Episode XXV: The Conflict Within You - Sin, Exile, and Redemption in Star Wars

April 8, 2018 @ 7:04 am

This is it. The Season Finale of Voice of the Rebellion! In this episode we discuss Darth Vader, Kylo Ren, Luke Skywalker, and Obi Wan in light of their journey from sin to exile and penance to redemption. We compare what exactly motivates them to sin, and whether they actually seek and obtain redemption. Can Darth Vader actually be considered to have been redeemed? Is Kylo Ren Reedemable? Why do Luke and Obi Wan go into exile? Don't miss this rousing discussion before we take a hiatus!

Title art and Trivia Song by CJ Bruininks, for more of his work see www.cjbruininks.com 

This is episode is brought to you by Jabba's Cruise Line  

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Episode XXIV: Mandalore Madness II - What is the Greatest Lightsaber Fight?

March 23, 2018 @ 7:12 am

After some of the latest news and fan letters it's time for our annual Mandolore Madness, this time what is the greatest lightsaber fight? We've paired up 16 fights in a bracket, and discuss which is better in each match up until we find the ultimate winner! 

Criteria:
Importance to Story
Choreography
Emotional Resonance

Things to know:
1. Any dialogue before, during, or after the fight is factored into the judgement (i.e. “I am your father” is factored into Luke vs Vader from Empire Strikes Back)
2. Context, Set up, and Consequences of the duel are factored in
3. Battles have initially been paired up based on similarities to make sure the most interesting debates aren’t missed out on

Bracket 1 - Unconventional Battles
Yoda vs Darth Sidious (ROTS) Against Obi Wan and Qui Gon vs Darth Maul (TPM)
Obi Wan vs General Grievous (ROTS) Against Obi Wan vs Darth Maul (Rebels)
Bracket 2 - Team Ups
Rey and Kylo Ren vs Praetorian Gaurds (TLJ) Against Darth Vader vs Rebel Guards (Rogue One)
Obi Wan/Anakin/Yoda vs Count Dooku (ATOC) Against Obi Wan and Anakin vs Count Dooku (ROTS)
Bracket 3 - Pivotal Moments
Mace Windu vs Darth Sidious and Anakin (ROTS) Against Luke vs Darth Vader and Emperor (ROTJ)
Rey vs Kylo Ren (TFA) Against Luke vs Darth Vader (ESB)
Bracket 4 - Master vs Apprentice
Anakin vs Obi Wan (ROTS) Against Darth Vader vs Ashoka (Rebels)
Darth Vader vs Obi Wan (ANH) Against Kylo Ren vs Luke (TLJ)

Title Art and Trivia Song by C.J. Bruininks, for more of his work go to www.cjbruininks.com

This episode is brought to you by Poor Motivators 

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Episode XXIII: There’s No Mystical Energy Field that Controls MY Destiny

March 15, 2018 @ 7:54 am

Turn off your targeting computers and feel the Force around you, for we dive deep into the mysticism of Star Wars in this episode!

What actually is the “Will” of the Force? Are characters predetermined to follow it’s path? How does the Will work through our favorite heroes? What does the Will of the Force ultimately want? Between force visions, prophecies, force ghosts, fan theories, and the real world philosophies we use to understand the Force, we try to piece together the clues to determine what the metaphysical nature is of the Will of the Force!

But first we finally resolve once and for all what is the greatest Star Wars quote of all time! Since our trilogy of quote examination came to a close last episode, we’ve narrowed down our final three quotes from each era of Star Wars:

“Fear is the path to the dark side, fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.”
“Help me Obi Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope.”
“Let the past die. Kill it if you have to. That’s the only way to become what you were meant to be.”

With the help of a special guest we have an engaging debate!

Throw in a fan letter and some news about Jon Favreau making a live action tv show and we’ve got ourselves an intense episode!

Title Art made by CJ Bruininks, for more of his artwork see his website at www.cjbruininks.com

This episode is brought to you by Unnecessary Force Fields.

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Episode XXII: Amazing, Every Word You Just Said Was Wrong

March 10, 2018 @ 8:06 am

Don't let the movies die, quote them if you have to! We finish our trilogy of our quest to find out what is the best star wars quote of all time! On the docket this time we have Rogue One, The Force Awakens, and The Last Jedi. Quotes are judged on the following criteria:

1. Memorability of the Quote - is it one that can be remembered and quoted over and over again?
2. Emotional Resonance - with the characters or audience, how much of an impact does it have?
3. Lesson of the Quote - is there a lot of meaning behind the quote that teaches something valuable?
4. Can it be used in everyday life?

We finally narrow down the top 3 quotes in all of Star Wars. We would be honored if you would join us!

Title art by CJ Bruininks, for more of his artwork go to www.cjbruininks.com 

This episode is brought to you by Tractor Beams.

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Episode XXI: Judge Me By My Quotes Do You?

March 2, 2018 @ 8:36 am

We dispense with the pleasantries and dive right into part 2 of our quest to find out what is the best Star Wars quote of all time! After we cover fan letters and the latest news (something startling has been introduced in Star Wars canon on Rebels!), we explore the original trilogy's quotes in all their glory. 

Quote Criteria:

1. Memorability of the Quote - can it be remembered and quoted over and over again?
2. Emotional Resonance - does it have a large impact on the viewer or characters?
3. Lesson of the Quote - is there a lesson or meaning behind the quote?
4. Can it be used in everyday life?

We answer what is the best old trilogy quote?

Title art by C.J. Bruininks. For more of his artwork see his webstie - www.cjbruininks.com

This episode is brought to you by a message from P.E.T.O.W. - People for the Ethical Treatment Of Womprats

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Episode XX: The Ability to Speak Does Not Make You Intelligent

February 24, 2018 @ 8:11 am

Weesa gonna do a podcast now okie day? No wait, please come back! I'll stop talking like Jar Jar. I promise. In this episode we cover the latest news: an update on the new Solo characters, the new star wars theme park, and the extras we'll see on The Last Jedi dvd/bluray. Then we kick off a new trilogy of episodes where we figure out - What is the Best Star Wars Quote of all Time? Using quote criteria we objectively judge the beatiful and sometimes not so beautiful dialogue of Star Wars. 

Quote Criteria: 

1. Memorability of the Quote - is it one that can be remembered and quoted over and over again?
2. Emotional Resonance - with the characters or audience, how much of an impact does it have?
3. Lesson of the Quote - is there a lot of meaning behind the quote that teaches something valuable?
4. Can it be used in every day life?

We start by covering the prequels, join as we explore Gabes favorie topic - Star Wars Quotes!

Title Art made by CJ Bruininks. For more artwork see his website - www.cjbruininks.com 

This episode is brought to you by Bongo Transportation. 

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Episode XIX: You Like Me Because I’m a Scoundrel

February 8, 2018 @ 7:51 am

Solo: A Star Wars Story finally has a trailer! After discussing fan letters and the latest news - DB Weiss and David Benioff making Star Wars films, an announcement from Bob Iger, and leaked images of new Solo toys - Mark and Gabe delve deep into the trailer and discuss what’s to come for our favorite smuggler. Well, Mark’s favorite. Gabe won’t budge, but maybe this new film could change things…

 

Title Art made by CJ Bruininks, for more of his artwork go to https://www.cjbruininks.com/ 

 

This Episode is brought you by the DL-44 Heavy Blaster Pistol.

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Episode XVIII: Making a Murderer - The Trial of Obi Wan Kenobi

February 1, 2018 @ 10:43 am

We present to you the trial of Obi Wan Kenobi! He stands accused of being a failure. Mark prosecutes the case, Gabe acts as defense attorney, and special guest Chuck is our honorable judge. Has Obi Wan's decisions only lead to failure? Find out as the case commences after some news and a fan letter that can only be described, in Jar Jar's words, as "how wude!"

This episode is brought to you by Kylo Ren's Beefcakes. 

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Episode XVII: We Are What They Grow Beyond

January 22, 2018 @ 8:00 am

In this episode we finish up our trilogy of Last Jedi discussion by talking about how the movie is a departure from earlier films. We explain the new direction of Star Wars and discuss it’s deconstruction of the Star Wars mythology. We also bring up some Han Solo Movie news and read our first fan letter!

This episode is brought to you by Gabe being wrong about everything.

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Episode XVI: Last Jedi - A Certain Point of View

January 16, 2018 @ 7:59 am

We're back! We start this year talking about none other than Last Jedi - this time we delve deeper into the viewpoints of Kylo Ren, Rey, and Luke. We also discuss influences on Rian Johnson's making of Last Jedi, the music choices, and how Last Jedi fits into Ring Theory. 

This episode is brought to you by Sand!

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