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Idiot's Array: A Star Wars Podcast

Idiot’s Array is a Star Wars podcast hosted by Alan Zaugg, Mark Sutter, and Ryder Waldron. We bridge the Star Wars galaxy, from the movies to the comics, the novels to Star Wars Rebels and The Clone Wars. On Idiot’s Array we discuss Star Wars in a fun and intelligent way. We’d be honored if you’d join us at the Sabacc table! Contact us: Twitter: @idiotsarraypod Email: idiotsarraypodcast@gmail.com Facebook: Idiot’s Array Alan: @jedizaugg Mark: @MarkESutter Ryder: @RyderWaldronDDS
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Jul 1, 2019

Alan, Mark, and Ryder are delivering happiness with Episode 87 by discussing what in Star Wars makes us happy! 

Which characters make us happy? 

Which moments bring us the most happiness? 

Is there one Star Wars movies that makes us happiest? 

Besides the movies, what about Star Wars makes us the happiest? 

Join us for Episode 87 and get happy about Star Wars!

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Jun 17, 2019

On this Father's Day edition of Idiot's Array, we discuss fathers in the Star Wars saga. 

How has Star Wars changed for us since we've become fathers? 

What is the most tragic father story in Star Wars

Who are our favorite fathers or father figures in Star Wars

We discuss these topics, Mark and Alan sing, and much, much more!

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Jun 3, 2019

Mark Sutter has vanished, but Alan and Ryder are here to discuss each of their four favorite lightsaber battles from all of Star Wars. Mark was even able to get a transmission through before all communications were cut off, so Alan and Ryder will discuss his also. Top 5 lists are easy. Top 4 lists require thought and heartache. We would be honored if you would join us!

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May 20, 2019

On Episode 84, Alan, Mark, and Ryder re-visit The Phantom Menace on its 20th anniversary. Where and when did we see The Phantom Menace for the first time? What are some of our favorite memories from seeing it? Did we have a favorite scene? And what memories do we have of the marketing and merchandise? We would love you to join us! We have not doubt of that. 

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Apr 21, 2019

Alan and Ryder are live at Fan X as they explore Chewbacca’s journey through the Star Wars saga, from the tragedy and heartbreak of losing his family to becoming a rebel hero. How did the battle of Kashyyyk during the Clone Wars shape Chewie’s character and outlook on the galaxy? What made his bond with Han Solo so unique? How did Han’s death affect Chewbacca’s goals in the sequel trilogy?  And is Chewbacca the true hero and moral compass of Star Wars? We will discuss everyone’s favorite wookiee as he just keeps getting better with age.

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Apr 2, 2019

On Episode 83, Alan, Mark, and Ryder discuss their Mt.Rushmore of characters from the different areas of Star Wars. Who will we pick as our favorites from the original trilogy, prequels, sequel trilogy, books/comics, animation, and Star Wars stories? And at the end we will try to guess each other's overall top four favorite characters from all of Star Wars. We'd love you to play along at home as you listen. Top five lists are for chumps. Mt. Rushmore lists are for heroes!

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Mar 4, 2019

Mark returns to join Alan and Ryder as we discuss the confrontation between Luke Skywalker and Kylo Ren on Crait, what led up to it, and the aftermath. 

What did Luke mean during his final conversation with Leia? 

Did Leia and C-3PO realize that Luke wasn't really on Crait? 

What did Luke add to his own legend? 

How tortuous was the outcome for Kylo Ren? 

In this scene, did Luke truly become the Jedi he was always meant to be? 

Is Luke's death the most powerful scene in any Star Wars movie? 

We also have an exciting Star Wars Celebration announcement! We would be honored if you would join us. 

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Feb 18, 2019

In episode 81, Mark Sutter has vanished, but Alan and Ryder fight on. They discuss the epic battle scene in Snoke's throne room, what led to it, and what happened in the aftermath. 

What parallels are there with the throne room scene from ROTJ?

If Kylo Ren is the First Order's supreme leader, what kind of responsibility will that add? 

Did Kylo blow his only chance to join Rey and the resistance? 

Alan and Ryder also discuss the recently released Episode IX wrap photo, answer some listener emails, and much, much more. We would be honored if you would join us! 

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Jan 26, 2019

In this episode, Alan, Mark, and Ryder discuss what part faith and self-confidence play in using the Force. From Luke Skywalker failing to lift his X-wing out of the Dagobah swamp to Rey mind tricking a stormtrooper, faith in the Force and oneself seems to be crucial. 

In what other instances do we see faith play a part? 

What part does urgency play? 

What about faith in other characters and not just the Force? 

Is Chirrup Imwe the best example of someone having faith in the Force? 

We discuss this and much more on Episode 80 of Idiot's Array! 

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Jan 8, 2019

On episode 79, Alan, Mark, and Ryder discuss Rey's vision in the cave on Ahch-To in The Last Jedi. 

What did she discover about herself and did it open a Force portal within her? 

How does Rey's experience in the cave compare to Luke Skywalker's in The Empire Strikes Back. 

After Rey's time in the cave, why did she go to Kylo Ren first and not Luke? 

Why is it so important to face our greatest fears in order to grow? 

We take a deep cave dive in this episode and would be honored if you would join us. 

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Dec 11, 2018

In this episode, Alan, Mark, and Ryder continue their discussion on empathy in Star Wars by examining The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, Rogue One, and Ahsoka. 

Was Ahsoka the template for what the Jedi should have been? (per Dave Hackerson's email)

Did Rey have empathy for Kylo Ren or just saw him as a potential tool to help the Resistance? 

Was it empathy that kept Kylo Ren from killing Leia? 

Why was Luke Skywalker conflicted about Rey leaving Ahch-To to go to Kylo Ren? 

Was empathy the reason the Rogue One crew was successful? 

Join us for this and much more! We would be honored. 

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Nov 28, 2018

On Episode 77, Alan, Mark, and Ryder discuss  empathy in Star Wars.

Were Qui-Gon, Padme, Leia, Luke, Darth Vader and others actually empathetic or was there some selfishness involved? 

Was empathy the Jedi way, and should it have been? 

Are there instances when empathy from one character holds another back? 

Why didn't Obi-Wan kill Anakin on Mustafar? 

We discuss these topics and much more on part 1 of this topic. We would be honored if you would join us! 

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Nov 17, 2018

Ryder is joined by his son Ranger as they go down memory hyperspace lane and talk about seeing The Force Awakens teaser trailer for the first time in 2014. 

What do we remember from that day? 

What were our initial reactions? 

What was our favorite scene from the teaser trailer? 

Also, Ryder gets emotional. 

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Oct 29, 2018

He's searching for his, uh, I don't know if he said tribe or family.

Families and family-type units (traditional and otherwise) are very important in Star Wars and in real life. Alan, Mark, and Ryder discuss examples of Star Wars families and what makes them so vital to overcoming and defeating evil.

Are there any examples of families that exist in the Sith, Empire, or First Order? If so, were they beneficial? 

How would the outcomes of Star Wars battles and conflicts be different without families? 

All of this and much more on Episode 76. We would be honored if you would join us!

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Oct 16, 2018

Keep your concentration here and now, where it belongs. On this episode Alan, Mark, and Ryder start by discussing some recent Star Wars news: Chuck Wendig gets fired, more details on The Mandalorian, and Resistance premiers. 

For our main topic we discuss why Qui-Gon Jinn and Yoda think it is so important to stay in the present. How does looking to the past or future negatively affect characters? Luke and Anakin both looked to the horizon, but why did their outcomes differ? Kylo Ren tells Rey to let the past die, but does he really want that for himself? Which characters have a healthy balance of living in the present and planning for the future? 

We would be honored if you would join us! 

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Oct 2, 2018

What do you see? Balance. An energy. The Force.

In this episode Alan, Mark, and Ryder discuss the balance in the Force. Does the Force correct itself to keep balanced between dark and light? What influence does it have on Force users? Is the Force most interested in being balanced and not necessarily good and evil? Join us as we take a deep dive into the true nature of the Force. 

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Sep 7, 2018

We are live from Fan X 2018 in Salt Lake City as we discuss Yoda throughout the Star Wars saga!

-Was Yoda to blame for the Jedi Order's downfall? 

-What did Yoda learn during his exile on Dagobah? 

-How pivotal was Yoda's role in The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels? 

-How did Yoda save the Jedi Order in The Last Jedi

We discuss these questions and much, much more! We would be honored if you would join us for this special live episode of Idiot's Array. 

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Aug 20, 2018

We laughed, we cried, and Alan almost died on Episode 73 of Idiot's Array. Alan, Mark, and Ryder start this episode by discussing the new Star Wars: Resistance trailer. What did we like and what are we looking forward to? 

Then the show goes out of bounds as we talk about many of our listeners responses to #StarWarsASportsMovie. Also, Ryder does his best to ruin the show with an Admiral Piett discussion and some personal stories. This episode may not look like much, but it's got it where it counts, kid. 

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Aug 7, 2018

Alan, Mark, and Ryder begin the show by discussing the Episode IX casting announcement. What are we most excited about? What surprised us the most? 

For our main topic we discuss the Star Wars theme that anybody can become somebody. 

-Why do we love this storytelling theme so much in Star Wars

-What makes for a better story: a character who puts themselves in the underdog situation or someone who is put there by another character? 

-Does this theme work for Dark Side characters also? 

We also ask for listener feedback on #StarWarsASportsMovie on our Twitter feed. 

You are definitely somebody to us and we'd love you to join us for Episode 72! 

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Jul 23, 2018

Hello, Master. It's been a while. On this episode Alan, Mark, and Ryder discuss the exciting announcements from San Diego Comic Con: 

-The return of The Clone Wars

-Master and Apprentice by Claudia Gray

-Queen's Shadow by EK Johnston

-New Star Wars Comics

We also discuss some of the recent comics and whatever else comes to our minds. We have a good feeling about this! 

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Jul 10, 2018

In this episode Alan, Mark, and Ryder discuss Han Solo's cynicism.

Why did Han Solo become so cynical between Solo and A New Hope? 

Was his cynicism a defense mechanism that helped him survive? 

What changed between A New Hope and The Force Awakens to allow Han to believe in the Force and become less cynical? 

Why do some characters Star Wars become cynical and others don't? 

Also, Alan and Mark quote song lyrics and Ryder gets a new nickname. We have a really good feeling about this! 

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Jun 27, 2018

In Episode 69 Alan, Mark, and Ryder continue their examination of the themes of Solo by discussing how a character's past affects their future. 

In Solo, did Han overcome his past? What is his past? And what about in A New Hope? 

Why is it so difficult for a character to overcome their past? 

Is it harder for a character to overcome a self-inflicted past or one caused by others or events? 

Did Luke overcome his past in The Last Jedi or was that who Luke always was? 

In Star Wars, who else has overcome their past? 

All of this as much, much more on this episode of Idiot's Array. We have a really good feeling about this! 

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Jun 12, 2018

In this episode, Alan and Ryder are inspired by Solo and discuss the reluctant heroes of Star Wars. 

What makes a good reluctant hero?

Why is it so hard to be the hero?

Who are some of the less obvious reluctant heroes in Star Wars?

Also, Alan teases some of his song lyrics and Ryder pays his wife the ultimate compliment. All of this and much, much more. Mark is missing, but Alan and Ryder hold down the Sabacc table in his absence. 

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May 28, 2018

WARNING: Assume that this episode has SPOILERS and you will never be disappointed. 

In this episode Alan, Mark, and Ryder discuss SOLO: A Star Wars Story. We start by discussing our overall thoughts and feelings about Solo before getting into specifics about the movie. 

Did the story blend well with the original trilogy and The Force Awakens?

What were some of our favorite themes and callbacks to the other Star Wars movies? 

What did we get in Solo that we loved but hadn't expected? 

What did we think of Alden Ehrenreich's performance? 

Did Lando steal the show? 

Was Idiot's Array mentioned in the movie? 

We talk about these topics and much, much more. We have a really good feeling about this. 

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May 24, 2018

In this Quickdeal, Mark and Ryder get you ready for Solo by discussing their plans for seeing the movie this weekend. Then they talk about the recent Star Wars Celebration announcement. Finally, they talk about Mark's recent live tweet threads. 

Mind if we deal you in? 

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