Fun In The Lair- TWL #189

WampasLair_SquareKarl and Jason take turns asking fun in-universe questions like: who would be your co-pilot? who would be your nemesis? where would you take your date?! Then stick around for a discussion about whether Star Wars itself is out of balance…

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Star Wars: ABC-3PO – A Beyond the Films Review

Star Wars Beyond the Films‘ Nathan P. Butler is now posting short, non-spoiler reviews for many new releases. Spoiler-filled discussion will often follow in the weeks or months thereafter on the podcast. 


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ABC-3PO by Calliope Glass and Catilin Kennedy (hardcover, 2016)

With all of the small brushfires out in fandom these days, it is easy to sometimes forget that Star Wars is a saga for all ages, including children still so young that they are only now learning their alphabet and/or to read. Every so often, a creative children’s book comes along to smack us across the back of the head and remind us of this fact. Such it is with the charming ABC-3PO by Calliope Glass and Caitlin Kennedy.

Billed as the “Galactic Basic Edition” (since, y’know, it is meant to teach our alphabet, not Aurebesh), ABC-3PO is a return to the format of older Star Wars children’s books like Buena Vista’s Adventures in ABC (1984). Each page, as epxected, presents a letter of the alphabet and a Star Wars character or concept to match, but whereas a Star Wars ABC books could get away with just a short description of the character or concept, ABC-3PO, like Adventures in ABC before it, brings a lyrical, poetic feel to its musings with rhyming, somewhat tongue-in-cheek descriptions. (Boba Fett’s page, for instance, ends with “He never, ever fails . . . unless there’s a sarlacc. Oh, shoot.”)

The book’s art by Katie Cook is her usual, solid work, with a cuteness that will appeal to kids and a stylized feel that will also bring a smile to the face of lighthearted adults.

The Verdict

 

ABC-3PO is essentially a “what you see is what you get” proposition. It is a Star Wars alphabet book. In that, though, it succeeds quite strongly with quirky rhymes and adorable art. Most collectors and story purists will skip this one, but those looking for a nice children’s book will find this a nice addition to their own collections.

Recommended for: Those looking for a strong Star Wars ABC book.

Not recommended for: Those looking for stories or who already know their ABCs.

A review copy was received from Disney Lucasfilm Press.

Lego The Force Awakens and other shenanigans- CCC Ep. 054

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This week we discuss the newly released Lego The Force Awakens game as well as some new X-wing stuff, Michael’s play through of The Force Unleashed 2, and Star Trek fan film restrictions. Listen now and join in on the fun!

 

 

Scoring the Saga with Jesse Harlin – SWR 229

Composer Jesse Harlin talks about the music in Star Wars games (Republic Commando; The Old Republic).  Riley and Bruce talk about Star Wars Celebration Europe plans, the canceled “Underworld” series, and Riley makes a Mace Windu movie.  All of this, and a listener giveaway, on this week’s episode of the STAR WARS REPORT!

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The Empire Strikes Back: Act I- TWL #188

WampasLair_SquareKarl and Jason break down Act I of The Empire Strikes Back! From the opening crawl to that epic asteroid field chase!

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