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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Aug 11, 2016

Alan, Mark and Ryder take a few listener questions and ask themselves, What if?

  • Is flossing good or pointless?
  • What if Darth Vader never told Luke he was his father?
  • What if Luke didn't surrender on Endor?
  • What is Luke stayed on Dagobah?
  • What if Han didn't come back to help Luke in a New Hope?
  • What happens if R2-D2 and C-3PO get shot down over Tatooine?
  • What if Anakin didn't kill Dooku?

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Aug 4, 2016
Alan, Mark and Ryder welcome former Cantina Cast blogger and the man behind the web site, Matt Neve. Matt was on location at celebration Europe 2016 and shares his experiences.
In this episode:
  • Rogue One Panel
  • Rogue One Sizzle Reel
  • Rebels Panel
  • Rebels Season 3 trailer

In you have an questions or comments for the show, send them to Please rate, reviews and subscribe on iTunes. Thank you for listening. Be sure to visit our new web site

Jul 14, 2016

A simple tweet to @IdiotsArrayPod sparked a show idea and this is the results of that tweet. Join Alan, Mark and every one's favorite Bachelorette expert Ryder as they explore the deeper meaning of lightsabers and their connections to their Force wielders.

  • Is there a connection to force users?
  • Does the force crystals call to the force sensitive?
  • What is the difference between Kyber crystals and
    synthetic crystals?
  • Does the lightsaber predict the force users future?
  • Who's saber would you want?

If you have a question regarding this episode or an idea for a future episode please tweet at us @IdiotsArrayPod. Please rate, review and subscribe on iTunes.

Jun 30, 2016

In this episode, the guys from Idiot's Array are joined by the cast from Tarkin's Top Shelf in order to understand the "Great Mystery" of Star Wars and all of its aspects.

As they sit down, Round table style, Alan, Mark, Ryder, and Becca go over the latest news on Rogue One and find a way to crossover into the many realms of Star Wars categories.
* The Clone Wars i.e. Saw Gerrera
* Star Wars Rebels
* Literature i.e. the new canonical novelizations
* Comics
* Episodic Films
Jun 17, 2016

The guys are back! Finally, the sabacc table is fully operational. Thanks to the break, Ryder was able to meditate on a main topic: Water Themes in Star Wars! It sounds crazy, but the guys dive deep and discover the many hidden secrets of Water Themes in Star Wars. Plus, you get your bonus coverage of "Downtown Abby" with Ryder.    

May 19, 2016
  • Ryder brings back The Bachelor talk to start the show
  • It’s a comic’s episode!
  • Poe, Star Wars, Obi-Wan & Anakin


May 5, 2016

The guys finally get around to discussing the Rebels season 2 finale and give some theories on what is to come in the future.

The main topic is the awakening of different characters in The Force Awakens

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

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