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!  
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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

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!!    

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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