Episode 79 – Star Wars Breakups! Han Solo Drama, Genndy Clone Wars and Ree Yees on a Motorcycle

Any interesting Star Wars stuff happening recently?? YIKES! Star Wars break ups and shake ups are going down & Jason & Gabe from BLAST POINTS are here to break it all down and try to make sense of it all. From the Han Solo movie’s interesting history, last year’s Celebration Europe panel, what movie in Ron Howard’s past may make him perfect for the job & more. Jason & Gabe debate what it all means for the galaxy far far away and why you maybe shouldn’t freak out.
PLUS, Lord & Miller aren’t the first folks whose Star Wars vision got swept away. Jason & Gabe look at the final chapters of Genndy Tartakovsky’s vastly underrated 2005 Clone Wars cartoon. What happened and why are these episodes so good? Join them as they do in depth on the chapters that led directly into Revenge of the Sith!
As if that wasn’t enough, Jason’s daughter Agnes interviews the author & illustrator of the new Jedi Academy kids books, Jarrett J. Krosoczka! From A New Class to the upcoming The Force Oversleeps, his books are amazing and Agnes asks him the hard hitting questions!
So grab bearded snake man, site creative differences, call Ron Howard and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!!

Learn more about Jarrett J. Krosoczka : www.studiojjk.com

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Episode 78 – Star Wars on QVC!

Take a trip back to 1992 as Jason & Gabe take a look at the fascinating world of Star Wars QVC specials! In the early 1990s when Star Wars stuff was as rare as a carded Yak Face, the closest you could get to a Celebration like fan experience was sometimes tuning into Star Wars night on the home shopping channel QVC! There host and super fan Steve Bryant would interview guests like Steve Sansweet and in the episode we look at, Mark Hamill. In between selling Star Wars 15th anniversary sweatshirts and Star Wars film reel suspenders, Mark talks about the prequels, calls from Star Wars fans and he gets a call from a guy named Chip he went to high school with AND says if he’d ever be interested in being in a NEW Star Wars movie!!!
PLUS before all that we talk about Battlefront 2 and those interesting Han Solo movie crew/crue shirts!!! So get out your phone, stay on the line and celebrate the love with Blast Points!!

Watch the full Mark Hamill on QVC episode here

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Episode 77 – Empire Strikes Back Super 8 Is Super Great

Did you know there is a version of The Empire Strikes Back out there that is just 33 minutes long? And within this mysterious version are tons of odd alternate takes of dialogue which possibly have not been heard since 1980? It is true and this week Jason and Gabe look at this super fascinating and shortened Ken Films Super 8 version of The Empire Strikes Back!! It’s a weird version of the classic that you never knew existed! Plus Last Jedi talk, Bossk Baby rumors, international listener reviews and a report on Rancho Obi-Wan! Celebrate the love, scream while falling down a giant tube & listen today!

Watch Empire Super 8 here

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Use The Forks! – Star Wars Cooking

USE THE FORKS!
Star Wars Cooking
Poor Greedo.
Every time we see him he’s either getting beaten up by little Anankin Skywalker, getting clunked on the head with a moon goddess statue, or shot (first) by Han Solo and left face-down, sizzling. He just can’t win!
It’s time to cut him a break, and honor him with something delicious and positive. I’m not sure what a typical Rodian’s diet consists of, but perhaps their skin tone is due to their veggie-filled diet. Going on that assumption, I’ve filled this burrito bowl with lots of green goodness: green rice, green salsa, green tomatoes, etc.
So raise a glass of Yatooni Boska to hapless Greedo, and wrap some long, suction-cupped fingers around this deliciously green burrito bowl.

Greedo Burrito Bowl

Makes 4
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup roughly chopped parsley, lightly packed
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped cilantro, lightly packed
  • 2 large poblano peppers, seeded and roughly chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped onion (about 1/4 of an onion)
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 1/4 cups vegetable stock, divided
  • 3 Tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 1/2 cups long grain white rice
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 3/4 onions, sliced
  • 2 green peppers, cut into strips
  • 2 cans black beans, drained & rinsed
  • Green Tortillas
Toppings:
  • Green salsa
  • Guacamole
  • Lettuce, chopped
  • Green tomatoes, diced
  • Chihuahua Cheese with jalapeños
  • Squeeze of lime
Directions: 
1. Make the rice: Place the parsley, cilantro, poblanos, onion, garlic, and 1/2 cup of vegetable stock in a food processor.
2. Pulse until smooth, and set aside.
3. Heat the canola oil in a large pot on high heat.
4. Add the uncooked rice and stir to coat all the grains.
5. Allow the rice to brown slightly, then stir and spread out again, allowing all the rice to brown evenly.
6. Add the parsley/cilantro mixture to the rice, and stir to coat evenly.
7. Allow the rice to cook for 2 minutes.
8. Add the remaining 1 3/4 cup vegetable stock, and bring to a boil.
9. Once the mixture is boiling, reduce the heat to medium and cover.
10. Allow to cook for 15 minutes.
11. Remove from the heat, fluff with a fork, and set aside (keep the lid on).
12. Pre-Heat your oven to 200 degrees F, line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and set aside.
13. In a large non-stick skillet, heat oil over medium high heat.
14. Add onions and peppers, and stir for 5-6 minutes, until softened.
15. Transfer peppers and onions to a bowl, and set aside.
16. Put green tortillas on your lined baking sheet and place into the oven, to warm up.
17. Using the same pan you used for the peppers and onions, add the black beans and heat for about 3-5 minutes over medium heat, stirring until they’re warm.
18. Make your Greedo Burrito Bowl:Remove tortillas from the oven.
19. Line a bowl with a warm tortilla.
20. In the center of the tortilla, layer rice, peppers, onions, black beans, cheese, green salsa, lettuce, tomatoes, and guacamole.
21. Squeeze a little lime juice on top, and serve.
22. I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time.

Episode 76 – A CommTech Chip Episode Can Mean Only One Thing… Outrageous!

This week, Jason and Gabe are going off the deep end listening to 44 CommTech chips!! What are CommTech chips? They were the talking Episode 1 bases that had an amazing high tech name and made everyone sound like they were talking through Kylo Ren’s mask! Well we haven’t stopped thinking about them and now it’s an episode over a year in the making as Jason and Gabe go through every chip they have and try and guess just who the heck’s voice we are supposed to be listening too! Is it Bibble or is it a Battle Droid? Qui Gon or a Naboo soldier?! We have no clue so join us as we try to figure it all out!
Before that there’s some talk on Pablo’s statements at a con in Chile, leaked Lego photos involving old things in gold robes riding elevators, and the big ILM 40th reunion party which had one very welcome & surprising guest!
So call all up all your Wizards & fire up your CommTech reader and celebrate the love and listen to BLAST POINTS!!

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Episode 75 – The Last Jedi in Vanity Fair & Lima Bean Aliens in Lederhosen

Last week we were all just minding our own business when out of nowhere The Last Jedi Vanity Fair photos & article dropped and made us all completely freak out. Have no fear as your trusted Blast Points hosts, Jason & Gabe are here this week to break it all down and do what they can to make sense of it all. Aliens wearing lederhosen, why Kylo may not need a mask anymore, Hux’s hairdo, the real reason Phasma has a spear, will Luke & Leia be reunited and more. Plus! before that there’s talk of some very interesting faster, more intense spy photos from the set of the upcoming Han Solo film! And if that wasn’t enough there’s a Phantom Menace question from kids, an amazing Star Wars song sent from a fan, listener reviews and so much other fun stuff! So grab your tap dancing cane and your lima bean buddy and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!!

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Episode 74 – The Great Heep Great Audio Commentary!

This week Jason and Gabe are going where no other Star Wars podcast has gone before and diving head first into The Great Heep! Join them as they give some Droids cartoon history and then do the first ever live podcast commentary for the weird and wild Ben Burtt written 1986 Droids TV movie! ‬ R2 falls in love! A giant droid that eats astromechs! A cyborg Imperial admiral! The magnificent Mungo Baobob! And so much more!
Grab your favorite droid that wears sunglasses or painting of you with an octopus & celebrate the love by listening today!

Watch The Great Heep here : youtu.be/neyJB_0DsYY

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Episode 73 – Good Old New Hope (Star Wars Episode 4ever)

The original classic Star Wars is 40 years old so Jason & Gabe are celebrating with this look at almost every moment of this still doozy of a movie. From the fact that it was the first Star Wars movie they both saw, to just how weird it actually is, to what George Lucas wanted to sit on and what music Chewbacca listens to, this episode covers EVERYTHING you want to know about A New Hope! Jawas! A weird droid they never spotted before! How it feels after Rogue One! And tons more!!
It’s a jam packed episode so get on your sandcrawler, celebrate the love and listen today!!

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