Episode 232 – SAGA YEAR MONTH 8 – Making an Empire. The Once Upon a Galaxy Book

It’s Saga Year and this month is all about Alan Arnold’s legendary, amazing and scandalous Empire Strikes Back making of book, Once Upon A Galaxy.   Notoriously hard to get a hold of and chock full of juicy stories, this book has a reputation for being one of the best movie making of books ever written and has a legacy still felt today.  To celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back, we went through the book and picked 40 of the most fascinating and our favorite moments.  There’s old ladies on skis, Star Wars mythbusting, cast fights, Gary Kurtz’ record collection, lots of Last Jedi connections and so much more!   So, get out your copies of Fitness is Fun and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!

EPISODE 225 – NICK MALEY, That Yoda Guy & Beyond (featuring TOM SPINA!

This week Jason and Gabe along with our friend Regal Robot’s Tom Spina welcome the legendary creature effects and makeup artist NICK MALEY!  Nick worked on some of our favorite cantina aliens but also had A LOT to do with the creation of the original YODA puppets used in Empire Strikes Back.  Join us as Nick talks all about his time with YODA on Empire, making the cyclops and beast fro KRULL, working on LIFEFORCE, what he’s up to these days and A LOT more.  It’s an inspiring, epic conversation and we were so happy to have Nick with us!  So watch out for centipedes and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!  

Episode 219 – Star Wars HATS with TOM SPINA

We heard what the people want and the people want STAR WARS HATS!  When things get serious like this, there is only person we can call and you know it’s our friend and Regal Robot’s own TOM SPINA!  Together we all dive head first into the legendary hats of the original trilogy.  We’re talking Rebel Blockade Trooper hats, Hoth hats, cantina hats, pointy hats, floppy hats and everything in-between!  PLUS :  We dive into ancient Star Wars mysteries like Cloud Car Pilots, their hats and the ongoing riddle of Weeba Weeba!  It’s an epic episode that’s ahead of all the rest!!  So put on your best hat, climb on a Dewback and celebrate the love!

Visit Tom’s cool stuff at : 
regalrobot.com
www.tomspinadesigns.com

check out NICK MALEY’S STARNET EVENTS! https://www.facebook.com/groups/iNetEvents/

Episode 218 – Directed by Irvin Kershner

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back, this week are looking at the cast influence TESB director Irvin Kershner has had on the galaxy far far away.  A director who in 1980 seemed to have come from nowhere but had deep connections to the early days of Lucas’ career.  What did his unique perspective add to Star Wars?  How did his influence almost make Empire get shut down?  It’s a fascinating story of a person who’s role in the saga is not talked about enough!  So get out that pasta sauce recipe and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS! 

Episode 215 – Time And Star Wars (does Anyone Really Know What Time It Is?)

If you’re anything like us, you’ve been wondering everyday HOW MUCH TIME TAKES PLACE DURING THE ORIGINAL STAR WARS TRILOGY!?  Join us as we go through Episodes 4-6 and count the days and attempt to solve this ancient mystery. Is it weeks? Days?! Months?!?!?  When do they nap?  Sunrises?  Sunsets?  WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?!   Listen today and we can all figure it out together! ‬ So sleep wherever you can & celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!  

Episode 178 – The Mono Mix Strikes Back

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!

    
WIDE ANGLE / CLOSEUP: http://www.wideanglecloseup.com/starwarsaudio.html

ESB mono / stereo differences youtube video:https://youtu.be/s2I2NSECyK0

70mm ESB ending :https://youtu.be/cmbl8tLOfFE

Carrie ESB phone promotion outtakes :https://youtu.be/flgH9xb42PY

Episode 174 – Star Wars Fanzines And The Secret Dawn Of SW Fandom

Long before there were Star Wars podcasts, there were Star Wars fanzines. Thousands and thousands of Star Wars fanzines.  These fanzines helped unite and create a Star Wars fandom and everything that comes with it.  Join us as we explore the surprising history of this fan created, woman driven dawn of Star Wars fan culture!  What were some of the first ones?  What was in them?   What did Lucasfilm think of them?  What were the fan theories for Revenge of the Jedi that were driving fandom insane? Where are many of these zines kept today? Join us for a fascinating look at a little known yet vital piece of Star Wars fan history!  So warm up the blue ink in the Ditto machine & celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!


LOOKING FOR LEIA: https://www.lookingforleia.com

University of Iowa Library Special Collections: https://www.lib.uiowa.edu/sc/

List of OT Star Wars zines: https://fanlore.org/wiki/List_of_Original_Trilogy_Star_Wars_Zines

Episode 163 – Explosions are Star Wars, Star Wars is Explosions

EXPLOSIONS!  We’ve done some research and discovered Star Wars is actually all about explosions! There are hundreds explosions in the Star Wars saga and we’re talking our top 3 from each film & discussing their size, sound & feeling.  It’s a totally serious episode about a serious topic and explosions is the word that you heard.‬  What explosions are the ultimate from each film?  Listen and find out!
PLUS : Star Wars Celebration Chicago is just weeks away and we are freaking out.  Episode IX panel! What could happen?  The return of Ahmed Best!  Listener reviews & more!So ask Plo Koon about Young Guns Too and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!!  

Episode 148 : The Sounds of The Empire Strikes Back

This week Jason and Gabe are doing a deep dive into Ben Burtt’s amazing sounds of The Empire Strikes Back! We listen to almost 40 ESB sounds & share the wild stories on how they were created! Raccoons in bathtubs & Shakespearean Probe Droids! What sounds were shared with Raiders of the Lost Ark and what came from The Holiday Special sessions? Listen to this BurttTastic episode and find out!!
PLUS: We lost our minds over Cassian Andor The TV Show! Will he find his gloves?!
So smell bad on the outside and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!

 

Episode 119 – The Yoda Puppet Is Still Working

119.jpgNEW!  This week Jason and Gabe are talking about the greatest gamble of The Empire Strikes Back, the Yoda puppet!!  With the sequel to the most successful movie ever made going way over schedule and over budget, the extremely important Yoda was not figured until the very last minute.  The fate of the entire future of Star Wars rested on the little green shoulders of that puppet!  We go into Yoda’s creation, filming and how the puppet changed with ROTJ, TPM and TLJ!

PLUS : some news with Therm Scissorpunch love and general SOLO madness!

So head to the Bog Planet and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!