Children of the Force #47 - Truly Wonderful, the Mind of a Child Is

September 20, 2016

On Episode 47, we have a couple voicemails from our favorite five year old listener, Isaac. And a ton of Yoda conversation. 

As always, be sure to check out our show guide on our website. Here:


Liam and I have been reading the Vader comic's Shu-Torun War trade paperback.

We’ve been watching the Go Rogue short films full of toys.

I checked out the first episode of You Seek Knowledge, which is a great podcast that explores the nooks and crannies of the galaxy far, far away. Check it out. 

And the title of that podcast leads to a discussion about how Maul has become a sympathetic character, even though we don’t consider him one of the “good guys.” 


What’s the deal with Garindan’s voice? Well, pilgrim, it has an interesting story, I’ll tell ya what.

NEWS [12:20]

Rogue One has a new composer.

A new Yoda arc is coming up in the Star Wars comic. It’s going to tell the story of a pre-prequel adventure of Yoda’s. 

CANON NEWS [21:35]

How does the Empire feel about non-humans? Not so great.

JOKE [33:35]

Isaac asks: Who is Darth Maul’s little brother? 

I ask: What did Han Solo say when, while on a pirate ship, he spotted someone on a far away island?

Q&A COUNCIL [35:40]

Isaac also has a question for the Question and Answer Council. Who was Yoda’s master? 

There are so many ways to approach this question and we try them all out. 


Liam asks a question from Star Wars Trivial Pursuit: How many puppeteers controlled Jabba’s head in Return of the Jedi?

OUTRO [51:30]

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Children of the Force #46 - Chris from Star Wars Kidscast

September 15, 2016

It’s episode 46 of Children of the Force! Chris from Star Wars Kidscast does us the honor of joining us for the whole episode!

First, we get to know Chris a little bit and then we move on into…


Chris recently read the new Jedi Academy book by Jarrett Krosoczka. You can read his review of it here on his Star Wars Kidscast website. We're looking forward to getting our hands on this book soon. 

He’s also reading the new Ahsoka novel, which makes me jealous.

It’s not specifically Star Warsy, but we were recently interviewed by Kate from Nerd of Paradise for a podcast episode about podcasting. We’ll be sure to link to that on our Facebook, Twitter and on here once that episode is up. 

In lieu of news, we chat with Chris about his podcast, website and a bunch of other stuff. 


CANON NEWS [39:30]

Maz has a ship and she’s not afraid to use it!

JOKE [42:50]

Jokes direct from Chris himself! 

What do you call a rebel spy in a hospital? 
Where do rebel spies keep their money? 
What do you call a rebel spy going backwards? 
What do you call a rebel spy who always has a bad day?
What do you call a rebel spy dressed like a Wookiee?

Q&A COUNCIL [44:40]

If you could take a road trip with one Star Wars character, who would it be and why?

Is there a character in Star Wars you wish they had done more with? 

Is there a character you wish wasn’t in Star Wars? 

STUMP THE LUMP! [1:00:20]

A bunch of questions lead us all to mild lumpdom. They are: 

What color are Chewbacca’s eyes? 
What is the name of Poe’s squadron in The Force Awakens? 
What’s the name of Leia’s blue protocol droid in The Force Awakens?
What’s type of lightsaber is Kylo Ren’s lightsaber?

OUTRO [1:07:25]

Be sure to follow Chris on twitter @chrisforkids and @swkidscast

Like Star Wars Kidscast on Facebook. 

And visit for great reviews of books and more!

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Children of the Force #45 - Back to School

September 8, 2016

It’s episode 45 of Children of the Force! This episode, we discuss The Freemaker Adventures, Rogue One: Catalyst, and therapy Ewoks!

As always, the show guide on our website has way more information, photos, videos and links than these show notes here. So go check that out at:


Anna and Liam were guests on The Boink Show. Check it out:

We finished watching The Freemaker Adventures and loved it.

Liam and I are almost done playing Lego The Force Awakens. All we have left is the long climb to Luke Skywalker!

And this isn’t Star Warsy, but we recently finished a re-watch of Avatar: The Last Airbender. It’s even better when you watch it again. I suggest listening to The Avatar State podcast as you go through the series. Lots of great analysis and it’s pretty hilarious (and 95% kid-friendly). And I don't even know those people. I just like plugging good podcasts.

Season 3 of Rebels is premiering on September 24th!


We discuss the language and sound of Jawas!

NEWS [19:25]

Star Wars Reads Day is approaching! At some point in October!

The Rogue One: Catalyst synopsis is here! 

Chapter 1 of Go Rogue showed us a lot of the new Rogue One toys that will be on store shelves soon.

Mark Hamill shaved his beard and gave us a great crumb of information with the accompanying tweet.

The legendary Trawn trilogy is getting new covers.

And a Rogue One coloring book might just get me into coloring.

CANON NEWS [32:55]

Two words: Therapy Ewoks.

JOKE [35:00]

Q. Who makes the best war notes in the Trade Federation?

Q. How did Sebulba find the buried treasure?

REVIEW [36:15]

We talk a bit about The Freemaker Adventures and give it a rating on a scale of 1 to 10 kyber crystals.

Q&A COUNCIL [41:00]

Will Ezra turn to the dark side in season 3 of Rebels?


Anna asks me the name of the Resistance doctor who tends to Chewie’s wound in The Force Awakens.

OUTRO [47:20]

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Children of the Force #44 - #ImWithJyn

August 16, 2016

It’s episode 44 of Children of the Force! Join us, and together we will talk about that Rogue One trailer as father and son and daughter and listener. 

As always, head on over to the website for our show guide complete with links, photos and videos:


Lego The Force Awakens video game! The Freemaker Adventures! Liam had a blast coding over at! Battlefront ridiculousness! Han Solo comic! Poecomic!

NEWS [19:20]

Bunch of new information coming to us from and Entertainment Weekly.  

We analyze the new Rogue One entries in the Star Wars databank.

And of course, we react to and analyze the new Rogue One trailer. You’ve already seen it, but watch it again!

We didn’t talk about the international trailer in this show because it hadn’t come out at the time of recording. But if you’re like me, you may have noticed that Jyn’s “May the Force be with us,” in that international trailer is different from the same line (same scene, same shot) in the Celebration sizzle reel. I made a handy video for comparison:

CANON NEWS [1:07:50]

Jabba’s Rancor has a name! And it’s adorable. 

JOKE [1:10:32]

Three jokes this episode from Chris from Star Wars Kidscast. Here are the set-ups, you’ll have to listen for the punch lines. 

Who is Darth Maul's little brother?

Who is Darth Maul's BIG brother?

Who is Darth Maul's country cousin?

Q&A COUNCIL [15:10]


How much Vader do you want in Rogue One and what do you want to see him doing?

Send us an email ( or voicemaill ( to let us know!


STUMP THE LUMP! [1:19:15]


Liam asks a question from Star Wars Trivial Pursuit. Who is the first person to thank C-3PO after being set free in the Ewok village?

OUTRO [1:21:55]

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CotF Special Edition: Liam and Noah

July 29, 2016

Welcome to the first ever Children of the Force Special Edition. Here we have a conversation between Liam and his friend Noah about Star Wars. I gave them some questions to talk about and then walked out of the room. What resulted is pretty darn fun to listen to. I hope you like it, too. 

As always, check out our website for a complete show guide. Here:

Here are the questions that Liam and Noah tackled. 

What’s your favorite Luke Skywalker moment? 

What’s your favorite part of The Force Awakens? 

Who do you think would win in a fight, Rey or Wickett?

What’s the deal with Snoke? 

Do you think any of the Rebels will survive Rogue One? 

What’s your favorite Star Wars toy? 

Do you think Rey will become a Jedi, or just a really nice Force user?

What if Kylo turned good and Rey turned bad? Would that just be horrible? Or kind of cool?

Finally, go check out Noah's youtube channel at

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Children of the Force #43 - SWCE 2016 - Nick’s Report

July 23, 2016

We're lucky enough to be joined by Nick from London whoattended day three of Celebration 2016. This episode has Nick's on-the-scenereporting from Celebration, in addition to a conversation with us a couple dayslater where he filled us in on all the rest of the awesomeness hewitnessed.


Check out to see all of Nick's photos. 


Liam and I chat with Nick about his time at Celebration.

NEWS [35:50]

Nick sticks around to join us for the news!

Episode VIII has wrapped!

Ahsoka’s Untold Tales panel at SWCE revealed some great information. We brieflytouch on what each of these three untold story arcs would have been about. 

And we’re getting even more Ahsoka in October, with the Ahsoka novel.

Oh, and let’s not forget about Thrawn. We had to talk about Thrawn.

A interview with Timothy Zahn revealed that the timeline for hisupcoming Thrawn novel will span the time between when he first “encounters theEmpire,” and lead up to the events of season three of Rebels.

OUTRO [46:00]

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CotF Reaction Corps - Rogue One Sizzle Reel and Rebels S3 Trailer

July 18, 2016
Here's our reaction to that Rogue One sizzle reel they showed at Celebration Europe 2016. 

Then, at approximately 24:30, we give our thoughts on the Rebels Season 3 trailer, in addition to the two clips that were shown at celebration. 

Just in case you haven't seen them all yet, here are the links to those videos: 
Rogue One sizzle reel:
Rebels S3 Trailer:
Sabine and Ezra clip: 

Maul clip: 

Thanks for listening! Let us know what you thought of the sizzle reel and/or trailer!

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Children of the Force #42 - Pre-Celebration Postulations

July 13, 2016

In episode 42 ofChildren of the Force we discuss Celebration Europe news, how it's virtually impossible to have an original Star Wars thought (google it if you don't believe me), and all sorts of news, jokes and a quiz. Join us, and together we will catch 'em all as father and son and daughter and listener....

As always, check out our website for our show guides, which come along with photos and links and videos and all sorts of great stuff you aren't going to find in these show notes:


This episode of Children of the Force is dedicated to the memory of PhilandoCastile. 


Double Points weekend for Battlefront!

Liam got a sweet new Darth Vader watch. It’s digital!

We got a kick out of this Floppotron video:

And … we started catching Pokemon. It’s ridiculous.

NEWS [7:15]

A three-minute Rogue One trailer is coming out this Friday … probably.

Celebration is quickly approaching. The wave of news is going to crash this weekend and it’s going to be hard to stay upright. But we’ll do our best. Are we going to get a name for Episode VIII? Anna thinks so.

Our friend BB-K8 is live-blogging her experience overseas. At the time of recording, she hadn’t made it to Skellig Michael yet. But the next day, she made it there! So happy for her. Check out all the awesomeness of her trip over at Blabba the Hutt:

Thankfully for all of us who can’t make it to Celebration, they’re going to be live-streaming it again! The Star Wars Show Live will show us as much of celebration as they can. I’m really looking forward to the Running of the Willrow Hoods!

Jedi Bibliothek posted some images from an upcoming book that gave us three really great images. His post can be found here:

Aftermath: Life Debt is out! Here’s the excerpt we talked about:

We get a great pre-Celebration email from our Star Wars Celebration UK Correspondent, Nick from London. Carrie Fischer, Ray Park, Episode VIII, Benicio del Toro, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, a post-Episode IX trilogy, and ... is Mace Windu alive? My answer: #snokeismacewindu

CANON NEWS [26:05]


Of all the crashed Star Destroyers on Jakku, we know the names of two of them. The Ravager and theInflictor. We discuss the known history of these two ships.


JOKE [29:30]

Two jokes today from Chris from Star Wars Kidscast. Thanks, Chris!

What starfighter stings the most?
What starfighter is the most dressed up?


This week, the kids show me a trading card and have me guess the name of the person on that card. The card, like images of many of the other things we talked about on this episode, can be found on our show guide at

OUTRO [38:40]

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Children of the Force #41 - Saw and Orson and Bears, Oh My!

June 30, 2016

In episode 41 of Children of the Force, we discuss the huge Rogue One news drop, including the amazing news that Forest Whitaker is playing Saw Gerrera! Join us, and together we will commit morally questionable deeds in the name of freedom and liberty as father and son and daughter and listener...

As always, check out the show guide on our website for more detailed show notes along with links and photos and such:


I recently checked out “The World According to Star Wars” by Cass Sunstein.So far, it's like a less-interesting “How Star WarsConquered the Universe” by Chris Taylor. But maybe that’s because I juststarted it.

And we’ve been playing Battlefrontquite a bit since the Bespin pack released. Liam gives a rundown of all thatBespin has to offer. 

And I talk about what I’ve been up to on Twitter these days. 


How was Chewbacca’s voice created?

NEWS [12:30]

EntertainmentWeekly has a lot of Rogue One news. A lot.

We discuss the photos and characters, including a lot about Saw Gerrera. 

I do a somewhat dramatic reading of part of the new Aftermath: Life Debtexcerpt that was released over on Pretty cool stuff.

And we got some Star Wars Celebration news. Ray Park and Carrie Fischer will beat Celebration on Sunday, when our UK correspondent Nick is going to be there.But that didn’t seem like enough. So thankfully, it was announced on The StarWars Show that, yes indeed, Rian Johnson (director of Ep. VIII), KathleenKennedy (president of Lucasfilm), Kiri Hart (senior VP of development atLucasfilm), and Chris Miller and Phil Lord will have a panel talking about thenew movies!


JOKE [51:50]

Where did Obi Wan and Satine go after they got married?



I ask the kids: What is the name of the person, the son of a formerSeperatist senator, who worked with Saw and Steela Gerrara when they fought tofree Onderon from the Seperatists?

OUTRO [56:30]

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Children of the Force #40 - Nick from London!

June 17, 2016

It’s episode 40 of Children of the Force, and we have special guest Nick from London on the show! In case you were wondering what special thing we were going to do for ep. 40, this is it!


As always, for a more detailed guide, complete with photos and video, check out our show guide for this episode over on our website:



We downloaded the new demo level of The Force Awakens Lego game for PS4. It was fun. Anna really liked it. I did too, but I think the claims of new and improved gameplay might be a little bit overblown. But it was just one round, so I’m fully willing to be proven wrong. 

Anna and I read Rey’s Story. We both liked it a lot. 



We sit down via Skype with Nick (11) from London and talk about his upcoming pilgrimage to Star Wars Celebration Europe. He has volunteered to be our UK Correspondent for Celebration, and we couldn’t be happier. We also talk about a ton of other Star Wars stuff. 


JOKE [35:00]

Nick came prepared with a joke (what a guest!): What do you call someone who wants to be a Jedi? 



How did they make the sounds of C-3PO and R2-D2’s movements? Once you know, you’ll never be able to unhear it. 


NEWS [40:20]

We discuss a few new crumbs of Star Wars video game information that came out of E3.

John Williams expects to compose music for Episode VIII! Hooray!

Rian Johnson posted a couple more Episode VIII-related images online. 

John Boyega is going to star in Pacific Rim 2!

Steven Spielberg will spare Indy fans.


CANON NEWS [50:45]

Our canon news this episode is all about Rey and her life on Jakku. 


Q&A COUNCIL [55:30]

If you could spare one character from death in Episode VIII, who would it be? 

Related to this question, Liam wants Luke to die in VIII, which reminded me of this piece by Tricia Barr.


STUMP THE LUMP! [1:00:45]

I try to stump the kids: 

What is the name of the massacre Finn refers to in regard to the Rathtars? 

What’s species is Unkar Plut?

Anna and Liam have a special way of announcing that they’re the Lumps this week. It’s, as I like to call it, a “Chewbacca Mom Mask!”


OUTRO [1:05:30]

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