Episode 140 – Dark Empire, Dark Luke, Dark Horse & Dark Expectations

This week Jason and Gabe are jumping into the Force Storm and talking all about the epic 1991 Star Wars comic, DARK EMPIRE!  It was the best selling Star Wars comic of the time, it came out just months after Heir to the Empire, it launched SW at Dark Horse and it was a major game changer.  These books first gave us Battle Droids, Holocrons, Dark Side Luke Skywalker and possibly lead to some lofty expectations on what the post ROTJ galaxy was like.  We go into how it happened, it’s odd story and how it’s rich legacy is still felt today!

PLUS :  Episode 9 location speculation, Solo at home, the Escape from L.A. connection & so much more!!

So join the naked Palpatine boy band & celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!

Episode 139 – Adventures In ABCs With Star Wars And Poetry! (BACK TO SCHOOL)

It’s back to school time and Blast Points is here to help with our look at 1984’s thought provoking & bizarre read along book & record, Star Wars Adventures in ABCs!  Read by William Woodson and of course Anthony Daniels, it’s a strange trip through Star Wars, the alphabet and experimental poetry.  What Star Wars thing relates to what letter?  Is Greedo’s theme music revealed?  And what does it have to do with 1989 thrash metal kings Gothic Slam?  Listen & find out!!

PLUS : The return of Episode 9 BeardWatch and terrifying Galaxy’s Edge news!

So get out your bongos & celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!

Experience the art of Adventures in ABCs here: https://youtu.be/_GtW6Zo60Dg

 

EPISODE 138 – The Force Of THX – 1138

It’s episode 138 so that can only mean this week Jason and Gabe are talking all about George Lucas’ first feature film, the fantastic THX-1138!  How did the film even happen and what are it’s themes and visual cues that are present in Star Wars’ past & present?  How did the basic DNA of THX-1138 show up in Clone Wars?  The Last Jedi?  Tune in as Blast Points goes into the void prison and discovers there is even more THX-1138 in the galaxy, far, far away then we first thought!

PLUS:  We catch up on the news with Episode 9 casting!  Resistance!  The live action TV show!  Jean Claude Van Damme!  and more!

So buy more, be happy & celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!

BONUS EPISODE – Why YOU love Return of the Jedi

It’s the end of the epic RETURN OF THE JEDI month and now it’s time to hear from YOU on why you love Return of the Jedi!! Things get started with an awesome interview with Oola herself, Femi Taylor and the fun messages from listeners just keep going from there!
So get down to the cool sounds of Jedi Rocks and celebrate the love with some BONUS POINTS!

Episode 137 – J.W. Rinzler And The Early Drafts Of Return Of The Jedi

 

Return of the Jedi month rages on and this week Jason and Gabe are talking about the early ROTJ screenplay drafts with the none other than the author of The Making of Return of the Jedi and so much more, J.W. Rinzler!   Together they all dive into red hot juicy subjects like : how did the drafts fit Jedi evolve?  What was Leia originally going to be doing during the film’s opening?  What kind of influence did the conerpt art have?  Who was a mysterious Imperial character who got cut?  How did the relationship between Vader and Palpatine change?  What was added during the epic ROTJ story conferences?

PLUS : When did Alec Guinness almost quit Star Wars?  What doesn’t Lucas get enough credit for & just how many Star Wars movies were originally planned?

So put on that Vader helmet, declare yourself Emperor and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!

Visit J.W. Rinzler’s site for info on All Up, his Star Wars books and more:

http://www.jwrinzler.com

 

J.W. Rinzler on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/jwrinzler

 

Episode 136 – The Sounds Of Return Of The Jedi

Return of the Jedi month continues as we examine the amazing and fascinating SOUNDS of ROTJ! With this third movie, Lucasfilm sound maniac Ben Burtt began to take on a much larger role in not only design the film’s rich soundscape but being more hands on in every aspect of what you hear. Join us as we explore that rich history and go way in-depth on 37 of ROTJ’s most classic sounds! From burps to Frankenstein to an unborn child’s heartbeat… we go over it all!!

PLUS : Awesome listener voice messages on why YOU love RETURN OF THE JEDI!

So call up Grandma Vodka and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!

Finding Nien Numb:

https://www.starwars.com/news/the-road-to-rotich-finding-nien-nunb-part-1
https://www.starwars.com/news/the-road-to-rotich-finding-nien-nunb-part-2

 

 

 

Use the Forks – Star Wars Cooking

USE THE FORKS!
Star Wars Cooking

 

Mon Calas have always been vital assets to the rebel alliance, especially Prince Lee-Char, Nahdar Vebb, and from the cold side of the planet, Raddus. But the most famous Mon Cala citizen has to be Admiral Ackbar. Even though he doesn’t show up until Return of the Jedi, he still feels like a major character in the original trilogy. He’s an excellent commander, who makes plenty of hard decisions, and I wouldn’t have anyone else informing me that “It’s a trap!”

After being freed from Imperial Slavery by Juno Eclipse, he joined the Rebel Alliance. He also successfully recruited all of Mon Calamari to the cause. He fought in many battles and played a major role in securing the New Republic, after the Rebel victory on Endor. He’s also an AMAZING singer! Who knew?!
Which makes it all the more sad that he won’t be back for episode 9. :’( I can’t lie, his death hit me pretty hard. It was just so sudden, and I love Ackbar! As relieved as I was that General Organa was okay, it barely took the sting out of losing Ackbar. *sigh*

Admiral Gial Ackbar, I salute you with a batch of cheesy goldfish crackers, shaped like your face.

Admiral Ackbar Crack-Ars

 

Makes 18

Ingredients:
  • 8 oz (or 1 standard-sized bag) extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2-3 Tablespoons ice water
Directions:
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix together the cheese, butter and salt.
  2. Add the flour, and mix until pebbly.
  3. Slowly add the ice water, and mix until the dough forms a ball. You may not need all the water.
  4. Shape the dough into a disc, wrap in plastic, and place it in the fridge for half an hour.
  5. Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees F.
  6. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper, and set aside.
  7. Divide the dough into 4 pieces, and roll each portion to about a 1/4″ thick.
  8. Using an Ackbar cookie cutter, cut out your crackers, and transfer them to your prepared baking sheets. With this particular cookie cutter, I used one side to cut the shape of Ackbar’s Head, then I flipped the cutter over and stamped his face on top of the shape.
  9. Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until puffed and browned at the edges.
  10. Place on a wire rack to cool. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.
  11. It’s been an honor snacking with all of you.

Episode 135 – Kirk Thatcher’s Adventures In Return Of The Jedi (Featuring Tom Spina!)

Return of the Jedi month continues as Tom Spina joins Jason and Gabe to talk to the legendary Kirk Thatcher about his days in the ROTJ creature department! The free wheeling, epic conversation ranges from starting at ILM at age 19, painting the Sarlacc, George Lucas’ favorite restaurant, watching dailies, going to the bar with Ewoks, hanging out with Carrie Fisher, and hazy memories from the epic ROTJ wrap party! Kirk has an endless amount of hilarious behind the scenes stories and this is a crazy fun one you won’t want to miss!‬
PLUS : Tom talks about his amazing experience with Magic Wheeler at San Diego Comic Con!

So keep painting that puppet movie’s hole in the sand and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!

Kirk Thatcher on Twitter : https://twitter.com/KirkThatcher
Tom Spina Designs : www.tomspinadesigns.com
Regal Robot : www.regalrobot.com

Rick Springfield Bop ‘Til You Drop video : https://youtu.be/YLnu8SzOGfs

Episode 134 – Classic Creatures And The Mick Jagger Lips Of ROTJ

Jason and Gabe are kicking off Return of the Jedi month with a look at the classic 1983 documentary, Classic Creatures!  It’s a mind blowing look at the good, the bad, the cute and the cuddly of ROTJ!  Our documentary hosts Carrie Fisher & Billy Dee Williams talk about Wiebba Wiebba, let Ackbar sing & show us just how the creatures of ROTJ were made!  If that wasn’t enough there’s Lucas with his shirt unbuttoned dangerously low, Mick Jagger lips, sleepy Phil Tippett, and the word “penetrate”.

PLUS: the JJ Episode 9 photo, an exciting Beardwatch & so much more!

So dare to be cute, celebrate the love and listen to BLAST POINTS!

Watch Classic Creatures:

https://youtu.be/7UifgdkGSas

Who is Wiebba Wiebba?

https://www.starwars.com/news/star-wars-mysteries-who-is-wiebba-wiebba