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For Christ's Sake, Anakin!

By Matthew Neugebauer
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Summer Shorts #3 - High Republic SDCC reveals
Back in Ontario but still at a lake, I'm joined by some friends for a fully-vaccinated and fully-clothed look at the High Republic and its third wave announced at SDCC@home. Lending their voices and perspectives are Din of F-105, Dominic of the Star Wars Underworld and Patrick of Beskar Guitar, as well as the wonderful bustle of Kew Beach in Toronto. Check out the SDCC@home panel here. Dom also hosted us on Pod Force 99 for a great conversation on the latest Bad Batch episode, which you can listen to here. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY. Din on Twitter         @f105music Dom on Twitter       @theSWU  @DominicJ25 Patrick on YouTube Beskar Guitar Feel free to comment, share and follow: Twitter     @neug485 Instagram @mneug1138 Blog
July 26, 2021
Episode LXXXIII - Masters in a Rising Storm (Commentary #2)
My commentary on Cavan Scott's The Rising Storm continues with a trio of character reflections on senior Jedi in the novel. Longtime friends Elzar Mann and Stellan Gios seem to be on converging paths in their relationship to the Order. Loden Greatstorm was teased as a major character in the early part of High Republic, but his journey has gone in a different direction. Also I bring back the pull list with Doctor Aphra #12 and War of the Bounty Hunters #2, which shows the same events from different points of view! Thanks for listening. For Light and Life! Twitter         @neug485 Instagram     @mneug1138 Church blog
July 20, 2021
Episode LXXXII - Grand Visions, Grand Armies (The Rising Storm Commentary #1)
FCSA is back to its High Republic ways with a look at Cavan Scott's The Rising Storm. I contrast the Valo attack with the Hetzal Disaster, and then go into this book's take on a standing army for the whole galaxy. I begin with some brief, non-spoilery thoughts on this morning's Bad Batch episode. Thanks for listening. For Light and Life! Twitter         @neug485 Instagram     @mneug1138 Church blog
July 16, 2021
Sasky Summer Shorts #2 - The Bad Batch Episode 8, "Reunion"
The rust of Bracca, and Crosshair's breathing apparatus. Unlike Omega, my own view was quite nice. Twitter         @neug485 Instagram     @mneug1138 Church blog
June 20, 2021
Sasky Summer Shorts #1 - Loki Episode 2, "The Variant"
I'm taking this outside! Where you can hear the grandeur of wind and birds, alongside my thoughts on Mobius' eschatology and the show's potential reflection on global warming. I mention Thomas Aquinas again. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY Twitter         @neug485 Instagram     @mneug1138 Church blog
June 18, 2021
Sasky Summer Shorts #0
Introducing the month of Sasky Summer Shorts with my reaction to that incredible Loki premiere, as well as today's moving Bad Batch episode. Spoilers abound, as does Hauerwas. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY Twitter         @neug485 Instagram     @mneug1138 Church blog
June 12, 2021
Episode LXXXI - There Is No Fear
This week I reflect on the first arc of Cavan Scott's High Republic comic run. Building off its (ironic?) title, I explore the ways that Keeve, Sskeer and the Jedi Order as a whole are confronted with the fears emerging from new Dark Side threats: the threat of the Drengir to be sure, but especially the threats within themselves. For the Pull List segment in this comics-focused episode, I discuss the fact that Solo 2 probably isn't happening, at least for now. Ok I mainly go into War of the Bounty Hunters #1 and its incredible character reveal. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY Twitter         @neug485 Instagram     @mneug1138 Church blog Show art from the cover of High Republic #5 by Phil Noto.
June 8, 2021
Episode LXXX - High Republic Era
This week we're back aboard the High Republic Hype Train with a question rooted in real-world history. When does the High Republic Era begin and end? How do we know when any "era" begins and ends? I look at signifiers, signposts of what we now call the "Modern era" of western history, when we know it had begun and can say that it ended: the Reformation, Revolution, World War and Great Depression. In-universe, I point to the 19th and 20th Lost Masters as potential signposts of the Jedi at their height and rapid decline. Is the term "High Republic" as lofty as it seems? The pull list goes into the War of the Bounty Hunters preludes for Vader and Aphra, and some thoughts on the crossover event and storytelling in general. The discussion on the High Republic Era was prompted by an episode of the Star Wars Underworld, which you can listen to here (especially around the 1:08 and 1:16 marks). It expands on a twitter thread I wrote in response to that episode, which begins here. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY Twitter         @neug485 Instagram     @mneug1138 Church blog Show art is from the cover of Star Wars: The High Republic #3, art by Phil Noto.
June 1, 2021
Episode LXXIX - The Artist's Journey-with Din of F-105
This week I'm joined by Din of F-105 to talk about his new album, F-105 II Side B, the wonderful song Outer Space/Coming Home, his vocation as an artist and his perspectives on our own universe and the Galaxy Far, Far Away. It's an in-depth conversation the gets to the heart of FCSA's mission of fandom in dialogue. For the Pull List, I continue with the latest chapter in the War of the Bounty Hunters, which picks up Beilert's journey in Bounty Hunters #12. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY F-105 II Side B: Spotify; Apple Twitter:             @f105music Website:  Follow me: Twitter:            @neug485 Instagram:       @mneug1138 Church blog: Episode art photo by Din.
May 25, 2021
Episode LXXVIII - A Batch of Characters
I love the Bad Batch! I really do, especially since it's taking the time to explore character growth, even as the "plot" or "mission" is moving slowly. It represents the way we're now in an era of "slow burn" television storytelling that aims for a satisfying experience whether you watch it weekly or binge it over a weekend. Either way, the focus is on character as the most important aspect *of* plot, rather than something that incidentally happens *through* plot. It's a challenge to contemporary audiences used to edge-of-your-seat continuous shows of the 2000s, but ultimately a rewarding one. Picard, WandaVision and The Last Jedi before it, and now the Bad Batch with Hunter and Omega at the heart of the story. For the pull list, I go into the first two issues of The War of the Bounty Hunters. It's Fett-tacular! Oh and clearly, I have Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2022 on the brain. Only a year to go! Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY Twitter  @neug485 Instagram   @mneug1138 Churchy blog
May 18, 2021
Episode LXXVII - Kanon Miscontinuities
The Bad Batch is here! It's great, and I give a brief review of the first two episodes. The first few minutes of the series make a change to pre-existing canon, and I delve into my thoughts and feels about it. Facts and events don't have to line up every time: I'm no "canon fundamentalist." But there should still be sound story and character reasons to tell an event differently than before: otherwise, why bother? This week of May the Fourth has certainly opened up a fascinating conversation on canon, story and character. For the pull list, a highlight another amazing backstory, the comic adaptation of Dune: House Atreides by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. And fair warning, this ep has spoilers for Bad Batch episodes 1 and 2! Thanks for listening, and MT4thBWY! Twitter @neug485 Instagram @mneug1138 Churchy blog
May 7, 2021
Episode LXXVI - Clone Force Gretzky
The Bad Batch is just around the corner! As I do with most upcoming series, I preview the show with a discussion of what I'd like to see and what questions I'm going into the show with. How do these outside-the-box clones respond to Order 66? How do they see themselves in relation to the newly-formed Empire? Will the show give us glimpses of the nascent Rebel Alliance? I also bring back the Pull List, featuring the Women of Marvel One-shot. Lastly, Cal Kestis. His name is Cal Kestis. (Find out where I blank on his name...) Thanks for listening, and have a happy, joyful and hopeful May the 4th! Twitter:              @neug485 Instagram:         @mneug1138 Churchy blog:
April 29, 2021
Episode LXXV - Sam, Bucky, Karli, John
Welcome back True Believers! This week I give my spoilery thoughts on The Falcon and the Winter Soldier--both the series as a whole and where it all landed in today's final episode. How well did Sam's story explore the struggles of Black Americans to find their place in their own country? Did it uphold the Flagsmasher's ideals of a world without countries at all? And did it stay true to John Walker's legacy as an ambiguous anti-hero? Give it a listen and let me know what you think! Some "bear with me" items (you'll hear why at the top): Yeah, I know it isn't episode 71... Also, sorry about the sound quality at some points: contact mics pick up *everything* Anyways, I'm glad to be back in the swing of things. Thanks for listening. Excelsior! Twitter          @neug485 Instagram      @mneug1138 Church blog
April 24, 2021
Episode LXXIV - Into the Dark
Jedi, Nihil and humble outer rim transport pilots. Claudia Gray's Into the Dark has it all, deftly exploring the struggles of three young folks making their way in the galaxy. I give my thoughts on the novel by focusing on Reath, Affie and Nan as believable, sympathetic characters. I also talk about Jesuits; just not Jesuits in Space.... For the pull list I look at Greg Pak's Vader #10 featuring yet another Anakin flashback, and the conclusion to the Brave New World arc in Kelly Thompson's Captain Marvel #26. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY. Twitter @neug485 Instagram @mneug1138 Churchy blog:
March 3, 2021
Episode LXXIII - Discerning the Light in a Great Disaster (Light of the Jedi Commentary #3)
The FCSA Star Wars Podcast Day episode is here! This week I break down the High Council debate that forms a pivotal interlude in Charles Soule's Light of the Jedi. How do we discern the Will of the Force? How can the past help us decide what to do in the present? Or should we ignore precedent, or future implications, and focus on the task in front of us? All of it is right there on p 300 of this brilliant High Republic novel, so read along and listen in! On the pull list, I talk about Daniel Jose Older's High Republic Adventures #1, and also give some brief thoughts on the first half of Claudia Gray's Into the Dark. Yeah, this is a full-tilt HR podcast now, but I still stan The Last Jedi and the First Trilogy as much as ever! Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY Twitter @neug485 Instagram @mneug1138 Churchy blog:
February 12, 2021
Episode LXXII - Altar and Throne (Light of the Jedi Commentary #2)
This week I continue my commentary review of Charles Soule's Light of the Jedi with a look at the story as a whole, as well as some themes that emerge in parts two and three of the novel. After giving my story review, I go into Lina Soh's optimism and what it might mean for us and for the galaxy, as well as *that* Jedi Council scene! For the pull list, I talk about Bounty Hunters #9, why the series is finally growing on me, and how it might relate to both The Mandalorian and Zahn's original Thrawn trilogy. (Hint: Bounty Hunters Guild!) Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY Twitter @neug485 Instagram @mneug1138 Churchy blog:
February 5, 2021
Episode LXXI - WandaVision, Sin and Redemption
FCSA goes MCU! The opening act of WandaVision is upon us, providing a good time to look back and reflect on its story and some comics connections as well as the theme of personal and systemic sin that the show starts to suggest. Who is keeping Wanda trapped in her own illusion? Who will help lead her out? What part do her blue-eyed twins have to play in this unfolding story? I speculate responsibly and theologize hamartalogically. I hope you enjoy it! The pull list stays in the GFFA, with a look at Doctor Aphra #7 and some live-action fan casting of our favourite anti-heroine. Thanks for listening. Excelsior! Twitter: @neug485 Instagram: @mneug1138 Churchy blog:
January 29, 2021
Episode LXX - We are all the Republic (Light of the Jedi Commentary #1)
As promised, the first commentary episode on Charles Soule's Light of the Jedi. I reflect on themes of political and church unity as expressed in the first half of the High Republic novel, and in conversation with similar ideas in Soule's and Scott Snyder's Undiscovered Country comic. I also break out the Latin, which I hope is a good sign! On the pull list I continue discussing Greg Pak's Darth Vader run, which is turning its focus to some much-needed lore behind the events of The Rise of Skywalker. And as you'll hear, I'm tweaking the intro and outro a little bit. I think we have a winner. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY. Twitter: @neug485 Instagram: @mneug1138 Churchy blog:
January 22, 2021
Episode LXIX - Narratives of Great Disaster
This week on FCSA: The Great Hyperspace Disaster of the High Republic is the latest in a number of post-cataclysmic stories that we *just happen* to be getting during this Pandemic. The Expanse, Picard and Season 3 of Discovery also reflect moments of great instability. What do these creative expressions of disaster explore? What do they say about the times we're living in? And what might a pair of Faster-than-Light disaster stories express about human division and connection? This packed episode includes some bleak moments, but ends on the high notes! I begin with a few added thoughts on the High Republic preview event from last week, and the Pull List opens my discussion with Cavan Scott's High Republic #1. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY Twitter: @neug485 Instagram: @mneug1138 Churchy blog:
January 15, 2021
2021 High Republic preview
FCSA is back! We kick things off in 2021 with my thoughts coming out of the High Republic launch event this past Monday, which you can watch right here. My initial concerns about colonialism and 60s optimism and gave way to real hopes that the creatives involved will seriously tackle the underbelly of these issues. I also debut the new intro music, suggested by Din of F105. It's magical and a little snazzy, just like the Jedi of the High Republic themselves! Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY Twitter: @neug485 Instagram: @mneug1138 Churchy blog:
January 10, 2021
Episode LXVIII - Ahsoka's Attachments
With a week to process Ahsoka Tano's triumphant two-sabred leap into live action, I share my thoughts on her appearance as a whole, and reflect on how her understanding of attachments informs her unwillingness to separate Grogu from Din. And I think I come around to calling him Grogu partway through! On the Pull List this week I comment on Undiscovered Country #10, and related it briefly to a theme that pervades the excerpt from that other Charles Soule book I'm excited about, Light of the Jedi. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY. Twitter: @neug485 Instagram: @mneug1138
December 4, 2020
Episode LXVII - Is this the way, really?
So Din Djarin was raised in an extremist cult: who knew? Of the many reveals in last week's Mando episode, this was the most intriguing. I pick up my conversation from a few weeks ago on Din's exploration of Mandalorian and Jedi tradition, and how that might help reconfigure our own conceptions of tradition, innovation and diversity. On the pull list, I look at the on-the-nose election in Star Trek: Year Five #16, and a pair of comics set on Mustafar. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY. Twitter: @neug485            Instagram: @mneug1138
November 20, 2020
Episode LXVI - Canon Miscontinuities
Execute Episode 66! This week I'm diving into moments and storylines in the Galaxy Far Far Away that don't quite line up between printed material and what we see on screen. They range from eminently satisfying story decisions to egregious and downright racist stereotypes. Hats off to Pablo Hidalgo, Matt Martin and the whole story group for keeping things together and knowing when it makes good sense to change it up! All power to them! Fair warning, this episode has *spoilers* for Mandalorian Season 2 Episode 1 and that glorious final arc of Clone Wars Season 7. Here's the YouTube video I reference in the ep, also with Mando spoilers. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY Follow me on Twitter and Instagram.
November 7, 2020
Episode LXV - Mando and the Force
It's the Eve of Mando Season 2! This week I dive into the question, why doesn't Din Djarin know about the Force or the Jedi? I revisit some real-world resonances with the retreat of Faith and Jedi from the Galaxy, and also explore what it might mean for Din and The Child to rediscover this heritage. For the Pull List, I touch on Dune: House Atreides #1, Engineward #4 and Bounty Hunters #6. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram
October 30, 2020
Episode LXIV - Japor Snippet
This week on FCSA I delve into Vader's stroll down memory lane in Greg Pak and Raffaelle Ienco's recent comic run. He's looking for Luke's origins, but what does that reveal about his own family bonds? The main episode covers #1-5, so the Pull List segment mentions #6 as well as Captain America #24 by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Daniel Acuna. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram.
October 23, 2020
Episode LXIII - Qui-Gon's Literalist Turn (Master & Apprentice Commentary #5)
This week we conclude our series on Qui-Gon Jinn and Prophecy in Claudia Gray's Master & Apprentice by examining his turn to a more literal interpretation of prophecy. I look at it from an in-universe perspective and discuss the Scriptural and Theological basis for this turn in Christian tradition. It gets at the origins of this podcast: a Virgin-born Promised One who restores the Cosmic Order by coming back from the pit of death. The pull list highlights a pair of SW-connected indie comics, Charles Soule's and Scott Snyder's Undiscovered Country and George Mann's Engineward. I also give my fresh-out-of-the-oven thoughts on the High Republic panel from NYCC Metaverse that aired earlier today. You can watch that panel, which did literally nothing to assuage my excitement for this new era of SW stories, right here. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram.
October 9, 2020
Episode LXII - The Prophecy of Protest (Master & Apprentice Commentary #4)
As promised, we've come to the Halin Azucca episode! And again, let's all agree: she's the real prophet here. And her witness is a timely reminder in light of the competing narratives around protest that have erupted in the last year. Like Azucca and her performance art protest group, 93% of these protests have been peaceful. This despite the fact that 100% of actions they're protesting have been violent instances of police brutality, institutional discrimination, verbal slurs and other examples of ingrained racism. Or in Azucca's case, the despicable slavery and stranglehold that the Czerka Corporation has on the Pijal system, including Azucca's beloved but disenfranchised moon.  Just this week, the latest real-world example came to the fore when the murderers of Breonna Taylor got off scot-free.  This is one of those episodes where I "go for it" politically, while also exploring why some folks don't see protest in the same prophetic light, but instead fear its capacity for destabilization. Either way, I aim to end on a hopeful note as I tee up next week's conclusion to this commentary series. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY Follow me on Twitter at @neug485, and on Instagram at @mneug1138.
September 25, 2020
Episode LXI - Qui-Gon's Restraint (Master & Apprentice Commentary #3)
Picking up from last week's episode, this week we look at ways in which Qui-Gon is able to show calm, deft restraint in his prophetic role: his humble self-awareness regarding Obi-wan's development. and his ability to play the political game as a tool in his prophetic toolkit.  I also introduce a new segment, the Pull List, during which I'll discuss something from the past week's comic book releases. This week I talk about Marvel's Empyre crossover event, which could have been so much more than it was. All told, a fun way to prepare for January's High Republic takeover of FCSA! Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY. Follow me on Twitter (@neug485) and Instagram (@mneug1138).
September 18, 2020
Episode LX - Qui-Gon's Realism (Master & Apprentice Commentary #2)
This week we continue our look at the themes of prophecy in Claudia Gray's Master & Apprentice, centring on the character of Qui-Gon Jinn. Master Qui-Gon believed that faith in the Force and the mission of the Jedi had to be grounded in a grasp of the real world: how people really live, what they care about, how they struggle. He longed for the Jedi, and for individual Jedi, to be more realistic about the galaxy they lived in and their own limits. Only then could they embody a contemplative presence that would enable them to truly guard peace and justice in the galaxy. I look at some ways that Qui-Gon pursued this in his own life, and ways that the Church is called to pursue this in our world today. I also give some shoutouts to ForceFest--where I encountered Podcast of the Whills and the Faithful Fangirl Podcast, as well as the amazing wildness that was DragonCon goes Virtual. I give a tribute to Chadwick Bozeman and his own prophetic film before going into my main topic. I hope you're inspired to be a contemplative presence in your community as well. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY. Follow me on Twitter (@neug485) and Instagram (@mneug1138).
September 9, 2020
Episode LIX - Qui-Gon's Power (Master & Apprentice Commentary #1)
This week on FCSA I begin my commentary on Claudia Gray's masterful (pun!) Master & Apprentice. The early chapters of the novel introduce us to Qui-Gon's approach to prophecy, as well as set up some situations that test the way he practices what he preaches. Fittingly, this was filmed at the back of my church, which is why the audio quality is somewhat...homiletic. Enjoy and MTFBWY Follow me on Twitter and Instagram, and check out my actual sermons and reflections at
August 29, 2020
Episode LVIII - Oh, Chelli...
Chelli is as Chelli does! FCSA is back with a review of the Doctor Aphra Audiobook Original, written by Sarah Kuhn, starring Emily Woo Zeller and Marc "the canon legend" Thompson. I go into what I thought worked well and what I didn't quite connect with. Spoilers abound, so if you haven't downloaded the audio play then go for it right here. If you're new to audible, you'll even get your first book for free! Can't beat that deal, eh? On the other hand, if you're just curious about an excerpt before diving into my review, head on over to the snippet on the mothership site right here. Either way, I hope you enjoy my review. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram.
August 21, 2020
Episode LVII - Martez Sisters and the Jedi
This week on FCSA! I'm joined by Dillon from DilDev's Diner on Eleven-ThirtyEight for a great discussion on the Martez Sisters arc from Clone Wars Season 7 and its "ground level" or "underground level" view of the Jedi. Dillon's recent article describes some strong resonances between Jedi indifference to the Martez sisters' suffering and what we see in prominent forms of American Christianity today. We also go into some ways that Dillon's aro/ace orientation and experiences give her insight on Jedi community and celibacy. Follow Dillon on Twitter, read her articles on Eleven-ThirtyEight, and her personal blog, Dillon Development. Here're the other links and books she mentioned: Stich's Media Mix on white prioritization Reconstructing the Gospel by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove The Third Reconstruction by William J. Barber and Wilson-Hartgrove The contemporary classic, Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held-Evans Follow me on Twitter and Instagram. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY
May 2, 2020
Episode LVI - Themes in Picard *spoilers after 9:50*
Now that season 1 of Picard is done, I look back at three themes that stood out in the show: choice, love and death. I found that they were handled with more realism and responsibility than we've seen from Hollywood in a long time, which bodes very well for season 2 and for Discovery season 3. I give a brief non-spoilery review of both story and themes, before diving into heavy spoiler territory. So pour yourself a decaf earl grey, strap yourself in, and engage! Thanks for listening, and LLAP. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram.
April 1, 2020
Episode LV - The High Republic: Jedi Christendom?
During the lead-up to last week's announcement of the High Republic (series? era?), I started to speculate and stew over what kinds of things I want to see explored in that time period. Now that we have some details I thought it...high time to devote a whole episode to this latest bit of news. Will the era be a sort of "Jedi Christendom" where the life of the Order and faith in the Force permeates Republic society? Will it relate well to our complex, nuanced, real-world history of Medieval and Reformation Western Europe and its transition into Enlightenment Secularism, or will it present a caricature of that history governed by that secular perspective? Lastly, what do the Jedi truly fear, and what might the Nihil's monkeying with hyperspace have to do with it? Also, Artoo finally got off his perch and returned to co-host with me! I hope he enjoyed it! Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram, and stay tuned for an update to my blogging.
March 3, 2020
Episode LIV - Picard at Midseason *spoilers after 7:10*
We've hit the halfway point of Picard Season 1, so it's high time for a review! It's non-spoilery until about the 7:10 mark, and then I dive in. I also make some small comparisons to the Mandalorian and reflect on this "third wave" of small-screen storytelling. Thanks for listening, and LLAP! Follows and reads: Twitter; Instagram; blog
February 24, 2020
Episode LIII - Clone Wars Retro/Prospective
Season 7 of Clone Wars is only a few weeks away! I've been doing a binge rewatch and have some thoughts and insights! The show's groundbreaking visual style was very ahead of its time. And even though it seems like an anthology series of semi-connected arcs, there's definitely an intricate structure (see episode art) that's leading to the fateful events of season 7 and that beauty of a film, Revenge of the Sith! Check out my twitter or insta pages for a better version of the diagram. Also feel free to give me a like and a follow! Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY
February 4, 2020
Episode LII - Second Coming, Second Look
This week on FCSA I talk about Mark Russell and Richard Pace's indie comic Second Coming, especially my experience of reading a book that doesn't try to get Jesus right, then ends up getting Him profoundly right. Also, Happy Picard Day! Look for future episodes reacting to this new show that will hit me in all the nostalgic places! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram, and check out my writing at Ex Astris Sapientia. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY.
January 24, 2020
Episode LI - All the Jedi: The Rise of Skywalker and the Prequel Trilogy
At last, it's the FCSA Prequelist review of The Rise of Skywalker! Now that I've had a chance to process this IXth installment in the Star Wars saga, it's time to discuss how it relates to Episodes I, II and III. I first give a general review of the film, and how I've come to enjoy it, and then dive into its deeper connections with our beloved Prequel Trilogy (and Clone Wars, of course!). While the references may seem sparse on the surface, the deeper themes of TROS connect very richly with the Prequels, especially Revenge of the Sith. So strap into your podracer, grab your purple lightsaber and give it a listen! Also, follow me on Twitter and Instagram, and check out my writing over at Ex Astris Sapientia. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY
January 15, 2020
Episode 50 - The Prophecy, Misread
It's Advent: time for me to tell you what I really think! This week I consider Prophecy: Biblical, Political, the Chosen One, and the ways it can be misread for the sake of idolatrous power games. It's a bit of a departure from my thesis about Vader and the Crucifixion, but it never hurts to consider another angle. I get some help from Bill Cavanaugh's article on Nationalism and Idolatry. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY Follow me on Twitter and Instagram. And check out my newly-returned blog, Ex Astris Sapientia.
December 3, 2019
Resistance Reborn review *with spoilers*
I'm back! Hopping on to give my review of Resistance Reborn by Rebecca Roanhorse. An overall excellent book, with compelling characters, but some things I felt were overcooked. The novel is definitely recommended. *Spoilery* content starts at the 4:45 mark. Oh and my blog has been reborn as well! Give me a read over at Some more in-depth content and commentary is headed in that direction. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram.
November 22, 2019
Episode XLIX - Exvangelicals, Ex-Jedi
What does it mean to leave? To leave the Jedi? To leave conservative fundamentalist communities? A lot of younger Christians have left for other pastures, embracing the label "exvangelical." Where have they ended up? Are they more like Count Dooku, or Ahsoka Tano? And what might Qui-gon's prophetic stance and Yoda's reflections-in-exile have to say both to the Jedi and to western Christians in our time? I tackle these questions in a super-sized solo episode, recorded in the shiny recording studio of the Vaughan Civic Centre Resource Library. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY
September 20, 2019
Episode XLVIII - Reform, Heresy and Schism
Welcome back to FCSA! This week I finish my recap of Fan Expo 2019, delving into the YA fiction panel I went to on the Sunday and how it helped me understand the (incredible) YA Star Wars novels. I then respond to another Beltway Banthas episode...this time, the one I was on! The original episode can be found here: It was a great experience; I wanted to take the opportunity today to go into a bit more about the history of the Reformation, as well as some new insights on heresy and schism. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram.
September 6, 2019
Fan Expo Canada 2019 - Saturday check-in
I'm back at Roundhouse Park to cover all the panels I caught on this Con Saturday. Jonathan Frakes, Charles Soule and more.
August 24, 2019
Fan Expo Canada 2019 check-in, Friday afternoon
Denise Crosby, Representation of women superheroes, Hasbro Star Wars and more!
August 23, 2019
Calm Before the Con Special 2019
I'm back! And just in time for Fan Expo Canada 2019. I return to the exact same spot I recorded last year's Fan Expo preview, and talk about what I'm looking forward to this year. But first I go into the renewed and expanded vision for this podcast. Now that I'm on Anchor, I don't need to worry about sticking to the (very beneficial) community requirements from Podiant, so I can open this up to discussing various franchises and fandoms, engaging them theologically and otherwise intellectually. But the title remains, the intro (for now) remains, because the bleeding heart of this podcast will always be the story of Anakin and the Jedi as told in the Prequel Trilogy, and its resonances with Christian tradition. So I hope you join me for the ride, and enjoy this 2019 Fan Expo Canada preview. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram. (Episode art is available here:
August 22, 2019
Episode XLVII- I am a Jedi, like my father before me
Our Lenten series concludes--a little late--with a look at the cardinal virtues in Return of the Jedi. We can see many characters displaying patience, wisdom, courage and justice, but we also see Luke Skywalker truly complete his training by exemplifying all four in one toss of a lightsaber. I also give a few lingering thoughts on Celebration Chicago, my initial reaction to the first 100-or-so pages of Master and Apprentice (it's even better than I expected!), and provide an update on the next phase of this here podcast. Thanks for listening, Happy Easter, and MTFBWY! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram.
May 2, 2019
Episode XLVI- Do, or Do Not
Our Lenten series continues with an exploration of the Cardinal Virtues in Episode V: the Empire Strikes Back. Spoiler alert: Yoda is wise. Of course, I also give an instant reaction to the EPISODE IX TRAILER that just dropped, as well as the panel at Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019. I then give my thoughts on southern Ontario's Kate Johnston's Queen's Shadow, now that I finished it. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY.
April 12, 2019
Episode XLV - "Into the Garbage Chute, Flyboy"
Our Lenten mini-series begins with an examination of Cardinal virtues in the film that started it all. I look at which characters show Courage, Prudence, Patience and Justice, and which character brings together all four. I also give some brief thoughts on Queen's Shadow, the end of Resistance season 1, and Captain Marvel. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram. Thanks for listening, have a holy Lent, and MTFBWY.
March 29, 2019
Episode XLIV - 'Grey Jedi'?
Are Grey Jedi a thing? Do we really want them to be? Answer: nope and nope. I delve into my response to a recent Clashing Sabers episode on the topic. I hope both episodes are enLIGHTening (hint hint). I also go Zahnny about Conqueror's Pride and the Thrawn novels and why we struggle with them, why Galaxy's Edge sounds stressful and how Black Panther was in a league of its own at the Oscars. Check out Clashing Sabers here and find their Episode 30 - "shades of Grey" here.  Follow me on Twitter and Instagram. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY.
March 1, 2019
Episode XLIII - Planetbuilding the Phantom Menace
The FCSA Phantom Menace 20th Anniversary retrospective continues! This week we look at the planets of TPM: Naboo, Tatooine, Coruscant. How do their societies, architecture and environments build up the "world" of the Republic and the Jedi in the Prequel era? How does it relate and contrast to the Dark Times of Empire and First Order? I also do a bit of "TV talk": Resistance and the rumoured Obi-wan miniseries. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram
February 22, 2019
Episode XLII - The characters and theme of The Phantom Menace
As promised, my 20th Anniversary retrospective on Episode I: The Phantom Menace! What makes it so great? This first installment focuses on the characters, the acting (for the most part), and the theme of small beginnings having galactic importance. I also go into clickbait and how to ignore it. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY Follow me on Twitter and Instagram.
February 15, 2019
Episode XLI - It Shall Be a Year Long Remembered
My 2019 Preview is here! What am I looking forward to? What am I going into with...lesser expectations? Do I tell you to buy more Age of Republic comics? Listen, subscribe and tell your friends. Also follow me on Twitter and Instagram. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY
January 25, 2019
Episode XL - Jedi Celibacy
And we're back! FCSA returns in 2019 with a question that I've wanted to address for a while: was the celibacy requirement in itself an example of Jedi corruption? Coming from a place of respect for monastic communities, Roman Catholics and others, I'd have to say no. But like many things, it's also complicated... First I go into some Star Warsy things coming out in 2019, especially comics, novels, and that movie at the end of the year. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram.
January 11, 2019
Episode XXXIX - Cons and Continuity
This week I recap Fan Expo Canada 2018-its downs and its ups. Recalling my brief conversation with Charles Soule at the Con also got me thinking about canon continuity and storytelling, which I share here too. Since I'm moving there won't be an episode this coming week, and next week I'll cap things of with my 40th (!) episode. Then I'll be putting the podcast on a bit of a hiatus to settle into a new ministry situation and refocus for the 20th anniversary of The Phantom Menace. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY! Follow me on twitter and request a follow on instagram
September 8, 2018
Calm Before the Con
It's the Calm Before the Con special! I dive into what I'm looking forward to at this weekend's Fan Expo Canada! Mostly Star Wars, but also some other things (Killjoys, Star Trek, yeah). Some updates since recording this afternoon: -Right after recording, I found out that Peter Mayhew won't be able to attend as he hasn't been cleared for travel after surgery. Totally understandable, but a bit disappointing. -I don't talk about toys and merch much, which is why I forgot to mention my shopping list for this year. There's a good chance the Aphra SDCC exclusive will be on sale at-price at the official Hasbro store, so I'll get that. And if by some miracle a vendor is selling the Prequeltastic SDCC variant cover of Thrawn Alliances, then I'll grab it. And by some deeper miracle if I find the tiny needle that is #1 of the canon Maul Son of Dathomir in the giant comics haystack, then I'll buy that too. A shorter list this year but it's still good to have a plan. I'll have a follow-up episode next week, especially if something at the Con prompts me to reflect on faith and fandom. Until then, thanks for listening, and MTFBWY! Follow me on twitter and instagram.
August 28, 2018
Episode XXXVIII - Anakin and Vader in Thrawn Alliances *with spoilers*
Happy Tuesday! This week I discuss a surprising theme running through Thrawn Alliances, Vader's relationship with his past as Anakin. How many people know, and how much does Vader care about it? It's a spoilery discussion that cuts to the heart of this entire podcast, so caveat emptor! First off though I give my non-spoilery thoughts on last week's Beckett One-shot and Poe #30 comic issues and the new Resistance trailer that finally dropped. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY. Follow me on Twitter and Instragram.
August 21, 2018
Episode XXXVII - Hope and Fatigue
This week I continue the theme of Hope and community begun last week, this time from an explicitly Christian perspective. I also relate this to hope in Star Wars (it appears every now and then!) but also mention the occasional Star Wars fatigue. I...hope this episode inspires you to take part in life beyond yourself! As always, thanks for listening, and MTFBWY. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram.
August 12, 2018
Episode XXXVI - #Millennial Hope
What do Millenials want? It's a question that churches and billion-dollar entertainment industries grapple with every day. Part of the answer comes from a farmboy-turned-Jedi who we first met in May of 1977. Before my main topic I also give some more thoughts about the Episode IX cast (which still includes a Princess-turned-General we met in May 1977), Thrawn Alliances and possibilities in Clone Wars season 7. If you liked and/or are intrigued by what you've heard, give me a follow on Twitter or request a follow on Instagram. Thanks for listening, Happy Transfiguration Day, and MTFBWY.
August 6, 2018
Episode XXXV - A Prequelist Golden Age
Are we entering a Prequelist Golden Age? I go into all the news and reveals from San Diego Comic Con and discover that almost all of it is set in or near the Prequel Trilogy. There's clearly an appetite for this, and I conclude with my thoughts on what it all means. If you haven't seen the Clone Wars 10th Anniversary panel, check it out here. Thanks to Steele Saunders for capturing it all. Give me a follow on Twitter and Instagram. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY
July 30, 2018
Episode XXXIV - Fear and Love
This week I contribute my thoughts--hopefully intelligent and sensitive--on the recent uproar in fandom. What really started coming to light after The Last Jedi came out has become even more heated with the online harassment of both Kelly Marie Tran and Kathleen Kennedy. I also offer a possible way forward: that perfect love casts out fear. Lastly, Cain is a Sith Lord. God bless, happy Pride month, and MTFBWY. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram.
June 12, 2018
Episode XXXIII - Solo's Galaxy
Solo! I've seen it. Hopefully you've seen it, but if you haven't then my non-spoiler review runs from 9:45 to 15:40 on this week's episode. It's all about Solo: how I liked it, how it connects to the canon around it and after it. Spoilers begin at 15:40. The first bit addresses the poor box-office showing, and how I hope it does and doesn't affect Lucasfilm's decisions going forward. In short: we'd better still be getting that Kenobi film. Follow me at and Thanks for listening. Enjoy the film, I hope you enjoy this pod, and MTFBWY!
June 5, 2018
Episode XXXII - #Prequelist
What is Prequelism? This week I step back and look at what it claims, and what it doesn't, and share a bit of my own story in the process. I look at some of the commonalities and differences within Prequelism, and conclude with some thoughts on what it might mean for Star Wars fandom overall. I also go into the latest batch of Forces of Destiny episodes (more directly than I did last week, at least), as well as my latest re-watch of ESB, ROTJ and TFA in anticipation for Solo's imminent release! A shoutout for this episode's artwork: it's from the ForceCenter podcast's Teepublic page, which has shirts and other items for sale here: Thanks to Napzok, Scrimshaw and Landa for making ForceCenter a great bastion of Prequelism, and to the folks on Full of Sith as well. While you're at it, follow me on Twitter at and Instagram at Thanks for listening, downloading and subscribing. MTFBWY!
May 23, 2018
Episode XXXI - The Last Jedi Novelization
As promised, I give my thoughts on Jason Fry's novelization of The Last Jedi: some things it adds to the story, or (potentially) improves in our appreciation of the film, and adds to the canon as a whole. The novel also got me thinking of another Biblical parallel, which I get to at the end. I definitely recommend giving the novelization a read, not the least of which because 6 months later I still can't get enough of this incredible story! I also talk about the Aphra and Vader comics and the Forces of Destiny animated shorts. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY. Subscribe on RadioPublic. Follow me on Twitter. Follow me on Instagram.
May 15, 2018
Episode XXX - Infinity War and Star Wars
FCSA hits 30! Well, episodes at least. This week I talk about common threads between Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War and the Wars in the Stars. It's spoilery discussion, so go see the movie first and come back and give me a listen. I mention this spoilery article from It's a good read after you've seen the movie. I begin with non-spoiler territory, telling of my trivia exploits at Star Wars Day Toronto for May the Fourth, as well as brief mentions of The Last Jedi novelization, Forces of Destiny and the Aphra comic run. Those three will be covered in next week's episode. Thanks for sticking with me for 30 episodes, and may the next 30 episodes be as fun and Force-filled as the first 30! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram, and download through Radiopublic and its apps. Have a great week, and MTFBWY.
May 8, 2018
Episode XXIX - Clone Catholicity
It's a #Prequelist podcast: I was bound to get to a Clone-centred episode sooner or later! This week I look at the term "catholicity"-what it means for the Church, and whether or not the Clone army provides a helpful example of it. I also mention the Last Jedi novelisation, Star Wars: Resistance, and the great achievement of Infinity War and how it might influence Star Wars going forward. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY! Comment and follow on Twitter and Instagram.
May 1, 2018
Episode XXVIII - Broskis on the Films
My brother Jamie's back to give us his thoughts on the newer films of the Disney era. We go into the intellectual themes of The Last Jedi, partly informed by the "Director and the Jedi" and the "Balance of the Force" featurettes on the Bluray release. We also endeavour to speculate responsibly on what this might mean for Episode IX. Then as promised, we discuss the Solo trailer, how Emilia Clarke's character might relate to her portrayal as the "Queen of Dragons," and how the film might serve to refresh a divided fanbase. It's a fun discussion, which we hope you enjoy too. Follow Jamie on twitter and instagram. Follow me on twitter and instagram. As always, thanks for listening, and MTFBWY. One final note: I'm aware that we were experiencing some audio quality issues, largely because we recorded in a house where other people were milling around. I'll look into solutions that address these concerns.
April 19, 2018
Rogue Three - Evangelicals
"Evangelicals." It's a word used a lot these days, often pejoratively describing a ceetain political faction in the US. But it takes in a lot more than just those folks, even in North America, much less around the world. And even if it continues the heritage of the Reformation, it also includes a renewed openness to Bishops, Sacraments and other things it used to eschew or downplay. (If you were Evangelical Anglican, you never eschewed them: they helped preach the Gospel.) What does the word mean, and who does it apply to? And can their spritual and political goals be as divergent as those of Mace Windu and Rey-one of the last Jedi of the Republic and the Next Jedi of the Resistance? Let me know what you think on Twitter, request to follow on Instagram, and MTFBWY.
April 14, 2018
Episode XXVII - Ahch-To, Wakanda and the Church in Exile
This week on For Christ's Sake, Anakin! I explore pick up on my discussion of Luke and Rey on Ahch-To from last week, but delve more explicitly into their resonances with western Christians after Christendom. I also draw on similar themes in Black Panther, building off of the conversation on that film in a recent God and Comics episode (which you can and should listen to here). I give a brief mention to Lords of the Sith and the recent comic runs, remind myself to comment about the new Solo trailer, and attempt an Obi-wan-esque introduction. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY
April 10, 2018
Episode XXVI - Rian, Mark, Luke and Ram
The Last Jedi bluray came out last week and I made a bee-line for the documentary "The Director and the Jedi." This week I share some thoughts arising from the doc, especially the sheer scope of the production and the interpretive tension between Mark Hamill and Rian Johnson about Luke's headspace and mission. I also give a few thoughts on the other special features, as well as some books and comics that I'm reading, and an awesome interactive Artoo toy that I got (and who makes some special appearances in this episode!). I also give some more two cents on Dave Filoni and his ability to bring coherence and continuity across media in Star Wars. To that end, I mention an awesome video of resonances between TLJ and the Original Trilogy. Watch it here! Also, follow me on Twitter and Instagram. Thanks for listening, have a Happy Easter, and MTFBWY.
April 3, 2018
Episode XXV - Death of Death by Vader's Death
Our Lenten series on the Four Last Things concludes with a Holy Week meditation on Death. To do so I give an expanded reflection on Darth Vader as an icon of the Crucified Christ: the circumstances of His death, its deeper meaning and how it fits or changes our interpretation of "Chosen One" prophecies. Today is also the release of The Last Jedi bluray, so I mention that a bit, as well as the new season of Forces of Destiny (watch the first episode here, and give some more thoughts on the upcoming Solo film. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram. Have a Blessed Holy Week, a Joyful Easter, and MTFBWY.
March 27, 2018
Episode XXIV - Lessons and Judgement
Part three of our Lenten Four Last Things series continues with the theme of judgement: judgement on the Jedi, judgement on the Dark Side, and the judgement of the fandom. Judgement confronts us with a fulcrum of choice: will we choose "life and prosperity, or death and adversity"? Let's choose the light side. I also talk about what I saw and bought at Toronto Comicon, and address that unfortunate "stormtrooper crucifix" in England. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram
March 20, 2018
Episode XXIII - Hell is Empire
Our Lenten series on the Four Last Things continues with a brief discussion parallels between the icy wasteland of Hell and the icy grip of the Galactic Empire, where we seek peace and certainty at the cost of our selves and souls. Neither place is habitable for humans or anyone else. But first I go into the Rebels series finale, and comment on what came before and what might lie ahead. It's spoilery so be warned. Follow and comment on Twitter and Instagram. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY!
March 13, 2018
Episode XXII - Heaven in Star Wars?
Tonight on FCSA I kick off my Lenten series on the Four Last Things. I respond to the question, "is there Heaven in Star Wars?" with the response, "sort of?" I delve into Force Ghosts and the Communion of Saints, and Eschatological and political hope in the Will of the Force. I also do some speculation on the coherence of the Cosmic Force in terms of God's reign from His throne in Heaven: this gets into spoilery territory for this past week's Rebels episode (beginning at about 21 minutes). Consider yourself warned! I briefly talk about my Lenten reading of CS Lewis' Till We Have Faces, and why you all need to see Black Panther. I also lodge a complaint (reasonably, I hope) against Corus Entertainment for delaying the broadcast of Rebels on Disney XD Canada by a whole week. Oh and I have a blog post published on The Living Church's website, Covenant. Read it here! Lastly, follow me on Twitter and Instagram. May you continue to have a Holy Lent, and MTFBWY.
March 3, 2018
Episode XXI - Palpatine, Deceiver
On this first Sunday of Lent, I examine the links between Darth Sidious/Sheev Palpatine and the satan found Scripture and Christian Tradition. Deception, easy solutions, and the false promise of family become the means by which the come to embody and control the principalities and empires of the age. On a lighter note, I give my reaction to the Solo teasers, recent comics and my Legends foray into Tales of the Jedi. Thanks for listening, have a holy Lent, and MTFBWY. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram.
February 19, 2018
Episode XX - Coming up in 2018
It's 2018! February 2018 to be more precise, which means it's time to look ahead to what's coming out in Star Wars canon this year. This week I give my top four picks of what I'm most excited to see/read/watch in the coming months. Rebels! Solo! Thrawn and Vader! Padme "No Time For a Committee" Amidala YA novel! Should be a fun year. Of course, we're all still looking back on The Last Jedi, still processing what it means for the Galaxy as a whole. I begin by addressing Rey's parentage in terms of a Judeo-Christian Bible chock-full of stories about nobodies who God calls to become truly extraordinary. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram.
February 3, 2018
Episode XIX - At the height of their powers
Happy New Year! And let's talk about the most #Prequelist thing to happen since the Prequels, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. This week I discuss some ways in which the events and moments of the latest sequel film either respond to or resonate with events of that vaunted chapter in Star Wars lore, the rise of Darth Sidious, the seeds of the Rebel Alliance, and the end of the Jedi-as-we-knew-them. It's spoiler-filled and Prequelific! Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY. Follow me on twitter and instagram,
January 2, 2018
Episode XVIII - We are what they grow beyond
As promised, here is my spoilery reflection on the profound resonances between Christian theology and The Last Jedi. Spoiler alert: it's all about Baptism. I also briefly go into why I think some (20%) of people aren't a fan of this film. Enjoy and MTFBWY! Comment and follow me on Twitter and Instagram.
December 23, 2017
Episode XVII - Broskis Talk TLJ *with spoilers*
Jamie's seen The Last Jedi! I've seen it twice! We both loved it. We talk about it, spoilers and all. If you haven't seen The Last Jedi, then go watch it then listen to this episode. If you _have seen _The Last Jedi, give us a listen! Follow Jamie on twitter and instagram. Follow me on twitter and instagram. As always, MTFBWY
December 18, 2017
Season 2 kick-off: Last Jedi initial reaction
The Last Jedi is here, I just saw it, and I give my non-spoiler initial reaction. It was enthralling, challenging and compelling. And I loved all of it. I'm already thinking about spoiler reviews of the film itself and theological/biblical themes, so keep an eye and ear on this podcast. And don't worry: if I'm getting into spoilers, you'll be amply warned. Enjoy, MTFBWY, and go see this film! Oh and follow me on twitter and instagram.
December 15, 2017
Episode XVI - What's in a name?
There are a bunch of characters in Star Wars with Biblical names, and like in the Bible, these names are significant. So this week I try to tease out this significance--some serious, some clearly quite a fun stretch--and it even leads to some speculation on Ezra Bridger's and Kan...I mean Caleb Dume's destinies in season 4 of Rebels and beyond. I start, of course, with St. Luke the Evangelist Farmboy. Also, 3 weeks until The Last Jedi! I give a few thoughts, as well as on Phasma and the Battlefront II story mode. Finally, since this is the last week of the Church calendar and coming up to the new film, this closes out "Season 1" of For Christ's Sake, Anakin! It's been a fun ride, and I know it'll keep going. So stay tuned for "Season 2," and lots of Last Jedi deliciousness! Follow me on twitter and instagram. Thanks as always for listening, and MTFBWY
November 25, 2017
Episode XV - #ComicandCanon
Return of the Podcast! I'm back to talk about a few topics that have come up recently, such as my thoughts on From A Certain Point of View, the Rebels mid-season finale and the surprise announcement of a Rian Johnson film trilogy. The bulk of the episode dives into the current crop of canon comics (alliteration much?): how they fit into canon, what books stand out, and where things might be headed. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY! Follow me on Instagram and Twitter. (And check out the hashtag #ComicandBru!)
November 14, 2017
Episode XIV - Jedi in Exile
This week I return to my Scriptural parallels series by examining resonances between the state of the Jedi on the heels of Order 66 and circumstances that lead God's people into situations of Exile. I also discuss the way in which Exile provides an opportunity to reexamine and return to the core of our mission, be it as the Guardians of Peace and Justice in the Galaxy, or the bearers of the Gospel. __ I also go into the non-news story of the title Solo: A Star Wars Story, as well as a non-spoiler review of the Rebels season premiere. (My review ends around the 12-minute mark, in case it's still too spoilery for you.) In my discussion I reference Brandon Boylan's article over at Clashing Sabres, which you can (and should) read here. I also refer to the latest Beltway Banthas episode, which you can listen to here. Lastly, a note on the artwork: the solitary figure is Jedi Master Dass Jennir, who makes some fascinating choices after Order 66 as told in the Legends comic series, Dark Times. Read about him here. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY!
October 18, 2017
Episode XIII - Rebels Returns
As promised, this week I talk all about Star Wars Rebels! I give some thoughts on where it's come thus far, with its challenges and triumphs on the way. Then I go into 4 broad categories of things I'm looking for in Season 4: What's up with Ahsoka? How does galactic politics affect the Mandalorians? How close do we get to the outbreak of civil war that we see in Rogue One and A New Hope? Will this last season even give us a glimpse into the road to the Resistance-First Order conflict that emerges in The Force Awakens? These questions and more on this episode of For Christ's Sake, Anakin! Ok I don't just talk all about Rebels: I also mention that trailer that dropped the other day, my continuing journey through From a Certain Point of View, and news about the new Thrawn novel coming out next year. As always, thanks for listening, and MTFBWY! Follow me on Instagram and Twitter.
October 13, 2017
Rogue Two - Loud boiling test tubes
"Earth and all stars, loud rushing planets, sing to the Lord a new song! Oh victory, loud shouting army, sing to the Lord a new song! God has done marvellous things. I too will praise Him with a new song!" ("Earth and All Stars," Common Praise, 1998, #358) For Rogue II I add some more theological thoughts to my political discussion on Star Trek and Star Wars, and then give my reaction to that trailer. Watch said trailer (The Last Jedi, from October 9, 2017) here. Follow me on twitter and Instagram.
October 11, 2017
Episode XII - Discovery
This week on FCSA I delve into some recent points of convergence (!) between Star Trek and Star Wars, particularly Timothy Zahn's Thrawn and _ _ the now-airing tv show Discovery. I get more political than I expect to, and precisely as political as I'd like. I also talk a bit about _From A Certain Point of View _and what I've already read from the short story anthology. Get ready to Boldly Go where no split infinitive has gone before! Oh and MTFBWY. Follow me on twitter and instagram.
October 8, 2017
Episode XI - Anakin Redemptor
This week I respond to a wonderful episode on Jason Flatt's Holy Star Wars, where he brought on Beltway Banthas' Stephen Kent to talk about Christ, Anakin and the theme of Redemption in Star Wars and Christianity. I offer my own take, focusing on the cosmic or universal dimension of Anakin's role as Redeemer , but conceding to Stephen that we don't yet know if he has been redeemed. I also break out fancy words like "soteriology," "justification" and "sanctification," a month away from the 500th Anniversary of Luther''s spark that led to the Protestant Reformation. I also briefly touch on Gaiman's Eternals , Star Trek Discovery (briefly!) and the upcoming short-story anthology, From a Certain Point of View. Thanks again for listening, and MTFBWY! Listen to the Holy Star Wars episode here. Follow Jason on twitter. Follow Stephen on twitter. Follow me on twitter and instagram.
September 30, 2017
Episode X - Kanan, Iden, Leia
This week I review three books I read recently: two new, one not so much. I give non-spoiler and then spoiler reviews of 2014's Rebels prequel A New Dawn, and 2017's breakouts Battlefront II: Inferno Squad and Leia: Princess of Alderaan. I also address the news that JJ Abrams will be coming back to direct Episode IX, and (briefly) touch on my trek through the MCU. Thanks for listening! Follow me on Instagram and Twitter.
September 20, 2017
Rogue One - Good Lord, Deliver us
"From lightning and tempest; from earthquake, fire, and flood; from plague, pestilence, and famine; from battle and murder, and from sudden death, _Good Lord, deliver us." -BCP, _"Great Litany." A few more thoughts on FanExpo, Pacifism/nonviolence, Star Wars Rebels: "Twin Suns," and a God who allows natural disasters and confronts our privilege. May the Force be with you.
September 8, 2017
Episode IX - FanExpo, Fear and the Lothwolf
This week I recap the Star Wars Rebels panel from FanExpo Canada, and reflect on a few Christian parallels that emerged. I give a non-spoiler review of the Season 4 premiere, and amplify #MynockMonday as a way of briefly talking about inclusivism in fandom. I also touch on the hot-off-the-press (but long-awaited?) news that Colin Trevorrow longer directing Episode IX (the film, not the podcast episode). Photo is from Star Wars Underworld's excellent live-tweet of the panel. Read the live-tweet and follow them on Twitter at @TheSWU. Follow me on Twitter at @neug485 and on Instagram at @mneug1138. Thanks for listening!
September 6, 2017
Episode VIII - Faith, Exile, War
My buddy Dallas turns the tables on me to ask some wide-ranging questions covering various topics. We get into the Hero's Journey, the particularity and universality of both Star Wars and the Christian faith, the exile of the Jedi and the Church, and even delve into Just War and Pacificism. We also discuss the report on the Obi-wan standalone film, partly in light of John Jackson Miller's Legends novel. Ask Dallas a question at:
August 24, 2017
Episode VII - Hail Shmi, the Force is With You
Just in time for the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, I look at the wonderful and wonderfully on-the-nose parallel between St. Mary the Virgin and Shmi Skywalker, their sons' mysterious Virgin births and their willingness to accept that their sons were called to greater things. I also go into the Entertainment Weekly issue on The Last Jedi and Mark Hamill's comments about Luke and Kylo Ren, as well as Fan Expo Canada, Star Wars Rebels and its prequel novel, A New Dawn.
August 16, 2017
Episode VI - Counseling Anakin
My old youth group buddy Dallas joins me to look at Anakin from a psychological standpoint. Dallas is a counselling psych student and applies his studies in Post-traumatic Stress Disorder to the character and experiences of our favourite anti-hero. It's a fascinating discussion with insights in the character and the saga, and a reminder to attend to our own mental health. My "watcha readin?" pick this week is the brilliant Star Wars Super Graphic, and the news segment tries to put you all at ease about the Han Solo film via Ron Howard's comedic exploits. Have a listen, and be well. Also, ask Dallas a question at:
August 2, 2017
Episode V - The Canon Strikes Back
This week on For Christ's Sake, Anakin! I look at the Canon itself, how Lucasfilm is crafting a coherent story through books, comics, TV shows and other media, centred on the films themselves. I pay special attention to the way stories set in the "Dark Times"--between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope--help people see just how integral the Prequels are to the Saga and the universe as a whole. First I introduce a new segment, called "whatcha readin?" where I discuss how I'm Star Warsing this week. The news segment focuses on Kieron Gillen taking the helm in the Ongoing comic book run, as it (hopefully) brings us to that icy planet with wompas. Thanks again for listening!
July 27, 2017
Episode IV - On Jordan's Bank, Hear Qui-Gon's Cry
In this episode I delve into parallels between Qui-Gon Jinn and John the Baptist, as they prepare the Galaxy for the coming of the Chosen One. I'm deeply indebted to Instagram and Twitter user @tpf1138 for his insights on Luke and Qui-Gon, as posted by @mikeklimo here:…ken-by=mikeklimo I also comment on the (lack of) news from D23.
July 18, 2017
Episode III - Broski on the Clone Wars
My brother Jamie joins me for Episode III of the podcast, talking all about the incredible Clone Wars TV series. First we go into the new Forces of Destiny series of animated shorts before launching into the main discussion. Follow Jamie on Twitter and Instagram.
July 11, 2017
Episode II - The Passion and Resurrection of Anakin Skywalker
Welcome to Episode II of For Christ's Sake, Anakin! I begin with the heart of it: can the Sith Lord Darth Vader really look like Jesus? First some housekeeping, then thoughts on the Han Solo film, and then the meat of the episode. Enjoy and be inspired!
June 27, 2017
Episode I - Welcome
Welcome to Episode I of For Christ's Sake, Anakin! I give a brief intro about what I hope to do with the podcast, go into some of my perspectives and where I'm coming from, and most important, give you my thanks for listening! Music from "Anakin's Theme" from The Phantom Menace soundtrack by John Williams. Cover art from Mike Del Mundo's variant of Darth Vader (2015) #1, image available…ndoVariant.jpg
June 20, 2017