The First Word Podcast - JJ Abrams' 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker'

December 23, 2019

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Podcast

"People keep telling me they know me. No one does." Tune in to our latest podcast episode for a discussion about the long-awaited, highly anticipated sci-fi finale Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, directed by J.J. Abrams. The conclusion to Rey and Kylo Ren's stories. For this episode of The First Word podcast, Mike & Alex dive into a chat about what we love, like, and dislike about the movie, as well as the discourse surrounding it. Not just a review, and not any typical discussion. We also briefly discuss the first trailer for Nolan's Tenet. Friends Alex Billington (@firstshowing) and Mike Eisenberg (@Eisentower30) team up to bring you a podcast providing in-depth discussion, analysis, and interviews about the latest movies, and some old ones too. Our guest couldn't make it on but we recorded our conversation anyway. Listen in below.

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Our topic: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (dir. J.J. Abrams)
Christopher Nolan's Tenet Trailer

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haha dude should have called me 😉

Sascha Dikiciyan on Dec 23, 2019


I don't know, too afraid to do that. 😛

Alex Billington on Dec 23, 2019


It seems, that with every new film, Nolan is trying to see how far word of mouth will go with less and less marketing lol. That prologue was intense. Loved Goransson on the score. I think Rose is a character that should have never been in the films or at least not be as prominent as she was. She ended causing Finn to take a backseat. Force Awakens gave Finn a huge part. He was essential to the TFA, to the point that everyone that he could be the one with jedi powers. TLJ made him, essentially, less essential. Po was regulated to a character you borderline disliked for being an unruly, headstrong, non-listener. That's what I felt last I saw TLJ. Now JJ went back to what the real flow of the story, the one everyone actually enjoyed and it shows the one people enjoyed did not include Rose. There wasn't enough time for her, that didn't eat into some other character's duration.

Nethanel DeCarmo on Dec 23, 2019


Thanks guys! I really enjoyed it the film. I just try to think of these films and kid's films and they instantly become much better.

DAVIDPD on Jan 2, 2020

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