THE COLLISION: Episode 26 – The Past, Present, and Future of STAR WARS (Special Guest: Allison Keene)

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This week on The Collision, we’ll be talking with special guest (the show’s first!) Allison Keene (@keeneTV) about losing her Star Wars virginity, the series’ lasting influence, the interaction of the prequel trilogy and the original trilogy, and where the sequel trilogy will go.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations.

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Allison’s Recommendation: Battlestar Galactica

Adam’s Recommendation: Space Truckers

Dave’s Recommendation: Krull

Matt’s Recommendation: The Hidden Fortress

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  • Sean

    How are you defining “influence?” The influence of Hidden Fortress on Star Wars seems pretty obvious.

    George Lucas has openly acknowledged that Hidden Fortress gave him the story template and perspective under which to tell his story. If you read a summary of the draft of Star Wars before George infused it with Hidden Fortress, and then read the draft afterwards, the influence is blatant and obvious.

    The Magnificent Seven is more than just “influenced” by the Seven Samurai. Magnificent Seven is more of a remake in a different setting.

  • Cedric

    I think what was toned down and never fully established from episodes 4-6 was what was the empire doing that was worse than when it was a republic? Besides being under the emperor’s rule and not a democratic senate. For example exactly how different was tatooine really after the empire took over? Wasn’t Anakin and his mother slaves when it was under a republic? Wasn’t Jabba the Hutt in charge when it was a republic? Wasnt someone selling “death sticks” in episode 2 which was still under a republic? What was it that made the republic this great soceity compared to being under the empire rule? Besides going after the only the rebels did we really get a sense of what the empire was doing that was so ruthless? Lando said that his taxes were high? Under the empire rule it seem to be pretty much business as usual. I’m hoping for a better rational take on exactly what makes the sith so bad and the Jedi sooo good.

    • Sean

      Let see…

      In A New Hope they kill Luke’s aunt and uncle and bunch of Jawas for talking with a two droids and then frame the sand people. They blow up Alderaan just to show how powerful they are. And then they prepare to blow up a 2nd planet because theres a Rebel base on the planet. In Empire Vader’s punishment for failure is killing you. They take over the city in the clouds because Han might go there. In Return of the Jedi they rebuild the planet destroying genocide device.

      Society wasn’t perfect in the Old Republic, but the government wasn’t committing genocide and punishing failure with force chokes. Sure crime lords on the outskirts and drugs in the capital are bad, but that’s pretty different than the government blowing up entire planets just to show the world they can.

      The sociopathic behavior of the Empire, Vader, and Palpatine speaks for itself.

      • Cedric

        Sure they killed Luke’s aunt and uncle and jawas for withholding information. But if a governing party is under constant attacks that threatens there position then isn’t in their right to stop those forces? Would the empire have blown up that planet if there was no rebels to begin with? Suuure if one is deemed incompetent in the empire it has dire consequences but since it’s not established if they are drafted then they shouldve known better to sign up with a military organization with a zero tolerance policy. And didn’t Vader take over cloud city only because he was looking for Luke? Didnt Lando say the empire pretty much leaves them alone? The only examples you made about the “evil empire” involved actions that were caused by the death for the rebels and a in house military insubordinate. Bottom line did we really see ordinary people and aliens being under a dictatorship? Was there people being enslaved by the empire? Was the empire’s “evilness” suppose to be a assumption?

  • Cedric

    Sure they killed Luke\’s aunt and uncle and jawas for withholding information. But if a governing party is under constant attacks that threatens there position then isn\’t in their right to stop those forces? Would the empire have blown up that planet if there was no rebels to begin with? Suuure if one is deemed incompetent in the empire it has dire consequences but since it\’s not established if they are drafted then they shouldve known better to sign up with a military organization with a zero tolerance policy. And didn\’t Vader take over cloud city only because he was looking for Luke? Didnt Lando say the empire pretty much leaves them alone? The only examples you made about the \"evil empire\" involved actions that were caused by the death for the rebels and a in house military insubordinate. Bottom line did we really see ordinary people and aliens being under a dictatorship? Was there people being enslaved by the empire? Was the empire\’s \"evilness\" suppose to be a assumption?

  • Cahoot

    Was a bit surprised/disappointed that there was no talk at all about Arndt/Kingberg/Kasdan and what they will bring. I also kind of hoped for some director speculation (i.e. who do you think will get it vs. who would you want in an ideal world), and a bit more discussion about how you would want the next 3 films to be tonally and (not just in terms of plot).

    As a first time listener, I also found it strange that several of you “recommended” movies that you also admitted were not very good (I get that they are fun bad movies – but it still was weird to get that from all of you minus Allison).

  • Cedric

    And finally because the empire builds a genocide device automatically means your a evil empire? Don’t know what country you live in but the one I live in has thousands of genocide like devices. And so do some other nations. And I know a country that dropped two genocide like devices on a country and threaten to drop more if they didnt surrender.

  • Wildstar

    Matt,
    You are a decent host but please, for the love of God, cut out the lame attempts at humor. Each time that you say something that is supposed to be amusing I cringe in embarrassment. You’re witticisms, mimicry, and quips aren’t funny or clever. They’re just obvious. Have you ever noticed that the person that is laughing the hardest at your jokes is you? Not a good sign, brother.

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  • DoubleA

    I live outside the country and large files are cumbersome to download. The file is too big. Podcasts shouldn’t require stereo sound or high bit-rates….why the large file size? I am interested in this episode, but turned off by 100 MB file size. Just some constructive criticism. Thanks!

  • DoubleA

    I live outside the country and large files are cumbersome to download. The file is too big. Podcasts shouldn\’t require stereo sound or high bit-rates….why the large file size? I am interested in this episode, but turned off by 100 MB file size. Just some constructive criticism. Thanks!

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