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

 

 

 

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

 

Episode 133 – Skywalking To 1987’s Celebration 0 With Richard Woloski

Where were you in 1987?  We were watching Superman IV: The Quest For Peace, but out in sunny California, there was the first ever official Star Wars convention!!  This week Jason and Gabe are talking to Richard Woloski from Skywalking Through Neverland about his adventures at this mysterious con!  What were panels?  Who were the guests?  What did Richard ask George Lucas?  What was it like being a fan in 87? Is Karate Kid 3 worth watching?  Can you catch a cold from Lucas?  Tune in for all these questions and more!!

PLUS: the big Episode IX casting announcement freak out!

So drink your water, sneak around backstage and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!

Listen to Skywalking Through Neverland!

https://skywalkingthroughneverland.com

Skywalking Through Neverland’s YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMeoYh3_lrkf-F7AsvAKgYg

C-3PO & R2-D2 at Celebration 0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mN0hnmHVB8

Darth Vader at Celebration 0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T442pUhdRkc

Episode 132 – Love Me Dooku (and Clone Wars Saved!)

Join Jason & Gabe as they unravel the mystery of the one and only COUNT DOOKU! Who was Dooku? Why was Dooku?  Where was Dooku?  What’s up with the Lost 20? How is he the Steven Seagal of Jedi?  Tune in as we dig deep into the enigmatic distinguished gentleman Sith Lord!  We look at the scene where interrogates Kenobi in AOTC as a perfect example of Sith lies/truth, riddles and wonder just what Dooku’s deal was!

PLUS: Clone Wars Saved!!! Solo blu ray bonus features, Lady Proxima at home & so much more! ‬

So shoot out some Sith lightning, tell someone the truth about Sidious and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!