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Star Wars Binge
Jeff Cook and Daniel Mothershed
There are over 150 hours of Star Wars on Film. This is the Star Binge where we select, order and elevate the top 40 hours of the Star Wars Canon.
Dec 15, 2022
The Last Jedi | The Fifth Anniversary Discussion
No Star Wars in recent years has inspired more conversation than the one released 5 years ago today : Ryan Johnson's "The Last Jedi". From the character beats to controversial locations to the dramatic choices effecting all of canon, "The Last Jedi" soars for some and crashes for others and it's time to talk about it.
Nov 24, 2022
Andor Finale and the Future of Star Wars
We wrap up our reaction to Andor and its phenomenal episode 11 and 12 finale, as well as diving into whether our hopes have shifted for the future of Star Wars.
1 hr 35 min
Nov 14, 2022
Six Shows 5 | Andor | Episodes 7-10
We have been *thrilled* with all things Andor, so we decide to record early. Do Subscribe, and begin listening to the Binge from "Episode1". Look forward to our a Third Part releasing after Thanksgiving.
1 hr 29 min
Nov 7, 2022
Six Shows 4 | Andor | Episodes 1-6
We are half way through the first season of Andor. There is so much to love and talk about and we're jumping into the first six episodes.
1 hr 18 min
Nov 5, 2022
Six Shows 3 | Dooku | Tales of the Jedi
We complete our trilogy of episodes on the wonderful animated release: "Tales of the Jedi." We have saved the best for last, and we are joined again by the TJ Wilson.
1 hr 6 min
Nov 2, 2022
Six Shows 2 | Ahsoka | Tales of the Jedi
We continue our commentary on the new shows, and take a fresh look at Tales of the Jedi, the themes, the characters, the ethics, and their place in the wider realm of Star Wars.
1 hr 24 min
Oct 31, 2022
Six Shows 1 | The Promising Future of Star Wars?
Last time we spoke, we were pretty down on the creatives at Star Wars. But we have seen the first half of Andor and Tales of the Jedi and there are all kinds of fresh, hopeful signs. We will release thoughts between now and December 2022 on the two new shows.
Sep 16, 2022
Six Shows Intro | Ahsoka * Andor * Tales of the Jedi * Bad Batch 2 * Mandalorian 3 * Skeleton Crew
We have gone from 150 hours of Star Wars on Film to 200. Before we can Binge the best, we need to consume all the good things coming out that cover the Prequel and Original Trilogy Eras. Daniel and Jeff spend some solid time on the huge announcements this last week at D23 of 6 new shows. They discuss all they hope for, what they're most excited about, and what Star Wars can uniquely say to our culture in this moment.
1 hr 43 min
Jul 31, 2022
Kenobi | Postgame and the Future of Star Wars
We're giving some honest thoughts on where we think Star Wars is struggling, what they are doing well, and what we think they should do moving forward. We love Star Wars and sometimes you encourage and coach and cheer for stuff you love.
1 hr 15 min
May 10, 2022
Kenobi | Pregame
We comment on all the possibilities and potential of one of the most anticipated returns to screen in decades. We talk Vader. We talk world building. And we talk about The Ewan McGregor. Music is by Samuel Kim here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_2YJF5DQiY
1 hr 16 min
Apr 23, 2022
Friends, we have been doing the Binge for a year. In this episode we celebrate by talking shop about all the new Star Wars projects being released in the next year, and giving the low down on how we are tackling Act 2 off the Binge.
Mar 27, 2022
Episode 28 | "Witches in the Mist"
The culmination of the fantastic "Nightsisters Arc". All the pieces are in place as we end the first Act of our Star Wars Binge.
1 hr 42 min
Mar 12, 2022
Episode 27 | "Monster"
In this central episode to "The Nightsisters" arc, we see the introduction of a key character voiced by one of the great actors of our time. The themes of abuse, identity and corruption continue as we move to close out the first act of the Star Wars Binge.
1 hr 36 min
Feb 23, 2022
Episode 26 | "The Nightsisters" | Part 2
Part 2 as we break down this wonderful arc! Lots of backstory for the first time for Asajj Ventress, and the introduction of magic into the Star Wars universe.
1 hr 12 min
Jan 29, 2022
Episode 25 | "The Nightsisters" | Part 1
This episode begin, what Jeff believes, is an arc superior to almost all the movies. Lots to love and discuss here as we are introduced to the inner life of Asajj Ventress.
1 hr 17 min
Dec 13, 2021
Episode 24 | "The Hidden Enemy"
A wonderful early episode that not only elevates a primary theme in Star Wars of betrayal and evil working under the surface, but this gives us an opportunity to unpack what is the most interesting character in all of the Clone Wars.
1 hr 32 min
Nov 14, 2021
Episode 23 | "Escape From Kadavo" | Part II
Season 4 : Episodes 10-12 | This is our culminating episode into one of the most underrated of all the Clone Wars arcs. We see Obi Wan escape from slavery, Rex murder a slaver, Ahsoka elevated by her people and Anakin at the height of his powers and goodness. This arc is special. Jump in.
1 hr 33 min
Oct 30, 2021
Episode 22 | "Escape From Kadavo" | Part I
We end this arc with one of the great tropes in all story: heroes moving to rescue a whole people from misery and enslavement. Do watch this Clone Wars arc -- Season 4; episodes 10-12 -- as we discuss the overlaps running through all of pop culture, and hit what we believe is the central idea within all of Star Wars.
1 hr 24 min
Oct 16, 2021
Episode 21 | "Slaves of the Republic"
One of the better Clone Wars episodes, borrowing heavily from Return of the Jedi. We talk about heroes stealing cars, Anakin's Don Juan persona, and we talk about "Slave Leia" and the assassination of gangsters.
1 hr 59 min
Oct 2, 2021
Episode 20 | "Kidnapped" | Part II
We conclude the first episode of the Kadavo Arc: Season 4 | Episodes 10-12. Excellent themes hit here from terrorists with bombs to Post Traumatic Stress caused by slavery. So much to discuss!
Sep 25, 2021
Episode 19 | "Kidnapped" | Part I
We tackle a significantly underrated 3 episode arc from Season 4. This may be the best unveiling of the hearts of Ahsoka, Anakin and Kenobi in all of the Clone Wars. In this arc we see trauma, we see the inability of friends to help heal deep wounds, and we see the hearts of our characters exposed in ways seldom seen in this series. In terms of its importance and ability to set up everything to come, this is top shelf material.
1 hr 20 min
Sep 4, 2021
Episode 18 | "Hostage Crisis"
In a wonderful salute to Die Hard and The Dark Knight, we see Anakin Skywalker seeking to save his bride from what is arguably the best villain created in the Clone Wars Era. We had a lot of fun here, and we may also make fun of buffoons who storm capital buildings ... so be warned.
1 hr 46 min
Aug 21, 2021
Episode 17 | "The Deserter" | Part II
We talk freedom, duty, and the importance of family in Star Wars, concluding a primary episode that elevates the heart of Rex and the Clones.
1 hr 27 min
Aug 13, 2021
Episode 16 | "The Deserter" | Part I
In what Daniel describes as the best episode of Star Trek he's seen, we enjoy a Rex focused episode that elevates the Captain's humanity, sense of self, and his own thoughts on "freedom". This is not only a character building episode, "The Deserter" highlights many of the central themes and conflicts in the Clone Wars: family, free will, duty and the desire for happiness. This may be the best episode in all of Season 2. Enjoy!
Jul 27, 2021
Episode 15 | "Arc Trooper"
This is easily a Top 10 Clone Wars episode! "Arc Troopers" is the animated series at its best : Gorgeous lightsaber battles, Brilliant Star Wars tech, deeply evil moments, and one of the most moving death scenes in all Star Wars ... without question. "Arc Troopers" desired two parts, but we slammed all the goodness into one epic episode. Enjoy!
2 hr 9 min
Jul 20, 2021
Episode 14 | "Lost Ones" | Part II
Our second dive into this essential episode of the Clone Wars. "The Lost Ones" is Season 6 Episode 10 and shows us the Jedi discovering that the Clones have been created by dark forces.
1 hr 31 min
Jul 13, 2021
Episode 13 | "Lost Ones" | Part I
We jump forward to Season 6, Episode 10 where the Jedi Council discovers that something is not right with the Clone Army ...
1 hr 29 min
Jul 6, 2021
Episode 12 | "Rookies"
This is the second episode in the Domino Squad Arc: Season 1, Episode 5. We love everything about this episode. Great action, solid character beats, unexpected deaths, it all culminates in a fantastic Star Wars moment, but most importantly we get to talk about the pop significance of "bloody hand prints".
1 hr 44 min
Jun 29, 2021
Episode 11 | "Ambush"
The very first Clone Wars episode ever released falls as number eleven in the Binge, but there's a reason it was number one. This is a wonderful Yoda story that further elevates not only the humanity of the Clones but of Asajj Ventress as well. Very rewatchable. Do jump in with us.
1 hr 47 min
Jun 22, 2021
Episode 10 | "Clone Cadets"
An origin story for arguably three of the most important characters in Star Wars! This is a stellar episode that introduces us to the inner life of the clones, and sets up much of the heart of all that is to come. We recorded on "Clone Cadets" prior to the release of Bad Batch, but many of you will notice all the set up in this episode for all that is being unveiled right now in 2021.
1 hr 52 min
Jun 15, 2021
Episode 9 | "Weapons Factory"
We dive deep into the early relationship between Anakin and Ahsoka in a very moving Clone Wars episode. This is Season 2 Episode 6 | "Weapons Factory." If you are just jumping into the Binge, we do suggest starting with "Episode One | "Old Friends Not Forgotten". But otherwise, buckle up for a discussion of mansplaining, love, and what weapon you want to have in your pocket when you get mugged at night.
2 hr 4 min
Jun 7, 2021
Episode 8 | "The Landing at Point Rain"
We begin Act 1 of our Binge with Season 2 Episode 5 of the Clone Wars. "The Landing at Point Rain" is the very first chronological material in the binge and we watch a young Ahsoka and Anakin establish their connection, see the loyalty of the Clones, and elevate the war in Star Wars.
1 hr 46 min
May 31, 2021
Act 1 | "Students" | Episode 7
We introduce the first of six acts in the Star Wars Binge! "Act One" elevates all the major "Students" introduced during the Clone Wars, including Ventress, Ahsoka, Anakin and the Domino Squad. Here we talk about the hero's journey, the role of the mentor and the home that a hero eventually finds on their path. Intro audio from CW Edits : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDcRoGHDiD4
1 hr 25 min
May 19, 2021
Bad Batch | "Aftermath" | Episode 1
Here are our first thoughts, predictions and celebrations from the release of the new Bad Batch series. Subscribe at : https://www.starwarsbinge.com/listen
1 hr 6 min
May 18, 2021
Bad Batch | Pregame
There are 10 new Star Wars projects coming out in the next few years. This is the Star Wars Binge where we not only select, order and elevate the best 40 hours of the Star Wars Canon. But we also add our thoughts to the conversation regarding all new Star Wars.
May 17, 2021
Episode 6 | "Victory and Death" | Part II
We conclude the "Siege of Mandalore" with a discussion of gravesites, epic character introductions, and the future of all things Clone Wars.
1 hr 21 min
May 10, 2021
Episode 5 | "Victory and Death" | Part I
We tackle Episode 12 of Season 7, the last episode of the Clone Wars Animated. There is a lot to say in this two-parter as we end this epic series in tragedy.
1 hr 4 min
May 1, 2021
Episode 4 | "Shattered" | Part II
Season 7 | Episode 11 | Clone Wars Animated We conclude the penultimate episode of the Clone Wars Animated Series with our deep dive into arguably the best Star Wars episode ever. This is our commentary and annotations for part 3 of the "Siege of Mandalore" arc.
1 hr 31 min
Apr 22, 2021
Episode 3 | "Shattered" | Part I
We begin a long discussion of the penultimate episode of the Clone Wars Animated series. This is our commentary on Season 7, Episode 11: the third part of the fantastic "Siege of Mandalore" arc. We divided "Shattered" into two parts because this 20 minutes may be the best of all Star Wars not in one of the films. Truly a treasure. Do take a listen.
1 hr 22 min
Apr 19, 2021
Episode 2 | "The Phantom Apprentice"
We continue our dive into the exceptional "Siege of Mandalore". We explore the character beats, moments and plot of Season 7, Episode 10 of the Clone Wars.
1 hr 38 min
Apr 12, 2021
Episode 1 | "Old Friends, Not Forgotten"
We begin the entire Star Wars Binge with the Concluding Arc of the Clone Wars. The next five of our episodes will cover Season 7, Episodes 9-12 of the Clone Wars Animated Series conclusion. We will feel this is the absolute best way to jump into a galaxy far, far away.
2 hr 29 min
Apr 9, 2021
There's over 150 hours of Star Wars on Film. This is the Star Wars Binge where we select, order and elevate the best 40 hours of the Star Wars Canon.