Rank #1: Star Wars: Galaxy's On the Edge
Earlier this week, Disney’s Bob Iger addressed the reality of lowered attendance at Disneyland in the wake of opening STAR WARS: GALAXY’S EDGE during his third quarter shareholders conference call. We review Iger’s comments and provide our own commentary with Jimmy Mac’s perspective after recently visiting the park. We discuss what is Disney doing right and try to evaluate what they are doing wrong. On THE MANDALORIAN front, Jon Favreau talked about advice given to him by George Lucas and revealed some more hints about the show’s plot in recent interviews. We have the highlights. Plus, a review of the Scum And Villainy Cantina in Hollywood, recent Kevin Smith comments about visiting the RISE OF SKYWALKER set, a shout-out for RFR in a venerable England magazine from a UK comedian, and we learn about THE JAWA ADVENTURES.
Rank #2: Star Wars Oxygen: Vol. 14
We begin our exploration of the brilliant work of John Williams as heard in the Prequel Trilogy starting with 1999's Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. David W. Collins, along with Jimmy Mac, dive right in while shining the spotlight on arguably the most well-known track from the soundtrack: "Duel of the Fates". We discuss the influences and possible origins of the track, along with samples of the music itself. Plus, "Anakin's Theme" and we hear from Williams himself via soundbites from the late nineties and more.
Rank #3: RFR: The Last Jedi Review Show #1
About an hour after our first viewing of STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI on Opening Night, we gathered in the RFR studios to discuss our initial raw reactions, opinions, and analysis. We are happy to have RFR brother Billy Mac joining us for this spoiler-intense conversation. What did we love about the film? What had a huge impact on us as fans? What was weird, unpredictable, or unexpected? We talk about the big moments, reveals, and character development in this first of many shows reviewing the eighth episode of the amazing STAR WARS saga.
Rank #4: Star Wars Oxygen: The Music of John Williams VOL 16
David Collins & Jimmy Mac bring you more of the soundtrack to Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace, specifically, the music of Tatooine. We listen to the compositions associated with the desert planet and the film's centerpiece - The Podrace. Plus, listener feedback, Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, Little Debbie, Ben Hur, fart jokes and more!
Rank #5: Rebel Force Radio: January 27, 2017
THE LAST JEDI was revealed this week in a surprise announcement as the title of Rian Johnson's upcoming STAR WARS EPISODE VIII. We discuss this title and speculate on it's meaning and the impact it will have on the saga moving forward. Also this week, we unearth exclusive audio of Carrie Fisher telling us what her wish was for her own Oscar in-memorium segment. We would like to start a movement to get Carrie's request honored by the Academy. In Star Wars news headlines this week: Woody Harrelson joins the Han Solo standalone film, ROGUE ONE gets a couple of Academy Awards nominations, Laura Dern talks about Episode VIII, Adam Driver talks about Carrie Fisher, and Felicity Jones hosts SNL.
Rank #6: Jimmy Mac Reviews Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge
We take a deep dive into the new "Star Wars Land" at Disneyland as Jimmy Mac has returned from STAR WARS: GALAXY'S EDGE with a full report. From Oga's Cantina to Savi's Workshop to the cockpit of The Millennium Falcon, we cover it all with Billy Mac sitting in. What about the much-reported attendance numbers at the park? We get Jimmy's perspective on the crowds and wait times, along with in-depth reviews of the drinks, food, merch, sites, sounds and overall vibe. Plus, we follow up on our ongoing investigation: Is the STAR TOURS ride still featuring Lucas-Era content? All this plus Hyperspace Mountain and Swank on a beach!
Rank #7: Star Wars Oxygen: The Music of John Williams: Vol. 22
The music from the newest trailer for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS had fans buzzing upon it's release last week. Was it new music by John Williams? Is it from the soundtrack to the upcoming film? How does it compare to the music from previous Star Wars trailers? This month on Oxygen, we attempt to answer those questions as Jimmy Mac goes head-to-head with David W. Collins in a passionate and opinionated debate about the merits of the piece and the current trends in major motion picture marketing. Then, we return our focus to the soundtrack from REVENGE OF THE SITH as we spotlight the war music from the beginning of the film and more.
Rank #8: Film Commentary with Sam Witwer: The Force Awakens
Sam Witwer joins us for our audio commentary track of STAR WARS:THE FORCE AWAKENS. As with all of our commentary tracks, you canplay this while you watch TFA or listen as a stand-alone podcast.You never know what Sam will say or what amazing theories he comesup with! So cue up your copy of THE FORCE AWAKENS and watch it withRFR!
Rank #9: Star Wars Oxygen: The Music of John Williams Vol. 13
This month. we breakdown NEW Star Wars music from The Force Awakens teaser trailer. Then we wrap up our analysis of the Return of the Jedi soundtrack. Anything and everything concerning the music of Jedi that was not discussed in previous episodes is uncovered here, including Jedi Rocks, music from the deleted scenes and the dramatic showdown between Luke and Vader. Star Wars Oxygen...The perfect way to end 2014
Rank #10: RFR Stocking Stuffer Vol. 3
It's almost a tradition! RFR's Stocking Stuffer is back again, hanging over your fireplace and chock full of wonderful all-new STAR WARS Christmas and holiday music. Listen as you decorate your STAR WARS Christmas tree, while shoveling Hoth-like snow off your driveway, or while driving your snowspeeder to the local cinema to see ROGUE ONE, again. Then go back into our archives to hear previous Stocking Stuffers from 2013 and 2014! Each has something different to offer. Listen to them all and you will enjoy almost 2 hours of STAR WARS holiday fun. Happy holidays and Merry Christmas from the entire RFR family!
Rank #11: Rebel Force Radio: February 17, 2017
While looking forward to THE LAST JEDI, we continue to pick apart and analyze ROGUE ONE. Joining us this week with his review is up-and-coming NASCAR driver Ryan Blaney, who shares his fandom with us while prepping for the biggest race of the year, The Daytona 500. Keeping with our auto theme, Nissan visited the Chicago Auto Show with a massive ROGUE ONE interactive display. Jimmy Mac paid a visit and talked The Wars with Nissan's Jeremy Meadows, who gives us the behind-the-scenes info about the Nissan Rogue One Limited Edition and who he met at the ROGUE ONE world premiere. Plus, the latest news about THE LAST JEDI with comments from Disney's Bob Iger, Kylo Ren actor Adam Driver and Josh Gad continues to harass Daisy Ridley. And, Mulgrew vs Feldshuh, RFR Slow and Tell, and bowls upon bowls of ROGUE ONE Chex Mix. #Savory
Rank #12: Film Commentary with Sam Witwer: Revenge of the Sith
In another RebelForce Radio Exclusive, Sam Witwer returns for the long-awaited conclusion of our prequel trilogy commentaries with Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and this time, David Collins is along for the ride with Jason & Jimmy Mac. Sam always blows our minds with his insightful and educated analysis of any Star Wars film, and Sith is no different. Plus, David has some incredible stories to tell about working at Lucasfilm while Episode III was in production. And of course, we have a ton of laughs along the way. As always, you can watch the film along with us or simply listen to the show. It might be your last present of the holidays, but it's probably the best, as RFR presents our film commetary track for Revenge of the Sith with Sam Witwer.
Rank #13: Star Wars Oxygen: Vol. 30
The maestro is featured on the STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Blu-ray on the bonus feature "John Williams: The Seventh Symphony". We review this cool featurette and speculate on Williams's future with the saga. Finally, the music from Maz Kanata's "watering hole" has been released! In a surprise move, "Jabba Flow" is now available at the official STAR WARS website and elsewhere. We listen to the release announcement from composer Lin Manuel Miranda with J.J. Abrams and review the track itself. Plus, we find Kylo Ren's theme in "The Hateful Eight" of all places, and more.
Rank #14: Star Wars Oxygen: The Music of John Williams Vol. 21
We kick off our discussion about the music of STAR WARS EPISODE III: REVENGE OF THE SITH with analysis of the dominant composition from the soundtrack, "Battle of the Heroes". Plus, David Collins reveals alternate takes on the famous STAR WARS MAIN THEME, listener feedback and more.
Rank #15: Star Wars Oxygen: The Music of John Williams Vol. 15
Jimmy Mac & David W. Collins return for more analysis of the soundtrack for Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace. This time, we listen to the music that defines Darth Sidious, Jar Jar Binks, The Trade Federation, and more. Plus, we discover an evil influence for the jubilant parade music of "Augie's Municipal Band" and find a theme for Qui Gon Jinn. You will never listen to the music of The Phantom Menace the same way again after you get this fresh blast of Star Wars Oxygen!
Rank #16: Star Wars Oxygen: Volume 23
THE FORCE AWAKENS in three weeks and with the film premiere so close, we are finally getting little tastes of the soundtrack in TV spots and a clip from the American Music Awards. We analyze what little tantalizing tidbits that are out there so far. Speaking of the AMA's, this year's show featured a tribute to John Williams himself by Harrison Ford and the a cappella group Pentonix. We review this suprising and unique performance. And we continue our focus on the music of REVENGE OF THE SITH, including some great music used for General Grevious, the droid army, and the battle of Kashyyyk. This Thanksgiving, join RFR as we give thanks for John Williams and his brilliant musical contributions to the STAR WARS saga.
Rank #17: Rebel Force Radio: April 8, 2016
Dave Filoni is IN THE CANTINA to give us his insight into the STAR WARS REBELS season two finale, THE FORCE AWAKENS and more exclusive info. The era of ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY has officially arrived with the release of the first teaser trailer this week. We provide shot-by-shot analysis! Plus, The TFA Blu-ray, listener feedback and more!
Rank #18: Rebel Force Radio: March 10, 2017
Bob Iger talked about the future of Star Wars at the latest Disney Shareholders meeting. He’s seen THE LAST JEDI, and he likes it! We have audio highlights so you can hear from the man himself. Also, the latest updates from THE LAST JEDI and Young Han Solo with a Donald Glover radio appearance. And, we look forward to the upcoming ROGUE ONE home video release and The Making of Rogue One book. BIG RFR PATREON COMMUNITY NEWS: We announce our new Patreon benefits on this week’s show, including NEW exclusive podcasts from RFR, available only at our official Patreon page. Plus, rumors about Benecio Del Toro’s role in THE LAST JEDI, “Stranger Things” actress Millie Bobby Brown wants to join the saga, The Star Wars Bedtime Kisses tradition, The history of severed limbs in the saga, and Swank has a Goodwill Store misadventure.
Rank #19: RFR: The Rise of Skywalker Teaser Trailer Review
RFR was at the Star Wars: Episode IX panel at Star Wars Celebration Chicago where we saw the first footage from THE RISE OF SKYWALKER in the teaser trailer. We talk about some of the surprises revealed during the panel and break down the trailer shot-by-shot.
Rank #20: Rebel Force Radio: October 2, 2015
A Chicago Tribune feature on RFR and original generation STAR WARS fans in middle-age hit the stands this week; Disney releases new info about "Season of the Force" and we continue to question the future of "Star Wars Weekends"; Tim Rose returns to play Admiral Ackbar in THE FORCE AWAKENS; The Clones return in STAR WARS REBELS season 2; Catching up with John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, and plenty of "Outrageous Unthinkable Stories". All this plus a toilet paper roll dispenser that sounds like Chewbacca.