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Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

Not Playing with Lex and Dan 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!

Lex Friedman and Dan Moren

Myke at the Movies 13a: "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"

Recorded December 2016, here’s Myke and Jason’s discussion of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Myke Hurley with Jason Snell

The Incomparable 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?

Aleen Simms with Lisa Schmeiser, Erika Ensign and David J. Loehr

The Incomparable 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.”

Chip Sudderth with Andy Ihnatko, Shannon Sudderth, Scott McNulty and Tony Sindelar

The Incomparable 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?

Antony Johnston with Lizbeth Myles, James Thomson and Dan Moren

Defocused 77: I'm Happy That You Like His Hand

It’s totally tubular.

Joe Rosensteel and Dan Sturm

The Incomparable 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.

Jason Snell with John Siracusa, Serenity Caldwell and Dan Moren

The Incomparable 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?

Jason Snell with Serenity Caldwell, John Siracusa and Dan Moren

The Incomparable 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.

Jason Snell with John Siracusa, Serenity Caldwell and Dan Moren

The Incomparable 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?

Jason Snell with John Siracusa and Dan Moren

The Incomparable 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.

Jason Snell with Serenity Caldwell, Lisa Schmeiser, John Siracusa, Dan Moren and Andy Ihnatko

The Incomparable 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.

Jason Snell with Ben Boychuk, Dan Moren, John Siracusa and Serenity Caldwell