Rebels, it’s time to let old things die! A belated Happy New Year from the Score Guide team, welcome one and all to our 9th Star Wars Score Guide! In celebration of the recent cinematic release, it is time we talk Star Wars Episode VIII – The Last Jedi, and the stellar score by composer John Williams!
Join Captain Wend, his co-pilot Will Dodson and hopeless droid Claude back on board the SSR-15 as they discuss the latest movie in the Star Wars saga, The Last Jedi! Supported by their expert band of Rebels*, your hosts guide you through the soundtrack release, discussing, analysing and chestbeating over the surplus of old themes, new themes, surprising motifs, jaw-dropping orchestration and their favourite musical moments from this latest action showpiece!
*We want to give a GALACTIC thank you to our strongest Rebel Alliance yet for dropping musical bombshells and insights that made this episode one of our greatest to date: Dane Walker, Megan Culley, Joscha Sauerland, Jennifer Wolff, Mike Watson, Mark Carman, Matthew Brown and Jamie Burns.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi Walt Disney Records (2017)
0:00:00 – Skit
Featuring Jamie Burns, Xander Stobbs, Will Dodson, Megan Culley, Wendell Jones & Ian Crabb
0:09:53 – 1. Main Title and Escape
0:22:07 – 2. Ahch-To Island
0:27:59 – 3. Revisiting Snoke
Rebel: Dane Walker
0:36:13 – 4. The Supremacy
0:40:44 – 5. Fun With Finn and Rose
0:43:59 – 6. Old Friends
0:46:49 – 7. The Rebellion is Reborn
0:50:35 – 8. Lesson One
0:54:21 – 9. Canto Bight
Rebel: Megan Culley (Professional Story Topper)
0:58:16 – 10. Who Are You?
58:57 – The Death Star Motif
1:03:08 – 11. The Fathiers
Rebels: Joscha Sauerland and Megan Culley (Starkiller Base Sanitation)
1:09:37 – 12. The Cave
1:13:54 – 13. The Sacred Jedi Texts
1:17:53 – 14. A New Alliance
Rebels: Jennifer Wolff and Megan Culley (Professional Rey Defender)
1:25:04 – 15. Chrome Dome
Rebel: Megan Culley (President of the Vice Admiral Holdo Fan Club)
1:30:28 – 16. The Battle of Crait
Rebels: Mike Watson, Dane Walker and Mark Carman
1:43:04 – 17. The Spark
Rebels: Matthew Brown, Joscha Sauerland, Jennifer Wolff and Dane Walker
1:57:42 – 18. The Last Jedi
1:59:37 – 19. Peace and Purpose
2:03:55 – 20. Finale
Rebels: Joscha Sauerland and Megan Culley (Confirmed Nerd)
2:16:10 – How It Should End Credits by Jamie Burns
Join Ian, Will, Wend and Rob for the latest and funniest instalment of “In Defence of” so far! They thoroughly enjoy discussing and bravely defending the final part of the Star Wars prequel trilogy, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith,written and directed by George Lucas. Featuring another phenomenal score by maestro John Williams, Revenge of the Sith ended the saga on a high, but has been unfairly tarnished over the years from it’s place in the prequel trilogy. We look past this and judge the film on it’s own merits, of which it has many. May the force be with all of us on this one!
In celebration of their one year anniversary as a podcast, Will, Wend, Xander and Ian discuss all four of John Williams‘ highly memorable and well-loved scores for the Indiana Jones films created by George Lucas and directed by Steven Spielberg.
2:38 – Raiders of the Lost Ark
28:48 – Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
49:29 – Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
1:05:15 – Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
To finish off 2014, we each bring two of our favourite main themes to the table and discuss what they mean to us.
Our first selections include the militaristic Thunderbirds theme by Barry Gray, two themes from Bear McCreary including the musical palindrome that is Da Vinci’s Demons and the unsettling main theme to the television series Caprica, the unforgettable Tara’s Theme from Gone with the Wind by the prolific film composer Max Steiner. For the second round of choices we discuss the beautifully majestic Star Trek Voyager theme Jerry Goldsmith composed, the amazingly bombastic Wing Commander theme by David Arnold, the beautiful, childlike theme for To Kill a Mockingbird by Elmer Bernstein, and the infamous and arguably greatestsuperhero theme of all time, John Williams’ Superman theme.
1:49 – Thunderbirds
8:58 – Caprica
15:41 – Da Vinci’s Demons
25:18 – Tara’s Theme – Gone with the Wind
31:29 – Star Trek: Voyager
38:05 – Wing Commander
47:35 – To Kill a Mockingbird
53:23 – Superman
Links from this episode:
Bear McCreary’s blog post on writing Leonardo’s Theme for Da Vinci’s Demons
In Part 2 ofThe Music of Star Wars, we take a look at some of our favourite cues from John Williams‘ film scores to the Star Wars prequel trilogy. We also discuss who we’d like to see score the upcoming standalone films.