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QUACKCAST 448 - King of franchises: Star Wars

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Oct. 15, 2019

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Continuing on our focus on movie franchises for the month of October, THIS time we focus on the king of them all: STAR WARS!

This was a genre defining series, not only for movies but for space opera, “SciFi”, and science fantasy on all media!
The original trilogy was quite a milestone. Predictably further installments weren't quite as well received but it still remains popular even so! Currently it's having a resurgence in popularity once more.

We on the Quackcast LOVE Star Wars because it's a beautiful teaching example for so many things about story creation: the hero's journey, story beats, plotting, world building, suspension of disbelief, lore building, climax, ending, beginnings, heroes, good, evil, villains, influences, inspiration, drawing from history and the classics, costume and prop design etc.
The original trilogy were not clever, advanced, intellectual films, rather they are very simplified in their structure and themes and this makes them perfect for looking at in terms of technique.

Conversely, the later Jar-Jar Binks trilogy is a great teaching piece for how not to make a story. It's muddled, without a clear direction, filled with poor dialogue, uneven plotting, too much deus Ex machina and coincidence, bad use of cliché, and just generally poor writing.

The newer films make great talking points but the entire series is great for our purposes because its reach is ubiquitous: most people have seen the films.

This week Gunwallace has given us the theme to The Shootin': Futuristic, down home country… echoes of Journey of the Sorcerer by The Eagles… This track brings to mind figures relaxing around a warm cheery campfire, lit by its feeble orange glow as they marvel at the vastness of the star filled blackness above them.

Topics and shownotes

Holst, Mars, inspiration for The Imperial March in Star Wars -

Featured comic:
Interstellar Dust -

Featured music:
The Shootin' -, by Arborcides, rated E.

Special thanks to:
Gunwallace -
Tantz Aerine -
Ozoneocean -
Banes -
kawaiidaigakusei -

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Andreas_Helixfinger at 10:04AM, Oct. 16, 2019

Force Awakens I kind of get why they followed the template of the first film so closely. Because, after the disappointment that the prequels had left the fans with, they needed to prove that they could make a genuine Star Wars movie. But there was no reason what-so-ever to do it with the Last Jedi. I loved that it expanded upon the lore, exploring the nature of the force, but that should have been the main focus through and through in my opinion. The social commentary thing with the casino, that was the kind of thing that Rouge One should have been tackling. Wasted oppurtunity all-around on that film. They made it out in the trailer of "Rouge One" how this is gonna be a darker and different Star Wars film focusing on the grey areas and politics of the resistance back around the time the first movies took place. Didn't get that:P And like Ozoneocean pointed at, the aliens, since the prequels, have basically been reduced into 3D cartoon characters. That said, Great episode as always(Y)

Ozoneocean at 11:29PM, Oct. 15, 2019

Hahaha, thanks EJB :D

ejb at 11:05AM, Oct. 15, 2019

Fun episode, as always. I love Tantz's idea of the orbit disruptor. The duck heads on the post graphic are great... not at all disturbing.

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