For a couple of months in 1999, the whole world became a Star Wars Celebration as Episode 1 HYPE was everywhere! From grocery stores to Taco Bell, you couldn’t go anywhere without being reminded that a new Star Wars movie was about to come out. Blast Points Phantom Menace Year continues as we look at all of that crazy hype that surrounded all of the TPM experience! The overwhelming marketing tie ins! Those weird & wonderful commercials! The vital history of Star Wars & merchandising! Did it all go too far there in 1999 or not far enough?! And of course we finally shed some light on the one and only MARFALUMP!! So go go grease lightning and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!
The not so far away future of the galaxy far far away was shown at Disney’s giant D23 convention and it hit Star Wars fans like the Death Star laser rocking Jedha. We are barely still alive after all the news but we are here to deliver full breakdowns for the epic Mandalorian trailer, the incredible Obi-Wan Kenobi announcement and of course that special mysterious look at The Rise of Skywalker. What secrets did we find inside it and what does it have to with wind chimes? We saved you some seats at our table at Sizzler so celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!
Do you spend everyday wondering if Leia ever learned about her grandmother Shmi? What would Leia think if she watched the Boonta Eve pod race? Did Watto attend Shmi and Cliegg Lars’ wedding? All these questions and more were answered in Troy Denning’s fascinating and underrated 2003 novel, Tatooine Ghost. It’s an incredible blending of the prequels and the original trilogy that also manages to somehow resonate into the sequels. Join us as we look at the book, Leia’s journey with the Force, Ben Kenobi, Ben Solo, grown up Kitster, Beru’s sister, Watto wearing a bow tie and so much more in this fun filled, deep thoughts episode! PLUS: Resistance news! Rain Johnson movies update! AND Kenobi-Mania! So stop looking for Killik Twilight & celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!
It’s the new Huttness that all the kids are talking about, JABBAPALOOZA! Jabba the Hutt is a mean, vicious & nasty slug but we do we still love him so much? How was that massive puppet created and just who was inside it? And what’s the deal with the 1997 Special Edition Jabba, TPM Jabba and all those Hutts in Clone Wars? All these questions and more are answered in this rocking episode! So go backwards and forwards and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!
Phantom Menace Year continues as we are thrilled to welcome from The Soundtrack Show podcast and Star Wars Celebration stage host, David W. Collins! Tune in as we discuss just about every singe aspect of John Williams’ brilliant Episode 1 score!! We’re talking everything from the use of Duel of the Fates in TPM & beyond, the hidden mysteries of Anakin’s Theme, the smaller wonderful themes in the film, TPM anticipation, the Palpatine parade and a thrilling lightspeed round of questions that goes into some the deepest, weirdest corners of Star Wars music mania! That’s right, this is a really good one. So put that Otoh Gunga music on an all night loop & celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!
Have you read the classic Star Wars newspaper comic strips? You know, the ones where Luke and Leia go to Casino Planet, Takrin’s wife shows up and Dodonna’s Charles Bronson lookalike son VRAD joins the crew? If you haven’t you’re not alone as these amazing comics are often overlooked in the rich history of Star Wars and comics. But where did this history begin and how does it connect to Lucas’ love of art and a little comic book store in New York City? Join as we explore the stories and history of the many incredible Star Wars newspaper comics, who made them and journey that begins with some old Flash Gordon comics and ends with the soon to be opened Lucas Museum of Narrative Art! So get rid of that space actor Ben Kenobi & celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!
Where were you in the summer of 85? If you’re anything like Tom Spina, you were reading the mind warping STAR WARS IV article in Starblazer magazine! Join Jason, Gabe and Tom as they look at this bizarre piece of wild Star Wars speculation as it could have only been done in 1985! For every weird bit of info like “Mark Hamill IS playing Anakin”, there’s oddly perfect predictions for the prequels and even the sequels! Why did Tom keep it, keep thinking of it and why did funky magazines like this mean so much back then? Join them as they look back, look at today and shed light on that special Star Wars love that is FOREVER! So join the EVIL SIDE with Sybil Danning and celebrate the love!
Because YOU demanded it, the Blast Points Kids Star Wars Storybook Radio Drama Series is BACK! This time we are taking on those immortal EU classics, The Maverick Moon and The Mystery of the Rebellious Robot! Join us as we act out the thrilling further adventures of Luke Skywalker who has almost forgotten about The Force and is in pilot school! And what about that action packed yarn where C-3P0 gets carried around on a hand cart? They’re all weird and fantastic and were are giving them all the full radio drama treatment! PLUS: Who wrote these? Are they connected to the Wookiee Storybook? Will they ever be reissued? All that and more in this alarming and hilarious episode!So get out your mad of medals and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!
Did you know that in the summer of 1980 there were three different versions of Empire Strikes Back playing simultaneously each with it’s own unique audio track? Or that the first ESB “special edition” actually came out in June 1980? Our obsession with the weird and ever changing Star Wars saga audio continues this week as we dive into Empire’s various wild sound mixes. Stereo, mono, 70mm, VHS, 97 Special Edition, DVD, Blu Ray… each one was a little different and we can’t stop talking about it! From words that kept appearing and disappearing for 30 years to moments where Williams’ score just vanished, we’re going over it all! So be sure you say thanks to 3PO and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!
Published almost a full month before the movie’s release, Terry Brooks’ novelization of The Phantom Menace still holds up and blows minds 20 years later! Join us for month seven of Phantom Menace Year as we look back at this underrated bit of Star Wars literature! We discuss how it’s unique and fascinating perspective on the story echoes not only through Episode 1 and the prequel trilogy but beyond! What’s the deal with Jedi and dreams? How did it introduce now standard thoughts about the history of the Sith? And why was Terry Brooks so into Ric Olie? Gather up your great globs of Bantha poodoo and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!