Episode 25: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Andi and Lise rave over Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which opened in theaters in December. TLJ is the continuation of the Star Wars story from the movie The Force Awakens, which was released in Dec. 2015. TLJ is chock full of strong women characters, has a diverse cast (though we’re still waiting on the overtly queer rep…), and these characters were integral to the story. Here, Rey continues her exploration of her abilities with The Force; General Leia and, later, Vice Admiral Holdo (Laura Dern) are trying to outrun The First Order; and Rose Tico the Resistance mechanic proves a mentor of sorts for Finn, the ex-Stormtrooper. The movie also explores Luke Skywalker’s character arc in interesting ways.

TLJ provides a jumping-off point for new directions in the Star Wars movie universe and perhaps a launching of the new generation and both Andi and Lise are excited to see what happens.

See TLJ trailers HERE

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Episode 24: Phasma (Star Wars)

Lise and Andi geek out over Delilah Dawson’s novel Phasma set in the Star Wars universe. Just released in September through Penguin/Random House, Phasma provides a story of the enigmatic and imposing Captain Phasma, a leader in The First Order (another Star Wars evil empire). From the recent movies, she’s the one dressed in a shiny chrome Stormtrooper outfit who trains First Order recruits.

Dawson’s book provides glimpses of Phasma through two separate parties, which manages to further enhance Phasma’s mystique because it obscures her motivations since we’re not getting the story directly from here, but rather through a second and third party, both of whom have their own narrative arcs. It’s a cleverly layered, intricate story that only makes us more intrigued about Phasma (and there totally needs to be more of her in the movie ’verse! Hint hint Star Wars movie people.).

Delilah Dawson’s website

To buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo

Episode 4: The Women of Star Wars

Lise (LMac) and Andi talk about three women characters from the Star Wars franchise. The iconic Princess Leia (the late Carrie Fisher and omg we miss her so) from the trilogy that was first released beginning in 1977; Rey (Daisy Ridley) from 2015’s The Force Awakens, and Jyn (Felicity Jones), from Rogue One, the 2016 standalone/prequel to the 1977 movie Star Wars: A New Hope (the first one released).

 

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