Tag: Rogue One

Ep #20: The Politics of Rogue One

We are back! To kick off 2017 we catch up on all the feelings we have about Rogue One, the passing of Carrie Fisher, and we of course dive into the rich politics of Rogue One. Joining us for this episode is Tirso Perez, you might know him as the missing host of Beltway Banthas!

For the main segment of the show, the politics of Rogue One, we discuss:
Rogue One and multiculturalism
Star Wars in the Trump era
Meaningful quotes from the film with a political tinge
Rogue One’s portrayal of democracy and anti-establishment politics
and lastly Faith in Rogue One and culture.

Listener emails this week were from Ross Brown, Nick DiCo, Isaiah Leslie and Landen Kennedy. Thanks so much for your thoughts on galactic politics.

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I, Politiphobe: A Star Wars Story

By: Eric Onkenhout

Politics to me is such a dirty word. It brings to mind words like corruption, betrayal, treachery, and deceit. I don’t like politics. Never have, never will.

When Election Day comes in November I will vote, but not for who I really want because that person is already out of the race. No, I will be voting for the lesser of the two remaining evils. I don’t trust either remaining politician, and I firmly believe either one will say whatever it takes to get elected. I don’t believe either candidate has any concern for my well-being, it’s all about power. I guess you could say I’m the Obi-Wan of planet Earth, much like the Negotiator, I don’t like politicians. Now let’s take this situation and place it in a galaxy far, far away—where war and corruption are on a galactic scale.

I’ve been a Star Wars fan for as long as I can remember, and besides the usual things that interested me about Star Wars like the Jedi/Sith conflicts, and the mythological aspect, there’s one thing that has always made me think—what’s it like to be a regular citizen in the Star Wars galaxy? A regular person not involved in the ongoing war, or not a Force sensitive; just someone who is just trying to make their way in the universe. In a galaxy where the old republic pulled the wool over the eyes of its people and transformed into the Galactic Empire, to serve the people in a safe and secure environment.

As a citizen of the United States of America, with a population of approximately 300 million people, I already feel just like a number to those in office. What could a galactic government do for a family on Lothal? Yes each planet has their own government, just like each state has theirs. But not everyone in the galaxy is a Leia Organa or an Anakin Skywalker, what about the little guy, the guy who goes to work every day to support his family. The guy who struggles to make ends meet, whose voice is nothing but an insignificant cry in a vast sea of stars? Who represents him? With galactic conflicts a norm this galaxy, who speaks for this person? Who has time to listen to his pleas for help, his concern?

Jedi have been known to resolve conflicts between citizens peacefully. But it seems to me in a galaxy where everyone’s concern is who is going to the next leader of the Republic, or where the Jedi are when they are needed, the little guy gets left to fend for themselves. It’s a wonder that no one has stepped up to make their case known. I suppose the rebels in the upcoming Rogue One movie represent the unrest felt across the galaxy, but again who leads the rebels but another aristocrat, former senator called Mon Mothma. The insurgent Saw Gerrera fights for the people, but his morals are in question—his antics a bit extreme for most. Then again fighting against a corrupt Republic and then an oppressive Empire will push a person to the brink of rationality.

Perhaps if elected officials listened to the people who put them in office in the first place, relative trust in politicians  and the process would exist once again. 

Eric Onkenhout


@EricOnkenhout on Twitter (willshatter82)



OMG one more day till Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016! Also known to the cool kids of Twitter as#SWCE. On this weeks episode we have a little extra fun in the spirit of Celebration. Joined by friend of the show, Michael Nitz, the Beltway Banthas talk over some of the schedule, what may happen at Celebration, what will be revealed? Rogue One gets a new trailer this Friday. Intrigue abounds.

Will you be at #SWCE over the weekend? Stephen and Tirso couldn’t make it but our Senior Foreign Correspondent Swara Salih will be roaming the convention.
Find him on Twitter @SwaraSalih1

Also look out for livestreams from the convention on our Facebook

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Episode VII: I Love Democracy

“I love democracy, I love the Republic.” Little did the Senate know but Chancellor Palpatine had his fingers crossed. How do democracies descend into tyranny is the primary question of our new episode. Star Wars is riddled with history from ancient Rome, France, Germany and ties to contemporary American politics.  Beltway Banthas welcomes to the show David Barnes, Policy Director at Generation Opportunity , an experienced political professional and student of Plato’s writings on democracy in ancient Greece.

The show received exclusive audio from the lair of Emperor Trumpatine himself, its FANTASTIC and you won’t wanna miss it. You can hear from from our overlord Emperor Trumpatine on Twitter @RealTrumpatine . The show is joined by the first addition to our team, Swara Salih, located in the UK and reporting to us as Senior Foreign Correspondant on “Brexit”, the British exit from the EU. Swara wrote a piece on our website you must check out to know how Star Wars can make sense of this news in Europe.

Star Wars Can Make Sense of Brexit: http://beltwaybanthas.com/2016/06/26/brexit-star-wars-can-make-sense-of-britain-leaving-the-eu/

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Episode II – It Was A Very Good Morning America

On Episode II of Beltway Banthas, we take some time to discuss news of the day. By time you hear this the news will be a few weeks old, but we wanted to share with you our reactions and thoughts on Rogue One.

As quick as it came it went. The first trailer for Rogue One debuted on Good Morning America and we at Beltway Banthas had some things to say about it.

We discuss the content of the trailer, go over some of the theories surrounding what is seen, and talk about other upcoming stand alone films. What stand alone film do YOU want to see? Tweet us @BeltwayBanthas 

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