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 385 – The Reel Changes of the Prequel Trilogy

It’s a new year of Blast Points and we’re starting out with a “reel” classic as we discuss the reel changes of the prequel trilogy!   When episodes one, two and three were shown in theaters, every twenty minutes the reel of film would change and the stories flow in shockingly similar ways!  Join us as we look at what scene each film was at for each reel change and go over the many parallels!  

PLUS – we’re talking about the surprise news of THE MANDALORIAN AND GROGU movie and AHSOKA season 2!   So take your vitamins, celebrate the love and listen today!

Episode 383 – Midichlorians And You!

This week we’re taking a close up look at that age old question that’s puzzled millions for decades – SO WHAT THE HECK ARE MIDICHLORIANS?  Inspired by a 2013 StarWars.com article by JW Rinzler, we’re talking about how George Lucas’ thoughts on the Force and just who can use it and why have and have not changed, why Sabine’s journey in Ahsoka honors that why people should just relax about the whole microscopic life forms thing.   So take a blood sample, listen today and celebrate the love!  

READ JW RINZLER’S ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE:

https://www.starwars.com/news/so-what-the-heck-are-midi-chlorians

Episode 345 – The Tone Poems of The Phantom Menace

In the summer of 1999, there were a series of ads for The Phantom Menace known as the “tone poems”.  These ads which mostly featured some of the main characters of the film giving fairly abstract poetry-esque lines about their arcs in the film quickly became legendary.   Join us as we explore each of the unique tone poem ads and reveal some fascinating information on their creation!  Who made them, why are they so Star Wars and what was going on with the marketing of Episode 1?  PLUS : how do they connect to Lucas’ student films at USC and why didn’t Watto get a tone poem?

So don’t look back before you go, listen today and celebrate the love! 

WATCH ALL THE TONE POEMS HERE : https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLw8ep6cYzDhoQfQavCbfLMa-oyambJX_X

Episode 333 – Tales of the Jedi – Dooku Edition

Tales of the Jedi is here and first we are talking all about the three incredible COUNT DOOKU stories! We love The Count quite a bit and these bite size bits of Dooku have us going off the deep end with heavy Star Wars thoughts. Good Dooku, master and apprentices, Yaddle, Mundi’s giant hood and so much more! 

PLUS – the shocking final SNOKETOBERFEST of the year! 

So, erase Kamino from the archives, celebrate the love and listen today!

Episode 285 – The 100 Minute Marks of Star Wars

This week we are tackling an extremely important Star Wars topic – what happens at the 100 minute mark of the Star Wars films?  Just like the films themselves, they’re all a little different but they all that thar certain type of galaxy far far away magic. What happens in them, how are they alike and what is our ranking of them?  It’s a Star Wars topic that’ll have you viewing the films and counting numbers in a whole new way!  

PLUS :  the dramatic return of everyone’s favorite pickled celebration, SNOKETOBERFEST!   

So get out that wax paper, celebrate the love and listen today! 

Episode 258 – Star Wars End Scene Magic

Star Wars movies contain many rich traditions like operatic storytelling, faster and more intense action, explosions, and gorgeous dialogue free end scenes that soar with music and end the film with an epic exclamation point!  Join us as we look at these scenes and rank our own personal top 12 Star Wars cinematic ending scenes!  What do we agree on?  Where do our opinions split? What’s our different number one picks?  Will a Star Wars movie ever end with a blooper reel? So, dance around, give an Ewok an hug and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!  

Episode 250 – The Junior Jedi Training Manual Experience

It’s our 5-year anniversary and this week we our pledging our undying love to Star Wars by renewing our vows and taking the JEDI OATH with the 1999 masterpiece known as The Junior Jedi Training Manual.  This amazing CD / book combo was released for kids with The Phantom Meance and it seriously almost made us explode.  Join us as we freak out a little, wonder if we are getting high from sounds, discuss robots in trench coats and meet exotic new Adult Aliens.  It’s the ultimate experience in Star Wars madness and we are thrilled to be back!   So, take the Jedi Oath with us and celebrate the love!