Episode 96 – What’s Up Mandalore?

This week it’s all about Mandalore as Jason and Gabe dive into everything from Sabine, Satine & brave nephew Korkie! From the history of the super commandos in Star Wars to the season four premier of Star Wars Rebels, Blast Points is looking at all of it!!
PLUS! There’s reactions to the “Solo : A Star Wars Story title, Last Jedi talk, Rebels reactions and more!!
So strap on jetpack, fly into a room of Xizors and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!

Interview – Seven Questions With Kevin Rubio

Late Saturday night, The King of All Things Han Solo, Ron Howard posted a photo from the never ending filming Han Solo film with himself, two Imperial officers and the caption “Tag and Bink?” What followed was millions of voices screaming out in joy (and some in confusion) that the Dark Horse comics heroes would perhaps be making a cameo in the upcoming movie. Blast Points reached out to Kevin Rubio, Tag & Bink writer and creator of the legendary fan film TROOPS to get his thoughts on all this with seven hard hitting questions:

BP: We can only imagine what it must have been like to discover that Tag & Bink were to be characters in the upcoming Han Solo film. So where were you, how did you find this out and what was going through your head as you learned about this?

KR: I was at home, groggy from a late night at night at an Awesome FRIDAY THE 13th themed Halloween party (Thanks Bryan! Had a BLAST!), sitting at my desk, pouring over social media when my friend Brian Linder, pinned it to my Facebook page.

BP: I was reading on Twitter about your connection with Lawerence Kasdan and it sounded fascinating. What’s the deal with that?

KR: Actually it was his son Jon Kasdan, the co-writer of “SOLO”. Turns out he’s the big Tag & Bink fan, and as he said: “… I had to get ’em in there, and then had to play it myself (with Toby Hefferman) to do it justice.”

BP: Once the news broke, I was so happy to see all the Tag and Bink love on social media. What was that like and how have the past few days been with all that?

KR: It was gratifying and a little overwhelming for the first few hours, then I had to turn it off and get back to work — deadlines, ya know.

BP: If Ron Howard and The Kasdan’s asked you for advice on how they could perfectly capture Tag & Bink on screen, what would you tell them?

KR: What the hell am I going to tell Ron Howard about film making?! The man’s been in the biz for over 50 years, and has proven himself in pretty much every genre. Jon has apprenticed under a guy who is one of the greatest screen writers of all time! I’m going to tell him about character arcs and three-act-structure?!! Please! For however small or big their role is in the film, Tag and Bink are in good hands, or “Han” as the case may be.

BP: How is illustrator Lucas Marangon handling all this?

KR: He and Howard Shum (the inker, are both thrilled and proud to have been a big part of creating the duo.

BP: For folks out there unfamiliar with Tag & Bink, how would you sum them up and where would you recommend them starting?

KR: Marvel has featured them several times on their website these past few years. Here’s a link — https://news.marvel.com/comics/56751/star-wars-spotlight-tag-bink-return/

BP: And I know when we spoke a year ago, I asked the same question but any chances all this excitement could stir up all some new Tag & Bink books?

KR: I submitted an idea to Marvel and Lucasfilm last year, and although the reception was positive, regrettably they had to decline because they weren’t canon. If things have changed and they want another story, there is one waiting in the wings and Lucas and Howard would love to jump on board for STAR WARS: TAG & BINK AWAKEN.

Thanks Kevin & go check out his Tag & Bink books!!!!

 

(and go way back with last year’s interview with Kevin Rubio here:

 

Episode 95 : From A Certain Point of View Is A Great Book (from a certain point of view)

This week, Jason and Gabe are talking all about the brand new Star Wars anthology book, From A Certain Point of View.   Celebrating 40 years of the original 1977 film, the book features 40 stories by 40 authors.  From Muftak to where was Mon Mothma and almost everything in-between, this book tells the stories of just about everyone you ever looked at in A New Hope and wondered, “what’s up with that person!?”  So naturally, Blast Points is going through each any every one of the stories and sharing their thoughts!  Which stories did they love?  Which ones drove them nuts?  And which ones almost made them both pass out?

As if that wasn’t enough, before all that is even MORE thoughts on that Last Jedi trailer.   What are their thoughts on it one week later?  Are they still even able to think?  Listen and find out!!

So ride the storm with a crystal fox, call up Fake Wedge and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!  

http://www.randomhousebooks.com/books/7864/

https://www.amazon.com/Certain-Point-View-Star-Wars/dp/0345511476/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1508188731&sr=8-1&keywords=from+a+certain+point+of+view

 

Episode 94 – The Last Jedi Trailer Freakout

The trailer for The Last Jedi is finally here and Jason & Gabe can seriously barely handle it. Join them as they go through it scene by scene trying to make sense of it all and pull their heads together. Along the way they wonder about pie eating contests, who is zooming who and discuss how we all really know so very little still about the next chapter in the Star Wars saga!
So meditate, crack a rock, smash your helmet and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!

Episode 93 – I Want My MTV Star Wars

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 92 – The Pirates and The Prince and Another Droids Commentary

Because you demanded it, Jason and Gabe are back with another entry in their continuing mission to dissect the fascinating and bizarre Droids animated series!! This time they are watching the Ben Burtt edited epic known as The Pirates and The Prince. 3-PO and R2 meet a new master who looks like he’s from a Broadway production of The Warriors, a giant prince alien guy with a magic staff thing, and a space pirate who calls himself KYBO REN! No Mungo Baobab this time, but you can’t always have it all.
So watch along or just listen along & celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!!

Watch The Pirates and The Prince here:
youtu.be/Km_8krRZyDw

Use The Forks – Star Wars Cooking

USE THE FORKS!
Star Wars Cooking

by Kathy Bejma

Porgs.
What are they? Space penguins? A Nuisance? Food? What I know for sure about them is that they’re super cute, and I like their style.
Along with the caretakers, they seem to be native to Ahch-to where Luke is avoiding everyone and growing his beard. It also appears that at some point they waddle onto the Millennium Falcon, and hilarity ensues. I can’t wait.

I may not know a whole lot about Porgs, but I’m positive that I’ve got Porg fever, and I’ve got it bad! My suggestion to anyone else suffering from the same affliction, is to eat several of these Porg-asbord cookies, and wait for December 15th.

Porg-asbord Cookies

Makes about 30
Ingredients:
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups flour, separated
  • 3 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • brown mini M&Ms
  • black candy melts
  • yellow candy melts
Directions:
1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and both sugars together.
2. Add egg yolks one at a time, mixing well after each one.
3. Add vanilla and continue to beat until well combined.
4. Divide the mixture into 3 equal parts.
5. Remove 2 of the 3 parts, and place into a separate bowl, and set aside.
6. In the bowl with 1/3 of the original mixture, add 1 cup flour and mix until a dough forms. Set aside.
7. To the bowl with 2/3 of the original mixture, add 1 1/4 cups + 2 Tablespoons flour, and the cocoa powder. Mix until well combined.
8. Place the vanilla dough on a piece of plastic wrap. Roll the dough so it forms a log with a 2 cm diameter.
9. Take your chocolate dough and sandwich it between two pieces of plastic wrap.
10. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough into a 1.5 cm thick rectangle that’s as long as the vanilla dough log.
11. Now use your rolling pin to flatten the sides of the chocolate rectangle. The middle should remain thick, and the sides should be thinner so that they can wrap around the vanilla dough log. The thick part of the chocolate dough will be the Porg’s head.
12. Place the vanilla dough log on top of the thick part of the chocolate dough, and wrap the thinner sides of the chocolate dough around the vanilla log.
13. Use your fingers to smooth out the crease.
14. Cover the entire log in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 15 minutes.
15. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
16. Once the dough is chilled and firm, remove it from the fridge and slice it into 1/4 inch thick pieces.
17. Place each cookie on a prepared baking sheet.
18. Add two mini M&Ms for eyes, and place your cookies back into the fridge to chill for 10 minutes.
19. Once your cookies have finished cooling, place them in the oven for 12-15 minutes.
20. Allow your cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
21. Once your cookies have finished cooling, place the black candy melts into a microwave-safe bowl, and nuke at 30 second intervals until completely melted, stirring after each interval.
22. Repeat with yellow candy melts.
23. Using a piping bag or tooth pick, draw a frowny face and two wings on each cookie with the melted black candy.
24. Use the melted yellow candy melts to pipe or draw two feet on each cookie.
25. *Porg noises*