Weekly Transmission 6/2/17

… and we’re back for another Weekly Transmission! Here’s a list of Star Wars related things that have been on our mind all week.

1. The film “Looking For Leia,” which profiles fangirls and their relationship with Star Wars, launched their Kickstarter recently. Annalise Ophelian and her crew still have stories to find and let unfold so let’s get them to their goal! Go HERE to donate. (By the way, yes that’s Caitlin’s voice in the sizzle reel!)


2. The Star Wars Show is always great and we are very lucky to have it, but this week’s episode felt especially special, with Mayim Balik stopping by, a tour of Lucasfilm & all the cool stuff around (check in in five years when Caitlin is working in the archives at Lucasfilm #dreamjob), and we get a visit with Kitster. Watch it now.

3. Charlotte was a special guest on two podcasts last week: Podcast 66 with Ryan and Daniel, and Savanna Kiefer’s Dorky Diva Show. Charlotte co-hosts on Podcast 66 and helps the guys interview the amazing Claudia Gray, talks Vanity Fair photos, and Hayden Christensen fandom. Then, she talked with Savanna about everything #SWCO and our mutual favorite show, Master of None. Check them both out!

4.Charlotte’s favorite tweet of the week:

5. While we’re still catching up with all the Star Wars 40th special releases, Jim and Alex over on A Star Wars Comic release an amazing fan-made comic every month on the 25th. This month’s was no exception, and was one of our favorites so far. These guys are extremely talented and the Star Wars fandom is lucky to have them. Click here to read “On the Surface.”

That’s all! No new episode this Saturday, but don’t forget about last week’s episode on Jyn Erso and Rebel Rising. See you next week!

Jyn Erso, the Rising Rebel

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May27graphicCaitlin and Charlotte are joined by Sarah Dempster, Star Wars blogger and super fan, to discuss Rogue One’s Jyn Erso and Beth Revis’s new Star Wars novel, “Rebel Rising.” They discuss pros, cons, and our thoughts on Jyn as a character. They also touch upon the question of whether the Star Wars films should be dependent on the new books as a character story source. All this and more on the newest Skytalkers episode!

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Weekly Transmission 5/26/17

Hi Star Wars fans! We are implementing a new feature on skytalkers.com… a week in review! Every Friday we’ll post our favorite finds from across the web: tweets, articles, photos, etc. related to the galaxy far, far away. Submissions welcome!

  1. Before our newest podcast goes up tomorrow, don’t forget to check out latest podcast on The Last Jedi poster, Anakin’s fall to the dark side, and what our favorite new canon novel is: click here to download it on iTunes!
  2. Japanese poster for The Last Jedi claims that the film includes the biggest reveal yet in a Star Wars film! What does it all mean? Should we even consider this anything besides a cheeky marketing scheme? I tend to believe that it’s purely to getting an audience excited… I suppose all will be revealed in December!
  3. The big news of the week was Vanity Fair’s huge spread on The Last Jedi. Which photo is your favorite? A few of our favorite things revealed: the beautiful Carrie Fisher photos, details about Laura Dern’s character, the fact that Rose Tico (hello, last name!) has a sister in the film, and the name of the casino planet/city, Canto Bight.star-wars-portfolio-06-2017-ss02
  4. A collection of Constable Zuvio stories made by some fans for Heath’s birthday (we included a story!). Forward and project spearheaded by the amazing Danny! Click it for insanely weird and totally fun fan fiction based on the Kyuzo lawman who never really had much screen time. 
  5. Laura Dern was with John Williams, who is currently scoring The Last Jedi:Screen Shot 2017-05-23 at 3.55.06 PM

… and that’s it! Be sure to check here again for tomorrow’s newest episode!

#StarWars40th: Our Moms Tell Us the First Time They Saw Star Wars

On this day in 1977, Star Wars was released to 32 theaters in the United States. Caitlin and I are in our twenties and are always kind of sad we missed that earth-shattering experience: we can only dream of what it must have been like to see Star Wars for the first time on 70 mm.

We have our own “first viewing” experiences, and we’ve collected them below. However, we asked each of our moms to describe the first time they saw Star Wars in 1977. Those memories are also recounted below:

Charlotte’s Mom, Michele: In 1977, I was 13 years old and my father gathered our family and told us we were all getting in the car, and we were headed for a big surprise. He wouldn’t tell us where we were going or what we were doing, only that it would be “life changing.” We didn’t know, but we drove for a really long time to Paramus, NJ to the triplex there. When we found out we were seeing Star Wars, we were so excited but we had no idea exactly what we were going to see. Even though we walked out of there not fully understand what the heck happened, it was the most insane movie ever–no one had ever seen anything like it before. We were just awestruck and I was hooked forever. Then I bought the original soundtrack. And my massive crush on Mark Hamill began… and will never end.

Caitlin’s Mom, Robbin: Star Wars was a first. Several firsts, really. It was my initial foray into science fiction, a genre I agreed to for that date night only because everyone was raving. Never before had I seen a movie full of all the elements that bored me most–alien beings, imaginary galaxies, and inter-galactic “shoot ’em ups”– and loved it all! The music was symphonic, the plot compelling, and the special effects truly unprecedented. I l left the theatre that night hoping ( and believing) the good guys would always win, and that Luke, Leia, and Han and would share a never ending story.

Charlotte: Everyone knows I had to be dragged out of The Phantom Menace in 1999 because the podracers were just too loud for my 5 year old years. However, the first time I really watched Star Wars, I was about 10 years old and my mom forced them upon me. I had grown up watching “epic” films like Jurassic Park and Indiana Jones, and my mom figured it was only natural that I watch the original Star Wars trilogy. I was hesitant, because I wasn’t too into space.

Despite that initial fear, I’ll always remember my mom sitting me down to watch the now-classic film, and me loving it, and getting excited as the credits rolled to watch Empire Strikes Back next. There’s really something so magical, inspiring, genre-bending, and life-altering about these films that, since then, have hooked me and never let go.

Caitlin: The first time I saw Star Wars does not involve line waiting, movie theater popcorn, or crowds of people in Jedi robes with light sabers. The first time I saw Star Wars was in my basement with Charlotte and my family’s lumpy pull out couch. We watched The Phantom Menace,  and it was like nothing I had ever seen before. I remember thinking that Naboo was a place I needed to go and that there would never be anything as cool as Duel of the Fates. I was mesmerized, enchanted, and all in on Star Wars. However, I’d be lying if I didn’t mention that I needed to listen to Weird Al’s “The Saga Begins” a number of times to really understand everything going on in the movie! Everything else though, as they say, is history.

Thank you Star Wars, for always making me feel right at home in that galaxy far far away.