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How the Force Works – Episode I – The Legacy
Part one of this three-part podcast miniseries features a (very) brief history of our host’s introduction to both Star Wars and John Williams, the way Star Wars has traditionally been scored (and how that approach was changed for the Last Jedi), the difference between a motif and a theme, the series’ prior callbacks to its own legacy, and how John Williams’ tends to interpret emotion through his music for the saga.

How the Force Works – Episode II – The Themes
Part two of this three-part podcast miniseries steps through how John Williams’ use of leitmotif changed film history, the way his recurring themes are used in The Last Jedi, the (few) new themes that were written for the film, and the way motifs and themes have been manipulated and repurposed throughout the series’ history—by Williams, his collaborators, and his listeners.

How the Force Works – Episode III – The Moments
The final part of this three-part podcast miniseries examines the score to some of the film’s biggest, most impactful moments, their most outright FUN set-pieces, how those compositions reinforce the thematic strength of the film, and help build the characterizations of the heroes and villains moving through them.

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