Episode 395 – The Story of The Story of The Empire Strikes Back

In 1980 if you wanted to relive The Empire Strikes Back but couldn’t make it to the theater for the 88th time, the best you could do was this Story of Empire record!  It’s the whole movie cut down to about 45 minutes and as we do, we’re taking you all with us as we listen to the whole thing!   It’s a wild journey with combined scenes, a louder then ever score and a SHOCKING revelation that we will possibly never recover from.

So thanks or no thanks, it doesn’t matter!  Celebrate the love and listen today!

Acolyte First Trailer Freakout Bonus Episode 

The first look at the highly anticipated THE ACOLYTE is here and we are talking about it and generally freaking out over this whole thing!  It’s the Age of the Acolyte and it’s all about Jedi secrets and ancient Sith mysteries!  What’s happening, where’s it going and who’s throwing a red saber around?  

So listen today & celebrate the love!  

Episode 394 – PODRACE MONTH – The Many Versions of the Podrace

As we come into the final lap of PODRACE MONTH here at Blast Points, we’re taking the time to examine something that has confused us for decades, the many versions of the podrace.   In 2009, the podrace dazzled fans when The Phantom Menace arrived in theaters but there were some who said it was too long.  So when the DVD arrived in 2001, what did George Lucas do?  He made it even longer.   And there were deleted scenes on the disc that were even longer still!   And then it changed for the blu ray and then it changed again for the 3D release,  Listen as we go over as many changes as we can and wonder how we’ll survive this year’s big re-release!  So yell some nonsense for Jabba, celebrate the love and listen today!  

Watch every version of the podrace all at once here:

watch the original theatrical version here :

Episode 393 – PODRACE MONTH – Meet the Podracers

Podrace Month continues as we examine something that has eluded us for decades : who are the Podracers?   Sure we all know Sebulba and Benny Quad but what about Dud Bolt? Aldar Beedo? Ebe E Endocott?  Who are they?  What’s their story?   Join as we play the $20,000 Podracer Pyramid and test each other on how much or how little we know about these Boonta Eve Racers!  

So cheat on that test, celebrate the love and listen today!  

Episode 392 – PODRACE MONTH – The Sound of the Podrace

We’re kicking off a month long series of episodes all about the Boonta Eve Classic aka The Podrace and what better way to kick things off then talking about the incredible sound of the podrace!  JW Rinzler’s Sounds of Star Wars book calls the podrace Ben Burtt’s greatest achievement in sound and we couldn’t agree more.  Listen as we analyze the mind blowing soundscape Burtt and his crew at Skywalker Sound made for the film lap by lap and highlight some standout moments and reveal what continues to surprise us 25 years later.   

So get on your cigarette boat, celebrate the love and listen today!  

Episode 391 – The Ranch Batch – Our Adventures in Northern California and The Bad Batch Season 3

We recently had the incredible honor to be able to do dream come true tours of Rancho Obi-Wan, Skywalker Ranch and Lucasfilm and as you can imagine, we have quite a few stories to tell.  Each place is amazing in all the best ways and we’re going over what happened, when it happened and we’re not leaving out the sweet potato fries. PLUS – this all led to a screening at Lucasfilm of the first 3 episodes of The Bad Batch season 3!   So surprise surprise Lando in disguise, we’re talking about those as well!  Project Necromancer!  Boba Boys!  Prison of the Mind!  Clones, clones and more clones!   

It’s a super sized Blast Points episode so get out your Motley Crue magic 8 ball, celebrate the love and listen today!  

Episode 390 – WampaMania with TOM SPINA 

It’s total Wampa madness as we are joined once again by Regal Robot’s Tom Spina discussing the literal ins and outs of “that snow creature”.   Regal Robot has got an amazing Wampa coming out and we’re celebrating by talking for an hour about Tampa feet, Wampa eyes, Wampa spit, Wampa teeth, the Wampa licking things … you get the idea.  It’s always a great time when we’re joined by Tom and you add Wampa to that formula and you’ve got Wampa gold!


So, get out the salt, celebrate the love and listen today!  

Episode 389 – THE BAD BATCH SEASON 3 HYPE-A-THON

It’s almost time for the return of our favorite squad of misfit super clones and we’re spending some quality time wondering just where their story will be going and possibly ending with season three!  Listen along as we analyze the recent Bad Batch season 3 trailer, talk about how the show is like various spices, ask the big burning questions about Tech, Boba Fett and Norky, AND take hard hitting season 3 questions from listeners!  So head to the space bayou, get a haircut droid, celebrate the love and listen today!  

Episode 388 – The Bringing Up Norky Of Destiny

In 2004, as part of the Star Wars Fan Club, both Jason and Gabe received in the mail actual animation cels from the legendary Ewoks animated series.   For decades, Jason didn’t know who the weird creature with a flower on its head was and had his stashed away in his Art of Attack of the Clones book.   Last month he rediscovered it and found out it’s from the Ewoks season 2 episode, BRINGING UP NORKY.   So that can only mean one thing – Jason and Gabe have to watch Bringing Up Norky three times in a row!   Listen along as they make deep observations, get confused,  feel bad for the animators and compare watching it to falling asleep!  

So, get some cookies out of the pouch, listen today and celebrate the love!  

Check out Maureen Kuppe’s Ewok Fan Club Cels page:

http://maureenkuppe.com/ewokcels/

Maureen is a legend :

http://maureenkuppe.com/tantive4/insight.html

watch Bringing Up Norky here.  If you really want to.

Episode 387 – The 70mm EMPIRE STRIKES BACK Experience

This week we’re unleashing something that we have been obsessed with lately, the original EMPIRE STRIKES BACK 70mm version!  Sure we all know how this version opened in May 1980 and Lucas had ILM change the ending adding new effects for the 35mm version that came out 3 weeks later … but what ELSE changed?  And what do people think was in the 70mm version that actually wasn’t?   Join us as we listen to and examine over 80 examples of Empire madness!  What surprised us and what changed scene made us reexamine our lives?  It’s a super sized Empire extravaganza episode so celebrate the love and listen today!  

Forum Discussion on the various changes

https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Empire-Strikes-Back-Two-1980-Theatrical-Cuts/id/79148

Star Wars.com article on Empire 70mm

https://www.starwars.com/news/empire-at-40-star-wars-the-empire-strikes-back-ending-changes

Digital Bits article on Empire 70mm

https://thedigitalbits.com/columns/history-legacy-showmanship/empire-at-40-remembering-the-early-70mm-cut

Version of the 70mm Empire ending