Rebel Force Radio: Star Wars Podcast

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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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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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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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.

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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".

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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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!

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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! 

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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

Ernest Cline, author of READY PLAYER ONE, ARMADA, and FANBOYS screenwriter returns to RFR to give us his ROGUE ONE review, updates on RP1, virtual reality gaming, and movies from the eighties. Ernie's enthusiasm for STAR WARS and pop culture really gets us going! And, we have updates on our campaign to have Carrie Fisher's Oscar tribute wish, as heard exclusively on RFR, become a reality, Mark Hamill comments on prequel haters, and FROZEN'S "Olaf" Josh Gad tries to shake down Daisy Ridley for information regarding THE LAST JEDI. Plus, your chance to win an amazing ROGUE ONE Death Trooper key chain and much more!

Direct download: RFR__February_3_2017.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 9:30pm 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

ROGUE ONE continues to dominate the box office, and the conversation here at RFR. We cannot stop talking about it! Joining us for our second review show is a great group of STAR WARS experts who dazzle us with their observations, discoveries, and analysis. Producer/writer F.J. DeSanto (TRANSFORMERS: COMBINER WARS) kicks things off in typically amazing fashion. We are then joined by STAR WARS creature/alien expert Tom Spina (Tom Spina Designs), and we wrap things up with a review from the hard-hitting drummer from FALL OUT BOY, Andy Hurley. Look for additional ROGUE ONE review shows from RFR coming next week!
Direct download: Rebel_Force_Radio__December_23_2016.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:11pm 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

RFR was at the big ROGUE ONE media event last weekend at Skywalker Ranch and Lucasfilm HQ in downtown San Francisco and Jimmy Mac is back with a full report. Hear all about the 30 minutes of footage screened and the press conference featuring the cast and crew. Hear audio highlights from Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy, director Gareth Edwards, Felicity Jones (Jyn Erso), Diego Luna (Cassian Andor), Alan Tudyk (K-2SO), Donnie Yen (Chirrut), Mads Mikkelson (Galen Erso), Riz Ahmed (Bodhi Rook), and Ben Mendelsohn. We are only one week away from Rogue One! Countdown the days with RFR! 

Direct download: Rebel_Force_Radio__December_9_2016.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 9:35pm 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 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 final ROGUE ONE trailer was released this week and it dominates our conversation on RFR. Join us as we go through the trailer shot-by-shot and make educated, and some not-so-educated predictions, wild guesses, and observations about the upcoming film. Oh, and we've got some opinions and expectations too! Plus, ABC News correspondent and STAR WARS fan Clayton Sandell joins us In The Cantina to talk about his fandom on both a personal and professional level. And Clayton has a lot to say about that new ROGUE ONE trailer too. Anticipation for ROGUE ONE has been hyper-charged with the release of this new trailer and we are less than two months away from the premiere. Ramp up your excitement with RFR! 

Direct download: Rebel_Force_Radio__October_14_2016.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 7:11pm 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

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. 

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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! 

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Category:Rebel Force Radio -- posted at: 11:00pm 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! 

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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. 

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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

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

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