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: Facebook: Idiot’s Array Alan: @jedizaugg Mark: @MarkESutter Ryder: @RyderWaldronDDS
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Apr 21, 2016

Mark, Alan, and Ryder are back for another episode of Idiot's Array!


  • Poe comic talk
  • Obi-Wan and Anakin #3
  • C-3PO 
  • Rogue One teaser and hype 
Apr 6, 2016
  • Jay Krebs joins the Idiot’s to talk Star Wars
  • Ryder promises no Downton Abby discussion
  • Getting to know Jay
  • Rey is the main topic
  • What do we think of how Disney is handling Rey
  • How is Rey influencing young girls and women alike
  • Rey Cosplays
  • Would you change anything about Rey
  • Should Rey’s lineage have been revealed in TFA
  • How much did the galaxy know of Leia and Luke’s parentage after ROTJ
Mar 24, 2016

The guys go over the latest comics, including the last issue of Kanan.

Ryder admits to buying two digital copies of each Star Wars comic.

The main topic is nature vs nurture and studying different Star Wars characters.

Mar 10, 2016
  • The recent happenings on Star Wars: Rebels.
  • Ryder admits that he is an idiot.
  • Why can’t the Jedi see the attachment between Anakin and Padme?
  • And listener feedback.
Feb 25, 2016

The guys jump into the Episode VIII promo and discuss the possibility of a different opening than we are used to in a Star Wars movie

Ryder goes Downtown Abbey
The main topic is propaganda in Star Wars and parallels to the real world and examples throughout the Star Wars saga.
The Bachelor vs. Star Trek
Feb 11, 2016

Alan, Ryder and Mark are back at it.


In this Episode:

  • The Factions at war in Marvels: Obi-Wan & Anakin
  • How does Anakin & Ezra compare to each other with controlling creatures
  • Is there a deeper meaning to the clans names, Open & Closed?
  • Obi-Wan manipulating the clans for the greater good
  • The growing friendship of Anakin and Palpatine
  • Star Wars: Rebels Legends of the Lasat
  • The many names of the force and force users
  • The fate of the three
  • Chava, Maz and Yoda

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Jan 28, 2016

Mark, Alan, and Ryder are back with perhaps their funniest episode yet but that doesn't take away from the thought provoking Star Wars discussion.


  • The gang starts out with talk over the newest comic, Star Wars #15
  • Why are people complaining about The Force Awakens, is it a carbon copy of A New Hope?
  • What if Leia has to unwillingly become the Emperor? 
  • The guys bring it full circle and talk about why Star Wars is good story telling and how it is even like Country music
  • Ryder talks about The Bachelor and the mysterious Northern Exposure, all of this and more on this episode of Idiot's Array!
Jan 14, 2016

Mark, Alan, and Ryder return to their microphones to give their first expansive thoughts on The Force Awakens.


  • An overall gloss over of their favorite parts of the movie
  • Thoughts on criticisms people have with the movie
  • Reveals in Star Wars
  • Ryder stomps around the house when his kids break iPad's
  • Han touching Kylo's face and how it moved Alan
  • Discussing who Snoke really is
  • Mark tells us a related tale to why Kylo might be how he is
  • Do they think Rey is a Skywalker
  • Plus some wild theories and speculation
  • And much, much, more!
Jan 3, 2016

Alan, Mark, and Ryder are joined by author, Landry Walker, to discuss his recent short stories from Journey to the Force Awakens, Star Wars: Tales From a Galaxy Far, Far Away Aliens: High Noon on Jakku, The Crimson Corsair and the Lost Treasure of Count Dooku, The Face of Evil, and All Creatures Great and Small. 

The guys discuss the stories as well as the process involved with working with the Star Wars story group and Landry's overall appreciation of Star Wars as a whole. 

Dec 16, 2015

The guys go over some of the recent short stories and the Star Wars Annual before jumping into their main topic of attachments and how it leads a good Jedi to the dark side. 

Dec 3, 2015
  • Alan, Mark, and Ryder go over their plans for their first viewings of The Force Awakens
  • They then go over what content they are consuming to prepare for the movies release
  • It's on to some of the recent Star Wars comics
  • Also discussed is dealing with over-hype
  • Special PSA: don't sit in the front row!
Nov 23, 2015

Alan, Mark, and Ryder are at it again. This time they start the show out with a little Force Awakens talk and Maz Kanata. Then they delve deep into caves in Star Wars and connect them with themes and other literature pieces and philosophy. 

Oct 29, 2015

Get a second helping of Idiot's Array this week! Join Alan, Mark, and Ryder as they discuss the official theatrical trailer in a somewhat different way than all the others. They tie in the comics to speculate on who these characters are without spoilers from the movie. 

Oct 26, 2015

Join Mark, Ryder, and Alan as they continue their podcasting journey with this weeks Star Wars discussion. 

  • The Force Awakens Poster
  • Dissension and the rise back! Many characters are discussed
    • Vader
    • Yoda
    • Obi-Wan
    • Luke
    • Ahsoka
    • Maul
Oct 10, 2015

Idiot's Array has hit double digits

The guys go into familiar territory and give their "Insection" to the Emperor himself Sheev Palpatine.

The Prequels, Clone Wars, Original Trilogy, and even the Plagueis book get a plug!


Sep 28, 2015
  • Coffee with Kenobi hosts Dan Z. and Cory Clubb join the show
  • The new novel Smugglers Run is the main topic of discussion
  • Chewbacca’s depth as a character
  • A debate over whether the Millennium Falcon is a character or not
  • Mark compares the Falcon to a cat
  • Han’s arc through this book and the original trilogy
Sep 17, 2015
  • Alan, Mark, and Ryder describe their experiences of Force Friday
  • And go over the Star Wars collectibles they obtained.
  • They also talk about the lack of stock at some stores
Sep 2, 2015

Join Mark, Alan, Ryder and their guest Joao from the Cantina Cast.

In this episode:

  • Empire Magazine Photos
  • Kylo Ren's Lighsaber's meaning
  • The King Arthur connection for The Force Awakens 
  • Darth Plagueis and Darth Sidious and the secret to save the ones you love
  • Darth Vader and Darth Sidious relationship
  • Force vision and Dreams

If you have a question or comments about the show please email us at

Aug 17, 2015

Alan, Ryder and Mark welcome Cantina Cast blogger and Administrative Consultant, Becca Benjamin

In this episode:

  • Dark Disciple
  • The Jedi Council's decision to kill Count Dooku
  • Quinlan Vos compared to Anakin Skywalker
  • Quinlan Vos and Asajj Ventress relationship
  • Asajj Ventress's character
  • Kanan bridging the Gap between the Clone Wars and the Rebellion 

If you have question or comments about the show please email us at

Jul 31, 2015
  • Han Solo Anthology


  • Han Solo comparison to Darth Vader


  • Luke's impact on Han


  • Han and Boba Fett's history


  • Boba Fett's mistrust of the Jedi


  • Why Boba works for the Empire


  • Luke Vs Boba Fett


  • Boba survives The Great Pit of Carkoon 


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Jul 20, 2015

It’s time to join those ‘Three Cards’ that trump all others: Alan, Mark, and Ryder for another episode of Idiot’s Array!  The Road Gang is back and they’re riffling their cards for a playback of SDCC – starting off by sharing their Railbirds POV of The Force Awakens panel. Then it’s time, for a Round Of Play as these three discuss the original trilogy and any possible continuity conflicts based on JJ Abrams statement of canon from TFA panel. After which, they draw their Scare Card, as each of them take a shotgun approach on sharing their feelings of Harrison Ford gracing the fans with his appearance at SDCC, followed by another shuffle in the deck as they discuss their favorite moments for the Star Wars Reel; behind the scenes. Finally, they Tap-Out with an analytical theorization of the new sequel trilogy and its plausible tie-in to the prequels. This is an Unlimited Array – and it’s not to be missed

Jul 3, 2015

Join Alan, Ryder, and Mark as the explore the reasoning behind: the few or the 'wayward' to have left the Jedi Order. They have a lively discussion on: Anakin Skywalker's reasons for leaving and then, end up discussing the Jedi who abandoned the Jedi ways because of order 66.

Jun 12, 2015

“Hello, what do we have here?”  And now, the three cards that trump all others, welcome you back ,to their playing table for a second round of Sabacc! In this show … Alan, Mark, and Ryder discuss … ‘PAIRS’ of the force, in other words, the pairing between Master and Padawan/Apprentice. So go ahead and give us a listen. Take a seat at our table and join us for a game of chance. Remember, nothing happens by accident. So, trust your feelings and place your bets as the guys deal those canonical cards. Once again, bridging the saga together, one Sabacc chip at a time.  As always, the house rules in an Idiot’s Array!

May 27, 2015

… “He’s a card player, gambler, scoundrel. You’d like him.” – Han Solo

Hello, what do we have here? Please, we’d be honored if you’d join us for a game of Sabacc. First time, you say? Ah … beginner’s luck. Or perhaps, Lando will be kind enough to spare some of that so called … ‘Lady Luck’ he calls charm, with all of us.

In today’s deck, our dealers: Alan, Ryder, and Mark up their antes before anyone can bluff by calling out a canonical hand and laying it all out on the table; NO-HOLDS-BARRED. Anything goes, from the Expanded Universe, to the now/new Legends, and everything in between. After all, House Rules and these guys call the shots. In closing, they follow up with a winning hand by paying homage to STAR WARS month and the 38th anniversary of the original movie that started it all, STAR WARS: A New Hope.

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