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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.
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S1 Chapter 5 "The Gunslinger" Seeking repairs for the Razor Crest, The Mandalorian lands on Mos Eisley and joins forces with a rookie bounty hunter to find Fennic Shand, hiding out somewhere across The Dune Sea. We're talking Chapter 5 of season one with special guests Billy Mac and Matt Rashid and taking live listener calls. Tatooine makes it's Mandalorian debut and we visit many familiar places along the way. Plus, we discuss the cameos from Amy Sedaris and Ming Na-Wen and what their characters bring to the episode.
STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER has reached peak media marketing with the recent debut of several TV spots revealing a variety of fresh footage from Episode IX. We look at each commercial and try to pick up on all the hints and clues from “The final episode in the Skywalker Saga”. Are the reveals in the marketing too revealing? Or are they just playing on our nostalgia? We tear it all apart and tell you what we think. John Boyega appeared on The Tonight Show to give us further details about the script stolen from underneath his bed, and the fallout. TMZ also grabbed Boyega on the streets of Manhattan for some further explanation. We have highlights and reactions! Plus, old footage of George Lucas admitting he may have gone too far with THE PHANTOM MENACE gives us a few laughs, and of course, ample Baby Yoda talk.
S1 Chapter 4: "The Sanctuary"    The Mandalorian seeks refuge on a backwater planet where he teams up with a former Rebel trooper to train a small group of villagers to defend themselves against a group of vicious raiders.     We're back for Chapter 4 of The Mandalorian with our discussion and analysis of the "The Sanctuary" with our guest, John Pyka. Plus, we're taking your calls to hear what you think!     
Following the popularity of THE MANDALORIAN, we consider the upcoming onslaught of Baby Yoda merchandise and wonder why it wasn’t ready to launch sooner. Was it to preserve the secret or was Disney/Lucasfilm caught off guard and unprepared for the overwhelming popular reaction to the new character? We discuss! In more spoiler-free Mandalorian conversation, we look at The Camtono and discover where the name for it may have originated. The first full clip from THE RISE OF SKYWALKER has been released and it’s a sequence featuring flying stormtroopers, which leads to debate, argument, and even some insults! J.J. Abrams, Daisy Ridley and John Boyega appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America this week to talk TROS and the case of a legit Episode IX script landing on Ebay courtesy due to some sloppiness by a cast member. Find out who it was! We dig deeper into some weird comments made by Kathleen Kennedy about STAR WARS source material and consider the “End of the Skywalker Saga” marketing campaign. Plus, Daisy Ridley reveals her true feelings for the Porgs and raps about The Wars on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Celebrate Thanksgiving with RFR, Star Wars-style! 
We're back for Chapter 3 of The Mandalorian with our discussion and analysis of the "The Sin". Plus, we're taking your calls to hear what you think!
With less than a month until THE RISE OF SKYWALKER opens, we look at some of the latest Episode IX headlines including a review of the new "social media" trailer featuring new footage and excerpts from a recent Kathleen Kennedy Rolling Stone interview on the future of the franchise and her role within it. Plus, we look at the new Anthony Daniels book "I Am C-3PO" with audio highlights about his strained relationship with Kenny Baker, his insight into Mark Hamill's return to STAR WARS and a little information about shooting TROS. 
S1 E2 "The Child" After acquiring "The Asset", The Mandalorian returns to his starship to find it being dismantled by Jawa scavengers, leading to a battle outside their Sandcrawler. Negotiation arbitrated by Kuiil places the bounty hunter into a perilous showdown with a wild mudhorn to obtain an object the Jawas desire. We're back for Chapter 2 of THE MANDALORIAN with our discussion and analysis of the "The Child" with special guest Billy Mac. Plus, we're taking your calls to hear what you think!
STAR WARS has entered a new era as a weekly series has finally become reality. With the launch of Disney+, we are talking about the first episode of THE MANDALORIAN and taking your calls live!
After years of speculation and anticipation, a live-action STAR WARS weekly series becomes reality when THE MANDALORIAN series debut happens next week. We look at the first footage of Nick Nolte’s Ugnaught character Kuiil and Ming Na Wen’s bounty hunter Fennic Shand with speculation about the teased big spoiler in the premiere episode. RFR broke the news last month, Denis Lawson will be returning to Star Wars in THE RISE OF SKYWALKER to reprise his role of Wedge Antilles. Kevin Liell joins us to share the inside scoop about how it all happened. And, a mystery guest joins us to provide a counterpoint to our “Star Wars Crybaby” criticism of Eric Butts’s Star Wars trailer reaction video from last week’s show. Plus, getting pumped up for RFR Live: Skywalker Rises In Ohio and more!
As we suspected in recent weeks, the Game Of Thrones producer duo of David Benioff & D.B. Weiss have officially dropped out of their commitments to create the next STAR WARS trilogy. What does this mean for the future of Star Wars films and the franchise in general? We provide our insight and observations. The Mandalorian debuts in just a couple of weeks and a new trailer dropped this week! We go through the entire thing shot-by-shot and analyze everything. And, we have audio highlights from Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni from a recent Mandalorian media junket for the upcoming Disney+ series. Swank's Halloween costume leads to a discussion about the legitimacy of Star Wars trailer reaction videos and all the tears shed over it. Plus, a little Trick or Treat talk for your post-Halloween enjoyment.
We give you our first reactions to the final trailer for Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker and take your calls live immediately following it's debut on Monday Night Football. Were there any "Oh My God!" moments, or was it more "Meh". We hear what you think while you hear what we think!
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.  
More Iger Book Bombshells

More Iger Book Bombshells

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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.
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Christopher Goings

This is such a great episode! It was awesome hearing about some of the early days of Mark Hamil, and I've never seen Corvette Summer but now I'm going to look for it! I wasn't born until 1995, but the late 70s/80s sounded like a blast!

Oct 3rd
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Mark C

Cute

Sep 7th
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Jason Landau

Billy was right!

Mar 5th
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The FireDragon

good

Jan 21st
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The FireDragon

I love this podcast it is so funny and so goox

Jan 21st
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Marmot J. Marmot

Painful to listen to.

Dec 8th
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David Beck

So disappointed. The podcast is so boring and goes all over the place.

Nov 14th
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Christopher Goings

I'm actually only on episode 200, but I kind of wanted to see what you guys sound like up here in 2018! Lol

Nov 12th
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Ben L. Pontiff

This show is a staple in my existance.

Nov 10th
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Zachary Salazar

I just realized why the Family Guy Star Wars parody was called Blue Harvest.

Oct 29th
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Christopher Goings

The best Star Wars podcast in the galaxy! I listen to you guys just about every day, and I can't get enough! I love listening to you guys talk about the wars, and enjoy the insight of the cast and crew you guys are able to bring on the show. Thanks for all you do to bring the community together, and keep up the great work!

Aug 18th
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Coleman McClung

I've loved the show for a long, long time (ago), but their recent comments about woman in the fandom is just so disheartening. I love your show. I love your spinoff shows. I love almost everything you guys have been a part of, but I can no longer support you. Hopefully, the hosts see that it's not just a bunch of progressive crybabies protesting their show. It's also long time fans who understand that Star Wars put a blaster in Leia's hands and said to little girls everywhere: "This is for you too".

Jul 12th
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Francine Chandler

A passionate group of guys who respect all sides of the fandom! Always thoughtful (and respectful) discussion about anything SW!

Jun 26th
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Zrannix Bartimus

Have listened to you guys almost since the beginning, and have loved the Star Wars talk. But I think the expanded universe (as in, not GL canon) under Disney is starting to extinguish the flame...and it gets harder to listen to discussion on stories I'm not invested in anymore. It's cool if people like it, but I don't really think Disney is making these with classic fans in mind :(

Apr 16th
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Craig Milton

The reason Holdo didn't share the plan was she feared exactly what happened when Poe found out on his own. The plan immediately was carelessly leaked to someone who could use it against them. When Poe says she is on a need to know basis that is RJ reminding us that sometimes the plan is best protected by fewer people knowing about it. The fault wasn't in Holdo not sharing the plan with Poe but with Poe not being capable at that point in respecting command and following orders. We'll see how he feels later, when he is in charge and making the hard calls, when a subordinate doesn't respect his command and causes one of his plans to fail leading to so much death.

Mar 21st
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Evan Galdeen

the 1976 novel isn't canon. the Mandalore stuff served Sabine. the Bendu rocked

Mar 11th
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Artien Nadal

Listening to you defend the leias resurrection makes me wanna puke. It's sad...

Jan 29th
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Fredrick Taylor

I love the show! It wasn’t that long ago that we were never going to get anymore Star Wars. Last Jedi had its issues but I am still excited about getting new Star Wars. Keep up the great work guys!

Jan 25th
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Evan Galdeen

George is a Master. the prequels are a masterpiece. shove the hate and Monday morning quarterbacking. Also, Wikipedia › wiki › The_king_is_de... Web results The king is dead, long live the king! - Wikipedia

Jan 24th
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Charles Smith

Speaking of the Kylo Challenge, where was the evidence on his torso of having nearly been blown in half by Chewbacca?

Jan 23rd
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