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Rise of Skywalker Promos, Star Wars Kabuki, and The Mandalorian Chapter 4 – The Blockade Runner Podcast #133

BR 133 CoverLucasfilm continued to release TROS tv spots and promo videos this week, so we share our favorite moments as well as debate the merits of nostalgia in these recent marketing efforts. We then discuss the recently streamed Star Wars kabuki performance (with help from friend of the show Dave Hackerson) before wrapping up the show with our reactions to The Mandalorian Chapter 4.

Dave’s Comments Re: the Kabuki Performance:

“Ebizo, Japan’s leading Kabuki actor, really went the distance with this adaptation and stayed true to the art form, giving the characters original Japanese names that resemble their English equivalents. I especially liked how he adapted Luke=Ryuku. The kanji he selected for that adaptation was 流空. The first character “ryu” means “to flow (like water)”, while the second character “ku” is for “sky” (it also means “void” as in “emptiness” in Buddhist contexts). Seeing those two characters, I instantly recognized he was conveying the meaning of “Skywalker”. Keep this note about the name adaptations in mind when you read the opening crawl, as they are spelled out to match the pronunciation of the corresponding kanji characters used in Japanese. The first 15 minutes are an introduction, in which the host speaks with 3PO, R2, and BB8 to discuss the basics of Kabuki (the set poses characters do to emphasize key moments in the plot, the involvement of the audience, etc.). The actual performance begins around the 17:00 mark…

In his introduction from around the 13:30 minute mark, Ebizo describes how George Lucas was inspired by Japanese culture, and that a Kabuki interpretation of SW was in a way returning the saga to its roots. He talked about how Star Wars is a family story of love and loss. Narrowing his focus to Kylo (Kairorennosuke in the play), he went with three scenes where that sense of love or loss can be felt: Kylo and Han, Kylo and Snoke, and Kylo and Luke…

The child that appears in the play is Ebizo’s son. Children born into a kabuki family are raised to carry on that legacy. Next year Ebizo will take on the name “Danjuro”, which is the traditional name of his family line of actors (Ichikawa family). He will be the 13th Danjuro, and most likely his son will one day be the 14th. In the play, his son plays the role of the young Ben Solo that still resides deep within Kylo. The hair buns are a nice visual reference to remind us of who his mother is, with the white clothing referring to the hope that he once represented…

Ebizo really took this adaptation seriously, saying “It was a real challenge because I wanted to showcase the essence and allure of Kabuki, but at the same time do the saga justice. I didn’t want to betray Star Wars fans.”

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The Rise of Skywalker Press Tour Kicks Off – The Blockade Runner Podcast #132

 

BR 132 CoverThe Rise of Skywalker press tour is kicking into full gear with new tv spots, talk show appearances, and magazine features dropping seemingly every day, so we’re digging in and pulling our favorite shots, moments, and quotes as we enjoy these last few pre-TROS weeks of anticipation. We also look at The Mandalorian Chapter 3, the current state of Star Wars merchandise availability, and wrap the show with a response to a listener question re: our personal spoiler policies leading into the TROS release.

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The Mandalorian Chapter 2 and Jedi: Fallen Order- The Blockade Runner Podcast #131

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This week’s show is basically just two big segments covering The Mandalorian chapter two and Jedi: Fallen Order. We start the show by discussing favorite moments from The Mandalorian as well as some potential symbolism in the episode and the cruelty of the post-Empire galaxy. The second half of the show features our early experiences playing Jedi: Fallen Order and a discussion of its influences and gameplay systems.

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Benioff & Weiss Leaving Star Wars / Ryan Sees Knives Out – The Blockade Runner Podcast #129

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The bulk of this week’s show is focused on discussing what Benioff & Weiss’s leaving Star Wars could mean for the franchise’s future as well as what might’ve led to their departure. Ryan shares his experience seeing Knives Out (but says absolutely nothing about the plot, so don’t worry about that) and we also spend a few minutes discussing the most recent Mandalorian trailer.

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All the News That’s Fit to Babu Frick – The Blockade Runner Podcast #123

BR 123 CoverThis week’s episode is news heavy again as we discuss Deborah Chow directing the Obi-Wan show, the TROS issue of Empire Magazine, and the (official this time) Triple Force Friday reveals and livestream. We also talk a little bit about Babu Frick, but somehow we forgot to bring up the week’s biggest story: Kevin Fiege producing a future Star Wars film. Whoops.

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Deborah Chow to Obi-Wan Kenobi Series Exclusively on Disney+

(Some) Triple Force Friday Products Finally Revealed

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Return to Vader’s Castle  #1 comes out this week!

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D23 2019 Day 1: Disney+ Panel – The Blockade Runner Podcast #118

BR 118 CoverDay 1 at D23 2019 was absolutely packed with exciting Star Wars content and announcements! We discuss it all in detail including Clone Wars season 7, the Cassian/K2 show, The Mandalorian trailer, and of course the Kenobi announcement we’ve been theorizing about for years.

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Author Alex Kane Returns to Talk KOTOR, Celebration, and His Top 10 Star Wars Games – The Blockade Runner Podcast #102

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Author Alex Kane returns to the show to talk to Ryan about his Celebration 2019 coverage for StarWars.com, his top 10 Star Wars games article for Variety, the Jedi Fallen Order reveal, and some more KOTOR.

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