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The Star Wars Report Podcast is taking things to the next level! We will be starting a new era of the podcast and launching our Patreon page on Saturday May 23rd at 12:00pm EST with a live show and then a broadcast of our audio commentary of A New Hope. The broadcast will be sure to feature some special guests (to be announced) as well as our take on the Star Wars film that started it all! It’s Star Wars Month and come celebrate with us!

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The flagship show of starwarsreport.com, hosts Riley Blanton and Mark Hurliman talk about all the latest Star Wars news. From Star Wars Rebels to the upcoming theatrical films, and all other new Star Wars projects, they cover it all. The show also features conversation and coverage of Star Wars Celebrations, Dragon Con, and other fan gatherings. Packed with in-depth interviews, reviews, can’t-miss coverage and commentary, the Star Wars Report is YOUR Star Wars podcast home.

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What Does “Choice” Have to Do with Star Wars? – The Phantom Menace

As we all know Star Wars is a franchise that can explore deep themes related to characters and classic mythology.  Through the years we’ve seen the theme of loss and redemption, family ties and the like.  One theme that has come to the forefront of my mind recently is the intriguing commentary that Star Wars has on “choice”.
We start off where the (in-universe) story begins, The Phantom  Menace.  One of the most memorable instances of choice is Queen Amidala’s willful decision to resist signing the Trade Federation treaty.  Amidala undergoes many hardships and trials to protect Naboo, all if which were willful, and made with full understanding of the consequences.  She even rode into the proverbial “valley of death” (with probably more than 600 :) ) to free her planet.

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What can we draw from this?  It appears that even while Amidala could have gone with her gut  and simply signed the treaty which would make Naboo a puppet state and end all hostilities (and risk), she made the conscious decision (the filmmakers were probably somewhat influenced by the modern interpretation of American ideals) that it is better to do die standing than to live on one’s knees.  We can also extrapolate that exercising our free will and choosing to go above impulses for the good of others is harder and more rewarding than the former.
Another one of the big moments of choice in the saga is when Anakin leaves Shmi, his mother, behind to join the Jedi Order.  This may appear to be nothing more than a regular development of the plot, but when it is examined closely it’s actually very interesting.  Anakin is a nine-year-old boy who has probably never been more than 10 miles from his home for the majority of his life.

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He is extremely close with his mother and when the time comes for him to make the decision to stay at home Shmi and be a slave or go with Qui-Gon and be a Jedi he chooses to leave everything and everyone he’s ever known, including his only family for what he considers to be the betterment of himself.  All that in a nine-year-old boy, most of us probably had trouble deciding what color clothes we would wear when we were nine, let alone deciding on the fate of our lives!  Also, it’s not like he made the decision without thought.  While he didn’t take a long time I think it’s quite evident in the film that he is seriously considering the consequences of his actions and the effect that it will have on his life, and he ultimately the right decision, this is possibly part of the reason that Qui-Gon has so much faith in Anakin.  What can we glean from this instance?  That when we make a choice using all of faculties and seriously consider it and the consequences it we will have more success both for us and for others.  I would even venture that this instance is the height -or at least the beginning of it- of Anakin’s decision making process as by the end of episode two he begins to slip into the void of brashness and impulsiveness when he starts to crash and burn emotionally, but that will be covered in the next installment.

It’s Tatooine – SWR #167

Hey guys,

Riley here.

In this episode, Michael Morris from the Cloud City Casino podcast joins Mark and Riley to talk about all the latest news breaking from that galaxy far, far away.

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We chat about:

    1. Riley’s Bantha-sized Recap of Star Wars Celebration Anaheim http://bit.ly/1PpHAQf
    2. Fangirls Around the Web: April 2015 http://bit.ly/1PpHO9N
    3. New Podcast! Cloud City Casino Debut – CCC Ep. 1 http://bit.ly/1IPD1Pg
    4. How Rogue One Will Challenge the Star Wars Model http://bit.ly/1PpHMij
    5. Josh Trank is off the second Star Wars spinoff http://bit.ly/1coV9Dq
    6. The Force Awakens product launches September 4th http://bit.ly/1AGAgsu
    7. Vanity Fair’s The Force Awakens photo shoot is up  http://bit.ly/1coVc2a
    8. Rumor: Second anthology film will star Boba Fett http://bit.ly/1coV9U3

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How Might Maz Kanata Actually Look?

Indie Revolver has just reported leaked concept art of Lupita Nyong’o’s newly confirmed CGI character, Maz Kanata, who will debut on December 18, 2015 in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The character almost resembles an adult “ET” alien, except without the retractable neck and glowing finger.  The leaked character design appears to be appropriate to have not been done with practical effects like many of the other sets and props that have been released, most likely because it’s long neck and oval shaped head would be quite difficult to reproduce believably with makeup or other practical effects.

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An outline of a face that looks extremely similar to the drawing can be seen very briefly in The Force Awakens trailer number two, which seems to validate Indie Revolver’s report.