Taylor Gray and Ray Park Join Fangirls Going Rogue

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The ladies fly fast and shoot straight with their ‘ships in the newest episode of Fangirls Going Rogue. Bria LaVorgna (Tosche Station, White Hot Room) joins Tricia Barr, Teresa Delgado, and Sarah Woloski to discuss survival skills for a new era of Star Wars movies. Lessons learned in the ‘shipper wars in the Prequel Trilogy and Expanded Universe eras spur a discussion on how to be passionate about our favorite characters without making enemies of fandom friends. Parents, Parents, this is the podcast conversation to help guide you and your younglings through the social media era. Hear the ladies’ thoughts on Star Wars Rebels Season 2 summer premiere; short form #spacemarried, #Vaderrules, and #fangirlflail. Speaking of Rebels, the fangirls round out interviews with all the members of the Ghost‘s crew, speaking to Taylor Gray. From Star Wars Weekends, Darth Maul stunt actor Ray Park shares how Star Wars inspired his career and how martial arts can help little (and big) kids focus. Finally, the character discussion gets imposing as Agent Kallus takes center stage.

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Hyperspace Theories: The Force Awakens SDCC 2015 Panel Reaction Special

Star Wars and Lucasfilm have a long tradition of making waves at San Diego Comic-Con. With The Force Awakens due in December, this summer’s convention was no exception. Friday evening July 10 the famous Hall H hosted the movie’s panel, moderated by Nerdist founder Chris Hardwick and featuring nine panelists: production masterminds Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Lawrence Kasdan; John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, and Oscar Isaac for the light side; Adam Driver, Domnhall Gleeson, and Gwendoline Christie for the dark side; and legacy actors Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, and Harrison Ford. Although the panel’s conversation was great fun, for purposes of speculation and insight into the movie nothing could top the three-and-a-half minute behind the scenes reel which premiered early in the panel.

Naturally the video formed the basis for a special reaction episode of Hyperspace Theories, speculating about the movie based upon the new glimpses and clues provided by the reel. Tricia, B.J., and Kay are joined by Sarah and Richard Woloski from Skywalking Through Neverland for the discussion. We share our reactions to the panel and the video, then proceed to analyze the video in chronological order. Watch along with us while you listen!

You can also listen to Hyperspace Theories at Libsyn or download the show there. Or subscribe on iTunes.

Hyperspace Theories is on Twitter @HyperspacePod!

Tricia is @FANgirlcantina on Twitter, as well as posting at FANgirl Zone on Facebook and on Tumblr.

Kay tweets @Geek_Kay.

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Killing Your Darlings: The Life and Death of Ahsoka Tano

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One of the goals for our podcast Hyperspace Theories is using the perspective of storytelling to inform the process of speculation about future Star Wars tales. While promotional reveals and rumored spoilers can shape fans’ ideas about directions for speculating, getting inside the mind of the storyteller also can provide a basis for anticipating future developments or culling among more likely and less likely possibilities.

Last week Tricia and I were discussing a key decision for any storyteller: writing the death of a fan-favorite character. Certainly neither of us is opposed in principle to “killing our darlings” in stories; anyone who’s read our fiction knows that. At the same time, when carried out poorly such a death can cause a profoundly negative fan reaction and corresponding detrimental impact on subsequent interest in purchasing later stories. In the Legends era, for example, fans were heartbroken by the death of Ton Phanan but still hold the character and his demise in great esteem; by contrast, the death of Mara Jade Skywalker garnered little but ill will and declining sales for the novels. Fans spurn deaths that undermine characterization or themes, lack adequate reasons in the plot, or fail to pay off in future stories, among other flaws – but they also may come to revere a death written with meaning and impact. In other words, although one decision must be whether to kill the character, that choice cannot be separated from the why and how portrayed in the story.

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Kay Returns to Nerd Lunch for Return of the Jedi

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The craziest multi-step plan in all of Star Wars. But let’s not forget Leia’s entrance.

It’s time for the Nerd Lunch crew to close up shop on the original trilogy drilldown. So I reconvened with CT, Pax, Jeeg, and Michael May to discuss the divisive Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. As usual we talk about our favorite and least favorite parts as well as how it fits for us personally in the rest of the trilogy. And of course since I’m there, someone starts singing at some point.

Other highlights include my theory on how Luke completed his Jedi training and his status as Loki of the Rebellion, how Darth Vader and Luke resonates with fathers and sons, and a breakdown of how crazy the plan is to rescue Han. All in all it was a good way as any to ring in my 10th official Nerd Lunch appearance.

You can also find Nerd Lunch on iTunes and Stitcher.

Be sure to also check out our previous Star Wars drilldowns with A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and the podcast episode that started my journey as Nerd Lunch Leia – Setting the Table on Star Wars.

Kay grew up wanting to be an astronaut. After seeing Star Wars, she wanted to be Princess Leia, Han Solo, and an astronaut. A voice actor, photographer, and artist who also consults in communications and marketing, Kay would pick up more jobs, hobbies, and fitness routines if she was a . . . → Read More: Kay Returns to Nerd Lunch for Return of the Jedi

Dark Disciple Review by Kay

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There are times when you find yourself unable to put down a book you’re reading. Although some of those times you don’t want to put it down because you know if you do, you won’t pick it back up again. While it started out fine, reading Dark Disciple eventually became one of those latter times.

Christie Golden’s latest is based on an unproduced eight-episode arc of The Clone Wars television series and finds the Jedi Council assigning Jedi Quinlan Vos to team up with former dark-sider Asajj Ventress to end Count Dooku’s reign of terror.

Like other recent Star Wars book releases, setting this story between the movies leaves the author with a challenge. We already know from the movies how Count Dooku dies, and it isn’t by the hand of Quinlan Vos or Asajj Ventress. So how does this story keep its tension and interest when the outcome of the mission can’t hold that?

The short answer is it doesn’t, really. Too soon the pacing of Dark Disciple becomes the world’s most consistently disappointing rollercoaster with long, info-dumping setups and blink-and-you’ll-miss-it payoffs over and over again. The television show episode structure is still readily apparent, which might not be the worst if you want to imagine this as more episodes of The Clone Wars. But if you want to read it as one big story, it’s awkward.

Probably also due to the episode structure, the beginning of the book feels like it’s Vos’ story. After a bit Ventress comes . . . → Read More: Dark Disciple Review by Kay

Inside Out Feels on Fangirl Chat

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Erich Schoeneweiss (Geek Out Loud, Del Rey Books) and Sarah Woloski (Fangirls Going Rogue, Skywalking Through Neverland) join Teresa Delgado and Tricia Barr on the latest episode of Fangirl Chat to talk about the emotional highs and lows of Disney Pixar’s Inside Out. Our own childhood adventures with imaginary friends and traumas play into our discussion.

While we didn’t delve too much into some of these great articles, everyone had done their research, including some neat Easter eggs in the movie.

“It’s All In Your Hear: Director Pete Docter Gets Emotional In Inside Out” via NPR “Inside Out and the Pixar Formula: What if [Thing] Had Feelings?” via ScreenRant “What Will Pixar’s Next Movie Do For Girls?” via Vulture “Why Inside Out Will Start An Important Conversation About Mental Health” via HelloGiggles

You can find the ladies of Fangirl Chat as follows:

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Fangirls Going Rogue: @FGGoingRogue

Tricia: @fangirlcantina

Teresa: @icecoldpenguin

Sarah: @JediTink

Erich: @Darth_Duff

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Kay Joins Rebel Yell for the Siege of Lothal

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4/5ths of the Rebel Yell Council return to the podcast for discussion of the Star Wars Rebels Season 2 opener, Siege of Lothal. Some of the recent storytelling choices for this second Rebels season, as well as this episode itself, have invoked my small galaxy syndrome feelings, but even I agree with the rest of the Council that Darth Vader is one not to be messed with on this show.

There’s also much to discuss about the Empire’s interest in the planet itself, speculation about Ahsoka, and of course “space married” makes an appearance. It’s always an interesting conversation when Steve, Teresa, Erich, and I are all at the same table.

“Rebel Yell – Siege of Lothal” can be found:

on iTunes under Disney Vault Talk

on the Geek Out Loud website

Kay grew up wanting to be an astronaut. After seeing Star Wars, she wanted to be Princess Leia, Han Solo, and an astronaut. Life’s taken her on a bit of a different path, but she’s still a Star Wars fangirl at heart who enjoys surprising people with how geeky she really is. Currently a voice actor, photographer, and artist who also consults in communications and marketing, Kay spends the little bit of free time she has reading, writing, learning and, of course, making pew pew noises. She would pick up more jobs and hobbies if she was a Time Lord. You can follow her on Twitter.

 

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Hyperspace Theories Episode 10: Rey, Resources, and Whimsy Courtesy of Miyazaki

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The June episode of Hyperspace Theories tackles ideas about speculation and storytelling from several different perspectives.

We begin with our intermittent Spoilers Beware segment in light of several recent news items about The Force Awakens. One of them – the upcoming line of themed makeup from Cover Girl – includes some tiny hints about movie dialogue in officially licensed products. We also discuss promotional art from Russia that seems to have escaped the veil of secrecy a bit early, and what appears to be a leaked screenshot from the film previously described in various rumor reports. If you don’t want to hear any speculation based on possible The Force Awakens actual material, then skip over this segment.

For our segment on the methodologies of speculating, we return to a fun way to consider how new Star Wars stories might unfold in the future: assessing the impact of various influences on the storytellers. This month we discuss acclaimed animated filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki. Although his influence on George Lucas is not as direct as other Japanese artists like Akira Kurosawa, he has been a direct influence on the creators of Star Wars Rebels. Dave Filoni has related that Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy specifically identified Miyazaki as an artist the Rebels team should draw upon for inspiration. In sharing our reactions to Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Spirited Away, we discuss Miyazaki’s approach to characters, plot, visuals, and storytelling and the ways in which we see his influence appearing in Rebels. Kay . . . → Read More: Hyperspace Theories Episode 10: Rey, Resources, and Whimsy Courtesy of Miyazaki

Inside Out: The Review

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Inside Out is a movie with a simple enough-sounding premise executed well. It’s the story of an 11-year old girl dealing with growing up and changes in her life, made all the more interesting by telling large parts of her tale through the personified emotions in her head. Not only are there several female characters pushing the story forward, but this whole thing is something that seems so rare at the movies today – an original concept.

I have to admit that when I saw the trailer, I wondered if they’d be able to make the journey captivating enough but they managed it without a problem. There’s a lot to take in when it comes to how everything in your mind works together and while there’s plenty of concepts that will probably go over younger audience members’ heads, Inside Out can leave adults with plenty to think about.

Not every screen actor makes a good voice actor, but Amy Poehler as the take-charge embodiment of Joy beautifully delivers all the nuances required of her character without ever pushing her into being grating. She really wants what’s best for Riley and that’s supported by the story showing us just enough of Riley in the larger world to make the audience want that too.

There are plenty of corny moments including the overuse of one joke in particular. And despite knowing the emotions are supposed to appear as kinetic energy, I kept thinking they looked more like glowing felt. But those are . . . → Read More: Inside Out: The Review

Steve Blum and Daniel Logan Talk to Fangirls Going Rogue

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It’s Episode 20: time to celebrate our 20th epiversary! What better way than to start out with the San Diego Comic-Con The Force Awakens toy announcement at Entertainment Weekly!

In other news, Sarah Woloski spots talk of strong female characters in Disney Infinity 3.0 during John Vignocchi’s interview with Game Informer. Teresa Delgado shares her excitement for the upcoming show Supergirl, featuring Harrison Ford’s wife Callista Flockhart in a lead role. Sarah and Teresa fangirlflail after seeing the Ahsoka feature video that was part of the Star Wars Rebels Season 2 roll-out by Lucasfilm. Tricia Barr shares her own fangirl flail moment upon seeing her article about Han Solo in Star Wars Insider #158.

An article on Hello Giggles about the new female Jedi Masters at Disneyland’s Jedi Training Academy kicks off a Star Wars Weekends discussion. Tricia interviews Steve Blum and Daniel Logan and also shares highlights from the Stars of the Saga show with Warwick Davis.

The main segment poses the question “What are your favorite musical moments from the movies?” Teresa, Tricia, and Sarah each pick three and to round out a top ten list Sandra Choute adds her favorite moment. The choices range all six movies. Sarah does a fantastic job of cutting in the music, making this a must-listen episode. And it might just get you even more excited for The Force Awakens!

The character discussion mulls over the possibilities for Barriss Offee.

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