Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Film & Water Podcast Episode 21: Return of the Jedi



The journey to STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS hits lightspeed as host Rob Kelly welcomes returning guest Ryan Daly (DEAD BOTHAN SPIES) to discuss the conclusion to the original trilogy, RETURN OF THE JEDI!

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  1. I think my opinions mirror your own almost exactly. I like this film for Luke, I like the Jabba monster puppet, I like the Ewoks in concept (a tribal people who have enough home advantage to defeat the overconfident Empire) but not their cutesy comic relief execution, etc. etc.

    I'm watching Eye of the Needle some time this month as part of #ISpyDecember (while everyone trips Star Wars, I'm doing spy movies as a wind-down to Spectre, go figure), didn't know there was a Star Wars connection!

    Another fun podcast, thanks guys.

  2. I have a soft spot for Jedi, and that moment on the barge is my favorite Luke moment as well. Hamill really sells that he is now a total badarse.

    The Ewoks never bothered me, and I miss the Yub-nub song.


  3. At the risk of sounding morbid, one of the best Ewok scenes in "Return of the Jedi" in my opinion is the one where an Ewok is actually *killed on screen* during the final Endor battle, and it takes a moment of futile prodding for his still-alive Ewok companion to realize it. It added some much-needed hard reality of war to this piece of bubblegum sci-fi fantasy...

    And Sy Snoodles receives top billing in a Kenner toy advert? With a famously misquoted Casablanca line? I think there is cause for another viable anthology movie pitch, gentlemen... ("It's like 'Mata Hari', but with a longer snoot...")

  4. I love Jedi! I just rewatched them (got blurays of the trilogy for Christmas). Even with the flaws of the special edition (the unnecessary expanded musical number at Jabba's palace, the removal of the Ewok celebration in favor of the galactic 4th of July) I still find myself grinning with pure unadulterated enjoyment. Is it a perfect film? Maybe not...but it's FUN! Jabba's palace, the barge and the sarlac? Fun! Nearly everything on Endor is, including the Ewoks? Fun! I watched this film grinning, and remembering what it was like to see it for the first time as a!