Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels #80: Vanity Fair on The Rise of Skywalker

The Scoundrels take a dive into Annie Leibovitz’s photographs and Lev Grossman’s article on The Rise of Skywalker in Vanity Fair. 

The hype mode for The Rise of Skywalker was just dialed up a notch after Annie Leibovitz’s photographs and Lev Grossman’s story appeared in the pages of Vanity Fair last week. Dennis, Jay, and Darth Taxus examine the photographs and break down theories for the final installment of the Skywalker saga.

Welcome to episode 80 of Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels: Vanity Fair on The Rise of Skywalker. On this episode, The Scoundrels are breaking down everything we learned from Lev Grossman’s article and Annie Leibovitz’s pictures in Vanity Fair about The Rise of Skwyalker. Plus, there is some news about upcoming Star Wars projects as well.

Star Wars News

Before the Vanity Fair discussion, the Scoundrels have two primary news stories to cover this week:

  • After the release dates for the next three Star Wars movies were announced last week, Star Wars fans now know who is in charge of those films, and
  • The Mandalorian and the Cassian Andor series aren’t the only live action Star Wars shows coming to Disney+.

Dennis, Jay, and Darth Taxus have several opinions on what Bob Iger’s announcements about upcoming movies and live action television shows on Disney+ mean.

Annie Leibovitz’s The Rise of Skywalker photos in Vanity Fair

The talk of the Star Wars world for the past week has been all about Annie Leibovitz’s photographs and Lev Grossman’s article about The Rise of Skywalker in Vanity Fair. Now, the Scoundrels dive in and discuss:

  • The Knights of Ren,
  • The involvement of Jordan in filming the movie,
  • Keri Russell’s character: Zorri Bliss,
  • The introduction of Richard E. Grant’s character,
  • Billy Dee Williams returns to Star Wars,
  • Kylo Ren and Rey’s Force connection,
  • Jannah and Finn riding on orbaks,
  • How Carrie Fisher was integrated into The Rise of Skywalker,
  • Luke Skywalker’s role in The Rise of Skywalker, and
  • So much more.

Silence Fools

All the coverage of Annie Leibovitz’s photographs from Vanity Fair, leaves little time at the end of the episode. Normally, and episode of Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels ends with listener feedback. However, Scoundrel Nation was a little quiet in the past week. Therefore, Dennis and Jay ask Taxus about his impressions of The Mandalorian panel from Star Wars Celebration Chicago. Darth Taxus delivers big time.

The Scoundrels hope you enjoy episode 80: “Vanity Fair on The Rise of Skywalker” We hope you will consider subscribing to Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels wherever you get your podcasts.

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Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels is a bi-weekly show that features three first-generation Star Wars fans. Each episode, RetroZappers Dennis Keithly, Jay Krebs, and Darth Taxus offer their thoughts and reactions on Star Wars news. Then, they engage in Star Wars discussion in the “Hyperthetical” segment. Top ten lists, book reviews, Resistance and television discussion, and interviews are all on the table. After the Hyperthetical, each episode features listener feedback with Silence Fools!

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