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Tarkin’s Top Shelf #44: A Clone Wars Chat with JAT @JATactor

Welcome to a Clone Wars chat with JAT! Today we are humbled and honored to welcome James Arnold Taylor (JAT), the voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Plo Koon from The Clone Wars as well as Ratchet, Tidus, Johnny Test, Fred Flintstone, Flash, Spidey, Fox Sunday and the author of JAT 365: 365 Inspirations for the Pursuit of your Dreams to our show! In this episode, Mark and Becca sit down with the man of many voices to talk about The Clone Wars and everything in between.

Sources:

Star Wars: The Clone Wars 

James Arnold Taylor-IMDb

JAT@actor on Twitter

James Arnold Taylor Official Site 

Clone Wars Conversations

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Tarkin’s Top Shelf #43: It’s YOUR Universe with Ashley Eckstein @HerUniverse

“Tarkin’s Top Shelf” welcomes Ashley Eckstein, the voice of Ahsoka Tano, the creator of Her Universe, and the author of It’s YOUR Universe to the show! In this episode, Mark and Becca join Ashley in discussing her journey through dreams and hope by delving into her memoir of positivity preparation. Along their journey-filled discussion, they take a moment to touch on Ahsoka Tano and the revival of Star War: The Clone Wars announcement from San Diego Comic-Con.

Sources:

It’s YOUR Universe by Ashley Eckstein and Disney Books

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

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Tarkin’s Top Shelf #42: Star Wars: THRAWN: Alliances by #TimothyZahn

“Tarkin’s Top Shelf” revisits an old friend with Star Wars: THRAWN: Alliances by Timothy Zahn and Del Rey Books. In this episode, Mark and Becca discuss the unlikely duo of General Anakin Skywalker and Commander Mith’raw’nuruodo and then, the fierce rivals of Darth Vader and Admiral Thrawn. It’s not just about character dynamics, it’s about dark secrets, and plot twists too. And “Tarkin’s Top Shelf” is about to uncover, and go over it all! After all, if one is to face their future, you must first face your past.

Sources:
Star Wars: THRAWN: Alliances by Timothy Zahn
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Star Wars Rebels

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Tarkin’s Top Shelf #41: Star Wars: Most Wanted by @raecarson

“Tarkin’s Top Shelf” gets back to the basics with Star Wars: Most Wanted by Rae Carson and Disney/Lucasfilm Press. In this episode, Mark and Becca break the binding by taking a closer look, through a critical lens, at the prequel to Solo: A Star Wars Story, Star Wars: Most Wanted. Each host takes a turn fleshing out each character and discussing the plot, pace, and flow of the storyline. They even take the time to connect current and past content to this well contained Han and Qi’ra centric adventure. Oh, and that’s not all! Mark throws in an extra review as he gives a quick rundown of Star Wars: The Mighty Chewbacca in the Forest of Fear!

Sources:
Star Wars: Most Wanted
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Star Wars: A New Hope
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Star Wars: The Mighty Chewbacca in the Forest of Fear!

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Tarkin’s Top Shelf #40: Star Wars: The Rebel Files with @danwallace88

Tarkin’s Top Shelf welcomes Dan Wallace to the show to talk about Star Wars: The Rebel Files. Dan Wallace is the author of Jedi Path, Book of Sith, Imperial Handbook, The Bounty Hunter Code, and the soon-to-be-released, The Rebel Files. In this episode, Mark and Becca sitdown with Dan Wallace to discuss Star Wars and The Rebel Files. This interview takes on a personal perspective by Dan Wallace as he delves into his love for Star Wars and his vision on the galaxy far, far away. It’s an interview you don’t want to miss!

Sources:
Star Wars: The Rebel Files by Daniel Wallace
Dark Empire by Tom Veitch
Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel by James Luceno 
Battlefront: Twilight Company by Alexander Freed

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Tarkin’s Top Shelf #39: The Whills of the Force!

Mark and Becca are back to talk about the Force and the Whills. In this episode of “Tarkin’s Top Shelf”, your hosts get into some real controversial territory as they discuss the recent conversation between George Lucas and James Cameron. Each host takes a turn shedding light and connecting current continuity to Lucas’ ideas for the final Star Wars trilogy. So give it a listen and you be the judge on should’ve, could’ve, would’ve?

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Tarkin’s Top Shelf #38: Solo Reactions and Story Spawning!

Solo: A Star Wars Story is NOW playing in theaters, and “Tarkin’s Top Shelf” is ready to talk about it! Mark and Becca have a lot to say about Solo and so much more. Unlike the other Solo reviews you’ve listened to on other podcasts, “Tarkin’s Top Shelf” has decided to turn it up a notch. Why? Well, because so much can spawn from Solo! So, you may want to strap yourselves in and keep an eye out for the Maw. Only a complete idiot would go into a place like that.

Sources:
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Star Wars: Last Shot by Daniel Jose Older

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Tarkin’s Top Shelf #37: That Mighty Skywalker Blood!

Mark and Becca are back to talk about some recent Star Wars News and that ‘Mighty Skywalker Blood!’ In this episode, they go over a variety of Star Wars literature that focuses on the Skywalker family. In doing so, they tackle that burning question that’s circulating the internet: “Were Han and Leia ‘Bad Parents?'” So, grab your ‘Jedi breathing device’ and get ready for a deep discussion on Tarkin’s Top Shelf.

Sources:
Star Wars: Last Shot
Star Wars: The Last Jedi ‘Expanded Edition’
Star Wars: The Last Jedi ‘Junior Novel’
Star Wars: Bloodline
Star Wars: Leia ‘Princess of Alderaan’

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Tarkin’s Top Shelf #36: Star Wars: Last Shot @djolder

Mark and Becca are back to talk about Daniel José Older’s Star Wars: Last Shot In this episode, they go over the leading cast and the thrilling adventure that links them throughout the ages. Still, it’s hard to decide if Last Shot is Han’s story, Lando’s story, or both! So, buckle up and fly casual with “Tarkin’s Top Shelf”.

Sources for discussion:
Star Wars: Last Shot by Daniel José Older

Mentions:

Congrats to Whit Holcomb! Our 2nd winner of The Last Jedi ‘Expanded Edition’ Giveaway!

News:

Lucasfilm Announced: Star Wars Resistance animated series this fall on Disney/Disney XD!

 

 

 

 

 

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Tarkin’s Top Shelf #35: Luke Dreams of Camie and Solo ChitChat

Mark and Becca are back to talk about Luke dreaming of Camie and the Solo full-length theatrical trailer. In this episode, they discuss and go over the prelude from Jason Fry’s novel adaptation of The Last Jedi. Then they dive in to the Solo: A Star Wars Story official trailer and the possibilities for Older’s Last Shot.  It’s a lot to digest, but hey, it’s Star Wars! So grab a mug of Luke’s favorite green milk and get ready for some “Tarkin’s Top Shelf”!

Sources for discussion:
Star Wars: The Last Jedi  “Expanded Edition” by Jason Fry
Solo: A Star Wars Story full-length theatrical trailer

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Tarkin’s Top Shelf #34: Star Wars: The Last Jedi Expanded Edition by @jasoncfry

Mark and Becca are back to add Star Wars: The Last Jedi to “Tarkin’s Top Shelf”. In this episode, they discuss and go over their initial reactions to Jason Fry’s novel adaptation of The Last Jedi. The good. The not so good. And, yeah, the unexpected, too. Yes, the cohesion of film to paper, the characters’ motivations, and connective continuity. It’s a lot to digest, but hey, it’s Star Wars! So, grab a mug of Luke’s favorite green milk and get ready for some “Tarkin’s Top Shelf”!

Sources for discussion:
Star Wars: The Last Jedi Expanded Edition by Jason Fry