Podcast Stardust #81: The Rise of Kylo Ren 3 & 4

by Podcast Stardust

On this fully armed and operational episode, we discuss the final steps of Ben Solo’s journey to the dark side and accepting the mantle of Master of the Knights of Ren.

The Rise of Skywalker has long since left theaters and is now available to audiences for home viewing via steaming and Blu Ray. Even with the film more widely available to audiences, questions of Ben Solo’s fall to the dark side of the Force remain. Those questions receive some answers in issues #3 and #4 of Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren. The answers may not be what readers expect, but the result is satisfying.


On this episode, we discuss:

  • Ben’s confrontation on Elphrona with the remaining Jedi of Luke Skywalker’s temple,
  • Whether Ben had earned a good death worthy of admission to the Knights of Ren,
  • The conflict that Ben has with his lineage and past (especially the past),
  • A potential link between these two comics and Splinter of the Mind’s Eye,
  • How Ben became the leader of the Knights of Ren, and
  • Ben’s creation of his iconic lightsaber and the acquisition of his red lightsaber crystal.

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Podcast Stardust is the fully armed and operational podcast inspired by the code name for the Death Star. Hosted by first-generation Star Wars fans, Dennis Keithly and Jay Krebs, Podcast Stardust endeavors to bring thought provoking discussion on recent Star Wars news on a weekly basis. Between news episodes, Dennis and Jay review the latest episodes from Star Wars television covering everything from ResistanceRebels, and The Clone Wars to The Mandalorian and other live action productions on Disney+. Of course, Podcast Stardust wouldn’t be complete without thematic discussions, top ten lists, and interviews on everything from Star Wars literature, comics, and the films themselves.

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