Long-running, award-winning STAR WARS program hosted by podcasting veterans Jason Swank and Jimmy Mac, Rebel Force Radio provides STAR WARS information and entertainment. From the Classic Trilogy to the Prequels... From THE FORCE AWAKENS to ROGUE ONE to SOLO...Rebel Force Radio puts you on the front lines of fandom. Plus, plenty of CLONE WARS and REBELS too! Featuring celebrity guests, news, opinions, comedy, reviews, contests, and more.
This week, we talk about when THE RISE OF SKYWALKER trailer may drop, George Lucas's hints about the direction he would have taken the sequel trilogy, and Matt George, co-author of "Engineering An Empire: The Creators of Kenners Star Wars Toys" joins us In The Cantina to talk about the personalities behind the vintage action figure line. Plus, we react to the cancel culture putting Star Wars Halloween costumes for kids in the cross-hairs and more.
Original Trilogy fan favorite Wedge Antilles actor Denis Lawson will be returning to Star Wars in THE RISE OF SKYWALKER. We talk about the news and our role in breaking it on Twitter. Will J.J. Abrams attempt to undo THE LAST JEDI? We react to recent interview comments from the Episode IX director. Our analysis of Bob Iger's book and the Disney acquisition of STAR WARS continues. This episode, George Lucas tells his side of the story. We piece together evidence and comments gathered to represent what we know of George's reaction to the new direction of the Star Wars sequels, following the rejection of his original story ideas, and what those ideas may have been. Plus, Ian McDiarmid is added to additional episodes of STAR WARS REBELS and we lay down the details.
We continue our deep dive into the “Star Wars” chapter of Bob Iger’s book, featuring behind-the-scenes revelations about the Disney acquisition of Lucasfilm and George Lucas’s desire to remain involved in the creation of the Sequel Trilogy. Was Lucas betrayed and who betrayed him? We once again spotlight excerpts from the books and piece together a timeline of events. As Triple Force Friday launches the merchandising push for THE RISE OF SKYWALKER, we consider many of the challenges STAR WARS collectors face during a time of change for the hobby. Star Wars In Pop Culture returns with a trip to STAR TOURS for THE GOLDBERGS, and Jon Favreau’s THE CHEF SHOW pays a visit to Dave Filoni at Skywalker Ranch. Plus, Swank has a run-in with Ohio law enforcement. Here what happened and how Star Wars saved the day!
STAR WARS Behind-The-Scenes news dominates this week’s episode of Rebel Force Radio. From the bombshells dropped in Bob Iger’s new memoir regarding Disney’s treatment of George Lucas, to the shocking news about Marvel’s Kevin Feige joining the galaxy far, far away, this has been a memorable week. Be there with us when the Feige news broke and hear our first-blush reactions and predictions. What will this mean for the future of Star Wars, Kathleen Kennedy, and the projects announced for Benioff/Weiss and Rian Johnson? We try to connect-the-dots. We go through the STAR WARS chapter in “The Ride of a Lifetime” and analyze Bob Iger’s account of the Disney acquisition of Lucasfilm and missteps along the way, along with revelations and confirmations about how the sale when down. Plus, the lessons learned by Luke Skywalker, Star Wars collecting rants spill over from RFR Rush Hour and more!
RFR LIVE returned this week and we took your calls to hear what you think about The Rise Of Skywalker and the future of STAR WARS. The phone lines were open all night and you guys brought some amazing conversation. Bill Burr revealed he will be joining THE MANDALORIAN cast, and we have some audio highlights revealing his disconnect from the Galaxy Far, Far Away. Dan Spindle, morning news anchor from Salt Lake City NBC affiliate KSL, gives us a report from his recent encounter with Hayden Christensen and Ian McDiramid, The Yoda Questionnaire Returns, cool Snoke theories and more.
We’re looking forward towards the launch of THE MANDALORIAN with new comments from Filoni and Favreau, along with action figure leaks. What is the Offworld Jawa? We try to figure it out! In STAR WARS news this week, Ian McDiarmid & Hayden Christensen were not allowed to participate in a convention panel due to a last-minute restriction by Disney. We look between the lines to decipher what this cancellation might mean for THE RISE OF SKYWALKER. We look back at the classic KENOBI novel by John Jackson Miller and discuss Gaffi Sticks, Krayt Dragons and Kenobi Keychains. And we’re probably the only fans on the internet to acknowledge a mundane anniversary for the Droids/Ewoks Hour from the eighties.
We go back to the future this week on RFR! In our post-D23 review, we review THE MANDALORIAN trailer shot-by-shot and speculate about plot points and character motivation. We have interview highlights from the convention with the shows bad guy Moff Gideon, Giancarlo Espositio. Plus, more production updates from THE RISE OF SKYWALKER via comments from director J.J. Abrams and composer John Williams teases the end of Episode IX. Historian W.R. Miller joins us IN THE CANTINA to talk about his book THE STAR WARS HISTORICAL SOURCEBOOK, the first of a multi-volume collection preserving the history of Star Wars via an incredible collection of interview excerpts spanning the years in books, newspapers and magazines. Volume One is available now! Also this week, we take a sound effect from RETURN OF THE JEDI into the RFR Soundlab and compare it to audio heard in the TROS Sizzle Reel footage with surprising results. And, we have the latest Mr. Iger voicemail and its packed with exclusive info not revealed at D23.
FR went live this week to review the big STAR WARS news coming out of D23 Expo in Anaheim. In honor of the big event, we opened up our switchboard to hear what you think of THE MANDALORIAN trailer, the big KENOBI announcement, and the latest reveals from THE RISE OF SKYWALKER. And of course, the vision of a Rey with a reticulated red blade was nothing short of thrilling. Plus, panel and interview highlights from the event with cast and crew and more.
As D23 begins, we speculate about a KENOBI series for Disney+, we get pumped up for THE MANDALORIAN, and ramp up towards THE RISE OF SKYWALKER with new information about the John Williams soundtrack and new books. We go IN THE CANTINA with STAR WARS artist Otis Frampton to discuss his pitch for THE JAWA ADVENTURES. Plus, a little Star Wars collecting talk, a few laughs, and sand. It gets everywhere.
Some wild rumors erupted this week claiming George Lucas still owns the rights for STAR WARS characters he created and Disney is sending him checks to use them. We wade through the rumors and present a case that we hope determines whether or not these reports are valid. We got our first look at the second and final season of STAR WARS RESISTANCE in a new trailer that dropped this week. We discuss some of the highlights and info revealed. And is a well-known actor from ABC’s THE GOLDBERGS appearing in THE RISE OF SKYWALKER? The answer is YES and we will tell you who it is! We look forward to STAR WARS announcements potentially coming next weekend at D23, including confirmation of a KENOBI series on Disney+ starring Ewan McGregor. Plus, more on the definition of “Lucasian”, a Rancho Obi-Wan update, and Jimmy Mac’s Artoo vs BB-8 Facebook debate.
Earlier this week, Disney’s Bob Iger addressed the reality of lowered attendance at Disneyland in the wake of opening STAR WARS: GALAXY’S EDGE during his third quarter shareholders conference call. We review Iger’s comments and provide our own commentary with Jimmy Mac’s perspective after recently visiting the park. We discuss what is Disney doing right and try to evaluate what they are doing wrong. On THE MANDALORIAN front, Jon Favreau talked about advice given to him by George Lucas and revealed some more hints about the show’s plot in recent interviews. We have the highlights. Plus, a review of the Scum And Villainy Cantina in Hollywood, recent Kevin Smith comments about visiting the RISE OF SKYWALKER set, a shout-out for RFR in a venerable England magazine from a UK comedian, and we learn about THE JAWA ADVENTURES.
We take a deep dive into the new "Star Wars Land" at Disneyland as Jimmy Mac has returned from STAR WARS: GALAXY'S EDGE with a full report. From Oga's Cantina to Savi's Workshop to the cockpit of The Millennium Falcon, we cover it all with Billy Mac sitting in. What about the much-reported attendance numbers at the park? We get Jimmy's perspective on the crowds and wait times, along with in-depth reviews of the drinks, food, merch, sites, sounds and overall vibe. Plus, we follow up on our ongoing investigation: Is the STAR TOURS ride still featuring Lucas-Era content? All this plus Hyperspace Mountain and Swank on a beach!
Danny Bonaduce, best known from starring in the sit-com classic THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY, also shared screentime with Mark Hamill in his first post-STAR WARS film, 1978s CORVETTE SUMMER. Danny joins Jimmy Mac IN THE CANTINA to share stories about his experiences with Mark Hamill, along with a wild story about the first time Danny saw Star Wars on it's opening night in 1977. You have to hear it to believe it. Plus, Star Wars in Pop Culture spotlights STRANGER THINGS season three, we explore the physics of The Lightsaber in THE RISE OF SKYWALKER based on recent comments by Daisy Ridley, rare audio from RETURN OF THE JEDI, and what are the possibilities Disney will someday remake THE ORIGINAL TRILOGY?
THE RISE OF SKYWALKER is a hot topic as Daisy Ridley continues to drop hints during interviews and the Sith Trooper debuted this week. We have highlights of Daisy’s latest comments, including clues about the Kylo Ren vs Rey duel, and commentary on the new Episode IX Red Stormtrooper. Mark Ramsey, host of the new eight-part audio dramatization INSIDE STAR WARS, joins us IN THE CANTINA to talk about his popular show and his own fandom. And of course, we run Mark through the famous Yoda Questionnaire. Is Disneyland beginning to suppress the Original Trilogy content at Star Tours now that Galaxy’s Edge has opened? We open up a new RFR Investigative Report! Plus, Star Wars actors rapping and Puffer Pig gets a theme song.
Daisy Ridley is on the interview circuit and making some early comments about THE RISE OF SKYWALKER. What hints are Daisy dropping? Kevin Liell joins us with a report from the Peter Mayhew memorial that took place last weekend in Texas. Listener voicemail presents a question about Galaxy’s Edge, Samuel L. Jackson again says he wants a Mace Windu comeback, and we hear an interesting version of the Star Wars Main Theme from an unlikely source.
He is a member of the Pop Culture Hall of Fame. He oversaw the Star Wars brand at Hasbro for a decade. And now, he’s an author. Derryl DePriest joins us IN THE CANTINA to give us the lowdown about his new book STAR WARS THE VINTAGE COLLECTION ARCHIVE EDITION. It’s a deep dive into one of the most popular and long-running STAR WARS 3 ¾ inch action figure lines, The Vintage Collection. Derryl takes us behind-the-scenes for the making of the book and, of course we wouldn’t let him leave The Cantina without taking our famous Yoda Questionnaire. Billy Mac walks us through his first trip to Steve Sansweet’s Rancho Obi-Wan, home to the Guinness Book of World Records’ largest Star Wars collection. Puppet Lando also flew in for a tour! Plus, Mark Hamill dropped a big hint about his return in THE RISE OF SKYWALKER and we drop a juicy rumor.
Lucasfilm announced a new head of Live Action Development and Production, Michelle Rejwan. We look at what is known about Michelle and her career and try to follow her path to Star Wars. Is she the right person for the job? We discuss and debate. The big talk at E3 was fresh reveals of gameplay for STAR WARS JEDI: FALLEN ORDER. We get up to speed with what’s known about the game and discuss a cool ROGUE ONE character that makes an appearance. Will Darth Bane appear in a future Star Wars film? We speculate! Mark Hamill visited James Cordon and talked about his visit to STAR WARS: GALAXY’S EDGE. Mark had some funny observations to make about George Lucas’s comments during the opening ceremony. We review the highlights! Plus, Listener feedback, Star Wars In Pop Culture goes to The Tony Awards and Gilligan’s Island, and our Outrageous Unthinkable Story of the Week features the “relationship” between Natalie Portman and electronica musician Moby.
We are putting aside the typical RFR show rundown this week and spotlighting live listener calls for the whole show. We continue to discuss the experiences and collectibles from Disneyland's Galaxy's Edge, consider Emperor Palpatine's role in THE RISE OF SKYWALKER, and define our expectations for THE MANDALORIAN. All callers this week are members of RFR on PATREON and they lit up our switchboard with tons of great conversation and commentary. Join today to get exclusive access to original programming, deep dives into the RFR archives, and other special features.
Stephen J. Sansweet, the acclaimed Star Wars author and owner of the Guinness Book of World Records Largest Star Wars collection at Rancho Obi-Wan, has been to the Galaxy’s Edge and back. Steve joins us to give his first-ever review of the new Star Wars Land at Disneyland. Hear Steve’s reviews of the Millennium Falcon ride “Smugglers Run”, the lightsaber building experience in Savi’s Workshop, and all the rest of the exclusive merch. For years, we’ve relied on Steve’s authentic and expert assessment of all things in the Star Wars universe, and his review of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is not to be missed. Plus, we continue to analyze the Annie Leibovitz photographs from “The Rise of Skywalker” set, and listener tips on the best way to remove those ugly and pesky decals from Hasbro’s new Star Wars "Retro Collection/Colección/Série” action figure line.
Disneyland’s STAR WARS: GALAXY’S EDGE is now open and fans are buzzing about this immersive addition to the famous theme park. Tech expert "Mac Sparky" David Sparks, has already logged several hours in this new Star Wars Land and fills us in with a mind-blowing, detailed, spoiler-heavy review that virtually puts you in the park. Is a KOTOR film on the way? How does Palpatine fit into the events of the Sequel Trilogy? How will THE RISE OF SKYWALKER bring together all nine films of the saga? We don’t know! But we talk about it all this week on RFR as we continue to pick apart the recently released EPISODE IX information, rumors about a KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC film, and the writer attached to the project. Also in news headlines, we have highlights of Harrison Ford’s recent visit to The Tonight Show, and Jason’s past desire to see Kate Mulgrew take over the role of General Leia was actually presented to the actress herself. Hear what Captain Janeway thinks about such an idea. In collecting news, we found some of those retro vintage Star Wars action figures that have been hitting Target shelves. Hear about our misadventures trying to remove the ugly decal on the cards and learn why Jimmy Mac is now known as "The Goo Gone Guy”.
We look at all the cool new details and photos from THE RISE OF SKYWALKER and we let it fuel our speculation. Plus, how will Luke and Leia fit in to the final chapter of the Saga? And how does George Lucas's approach to creating Star Wars differ from Disney? We look back at 20 years of THE PHANTOM MENACE and share our memories, from the epic lightsaber duel, to the methods of the puppet master Senator Palpatine, and we debate over who is the true protagonist of the Episode I. Joining us for the whole episode, from The Big Honkin' Show, is the ebullient Steve Glosson, master of the GOLiverse.
More information about future STAR WARS films was revealed this week by Disney CEO Bob Iger, and RFR microphones were there. Billy Mac sits in this week as we review Bob’s recent statements and pick apart what he said for clues. The RFR Listener Voice Mail Hotline is wide open this week for post-Star Wars Celebration feedback, speculation and rumors about THE RISE OF SKYWALKER, THE MANDALORIAN and the upcoming return of THE CLONE WARS. Plus, the hunt is on for Hasbro’s new Retro Collection action figures, Puppet Lando brings us the latest tweets from the real Billy Dee Williams, and much more.
It's official. The future of the STAR WARS film franchise was made much more clear this week as Disney announced their release schedule going into next decade and beyond THE RISE OF SKYWALKER. We speculate about what this may mean for the already announced Benioff/Weiss film series and the Rian Johnson trilogy. Natalie Portman says criticisms of the Prequels were a “bummer”. We believe the Prequels have aged well and we have opinions. What will be the future of Star Wars Celebration? We discuss, share rumors, and make predictions. Where were you the night CARAVAN OF COURAGE: AN EWOK ADVENTURE premiered on ABC in 1984? Jimmy Mac remembers! Plus, Mark Hamill pays tribute to Peter Mayhew, Werner Herzog talks THE MANDALORIAN, and we review CLONE WARS news and information to come out of Star Wars Celebration Chicago.
It's STAR WARS DAY! We are back in the studio for May the Fourth with tons of STAR WARS news, opinion and conversation. Marvel’s AVENGERS ENDGAME is poised to become the all-time US box office champ, and will eventually claim the crown from STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. Do we care? Jimmy Mac was there for the big Avengers opening weekend and he saw both the film and THE RISE OF SKYWALKER teaser trailer in IMAX. Mark Hamill came under heat on social media this week for posting a fan-made mashup photo of himself, Harrison, Carrie and Billy Dee in the cockpit of The Falcon. We give you our opinions of the fallout and feature audio highlights of a recent interview where Mark discusses his personal process of dealing with how Luke Skywalker has been portrayed in the Sequel Trilogy. Plus, we have John Boyega interview highlights about Episode IX at Star Wars Celebration Chicago, and we review “The Filoni Factor and The Ranch”, the latest episode of Sheldon Norton’s RFR documentary, WHEN THE GALAXY LISTENS.
We interrupt regular programming to mourn the loss of a truly legitimate Star Wars icon. The man behind the mask of the legendary Chewbacca, the great Peter Mayhew has passed away. We reflect on Peter's career, his relationship with the fanbase, and his love of Chewie. We share memories of times we shared with the man both on the airwaves, and off, and remember him for his contributions to the Star Wars galaxy. Plus, highlights of Peter's many appearances on our show over the years which will be sure to invoke fond thoughts of Peter's personality and life. The regular weekly RFR will launch over the weekend. But for now, take a moment with us to celebrate Peter Mayhew, a Star Wars legend.
Following day one of Star Wars Celebration Chicago, we got together with a couple hundred of our friends at Reggie's Music Joint in the South Loop for a sold out show. This live podcast event brought together Star Wars fans from everywhere to join us for an evening of music, laughs, family and friends. Relive this epic evening filled with many familiar names and voices from our entire podcasting career, plus the original Sandtrooper from Star Wars: A New Hope Anthony Forrest and more. And of course, we couldn't have a bash of this size without Puppet Lando!
Our Star Wars Celebration coverage continues with this breakdown of The Mandalorian panel featuring Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni and the cast of the upcoming streaming series. Paul Bateman is back! We talk about everything that happened at the panel along with all the reveals, teases, clues and more. Plus, more Episode IX as we get the Bateman Breakdown of The Rise of Skywalker teaser trailer.
On day three of STAR WARS CELEBRATION CHICAGO, RFR Patreon members gathered on Chicago’s South Side at Alulu Brewery for an exclusive live episode of Rebel Force Radio. Rancho Obi-Wan’s legendary Stephen J. Sansweet stops by to talk about the history of Star Wars Celebration and the challenges he faced as a member of the Lucasfilm planning committee in charge of the first-ever event back in 1999. It’s always a “celebration” of laugh and song when Steve joins us. Worlds collide! Puppet Lando shared the same space with the real Lando, Billy Dee Williams for a whirlwind photo-op. We provide a play-by-play recount of what was our most insane moment at Star Wars Celebration. Then, Puppet Lando himself joins us to read through the amazing Star Wars-inspired menu provided by Alulu Brewery. We review some hot new STAR WARS headlines including news that J.J. Abrams met with George Lucas while developing the script for THE RISE OF SKYWALKER. Plus, we react to the return of Emperor Palpatine in Episode IX and how it may affect the legacy of THE LAST JEDI. Bob Iger says that Star Wars films will be placed on a hiatus and we try to decipher what that really means. Star Wars artist/entrepreneur Kevin Liell joins us along with audience feedback about THE RISE OF SKYWALKER trailer. The blue milk was spiked by Greedo and flowing all night long at Alulu. Join us for the party! More Star Wars Celebration Chicago coverage is coming from us soon including RFR LIVE in CHICAGO from REGGIE’S.
RFR was at the Star Wars: Episode IX panel at Star Wars Celebration Chicago where we saw the first footage from THE RISE OF SKYWALKER in the teaser trailer. We talk about some of the surprises revealed during the panel and break down the trailer shot-by-shot.
Not only will we be getting more STAR WARS at Disney Parks in 2019, we’ll be getting booze! For the first time ever, alcoholic beverages will be made available at Disneyland...And they will be Star Wars-inspired! We look at the adult beverage menu for STAR WARS: GALAXY’S EDGE and consider how they tie-in to the Star Wars universe. Spoiler Alert! We review recently leaked EPISODE IX poster art and rumored details about characters, planets, and aliens in THE MANDALORIAN. We have highlights from Samuel L. Jackson’s new 60 Minutes interview where he talks about Mace Windu and his purple lightsaber. Adam Goldberg’s “Schooled” paid tribute to THE PHANTOM MENACE. We review the new ABC comedy episode “Darth Mellor” in STAR WARS IN POP CULTURE. Plus, Conan O’Brien recently had a few hilarious things to say about the taxation of trade routes in EPISODE I, and more.
The Jedi Yogi, our friend John Marcoux returns to RFR to provide us with his take on the famous Mortis Trilogy. John references his massive knowledge bank of mythology and history and applies it to his review of one of the most revered story arcs from STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS. We continue our review of the amazing Haslab Jabba’s Sail Barge collectible and look back at the crazy Jabba Glob toy from the late-90s. Mark Hamill stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live this week for a fun interview and despite Mark being there to promote History Channel’s “Knightfall”, the discussion inevitably turns to STAR WARS. We pick apart everything Mark says in a quest for clues about STAR WARS EPISODE IX. In video game news, STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT II “The Chosen One” update recently went live and CLONE WARS actor Matt Lanter returned to the role of Anakin Skywalker to provide his voice for the game. We listen to Matt recreate an infamous Hayden Christensen line from ATTACK OF THE CLONES. Plus, in the wake of St. Patrick’s Day, we continue to fill in the list of actors from Ireland seen in STAR WARS films and more stuff.
Oscar Isaac is hitting the talk show circuit promoting his new Netflix film, but everyone wants to hear him talk about STAR WARS EPISODE IX. We review the talking points Oscar has been throwing out there in interviews and analyze what he’s saying about the film, most notably, the end of the Skywalker Saga. We’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day Star Wars style as Jason quizzes us on Irish actors in the saga. The fallout from the Jedi Coup d’etat debate continues on the RFR Voice Mail Hotline, and we have audio from Dave Filoni and the REVENGE OF THE SITH audiobook to present as evidence. Plus, new info about the opening of STAR WARS: GALAXY’S EDGE from Bob Iger, Star Wars Resistance Season One winds down, Saw Guerrera, and Shorty Robe Luke.
Mark Hamill is again expressing opinion, perhaps some of his strongest ever, about the use of his character Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars sequel trilogy. We review his comments and offer opinions of our own. Jason is back to sit on the judge’s bench and Billy Mac returns for the conclusion of our Mace vs Palpatine coup d’etat debate. Plus, we reveal the new Star Wars product reveals from Toy Fair 2019, including Hasbro’s upcoming controversial reproduction of the original vintage action figure line from the 70s and 80s, Oscar Isaac talks about Episode IX, and Mr. Iger once again calls the RFR voicemail hotline.
EPISODE IX filming is complete and J.J. Abrams made his first comments since the shooting wrapped at a recent charity event. We analyze what J.J. had to say and dive deep into STAR WARS references from the Abrams-produced ABC series “Lost”. Is anxiety for the reveals of the Episode IX title and trailer getting to be a little tiresome? We discuss! Also, we review recent interview highlights with Episode IX newcomers Naomi Ackley and Richard E. Grant. Star Wars actors and references populated the Academy Awards this year and we rundown everything we noticed in the network broadcast of the show. STAR WARS ALWAYS is an amazing new trailer compiling footage from every Star Wars film, and we provide a full review of this Topher Grace/Jeff Yorkes produced tribute to the Saga. The RFR Voice Mail Hotline is packed with great listener feedback leading us to discuss and debate such diverse topics like The Clone Wars revival, Episode IX speculation, the Mace Windu/Palpatine confrontation from REVENGE OF THE SITH and more.
STAR WARS EPISODE IX speculation is kicking in to full gear here at RFR. This week, the spotlight shines on the RFR Voice Mail Hotline and we go heavy with listener feedback. The biggest questions: Will Darth Sidious return? Was Kylo Ren lying to Rey about her parents? Who is (was) Snoke? Our audience guides the conversation on this week’s show as Billy Mac sits in as special guest co-host. With rumors about multiple new STAR WARS live-action series for the upcoming Disney+ streaming service burning like wildfire, we run down some of the rumors and talk about a few we’d like to see. Plus, RFR returns to Twitter, RFR LIVE in CHICAGO tickets go on sale, and more.
STAR WARS EPISODE IX character reference photos leaked to Reddit this week. We review all the pictures with a very critical eye and talk about what we like...And what we don’t. SPOILER ALERT! We get caught up with the newest rumors about Episode IX and discuss in detail, including teases about a new evil foe. Friend of the show Chris “From Cleveland” Marinin sits in for this episode and we get into deep speculation about what to expect in final chapter of “The Skywalker Saga”, and debate how elements from the old EXPANDED UNIVERSE could be used in the film. The RFR Voicemail hotline once again gets us talking about crying while watching Star Wars. We recall our emotional responses to the saga, and look back at a magical moment that brought us to tears during a George Lucas panel at Star Wars Celebration III, with audio highlights.
STAR WARS: EPISODE IX info is greatly anticipated by fans. Many thought we would have seen the trailer and learned the title of the film by now. When will it drop? We give you our guesses, as well as discussion about the latest title rumor for Episode IX. This week, Bob Iger addressed Disney investors with his first quarter update. Hear what he had to say about the upcoming Disney Plus streaming service and STAR WARS: GALAXY’S EDGE. A long lost Mark Hamill interview from 1986 was recently unearthed and we have highlights. Plus, connections between Star Wars and The Grateful Dead, The RFR Voice Mail Hotline is open and our listeners bring some great topics to the table like what would we like to see from a future Star Wars animated series and more.
The STAR WARS EPISODE IX rumors are getting more hardcore and more outrageous. We take a look at some of the wild online rumors as shooting winds down and speculation heats up. Billy Mac sits in for the full show and as a Star Wars Celebration veteran, he offers some tips and opinions on time management at the convention. Puppet Lando also makes an appearance...This time, courtesy of a very loyal RFR listener. We all remember the line from STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE: ”If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine”. Was Obi-Wan exaggerating? Or did he achieve the power he predicted after Vader struck him down. We pick it apart and consider the ramifications of that statement and how it can effect EPISODE IX. Billy Mac questions the ability to forgive the sins of Anakin Skywalker. Plus, STAR WARS IN POP CULTURE spotlights a popular network drama. Star Wars is everywhere!
Electronic Arts has had a rocky relationship with the Star Wars license. In the wake of yet another cancelled STAR WARS game, EA critics have been making a lot of noise. Rogue One writer Gary Whitta is among those voicing strong opinions about the mismanagement of the brand. We listen to audio highlights from a recent Whitta interview and we discuss the situation with SEGAbit’s Barry Harmon. We talk about the past, present and future of Star Wars video gaming, along with Barry’s top 3 Star Wars video games of all time. Rumors for EPISODE IX are getting stronger and more specific. We check out some of the latest to hit the web. “There’s no crying in Star Wars!” The RFR Voicemail Hotline gets us talking about the moments in the saga that bring out an emotional response from us. And we look at how George Lucas worked with his actors and used his fortune to invest in film technologies. Plus, famous Chicago film locations for fans to check out during Star Wars Celebration, Carrie Fisher’s brother talks about her EPISODE IX footage, Samuel L. Jackson again says he’s up for a return to the galaxy far, far away, and more!
What does “Space Opera” really mean? Who (or what) is Nick Nolte playing in The Mandalorian? Can SOLO find new success on Netflix? We try to find the answers this week on RFR! The street date for STAR WARS RESISTANCE action figures was this week and the toys are on the pegs, if you’re in the right place at the right time. Jimmy Mac hits the stores looking for the new figures and he’s wired for sound. Hear what happens on the hunt! We also review the second half trailer for Resistance and speculate on what will go down on the Colossus. Plus, new reveals for STAR WARS: GALAXY’S EDGE, Mr. Iger leaves a voicemail and more!
RFR is back for 2019 with an all-new show as we look forward to what should be an epic year for STAR WARS. After getting caught up with special guest Cris Macht (THE FORCE AMONG US), we take a deep dive into some amazing Darth Vader content released during the holiday season. We review Marvel Comics DARTH VADER #25 and debate what some believe to be confirmation of the identity of Anakin Skywalker’s father. And, we take a look at VADER: SHARDS OF THE PAST, a new fan film that takes the medium to the next level. Plus, Cris gives us updates on his current projects, along with a review of Columbia’s Empire Strikes Back Crew Parka, we offer some tips for those visiting Chicago in April for Star Wars Celebration, Star Wars Christmas gifts, Listener Voice Mail, and we pay tribute to a “Real Fan of the Saga”.
Original Santa Yoda art by Tsuneo Sanda Visit www.sandaworld.com In our final show for this year, we look back at the 2018 and break down all the Star Wars releases from films to television to comic books and more. We discuss SOLO hitting the theaters, the conclusion of STAR WARS REBELS, the home video release and novelization for THE LAST JEDI, Marvel’s DARTH VADER comic series, STAR WARS: FORCES OF DESTINY and some “Fulcrum” predictions we made for STAR WARS REBELS that actually came true. The history of Star Wars celebrity cameos features many well-known stars making appearances in the films. We take a look at some well-known personalities who found themselves in a galaxy far, far away. Blowing up the Death Star at Midnight on New Years Eve is an RFR tradition that has caught on everywhere. It all started on this show and continues to grow in popularity. Listen for instructions on how you can ring in 2019 Star Wars-style. Plus, Star Wars In Pop Culture and more. Thanks for listening to RFR all year and we hope you join us for an amazing 2019. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
RFR LIVE returned this week for a full show dedicated to taking your live phone calls about all things STAR WARS. Topics run the gamut of everything from EPISODE I to EPISODE IX and beyond. Hear what we think about the future of STAR WARS after EPISODE IX and how we think it will all unfold. Is the Sequel Trilogy more of a “spinoff” than a “continuation”? Could Rey actually be The Chosen One? What were Yoda’s mistakes in the Prequel Trilogy? We discuss and debate! We even draw comparisons to the post-Lucas era of STAR WARS and the post-Henson era of The Muppets and more. Look for updates on Facebook for upcoming RFR live streams in 2019!
George Lucas has a pretty solid definition for The Balance of the Force and how the Jedi relate to it. We review comments made by Lucas in regards to this oft-misunderstood concept, and try to make sense of it, while considering how his ideas have been adapted into the Sequel Trilogy. There was a lot of feedback regarding our rewatch of THE LAST JEDI and we go thru some of the comments and opinions. Recent Reddit Rumors about EPISODE IX, STAR WARS GALAXY’S EDGE and more are picking up steam. We review some of the supposed “insider info” that was apparently leaked from a Star Wars 2019 Marketing Conference. Plus, Kevin Smith gives us a set report from EPISODE IX, we investigate a weird rumor about George Lucas returning to the directors chair for a Kenobi film, we discuss a photo of Young Luke Skywalker as he was supposed to appear in THE FORCE AWAKENS, but ended up on the cutting room floor, and a chock-full edition of Star Wars in Pop Culture.
It's almost a tradition! RFR's Stocking Stuffer is back again, hanging over your fireplace and chock full of wonderful all-new STAR WARS Christmas and holiday music. Listen as you decorate your STAR WARS Christmas tree, while shoveling Hoth-like snow off your driveway, or while driving your snowspeeder to the local cinema to see ROGUE ONE, again. Then go back into our archives to hear previous Stocking Stuffers from 2013 and 2014! Each has something different to offer. Listen to them all and you will enjoy almost 2 hours of STAR WARS holiday fun. Happy holidays and Merry Christmas from the entire RFR family!
The Star Wars Christmas tradition continues! Welcome to this year's RebelForce Radio Stocking Stuffer. Last year, we presented you with a collection of some great holiday audio production produced exclusively for us here at RFR. This year, we have gathered together an amazing soundtrack of Christmas music inspired by the galaxy far, far away. It's over ONE HOUR worth of Star Wars holiday cheer - non-stop and uninterrupted. It's the perfect audio accompaniment as you decorate your Christmas tree with Artoo Deeto lights, while you make your holiday toy runs, or as you prepare your presents in Star Wars wrapping paper. Enjoy this gift from RFR...It's our best Star Wars Christmas music compilation ever Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from RebelForce Radio! Don't forget to check out last year's Stocking Stuffer 2013 featuring James Arnold Taylor, Tom Kane, David Collins, and more!
Welcome to our Star Wars Christmas collection of stories, music and comedy produced exclusively for us over the years. You will hear great holiday audio from the likes of James Arnold Taylor, Tom Kane, Corey Burton and the cast of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Plus, David Collins, Denise Vasquez, Randy Martinez and more to stuff your stocking the RebelForce Radio way! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from all of us here at RebelForce Radio!
In response to the conversation generated on RFR LIVE last week, Jimmy Mac rewatched THE LAST JEDI all the way through for the first time since March. Hear how his opinions have reinforced and changed in an in-depth breakdown of the film. We spotlight the highs and lows of Episode VIII while considering how various characters and situations are portrayed, and where things are heading for the soon-to-be-concluding Skywalker Saga. We look at an Esquire article that claims the portrayal of Luke in THE LAST JEDI was put into motion by George Lucas himself. Plus, we mix in a little MAD MAGAZINE STAR WARS canon for a completely different (and wacky) perspective. Also this week, the attempt to recruit the youngest fans picked up steam with the newly launched STAR WARS: GALAXY OF ADVENTURES series of animated shorts. We give our first-glance adult opinions, then we talk to someone who the shorts are actually geared towards...A kid! Ten year old Bailey Swank shares her take on the latest in STAR WARS animation and tells us whether or not she thinks it will appeal to kid viewers.
RFR LIVE returned this week featuring wall-to-wall listener phone calls and STAR WARS conversation. Our switchboard was flooded as the topics included everything from MARVEL STAR WARS to THE LAST JEDI to STAR WARS RESISTANCE and more. Billy Mac is also hanging out for the holiday and you know he brought along Puppet Lando! Every year on Thanksgiving week, we point the spotlight on you, the greatest audience in all of Star Wars!
THE MANDALORIAN added a couple of new cast members this week, and we have insider information about the production from our rebel spies. We pay tribute to Stan “The Man” Lee with some rare audio highlights from Stan’s career and discussion about his role in giving the green light to the original Marvel STAR WARS comic. We have the latest updates on the STAR WARS: GALAXY’S EDGE parks at Disney, along with info from Disney CEO Bob Iger. STAR WARS: RESISTANCE season one continues and we review “Children of Tehar” and “Signal from Sector Six”. James Burns from Jedi News checks in to talk about Queen and STAR WARS. Simon Pegg misses George Lucas, Natalie Portman talks about THE PHANTOM MENACE, the RFR Voicemail Hotline and more.
Breaking News! Cassian Andor will be the featured character in an upcoming live-action Star Wars streaming series starring Diego Luna. Bob Iger made the big announcement this week and the RFR microphones were there. Hear highlights from the conference call along with new info about the Disney+ Streaming App and THE MANDALORIAN. The Queen biography flick BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY is number one at the box office and everyone is listening to their old Queen albums again. We look back at the band’s connection to STAR WARS via lyrics from their songs and theatrics from their stage show. Was Freddie Mercury a fan of The Wars? Listen to find out! Plus, an actress from THE FORCE AWAKENS debuts on THE WALKING DEAD, we debate about the origin of Vader’s Castle in the latest Marvel Comics, and we listen to a killer jam band tribute to the Galaxy Far, Far, Away, courtesy of The String Cheese Incident.
This week was the sixth anniversary of Disney’s Lucasfilm acquisition and we look back at the very first comments made after the deal went down from the three major players. We listen to what George Lucas, Kathleen Kennedy, and Bob Iger had to say about the future of STAR WARS back in 2012 and compare those comments to what we have today. The EPISODE IX rumor mill is starting to heat up! We discuss some of the latest gossip to leak from the set of the next Star Wars film. STAR WARS RESISTANCE season one continues with “The High Tower”. We break down some of the recent episode highlights...As well as some series lowlights overall. Plus, we open the listener voicemail hotline and more!
We celebrate Halloween STAR WARS style this week on RFR! Jimmy attended the annual Rancho Obi-Wan Gala last weekend and he's back from California with a report from the home of the world's largest STAR WARS collection. Star Wars Resistance: Declassified is back with a full review of "The Triple Dark" and "Fuel for the Fire". Plus, we look back at some hilarious Halloween highlights in Star Wars in Pop Culture, we check in with the RFR Patreon community, and listener feedback featuring voice mail from the greatest audience of Star Wars fans in the galaxy.
We’re bringing the galaxy far far away closer to you this week as we open up the RFR Voice Mail hotline to hear what you think about THE MANDALORIAN, STAR WARS RESISTANCE, SOLO and more. We continue to go down the rabbit hole in an attempt to discover the identity of the “New” Wilhelm Scream with some fresh evidence in our latest Investigative Report. Plus, Dominic Monaghan talks about his road to Episode IX, Star Wars in Pop Culture spotlights Family Guy, we look at a compilation of crazy Yoda facts and more.
STAR WARS RESISTANCE made its debut this week with the premiere “The Recruit”. Join us for the first installment of “Star Wars Resistance: Declassified” as we break down the initial episode with RFR brother Billy Mac. THE MANDALORIAN continues to be a hot topic of conversation and we have listener feedback and voice mail about the upcoming live action series. Plus, we continue our investigation into the “new” WIlhelm Scream, and come closer to its discovery via evidence from INDIANA JONES and the KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL.
THE MANDALORIAN has been revealed as the name of the upcoming STAR WARS live-action series coming from Jon Favreau. We review the information revealed in the official press release and analyze the tantalizing first photo of the title character. STAR WARS RESISTANCE launches this weekend. We look at early reviews and talk about our expectations for the series and take a look at some of the upcoming action figures. Friend of the show, STAR WARS artist Kevin Liell stops by IN THE CANTINA with original trilogy actor Rusty Goffe, who shares his stories about playing several characters in A NEW HOPE such as Kabe, Power Droid, and a Jawa. You may have also spotted Rusty in some other famous franchises as well like Harry Potter, Willow, and Willy Wonka. We discuss The Hollywood Reporter story revealing Kathleen Kennedy has extended her contract with Lucasfilm for three more years, we review highlights from Clint Howard’s visit to The Dennis Miller Option, and more.
Paul is back with Jimmy to get caught up on conversation about everything that influenced the STAR WARS films. An individual who made a huge impact on the first 2 movies was producer Gary Kurtz. In the wake of his passing, we look back at his STAR WARS career and controversies. With STAR WARS RESISTANCE on the horizon, we discuss our expectations for the show and review some early animated efforts from Lucasfilm, DROIDS and EWOKS. Paul talks about some highlights from the SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY Blu Ray, and we look forward to watching a rare and recently unearthed EMPIRE STRIKES BACK documentary.
The original STAR WARS poster art created by the Hildebrandt Brothers in 1977 is arguably the most iconic and recognizable symbol of the saga. We are honored to be joined by one half of the duo responsible for its creation as Greg Hildebrandt joins us IN THE CANTINA to fill us in on the background and history of this well-known work of art. Disney’s Bob “The Buck Stops Here” Iger revealed to the Hollywood Reporter a slowdown is coming for STAR WARS as the studio will be pulling back on its up-to-now aggressive release schedule. We discuss what this means beyond EPISODE IX and how it may affect the announced Rian Johnson trilogy. Plus, a closer look at the Anthony Daniels cameo in SOLO, we remember Gary Kurtz, and we continue our search for the “new” Wilhelm Scream.
Welcome to the latest in the RFR Film Commentary series, this time focusing on SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY. We are joined by Billy Dee McInerney for a deep dive into the HD digital release as we watch the whole thing from beginning-to-end while offering up our observations, trivia, jokes and opinions. You can sync up your copy of SOLO and listen along with us, or just listen along as a standalone podcast. Since there is no commentary track on the official release, join your favorite Star Wars chuckleheads, and Puppet Lando, for a fun screening of SOLO!
The famous Yoda statue at Presidio Park in San Francisco is a selfie destination for all Star Wars fans. We get the behind-the-scenes story about the sculpture directly from the artist himself, Lawrence Noble, who fills us in about the origin of the statue and how it came to the attention of George Lucas. Lawrence has great stories about his Star Wars works and other celebs who own his artwork, including Peter Jackson and the recently-passed legend Burt Reynolds. Now you can watch Han make the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs at home! The digital version of Solo: A Star Wars Story was released this week. Join us as we review some of the special features and deleted scenes.
The “Solo: A Star Wars Story” novelization hit store shelves this week and it expands the story seen in the cinema with the inclusion of deleted scenes and additional insight into the characters and plot. We review some of the highlights. Jason points out some interesting observations he picked up while watching the latest promo video for Star Wars Resistance and lets us know what he thinks of the upcoming series. Plus, the latest Episode IX news headlines and rumors, intoxicating news about Disney Parks Star Wars: Galaxy Edge, and listener voicemail gets us talking about Anakin's slavery, Finn’s “programming” and more.
New casting news for Star Wars Episode IX! New info about Star Wars Resistance! New speculation about the Star Wars Live Action TV Series and more this week on RFR. Paul Bateman serves as guest co-host for a breakdown of all the big Star Wars stories this week including news about Dominic Monaghan and Matt Smith joining the Episode IX cast and a review of the new Star Wars Resistance promo video “Meet Team Fireball”. How many times did you see Solo: A Star Wars Story during its theatrical run? We bet you didn’t see it as many times as Chicago-area Solo-Superfan Lisa Dullard who joins us to talk Solo and review the new book “The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story”. Plus, listener voicemail leads to a discussion about the sounds of Star Wars including The Wilhelm Scream, The Krayt Dragon and Chewie’s “Tarzan Call”.
The voice behind Obi-Wan Kenobi, James Arnold Taylor returns to RFR to join us in celebration of #CloneWarsSaved and the upcoming return of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. We catch up with JAT and he fills us in with his reaction to the big news, while cracking us up with his many stories and voice impersonations. We got our first look at Star Wars Resistance via a new trailer and press release. We look closely at the cast and characters list, along with the trailer itself shot-by-shot to see if this show can be a worthy successor to The Clone Wars and Rebels.
Celebrating 10 years of The Clone Wars this week as we look back at what made the series great...And we look ahead to the show returning next year. We have audio highlights of Clone Wars cast members reacting to the show coming back and we review comments from Dave Filoni in recent print interviews. What’s up with the Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone film? We have updates! Plus, Conan goes to the Mos Eisley Cantina, RFR meets WKRP, vinyl-caped Jawas, and the return of RFR Slow and Tell!
Return of the Jedi’s Salacious Crumb was a crowd pleaser from the moment we first saw him onscreen in 1983. This week on RFR, we talk to the man behind the laughter, actor Mark Dodson joins us IN THE CANTINA to talk all-things-Crumb, courtesy of our pal Kevin Liell. With Darth Maul’s surprise return to the Saga in SOLO, we review some vintage Ray Park audio from our archives to find some uncanny foresight. In news headlines, Bob Iger reveals new information about the status of the upcoming Disney Streaming Service and what Star Wars content will be included...And what won’t. Plus, new info about Star Wars Resistance. Todd Fisher, Carrie’s brother, shared his thoughts and feelings, along with a little info, about unused footage of his sister being used in Star Wars Episode IX. We listen to highlights of his comments along with a recent Simon Pegg interview where he expresses remorse for some of his past harsh criticisms of the Star Wars prequels and Jar Jar Binks.
RFR Returns! Star Wars news blew up while we were on vacation and we are pumped up to be back behind the mics just in time for cameras to roll on Episode IX. We review the casting announcement press release, looking closely at who was added to the cast and who was subtracted, and the decision to use existing footage of Carrie Fisher in the final episode of the Sequel Trilogy. We look back at last month’s SDCC and the big #CloneWarsSaved announcement with speculation about the episodes and future potential for the series. Plus, listener voicemail leads to a discussion of Force Ghosts, we talk about aliens we’d like to see in Episode IX, and what are the chances George Lucas would or could return to the saga?
Tom Savage from the New Orleans Saints joins us IN THE CANTINA to discuss what it’s like to be an NFL quarterback and huge Star Wars fan. Tom shares his reviews of the latest Star Wars films, predictions, and stories from the locker room. Lando’s Back! Rumors are strong about the return of Billy Dee Williams to Star Wars in Episode IX. Billy Mac is in the studio with us to celebrate this good news and other top stories. We have exclusive audio from ComiCONN’s Star Wars panel hosted by Kevin Liell and featuring General Grievous actor Matthew Wood and the laugh behind Salacious Crumb, Mark Dodson. Kevin asked some questions from the RFR audience...See if he asked yours! Plus, we investigate the voice of Nien Nunb, we listen to audio highlights from recent Mark Hamill and Ron Howard interviews, and we talk about our decision to leave Twitter in the dust.
People are wondering why we are still talking about THE LAST JEDI...Are you kidding me? We’ll be talking about TLJ for decades! And, SOLO, and the OT, PT, Rogue One...You name it...We talk about it all. This week is no exception as we are joined by STAR WARS artist, entrepreneur and convention panel host Kevin Liell. Kevin joins us to give his reviews of the latest STAR WARS films and his experience appearing on AMC’s recently-cancelled COMIC BOOK MEN. Plus, we review the latest rumors about upcoming STAR WARS films, from Kenobi to Mos Eisley, and potential Lucasfilm shake-ups, Mark Hamill talks more about Luke in TLJ, Ron Howard talks about the rumor that future STAR WARS standalones are on hold, listener voice mail, a new RFR jingle and more.
Jedi Yogi John Marcoux returns, this time to present us with “The Mythological Blueprint of Han Solo” as seen in Solo: A Star Wars Story. John brings together such diverse sources as Joseph Campbell, Greek Mythology, The French Renaissance, and the classic American Western to create an intriguing foundation for the character of young Han, before he became a scruffy nerf herder. We also answer the lingering question...Is Han an optimist or a pessimist? The answer might surprise you! In news headlines, the future of Star Wars standalone films might be in jeopardy. We review the latest rumors, including the possibility of one more “legacy” character from the Original Trilogy joining the Episode IX cast. And, we continue to address the scary controversies surrounding Star Wars and the fan community on social media. Plus, listener voice mail, some SHADOWS OF THE EMPIRE discussion, and Father’s Day recaps.
Star Wars dominates the headlines this week as Solo: A Star Wars Story continues its theatrical run. The Goliverse’s Steve Glosson joins us as special guest co-host as we break down the all the latest news including highlights from a recent Ron Howard interview that revealed new Solo insights from the director himself and gets us talking about the Star Wars criminal universe potentially being spotlighted in future films. George Lucas provides info about the direction he would have taken the Star Wars sequel trilogy if he didn’t sell off his company. And we look closely at the reasons why Lucas no longer feels welcome working on Star Wars anymore. Steve gives us his first review of Solo and his opinions of Alden Ehrenrich taking on the lead role. Listener voicemail gets us talking about the villains of the Prequels and we try to wrap our heads around the controversial Star Wars fans vs creators vs media showdown that continues online.
Online controversy has exploded within the Star Wars fanbase. We take a close look at the social media situations surrounding actress Kelly Marie Tran and author Chuck Wendig. We talk about the role we are playing to promote change within the industry and community, and look closely at how DC Comics expects its talent to interact with fans via their Social Media Policy. Plus, the RFR voice mail hotline provides us with listener opinion about the controversies. And, we continue to analyze the box office performance of Solo: A Star Wars Story.
RFR's A-Team has assembled to provide you with the type of commentary and analysis for SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY you can only find here. We kick things off with Paul Bateman and F.J. DeSanto and a deep dive into the plot, actors, and characters. We focus on the title character and Alden Ehrenrich’s performance, the legend of Chewie’s life debt to Han, Donald Glover’s take on Lando, and more. We also talk about the baggage that this film carried during its shooting and production. Then the gloves come off when Kyle Newman jumps in and we all share our opinions about Lucasfilm’s missteps and where the franchise is heading. In the wake of the Solo box office under-performance, the honest and opinionated insights presented by our panel of film making veterans is eye-opening and revealing.
This is SOLO IN OHIO, our live podcast event recorded in front of a packed house of STAR WARS fans in Cleveland at the Playhouse Square Theater. Joining us on this amazing evening was RFR brother/fan fave Billy "Dee" McInerney along with our original brother-in-the-Force and co-host from our early days, Pete Nadel - A true STAR WARS podcast pioneer. But our most special guests were our audience. The mic was open all night for members of the RFR community to jump in on the conversation. We talk all about SOLO in this SPOILER HEAVY discussion. This show was recorded on opening night for the movie and it captures the excitement only a room full of die-hard STAR WARS fans can create!
We saw SOLO! A group of loyal RFR listeners gathered on opening night at a theater just outside Cleveland and created the perfect atmosphere for our first viewing of SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY. Immediately afterwards, we took our microphones out on the streets of downtown Cleveland to record our first analysis and raw reactions. Hear what we thought about it all: The plot, humor, efx, easter eggs and big surprises. Then, join us later for SOLO in OHIO - A live RFR event at the Playhouse Square Theater.
Chicago has been announced as the host city for Star Wars Celebration 2019! SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY hits theaters next week! With so much Star Wars goodness happening at once, we hit the microphones for as long as it takes to break it all down. Joining Jimmy Mac this week is Melody Deel from the Unofficial Rebel Force Radio Facebook Group and RFR brother, Billy Dee McInerney. As Chicagoans, hear what we think about Star Wars Celebration coming to the Windy City and what worked at the convention in the past, and what didn’t. Nissan’s Jeremy Meadows joins us In The Cantina with his report from the red carpet world premiere for SOLO. In news headlines, rumors this week popped up about what will be the next Star Wars standalone film, and it ain’t “Kenobi”. Plus, our final Solo In Ohio update, Puppet Lando and more.
Full report from the world premiere for SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY with audio highlights from the red carpet with the cast and crew. Some of the biggest news to come from the premiere had nothing to do with SOLO, but instead, we got our first bits of info about the upcoming STAR WARS live-action TV show from the series creator himself, Jon Favreau. Also walking the red carpet was Dave Filoni, who talked a little about STAR WARS RESISTANCE, but was cagey about where his future in STAR WARS is heading. We analyze what was said and what it could mean. “Prophet...Or Loser (Solo Edition)” with F.J. DeSanto is back! Hear F.J.'s final round of predictions before the release of SOLO. Also in this mega-sized RFR, Donald Glover brings Lando to SNL, Mark Hamill attends a wedding on THE BIG BANG THEORY, we hear the voice of Enfys Nest for the first time, and the story of how Swank got stuck in Chicago.
Share STAR WARS DAY with us on a mega-sized RFR as we prep for SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY and review the latest SOLO news, audio highlights from interviews with the cast and crew, and speculation about how the characters will be portrayed. We talk about May The Fourth activities and events happening in Chicago and we look at the most popular STAR WARS films in the US state-by-state. Chris Baker from Zen Studios joins us to talk about the extremely fun and addicting STAR WARS PINBALL, and he answers questions about his fandom via our famous Yoda Questionnaire. Plus, Star Wars cosplay dos and don’ts, Helen Hunt’s fandom is revealed, Nissan has an amazing Star Wars Sweepstakes, listener mailbag, voice mail, Moralo Eval and more! Hiring? Visit ZipRecruiter! The smartest way to hire.
STAR WARS RESISTANCE was announced this week as the next animated series coming from Lucasfilm. Join us on RFR as we provide a full breakdown of the press release description of this new, anime-inspired series to debut this fall. New TV spots featuring previously unseen footage and dialog from SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY have been hitting lately. We get our first listen to Jon Faverau’s character Rio, and discuss an alien species originally seen in THE CLONE WARS make their silver screen debut in SOLO. Speaking of SOLO, Alden Ehrenreich will be featured in an Esquire Magazine cover story and he says some interesting things about his future with the franchise. Jason’s son Parker Swank provides us with a kid-sized STAR WARS perspective, along with hilarious character impressionations. Listener voice mail prompts discussion about the Jedi afterlife and The Star Wars Holiday Special, and we bring news to make the Kitster Nation rejoice!
New TV spots for SOLO: A Star Wars Story hit this week along with new merch hitting the shelves. Billy Mac joins us this week to review what we’ve seen and found. Are you Han or Lando? We take a test to find out. Mark Hamill talks about his interest about his continued involvement in the STAR WARS saga, and we analyze what he said. Prep work continues for RFR’s SOLO in OHIO...Get your tickets now! The RFR Jukebox is fired up and we listen to some amazing show jingles created by listeners. Plus, Puppet Lando reads us the limited edition Denny’s STAR WARS menu, we look at an excerpt from the lastest saga novel, “Star Wars: Last Shot”, we pay tribute to a largely unrecognized Resistance pilot from THE LAST JEDI, we research the correct way to pronounce “Han” and more.
SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY hits theaters in six weeks! With the reveal of the second trailer and merch hitting the shelves, we focus hard to the next standalone film to come from the Star Wars galaxy. We talk all-things-Solo, including the cast, the characters, ships, environments and everything that we are excited to see in the film. Paul offers up a huge helping of his amazing insight based on his experience as a British film industry veteran and massive fan of the saga. Plus, we dig deep into the history of Han Solo including the Original Trilogy, the classic Marvel Comics, Star Wars Holiday Special and even his clothes, especially his iconic vest. Get yourself pumped for SOLO with RFR!
The second trailer for SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY was revealed on ABC during American Idol last Sunday. Immediately following the trailer debut, we fired up our microphones to give you our initial raw reactions. We go through the trailer shot-by-shot to analyze the visuals and dialog. From the look of the characters, to the actors behind the roles, the music, special effects and overall look of the film, we discuss it all. And with our SOLO in OHIO live podcast coming up next month, we couldn't be more pumped up for this next Star Wars standalone film!
Should They Recast Leia in STAR WARS: EPISODE IX? With rumors flying around, we discuss this hot topic and the possibility of it happening . We look forward to SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY as merch starts to hit and Denny’s launches a special SOLO inspired menu. Also, we have the latest updates on our big live event SOLO in OHIO in Cleveland coming May 25. Tickets are on sale now! By popular demand, Jimmy Mac’s mom joins us to give her review of THE LAST JEDI. You might be surprised with some of her observations! In headline news, we continue to feature Mark Hamill audio highlights as he continues to shoot straight from the hip on the interview circuit. Simon Pegg reveals interesting insight into J.J. Abrams return to Star Wars and compelling information about Rey’s parents. And, filmmaker Tony Gilroy speaks candidly for the first time ever about his involvement bailing out ROGUE ONE.
Can Luke Skywalker return from the dead in STAR WARS EPISODE IX? Not as a ghost, but as a corporeal being? We look at George Lucas’s early concepts for Obi-Wan to return in the flesh via the rough draft for RETURN OF THE JEDI and we wonder if such an idea can be used to bring back Luke. Speaking of Luke, Mark Hamill continues to his interview tour and we have some select highlights to inform and entertain you. We continue to dissect the novelization for THE LAST JEDI, we get intimate with THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK director Irwin Kershner, and we mourn the loss of Toys ‘R Us. Plus, listener voice mail, the worst jobs in the STAR WARS galaxy, a SOLO IN OHIO update, and we announce the winner of our big Star Wars Top Trumps giveaway! Are you hiring? Right now, RFR listeners can try ZipRecruiter for FREE. Just click HERE to get started! ZipRecruiter...The smartest way to hire.
The novelization for STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI gets our review with highlights from the audiobook featuring some shocking moments not featured in the final film. Speaking of the film itself, we have more to say about THE LAST JEDI home video release. Listener voice mail sparks a new debate over the Anakin/Vader transformation. In news, we follow Mark Hamill from SWSX in Austin all the way to Dublin, Ireland for St. Patrick's Day. Mark never fails when it comes to sharing his Star Wars insights and opinions! The maestro John Williams talks about his future in STAR WARS and his thoughts on Rey’s parents on KUSC radio, and we have the best quotes. RFR is proud to present SOLO in OHIO, happening May 25th in downtown Cleveland. We have the latest details! We look back at the history of Star Wars home video releases and share our memories from VHS to Blu Ray. Plus, some Ziro The Hutt memories, and we’re giving away a huge STAR WARS TOP TRUMPS prize to a lucky RFR listener...Find out how you can win!
The home video release of STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI hit earlier this week and, along with the movie, tons of bonus features including the full-length documentary "The Director and The Jedi". We review this new and through behind-the-scenes account of Episode VIII with analysis and audio highlights. We also dive into Rian Johnson's audio commentary track and discuss some of the broader themes and events of THE LAST JEDI, especially the death of Luke Skywalker. And speaking of Luke, Mark Hamill was in Hollywood last week for the unveiling of his star on the Walk of Fame and the RFR microphones were there. Hear from Hamill himself along with a couple of his friends: George Lucas and Harrison Ford. Plus, more details on our big SOLO IN OHIO event coming this May, some Star Wars Lego conversation, and more.
A bittersweet moment on RFR as we celebrate the end of an era, while mourning it's passing. After four seasons, STAR WARS REBELS concludes as our remaining rebels attempt to liberate Lothal with the Emperor taking an interest in Ezra. In this, the final episode of Declassified, we discuss the amazing series finale "Family Reunion and Farewell" as well as the three episodes that proceeded it, "Wolves and a Door", "A World Between Worlds", and "Fool's Hope", with our A-Team: Paul Bateman and Kyle Newman.
MORTIS REVISITED: The Gods of Mortis returned to Star Wars animation to play a role in the recent STAR WARS REBELS episode "A World Between Worlds". We look back at the original Mortis arc from 2011 and listen to vintage RFR audio highlights with the cast and crew of THE CLONE WARS. Hear from cast members Matt Lanter, James Arnold Taylor and Ashley Eckstein along with Supervising Director Dave Filoni and Head Writer Christian Taylor.
The stakes have risen and the risks are higher than ever before as STAR WARS REBELS gets closer to the series finale. "Jedi Night" pushes our heroes to the limit, with one of them making the ultimate sacrifice. "Dume" confronts the fallout and puts the surviving members of The Ghost crew in a fight for their lives. We deal with the emotional outcome of these two episodes in this, the penultimate episode of DECLASSIFIED. Joining us for this in-memoriam roundtable are Star Wars collecting expert Dan Curto and RFR brother Billy Mac.
We review some of the big STAR WARS reveals at the 2018 NY Toy Fair that have fans buzzing. Collecting expert Dan Curto joins us to break down all the news, including new merchandise from SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY and the ambitious Jabba's Sail Barge from Hasbro's new crowd-sourcing initiative, Haslab. We also talk critically about Star Wars collectibles on the retail level, what works, and what doesn't. That familiar scream you hear on TV and in movies, The Wilhelm Scream, was an originally inside joke from 1977's STAR WARS that has since spread like wildfire. Now comes word that it has been "retired" by Skywalker Sound, thus we will not be hearing it in STAR WARS again. We investigate this news and look back at the history of The WIlhelm Scream via vintage RFR highlights featuring STAR WARS sound masters Matthew Wood and Ben Burtt. Plus, J.J. gives an Episode IX update, we look forward to the home video release of THE LAST JEDI, Lando Calrissian pickup lines from Billy Mac and more!
New SOLO merch revealed this week and we review the action figures, explore the new-look Millennium Falcon and more. We prepare for the final return of STAR WARS REBELS as the series winds down starting next week. Our review of "The Secret History of Star Wars" audiobook continues and we take a look back at Genndy Tartakovski's CLONE WARS micro series.
New SOLO images and character details were revealed this week in the wake of the first teaser trailer for the film. Plus, surprise announcements about a new series of STAR WARS movies headed by the duo behind HBO's "Game of Thrones". And new STAR WARS television series are in development for the upcoming Disney direct-to-consumer app. We have highlights and excerpts from Bob Iger's announcements and Entertainment Weekly's SOLO cover story. F.J. DeSanto sits in on the show this week to help us figure it all out, and of course, F.J. provides us with his "Prophet or Loser" predictions for SOLO. Also joining us is Corey Helton, founder of Youtini, a new STAR WARS book subscription service. From the old Expanded Universe to the current day Legends, we talk about it all with Corey! It's a big week for STAR WARS news...Big enough for two episodes of RFR! Be sure to check out our SOLO Trailer review show from earlier this week if you haven't already.
Our first glimpses of SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY came earlier this week as a new TV spot debuted on Super Bowl Sunday, and a full teaser trailer dropped the following day. Join us for our initial reactions to Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Danny Glover as Lando, and a factory-fresh Millennium Falcon. Paul Bateman joins us to go thru the Super Bowl commercial and teaser trailer scene-by-scene and speculate about the plot, characters and more.
The trailer for SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY is MIA! When will we finally see it? Signs point to early next week. Will it happen during the Superbowl? Will it stick to the May release date? We look at the evidence out there and discuss about some of the planets we may see in the film. Rian Johnson continues to reveal information about STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI. We listen to his latest comments about not only the film itself, but some of the harsh criticism he’s received. Also missing-in-action, George Lucas’s beard! The Notorious G.L. was spotted at the “Black Panther” premiere with mere stubble. We take a fun look back at the history of the maker’s beard with a story from his old collaborator Walter Murch. Speaking of Lucas, we review an amazing impression of the famed filmmaker via actor Josh Robert Thompson. Plus, Errol Flynn, Kylo Ren’s pants, and a lack of love for Phasma.
We review fresh Rian Johnson interview highlights and analyze the latest comments about THE LAST JEDI from the director himself, including insight into Luke Skywalker, the humor in the film, and more. Melody Deel from The Unofficial RFR Facebook Group fills us in on what fans are talking about online and reviews some of the hot topics in STAR WARS news this week. We discuss new info about the upcoming novelization for THE LAST JEDI and deleted scenes, why Luke was in exile on Ach-To, speculation on when the SOLO trailer will drop, Snoke’s slippers, and could there be a place for Padme Amidala in Episode IX? Plus, listener voice mail, STAR WARS at the Oscars and more.
"The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi" is the topic of conversation in this episode of Influences. We page through the new book while Paul Bateman offers his expert commentary on the amazing art design of Episode VIII. We discuss the film sets like Snoke's Throne Room, props like Rose's Resistance ring, ships like the Resistance Bomber, wardrobe, creatures, aliens and more. Paul applies his years of knowledge and experience in each item we analyze. If you loved the look of THE LAST JEDI, this is not a show you want to miss!
The fallout from THE LAST JEDI continues! We review highlights from a recent Rian Johnson interview featuring his insight into some of the most talked about scenes from the film. Our TLJ breakdown continues with a visit from author/entrepreneur John Marcoux ("Poised to Pummell") who presents us with his "Mythological Blueprint for Luke Skywalker in 'The Last Jedi'". John digs deep into mythology, history, and religion and discovers amazing parallels with Luke's story in Episode VIII. Some of the info he reveals will blow your mind. Plus, a new official synopsis of SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY, Listener Voice Mail, and STAR WARS IN POP CULTURE spotlights the popular NBC drama THIS IS US. For our review of the new midseason trailer for the Star Wars Rebels: Season Four, check out RFR Rush Hour #23, an exclusive show for the RFR Patreon Community
RFR returns for our first show of 2018! Celebrating THE LAST JEDI: ONE MONTH LATER with our first audio commentary track. Join us as we watch THE LAST JEDI for our first time together since opening night, while providing commentary fueled by our month-long deep dive into this new extension of the STAR WARS mythology. With multiple previous viewings under our belts, and reference guides at the ready, we decipher everything that makes Episode VIII work. Take us with you to the movie theater, watch with the upcoming home video release, or simply listen to our conversation as a podcast, and let us take you back to the experience of THE LAST JEDI.
Paul Bateman joins us for a deep, down-and-dirty breakdown of THE LAST JEDI to wrap up another great year for STAR WARS and RFR. Paul always provides an educated and passionate analysis, and his review of Episode VIII is no exception! We discuss and debate everything Paul liked and disliked about the film, we talk about the polarizing effect it’s had on the STAR WARS fanbase, and we dig deep underneath the surface of what this latest chapter of the saga has to offer. Plus, interview highlights of Rian Johnson talking about some specific details of THE LAST JEDI, Instructions for how to blow up The Death Star at midnight on New Year’s Eve, Jeremy Meadows from Nissan talks about his experience at THE LAST JEDI red carpet premiere, and our final giveaway of the year, courtesy of the Stance Star Wars Collection.
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.
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!"