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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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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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May 23, 2018

Jedi Zaugg is flying solo on this Quickdeal as he gives his spoiler-free review of Solo: A Star Wars Story. Check it out as you get ready to see Solo this weekend! 

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May 15, 2018

Idiot's Array is excited to announce our new Quickdeal Episodes! Listen now for more details. We'd love to deal you in. 

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May 15, 2018

In this episode, Jedi Zaugg is gone but not forgotten. Mark and Ryder  begin with some exciting announcements about some upcoming Idiot's Array content and more ways to interact with IA on social media. Then they discuss their excitement about Solo: A Star Wars Story and the red carpet premiere. After that they talk about their feelings for Attack of the Clones and why it really is a great movie. We promise no Jedi were harmed in the making of this podcast. 

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May 2, 2018

With Solo just a few weeks away,we discuss some of our Han Solo favorites.

What is our favorite Han Solo quote and movie?

Do we have a favorite Han Solo jacket or vest?

What was Han's best move in the Falcon?

Is Han's story arc believable?

What is the best lesson we've learned from Han Solo? 

And where does Han rank in our favorite Star Wars characters?

We discuss these Han Solo topics and much, much more! No smuggling necessary. 

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Apr 17, 2018

In this episode we blast our way through a lot of topics!

We start with an exciting announcement for Idiot's Array before we get into our listener question from last week (Who else would we have liked to see play Qui-Gon Jinn in The Phantom Menace?), along with Mark's spot-on impersonations.

Then we discuss our thoughts and impressions on the latest Solo trailer. Did we have any favorite moments? Did it feel like a Han Solo movie? Are there any characters we'd like to see in the movie? And that music! 

Also, Mark loves The Beatles, Alan sings The Beatles, and Ryder doesn't love The Beatles. 

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Apr 3, 2018

In this episode we revisit one of our favorite Jedi, Qui-Gon Jinn.

What do we love best about Qui-Gon?

How would the galaxy have been different if Qui-Gon had lived past The Phantom Menace?

How did Anakin remember Qui-Gon and would his path have been different if Qui-Gon hadn't died?

How does Qui-Gon influence events in the sequel trilogy?

Stick around for our latest listener feedback question and impersonations (if that is the right word) by Mark. 

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Mar 6, 2018

In this listener-feedback laden episode, Alan, Mark, and Ryder discuss a variety of topics, including Jedi Temples, the latest Star Wars comics, the relationship between Luke Skywalker and Ben Solo, Star Wars movie soundtracks and much, much more.

What are the purposes of Jedi Temples and how many are there? 

What else may have happened between Luke and Ben before Ben destroyed the Jedi training center?

Which is our favorite Star Wars soundtrack? 

Plus, Alan makes plans to visit an old friend, Mark blows his own mind, and Ryder prepares for two TV finales. We would be honored if you would join us.

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Feb 20, 2018

In this episode we explore the idea that the pursuit of perfection is actually unattainable and can lead to feelings of shame. 

Was Luke a perfectionist? How did seeking perfection actually lead to his feelings of shame and isolation on Ahch-To? 

Did Luke expect perfection from himself and how did this affect his relationship with Ben Solo? 

Would Han Solo actually have been a better mentor for Ben Solo? 

How did the Jedi projection of perfection affect Luke's perception of the Order, and did that pursuit of perfection actually contribute to the Jedi downfall? 

We begin the episode with a comics update. Also, Alan forgets he was on our previous episode, Mark remembers fondly his favorite hammer, and Ryder does NOT talk about his favorite TV shows. All of this and much, much more on this episode of Idiot's Array. We would be honored if you would join us! 

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Feb 6, 2018

We're all fine here. How are you? In this episode we give our initial reactions to the SOLO teaser trailer. Which character are we most looking forward to seeing in SOLO? What were our favorite parts of the trailer? What did we think of the new posters? And Lando is still the epitome of cool! Laugh it up, fuzzballs, and join us for some fun Star Wars conversation. 

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Jan 23, 2018

In this episode we are joined by author Michael Moreci to discuss legends and legacies in The Last Jedi. What importance do legends have in The Last Jedi? How does Luke's influence on Rey compare and contrast with Vader's influence on Kylo Ren? Can our heroes ever live up to what we have built in our minds? How do Star Wars legends influence fans? We also discuss Michael Moreci's new novel Black Star Renegades. We discuss these topics and much, much more. This may not go the way you think!

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Jan 9, 2018

In episode 58 we begin discussing the many themes of The Last Jedi and we start with failure. Did Luke learn from his past failures? If so, did it help Rey? Would Luke have benefited from more teaching experience before beginning his Jedi Academy? Also, was Luke's story arc from the original trilogy to the sequel trilogy logical and believable? Finally, how relatable was Luke in The Last Jedi? As usual, we begin the show with a comics update. We'd love you to join us as we delve deep into The Last Jedi. Don't resist. And your weapons, you will not need them. 

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Dec 19, 2017

In this roundtable episode, we are joined by Becca Benjamin of Tarkin's Top Shelf to discuss our initial thoughts and reviews of The Last Jedi. What were our thoughts after our first viewings? How did our feelings on The Last Jedi change from our first viewings to our second? Did it meet expectations? 

We begin the show by talking about Canto Bight: Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi. How did this collection of short stories tie into The Last Jedi? Does it add to the depth of TLJ? Is it required reading? 

Whether you are from somewhere or nowhere, we would be honored if you would join us. 

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Dec 12, 2017

In this special and NON-SPOILERY episode, we get you ready for The Last Jedi! To start we break down the Vader #9 and Poe Dameron #21 comics. What did we learn from these issues that tie into The Force Awakens and possible The Last Jedi? 

Then we get excited about The Last Jedi! What are our pre-Star Wars movie traditions? When and with whom will we see The Last Jedi? What is your favorite movie treat? We also give our wild predictions for TLJ and talk about what we would love to see. To finish, we ask for listener feedback on this show's listener question. 

This is the perfect show to take with you on your way to the theater! We would love you to join us! 

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