Rebel Force Radio: Star Wars Podcast

Our spy Agent Kitster has come through with the goods this time! We have wardrobe reference photos from OBI-WAN KENOBI. We describe the photos and discuss how the costumes will be seen in the upcoming Disney+ STAR WARS series. (Look for the pix on the RFR YouTube channel coming soon!) We also look at more sets from the project codenamed "Pilgrim", which is believed to be ANDOR. Temuera Morrison has wrapped up shooting THE BOOK OF BOBA FETT and he's living large at a Polynesian spa in New Zealand. Hear updates from Tem himself. We also have interview highlights from Liam Neesen, Ewan McGregor, and Pedro Pascal who informs us that season 3 of THE MANDALORIAN might not be coming as soon as we originally thought. Plus, A Million Little Things in Star Wars in Pop Culture and a fun audio breakdown of the RFR show open.

Direct download: RFR_061721_StarWarsPodcast.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 5:00pm CDT

S1 E7
"Battle Scars"

The Bad Batch team up with Rex to learn they all are ticking time bombs, and Wrecker's time has run out! We are talking all about "Battle Scars" with live callers and reactions.

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 2:50pm CDT

Actor Dominic Pace appeared in THE MANDALORIAN season one as the cool looking bounty hunter Gekko. Since then, he’s dedicated himself to serving the STAR WARS fan community and small businesses with a series of cross-country tours, and he’s hitting the road again this summer. Dominic joins us In The Cantina to fill us in with all the details about his tour, his experience on The Mandalorian set and his fan favorite character. J.J. Abrams recently commented on the lack of properly planning the sequel trilogy story in advance. We listen to what J.J. had to say and discuss. A top secret RFR source has passed along some photos from the set of OBI-WAN KENOBI (or is it ANDOR?). We describe the pix and consider their legitimacy. (See them now on the RFR YouTube Channel!) STAR WARS super fan Bill Reidway has spent the past three years developing a valuable resource for collectors, HappyBeeps.net. Bill joins us to tell the story about how the website came to life and where he sees it heading in the future.

Direct download: RFR_061021_StarWarsPodcast.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 5:00pm CDT

S1 E6 "Decomissioned" The Bad Batch takes on a job that brings them face-to-face with Battle Droid relics from The Clone Wars, along with a pair of notorious sisters. We talk about everything, including the mysterious hologram and Wrecker's recurring headache, with live listener calls and more.

Direct download: BadBatch006_060421_Decommissioned.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 11:37pm CDT

Join us as we sit down for a pair of great season 2 episodes of THE MANDALORIAN. We're watching "Chapter 14: The Tragedy" featuring the series debut of Boba Fett. The second half of our doubleheader is "Chapter 15: The Believer" featuring Mayfeld, Cara Dune, Fennic Shand, Boba and The Mando on a mission to get info about the whereabouts of Baby Yoda aka Grogu. Plus, we make connections between this series and THE BAD BATCH, look ahead to THE BOOK OF BOBA FETT and season three of The Mandalorian. You can cue up the episodes and watch along with us or listen as a normal podcast for fun conversation about two instant classic chapters of the popular STAR WARS series.

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

S1 E5 “Rampage” Baby Rancors! RFR's THE BAD BATCH After Show returns with an in-depth look at season 1 episode 5, "Rampage." We talk all about the action on Ord Mantell with your thoughts and opinions about this latest STAR WARS adventure.

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 3:49pm CDT

We celebrate the real STAR WARS Day - May 25th 1977 - and the 44th anniversary of the ground-breaking film that started it all. We share memories from that era, recall our favorite early Star Wars merch, the history of theatrical re-releases, Special Editions and more. Last week, news came out of Lucasfilm that Dave Filoni had received a promotion bumping him up into the executive ranks. We try to provide some insight into what this move really means. The future of THE RANGERS OF THE NEW REPUBLIC is in doubt due to a recent report the streaming show is no longer in active development. Does this mean the show is toast? We discuss! Plus, feedback about the latest episode of THE BAD BATCH and more!

Direct download: RFR_052621_StarWarsPodcast.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 5:00pm CDT

S1 E4 "Cornered" Join us for our weekly BAD BATCH After Show as we take a look at episode 4: "Cornered." Out of fuel and out of food, The Bad Batch find themselves struggling to adapt to civilian life when a mysterious figure hunts for Omega. We break it all down with you LIVE, with callers and conversation as only RFR can deliver.

Direct download: BadBatch004_052121_Cornered.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 10:42pm CDT

Film producer F.J. DeSanto joins us to discuss the manner in which franchise movies are produced, the influence of nerd culture in Hollywood, THE BAD BATCH and the rumors we recently reported about the making of THE RISE OF SKYWALKER. As always, F.J. shoots from the hip and tells it like it is without any filter (You’ve been warned). Ewan McGregor talks more about his wardrobe for the upcoming OBI-WAN KENOBI series and we discuss. Plus, we listen to some hilarious George Lucas stories from Seth Rogan and Conan O’Brien, and Patton Oswalt weighs in with his thoughts on THE MANDALORIAN.

Direct download: RFR_052021_StarWarsPodcast.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 4:51pm CDT

S1 E3 "Replacements" The Batch get stuck on a desolate moon, Omega tames a dragon, and the new Imperial Elite Squad does the unthinkable. Join us as we discuss the whole episode with listener calls, including STAR WARS author Adam Bray.

Direct download: BadBatch003_051421_Replacements.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 11:21pm CDT

JUPITER'S LEGACY is the #1 show on Netflix worldwide and features a familiar face. Matt Lanter, probably best known to STAR WARS fans as the voice of Anakin Skywalker on THE CLONE WARS, stars in this new superhero drama as George Hutchense aka Skyfox and he joins us In The Cantina to talk about his hit show. Plus, there's quite a bit of Clone Wars conversation too, including Matt's review of THE BAD BATCH. Ewan McGregor appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live with an update from the set of OBI-WAN KENOBI and we got the highlights. The estate of David Prowse recently conducted an auction featuring some of the late Darth Vader actor's personal items. We have an exclusive report from the auction itself! Plus, we look back at the ever-evolving Krayt Dragon sound effect from STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE and more!

Direct download: RFR_051321_StarWarsPodcast.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 5:01pm CDT

S1 E2 "Cut and Run" The Bad Batch visit "The Deserter" from season two of THE CLONE WARS, former Clone Trooper Cut Laquwane on the planet Saluecemi to seek his help, but end up helping Cut and his family instead. Plus, Omega discovers dirt! We review this episode featuring plenty of cool Clone Wars callbacks, creature threats, blaster action and an Empire beginning to spread it's treachery across a post-war galaxy. Featuring live listener calls and tons of fun conversation!

Direct download: BadBatch002_050721_CutAndRun.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 11:34pm CDT

S1 E1 Aftermath

The debut of the all-new CLONE WARS spinoff, STAR WARS: THE BAD BATCH is here! Enjoy our analysis and listener calls about the series premiere "Aftermath", plus a surprise lengthy call from BAD BATCH actor Stephen Stanton (Tarkin).

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 11:51pm CDT

The Toy Guru Scott Neitlich joins us In The Cantina with the inside scoop on how STAR WARS action figures get made and distributed, including the sad demise of the traditional 3.75-inch action figure. Scott is a toy industry veteran and huge Star Wars fan who provides invaluable behind-the-scenes info every collector needs to hear. We look forward to the premiere of THE BAD BATCH coming next week and prep for our live RFR Bad Batch After Shows (coming to YouTube May the Fourth). “You refer to the prophecy of the one who will bring Balance to The Force”. Mace Windu made this statement in THE PHANTOM MENACE, we discuss what this may mean and wonder why “Balance of The Force” was never used as a film or book title. Plus, Cindel sings, Baby Grogu gets a shoutout from a DC Comics TV show and more!

Direct download: RFR_043021_StarWarsPodcast.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 12:52pm CDT

Interesting behind-the-scenes Reddit rumors about the making of THE RISE OF SKYWALKER, we review the new USPS STAR WARS stamps honoring the droids of The Saga and pay tribute to Ewok actor Felix Silla with interview highlights from the RFR Archives.

Direct download: RFR_042321_StarWarsPodcast.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 5:01pm CDT

Ewan McGregor’s OBI-WAN KENOBI series is going in front of the cameras and the cast has been officially announced! Concept artist and friend of the show Paul Bateman joins us to review the cast and guess their roles. Plus, Paul sticks around for Reddit Rumors as we look at a recent post from an alleged insider who spills the beans about the drama surrounding the Sequel Trilogy. From George Lucas’s exit to the ever-shifting sequel scripts, we look at all the rumors and discuss! Plus, voice mail gets us thinking about the stupidest thing Palpatine ever did, STAR WARS collecting talk, memories, stories and more!

Direct download: RFR_041621_StarWarsPodcast.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 5:46pm CDT

To celebrate the release of the two Vintage STAR WARS Ewok films from the 80s on Disney+, we reconnect with actor Eric Walker who starred in the movies as Mace Towani. Eric joins us to share memories of working on the set with George Lucas and tons of behind-the-scenes stories. An all-new trailer for THE BAD BATCH recently dropped and we have a shot-by-shot review with speculation about the upcoming CLONE WARS spinoff. In news headlines, highlights from recent interviews with a pair of fan-casting favorites as Sebastian Stan addresses the rumor/buzz about him playing young Luke Skywalker and Benedict Cumberbatch discusses the possibility of portraying Grand Admiral Thrawn in THE MANDALORIAN. Plus, Liam Neeson shared a story about Artoo Detoo with The Graham Norton show that provides a ton of laughs and SpongeBob duels with Patrick Star on Mustafar.

Direct download: RFR_040921_StarWarsPodcast.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 5:01am CDT

The RFR switchboard is wide-open and we’re talking everything YOU want to discuss, including speculation about the upcoming STAR WARS Disney+ series OBI-WAN KENOBI and THE BAD BATCH. How much Hayden Christensen as Darth Vader will we see in “Kenobi”? Will The Bad Batch share the Order 66 “programming” that the other Clone Troopers possess? And will we learn the origin of Baby Yoda aka Grogu in one of the streaming series? In collecting talk, we offer suggestions to Hasbro to satisfy fan demand and Jaxxon is joining the Black Series action figure ranks.

Direct download: RFR_032621_StarWarsPodcast.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 3:24pm CDT

Cue up THE MANDALORIAN Season two and watch along with us! This time, we’re watching Chapter 12 “The Siege” and a big one, Chapter 13 “The Jedi” featuring the live action debut of Ahsoka Tano. You can have us in your ears while you watch, or just listen as a podcast, and enjoy some of the finest (and most fun) STAR WARS we’ve seen in a long time.

Direct download: RFR_031921_StarWarsPodcast.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 4:33pm CDT

Mike Quinn is the talent behind Nien Nunb in RETURN OF THE JEDI and the Sequel Trilogy. Mike joins us IN THE CANTINA to talk about his journey from The Muppets to STAR WARS and shares stories from his career, including memories from working with Billy Dee Williams, George Lucas and more. Speaking of The Muppets, recently Disney+ added THE MUPPET SHOW to its streaming service, including the STAR WARS episode from 1980 featuring Mark Hamill & Anthony Daniels. We look back at the famous episode and feature highlights. Disney head honcho Bob Chapek addressed a few controversial Star Wars topics during a recent investors conference call, including the Gina Carano situation and Kathleen Kennedy’s future with Lucasfilm. We hear what he said and offer our opinions. Plus, listener feedback opens up a fun conversation about The Battle of Endor and more!

Direct download: RFR_031221_StarWarsPodcast.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 4:34pm CDT

If Weird Al is the grandfather of STAR WARS parody songs, then Mark Jonathan Davis aka Richard Cheese is the crazy uncle. Mark has been providing tons of Star Wars laughs over the past 2 decades via albums like “The Lounge Awakens” and songs like “The Phantom Medley”. We’re happy and honored to welcome him into The Cantina to talk all about his Star Wars parodies, fandom and more. Plus, listener feedback, The Lemmy Trooper, and we go into the RFR Sound Lab to find a familiar and famous voice hidden in the RETURN OF THE JEDI Radio Drama.

Direct download: RFR_030521_StarWarsPodcast.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 1:49am CDT

We review highlights from Gina Carano’s first interview since her controversial termination from THE MANDALORIAN and share our final thoughts. THE BOOK OF BOBA FETT production update from Temuera Morrison, THE BAD BATCH gets a premiere date and we share our speculation about the first season, Sci-Fi scribe Ronald D. Moore considers writing a future STAR WARS streaming series, Jon Favreau discusses the multigenerational magic of STAR WARS and continues to earn mad props from us in the process. Plus, that time Rush Limbaugh had a cameo on STAR WARS FAMILY GUY.

Direct download: RFR_022621_StarWarsPodcast.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 4:46pm CDT

We discuss and debate the Gina Carano blowup and feature listener feedback about the controversy. Should there be a new actress playing Cara in future episodes? Or should they just forget the character and move on? And what does this mean for THE MANDALORIAN and The STAR WARS franchise moving forward? It's complicated. Join us as we try to wrap our heads around this very messy situation.

Direct download: RFR_021921_StarWarsPodcast.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 4:09pm CDT

Duel of the Fates. Splinter of the Mind's Eye. Star Wars Underworld. These are examples of fully fleshed-out STAR WARS stories that never went into production. Courtesy of the latest issue of SFX Magazine cover story, we review the history of “Unseen Star Wars”, including early drafts from The Original Trilogy through Colin Trevorrow’s abandoned script to Episode IX. Paul Bateman joins us for the full, in-depth conversation!

Direct download: RFR_021221_StarWarsPodcast.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 5:21pm CDT

Speculation about the upcoming Star Wars streaming series dominates much of the conversation on our first edition of RFR Thursday Night Live. Our phone lines are open and we take listener calls from the greatest audience of Star Wars fans in the entire galaxy. Hear what your fellow fans want to talk about as we discuss everything happening in Star Wars including THE MANDALORIAN and the future for Baby Yoda, rumors of a "civil war" happening at Lucasfilm, and disappointment with Star Wars licensee Hasbro. And, as always, lots of laughs!

Direct download: RFR_020521_StarWarsPodcast.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 5:19pm CDT

Krayt Dragons! Boba Fett! Bo Katan! Frog Lady! Season 2 of THE MANDALORIAN was packed with amazing action, cool characters and crazy creatures. We couldn’t wait to rewatch the season so we’re diving right into the first 3 episodes for trivia-filled commentary, analysis, predictions, and a ton of laughs. Plus, we look forward to Mando Season 3, THE BOOK OF BOBA FETT and more. Cue up the video and watch the episodes in sync with us, or just enjoy listening as an audio podcast like you always do. This is the way.

Direct download: RFR_012921_StarWarsPodcast.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 5:08pm CDT

Liam Neeson recently asked “Is Star Wars starting to fade away from the cinema landscape?” We comment on his comments, and consider the likely potential of Qui Gon Jinn showing up in the upcoming OBI-WAN KENOBI series. Speaking of Kenobi, we review highlights from an all-new Ewan McGregor interview with Conan O’Brien, along with fresh interview clips from THE MANDALORIAN’s Bill Burr and Gina Carano. In news headlines, Star Wars has invaded a sleepy country town in England and the locals are not pleased. Plus, the cast and crew from FANBOYS reunited and revealed info about a potential sequel, Mandalorian action figures, Krayt Dragon bones and “Star Wars in Pop Culture” looks at FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS.

Direct download: RFR_012221_StarWarsPodcast.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 3:25pm CDT

RFR returns for 2021! We are still buzzing after seeing Luke Skywalker in the season finale of THE MANDALORIAN. We try to pull back the curtain and learn how special effect wizardry made Luke’s return possible. We have a full review of the new STAR WARS: THE HIGH REPUBLIC comic and novel. Is it worthy of the hype? We discuss! We have highlights from recent interviews as Jon Favreau revealed info about THE BOOK OF BOBA FETT and Rosario Dawson talked about her debut as Ahsoka. Plus, Jason has been working with the Mando Mercs to create some Mandalorian armor for his son and RFR listeners send positive vibes via to CLONE WARS actor Tom Kane.

Direct download: RFR_011521_StarWarsPodcast.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 11:35pm CDT

S2 E8 Chapter 16: The Rescue It's the end of season 2 and to say it went out with a bang may be the understatement of the millennium. Join us for the RFR Mandalorian After Show season finale with special guest Paul Bateman. You don't want to miss this one

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 2:53am CDT

We review all of the big Star Wars & RFR highlights from 2020 with special guest co-host Billy Mac. Plus, the latest news about THE MANDALORIAN including highlights from a recent Pedro Pascal interview featuring his first comments about the "no-helmet" rumors that surfaced this past summer. Plus, we continue discussion about Patty Jenkins' upcoming STAR WARS: ROGUE SQUADRON film and all the upcoming Star Wars streaming series, including Hayden Christensen's return to The Saga. Puppet Lando stops by to spread holiday cheer too! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from your Star Wars pals at RFR!

Direct download: RFR_121820_StarWarsPodcast.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 1:21am CDT

S2 E7 Chapter 15: The Believer We're back to provide our trademarked extensive breakdown of the penultimate episode for Season Two. This Rick Famuyiwa directed action-packed adventure is also very heavy on character moments and great acting. Bill Burr returns as Mayfeld and we are introduced to Valin Hess, an amazing (and slimy) Imperial officer who became a fan fave the second he hit the screen. Joining us is a real BABU FREAK, as superfan Brian Klein makes his Roundtable debut.

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 3:44pm CDT

Welcome to an RFR MEGA episode! The Walt Disney Company Investors Day Presentation featured a massive info drop about future STAR WARS films, animation, and live-action streaming series. Mind-blowing news about the next Star Wars film, ROGUE SQUADRON, MANDALORIAN spinoffs, and long-awaited info about Leslie Headland’s upcoming High Republic-era series THE ACOLYTE. Plus LANDO, STAR WARS VISIONS, ANDOR, THE BAD BATCH and huge OBI-WAN KENOBI casting info. WHEW! And if that isn’t enough, we are graced by the presence of a true STAR WARS legend, the one and only Anthony Daniels joins us to share stories from his book “I Am C-3PO”, now available in paperback.

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 12:45am CDT

S2 E6 "The Tragedy"

Chapter 14 of The Mandalorian is here and so is RFR with our analysis and roundtable discussion with our special guests Paul Bateman and Adam Bray, plus we take your phone calls at 1-708-866-1RFR. This is the way.

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 9:57am CDT

Star Wars fans know all about Catherine Taber’s amazing work on STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS in the role of Padme Amidala, but many haven’t seen her in front of the camera. Now, we have our chance with HAVENS END, an all-new sci-fi thriller from director Chris Etheridge. Cat and Chris join us IN THE CANTINA to talk all about the new film, Chris’s Star Wars fandom, and Cat’s work on the long-shelved animated series STAR WARS DETOURS. We also look at some recently leaked footage from “Detours” and look back at the weird history of the George Lucas/Seth Green unreleased Star Wars sitcom. Plus, listener feedback about the most recent episode of THE MANDALORIAN and a tribute to Darth Vader actor, the late David Prowse.

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 7:21pm CDT

S2 E5 "The Jedi" Chapter 13 of The Mandalorian definitely gives Star Wars fans one more thing to be thankful for this year. Join us for our analysis and a roundtable discussion with our special guests Paul Bateman and Dan Madsen, plus we take your phone calls!

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 1:52am CDT

S2 E4 Chapter 12 "The Siege" The action returns to Nevarro and the Mando gets reunited with Greef Carga and Cara Dune. Joining us for this roundtable are Star Wars artist Kevin Liell (Norse Legion) and tech expert David Sparks ("Mac Sparky"). Plus, the RFR switchboard is open in the second half of the show for live listener phone calls, so you never know what might happen or who will call!

Direct download: The_MANDALORIAN_After_Show_12.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 7:38pm CDT

We welcome actor & friend of RFR James Arnold Taylor back to join us In The Cantina for an exclusive, free-ranging conversation covering a lot of ground. From the REVENGE OF THE SITH video game in 2005, to the 2020 LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special, James has given the personality and voice to Obi-Wan Kenobi more than any other actor. We talk all about his career in STAR WARS, the conclusion of THE CLONE WARS and how he refuses to let social media harassment slow him down. JAT is one of the all-time best! “Mando Musings” launches this week, presenting listener feedback highlights about the current season of THE MANDALORIAN, plus Star Wars in Pop Culture spotlights Babu Frik!

Direct download: The_REAL_Spirit_of_Obi-Wan.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 11:19pm CDT

Chapter 11: "The Heiress" Join us for an in-depth roundtable review of the latest episode of The Mandalorian: Chapter 11, "The Heiress." with our special guest Geek Out Loud's Steve Glosson.

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 8:34pm CDT

A big bombshell dropped this week as new plot points were revealed for the Disney-rejected George Lucas STAR WARS sequel trilogy, including the villain, Darth Talon. We discuss it with Star Wars expert, artist, and friend of the show Paul Bateman. Speaking of friends of the show, Steve Sansweet joins us In The Cantina to talk ‘The Wars’ and give us details about the upcoming Rancho Obi-Wan Virtual Gala. Plus, an RFR Sound Lab Investigative Report about “The Son of The Suns” dialog buried in RETURN OF THE JEDI, music from THE MANDALORIAN as interpreted by young Parker Swank, and Baby Yoda gets a little gassy.

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 6:19pm CDT

Season 2 of "The Mandalorian" continues with chapter 10, "The Passenger" and the RFR After Show is here to break it all down with our special guest, Star Wars actors Stephen Stanton and taking your phone calls. This is the way!

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 7:02pm CDT

We investigate a claim that there is hidden Anakin Skywalker dialog in REVENGE OF THE SITH. Did he really say "Padme, help me" as the Darth Vader helmet was lowered onto his head for the first time? We take the audio into the RFR Sound Lab...Listen to hear what we discovered! Star Wars historian W.R. Miller joins us for the first installment of a new Q&A feature, "Ask Bob". The Mandalorian is back! We listen to new interview highlights from Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni and Gina Carano. Plus, Ron Howard talks about SOLO, Baby Yoda returns to SNL and we open up the RFR Voicemail Hotline to hear from you! 

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 7:55pm CDT

We are kicking off season two of The Mandalorian with our review of "Chapter 9: The Marshal". Mandalorian actor Dominic Pace (Gekko The Bounty Hunter) joins us for the full show as we talk all about the season premiere and take live calls. This is the way!

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 5:46pm CDT

We're going nuts this week as THE MANDALORIAN season 2 jumps into HYPErspace. What excites Pedro Pascal & Giancarlo Esposito about the new season? Will The Mandalorian make the jump to feature films? And are we looking forward to more Baby Yoda? Hell yeah! Plus, production updates about Taika Waititi's upcoming STAR WARS film and fresh KENOBI info from Ewan McGregor himself. John Boyega talks about Colin Trevorrow's script and fate for Finn, Kanye West loves The Prequels, we analyze concept art from ROGUE ONE and more. Happy Halloween from RFR!

Direct download: RFR_103020_StarWarsPodcast.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 8:55pm CDT

Welcome to our audio commentary for the final two episodes of THE MANDALORIAN season one. Watch “Chapter 7: “The Reckoning” and “Chapter 8: Redemption” with us! Plus, we review the new trailer for The Mandalorian season TWO that dropped during Monday Night Football earlier this week. Sync up this podcast with the episodes on Disney+ and watch along with us or just listen to this as an audio podcast...You’ll have a good time no matter what because THIS IS THE WAY.

Direct download: THE_MANDALORIAN_Season_One_Commentar.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 4:11pm CDT

We're hanging out with our old pal, STAR WARS writer Adam Bray, who has contributed to many Star Wars books over the past 8 years. Adam fills us in on some fun "Easter Eggs" he placed into ULTIMATE STAR WARS, including one honoring another RFR friend. Plus, Adam provides insight into the Lucasfilm Story Group and what their actual function is, along with other highlights from his career working in the STAR WARS universe. In News Headlines: Disney is restructuring to prioritize Disney+ and we talk about what impact it may have on future Star Wars projects. New info about the mysterious Snoke has been revealed along with an interesting (and perhaps controversial) factoid about George Lucas's Sequel Trilogy Treatment. We look at a new TV spot for THE MANDALORIAN Season Two, and the story about how a sick Swank almost took down The Emperor. 

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 4:01pm CDT

Kyle's back! We get caught up with an old friend of the show as director Kyle Newman stops by to talk "The Wars", of course, but Kyle also fills us in on his cool career as a Dungeons & Dragons author. Learn about Kyle's books "Dungeons & Dragons Art & Arcana: A Visual History" and the upcoming "Hero's Feast: The Official Dungeons & Dragons Cookbook". Could there be more FANBOYS stories in the future? Watch to find out! Plus, the countdown to THE MANDALORIAN season two continues, silly studio outtakes, The Secret History of STAR WARS and more!

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 8:41pm CDT

Presenting the second of three RFR audio commentary tracks for THE MANDALORIAN Season One, this episode is all Mando as we watch Chapters 4-6 and talk about everything we see on screen. We get deep talking about "The Sanctuary" and the debut of Cara Dune, "The Gunslinger" featuring a return to familiar locals on Tatooine, and "The Prisoner" starring Bill Burr among others who bring some great new characters to life. This episode is designed to be listened to while watching episodes of The Mandalorian but it can also be listened to as a stand-alone podcast. Be sure to check out the first of our commentary tracks for THE MANDALORIAN and watch for #3 to drop later this month before the return of RFR's MANDALORIAN AFTER SHOW covering every episode of the upcoming season two.

Direct download: RFR_100320_StarWarsPodcast.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 10:06pm CDT

Will Boba Fett Appear In The Mandalorian? We put together the recent clues and discuss! Ewan McGregor provided an update on the KENOBI series in a recent interview and we have the highlights! Plus, Giancarlo Esposito discussed the future of The Mandalorian in a recent pre-Emmy interview and we hear what he has to say. And, we review cool concept art from STAR WARS REBELS and more!

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 4:17pm CDT

THE MANDALORIAN season two trailer dropped earlier this week! We review the long-awaited trailer shot-by-shot and speculate about the hints it provides. The rumor mill is churning as we ramp up towards the premiere of the popular Disney+ show and we give you our takes. Plus, we take live listener phone calls to hear what you think about The Mandalorian and Star Wars in general.

Direct download: THE_MANDALORIAN_Season_Two_Trailer_R.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 2:10pm CDT

THE MANDALORIAN is on the newsstands as Entertainment Weekly spotlights the popular Disney+ show in an all-new cover story. We review all the hints, rumors and anticipation for the upcoming second season. In her first interview since the premiere of THE RISE OF SKYWALKER, Daisy Ridley revealed that there was an early plan in place for Rey to be a decedent of Obi-Wan Kenobi. We listen to what Daisy had to say and weigh in with our opinions. Plus, more Mandalorian talk with highlights from recent talk show appearances by Bill Burr and Jason Sudeikis, lots of love for Jon Favreau, and Homer Simpson tells us the tale of Darth Plagueis the Wise.

Direct download: RFR_091120_StarWarsPodcast.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 5:27pm CDT

F.J. DeSanto - TRANSFORMERS producer, STAR WARS superfan, and longtime friend of RFR - joins us to share his critical thoughts on the now-completed sequel trilogy. We also talk about THE MANDALORIAN and F.J. lays down some predictions on where the future of the STAR WARS franchise is heading. Plus, he shares some cool behind-the-scenes info about TRANSFORMERS: THE WAR FOR CYBERTRON, now on Netflix. Master Yoda has a new look in recently revealed artwork for the upcoming STAR WARS: THE HIGH REPUBLIC publishing launch and we review his spiffy new threads. Will we see Boba Fett in THE MANDALORIAN season two? We speculate! Also, we review RANCHO OBI-WAN’s Virtual Star Wars Celebration live stream!

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 5:16pm CDT

Bestselling Star Wars author and former Lucasfilm creative executive J. W. Rinzler joins us In The Cantina to discuss his new novel “All Up!” and share some great behind-the-scenes stories about working at Skywalker Ranch with George Lucas. We review recent interview highlights from THE MANDALORIAN’S Jon Favreau and Giancarlo Esposito. Also, Ron Howard recently spoke about a sequel to SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY and we hear what he has to say. Brought to you by RayCon!

Direct download: Skywalker_Ranch_Stories_with_JW_Rin.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 12:30pm CDT

How well has Attack of the Clones aged? How do you reveal your STAR WARS obsession to the person you just started dating? How does Puppet Lando keep his breath so cool and fresh? All of these questions get answered on this new episode brought to you by RFR on Patreon. We’re also showcasing Paul Bateman’s STAR WARS All-Time Top 30, and an epic Swank meltdown. Plus, a tribute to a loved one who has become one with The Force. Join RFR on Patreon today to support Rebel Force Radio and get bonus shows and exclusive videos!

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 5:13pm CDT

Watch the first three episodes of THE MANDALORIAN season one with us as we provide witty banter, astute observations, and bottomless flagons of spotchka. Baby Yoda, disentigrating Jawas, Mudhorn eggs, and camtonos of beskar are just a few highlights. This is the way. RFR All Access supporters on Patreon can listen to our commentary while watching our exclusive video. Join RFR All Access on Patreon today!

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

Dan Madsen is the man who launched Star Wars Insider Magazine, created Star Wars Celebration and ran the official fan club. He even had to the opportunity to do what most fans dream of when he appeared in THE PHANTOM MENACE as Dams Denna. His footprint on Star Wars fandom is undeniable and we are honored to welcome Dan back to RFR. Dan shares great stories about his interviews with George Lucas and Rick McCallum, the excitement of the hype leading up to the release of Episode I, and the challenges of running the first-ever Star Wars Celebration. Plus, an Outrageous Unthinkable news story featuring an angry ex-boyfriend seeking revenge via Chewbacca impersonations, and we present the world premiere of a killer industrial metal tribute to Saw Guerrera.  

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 4:01pm CDT

We are graced with the presence of true Mandalorian royalty as STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS actress Anna Graves joins us IN THE CANTINA to talk about all of the characters she gave live to, most notably, the Duchess Satine Kryze. Anna shares her experiences in the studio and as a fan, including her shock at seeing Moff Gideon wield The Darksaber in THE MANDALORIAN season finale. We share our memories of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK with Empire40, Prat Pack debate, and Patton Oswalt had to miss the world premiere for SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY. LIsten to Star Wars In Pop Culture this week to find out why! Brought to you by Raycon

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 5:07pm CDT

THE BAD BATCH is Coming! An all-new upcoming STAR WARS animated series was revealed earlier this week in a surprise announcement, and it will be a CLONE WARS spinoff. We react to the news while offering speculation and opinions. Popular UK comedian Geoff Norcott joins us IN THE CANTINA for a flagon of Spotchka to discuss his lifelong love of the franchise. Moff Gideon actor Giancarlo Esposito teases season two of THE MANDALORIAN in a recent interview and we review highlights

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 5:01pm CDT

Finally, we sit down to watch ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY together with mics on and drinks flowing as the RFR Brew n' View is open for business. This has been at the top of the listener request list for a long time. Join us! Stream Rogue One and follow our cues to sync your screen to ours while we fill your earbuds with our interesting trivia, quick takes, random thoughts and witty repartee while the film unfolds. Brought to you by Manscaping.

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

Daniel Logan brought the character of Boba Fett to life in STAR WARS: ATTACK OF THE CLONES in 2002 and has been a fixture at Star Wars events and conventions ever since. An old friend of RFR, we are happy to bring you our longest on-air conversation with Daniel to date. We talk all about shooting Episode II, voicing Boba in THE CLONE WARS, and his huge personal Star Wars collection, some of which he’s auctioning off via his new Facebook group BOUNTYBOXES. Last week we wondered why the classic Kenner Luke Skywalker action figure had a yellow lightsaber. Kevin Liell joins us with fresh info from original Kenner designer Jim Swearingen who explains why the accessory was not-quite-movie-accurate. Plus, Machtails, HOBBYLife and Werewolves of London.

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

Ewan McGregor pulls back the curtain on the upcoming Disney+ Obi-Wan Kenobi series in a recent interview and we review audio highlights. We review the trailer for the newly-announced STAR WARS SQUADRONS video game. Actor Caleb Malis from HBO The Plot Against America joins us IN THE CANTINA to talk about his life as an up-and-coming young actor, his pop culture artwork and his STAR WARS fandom. Plus, a visit from RFR graphic artist Chris Amorim launches an Investigative Report, and we meet German Yoda.

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 4:49pm CDT

Veteran Hollywood TV producer Steve Kozak (The Tonight Show/Jimmy Kimmel Live) joins us In The Cantina to share his STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL knowledge culled from research for his still-under production documentary “A Disturbance In The Force: The Making of The Star Wars Holiday Special". Updates for THE MANDALORIAN include season two production updates from second-unit director Sam Hargrave, including teasing the reveal of Baby Yoda's real name. Plus, Mark Hamill reacts to The Mandalorian and we react to his interview highlights, Bob Hope meets Luke Skywalker, and we cook Salacious Crumb on a spit!

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

THE MANDALORIAN's Chris Bartlett joins us IN THE CANTINA to share tons of behind-the-scenes stories from his experience on the set as the Bounty Hunter droid Zero (Q9-0) and other characters. Chris is also the longtime official C-3PO for live Star Wars events and TV appearances. Hear about his time on stage at The Academy Awards, LEGO Masters, appearances with a US President and more. Plus, Jimmy Mac goes to the Drive-In, and some listener feedback that might pull on your heartstrings.

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 5:35pm CDT

We go behind-the-scenes of The Mandalorian with actor Dominic Pace, who played bounty hunter Gekko. We review recent rumors about the future of Star Wars animation and live-action, and we celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back with a tribute to director Irvin Kershner with exclusive audio from Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Billy Dee Williams.

Direct download: MANDALORIAN_Actor_Dominic_Pace__40.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 3:19pm CDT

We couldn't possibly wrap up our series of CLONE WARS cast member "Victory Laps" without the woman behind Padme Amidala! Actress Catherine Taber joins us IN THE CANTINA to talk about her huge contributions to the popular STAR WARS animated show. Also joining us for the conversation is Master Kenobi himself, James Arnold Taylor! Cat & JAT are great off-screen friends and we love the chemistry that comes from these two talents when they get together. We review the latest MANDALORIAN casting rumors, listener feedback, and Mark Hamill's Star Wars impersonations.

Direct download: CAT__JAT_Talk_CLONE_WARS.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 6:38pm CDT

We look forward towards Jimmy Mac's upcoming appearance on MeTV's Collector's Call with show host Lisa Whelchel. We've known Lisa for years as Blair from The Facts Of Life, and now she is visiting collectors all over the country to spotlight them on Collector's Call. Jimmy Mac is appearing on the show as a Star Wars Expert as Lisa tours the Eric Pfeifer's collection. His Star Wars stash takes up his whole house! Eric also joins us for a preview of what to expect when the show premieres this weekend. Dave Filoni appeared on Disney+ to explain how the death of Qui-Gon Jinn resonated all the way through the Saga thru Return of the Jedi. We listen to highlights and provide our own analysis. Plus, lots of Mandalorian season 2 casting and production updates.

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 12:39am CDT

We welcome back yet another talented actor from the recently concluded STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS as Stephen Stanton joins us In The Cantina. We review Stephen's entire massive dossier of Star Wars character voices from TCW, REBELS, ROGUE ONE and beyond. And our long-time listeners know Stephen never travels alone, so he brought along his star-studded "Book Club" for a ton of laughs! Plus, Hayden Christenson talk, the Taika Waititi announcement, and more! 

Direct download: Stephen_Stanton__A_Cast_of_Thousand.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 5:43pm CDT

Almost 12 years since STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS debuted in movie theaters, the series comes to a spine-tingling conclusion with The Siege of Mandalore Part IV: Victory and Death. Joining us to break it all down are two core members of the RFR Roundtable family, Transformers producer F.J. DeSanto and Fanboys director Kyle Newman. Enjoy this uncensored and unedited historic conversation with four Star Wars fans who've been there since the beginning.

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 3:25pm CDT

S7 E11

"Shattered"

After capturing Maul on Mandalore, Ahsoka's journey to the Jedi Council is disrupted when Order 66 is declared, turning her world upside down

We celebrate the penultimate episode of STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS with a killer Roundtable featuring Billy Mac and Kevin Liell, plus live listener calls as we break down THE SIEGE OF MANDALORE Part Three: SHATTERED. 

Direct download: RFR_CWD_050320_Shattered.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 1:00am CDT

Just like Ahsoka, we desperately need to talk to Anakin Skywalker before he turns to the Dark Side of The Force. So naturally, Matt Lanter has returned to RFR to take a CLONE WARS victory lap and celebrate the series wrap-up with “The Siege of Mandalore”. Matt talks about his history with the series, the chemistry of the cast, and behind-the-scenes stories about Anakin Skywalker you won’t hear anywhere else. Matt also fesses up about trashing the set of THE MANDALORIAN during his cameo in episode six “The Prisoner”. BREAKING NEWS from Rancho Obi-Wan! Fan ambassador, author, and legend Stephen J. Sansweet, along with Star Wars expert and ROW General Manager Anne Neumann, joins us to reveal information about VIRTUAL RANCHO OBI-WAN. Find out all about it for the first time here! And, we visit Skywalker Vineyards for a glass of wine from George Lucas’s personal vintage, courtesy of executive director Tom Johnson, who shares a fun way to celebrate MAY THE FOURTH on social media with wine from Skywalker Ranch.

Direct download: RFR_043020_MattLanter.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 5:23pm CDT

S7 E10

"The Phantom Apprentice"

The battle moves back to Mandalore as Ahsoka and Bo Katan take the fight to Darth Maul in an effort to topple his control of the independent system and end his quest for revenge. 

Joining us for this amazing roundtable discussion are Cleveland Chris Marinin from the Star Wars Friends podcast and Star Wars expert & artist Paul Bateman. 

Direct download: RFR__Clone_Wars__Declassified_S7_E10.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 1:59pm CDT

Ahsoka finally reunites with Anakin and the Clone Army she left behind in the first part of The Siege of Mandalore, an amazing and action-packed episode. To discuss, RFR reunites with longtime friends of the show, our roundtable guests Paul Bateman and David Mac Sparky. Plus, live listener calls!

Direct download: RFR_042120_CWD_SiegePt1.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 6:44pm CDT

Coming off his incredible performance in THE CLONE WARS “Bad Batch” arc, Dee Bradley Baker joins us to talk about acting in the great STAR WARS animated series. From Captain Rex to Commander Cody, Dee has voiced all of the Clone Troopers and he has some great stories to tell. Daisy Ridley recently spoke about how fan reaction has changed since THE FORCE AWAKENS, how online fan reaction has hyper-charged criticism, and how she made the choice to turn away from social media. Jar Jar Binks actor Ahmed Best was shooting-from-the-hip when discussing the new iterations of Star Wars not being about the kids anymore. We have audio highlights from both actors which fire up some very interesting commentary and opinions. Plus, conversation about Ahmed’s upcoming Jedi Temple Challenge Disney+ series, Jar Jar on Kenobi rumors, Listener Feedback, rants about critics of fandom and more. 

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 12:20am CDT

Ahsoka ventures into the Coruscant underworld and Level 1313 where she encounters the Martez sisters who take her on a doom-fated spice run for the Pykes, catching the attention of The Mandalorians. We're talking about all 4 episodes and taking listener phone calls live with our special guests Steve Glosson and Grant Gould.

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 3:14pm CDT

Our CLONE WARS celebration rocks on with yet another core cast member from the classic animated series as the great Tom Kane joins us IN THE CANTINA. A fan-favorite for his work as Jedi Master Yoda among other voices, Tom fills us in with killer insight into his career, the voice acting industry and, of course, the return of THE CLONE WARS. As always, Tom brings his fun spirit to RFR, along with a ton of laughs. Sonny from New Orleans checks in with a controversial take on some footage seen in THE RISE OF SKYWALKER Blu Ray documentary “The Skywalker Legacy”, and we continue to analyze Rey’s hardships and challenges in The Sequel Trilogy, including her “Uggghhh” moment in Ep IX. Plus, Jason spooked his kid with Indiana Jones movies , we talk about the ever-delayed INDIANA JONES V, and Jedi Master Samuel L.”Mace Windu” Jackson has an important message for us as we struggle through Quarantine 2020. Keep Calm and Listen to Rebel Force Radio.

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 5:22pm CDT

The ever-positive presence of JAMES ARNOLD TAYLOR joins us this week In The Cantina as we continue to celebrate the return of THE CLONE WARS. We get caught up with JAT to pick his brain about the return of the groundbreaking STAR WARS animated series and voicing Obi-Wan Kenobi in Season 7. Plus, James walks us through all of the notable voice work he did on all the movies in the Disney-era of Star Wars, From THE FORCE AWAKENS all the way through THE RISE OF SKYWALKER, revealing all the key characters he voiced. Always great to catch up with our old pal JAT! Listener voicemail inspires more chat about Rey’s trials throughout the Sequel Trilogy. Plus, a full review of the packaging and content for the new SKYWALKER SAGA 4K Box Set and great savings for RFR listeners on amazing sounding Raycon Wireless Earbuds! All this plus tons more great STAR WARS talk on this week’s RFR!

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 2:28am CDT

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

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 5:01pm CDT

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

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 9:40pm CDT

S7 E1-4

"The Bad Batch"

"A Distant Echo"

"On The Wings of Keeradaks"

"Unfinished Business"

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

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

Direct download: RFR__Clone_Wars__Declassified_S7E1-4.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 11:02pm CDT

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

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

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

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 12:23am CDT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 5:06pm CDT

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

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 12:14pm CDT

 S1 E8

 "Redemption"  

Baby Yoda in the clutches of evil! The Mando, Cara Dune and Greef Carga pinned down by enemy fire! Kuill is dead! What happens next? We find out in THE MANDALORIAN season one finale "Redemption". We get a name for our protagonist and see his face for the first time during an epic battle against Moff Gideon and the Imperial Remnant, along with a sweet call back to THE CLONE WARS at the end. What's The Mandalorian's new mission and where does the series go after this? We talk about it all!  Join us for live discussion of the season finale of THE MANDALORIAN with special guest Pete Nadel and taking your calls 

Direct download: RFR_Mandalorian_After_Show_8.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 2:33pm CDT

Paul Bateman joins us for the full show to talk about anything and everything going on in THE RISE OF SKYWALKER. We look closely at the chemistry between the “Big 3” characters in this trilogy - Rey, Finn, and Poe - along with a hard focus on the return of Emperor Palpatine and speculation about how his comeback was possible. We react to the appearances of fan favorites Lando Calrissian and Wedge Antilles, and throw down hard opinions about some heavy moments in the film, like the truth of Rey’s evil lineage, The Spirit of Luke, the final destruction of The Sith, and the kiss that sealed the deal. Enhancing our conversation is audience reaction audio from the theater where we saw THE RISE OF SKYWALKER on opening night that puts you right in our row!

Direct download: THE_RISE_OF_SKYWALKER__Review_w_Paul.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 2:45am CDT

We gathered on opening day for STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER, December 20th, in downtown Cleveland to commemorate the end of an era at Kennedys Cabaret in the famous Playhouse Square for a special live episode of RFR, featuring insights and analysis of the finale to the Star Wars sequel trilogy. Matt Lanter, the voice of Anakin Skywalker from THE CLONE WARS stops by to give us his TROS review and talk about his cameo on THE MANDALORIAN. And Puppet Lando pays us a visit to spread messages of holiday joy. Billy Mac is here too! Plus, audience participation with an open mic and we give away a pair of Bose: Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker Quiet Comfort 35 Wireless Headphones!

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 2:28am CDT

RFR gathered with listeners and friends in downtown Cleveland to see STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER on opening night. We gathered immediately following the first public screening to share our fresh and raw opinions, emotions, criticisms, reactions, and occasional confusion, with a live “studio audience”. You've been listening to RFR talk about Star Wars for 14 years and it's been a long, strange trip! Join us for first thoughts of the final episode of the Skywalker Saga!

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 4:27am CDT

S1 E7

"The Reckoning" 

The Mandalorian gathers his allies to take on the Imperial Remant who still are in pursuit of him after he took off with the "asset". 

The penultimate episode of The Mandalorian season one ends with a cliffhanger leaving Baby Yoda in the clutches of evil. We break down the entire episode and take your calls. 

Direct download: RFRMando007_121819_TheReckoning.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 8:56am CDT

The 2019 Holiday Season is upon us and we here at Rebel Force Radio love to celebrate Christmas, Star Wars-style. So, we've once again gathered an all new collection of songs for the season in a galaxy far, far away. From the North Pole to Hoth, we have you covered with a ton of fun songs and parodies for your listening pleasure as you put Artoo Detoo lights and Yoda ornaments on your tree. 

Look for RFR Stocking Stuffer Vol 1-3 at our website! 

Direct download: RFR_121819_StockingStufferVol4.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 6:42pm CDT

S1 E6
"The Prisoner"

The Mandalorian returns to the service of a mercenary crew from his past to retrieve a prisoner held aboard a New Republic prison ship. It's a prison break in space featuring tons of cameos, cool new droids, and surprises. Joining us to break it all down is the legendary Big Honkin' Steve Glossen from Geek Out Loud and we're taking listener calls too!

Direct download: RFR_Mandalorian_After_Show_6.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 5:51pm CDT

In our last weekly show before the release of STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER, we review the media hype surrounding it with audio highlights from cast and crew interviews, talk show appearances, and media junkets. We hear from J.J. Abrams, Chris Terrio, Daisy Ridley, and more. We discuss and debate the “End of the Skywalker Saga” marketing push, how the fallout from THE LAST JEDI will impact the finale, and the fragility of “The Chosen One” prophecy. Plus, Puppet Lando stops by to recreate some wild Billy Dee Williams quotes from recent print interviews. This is our final opportunity to discuss, speculate, and even vent a little, before the end of an era. Listen to hear what we have to say! 

Join RFR Live in Cleveland for Skywalker Rises in Ohio. Limited seating still available! 

Brought to you by Bose and the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Quiet Comfort 35 Headphones. Visit Bose.com/RebelForce to learn more. 

Direct download: The_Rise_of_Skywalker_The_End_of_an.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 12:21pm CDT

S1 Chapter 5
"The Gunslinger"

Seeking repairs for the Razor Crest, The Mandalorian lands on Mos Eisley and joins forces with a rookie bounty hunter to find Fennic Shand, hiding out somewhere across The Dune Sea.

We're talking Chapter 5 of season one with special guests Billy Mac and Matt Rashid and taking live listener calls. Tatooine makes it's Mandalorian debut and we visit many familiar places along the way. Plus, we discuss the cameos from Amy Sedaris and Ming Na-Wen and what their characters bring to the episode.

Direct download: RFR_Mandalorian_After_Show_5.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 4:59pm CDT

STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER has reached peak media marketing with the recent debut of several TV spots revealing a variety of fresh footage from Episode IX. We look at each commercial and try to pick up on all the hints and clues from “The final episode in the Skywalker Saga”. Are the reveals in the marketing too revealing? Or are they just playing on our nostalgia? We tear it all apart and tell you what we think. John Boyega appeared on The Tonight Show to give us further details about the script stolen from underneath his bed, and the fallout. TMZ also grabbed Boyega on the streets of Manhattan for some further explanation. We have highlights and reactions! Plus, old footage of George Lucas admitting he may have gone too far with THE PHANTOM MENACE gives us a few laughs, and of course, ample Baby Yoda talk.

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 9:06am CDT

S1 Chapter 4: "The Sanctuary"   

The Mandalorian seeks refuge on a backwater planet where he teams up with a former Rebel trooper to train a small group of villagers to defend themselves against a group of vicious raiders.    

We're back for Chapter 4 of The Mandalorian with our discussion and analysis of the "The Sanctuary" with our guest, John Pyka. Plus, we're taking your calls to hear what you think!     

Direct download: RFR_Mandalorian_After_Show_4.mp3
Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 4:51am CDT