This week’s show kicks off with some chat about our recent Star Wars purchases and the latest High Republic announcements before we dig into J.J. Abrams’s reflection on the process of writing the sequel trilogy and our look at Bad Batch episode #5, “Rampage.”
All of us here at The Blockade Runner were horrified to hear last week that Kelly Marie Tran left Instagram/social media seemingly as a result of the disgusting harassment she’s been facing since she was cast in The Last Jedi. Inspired by Rose’s statement to save what we love instead of only fighting what we hate, we decided to put together an episode celebrating Rose and Kelly Marie Tran herself. Luckily the wonderful Laura Sirikul agreed to join us for this one, and we’re so glad she did! Laura has been a fan of Rose and Kelly since Lucasfilm first announced the character’s involvement in The Last Jedi; she’s the first fan to cosplay as Rose and has met Kelly Marie Tran too, so she’s the perfect person to help us celebrate one of the best parts of one of the best Star Wars movies! We start out by addressing the harassment and cruelty that toxic Star Wars fans (or whatever they are) have been spewing at Kelly Marie Tran, Kathleen Kennedy, and Rian Johnson in response to The Last Jedi before discussing some of the positive and inspiring reactions from the fan community. Then we spend the rest of the episode exploring the qualities and characteristics that make both Rose and Kelly Marie Tran such incredible new additions to the Star Wars universe.
Ryan and John discuss the bonus features on The Last Jedi home video release on this episode of The Blockade Runner podcast. We take a look at the feature length documentary The Director and the Jedi, our favorite deleted scenes, and touch a bit on the commentary too.
In this week’s Blockade Runner episode Ryan and John discuss the hotly debated Canto Bight sequence from The Last Jedi. Only we both really, really like it, so we’re not so much debating as we are high-fiving each other about how punk rock it is! This conversation was actually part of last week’s episode, but we split it out into it’s own thing because we think the Canto Bight sequence deserves a little more love than it’s getting.
Join Ryan and John as we dive into The Art of The Last Jedi and The Last Jedi Visual Dictionary books on this latest episode of The Blockade Runner. We both love reading the Art Of and Visual Dictionary releases that accompany each new Star Wars movie so much, so we’re excited to dedicate an entire episode to them. The Art Of discussion leans pretty far into analysis and gleaning what we can about The Last Jedi‘s production process from the book while the Visual Dictionary portion of the show is more focused on fun little details and lore. Authors Phil Szostak and Pablo Hidalgo have written two incredible Last Jedi resources that we think are essential to any Star Wars fan’s own library of sacred texts, so whether you join us for this discussion or not, be sure to pick up and dig in to copies of both.
A couple of Blockade Runners made an early morning trip to a Last Jedi screening just before the holidays and we took the opportunity to check in with Chris to hear about why he unfortunately didn’t love the movie (unlike pretty much everyone else involved with The Blockade Runner). This episode is brief as we recorded it in the car on the way to and from the movie, but if you didn’t love Rian Johnson’s first contribution to the Star Wars series you may enjoy hearing a similar perspective from Chris. Or, if you loved it like the rest of us on the show did, Chris provides an alternate take without resorting to insults and hyperbole.
In our third Last Jedi reactions episode, Ryan and John discuss their evolving feelings about #TheLastJedi after multiple viewings as well as dig in to the character arcs for Luke Skywalker and Vice Admiral Holdo.