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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

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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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Anomaly Podcast

Star Wars Rebels Season 4 Viewing Schedule

Battlefront 2 Multiplayer Trailer Video (YouTube)

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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?

Links:
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

The Star Wars Survival Guide cover artwork

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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)!

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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

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Episode 6: The Force Awakens

Now that the Blu-Rey* is out and I’ve had the opportunity to really absorb the film, where does it stand among the rest of the Star Wars saga? This is not a commentary or a review, but just me free-wheeling on the new characters, the old characters, my thoughts and feelings about the movie, and a little bit of speculation.

*swidt?

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Episode 5: Star Wars Rebels

Finally back after a long hiatus! Apologies for the long delay, but I’m possessed with a new focus and new energy, and a solid idea of where the show is headed. This week talking about Star Wars Rebels and that wonderful Season Two finale, Twilight of the Apprentice! Is Ahsoka alive or dead? What happened between her and Darth Vader? Where do we go from here? Get all my theories here. You may hear something you haven’t heard yet!

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