On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full, spoiler-filled detail. In this episode, Slate’s movie critic, Dana Stevens, Slate’s chief political correspondent, Jamelle Bouie, and Slate senior editor Forrest Wickman discuss the new Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens. How did it measure up against the original trilogy, the prequels, and our own expectations? Did writer-director J.J. Abrams capture the spirit of Star Wars? And what did we make of the movie’s biggest surprise?
Listen to them discuss these and other questions below. You can also check out past Spoiler Specials in our archive, and you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Note: As the title indicates, each installment contains spoilers galore.