About What The Force?

WHAT THE FORCE? is a very meta Star Wars podcast and fan community that explores the movies, TV, animation, books, and associated canon of Star Wars, as well as the fans, the Force, and everything in between from an intersectional perspective. The show, hosted by Marie-Claire Gould, seeks to consider Star Wars as a lens for life and engage with the mythological and story-driven influences of Star Wars to find a Campbellian viewpoint on all our lives.

Marie-Claire loves to talk about Star Wars through the lenses of the inspirations and influences of the creators. Not only talking about Joseph Campbell but also Jungian psychology as a way to think about Star Wars and her own life. “I want more people to talk about Stars Wars in a meta way that engages directly with the symbolism, psychology, and with this mythopoeia. And to find a way to seek your own joy through the stories you love.”

Land Acknowledgment

This podcast associated with oral traditions is produced in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and in the spirit of reconciliation, we acknowledge that we live, work and play on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuut’ina, the Îyâxe Nakoda Nations, the Métis Nation (Region 3), and all people who make their homes in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta.

Powerful light, Powerful thanks.

What The Force? is supported and uplifted by our listeners, followers, and Patreon supporters. In addition, we would like to extend a special thank you to (add special thanks like Kyle Gould, etc.)

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Marie-Claire Gould

Marie-Claire Gould

Marie-Claire is the creator, host, publisher, and editor of What the Force? A Star Wars Fandom Podcast. At a young age she burnt out her beta-max version of the Original Trilogy, since then she has been a fan of Star Wars and the fandoms that have developed.

One day while bothering her husband with another interesting factoid about Star Wars, he convinced her to create her own podcast. The rest is history. Marie-Claire loves speaking with people about what makes Star Wars real for them.

Marie-Claire enjoys other fandoms including Star Trek, comics, Marvel, DC, cartoons, gaming, board games, video games, art, and drawing things that fandoms have inspired. In addition to breathing Star Wars, she is a player in Tavern Tales, she is currently DMing a D&D campaign for her friends and one for her family.

Marie-Claire wrote and directed the Fangirls Audio Drama all about Star Wars Fangirls.

365 Star Wars Podcast Spotlight

Ty Black

Although somewhat new to the Star Wars fandom​, Ty Black has always been a student of film technique and storytelling. She runs a YouTube channel called Wit and Folly, a name based on two of her favorite fantasy series. Ty is a lover of all things weird: where the grotesque meets the beautiful, the mythology meets the technology, and where the prince falls in love with the scavenger.

Twitter: @Black_TyM YouTube: Wit & Folly

Christy Carew

Meta Music with Christy Carew (@Christy_Carew) explores everything musically from how it’s done to perhaps what it means.

Christy is an award-winning composer working in Hollywood, a 32-year Star Wars nut, and a huge John Williams fan. She was chosen as a composer fellow for the prestigious 2018 Sundance Institute Film Music Lab which took place at Skywalker Sound. Christy was also a participant in the renowned 2019 ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop. She composed the music for the six-part documentary series about women and non-binary folx in the Star Wars fandom, Looking for Leia, which was picked up by Syfy. Christy is also an amazing Keyboard warrior on Tumblr. Christy also writes about the music of Star Wars on Twitter @Christy_Carew or on her Site.

Alex Kane

Alex Kane is a freelance journalist based in west-central Illinois. He’s written about video games and pop culture for Fangoria, Forbes, Polygon, the website of Rolling Stone, http://StarWars.com, Variety, and other publications. His first book, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, a work of nonfiction, was published by Boss Fight Books in April 2019. Alex Co-hosts The Mandalorian podcast on What The Force? Follow him on Twitter at @alexjkane.

James Dalton

James Dalton (Skull’s Armory and @skullflare) is a member of the 501st Legion – “Bad Guys Doing Good”. James is second in charge of the local Badlands Garrison and has been making costumes with them for 5 years including such kits as Clone and Scariff Troopers. He has also outfitted his wife and son as Jawas. 


Photos posted to the Blog

501st legion Official Site

Badlands Garrison

Running of the Hoods

Liam Rathgeber

Liam used to not be Liam but now he is. He likes Star Wars but not as much as some people like Star Wars.