Star Wars: The Force Awakens Recap Podcast

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Josh Wigler (@roundhoward) and Kevin Mahadeo (@kevmahadeo) recap Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the brand new movie set in that beloved galaxy far, far away. The new film from J.J. Abrams continues the story of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Leia Organa, and even more importantly introduces a slew of new heroes and villains into the mix: Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron, Kylo Ren and Supreme Leader Snoke, to name just a few.

The podcast begins with Josh and Kevin’s views on Star Wars as a whole, and their spoiler-free feelings about The Force Awakens. Once the Imperial alarm sounds at the 29 minute and 40 second mark, it’s straight on into the MAJOR SPOILERS, so please be cautious about listening to this podcast.

As for the comments? SPOILERS ARE ALLOWED, so proceed at your own risk.

Links From The Show:

** The Darth Darth Binks Theory

  • Andrew

    Great podcast! I thought Kevin was on point about A LOT of things. Like the celebration at the end of episode 6, the empire still being around and not going away just because the emperor died, or Darth Vader dying.

    I’ve had to be the “Kevin” in a lot of conversations with my buddies recently.

    • Tom Palmer

      Super agree.

  • Tom Palmer

    Me and my friend paid it forward in terms of non-spoiler Karma, and after the movie, we walked to our car with no reaction. (Once we got there we flipped out and screamed like little girls.)

    • Andrew

      A lot of respect for people like you! I went to the 11pm showing in my city Friday night and when me and my buddies got to the theatre a viewing had just ending and people were talking about the movie on their way out. I had to warn my buddies and we just walked quickly away from them.

      The good thing about going to a late showing is you can “flip out” once it’s over without having to worry about spoiling anything for anyone else. Me and my buddies couldn’t wait to talk about the movie.

  • Tom Palmer

    Finn did get SOME backstory. He was taken as a kid and forced to be a part of the Storm Troopers. I’m also assuming he’s force sensitive which is why he resists the Conditioning.

  • Andrew

    I want to throw this out there, and I don’t see a lot of discussion on the internet yet about it.

    When Kylo Ren is talking to the Vader mask, he says something along the lines of “I’ll never be as strong/stronger then you grandfather” (unless I misheard that)

    Who do you think put that pressure on him, and why?

    • jon dunn

      Clearly Snoake has put the pressure on him

    • Tom Palmer

      I feel like Ben Solo has a huge inferiority complex, just from being the kid of these legends. If you think about it, his parents are the most famous heroes of the galaxy, and then he starts training with Luke, an incredibly powerful jedi (and another famous hero.) I’m assuming he feels like he doesn’t stack up, and then tries out the Dark Side. But even with the Dark Side, he’s not as powerful as Darth Vader (As seen by the fact that he got beaten by Rey) He’s got all these legendary family members, and even though he seems very competent, when he’s measuring himself against all these incredible figures in his life, he just doesn’t measure up.

      • Andrew

        Are they really that famous? I got the impression from the conversation Han had with Finn and Rey when they first met that Jedi’s are a “myth” and a “legend”

        I mean Han specifically says ” the stories are real, it’s all real “

  • John De Greef

    When you think about it all stormtroopers from episodes 4,5, and 6 probably had an issue with killing considering how successful they were at shooting.

  • Andrew

    Interesting article here about how much Harrison Ford and the cast were paid to appear in the movie

    I hope no one minds me linking to an article outside of this site.

  • GeekFurious

    I think Rey may have been trained and had her memory suppressed to protect her from Kylo. That is what the awakening is about.

    • Andrew

      I’m currently listening to the audiobook version of Aftermath, it’s decent. Nothing special but enjoyable.

      • GeekFurious

        Go listen to the novelization of TFA instead. It will illuminate a lot. 🙂

        • Andrew

          I like leaving stuff from the movie to the imagination. If anything episode 8 or 9 address things in more detail and explain them, that’s fine, otherwise I’m good. 🙂

          I’m enjoying Aftermath because it’s actually canon and it’s pretty interesting at times…. Takes place during the time period between episode 6 and 7

          • GeekFurious

            Everything new is now canon. Including the novelization (though, they like to say, if something in a book is contradicted by the movies, the movies rule).

          • Andrew

            Well, i gave in and picked up the audio book version of the movie yesterday night…. Going to listen to it after I’m done Aftermath…

  • AndyMcGill

    Loved the movie to see it, but it is not much intellectually. The “force” was the big loser. The girl suddenly turns into SuperGirl and can instantly fly the Millenium Falcon better than Han Solo, and shoot a blaster better than storm troopers in literally 3 seconds, and out fight a near Jedi ten seconds after first trying a light saber.

    Not sure why she need to train with Luke Skywalker unless kryptonite suddenly appears in Star Wars.

  • AndyMcGill

    It was a very fun movie, but really more of a re-booting of the trilogy than an original new story in the franchise. As such it was very enjoyable.

    How much time elapsed during the movie? It must have been 24-48 hours or so. Kind of hard to see how a deep “friendship” developed between any of the characters in such a short amount of time.

  • Yark Narf

    Loved seeing Star Wars The Force Awakens. The Original was the most important cultural event of my childhood.
    Because of that, it was awesome.
    Remove that and it was just a pretty good movie.

  • Andrew

    So the book Aftermath is interesting….. It’s not the greatest written Star Wars book but the audio version is great. I think it does a great job on building the post episode 6 world and there’s a lot of interesting little scenes throughout the book that will make you go ” WTF?!, does that mean ……….. ”

    I bought Lords of the Sith, another book on It’s a book about Vader and Palpatine and it’s suppose to be canon. Can’t wait to listen to it!

  • Lance Davis

    I wonder if the gang will get together for a post show recap or most shows recapped on the new SyFy show, THE EXPANSE? I don’t know about anybody else, but I would be game.

  • Steve Klemetti

    There is nothing to spoil. It was disappointing. No jar jar, no dragons, no Hodor.