Thursday, July 16, 2015

The Road to Episode 7 - Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Commentary



Hello TJW Podcast Listeners - We take another step towards Star Wars Episode 7 The Force Awakens with our commentary on what is considered the greatest Star Wars movie...The Empire Strikes Back! 

We are joined in studio with our good friend and TJW Podcast listener Ian for a great discussion about Episode 5!

Let us know what you think about the podcast! Email us your thoughts regarding our commentary.

Have a great day!

Mark
Co-host of the TJW Podcast

TJW Podcast - Lunch at Mos Eisley - July 2015




Hello TJW Podcast Listeners - We are once again stopping in Mos Eisley for lunch with Sheena and Justin for another round table discussion! We are chatting about the Prequels in the movies and novels...why I like them and why others do not.

Let us know your thoughts on this topic after listening to the podcast! Send us your email!

Have a great day!

Mark
Co-host of the TJW Podcast

TJW Podcast - July 2015



Hello TJW Podcast Listeners - Dan and I are back at our favorite book and coffee shop for another great discussion about Star Wars and the Expanded Universe! We chat about the latest news that came out of San Diego Comic Con and delve into other areas of interest for all Star Wars fans!

Get ready for a great discussion once again on the Traveling the Jundland Wastes Podcast!

Email us and let us know what you think of the show!

Have a great day!

Mark
Co-host of the TJW Podcast

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The Road to Episode 7 - Star Wars: A New Hope Commentary


Hello TJW Podcast Listeners - The road to Star Wars Episode 7 begins today for the Traveling the Jundland Wastes Podcast as we present our commentary on Star Wars: A New Hope/Episode 4! In these months leading up to The Force Awakens we will be posting our commentaries on all six episodes!

So fire up the converters...uh,er I mean the DVD player, the Blu-ray player, the new digital format or even those vintage VHS tapes! Then turn on our commentary and join us as we begin the saga again with Star Wars: A New Hope.

Email us with any comments at: jundlandwastespodcast@gmail.com 

Keep safe on the Jundland Wastes!


Mark 

Co-host of the TJW Podcast

Thursday, June 4, 2015

TJW Podcast - Lunch at Mos Eisley


Hello TJW Podcast Listeners - Check out this special edition of the podcast. We take a break from our travels on the Jundland Wastes and head on into Mos Eisley for lunch with some friends. 

Join me, Jazzy Jedi Justin and Sweet Sheena, the Queen of Cosplay, as we discuss the topic.....


Legends: Is it good that the old Expanded Universe stories are no longer considered official canon?


Email us with any comments at: jundlandwastespodcast@gmail.com 

Keep safe on the Jundland Wastes!


Mark 

Co-host of the TJW Podcast

Monday, April 27, 2015

TJW Podcast - April 2015


Hello TJW Podcast Listeners! We have thawed out from one of the roughest winters in the New England and are back with a jam-packed episode of The Traveling the Jundland Wastes Podcast! We are chatting about the news out of Star Wars Celebration, the 2nd teaser for Ep 7, Star Wars Rebels, new Expanded Universe material and a whole lot more! 

As Han said, "we're home." 

Email us with any comments at: jundlandwastespodcast@gmail.com 

Keep safe on the Jundland Wastes!

Mark 
Co-host of the TJW Podcast

Friday, April 17, 2015

Stop the Negativity! Enjoy Star Wars!

It has been a lot of fun watching events from Star Wars Celebration via You Tube and www.starwars.com.  And I do not think anyone can deny that the opening ceremony for Star Wars Celebration was anything less then amazing. We heard from JJ Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy about their thoughts on Episode 7 and the Star Wars community in general. We got to see three of the new Star Wars actors that are carrying the torch for us through the next three films. BB-8 made his first public appearance and it was incredible to see a new astromech playing alongside R2-D2. The “legacy” actors also were brought on stage and they all looked amazing! It’s such a shame Harrison Ford was unable to make it to the event but we wish him a speedy recovery from his injuries. And then to top it all off we got to see the second teaser for Episode 7!


Needless to say we were all blown away by this “old school” teaser that was voiced by Mark Hamill, showed us the familiar image of Darth Vaders mask, the wreckage of an Imperial Star Destroyer and of course the most grandest image of Chewbacca and Han Solo back on the Millennium Falcon! It was a glorious day for all Star Wars fans at Star Wars Celebration and around the world who watched the event online.

This really was a time of celebration for those of us who enjoy and admire the saga and story from a galaxy far, far away. But in addition to the thousands upon thousands of Facebook posts and tweets celebrating this second teaser (and getting us all ready for the extended trailer we expect to see at The Avengers: Age of Ultron in May), there was way too much negativity being thrown back in the face of George Lucas for the prequels and his special edition versions of the original trilogy.  

Obviously, everyone is entitled to have an opinion.  This is a franchise that we enjoy and it has a special place in our hearts. And at times that love can be tested with those parts of the saga that some find unenjoyable.  With that said, I feel that I need to reiterate my personal take on all of this.


I really think it is about time to stop all of this negativity aimed at the prequels and the special editions. I really think it is time stop all of this negativity aimed at George Lucas. For me, it is all part of a franchise that can be enjoyed in whatever way you want it. If you find the prequels unwatchable, then never watch episodes 1 through 3. If you think the special editions cannot be viewed because Han doesn't shoot first in these editions, then stick with the original VHS copies or DVD’s that came out with the un-special editions. It has never made any sense to me how certain Star Wars fans completely lose their cool when even a hint of any Star Wars done after 1983 is mentioned. And even more so how anyone can level such harsh feeling towards George Lucas. I have even had a listener of my podcast step over the line of spirited debate with some very inappropriate remarks after comments I made about the prequels.


I am a Star Wars fan. I have enjoyed all six movies. I have enjoyed the Clone Wars and Rebels television series. I even enjoy the Star Wars Holiday Special! I enjoy that we have a plethora of Star Wars comics, books and video games. Are there aspects that I find less enjoyable than others in the saga? Of course! But none of it takes away from my admiration of the complete saga or the gratitude I have for the genius of George Lucas in giving us one of the greatest sagas of all time. 
There is a new generation of Star Wars and George Lucas handed over the reigns to people he entrusts to carry on the task of bringing us these amazing stories. I for one am going to enjoy this time. There are new stories to be told, new heroes to cheer on and new villains to challenge our senses. In my humble opinion, none of this could have happened unless we realize that the Star Wars saga was an evolving entity from original trilogy, to special editions, to prequels and right through the television series, books, comics and video games.

I am thrilled with what will happen in the coming years for Star Wars. And in the meantime I am going to enjoy the wholeness of the saga and the magical journey it takes me on every time I watch these movies....all six movies and the upcoming Episode 7 in December!

Stay tuned for another podcast episode!

Mark
Co-host of The TJW Podcast