Episode 402 – The Phantom Menace Read Along Story Book Experience

It’s the 25th anniversary of our beloved Phantom Menace and that also means it’s taken us 25 years to listen to the read along book for TPM!   It’s the whole movie condensed down to about 19 minutes with weird alternate takes of dialog, music from the original trilogy, Funkadelic Neimodians, some shockingly dark stuff and more!  PLUS – more fun TPM theater stories from listeners!!   

So head to the dungeon, listen today and celebrate the love!  

listen to the read along book by itself here : https://youtu.be/kXnXLCJk1iw?si=pVRZmdLcid0Dmb0N

Episode 401 – Tony McVey – from Jar Jar to Salacious Crumb (with Tom Spina)

This week on Blast Points we are honored to be chatting with an ILM legend, the great TONY MCVEY!  Listen in as we are once again joined by Regal Robot’s Tom Spina as we all talk to Tony about his passion for monsters, movies, joining the ROTJ creature department, Salacious Crumb, and then coming back to Star Wars with The Phantom Menace.   The gorgeous debut prequel item in Regal Robot’s Archive Collection is based on Tony’s incredible Jar Jar concept maquette and we are thrilled to let him share his humor, stories and vast knowledge with you all!   So celebrate the love and listen today!  

Pick up your own JAR JAR BINKS archive collection maquette on Tuesday 5/21 ! See all the details here:
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EXPERIENCE TOM SPINA DESIGNS HERE:

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Episode 400 – The QVC Phantom Menace Spectacular 

It’s our big 400 episode of Blast Points, the 25 anniversary of The Phantom Menace AND May the 4th so there is no better way to celebrate then by watching two full hours of a QVC special from August 1999 when Episode 1 mania was sweeping the nation!   It’s hosts Lisa Robertson from QVC and the legendary Steve Sansweet showing off comics, vinyl figures, watches, figures, a Battle Droid binocular camera and so much more!   So get a dancing Jar Jar for your roommate, listen today and celebrate the love!   

Watch the QVC special here on Youtube

https://soundcloud.com/blast-points/episode-400-the-qvc-phantom-menace-spectacular

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!