Episode 116 – The Director And The Jedi And The Last Jedi Blu Ray

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The Last Jedi blu ray is here and Blast Points is going all out with an in-depth look at just about everything it has to offer!  The Director and The Jedi documentary is everything we’ve hoped for in a Star Wars look behind the scenes in a while and we are breaking it all down!  We are talking everything from space cows, Mark Hamill’s fundamental disagreements, Yoda puppets, the beauty of Ram Bergman’s hair to why we still can’t stop loving TLJ!  And if that wasn’t enough, we go through all the Last Jedi deleted scenes!  Silly stormtroopers & rocking’ Caretaker parties all night long!

So put those action figures back on the shelf, look for Old Man Snoke and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!

 

Episode 115 : Of George and Men – The Amazing History of Star Tours

This we are talking about all about the fascinating history of STAR TOURS!  It’s the Disneyland ride that was not only set new trends for the park, it started Star Wars on it’s eventual future!  How the marriage of Lucasfilm and Disney possibly begin?  Just how much of a Disney fan is Lucas?  What planets were considered for the 2011 version? How did Star Tours influence a young Rian Johnson and directly inspire The Last Jedi? It’s an action packed episode headed to beautiful forest moon of Endor and beyond!

PLUS: What’s going to be in the gift shop and on the menus at the Lucas Museum? What’s going on with an oozing Master Codebreaker in the Last Jedi novel & so much more!

So fill in every seat,  pull your safety restraint from the right to left & celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!

Episode 114 : Godspeed, Rebels

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It’s so hard to say goodbye to Star Wars Rebels but Blast Points is here to help get you through it all.  Join Jason & Gabe as they look at the show’s past, it’s strengths, the challenges it faced and where they dream Lucasfilm Animation could go next.  From those mysterious voices in-between worlds, the legacy of Ashoka Tano, giant wolves, to our hero AP-5 singing in space, Blast Points toasts four wild seasons of the Ghost Crew adventures.

PLUS :  Star Wars TV stuff, the Last Jedi deleted scene with Phasma whoop hogging it up, going Solo at Denny’s, listener reviews and The Lucas’ lively, action packed speech at Mark Hamill’s Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony!

So put on those Duran Duran records, head into the unknown regions with Space Whales and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!

Episode 113 : The Art of The Art of The Phantom Menace

Listen as Jason & Gabe take a look back at 1999’s The Art of Star Wars, Episode I The Phantom Menace! It was the dawn of a new era of Star Wars concept art and it’s just as fascinating today as it was then!  Doug Chiang endlessly drawing Battle Droids in the attic of Skywalker Ranch resulted in a legacy in Star Wars design that can still be felt today.  They talk about their favorite illustrations from the book, Jabba on thrones, the idea of an older Anakin, Jar-Jar’s pet dog and MORE!

PLUS: there’s some Solo speculation and a whole lot of Old Man Snoke love!  So sip some morning coffee with Sebulba, smoke a cigar with a booger and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!

Use The Forks – Star Wars Cooking

USE THE FORKS!
Star Wars Cooking

 

Hello, what have we here? 

Why it’s the leader of cloud city, original owner of the Millennium Falcon, and a man not a system- Lando Calrissian! Who doesn’t love Lando? Out of all the action figures I have, Lando makes up the highest percentage of the population. I’ve got a lot of Landos!

He has the best capes, the coolest BFF (Lobot), and he more than redeemed himself after being forced to betray Han and Leia (BTW, do you think they all sat down and ate dinner with Vader after the trap was sprung? I wonder what space food was served…). The disguise he wore to Jabba’s palace while rescuing Han was super sneaky. Certainly not as sneaky as Leia’s, but it’s a good thing he pulled down his mask a bit, so we could tell it was him! SURPRISE SURPRISE

Despite causing a temporary setback in the rebel’s plan, and almost getting eaten by Sarlacc, he went on to lead the assault on the second Death Star, and fired the shot that destroyed it. It’s hard to stay mad at Lando for long! So let’s all swish our capes, make a bad deal, and sit down to enjoy a nice post-betrayal meal in his honor.

Oh! And Ps -I’m counting down the days until I get to see him wear a big fur coat in SOLO! 
Surprise Surprise, Lando Pot Pies

Makes 2 bowls or 4 mugs 

 
Ingredients:
  • 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup celery, chopped
  • 1/4 cup carrot, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 1/4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken, cooked & shredded OR vegetarian chick’n (https://www.quorn.us/products/vegan-chicken-tenders)
  • 1/4 cup frozen peas
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
 
Directions:
1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
2. In a large saucepan over medium-heat, melt the butter.
3. Saute onions, celery, carrots and garlic for a few minutes until the onions are slightly browned.
4. Stir in the flour, thyme, poultry seasoning, salt, & pepper. Continue to cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
5. Slowly stir in broth and cream.
6. Add nutmeg, chicken, and frozen peas.
7. Continue to cook for another minute or so until everything is evenly combined.
8. Ladle the mixture into individual oven-safe soup bowls or mugs, leaving about 1/2 an inch at the top. 
9. Cut the puff pastry into circles or squares that are large enough to cover each bowl or mug.
10. Press the puff pastry down around the edges of each bowl or mug to ensure it adheres to the edges.
11. Brush the top of each puff pastry with melted butter and slice two slits to allow steam to escape.
12. Place bowls or mugs onto a baking sheet, and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the puff pastry is golden brown.
13. Enjoy while praying the deal isn’t altered any further.

Rebels Review – “Wolves and a Door” “A World Between Worlds”

STAR WARS REBELS
“Wolves and a Door” “A World Between Worlds”

 

“Through the Force, things you will see. Other places. The future…the past. Old friends long gone.”

Shortly after these episodes aired, there was a lot of online chatter on how THESE STAR WARS REBELS CHANGE EVERYTHING or STAR WARS INTRODUCED SOME THING NEW AND IT WILL NEVER BE THE SAME and possibly maybe even SHOW BASED ON POPULAR SPACE WIZARDS MOVIES JUST DID ANOTHER WEIRD THING.   Did these two episodes get kinda bug out freak out crazy?  Sure.  Is it a radical new thing departure from what we’ve seen in Star Wars before? Especially when just a couple months ago we had a bearded Luke Skywalker meditating and floating over a rock while his projection talked smack to his greasy haired nephew? Not at all.  In my opinion, Star Wars is at its best when it is wacky weird.  Give me Star Wars when it steps outside the Boba Fett is a Badass comfort zone and delves deep into that mystical energy field.  So often the stories filled with heroes, villains, religious and mythic allegories are when it shines the brightest.  Like an angry Lucas once said, “it’s not about spaceships.”  I feel like Rebels show runner and obvious wolf superfan Dave Filoni might agree with that.   He wrote this stuff and watching these two episodes is like being at his house on a Saturday night after he’s had a whole bottle of champagne and he’s talking Star Wars.  It’s a little loopy, a little off the rails but it’s a rockin’ visual representation of what Star Wars has been dancing around for decades.

The whole thing starts out as the Rebels crew decides to find out what’s up with the mysterious jedi temple that the giant maybe Kanan Wolf wanted them to see.  As if that wasn’t already weird enough, they then ride the giant wolves across half of Lothal in some sort of ground hyperspace portal.  Once they get there they see that the Empire has gone all Raiders of the Lost Ark on the temple as they dig around it in a quest to use its power for evil reasons.

Here we are introduced to a creepy old Sith devotee named Minister Hyden who is voiced by the great Malcolm McDowell.  This little guy with a cool hat is obsessed with discovering the secrets of the temple so his master, Emperor Palpatine can better rule the galaxy.  As a sadistic and oddly sympathetic tool of a Sith Lord, Hyden is a more interesting bad guy in his 15 minutes of screen time then Thrawn has been for multiple seasons.

Once there and with a lot of help from Sabine, Ezra figures out how to get in the temple and then the show really kicks into high gear.  As he walks around the star filled space bridges, we hear dialog that spans everything from Force Awakens to A New Hope.  It’s a nice eerie touch as Ezra quickly realizes this Force place is an area beyond time and space made up of portals where you can enter and view other of major moments of history.

Ezra goes to a portal where he sees Ashoka’s battle with Lord Vader and at the last second, he explains what happened to Tano during the fight as he quickly pulls her out of there.  Ezra then does Ezra by acting clueless and he whining a lot about how he can stop people from dying.  It’s a little distracting as Ezra seemingly still doesn’t have a clue on not only how to be a Jedi but also how to function as a person. Finally, the former Padawan learner becomes the teacher as Ashoka reminds Ezra that he has to chill out and that he can not change the past and he must learn to let go of his former master.

This is where people seemed to freak out thinking time travel is now a thing in Star Wars.  It’s not.  It’s not suddenly Back to the Future or something and no Rey isn’t going back in time in Episode 9.  What Ezra enters is a physical version of an area of the Force.  He sees events from HIS past.  He’s not seeing Anakin and Obi-Wan fight on Mustafar or the death of Qui-Gon Jinn, it’s only what he knows.

This kind of mystical thing is an extension of what Rey experienced when she touched the Skywalker saber and traveled “through time”, when Luke saw himself in Vader’s mask in the cave or even Rey’s reflection cave in Last Jedi.  What is all that?  It doesn’t have a name or a clear cut answer because it shouldn’t.  The Force should remain weird and mystical and by introducing a not really new element to it all, just underlines that we, like even the masters in the films and shows, can’t categorize the Force and nobody will ever be able to fully understand it.  That frustrates some who want the Force to be as simple as Superman’s powers but i am sorry, that’s just not how the Force works.  People like Dave Filoni are the esteemed professors at Lucas college and this episode is like the introductory course in Keeping Star Wars Weird.  This Star Wars Rebels and Star Wars animation doing what it does best and these episodes come highly recommended.

Final grade : A 

Episode 112 – Marcia Lucas (The Mystery and Influence of Star Wars’ Most Secret Secret)

This week Jason & Gabe explore one of the greatest mysteries in Star Wars history, the past and continuing influence of MARCIA LUCAS! Her editing helped shape the saga but just how else did she help make the saga what we know it to be today?  Join us as we take a look at her life, career, her time time with GL & beyond.  It’s a fascinating look at one of the greatest unsung behind the scenes stories of the saga.

PLUS : Last Jedi blu ray talk, Episode 9 speculation, KISS references and so much more!

So, get out your Cokes & Hershey Bars and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!!