Kanata's Castle Podcast

Welcome to Kanata’s Castle! The Podcast rated “E”for Everyone! We are two moms that have an acquired taste: talking about Star Wars! We welcome Everyone to our show and oh, NO fighting. Also, don’t stare. At any of it!
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Sep 5, 2017

In today's episode of Kanata's Castle, Becca and Devon continue their 'Pathway to The Last Jedi' by discussing the infamous Kylo Ren. Is he the rightful heir? Does the Skywalker lightsaber belong to him? Is he just simply misunderstood? Well, sit back with an ice-cold glass of blue milk and find out!

Throughout each trilogy, we see the same family undergo the inevitable cost of changes and choice. In each trilogy, it is someone new, but yet the name remains the same. Skywalker.

Change, choice, and cost seem to follow them throughout the generations. So much so, that the "cost" is theirs to bear. It's like the shadow that sticks to the soles of your shoe. It's an extension of who they are. After all, Luke once told Leia, "We all have that. The brightest light casts the darkest shadow."

Kanata's Castle #14: Kylo Ren: The Rightful Heir and Legacy of the Lightsaber

Current News:



  • EW
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens novelization
  • Chuck Wendig's Aftermath Series
  • Claudia Gray's Bloodline novel
  • King Arthur mythology
  • King Arthur: The Legacy of the Sword

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words:


Aug 22, 2017

Welcome back to Kanata's Castle! The hiatus is over! Becca and Devon are back to chat about everything Star Wars. And boy, do they have something special prepared for all of you. Episode 13 is the prelude to their Pathway to Star Wars: The Last Jedi series! So, sit back with an ice-cold glass of blue milk and enjoy the journey.

In Star Wars, characters come and go. But some, some leave a lasting impression on us. And those few are the ones that not only enhance the characters around them but the story as well. Characters like Ahsoka Tano, the padawan that lived.

Who she is and what she believes and then add that with her unorthodox training by her former master, Anakin Skywalker, makes her into one powerful Force user. And though she is no Jedi, the Force flows through her. Powerful. Spiritually pure, matching the white beams of light that illuminate her lightsabers. Brave and compassionate and a Force to be reckoned with, Ahsoka Tano has inspired us all.

Kanata's Castle #13: 'Pathway to The Last Jedi' Ahsoka Tano: The Padawan that Lived

Current News:



  • EW
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars movie (2008)
  • Star Wars Rebels animated series
  • Star Wars: Ahsoka novel
  • Star Wars Marvel comic series: Vader: Origins of the Lightsaber

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words:

Jul 25, 2017

What time is it? Time for another entertaining episode of Kanata's Castle! Yes, that's right, Becca and Devon are back, and they're ready to talk Star Wars. So, grab some blue milk and hold on to your butts! It's time for Leia and Poe to go head-to-toe. Uh huh, you heard that right. Will there be a "Huttslayer Smackdown" in Star Wars: The Last Jedi? Listen now and find out!

Vanity Fair covered a lot of photo shoots and stories regarding the upcoming Star Wars film, The Last Jedi. One, in particular, really caught our attention. General Leia, the former Huttslayer is going to give Poe, the pilot, a royal smackdown.

Kanata's Castle #12: Leia and Poe: Huttslayer to Smackdown?

Current News:

  • Forces of Destiny
  • New leaked photos from the untitled Han Solo film via
  • Star Wars is for everyone!



  • Vanity Fair
  • Poe Dameron comic series via Marvel
  • 'Before the Awakening' YA novel by Greg Rucka

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words:


Jul 17, 2017

Welcome to a special edition of Kanata's Castle! Becca and Devon put aside the mom duties to go over their initial reactions to the 'Behind the Scenes' Reel of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. So, sit back and enjoy their enthusiasm for this sizzle reel.


From action packed scenes to fantastic imagery, Becca and Devon discuss it all. They even take the time to go over the new Teaser Poster Reveals too! It's Star Wars, Star Wars, and yes, even more, Star Wars.

Kanata's Castle: 'Special Edition!' Initial Reactions to 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Behind the Scenes Reel!

Current News:

  • D23 Expo: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' behind the scenes reel
  • D23 Expo: Teaser Poster Reveal for 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'


  • Follow our own Bala Tik sounding voice artist, Liam Howie @LunaticGrung
Jul 4, 2017

Welcome back to Kanata's Castle! Becca and Devon are back in the 'swing of things' as they sit down and discuss, the mythology of the lightsaber. So, sit back and listen to the call of the living crystal. The Kyber.

We know that both, the Jedi and the Sith have shared the same weapon for years. The lightsaber. It is an elegant weapon, powered by a living crystal. The Kyber. Like the Jedi and the Sith, the lightsaber has a mythology all its own.

Kanata's Castle #11: The Call of the Kyber: Lightsaber Mythology

Current News:

  • We are partnering with Starlight Foundation and our Crowdrise Fundraiser information
  • untitled Han Solo film directors and Lucasfilm part ways due to creative differences and Ron Howard takes on the director's role
  • LFL unhappy with Alden's performance?
  • Star releases a Father’s Day video and fans on Twitter are questioning: why no Mother’s day video?
  • Twitter was all atwitter yesterday. Lucasfilm fired the directors of the Han Solo solo film.


  • A Huge shoutout and thank you to all of those that have pledged to our Starlight/Crowdrise campaign! Enjoy your Mando names and clan.
  • "Looking for Leia" by Dr. Annalise Ophelian @LeiaFangirlFilm. A documentary about Star Wars fangirls.
  • Pablo Hidalgo
  • Huge thanks to Mike MacDonald @MikeTarkin for our intro clip for "A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words"
  • Follow our own Bala Tik sounding voice artist, Liam Howie @LunaticGrung


A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words:

Jun 13, 2017

It's a moment of a Zen here at Kanata's Castle as Becca and Devon are back with Episode Ten! Giving it their all as they tackle one of the most controversial topics since "Twin Suns" debuted on Star Wars Rebels; the prophecy of "The Chosen One."

"The Chosen One" is the one chosen by a higher power to save us all. A Hero: the one that must undergo a series of risks, forced into unfavourable choices, and faced with enormous stakes.

As a child, he made a choice to leave the only family and life he had ever known because he was simply too afraid to stay a slave in the only life he ever knew. Every choice has its price, a cost. Loss. Perhaps the Force understood this. After all, the Force chose him to choose. Well, from a certain point of view, of course.

Kanata's Castle #10: Anakin Skywalker: "The Chosen One?"

Current News:

  • We are partnering with Starlight Foundation and our Crowdrise Fundraiser information
  • Star Wars Battlefront II Gameplay trailer and Live gameplay presentation on EA!
  • The untitled Han Solo movie adds new actress to their roster: Thandie Newton from HBO's Westworld.
  • Marvel's Vader Comic issue #1 of the origins of Vader's Lightsaber
  • Steve Sansweet reports "Rancho Obi-Wan" has been a victim of theft!
  • Jedi-Bibliothek and Prequel Trilogy Page by Andy Peachy share intel on the upcoming book: Star Wars: On the Front Lines


  • A Huge shoutout and thank you to all of those that have pledged to our Starlight/Crowdrise campaign! Enjoy your Mando names and clan.
  • Audio from a Star Wars fan made Video by Heroes Fan Productions: "The Chosen One" via YouTube is included in this podcast episode.  We highly recommend it.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words:


  • Follow our own Bala Tik sounding voice artist, Liam Howie @LunaticGrung
May 31, 2017

Becca and Devon are back, and this time they're going to be discussing the "other Skywalker." Yes, search your feelings. You know it to be true. So, sit back and enjoy the discussion on our beloved Princess, now General of the Resistance, Leia Organa.

In "The Empire Strikes Back," Yoda says to Kenobi, “No. There is another.” This brief moment has always resonated because it shows that all along, Yoda has always had a "B Plan" in place in case Luke followed in Daddy's footsteps. There is another Skywalker. Leia.

Remember, according to Yoda, Luke was reckless. Always daydreaming; looking away to the future and never had his mind on what he was doing or where he was. So, I wonder, was Yoda watching Leia all this time too? Watching her become a strong leader. Smart with the ability to strategize and make tough choices during a crisis.

Thinking of the tie-in with "Rogue One" to "A New Hope," Leia succeeded in bringing Hope (the Death Star plans to the Alliance). Perhaps Yoda was thinking: Leia should've been Plan A? Or, was he saving the best for last?


Kanata's Castle #9: Leia Organa: "There Is Another Skywalker"

Current News:


  • Follow our own Bala Tik sounding voice artist, Liam Howie @LunaticGrunge
  • Connor meets #LAUNCHguy and gets Red5Mom his autograph.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words:

There is Another Skywalker

May 16, 2017

What has Star Wars taught me? That's a loaded question. Perhaps, the better question is: what hasn't Star Wars taught me?

Teacher's Appreciation Month is an invitation for everyone to tell a story about a teacher or mentor in their lives who helped the Force awaken within them.  We encourage everyone to participate in whatever way you wish.  Have you learned something from someone that has impacted your life?  Take some time this week to share your gratitude and show your appreciation for their inspiration. #TeachMeYouDid

Kanata's Castle #8: Teach Me You Did: Life Lessons From Star Wars

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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words:

Becca and Devon are back for a special episode in honor of Teacher's Appreciation Month and an exploration of Life Lessons from the galaxy far, far away.


    • iTunes Review from Ra3457  - I love Maz Kanata, and I love these ladies’ same type of wise and nuanced discussion in their podcast.  Highly recommended.
    • A fellow fan and podcast listener broke the ice on or fundraiser.  Shout out and huge thank you to Neil Lowery for giving generously.
    • Bryan Young and Full of Sith #TeachMeYouDid
  • Follow our own Bala Tik sounding voice artist, Liam Howie @LunaticGrunge
May 3, 2017

As the sun sets, there is something so captivating it's almost theatrical. Symbolically, this splashy array of vibrant coloration displays a state of vulnerability. It’s a moment of significant contrast between light and darkness, between consciousness and unconsciousness; the hour of Twilight

Whether it be a sunset or a sunrise, it is a moment of transition. A personal reflection...

Kanata's Castle #7: Star Wars Sunsets: Transition and Reflection

Current News:

  • Star Wars Land Panel from SWCO
  • and Luke's necklace in "The Last Jedi"


  • Star Wars Celebration Orlando
  • Star Wars: A New Hope
  • Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back
  • Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
  • Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
  • Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
  • Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • The Clone Wars
  • Rebels

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words:


Apr 23, 2017

A long time ago in a swampy land not so far, far away …

Fans came from far and near to enjoy a little something called:

Star Wars Celebration Orlando!

          And yes, Red5Mom and Becca Benjamin were among those 70,000 diehard fans that braved those massive lines. Yes, lines. Endless and endless lines, but they survived! So, gather around your device of choice and tune in to hear their thoughts on everything Star Wars!


Kanata's Castle #6: Star Wars Celebration: The Aftermath

Current News:

  • Rian Johnson on singular vs. plural regarding "The Last Jedi Trailer"
  • Battle Front Trailer
  • Star Wars Rebels Season 4 Trailer
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer


  • Star Wars Celebration Orlando
  • Jedi News at

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  • Follow our own Bala Tik sounding voice artist, Liam Howie @LunaticGrunge
  • Vanessa Marshall
  • Mark Hamill
  • Ian McDiarmid
  • Hayden Christensen
Apr 4, 2017

Welcome back to Kanata’s Castle! The podcast that’s rated “E” for everyone! Becca and Devon (Red5Mom) are back to tackle the most talked about topic since The Force Awakens: Rey and where does she come from?  From plausible origins and character associations, the possibilities seem almost endless. Who is she? And why was she on Jakku? Tune in and find out on episode “Five,”  Rey Strikes Back!


A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

A lonely scavenger, “She calls herself, Rey”

           A lost little droid, and an adventure of a lifetime…

A desolate world of sand and ruin, Jakku is the perfect place to hide. The sandy dunes are home to a starship graveyard and to many scavengers, who make a meager living by salvaging the craft burial grounds, but one particular scavenger has a story to tell -- a story that has yet to begin…

So you see, the podcast you seek is not behind you -- it is ahead!

Kanata's Castle is pleased to present, Episode V: Rey Strikes Back!


Kanata's Castle #4: Star Wars Moms: "From a Certain Point of View"

Current News:

  • Rogue One: Alternate Endings via Entertainment Weekly
  • An alternate Vader scene that was cut from the film via Entertainment Weekly
  • The REASON why Rogue One (Blu-ray) has not been available to preorder via Amazon
  • Star Wars Rebels “Twin Suns” the final showdown between Maul and Kenobi/Rebels Recon
  • Star Wars Rebels Season Finale: Zero Hour (Parts 1 & 2)
  • Rogue One Digital HD version & Special Features
  • Scarif was influenced by coffee?
  • Luke's first words via Disney Screening of The Last Jedi trailer


  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Rey's Story: The Force Awakens by Elizabeth Schaefer
  • Before the Awakening by Greg Rucka
  • The Force Awakens novel adaptation
  • Rey's Journal

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words:

Twin Suns

Mar 21, 2017

It's episode "Four" and we're back for more! That's right, Becca and Devon are ready to do what they do best. Talk about Star Wars! In this episode, they discuss "Moms in Star Wars." Well, from a certain point of view.

Since the beginning, Star Wars has always been about family. We've watched a young Luke grow from the guidance of his Aunt Beru and Uncle Owen, and face the trials, and tribulations from his biological father's troubled past. We've followed his Hero's Journey. And we were with him when he accepted his father's path towards the dark side as his own and did the unexpected by bringing his father, Anakin Skywalker, back to the light side of the Force.

Luke, Anakin, and many other Star Wars characters have had a family influence during their life's journey. It is those relationships and influences that will be our main topic for today. After all, a mother's love is a powerful gift, from a certain point of view.

Current News:

  • IGN reports a new Vader comic series on the origins of his Lightsaber
  • SWCO News: #LeiaDay
  • badge artwork (Rey 4-day, Luke Jedi Master)
  • Michael Kenneth Williams joins the cast for the Han Solo film
  • Timothy Zahn’s “Thrawn” reveals that Thrawn knew Anakin Skywalker and knows the true identity of Darth Vader.
  • Star Wars Rebels: Maul’s Revenge previews
  • Star Wars Rebels:  Double Agent Droid
  • Rian Johnson’s tweet: Last and Final meanings pertaining to “The Last Jedi”
  • Furious Fanboys: How Frank Oz feels George Lucas’s version of VII would've differed from JJ’s.


  • Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
  • Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
  • Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel
  • Star Wars Rebels
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • Star Wars: A New Hope
  • The Aftermath trilogy by Chuck Wendig
  • Star Wars: Bloodline by Claudia Gray
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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  • iTunes reviews
  • K. Ren/Mizzouatheart and Amy Wishman


Mar 7, 2017

They say, “third time’s a charm,” right? Well, let’s hope that’s true because Becca and Devon are back for their third episode, and this time, it’s all about those meddling Skywalkers and that “Hokey Religion.” The Force.

The Force, per Obi-Wan, is  an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us, penetrates us, and binds the galaxy together."

According to Star Wars lore and history, the Force was a mystical energy field that connected all living things in the galaxy. The power of the Force or the belief in it i.e. “Church of the Force” could be practiced by anyone who was sensitive to it or at the very least, open to it. It's a power that was tapped through the midi-chlorians, which according to Qui-Gon resided in all living things. The Force had many aliases or factions. For example, the Lasats, called it the Ashla, and described it as "the spirit of the galaxy.” The Force is said to be a concept that existed for well over 25,000 years via Wikipedia.

Now, all that said, how does this apply to the Skywalker family?

Current News:

  • The untitled Han Solo movie started filming February 20th
  • Rogue One is coming home starting March 24th with Digital HD and DVD on April
  • Rey’s new hairdo
  • Andi from “The Star Wars Show” has hinted at something “big” happening at the 40th celebration panel in SWCO. Is it George?
  • JJ Abrams says Mark Hamill will receive an Oscar for his Luke performance in “The Last Jedi.”
  • Star Wars Celebration Orlando chatter


  • The Force Awakens
  • Revenge of the Sith novelization by Matthew Stover
  • Empire's End by Chuck Wendig
  • Bloodline novel by Claudia Gray
  • ―Yoda, from the Great Holocron Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force (Legends)
  • A picture is worth a thousand words photo for this episode can be seen on our Tumbler 


  • Mark Austin - Special Editions (ANH) Boba Fett
  • ‏@ChrisPatNolan - Chris Nolan - “Launch Guy” Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • Mark Hamill
  • Timothy Zahn - author of Thrawn
  • Ben Daniels- Blue Leader General Merrick @bendanielss
  • Follow us on Twitter: @CastleKanata
  • Devon @Red5Mom
  • Becca @urangelb
Feb 21, 2017

In light of Valentine's Day, Becca & Devon (Red5Mom) have decided to have a heart-to-heart chat on the romantic aspects of Star Wars. Starting with the bantering romance between the smug scoundrel and the prim princess of the original trilogy, to the doomed-from-the-start love affair between the bad boy Jedi and the “absolute-angel” from the prequels. And, well, everything in between…

After all, “Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” Alfred Lord Tennyson

  • News Recap: Star Wars Rebels: video clip from “The Legacy of Mandalore.” Bob Iger’s statement on “The Skywalker Saga.” Reddit Fan Theory on Benecio Del Torro’s character and More!
  •  Listener Feedback & Poll Participation: Results are in! Character Couples, who won?
  • Our TOP 5 Space Married or Star Wars Couples: We name our favorite couples of the Star Wars universe and we discuss yours too.
  • A picture is worth a thousand words: in this episode we feature a photo of the late Carrie Fisher on set of A New Hope listening intently and hanging on every word from her costar, Harrison Ford. We discuss the relevance of the dialogue spoken in “Indiana Jones” between Indy & Marion, and how that may have imitated Real Life.
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Can't Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley (Haley Reinhart Cover)


Feb 7, 2017

Welcome to Kanata's Castle! The podcast that's rated “E” for everyone. Becca Benjamin and Devon Meyers a.k.a. Red5Mom, make their debut on the Podcast Network with a fun, and entertainingly engaging atmosphere. After all, it's a cantina. So grab an ice cold glass of blue milk and enjoy the show! It's all about Luke Skywalker: I thought he was a myth?


  • The recent Star Wars news: “Red Cup” the Han Solo standalone film, Rian Johnson on Episode VIII and The Last Jedi, the latest novels coming from Del Rey and Disney Books, Star Wars Celebration, and Drowning in Moonlight Gala
  • Luke Skywalker: Who is he now? We discuss Luke Skywalker from start to finish, from A New Hope - into the canonical novels and comics - with a touch of lore from Star Wars Rebels and into The Force Awakens.
  • We introduce “a picture is worth a thousand words” with the ending scene from Episode VII featuring a pained Luke Skywalker.
  • Special thank you to Liam @LunaticGrunge for lending his voice as Bala-Tik in our opening introduction and to Joey Raphael for his artistic talents that contributed to our logo of Maz Kanata. He can be found/contacted at and on Twitter @sensibleworld


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