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The Skyhoppers Podcast

A Star Wars podcast about whatever the heck we feel like talking about on a given week (it's always about Star Wars, though.) Feel free to email us at skyhopperspodcast@gmail.com! We'd love to hear from you.
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Jul 13, 2018

The Jedi Order as it existed during the Prequel Era isn't exactly a stranger to being discussed by us here at The Skyhoppers Podcast, but sometimes we give it a bad rap (despite trying our best to hammer home the fact that they AREN'T the bad guys). This week, Ben and Ash talk about all of the great stuff about them! They made some mistakes, but they were still Jedi, after all.

(There's no Jar Jar hate in this episode.)

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Jul 6, 2018

It's Prequel Month again, Skyhoppers fans! This week, Ben and Ash take it pretty slow and address some Patron mini-topics that lead them into all kinds of different rabbit holes. Pretty standard Skyhoppers fare, all told.

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Jun 29, 2018

Welcome listeners to Season TWO of the Skyhoppers Podcast!! Not really. But we're officially past 100 episodes, and that's pretty neat. Not wanting to miss a beat, Ben and Ash spend some time this week discussing Ralph McQuarrie and the influence his concept art has had on Star Wars to this day, as well as a lot of the production design of the movies and how that ties into their identity. A bit of a loose episode, but there are very few tangents and some good discussion!

Here's the link to the Imgur album of Ralph McQuarrie art we were looking at: https://imgur.com/gallery/Cj0ir

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Jun 22, 2018

It's finally here, folks! The Skyhoppers have finally made it to episode 100! Can you believe it? Because they can't. Over the last 100 episodes, both Ben and Ash (and sometimes others!) have said some incredibly ridiculous things, and this week they're going to dredge those things up and laugh about them all over again. But don't worry, it's not just a clip show. If you're a recent Skyhoppers convert, this is gonna be a great episode to get caught up on a lot of the stupid stuff that's happened since the beginning of the show.

We also want to say thank you to literally everybody that's supported the show in any way since we've started. Thanks for tweeting at us, getting in on our inside jokes, generally helping to create to the best corner of Star Wars fandom out there, and most importantly: thank you for LISTENING!

Here's to 100 more, eh?

(Fun fact: the sound effect in between us talking and the clip chunks comes from the Tales of the Jedi audio drama!)

Jun 15, 2018

This episode is a little weird. Since Ben and Ash are talking about Rey this week, they're doing their character episode with less complete information than they would normally have. It's a bit more speculative than the other character episodes, but there's good discussion of what we know to be fact all the same!

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Jun 8, 2018

This week, Ben and Ash are joined by Omar (The Negotiator on YouTube; check out the link to his channel below!) to discuss a question that's been quietly popping up all over Star Wars fandom: should there be an R-rated Star Wars movie? 

Omar's YouTube channel

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Jun 1, 2018

This is a bittersweet day, dear listeners. On the one hand, new Book Club episode! At Stars' End was really a great book, and if you haven't read it, you definitely should. On the other hand, this episode marks the end of an era: the Skyhoppers Book Club will no longer be a monthly thing. Don't worry, it isn't going away forever! It's just become a lot of work and we feel that our efforts are better served elsewhere. We podcast because it's fun and we love it. We don't want anything to jeopardize those feelings and make the quality of our show suffer.

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May 30, 2018

***SPOILERS FOR SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY***

Well, listeners, the Skyhoppers have rather polarized opinions on Solo: A Star Wars Story, which generates some very interesting discussion! But it also means that this episode isn't purely filled with the positivity you've come to expect from the podcast. Regardless, it's still a very good episode (as usual).

May 25, 2018

This week, Ben and Ash do a deep dive on the seedy underbelly of the galaxy in honor of Solo! Black Sun, the Hutts, and... snakes?

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May 18, 2018

Of course the week Ben says that his audio quality will be better is the week that he contributes a lot of nasty background hiss that he can't get out of the episode because he doesn't know how to use his equpiment. But all that aside, he and Ash are talking about deleted scenes this week! There's a lot of doozers in Star Wars, in case you were unaware. Or maybe they aren't in Star Wars? It depends on your point of view!

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May 14, 2018

Listen up, Noodle Scooters! For April, we read Heir to the Jedi by Kevin Hearne! Better late than never, right?

May 11, 2018

There's a movie coming out in a few weeks (that was actually premiering as this episode was being recorded). It's gonna have this guy in it named Lando Calrissian. He's a pretty neat character. So we're gonna talk about him.

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May 4, 2018

This episode seems like it might be coming out of nowhere, and that's probably because it is. Apropos of basically nothing, Ben and Ash are talking about redemption this week! Ash gets to talk about Iden and Del and Ben gets to talk about Ulic Qel-Droma.

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Apr 27, 2018

What is it about Star Wars that makes us want to accumulate products that pertain to Star Wars? Well, that's a pretty loaded question. Ben and Ash get into it when they talk about collecting this week! They both have reasonable Star Wars collections, so be prepared to listen to them gush about their personal possessions for at least part of this episode.

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Apr 20, 2018

Canon is important. We here at the Skyhoppers podcast are aware of this. However, sometimes it just gets in the way and generally causes problems, so that's what Ben and Ash are talking about this week. Additionally, they discuss the current state of Star Wars canon and what they want to see in the future. Classic Skyhoppers discussion this week!

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Apr 13, 2018

Surprise! We got another Solo trailer last weekend! It was pretty freaking good, was it not? If you aren't excited for this movie yet, you must be very hard to please! If that's the case, I'm sure the movie will win you over ;)

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Apr 6, 2018

Do not fret, dear listeners. Ash doesn't actually spoil anyone in this podcast. However, she and Ben spend MUCH too long talking about Argus Panox and not nearly enough time on Therm Scissorpunch. Lots of Solo talk this week! It's gonna be a good movie, folks.

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Apr 3, 2018

The book for March is Jason Fry's novelization of The Last Jedi! (Spoiler alert: Ben and Ash loved it.)

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Mar 30, 2018

We here at the Skyhoppers Podcast love Star Wars. That much is certain. But sometimes being involved in the fandom gets to be a lot to handle, especially in recent years. That isn't to say that the Star Wars community is all bad, of course! But Ben and Ash wanted to talk through some feelings on the matter, as people need to do from time to time.

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Mar 23, 2018

Remember that time Ash and Ben talked about Dark Empire? Well, there's a whole 'nother chapter to that story! Dark Empire II picks up where the first one left of. Palpatine is back again? More superweapons? Love it or hate it, Dark Empire II is why we're here this week!

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Mar 16, 2018

Ben's not here this week but the show must go on so Ash is joined by Kate from But Why Tho The Podcast to discuss women in Star Wars! There's some gushing about our favorite ladies and some respectful disagreements. 
Places to find Kate:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/OhMyMithrandir
Website: https://butwhythopodcast.com/
The article we mentioned at the end:
https://butwhythopodcast.com/2018/01/30/why-im-worried-about-ant-man-and-the-wasp/

Mar 9, 2018

Well folks, this is it. The end is the finally here. And boy howdy, was it a doozy. This week, Ben and Ash are joined by friend of the show Jason from Holy Star Wars and NEW friend of the show Lynn from Sapphic Skywalkers! Having friends around makes it way easier to deal with this grief. But in all seriousness, the finale was very good. We're gonna miss Rebels.

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Mar 5, 2018

Fatal Alliance by Sean Williams was certainly... something. The discussion grows beyond the scope of the novel itself for a while as Ben and Ash discuss some of their feelings on the Old Republic in general as an era.

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Mar 2, 2018

WOWEE! These were some huge episodes of Rebels, were they not? There's a whole heckuva lot to unpack here, and Ben and Ash take their best stabs at it this week. It's definitely going to be hard to say goodbye to this show, but at least it's going out with a bang. What does Ezra plan to do in the finale to enact Kanan's "one last lesson"? What does the big reveal from "A World Between Worlds" mean for stories in the future?

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Feb 25, 2018

Ash and Natalie from Sapphic Skywalkers to talking about one of the best additions to the new can Evvan Verlaine!

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