Episode 203 – SAGA YEAR MONTH 1 – The Phantom Menace

It’s the first month of our year long SAGA YEAR and we’re once again taking a close look at Episode 1, The Phantom Menace! Ever heard of it? Join us as we look at the heavy duty themes and messages of TPM and how they resonate through all of the saga films.  Compassion, dealing with fear, the role of family… the tasty essential flavor packets of Star Wars that are so front and center in TPM!    Plus: CLONE WARS new trailer madness & so much more!  


So don’t listen to it naked but do celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!  

Episode 197 – We Love You, Phantom Menace (TPM 4EVER)

With this 12th and final episode of Phantom Menace Year, we are looking inward and wondering why we really, REALLY love TPM as much as we do.  Is it the story, the creatures, the wizardry or it something found elsewhere, elusive…?   Join us as we ask the deep questions and then go through some our favorite Phantom Menace things we just didn’t have time to talk about in the past year! Sio Bibble!  Gragra the Gorgmonger!  Obi-Wan’s hair and more!  PLUS : Listeners share what TPM means the THEM!  It’s an Episode 1 love fest so join in and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!  

Episode 194 – The Phantom Force

Phantom Menace Year continues as we explore one of the many new things Episode 1 gave us, the deeper look at THE FORCE!  It’s hard to imagine but before May 1999, nobody knew about the now essential Balance of the Force, The Chosen One or the Living and Cosmic Force!  So what do they all mean, how do they change the way we look at the original trilogy and how they continue to influence the sequel trilogy & beyond!  It’s a deep thinking heavy duty episode that’ll make you look at Phantom Menace in a whole new way!
PLUS: Listener voicemail, Herzog imitations, Teek Talk & MORE! So concentrate on the moment and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!  

Episode 189 – The Phantom Costumes

Phantom Menace Year continues as we celebrate the fascintating and amazing costumes of Episode 1!   In a movie filled with bold new directions for the saga, nothing was quite as bold and innovating as Trisha Biggar’s costumes.  Join us as we go over just why those costumes were such a big deal, how they continue to influence today’s Star Wars and just why Biggar’s work was so genius.  PLUS : the return of SNOKETOBERFEST & so much more!So get in your tiny rocket ship & celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!  

Episode 186 – The Phantom Hype (featuring MARFALUMP!)

For a couple of months in 1999, the whole world became a Star Wars Celebration as Episode 1 HYPE was everywhere!  From grocery stores to Taco Bell, you couldn’t go anywhere without being reminded that a new Star Wars movie was about to come out. Blast Points Phantom Menace Year continues as we look at all of that crazy hype that surrounded all of the TPM experience! The overwhelming marketing tie ins! Those weird & wonderful commercials! The vital history of Star Wars & merchandising!  Did it all go too far there in 1999 or not far enough?!  And of course we finally shed some light on the one and only MARFALUMP!!‬ 
So go go grease lightning and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!  

Episode 184 – Tatooine Ghost featuring Watto the Wedding Crasher

Do you spend everyday wondering if Leia ever learned about her grandmother Shmi? What would Leia think if she watched the Boonta Eve pod race? Did Watto attend Shmi and Cliegg Lars’ wedding? All these questions and more were answered in Troy Denning’s fascinating and underrated 2003 novel, Tatooine Ghost.  It’s an incredible blending of the prequels and the original trilogy that also manages to somehow resonate into the sequels.  Join us as we look at the book, Leia’s journey with the Force, Ben Kenobi, Ben Solo, grown up Kitster, Beru’s sister, Watto wearing a bow tie and so much more in this fun filled, deep thoughts episode!  PLUS: Resistance news! Rain Johnson movies update! AND Kenobi-Mania!  
So stop looking for Killik Twilight & celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!

Episode 183 – Jabbapalooza

It’s the new Huttness that all the kids are talking about, JABBAPALOOZA!   Jabba the Hutt is a mean, vicious & nasty slug but we do we still love him so much?  How was that massive puppet created and just who was inside it? And what’s the deal with the 1997 Special Edition Jabba, TPM Jabba and all those Hutts in Clone Wars?  All these questions and more are answered in this rocking episode! So go backwards and forwards and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!

Episode 182 – The Phantom Music with David W. Collins

Phantom Menace Year continues as we are thrilled to welcome from The Soundtrack Show podcast and Star Wars Celebration stage host, David W. Collins!  Tune in as we discuss just about every singe aspect of John Williams’ brilliant Episode 1 score!!  We’re talking everything from the use of Duel of the Fates in TPM & beyond, the hidden mysteries of Anakin’s Theme, the smaller wonderful themes in the film, TPM anticipation, the Palpatine parade and a thrilling lightspeed round of questions that goes into some the deepest, weirdest corners of Star Wars music mania!  That’s right, this is a really good one.   So put that Otoh Gunga music on an all night loop & celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!  

Listen to David on The Soundtrack Show!

https://www.soundtrackpodcast.com

Episode 177 – The Phantom Novelization

Published almost a full month before the movie’s release, Terry Brooks’ novelization of The Phantom Menace still holds up and blows minds 20 years later!  Join us for month seven of Phantom Menace Year as we look back at this underrated bit of Star Wars literature!  We discuss how it’s unique and fascinating perspective on the story echoes not only through Episode 1 and the prequel trilogy but beyond!  What’s the deal with Jedi and dreams?  How did it introduce now standard thoughts about the history of the Sith?  And why was Terry Brooks so into Ric Olie?  Gather up your great globs of Bantha poodoo and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!  

Episode 173 – The Jar Jar Renaissance

It’s month six of Phantom Menace Year and what would a year long tribute to Episode 1 be without an episode all about our favorite Gungan, the one and only mister Jar Jar Binks.  Jar Jar & TPM are forever connected and as the film has begun to be looked at in a whole new way, so has Jar Jar finally.  Tune is as we take an epic look at our personal journey with Jar Jar, his design history, inspiration, his time on screen in films & Clone Wars, and his current very welcome renaissance.  AND listeners share their Jar Jar stories with emails and voice messages.  Jar Jar poetry?  Oke-day!  So crash into your boss’ heyblibber and celebrate the love with Blast Points! 

The Jar Jar song is “Cousin Jar Jar” by Meco