It’s episode 32 of Children of the Force!
Listen, you will…
STAR WARSY STUFF [0:30]
Our family went to The Force Awakens in the theater for one last (?) time. It’s finally at the cheap seats theater, the historic Riverview. I mentioned that Liam’s first movie-going experience was at the Riverview Theater [http://www.riverviewtheater.com]. 2011’s Winnie the Pooh. Here’s a photo of Anna and Liam outside the theater on that day:
Boy, how times have changed. If I was thinking ahead, I would have taken a picture of them when we went to see The Force Awakens. This might mean we have to go back and see it again.
Anyway, this viewing was like opening night all over again. Packed house and tons of applause. Here’s the list we came up with of all the times the audience erupted in applause:
Star Wars (intro)
“The garbage will do.”
Defeating the second TIE on Jakku
Han and Chewie entering the Falcon
“It’s the Resistance.”
Leia’s first appearance
R2’s first appearance
Rey forcing the lightsaber
Rey defeating Kylo Ren
End of the film
Upon viewing The Force Awakens again, the kids rethought some stuff, including the character of Poe (“He sacrifices himself for a droid!”) And I have some additional thoughts about Finn and his journey away from his traumatic childhood toward fighting against the very people who raised him. It’s something a lot of adults can identify with.
Anna makes the connection that Finn is the Sokka of Star Wars. (By the way, if you haven’t watched Avatar: The Last Airbender yet, do it! And while you’re watching it, listen to The Avatar State podcast [http://www.theavatarstate.com], where two long-time Avatar fans watch through the entire series with two people who have never seen it and have no idea what happens. It’s a really fun listen.
Speaking of thinking more deeply about the characters of The Force Awakens, we start our on-air read through of Resistance, Caring, & “Mask”ulinity: The Feminist Message of the Dudes in The Force Awakens by Kate Bennion. This week, we start off with discussing how amazingly non-jerky Poe Dameron is.
Finally, Liam found this under his pillow the morning after he lost his tooth. I am not a great drawer.
LISTENER FEEDBACK [26:25]
Nick from London sends us another amazing theory. This time: Snoke is a clone! How is that possible? Is that how the Force works? Listen to the episode to hear Nick’s theory!
CANON NEWS [33:55]
We get into a lot of information about Chewbacca and discuss what a life debt is and whether or not Chewbacca actually owes one to Han (or maybe Han owes one to Chewie?).
Our joke this week is, again, from Chris from Star Wars Kidscast.
Q: What cuddly bear flies X-wings for the Resistance?
Q&A COUNCIL [38:40]
Q: Of all the scenes in The Force Awakens, which one do you most want to freeze-frame though when we get the Blu-Ray?
STUMP THE LUMP! [45:05]
The kids ask me another question from Star Wars Trivial Pursuit: What were the odds of Han and Luke’s survival during the Hoth night, according to R2-D2?
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