Episode 61 – We love the Star Wars Read Along books & records. Let’s begin now!

This is story of Jason & Gabe listening to the Star Wars Read Along books from the 70s and 80s.  You will know it is time to turn the page when you hear R2-D2 beep like this –  beep-boop-waa-weeo!

Let’s begin now….

That’s right, join Blast Points this week as they take a close up listen to the the weird, awesome and mysterious Read Along books for the original trilogy!  Did they tell the future?  Is there a Clone Wars voice connection?  How are they connected to Tom Cruise?!!  Find out in this laugh filled episode!!

Before that there the weekly news with info on our first look at at the main characters in The Last Jedi, Celebration Orlando’s big panel and the latest on your next favorite movie, STAR WORLDS!

Get out your record player, listen to BLAST POINTS & celebrate the love!!

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Rebels Reviews – Legacy of Mandalore

STAR WARS REBELS
“Legacy of Mandalore”
By Jason Gibner

Alright Rebels, you earned it.  That’s right, you get the intercontinental championship belt with this one.  Legacy of Mandalore is yet another blue ribbon brilliant episode that somehow not only captures that elusive brand of Star Wars magic but show that the galaxy far, far away can thrive on the small screen.  This is an episode to show to anyone who ever questions not just this show but if it was possible for Star Wars Rebels to ever match the quality of Clone Wars.  This is an episode that makes the entire series better while it echoes some the best qualities of its older sibling series.   Here we have a story that is not afraid to take the time it needs to properly convey real deal  emotion, have a dash of saber fueled fist pumping action and manage in 22 minutes to take viewers somewhere they’ve never been before.  This is just good Star Wars.

Opening up right where Trials of the Darksaber left off, we see Sabine, Ezra, Kanan and Fenn Rau headed to the snowy planet Krownest so Sabine can bring the mythical Darksaber to her mother and hopefully convince her to have Clan Wren join the fledgling Alliance.  Things do go as planned as when they enter the atmosphere, they are attacked by a group of totally cool looking rocket jetpack flying Mando warriors.  Once on the ground, the saber is handed off and some old family wounds are opened up before a seriously fun action climax takes place.   To say that the last couple episodes of Rebels have finally given the criminally underused Sabine Wren some brilliant material is a bit of a parsec of an understatement.   By deepening her relationship with her Mandalorian past, her family, the built in connection with Star Wars history, and her exciting future in the saga, the show has finally shown the character the respect she’s been due for quite a while now.


This episode’s bittersweet ending could start some Twitter wars about how it goes down and what it means for the future, but show head honcho Dave Filoni promises the obvious fact that more Mando action is on the way.  Mandalorian history and culture is something that’s existed in the minds of fans since 1980 and for Clone Wars to begin to tell that story and for it to continue so surprisingly and in such a compelling way in Rebels is just plain awesome.  I for one can not wait to see what happens next with this Mandalorian epic they’ve created here and if this is any indication on how the rest of season three is gonna go then we are in for some fun.

Final grade: A

Use The Forks! – Star Wars Cooking

USE THE FORKS!
Star Wars Cooking
by Kathy Bejma

Ahhh… Doomed romance. The cornerstone of any space opera.
Who would have thought that the love between a slave and an elected queen wouldn’t work out in the end?
He hates sand, she believes in democracy.
He wants more power over people, she’s fighting for liberty.
He gets a super sophisticated gold fake arm, and she never even gets an ultrasound from an OBGYN.
Yet we were all hoping these two crazy kids would find a way to make it work.
Too bad he choked her into unconsciousness when she was like 8 months pregnant.

But let’s focus on the happier days when Anakin and Padme first met. Stranded on Tatooine, Queen Amidala’s (familiar-looking) handmaiden, Jar Jar Binks and Qui-Gon Jinn wander into Watto’s junk shop looking for parts to repair their ship. And who do they meet? Ani, little Ani, who genuinely wants to know if Padme is an angel because they are the most beautiful creatures in the universe. Isn’t that sweet? And she wasn’t even wearing all her queen stuff!

So even though it didn’t work out so well in the end (their kids are pretty great though), here’s a recipe to commemorate happier times, and a killer opening line.
Are you an Angel… Food Cake?

Ingredients:

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
12 egg whites, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
Hershey’s Special Dark (side) chocolate syrup

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 325°F. Spray your Vader Pan with non-stick spray and set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour and 3/4 cup of the sugar. Set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the egg whites, salt, vanilla and almond extracts.
Beat until the mixture is just frothy, then sprinkle the cream of tartar on top and continue beating until stiff, glossy peaks forms.
Add the remaining sugar, a little at a time and continue to beat.
Using a spatula, fold in the dry ingredients in 3 additions.
Spoon the batter into the Vader pan, leaving about 1/2 an inch from the top, and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake, comes out clean.
Remove the cake from the oven, and allow it to cool for a full hour.
After the hour is up, loosen the edges of the cake with a knife, then remove it from the pan by inverting it onto a cooling rack.
Pour a large pool of chocolate syrup in the center of the cake, and using an off-set spatula, spread the syrup all the way to the edges, allowing it to drip over the sides.
Cut into slices, and enjoy while ignoring the age difference between you and your angel.

Episode 60 – The Romantic Love Talk of Anakin Skywalker (Smoothtalker)

Jason and Gabe and celebrating Valentine’s Day the only way anyone should and that’s with a tribute to the most romantic person ever in the Star Wars films, Anakin Skywalker! They talk about his most love filled lines and how his gifted Jedi skills also spread into his velvet like way with words. It’s a loving and laugh filled tribute the Chosen One and his carefully chosen talk!
Before that, they go over some of the latest news like Judi Dench saying “Reylo”, Han Solo movie casting, upcoming Rebels episodes and the first guest announcements for Star Wars Celebration! Plus, Watto talk and this week’s Bor Gullet mention!!
So get out your Barry White record, light some candles, make some space fruit float and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!!

May the Force be with you, always.

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Episode 59 – Living and Rocking in these Star Warz with The Rebel Force Band

This week, Jason and Gabe take a look at one of the greatest, grooviest and rarely heard musical moments in Star Wars history, Dan Whitley’s Rebel Force Band!  Released in 1977, the album Living in These Star Warz features amazing songs like “Ballad of Obi-Wan”, “Chewie The Rookie Wookiee” and “Respirator for Darth Vader”.  This album is everything we want in groovy Star Wars tunes and more.  We go through each song and give a little bit of history on how we discovered this gem and how it ever happened.

Before all that rocking out, there’s the latest news with talk about Wedge in Rogue One, the Han Solo movie starting filming, the future of Lando and some interesting theories on The Last Jedi.

So listen today, don’t fall in love with an android, put on your dancing shoes and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!

Check out Dan Whitley at : http://www.danwhitleymusic.com

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Editorial – The Importance of Jyn Erso

The Importance of Jyn Erso

By Jason Gibner 

 

There was a disturbing trend that started around the release of Rogue One with major entertainment journalists writing about how Jyn Erso’s character was left on the cutting room floor or how she lacked personality or wasn’t as strong of a character as Rey and blah and blah and blah.  I didn’t understand that then and now that the film has been out for over a month now, that kind of chatter seems to be the new norm amongst a certain percentage of fans out there.  Not only do I not like that icky way of thinking, I would even argue that Jyn Erso is not only a complex and fascinating character, she is one of THE MOST important characters in Star Wars history.

Let me explain:

When we first meet Jyn, she is a young girl watching her family literally torn apart as The King of Bad Luck Orson Krennic takes away her father and Deathtroopers kill her mother.   She is later rescued by Rebel guerrilla fighter Saw Gerrera and I’m sure has a fun time living in stinky caves being taught to fight until she’s 16 and Saw ditches her in cave with only a knife, loaded blaster and a pack of gum.  So here we have a person who looks at the Empire and the Alliance with equal disdain and distrust.  Her whole life has her being an afterthought in this giant galactic civil war and every move she’s made has been wrapped around these two sides fighting.  Because of this confusion and heartache, Jyn has turned herself off to all the political activity of her time.  She travels around the galaxy with an alias.  She has left her old life behind and would rather now just be nobody and blend in with the crowd looking out for only herself.  Awoken in an Imperial prison by water dripping on her face, she stares longingly at the Kyber Crystal necklace given to her by her mother.  “Trust the Force”, she said.  Surely, at that moment she does not have much faith in that ancient religion, but then as we know “the force moves in mysterious ways…”

Things change once her father befriends an Imperial cargo pilot named Bodhi with the hope that maybe his message of how to destroy the Empire’s destroyer of worlds will get to Saw and just maybe his daughter is still there with him.  Within his extremely important message of hope for the galaxy is also a personal message to his daughter if she is still alive.   Completing her father’s mission becomes Jyn’s personal quest and she will do it with or without the Rebel Alliance.   Her quest of mentally getting back home  and repairing the damage done to her family is greater than any of the back and forth of the Empire or the Alliance.  During her passionate speech to the Alliance council, you can see the looks on Mon Mothma and Bail Organa’s faces.  Her fire is exactly what the stagnant, fragmented Alliance needs at that moment.  After they tell her that a mission to Scarif can’t happen, what does she do?  Against the odds, she goes anyways.  This is the kind of David vs Goliath attitude that the Rebellion was founded on but had become lost under rules and battling opinions.   Mon Mothma’s smile when she is told that Raddus is commanding an attack fleet to Scarif to protect Jyn’s team says it all.

Let’s look at Jyn Erso while she is stealing the Death Star plans.  Over and over again, it becomes clear for her that there is no getting off Scarif alive in this mission.   Even when Cassian is knocked out, Jyn “No Retreat, No Surrender” Erso keeps climbing and shoves herself through a death trap heat vent hole thing.   Finally confronted on that catwalk by Krennic, Jyn wastes no time reminding him and herself who she is what she is fighting for.    She still may not care for either side of the war that explodes in the sky around her, but she does care about her family that loved her and for what’s the right to do.

Had Jyn not begged the uptight Alliance to listen to her and then go off and rebel on her own, the Empire would eventually find Yavin and destroy it.  Ben Kenobi & Yoda would grow old alone in their huts on far away planets, Leia Organa would likely be captured and terminated on the Death Star, and the last Jedi would sit on the moisture farm looking up at the sky and wondering what else is out there for him.  With her compassion and ability to never quit the fight, Jyn Erso not only lights the fire of the Rebel Alliance, she plants the seed that ends up saving the entire galaxy and brings about the return of Jedi.

The history books in the Star Wars universe may not have a chapter on the brave Jyn Erso and her unbelievably heroic actions but us viewers of these Journals of the Whills have Rogue One to see just how things went down.  The only one who would live to tell the story of Jyn and the daring crew of the Rogue One would be likely Mon Mothma.   I would love a story or comic one day as she tells of a passionate criminal daughter of an Imperial scientist who inspired the very spirit of the Alliance that carried forward.  Mothma would likely tell the young eager soldiers of the Alliance or the New Republic that everything they have is because of a woman she met once who was named Jyn Erso.   People may think that Mothma is just telling a story to inspire others, but we know the truth that often some of the greatest heroes are not the ones who get the medals.

Episode 58 – 20 Years of The Star Wars Special Edition. Whimsy Thoughts & Crazy Crazy Nights

Take a trip back to 1997 as Jason and Gabe remember all the hype, insanity and good times that was the Star Wars Special Edition. How many times did Jason see it in two days? Did Gabe discover anything new while watching the old VHS tape again? Just how much Taco Bell did they eat to get all those awesome little Star Wars kids meal toys?
Before that there’s Gabe’s thoughts on the Disney Star Wars Land & his one on one with E.T. after his recent trip to Orlando AND they both discuss the many, many possibilities of the Episode 8 title, THE LAST JEDI!
So get comfy, grab your Ronto action figure and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!

May the Force be with you, always.

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