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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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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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Nov 2, 2022

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts review the second installment from Phase 2, Wave 1 of Star Wars: The High Republic: Quest for the Hidden City by George Mann. Quest for the Hidden City is a middle-grade novel by Disney Publishing and Lucasfilm Press. This story takes us on a journey alongside Jedi Knight Silandra Sho and her Padawan, Rooper Nitani, who are mandated to find their missing team members. Their investigation leads them to the planet 'Gloam,' a ravaged world said to be haunted by mythical monsters.

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Oct 26, 2022

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts review the new animated anthology series on Disney Plus, Star Wars: Tales of The Jedi. Mark and Becca discuss their experience with 'Early Screening Access' for Tales of The Jedi and review the six episodes from the series. But first, they go over the latest in Star Wars news. 

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Oct 20, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf reviews the latest in Star Wars Marvel Comics. In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, Mark and Becca review Star Wars issue #28 'The Calculus of Loss,' Star Wars Visions issue #1, and Star Wars the High Republic: 'Balance of the Force' Chapter 1: 'The Pilgrim Moon.' But first, they go over the latest in Star Wars news, Andor, and New York City Comic Con. 

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Oct 13, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes back Kelly Knox to the show to talk about Star Wars Everday. This episode is prerecorded from the Podathon Star Wars Livestream event to benefit Make-A-Wish America. Star Wars Everday is a Year of Activities, Recipes, and Crafts from a Galaxy Far, Far Away by Ashley Eckstein, Kelly Knox, and Elena Craig.

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Oct 5, 2022

Episode 219 of Tarkin's Top Shelf is a live recording from the Star Wars Pod-A-Thon event to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. In this episode, your hosts sit down with Kristin Baver for an exclusive Lucasfilm-approved interview about her upcoming projects Star Wars: 100 Objects and Star Wars: Timelines.

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Oct 3, 2022

Star Wars 'The High Republic' is back! In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts review the first installment of Phase II from Star Wars: The High Republic, 'Path of Deceit' by Tessa Gratton and Justina Ireland. But first, Mark and Becca talk about the latest in Star Wars news and episode 4 of Andor. 

 

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Sep 26, 2022

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts take a close and analytical look at the 3-episode premiere of Star Wars: Andor. For the first time since Andor dropped, Mark and Becca sit down for a chat to talk about all things Andor; the good, the gritty, the scoring, and everything in between.

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Sep 21, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf Reviews ANDOR through Early Access. In this episode, Becca flies 'Solo' as she shares her experience of Early Access or Advanced Screening for the new live-action series on Disney Plus, 'ANDOR.' Becca talks about the screening process and episodes 1-3 of the Andor series.

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Sep 13, 2022

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts are feeling the HYPE for Star Wars Pod-A-Thon to benefit Make-A-Wish and the upcoming Disney Plus series, ANDOR. Mark and Becca talk about the latest in Star Wars news, and then they discuss the eight-minute Sneak Peek of Star Wars Andor that dropped on September 8th for Disney Plus Day.

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Sep 5, 2022

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts sit down with Ryder Waldron of Idiot's Array Podcast for a Roundtable Discussion on the Tragedies in Star Wars. They explore the multiple calamities from the Skywalker Saga, the Anthology films, and beyond the screen and which ones affect them the most.

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Aug 29, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes the official officiant and author of Star Wars: The Princess and The Scoundrel, Beth Revis, to the show! In this episode, Mark and Becca sit down with Beth and get to know her (a bit) with some fun Star Wars questions. Then, your hosts ask some much need-to-questions about the newlyweds, Han and Leia from Star Wars: The Princess and The Scoundrel.

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