Episode 87 – It’s a Rainbow



Hey kids!

Another episode of the TumblingSaber podcast is just a click away! Jump to hyperspace with our latest as we discuss:

  • Star Wars Stellar Signature series cards,
  • Debunking Rex,
  • Ron casts Clint in Han Solo,
  • Jack Thorne hired to write episode 9,
  • John Boyega comments on Carrie Fisher,
  • Boyega on Finn’s undercover mission,
  • What if Maul had killed Obi-Wan in The Phantom Menace?
  • What colour is the Force?
  • Changing the prequels, and
  • Changing from light side to dark side

We also kick things off with a very sad but important announcement about the podcast, but you’ll have to listen in to hear what that is.

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Episode 84 – Serenadopod



Hey everyone!

D23 has come and gone, and we’re back to discuss The Last Jedi behind the scenes reel with a big thanks to The Star Wars Post for their awesome shot-by-shot breakdown of the trailer!

We also discuss:

  • the new teaser posters,
  • Rian Johnson’s comments on episode 8’s title, and General Leia,
  • the official synopsis for The Last Jedi,
  • Star Wars movies with an 18+ rating,
  • Misleading trailer shots – fair or foul?
  • Opening crawls: the good and bad,
  • and Obi-Wan’s drinking problem?

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Episode 77 – The Iconic Thing



Hey everyone!

Welcome back for another rousing “Totally New TumblingSaber Tuesday”! Unless you live under a rock, you no doubt saw the amazing Vanity Fair photos from the set of The Last Jedi, as well as the incredibly insightful stories that went along with them. We’ll talk about them all, and focus in on General Leia.

We also talk about Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, no love story in The Last Jedi, and more! To cap things off, we have a slew of listener questions to dissect! So strap yourselves in and enjoy the show!

If you haven’t already, please subscribe to our show in iTunes and be sure to leave us a review. It’s shocking how much they help! As always, send your questions and feedback to Kyle, or on your social media network of choice! Visit the Star Wars Commonwealth, and follow Talk Star Wars,Generation X-WingRogue SquadronSkyhoppers podcast and the Nerd Room Podcast!

 


You’re Going to Regret This

Continue Leia's story

Caution: potential major spoiler for The Last Jedi below. Consider yourselves warned.

Star Wars fans have spent countless intense hours debating what Lucasfilm should do with Leia’s character in the aftermath of Carrie Fisher’s passing. The opinions range from “kill her off in The Last Jedi” to “kill her early in episode 9”, to “recast the role, and see Leia’s story through to it’s original conclusion”. Each case has it’s pros and cons.

But for this blogger, there’s only one correct answer.

Finish Leia’s story as it was originally intended.

Why?

Because many moons ago, some very smart, creative, and talented people got together and fleshed out story arcs for our beloved heroes from the galaxy far, far away. But in December 2016, the big bad wolf huffed, puffed, and blew the house down. Carrie Fisher was struck down before Leia’s complete story could be told.

As stated in the huge Vanity Fair piece, the powers that be had to move from grieving to pragmatism very quickly. A retooling of episode 9 had to take place, presumably to work around Carrie’s passing.

What a mistake. Telling passages from David Kamp’s Vanity Fair piece seem to make Leia’s future quite clear:

Fisher’s death doesn’t change anything about The Last Jedi except make it more poignant: the film farewell of both the actress and the character. But it does change Episode IX, for which, as Fisher hoped, a central role for Leia had been planned. Kennedy, Trevorrow, and the Lucasfilm team have been compelled to swing from grieving into pragmatic mode, working out how to reconceive the next film in the saga, which is scheduled to start shooting in January.

What? Did they just spoil Leia’s fate in The Last Jedi? More than six months before the film’s release? What the hell just happened here? Softening the blow? Letting us down gently? To call this a curious decision is putting it mildly, especially considering how insanely close-to-the-vest Lucasfilm likes to keep things. Is there another way to interpret this quote? It’s definitely the farewell for Carrie. Is The Last Jedi the end for Leia as well? I can’t imagine Lucasfilm green-lighting this spoiler at any stage of the film’s production, or ramp-up period, yet here we are.

Look, I get it. Carrie is Leia. Leia is Carrie. They’re intertwined, forever synonymous with each other. They are both a part of our DNA as fans of this franchise. We’ve all grieved, and some are still grieving over her loss. That’s fine. For many, the thought of seeing another actress on-screen as Leia is revolting and a non-starter. I understand the sentiment.

But mark my words: if Lucasfilm takes the easy path of writing Leia out because Carrie is no longer with us, we’ll all regret it soon enough. We will all have to bear the brunt of that mistake for the rest of our saga-loving lives. Five, or maybe ten years from now you’ll sit down to watch episode 9. You’ll get cozy, grab a cold drink, and some popcorn. Dim the lights, crank up the volume….and there’s Leia’s premature death. Your fan brain will note this was done because Lucasfilm was AFRAID to forge ahead with the (presumably) terrific story they had conceived for her, for fear of fan backlash over a new face accepting the mantle as General Organa. You’ll forever wonder what the original plans for the film, and character was. If the saying “your first instinct is usually correct”, then episode 9 is bound for a let-down.

That’s a damn shame.

Cutting the knees out from under Leia’s story does a disservice to the story of Star Wars, and it’s especially a disservice to Leia, who deserves as epic and fitting a farewell as Anakin, Han Solo, Obi-Wan, and at some point, Luke.

It’s a disservice to fans, even the ones who don’t yet realize it.

It’s a disservice to Carrie, a great storyteller in her own right. I’d bet my last dime that she would not want her character to be disposed of hastily just because she was no longer in the credits.

But it’s done now. The powers that be re-wrote episode 9 earlier in 2017 in light of Carrie’s passing. Perhaps a decision made with compromised feelings due to her death?

It’s not engraved in stone to say that there’s only ONE WAY to end Leia’s story. Version 2.0 of Leia’s fate can be a fitting, and satisfying one. That duty now falls to Colin Trevorrow, the guy who directed Jurassic World; a film that while a spectacle, was not noted for it’s storytelling. The trust also falls to Derek Connolly, the guy who wrote the screenplay for Jurassic World, and to this flop:

Still optimistic? As Obi-Wan says: “Don’t let your personal feelings get in the way!”

Don’t let your nostalgic sensibilities get in the way of a good story.

I had hoped for more from Kathleen Kennedy and the leaders at Lucasfilm; bravery, confidence, and resoluteness in the face of backlash. It’s a shame that appears to not be the case. I pray that I’m wrong. I’ve nodded with enthusiastic agreement over nearly every single choice that has they’ve made on behalf of the saga, and it’s fans. This seeming decision threatens to tear that all down.

As always, comments are welcome. If you enjoyed this, or find the least bit thought-provoking, please give it a share on twitter or facebook so the debate can rage on.


Episode 57 – Not Adjusted for Inflation



 

We’re back, and it’s @choprulz‘ birthday! Send him a bday tweet and listen to us talk Star Wars for a couple of hours! In this week’s jam-packed show, we discuss:

  • Rogue One’s ongoing box office dominance
  • A New Hope Discrepancies in light of Rogue One events
  • Lucasfilm to meet about the future of Leia
  • Woody Harrelson in Han Solo spin-off?
  • Taking over the holiday box office season forever
  • Cassian Andor on Rebels
  • Rebels Mid-season trailer thoughts
  • Ghosts of Geonosis review
  • Our bucket list
  • Great films we’ve never seen
  • And shots in trailers cut from final movie – fair or foul?

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Episode 56 – Still Struggling



Happy new year! It’s 2017 and we’re stoked to kick off another year of fun and interaction with the best damn fanbase around!

Kick off the new year with our first news-heavy episode in quite a while, and get the low-down on all kinds of happenings from the galaxy far, far away including:

  • More talk of the recently lost Carrie Fisher…we’re still struggling, are you?
  • More thoughts on Rogue One, and Rebellion hero Lyra Erso (wait, what?)
  • 4K version of A New Hope?
  • More clickbait rage
  • Snoke as a puppet in episode 8
  • Han Solo anthology to begin filming in February 2017
  • Lucasfilm recruiting for next animated series?
  • Episode 8 footage in spring?
  • The future of human characters brought back to life via computer graphics

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JotW – Carrie Fisher Tribute & Bloodline Recap



While Bloodline was on the docket, the right thing to was to expand this episode to a tribute to Carrie Fisher, and her legacy as Leia. We then talk about the Bloodline, the novel that gives us a huge dose about the character that Carrie Fisher made so iconic.

Join Steve, James and myself as we go free-form and try to verbalize just how much Carrie Fisher as Leia meant to us as kids growing up, and has adult Star Wars fans today. Losing Carrie Fisher was a cruel and sobering blow, and one that fandom will have to talk itself through for the foreseeable future.
If you’re so inclined to honor Fisher’s memory, you can do so by donating to these charities, which she was either associated with, or donated to.
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Did Carrie Fisher Spill Some Episode 8 Beans?

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The Force Awakens hasn’t even opened to the general public yet but that doesn’t mean Episode 8 rumours can’t pop up while we wait. In the age of the internet, nothing is ever truly deleted forever, but that doesn’t stop the powers that be from trying. The Daily Mail posted a piece where they report that Carrie Fisher fired off a tweet (that has since been deleted) containing an image of one of Leia’s supposed costumes for the as-of-yet unnamed sequel to The Force Awakens. You can read the entire story here but the big takeaway here is the costume being worn by Fisher in the photos. It’s her in a long black gown.

Nothing happens by accident in Star Wars, so of course the insinuation is that the black gown represents Leia being in a dark place. What do you think? Could Leia take a walk on the dark side in Episode 8, or is she in mourning? Spoilers for The Force Awakens would suggest the latter, but either way something pretty rotten would have to happen in The Force Awakens for either of those things to happen, right?

If you want to see the images, head on over to the Daily Mail.