CWK Show #102: The Last Jedi Spoiler-Free Review (196)

Hear Dan Z, Cory Clubb, & Tom Gross give their initial, spoiler-free review of The Last Jedi, followed by Dan Z’s interview with A New Hope set designer Peter Wentworth-Shields, live from the Peoria Riverfront Museum. This the podcast you’re looking for!

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The Last Jedi Review

NOTE: While this is a review of The Last Jedi, it does not contain any spoilers regarding plot or characters. However, the tone and atmosphere are discussed at length. If you wish to remain 100% spoiler-free, feel free to come back and read this review after you have seen the film.

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Reminder: Coffee With Kenobi’s Policy Regarding ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Spoilers

It’s that time of year — Star Wars spoilers are hitting the internet, and the minefield will only get more tricky to navigate as we get closer to the premiere of The Last Jedi. As you all know by now (or will soon enough if you’re new around these parts!), Coffee With Kenobi is a spoiler-free zone. The podcast, website, and our social media accounts — we want them to be safe for everyone, especially those looking to avoid spoilers or speculation. PLEASE BE RESPECTFUL! DO NOT post spoilers on our website or social media outlets. If you do, you will be banned. No questions, no debate, no negotiations, no appeals. We take this stance very seriously, and we hope you do as well. The CWK team will also be scaling back our social media presence a bit as we await TLJ. We’re almost there! Enjoy the movie, and may the Force be with you!

Coffee With Kenobi’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Christmastime will soon be upon us, and the hunt for that perfect gift has begun. For the second year in a row, Coffee With Kenobi is here to help! Our show hosts and bloggers have put on their elf hats, consulted Santa’s reindeer, eaten their fair share of holiday cookies and candy canes, and have come up with Star Wars gift ideas that would make Kris Kringle himself exclaim “Ho Ho Ho!”

Check out our suggestions below:

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Melinda’s Brew: Yes, Virginia, There Are Star Wars Christmas Songs

Melinda's Brew

If you’re like me, once Thanksgiving – a fine holiday in its own right – has passed, it’s the thought of once again seeing houses decked out with colorful twinkling lights, tabletops and mantles adorned with cheerful elves, stoic nutcrackers and reindeer-drawn sleighs, getting a whiff of fragrant boughs of fir, pine and spruce that bring a wide smile to my face. Let’s not forget those long absent melodic tunes, both classic and contemporary, playing on the radio once again. Christmas songs really get me in the holiday spirit, and missing them as I have the past 11 months, I have them playing as often as I can, no matter what I am doing. I sing along with Bing [Crosby], Johnny [Mathis], Amy [Grant], Ariana [Grande] and Justin [Bieber]. If a song combines Christmas and Star Wars, all the better! This year, two of my favorites are The Matinée’s “Star Wars Christmas” and up-and-coming voice over artist Daniel Ferguson’s “Star Wars 12 Days of Christmas”. What makes both these songs so endearing and so much fun to listen to is you can tell the songs were written and performed by Star Wars fans. 🙂

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Book Review: The Rebel Files (Deluxe Edition)

Star Wars is all-encompassing, an aspect that’s been part of the Saga since the first film’s 1977 release. Star Wars: The Rebel Files (Deluxe Edition) adds to that allure

From comics to novelizations to additional stories, Star Wars has always lent itself to print medium. This holds true even more now, in an era of virtual and augmented reality, app-based game, extensive massively multiplayer online role-playing games and of course online, almost-interactive games for consoles and computers.

But it’s the accompanying books that help add layers of context and detail to the Star Wars Saga and, frankly, that’s a needed thing, given the complexity of the characters, stories and more that population the Star Wars Galaxy.

Which is why Daniel Wallace’s The Rebel Files (Deluxe Edition) from publisher becker&mayer! is an edifying and entertaining dive into the history of the Rebel Alliance, from its jerky formative start to polished and regimented cohesion in the struggle against the Empire.

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Star Wars Fans can Relive The Force Awakens’ Epic Last Scene with a TripAdvisor Tour

Are you a Star Wars fan looking to walk in the shoes of a Jedi? Then look no further because TripAdvisor, the world’s largest online provider of attractions, is now offering an exclusive new “Star Wars and Ring of Kerry Day Tour” out of Killarney, Ireland. This epic two-day tour explores the Ring of Kerry, Valentia Island and the breath-taking Skellig Islands that fans will recognize from the iconic final scene of “The Force Awakens,” as well as “The Last Jedi.” The tour features behind-the-scenes Star Wars stories and a visit to the film’s pre-production room.

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CWK Show #101: The Last Jedi pre show, with Ryder Waldron and Tyler Wiggins (195)

Dan Z is joined by Ryder Waldon and Tyler Wiggins. They discuss their plans to see The Last Jedi, talk Star Wars Battlefront II, Tom has news, and Dan shares his spoiler-free pre and post thoughts on The Last Jedi screening he attended. This the podcast you’re looking for!

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All New Star Wars Day at Sea Experiences Revealed

From Disney Parks Blog:

Brand new experiences featuring the Dark Side, the Resistance, the droids and more are coming to the Disney Fantasy when Star Wars Day at Sea returns on 15 special sailings this January through April. Check out some of the new out-of-this-galaxy experiences that are setting sail:

The Dark Side

  • To kick off Star Wars Day at Sea celebrations, in a one-time experience the night before the event, Darth Vader and Stormtroopers will march into the ship’s atrium for an Imperial takeover.
  • Kylo Ren will appear in “Jedi Training Academy,” where young Jedi-in-training summon their courage and the Force to face off against Darth Vader and Kylo Ren.

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Take 25% Off Your Order at Po-Zu in Honor of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

The world is celebrating the premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi this week, and Po-Zu Footwear is no exception. Now through Sunday, December 17 (midnight UK time), take 25% off your order using discount code TLJ25! 

Start shopping at Po-Zu now!

(Pre-orders excluded from this offer.)

The Physics of Star Wars — An Elegant Weapon for a More Civilised Age?

An elegant weapon for a more civilised age?

Or so says Obi-Wan as Luke opens a lightsaber for the first time and wields it with somewhat haphazard skill. You know the scene. You’re kind of relieved that Luke’s holding the sabre the right way up as he schvrmmmmmms the blade through the darkness of Obi Wan’s hut on Tattoine. You imagine yourself holding the sabre, feeling its weight in your hand, lunging forward with grace, poise and that sound. Not as clumsy or as random as a blaster, Obi Wan observes, and that’s the beautiful thing.

Disappointingly, however, the laws of physics mean you can’t actually use light this way – light simply travels on until it hits an object, so a controlled blade of this kind can’t exist unless you could confine plasma as a hot gas by means of a complicated magnetic field. Even if you could, says Professor Carsten Welsch, Head of Physics at the University of Liverpool and Head of Communication for the Cockcroft Institute, you also wouldn’t be able to see the blade of the sabre unless you looked directly into it -– ‘in which case it would probably be the last thing you’ll ever see.’

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Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Darth Vader #9

This review of Star Wars: Darth Vader #9 contains minor spoilers.

Jocasta Nu is brains and brawn.

Oh, and guns?

Jedi have them and Jocasta uses her with the greatest of efficacy and ease.

That’s just the beginning of what writer Charles Soule and artistic team Guiseppe Camuncoli (pencils), Daniele Orlandini (inks), David Curiel (colors) and VC’s Joe Caramagna (letters) have wrought with a tale that is nonstop action even as it offers more detail about the Jedi Order and Nu’s importance to not just it, but Emperor Palpatine, his Empire and the Sith, too.

This arc, part III of “The Dying Light,” is a riveting story, focusing with precision as it does on Nu and the Grand Inquisitor, a fallen Jedi who has harbored a grudge against her over her refusal to share with him deeper Jedi knowledge and lore. Nu makes it clear it wasn’t personal. In her role she had to guard both unready Jedi — masters, knights and padawans — from learning too much and knowing too little.

It’s that knowledge that makes her so valuable to Palpatine and to Vader, but not to the Grand Inquisitor who, despite not being Sith, is consumed by Sith-like desire to punish the one — he believes — denied him the forbidden fruit of knowledge.

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Check Out the Star Wars Collection from Angel Jackets

Sure, it’s getting cool outside. Winter is almost here! If you’d like something to help keep you warm, but would also like to show off your fandom, be sure to check out the Star Wars collection available now at Angel Jackets. The entire jacket collection is also perfect for cosplay! Dress like your favorite heroes — Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Finn, Poe Dameron, Jyn Erso, or Cassian Andor! Special deals are also available in the lead-up to Christmas, so if you need that one perfect gift, you’re in luck!

Here’s a selection of the jackets below:

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