Snoke and other characters. And, we look at an interview with original Star Wars script contributor Gloria Katz, we have a discussion about the new Marvel Comics “Darth Vader” title, we go off again about spoilers coming from official sources and more.

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 2:42pm CDT

As Star Wars turns 40, we look back to the summer of ’77 with memories of seeing the film in the theater during its initial run, we check out some of the original reviews, and share facts and trivia with Billy Mac. Star Wars prop expert Tom Spina (RegalRobot.com) stops by to analyze our first glimpses of the aliens of THE LAST JEDI as seen in Vanity Fair and his 40th anniversary thoughts. More from Vanity Fair’s Star Wars issue along with fresh interviews from Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, Kathleen Kennedy, Rian Johnson and more.

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 6:00pm CDT

We talk plenty about the upcoming HAN SOLO standalone film including a review of leaked concept art and recent photos Alden Ehrenreich’s hairstyle. Promotion for THE LAST JEDI has begun in Japan and it promises “The Most Shocking Truth in Star Wars History Will Soon Be Revealed!” We consider what that’s supposed to mean. Plus, we get our first glimpse of STAR TREK DISCOVERY and feel a definite Star WARS vibe. And, Paul reveals his top four characters he want to see return in THE LAST JEDI.

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 2:11pm CDT

Dave Filoni’s “Heroines of Star Wars” panel and the “Forces of Destiny” animated shorts announcement were highlights from Star Wars Celebration Orlando.  We review it all with Melody Deel, Public Relations Officer for the Rebel Legion: Mountain Base. Plus, we break down the STAR WARS REBELS season four trailer and speculate on the future of Star Wars animation. We also review a few nuggets from the “Animated Origins & Unexpected Fates” panel. And, an Outrageous Unthinkable moment from the STAR WARS cutting room floor was revealed at SWCO…Hear what it was!

Direct download: RFR__May_12_2017.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 4:42pm CDT

Kyle Newman joins us this week to respond to F.J. DeSanto's predictions about THE LAST JEDI, and talk about SWCO and STAR WARS REBELS. Voice actor Christopher Corey Smith (Luke Skywalker in Phineas and Ferb Star Wars) joins us to talk about his former life as a STAR WARS dumpster diver. Christopher tells us about his adventures growing up in the Bay Area during the production of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK and finding amazing artifacts among the refuse at Lucas's special effects company Industrial Light and Magic. Plus, The Beatles masterpiece "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" gets the STAR WARS treatment, "When The Galaxy Listens" finally gets released, and much more! 

Direct download: RFR__May_5_2017.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 7:31pm CDT

THE LAST JEDI gets decoded by F.J. DeSanto this week on RFR. Hear what F.J. believes will be the plot of TLJ and the fate of the characters based on what we saw in the teaser trailer. No spoilers. No insider scoop. Just hypothesis and educated speculation in the truest spirit of fandom. You will enjoy hearing what F.J. has to say! Plus, we go back to Orlando to visit Jeremy Meadows at the incredible Nissan display at SWCO to talk about the incredible STAR WARS 360 degree virtual reality experience created by Nissan and ILM, the Episode VIII trailer, young Han Solo and of course, the Nissan Rogue: Star Wars Rogue One Limited Edition. And, news headlines with audio highlights from Rian Johnson, Ashley Eckstein, Rosario Dawson, rare audio from 1983 of Mark Hamill talking to Gene Siskel about the Sequel Trilogy and more. 

Direct download: RFR__April_28_2017.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 5:07pm CDT

We recap our adventures at STAR WARS CELEBRATION ORLANDO and talk about the pros and cons from the convention. “Look at the size of that thing!” Wedge Antilles actor Denis Lawson joins us in Orlando for an exclusive interview about his experiences in STAR WARS and beyond. SWCO was Denis’s first-ever STAR WARS event appearance and RFR is his first-ever STAR WARS podcast interview. Hear what the elusive actor had to say about meeting fans and taking in the con. Plus, we make a ton of excuses for confusing Kylo for Rey as we reviewed THE LAST JEDI teaser poster last week, and discuss a few character theories for the Sequel Trilogy. And, news headlines featuring interview audio highlights from Kathleen Kennedy, Rian Johnson and Mark Hamill.

Direct download: RFR__April_22_2017.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 11:52pm CDT

Paul Bateman joins Jimmy Mac for a full review of the teaser trailer for STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI. We go through the trailer shot-by-shot as Paul lends his artistic eye for a deep dive into the biggest footage to emerge from Star Wars Celebration Orlando. We also talk about the convention itself and Paul reviews the touring museum exhibit STAR WARS IDENTITIES, currently in London. 

Direct download: Star_Wars_Influences_22.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 6:34pm CDT

You've seen the trailer. We've seen the trailer. Now, hear our immediate reactions to what was shown, complete with panel highlights from Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Kelly Marie Tran and Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill. Yes he does talk! With special guest Billy Mac. 

Direct download: Rebel_Force_Radio__SWCO_The_Last_Jed.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 12:35pm CDT

Leaving NO FAN BEHIND, we kickoff Star Wars Celebration 2017 with a live show in front of a packed house at the Hilton Orlando. Join us for special guests, fans, and surprises. It's biggest RFR party of all time!  

Direct download: Rebel_Force_Radio__April_13_2017.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 12:59pm CDT

Star Wars news headlines with recent comments about the future of STAR WARS from Disney’s Bob Iger, interesting ROGUE ONE revelations from Riz Ahmed, an EPISODE IX update from director Colin Trevorrow, and a recently uncovered interview of Sir Alec Guinness talking about working with George Lucas on STAR WARS. And, speculation about Obi-Wan Kenobi and Boba Fett standalone films going before the cameras, and other rumors about the direction of the franchise. Plus, looking forward to Star Wars Celebration Orlando, STAR WARS in Pop Culture, and more stuff!

Direct download: RFR__April_7_2017.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 9:58pm CDT

Welcome to RFR Rewind, where we open up the archives to present you with some of the biggest moments in our Star Wars podcasting history.
This episode features the story of Katie "The Star Wars Girl" with Ashley Eckstein and author/mom Carrie Goldman, The "Mandalore Rain" Contest, Billy Mac and Star Wars guitars, Billy Dee tries on Jovan Musk for The Quote of the Week and more!
RFR Rewind is a Patreon Exclusive being made available to all during this introductory period. For more info on how you can become a member of the RFR Patreon Community, visit www.patreon.com/rebelforceradio

Direct download: RFR_Rewind__April_2017.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 7:52pm CDT

The STAR WARS REBELS season 3 finale was an epic two-parter that brings the war to the hidden base on Atollon, forcing our Rebel crew into full-on war. From ground to sky to space, this is a battle for the ages! Joining us to discuss the fight and Thrawn are elite RFR Jedi Council members F.J. DeSanto and Paul Bateman. 

Direct download: Star_Wars_Rebels__Declassified_S3E21.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 4:41pm CDT

Sam Witwer jumps into this round of our epic debate about The Chosen One. Sam shares his opinions about the identity of the galactic savior and lays down some sweet knowledge and insight. We also go behind-the-scenes with Sam to talk about his performance as Darth Maul in STAR WARS REBELS "Twin Suns". We review recent revelations about earlier and alternate endings for ROGUE ONE, and recent comments from Woody Harrelson about the Young Han Solo film, now shooting in London. Plus, we announce the winners in our ROGUE ONE digital download giveaway and more.

Direct download: RFR__March_24_2017.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 12:47pm CDT

“Twin Suns” brings an end to the long-simmering feud between Darth Maul and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Years in the making, STAR WARS REBELS brings us this moment and leaves us asking a bunch of questions. An episode of this magnitude demands RFR analysis with a critical eye. Joining us to discuss “Twin Suns” are author Adam Bray (“Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia”) and our pal Paul Bateman. We talk about our many likes and many dislikes from this episode, and opinions fly fast and furious. Especially when we consider the true identity of “The Chosen One”. Strap yourselves in for this one because when we start talking about Rebels, it ain’t like dusting crops, boy!

Direct download: Star_Wars_Rebels__Declassified_S3E20.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 6:56pm CDT

Gearing up for Star Wars Celebration this week as we get the lowdown on everything happening for collectors…And for partiers! Veteran Star Wars collecting expert Chris Fawcett gives us a complete breakdown of all the amazing panels for collectors at Celebration. And, we are happy to reveal exactly what we have planned for attendees of the RFR Celebration Kickoff Bash! Filmmaker and RFR documentarian Sheldon Norton joins us for the big announcements! Frank Oz made some comments about his possible participation in THE LAST JEDI that were pretty easy to read between the lines. Listeners give their suggestions for the Star Wars Bedtime Kisses tradition, and tell us which severed limbs from the saga we missed last week. Listen and enjoy while waving a green lightsaber for Star Wars St. Patrick’s Day with RFR.

Direct download: RFR__March_17_2017.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 6:17pm CDT

Jason is back for this double-shot episode of Rebels Declassified as we are also joined by Geek Out Loud's Steve Glosson to discuss "Secret Cargo" and "Double Agent Droid". From the emergence Mon Mothma as the leader of the growing rebellion, to Chopper's corruption by an Imperial hacker, we tackle it all. 

Direct download: Star_Wars_Rebels__Declassified_S3E18.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 3:28pm CDT

Bob Iger talked about the future of Star Wars at the latest Disney Shareholders meeting. He’s seen THE LAST JEDI, and he likes it! We have audio highlights so you can hear from the man himself. Also, the latest updates from THE LAST JEDI and Young Han Solo with a Donald Glover radio appearance. And, we look forward to the upcoming ROGUE ONE home video release and The Making of Rogue One book. BIG RFR PATREON COMMUNITY NEWS: We announce our new Patreon benefits on this week’s show, including NEW exclusive podcasts from RFR, available only at our official Patreon page. Plus, rumors about Benecio Del Toro’s role in THE LAST JEDI, “Stranger Things” actress Millie Bobby Brown wants to join the saga, The Star Wars Bedtime Kisses tradition, The history of severed limbs in the saga, and Swank has a Goodwill Store misadventure. 

Direct download: RFR__March_10_2017.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 1:30pm CDT

The identity of The Fulcrum is at stake as Kallus tries to dodge the grasp of Grand Admiral Thrawn while the secret location of Chopper Base is in jeopardy. Jimmy Mac and Kyle Newman get together to break down the latest REBELS ep. "Through Imperial Eyes". From the opening sequence's first person perspective to the Easter eggs hidden within Grand Admiral Thrawn's office, we leave no code cylinder unchecked. Plus, Kyle gives a SMUGGLER'S update, and much more.

Direct download: Star_Wars_Rebels__Declassified_S3E17.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 3:00pm CDT

We look ahead to the future of STAR WARS when Jason Swank stops by to ask the question: Will any of our favorite characters have a happy ending? Jimmy and Paul continue to look ahead with speculation about THE LAST JEDI. Plus, we discuss the recently revealed Star Wars Celebration 2017 key art and talk about some STAR WARS poster art. The Han Solo standalone film has begun shooting in London with Joonas Suatomo taking on the role of Chewbacca solely by himself, Carrie Fisher's Oscar wish gets support in Hollywood and much more.

Direct download: Star_Wars_Influences_21.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 3:00pm CDT

Declassified returns with a triple-play featuring analysis of the last three episodes of STAR WARS REBELS. Paul Bateman joins us to talk about all the Ralph McQuarrie design influences in "Warhead", then we dig deep into Sabine's story with the Darksaber duology: "Trials of the Darksaber" and "Legacy of Mandalore".

Direct download: Star_Wars_Rebels__Declassified_S3E14.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 2:52pm CDT

While looking forward to THE LAST JEDI, we continue to pick apart and analyze ROGUE ONE. Joining us this week with his review is up-and-coming NASCAR driver Ryan Blaney, who shares his fandom with us while prepping for the biggest race of the year, The Daytona 500. Keeping with our auto theme, Nissan visited the Chicago Auto Show with a massive ROGUE ONE interactive display. Jimmy Mac paid a visit and talked The Wars with Nissan's Jeremy Meadows, who gives us the behind-the-scenes info about the Nissan Rogue One Limited Edition and who he met at the ROGUE ONE world premiere. Plus, the latest news about THE LAST JEDI with comments from Disney's Bob Iger, Kylo Ren actor Adam Driver and Josh Gad continues to harass Daisy Ridley. And, Mulgrew vs Feldshuh, RFR Slow and Tell, and bowls upon bowls of ROGUE ONE Chex Mix. #Savory

Direct download: Rebel_Force_Radio__February_17_2017.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 6:52pm CDT

It's officially time to begin the countdown to THE LAST JEDI and this week on RFR, we discuss the latest rumors about the release of the first Episode VIII trailer. And, ROGUE ONE concept art, recasting General Leia, and ILM's John Knoll talks about resurrecting actors via CGI. Plus, listener voice mail, Nissan Death Trooper key chain winners, Lando meets Lando and Jedi Kanye.  

Direct download: RFR__February_10_2017.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 3:30pm CDT

THE LAST JEDI was revealed this week in a surprise announcement as the title of Rian Johnson's upcoming STAR WARS EPISODE VIII. We discuss this title and speculate on it's meaning and the impact it will have on the saga moving forward. Also this week, we unearth exclusive audio of Carrie Fisher telling us what her wish was for her own Oscar in-memorium segment. We would like to start a movement to get Carrie's request honored by the Academy. In Star Wars news headlines this week: Woody Harrelson joins the Han Solo standalone film, ROGUE ONE gets a couple of Academy Awards nominations, Laura Dern talks about Episode VIII, Adam Driver talks about Carrie Fisher, and Felicity Jones hosts SNL.

Direct download: RFR__January_27_2017.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 4:18pm CDT

Saw Gerrera makes the transition from film to television with his STAR WARS REBELS debut in the 2-part "Ghosts of Geonosis". We discuss all-things-Saw from character to motivation to history and speculate on his future with the crew of The Ghost. Joining us at the roundtable to is STAR WARS author Adam Bray ("Ultimate Star Wars") and Denver superfan Melody Deel from the Rocky Mountain Fan Force and, along with RFR, one of Business Insider's "Biggest Star Wars In the World".

Direct download: Star_Wars_Rebels__Declassified_S3E12.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 11:36am CDT

ABC News reporter and resident STAR WARS expert Clayton Sandell joins us to talk about his latest exclusive report for Nightline about the recreation of Tarkin in ROGUE ONE. Clayton give us all the behind-the-scenes details about ILM's latest and greatest achievements. Steve Sansweet, the legendary STAR WARS author, collector and fan ambassador, joins us from Rancho Obi-Wan to talk ROGUE ONE, share Carrie Fisher memories, and a great opportunity to win a trip to Rancho Obi-Wan courtesy of Little Debbie. And, we get caught up with our STAR WARS holiday adventures and discuss how many times we've seen ROGUE ONE, recap blowing up the Death Star at midnight on New Years Eve, and talk about when is the right time to introduce your child to the STAR WARS saga. Plus much more this week on RFR! 

Direct download: RFR__January_6_2017.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 7:41pm CDT

We review the STAR WARS REBELS mid-season finale "Visions and Voices". Star Wars artist Kevin Liell joins us to talk about Darth Maul's growing influence on Ezra Bridger, the tilt in the balance of The Force towards the Dark Side, and the return of The Nightsisters. Plus, we talk break down the new trailer for the second half of season 3, talk about the new voice of Ben Kenobi, and speculate on the future  of STAR WARS REBELS. 

Direct download: Star_Wars_Rebels__Declassified_S3E11.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 3:35pm CDT

We discuss Rogue One and review the behind-the-scenes books "The Art of Rogue One" and the "Rogue One Ultimate Visual Guide" featuring Paul Bateman's expert knowledge about art design, concept art and Star Wars itself. We talk about the aesthetic look of Jyn Erso, The Death Troopers, K-2SO, The U-Wing, the Erso Farm, and much more. Of course we touch on all the Ralph McQuarrie influences and go deep into Vader's lair on Mustafar

Direct download: Star_Wars_Influences_20.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 3:06pm CDT

It's Rogue One Family-Style this week as we feature RFR family members Wendy Snyder (WGN Radio) and brother Billy Mac with their reviews. Plus, three of the top podcasters on the scene check in with their initial reactions to ROGUE ONE: Eric Scull (MuggleCast), Steve Glosson (Geek Out Loud) and tech expert David Sparks (MacSparky.com). These conversations were recorded on December 17, 2016...One day after the theatrical release of ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY. 

Direct download: RFR__December_30_2016.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 4:38pm CDT

Our hearts are broken at RFR. We lost our Princess. We dedicate this episode to the memories, love, laughs, and personality of Carrie Fisher. This episode, recorded on the evening of December 27, 2016. is our tribute to Carrie. We discuss the importance she had on us as fans, and as Star Wars family. Star Wars autograph hall insider Mark Barbian (Official Pix)  joins us to talk about his experience working with Carrie over the years at the biggest fan conventions in the world. Plus, we are proud to feature our one-and-only conversation with Carrie, exclusively recorded in Chicago at the first-ever C2E2 in 2010. And, we celebrate Carrie's entertainment and art with a highlight montage of some of her great moments in the public eye.

Direct download: RFR__Carrie_Fisher_Remembered.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 4:27am CDT

For the first time ever, Oxygen's analysis is focused on Michael Giacchino, as he breaks new musical ground with his fantastic score for Rogue One: a Star Wars Story. Listen as thematic archaeologist David Collins analyzes the themes for Jyn Erso, the Guardians of the Whills, the main title theme and so much more. By popular demand, and just before the Holidays!

Direct download: RFR_SWOxygen038.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 8:04pm CDT

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!

Direct download: RebelForceRadio_122016_StockingStuffer.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 10:20am CDT

ROGUE ONE is hitting theaters worldwide right now and we can no longer contain our excitement. Join us for our initial and spoiler-heavy discussion of the first-ever STAR WARS spin-off film. We talk about everything that thrilled us, puzzled us, challenged us, and excited us. From characters to plot to special effects, we cover it all. Joining us at the roundtable is "The A-Team" - Kyle Newman and Paul Bateman - who will share not only their first reviews of ROGUE ONE, but they also bring their knowledge as film industry veterans and STAR WARS experts.

Direct download: Rebel_Force_Radio__December_15_2016.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 3:45pm CDT

On the eve of Rogue One, we turn the show over to you as we dedicate this episode to listener feedback. We have a full mail bag and our voice mail account is maxed out with your insights, observations and comments about the music from a galaxy far, far away. Plus, we look forward to the introduction of a new composer to Star Wars as Michael Giacchino's soundtrack for ROGUE ONE is just on the horizon. Hear what YOU had to say in this episode of STAR WARS OXYGEN. 

Direct download: Star_Wars_Oxygen_Vol._37.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 4:49pm CDT

Ezra and Kanan return to Lothal to infiltrate an Imperial facility to steal secrets and cause a ton of damage. Just like old times! Joining us to discuss “An Inside Man” are the hosts of the ever-entertaining Techno Retro Dads, Josh “Jedi Shua” Stolte and Stuart “Shazbazzar” Tullis. 

Direct download: Star_Wars_Rebels__Declassified_S3E10.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 12:00pm CDT

With two weeks until ROGUE ONE hits theaters, we are gathering early intel from those who have actually seen footage from the film. We have a nice report from the ROGUE ONE “Black Carpet” event in Mexico City along with other insider tidbits of information about the first-ever stand-alone STAR WARS film. Last week, RFR asked Anthony Breznican “The Kenobi Question” that caused shock waves to ripple across the internet and we roundup all the coverage. We have 10 copies of Carrie Fisher’s new tell-all “The Princess Diarist” to give away to you! This is THE book you have been hearing about where Carrie reveals all the details of her tryst with Harrison Ford aka “The Carrison Affair”. Listen to hear our review of the book, along with audiobook highlights from Carrie herself, and learn how you can qualify to win a copy of “The Princess Diarist” courtesy of Penguin Random House and RFR. Plus, we talk about all the breaking ROGUE ONE news including our first glimpse of Tarkin and more.

Direct download: Rebel_Force_Radio__December_2_2016.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 5:04pm CDT

Hondo Ohnaka returns to save the day (and the show) this week on STAR WARS REBELS.  In "The Wynkahthu Job", the Ghost crew has to work together with Hondo and Asmorigan to locate and loot an adrift Imperial freighter. Joining us to discuss this episode and season 3 of Rebels in general is film director and RFR Council member Kyle Newman

Direct download: Star_Wars_Rebels__Declassified_S3E9.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 12:22pm CDT

Anthony Breznican (@Breznican) joins us to talk ROGUE ONE and his latest round of reports for Entertainment Weekly. Anthony gives us his insight into the characters and story of ROGUE ONE, plus interesting perspective from behind-the-scenes, including the late change-up in composers, expansion of Bodhi Rook's presence, and the return of Darth Vader. Plus, we continue our review of J.J. Abrams fresh commentary track for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS and more

Direct download: Rebel_Force_Radio__November_25_2016.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 5:56pm CDT

"Iron Squadron" introduces a new group of young rebels to the Ghost crew as Grand Admiral Thrawn continues to pull the strings in the shadows. Writer/producer and RFR council member F.J. DeSanto joins us at the Declassfied roundtable to discuss this latest episode of STAR WARS REBELS. 

Direct download: Star_Wars_Rebels__Declassified_S3E8.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 4:51pm CDT

Ralph McQuarrie, one of the earliest influences on the overall look of Star Wars, is a man whose influence cannot be denied. Brandon Alinger, co-author of "Star Wars Art: Ralph McQuarrie" joins us to talk about the book itself and the rich Star Wars universe Ralph developed alongside George Lucas. Plus, we review the hot new release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens 3D Blu-Ray Collectors Edition, including the deleted scenes, bonus featurettes and J.J. Abrams commentary. And, listen in to see if you are the winner of an incredible Tantrum Cases Star Wars iPhone Case! 

Direct download: Rebel_Force_Radio__November_18_2016.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 10:12pm CDT

The Rancho Obi-Wan Gala 2016 was last weekend and Jimmy Mac was there. This week, Jason grills Jimmy about his visit to northern California including a side-trip to Lucasfilm headquarters and a blow-by-blow account of everything that went down at the Gala, including tons of stories from behind-the-scenes. Hear about everything that happened and all of the STAR WARS celebs in attendance. Plus, we break down highlights from the ROGUE ONE international trailer, a Lucas Museum update, discussion about the upcoming HAN SOLO standalone, a Billy Dee blast from the past, and ask the question: Do Star Destroyers park in the Death Star? 

Direct download: Rebel_Force_Radio__November_12_2016.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 6:58pm CDT

The action heats up on Concord Dawn in latest ep of STAR WARS REBELS, "Imperial Super Commandos". The information about Sabine's mysterious past continues to trickle very slowly and this week, we received a little more thanks to the main Mando, Gar Saxon. We discuss the possible identity of Sabine's mother, the history of the Mandalorians and more with a great panel of our amazing Patreon Patriots. Joining us are faithful RFR listeners "E", Ron, and a cast of thousands. 

Direct download: Star_Wars_Rebels__Declassified_S3E7.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 7:36pm CDT

We discuss the final tracks of the Revenge of the Sith soundtrack including the dramatic conclusion of the film and the extended End Credits.. Plus David reveals the top 10 most used tracks from the entire saga and more.

Direct download: Star_Wars_Oxygen_Vol_36.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 1:34am CDT

We are scarier than usual here at RFR as we welcome Halloween to the STAR WARS universe. Legendary STAR WARS author and pillar of the fan community, our bud Steve Sansweet joins us IN THE CANTINA to talk about Rancho Obi-Wan, ROGUE ONE, and more. We review the latest ROGUE ONE commercial from Duracell and look for clues about the upcoming film. News headlines include the recent Donald Glover Lando casting announcement, a Daisy Ridley update, and info about THE FORCE AWAKENS 3D BluRay release, along with discussion about Rey’s TFA “Forceback”. Plus, an opportunity for you to win an incredible STAR WARS phone case from Tantrum Cases, listener voice mail and much more.

Direct download: Rebel_Force_Radio__October_28_2016.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 4:36pm CDT

It's a showdown between a Separatist Tactical Battle Droid, a leader of the Republic Clone Army, and pair of Jedi warriors. What's this? An episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars? Not quite, but this episode of STAR WARS REBELS provides a bit of closure to the famed galactic Clone Wars when an isolated battalion of battle droids are discovered by Kanan, Ezra, and Captain Rex igniting "The Last Battle". Joining Jimmy, Jason and Spencer at the roundtable is Jovial Jay Shepard from Jedi Journals and the Random Chatter Podcast Network. 

Direct download: Star_Wars_Rebels__Declassified_S3E6.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 9:16am CDT

As we continue our review of the final full trailer for ROGUE ONE, we turn the spotlight onto the RFR audience by featuring your voice mails and feedback. We hear and comment on your thoughts, opinions, expectations and speculation about the upcoming STAR WARS spin-off film. Plus, more rumors and reports from the ROGUE ONE reshoots and post-production, we listen to the music from the trailer, and we argue about Darth Vader's red lenses. 

Direct download: Rebel_Force_Radio__October_21_2016.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 2:09pm CDT

Hera takes center spotlight in the Ryloth based "Hera's Heroes". Reuniting with her father Cham Syndulla, Hera goes on a personal mission to her homeworld to take back what belongs to her family. Joining us for this week's Roundtable is tech expert/author David Sparks from MacSparky.com. 

Direct download: Star_Wars_Rebels__Declassified_S3E5.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 12:50pm CDT

"The Antilles Extraction" features the Star Wars Rebels debut of fan favorite Wedge Antilles. But there is much more to this episode and RFR is hear to break it all down for you at our Rebels Roundtable. Join us as we discuss the development of Sabine and her place among the Mandolorians, Agent Kallus's wavering loyalty to The Empire, and of course, the cult of Wedge. 

Direct download: Star_Wars_Rebels__Declassified_S3E4.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 10:39am CDT

Return to Revenge of the Sith with Star Wars Oxygen! We finally return to reviewing John William's rich and dynamic soundtrack for Episode III. Picking up where we left off about a year ago in volumes 21-23, we dig deep into the music that accompanied Anakin's transformation to evil.  Tracks like "Padme's Ruminations", "Anakin's Betrayal" and "Anakin's Dark Deeds" get the full analytical treatment from David Collins. Plus, David updates us on his Attack of the Clones Theme Tracker and more. 

Direct download: RFR_SWOxygen035.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 2:56pm CDT

Darth Maul returns to Star Wars Rebels in The Holocrons Of Fate to cause more problems for the Rebellion.  This episode features revelations and challenges for the crew of The Ghost and expands Ezra's control of The Force. Plus the conclusion has mega-implications on the direction the series will be taking moving forward.  Joining our regular crew this week are some of our RFR Patreon Patriots - Listeners who support the show to help us grow and stay on the air. Join us as we dig deep into this most impressive episode of Rebels season three. 

Direct download: Star_Wars_Rebels__Declassified_S3E2.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 1:03pm CDT

Dave Filoni joins us to talk about season 3 of Star Wars Rebels, including deep discussions about Ezra's use of The Dark Side, the introduction of Thrawn and The Bendu, and Kanan's troubling self doubt. We also clear up recent internet speculation about Dave's ongoing involvement in STAR WARS REBELS and we learn more about the show's current supervising director Justin Ridge. Plus, we talk to Dave about Darth Maul, McQuarrie's spiders, Y-Wings, Agent Kallus and more.  Hang with us as we follow Dave from the office to the car and spend some quality time with our "Star Wars Oracle" throughout two interviews on one show! Any time Filoni joins us, you know it's appointment listening. Plus, listener voicemail and more this week on RFR. 

Direct download: Rebel_Force_Radio__September_30_201.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 9:14pm CDT

REBELS RETURN! We welcome back STAR WARS REBELS with a return to The Roundtable for an in depth discussion about the Season 3 premiere "Steps Into Shadow". From the introduction of new characters like Governor Pryce and of course, Grand Admiral Thrawn, to Ezra's continued desire to tap into the power of the Dark Side, we talk about it all. Joining us is our regular "third wheel" - Star Wars artist and Rebels expert Spencer Brinkerhoff III. And Kyle Newman even jumps into the conversation to throw down his opinions on The Bendu and a spirited debate about the balance of The Force.

Direct download: Star_Wars_Rebels__Declassified_S3E1.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 2:15pm CDT

From Desplat to Giacchino, David Collins (STAR WARS OXYGEN) joins us to provide his take on the recent change of composers for ROGUE ONE. We dig deep beneath Audio highlights of Disney's Bob Iger's most recent comments about ROGUE ONE and the future of the franchise.  Mark Hamill talked about THE FORCE AWAKENS at a marketing event in Cleveland and our microphones were there! Hear what Mark had to say about TFA.  We also hear from Lupita Nyong'o who checked in with Ellen to address rumors about her participation in EPISODE VIII, We review recent broadcasts of the STAR WARS SAGA on TNT, and give THE PHANTOM MENACE a little love while looking  back at the dark times that preceded the Prequel era. Plus, more of your great voicemail, we look forward to the season premiere of STAR WARS REBELS and more. 

Direct download: Rebel_Force_Radio__September_23_201.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 2:07pm CDT

In surprising breaking news, composer Michael Giacchino has signed on to take over the ROGUE ONE soundtrack duties, replacing Alexandre Desplat. We discuss the implications of this move, why it happened, and how it will affect the final film. More ROGUE ONE collectibles have been revealed and we look at them closely for clues about the upcoming movie. Plus, the latest EPISODE VIII updates, STAR WARS box office, Vader's red eyes, lots of listener voice mail, and more. 

Direct download: Rebel_Force_Radio__September_16_201.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 2:02pm CDT

Ahsoka vs Vader was the highlight of STAR WARS REBELS Season Two and left us with plenty to discuss and debate. We review the new REBELS Blu Ray and look back on that epic season-ending showdown. Toronto rocker Din from The Soles joins us to analyze the fate of Ahsoka and Dave Filoni artwork created for the TOPPS Star Wars Card Trader, while drawing surprising connections to The Tolkien Letters. Plus, ROGUE ONE updates with audio highlights from Riz Ahmed and the Emperor himself, Ian McDiarmid. And, listener voice mail, a wacky argument for the identity of Yoda's species, and The Soles jam The Rebel Force Radio song acoustic-style!

Direct download: Rebel_Force_Radio__September_9_2016.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 4:24pm CDT

Celebrating 10 years of Star Wars podcasting this week, Rebel Force Radio remembers the early years with the return of original co-host Pete Nadel. We pull the curtain back and recall stories from our past decade of shows. Plus, we feature audio highlights and parodies from our history that will surely make you laugh. And, we have Rogue One collecting news, a Mark Hamill beard update, giveaways, and much more. 

Direct download: Rebel_Force_Radio__September_2_2016.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 10:12am CDT

We talk ROGUE ONE action figures and character wardrobe on Jason Swank's Birthday. Plus, the fate of Luke Skywalker in EPISODE VIII, A report from Wizard World Chicago with highlights from Carrie Fisher's panel, we review Frozen composer Robert Lopez's recent appearance on Star Wars Oxygen and much more. Let's get it STAR WARS this week on RFR! 

Direct download: Rebel_Force_Radio__August_26_2016.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 11:00pm CDT

Robert Lopez, the award-winning composer of "Frozen", "Book of Mormon" and more, joins us in the studio to talk about how STAR WARS and the music of John Williams influenced and energized his career. Robert is a huge STAR WARS fan so he is in the right place for some great conversation about the saga.  Robert even reveals his official contribution to STAR WARS via Meco in the 90's. You have to hear it to believe it! Join us now for this exclusive interview with one of the most esteemed film composers of our time as Robert Lopez joins STAR WARS OXYGEN! 

Direct download: RFR_SWOxygen034.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 2:21pm CDT

Rebel Force Radio: August 19, 2016

Kenny Baker was the man who brought life to Artoo-Detoo. With his passing, we talk about his impact on STAR WARS and we share stories about our encounters with Kenny over the years along with audio highlights. Filmmaker friend J.C. Reifenberg (Hughes The Force)  joins us for the conversation and sticks around as we look at the ROGUE ONE international trailer and discuss newly revealed info about the characters. Plus, ROGUE ONE behind-the-scenes details, rumors and more. And, a John Williams update, Natalie Portman visits the STAR WARS set, William Shatner sings, and tons more stuff! 

Direct download: Rebel_Force_Radio__August_19_2016.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 10:47pm CDT

Star Wars Influences #19

Paul Bateman reviews the new ROGUE ONE trailer in the way only Paul can. Listen to his expert analysis and you will discover things you didn't before. Paul provides us with links to some of Ralph McQuarrie's original works and breaks down the trailer with a critical eye. Plus, Paul talks about the late Kenny Baker and reflects on his friendship with the legendary actor who brought Artoo-Detoo to life and more. 

Direct download: Star_Wars_Influences_19.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 10:17pm CDT

Rebel Force Radio: August 12, 2016

ROGUE ONE debuted it’s latest trailer this week during NBC’s Olympic coverage and we break it down shot-by-shot with our friend, The Dorky Diva herself, Savanna Kiefer. Hear our take on all the cool new visuals, characters and action revealed in this hot new trailer.  Plus, we have the freshest ROGUE ONE interview highlights from Donnie Yen and Jimmy Smits. And, we dig deep into the newest STAR WARS news stories including info on Lando Calrissian casting in the upcoming Han Solo film, THE FORCE AWAKENS 3D Collectors Edition, and, in the wake of new comments made by the head of ABC programming, we present an audio history of the long-awaited STAR WARS live-action television series and discuss the possibilities of it actually hitting the airwaves. 

Direct download: Rebel_Force_Radio__August_12_2016.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 6:59pm CDT

Star Wars Oxygen: Vol. 33: The TFA Music Spreadsheet

David Collins's research is complete and in this volume of STAR WARS OXYGEN, he reveals his music spreadsheet for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. Hear some of the stats David compiled for the TFA soundtrack along with his expert analysis. David also scavenges the cutting room floor and restores music for Rey's introduction in the film.  Plus, listener feedback and more.  

Direct download: RFR_SWOxygen033.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 1:55pm CDT

Rebel Force Radio: August 5, 2016

ROGUE ONE behind-the-scenes shakeup rumors resurface, STAR WARS 3D home video releases could be coming, Book review for STAR WARS AFTERMATH: LIFE DEBT, and "outrageous" Therapy Ewoks. Plus, George Lucas wants to buy a comic book...A very very expensive comic book, Lucas Museum opponents in Chicago insult STAR WARS fandom leading to another Jimmy Mac meltdown. Plus, RFR Slow and Tell, Dave Filoni remixed, and much more.

Direct download: Rebel_Force_Radio__August_5_2016.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 9:06pm CDT

Star Wars Oxygen Vol. 32: SWCE

David recaps Star Wars Celebration London with a full replay of his amazing panel "The Restored Music of The Empire Strikes Back".  Leaving no fan behind, RFR is the only place you can hear David's unforgettable presentation, recorded live at the Galaxy Stage in London's Excel Center. 

Direct download: RFR_SWOxygen032.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 6:56pm CDT

Rebel Force Radio: July 29, 2016

Young Han Solo, ROGUE ONE, and of course, STAR WARS EPISODE VIII are making news headlines these days and RFR is here to break it all down. This week, we’re hanging out with popular radio/media personality East Side Dave McDonald to talk STAR WARS news, fandom, and Sopranos tattoos. Aljon Go is back with a George Lucas sighting at Disneyland, we have more from Dave Filoni on the birth of the Rebellion and “Ahsoka’s Untold Tales”. We review Rian Johnson’s list of films that inspired the upcoming Episode VIII. Plus, star-studded young Han Solo auditions courtesy of Conan. And who will be our victim in this week’s segment of “RFR Slow and Tell”? Listen now and find out for yourself! 

Direct download: Rebel_Force_Radio__July_29_2016.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 9:06pm CDT

Star Wars Influences #18

He's the man who invented The Lightsaber. Oscar-Winning STAR WARS production designer Roger Christian joins Paul Bateman and Kyle Newman for an exclusive conversation about his career in film, his experiences working films such as STAR WARS and ALIEN, and working with George Lucas.  Check out this interview then read Roger's new book CINEMA ALCHEMIST, in stores now! 

Direct download: Star_Wars_Influences_18.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 5:21pm CDT

Rebel Force Radio: July 22, 2016

STAR WARS REBELS broke big news at Star Wars Celebration Europe with a massively successful panel and Season 3 trailer debut. We break it all down with our special in-studio guests, Aljon Go from Sorcerer Radio and RFR brother Billy Mac. Special guest Ashley Eckstein is "In The Cantina" to talk about SWCE and "Ahsoka's Lost Tales". "RFR Slow and Tell" is back. And, our wacky stories from the early years of Star Wars Celebration along with more from SWCE as we discuss all the panels, news and reveals to emerge from the convention.

Direct download: Rebel_Force_Radio__July_22_2016.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 1:50pm CDT

Star Wars Influences #17: SWCE with Dave Filoni

Paul Bateman spends time in the SWCE press room with Dave Filoni who gives us killer info about Star Wars Rebels Season 3, the evolution of Darth Maul, Kanan the blind Jedi, and the nature of The Force itself. When Filoni speaks, we listen! And this is simply you must hear for yourself. Paul also caught up with Sam Witwer to talk about the incorporation of EU/Legends characters into new canon. We talk about Alden Ehrenreich making his first-ever STAR WARS related public appearance and we give our first impressions on his potential as the future (young) Han Solo. Plus, Paul recounts his SWCE adventures including a review of the‪#‎CANTINA‬ concert and his hands-on experience with the next generation of immersive entertainment from Lucasfilm: ILMxLAB

Direct download: Star_Wars_Influences_17__SWCE_and_D.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 2:50pm CDT

Rebel Force Radio: July 16, 2016

The ROGUE ONE panel was the big highlight of day one of SWCE. Featuring the entire cast and showcasing a behind-the-scenes "sizzle" reel, this panel has driven fans into a frenzy. We review the footage shown shot-by-shot and break down every highlight of the revealing panel. RFR's bothan spy in London Paul Bateman saw the ROGUE ONE teaser trailer featuring Darth Vader that was screened exclusively for the panel audience. Paul gives us a detailed account of the trailer along with his review of SWCE day one in general. Plus, RFR Slow and Tell returns and much more! 

Direct download: Rebel_Force_Radio__July_16_2016.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 8:08pm CDT

Rebel Force Radio: July 1, 2016

In the wake of the huge ROGUE ONE details and images released by EW, reporter Anthony Breznican joins us to provide analysis, speculation, and information about the first spin-off STAR WARS STORY film coming this December. Anthony shares exclusive insight about the film's production and news about a potential traitor among the ranks of the ROGUE ONE rebellion. Listen to find out who we think it is!  And, Kyle Newman shares info about the latest project he’s attached to, RAIDERS! THE ADAPTATION. Plus, the fight for Lucas Museum in Chicago comes to a bitter end, James Cameron talks TFA, “RFR Slow And Tell”, and much more. 

Direct download: Rebel_Force_Radio__July_1_2016.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 4:00pm CDT

Star Wars Oxygen Vol. 31

John Williams was honored earlier this month with a lifetime achievement by the American Film Institute. Join us as we take you through the highlights from this star-studded ceremony. We'll hear from Harrison Ford, George Lucas and the maestro , John Williams himself. Plus, we provide all the commentary and analysis that STAR WARS OXYGEN is known for. It was an amazing event celebrating the career of an amazing individual. And the only time the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award was granted to a film composer - And rightfully so! 

Direct download: RFR_SWOxygen031.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 4:18pm CDT

Rebel Force Radio: June 24, 2016

ROGUE ONE character info and photos released by EW this week dominate our conversation, Forest Whitaker revealed as Saw Gerrera, Darth Vader's silver screen return confirmed, New info about The Emperor in the infamously shelved STAR WARS live-action TV show, Bob Iger talks about an Indiana Jones (re)boot, STAR WARS video game news, listener voice mail and more.

Direct download: Rebel_Force_Radio__June_24_2016.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 4:53pm CDT

Rebel Force Radio: June 17, 2016

Join RFR in Orlando for an amazing show recorded live at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista Resort. And this time the whole crew is in town, even Swank! We talk about our 3rd annual Disney listener meet-up with David Collins and Steve Glosson, review the STAR WARS LAUNCH BAY and STAR TOURS, and share tons of laughs with our live audience. Plus, we analyze the latest news about the never-ending struggle to build the Lucas Museum in Chicago, Luke’s lightsaber, and the challenge Darth Vader faces when using the bathroom. We have updates on John Williams, Harrison Ford’s beard, and you don’t want to miss RFR’s live performance of “Jabba Flow”! Maz’s Palace will never be the same again! 

Direct download: Rebel_Force_Radio__June_17_2016.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 1:09pm CDT

Rebel Force Radio: June 10, 2016

RFR is Live from Joliet Star Wars Day with special guests including author John Jackson Miller (STAR WARS: A New Dawn), writer Michael Witwer (Empire of Imagination), Fantasy Flight Games Keith Kappel, and the return of Cris Macht.  And it all kicks off with Congressman / Physicist Bill Foster (IL-D) who talks STAR WARS with a scientific twist. Join us for a fun and fast-paced day in Joliet, STAR WARS-style. This remote broadcast is brought to you by WGN Radio, The City of Joliet, and Heritage Corridor CVB.

Direct download: RebelForceRadio_061016_JolietSWDay.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 6:57pm CDT

Rebel Force Radio: May 27, 2016

“The Real Fans of the Saga” is a brand-new STAR WARS fan reality TV show coming this summer from Cris Macht. Cris and his wife Michelle join us in studio to talk about everything that has gone into creating the show. STAR WARS celebrates another anniversary.  We review interview audio from Lawrence Kasdan talking about the upcoming young Han Solo standalone film and Ewan McGregor considering his unfinished STAR WARS business. We have another Save The Lucas Museum update from ground zero in Chicago, an EMPIRE STRIKES BACK blast-from-the-past, and details about RFR road trips happening this summer with stops in Joliet and Orlando.

Direct download: RebelForceRadio_052716_RealFans.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 4:02pm CDT

Rebel Force Radio: May 13, 2016

Casting for young Han Solo targets one man, shooting Episode VIII continues, an Obi-Wan spin-off trilogy gets talked about again, and Mads Mikkelsen provides a revelation about his role in ROGUE ONE. These are among the current STAR WARS headlines to come across our desks at RFR HQ. We talk about it all! Plus, Jimmy Mac has an exclusive report from the Save The Lucas Museum rally in Chicago, Jason bumps into someone from that other “Star” franchise, we review the new STAR WARS documentary ELSTREE 1976 and learn more about the new and amazing STAR WARS Holograms with our special guests, Eric Doane and Ariel James from Zebra Imaging.

Direct download: RebelForceRadio_051316_WeeklyRFR_REV.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 3:21pm CDT

Star Wars Oxygen: Vol. 30

The maestro is featured on the STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Blu-ray on the bonus feature "John Williams: The Seventh Symphony". We review this cool featurette and speculate on Williams's future with the saga. Finally, the music from Maz Kanata's "watering hole" has been released! In a surprise move, "Jabba Flow" is now available at the official STAR WARS website and elsewhere. We listen to the release announcement from composer Lin Manuel Miranda with J.J. Abrams and review the track itself. Plus, we find Kylo Ren's theme in "The Hateful Eight" of all places, and more. 

Direct download: RFR_SWOxygen030.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 2:11pm CDT

RFR Live from Rancho Obi-Wan Part 2

RANCHO Force Radio continues with the second part of our live fundraiser at Steve Sansweet’s Rancho Obi-Wan. Find out what it takes to manage the museum home to the world’s largest STAR WARS collection and how you can visit and make a difference! More special guests are joining us for Part Two including James Arnold Taylor, David W. Collins, Lucasfilm’s Pete Vilmur, and Leland Chee from the STAR WARS story group. Join us for the party and be sure to help RFR raise funds for Rancho Obi-Wan! Visit http://donate.ranchoobiwan.org/RebelForceRadio to donate!

Direct download: RebelForceRadio_050616_RoW_02.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 12:13pm CDT

RFR Live from Rancho Obi-Wan: Part 1

The mecca for every STAR WARS fan is Rancho Obi-Wan, home to the largest STAR WARS collection in the world. But to keep this great museum alive, we must raise awareness and funds. Join us and make a difference as RFR becomes “Rancho Force Radio” with an incredible live podcast fundraiser recorded live at Rancho Obi-Wan. Steve Sansweet is here with us along with the incredible crew of supporters that keep ROW alive. One episode of RFR could not contain this marathon podcast so we broke it up into two. Let’s kick off part one with James Burns (Jedi News), Bonnie Burton (Star Wars Craft Book) and our very special guest, actor Sam Witwer!

Come back soon for Part Two of RFR Live from Rancho Obi-Wan with more special guests and surprises. 

MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Visit www.ranchoobiwan.org and make a donation to keep the museum alive and thriving!  

Direct download: RebelForceRadio_050416_RoW_01.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 9:15am CDT

Film Commentary with Sam Witwer: The Force Awakens

Sam Witwer joins us for our audio commentary track of STAR WARS:THE FORCE AWAKENS. As with all of our commentary tracks, you canplay this while you watch TFA or listen as a stand-alone podcast.You never know what Sam will say or what amazing theories he comesup with! So cue up your copy of THE FORCE AWAKENS and watch it withRFR! 

Direct download: RebelForceRadio_042916_TFACommentary.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 6:10pm CDT

Rebel Force Radio: April 22, 2016

J.J. Abrams talked about Rey’s parents at the Tribeca Film Fest and our microphones were there. We analyze everything J.J. had to say about STAR WARS at the event. Plus, we have a preview of the upcoming novel release STAR WARS BLOODLINE, news about a new project for Daisy Ridley, STAR WARS vs AVATAR, discussion about the elusive Constable Zuvio, listener feedback and more.

Direct download: RebelForceRadio_042216_WeeklyRFR.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 9:38am CDT

Rebel Force Radio: April 15, 2016

The rumors for STAR WARS EPISODE VIII have kicked into high gear. We have a spoiler section devoted to the so-called “script leaks” that have hit the web recently. Legit or absurd? We’ll let you decide! The mystery of Threepio’s red arm in TFA has finally been solved via Marvel Comics “C-3PO” one-off and we have a full review of the story. Plus, young Han Solo and Darth Vader casting rumors, Daisy Ridley talks about the future of Rey at the MTV Movie Awards, J.J. talks about more TFA deleted scenes yet to come, a STAR WARS at Disney Parks update, including deets on RFR Live in Orlando and more.

Direct download: RebelForceRadio_041516_EpVIIIRumors.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 3:14pm CDT

Rebel Force Radio: April 8, 2016

Dave Filoni is IN THE CANTINA to give us his insight into the STAR WARS REBELS season two finale, THE FORCE AWAKENS and more exclusive info. The era of ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY has officially arrived with the release of the first teaser trailer this week. We provide shot-by-shot analysis! Plus, The TFA Blu-ray, listener feedback and more! 

Direct download: RebelForceRadio_040816_R1Trailer_Dav.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 4:09pm CDT

Star Wars Rebels: Declassified: "Twilight of the Apprentice"

David Collins joins us to talk about the shocking and stunning season two finale of STAR WARS REBELS. The events in the hour-long "Twilight of the Apprentice" have serious repercussions on Ahsoka Tano, Darth Maul and the crew of The Ghost. Nothing will be the same again in the REBELS universe. We talk about it all in this epic roundtable discussion. 

Direct download: SWRD_040416_TwilightOfApprentice.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 9:02pm CDT

Rebel Force Radio: April 1, 2016

Sam Witwer and Ashley Eckstein join us for their first interviews following the mind-blowing STAR WARS REBELS Season Two Finale. We recap the Rebels red carpet event in LA with audio highlights from Dave Filoni and Simon Kinberg along with a full report from our man-on-the-scene, Jimmy Mac. The home video release of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS is here! We give you our initial, spoiler-free reviews of the Blu-ray. Plus, Ewan McGregor talks more about returning to STAR WARS as Obi-Wan Kenobi and Billy Dee is back! With so many amazing things happening on the STAR WARS scene, there's no foolin' around this week on RFR.

Direct download: RebelForceRadio_040116_Sam_Ashley_Re.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 3:39pm CDT

Star Wars Rebels: Declassified: "The Mystery of Chopper Base"

The crew of The Ghost get a little downtime to settle into their new base before the you-know-what hits the fan for Kanan and the gang. The peace is short-lived however when Captain Rex finds himself in a sticky situation.  Jason, Jimmy and Spencer break down all the action in "The Mystery of Chopper Base" including the Ralph McQuarrie influence, Ezra's growing dark side connection, and how Season Two may conclude.

Direct download: SWRD_032916_ChopperBase.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 11:04pm CDT

Rebel Force Radio: March 25, 2016

Bonnie Burton has been a multi-media superstar for years and her impact on STAR WARS fandom is undeniable. Bonnie joins us to talk about her groundbreaking social media work, her history with Lucasfilm, and her love of sock puppets.  Bonnie give us her review of THE FORCE AWAKENS and comments on the latest STAR WARS news headlines including casting for the young Han Solo film, the return of Indiana Jones, and the latest interviews from Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill. Plus, we report on the STAR WARS books panel at C2E2 with audio highlights, listener feedback and more.

Direct download: RebelForceRadio_032516_BonnieBurton.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 2:57pm CDT

Star Wars Rebels: Declassified: "The Forgotten Droid"

“The Forgotten Droid” features Chopper on his own as he gets separated from the crew of The Ghost and finds himself on an adventure. We break the whole episode down from start-to-finish with a great roundtable discussion featuring expert analysis from our esteemed panelists. Joining Jimmy Mac and STAR WARS artist Spencer Brinkerhoff III are Tricia Barr (Fangirls Going Rogue) and Geek Out Loud’s Steve Glosson.

Direct download: SWRD_031816_TheForgottenDroid.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 11:33am CDT

Star Wars Oxygen Vol. 29

The music of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS reveals many of the diverse influences that inspired composer extraordinaire John Williams. From classical music to his own rich catalog of soundtracks, we are hearing several familiar themes and call-backs. We find examples of music from INDIANA JONES and THE LAST CRUSADE, the STAR WARS prequels, and even HARRY POTTER that found new life in TFA. Plus, we listen closely to the TFA tracks “Scherzo For X-Wings”, “Torn Apart” and “The Starkiller”, we discuss “The Imperial March” in the major key, and speculate on John Williams future in STAR WARS. All this along with videogame music from STAR WARS: FORCE COMMANDER, listener feedback, and even a little Beethoven!  

Direct download: RFR_SWOxygen029.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 2:53pm CDT

Rebel Force Radio: March 11, 2016

READY PLAYER ONE author Ernest Cline joins us IN THE CANTINA to talk about THE FORCE AWAKENS and more. We’ve been pals with Ernie since FANBOYS, so it’s great to get caught up. The cameras are rolling! We get up-to-date with EPISODE VIII location shooting in Dubrovnik, Croatia. In other news, Daisy Ridley talks to the press, J.J. Abrams admits he made a mistake, and REBELS ramps up to a huge season two conclusion. Plus, listener feedback, ROGUE ONE speculation, and much more.   

Direct download: RebelForceRadio_031116_ErnestCline.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 12:00pm CDT

Star Wars Rebels: Declassified: "Shroud Of Darkness"

Jedi temples! Crazy visions! Inquisitors! Yoda! Darth Vader! There was a lot to like about the STAR WARS REBELS season two episode “Shroud of Darkness". From Ahsoka's realization that Anakin may still be alive, to Ezra's growing connection to The Force, there is much to discuss. Joining us at The Roundtable for some killer conversation are two very esteemed guests. STAR WARS author Adam Bray brings us his wisdom acquired while writing STAR WARS REBELS: THE VISUAL GUIDE. And we welcome the return of our old pal, STAR WARS artist and noted REBELS expert Spencer Brinkerhoff III

Direct download: SWRD_030716_ShroudOfDarkness.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 7:51pm CDT

Rebel Force Radio: March 4, 2016

This week in STAR WARS, we finally got an announcement about the release of THE FORCE AWAKENS in Blu-ray and Digital HD. We speculate about what deleted scenes will be on the disc, along with a personal look back at the history of STAR WARS home video releases.  Big wig Bob Iger gave a STAR WARS progress report at the annual Disney Stockholders Meeting and our microphones were there. Hear updates on ROGUE ONE, Episode VIII, and Disney parks. Plus, STAR WARS gets snubbed at The Oscars, listener feedback and more. 

Direct download: RebelForceRadio_030416_WeeklyRFR.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 2:40pm CDT

Star Wars Rebels: Declassified: "The Honorable Ones"

A heated rematch between Zeb and Kallus leads to a harsh situation where they must put down their arms and work together in “The Honorable Ones”.  We break down this season 2 episode of STAR WARS REBELS at The Roundtable with RFR brother Billy Mac.

Direct download: SWRD_030116_TheHonorableOnes.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 10:35am CDT

Rebel Force Radio: February 26, 2016

All the latest STAR WARS news with cutting-edge analysis and conversation! That’s what you get this week on RFR including the latest news about THE FORCE AWAKENS, ROGUE ONE, and more. We have more about the death of Han Solo, The Stormtrooper who banged his head, and familiar voices return to STAR WARS REBELS. Plus, STAR WARS at Disney Parks update, Jimmy Mac’s STAR WARS Room, listener feedback and more. Joining us this week to talk about it all is RFR brother Billy Mac! 

Direct download: RebelForceRadio_022616_WeeklyRFR.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 4:14pm CDT

Star Wars Rebels: Declassified: "The Homecoming"

We finally get more on Hera’s backstory in the latest episode of STAR WARS REBELS. “The Homecoming” features a reunion between father and daughter revealing more history about the pilot of The Ghost.  Plus, with Hera’s dad being Cham Syndulla, we get more connections between REBELS and THE CLONE WARS!  Joining us this week to connect-the-dots at The Roundtable is Australian comedian/podcaster Steele Saunders (Steele Wars).

Direct download: SWRD_022316_TheHomecoming.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 12:24pm CDT

Rebel Force Radio: February 19, 2016

Hardcore fans have known for a long time about the clumsy Stormtrooper who walked head first into a door in the original STAR WARS.  Actor/musician Laurie Goode AKA “The Stormtrooper Who Hit His Head” joins us “In The Cantina” to talk about his experience on the set of STAR WARS, the characters he portrayed and of course, the scene that made him a freeze-frame legend.  Principle photography for STAR WARS EPISODE VIII has begun! We have the latest news, rumors and speculation. Plus, ROGUE ONE updates, listener feedback and more. 

Direct download: RebelForceRadio_021916_WeeklyRFR.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 1:23pm CDT

Star Wars Oxygen Vol. 28: TFA Part 4

We are cleaning out the Oxygen mailbag and featuring your feedback in this volume of STAR WARS OXYGEN. Everyone is talking about THE FORCE AWAKENS and listening to the soundtrack. Many loyal RFR listeners have been filling up our inbox with some amazing observations. Hear what we have to say! Plus, a fresh piece of listener music inspired by Oxygen, "Finn's Confession", more of "The Falcon", and a review of the "Star Wars Ultimate Soundtrack Collection". 

Direct download: RFR_SWOxygen028.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 11:50am CDT

Star Wars Rebels: Declassified: "The Call"

Kanan and the gang meet space whale squids in STAR WARS REBELS, “The Call”. You think that sounds weird, wait ‘til you hear what we have to say about this season two episode! Joining Jason and Jimmy to talk purgils at the RFR Roundtable is film maker J.C.Reifenberg (Summer of ‘78/Hughes The Force).

Direct download: SWRD_021616_TheCall.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 9:38am CDT

Rebel Force Radio: February 12, 2016

He was the man who introduced Obi-Wan to Chewie, but yet, his true identity was unknown. The name of the actor who played STAR WARS cantina character BoShek has remained a mystery for decades…Until earlier this week. Thanks to the efforts of crime reporter Billy Jensen (with a little help from Cantina expert Tom Spina), BoShek has finally been identified. This week on RFR, Billy tells us how he discovered who was the man behind BoShek and explains why he took on the task. The junior novelization for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS hits store shelves on February 16th. Author Michael Kogge joins us In The Cantina for a behind-the-scenes look at how the book came together. Disney head honcho Bob Iger talked about what lay ahead for STAR WARS during his quarterly stock holders update and our microphones were there. We play audio highlights so you get the all the deets directly from the man upstairs. Plus, Forest Whitaker talks ROGUE ONE, Jimmy Mac takes his dad to TFA and more!

Direct download: RebelForceRadio_021316_BroShek.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 12:59am CDT

Star Wars Rebels: Declassified: "Legend of the Lasat"

Zeb’s mysterious past and the fate of his people finally gets revealed in STAR WARS REBELS. The season two episode “Legends of the Lasat” not only provides revelations about Zeb’s warrior past, but new info about his people and their spiritual relationship to the Force-esque energy field known as The Ashla. Joining Jimmy and Jason at the RFR Roundtable to get their Zeb on are the always-engaging and insightful Techno-Retro Dads:  Stuart Tullis and Josh Stolte. 

Direct download: SWRD_020816_LegendsOfTheLasat.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 5:26pm CDT

Rebel Force Radio: February 5, 2016

Rancho Obi-Wan’s Steve Sansweet joins us to share his review of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. We review audio highlights of director Colin Trevorrow talking EPISODE IX at Sundance and Ewan McGregor on "Jimmy Kimmel Live". We open up the RFR Sound lab to deconstruct and reconstruct Sir Alec Guinness’s surprise vocal appearance in TFA. Plus, Listener Voice Mails, Topps STAR WARS trading cards, TFA on BluRay and more. 

Direct download: Rebel_Force_Radio__February_5_2016.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 4:16pm CDT

Star Wars Oxygen: Vol. 27: TFA Part 3

NEW OXYGEN! Our breakdown of the official soundtrack for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS continues. Join us as we identify theme music for Finn and Poe Dameron. We tear into “The Falcon”, the jazz influences for the track and where it may have originated. Plus, more on the music for Kylo Ren, Rey, and we revisit the theme for “Han and Leia”. And not to be missed, we found an “1138” reference from TFA that will blow your mind!

Direct download: RFR_SWOxygen027.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 10:31am CDT

Star Wars Rebels: Declassified MegaCast

REBELS is back!  We’re kicking off the second half of season two with a Declassified MegaCast featuring two roundtable discussions plus a special interview.  Joining us for her RFR debut is STAR WARS REBELS actress Julie Dolan, the voice of Princess Leia. Julie talks about bringing Leia to life and what it takes to make it happen. Join us for analysis of “A Princess on Lothal” and “The Protector of Concord Dawn” along with a breakdown of the spoilerific new trailer for season two.

Direct download: Star_Wars_Rebels_Declassified_MegaCast_012916.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 2:34pm CDT

Star Wars Influences #15: The Art of TFA

STAR WARS INFLUENCES is back for 2016 as we solidly settle into the era of THE FORCE AWAKENS. Now that the film is out, Paul Bateman can finally talk about whether or not he actually worked on it! Paul walks through his experiences at the UK premiere and opening night in Hollywood and then we take the deep dive into the film itself. Paul discusses the McQuarrie influence on the look of certain characters, ships and sets, including his analysis of the mysterious Snoke. Plus, we review the book STAR WARS: THE ART OF THE FORCE AWAKENS and more. It’s Bateman unleashed!

Direct download: Star_Wars_Influences_15__Art_of_TFA.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 6:20pm CDT

Rebel Force Radio: January 22, 2016

Adam Driver stole the show last weekend as Kylo Ren in SNL’s “Undercover Boss” skit. He killed it. Film prop and creature expert Tom Spina (www.tomspinadesigns.com) was on hand to help Adam with the authentic costume and mask. Hear his behind-the-scenes story this week as Tom joins us to talk about SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS and more!  Plus, we perform a STAR WARS intervention with Chicago media personality Evie Olson. And, we feature you guys in an extended Listener Feedback segment featuring your e-mails and more. 

Direct download: Rebel_Force_Radio__January_22_2016.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 12:39pm CDT

Rebel Force Radio: 1st TFA Commentary Track

You’ve seen STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS with your friends and family. Now, see the it with us! Jimmy Mac and Jason Swank sit down to watch the film from start-to-finish with their microphones to present you with the first-ever audio commentary track for EPISODE VII.  We take you through the entire film, scene-by-scene, to bring you TFA…RFR-STYLE! Go see the movie in the theater again this weekend and take us with you in your earbuds. We tell you exactly how to do it! Or, just listen to the show as a stand-alone recap podcast. It’s STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS with Rebel Force Radio!

Direct download: Star_Wars__The_Force_Awakens__First.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 12:02am CDT

Star Wars Oxygen: Vol. 26: TFA Part 2

We continue our breakdown of John Williams’s amazing soundtrack for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS with fresh discoveries about the music from one of the biggest films of all time. We discuss “Snoke” and its callback to a track from REVENGE OF THE SITH. Plus, we continue our discussion about “Rey’s Theme”, we analyze “March of the Resistance”, and did the Beastie Boys “Sure Shot” have any influence on this soundtrack as some have claimed? Hear what we think!

Direct download: RFR_SWOxygen026.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 6:06pm CDT

Rebel Force Radio: TFA Review Show #4

It’s the all-time US box office champ! STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS is breaking records at a record-breaking pace! Seems like everyone and their uncle are going to see this film and here at RFR HQ, we are getting some surprising feedback from those close to us. Listen to find out who they are and what they said! Plus, hear highlights of Jimmy Mac on the air in Chicago on WGN Radio with Wendy Snyder including THE FORCE AWAKENS actress Gloria Garcia (Jakku Villager) in her first-ever STAR WARS interview and more! 

Direct download: Rebel_Force_Radio__TFA_Review_Show_4.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 12:31pm CDT

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Roundtable

By popular demand, The RFR Jedi Council has gathered at The Roundtable to provide our initial analysis of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. From art aesthetic, to characters, to the story itself, we cover as much as possible with our crew of experts. With a show this big, we had to break it down into two parts. Joining Jason Swank and Jimmy Mac for round one are Kyle Newman, Paul Bateman and F.J. DeSanto. It’s a through conversation about the plot, design, and the new heroes of TFA, including Rey. Then, Sam Witwer and David W. Collins stop by to get deep about Han Solo, Kylo Ren, and much more.

Direct download: The_Force_Awakens_Roundtable.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 7:05pm CDT

Star Wars Oxygen: Vol. 25: TFA Part 1

It’s the most-anticipated episode of STAR WARS OXYGEN ever! Finally, David W. Collins is here to provide you with his initial breakdown of the soundtrack for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. David and Jimmy Mac walk you through some of the highlights including “Rey’s Theme” and its recurrence throughout the entire soundtrack and the new recording of “The Main Theme”. Plus, we address some of the early criticisms of the soundtrack and the skills of John Williams as a storyteller. With compositions so dense and rich, we will be talking about this music for a long time to come here on RFR's STAR WARS OXYGEN. 

Direct download: RFR_SWOxygen025.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 3:25pm CDT

Rebel Force Radio: TFA Review Show #3

After one week in release, THE FORCE AWAKENS continues to pack theaters and generate amazing conversation. The vibe continues here at RFR in earnest as we present our latest review show. From the humor to the drama of the film, we cover it all. It’s a podcaster reunion as we are joined by our old friend Pete Nadel, the STAR WARS podcasting pioneer who offers his always entertaining analysis of the saga and beyond. From “Famous Monsters” magazine, executive editor David Weiner stops by to provide his critical take on EPISODE VII. And STAR WARS artist Kevin Liell visits us with his review of TFA, delivered in his trademark, straight-shooting style. Merry Christmas from Jason Swank, Jimmy Mac and “Your Source For The Force”, REBEL FORCE RADIO.

Direct download: TFA_Review_Show_3.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 12:37am CDT

Rebel Force Radio: TFA Review Show #2

THE FORCE AWAKENS continues to topple box office worldwide and STAR WARS fever tightens its grip on the galaxy. This means no downtime for RFR! We are back with more commentary and conversation about the film everyone is talking about. Joining us are two very special guests who can actually be seen on screen in Ep VII!  And even better, it's their first ever STAR WARS interviews! Arti Shah (Gonk/Maz Kanata Motion Capture Double) stops by to talk about her amazing experiences on the TFA sets in London and Abu Dhabi. And, winner of the Force For Change walk-on role, DC Barnes relives his ultimate fan experience with RFR.

Direct download: TFA_Review_2.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 12:29pm CDT

Rebel Force Radio: TFA Review Show #1

Following an insane opening night and even more intense opening day, we have retreated to the RFR studios to process our emotions, discuss our feelings, and break down our analysis of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. Joining us are a couple of old friends who actually contributed to what you hear in TFA. David W. Collins and James Arnold Taylor provided their vocal talents for a slew of characters in the new film. The guys tell us how it happened and who they voiced. Plus, we begin what will be a continuing conversation about all-things-Episode VII in this, the first of a series of shows to wrap up 2015. 

Direct download: Rebel_Force_Radio__TFA_Reaction_Show.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 1:09am CDT

Rebel Force Radio: TFA Opening Night Live

It's TFA Day! Join us for opening night live at Hollywood Blvd. Cinema in the Chicago suburbs for a live RFR featuring tons of great STAR WARS conversation, music, and excitement. We are with our family, friends, and fellow fans for this historic event. Then, stick around after the credits for our first review and initial thoughts about THE FORCE AWAKENS. 

Direct download: Rebel_Force_Radio__December_18_2015.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 11:41am CDT

Star Wars Rebels: Declassified "Legacy"

We wrap up the first half of STAR WARS REBELS season 2 with "Legacy". A long-running loose end from Ezra's past gets tied up as the fate of his parents is revealed. Joining us to discuss this exciting episode is Toronto Filmmaker and RFR documentarian Sheldon Norton. 

Direct download: SWRD_121515_Legacy.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 11:21am CDT

Rebel Force Radio: December 11, 2015

Last Sunday, STAR WARS THE FORCE AWAKENS cast and crew met with the media at a special event in L.A. and our microphones were there! Hear from J.J. Abrams, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Jon Boyega, Kathleen Kennedy, Oscar Isaac and more. RFR has all the highlights along with our trademark commentary and conversation. Plus, we go In The Cantina with David Weiner, the executive editor of FAMOUS MONSTERS, who gives us the lowdown regarding their STAR WARS Spectacular, including his interview with Mark Hamill and discussion about all the famous monsters in the STAR WARS universe. Plus, more about the AT&T UVerse Buzz STAR WARS Celebration special featuring contributions from the RFR family, and more. Anticipation is at a fever pitch as we prep for our opening night live remote from Hollywood Blvd. Cinema in the Chicago suburbs. We hope to see you there!

Direct download: RebelForceRadio_121115_OneWeekTilTFA.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 1:32pm CDT

Star Wars Rebels: Declassified "The Future of the Force"

Kyle Newman is back to review and analyze "The Future Of The Force" featuring the return of the Fifth Brother and the Seventh Sister.  And finally, Ahsoka gets into the action with her dual-white lightsabers! This is the second of a Star Wars Rebels: Declassified double-feature this week. Be sure to also listen to our review of "Stealth Strike", also with Kyle Newman.

Direct download: SWRD_120715_002_TheFutureOfTheForce.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 8:48pm CDT

Star Wars Rebels: Declassified "Stealth Strike"

Kyle Newman joins us at the roundtable to talk about the exciting "Stealth Strike". Kanan gets back into the heat of battle onboard an Imperial Interdictor Cruiser as he attempts to rescue Ezra. This is the first of two episodes of Star Wars Rebels: Declassified for this week. Be sure to also check out our roundtable discussion for "The Future of the Force", also featuring Kyle Newman. 

Direct download: SWRD_120715_001_StealthStrike.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 7:52pm CDT

RFR Bonus: Dave Filoni

STAR WARS REBELS Executive Producer and RFR's leader in the Wolf Pack Dave Filoni joins us to discuss the mysteries of season 2 including the return of Captain Rex and the rise of 2 new inquisitors. Dave fills us in on what has happened so far, along with tons of behind-the-scenes stories and tantalizing hints of what's to come. Plus, we talk about the build-up to THE FORCE AWAKENS and tales from his experiences working with George Lucas. Do not miss this exclusive RFR podcast conversation with Dave Filoni.

Direct download: RebelForceRadio_111115_DaveFiloni.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 4:56pm CDT

Rebel Force Radio: September 11, 2015

We recap FORCE FRIDAY and get an update on the upcoming RFR documentary WHEN THE GALAXY LISTENS with Toronto filmmaker Sheldon Norton; More from our visit with Dave Filoni at Lucasfilm; We review the Sphero BB-8 App Enabled Droid; Mads Mikkelson may have revealed his ROGUE ONE character name and Benecio del Toro is talking about EPISODE VIII; Plus, Wilhelm Scream Beer, Hoggsquattle gets identified, and what is the significance of the number 2187 to STAR WARS? Find out this week on RFR! Destination: STAR WARS.     

Direct download: Rebel_Force_Radio__September_11_201.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 10:21am CDT

Breaking news! Reliable sources are reporting the hire of Director J.J. Abrams to helm the Star Wars sequel trilogy and RebelForce Radio breaks down the information. Joining us are our RFR correspondents in LA - KYLE NEWMAN and JAIME KING - And our man in London, PAUL BATEMAN.  Then, we go In The Cantina with Clone Wars actor MATT LANTER (Anakin Skywalker). And, we catch up with editor JONATHAN WILKINS who gives us the scoop about what's coming up in the next issue of Star Wars Insider Magazine. Plus, James Arnold Taylor autographed photos, Billy Dee, Filoni meets Fr. Guido Sarducci, and much more!

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 12:56pm CDT

The long-awaited team-up between Darth Maul, Savage Opress and Death Watch is finally here! Join RebelForce Radio's Clone Wars: Declassified as we discuss the newest episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars: "Eminence." Jason and Jimmy tear this episode apart with the help of some very good friends: Film Director Kyle Newman (Fanboys) and drummer extraordinaire Andy Hurley of Fall Out Boy. 

Direct download: RFR_CWDeclassified_514_Eminence.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 12:11am CDT

Jason Swank and Jimmy Mac present the premiere episode of RebelForce Radio: Star Wars News and Commentary, featuring Supervising Director of Star Wars: The Clone Wars Dave Filoni. Plus, listen to learn how you can win an autographed 8x10 photo--personalized--from Clone Wars actor James Arnold Taylor. Plus, Billy Dee and much more in the debut of RebelForce Radio: Your NEW Source for the Force.

Direct download: RebelForceRadio_011913_PremiereEp_Da.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 3:37am CDT