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The D-Cast Episode 54 – The Force Awakens

Culture, film, Opinion, Reviews, Why Aren't You Watching This?

December 21, 2015

Andy and Dale return to the D-Cast to talk a little movie that really came out of nowhere to dominate everything forever. You may have heard of it… Star Wars, the Force Awakens? You can and should check out the movie in theaters now, and then check out the spoiler-laden latest episode of their podcast right here, right now. The video version is sure to follow.

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The D-Cast can be found by clicking their name, and you can chat with them on twitter, too.

And you can check them out on itunes. Awesome.

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Why I’m Dreading Star Wars

Culture, Opinion

December 16, 2015

A new hope. A new love. A new franchise. The Force was strong with this one.

A new hope. A new love. A new franchise. The Force was strong with this one.

I can’t remember a time when Star Wars wasn’t a part of my life. Snowball fights where the big kids were AT-ATs. Light saber duels with wrapping paper tubes. My brother making Darth Vader jokes while being hooked up to breathing machines. Star Wars ran like a river through my childhood – an abstract knowledge, bits and pieces acquired like overheard conversation.

Then it happened. A cold spring day in 1997, my dad took me to see the Special Edition release of Star Wars: A New Hope. A red velvet rope attempting to class up an aging cinema, my dad, reassuring, as we wove our way through the crowd, down stairs coated in aging purple carpet, past bored teenagers popping corn, into the theatre. The lights dimmed and those first words scrawled past; “A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far, away…”

I was hooked. Books, comics, games, I devoured it all. From the Junior Jedi Knights to the Old Republic, I consumed it all. Looking back on my childhood, most of it was spent with a Timothy Zahn novel. Other girls were spending their allowance on mascara or miniskirts: I obsessed over the release dates of new X-wing novels. Being a huge nerd and a Star Wars fan quickly became integral to my identity, especially as the internet grew. From my computer in Smalltown, Canada, I could connect with other fans across the globe. We chatted and gamed, spending years in a SW MMB RPG.

I’d found my tribe.

Although, yeah, we all did a Dark Side run, didn't we?

Although, yeah, we all did a Dark Side run, didn’t we?

Being “That Girl Who Likes Star Wars” in high school was isolating, and yet it gave me a world to escape into. A place where I could dream. In the Star Wars universe, no one ever tells Jaina Solo she can’t do something. Mara Jade overcomes the influence and manipulations of the Emperor. Corran Horn explores the complicated relationship between Law, Justice, and doing Right. Through these characters, I learned to understand a world much larger than the one I lived in.

When George Lucas announced the prequels, I bought in hard. Opening day tickets with my dad, prepared to relive that first magic moment – and nope. Instead of the world I’d known, I got two hours on a trade dispute featuring more plot holes than CGI. Even the supreme hotness of Ewen Mcgregor could not save it. My soul was crushed. Still, I could not give up on Star Wars; too much of myself had I given it.

Maybe, I thought, I could just restrict myself to the post expanded universe, write off all that prequel nonsense, and focus on the characters I love: Anakin Solo, Wedge Antilles, Kyp Durron… they were safe. So I built my knowledge, showing off to nerds and smiting casual fans. Was I kind of a brat about it? Totally. Was I a little overly emotionally invested? Definitely. I loved Star Wars, but Star Wars never loved me back.

Remember these things?

Remember these things?

Sometime in high school, the Yuuzhan Vong invaded. A major event that wiped out several key characters, including Chewbacca and Anakin Solo, just for dramatic effect. I cried. I raged. I stopped reading. Slowly, the books were packed away. The RPG died off as players grew up and I started to find other ways to define myself… but in my heart, I couldn’t let go. I’d catch myself glancing over titles at the book store, making sure my favorite characters were still okay.

When Disney bought Star Wars, I knew it was the end. They removed the pre-existing books from canon, marking my childhood “Invalid.” They turned R2-D2 into a humidifier. They started selling Star Wars branded oranges. I watched as they took this esoteric thing I loved and gave it to everyone. Don’t get me wrong, Star Wars has always been a marketing machine. It’s a fantastic vehicle to sell toys and I get that. It’s just hard to watch. The fact is, for better or for worse, now that Disney has Star Wars they’re going to keep making movies, tv shows, comics, and toys until the end of time. We’re going to have new Star Wars forever… and there’s something terrifying in that.

The Force might be strong with this one, too.

The Force might be strong with this one, too.

Suddenly, everyone is a Star Wars fan, and I just want to scream, “No! That’s not true – that’s impossible! You’re not a REAL fan! You’ve come late to the party and are claiming it was yours the whole time. You didn’t live through it like we did – you don’t even know who anyone is!”

And yet I don’t. Who am I to deny someone the chance to love something I love? Even if it hurts to hear people mispronounce names or places, I don’t correct them like I would have 15 years ago. If you truly love something you need to let it go. So, I’m trying. I’m trying to accept that the thing I love has changed, and maybe? Maybe it’ll be okay… and if I’m lucky? Maybe better.

If there’s one thing that I’ve learned from Star Wars, it’s that good is stronger than evil.

Unless they change the underlying themes… but then, I guess I’ll have to wait to find out.

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The D-Cast Episode 53

Culture, Webseries

December 9, 2015

Andy and Dale return to the D-Cast to talk Star Wars, Star Wars, and a thing you may not have heard about called Star Wars. You can check out the latest episode of their podcast right here, right now. The video version is sure to follow.

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The D-Cast can be found by clicking their name, and you can chat with them on twitter, too.

And you can check them out on itunes. Awesome.

 

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The D-Cast Episode 52

Culture, Reviews, Videos, Webseries

December 2, 2015

Andy Herndon and Dale Wentland of the D-Cast jump from pure podcast to webisodes, starting now~! Join them for a weekly box office rundown, discussion on the Good Dinosaur, more Star Wars than you can shake a lightsabre at, and plenty more cool stuff on the greatness that mortal men call the D-Cast.

The D-Cast can be found by clicking their name, and you can chat with them on twitter, too.

And you can check them out on itunes. Awesome.

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Kessel Rundown: Star Wars Shattered Empire Episode 04

Culture, Reviews, Videos

November 23, 2015

Dale Wentland of the D-Cast is back, minus Aaron Golden, to take you on the magical journey that took us from Return of the Jedi to The Force Awakens! And this? This right here? This is the epic conclusion. Life is good.

The Kessel Rundown is and can be found at:

Dale Wentland can be found on twitter or at the D-Cast.

Aaron Golden can be found on twitter. He also wrote an urban fantasy novel.

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Kessel Rundown: Star Wars Shattered Empire Episode 03

Culture, Reviews, Videos

November 23, 2015

Dale Wentland of the D-Cast is back, minus Aaron Golden, to take you on the magical journey that took us from Return of the Jedi to The Force Awakens! There are two major character reveals in this issue, but not in the episode. The episode is just Dale, but you will love him. This is the Dale you love.

The Kessel Rundown is and can be found at:

Dale Wentland can be found on twitter or at the D-Cast.

Aaron Golden can be found on twitter. He also wrote an urban fantasy novel.

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Kessel Rundown: Star Wars Shattered Empire Episode 02

Culture, Reviews, Videos, Webseries

November 18, 2015

Dale Wentland of the D-Cast is back, minus Aaron Golden, to take you on the magical journey that took us from Return of the Jedi to The Force Awakens! Don’t miss this!

The Kessel Rundown is and can be found at:

Dale Wentland can be found on twitter or at the D-Cast.

Aaron Golden can be found on twitter. He also wrote an urban fantasy novel.

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Kessel Rundown: Star Wars Shattered Empire Episode 01

Culture, Videos, Webseries

November 16, 2015

Dale Wentland of the D-Cast signs on without Aaron to discuss the wonder and majesty of Marvel’s Shattered Empire comics, what detail how we got from Episode VI to Episode VII. Are they any good, you ask? Yes. Yes, they are. How good? Well, you can give a listen right here:

The Kessel Rundown is and can be found at:

Dale Wentland can be found on twitter or at the D-Cast.

Aaron Golden can be found on twitter. He also wrote an urban fantasy novel.

 

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The Kessel Rundown Darth Vader Episode 6 – Nooooooooooooooooo!

Culture, Reviews, Videos

October 19, 2015

So many spoilers. So many. Which is what you get when you have a detailed conversation about the 2015 Marvel Star Wars comic series about the Baddest Sith in the Galaxy, Darth Vader. Yo. Here, Dale Wentland of the D-Cast and Aaron Golden of Living Myth Media talk the sixth issue of the series, which takes everything that’s been built til know and gives you one amazing pay-off. Do you want to know more? Click the video.

The Kessel Rundown is and can be found at:

Dale Wentland can be found on twitter or at the D-Cast.

Aaron Golden can be found on twitter. He also wrote an urban fantasy novel.

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The Kessel Rundown Darth Vader Episode 3 – It Belongs In An Armory

Books & Writing, Culture, Reviews, Videos

October 1, 2015

A conversation that starts with giggling about the 2015 Marvel Star Wars comic series in general and Darth Vader in particular. Hosted by Dale Wentland of the D-Cast and Aaron Golden  from this very site. We also get some backstage moments, peeling back the layers and showing off some production stuff. Not a lot. We’re more interested in Vader because, well, who wouldn’t be?

The Kessel Rundown is and can be found at:

Dale Wentland can be found on twitter or at the D-Cast.

Aaron Golden can be found on twitter. He also wrote an urban fantasy novel.

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