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Episode 238: ‘The Acolyte’ and the Theology of Star Wars. Plus, an Interview with Judas and John of ‘The Chosen’


Galaxies are, by definition, pretty big things. But one particular galaxy—that of the Star Wars franchise—just keeps getting bigger.

Star Wars: The Acolyte is Star Wars’ latest addition. It takes viewers to a time 100 years before the Empire, when the Jedi were still the galaxy’s coolest cops. But underneath all that peace and prosperity, trouble is brewing. And at the center of the cauldron? A former Jedi apprentice named Osha, suspected of killing a Jedi master or two.

The Acolyte is plenty spiritual, but that’s nothing new for Star Wars. After we unpack the show for you, we’ll launch into a broader conversation about the theology of Star Wars. Our own Kennedy Unthank wrote a blog on the subject, and he, Adam Holz and I discuss The Acolyte, the franchise and just what the coolest spaceship in the Star Wars galaxy is.

Then, Adam will sit down with Luke Dimyan and George H. Xanthis, who play Judas and John in The Chosen series. It’s a fascinating conversation you won’t want to miss.

And then, we’d love it if you chose to talk with us for a bit. Leave us a missive on Facebook or Instagram. Write us a letter at [email protected]. Or leave us a voicemail on our Plugged In Show homepage. You can even try to send us a message via the Force—but we can’t guarantee we’d get it.

And then be sure to listen to our show next week, when we talk about Inside Out 2. You won’t want to miss that conversation, either.

Paul Asay

Paul Asay has been part of the Plugged In staff since 2007, watching and reviewing roughly 15 quintillion movies and television shows. He’s written for a number of other publications, too, including Time, The Washington Post and Christianity Today. The author of several books, Paul loves to find spirituality in unexpected places, including popular entertainment, and he loves all things superhero. His vices include James Bond films, Mountain Dew and terrible B-grade movies. He’s married, has two children and a neurotic dog, runs marathons on occasion and hopes to someday own his own tuxedo. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.