Episode 278 – George Lucas – Maker of Films – Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

In the summer of 1971, film scholar and media theorist Gene Youngblood sat down in the grass under the Hollywood sign with some 27 year old kid named George Lucas for a local public access show on young filmmakers.  What came out of it is an endlessly fascinating conversation between two forward thinking and brilliant minds.  Lucas shares his frustration at the studio system, says how he thinks of himself as a toy maker and mentions he’s just then getting into making movies that have a story.   It’s a wild ride and all the pieces that eventually lead to the creation of STAR WARS are there! Join us as we discuss all deep the topics and look at this amazing portrait of the artist as a young man!  

So get your video CASS-ettes, listen today and celebrate the love! 

Watch it here :

Episode 277 – The Steve Bryant from QVC Interview Episode

Back in the 90s, the seeds of Blast Points were planted as we would watch Boba Fett hologram watches and Yoda head mugs be sold on the legendary Star Wars QVC specials hosted by the engergetic and hilarious Steve Bryant.  It’s a dream come true as this week we proudly welcome Steve Bryant on to our show.  Join us as we talk to Steve about the time QVC almost burned down and Mark Hamill saved everyone, riding in cars with Steven Tyler, being recognized at a Renaissance Fair, the lasting legacy of the Star Wars QVC specials and so much more.  It’s the episode everything has been building towards so get out those film strip suspenders, piss off Shatner, listen today and celebrate the love!  


Check out Steve online!

https://stevebryantblog.com
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJgG0iI3KHfQKeWLU-C8SNA

Watch some classic Star Wars QVC specials here: 

Steve & Steve at their best: https://youtu.be/Li0P-EAZWOs
Steve & Mark Hamill burning down the house: https://youtu.be/6D6BY_idXao

Episode 276 – Everything is about Return of the Jedi

Sometimes you just have to tell Return of the Jedi how much you love it and this week we’re sending the mighty ROTJ a dozen roses AND a box of chocolate!!  Join us as we examine just how much the influence of the deep thematic elements of the throne room ending of ROTJ has spread across all of Star Wars.  Redemption, forgivess, family, mask… all the vital Star Wars herbs and spices are there in that that 1983 masterpiece and we’re talking about them all!   

So don’t text ROTJ on it’s birthday, send it card, listen today and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS! 

Episode 275 – INDY YEAR – Raiders of the Lost Read Along Books

Indy Year continues as we get totally serious and talk about the hottest topic there is – the Indiana Jones kids read along books and records!  Join us as we listen to the read along records for Raiders, Temple of Doom and Last Crusade.  They’re a weird and exciting world of outrageous cuts to the story and even more outrageous accents!   What characters are cut and why is the Temple of the Doom read along the original evil heavy metal headbanging record?!  So even go through the mail, listen today & get that fortune and glory with BLAST POINTS!  

Episode 274 – Hot Wampa Summer

It’s summertime, it’s hot out and that can mean only one thing – HOT WAMPA SUMMER! When the ice caves melt, the Wampas come out to get down!  We’re celebrating in the only way possible and that’s by listing off our top GREAT MOMENTS IN WAMPA HISTORY!  Join us as we talk about puppet Wampas, Wampa deleted scenes, toy commercials, kids yelling Wampa, Wapma excitement, toy Wampas, Wampa secret BBQ recipes and so much more.   Its a nonstop, red hot Hot Wampa Summer party like no other!

So, get that Triple Wampa ready, listen today and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!

Episode 273 – INDY YEAR – Temple of Doom and the Temple of Death

Our year long tribute to Indina Jones continues with a look at the wild history and unique legacy of the always unique INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM!  The highs, the lows, the controversy and anything goes!  It’s a tale of birthday cakes, broken backs, dirty t-shirts from JC Penny and terrified children!  How was this movie conceived, how will it reflect on future Indy projects and why is the mine cart chase sequence so incredible!  

So, track down that fortune and glory and listen today with BLAST POINTS!  

listen to our Temple of Doom commentary here :

https://www.patreon.com/posts/27658868

Episode 272 – The Droids Animated Series Blast Points Adventure Hour

It’s no secret that we are huge supporters of the Droids animated series but with it recently coming on Disney +, our love has gone into hyperspace!  Join us this week as we examine the vastly underrated Droids series, it’s wild history and the show’s rich legacy that continues to this day.   How did the show begin, what about that bopping theme music, why is Ben Burtt actually Mungo Baobab AND what does Tony Danza have to do with it all?!?  All that and much more in this episode where we are in trouble again! 

So, step softly into the danger zone and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!

GET FUN & FIT HERE :  https://youtu.be/-oF2sXOQvfI

LOS ANDROIDES theme:   https://youtu.be/0n8whdUgA6E

Episode 271 – Rebel Mission to Ord Mantell Mania

We all know Han Solo had a run in with a bounty hunter on Ord Mantell but did you know that the legendary Brian Daley wrote a standalone story about it that came out the same year as the Star Wars radio drama?  This odd, wonderful and long of out print piece of SW history stands alone as the one thing that combines the voice cast of the Beuna Vista read along records and the spirit of the NPR radio shows!   How did it come about and what is its connections to Two Tubes, Cad Bane and how did it almost end up being the plot for an episode of the Droids animated series?!  

So don’t hate the bug people, listen today and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS! 

LISTEN TO REBEL MISSION TO ORD MANTELL HERE:

SIDE 1 – https://youtu.be/lHWpWFhMDhk

SIDE 2 – https://youtu.be/mXrzpNjzemw

Episode 270 – The Art of The Art of The Force Awakens

This week is all about the amazing THE ART OF FORCE AWAKENS!  2013 was a magical time as Star Wars was just getting ready to strike back in a major way.  The Yoda like production designer, living legend and hero of ours, Rick Carter led this quest with a period of guided imagery from the best artists in the world where the blue sky was the limit and some incredible illustrations flowed along next to the story.  It was the time of Jedi Killers, Kira and Sam, Darth Talon, John Doe and RIFFS.  Join us as we look at this time, discuss the importance of concept art & much, much more!!So get in that dream state, go backwards and forwards, turn of your left brain, ask “what is BLAST POINTS?”, listen today and celebrate the love!! 

Episode 269 – The Great Krayt Dragon Call Celebration

The Krayt Dragon.  One of the greatest mysteries in the Star Wars universe.  Where did it come from? When did the word KRAYT first appear?  Why was Kenobi’s call changing so much?  What’s with the “missing” DVD version?  What is its shocking connection to a Disney Haunted Mansion kids record?  Join us while we explore these mind bending questions and more in this extremely important and “Kraytly” fascinating episode!! You’ll never hear that Krayt dragon call the same way again!!  

PLUS : a bunch of INCREDIBLE Krayt dragon calls from listeners like YOU!

So call up Jim Gillette, go scream in a parking lot and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!