Thursday, December 30, 2021

Ep. 89 - The Book of Boba Fett: Chapter 1 - Stranger in a Strange Land

The Book of Boba Fett has finally arrived! The highly anticipated series debuted this week on Disney+ and we’re dedicating the entire episode to discussing every character, costume, alien, and easter egg that we can get our hands on. Boba Fett and Fennec Shand’s reign over the criminal underworld of Tatooine begins here with Chapter 1: Stranger in a Strange Land.

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Ep. 88 - Christmas in the Stars

It’s the holiday season again and in honor of this festive time of year, we subjected poor Nicole to the entirety of The Star Wars Holiday Special. We’re also discussing the often forgotten but wonderful, Christmas in the Stars: Star Wars Christmas Album. And to round it out we have a small pile of news about upcoming projects in the Star Wars Universe.

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Ep. 87 - Return of the Jedi

Today we continue our periodic analysis of the Star Wars films with the third and final entry in the original trilogy, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. Joining us for the discussion is D. Rayven Spencer from the Star Wars podcast Sistas with Sabers, and YouTube shows Force Connect, and Broaxium.

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Ep. 86 - Star Wars: Ronin: A Visions Novel

Today we’re discussing Star Wars: Ronin: A Visions Novel by Emma Meiko Candon, an exciting new literary adventure that takes us to a new galaxy far, far away, first glimpsed at in the anime anthology series Visions on Disney+. Join us as we take a deep dive into what is easily one of, if not the most unique Star Wars novels ever written.

We’ve also got some fun news items on the agenda: an exciting new Luke Skywalker as seen in The Mandalorian Funko Pop, Disneyland After Dark’s impact on Star Wars Celebration, and Dark Horse Comics return to Star Wars comics.

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Ep. 85 - 2021 Holiday Gift Guide


Star Wars fans, it’s the most wonderful time of the year and you know what that means! It’s time for the Talkin’ Tauntauns 2021 Holiday Gift Guide. JJ, Nicole, and Jim are bringing you their top 5 items that they think would make for great gifts to the Star Wars fans in your life. We’ve got clothes, books, video games, and of course, LEGO.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Ep. 84 - Disney Plus Day

It’s Disney+ Day! Join us for a discussion on the newly released Under the Helmet: The Legacy of Boba Fett special and a teaser for the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series. Although the day wasn’t as much as some fans hoped for, it was still a treat to behold.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Ep. 83 - War of the Bounty Hunters

Today we’re busting out the comic books with Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters. Part 1 of an epic mini-series and crossover event spanning across 5 different ongoing series, as well as numerous one shots, for a grand total of thirty-four comics released over the past 6 months.

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Ep. 82 - Comic-Con Science of Star Wars Panel

Due to the Halloween weekend, we’re taking a break this week. But not to worry! You’re still getting that sweet, sweet Star Wars content. Our very own Jim Lehane participated in a San Diego Comic-Con panel this summer entitled “The Science of Star Wars” and you get to enjoy it today. The panel was hosted by Melissa Miller and James Floyd of StarWarsologies, sponsored by Andrea Decker and the Fleet Science Center, and also had astronomer Dr. Lisa Will, astrobiologist Angela Zoumplis, and concept designer Jake Lunt Davies. The panel covered a wide range of topics from binary star systems to whether a porg is plucked or skinned. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Ep. 81 - The Empire Strikes Back

Today we continue our periodic analysis of the Star Wars films with the second entry into the saga, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. Joining us for the discussion is Stephen Holt, a friend of the show and MA based painter who JJ’s known for 25 years! This seminal movie cemented the legacy that was to become the Star Wars franchise by going bigger and badder (i.e. more Vader), and presented us with something not a lot of sequels do, an original story continuation and not just a rehashing of the plot. Listen in as we discuss the crowd favorite.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Ep. 80 - The High Republic Adventures comics

Today we’re discussing the comic book series Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures from IDW Publishing. Written by Daniel Jose Older, with art by Harvey Tolibao and Toni Bruno, and colors by Rebecca Nalty. Along with the comics talk we also have lots of news to discuss from the various corners of the galaxy.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Ep. 79 - Visiting Galaxy's Edge and Lego Terrifying Tales

The crew is finally back together! Today Nicole provides a tell all on her recent trip to Galaxy’s Edge, giving us all the highlights on building her lightsaber, riding Rise of the Resistance, and of course, the blue milk. We’re also talking the latest show to be released under the Star Wars banner, Lego Terrifying Tales.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Ep. 78 - The High Republic Wave 2

Joining Jim today is friend of the show Connor Christiansen to talk all the books released for Wave 2 of The High Republic publishing initiative. Along with all that great book talk we discuss some of the latest video games news about Knights of the Old Republic, the release date for Book of Boba Fett, the Galactic Starcruiser booking information, and A Vader Family Sithmas. It’s a jam packed show!

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Ep. 77 - Star Wars: Visions

Star Wars: Visions, the highly anticipated nine-part anime anthology series has arrived on Disney+. With the entire series being released on the same day, we did a run-through of each of the available episodes, discussed which ones we loved, and which ones we want to see more of.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Ep. 76 - A New Hope

Our periodic analysis of each of the Star Wars movies continues today with the one that started it all, A New Hope. We’re joined by special guest, Alex Harris, host of the AIPT Movies Podcast.  Join us as we revisit the first film in the Skywalker Saga, released all the way back in 1977, when it was known simply as “Star Wars”.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

EP. 75 - Marvel's The High Republic

Today we’re taking a look at the highly anticipated Disney Gallery episode for the season 2 finale of The Mandalorian to learn about how Disney kept one of the biggest secrets in Star Wars, and the technology that made the magic possible. The second half of our show breaks down the first 9 issues of Marvel’s Star Wars: The High Republic comic book series.

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Ep. 74 - Filming Locations Chat with James Floyd

We’re joined today by globe trotting adventurer James Floyd of the podcast StarWarsologies to discuss his adventures visiting various Star Wars filming localities; the snowy plains of Hoth, the contemplative Ahch-To, and the wretched hive of scum and villainy on Tatooine. We find out not only where all of these places were filmed, but a lot of behind the scenes information about how they did the filming and how easy or difficult it was to get to these spots.

You can find James on Twitter @JamesJawa as well as on his podcast @StarWarsologies.

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Ep. 73 - The Rising Storm

With JJ out getting ready for his wedding we invited Connor back to talk with us about the latest Star Wars novel in The High Republic line: The Rising Storm by Cavan Scott. The latest entry into this exciting new publishing initiative delves into a sinister attack during the Republic Fair, and listeners beware, there are heavy spoilers in our discussion today.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Ep. 72 - The Bad Batch Season Finale

The 16 episode inaugural season of The Bad Batch has wrapped and we’re discussing the final 4 episodes, including the finale. Joining us for the deep dive is fellow AIPT staff member Nick “the Nerf” Nafpliotis. We also dig into the latest news around Disney’s Galactic Starcruiser prices and a newly announced Star Wars LEGO Halloween special.

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Ep. 71 - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Today we continue our review of the Star Wars films with a look back at one of the most unique to come out of our favorite franchise –  Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Joining us for the discussion is the fantastic Melissa Miller from the StarWarsologies podcast.

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Ep. 70 - Galactic Starcruiser & Disney+ updates

Jim and Nicole discuss the latest news about the Star Wars themed Galactic Starcruiser hotel, as well as upcoming Disney+ shows and movies. They also drill down into what leaks and rumors they’re most excited about coming down the road from a galaxy far, far away.

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Ep. 69 - The Bad Batch Episodes 9-12

With the pain of moving and planning a wedding at the same time, JJ had to drop out for this episode so we called in the big guns to keep his seat warm; you know him, you love him, it’s Talkin’ Tauntauns alumni Mr. Connor Christiansen! Today we’re discussing some news and the four most recent episodes of The Bad Batch.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Ep. 68 - Justina Ireland

Today we’re joined by the incredibly talented, Justina Ireland, one of the authors behind the new Star Wars publishing initiative The High Republic. We discuss Ireland’s work from a galaxy far, far away; including her High Republic novels A Test of Courage and Out of the Shadows, as well as her other Star Wars works, Lando’s Luck and Spark of Resistance.

Find Justina on Twitter: @JustinaIreland.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Ep. 67 - War of the Bounty Hunters Part 1

War of the Bounty Hunters has come to a galaxy far, far away! It’s been a quick minute since we’ve sat down and dug into the slew of ongoing Star Wars comics. So, what better excuse is there to get back into the swing of things then a new six-month crossover event that’s spread across 30+ comic books?

We’ve also got some fun news stories to discuss, involving Funko Pops, soap, and samurai inspired Sith ronin.

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Ep. 66 - Rebellions are Built on Hope

To celebrate America’s birthday we’re taking a look at the various factions from Star Wars that embody the spirit of freedom, rebellion, and fighting against tyranny. There’s also a new arrival in the mailbag and a surprise preview of Star Wars: Visions to drool over.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Ep. 65 - Solo: A Star Wars Story

We are joined today by the marvelous Holly Frey of Full of Sith to talk the wonderfulness that is Solo: A Star Wars story. We laughed, we cried, and we heaped praise all over this criminally underrated film.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Ep. 64 - Catching up with The Bad Batch

Can you believe we’re already at the halfway point for The Bad Batch? 8 episodes flew by so fast that the Talkin’ Tauntauns crew forgot to watch most of them. Not to worry, we recently remedied that egregious misstep and today we’re taking a deep dive into the latest 5 episodes to see how Clone Squad 99 is making their way in a galaxy far, far away.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Ep. 63 - Thrawn Ascendancy: Greater Good

The Talkin’ Tauntauns crew is back and we have big news to share. You may have noticed we took a few weeks off, we apologize for our absence but our hosts have been going through big life changes; including buying houses and planning weddings.

Another big change is that during our break Connor came to the decision that it’s time for him to move on from the show. We love you Connor, thank you for being a great co-host and a great friend! Connor’s departure leaves an empty Tauntaun seat. But not to worry, we’re permanently filling that seat with one of our favorite recurring guests, Nicole H. Quinn!

To kick off Nicole’s first official episode as the newest co-host we decided to tackle Timothy Zahn’s latest Star Wars book, Thrawn Ascendancy: Greater Good.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Ep. 62 - Science and Star Wars

Today the Talkin’ Tauntauns crew is down one member with JJ off helping his future in-laws, but have no fear because we’re joined by two guests today, Melissa T. Miller and James Floyd, from the upcoming Star Warsologies podcast.

Join us for a discussion about what excites and interests us about science and technology in Star Wars and how it has influenced our world. We also talk about Melissa and James’ upcoming podcast, where our very own Jim will be talking the geology and paleontology of Tatooine on its very first episode.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Ep. 61 - The Bad Batch

To celebrate May the 4th Disney released a boat load of Star Wars goodies, including 4 new Star Wars specials on Disney+. These include a Simpsons Star Wars Special, Star Wars: Biomes, Star Wars: Vehicle Flythroughs, and of course, The Bad Batch. Today we’re discussing the first 2 episodes of The Bad Batch, the highly anticipated animated series following the Clones from Troop 99. Joining us for the discussion is fellow AIPT contributor and regular reviewer of The Bad Batch, Nick Nafpliotis.

We’d also like to share that the Star Wars Community lost a dear friend over the weekend, Dale Hopkins, and we would like to dedicate this episode in honor of his memory, as well as the love and support that he showed to everyone he met in this community. He was a beacon of light that will truly be missed.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Ep. 60 - Revenge of the Sith

Today the Talkin’ Tauntauns crew continues our retrospective through the Skywalker Saga with a deep dive into the final film of the prequel trilogy, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. Joining us for a look at the fall of the Jedi Order and rise of the Sith is a very special guest, Connor’s brother, Carson Sargent.

We also discuss a slew of exciting deals that are available today in honor of Star Wars Day, AKA May the Fourth.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Ep. 59 - Fan Films

Star Wars has always had a healthy relationship with the passionate creators within its community, and for many years the franchise has celebrated the amazing things their fans create. Fan Films are perhaps some of the most notable of these creations and the community has provided some truly amazing films over the years. Today we’re taking a look at ten fan films, including what is considered the original fan film, Troops, as well as the phenomenal Hoshino, and a lot of other amazing works.

Want to watch along with us? Find the full list of the fan films we’ll be discussing below:

TIE Fighter

Troops

DARTH MAUL: Apprentice

TK-436: A Stormtrooper Story

Shadow of the Republic

Star Wars: Destroyer

KENOBI

REBEL SCUM

Hoshino

EXILE

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Ep. 58 - The Clone Wars Movie

As our journey continues through the theatrical Star Wars releases, we decided to take a pit stop today and sit down with The Clone Wars movie. This animated film came to us from the mind of George Lucas and the leadership of Dave Filoni, and was released in 2008 as the kickoff to The Clone Wars animated TV series. Come hangout with us and find out how well the lowest grossing Star Wars film of all time has held up over ten years after its release.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Ep. 57 - The High Republic Show Episode 2

With Jim lost somewhere in the wilds of the US highway system, the Talkin’ Tauntauns crew must somehow find the strength to muster on. Luckily, we managed to convince our good friend Nicole H. Quinn to come hangout today and discuss the latest episode of The High Republic Show, where the always delightful Krystina Arielle interviews some of the creators behind The High Republic, hosts a round table discussion, takes fan questions, shows off animated shorts, and more.

Did we mention Star Wars comics yet? If you aren’t caught up on the two new Star Wars: The High Republic comic books series, then this is an episode you won’t want to miss. Oh, and there’s a ton of exciting new toys to discuss.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Ep. 56 - Tartakovsky's Clone Wars

Newly arrived on Disney+ this past week is Genndy Tartakovsky’s award-winning animated Clone Wars series which originally aired from 2003-2005 on Cartoon Network. The Talkin’ Tauntauns crew is taking a deep dive into this iconic anthology series to see how it compares to the canonical Clone Wars series that fans are more familiar with today, and how it has held up nearly twenty years after its initial release.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Ep. 55 - Comics and News Catch Up

Today on Talkin’ Tauntauns we’re catching up on a pile of exciting Star Wars announcements, news pieces, listener feedback, book club updates, and oh so many comic books.

Hot off the presses! Disney+ has announced the production start date and revealed the full cast for the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi live-action series. We’ve got brand new LEGO sets, action figures, and highly collectible Star Wars toys to fawn over and feverishly discuss. And remember that part about comics? Well there’s seven Star Wars comic book series with new issues that have been patiently waiting for us and their time has finally come.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Ep. 54 - Thrawn Ascendancy: Chaos Rising

Today we’re discussing the first book in the new trilogy from fan-favorite Star Wars author Timothy Zahn, Thrawn Ascendancy: Chaos Rising. The latest entry into the life of the legendary Chiss warrior turns back the clocks to a time long before Thrawn was a member of the Imperial Navy, and shines a light on his adventures protecting his own people, the Chiss Ascendancy, hidden deep within the mysterious Unknown Regions.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Ep. 53 - Attack of the Clones

AIPT alumni and writer extraordinaire Gregory Paul Silber joins us today to examine Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones! Our journey through the Skywalker Saga and films from a galaxy far, far away continues with the film that delivered our first ever look at The Clone Wars and Master Yoda wielding a lightsaber.

Find Greg on Twitter.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Ep. 52 - Daniel José Older

Today we’re joined by the individual Twitter has proclaimed as the King of TikTok, Daniel José Older, best-selling author of Star Wars: Last Shot and the IDW comic book series Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures. Daniel gives us a peek behind the curtain at his creative process and what inspires him as a creator, shares how he went from writing a short story for the From a Certain Point of View anthology to his own Star Wars novel, and provides an in-depth look at his work on the newest publishing initiative from a galaxy far, far away – The High Republic.

Find Daniel José Older online:

Website

Twitter

TikTok

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Ep. 51 - The Parodies of Star Wars

This week on Talkin’ Tauntauns we’re discussing Star Wars parodies, including the very first parody inspired by a galaxy far, far away — Hardware Wars. You may recognize some of the other TV shows and films we deep dive: Family Guy, Robot Chicken, Phineas and Ferb, and Fanboys. In revisiting some of this material for the first time in many years we discover that some parodies are better left alone, while others can still make us laugh.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Ep. 50 - Into the Dark

Today Talkin’ Tauntauns dives into the latest Star Wars book from The High Republic publishing initiative and author Claudia Gray — Into the Dark. There’s everything you could want: mystery, lightsaber fights, ancient technology, and terrifying alien creatures.

This marks our 50th episode! And to celebrate this exciting milestone we’re conducting a giveaway of an awesome Luke on Tauntaun Funko Pop. So be sure to listen to the show to find out how you can enter.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Ep. 49 - The Phantom Menace

Fellow AIPT writer and Star Wars book club member Nicole H. Quinn joins us today to examine The Phantom Menace! We take a deep dive into the first chronological entry in the Skywalker Saga and how well it holds up over 20 years after its release.

We also discuss the recent firing of Gina Carano from The Mandalorian and all Disney and Lucasfilm projects.

Sunday, February 7, 2021

Ep. 48 - High Republic News and Comics

Happy Star Wars podcast day everyone! To celebrate the release of the first episode from the first ever Star Wars podcast, we’re bringing you this week’s episode of Talkin’ Tauntauns two full days early. Yes, it’s true. We spoil our listeners rotten.

Today we’re discussing the latest episode of The High Republic Show, which features a ton of great content, including an insightful and exciting round table discussion between host Krystina Arielle, The High Republic authors/creators Charles Soule and Justina Ireland, and Michael Siglain, Creative Director at Lucasfilm Publishing and the man who got Project Luminous started back in 2014.

There’s a whopping six Star Wars comic book series with new issues since our last episode, and you better believe we’re discussing all of them.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Ep. 47 - Light of the Jedi

Today the Talkin’ Tauntauns crew is providing our loyal listeners with a spoiler filled review of the first book in the Star Wars: The High Republic publishing initiate, Charles Soule’s Light of the Jedi. There’s so much exciting new content to pick apart; including a pile of new Jedi Masters, Knights, and Padawans, new Force powers, new starships, and a new force of evil for the Jedi to contend with — the dreaded Nihil.

We’ve also got a nice little bit of news to share and some listener feedback to address.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Ep. 46 - News Roundup

The Talkin’ Tauntauns crew have been on a bit of an interview spree lately, and as a result the news and comic books have started pile up. Today we’re conquering the mountain of announcements that came out of The High Republic live stream event, big news for Star Wars gamers, and new LEGOs. And of course, comics! We have lots of amazing comics to compare notes on.

On a much more serious note, we’ll also be discussing some deeply unsettling events that occurred within the community over the past week with regards to harassment aimed at Star Wars contributor Krystina Arielle. AIPT and Talkin’ Tauntauns fully support Krystina Arielle.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Ep. 45 - Author Cole Horton

Joining the Talkin’ Tauntauns crew today is Star Wars author Cole Horton, the writer behind an ever growing pile of Star Wars books, three of which were released this year: The Traveler’s Guide to Batuu, The Book of Lists, and most recently, The Star Wars Book.

Cole shares an in-depth look at his creative process, reflects on his journey from being a fan with a dream to working on the franchise that he loves, puts his passion for Indiana Jones on full display, and digs into the magic moments that Star Wars has brought into his life.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Ep. 44 - Comic artist Will Sliney

Joining the Talkin’ Tauntauns crew today is the fantastic Will Sliney; an exceptionally talented comic book artist and massive Star Wars fan who has worked on some of our favorites series to come to a galaxy far, far away over the past few years. You may recognize Will’s work from The Rise of Kylo Ren, Galaxy’s Edge, the comic adaptation for Solo: A Star Wars Story, and the Beckett one-shot.

Come aboard for a super fun interview in which we speak with Will about his passion for Obi-Wan Kenobi, designing lightsabers and star fighters, creating the Galaxy’s Edge comic before the park existed, and more!

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Ep. 43 - Looking Forward 2021

We did it everyone! With a nice shove into the trash compactor of history, the crew of Talkin’ Tauntauns and the rest of humanity has finally put 2020 behind us. Now it’s time to look forward to all the great stuff that 2021 has in store for Star Wars fans.

Disney has revealed that there’s a slew of new TV and movie projects, but don’t forget that there’s also The High Republic publishing initiative which promises to deliver a pile of exciting new books and comics. Join us as we discuss the impending arrivals of the new adventures coming via The High Republic in 2021.

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