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

Episode 169 – The Phantom Models and Miniatures

Phantom Menace Year continues as Jason & Gabe examine the hidden genius of the model and miniature work in Episode 1!  It’s the Star Wars movie that contained more model shop work then all of the original trilogy combined BUT so much of that work is still totally invisible to most viewers!  Join them as they try to solve this 20 year old mystery by playing an exciting, action packed game of “What’s The Model?!” where they go through all the major scenes in TPM and attempt to figure out just what they’re seeing!  Do they succeed?  Do they get confused?  Is Sio Bibble’s beard actually a miniature? Listen and find out!!    

So put on your Burger King crown & celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!


Episode 163 – Explosions are Star Wars, Star Wars is Explosions

EXPLOSIONS!  We’ve done some research and discovered Star Wars is actually all about explosions! There are hundreds explosions in the Star Wars saga and we’re talking our top 3 from each film & discussing their size, sound & feeling.  It’s a totally serious episode about a serious topic and explosions is the word that you heard.‬  What explosions are the ultimate from each film?  Listen and find out!
PLUS : Star Wars Celebration Chicago is just weeks away and we are freaking out.  Episode IX panel! What could happen?  The return of Ahmed Best!  Listener reviews & more!So ask Plo Koon about Young Guns Too and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!!  

Episode 161 – The Legend of Rick McCallum

Phantom Menace Year continues as we examine THE LEGEND OF RICK MCCALLUM. He’s the superstar producer of the prequels, one man mega hype machine and we do love him. Join us as we explore the myths, tall tales and facts of the only and only “duuuuude” that is Rick!  How did he get started, how did we first learn of him, does he have a giant blue ox and what are some of his greatest moments?  Tune as we go over all things associated with this living legend that helped usher in the age of digital cinema and pushed to get Lucas’ wildest ideas on screen.  PLUS : listener McCallum stories & the debut of the McCallum folk song that’s taking the world by storm!  So get f*#$ing awesome, celebrate the love & listen today!!

Episode 157 – The Sounds of The Phantom Menace

Phantom Menace Year continues as Jason and Gabe examine the amazing sounds of The Phantom Menace! Ben Burtt and Matthew Wood now have digital technology at their hands and their imagination of what’s possible greatly expands! The Podrace! Lightsabers!  Darth Maul pressing buttons! Watto’s Bell & more!  Join us as we explore the importance of the introduction of digital tools in the sound process and as we examine about 30 classic sounds from the film and talk about how they were created!  
So get that Slurpee from Watts’s junk shop and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!

StarWars.com video on the sound of TPM:
https://www.starwars.com/video/episode-i-featurette-sound

Episode 153 – The Beginning – The Phantom Menace That Could Have Happened

Blast Points Phantom Menace Year Begins with us taking a look at the strange and fascinating early screenplay draft of TPM, The Beginning!  The saga of the “Warka” family begins, there’s almost no Qui Gon, and an original trilogy character shockingly “dies” in the end.  From a certain point of view….  It’s a real wild ride that could have resulted in a vastly different Episode 1!  Tune in as we look at the characters, plots and weird decisions that almost happened!  Have aspects from this draft have appeared in the sequel trilogy? It sure seems like it!!  So win the race in The First Order Olympics, celebrate the love & listen today!  

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Lucas YouTube clips:

https://youtu.be/8FRZtFPDxi4
https://youtu.be/kUn3nohOtVQ

Secret History of Star Wars: http://fd.noneinc.com/secrethistoryofstarwarscom/secrethistoryofstarwars.com/thebeginning.html


Episode 113 : The Art of The Art of The Phantom Menace

Listen as Jason & Gabe take a look back at 1999’s The Art of Star Wars, Episode I The Phantom Menace! It was the dawn of a new era of Star Wars concept art and it’s just as fascinating today as it was then!  Doug Chiang endlessly drawing Battle Droids in the attic of Skywalker Ranch resulted in a legacy in Star Wars design that can still be felt today.  They talk about their favorite illustrations from the book, Jabba on thrones, the idea of an older Anakin, Jar-Jar’s pet dog and MORE!

PLUS: there’s some Solo speculation and a whole lot of Old Man Snoke love!  So sip some morning coffee with Sebulba, smoke a cigar with a booger and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!

Episode 93 – I Want My MTV Star Wars

Join Jason & Gabe as they go back to the wild world of Star Wars prequel hype and the bizarre marriage of Star Wars and MTV!  They’re talking everything from Duel of The Fates being a hot TRL chart topper to the huge Skywalker Ranch  mid 2000s star studded parties for AOTC & ROTS!  Most important of all, they go over the infamous Star Wars interviews with rapper and No Limit Records founder, Master P. Hear him ask Hayden about a lizard, his relationship with Natalie and the mind blowing George “John”  Lucas / Master P conversation.   In a world of awkward Lucas moments, this could be the all time champion.

As if that wasn’t enough, there’s Last Jedi talk, Han Solo movie chatter and excitement over the new series of Forces of Destiny shorts!!

So get on your lizard, believe in Star Wars and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!!