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2016 has come to a close and we were able to get together one last time this year to release our 70th episode aka the "Rogue One" review show. This was the episode I've been waiting all year to record. I've been chomping at the bit to talk about the film since December 15th and was eagerly awaiting for Jon & my schedules to align. 

Carrie Fisher's death has hit Star Wars fans hard. She was an amazing actor, writer and person. Her sense of humor and willingness to interact with fans made her an essential part of Star Wars, long after she had hung up her blaster.

Having her return to Star Wars after thirty years was a gift. Knowing we have one more opportunity to see General Leia in December 2017 is the closest thing to a "bright side" I can find. 

I hope our brief discussion of Carrie Fisher's life and work at the top of the show can add in some small way to the countless tributes I have seen in the last day. I know we will continue to speak about Carrie in future episodes to come.

On behalf of Jon & myself, I would like to thank you for listening to our podcast this year and hope to see you in 2017.




P.S. Sorry for the F-bomb during the Rogue One segment.

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 9:29pm PDT

On the cusp of the US release of "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story", Jon and Robert take a final pass at speculation and conversation about the first standalone Star Wars movie. 

Topics Covered: Gareth Edwards vs JJ Abrams as visual stylists. More reshoot talk. Vague "early buzz" from people who have seen it. The creatures of "Rogue One" and what we think of them. Reviews of Star Wars: Rebels episodes, "The Wynkathu Job", "An Inside Man" and the mid-season finale, "Visions and Voices". Shrimp.

This is probably the last TB of 2016. We will be back asap to give our thoughts on the movie. We hope it's good. Thanks for listening.


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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 4:01pm PDT

Episode 68 aka the 68th time Jon & Robert talk about Star Wars.


Topics: Does George Lucas really love Rogue One? Doctor Aphra #1, Star Wars #25 and Star Wars Annual #2 and much, much more.

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 5:20pm PDT

We hope you aren't too stuffed from Thanksgiving because the Bird Boys have another helping of Star Wars speculation and reviews for you.

Topics covered: Rogue One tickets. What really is a "spoiler"? Michael Giacchino's take on Star Wars. What's the deal with Desplat? John Knoll aka Mr "Hobbies". Robert bitches about "Star Wars: Battlefront" (again). The the excellent finale to Marvel's "Han Solo" miniseries.

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 5:36pm PDT

Put down that dry turkey and pick up the juiciest, most succulent, cooked to perfection Star Wars podcast ever to use food metaphors.

Jon & Robert talk about Emilia Clarke joining the Han Solo movie, the Star Wars Rebels episode "The Iron Squadron" and end with an in-depth, spoiler filled review of the Rogue One prequel novel "Catalyst" by James Luceno. 

We also talk about a bunch of other stuff you can hear for yourself on TB:TSE Ep 66

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 5:05pm PDT

Happy 38th Anniversary Star Wars Holiday Special!

Jon & Robert start the episode with a (thankfully brief) discussion of the infamous "Holiday Special" before moving on to fresher fare in the form of the newest behind the scenes "Rogue One" trailer and some more speculation about the movie due in theaters in just under a month.

They round out the episode with reviews of "Star Wars: Rebels" episodes, "The Antilles Extraction", "Hera's Heroes", "The Last Battle" and "Imperial Super Commandos"

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 10:08pm PDT

Jon & Robert talk about the new "Rogue One" international trailer. Jon review's E.K. Johnston's "Ahsoka" novel. They also catch up on "Star Wars", "Poe Dameron" and Han Solo comics. 


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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 4:45pm PDT

After a two week break, Jon & Robert jump right into "Star Wars razor talk", then Donald Glover talk, then some Lando/Han relationship talk, some poster talk, some Rogue One /Ep 8 rumors and soundtrack talk, and finally talk a lot about Darth Vader #25 and the forthcoming Dr Aphra comic. That's a lot of talk.

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 4:43pm PDT

Robert starts Episode 62 by saying that he and Jon won't spend the whole episode talking about the Rogue One final trailer. Then he and Jon proceed to talk about the Rogue One trailer (and new poster) the whole show. They have complicated feelings and the takes are hot and fresh.

Enjoy and thanks for listening.


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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 5:18pm PDT

Robert talks about his first "Force Friday" and his burgeoning Star Wars figure collection. Jon talks "kit-bashing" collectors. The phrase "measuring crotches" is uttered. Will "Rogue One" involve a Vader makeover? Marvel's Star Wars issue #23 and Star Wars: Rebels "Holocrons of Fate" are talked about in-depth. That and much more on TB:TSE #61

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 5:40pm PDT

Happy #ForceFriday's Eve. On the 60th TB:TSE, Jon & Robert talk about the third season premiere of "Star Wars: Rebels". Won't you join them?


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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 5:00pm PDT

Jon & Robert spend pretty much the entire episode talking about the news that Michael Giacchino has replaced Alexandre Desplat as the composer for "Star Wars: Rogue One" and everything they think that could entail. Enjoy.


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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 4:45pm PDT

Fallow times for Star Wars news elicits more interesting conversations. The Bird Boys turn molehills into mountains for your listening pleasure.

What is Adam Driver talking about when he says he likes Ep 8, but is worried about the "scale"

Is no Maz Kanata in Ep 8 a possibility? Is that good or bad?

What does Star Wars on TNT mean to you?

Is worrying about the Han Solo movie going to drive Jon to an early grave?

How is Robert feeling about Godzilla these days?

Jetpacks in Rogue One?

Hopes and dreams for Season 3 of "Star Wars: Rebels"

Jon and Robert like "Poe Dameron #6"

That, and much more on TB:TSE #58.

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 5:05pm PDT

Jon & Robert turn a dry Star Wars news week into podcast gold by throwing about a dozen things against the proverbial wall and seeing what stuck.

Topics: Robert's hometown toy expedition, Galen Erso and Orson Krennic's relationship, Amy Hennig talks Star Wars (kinda), the future of Star Wars video games, Poe Dameron #5, Star Wars #22, and Han Solo #3 and much more.

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 6:44pm PDT

Jon & Robert start this week's Star Wars talk by talking about the forthcoming book "The Secret History of Twin Peaks" by Mark Frost and ask if ancillary material is a net positive for fictional universes.

We wonder aloud what happened to J.W. Rinzler's cancelled "The Making of the Force Awakens" book.

Jon has a lot to say about the use of the Imperial March in the "Rogue One" trailer.

Robert doesn't think Boba Fett has any mystery left for his own film and maybe he should be left in the Pit of Carkoon , slowly digesting for a thousand years.

That, and much more on TB:TSE #56 Enjoy!

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 4:18pm PDT

LANDO, LANDO, LANDO!   The news that Lando Calrissian is coming aboard the "Han Solo: A Star Wars Story" movie. (or whatever they end up calling it.) is making the Talking Bird crew's week . But first, they pay tribute to the late, great Kenny Baker.

Looks like John Williams is back for Episode VIII (Jon breathes sigh of relief)

What do the Bird Boys think of the "Rogue One" trailer? (the answers may surprise you)

Star Wars: Rebels Season 3 will have 100% less Darth Vader? 

What did Jon & Robert think of the penultimate "Darth Vader" comic #24?

There's a lot to talk about on TB:TSE #55. Enjoy!

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 5:16pm PDT

Less than 24 hours from the debut of the second "Rogue One" trailer (teaser?), Jon & Robert sit down to discuss all the Star Wars news fit to speak of, including: Jimmy Smits returns, should we judge Simon Kinberg on the movies he may or may not have written? Why can't Robert watch Dinah Shore 24/7? Robert & Jon are less than excited about
"The Force Awakens" coming to 3D blu-ray. We finish with Jon's in-depth review of "Aftermath II: Life Debt". That, and much more on Ep 54 of TB:TSE.


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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 5:16pm PDT

More Rogue One talk. Jon tells us how he really feels about U-Wings. Dave Prowse is feeling left out of the recent Darth Vader love-fest and the Bird Boys can't blame him (that much). What was the point of Rogue One commercial? How do you market movies to nerds? Darth Vader #23 & Star Wars #23 comic talk. That, and Jaime Farr on this week's "Talking Bird: The Special Edition".

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 4:51pm PDT

Star Wars Episode VIII shooting wrapped (for now). What's it going to be about? Three Han Solo movies? Video games. Robert breaks down and buys Battlefront Season Pass. Where did the U-Wing go? Toy talk and much, much more on TB:TSE #52

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 4:51pm PDT

Jon & Robert didn't go to Star Wars Celebration Europe, but they talk about the "Rogue One" and Star Wars Rebels panels for a long, long time.


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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 7:45pm PDT

The Bird Boys Celebrate 50 episodes by doing what they always do -- talk about Star Wars news and views. They thank you for listening and hope you'll stick around for more.


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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 4:20pm PDT

After a two week break, the bird boys intended to get caught up on all the Star Wars news fit to speak about, but immediately digress into conversations about animated dinosaur moves neither of them have seen.

They also discuss the Entertainment Weekly "Rogue One" feature.

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 6:03pm PDT

E3 Star Wars games, Star Wars Lego TV Series, and who the heck is composing music for Star Wars movies?

We review Poe Dameron #3 and Darth Vader #21

Enjoy. Thanks for listening.


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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 4:13pm PDT

Jon and Robert talk breaking news from the Star Wars Episode VIII set, further discuss "Rogue One" reshoot rumors, gab about beautiful bean footage, Star Wars comics and much more.


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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 8:24pm PDT

STAR WARS TALK! Jon & Robert delve into the reports of "Rogue One" reshoots and if that's means Disney is nervous about a "gritty" Star Wars in the wake "Batman V. Superman". They talk a little about what they think "tone" is. Then they delve deeply a into a listener email about whether or not "The Force Awakens" could have been a full reboot.

A great conversation. Check it out.

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 5:15pm PDT

Robert & Jon get up at the crack of dawn to bring you the best in Star Wars news and discussion (Which explains why Robert sounds "weird").

Subjects discussed: The delay of "The Making of The Force Awakens" book, urban explorers crash Episode VIII sets, Disney's Netlfix deal, what Rick McCallum is up to these days, and Jon has a new way to look at the prequels. That and much, much more on TB:TSE #45.

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 2:00pm PDT

You asked begged us...and we delivered. The 44th episode of "Talking Bird: TSE" is dedicated to an in-depth review of "Star Wars: Bloodlines" by Claudia Gray. We also talk a little about comics books. BEWARE, SPOILERS ABOUND!


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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 8:27pm PDT

Episode #43. Jon & Robert are officially ok with Alden Ehrenreich being cast as Han Solo.  Tom Hardy rumors. Cate Blanchett? John Williams makes a joke. Jokes make Jon nervous. Robert rants about "Star Wars: Battlefront" and its just-announced sequel Robert reviews "Elstree 1976". The Bird Boys review "Poe Dameron" #2 and "Darth Vader" #20

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 7:43pm PDT

#Maythe4thBeWithYou !

Enjoy "Star Wars Day" 2016 with Jon & Robert as they discuss Star Wars news, views and comic books this week (Star Wars #18, Darth Vader #19. Obi-Wan & Anakin #4). They also debut their new web site at

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 4:52pm PDT

Jon and Robert change gears this week and talk about Showtime's revival of David Lynch's "Twin Peaks". More specifically, they tackle the enormous cast list released to media this week. Lots of new faces, lots of returning favorites and a few suspicious absences in this list. We hope you enjoy this brief break from Star Wars and be assured we will return to a galaxy far, far away next week. Enjoy.

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 8:50pm PDT

Talking Bird: The Special Edition turns 40 this week and you get all the gifts. We start with a little music talk and then move into the Star Wars. I could tell you about all the things we talk about, but that would take the fun out of it. Please enjoy and share with your friends who like Star Wars podcasts.

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p.s. Sorry about the 420 joke. I'm not good with drug humor. -R

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 7:27pm PDT

After an unplanned hiatus, Jon & Robert return to talk about Star Wars. We hope you're still out there because we talk about the "Rogue One" trailer, "The Force Awakens" home video release. We discuss the use (or overuse) of "canon" when it comes to Star Wars. Robert complains about comic books and much...much..more.

We discuss this article. Worth a read.

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p.s. I hope we are able to convey in our conversations, that in our humble opinion(s), the only real criteria for being a Star Wars fan is liking Star Wars. It's meant be enjoyed by all who want to enjoy it.

Thanks for listening to us talk.

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 6:12pm PDT

Jon & Robert return after a week break with surprising low energy. Is it not enough vitamin D or the thought of a 5th Indiana Jones movie on the horizon? Either way, Robert is concerned about George Lucas.

We talk about Ep VIII filming in Dubrovnik (on a boat even).

Jon ponders if they leaning too heavily on Ralph McQuarrie paintings from 40 years ago.

Robert bemoans the lack of Rogue One news.

Then the bird boys grouse about the Han Solo casting options.

There's a lot more, but you get the picture. It's Star Wars talk, kids.


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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 11:33pm PDT

If there's something strange in your neighborhood, it's likely Jon & Robert talking about the new "Ghostbusters" trailer before talking about all the latest Star Wars news and views.

Topics covered: Star Wars shutout at the Oscars, The Force Awakens finally announced for home video, VIDEO FORMAT WARS, and we finish up with an in-depth discussion about the Rebels episodes "The Honorable Ones" & "The Shroud of Darkness" and much more.


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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 5:51pm PDT

After taking a week off (just long enough for Robert to catch a cold. Sorry for the lozenge sounds) the Bird Boys return to talk about Episode VII & Star Wars Rebels.

Subjects covered

Journal of the Whills

George Lucas playing lose with the Star Wars Canon

More of Robert's dumb theories that he thinks up at 2 a.m.

When does TFA come out on video and will Jon buy it?

Is Croatia the former Yugoslavia?

Drifting accents


Will Princess Leia finally get something to do?

and much, much more

(again, sorry for the lozenge sounds -R)

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 5:21pm PDT

Do you read these descriptions? I do. I like to know what I'm getting into before I listen to a podcast. What if I listen to a podcast and I don't like it? I can't return it to the iTunes store and get my money back. Why not? Well, I can't guarantee that you will like Episode 35 of Talking Bird: The Special Edition. I don't promise that Jon & Robert talk about comedy and Star Wars Headspace, Star Wars comic books, rumors new and old and few other things. We all lead busy lives and I don't feel good about making promises. You can gamble with your time and listen and maybe you will enjoy this, maybe not. It's up to you.

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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 10:43pm PDT

The first week of February has the Bird Boys full of lots of Star Wars news and views. Robert gets a new chair. A brief, heartfelt tribute to the late comedian Bob Elliott follows. Bone Collectors vs Bone Daddies, Fett...Fett..Fett... Video Games (again?). Robert says "face acting" a lot and Jon isn't buying it. Comic book decline? Is Rey the perfect force user? Is using real filming locations limiting potential of the design? And much much more.


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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 5:47pm PDT

Jon & Robert spend the 33rd episode of TB:TSE talking a bit about nostalgia and then launch into a long discussion of the soundtrack to "The Force Awakens". They are getting a little disappointed with quality of Star Wars "supplemental material" these days and Robert loses his train of thought 8 bajillion times.


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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 10:17pm PDT

The first Talking Bird of 2016 finds the Bird Boys ready to talk all things Star Wars. The Force Awakens has been in theater just over a month when Lucasfilm announces that Rian Johnson's Episode VIII has been pushed back to December 15th, 2017.

We discuss a recent video interview with ILM /TFA digital & practical effects artists and a Entertainment Weekly hosted interview with the writers of Episode VII

We also discuss our anxieties about "Rogue One" and generally dislike Marvel's "Vader Down" comic series.

We also pay tribute to an "oral history" of the message board that partially led to TB's creation.


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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 5:51pm PDT

Just hours before the end of 2015, Jon & Robert sit down to discuss "The Force Awakens" for the first time. This long discussion is just the first of many to follow in 2016. Thanks for sticking with us. Happy New Year.


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Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 4:53pm PDT