Star Wars Aftermath.
As Return of the Jedi faded from theaters in late 1983, Star Wars fans entered what would become known as the “Dark Times”. Toys began disappearing from the shelves and slowly Star Wars faded into the cultural zeitgeist. Before faint whispers about Special Editions and Prequels, Heir to the Empire awakened a hunger for Star Wars that had been just under the geek surface for years. It was the first book to be licensed by Lucasfilm to continue the story after Return of the Jedi. Bringing back Luke, Leia and Han as well as introducing us to Mara Jade, Grand Admiral Thrawn, Talon Karrde, and a plethora of others who would become staples of the Star Wars Expanded Universe, cemented Timothy Zahn, for fans, as the second coming of George Lucas. The SWEU flourished with varied success over the 23 years it ran, ending when Disney acquired Lucasfilm and announced that the EU would be reorganized in the Legends line and a new official run of canon books and comics would be forthcoming.
In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by intrepid Rebels Bruce Gibson, Darren Moser and John Mills to talk about Star Wars Aftermath. We discuss the old SWEU and the the new canon, a new hope, characters, small cameos, things we liked, ask a question, the Amazon issue and wrap up with ratings and final thoughts.
Old History, New Canon (00:05:04)
A New Hope (00:18:43)
Small Cameos (01:03:08)
Things We Liked (01:07:54)
A Question (01:16:00)
The Amazon Issue (01:21:31)
Ratings and Final Thoughts (01:28:20)
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlene Schmidt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)
A Wrinkle in Time. We discuss, Wrinkle history, the kids, the Mrs., the Happy Medium, oh and, can you replace it?, camera and music, ratings and being constructive.
Star Wars Rebels: Season Four. We discuss the Mandalorian arc, rebellion links, occupation, the world between worlds, saving Ahsoka, the key, Kanan's noble end, freeing Lothal and our final thoughts.
Licence to Kill. We discuss continuing Bond, the story, the villains, Bond's friends, the women, the action, music and our ratings.
Tron Legacy. We discuss 3D feelings, coming back to cult classics, appreciation and box office, Jeff Bridges, perfection, Sam and the cast, Dillinger vs Flynn, production design, music and our ratings.
Black Panther. We discus our history with the character, the cultural impact, the characters, "we" not "us vs them", humor, the truth, story and cgi, wrapping up with our ratings.
The Legends of Luke Skywalker. We discuss the framing device, The Myth Buster, The Starship Graveyard, Fishing in the Deluge, I, Droid, The Tale of Lugubrious Mote, Big Inside and out ratings.
X-Men. We discuss the context of the movie, the story, some history, humor, the cast, Malcolm X vs MLK Jr., does it hold up and our ratings.
The Punisher. We discuss our history with the character, picking up the story, Frank and PTSD, spying 24/7, helpful allies, villains, a honest debate and our ratings.
Black Lightning. We discuss the set up for the premiere, Cress Williams, the daughters, Peter Gambi, Lala, Tobias Whale, two roads, a double standard, camp and the costume, wrapping up with our ratings.
The Living Daylights. We discuss continuing Bond, the new Bond, 80s era villains, helpful friends, a Bond woman, the action, the music and our ratings.
The Flash: Season 2. We discuss, a few months later, Barry Allen, Henry Allen, a new villain, new and old characters and our ratings.
Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time. We discuss Capaldi's Doctor, best regenerations, general impressions, Bill dies?, the first Doctor, why he left, we're not that different, love and hate, a new Doctor and our ratings.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi. We discuss context and history, writing 101, the characters, the "chase", almost death, Crait and Luke battle, lost hope, humor, music, ships and our ratings.
Canto Bight. We discuss our excitement for The Last Jedi, the book's setup, Rules of the Game, The Wine in the Dreams, Hear Nothing, See Nothing, Say Nothing, The Ride, ratings and should you read it.
The Adventures of Tintin. We discuss the history of Tintin, Spielberg's history, bringing in Peter Jackson, Nic's history, bringing the story together, filming, Spielberg's sensibilities, the plot, the casting, a theme, Williams' soundtrack and our ratings.
A View to a Kill. We discuss continuing Bond, the story, help for Bond, the villain, Grace Jones, a Bond angel, the score and theme, wrapping up with our ratings.
Justice League. We discuss going in, connection the dots, so much going on, going back to Themyscira and on to Atlantis, the audience, Batman, Wonder Woman, resurrection, the new characters, Steppenwolf, darkness and light, action, music, end credits and our ratings.
Stranger Things 2. We discuss our first impressions, home, Eleven's journey, friendship, Billy, teenage angst, Hopper, Paul Reiser, what about Bob and our ratings.
Thor: Ragnarok. We discuss coming into the film, two different tales, taking it seriously, the Goddess of Death, new character, Loki, Dr. Strange's cameo, the Hulk, the score, a retcon and ratings.
Octopussy. We discuss some listener emails first, continuing Bond, a thought experiment, making it up, new location, villains, Bond women, theme, music and our ratings.
Stranger Things. We discuss finding the show, the story and the 80s, the other side, the kids, Eleven's origin, the teens, the adults, absent fathers, the rift and our ratings.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. We discuss our first impressions, the setting, monkey armies, things coming back, self indulgence, Marion, Shia, the movie, things you shouldn't know, other characters and things, plus our ratings.
Blade Runner 2049. We discuss continuing Blade Runner, ambiguity, replicants in everyday life, succession, sequel opportunities, love, a marrow, artificial everything, the cast, production and ratings.
Blade Runner. We discuss which version, our experiences, act of creation, what makes us human, show don't tell, is he a replicant, visual direction, the music and our ratings.
For Your Eyes Only. We discuss continuing Bond, the graveside and Blofeld, the director, Bibi, Cassandra Harris, Melina, a scoundrel, the villain, a free for all and our ratings.
Leia, Princess of Alderaan. We discuss Christy's first Star Wars book, Leia's characterization, Leia and her parents, from princess to rebel, Kier, YA, the cost, saw, Last Jedi connections, Amilyn Holdo and our ratings.
Phasma. We discuss our excitement, a character study, history, what about redemption, The First Order, world building, it all ties together and our ratings.
Dragon Con Panel: Thrawn: Then and Now featuring Timothy Zahn and Henry Gilroy.
The Defenders. We discuss where we are when we start, bringing the team together, Elektra, The Hand, Stick is back, things that work and things that didn't, an ending and a beginning and our ratings.
Dragoncon Panel: Star Wars: Legends to Canon. We cover the new canon books and comics in the saga as well as some of our favorites from the Legends line. We talk about what's working, what's not, our favorites and take questions from the audience.