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Tarkin's Top Shelf

A Star Wars literary podcast that strives to deliver an educational and yet, entertaining analysis and outlook, pertaining to the new canonical novels/YA books from the galaxy far, far away. In other words, Becca and Mark are your guardians to the Whills and your librarians to the long-lost Jedi Archives.
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Mar 31, 2023

Star Wars in Review: The Bad Batch season 2 Finale and The Mandalorian: The Pirate. In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts discuss the season finale of The Bad Batch: The Summit and Plan #99, and then, they review the latest chapter of The Mandalorian: The Pirate. But first, they go over the latest in Star Wars news. 

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Mar 27, 2023

Once again, your hosts join Idiot's Array Podcast for a Roundtable Review on Star Wars: The Mandalorian 'The Foundling' and The Bad Batch 'Tipping Point.' They discuss each episode in full as they cover character growth, story progression, and the return of Ahmed Best! But first, they touch on the latest in Star Wars news. 

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Mar 20, 2023

Tarkin's Top Shelf joins the hosts from Idiot's Array Podcast for a roundtable discussion on the latest episodes of The Bad Batch (Pabu) and The Mandalorian (The Convert). But first, they go over the latest in Star Wars news!

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Mar 14, 2023

Tarkin's Top Shelf reviews chapter 18, season 3 of The Mandalorian: Mines of Mandalore, and chapter 12 of The Bad Batch: Outpost. But first, your hosts go over the Star Wars Celebration news IE: badges, panels, and more!

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Mar 9, 2023

Tarkin's Top Shelf reviews Star Wars: Jedi Battle Scars by Sam Maggs. In this episode, your hosts discuss the Mantis Crew, character arcs, plot points, and world-building in Jedi Battle Scars. They also talk about the possibilities of continuity between the novel and the upcoming game 'Jedi Survivor.' But first, your hosts go over the latest in Star Wars news. 

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Mar 6, 2023

Tarkin's Top Shelf and Idiot's Array Podcast go LIVE on The Pitiful Little Band Network for a Roundtable Chat on The Mandalorian season 3 opener, 'The Apostate' and episode 11 of The Bad Batch: 'Metamorphosis!' 

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Feb 27, 2023

Tarkin's Top Shelf is all about that Mandalorian HYPE! In this episode, your hosts talk about all things Mando. The Mandalorian season 3 is only days away from airing on Disney Plus, and Mark and Becca are beyond excited for the story of Din Djarin and Grogu to continue. They go over the lead-up to season 3 by recapping some events from The Book of Boba Fett, the relationship between Din and Grogu, Mandalorian lore, and so much more! 

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Feb 25, 2023

Tarkin's Top Shelf Reviews the latest episodes of Star Wars: The Bad Batch and issue #31 of Star Wars: Lost in No-Space! But first, your hosts go over the latest in Star Wars news, Star Wars Celebration Europe, Empire Magazine, and Star Wars Celebration 2025. 

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Feb 18, 2023

Tarkin's Top Shelf Reviews Star Wars: The High Republic: The Battle of Jedha by George Mann, The Bad BatchClone Conspiracy and Truth and Consequences, and THAT PHOTO! But first, your hosts go over the latest in Star Wars news. 

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Feb 13, 2023

op Shelf welcomes the Executive Chairman and Founder of Rancho Obi-Wan, author, and collector, Steve Sansweet, to the show! In this special episode, Steve Sansweet joins your hosts to talk about all things Star Wars. They discuss Steve's Star Wars journey into collecting and his catalog of Star Wars books, including Star Wars: Concepts to Screen to Collectibles. 

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Feb 7, 2023

Happy Star Wars Podcast Day! In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, Becca and Lauren Romo from The GALactic Podcast review The Bad Batch 'Tribe' and the first issue of Star Wars: Sana Starros. But first, they go over the latest in Star Wars news!

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Jan 31, 2023

Tarkin's Top Shelf reviews the latest episode of Star Wars: The Bad Batch 'Entombed,' Star Wars: The High Republic: The Blade issue #2, Star Wars Vader, Star Wars: Yoda, and more! But first, your hosts go over the latest in Star Wars news!

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Jan 23, 2023

The Pitiful Little Band Podcast Network goes LIVE for a Roundtable Chat on The Bad Batch, The Mandalorian Season 3 Trailer, and Jedi: Survivor. Your hosts sit down with the hosts from Idiot's Array Podcast for a Livestream Roundtable discussion about the latest happenings in Star Wars

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Jan 19, 2023

Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes Jordan 'The Toy Guy' Hembrough, host of 'Our Star Wars Stories,' to the show to talk about his favorite Star Wars book, 'From Concept to Collectible' by Steve Sansweet! In this episode, your hosts get to know Jordan and his passion for toy collecting, his place in the Star Wars community, and how he became a Star Wars fan!

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Jan 12, 2023

Tarkin's Top Shelf reviews some of the latest Marvel Star Wars comics in episode 234. Your hosts go over Star Wars: No-Space issue #30, Star Wars: The High Republic issue #3: Balance of the Force, and Star Wars: The High Republic: The Blade issue #1. But first, Mark and Becca talk about the most recent Star Wars news.

 

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Jan 7, 2023

Tarkin's Top Shelf discusses their initial reactions to episodes 1 and 2 of season 2 of Star Wars: The Bad Batch, early screeners, and their press event experience. But first, your hosts go over the latest in Star Wars news. 

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Jan 4, 2023

Tarkin's Top Shelf joins a roundtable event with the creatives and cast from Star Wars: The Bad Batch! In this episode, your hosts accept an invitation to a Press Junket Event to kick off Season 2 of Star Wars: The Bad Batch and enjoy a unique opportunity to sit down with Jennifer Corbett, Brad Rau, Michelle Ang, and Dee Bradley Baker! Season 2 of Star Wars: The Bad Batch airs on Disney Plus Wednesday, January 4th, 2023. 

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Dec 28, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf looks back on Star Wars 2022 in its final episode of the year. Your hosts discuss the latest Star Wars news with The High Republic Show, Willow, Marvel Comics Holiday Greetings Card, and the title list reveal for season 2 of The Bad Batch. And then, they go over some of their favorite highlights from Star Wars 2022.

 

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Dec 20, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes Zoraida Cordova to the show for a High Republic chat! In this episode, your hosts invite the author of Star Wars: Convergence, Zoraida Cordova, to the show to discuss her entry point to The High Republic era, her Star Wars fandom, and the creative process behind Star Wars: Convergence.

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Dec 14, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes Chris Kempshall back to the show to discuss his latest book, The History and Politics of Star Wars, and how it correlates with season one of Andor. In this episode, your hosts sit down with Chris and talk about the history and politics of Star Wars relating to the portrayal and representation of real-world history and politics. 

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Dec 5, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf reviews Star Wars: Darth Vader issue 29, the Andor Finale: Rix Road, followed by an Amidalan discussion. But first, your hosts go over the latest Star Wars news with Team Ahsoka at Galaxy Con Columbus, the Indiana Jones: Dial of Destiny Trailer, and the Willow series premiere.

 

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Nov 26, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf reviews the first adult novel from Phase II of Star Wars: The High Republic: CONVERGENCE by Del Rey Publishing and authored by Zoraida Cordova. But first, your hosts share their thoughts and hopes on the season finale of Andor on 'Andor Eve' before it airs on Wednesday, November 23rd. 

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Nov 22, 2022

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts go over the latest segment of the Andor series: The Daughter of Ferrix. Mark and Becca take a closer look at the series as they discuss character growth and arcs, plot points, and the overall progression of the story. But first, they talk about Life Day, Willow, and wish Adam Driver a Happy Birthday!

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Nov 15, 2022

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts discuss Zen: Grogu and Dust Bunnies, a collaboration between Studio Ghibli and Lucasfilm. And then Mark and Becca revisit Tales of the Jedi by taking a closer look at the parallels between Anakin Skywalker and Count Dooku. 

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Nov 7, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes Kristin Baver to the show to talk about The Art of Star Wars: The High Republic! In this episode, your hosts sit down with Kristin Baver, the official host of, 'This Week in Star Wars and author of Skywalker: A Family at War, to discuss her latest project, The Art of Star Wars: The High Republic (Phase I) published by Abrams Books.

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