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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.

Tarkin's Top Shelf Becca Benjamin & Mark Sutter

    • TV & Film
    • 4.3 • 65 Ratings

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.

    The Acolyte: "Plagueis Was Always in the Finale, in Every Version"

    The Acolyte: "Plagueis Was Always in the Finale, in Every Version"

    "Plagueis was always in the finale, in every version." per Leslye Headland via Indiewire.com. Tarkin's Top Shelf discusses the first canon appearance of 'Darth Plagueis, the wise' in the season finale of 'The Acolyte.'  In this episode, your hosts look at the possible literary works and other media that may or may not have influenced Darth Plagueis in 'The Acolyte storyline, along with different characters and their development traits.  
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    The Acolyte: Episode 7: "Choice" Roundtable Discussion

    The Acolyte: Episode 7: "Choice" Roundtable Discussion

    Tarkin's Top Shelf joins forces with Idiot's Array and Kanata's Castle Podcast for a roundtable discussion on the latest episode of The Acolyte: "Choice." In this episode, your hosts have an in-depth conversation about the events from episode 7: "Choice." They discuss plot points, character arcs, and continuity. But first, they go over the latest Star Wars news.
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    The Acolyte: Episode 6: Teach/Corrupt Roundtable Discussion

    The Acolyte: Episode 6: Teach/Corrupt Roundtable Discussion

    Tarkin's Top Shelf joins forces with Idiot's Array and Kanata's Castle Podcasts for a Roundtable Discussion on the latest episode of Star Wars: The Acolyte: Teach/Corrupt. But first, your hosts discuss the latest Star Wars news, Skeleton Crew, Qimir Fan-Art, and Leslye Headland's interview with Collider. 
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    The Acolyte Episode 5: 'NIGHT' Roundtable Discussion

    The Acolyte Episode 5: 'NIGHT' Roundtable Discussion

    Tarkin's Top Shelf joins forces with Idiot's Array and Kanata's Castle Podcasts for a Roundtable Discussion of The Acolyte, Episode 5 'NIGHT.' In this episode, your hosts have an in-depth conversation on the latest episode from the newest Star Wars series, The Acolyte. They discuss the 'the stranger' reveal, the high stakes the Jedi are up against, character arcs and growth, 'the swap,' and dark side lore. 
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    The Acolyte Episode 4 'Day' Roundtable Discussion

    The Acolyte Episode 4 'Day' Roundtable Discussion

    Tarkin's Top Shelf joins forces with Idiot's Array and Kanata's Castle Podcasts for a Roundtable Discussion of The Acolyte, Episode 4 'Day.' In this episode, your hosts have an in-depth conversation on the latest episode from the newest Star Wars series, The Acolyte. They discuss the series at its halfway point and how it has enhanced the Prequels so far.
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    Tessa Gratton Interview: Temptation of the Force!

    Tessa Gratton Interview: Temptation of the Force!

    Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes Tessa Gratton, author of Star Wars: The High Republic: Temptation of the Force, back to the show! In this episode, your hosts invite Tessa Gratton to discuss her latest contribution to the ever-growing 'High Republic Era' from a galaxy far, far away. This interview covers the complicated relationships and motivations of Elzar Mann, Avar Kriss, Marchion Ro, Cair San Tekka, Xylan Graf, Burryaga, Bell Zettifar, and more!
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    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
65 Ratings

65 Ratings

High Republic fan ,

Great Podcast

Thank you for the fun and positive book reviews!

Note: I listened to your new acolyte episode and heard you mention Lene Kostana. Have you read the Saber for Hire 1 comic?

A Big Fan1 ,

So much fun!

I found this podcast only recently and I was hooked from the get-go! These wonderful hosts bring so much passion and energy to the fandom that it's infectious!

RobertSch6 ,

Fun and Positive

I regularly listen to at least 15 podcasts dedicated specifically to Star Wars, and Tarkin’s Top Shelf is among my favorites.

The hosts always keep the show positive, which is so rare when listening to or reading comments about entertainment in general—especially those about Star Wars.

They are quick to point out the good things about the movies, television shows, and books they are reviewing, and they often identify connections between these stories and the rest of the Star Wars universe that I had missed or had never considered. Their conversations enhance my excitement and appreciation for all the Star Wars content—new and old.

I look forward to each episode when I can tune out the world with all its negativity for a bit and listen to some deep, thoughtful, and fun discussion about Star Wars.

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