Wednesday, May 20, 2020

The Weekly Stuff BONUS Podcast – Who’s Your Space Daddy? A STAR WARS Essay by Jonathan Lack

It’s time for a special BONUS episode of The Weekly Stuff Podcast with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapman, a weekly audio show that explores the worlds of film, television, and video games. You can subscribe for free in iTunes by following this link

On today’s bonus episode, we’re doing something different. A few weeks ago, Jonathan teased he was working on a paper for his phD program about Star Wars, and more specifically, the weird, disturbing relationship to nostalgia in the sequel trilogy films, along with other 30-year-later ‘legacy sequels’ that are now flooding the market. The essay was actually informed quite a bit by the discussion we had about The Rise of Skywalker back on episode 309, and other Star Wars conversations we’ve had over the years. Several listeners very kindly asked if they could read the full thing when it was done, so today, we’re sharing the whole paper with you as an audio recording, read by Jonathan. This is an academic paper, not a typical review or online thinkpiece, but we think you’ll enjoy it if you’re interested in the topic. For those who’d like to read the actual text for themselves, it’s available as a PDF at this link, and it includes all of the footnotes and citations that aren’t present in the audio version. 


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1 comment:

  1. I wonder if Filoni would be as praised for his analysis of The Phantom Menace if he listed the fact that the Jedi Council didn't believe Midi-chlorians were as important as Qui-Gon did as part of the Jedi Order's downfall. The narrative being that the concept of Midi-chlorians somehow ruins Yoda's poetic description of the Force. As if the "so many" songs about rainbows are ruined by the knowledge of the Cone cells in our eyes that allow us to see those rainbows.