Episode 4: Princess, General, Huttslayer

Episode #4: Princess, General, Huttslayer

Welcome to the fourth episode of the Quarter Portion Podcast, the only Star Wars podcast that would just as soon kiss a Wookiee! Join us and our first special guest, Jenn Johnson!

Jenn is a childhood friend of Patrick’s. When we invited her to appear on the show and began brainstorming a topic involving “women in Star Wars,” we realized we couldn’t begin to scratch that particular surface without first discussing Leia Organa. We follow this iconic character’s development through the Original Trilogy, the novel “Bloodline” by Claudia Gray, and The Force Awakens.

Among our discussion points:

– What made her such an exceptional character?

– Does Leia act with agency?

– The creepy romance of The Empire Strikes Back

– How Leia makes Han a better man

– The “Slave Leia” controversy: the outfit’s conception & reception, and why we should call it the “Huttslayer” outfit instead

– George Lucas’ tendency to give female characters flawed arcs

– The recasting dilemma: what to do with Leia in Carrie Fisher’s absence

Princess? General? Huttslayer? Whichever title you prefer, she will always be royalty to us.

(For more information on the concept of a character’s agency, check out the blog of Tricia Barr, a prominent Star Wars writer & podcaster:

http://fangirlblog.com/2013/08/agent-of-my-own-destiny/

http://fangirlblog.com/2017/03/mon-mothma-and-the-agency-of-rebellion/)

Our Facebook page is The Quarter Portion Podcast, and you can find us on Twitter @kyberclub. Episodes are available on SoundCloud and the iTunes Store. If you enjoyed this episode, please Like it, tell your friends, and consider leaving us a review! We are looking for topics and questions to discuss on the show, and are filing away all submissions – so please ask away, and we’ll mention you in upcoming shows! Your opinions and questions are worth sixty portions to us.

The Quarter Portion Podcast is sponsored by Heroes, southwestern Ontario’s largest comic book & collectibles store.

 

Bonus: Revelations & Reactions – Celebration 2017

Welcome to a bonus episode of the Quarter Portion Podcast, the only Star Wars podcast that only knows one truth: it’s time for the Jedi to end. Star Wars Celebration was just held in Orlando and we were bombarded with news on upcoming projects. While we weren’t fortunate enough to attend in person, we were watching livestreams and have a lot to discuss.

Join us as we discuss trailers and panels for:

– the fourth (and final) season of Star Wars Rebels

– Battlefront II, now featuring a (canon) story campaign

– a plethora of newly-announced books and comics

– Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

Missed the trailers? They’ve been shared on our official Facebook page.

Hopefully we’ll be in attendance at the next Star Wars Celebration in 2019, but for now, tune in as we respond to all of this news and more.

Our Facebook page is The Quarter Portion Podcast, and you can find us on Twitter @kyberclub. Episodes are available on SoundCloud and the iTunes Store. If you enjoyed this episode, please Like it, tell your friends, and consider leaving us a review! We are looking for topics and questions to discuss on the show, and are filing away all submissions – so please ask away, and we’ll mention you in upcoming shows! Your opinions and questions are worth sixty portions to us.

The Quarter Portion Podcast is sponsored by Heroes, southwestern Ontario’s largest comic book & collectibles store.

Episode 3 – Rogue One With the Force

Welcome to episode 3 of the Quarter Portion Podcast, the only Star Wars podcast that will be there for you – Cassian said we had to. Today we kick off our series of movie reviews with the latest addition to the theatrical canon, Rogue One (now on home video).

Emotions tend to run high after the adrenaline rush of a new Star Wars theatrical experience, so we start with a discussion of how our initial reactions have cooled over the last couple months. Then we dive deep into the cast of new characters, the plot, and the movie’s overall impact on the franchise. Throughout we supplement our opinions with tidbits from supplemental material like the official novelization, the prequel novel Catalyst, and the bonus features. The episode caps off with our first listener questions!

Our next movie review will be Episode IV, “A New Hope,” slated for the movie’s 40th anniversary date, May 25! Join us as we review the films in modified “Machete Order:” Rogue One, 4, 5, 2, 3, 6, 1, and 7, culminating in December with our initial reactions to Episode VIII!

Our Facebook page is The Quarter Portion Podcast, and you can find us on Twitter @kyberclub. Episodes are available on SoundCloud and the iTunes Store. If you enjoyed this episode, please Like it, tell your friends, and consider leaving us a review! We are looking for topics and questions to discuss on the show, and are filing away all submissions – so please ask away, and we’ll mention you in upcoming shows! Your opinions and questions are worth sixty portions to us.

The Quarter Portion Podcast is sponsored by Heroes, southwestern Ontario’s largest comic book & collectibles store.

Episode 2.5: Review – Empire’s End

Welcome back to Episode #2.5 of the Quarter Portion Podcast, the only Star Wars podcast that buys a fancy blaster and a fancy ship for your newborn child. Today hosts Chris & Patrick return for a special bonus episode, where they review the latest addition to the Star Wars canon, “Aftermath: Empire’s End” by Chuck Wendig.

The conclusion of the Aftermath trilogy, Empire’s End reveals the end of the Galactic Civil War as well as the fates of this new group of ragtag heroes. We briefly discuss our thoughts on the trilogy before dissecting the novel’s characters and plot. We then turn to the series’ impact on canon, and break down the (many) ways Wendig has reshaped the future of Star Wars plotlines. After scoring the book, we update our speculations on some The Force Awakens theories, and close out with some wishes for future canon novels.

SPOILER WARNING! We aren’t pulling any punches – spoilers abound for the entire Aftermath trilogy. Tune in after you read the book, or if you want to save some time and catch up on important story points, but we highly recommend you read for yourself!

Our Facebook page is The Quarter Portion Podcast, and you can find us on Twitter @kyberclub. Episodes are available on SoundCloud and the iTunes Store. If you enjoyed this episode, please Like it, and tell your friends! We are looking for topics and questions to discuss on the show, and are filing away all submissions – so please ask away, and we’ll mention you in upcoming shows! Your opinions and questions are worth sixty portions to us.

The Quarter Portion Podcast is sponsored by Heroes, southwestern Ontario’s largest comic book & collectibles store. Located in the heart of downtown London at 186 Dundas Street, Heroes specializes in new and vintage comics, along with action figures, statues, and collectibles of all types. Whether you’re looking for Star Wars comics and toys, or the latest graphic novels, manga, and trade paperbacks, Heroes has something for fans of all stripes. For more information, visit heroescomics.ca

Episode 2: Attack of the Canon

Welcome back to Episode #2 of the Quarter Portion Podcast, the only Star Wars podcast that rides single file to hide their numbers. Today hosts Chris and Patrick dive into the world of “Star Wars Canon,” the new official storyline of the Star Wars franchise. What books, comics, and games are included? How does this timeline differ from the previous Expanded Universe? Do those old stories still matter?

With all this ground work laid, we give our recommendations on where to start engaging with Canon. We provide suggestions for must-read books and comics that will help enrich your Star Wars experience, before discussing which dream projects we’d like to see added to the franchise.

Our Facebook page is The Quarter Portion Podcast, and you can find us on Twitter @kyberclub. Episodes are available on SoundCloud and the iTunes Store. If you enjoyed this episode, please Like it, and tell your friends! We are looking for topics and questions to discuss on the show, and are filing away all submissions – so please ask away, and we’ll mention you in upcoming shows! Your opinions and questions are worth sixty portions to us.

The Quarter Portion Podcast is sponsored by Heroes, southwestern Ontario’s largest comic book & collectibles store. Located in the heart of downtown London at 186 Dundas Street, Heroes specializes in new and vintage comics, along with action figures, statues, and collectibles of all types. Whether you’re looking for Star Wars comics and toys, or the latest graphic novels, manga, and trade paperbacks, Heroes has something for fans of all stripes. For more information, visit heroescomics.ca

Episode 1: First Steps Into A Larger World

This will begin to make things right. Welcome to the first episode of the Quarter Portion Podcast, a new monthly show where we discuss, analyze, and interpret the vast Star Wars universe! Your hosts, Chris & Patrick, aim to provide insightful discussion covering the whole spectrum of the enterprise, from the current Canon to the Legends universe, to the original trilogy and on to current movie news. We have something for every stripe of Star Wars fan.

This episode, we introduce ourselves and the show, and begin by discussing our personal multi-generational journeys as Star Wars fans – how we first encountered the movies, and how we engaged from there. We then check in and rank the movies, now that we’ve had time to digest Rogue One; this discussion constantly evolves as time goes on, so we thought it fitting to discuss off the hop.

Then we pick apart the recently announced title of Episode VIII, “The Last Jedi.” After looking at some surface-level interpretations and placing bets on its meaning, we dive deeper and discuss the implications of the term “Jedi” in the post-Empire era, and whether or not the term can be applied to Luke Skywalker at all. We finish with some anecdotes from Patrick’s time playing the classic Star Wars Roleplaying Game, and how his Game Master’s original story impacted his engagement with the official material.

Our Facebook page is The Quarter Portion Podcast; you can find us on Twitter @kyberclub. If you enjoyed this episode, please Like it, and tell your friends! We are looking for topics and questions to discuss on the show, and are filing away all submissions – so please ask away, and we’ll mention you in upcoming shows!

Thanks for listening to our Star Wars Podcast, and may you be one with the Force.