How the Force Works – Episodes I-III

How the Force Works – Episodes I-III

How the Force Works – Episodes I-III
Released 12/28/17

Full of Sith proudly presents this three-part podcast miniseries on the soundtrack to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, focused on the meanings behind John Williams’ music and the methods behind its creation.

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.

Episode I tracklisting:
Yoda’s Theme (Empire Strikes Back)
Christmastime is Here (A Charlie Brown Christmas) – Vince Guaraldi Trio
Inner City (Star Wars)
Do They Know it’s Christmas – Band Aid
Into the Trap (Return of the Jedi)
Ewok Celebration (Return of the Jedi)
What a Fool Believes – The Doobie Brothers
The Throne Room and End Titles (Star Wars)
Theme to Superman
Main Title
Main Title and Escape
Beethoven’s 5th Symphony
Imperial Attack
Krennic’s Aspirations
The Return Home/Burning Homestead
The Ways of the Force
The Ways of the Force (Film Version)
Ben Kenobi’s Death and TIE Fighter Attack/Here They Come
The Battle of Crait
Enter Lord Vader

Includes excerpts from Star Wars Oxygen w/ David W. Collins, Rian Johnson’s appearance on Soundtracking with Edith Bowman, and from the BBC Documentary Star Wars: Music by John Williams


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.

Episode II tracklisting:
Main Titles (Blade Runner) – Vangelis
Theme to Escape From New York – John Carpenter
The Hunt from Planet of the Apes – Jerry Goldsmith
L’alba Dei Morti Viventi (Dawn of the Dead) – Goblin
The Flying Sequence (E.T. The Extra Terrestrial)
Theme to Jurassic Park
The Raiders March (Raiders of the Lost Ark)
Theme to Superman
The Last Jedi (Theatrical Trailer Score)
Ben Kenobi’s Death and TIE Fighter Attack (Star Wars)
The Droid Invasion (The Phantom Menace)
The March of the Resistance (The Force Awakens)
Snoke (The Force Awakens)
Imperial Attack (Star Wars)
The Imperial Suite (Rogue One)
The Imperial March (The Empire Strikes Back)
Hope (Rogue One)
Main Title and The Ice Planet Hoth (The Empire Strikes Back)
“Chrome Dome”
Peace and Purpose
The Jedi Steps
Ahch-To Island
Old Friends
Parade of the Ewoks (Return of the Jedi)
The Princess Appears (Star Wars)
Binary Sunset (alternate) (Star Wars: Special Edition)
The Princess Appears (Star Wars)
Fun with Finn and Rose
Anakin’s Theme (The Phantom Menace)
Theme to Amazing Stories
The Fathiers
The Rebellion is Reborn
A Spoonful of Sugar – Robert B. Sherman, Richard M. Sherman
The Supremacy
The Spark
Anakin’s Dark Deeds (Revenge of the Sith)
Torn Apart (The Force Awakens)

Includes an excerpt from “The New Force Behind Star Wars,” as aired on the CBS newsmagazine 60 Minutes, December 13, 2015.


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.

Episode III tracklisting:
Never Never Gonna Give You Up – Barry White
The Emperor (Return of the Jedi)
A New Alliance
Canto Bight
Jabba Flow (The Force Awakens) – Lin Manuel Miranda
Brazil – Geoff Muldaur (as composed by Ary Barroso)
The Office (Brazil) – Michael Kamen
Theme to The Long Goodbye
“Chrome Dome”
The Battle of Crait
The Scavenger (The Force Awakens)
The Cave
The Magic Tree (The Empire Strikes Back)
The Sacred Jedi Texts
The Last Jedi
Peace and Purpose

Written, produced & edited by Bobby Roberts

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  1. LukaSkyDancer

    Hello There,

    Once again, Full of Sith and Bobby Roberts have completely outdone themselves. Of course my love for movie soundtracks (as well as classical classical and modern classical music) is due to John Williams and Star Wars…beginning in 1977. Of course my playlists and music purchases are movie soundtrack based…but I could NEVER have put anything together of the connections from music to movie and back again, as Bobby did with these analyses. My undying thanks. Full of Sith makes the entire Star Wars experience…rich and richer. May the Force be with YOU!

  2. Squirmy

    Thank you for this Bobby! I’ve been really missing the lack of Star Wars Oxygen lately and you filled David Collins’ shoes rather nicely. I can’t remember if this has been mentioned somewhere between parts 1 through 3 but there is a track on John Williams’ “Green Album” from 1992 called “Theme For Earth Day” co-written by Patrick Williams that is eerily similar to “Fun With Finn and Rose.” Specifically Rose’s theme sounds like a more straightfoward completion of the ponderous begining of the leitmotif that begins @ 0:21 and 3:15 of this video:

    What’s funny is that when I first heard it, I thought Rose’s theme sounded like Superman Goes To Jurassic Park and that kind of makes sense considering Williams was working on the score for Jurassic Park around the same time he recorded this Green Album with a similar theme.

    It’s also possible that both of these themes composed by Williams were influenced by a more famous piece composed by one of John’s favorite composers like Ivor Stravinsky.

    Either way I thought it was a cool find.


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