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The Incomparable 506b: Pandemic Bonus: "Star Wars" commentary track

In the interest of keeping you entertained if you’re locked indoors, here’s a full-length commentary track for one of our favorite movies, the original “Star Wars,” recorded in 2018. Play this commentary, press play on the movie when we tell you to, and it’ll be like you’re watching the movie with a bunch of friends!

Note: You have to play it at 1x speed and with all silence-shortening features turned off on your podcast player or it won’t stay synced.

This version has been edited to match the runtime of the Special Edition cut of “Star Wars”, which is the version you’ll find on DVD, iTunes, and Disney+.

(We actually watched the “despecialized” edition that matches the original 1977 version of this film, and you can find that version of our commentary track here. If you’re in the UK or elsewhere that has a sped-up PAL version of the movie, you can listen to re-timed versions of our commentary for PAL special edition and PAL despecialized.)

This track was originally made as a special for Incomparable members. We’ve done a bunch more since. If you’d like access to every members special we’ve ever done, become a member!

Jason Snell with John Siracusa, Dan Moren, Kelly Guimont, Monty Ashley and Shannon Sudderth

Not Playing with Lex and Dan 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!

Lex Friedman and Dan Moren

Defocused 70: C-3PO's Funeral Parlor

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

Joe Rosensteel and Dan Sturm

The Incomparable 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.)

Jason Snell with Dan Moren, John Siracusa, Scott McNulty and Greg Knauss

The Incomparable 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.)

Jason Snell with Dan Moren, John Siracusa, Scott McNulty and Greg Knauss