Wait a minute–we have a podcast?!? It’s been a while since the Geeks were able to record but there was no stopping us talking about a certain new movie that came out last week. So join the entire gang (and we mean entire gang) for a bonus-sized conversation about everything The Force Awakens! Give us a listen right now or jump after the break to read more!
And now, we come to the end.
Yes, it’s Return of the Jedi.
Man, now that the prequels are done and over with, the series just keeps getting better and better.
Let’s talk about The Empire Strikes Back.
All geeks love two things: Star Wars and cleverly designed infographics. The folks over at Bloomberg finally put those two things together with Star Wars: The Force Accounted. It’s much cooler than the title suggests. Head over there to see exactly how much time we see the Force being used and by whom and what powers. We get breakdowns of who says MTFBWY and even a detailed description of the methodology which is just as geeky as the rest of the article.
And now we get to the original Star Wars.
It’s about damn time.
The Force Awakens opens on the 18th. Star Wars fans can barely contain themselves. They got the original band back together (mostly), and the epic saga continues with a new generation.
To better prepare ourselves, we here at Gabbing Geek are doing a Star Wars rewatch, with a movie covered a day until the 18th rolls around, skipping weekends.
Here’s our first installment on Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
The comic book world has been awash with new Star Wars comic books the past year. While the majority of these books take place in the years between Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back, one four-issue series took place starting at the end of Return of the Jedi. That book bore the title of Shattered Empire with the curious slugline of Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
While the first three issues seemingly just tell a bit more of the story after Return of the Jedi with cameos from literally every Star Wars character you love, the fourth issue drops a doozy of a clue as to what might happen in Episode VII next month (okay, I still get chills thinking that it’s NEXT MONTH). This isn’t really a spoiler because we can’t confirm anything and it takes place far before the movie, but this is your warning if you don’t want to read on. If you want a hint at something very cool in the movie about Poe Dameron then read on.
Rumor has it there’s a new Star Wars movie coming out in a month and while geeks everywhere struggle to not lose their minds counting down the days we’re also trying to find ways to distract ourselves. Over at the Comixology podcast, Matt and Kara are holding a Star Wars comic book club and the first session focuses on the original Marvel comic book of Star Wars. Launched in 1977 just a few months after the movie came out, the first six issues retold the original film and then went into some strange, we-didn’t-know-anything-about-Empire-Strikes-Back territory.
The first comic book club only covered these original six issues and I thought it was easier to present my thoughts visually and here on Gabbing Geek as well. It was strange to read these issues–not only because it recreates a movie we’ve all seen so many times, but also because it retells that movie through the strange conventions of 1970s comics. And the things it has to translate onto the page (like Artoo’s whistles or Chewbacca’s howls) definitely presented some issues to the creative team. So jump after the break to see 20 thoughts I had upon reading this comic book.
There’s been a lot of talk about the lack of Luke Skywalker in the trailers (and posters) for the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens. People must be blind. Luke is everywhere in the trailers if you look closely. After the cut, an enhanced version of the trailer with all the Luke appearances highlighted.
Last night, we learned that Fozzie Bear is a nicer person than Kermit the Frog. Fozzie has a hit stand-up routine about his human girlfriend Becky’s sweatiness. When he learns how hurt she was (after she gets revenge on him), he removes it from his act. Would Kermit have done the same thing? Not this incarnation of Kermit. Kermit just wants to put on a good show, and if he has to manipulate Piggy and the crew, then by Henson, he will.
But this week, Reese Witherspoon was the celebrity guest, and I want to address that a bit behind the cut.