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    The Incomparable Mothership July 15, 2022 “Obi-Wan Kenobi”
    623 Sand Tuna Thief

    Hello there! We discuss “Obi-Wan Kenobi” on Disney+, including Ewan MacGregor’s delight in the role, the return of Hayden Christensen, and balancing the needs of superfans with movies-only fans.

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    Game Show January 21, 2021 Star Wars: Feuding Families - Episode I
    148 Don't Show Your Bossk

    Break out your Lego bounty hunters and put away your adult Wookiee holo-entertainment—it’s time for the game where Incomparable listeners infuriate and confuse Incomparable panelists with their opinions about Star Wars! Two teams feud, like families, in a galaxy-spanning battle for points, planets, and porgs.

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    The Incomparable Mothership December 27, 2020 “The Mandalorian” season 2
    546 Cracks In His Armor

    Is this the way? We break down the second season of “The Mandalorian,” which sees our title character struggling with his own identity as a Mandalorian as well as coming to grips with the important task of protecting the child that he’s been caring for. What’s the difference between good and bad fan service? How many different spin-off shows were being set up this season? And we workshop a Baby Yoda sitcom.

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    TeeVee December 20, 2020 The Mandalorian - Chapter 16
    683 The Mandalorian S2E8 Review: "Chapter 16: The Rescue"

    Season two of The Mandalorian wraps up with a few surprises…and more than a few questions about the future. Host Dan Moren is joined by very special guest Kat Benesh to discuss the Empire’s workplace safety requirements, season two’s wider world, and where we go from here.

    The Mandalorian, Chapter 16

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    TeeVee December 13, 2020 The Mandalorian - Chapter 15
    681 The Mandalorian S2E7 Review: "Chapter 15: The Believer"

    It’s a break-in with a familiar face this week on The Mandalorian, and host Dan Moren welcomes special guests Jason Tocci and Genevieve Tocci to discuss a fight scene with a problematic edge, why min/maxing your stats is dangerous, and the moment that Mando became a dad.

    The Mandalorian, Chapter 15

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    TeeVee December 6, 2020 The Mandalorian - Chapter 14
    680 The Mandalorian S2E6 Review: "Chapter 14: The Tragedy"

    Tragedy abounds this week on The Mandalorian, as we ramp up to the end of season two. Host Dan Moren is joined by special guest Chip Sudderth to discuss the characterization of a storied (but rarely glimpsed) character, honor among thieves, and the many mistakes of Mando.

    The Mandalorian, Chapter 14

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    TeeVee November 29, 2020 The Mandalorian - Chapter 13
    679 The Mandalorian S2E5 Review: "Chapter 13: The Jedi"

    It’s a big episode of The Mandalorian this week as several familiar names (and one brand new name!) are dropped, which means it’s a big episode of A Complicated Profession. Kelly Guimont joins host Dan Moren to discuss the bad habits we learn from our teachers, side quests aplenty, and all the questions we need answered.

    The Mandalorian, Chapter 13

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    TeeVee November 22, 2020 The Mandalorian - Chapter 12
    676 The Mandalorian S2E4 Review: "Chapter 12: The Siege"

    This week on A Complicated Profession, we’re doing an easy job taking out an Imperial base. Easy! What could go wrong? Host Dan Moren is joined by Antony Johnston to discuss threading the needle of deep fandom and telling a great, accessible story; gorgeous production design; and leaving plot threads dangling.

    The Mandalorian, Chapter 12

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    The Incomparable Mothership November 17, 2020 Commentary track - “The Star Wars Holiday Special”
    541 The Incomparable Life Day Special

    Happy Life Day! To celebrate this important occasion, The Incomparable hereby presents a commentary track, to be viewed alongside The Star Wars Holiday Special.

    You’ll need to find the Holiday Special via the usual rebel channels. We watched the version with ads in it, so if you find a different version, pause the show during the ads.

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    TeeVee November 15, 2020 The Mandalorian - Chapter 11
    675 The Mandalorian S2E3 Review: "Chapter 11: The Heiress"

    What do you expect when you get your ship fixed on a fishing planet? A lot of netting. This week on A Complicated Profession, Dan Moren is joined by podcast pal Erika Ensign to discuss the balancing act of everything from fan service to lore to making sure your main character doesn’t always look like a galoot.

    The Mandalorian, Chapter 11

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    TeeVee November 8, 2020 The Mandalorian - Chapter 10
    673 The Mandalorian S2E2 Review: "Chapter 10: The Passenger"

    The only profession more complicated than being a bounty hunter? Being a taxi service. This week, on A Complicated Profession, host Dan Moren is joined by podcaster and developer James Thomson to discuss children being jerks, standalone storytelling, and why you should never touch anything in a creepy ice cave.

    The Mandalorian, Chapter 10

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    TeeVee November 1, 2020 The Mandalorian - Chapter 9
    672 The Mandalorian S2E1 Review: "Chapter 9: The Marshal"

    A Complicated Profession is back to cover season 2 of The Mandalorian, and host Dan Moren welcomes podcaster and author Helene Wecker to discuss the evolution of our protagonist from season one, having your tropes and eating them too, and whether there are more than six things in the Star Wars universe.

    The Mandalorian, Chapter 9

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    Not Playing with Lex and Dan April 9, 2020 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
    3.11 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    It all comes down to this. We return with a special bonus episode that sees the embodiment of all Jedi, Dan Moren, and the collection of all Sith, Lex Friedman, cover 2019’s Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker, thus wrapping up their coverage of the storied franchise.

    Hot topics include the surprisingly brilliant deployment of Threepio humor, the camaraderie of our main characters, a Kylo Ren-demption, and building an entire story around cast-off Leia scenes.

    Thanks for tuning in, and keep your eyes peeled for season 6 of Not Playing, coming this summer!

    Programming Note: In addition to this capsule episode, which contains our discussion before and after the film, members can watch along with Lex and Dan in a full-length commentary track, available in the members-only First Class feed. If you’re not already a member, why not sign up? And if you are, now’s a great time to update your membership allocations and maybe throw a little support in the direction of Not Playing. Thanks!

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    Defocused March 29, 2020 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
    278 The Homer Simpson Car of Movies

    The dialogue is terrible and the cuts are small.

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    The Incomparable Mothership March 21, 2020 Where does “Star Wars” go from here?
    507 No More Death Stars

    The Skywalker Saga is over—so what’s next for “Star Wars”? This week we’re suggesting potential directions for the franchise to go, on both the big and small screens. What kinds of movies should come next? Is Disney+ a development platform or the next big thing? Our team of franchise fans has no fiduciary responsibility and plenty of ideas!

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    The Incomparable Mothership January 25, 2020 “The Mandalorian”
    498 That Puppet Has an Agent

    Grab a tracking fob and saddle up a bluurg, because it’s time to discuss “The Mandalorian,” the first live-action Star Wars TV series. Why is the show’s main character always wearing a mask? How much merchandise money did Disney forego in order to keep Baby Yoda a secret? Is the Mandalorian capable of providing an environment in which Baby Yoda can thrive? Why is serving tea so civilized? We’ve got to get us one of those jet packs.

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    The Incomparable Mothership December 31, 2019 “Rise of Skywalker” Jedi Panel
    494 No Sith For You

    Our trilogy of panels about “The Rise of Skywalker” concludes with a discussion of the film’s themes, how Kylo Ren keeps sliding into Rey’s DMs, whether you can ever have enough “Star Wars”, and how “Star Wars” is a little bit like “Seinfeld.”

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    TeeVee December 28, 2019 The Mandalorian - Chapter 8
    603 The Mandalorian S1E8 Review: "Chapter 8: Redemption"

    The first season of The Mandalorian comes to a close this week, so Dan Moren and very special guest Kat Benesh to discuss a significant unmasking, drawing parallels with the past, and what we might see when season two debuts next fall.

    The Mandalorian, Chapter 8

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    The Incomparable Mothership December 27, 2019 “Rise of Skywalker” Rebel Panel
    493 Maybe They've Got Evil Droids

    Our panel of rebel podcasters, striking again from their hidden base, present another perspective on “The Rise of Skywalker.” Why does James want to see evil droids? Does Liz find Ben Solo or Kylo Ren more intriguing? Can Chip be satisfied with the ending to this generation-defining saga? Why are we in the midst of a global Porg shortage? Guest host Antony Johnston will seek the answers.

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    Phil and Lisa Ruin the Movies December 23, 2019
    40 Phil and Lisa Ruin a Star War

    In this spoiler-filled episode, we give The Rise of Skywalker a thorough going-over. Plus, we discover a not-as-terrible-as-you-might-think addition to our carousel of bad holiday made-for-TV movies. And Phil has a nasty break-up with Jennifer Lawrence.

    Movies Ruined: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Avengers: Endgame, The Irishman, Black Widow, Turkey Drop.

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    The Incomparable Mothership December 22, 2019 “Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker”
    492 The Sith You've Dated

    The Dead Speak, and so do we! It’s our first panel reviewing “The Rise of Skywalker.” Can this film bear the gravitational pull of the eight previous Skywalker Saga films? Does it provide a proper ending? We discuss Rey’s parentage, Finn’s increasing abilities, Poe’s lessons in leadership, whether Kylo Ren can possibly be redeemed, Zen and the Art of X-Wing Maintenance, how the film balances honoring Carrie Fisher with serving Leia’s character arc, and much more.

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    TeeVee December 19, 2019 The Mandalorian - Chapter 7
    602 The Mandalorian S1E7 Review: "Chapter 7: The Reckoning"

    We regroup on this week’s episode of A Complicated Profession, as host Dan Moren recruits trustworthy allies Guy English and John Moltz to discuss lazy biker scouts, Chekhov’s bassinet, and Baby Yoda’s moral code.

    The Mandalorian, Chapter 7

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    TeeVee December 15, 2019 The Mandalorian - Chapter 6
    601 The Mandalorian S1E6 Review: "Chapter 6: The Prisoner"

    It’s double trouble on A Complicated Profession this week, as host Dan Moren is joined by special guests Jane and Evan Ritt, to discuss the offscreen life of our protagonist, warring codes of morality, and unfortunate high school flashbacks.

    The Mandalorian, Chapter 6

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    The Incomparable Mothership December 8, 2019 What to do with “Star Wars”?
    490 Treat It Like the Bible

    Though Disney’s purchase of Fox clears all final hurdles in terms of rights to the original “Star Wars”, there’s still no way for anyone to watch the historic theatrical cuts of any of the original films. Instead, the new Disney+ streaming service now offers a 4K Special Edition with even more changes to the beloved classic. Is this the definitive version of “Star Wars” for the rest of eternity? Does Disney’s assumption of the franchise provide a new hope? Can Disney honor history and give fans what they want without negating George Lucas’s insistence that his Special Editions are the only editions? What is “Star Wars” and what will it be in the future? In this episode, we solve the whole thing. You’re welcome.

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    TeeVee December 8, 2019 The Mandalorian - Chapter 5
    599 The Mandalorian S1E5 Review: "Chapter 5: The Gunslinger"

    This week, on A Complicated Profession, host Dan Moren is joined by special guest Tony Sindelar to discuss the most recent episode of The Mandalorian, including how much fan service is just the right amount, droid-related head-canon, and the premature(?) fate of an anticipated character.

    The Mandalorian, Chapter 5

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    TeeVee December 1, 2019 The Mandalorian - Chapter 4
    598 The Mandalorian S1E4 Review: "Chapter 4: Sanctuary"

    A Complicated Profession returns with Chapter 4 of The Mandalorian. Host Dan Moren is joined by special guest Kathy Campbell to discuss a compelling new ally for Mando, reinforcing the essential nature of our characters, and homages to a favorite Western trope.

    The Mandalorian, Chapter 4

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    TeeVee November 23, 2019 The Mandalorian - Chapter 3
    595 The Mandalorian S1E3 Review: "Chapter 3: The Sin"

    We’re back for the third episode of A Complicated Profession and your host Dan Moren is joined by special guest and network head honcho Jason Snell to discuss chapter 3 of The Mandalorian. Our discussion covers the many possible interpretations of sin, what exactly happened to the Empire, and how this show paves the way for future Star Wars series.

    The Mandalorian, Chapter 3

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    TeeVee November 16, 2019 The Mandalorian - Chapter 2
    593 The Mandalorian S1E2 Review: "Chapter 2: The Child"

    In the second episode of A Complicated Profession, Dan Moren is joined by Aleen Simms to discuss the second chapter of The Mandalorian, including how an episode can succeed without using a lot of dialogue, ants at picnics, the unpredictability of characters that live in the gray areas, and whether or not the Mandalorian should take off his helmet.

    The Mandalorian, Chapter 2

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    TeeVee November 13, 2019 The Mandalorian - Chapter 1
    591 The Mandalorian S1E1 Review: "Chapter 1"

    In the inaugural episode of A Complicated Profession, host Dan Moren is joined by fellow Star Wars aficionado John Siracusa to discuss the debut of The Mandalorian, the first live-action Star Wars series. We talk about the heritage of Star Wars on TV, Werner Herzog as Werner Herzog, and exactly what kind of show this is.

    The Mandalorian, Chapter 1

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    The Incomparable Mothership April 14, 2019 “Star Wars: Episode IX” teaser trailer
    455 Ewokalypse

    We break down the “Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker” teaser trailer scene by scene, speculate about what the title means, question how to balance the closure of the classic saga without straying too far into nostalgia trips, and offer some wild speculation. Then we wrap things up with a discussion of the future of the franchise now that it’s moving (at least temporarily) to the forthcoming Disney+ streaming service.

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    Not Playing with Lex and Dan March 15, 2019 “Solo: A Star Wars Story”
    3.10 Solo: A Star Wars Story

    We’ve got a good feeling about this. It’s member season around these parts, and Lex and Dan are back to their old Star Wars tricks, especially for you. Join daredevil pilot Dan Moren and charming gambler Lex Friedman as they steal away with 2018’s Solo: A Star Wars Story.

    Hot topics include whoever the hell Laredo is, speaking the Wookiee language, the somewhat mystifying fate of Qi’ra, and why Woody Harrelson playing a Woody Harrelson character is always a good thing.

    Plus, we quickly deliver some angry news about the upcoming Not Playing Season 5.

    Programming Note: In addition to this capsule episode, which contains our discussion before and after the film, members can watch along with Lex and Dan in a full-length commentary track, available in the members-only First Class feed. If you’re not already a member, why not sign up? And if you are, now’s a great time to update your membership allocations and maybe throw a little support in the direction of Not Playing. Thanks!

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    Defocused January 29, 2019 Solo: A Star Wars Story
    227 I'm Always the Droid

    You don’t understand the sincerity of a hug.

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    The Incomparable Mothership May 26, 2018 “Solo: A Star Wars Story”
    408 Sometimes You Need a Wookiee

    Fresh from the movie theaters, here’s our flash review of “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” In a world where there’s a new “Star Wars” movie every year, sometimes it’s a relief not to have the fate of the galaxy at stake. What are the rules of Sabacc? Are references the lowest form of fan service? Will casual fans be more enthusiastic than hard-core ones? Why watch droids fighting for entertainment when you have holograms? From train heists to floating space yachts to surprise cameos, we break it all down.

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    Not Playing with Lex and Dan March 29, 2018 Star Wars: The Last Jedi
    3.9 Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    This is not going to go the way you think. Or will it? For this special bonus episode, we watch the most recent movie ever to appear on the show, and round out our viewing of one of the world’s biggest franchises. Join grumpy sequestered Jedi Master Dan Moren and enthusiastic would-be trainee Lex Friedman as they team up to check out 2017’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

    Hot topics include “how do you pronounce the director’s name?”, alienation that has only a little to do with aliens, and the question that’s on everyone’s mind: What is wrong with Lex Friedman?

    Plus, some TOP SECRET info on the upcoming season four of Not Playing.

    Programming Note: In addition to this capsule episode, which contains our discussion before and after the film, members can watch along with Lex and Dan in a full-length commentary track, available in the members-only First Class feed. If you’re not already a member, why not sign up? And if you are, now’s a great time to update your membership allocations and maybe throw a little support in the direction of Not Playing. Thanks!

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    Myke at the Movies January 18, 2018
    40a "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"

    Myke and Jason watch “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

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    The Incomparable Mothership December 22, 2017 “The Last Jedi”, a third view
    386 Sometimes He Doesn't Bother With That Bottle

    Our (increasingly inaccurately named) team of rebel UK podcasters takes on “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Join us for another deep dive into the themes, performances, and surprises of the latest “Star Wars movie.” We promise not to mention Porgs until the very end!

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    The Incomparable Mothership December 20, 2017 “The Last Jedi”, a second view
    385 Delta and the Porgs

    “Time and Relative Dimension in Space” meets “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” as a hardy rebel band of podcasters who are “Doctor Who” fans form The Incomparable’s second panel about “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”. We take on the themes of failure and redemption, the unexpected fan reactions, and specious comparisons between “Doctor Who” showrunners and Star Wars directors. And porgs. Always porgs.

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    Defocused December 18, 2017 Star Wars: The Last Jedi
    176 The Dumbest Ticking Clock

    Kids explode the darnedest things.

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)

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    Phil and Lisa Ruin the Movies December 17, 2017 “The Last Jedi”
    32 Phil And Lisa Ruin Star Wars

    Phil and Lisa take on “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” in a spoilerific episode filled with your daily recommended allowance of Porgs. They also discuss popular blockbusters “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool” and “Death of Stalin”, while shining some light on obscure cult favorites “Ready Player One” and “Avengers: Infinity War.”

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    The Incomparable Mothership December 16, 2017 “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
    384 An Old Sock Full of Diamonds

    Grab a porg, put on your matching necklaces, and get out your ancient Jedi texts—it’s time to discuss “The Last Jedi,” episode VIII of the “Star Wars” saga. (And if we missed something, please understand that we’ve only seen it once so far!)

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    The Incomparable Mothership September 23, 2017 Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Rebels overview
    372 Jedi Inflation is a Serious Problem

    With Jason away “on assignment,” a Rebel force of podcasters takes over The Incomparable’s transmission tower to celebrate (and introduce you to, if you haven’t watched them yet) Lucasfilm’s animated extensions to the Star Wars canon: the six-season Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, which is entering its fourth and final season. Why do adult fans love them? Did they actually redeem the prequels? Who are the breakout characters who became as important as anyone in the movies? We steer clear of the big spoilers!

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    The Incomparable Mothership September 9, 2017 “Star Wars: Episode IX” Director Draft
    370 Someone We've Never Heard Of

    This week we learned that Lucasfilm has parted ways with Colin Trevorrow, who was previously slated to write and direct 2019’s installment in the “Star Wars” saga, and realized that the absolutely dumbest way to react to the news would be to draft a bunch of possible replacements. So in this episode we present our suggestions to fill that director’s chair, from the real to the ridiculous to the ones from beyond the grave! Along the way we take time to discuss the challenges of finding ways for creative people to mesh with big studio-controlled franchises. And all without a single “Star Wars” spoiler!

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    Not Playing with Lex and Dan September 7, 2017 Star Wars: The Force Awakens
    3.8 Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    The circle is now complete. We conclude our viewing of the Star Wars saga—for now, anyway—with the most recent installment in the main sequence of movies. Grizzled smuggler Dan Moren teams up with desert scavenger Lex Friedman to take in the spectacle that is 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

    Hot topics include Kylo Ren as a Vader wannabe, how to get just the right amount of C-3PO, and, of course, the fact that Supreme Leader Snoke is a dumb name.

    Programming Note: In addition to this capsule episode, which contains our discussion before and after the film, members can watch along with Lex and Dan in a full-length commentary track, available in the members-only First Class feed. If you’re not already a member, why not sign up? And if you are, now’s a great time to update your membership allocations and maybe throw a little support in the direction of Not Playing. Thanks!

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    Not Playing with Lex and Dan August 24, 2017 Return of the Jedi
    3.7 Return of the Jedi

    In our penultimate episode, we close out the original trilogy with the movie that began a sixteen year hiatus of the Star Wars franchise. Lovable Ewok Dan Moren leads rebel commando Lex Friedman through the 1983 version of Return of the Jedi.

    Hot topics include distracting alien effects, much ado about Admiral Ackbar’s famous line, what the heck the deal with Force ghosts is, and, of course, whether the film is a Vader apologia.

    Programming Note: In addition to this capsule episode, which contains our discussion before and after the film, members can watch along with Lex and Dan in a full-length commentary track, available in the members-only First Class feed. If you’re not already a member, why not sign up? And if you are, now’s a great time to update your membership allocations and maybe throw a little support in the direction of Not Playing. Thanks!

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    Not Playing with Lex and Dan August 10, 2017 The Empire Strikes Back
    3.6 The Empire Strikes Back

    We return to season 3 of Not Playing with the rare sequel that arguably surpasses its predecessor—at least as far as one of our panelists is concerned. Roguish smuggler Lex Friedman puts his trust in card player, gambler, and scoundrel Dan Moren to lead him through the 1980 masterpiece The Empire Strikes Back.

    Hot topics include the most awkward dinner ever, disconcerting tauntaun animations, and, of course, why puppet Yoda is better than CGI Yoda.

    Programming Note: In addition to this capsule episode, which contains our discussion before and after the film, members can watch along with Lex and Dan in a full-length commentary track, available in the members-only First Class feed. If you’re not already a member, why not sign up? And if you are, now’s a great time to update your membership allocations and maybe throw a little support in the direction of Not Playing. Thanks!

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    Not Playing with Lex and Dan July 27, 2017 “Star Wars”
    3.5 Star Wars

    On to the main course. It’s the 1977 classic that started this whole thing: Star Wars. (And not with any of that “Episode IV” jazz or anything.) Crazy old wizard Dan Moren and whiny farm boy Lex Friedman embark upon the epic beginning of the franchise as season 3 of Not Playing passes the mid-point.

    Hot topics include the names of Tatooine’s two suns, the weird slightly retconnings of Rogue One, whether or not the Millennium Falcon really is a hunk of junk, and, of course, why Obi-Wan Kenobi calls his old buddy “Darth”.

    Programming Note: In addition to this capsule episode, which contains our discussion before and after the film, members can watch along with Lex and Dan in a full-length commentary track, available in the members-only First Class feed. If you’re not already a member, why not sign up? And if you are, now’s a great time to update your membership allocations and maybe throw a little support in the direction of Not Playing. Thanks!

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    Not Playing with Lex and Dan July 13, 2017 “Rogue One”
    3.4 Rogue One

    And now for something completely different. Rebel spy Dan Moren and reckless criminal-turned-freedom-fighter Lex Friedman take a break from the story of the Skywalker clan to watch 2016’s Rogue One, the first of the standalone anthology movies set in the Star Wars universe.

    Hot topics include why droids are programmed with people-like personalities, why the Death Star flaws come in two separate parts, the convincing performance of Governor Tarkin, and hey, Jimmy Smits is back!

    Programming Note: In addition to this capsule episode, which contains our discussion before and after the film, members can watch along with Lex and Dan in a full-length commentary track, available in the members-only First Class feed. If you’re not already a member, why not sign up? And if you are, now’s a great time to update your membership allocations and maybe throw a little support in the direction of Not Playing. Thanks!

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    Not Playing with Lex and Dan June 29, 2017 “Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith”
    3.3 Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

    And with this, we conclude eating our vegetables for this special third of Not Playing covering the Star Wars saga. Dark Lord of the Sith Dan Moren and his apprentice Lex Friedman watch the final installment of the prequels, 2005’s Revenge of the Sith, allowing them to at last move onward and upward.

    Hot topics include the complete absurdity of Anakin’s fall to the dark side, the frustrating nature of putting Padmé on a shelf, and, wait, is that Jimmy Smits again?

    Programming Note: In addition to this capsule episode, which contains our discussion before and after the film, members can watch along with Lex and Dan in a full-length commentary track, available in the members-only First Class feed. If you’re not already a member, why not sign up? And if you are, now’s a great time to update your membership allocations and maybe throw a little support in the direction of Not Playing. Thanks!

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    Not Playing with Lex and Dan June 15, 2017 “Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones”
    3.2 Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

    We return to a galaxy far, far away, a slightly less long time ago for the second installment of our epic third season, covering the entire Star Wars saga. Supreme Chancellor Dan Moren guides Senator Lex Friedman through the 2002 soporific bore film, Attack of the Clones.

    Hot topics for this episode include telling the difference between clones and droids, a horrendously unconvincing love story, why CGI Yoda is an offense to all right-minded people, and who the hell Jimmy Smits is playing.

    Programming Note: In addition to this capsule episode, which contains our discussion before and after the film, members can watch along with Lex and Dan in a full-length commentary track, available in the members-only First Class feed. If you’re not already a member, why not sign up? And if you are, now’s a great time to update your membership allocations and maybe throw a little support in the direction of Not Playing. Thanks!

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    Not Playing with Lex and Dan June 1, 2017 “Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace”
    3.1 Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    You’re not seeing things! We’re back with a very special season three of Not Playing with Lex and Dan. Right on schedule, as we promised. Go about your business. Move along.

    Regular listeners of the show know that among the most egregious holes in Lex’s movie-watching history are most of the Star Wars saga, so in season three, we’re out to correct that oversight. Join Jedi Master Dan Moren as he takes padawan Lex under his wing and shepherds him through the entire eight (soon to be nine) movie saga.

    Hot topics for this debut episode, which covers the 1999 travesty installment, The Phantom Menace, include what to do about really uncomfortable portrayals of aliens, why some droids can’t speak English, whether or not Queen Amidala is currently Natalie Portman, and what the hell planet we’re on now.

    Programming Note: In addition to this capsule episode, which contains our discussion before and after the film, members can watch along with Lex and Dan in a full-length commentary track, available in the members-only First Class feed. If you’re not already a member, why not sign up? And if you are, now’s a great time to update your membership allocations and maybe throw a little support in the direction of Not Playing. Thanks!

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    The Incomparable Mothership December 24, 2016 “Rogue One” rebel podcaster opinions
    332 She's the Han Solo

    Striking from a hidden base, our rebellious European podcasters have once again taken over the Incomparable Death Star—er, Zeppelin—to provide their own unique opinions on “Rogue One,” the latest Star Wars film.

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    Defocused December 18, 2016 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
    127 Shop Local Moisture

    The address is 1234 Jedha St, Jedha City, Jedha Planet.

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    The Incomparable Mothership December 17, 2016 “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
    331 I Refuse To Call It a Prequel

    Put on your Kyber crystal necklace, don a stylish white cape, and keep the Force with you! It’s time to break down “Rogue One,” the first big-budget live-action non-saga “Star Wars” film. We discuss how the film juggles its many characters and settings, the issues with reviving past film elements through CGI, the splendor of Darth Vader’s bachelor pad (and the weirdness of his bathroom), the unexpectedly spectacular space battle, the vacation plans of the Empire’s records division, the film’s strange disconnection with its teaser trailer, and a whole lot more.

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    The Incomparable Mothership December 3, 2016 “Star Wars” travesty draft
    329 He's More Man than Puppet

    As a new “Star Wars” movie nears its release, we turn our attention to some of our least favorite features of this franchise we love. Our panelists draft our least favorite Special Edition changes, retcons, Original Trilogy and “Force Awakens” elements, and more. Plus we each pitch a new “Star Wars” movie that can right a wrong in the existing canon.

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    The Incomparable Mothership August 14, 2016 “Star Wars: Rogue One” trailer analysis
    313 The Ziggurats of Yavin IV

    Nope, Jason, John, Serenity, and Dan aren’t going to analyze the trailer for “Star Wars: Rogue One.” It’s not going to happen. It would take rebel podcasters, striking from a hidden studio, to bring this podcast to its knees…

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    Robot or Not? June 13, 2016 Cough, cough
    62 General Grievous

    He’s a droid with a cough. So what’s the deal?

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    The Incomparable Mothership April 8, 2016 “Rogue One” teaser trailer breakdown
    295 A History of Things That Never Happened

    The first teaser trailer for “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” has dropped, and so in the spirit of our “Force Awakens” teaser breakdown, we’re back to provide frame-by-frame analysis of all 90 seconds. This is the first in a new series of “Star Wars” anthology movies, this one set before and around 1977’s original film. How do you make a period piece about a fictional period? What’s Felicity Jones’s character all about? Why does Forrest Whitaker have a Darth Vader breathing harmonica? And why does Jason refer to all droids like they’re vacuum cleaners? For some questions there are no good answers.

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    The Incomparable Mothership December 24, 2015 “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, a fourth view
    280 They're Not Alone

    Our many-part analysis of “The Force Awakens” continues. In this episode we praise the casting of Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac, and ponder how the diversity of the “Star Wars” universe has increased. Plus, did Luke hide something in all the droids? Why does Finn hold a lightsaber like a baseball bat? Why would one of the Weasley brothers become a fascist? And ultimately, why is this film redemptive for the franchise as a whole?

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    The Incomparable Mothership December 23, 2015 “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, a third view
    279 They Were Jerk Planets

    In this installment of our continuing coverage of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” our East Coast panel gushes a little, complains about Starkiller Base a little, ponders “The Force Awakens” as a buddy movie, copes with death, and tries to imagine what it will be like to get a new “Star Wars” movie every year. Also, Scott keeps bringing up “Star Trek.”

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    The Incomparable Mothership December 22, 2015 “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, a second view
    278 Fake Jedi Boy

    Lots of people have opinions about “The Force Awakens,” and it’s sort of our charter to overdo it when it comes to “Star Wars.” So this week we’re presenting several follow-up panels about this new film. In this installment, we travel across the pond for a panel predominantly made up of residents of the UK. Why are there Scottish people in space? Who is the face of fresh young fascism? Where can we get red replacement arms?

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    Defocused December 20, 2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens
    77 I'm Happy That You Like His Hand

    It’s totally tubular.

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    The Incomparable Mothership December 19, 2015 “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”
    277 Stormtroopers Are People

    After three years of anticipation, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is finally here, and our panel of “Star Wars” fans is ready to review it. So here we go.

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    Defocused December 14, 2015 Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
    75 Quid Pro Quo, Anakin

    Who’s a good Jedi? Yes you are!

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    Unjustly Maligned December 14, 2015 “Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith”
    42 "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" with Brianna Wu

    Just ahead of “The Force Awakens” release, game designer and podcaster Brianna Wu joins Antony to round off our very own “prequel trilogy” with a defense of “Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith”!

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    The Incomparable Mothership December 11, 2015 Star Wars Anticipation
    276 Don't Drink the Bacta Tea

    With “The Force Awakens” only a week away, we pause to ponder why we’ve anticipated this film release for more than three years. What spoilers have we avoided? (This episode certainly contains none.) What does it mean that “Star Wars” is now an extended film franchise releasing new films annually? How many times are we going to see the film next weekend, and how will we find time to podcast about it? And perhaps most importantly, can any new “Star Wars” movie ever possibly hope to capture the excitement we felt when we discovered these films as children?

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    Defocused December 9, 2015 Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
    74 Eight-Year-Olds Writing Romance for Fourteen-Year-Olds

    Remember that time we found a clone army in the couch cushions?

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    Defocused November 29, 2015 Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
    73 Quantify His "Forciness"

    It didn’t have to be this way, George.

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    Defocused November 21, 2015 Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi
    72 Then We All Shout and Throw Things at Our TV

    The droids you own end up owning you.

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    Defocused November 14, 2015 Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
    71 That's the Mallrats Line

    As it turns out, we don’t agree on everything. Who knew?

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    Defocused November 5, 2015 Star Wars
    70 C-3PO's Funeral Parlor

    The thing is, you get more parsecs per mile on the highway.

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    Unjustly Maligned August 17, 2015 “Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones”
    25 "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones" with Mike Klimo

    Film critic and controversial prequel fan Mike Klimo joins Antony to explain his unorthodox Ring Theory, and how he believes it proves “Episode II: Attack of the Clones” is unjustly maligned. It’s kind of intense.

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    Unjustly Maligned May 4, 2015 “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace”
    10 "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace" with Erika Ensign

    Podcaster and handwavium aficionado Erika Ensign joins Antony to explain why “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace” is unjustly maligned, that audiences should judge a movie in what it’s trying to be rather than what it’s trying to live up to, and how George Lucas never grew up.

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    The Incomparable Mothership April 17, 2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Trailer 2 analysis
    243 Find My Lightsaber

    A new “Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens” trailer has appeared! And, as was fated, we are here to deconstruct it within an inch of its life. Dark Side IKEA end tables! John Boyega quotes us the odds! Bespoke evil ships! And is that a glimmer in your eye, or just some lens flare? Plus we give some love to BB8, everyone’s favorite robotic soccer ball.

    Dan Moren reports in from the Star Wars celebration, and Serenity Caldwell phones in from her car. This is serious business, people.

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    The Incomparable Mothership March 13, 2015 “Star Wars - Episode III: Revenge of the Sith” part 2
    238 Caucus with the Dark Side

    Finished, this podcast torture is. We conclude our conversation about “Star Wars - Episode III: Revenge of the Sith,” taking you all the way through the dissatisfying ending. As a bonus, we try to rank the prequels, and discover a surprising winner. (part 2 of 2)

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    The Incomparable Mothership March 6, 2015 “Star Wars - Episode III: Revenge of the Sith” part 1
    237 Force Denier

    War! We begin our final battle with the “Star Wars” prequels with our take on “Star Wars - Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.” After a long string of opening statements, we take on the crawl and the first few scenes of the film. Why does a droid wheeze? Why are villains introduced off screen? Why is Christopher Lee wasted? What’s the deal with all the elevators? Why is Darth Vader a chump? Why is there even more boring political science? What happened to Natalie Portman, and why is she wearing beaded bedclothes while standing on balconies? (part 1 of 2)

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    Game Show February 16, 2015 Counterclockwise Episode 1
    2 Counterclockwise: Space Minivan

    It’s time for Counterclockwise, the panel show where four people discuss four geeky aspects of a single topic, and it’ll all get done in less than 42 minutes.

    This week on our inaugural Counterclockwise, Jason and Dan are joined by Tony Sindelar and John Siracusa to discuss “Star Wars.”

    Our topics include: “Star Wars” ships and vehicles, the best scenes from the original trilogy, classic video games and books, and who’s going to die in “The Force Awakens.” Plus, we all pick our Sith names!

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    The Incomparable Mothership December 20, 2014 The Star Wars Holiday Special
    226 Stop Circulating the Tapes

    It’s the holiday season, when it’s time to consider what’s truly important. We spend time with family and friends and maybe even reserve a few moments to ponder some of life’s mysteries: Is Bea Arthur really Boba Fett? Does Han Solo have a secret Wookie bride? What is Tobor spelled backward? And does C-3PO have eyelids?

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    The Incomparable Mothership November 28, 2014 “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” teaser trailer
    222 Forcegiving

    There’s now a teaser trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, and you know we have opinions. And so, in great Incomparable fashion, we’re here to talk about 80 seconds of video for more than an hour. How could we not?

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    The Incomparable Mothership May 2, 2014 Casting “Star Wars: Episode VII.”
    193 Don't Worry, We Got This

    The casting for “Star Wars: Episode VII” has been announced, and so our team of interested “Star Wars” fans has arrived to break down the returning actors, the new faces, and our hopes for the future of the franchise. Plus we talk Kremlinology and Soviet industrial design, lament a bag of villains, and confuse screenwriters with pasta.

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    The Incomparable Mothership February 22, 2014 “Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones.” (Part 2 of 2.)
    183 How I Sold Your Mother

    Do you like sand? Then you may get upset as we conclude our discussion of “Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones,” in which we ponder the mystery of droid consciousness, fail to get excited about seeing our old friends from Episode I again, open a Variety Pack of monsters, debate Yoda’s fighting strategy, and talk John Siracusa off the ledge. Finally, we ponder whether it’s worse for a movie to be bad or boring. (Part 2 of 2.)

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    Bonus Track February 14, 2014 Star Wars Episode II
    182b Episode II - Omnibus Commentary

    Our complete, uninterrupted conversation about “Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones.”

    (You can listen to this instead of episodes 182 and 183 of The Incomparable.)

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    The Incomparable Mothership February 14, 2014 “Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones.” (Part 1 of 2.)
    182 Full-Fledged Force Mullet

    Against the advice of our doctors, we’re back with more prequels. This time it’s “Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones.” With three different opening statements, our podcast is about as bureaucratic as the Imperial Senate. We also discuss R2’s incompetence as a security system, ponder Anakin’s puzzling pick-up lines (and haircut), sympathize with the boring job of the Jedi, and question the plight of the Fett family and the clone troopers. (Part 1 of 2.)

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    The Incomparable Mothership April 28, 2013 “Star Wars: Episode I” (part 2 of 2)
    137 Go Wash a Droid

    We conclude our discussion of “Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace.” We discuss the merits of podracing, debate who the Jedi’s version of Fonzie is, and grapple with tricky euphemisms. Plus, is the final lightsaber duel cool or just over-choreographed? And why is there a hall full of forcefields, next to a room with no guard rails? Party on, Darth! (Part 2 of 2.)

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    The Incomparable Mothership April 20, 2013 “Star Wars: Episode 1” (part 1 of 2)
    136 We Waited 16 Years For This?

    They said it couldn’t be done! They said it shouldn’t be done! But here we are, talking about “Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace.” Why are the Jedi such jerks? A little Jedi goes a long way. Also, the biggest letdown of John Siracusa’s life to date, stupid droids, good actors being boring, text versus subtext, the merits of prequels in general, and why this is a movie that makes us dream… of a better movie. Exqueeze me? (Part 1 of 2.)

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    The Incomparable Mothership October 31, 2012 A review of new and returning fall TV shows.
    114 When You Wish Upon a Star Wars

    Were we pranked, or did Disney really just buy Lucasfilm and announce a new Star Wars trilogy? We decided to just assume it’s happening and record a live flash podcast about this unexpected turn of events.

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    The Incomparable Mothership May 6, 2012 “Return of the Jedi” (part 2)
    89 Also Known as Endor

    We wrap up our six-part series on the classic “Star Wars” movies with the climactic final half of “Return of the Jedi.” We discuss how the Empire is ahead of the rebels every step of the way, question Luke’s choice of forest camouflage, and explain why Ewoks are better unsubtitled. Also, how is Luke’s journey to being a Jedi not like what you see in most action movies? Who is more heroic in the end, Luke or Vader? Why does the Emperor wait so long to show us his lightning fingers? Why are rebel ships equipped with fireworks? And is Endor the name of the moon, or the name of the planet the moon is orbiting, or both?

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    The Incomparable Mothership April 29, 2012 “Return of the Jedi” (part 1)
    88 Skywalker's Eleven

    We tackle the last of the classic “Star Wars” trilogy, “Return of the Jedi.” Why does Jabba the Hutt enjoy avant-garde wall hangings and ’80s dance moves? Isn’t it sad how Boba Fett goes out with a whimper? Are the alien languages in “Star Wars” too fake-sounding? And what’s up with Leia’s metal bikini? (Part 1 of 2.)

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    The Incomparable Mothership November 25, 2011 “The Empire Strikes Back” (part 2)
    68 Jedi Weekend

    Gather some bounty hunters and warm up the carbon freezer! It’s time for the conclusion of our epic discussion of “The Empire Strikes Back.” We dissect the evolution of the Han-Leia relationship, the truly playful nature of Yoda and the importance of Dagobah, Vader’s agenda and his crunchy gloves, and Luke’s continuing adventures with garbage.

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    The Incomparable Mothership November 20, 2011
    67 Darth Vader's Office is Really Weird

    Launch your probe droids and cut open your tauntaun! It’s time for part one of our two-part discussion of “The Empire Strikes Back.” Does Han Solo just want to be loved? Is Chewie sabotaging the Falcon on purpose? Why is snowy Hoth the setting? Why is Ben Kenobi a man of few words? Who’s scruffy-lookin’? And what is the purpose for Darth Vader’s clamshell office, anyway?

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    The Incomparable Mothership July 1, 2011 “Star Wars” (part 2)
    47 Death Star University

    Continuing our discussion of “Star Wars,” the original film. We praise the jump to hyperspace, explain why TIE fighter pilots wear black, ponder how Han and Leia somehow turn up in an Aaron Sorkin scene, reveal why there is no Space OSHA, comment on Ben Kenobi’s old man slippers and incomparable pseudonym, and expose the rebellion so rich it can have its own university and mint its own medals. (Part 2 of 2.)

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    The Incomparable Mothership June 25, 2011 “Star Wars” (part 1 of 2)
    46 I Like My Coffee Like My Evil Sith Lords

    “Star Wars,” the original film, is finally in our crosshairs, and if we can bulls-eye a Womp Rat we can take on this classic sci-fi film. We talk about our first memories of Star Wars, pretend the prequels didn’t happen, give Cantina drink-ordering tips, and marvel at Darth Vader’s coffee-drinking habits. (Part 1 of 2.)