Spanish Palpatine – SWR #135

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On this week’s podcast, Riley, Bethany and Mark talk about discovering the social side of fandom, the latest Episode VII rumors, and a new tidbit on Star Wars Rebels.

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How I Found out that Darth Vader is…

SPOILER ALERT:

Luke’s father.

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It seems that everyone has a story about how they discovered the terrible truth: Darth Vader is Luke Skywalker’s father. I

I’ve heard stories varying from the range of figuring it out from Robot Chicken, to discovering it in the film itself at young age. Regardless, if you’re a star Wars fan, this is likely the single most shocking revelation the entire Saga.

The following is the tale of how I personally made this terrible discovery.

Growing up, when my family would have to leave back here in the United States, (I grew up overseas) I had the opportunity to spend quite a bit of time at my Aunt and Uncle’s house. My older siblings would often participate in grand and epic water balloon fights that I remember all too well mainly because I was too young to participate in them. I had two cousins in this family, and they were both very much into Star Wars. In fact, a lot of my earliest memories of Star Wars exposure was through these two cousins. I remember playing Star Wars Episode I Racer on their N64, among many other things. Anyway, one day while visiting my Aunt and Uncle’s house, I was given free reign in my cousins room. (Probably a bad idea) He had quite a few amazing collectibles & toys that I occupied myself with. However what caught my fancy was a stack of Star Wars trading cards. I still remember vividly, rifling through them being fascinated by the pictures of different characters, and reading brief summary that described the various aspects of the saga. And, as I’m sure you can guess by now, I came across a card describing Darth Vader and Luke from The Empire Strikes Back.

What’s funny is the fact that I hardly knew anything about the Star Wars films at this time. I just kind of knew what the movies were. I think I may have known some of the main characters and perhaps a very skeletal understanding of the plot, but that was it.

There it was, Luke Skywalker was the son of Darth Vader. Even having not seen the film, I still remember this coming to me as a complete shock. I think I may have been about 10 or 11 years old at this time, and the idea of the ultimate villain being the father of the hero was very striking to me at the time. So yes, when I saw the film a few years later for the first time, I was not surprised at the reveal. However, the resonance of the moment was still intact, and still as compelling to me.

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Host of the Star Wars Report podcast, Tech enthusiast, AFROTC. Opinions are my own and do not represent those of… well… other people.

Yoda Arc (or the Final RFRN) – RR Prelude #4

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Yoda goes on a spectacular(ly confusing) adventure in this episode.

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The transition from Republic Forces Radio Network to The Star Wars Report’s Rebels Roundtable concludes in this episode, which marks not just the end of our coverage of The Clone Wars: The Lost Missions (Season 6), but also the final episode to be simul-released as an episode of Republic Forces Radio Network . In this episode, the team takes on the “Yoda Arc,” consisting of The Lost One, Voices, Destiny, and Sacrifice.

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(That’s right, Ahsoka. This is all you get to do now that you left. See what you’re missing?)

Of course, with this being the final episode under the RFRN banner, we wanted to do something special this time around. Thus, rather than the usual four panelists, this episode brings all six of the panelists who have made the jump over to The Star Wars Report’s Rebels Roundtable: Johnathan (the host); Jen; Dan; Nathan; Berent; and (for his first time ever on the panel to discuss actual episodes) Mark Hurliman of Star Wars Beyond the Films and The Star Wars Report. We are also visited by the two RFRN regulars who are not making the jump to the new show, show founder Arnie and former host Jerry, as they stop by to bid a fond farewell to the rest of the team and the RFRN audience. It is an episode for the history books . . . if ever such books were written about Star Wars podcasting, that is.

Welcome to the Rebels Roundtable prelude and the bonus episodes of Republic Forces Radio Network. Thank you for joining us as the RFRN team is born anew for a new era of Star Wars cartoons.

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Alderaan Remains – SWBW #25

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Star Wars Weekends kept us busy for the month of June but we are back with a new episode and some new guests!

  • First time guest Paul DePaola (EU Cantina, Fanboys Talking) joined us and talked about his fandom, comics, and his 501st membership.
  • Another first time guest, Johnamarie Marcias (Now This is Podcasting, The Wookiee Gunner) gave us a recap of New York Book Con 2014. She also spoke Mando’a which increased her cool points.
  • Aaron and Teresa gave their favorite moments from Star Wars Weekends.
  • Paul stuck around to help review the comic volumes Dark Times: A Spark Remains and Star Wars: From the Ruins of Alderaan.

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