Give Me Those Star Wars 34: The Disney Years Phase 1

Warning: explicit language!

After billions of dollars spent and earned to produce five new Star Wars movies in as many years, what has the era of Star Wars at Disney all been about? On this special episode of Give Me Those Star Wars, which is every bit the schizophrenic monster that the new film saga is, Ryan Daly recruits a daring and desperate team to review THE FORCE AWAKENS, ROGUE ONE, THE LAST JEDI, SOLO, and THE RISE OF SKYWALKER. The guests, including Neil Daly, Mike Gillis, David Ace Gutierrez, Andrew Leyland, and Jon and Maggie Schaefer-Hames probe the behind-the-scenes turmoil and turnover, the frothing rage of the Fandom Menace, the excitement of new stories and new characters, and the disappointment of squandered opportunities; and always, always wondering: seriously, Disney, what the **** happened?!!

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11 responses to “Give Me Those Star Wars 34: The Disney Years Phase 1

  1. A titanic achievement, Ryan. This is more akin to audio journalism than merely “podcasting.” Realizing all the editing you did here, I must think Xum is somewhere smiling.

    DAG is right, the eventual “unauthorized” book on the Disney years of SW is going to be a fascinating read.

  2. Fantastic episode Ryan, and all involved. Yes, even you, DAG.

    I personally think a lot of folks take Star Wars too seriously. And by that, I mean they cast depth and deeper meaning into the original films than is actually there. At it’s heart, the original film is a whiz-bang salute to old sci-fi movie serials, with some Kurosawa thrown in for good measure. It’s not meant to be a deep analogy for our modern lives, like Star Trek was, and always should be. It’s mostly spectacle, peppered with some lovable character we like to cheer, and villains we like to his at.

    Lucas forgot the cheering and hissing in his prequels, creating lifeless ciphers for the most part, often out of really good actors. And he mired the story in low-level political intrigue which was kind of the opposite of what you want in a Star Wars film. I don’t hate those films, but their reliance on technology and lack of charm make them a bit of a slog to watch now.

    I think the sequel series has that charm in spades. Yes, they screwed up by not having a plan and sticking to it, no matter who was writing or directing, but I find them far more enjoyable to watch, with great characters, and great performances. Plus, my little girl found a hero in Rey, so I will always have a soft spot for both that character and Daisy Ridley.

    But thanks for the fair and balanced approach to this. It was very refreshing to hear, given the Fandom Menace ranting and raving going on elsewhere.


  3. Thanks for a great show, everyone. It was awesome to hear such insightful conversations on one of my favourite fandoms! Also a big thank you to Ryan for the editing work that must have taken! I echo what Chris Franklin said that this show was very refreshing to hear after hearing all the toxicity of Star Wars fandom out there. While I may not agree with some of the thoughts expressed, I certainly like to hear them in a well thought out conversation like this as opposed to someone screaming at me through Twitter. It also shows the amazing passion all of you have for these movies, whether you liked them or not. I would love to hear more conversations like this (both positive and negative) in the future. Keep up the great work!

    1. This episode was a tangible example of how the world is not Twitter. The format allowed for the guests to take the time to get to the core of what we were talking about. There were several points made that I disagree with, but I have a solid idea on where these points came from.

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