A Fan’s Guide To Picking Favorites: Episode 50, Star Wars and Beyond Space

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By Shannon Fox, @shannonfox

 

A long time ago, on a podcast far, far away…

 

BUH NUH NUH NUUUHHHHH NUUHH NUH-NUH-NUH NUUUUUUHHHHH NUH, NUH-NUH-NUH NUUUHHH NUH, NUH-NUH-NUH NUUUUUHHHHHHH!!!

 

(Shut up, you know you sang it.)

 

You can find this week’s episode on iTunes and Soundcloud.

 

This Week’s Guest:

Sam Witwer! (@samwitwer)

 

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Sam is an actor that you may know best from his roles on “Being Human”, “Battlestar Galactica”, or “Smallville”.  You may also recognize his voice, since he’s done quite a bit of voice work, specifically as Emperor Palpatine in “Star Wars Rebels” and as Darth Maul in “The Clone Wars”.  You can catch Sam as Emperor Palpatine in the new “Star Wars: Battlefront” game , coming out this month, and in the upcoming film Officer Downe.

 

Emperor Palpatine Gameplay in “Star Wars: Battlefront”

 

Favorite Star Wars Character

You know, it happens pretty often that the guys and I will have differing opinions about the topics, which is all fine and good and normal.  If you’re a frequent reader of these recaps, you’ll know that sometimes I add anything I think was an EGREGIOUS omission in these little introductions.  But today, I’m going to go as far as to say that everyone’s choices are WRONG, because Leia is CLEARLY the best character in the Star Wars universe and that’s the end of that.  (And this is why it’s good to have a female recapping a largely male podcast, because it’s my DUTY, really, to point out when they’re wrong, right? *innocent smile*)

 

Sam:

Luke Skywalker

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Razzle:

Yoda (when Luke first meets him)

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Zac:

Han Solo

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Kentucky:

Chewbacca

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Extra Mentions:

Ben Quadinaros

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Doctor Cornelius Evazan

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Luke’s jacket in A New Hope during the ceremony

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Greedo

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Gamorrean Guard

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Bib Fortuna

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Chewy’s crossbow

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Nien Nunb, Lando’s co-pilot

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Favorite Star Wars Quote

I couldn’t do this category.  I literally couldn’t.  Although I DO have very strong opinions about Zac’s choice, which I won’t get into because 99.9% of people disagree with me about it AND I could write a ten-page essay about my feelings about it.  But do any of the noises that R2 makes count as a “quote”?  Because if so, I might have to choose that.

 

Sam: 

“Your feeble skills are no match for power of the dark side” – Emperor Palpatine

Kentucky:

“I am your father”- Darth Vader

Razzle:

“Then I’ll see you in hell!”- Han Solo

Zac:

“I love you.”- Leia “I know.”- Han

 

Extra Mentions: 

“You’ll never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.” – Obi-Wan

The Rocketeer

Starcrash– “Imperial Battleship, Halt the Flow of Time!”

Argo

Han Solo’s Blaster Sounds

 

Favorite Non-Star Wars Space Movie

Wait, there are OTHER space-related movies that AREN’T Star Wars??  Well, yes, of course, and these are some good representations.  And look, Harrison Ford is even in one of them!

 

Sam:

Blade Runner

Razzle:

Moon

Kentucky:

Aliens

Zac: 

The Last Starfighter

Extra Mentions:

Legend

Enemy Mine

Inner Space

 

Random Notes From Shannon’s Brain

 

  • This week’s “Hey, You’re Awesome” Award goes to… SAM! You guys know that I’m a sucker for someone who can do voices, and his impressions were pretty freakin’ flawless!  The truth is, I was GOING to give it to Zac purely for his Walken impression, which I adore, but then he got disqualified (to find out why, see the next bullet).
  • Oh, Zac. I hate to tell you this, but we can’t be friends anymore.  I mean, it’s one thing to not HATE the “I love you/I know” moment between Leia and Han as I do, but to have it be your FAVORITE MOMENT IN THE ENTIRE TRILOGY?  That’s it, sorry, I’m ditching you for John Krasinski.
  • I couldn’t tell who said it, but I THINK it was Sam who mentioned that the best part about Chewie is that he’s naked.  Truth.
  • Do you think that Kyle Newman was pissed that he wasn’t brought in for this episode? ‘Cause he’s like the Star Wars GUY.
  • I laughed for five full minutes when Zac said that the ice holding Luke’s legs in the cave in The Empire Strikes Back was Wampa semen. Five full minutes, and I’m not even exaggerating.  Also, gross.
  • I have also flat-out stopped watching The Force Awakens trailers/tv spots and reading interviews and stuff. I don’t want to KNOW!  Plus, since I still don’t have tickets to the actual movie, I’m starting to wonder how long I’ll have to stay off of social media to avoid spoilers. Or, even worse, will I have to go to JERSEY to see it?  The things we do for our favorite movies.
  • Kentucky may have TRIED to just go with one nickname this week, but Zac still had to add “Tucky” in there. So the” Never-Ending List of David Coleman Nicknames” continues!
  • What I would’ve liked is if Sam actually stayed IN CHARACTER as Emperor Palpatine the entire episode, not just done his voice, because I’d honestly like to know what Emperor Palpatine’s favorites are. Like, let’s put him in some other episodes: what’s Emperor Palpatine’s favorite drink? Or his favorite 80s TV Show?  The world needs to know.
  • Are there going to be country songs about Star Wars now? “She Thinks My Dewback’s Sexy”?
  • And, of course, let’s see how Razzle did this week:

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That’s it for this week’s recap! Remember to subscribe to and rate the podcast on iTunes, and send YOUR favorites to @thenerdmachine on Twitter with the hashtag “#PickingFavorites”!

You can find our hosts all over social media:

Kentucky/Dave: Twitter

Razzle: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook

Zac: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook

Tyler: Twitter, Facebook

Thanks for reading! See you next week!


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