Star Wars Marathon: Nesting Viewing Order

Caitlin and Charlotte try a different viewing order for the Skywalker Saga, the Nesting or Matryoshka Viewing Order (as we’ve named it). Here’s the order: Start with The Force Awakens, then The Last Jedi, A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, Return of the Jedi, and, finally, The Rise of Skywalker. We go through each important transition and discuss why we loved this order and what interesting things we noticed. All this and more on this episode of Skytalkers!

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Further reading:
– “…the matryoshka is more likely to be seen as a metaphor for something nesting inside something else.” (Macalester University)
– “The Meaning and Symbolism of Matryoshka Nesting Dolls
– “It can also be used to represent the personality, where the outer layer displays the public self while the inner layers express the private self.” (“Matryoshka Dolls – An Object-Within-Object Symbol“) (see also: “Meaning of Russian Wooden Stacking Dolls“)

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Claudia Gray on The High Republic

On the 200th episode of Skytalkers, Caitlin and Charlotte welcome fan-favorite Star Wars author, Claudia Gray, on the show to discuss The High Republic, the Force, “Into the Dark”, prophecies, Geode, and so much more. Plus, Claudia gives her Star Wars dinner picks. Spoiler warning for The High Republic era & “Into the Dark” specifically. 

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“Into the Dark” (The High Republic) Discussion

Caitlin and Charlotte break down the new High Republic novel, “Into the Dark” from our favorite Star Wars author, Claudia Gray. First impressions, the natural world vs. industry, favorite characters, Geode, wayseekers, theorizing of where the High Republic is going, and so much more. 

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Charmaine Chan, ILM’s Lead Compositor (“The Mandalorian,” “The Last Jedi”)

Charmaine Chan, the Lead Compositor for Industrial Light and Magic, joins Caitlin and Charlotte to discuss her work on The Mandalorian, working and controlling the Volume (StageCraft), her awesome project Women in VFX, her start in the industry, and so much more. Charmaine also answers our Star Wars Dinner question.

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Further reading:

Visit Charmaine’s website and follow her on Twitter.

Charmaine’s YouTube project, Women in VFX.

How Seven Samurai Inspired A Shot in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Interview on 365 Star Wars.

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Amy Richau (“I Love You. I Know.”) on Writing, Star Wars Relationships, & Skywalker Ranch

Amy Richau, author of the new book “I Love You. I Know. Lessons in Love & Friendship,” comes back on the show to talk about the writing process, her 365 Star Wars Project, and her time long ago working at Skywalker Ranch as a film archivist. Plus, Amy revisits her 2018 Star Wars dinner and gives a new answer! All this and more on this episode.

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Related links:

Click here to buy “I Love You. I Know. Lessons in Love & Friendship”!
Check out Amy’s 365 Star Wars website.

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“Light of the Jedi” (The High Republic) Discussion

It’s the start of the High Republic era! Caitlin and Charlotte dive into “Light of the Jedi” by Charles Soule, the first novel in the High Republic initiative. They talk about their impressions of the book and what they’re excited about for this new era, then they talk about deeper themes: Who are the Jedi now? Why this period? Can we draw upon Camelot & Arthurian myth as inspiration? They also give each other quotes from the novel to analyze and discuss further. All this and more on this episode!

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