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A deep dive into the secrets and source material of Star Wars with hosts Rohan Williams and Baz McAlister. Discover the influences and inspirations behind the Star Wars saga, from films and folklore to history, politics and geography. These are the stories behind the prequels, the sequels, and everything in between!

A deep dive into the secrets and source material of Star Wars with hosts Rohan Williams and Baz McAlister. Discover the influences and inspirations behind the Star Wars saga, from films and folklore to history, politics and geography. These are the stories behind the prequels, the sequels, and everything in between!
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A deep dive into the secrets and source material of Star Wars with hosts Rohan Williams and Baz McAlister. Discover the influences and inspirations behind the Star Wars saga, from films and folklore to history, politics and geography. These are the stories behind the prequels, the sequels, and everything in between!

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Episodes

The Rise of Skywalker Revisited + The Best of 2019

1/13/2020
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Somehow, Force Material has returned. This week, we delve back into The Rise of Skywalker and talk about our favourite films of 2019! Last time we talked about The Rise of Skywalker, we had just stumbled out of a midnight screening — so now that we've had a few weeks to think about it, how have our opinions changed? We also break down our favourite films of 2019. Will The Rise of Skywalker make the list? Force Material is a podcast exploring the secrets and source material of Star Wars...

Duration:01:41:51

The Mandalorian Season 1 Finale Spoiler Discussion

1/6/2020
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The first season of The Mandalorian has come to a close! Can we offer you a libation to celebrate the closing of our shared narrative? Be warned — this episode is chock-full of spoilers for 'The Reckoning' and 'Redemption', the seventh and eighth chapters of The Mandalorian. We also discuss spoilers for The Rise of Skywalker. So if you haven't seen The Mandalorian or The Rise of Skywalker and you're trying to remain unsullied, skip this episode for now. It'll still be here waiting for you...

Duration:01:41:31

The Rise Of Skywalker Spoiler Review

12/18/2019
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Finally! No more theories and speculation — The Rise of Skywalker is here, and we’re here at 3am to talk about it! Recorded straight after the midnight screening, here's our frantic and feverish discussion of the film we've all been waiting for. We're talking about EVERYTHING, so there will be MAJOR SPOILERS — proceed at your own peril! Force Material is a podcast exploring the secrets and source material of Star Wars with hosts Rohan Williams and Baz McAlister. Listen and subscribe on...

Duration:01:20:45

The Mandalorian Chapter 6 Spoiler Discussion w/ Mike Chen

12/15/2019
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This week's episode of The Mandalorian is part-heist, part-horror movie, and all awesome. Acclaimed sci-fi novelist Mike Chen joins us to discuss 'The Prisoner'! Be warned — this episode is chock-full of spoilers for 'The Prisoner', the sixth chapter of The Mandalorian, so if you don't have access to Disney+ and you're trying to remain unsullied, skip this episode for now. It'll still be here waiting for you when you're ready! For more of Mike's work, follow @MikeChenWriter and order his...

Duration:01:12:22

The Mandalorian Chapter 5 Spoiler Discussion w/ The Blockade Runner Podcast

12/10/2019
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This week, the Mando teams up with a rookie bounty hunter — and we've got four grizzled veteran podcasters here to talk about it. Be warned — this episode is chock-full of spoilers for 'The Gunslinger', the fifth chapter of The Mandalorian, so if you don't have access to Disney+ and you're trying to remain unsullied, skip this episode for now. It'll still be here waiting for you when you're ready! For more of John and Ryan, listen to The Blockade Runner podcast and follow @blockaderun on...

Duration:01:34:17

The Mandalorian Chapter 4 Spoiler Discussion w/ DorkLair

12/2/2019
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The Lone Wolf and Cub in space get themselves caught up in a classic Seven Samurai story, and we're here to talk about it with DorkLair host Bill Drewnowski! Be warned — this episode is chock-full of spoilers for 'Sanctuary', the fourth chapter of The Mandalorian, so if you don't have access to Disney+ and you're trying to remain unsullied, skip this episode for now. It'll still be here waiting for you when you're ready! For more of Bill, you can follow @DorkLair on Twitter, listen to the...

Duration:01:21:31

The Mandalorian Chapter 1-3 Spoiler Discussion

11/25/2019
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It's time to witness the firepower of this fully armed and operational battle station, as Disney+ launches in Australia and we've got three episodes of The Mandalorian to discuss! Be warned — this episode is chock-full of spoilers for the first three chapters of The Mandalorian, so if you don't have access to Disney+ and you're trying to remain unsullied, skip this episode for now. It'll still be here waiting for you when you're ready! Force Material is a podcast exploring the secrets and...

Duration:00:59:21

The Rise of Skywalker Prediction Jam w/ Blast Points & Talking Bay 94!

11/18/2019
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Two of our favourite Star Wars podcasters, Jason Gibner (Blast Points) and Brandon Wainerdi (Talking Bay 94), join us to put our predictions for The Rise of Skywalker on the record! We’re asking and answering all of the big questions, including: The Rise of SkywalkerThe Rise of Skywalker We’re laying it all on the line — so if you want to make fun of us for how wrong we were about everything when the movie drops in December, this is the episode to listen to now! For more of Jason and...

Duration:01:55:54

The best Star Wars TV series never made

11/3/2019
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This week, we descend into the Underworld for a look back at the unmade TV series that set the table for The Mandalorian! Star Wars: Underworld would have explored the seedy underbelly of the Galaxy Far, Far Away, covering the early years of Sheev Palpatine, Han Solo, Lando Calrissian and more in an an ambitious series from George Lucas and the writers of The Favourite, Broadchurch, Battlestar Galactica and Star Trek: The Next Generation. Lucas worked on the series for years, but it never...

Duration:01:14:54

Galactic Empire Interview

10/27/2019
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YouTube sensations Galactic Empire tell us how they turn classic John Williams themes into heavy metal bangers! Galactic Empire are bringing their fully armed and operational battle station to Australia in November, so we got frontman Dark Vader (aka Chris Kelly) on the phone to talk about the band's unique Star Wars covers and music videos; how the music of the sequel trilogy compares to the scores we grew up with; the future of Star Wars music after John Williams; and his fan expectations...

Duration:00:16:00

The Rise of Skywalker Final Trailer Breakdown

10/23/2019
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Ready or not, the end of the Skywalker Saga is almost here. From the Emperor's new groove to the Reylo bait, we break down every shot in the final Rise of Skywalker trailer! Earlier this week, tragedy/idiocy struck when I forgot to hit 'record' on our live Rise of Skywalker trailer reaction, and we talked into the void for an hour and a half without realising. But it's not all bad news — now we've had some time to cool off, mull the trailer over and come up with a more measured response....

Duration:01:23:39

The Mandalorian With No Name

10/6/2019
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This week, we explore how Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo and Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars could influence The Mandalorian! Leo Tolstoy once said there are really only two plots — "a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town". Most of the Star Wars stories we've seen have been variations on the "man goes on a journey" story, but in The Mandalorian, it looks like a stranger is coming to town. Pedro Pascal, Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni have said that the work of Akira Kurosawa and...

Duration:01:03:26

Is Star Wars better off without George Lucas?

9/29/2019
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Was Disney right to reject George Lucas' sequel trilogy story treatment? This week, we compare what George had planned to the films we got! Disney CEO Bob Iger has written about George Lucas’ disappointment in The Force Awakens in his new memoir, The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned From 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company. Of course, that's not new information — we've known George had his misgivings ever since he called Disney "white slavers" in 2015 — but we thought it was a...

Duration:01:01:09

Triple Force Feige

9/27/2019
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We discuss the blockbuster Kevin Feige news and everything we learned from the Triple Force Friday reveals on this week's episode of the Force Material podcast! We begin this week's show by discussing The Hollywood Reporter's 'Star Wars shocker' — Marvel mastermind Kevin Feige is taking his talents to a galaxy far, far away! Then, we share our favourite announcements from the Triple Force Friday live stream event, as new toys and details were revealed for The Rise Of Skywalker, The...

Duration:00:54:59

The Lore of Mandalore

9/15/2019
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Is Boba Fett a Mandalorian? Is Jango Fett a Mandalorian? Is anyone a Mandalorian? This week, we take a deep dive into the head-scratching lore of Mandalore! With The Mandalorian just under two months from debuting on Disney+, it's the perfect time to delve into this fascinating — but often confusing — corner of the galaxy. From the origins and earliest appearances of Boba Fett and Mandalore to the current status quo heading into the new series, we attempt to explain it all in under an hour!

Duration:00:52:05

A Long Time Ago in Hollywood

9/1/2019
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Take a wild ride with us back to 1969, as a young George Lucas comes of age as a filmmaker, starts a rebellion with Francis Ford Coppola, and crosses paths with the Hells Angels! From his marriage to Marcia Lucas, to the rise and fall of American Zoetrope, to the notorious Altamont Free Concert, 1969 was a wild year in the life of George Lucas. This week, we take a trip back in time to this formative year for the Maker — and take a detour to share our thoughts on the new film from Quentin...

Duration:00:57:04

D23 Recap w/ The Rise of Skywalker Trailer Breakdown

8/27/2019
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Skywalkers and Mandalorians and Kenobis, oh my! We're breaking down all the news that's fit to pod from D23! From a shot-by-shot dissection of the new Rise of Skywalker footage to our thoughts on The Mandalorian trailer, Ewan McGregor's return as Obi-Wan Kenobi and the rest of the Disney+ slate, we're celebrating all the Star Wars announcements from Disney's wild weekend!

Duration:01:16:36

John Carter of Mars

8/4/2019
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Our look at the history of space opera continues with John Carter's journey from the page to the big screen. He’s the grand-daddy of them all. The man who not only inspired Star Wars, but also Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon - and, in a roundabout way, even cleared the path for the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it. Join us as we meet the wild west hero who went to Mars, and handed Disney one of their biggest box office flops ever...

Duration:01:24:37

Flash Gordon Part Two

7/21/2019
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He'll save every one of us! Our deep dive into the history of Flash Gordon continues with the cult classic 1980 movie (and Queen soundtrack), animated adventures, and the future of the franchise! From the troubled production of the film to Stan Lee's contributions to the Flash Gordon mythos, we break it all down. Finally, we peer into our (faulty) crystal ball and try to guess what Taika Waititi has in store for us with his animated Flash Gordon reboot!

Duration:01:22:46

Flash Gordon Part One

7/7/2019
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This week, we begin exploring the most important Star Wars influence of them all — Flash Gordon! Our deep dive into the creation and legacy of a sci-fi icon begins with an examination of the Flash Gordon newspaper strip and movie serials, and how they eventually inspired a young George Lucas to make Star Wars. Next time, we'll be back with a look at the history of Flash Gordon after the release of Star Wars — including the infamous 1980 film!

Duration:01:05:29