1997 was a HUGE year in Star Wars; so huge in fact that we’ve ended up breaking our Power of the 90s episode for ’97 into two parts. Episode 90 features our discussion of the Special Editions’ theatrical and home video releases, The Phantom Menace beginning filming, and the video games and comics released that year as well.
Also, we’re using chapters in our audio files now, so you can jump around to the segments you’re most interested in if your podcast app supports them.
It’s not a title, but the news that Episode IX has wrapped filming is super-exciting nonetheless. We spend the first half of the show discussing J.J.’s tweet and photo before looking at the many Star Wars announcements coming out of NY Toy Fair 2019.
This week we kick off our Power of the 90s shows covering 1999 (weirdly before we’ve done 1997 and 1998…whoops) by taking a look back at the incredible Phantom Menace documentary The Beginning. Join us for Jar Jar puppets in the back of Toyota pickups, Rick McCallum’s charismatic cursing, heavy Jake Lloyd and George Lucas appreciation, and a whole lot of discussion of the podrace sequence.
We start this week’s show off with some chat about recent tweets signaling an end to Episode IX’s filming, a discussion of the just-announced Galaxy’s Edge books coming later this year, and a voicemail from The Rural Farmboy (@aRuralFarmboy). The rest of the show is devoted to an in-depth look at Electronic Arts’s exclusive deal for publishing Star Wars games. We run through the history of EA’s Star Wars releases (and cancellations) and lament the unreleased games and missed opportunities (seriously, no Nintendo Switch games?) that are part of the EA-era.