Thursday, March 17, 2011

Ep. 10 - STAR WARS TRILOGY - March 2011

Featuring Dave3 of Geeks of and the Return of the “Star Wars” Guru, Steve Hernandez

Considering the Sequels is a monthly film podcast that examines the merits and weaknesses of specific movie franchises. Right-click the title of this post to download this episode free.

In Episode 10 we consider the original “Star Wars” trilogy. And, as always, we each give Mini Reviews of recent film releases and whatever else we’ve been watching lately.

Your hosts are Andy Howell, Karl Huddleston and Jason Pyles. Download this episode to hear which CTS Podcast host is an unabashed space-racist (aka “spracist”), and you can also hear definitively which is better, Ewoks or Darth Maul. Oh, and you can hear why this photo that Dave3 found gives some insight into our Princess Leia metal bikini debate:


I. Introduction

II. Karl’s Picks for the Top 10 Best Films of 2010 (05:00)

III. The Winner of the Star Wars DVD Box Set Give-Away (09:02)

IV. Considering the Sequels: Original Star Wars Trilogy

- Star Wars: Episode 4 — A New Hope (10:22)

- Star Wars: Episode 5 — The Empire Strikes Back (41:23)

- Star Wars: Episode 6 — Return of the Jedi (1:07:34)

- Franchise Overview (1:51:22)

- Entire Saga — All 6 Films (1:53:52)

— A Brief Message About Our Sponsor, Heftel Studios (2:00:37)

- Tune in to our next LIVE broadcast on Ustream (2:01:55)

V. Mini Reviews

(2:02:41) - Dave3: Smallville (Season 8), “Star Wars” recitation

(2:10:51) - Karl: The Adjustment Bureau, Javier Bardem signed on for Bond movie

(2:12:44) - Jason: Bizarre Movie Bin Pick: The Severed Arm, The Man With the Golden Gun

(2:23:11) - Steve Hernandez: Gran Torino

(2:25:40) - Andy: Four Favorite Star Wars Spoofs: Spaceballs, Family Guy - Blue Harvest, Robot Chicken, Fanboys

Wrap-Up / Credits (2:28:08)

End Time (2:31:16)

Dave3, Steve Hernandez, Karl and Jason give their collective verdict on this franchise, from 0 to 100:

Star Wars: Episode 4 — A New Hope = 94

Star Wars: Episode 5 — The Empire Strikes Back = 95

Star Wars: Episode 6 — Return of the Jedi = 89

Overall Original Trilogy = 96

Entire Saga (All 6 films) = 86

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Thanks to our guests, Dave3 of Geeks of, and Star Wars guru Steve Hernandez, for appearing on our show.

Thanks to our official sponsor, Heftel Studios, and thanks to the Dave Eaton Element for the use of Dave’s music. Thanks to Kara Brewer for her graphic designs and Bill Barnes for his artistic vision.

Episode 10 was recorded on March 13, 2011.


  1. I don't feel that Lucas should be busted for Obi-Wan telling Luke that Yoda was the "Jedi master who instructed me." Why not? Old Ben Kenobi is always speaking to Luke in this kind of over-generalized fashion. It was a basic statement that Luke needed to hear before he blacked out (because of cold exhaustion?).

    Maybe Obi Wan should have said: "Luke, you must go to the Dagobah system. There you will learn from Yoda, the Jedi master who sat at the head of the Jedi council and instructed Jedi knights and masters, myself included, as to how we should go about using the Force."

    AND didn't Yoda tell Obi-Wan that he had training for him to do while on Tattooine at the end of Episode III so he could learn to come back as a spirit? Yes. Yes he did. So he did instruct Obi-Wan on a more intimate level on how to come back in spirit form. So what Obi-Wan tells Luke gains even more validity. It was like he was saying: "Hey Yoda was a Jedi Master who instructed me..hence, I can talk to you in spirit form!" :)

  2. Vance,
    I wasn't buying your first paragraph above, but then you confounded me with your closing argument. Touché. Well played, Sir. I hope you can join us live in our Ustream chat room for our "Fletch" episode on Sunday, April 17 at 7 p.m. MST / 9 p.m. EST. Thanks for your comments.

  3. Jason,
    I really had to channel my inner geek to come up with all that borderline-nonsense.
    I really enjoy your guys' podcast. I will definitely try to tune in on April 17. Keep it up!