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Friends of the Force: A Star Wars Podcast

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Friends of the Force is a fan podcast dedicated to finding joy within the Star Wars fandom. Hosts Brad and Sarah invite listeners to their weekly in-depth discussions featuring film, television, publishing, interviews, and other niche topics that you can only find in a galaxy far, far away. We strike a balance between boundless enthusiasm and thoughtful exploration of the larger-than-life themes that bind us all together as friends of the Force.
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Calling all Jedi: this is the Scarlet Skull! Join us for our discussion on the latest High Republic middle-grade novel "Escape from Valo" by Daniel José Older and Alyssa Wong. We dive into this journey full of grief, fear, attachment, and compassion by looking through the eyes of Ram Jomaram and the three Jedi Padawans that he takes under his wing.…
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In this week's coverage of The Bad Batch, we're discussing the long-awaited return of Asajj Ventress, local Florida Men (aka Wrecker and Hunter), and a stressful two-parter on both Mount Tantiss and Pabu! Spoilers ahead for episodes 308-311. Website: http://www.friendsoftheforcepod.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/FriendsOfForce Linktree: https://l…
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⁠Alyssa Wong⁠ joins the podcast to discuss their debut High Republic novel ESCAPE FROM VALO, which is a wildly fun and heartfelt middle-grade story alongside Daniel José Older. Spoiler warning: we talk about key plot points from the entirety of the book. We definitely recommend reading Alyssa's award-winning short-fiction story 'Hungry Daughters of…
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This is about power, and who's allowed to use it. The first official trailer for THE ACOLYTE has finally arrived and we're foaming at the mouth! We're picking apart every detail one could find in two minutes of footage and what we know about the characters thus far. We also highlight some of the brilliant Leslye Headland quotes making the rounds ab…
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We continue our coverage of The Bad Batch season three with episodes four through seven including an action-packed two-parter! We talk about emotional reunions, clone rebellion and identity, and more proof that Tech lives! Website: http://www.friendsoftheforcepod.comTwitter: https://twitter.com/FriendsOfForceLinktree: https://linktr.ee/friendsofthe…
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The Bad Batch returns for their final ride in the third and final season! We're discussing the three-part premiere with friend of the show Mollie (@DarthMaullie) as we unpack the secrets of Project Necromancer, speculate about the Batch's endgame, yell over this arc's thrilling conclusion, and more. Check out Mollie's Etsy store here, which include…
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We welcome digital illustrator Ella (@cherriielle) whose dream of creating official High Republic artwork is now *bangs the Daniel José Older gavel* CANON! After manifesting it two years ago, Ella finally had the opportunity to create a variant cover for "The High Republic Adventures" issue no. 3 featuring Zeen Mrala, Svi'no Atchapat, and Sian Holt…
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It's a High Republic party and everyone, and we mean everyone, is invited! This week, we're talking with authors Amy Richau and Megan Crouse about their work on "The High Republic Character Encylopedia" from DK Publishing. We reflect on the High Republic's three-year anniversary, why this era is special to so many fans, and what went into researchi…
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In celebration of the four-year anniversary of the STAR WARS RESISTANCE series finale, we're joined by the duo of Chris "Doc" Wyatt and Kevin Burke, who co-wrote five episodes across both seasons. They discuss their time in the writer's room at Skywalker Ranch with Dave Filoni, the show's depiction of fascism and how it resonates with the 'Andor' s…
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Travel with us to a galaxy far, far away as we embark on the journey of a lifetime! Comic writer Tommy Stella joins us to see who can build the best Star Tours adventure. In this friendly competition, we select a pilot, dive deep into the lore of our rides, and choose six destinations among the following categories: the High Republic; the prequel, …
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Lucasfilm junior creative executive Emily Shkoukani joins us to talk about their work on "DAWN OF REBELLION," the latest Star Wars visual guide they co-authored alongside Pablo Hidalgo that covers the 19 years following Revenge of the Sith. Thank you to DK Publishing for the review copy! Website: http://www.friendsoftheforcepod.com Join our Patreon…
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It's the beginning of the end as we take our first steps into The High Republic Phase 3 with "The Eye of Darkness" by George Mann. We discuss the identity crises weighing down on Elzar Mann and Avar Kriss, the game of chess between the Republic and the Nihil, hope surviving in the darkest of times, why turning fear into strength is the key to the N…
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Star Wars author George Mann joined us on Life Day to celebrate the release of his newest book "The Eye of Darkness," which kicks off The High Republic Phase 3 one year after the events of Phase 1. We discuss Avar Kriss and the weight of expectations, Marchion Ro's methods and motivations, Elzar Mann reeling from the loss of Stellan, and more. Plus…
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We are so back baby! With the launch of The High Republic Phase 3: Trials of the Jedi, we're previewing what's to come for our heroes as we reunite with them one year after the fall of Starlight Beacon. What exactly are the "trials" of the Jedi? Is confronting fear the destiny of a Jedi? How exactly do we solve the Nameless problem? We're exploring…
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Adam Lance Garcia joins the podcast to reunite us with the beloved Dexter Jettster in his short story "The Veteran" — featured in 'From A Certain Point of View: Return of the Jedi.' We discuss Dex's appearances across multiple eras, the guilt he carries from one Kamino saberdart, and the Empire's end reigniting hope for a brighter future. Website: …
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We're diving into "Tales of Light and Life," the newest short-story anthology spanning all three phases of the High Republic, to discuss where our characters have been, where they may be going, and the aftermath of Starlight Beacon's fall. Independent Bookstore of the Week: Joseph-Beth Booksellers (Cincinnati, OH) Note: this episode was recorded du…
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This week's episode is a gift freely given! We're joined by author Tessa Gratton whose short story "A Closed Fist Has No Claws" appears in the newest young-adult anthology 'Tales of Light and Life.' We dive into the continuation of Marda Ro's path, planting the seeds of Nihil ideology, writing in second-person POV, the definition of "home" in the H…
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This week, we had the pleasure of speaking with Del Rey / Random House Worlds senior editor Tom Hoeler, who has worked on numerous Star Wars publishing projects including the most recent anthology “From A Certain Point of View: Return of the Jedi.” Tom shares his insights into the making-of process on all three entries as well as the opportunities …
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Delilah S. Dawson joins us to discuss "Star Wars Inquisitor: Rise of the Red Blade," which marks her first full-length Star Wars novel since 2019. We cover Iskat Akaris' fall to the Dark Side, the Jedi as instruments of war, the appeal of Inquisitor-focused stories, and more. Thank you to Random House Worlds for our review copies. Note: this episod…
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The High Republic Phase 2 comes to a shocking conclusion in "Path of Vengeance" by Cavan Scott, and we're excited to finally chat about it! We dive into the Path of the Open Hand's transformation into the Nihil, Marda and Yana's conflicting motives, Matty's greatest test yet in the face of fear, and much more. Plus, we turn #EggTalk all the way up …
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Ready, set, go! It's time for the Hyperspace Chase as we dive into 'Quest for Planet X,' the latest High Republic middle-grade novel by Tessa Gratton. We explore themes of acceptance and independence through Rooper, Dass, and Sky; the privatization of hyperspace lanes in an age of exploration; Planet X's origins and its similarities to the Garden o…
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Jump into the world of ‘Star Wars Jedi: Survivor’ as we chat with actress Debra Wilson, the voice behind Jedi Master Cere Junda! We discuss her awakening in 1977 after seeing Star Wars forty-plus times in the theater, how she approached the role of Cere, what it means to rebuild the Jedi's legacy, her emotional last day on the set of Survivor, and …
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We're back with more High Republic coverage as we near the end of Phase 2! On this episode, we're taking a deep-dive into "Cataclysm" by Lydia Kang, which finally brings us to the long-awaited Night of Sorrows. We discuss the books' core themes of concealment, forgiveness and second chances as it relates to Axel and Gella, motherhood through the ey…
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Join us on our journey around the globe as we dive into Star Wars Visions: Volume 2, which features nine original short animation films from Spain, Ireland, Chile, Britain, South Korea, France, India, Japan, and South Africa. We cover why Visions is one of our favorite Star Wars projects to date, highlight our top three shorts, and talk about other…
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Embark with us on a journey to Tenoo as we celebrate the release of Young Jedi Adventures! We sat down with the creative team behind the series made up of executive producer James Waugh, executive producer/showrunner Michael Olson, and consulting producer Lamont Magee to get an inside look at how this idea came to fruition. We then chatted with som…
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Another year, another Star Wars Day! May the 4th be with you, listeners. As part of our annual Friends of the Fourth" special episode, Sarah and Brad share their top 10 favorite Star Wars memories from the past 365 days including favorite tv moments, personal fan experiences, two Star Wars Celebrations, and more. Plus, our listeners sent us their m…
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For Mandalore! We conclude our Mandalorian coverage by discussing the final three chapters of season three — Guns for Hire, The Spies, and The Return — and how we feel about the season overall, including what we loved and some areas for improvement. Website: http://www.friendsoftheforcepod.com Join our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/friendsofthef…
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Brad has returned from London to share more about his experience at Star Wars Celebration Europe! Plus, news, news, and so much more news including the newest slate of Star Wars films, Andor season two updates, an Acolyte trailer, The High Republic Phase 3 titles, and Visions Volume 2. We discuss what we're most excited for, the moments that sent S…
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Trust in the Force! Brad and Sarah dive into the latest adventure with Cal Kestis and the Mantis Crew in "Star Wars Jedi: Battle Scars" by Sam Maggs. We explore the themes of identity, healing, found family, and legacy. Plus, we share our player experiences with Jedi: Fallen Order and look ahead to Jedi: Survivor! You can listen to our interview wi…
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We're back with more DJARIN JARGON to discuss "Chapter 19: The Convert," "Chapter 20: The Foundling," and "Chapter 21: The Pirate." How are we feeling midway through season three? Can all Mandalorians unite under the Mythosaur? Will Bo-Katan and the Armorer kiss (pleeeeeease!)? Is the New Republic reintegration efforts... complicated? All of this a…
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We're joined by author Lydia Kang to discuss her newest Star Wars novel "Cataclysm," which is the final adult novel in Phase 2 of The High Republic from Random House Worlds. Lydia shares her history as a Star Wars fan dating back to the Ewoks series before diving into Cataclysm's many facets including Axel Greylark in all of his chaotic glory, the …
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On today's episode, we're discussing the two-part season finale of The Bad Batch, "The Summit" and "Plan 99," as our emotions hit an all-time high with this series. We try not to cry too much on this one, but, then again, when have we ever followed orders? As a reminder, we will be live-tweeting next week's Bad Batch panel at Star Wars Celebration …
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We're finally back to continue our discussion on The Bad Batch Season 2 with Episodes 9-14 (our very special six-episode extravaganza)! These last few weeks have been *packed* with some of our favorite moments from the entire series, and we're excited to dive into its many facets as we prepare for a high-stakes, action-packed finale. Check out Unwh…
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It's officially Oscars weekend, which means it's time for another installment of the Golden Gorg Awards! This year, we're celebrating achievements in live-action Star Wars television by nominating our favorite performances, episodes, writers, and music to determine who will take home the coveted Gorg. Our pool of candidates includes Andor, The Book…
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We proudly present DJARIN JARGON, our newest recap series for The Mandalorian! This week, we're discussing "Chapter 17: The Apostate" and "Chapter 18: The Mines of Mandalore," which are directed by Rick Famuyiwa and Rachel Morrison, respectively. What ramifications does the end of Chapter 18 have for the scattered Mandalorian factions? Does Din tru…
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After three years, Cal Kestis and the Mantis crew are back on another adventure in "Star Wars Jedi: Battle Scars," which is the newest novel from Random House Worlds. We're joined by author Sam Maggs to celebrate the release of her first feature-length book that prepares readers for the upcoming video game 'Jedi: Survivor.' We discuss many of the b…
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Brad and Sarah embark on a pilgrimage to the holy city to discuss the latest High Republic entry: "The Battle of Jedha" by George Mann. We share our key takeaways from the book, our favorite aspects of the story, and what we predict may happen as we near the end of Phase 2 in the coming months. Independent Bookstore of the Week: Brain Lair Books (S…
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Brad and Sarah discuss the thrilling two-part mid-season special of The Bad Batch, "The Clone Conspiracy" and "Truth and Consequences," and what it means for the future of the Clone army and the entire galaxy. Check out UnwhitewashTBB here: https://linktr.ee/unwhitewashtbb Join our Patreon to unlock bonus episodes https://www.patreon.com/friendsoft…
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Brad and Sarah continue their coverage of The Bad Batch season two by discussing episodes three through six including Crosshair's isolated reality, Star Wars Resistance homages (vroom vroom!!), Indiana Jones-styled adventures in a galaxy far, far away, and the wonderful world of Wookiees! (WHRAAAAARH!!!) Episode List: 203: “The Solitary Clone” 204:…
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Clone Force 99 is back in this two-part premiere of The Bad Batch season two! This week, Brad and Sarah discuss episodes one and two: "Spoils of War," directed by Steward Lee and written by Jennifer Corbett, and "Ruins of War" directed by Nathaniel Villanueva and written by Gina Lucita Monreal. Resources: Collider article on #UnwhitewashTheBadBatch…
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Love can ignite the stars! Brad and Sarah dive into the latest High Republic entry "CONVERGENCE," which also marks Zoraida Córdova's adult-novel debut in the Star Wars galaxy. We examine the sociopolitical intricacies of the Eiram-E'ronoh crisis and how love can be an everlasting solution, discover what home means to Jedi Knight Gella Nattai, convi…
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They mostly come out at night... mostly. We're back with another book discussion with George Mann's latest book "Quest for the Hidden City" which introduces us to the compelling Jedi Master-Padawan duo of Silandra Sho and Rooper Nitani. We're tackling this story's themes of environmentalism, rewriting history, the shield and the sword, and more. Pl…
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The Force will be free! We are finally diving into the second phase of The High Republic with "Path of Deceit" by Justina Ireland and Tessa Gratton. Join us on our pathfinding expedition to Dalna as we get to know Kevmo Zink and Marda Ro, explore themes of balance and rebirth, pick apart the Path of the Open Hand's philosophies, and unravel the mys…
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On the final episode of ANDOR CANDOR (for now), Brad and Sarah are joined by Catrina Dennis (@ohcatrina) to look back at season one of ANDOR. We're discussing the education of Cassian Andor, the resilience of community and Ferrix, motherhood through Maarva and Mothma, and what to expect from season two. Plus, we answer some questions from listeners…
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Fight the Empire! Brad and Sarah discuss ANDOR episode twelve, “Rix Road,” directed by Benjamin Caron and written by Tony Gilroy. The season finale is an absolute masterpiece and we’re still losing our minds over it! We’re diving deep into one of the most thought-provoking pieces of Star Wars by examining the power of communities, the brittle natur…
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The first adult novel for Star Wars: The High Republic Phase Two, "CONVERGENCE," hits bookstores today and we're joined by author Zoraida Córdova to dive into the creative process behind Del Rey's newest title. We loved chatting about her experience joining the initiative midway through, which characters she's most excited for readers to meet, buil…
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Brad and Sarah discuss ANDOR episode eleven titled “Daughter of Ferrix” — directed by Benjamin Caron and written by Tony Gilroy — with special guest and friend of the show Swara Salih, who hosts The Middle Geeks podcast! We discuss the set-up for the season one finale and the focused narrative of this episode that dealt with loss, grief, and coping…
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We had the opportunity to talk with ANDOR writer Beau Willimon and executive producer Sanne Wohlenberg as part of a press roundtable that included fellow Star Wars outlets Ahch-to Radio, Blast Points, Pink Milk, Skytalkers, Star Wars Explained, Tatooine Sons, That Gay Jedi, and Triad of the Force. Thank you to Lucasfilm for making this happen! Webs…
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Brad and Sarah discuss ANDOR episode ten titled “One Way Out” — directed by Toby Haynes and written by Beau Willimon. This was an absolute masterpiece in Star Wars storytelling, as well as for television overall, that gave us some insanely powerful performances from Andy Serkis and Stellan Skarsgård. We dive into the theme of sacrifice in the name …
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Brad and Sarah discuss ANDOR episode nine titled “Nobody’s Listening!” — directed by Toby Haynes and written by Beau Willimon. This was one of the most brutal hours of television that we've seen in a while as the Empire's brutality was put on full display while our heroes face the most dire circumstances. (Spoiler Warning) Website: http://www.frien…
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