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Brian Muir Interview – SWR #132

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On this week’s mini-podcast, Riley interviews Brian Muir one of the most respected sculptors and artists in the film industry who Star Wars Fans will know as the original sculptor of the Darth Vader Helmet.

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Brian Muir talking about sculpting the Vader helmet
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Me meeting Brian

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Star Wars Weekends #2 Recap – SWR #131

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On this week’s podcast, Riley and Bethany are joined by Tricia Barr, Teresa Delgado, and Aaron Goins to recap their experiences at Disney’s Star Wars Weekends.

This episode is pretty scatter-brained, so strap in to be a part of our adventures in Orlando!

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On Legends and Casting – SWR #128

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On this week’s podcast, we go old-school! It’s just Mark, Bethany and myself, and there’s plenty to talk about.

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  • Where were we when we heard the Casting news?
  • How much will the old “Legends” be used for the new cannon?
  • Resetting the saga, how will Disney make the new books compelling?

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Episode VII: We Have Our Cast!

Wow, it’s hard to believe, but after the year+ deluge of rumors, StarWars.com has announced the official cast of Episode VII!

Returning are Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker . (I assume they will all be reprising their respective roles.)

The original stars will be joined by John BoyegaDaisy RidleyAdam DriverOscar IsaacAndy SerkisDomhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow.

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This is actually happening folks!

-Riley

Closing a Chapter – An Expanded Universe Eulogy

I must confess, watching the Star Wars Expanded Universe past present and future video on starwars.com yesterday left me with the impression that it was a sort of eulogy.

An era of Star Wars is over.

Sometimes it’s easy to forget how despite the elation of having new Star Wars films coming to theaters, and the Star Wars saga continuing on in the ownership of a new company, that sacrifices will be made, and now have been made. What was previously known as the “Expanded Universe” will now be placed under the “Legends” banner and will not be the blueprint for the future of the franchise.

I must say, almost anyone could have seen this coming, however it is still sad nonetheless. I think that Lucasfilm and Co. did a the best job they could have done making this transition. I felt the announcement was made with respect to the old universe, and I’m pleased that they’ll be borrowing from the old EU going forward.

End of an Era

I’ve never really considered myself a Star Wars EU fan, as much as simply a Star Wars fan in general. There elements of the EU that I’ve always enjoyed, but I’ve never thought of the EU as my primary expression as a Star Wars fan. However, after watching the video in the press release, I realized just how much of the EU I’ve really loved as a fan. While the post Return of the Jedi era Expanded Universe novels never fully captured my imagination in the way that it did many fans, I did really enjoy stories such as Knights of the Old Republic, the Force Unleashed, Shadows of the Empire, and many other novels, books, comics, & video games.

Even the most ardent film purist must admit to the enormous impact that the Expanded Universe and its many incarnations had on the Star Wars franchise, and the Star Wars fan community.

-Riley Blanton – Twitter