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Your two best friends, Sam and Brian, explore every issue of the original run of Marvel's Star Wars comics that started in April, 1977!

Your two best friends, Sam and Brian, explore every issue of the original run of Marvel's Star Wars comics that started in April, 1977!


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Your two best friends, Sam and Brian, explore every issue of the original run of Marvel's Star Wars comics that started in April, 1977!






091 - Wookiee World (with Eric Deutsch)

As Han, Lando and Chewie uncover a sinister plot unfolding on Kazhyyyk, Sam and Brian welcome Eric Deutsch back to the pod to give their hot takes on Jedi Temple Challenge, to discuss the excitement of getting a post-Holiday Special glimpse at the Wookiee homeworld, and to examine just how much Wookiee "dialogue" is too much. They find that it's never too much. GRONK!


090 - The Choice! (with Nate Tapp)

As Luke and Leia catch up and share their feelings about the state of the Alliance, Nate Tapp catches up with us to share his feelings on a post-Return of the Jedi world, to examine Luke and Leia's place in the Skywalker legacy and to tell us who his favorite Muppet is.


089 - I'll See You in the Throne Room! (with Jack Stovold)

As Luke finds himself being tempted by the dark side of the force during a planetary revolution, we find ourselves tempted by Jack Stovold's wiles, as he joins us to talk about one of his favorite Marvel Star Wars issues, to warn us about the dangers of naturally occurring poison gas, to react to the rapidly expanding Star Wars television universe with us and to SEE US IN THE THRONE ROOM!


088 - Figurehead (with Geoff Clarke)

As Leia and Mon Mothma attempt to negotiate an alliance with the suspiciously peaceful world of Herdessa, we are joined once again by our Canadian Correspondent (and Marvel Planet of the Apes Explorer) Geoff Clarke, for an in-depth and super-sized discussion spanning Prince's 1984 film, Purple Rain, Geoff's memories of this issue from his childhood and our introduction to a new dark lord, the cyborg Lumiya.


087 - Still Active After All These Years (with Melissa Thiede)

As Luke, and a motley crew of castoffs, pirates, and a telepathic bunny, struggle to deactivate a doomsday device that they've accidentally triggered, we welcome Melissa Thiede back to the pod to hear about her experience seeing an early screening of The Rise of Skywalker, to imagine with us the unique life cycles of Hutts, to analyze this comic's take on nihilism and to finally find out what exactly is STILL ACTIVE AFTER ALL THESE YEARS.


086 - The Alderaan Factor! (with Daniel Borders-Ashe)

As Leia Organa and an Alderaanian stormtrooper debate philosophy on the harsh surface of an alien world, Daniel Borders-Ashe returns to the podcast to debate which Indiana Jones movie is the best, whether fictional expanded universes are worth anyone's time, and whether princesses precariously hanging off of cliffs still feel high and mighty.


Tales of the Jedi - The Sith War 3

As Exar Kun lands on Coruscant to crash the trial of Ulic Qel-Droma, your star-friends Cam and Eric double down on the historical happenings of October 1995, then dig into this Dark Horse Comics classic to discuss the ways it reminds them of The Last Jedi, to revel in the high fantasy style of the Old Republic, and to celebrate the first appearance of a double-bladed lightsaber in Star Wars canon!


085 - The Hero (with Kristina Kephart)

As Lando, Chewie and Han find themselves on the run during a diplomatic mission on Keyorin, Sam and Brian find themselves welcoming Kristina Kephart back to the podcast to discuss the long-awaited return of Jo Duffy, to weigh in on Back to the Future's careless take on international politics, to offer a plethora of casting options for fan-favorites Lemo and Sanda and to catch up on their bursting mailbag of e-Words.


Duel of the Fates Table Read Discussion (with Eric Ambler, Sean Davis, Cam Siemer and Kevin Young)

The Explorers just finished their table read of the unproduced Episode IX script by Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly and they HAVE THOUGHTS! Joined by the rest of the crew who helped make this momentous event happen, Sam, Brian and the gang give their hot take reactions to what worked for them in this script, what didn't, which of our performances they enjoyed the most, and dig in to how this script compares to the one that was delivered in The Rise of Skywalker!


Episode IX: Duel of the Fates Script Table Read

We're Star Wars Exploring new territory this week, as we sit down and do a table read of the original leaked script for Episode IX, written by Derek Connoly and Colin Trevorrow! Hear what could have been the continuing adventures of the Star Warriors, Rey, Finn, Poe and Rose in their battle for the soul of the galaxy against Kylo Ren, Hux and the mysterious Tor Valum! Featuring the additional vocal talents of Eric Ambler, Sean Davis, Cam Siemer and Kevin Young. And make sure you listen to...


084 - Seoul Searching (with Kevin Young)

As Han and Chewie venture to far reaches of the galaxy in search of fortune, Sam and Brian, with two hours of recording already behind them, dive into this THRILLING issue of Marvel Star Wars with their good friend Kevin Young. They're talking about the post-Return of the Jedi world, surprisingly forgotten trials and media frenzies of the 80's, the motivations of Han Solo and SO MUCH MORE!


The Golden Hoojibs (with Kevin Young)

2019 is over! Your two best Star Friends sat down to record an episode about issue 84 and ended up getting lost in the weeds heaping praise on their favorite films of 2019, so the Explories have become their own full-fledged episode! Tune in to hear us talk about our favorite comic book films, our biggest disappointment and our top 5 overall films of 2019, plus a look back on our favorite films of the decade. Reopening the Wormhole co-host and film-buff Kevin Young joins! And the...


083 - Sweetheart Contract (with Geoff Clarke)

As Lando finds himself tangled in a web of royalty and rebellion on Drogheda, our old Canadian Correspondent Geoff Clarke finds himself tangled in our web of first-hand experiences of Rise of the Resistance, piercing analyses of lighthearted Calrissian Chronicles and meandering Mandalorian diversions and sweetens the pot by also giving us a history lesson on a beloved prime minister from Quebec.


082 - Diplomacy (with Kevin Young)

As Luke Skywalker returns to Iskalon to try to recruit members to a new federation of star systems, Kevin Young makes his return appearance on the podcast to discuss the exciting ways that Jo Duffy is choosing to follow up Return of the Jedi, to hear way more about lightsabers than any person would ever want to, and to speak further on The Rise of Skywalker.


The Rise of Skywalker (with Sean Davis, Josh Lee, Barm and Jack Stovold)

The dead aren't the only ones speaking, as Marvel Star Wars Explorers finally tackles Episode IX: The Ninth Star Wars Film! A movie event this big requires a podcast event that's equally big, so Brian and Sam have assembled a team of MSWE all-stars for a sprawling, hours-long discussion that covers the few things they like and the many things they don't about this divisive installment in the Star Wars saga! Babu Frik! Zorii Bliss! C-3PO's RED EYES! It's all here!


081 - Jawas of Doom (with Barm)

As Han returns to Tatooine to deal with his debts, Barm returns to the show to analyze with us the baffling and delightful form of Boba Fett's return in these pages, to dive into the thoughts of a post carbon-freeze Han, to analyze the final pre-Rise of Skywalker Star News and to herald the triumphant return of some classic Star Features of this podcast. Come back in two weeks for our hot takes on Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker!


The Last Jedi Marvel Adaptation (with Barm and Sean Davis)

In an unprecedented move, Sam and Brian are taking a break from the 80's and exploring some modern Marvel Star Wars comics this week, as a special bonus episode lead-up to The Rise of Skywalker! That means we're continuing with our film adaptation streak and dipping into one of our favorite wells, The Last Jedi. Not only that, but we've brought along returning Star Friends, Barm and Sean Davis, for a wild, lengthy discussion ranging from our thoughts on Luke's added characterization in the...


Return of the Jedi 4: The Final Duel! (with Cam Siemer and Jack Stovold)

As the rebellion begins its offensive against the Empire's second Death Star, we welcome back Jack Stovold and Cam Siemer to finish out our coverage of Return of the Jedi, to voice our opinions on the first two episodes of The Mandalorian, to lament the inexplicable absence of some of the movie's most powerful moments in the comic adaptation and to examine why it is that we love Luke Skywalker so much! Maclunkey!


Return of the Jedi 3: Mission to Endor! (with Kristina Kephart, Jamie Kunkle and Melissa Thiede)

As the Rebel Alliance prepares for its assault on the Empire's second Death Star by travelling to the forest moon of Endor, Sam and Brian welcome returning guests Kristina and Melissa, as well as first time guest Jamie Kunkle, to the podcast to discuss the newest trailers for both The Mandalorian and The Rise of Skywalker, to examine the ways that the women of Return of the Jedi are short-changed in the comics adaptation, and to weigh in on the cuddly and sometimes frightening presence that...


Return of the Jedi 2: The Emperor Commands! (with Jake Beal and Sean Davis)

As the star warriors fight to escape the clutches of Jabba the Hutt, first-time guest Jake Beal and our old so-and-so Sean Davis make their way to the podcast to talk about the complicated legacy of George Lucas, to hear Sam's pitch for a new Star Wars Holiday Special, to weigh in on Luke and Leia's familial attachments and to examine the many uniquely positive and negative aspects of Return of the Jedi!