Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Unknown Regions #1 - Denver Comic-Con!

Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald [Doctor Who]) and Alex Kingston (River Song [Doctor Who]).

Manu Bennett (Deathstroke [Arrow] and the voice of Azog [The Hobbit])

John Rhys-Davies (Gimli [The Lord of the Rings]).

Sean Conroy and I at Denver Comic-Con!

The swag.

Finally, below are some highlights from the main stage events that we went to, courtesy of the Twitter profile of the moderater, Clare Kramer.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Episode 4 - Fan Theories

  1. Catching up
    1. Deacon Andrew's Priestly ordination exactly 3 weeks away
  2. News
    1. Rouge One Trailer thoughts
    2. May 3 - Star Wars: Bloodline release date
    3. Aftermath: Life Debt release this summer
    1. Rey
      1. Luke’s Daughter
      2. Han & Leia’s Daughter
        1. This would parallel the Legends Universe
      3. Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Daughter/Descendent
      4. Unknown
        1. Or perhaps she is not the daughter of anybody we know, making her truly a new character.  A hero’s journey for someone completely new.
    2. Han’s demise
      1. Han didn’t want his son to commit such a dark sin that he killed himself.
    3. Han’s not dead
      1. This one seems to be highly unlikely, especially after watching the Documentary.  The emotional weight needed by the death of Han is too important to the story.  (even if Darth Maul actually survived his split in two by a lightsaber and thrown down the shaft in Episode 1 and he comes back in The Clone Wars and Rebels).  Plus Starkiller Base explodes after Han falls down an endless abyss.
    4. Snoke
      1. Also, perhaps he’s really small.
      1. Finn is Lando Calrissian’s Son
      2. Kylo Ren is Luke Skywalker
      3. Jar Jar is Supreme Leader Snoke
      4. General Hux is Luke’s Son
      5. Music between Rey/Ren/Palpatine
        1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMWzQhkthXM
      6. Dies Irae in movies
  3. Memes
  4. Mashups
    1. Calvin and Hobbes & Star Wars
    2. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1151586504859328.1073741832.212094505475204&type=3
    3. Inside Out
    4. Inside Out Emotions react to Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer
    5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FLTNUYAgGg
  5. Coming up!
    1. Denver Comic-Con...unfortunately without Carrie Fisher
    2. Star Wars Celebration Europe (hope to podcast live while streaming the Convention)

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Episode 3 - Disney Extravaganza

  1. Intro
    1. Star Wars & Disney
    2. Mara Jade Story
    3. Welcome to our Guest - Mary
  2. Disney!!
    1. World of Disney
      1. Movies
        1. Each of our favorite Disney movies
        2. Deacon Andrew
          1. Lion King
          2. Aladdin
          3. Robin Hood
          4. The Incredibles
          5. Sky High
          6. Wreck-it Ralph
          7. Frozen
          8. inside out
          9. Star Wars
        3. Sean
        4. Mary
      2. TV Shows
        1. Timon and Puumba
        2. Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers
      3. Families
      4. Princesses
        1. Mary's knowledge
    2. What makes disney so special.
      1. Its  ability to make us feel young, happy and be able to reach our inner kid
    3. Disney has been around for a long time!
    4. The dream of one man
    5. Money
    6. Theme Parks
      1. The simple brilliance of the parks,
        1. Trash Cans
        2. Staff/Cast
        3. Investing in cast
        4. Layout
        5. Tomorrowland
          1. A dream/Movie
  3. How has Disney helped Star Wars
    1. Pre Ownership
      1. Star Tours
      2. Lightsaber
      3. Small gift store
    2. Post ownership
      1. Movies!!!
      2. New Merch
      3. Cantina
      4. New Stories
      5. Rides!
      6. Star Wars land!!
  4. Should Leia Be a princess?
    1. What constitutes a Disney Princess
    2. Invite her into the theme park?

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Episode 2 - A Legendary Discussion

  1. Who are we?  (Personal backstories)
    1. Deacon Andrew Kinstetter
    2. Sean Heller
  2. Why are we doing this podcast and what’s it all about?
    1. Keep in touch
    2. Talk Star Wars
    3. Share our random thoughts with the world.
    4. Learn more about Star Wars
    5. Experience the Fandom in a unique way.
  3. Addendum from Episode 1
    1. Han and Leia were married.  The Force Awakens novel and the Visual Guide to the Force Awakens confirm this.
    2. Maz has force abilities - confirmed in the Visual Guide as well.
  4. (Not So) Brief History of Legends (Thanks to the Barnes & Noble Blog by Andrew Liptak for researching this topic!)
    1. Ballantine Books
      1. Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker (1976 - before the movie debuted in theaters) was ghost written by Alan Dean Foster (who also authored The Force Awakens)
      2. The first official novel of the Legends universe, however, was Splinter of the Mind’s Eye (Also Alan Dean Foster) in 1978 and NOT Timothy Zahn’s Heir to the Empire (which wouldn’t be written until May 1, 1991).
      3. Han Solo books by Brian Daley (1979-1980)
      4. Lando Calrissian books by L. Neil Smith (1983).
    2. Bantam Books
      1. 1989 Lucasfilm approved the idea to begin writing novels again, with the stipulation, the books had to be well-written, they had to be written post-ROTJ, and none of the main characters could be killed or resurrected if already dead.
      2. Timothy Zahn (who originally was studying Physics when Star Wars came out in Theaters and only started writing as a hobby)  was approached in November of 1989.
      3. Timothy Zahn is, of course, noted for his inspired creation of the master tactician, Grand Admiral Thrawn, Mara Jade, a former imperial agent, and the smuggler, Talon Karrde, in his debut Star Wars novel: Heir to the Empire (published 1991).
      4. Needless to say, Timothy Zahn’s trilogy of books were a hit.  Heir to the Empire hit the New York Times bestseller list.
        1. Side Note: The idea behind these novels was that these stories moved the main characters forward in time, as opposed to other Science Fiction novels, such as Star Trek, which were episodic in nature where each novel left the characters in the exact same place as they started.  Star Wars novels were pushing the characters forward to unexplored places.
      5. Kathy Tyers wrote The Truce at Bakura telling the story of the immediate post-ROTJ events.
      6. Kevin J. Anderson wrote the Jedi Academy Trilogy in 1994 moving the characters farther forward.  Han and Leia’s kids, Jacen and Jaina, were older and Luke Skywalker was rebuilding the Jedi Order.
      7. David Wolverton wrote The Courtship of Princess Leia in 1994 (Deacon Andrew’s first read novel in the Star Wars EU!) telling the story of how Han and Leia finally got married.
  5. Disney buys Lucasfilm
    1. Storygroup “resets” the universe going forward on April 25, 2014.
      1. Deacon Andrew was on the road with Fr. Brian Hess to a diaconate ordination at St. Meinrad Archabbey in Indiana when this news broke.
  6. Comics (Deacon Andrew)
    1. Legacy Comics (Cade Skywalker)
    2. 130 years after Return of the Jedi
  7. Favorite Legends Material
    1. Deacon Andrew
      1. Most all novels post-ROTJ
        1. Timothy Zahn’s novels, Jedi Academy Trilogy, Courtship of Princess Leia, New Jedi Order series, Legacy of the Force series, and Fate of the Jedi series.
      2. Video Games
        1. Knights of the Old Republic (and KOTOR II)
        2. Star Wars: Bounty Hunter
        3. Star Wars: Dark Forces
        4. Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
        5. Space Quest IV: Roger Wilco and the Time Rippers (not Star Wars, but the whole Space Quest series is Star Wars related)
    2. Sean Heller
      1. Video Games first
        1. Jedi Power Battles
        2. Pod Racer
        3. Rogue Squadron
        4. Knights of the Old Republic(still play on PC today) 1&2
        5. The old republic
        6. Never really played battlefront but getting into it
        7. Dark Forces
      2. Then the books,
        1. Andrew got me interested in them
        2. Have read a few from Legends and EU
        3. Revan, The ultimate companion book
        4. Bane, Rule of two,
        5. Really like the sith of the Old Republic
        6. Tales Of Bounty Hunter  
        7. Xwing
  8. Why you should get into the Expanded Universe (Legends) AND the Canon books.
    1. What is the purpose of stories?  Entertainment?  Sure.  Reflection on life?  Absolutely.