Episode 50- Star Wars Day 2017 Special or May The Fourth Be With You

Celebrating nearly 40 years of Star Wars on Star Wars Day. May the fourth be with you!

-Why the Max Rebo Band music from Return of the Jedi was never released on soundtracks

-40 years of Star Wars

-TBS and TNT the new cable home for Star Wars films

-TBS’ plans for  annual Star Wars Day Marathon

-Big discounts on Star Wars video games at GOG.Com and Steam

-Special 50th episode announcement regarding a new Star Wars philosophy themed show

-How Star Wars helped me cope with Anxiety and ADHD as a kid

-Why Star Wars anthology films are an amazing concept

-What happens to the franchise when the Skywalker story is finished?

-Discussing future Star Wars film concepts

-Is the Shadows of the Empire storyline a bankable concept for future films?

-Splinter of the Mind’s Eye

-George Lucas’ original 9-chapter concept and how the story changed

-Why Lucas stopped making Star Wars films after Return of the Jedi

-Why Return of the Jedi was so commercial

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Rogue One: Star Wars Kids’ Dream Come True

I’m sitting in my home-office wondering what year it is. It seems to be a regular occurrence, these days. In a few hours my buns will be wedged into a theater seat with a Cherry Coke and a jumbo bucket of buttered popcorn watching a film based on a story I grew up on. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has been out for a number of hours now and I’ve avoided the minefield of spoilers that is social media so far. Last year I gave into the temptation of anticipation and checked internet reviews for The Force Awakens. No such mistake this year, thank the maker.

It feels like I’ve burrowed through the fabric of time and emerged somewhere a short time ago, in a caul de sac just around the way. Before the days of spoilers, the instant gratification that is the internet, and selfish armchair quarterbacks like myself complaining about anything and everything a new film tries to give us. Disney, through all of their perceived flaws from Star Wars fans, is sending me back to a more enjoyable time . They’re sending us all back; we just have to be willing to take the ride.

When I was a kid we had three movies: the original Trilogy. Then in 1995 LucasArts released Dark Forces. We played that game until the disc wore out. (do kids even know that games once came on discs?)  We didn’t have Rebels cartoons, an entire world a video games, or prequels. If we wanted more Star Wars we had to get dedicated to the cause. We had to seek out expanded universe books and comics, comb through art books like the art of Star Wars, or do what my friends and I did: break out our Hasbro Power of the Force action figures and create stories of our own. Every Christmas from 1995 to 2000 my brother Steven and I would build our universe figure by figure, ship by ship, playset by playset. Many guns, lightsabers, and accessories were lost in the process but as a 30 year old man I’m amazed when I open the crate to play with my daughter. It’s like exhuming artifacts from an ancient pyramid or burial tomb. It’s a time capsule about the period of my life described above. And I’m sure it describes a period of some of your lives as well.

So I hope you understand why during this Christmas season as I anticipate going to see the latest Star Wars film, I’m in awe as my eleven-year-old self. We can bitch about directors’ visions, retconning of expanded universe details, annoying characters, and creative decisions but when it comes down to it if you were a 70’s, 80’s, or 90’s kid this is exactly what we dreamed of. While we spent hours creating our universes, we hoped someone else would do it on film. Just as we were inspired to create our own stories in our own bedrooms and backyards these new creative forces are realizing theirs. We made our stories for us, what we enjoy. We had that luxury. They have to make these stories for all of us and our sensibilities and idiosyncrasies. They’re also beholden to the studio, the legacy of Star Wars and Lucasfilm, and the responsibility to turn a profit.

It may sound melodramatic but the Christmas season becoming Star Wars season has made the holiday that much better for me. Maybe you don’t feel the same way and that’s fine, but the richness of my holiday season has been greatly enhanced by the realization of these boyhood dreams. So before we complain, before we shred every detail of the film (because we know the internet will) just remember that after waiting so long, after all these years, we finally get what we wanted for Christmas.

At the risk of sounding corny- Merry Christmas, happy holidays, May the Force be with you, and go enjoy Rogue One as your eleven-year-old self.

B Show Brian, Star Wars fan

Episode 29- Sasha Banks Cashes In and The Future of Star Wars


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-Will Star Wars IX be the last “trilogy” film?

-Is Disney shelving Star Wars films?

-Is Disney eyeing up Netflix?

-Where George Lucas went wrong with the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy

-The Flash loses third director

-Friends sitcom and the obnoxious 90’s

-Mark Hamill as The Trickster and The Joker

-WWE moving forward with Women’s World Classic in early 2017

-Early names for WWE WWC

-SmackDown’s horrible announce team growing by the week

-Does the 1980’s video game recession show us where wrestling is headed?

-Disco Inferno: cause of WCW’s demise?

-Total Divas hemhoraging viewers

-Why there’s nothing wrong with Roman Reigns as WWE’s top babyface

-Paul Heyman Cries

-Reigns versus Owens

-Sasha Banks beats Charlotte for the title

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Episode 24- Greedo Was Jewish or Why Does Shredder Look Like Megatron?

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-South Park Season 20

-How our Facebook feed is all Memberberries

-The break-neck speed of the South Park creative process

-Patrick Warburton

-The craziness of Twin Peaks

-Skate stories

-How Triple H buried half of Raw’s roster in 2006

-Mick Foley hurting Raw?

-Valuable comics

-Walking Dead Series Premiere

-Sam Raimi’s Four Chapter Spider Man series that never was

-Does Michael Keaton have the energy to pull off Beetlejuice 2?

-Jim Henson, Stan Winston and the lost art of creature effects

-Disney says Boba Fett not a Mandalorian?

-Should Disney remake the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy?

-Did Lucas put in a clause to prevent remaking Star Wars films?

-Walt Disney, the racist bigot?

-Did George Lucas have non-Star Wars film success?

-What Lucas sacrificed to create Star Wars

-How did Brian not realize Greedo was a Jewish stereotype?

-Jason David Frank

-Mighty Morphin’ Breakfast Twilight

-Madea

-Goldberg: Greatest WCW champion? Really?

-It only took WWE one week to blow Goldberg versus Brock Lesnar

-Vince so furious he cuts Raw’s Brock Lesnar segment off early

-Did Goldberg’s return eerily similar to Ultimate Warrior’s last Raw appearance?

-Steve Dillon

-John Carpenter films and music

-John Williams: the man who scored our childhood

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Hocus Pocus Script Reveals Alison’s Possible Connection to Witchcraft

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Last week I shared a video stating why Alison was secretly a witch in the Disney film Hocus Pocus. Though I admit my narrative was created as a hypothetical subplot based on some details, reader Jer Schleicher informed me of details in the original script that never made the final cut.

During the fist cemetery scene, before Billy is summoned from the grave, the witches hover above the kids. (This is when Winnie mocks Max, saying “it’s just a bunch of Hocus Pocus”) There is a line of dialogue not included in the film. Thanks to Philip Petrie for sharing portions of the script.

SARAH
(enticingly)
I’ll be they friend.

ALLISON
Take a hike! 

WINIFRED
Ah, she’s jealous. And isn’t she pretty. Almost as pretty as her ancestor, little Elizabeth Podbury, a good witch!

MARY
Good to the last bite!

This exchange in the film ends with Alison swiping a thorny branch to ward off Sara, as Winnie calls out for her book. It’s interesting to note that Alison’s ancestor was a good witch, and also eaten by the Sanderson sisters. So ignoring the “inherited responsibility” aspect of the theory, she also has a motive of vengeance as well.

Maybe I’ll record an addendum to the original video because it makes my story easier to believe.

Next time you watch Hocus Pocus, and with FreeForm’s schedule you will have plenty of chances, you will see it in a different context. Here’s the schedule, below, thanks to @hocus-pocus_2 on Twitter.

Happy Halloween!

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Brian’s Plot Theories- Stories In The Shadows: Hocus Pocus

Disney’s Hocus Pocus is on about 12,346 times during the Halloween season so you’ve probably seen it by now. If you watch this video you may never see the film the same way again.

After a while it dawned on me that Alison is not as innocent as she claims to be. In fact, she is a witch opposing the Sanderson Sisters. Agree? Disagree?

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Episode 18- Heyman Wants a Lapdance or Whacked By Mickie Mouse

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-Kevin Owens is the WWE Universal Champion

-Potential storylines and challengers for Kevin Owens going forward

-Paul Heyman’s fist full of dollars

-AJ Styles- best thing on SmackDown, best work of his career

-The Miz/Daniel Bryan situation

-Daniel Bryan return rumors

-Remembering the Mick Foley versus Triple H feud

-17th Anniversary of Mankind’s “Rock, This is Your Life” segment

-Thoughts on Suicide Squad

-Random comic talk

-Remembering Mr. Fuji

-Remembering Gene Wilder

-Disney to release documentary on first African American animator

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Episode Five or Assault On Precinct PC

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Brian Jay returns this week with a vengeance discussing Cinemassacre’s James “Angry Video Game Nerd” Rolfe and the unfair treatment he got for his Ghostbusters commentary, the PC culture we live in today and social justice warriors, his own thoughts on the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot, re-shoots demanded by Disney for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the controversy between Vader and Ricochet & Will Ospreay, TNA’s Josh Matthews, the upcoming WWE draft, and an update and thoughts on Cody Rhodes.

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