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Seeing The Last Jedi at The Alamo Drafthouse

This morning we saw The Last Jedi at the Alamo Drafthouse in Littleton, Colorado and as I’ve mentioned before, seeing Star Wars at the Alamo rules.

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Lindsey and Ryan’s TLJ reactions

Ryan and Lindsey, hot off their second viewing, share their impressions of The Last Jedi.

Music:

Black Flag – Nervous Breakdown

AFI – Still a Stranger

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The Blockade Runner Podcast Episode 19 – Rogue One Reactions, Round One

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Show Notes:

Kevin, Dan, Ryan, and John discuss our initial reactions to Rogue One on this first Blockade Runner show covering the film since it’s release. We get into our favorite characters, sequences, and effects, as well as our feelings regarding the film’s conclusion and its most memorable moments. This episode features 2 hours of Rogue One talk but we’ll definitely be discussing the movie further in the coming weeks, so stay tuned to The Blockade Runner for more coverage coming your way soon.

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Intro and outro music for The Blockade Runner is “Hedonism” by Ash.

“The Imperial Suite” from the Rogue One Official Soundtrack.

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Introducing “The Blockade Runner Plays” Series with Famicom Star Wars

 

The Blockade Runner is launching a new video series today called “The Blockade Runner Plays” with our first installment featuring Star Wars for Nintendo’s Famicom console. Those of you familiar with my other podcast won’t be too surprised to see our interest in Star Wars and games intersecting here again (we also recorded a few episodes of our Nintendo Fun Club show covering various Star Wars games on Nintendo systems), but hopefully you’ll give it a look regardless of whether or not you’re as enamored with games as we are around here.

I thought the Famicom version of Star Wars would be a good place to start as it’s relatively unknown in the US, takes generous liberties with source material, and features the 8-bit aesthetic that is so well-loved by fans around my age. I’ve had a lot of fun with the game, but it’s pretty tough, so this isn’t an edit-free run through the game. I chose to focus on just showing off the game and its qualities rather than providing a completely accurate recreation of my time with the game. That approach makes for a shorter video and less redundancy (sometimes I died PRETTY often); I’m also splitting the game up into two (or more) videos in the hopes that they’ll be a bit more digestible that way.

Let us know what you thought in the comments here, on YouTube, or through email. I’m looking forward to playing more games for the series going forward, and I’ll probably lean more toward classic and under-appreciated games, but I’d love to hear suggestions for what you may be interested in seeing us play for future “Blockade Runner Plays” videos.


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The Blockade Runner Podcast Episode 13 – Entertainment Weekly’s Rogue One Reveals

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Ryan, Dan, and John spend this episode analyzing the character reveals and images from Anthony Breznican’s newest Rogue One story for Entertainment Weekly. The issue is full of compelling photographs and information straight from Kathleen Kennedy and Gareth Edwards, so we had a lot of fun digging into it.

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The Blockade Runner Episode 12 – The Rogue One Reshoots Saga

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story(Donnie Yen)

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Ryan and John chronicle the Rogue One reshoots saga before discussing The Star Wars Show, those insanely cool but super expensive Ultimate Studio Edition Collectibles, The Force Awakens soundtrack, and why John is happy for “Chewbacca Mom” and Ryan “feels nothing.”

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Abrams ComicsArts Star Wars: Galaxy and The Empire Strikes Back Topps Cards Series Books

Abrams ComicsArt released the excellent Star Wars: The Original Topps Trading Card Series late last year (which I wrote about here).  Author Greg Garani has followed up that first book with collections covering the Topps cards for The Empire Strikes Back as well as the Star Wars Galaxy series from the 90s.

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Both books include an introductory essay from Garani chronicling the production of each series as well as hundreds of pages of images that faithfully every card from both. Like the first volume, the production quality of these books is excellent; they feature hardcover binding and thoughtfully crafted dust jackets (Galaxy’s is a shiny foil-style while Empire‘s emulates the waxy paper associated with trading card bubble gum) that result in a classy and collectible product. The included images of each card are often paired with captions from Garani that share trivia or anecdotes about the thought process behind design and marketing choices, and the books are just a joy to flip through in no small part due to the author’s obvious enthusiasm for the subject matter.

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I haven’t seen much chatter about these books in the fan community (which is a shame as they are exactly the type of archival collections I’d love to see more of from Lucasfilm and its partners). If you didn’t own or collect any of these trading cards in the past, these books act as an excellent method of affordably experiencing the sets without tracking down and storing the originals. Even if you do have some or all of the cards, these volumes are lovingly produced tributes to the series and act as great collectibles and convenient ways for experiencing the series all over again.

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The Return of the Jedi volume is slated for release in August and is up for pre-order now on Amazon. They come highly recommended and I’m looking forward to more collaboration from Lucasfilm and Abrams as these collections have left me thoroughly impressed. You can find links to the other books the companies have collaborated on at the Abrams site here.