Does the world really need another STAR WARS podcast?

Absolutely not.

Is it getting one anyway?

You’re g*d damn right it is, because Star Wars opinions pile up like garbage, and eventually, someone has to take out the trash. Welcome to the Trash Compactor: A Star Wars Podcast.

My name is Josh, and not too long ago my partner heard me catching up with a friend of mine, and when I got off the phone she asked me…don’t you ever get tired of talking about STAR WARS?

The short, honest answer was no.

And I started wondering why that is.

In an interview with Gareth Edwards, director of ROGUE ONE, on StarWars.com, he said the following:

It’s a strange thing to say, but for a whole generation Star Wars was kind of a semi-religion. I think in the past, kids would grow up and be told campfire stories, or spiritual, mythical stories, you know, and religious stories about the world and fantasy ideas that speak about good versus evil. It really resonates with you as a child. Those stories kind of grew into religion over thousands of years. [Star Wars] took the place of a sort of spiritual foundation in a lot of kids, weirdly. Star Wars was a very profound thing, I think, for a lot of us. 

It is a strange thing to say, but I couldn’t be it any better myself. And in that sense, talking about Star Wars is akin a story of Bible Study, or Talmudic study.

We talk about Star Wars endlessly because we want to take it apart to see how it works, what it means and why it matters to us so much.

And, high-falutin reasons aside, talking about Star Wars with my friends just makes me happy. 

So while I will be your primary host, I’ll be joined by a rotating cast of co-hosts who are good friends and fellow Star Wars enthusiasts, many of whom are involved in creative fields in some way, whose personal takes and deep dives I think are worth putting out into the world.

This whole project comes from a place of deep love for Star Wars, and the act of dissecting it, pulling it apart — even being critical at times — comes not from a place of cynicism, but from a desire to understand how these films and these stories work and why this modern mythology has such a hold on us.

I hope you’ll join us for our deep dives into a galaxy far, far away and that you’ll enjoy listening to our conversations as much as we enjoy having them.