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Episode 14: Redemption Stories and Mob Justice

This is a serious episode Talking about Anakin Skywalker’s redemption story and whether or not it still resonates with us. Why do we celebrate Vader’s killing of rebel soldiers in Rogue One, yet other evil deeds on film are considered gratuitous or glorification? Why do we accept violence and murder and consider that part of high art, yet other things are verboten? Also taking a hard look at this social media-fueled mob rule that has become so prevalent. What can the Star Wars saga teach us that can help us navigate today’s culture? A few ideas await your listening ears.

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Episode 13: The Real Truth About Battlefront 2

I’ve got a comprehensive review of the Battlefront 2 Beta! But first, taking on the misinformation and confusion regarding Battlefront 2’s loot crate system. Be sure to read my full breakdown of one example of poor journalism from Forbes, of all places, listed below in the shownotes.

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Star Wars Battlefront 2: Answering Pay-to-Win Claims and Other Nonsense

Electronic Arts’ Thank-you Message to Fans

Source articles at Forbes:

‘Star Wars Battlefront 2’ Reveals Sweeping Changes After The Beta’s Pay-To-Win Accusations

Star Wars Battlefront 2’s Loot Boxes Seem Like They’re Going To Be A Serious Problem

Loot Boxes Aside, Battlefront 2’s Broken Star Cards Must Be Fixed Before Launch


Star Wars Battlefront 2: Answering Pay-to-Win Claims and Other Nonsense

I finally had enough.

It’s one thing to spend time on Electronic Arts’ Star Wars Battlefront forums, dealing with the lunatic fringe of gaming, or people who sometimes don’t seem to understand basic communication, critical thinking–or even reading skills. But it’s quite another to read a piece on the site of a reputable publication such as Forbes Magazine (who knew they cover gaming anyway?) that leaves you wondering if the author spent any time playing the Star Wars Battlefront 2 Multiplayer Beta at all.

I’m looking at you, Paul Tassi. On October 13th, three days prior to this writing, Forbes posted an article by Tassi regarding the thank-you message on the official Battlefront 2 site to fans who played the Beta. In it he makes several assertions that are just so flat-out wrong that I could not let it go past without saying something. There will probably … Read More

Episode 12: Star Wars Rebels and Battlefront 2

Talking about the upcoming final season of Star Wars Rebels on Disney XD, and the impending release of Battlefront 2 from Electronic Arts. Should we expect the impending doom of the Ghost Crew? Will any of our beloved Jedi survive? Perhaps they are not technically ‘Jedi’ at all, and that will be Lucasfilm’s continuity ‘out’ for surviving Darth Vader’s wrath, and they will avoid making Yoda a liar. There’s a new trailer out for Battlefront 2! It looks like a fantastic and massive game, but the jury is still out on it’s future development. How much will they expand it, and should they add the beloved Galactic Conquest feature down the road?

(Despite what I said in the episode, I have resurrected the voicemail line! Call in with your comments, questions or snide remarks!)

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Episode 11: How to Survive Director Drama

The sky(walker) is falling! Another Star Wars Director fired, and Kathleen Kennedy has no idea what she’s doing! Or does she? What are we to make of Colin Trevorrow leaving episode nine, and the return of J.J. Abrams? This episode takes a closer look at each situation. Is something wrong at Lucasfilm, or is it just a lot of drama?

Collider – Lawrence Kasdan talks about The Force Awakens

Indiewire – Michael Arndt talks about The Force Awakens

Empire – Q&A with Kennedy, Abrams and Kasdan

iO9 – Gareth Edwards’ take on Rogue One reshoots

Vanity Fair – Gareth Edwards talks about Tony Gilroy

Vulture – On the firing of Colin Trevorrow

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Top Ten Lessons From a Podcasting Veteran

As Harrison Ford famously ad-libbed in Raiders of the Lost Ark, “It’s not the years, honey, it’s the mileage.” For something around fifteen years, I have participated in the world of podcasting, as a listener to internet “radio shows” since before RSS feeds existed, and as a creator since 2007. I have watched as the form has grown from a niche hobby thing to a mainstream media form. I am especially glad to see so many voices in the Star Wars fan community jumping into this realm. I am consistently amazed at the quality of discussions, the diversity of personalities and opinions, and the opportunities that have been created to communicate with and meet the creators behind the saga.

My credentials aren’t extensive, but here they are: I started the As-Yet Untitled podcast in 2007; rebranded as Things are Looking Up in 2008; contributed voices on multiple audio projects; wrote … Read More

A Change in Focus

Sometimes a podcast does this. The host has a decent run then gets distracted by life, circumstances, sometimes other hobbies. In this case, I’ve been trying to figure out what this show really needs to be. There are a lot of shows out there: Rebel Force Radio, Full of Sith, Coffee With Kenobi, Fly Casual, The Star Wars Report, Blabba the Hutt, Now, This is Podcasting!, Cloud City Casino, Star Wars 7×7, Fangirls Going Rogue, The Cantina Cast–just to name a lot, and that just scratches the surface! Where’s a guy like me going to fit in with all that noise? So many choices!

When I started The As-Yet Untitled Podcast in 2007, there was only The ForceCast to speak of. I’ve watched the podcasting community grow, and so many more voices now have a great Star Wars show! … Read More

Episode 9: Pablo Hidalgo and the Philosophy of the Force

I am joined by friend, voice actor, and mutual Star Wars aficionado S.W. Christopher. In this episode we’re tackling the recent spate of fan speculation brought on by Pablo Hidalgo of Lucasfilm’s Story Group, tweeting about the Force, Midichlorians, and whether or not Han Solo was Force Sensitive! What was Pablo actually saying? Will we ever actually know? And who is Supreme Leader Snoke? All these questions and more (except perhaps that last one)!


Episode 8: Sounding Like a Separatist

Michael O’Connor over at Retrozap has written an excellent piece on the politics of Star Wars. Trust me, it’s not boring. I think there is some excellent information in there. In this episode I go a little longer than normal, I review the piece, and offer my own commentary. I felt it necessary to provide a few clarifications from my perspective based on the article, but I really recommend you check it out for yourself. Very thought-provoking.

Links: Tolkien’s Vision of Liberty and Limited Government, Inside the VC and the NVA: The Real Story of North Vietnam’s Armed Forces