Episode 5: Rogue One

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Welcome to the fifth episode of The Leftover Popcorn Podcast!

Leftover Popcorn is a weekly podcast dedicated to the world of moving pictures. Co-hosts Adam McGee (that’s me) and Andrew Snyder share a passion for everything, both weird and wonderful, from the world of television and cinema, and as such we’ll be discussing an eclectic mix of topics in the weeks and months to come.

The podcast itself is built with a very simple structure, with the hosting duties shared, each episode is built around a mixture of three or four regular segments. The segments rotate from week to week leaving discussion open to new releases in film and or TV, classics from both the big and small screen, broader discussions on influential figures and their work, previews of upcoming releases, and more.

Each segment is named after a quote from a movie or TV show that feature as a regular segue in our show, and hopefully will become familiar to you in time.

Anyway, that’s enough of an overview, let’s move on to what we have in store for you this week.

Running Order:

  • Intro: 0:00 – 01:10
  • Rogue One (Gareth Edwards): 01:11 – 1:20:08
  • General Star Wars Discussion: 1:20:09 – 1:28:23
  • Mailbag: 1:28:24 – 1:43:32
  • Wrap-Up: 1:43:33 – End

Warning: This podcast includes spoilers throughout!

Before you dive in and start listening, let’s take a closer look at the subject of this week’s main segments.

Rogue One (2016) – Gareth Edwards

The first in the expanded cinematic universe of “standalone” Star Wars films, Rogue One revisits the prologue from the opening credits of A New Hope to explain just how the Rebel Alliance got their hands on the plans for the Death Star to begin with.

Directed by Gareth Edwards, in spite of rewrites and reshoots, Rogue One holds up as a coherent vision and one of the stronger entries in the series’ history. Whether it is in fact a film that can be enjoyed in its own right is debatable, but at the very least it adds greater meaning, texture and emotion to our first real meeting with Luke, Han and Leia in A New Hope.

With an incredibly talented cast, a strong visual identity and many of the hallmarks you’ve come to expect from Star Wars, not only does Rogue One deliver what fans of the series will be hoping for, but it offers up some of the best war scenes of recent years too.

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