Another year, another Star Wars movie – oh wait – that’s never happened until now, with the release of of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Joel, comedian Josh Bowab, and comedienne Ellen Stachowicz (a girl with such nerd cred she’s even written Star Wars fan-fiction) attended an opening night screening and sat down to do an immediate review. If you haven’t seen it, it is spoiler-free for the first 20 minutes or so, just finish listening after you see it. And you should see it, as it’s a very good, WWII-style action movie ala Bridge on The River Kwai. The guys discuss the fan-service cameos, the gritty, more realistic violence and if certain digital effects enhance or detract from the movie. We also hear how the screening was ruined by too much air-conditioning, and how Ellen managed to miss the first few minutes. Plus, hear how this film compares to The Force Awakens, their hopes for the future Star Wars films, and the wild theories about the true identity of Supreme Leader Snoke and if this movie sheds any light on it, and what the hell happened to Darth Vader’s voice?

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Joel, Josh, and Ellen – blinded by the lightsaber – meet some super fans after the movie