It’s a May the 4th spectacular as we celebrate the return of Return of the Jedi back in movie theaters! Listen as we talk about our theater experiences, why we are “return of the jedi people” and why the creatures panel from Celebration 2022 continues to rule our minds! PLUS – hear recordings from over 25 Blast Points listeners on THEIR ROTJ theater experiences and why THEY love this classic Star Wars film!
So be already on your way out, listen today and celebrate the love!
In May of 1983, as the Rebels battled the evil Empire on movie screens, film critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert battled the Palpatine of critics, John Simon on TV screens! Join us as we examine this epic showdown about Return of the Jedi and discover that the debate they have is nothing new and has never left us! PLUS : we explore the amazing history of Siskel and Ebert reviewing Star Wars and how they learned to not only love the saga but champion all of it’s unique qualities!
So take the kids to Tender Mercies, celebrate the love and listen today!
We’ve talked about the creatures of Return of the Jedi but now the time has come to talk about the creators of the creatures! They’re the aliens of Jabba’s Palace that we’ve loved for 40 years but who designed them? Listen as we are joined once again by Regal Robot and Tom Spina Design’s Tom Spina to uncover the facts on who made who and what were they thinking? Which ones are Phil Tippett monsters and which ones are Chris Walas? Who made Yakface and how do you say Boushh?
It’s a simple question but one that inspires thousands of thoughts – Why did Vader block Luke’s death blow to the Emperor in Return of the Jedi? Especially if he still wanted to rule the galaxy as father and son. Inspired by a 2013 blog post from JW Rinzler where he asked this question, we are analyzing every aspect of this small but oh so important moment in ROTJ. What was Vader thinking and what clues in earlier moments lead us there? Plus, what did George Lucas say the meaning of that moment was? Listen and find out!
AND – SNOKETOBERFEST CONTINUES! The giant clone thing in gold isn’t done making sounds and the SNOKETOBERFEST party is far from over!
So, get in a laser fight, listen today and celebrate the love!
In this new edition of BLAST POINTS PRESENTS, we are happy to share the audio version of a recent conversation “our friend and frequent guest” Tom Spina from Tom Spina Designs and Regal Robot had with multi-Oscar winning Vis. FX Supervisor Ken Ralston! They’re talking about Ken’s incredible career, his visionary creature contributions to RETURN OF THE JEDI and more! We all know and love the maquettes from From Star Wars To Jedi and Classic Creatures and Ken sculpted a handful of those AND now Regal Robot has just released their replica of the Weequay maquette that Ken created. So check out this awesome chat with Tom and Ken!
On Sunday, May 29th 2022, Blast Points with Tom Spina, Amy Ratcliffe and Kirk Thatcher (and his captain’s hat) changed the world at Star Wars Celebration with the legendary Creatures of Return of the Jedi panel. Now for all of you that weren’t there, we’ve teamed up with Tom once again to deliver a special super expanded version of everything we talked about in Anaheim and so much more! Join us as we talk the “dare to be weird” creatures of Jabba’s Palace by going over EVERY ONE OF THEM!! And we even go over some that were NOT in the film! Did someone say LIGHTMAN?!?
So, get out your book of hair, listen today and celebrate the love!
It was the music that defined a generation and shaped popular culture but now join Blast Points as they take you on a journey behind the music of the legendary Max Rebo Band. From humble beginnings as Red Ball Jett and Monster 21 to surviving against the odds to a hot new gig at The Sanctuary! Listen along as we explore how Rebo was created, examine every Rebo song, discuss the band’s wild history and answer the burning question of DOES MAX ACTUALLY PLAY WITH HIS LEGS? So, get out your Palpatones greatest hits double LP, celebrate the love and listen today!
Thanks to Brandon Wainerdi and Tori Fox for the voices in the intro!
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!
It’s DAY 3 of the epic podcast event of the century, 7 DAYS OF DENGAR and today we’re talking about Dengar’s “many” appearances on screen. After barely being in Empire and making a shocking cameo in ROTJ, Dengar really got to shine in Clone Wars. What was like that like and how is his armor differnet? And what about the Aftermath books, the comics and seriously what about ROTHGAR DENG? Is Dengar a hero of the Battle of Jakku or is he a plastic sugery nightmare? Listen and find out!!
Sometimes you just have to tell Return of the Jedi how much you love it and this week we’re sending the mighty ROTJ a dozen roses AND a box of chocolate!! Join us as we examine just how much the influence of the deep thematic elements of the throne room ending of ROTJ has spread across all of Star Wars. Redemption, forgivess, family, mask… all the vital Star Wars herbs and spices are there in that that 1983 masterpiece and we’re talking about them all!
So don’t text ROTJ on it’s birthday, send it card, listen today and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!