Return of the Jedi

January 6, 2014

[SOM #6]

Episode VI. This is the last of six review podcasts each tackling a single film from the Star Wars Saga. In the interests of different viewpoints and healthy debate I am again joined by co-hosts.

Neil Taylor of Gameburst my regular co-host is joined once again by his partner in crime James Batchelor, host of that very show. And for the first time; Chris "Lefty" Brown of The Married Gamers Podcast. 

We turn our attentions to Return of the Jedi at last; (to me at least) the most underrated of the saga, but doubtless flawed and mishandled in many ways. We go into the reasons why this was occasionally a shadowy premotition of the tomfoolery that would come sixteen years later with the Prequel Trilogy, but also the depths and richness of this, possibly the most personal and psychologically arresting Skywalker story. We also round off the series with a look at further reading for you folks who want to dig deeper and a few possible futures for this franchise that, let's face it, isn't finishing forever any time soon. In fact if there's a series that I could confidently predict will still be seeing new movie installments in a century's time; this is it.

If you enjoy this episode, pop on over to iTunes and leave a review.

 

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The Empire Strikes Back

January 5, 2014

[SOM #5]

Episode V. This is the fifth of six review podcasts each tackling a single film from the Star Wars Saga. In the interests of different viewpoints and healthy debate I am again joined by co-hosts.

Neil Taylor of Gameburst my regular co-host is joined once again by his partner in crime James Batchelor, host of that very show. And for the first time; Mike Phillips of The Fanboys Lunchcast.

This episode is all about The Empire Strikes Back. Pretty much the running favourite among the majority of Star Wars fans. We look at how and why this 1980 science-fantasy classic is still as dark, bright and fresh today as it was three decades ago, and how Star Wars would not still be the phenomenon it was, without it.

If you enjoy this episode, pop on over to iTunes and leave a review.

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Star Wars

January 4, 2014

[SOM #4]

Episode IV. This is the fourth of six review podcasts each tackling a single film from the Star Wars Saga. In the interests of different viewpoints and healthy debate I am again joined by co-hosts.

Neil Taylor of Gameburst my regular co-host is joined by his partner in crime James Batchelor, host of that very show.

This episode is all about the 1977 original, later titled A New Hope. Whether you subscribe to the theory that George Lucas got lucky in making this film, the notoriously fraught production clearly paid off, making it one of the most influential and significant movies of all time, if not, THE most.

If you enjoy this episode, pop on over to iTunes and leave a review.

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Revenge of the Sith

January 3, 2014

[SOM #3]

Episode III. This is the third of six review podcasts each tackling a single film from the Star Wars Saga. In the interests of different viewpoints and healthy debate I am again joined by co-hosts.

Neil Taylor of Gameburst will be with me for each of the six shows.

This week Parris Lilly of Uncle Gamer and Remember When makes a long-awaited guest appearance. The fourth chair is expertly filled by Mike Barton of Gameovercast.

This episode is all about the 2005 finale to the Prequel Trilogy; Revenge of the Sith. In this movie, we see the events that birthed one of the greatest characters in cinema history. To many, this one is better than some of the films in the Original Trilogy, to some it was the final insult and the death of the series.

If you enjoy this episode, pop on over to iTunes and leave a review. This has been such an awesome experience so far that I'm thinking there can only be more movie episodes in the works.

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Attack of the Clones

January 2, 2014

[SOM #2]

Episode II. This is the second of six review podcasts each tackling a single film from the Star Wars Saga. In the interests of different viewpoints and healthy debate I am again joined by co-hosts.

Neil Taylor of Gameburst will be with me for each of the six shows.

Gary "Xantiriad" Blower from Ninja Fat Pigeons, The Gamerscene and Big Red Potion joins us once more this week and may yet return.

This episode is all about the 2002 follow-up to The Phantom Menace; Attack of the Clones. To many it was better than Phantom, to some it was even worse. Faster-paced, focusing more on action, intrigue and romance, and the first of the Star Wars movies to be shot digitally rather than on film, this movie may stand as a perfect example of why having supreme control over every aspect of filming can sometimes be the worst possible situation, creatively.

One of the inspirations for this series is the Star Wars reviews from Red Letter Media. If you like this show you will definitely get a kick out of their thorough, insightful, hilarious and occasionally disturbing take on Star Wars.

Also check out another inspirational show for me; Remember When. Parris and Jay; A pair of incredibly passionate and fun reviewers tackling the best and worst films of our younger days as well as new movies and TV.

Alex

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The Phantom Menace

January 1, 2010

[SOM #1]

Episode I. This is the first of six review podcasts each tackling a single film from the Star Wars Saga. In the interests of different viewpoints and healthy debate I've brought in co-hosts.

Neil Taylor of Gameburst will be with me for each of the six shows.

Gary "Xantiriad" Blower from Ninja Fat Pigeons, The Gamerscene and Big Red Potion joins us this week and may return.

This is a project I've been sitting on for more than three years, since before I even started podcasting so it's fantastic to finally get the time and space to vent about these movies. I love Star Wars but there are things I hate about it, especially the prequel trilogy.

This episode centers around arguably the most disappointing movie ever released. Rest assured; a torrent of holy fire does indeed burst forth from my furious, gnashing maw. But there's good stuff there too if you look hard enough.

One of the inspirations for this series is the Star Wars reviews from Red Letter Media. If you like this show you will definitely get a kick out of their thorough, insightful, hilarious and occasionally disturbing take on Star Wars.

Also check out another inspirational show for me; Remember When. Parris and Jay; A pair of incredibly passionate and fun reviewers tackling the best and worst films of our younger days as well as new movies and TV.

Enjoy.

Alex

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