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I have a bad podcast about this. Pranks Paul, James D'Amato, Kat Kuhl, and Johnny O'Mara take a deep dive into Star Wars on behalf of wide-eyed new fans and longtime experts alike. nevertellmethepods.com
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I have a bad podcast about this.

May 21, 2016

Kat couldn't join us this week, so we decided to cover our most important topic yet -- Pigs in Space.

Be warned -- this is our silliest episode yet.  (And yes, that includes the Bigger Luke one.)

http://nevertellmethepods.com/ntmtp-10-annotations

You can catch more Johnny O'Mara, James D'Amato, and Kat Kuhl on the Campaign Podcast at www.oneshotpodcast.com/category/campaign/

 

Opening and closing music by @samuraiguit.  Logo by @JasonBaesel.  Send questions, comments, and tips to @roguetldr on Twitter.

A puffer pig has a nose for precious minerals. It can do the job of a dozen mining scanners!

May 21, 2016

Here's a handy list of all the critters we talk about this week.

Nickname, Species Name, (Individual Name)

“Hammerhead”, Ithorian, (Momaw Nadon)

“Walrus Man”, Aqualish, (Ponda Baba)

“Squid Head”, Quarren, (Tessek)

“Prune Face”, Dressellian, (Orimaarko)

“Yak Face”, Yarkora, (Saelt-Marae)

“Snaggletooth”, Snivvian, (Zutton)

List of Pigs in Space

  1. Snivvians
  2. Gamorreans
  3. Ugnaughts
  4. Puffer Pigs
  5. Happabores
  6. Jablogians

Here are pictures of Luke, Yoda, Piggy, and Kermit hanging out.

http://www.avclub.com/article/empire-strikes-back-set-photos-show-luke-yoda-hang-214615

May 14, 2016

This week, we review Claudia Gray's novel Bloodline.  In the interest of full disclosure, Del Rey sent us a review copy, which Kat and I read.  Johnny bought his own, and James volunteered not to read it so we could keep the discussion accessible.  James is a real trooper.

No annotations this week, because we mostly discuss a single book.  The baseball player to whom we refer in this episode is Sean Conroy.

You can catch more Johnny O'Mara, James D'Amato, and Kat Kuhl on the Campaign Podcast at www.oneshotpodcast.com/category/campaign/

Opening and closing music by @samuraiguit.  Logo by @JasonBaesel.  Send questions, comments, and tips to @roguetldr on Twitter.

 

Somebody has to save our skins.

May 7, 2016

The gang talks about their earliest Star Wars memories, and we discuss the mysterious Force Planet, Mortis.

Be warned: this will contain spoilers for the Season 2 finale of Star Wars Rebels.

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You can catch more Johnny O'Mara, James D'Amato, and Kat Kuhl on the Campaign Podcast at www.oneshotpodcast.com/category/campaign/

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Opening and closing music by @samuraiguit.  Logo by @JasonBaesel.  Send questions, comments, and tips to @roguetldr on Twitter.

 

You were the chosen one!

May 7, 2016

The Star Wars Adventure Journal was a publication by West End Games that featured supplementary material and short stories for their Star Wars Roleplaying Game, sometimes referred to as Star Wars d6.

Star Wars Missions are actually what I believe James was talking about -- they were sort of a mix of choose-your-own adventure books and baby tabletop adventures published for younger children through Scholastic.  We're going to get our hands on one of them and play them in a future episode.  I have foreseen it.

Brian was a kid I knew when I was 7 or 8 years old.

The Clone Wars: Legacy were a few story arcs of Clone Wars that were unproduced when the show ended.  Some have been uploaded on YouTube with unfinished animatics, but full voice acting.  If you can get past the dead-eyed, bug-eyed versions of the characters and the missing backgrounds, they're pretty fun.  But they are not good things to show to children, no matter what Human Monster James D'Amato says.  One arc was turned into the new canon novel Dark Disciple, and another was turned into the comic Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir.

Zonama Sekot is a living planet encountered by multiple Skywalkers in Legends stories.  It can also jump through hyperspace, not unlike the Purgill.

The Father, Son and Daughter are three mysterious beings that Anakin and company encounter in the Clone Wars show that represent (we think) the Cosmic Force, the Dark Side, and the Light Side.  We do our best to explain them, but it's all very wishy washy.

 

Apr 30, 2016

This week, we are joined by our first guest, Michael Ben Silva III.

We recorded remotely this week, so there might be a few clicks and buzzes.  (We blame our podcasting droid, Emperor Podpatine.)

http://nevertellmethepods.com/ntmtp-7-annotations

You can catch more Johnny O'Mara, James D'Amato, and Kat Kuhl on the Campaign Podcast at www.oneshotpodcast.com/category/campaign/

Opening and closing music by @samuraiguit.  Logo by @JasonBaesel.  Edited by Rook Parthum.  Send questions, comments, and tips to @roguetldr on Twitter.

 

It's against my programming to impersonate a deity.

Apr 30, 2016

Try This One Wild Theory By George Lucas: http://io9.gizmodo.com/george-lucas-wild-theory-about-the-narrator-of-star-war-1772296162

Correction: Artoo isn't on Takodana in The Force Awakens; he's on the Rebel base on D'Qar.  Sorry about that.

Star Wars Special: C-3PO: The Phantom Limb is a Marvel comic that explains Threepio's new red arm.  It is surprisingly tragic, as we explain.

Chopper or C1-10P is one of the stars of the animated series Star Wars Rebels.  Dave Filoni describes him as the "cat" to Artoo-Detoo's "dog."  He is usually fairly unpleasant, but some of us think he has his reasons.

HK-47 is a beloved droid from the Knights of the Old Republic series of video games.  He frequently refers to organics as meatbags, and prefaces his dialogue with "Statement," "Query," or "Affirmation," etc. as appropriate.  He's the best.

AP-5 or Snapebot or Alan Rickmanbot is a droid that appears in a recent episode of Star Wars Rebels and befriends Chopper.  His voice was an intentional homage to the late Alan Rickman.

We never talked about it in the episode, but both Omri (Threepio's friend from his comic) and AP-5 are RA-7 model droids.  Huh.  Interesting.

Triple-Zero is an evil version of See-Threepio who is programmed in over six million forms of torture.  He appears in the Darth Vader comic with his counter-part, the assassin droid known as Bee-Tee.

IG-88 is one of the bounty hunters hired by Darth Vader to capture the Millennium Falcon in The Empire Strikes Back.  He is an independent assassin droid.

4-LOM is another droid who is one of the bounty hunters hired by Vader, and he's also masterless.  He's partners with Gand Findsman / Legends schizophrenic Zuckuss.

B-1 Battle Droids (or as I call them, "Rogers") are the hapless minions of the Trade Federation and later, the Confederacy.  They are treated as utterly disposable by everyone.

TAY was a Twitterbot created by Microsoft that the internet ruined.  http://www.theverge.com/2016/3/24/11297050/tay-microsoft-chatbot-racist

The fan theory Johnny mentioned (that we also discussed in Episode 5) is here: http://km-515.livejournal.com/746.html

Did you all do the homework Kat assigned you?  If so, tweet it to us, or post it in the subreddit at r/oneshotpodcast/

Apr 23, 2016

Kind of light on references this week.  (Which is funny considering the subject matter.)

Sorry about the audio difficulty this week.  Our mikes decided to be wacky.

 

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You can catch more Johnny O'Mara, James D'Amato, and Kat Kuhl on the Campaign Podcast at www.oneshotpodcast.com/category/campaign/

Opening and closing music by @samuraiguit.  Logo by @JasonBaesel.  Edited by Rook Parthum.  Send questions, comments, and tips to @roguetldr on Twitter.

 

UNLIMITED POWAH.

 

Apr 23, 2016

Kind of light on references this week.  (Which is funny considering the subject matter.)

Sorry about the audio difficulty this week.  Our mikes decided to be wacky.

 

Here's a picture of the disclaimer that sent me down this Lepi-hole:

https://twitter.com/roguetldr/status/723691560135577600

Here is the Atlantic article that we are discussing:

http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2016/04/enough-with-the-true-canon/477837/

Here's the picture of Kanan and Hera that Kat's talking about:

https://twitter.com/roguetldr/status/723690143777857536

Apr 16, 2016

We’ve been kicking around the idea of putting together a reading guide for a while. Here it is!  These may not necessarily be our favorite works, but they are probably the best things to start with if you’re a fan who has already seen the movies.

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New Canon

Best Novel: Lost Stars by Claudia Gray

My overwhelming pick for best new canon novel is Lost Stars by Claudia Gray.  Perfect for fans of the OT, but not particularly continuity-heavy in terms of callbacks to Legends. This novel follows two star-crossed lovers on opposite sides of the Galactic Civil War.

Setting: 0-5 ABY (Episodes IV-VI)

Best Television Show: The Clone Wars (2008)

If you only watch one Star Wars television show, I would have to go with Clone Wars.  Rebels is great, but builds heavily upon the continuity established by the prior show.  Clone Wars deepens the relationships between Anakin and Obi-Wan, and introduces a crucial Star Wars character to audiences -- Ahsoka Tano, Anakin’s headstrong Padawan.  I endorse this (https://atthebuzzershow.com/2015/02/27/the-essential-ahsoka-list/) list of Ahsoka-centric episodes, but I implore you to power through the early stuff.  Like a lot of media that’s worth it (Avatar: TLA, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Parks and Recreation), it takes some time to find its footing.

Setting: 22-19 BBY (between Episodes II and III)

Best Comic: Darth Vader by Kieron Gillen

There’s nothing in current Star Wars comics that is necessarily a game-changer on the scale of current Star Wars TV, but the top pick for best new canon comic series is the superlative Darth Vader by Kieron Gillen.  Like the Sith Lord himself, it is equal parts tragic and terrifying.

Setting: 0ABY (after Episode IV)

Best Short Story Collection: Before the Awakening by Greg Rucka

If you read only one short story collection, go with Before the Awakening.  This collection features Finn, Rey, and Poe’s antics before Episode VII.  There’s a lot of cute stuff and great character moments in here, but it’s worth it just to learn more about the stormtrooper the Internet calls TR-8R.  (For the record, his “real” name is FN-2199).

Setting: 34ish ABY (just before Episode VII)

Best Video Game: Star Wars Battlefront (2015)

Frankly, the new canon landscape is a bit thin when it comes to video games.  If you only play one, it should probably be Battlefront.

Setting: 0-5 ABY (~Episodes IV-VI)

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Legends

If you’re interested in dipping your two into the vast sea of content that is Legends, we recommend that you start with the five works below.

Best Novel: Revenge of the Sith by Matthew Stover

If you only read one novel in Legends, make it the Revenge of the Sith adaptation by Matthew Stover.  I can’t say enough good things about it, and it’s pretty light on required EU knowledge..  The only thing wrong with it is that it came out before the creation of Ahsoka Tano.

Setting: 19 BBY (Episode III)

Best Television Show: Star Wars: Clone Wars (2003)

When it comes to television, the animated Genndy Tartakovsky Clone Wars series has the most badass depictions of Jedi in all of Star Wars.  And it’s just fun.  It was replaced by the CGI Clone Wars in new canon, though some elements (like Asajj Ventress) made it back in.

Setting: 23-19 BBY (between Episodes II and III)

Best Comic: Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy adapted by Mike Baron

I am cheating viciously here, and Thrawn would be proud.  If you only read one comic, make it the comic adaptation of the Thrawn trilogy.

Setting: 9 ABY (Five years after Episode VI)

Best Short Story Collection: Tales of the Bounty Hunters edited by Kevin J. Anderson

As a standalone collection, Tales of the Bounty Hunters is an excellent introduction to the fearsome cabal we see Vader send after the Falcon in Episode V.  My personal favorites are the IG-88 and Zuckuss stories.

Setting: variously, 0-4 ABY (Episodes IV-VI)

Best Video Game: Knights of the Old Republic 2

I love the X-Wing games, the Dark Forces series, and Shadows of the Empire but not picking one of the KotORs would be a disservice.  Between the two, I’d say go with Knights of the Old Republic 2.  Even if I prefer KotOR 1, there are a lot of story elements and settings that pop up again in Clone Wars and Rebels, and KotOR 2 is a much more complex, philosophical story.

Setting: approximately 3951 BBY

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