Episode 114 : Godspeed, Rebels


It’s so hard to say goodbye to Star Wars Rebels but Blast Points is here to help get you through it all.  Join Jason & Gabe as they look at the show’s past, it’s strengths, the challenges it faced and where they dream Lucasfilm Animation could go next.  From those mysterious voices in-between worlds, the legacy of Ashoka Tano, giant wolves, to our hero AP-5 singing in space, Blast Points toasts four wild seasons of the Ghost Crew adventures.

PLUS :  Star Wars TV stuff, the Last Jedi deleted scene with Phasma whoop hogging it up, going Solo at Denny’s, listener reviews and The Lucas’ lively, action packed speech at Mark Hamill’s Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony!

So put on those Duran Duran records, head into the unknown regions with Space Whales and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!

Episode 113 : The Art of The Art of The Phantom Menace

Listen as Jason & Gabe take a look back at 1999’s The Art of Star Wars, Episode I The Phantom Menace! It was the dawn of a new era of Star Wars concept art and it’s just as fascinating today as it was then!  Doug Chiang endlessly drawing Battle Droids in the attic of Skywalker Ranch resulted in a legacy in Star Wars design that can still be felt today.  They talk about their favorite illustrations from the book, Jabba on thrones, the idea of an older Anakin, Jar-Jar’s pet dog and MORE!

PLUS: there’s some Solo speculation and a whole lot of Old Man Snoke love!  So sip some morning coffee with Sebulba, smoke a cigar with a booger and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!

Use The Forks – Star Wars Cooking

Star Wars Cooking


Hello, what have we here? 

Why it’s the leader of cloud city, original owner of the Millennium Falcon, and a man not a system- Lando Calrissian! Who doesn’t love Lando? Out of all the action figures I have, Lando makes up the highest percentage of the population. I’ve got a lot of Landos!

He has the best capes, the coolest BFF (Lobot), and he more than redeemed himself after being forced to betray Han and Leia (BTW, do you think they all sat down and ate dinner with Vader after the trap was sprung? I wonder what space food was served…). The disguise he wore to Jabba’s palace while rescuing Han was super sneaky. Certainly not as sneaky as Leia’s, but it’s a good thing he pulled down his mask a bit, so we could tell it was him! SURPRISE SURPRISE

Despite causing a temporary setback in the rebel’s plan, and almost getting eaten by Sarlacc, he went on to lead the assault on the second Death Star, and fired the shot that destroyed it. It’s hard to stay mad at Lando for long! So let’s all swish our capes, make a bad deal, and sit down to enjoy a nice post-betrayal meal in his honor.

Oh! And Ps -I’m counting down the days until I get to see him wear a big fur coat in SOLO! 
Surprise Surprise, Lando Pot Pies

Makes 2 bowls or 4 mugs 

  • 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup celery, chopped
  • 1/4 cup carrot, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 1/4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken, cooked & shredded OR vegetarian chick’n (https://www.quorn.us/products/vegan-chicken-tenders)
  • 1/4 cup frozen peas
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
2. In a large saucepan over medium-heat, melt the butter.
3. Saute onions, celery, carrots and garlic for a few minutes until the onions are slightly browned.
4. Stir in the flour, thyme, poultry seasoning, salt, & pepper. Continue to cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
5. Slowly stir in broth and cream.
6. Add nutmeg, chicken, and frozen peas.
7. Continue to cook for another minute or so until everything is evenly combined.
8. Ladle the mixture into individual oven-safe soup bowls or mugs, leaving about 1/2 an inch at the top. 
9. Cut the puff pastry into circles or squares that are large enough to cover each bowl or mug.
10. Press the puff pastry down around the edges of each bowl or mug to ensure it adheres to the edges.
11. Brush the top of each puff pastry with melted butter and slice two slits to allow steam to escape.
12. Place bowls or mugs onto a baking sheet, and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the puff pastry is golden brown.
13. Enjoy while praying the deal isn’t altered any further.

Rebels Review – “Wolves and a Door” “A World Between Worlds”

“Wolves and a Door” “A World Between Worlds”


“Through the Force, things you will see. Other places. The future…the past. Old friends long gone.”

Shortly after these episodes aired, there was a lot of online chatter on how THESE STAR WARS REBELS CHANGE EVERYTHING or STAR WARS INTRODUCED SOME THING NEW AND IT WILL NEVER BE THE SAME and possibly maybe even SHOW BASED ON POPULAR SPACE WIZARDS MOVIES JUST DID ANOTHER WEIRD THING.   Did these two episodes get kinda bug out freak out crazy?  Sure.  Is it a radical new thing departure from what we’ve seen in Star Wars before? Especially when just a couple months ago we had a bearded Luke Skywalker meditating and floating over a rock while his projection talked smack to his greasy haired nephew? Not at all.  In my opinion, Star Wars is at its best when it is wacky weird.  Give me Star Wars when it steps outside the Boba Fett is a Badass comfort zone and delves deep into that mystical energy field.  So often the stories filled with heroes, villains, religious and mythic allegories are when it shines the brightest.  Like an angry Lucas once said, “it’s not about spaceships.”  I feel like Rebels show runner and obvious wolf superfan Dave Filoni might agree with that.   He wrote this stuff and watching these two episodes is like being at his house on a Saturday night after he’s had a whole bottle of champagne and he’s talking Star Wars.  It’s a little loopy, a little off the rails but it’s a rockin’ visual representation of what Star Wars has been dancing around for decades.

The whole thing starts out as the Rebels crew decides to find out what’s up with the mysterious jedi temple that the giant maybe Kanan Wolf wanted them to see.  As if that wasn’t already weird enough, they then ride the giant wolves across half of Lothal in some sort of ground hyperspace portal.  Once they get there they see that the Empire has gone all Raiders of the Lost Ark on the temple as they dig around it in a quest to use its power for evil reasons.

Here we are introduced to a creepy old Sith devotee named Minister Hyden who is voiced by the great Malcolm McDowell.  This little guy with a cool hat is obsessed with discovering the secrets of the temple so his master, Emperor Palpatine can better rule the galaxy.  As a sadistic and oddly sympathetic tool of a Sith Lord, Hyden is a more interesting bad guy in his 15 minutes of screen time then Thrawn has been for multiple seasons.

Once there and with a lot of help from Sabine, Ezra figures out how to get in the temple and then the show really kicks into high gear.  As he walks around the star filled space bridges, we hear dialog that spans everything from Force Awakens to A New Hope.  It’s a nice eerie touch as Ezra quickly realizes this Force place is an area beyond time and space made up of portals where you can enter and view other of major moments of history.

Ezra goes to a portal where he sees Ashoka’s battle with Lord Vader and at the last second, he explains what happened to Tano during the fight as he quickly pulls her out of there.  Ezra then does Ezra by acting clueless and he whining a lot about how he can stop people from dying.  It’s a little distracting as Ezra seemingly still doesn’t have a clue on not only how to be a Jedi but also how to function as a person. Finally, the former Padawan learner becomes the teacher as Ashoka reminds Ezra that he has to chill out and that he can not change the past and he must learn to let go of his former master.

This is where people seemed to freak out thinking time travel is now a thing in Star Wars.  It’s not.  It’s not suddenly Back to the Future or something and no Rey isn’t going back in time in Episode 9.  What Ezra enters is a physical version of an area of the Force.  He sees events from HIS past.  He’s not seeing Anakin and Obi-Wan fight on Mustafar or the death of Qui-Gon Jinn, it’s only what he knows.

This kind of mystical thing is an extension of what Rey experienced when she touched the Skywalker saber and traveled “through time”, when Luke saw himself in Vader’s mask in the cave or even Rey’s reflection cave in Last Jedi.  What is all that?  It doesn’t have a name or a clear cut answer because it shouldn’t.  The Force should remain weird and mystical and by introducing a not really new element to it all, just underlines that we, like even the masters in the films and shows, can’t categorize the Force and nobody will ever be able to fully understand it.  That frustrates some who want the Force to be as simple as Superman’s powers but i am sorry, that’s just not how the Force works.  People like Dave Filoni are the esteemed professors at Lucas college and this episode is like the introductory course in Keeping Star Wars Weird.  This Star Wars Rebels and Star Wars animation doing what it does best and these episodes come highly recommended.

Final grade : A 

Episode 112 – Marcia Lucas (The Mystery and Influence of Star Wars’ Most Secret Secret)

This week Jason & Gabe explore one of the greatest mysteries in Star Wars history, the past and continuing influence of MARCIA LUCAS! Her editing helped shape the saga but just how else did she help make the saga what we know it to be today?  Join us as we take a look at her life, career, her time time with GL & beyond.  It’s a fascinating look at one of the greatest unsung behind the scenes stories of the saga.

PLUS : Last Jedi blu ray talk, Episode 9 speculation, KISS references and so much more!

So, get out your Cokes & Hershey Bars and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!!

Rebels Review – ”Jedi Night” ”Dume”

“Jedi Night” “Dume”



Let’s just put it right out in the open.  These two episodes of Star Wars Rebels are some of the best stuff the show has ever done.  No, no young Master Codebreaker is not in it.  And no, it doesn’t feature a two hour tribute to Admiral Raddus’ face. It does however somehow manage to take almost all the awkward stuff that has plagued season four so far and perform a Jedi mind trick on us and made it all suddenly kinda awesome.  I’m still not sure who the bootleg Anakin kid is that’s hanging out on Lothal is or why I should care about Clancy Brown’s space Santa character but dammit who cares right now.   This is some mighty fine Star Wars action and I wanna talk about it.

The action starts as everyone is getting ready to go rescue Hera.  Kanan tells Ezra he should lead this mission and Sabine and Zeb put together some hang gliders so they can sneak into the Imperial base.  Kanan decides to go full Legend of Billie Jean at this moment and use a knife to cut his hair.  After debuting his new punk samurai new wave look, they head out to Governor Irina “Pryce” Spalko’s torture pad where she’s trying to get Hera to tell her where that Rebel hidden base is. After rescuing her, Spalko Pryce has the bright idea of stopping them by blowing up the fuel that’s pretty much bankrolling Thawn’s crazy TIE Fighter project.  The whole thing goes boom and Kanan has one final act of true Jedi selflessness as he saves his friends from the fiery explosion but not himself.

Kanan’s death is definitely the major moment of these two episodes and it is done absolutely perfectly.  We all knew the dude was probably doomed from day one but his actions during this whole episode justify him basically meditating through the rest of the season. Just like us, the guy knew this moment was coming and he would finally prove, mostly to himself that he was a Jedi Knight.   It’s an instant classic moment for Star Wars animation with breathtaking visuals and a score by Kevin Kiner that is a reminder that he’s a strong candidate to eventually score some Star Wars cinema.

That moment ripples through the next episode as everyone does their best to move on in whatever way they can.  Sabine and Zeb go off to try and stick one to the Empire, Hera and Chopper mourn and Ezra gets lost (again) and talks to a giant wolf who may or may not be the spirit of Kanan.  Eventually the huge wolf tells Ezra that he’s gotta go back to the Jedi Temple on Lothal and with that promise of some wacky Force stuff to come, we are left hanging until next week.

Is the reason this episode is able to soar when so many before have floundered simply because it actually handles actual consequences and real growth for the characters?  Something this show has gravely struggled with in the past?  As DJ would say, “maybe..?”  However, even before Kanan’s massive final moment, we are given a simple sense of fun and some easy breezy Star Wars magic that has eluded the show so many times before.  Even the effortless scene of the rebels flying around on homemade gliders made this sometimes grumpy Rebels viewer smile.

This is Star Wars Rebels firing at maximum firepower, finally making giant talking wolves interesting, giving hope for actually Ezra doing something and hopefully, HOPEFULLY slapping my wrist for ever doubting Dave Filoni. Bravo Rebels and I can’t wait to see where the next few episodes go.

Final grade :A


Episode 111 : Listener Emails, Voice Mesages, Questions & The Great All Nighter!

Jason and Gabe are back this week to discuss and read through all of the fantastic listener emails they’ve gotten in the past couple months!  There’s great questions & voice messages that lead to discussions on things like : The future of the saga, the fate of the singing frog man, Solo speculation, Midnight Madness, what makes Star Wars feel like Star Wars, Ewok movies, Ace Frehley, Anakin’s anger, background characters, Kit Fisto, Maz statues, light speed vs hyper space, C-3PO impressions and MORE!! Plus there is the first ever FAN OF THE WEEK or maybe the whole year!

It’s a fun filled episode that goes all over the place and maybe to a Pabst Blue Ribbon factory and Cherry Point!  So get on your Strategy Board and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!

Episode 110 – Love, Lucas Style

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, join Jason and Gabe as they celebrate Love, Lucas Style! They go over almost everything Lucas Love with : his wild relationship with Linda Ronstadt, Lucas tap dancing, playing guitar and what he may like to do on dates! Plus they take a look at the fan film classic, George Lucas in Love! Who likes and who kinda doesn’t? Listen and find out!!
PLUS : all the latest news with Solo stuff from Entertainment Weekly and the latest on Game of Thrones creators writing and producing some Star Wars!
So shave that beard, head to Taco Bell and celebrate the LOVE with BLAST POINTS!