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Binary System Podcast #19 – All Star Wars, All the Time

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Binary System Podcast #19 – All Star Wars, All the Time

To give everybody a break from all the hype surrounding a certain movie that comes out at midnight tonight, the twins will spend today’s podcast talking instead about Existentialism in literature, and the differences between Solipsism and subjective relativism.

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AHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Just kidding, we’re going to talk about Star Wars.

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Review – Star Wars: A New Dawn

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Review – Star Wars: A New Dawn

It was the Dark Times. Evil had triumphed, a light had gone out of the world, and people had lost hope.

The destruction of the Jedi? No, I’m talking about how I felt right after Star Wars Episode 3, which is why I’ve never seen an episode of Star Wars Rebels. After the Prequels I pretty much boycotted anything Star Wars-related and sulked.

But I’ve had time to heal, and I have hope for the future (imagine some John Williams music starting in the background) and a ton of people have told me I’m missing out if I don’t watch the show. And I will, especially now that I’ve read Star Wars: A New Dawn, by John Jackson Miller. I thought it was fun, but it’s a book that’ll be a lot more fun for anyone who’s gotten to know and love the characters already.

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Review: Star Wars – Aftermath

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Review: Star Wars – Aftermath

             “We have a problem…”

Remember the ending of Return of the Jedi, with the Ewok celebration (and in the re-release, the footage of liberated cities pulling down statues of Emperor Palpatine)? Star Wars: Aftermath starts just a few seconds after that, right when things start to go wrong.

Imperial troops fire indiscriminately into the celebrating crowds, dissidents are rounded up and imprisoned, and supporters of the old regime scramble for power. The Emperor is dead, but the Empire itself is far from gone.

I was a little worried about picking this one up. Everything else I’ve read has been from the Expanded Universe; this is the first novel set in a brand-new timeline: new characters, new story. How exactly will this measure up to what we’ve seen before?

The verdict? I liked it. I liked it a lot. It’s less “Journey to The Force Awakens” and more “What Happened In A Few Days Right After The Last Movie,” but Chuck Wendig obviously enjoyed playing in the Star Wars sandbox.

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Review: Star Wars – The Crystal Star

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Review: Star Wars – The Crystal Star

Continuing our month of Star Wars reviews, I wanted to take a look at 1994’s The Crystal Star by Vonda McIntyre, which picks up five or six years after Return of the Jedi.

There’s a lot of Expanded Universe books that got into some very deep subjects; topics that questioned the nature of morality, power, responsibility, and honor.

This is not one of those books.

It’s really just a fun adventure. The bad guy is completely rotten, the good guys fight the good fight, and there’s aliens all over the place. We get disguises, renegade Jedi, betrayal, brainwashing, world-ships, and centaurs. How could it not be fun?

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Review: Heir To The Empire

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Review: Heir To The Empire

“You’re not the last of the old Jedi, Luke, you’re the first of the new.”

After twenty-four years of Star Wars books, it’s hard to put into words just how excited fans were when the first Star Wars novel post-Return of the Jedi was announced. Sure we’d had comic books and TV shows set in the same universe. But this was the first story – officially sanctioned by George Lucas himself – that continued the adventures of all our favorite characters, finally answering the question we’d been asking in the eight years since the last film ended: “And THEN what happened!?”

Timothy Zahn’s Heir To The Empire was more than a spin-off. This was a sequel.

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Review – Star Wars Battlefront: Twilight Company

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Review – Star Wars Battlefront: Twilight Company

You don’t need to have seen a Star Wars movie, or played the Battlefront game, to read Star Wars Battlefront: Twilight Company. It’s a story that could be set in any universe. Alexander Freed has done such a good job of setting the scene and introducing the characters, you could be completely ignorant of all things Star Wars and still get caught up in the story.

Of course, the book is a lot more fun when you recognize someone you know.

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Review: Splinter of the Mind’s Eye

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Review: Splinter of the Mind’s Eye

Only seventeen more days until Star Wars: The Force Awakens is finally released! To celebrate, all of the book reviews in December will be Star Wars themed. There’s over thirty years of novels to choose from after all, so there shouldn’t be any trouble finding material. And it seems only fitting to start by going all the way back to the beginning.

The book for this week’s review…is not the very first Star Wars book. That honor is actually held by the SW: A New Hope novelization (ghost written by Alan Dean Foster), which came out six months before the movie did, so technically the Star Wars books are older than the film franchise…I’m digressing too much, aren’t I? Moving on.

Splinter of the Mind’s Eye (also written by Alan Dean Foster) came out a year after A New Hope, and was the first officially-licensed book continuing the adventures of Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia.

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Disney Infinity: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Disney Infinity: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Hey Disney Infinity fans! It is I, Leland from the Movie Issues Podcast, or lelo1313 on the Infinity Cloud. Being a huge gamer and an even bigger Disney fan I always keep my ear to the ground for news about upcoming Disney Infinity products. Earlier this month I let everyone know about the new Marvel Battleground Toy Box Expansion coming 2016, also I speculated on the new Star Wars products coming. Click here for previous article. Well not long after that, Disney Interactive dropped more exciting news!

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Comic Issues #245 – RECORD BREAKERS!

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Comic Issues #245 – RECORD BREAKERS!

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS, MY FRIENDS!! DUN-DUN-DUN!!  Okay, so maybe we’re being a little dramatic but after last week’s huge 10 comic book race against time, we decided it had to be done and we pushed ourselves one further.  That’s right! This week Comic Issues bring to you 11 comic books that were released on 10/14!

This week the pull list overflowed with A-Force #5, Chewbacca #1, Marvel Zombies #4, The New Avengers #1, I Hate Fairyland #1, Switch #1, Civil War #5, Guardian of the Galaxy #1, The Uncanny Avengers #1, Spider-Gwen #1, and the one that broke the record, Superman: Lois & Clark #1.  Ranging from heart breaking endings to confusing Post-Convergence beginnings, last week was a good week in comics.

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