Forceback Friday

Welcome to Blast Points Forceback Fridays where we spotlight some of our favorite episodes from the past.

Jason and Gabe are 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!!

Episode 158 – Hey, DJ!: A Celebration of DJ (aka Last Night a DJ Saved My Life)

Want an episode dedicated to the master “codebreaker”, thief, scoundrel and that man with a golden tongue, DJ?  Blast Points can do it!!  Join us as we look at the character, what he was all about, the pre-release controversy and finish it all out with the first ever epic DJ LINE BATTLE!  What DJ line from The Last Jedi reigns supreme?  Listen as we take turns going back and forth with DJ lines trying to figure out which one is the ultimate DJ line!  Is it Katoga?  Big F?  Maybe?  Listen and find out!!! PLUS: Great Moments in Star Wars Fan History, listener reviews and MORE!  So blip bloppity bloop & celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!! 

Forceback Friday

Welcome to Blast Points Forceback Fridays where we spotlight some of our favorite episodes from the past.

Join Jason & Gabe as they go back to the wild world of Star Wars prequel hype and the bizarre marriage of Star Wars and MTV! They’re talking everything from Duel of The Fates being a hot TRL chart topper to the huge Skywalker Ranch mid 2000s star studded parties for AOTC & ROTS! Most important of all, they go over the infamous Star Wars interviews with rapper and No Limit Records founder, Master P. Hear him ask Hayden about a lizard, his relationship with Natalie and the mind blowing George “John” Lucas / Master P conversation. In a world of awkward Lucas moments, this could be the all time champion. 
As if that wasn’t enough, there’s Last Jedi talk, Han Solo movie chatter and excitement over the new series of Forces of Destiny shorts!! 
So get on your lizard, believe in Star Wars and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!!

Episode 157 – The Sounds of The Phantom Menace

Phantom Menace Year continues as Jason and Gabe examine the amazing sounds of The Phantom Menace! Ben Burtt and Matthew Wood now have digital technology at their hands and their imagination of what’s possible greatly expands! The Podrace! Lightsabers!  Darth Maul pressing buttons! Watto’s Bell & more!  Join us as we explore the importance of the introduction of digital tools in the sound process and as we examine about 30 classic sounds from the film and talk about how they were created!  
So get that Slurpee from Watts’s junk shop and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!

StarWars.com video on the sound of TPM:
https://www.starwars.com/video/episode-i-featurette-sound

Forceback Friday

Welcome to Blast Points Forceback Fridays where we spotlight some of our favorite episodes from the past.

Episode 101 – The One And Only Ric Olie … (and Last Jedi TV Spots!)

Join Jason and Gabe as they celebrate the one and only Ric Olie!! Some call this hero “Captain Obvious” but we ask the question, was he being obvious or is he just helpful? Tune in as we break it down and explore his every line of dialog to explore the Olie legend! 
PLUS: TLJ Fever is reaching a boiling point as we explore every Last Jedi TV spot so far, Star Tours info and much more! 
So land on Tatooine, catch on pretty quick and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!

Episode 156 : The Sunny Day in the Void Appreciation Society

This week, Jason and Gabe welcome you to the first meeting of The Sunny Day in the Void Appreciation Society!  Join us as we take a look back at George Lucas’ favorite episode of Clone Wars!  How does this odd tale of a tiny frog man and some droids actually contain the essential DNA and thoughts of not only the Star Wars saga, but THX-1138 and just about all of Lucas’ work?  Want to understand the saga on a different level?  Feel, don’t think, trust your instincts and be ready to adapt just like Colonel Gascon! It’s a look back at one of Clone Wars’ most misunderstood episodes that’ll have you watching it again in a whole new way. 

PLUS: Star Wars Celebration Chicago is heating up with guests and we are so not ready!  Will Canady be there?  Would Rick “Dude” McCallum show up?  

So escape the prison of your mind and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!!   

This episode’s Lucas clips :https://youtu.be/_DByPy8aEPw
https://youtu.be/WH89ELnfPfQ
Writer Brent Friedman discusses the creative process behind A Sunny Day In The Void:
https://youtu.be/H-3pD4Odqu0

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Forceback Friday

Welcome to Blast Points Forceback Fridays where we spotlight some of our favorite episodes from the past.

Episode 90 – Back to School with Star Wars Adventures in Colors and Shapes!

It’s the back to school special as Jason and Gabe join 3-PO, R2, Zilnor and a very grumpy Han Solo and learn all about colors and shapes with the weird and mostly forgotten 1984 Read Along Book, Star Wars Adventures in Colors and Shapes! Han needs Fulstar plates to make the Falcon go on a supply run and 3-PO has the most frustrating day ever and he tries to help Han. When does this book take place in the timeline? Is it in Pablo’s book collection? It’s possibly the greatest Star Wars adventure ever told and Blast Points is here to help you through it. And it has special appearances from GREEDO! and a HOOJIB!?! 
Plus there is Episode 9 director talk, who WE think will be behind the camera on that one, Rebels season 4 trailer stuff, inappropriate Chewbacca & so much more! 
So pull that Fulstar plate off your back and listen to Blast Points today!!

Check out the book here on youtube : 
www.youtube.com/watch?v=gV7BbUDtdMY

Use the Forks – Star Wars Cooking

USE THE FORKS!
Star Wars Cooking

by Kathy Bejma

Nien Numb is the cool-ust from Sullust! He’s an ace pilot, arms dealer, smuggler, and loyal rebel that saved Princess Leia on several occasions. During the battle of Endor, he stepped up to the co-pilot seat of the Millennium Falcon, and helped his buddy Lando blow up the second Death Star. During the battle, as soon as they came out of hyper space, he was the first to realize their transmissions were being jammed, and therefore -it was a trap! He’s also got a pretty great hat. It accentuates his ears nicely, and allows them ample wiggle room. 
It was great to see him in both episodes 7 and 8. I’m glad he made it through the battle of Crait, and I’m looking forward to seeing him this December in EPISODE 9!!
To help pass the time until then, let’s all enjoy a big bowl of Nien Nunb Gnocchi. Yeee-haw!


Nien Nunb Gnocchi

Makes 4 servings
Ingredients:

  • 4 russet potatoes (about 2 1/2 lbs). peeled
  • 1 1/4 cups all- purpose flour, plus some more for dusting
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 24 sage leaves, chopped
  • black pepper

Directions:

1. Place potatoes in a pot, cover them with water, and bring to a boil over high heat.

2. Once the water is boiling, allow the potatoes to cook for 20 minutes, then drain, and allow to cool for a few minutes on some paper towels to absorb any extra moisture.

3. Refill your pot with water, and bring it to a boil again while you’re making your gnocchi. 

4. Grate the warm potatoes, or put them through a potato ricer and onto a floured work surface.

5. Make a well in the center of your potato mound. Add flour, salt and egg into the center.

6. Whisk the ingredients with a fork, and slowly incorporate the potato pieces. Your dough will be crumbly. 

7. Knead the mixture until it becomes a smooth dough, adding more flour if needed. Be careful not to over mix or add too much flour.

8. Form your dough into a loaf shape, and cut into 8 “slices.”

9. Roll each slice into a long rope shape.

10. Cut each rope into 1 inch pieces. You can leave the pieces as they are, or you can roll each piece down the backside of a fork, to make the traditional gnocchi shape. They also sell gnocchi boards, but a fork works just fine.

11. Dust each gnocchi piece with a tiny bit of flour to prevent them from sticking together.

12. In a large serving bowl, toss the butter, Parmesan, and sage. Set aside.

13. Working in batches, add a hand full of gnocchi to your pot of boiling water. 

14. Once each gnocchi has risen to the top, allow them to cook for about 15-30 seconds more, then remove them with a slotted spoon, and place into the serving bowl, on top of the butter mixture.

15. Keep working until all gnocchi have been boiled.

16. Once all the gnocchi are cooked, add 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid and toss everything together, adding more cooking liquid if you need to. 

17. Keep tossing until all the butter and cheese are melted, and a creamy sauce is formed.

18. Uh muttagay dta ooh! A’foos mak bubon zigwa.