Episode #301 – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

We kick off the New Year (and the next 300 episodes?) by discussing a movie that no one has ANY strong feelings about — Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. One programming note: we sort of threw together this episode at the last moment because Elliott was visiting New York, so we skip the usual letters and recommendation segments. Don’t worry, though — we still manage to talk for 100 minutes. Because it’s Star Wars.

We should get absolutely no backlash for this episode.

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January 4th, 2020



  1. Wildride says:

    In the “It’s like poetry: It rhymes” category, TFA is “we need to find a map to Luke Skywalker” and TROS is “we need to find a map to Palpatine”. Also, I guess, “we need to destroy a thing to blow up the superweapon, using ships and a landing force” versus “we need to destroy a thing to strand the fleet of superweapons, using ships and a landing force”.

  2. Wildride says:

    “Han Solo got in trouble with Jabba when he was forced the dump his cargo of Spice World DVDs that he was smuggling to avoid being caught by the Empire with contraband.” #CitationNeeded

  3. Wildride says:

    OK, go with me on this: Palpatine during TPM is certainly old enough that he has an adult child and for that child to have a child, in this case Rey. Let’s say later life parents so the math works out that she’s still a small child at that point. Due to an unforeseen accident with a carbonite freezer unit, Rey and her parents are frozen for about 30 ish years before being thawed by, I don’t know, Dexter Jettster. They try to live out their lives but find out Palpey is looking for them and you know the rest.

    Sorry, just trying to rationalize this so we don’t have to imagine ROTJ era Palps going Bone Zone.

    • Gerald Fnord says:

      I don’t know much about “Star Wars” post-“The Empire Strikes Back”, but:

      The Emperor was a mage who had no compunction about blowing-up _whole_ planets*, but you can’t believe that he might rape, buy a prostitute’s services, get an arranged marriage with someone whose family wanted to be aligned with him, or even might be attractive to someone who was honestly turned-on by power or evil, even if he looked like twelve parsecs of bad space-road?

      *(now without even the excuse of trying to whip the galaxy into shape to meet the Yuuzhan Vong† menace)
      †{vaguely Asian name}=={scary horde}

  4. Wildride says:

    ROTS: Mace Windu nearly kills Palpatine by reflected force lightning, but Anakin intervenes.
    TROS: Rey kills Palpatine by reflected force lightning.
    ROTJ: “Well, I certainly don’t need this thing.” *tosses lightsaber away – Luke

  5. Wildride says:

    “You’re a Skywalker?!? Your family ruined the local economy when he murdered the largest employer in the region. How dare you return to the scene of his crimes?!?”

  6. Babu Frik says:

    Honestly, it was a bummer to hear the guys rag on this one.. And to do it while lauding the genius of The Last Jedi. I just don’t get it.

  7. Will says:

    I love how Stuart says, “It’s me – Ki-Adi-Mundi!” and the image of various random Jedi muscling in for their 3 seconds of Jedi ghost fame

  8. Sam says:

    Compelling podcast about the Irishman ruined by a bunch of Star Wars talk.

  9. Vardulon says:

    Here’s a low bitrate version of the episode for people with data caps: https://archive.org/details/theflophouseepisode301theriseofskywalkerlowbitrate

  10. Triclops says:

    JJ killed it, but we’re all desperate to find any other reason why the feeling is gone. Oh well, give him another franchise.

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