If you’re a podcast listener who is also a fan of Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, or Star Wars, maybe you’ve already heard of Binge Mode. And trust me, The Ringer doesn’t particularly need any help in the podcast promotion department. However, there’s just something about Binge Mode that compelled me to write about it. With The Rise of Skywalker and The Mandalorian bringing fans plenty of things to discuss in the land of Star Wars, it felt like a good time to bring up the podcast.
Binge Mode is hosted by Mallory Rubin and Jason Conception, both of whom I happen to find highly entertaining. When you put them together on a podcast, it’s basically non-stop fun, and you can tell that they love what they’re doing. That’s something that I have always hoped comes across in my podcasts, even when I’m discussing not-so-great Stephen King adaptations on Chat Sematary. That also makes it something I much appreciate. Have you ever listened to a podcast where it doesn’t seem like the hosts are having much fun? It makes it exponentially less fun to listen to.
I’ve still yet to make my way through all of their Harry Potter episodes. I went through their episodes on the first book and movie, but thanks to their plethora of Star Wars content, I’ve been preoccupied with that. What I find most impressive with the podcast (aside from the entertainment level) is how deep Mallory and Jason dive into the subjects. Each episode on The Mandalorian has been longer than the actual episodes of the show. You know they’re diving deep when the podcast ends up running almost three times as long as the show’s runtime.
The podcast has me wanting to go back and watch all of the movies, even though I have roughly a million other things on my watch list at the moment. Their energy and passion for the subject shine through. I haven’t put together any official end of the year lists so far, but Binge Mode is high on my list of favorite podcasts from this year.
Earlier this year, I also wrote about Inside Star Wars and was impressed with the behind-the-scenes information covered. Binge Mode: Star Wars feels like a nice companion to that show because of how the hosts make connections between the movies and shows. I don’t know if it will happen, but I’d love to hear takes on other media on the podcast. As someone who has read at least some of the canon books and comics, there’s so much to dive into. For now, though, I’m perfectly content enjoying whatever Star Wars content they release and can’t wait for their insights on The Rise of Skywalker.