CWK Show # 18: The Empire Strikes Back, featuring Christian Blauvelt & Scott Murray (31)

Coffee With Kenobi : Now with the Bearded Trio!In today’s show we talk about the gigantic news concerning the casting of Episode VII and the official answers to what will happen with the expanded universe.  This news completely took over the internet, and we’ll be here to break down what has happened, with BBC Cultural Editor Christian Blauvelt as well as our thoughts, and a few more surprises as well.

In our discussion segment, we share a cup of coffee with returning guest Scott Murray of Assembly of Geeks.  We continue our discussion of the existing Star Wars films in reverse order, continuing with The Empire Strikes Back.  We also have the next offering of  “Your Espresso Shot with The Bearded Trio” featuring Rob Wainfur. This is the Podcast You’re Looking For!

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Fandom Reactions


I’ve been a fan of Star Wars for years and since the inception of CWK my personal growth in fandom has ballooned to new heights in the last year. Thanks to incredible fans, new friendships, SW celebrities, and Lucasfilm themselves working to bring us brand new content, I’ve had some unimaginable dreams come true being a co-host of a Star Wars podcast. I’ve never dipped my toe too deep into the well that is fandom. Never really got into the Hyperspace message boards, didn’t attend any conventions, and my collection is a drop in the ocean compared to some so I didn’t run in those circles. My fandom was very inward and not many people knew how big of a Star Wars fan I was. Then I met my co-host Dan Z, he happened to be wearing a Black Lantern t-shirt at that encounter, so instantly I knew this guy meant business! It was a few months later he and I plotted and planned the podcast that would become Coffee With Kenobi and it’s been wild ride since.

I had never listened to a Star Wars podcast before. I quickly remedied this and my commute back and forth to work was drenched in the Force. Upon setting up our podcast we plugged into all the social media outlets, this coupled with my daily dose of fans broadcasting their passions so fervently I slowly, but surely stepped foot into a larger world. It was strange and funny, and alive! As time went on my resurgence in Star Wars grew still as I began to pick up EU novels and devour them, I got excited when the new 6” black series figures hit selves and the flood gates opened as our own podcast discussions with guests expanded my knowledge and openness to opinions and ideas set in a galaxy far, far away. 

Now, May 2014, I am a little less than a year away from my very first attendance to a Celebration convention and I couldn’t be more ecstatic! I can finally meet all these wonderful people I’ve grown to friendship and fandom with! And now we finally have official news straight from Lucasfilm about canon and casting of Episode VII! A topic it seems my kids ask me about almost everyday!

Wading through social media and all this news in the last two weeks I’ve made some sad realizations about Star Wars fandom. It’s dark. Now, I’ve been a fan of comic books, movies, TV shows, and books my entire life. I know everybody…oh sorry, let me turn this up…EVERYBODY is entitled to their opinion. Bring them on, let’s hear them and I’ve got an infinite amount of my own. I also realize not everybody is willing to agree and that makes for some great debates, although, in the last couple of days, it’s like a giant hate wave has destroyed my happy little sand castle called fandom. Real news breaks and something breaks. Why do fans forsake their own intelligence and good nature and putting out pure, white, hot hate? I say again, opinions in fandom are completely relevant and welcome, and make us who we are, but do we have to be so fervent? What does that say to folks who are just jumping on the Star Wars train? What does that say about your personal human character or even your personal opinion?

Have your rants, but can we develop those into cohesive sentences or words that start a fascinating discussion on your stance? 

Maybe this just boils down to disappointment. Are these folks not happy there will be new Star Wars films? One more time, YES, you can have your opinion and you can have your voice heard, but you are calling yourself a fan and then breath fire about it when you do it! Someone, somewhere is getting burned.

On the flip side, say you’ve said your peace and back it with all the power of a yellow sun. Thank you for that. And in response someone disagrees in fire breathing back to you, foul on them. They should understand enough that your opinion counts. Hold fast to your thoughts and beliefs and don’t be quiet. Just do it in a way that is cohesive and well intentioned. You’re not limited to 140 characters. Be smart and take pause to conduct yourself as a professional especially if folks do listen to you. And if you don’t have anything nice to say, then just don’t say it. You can be angry or upset, I know I have many times in the past over choices that are out of my control, but I don’t let that fuel my actions or words. 

In the coming days, months, years we as Star Wars fans will get some earth shattering news that may turn us into the Incredible Hulk, but don’t forget, deep down you are Bruce Banner inside. You are human and there are other humans out there that listen to you and call you friend. Be your best, be bold, and let’s not mar our fandom. 

It’s a great time to be a Star Wars fan!


VANS Uses the Power of the Force to Release STAR WARS Branded Footwear and Apparel Designs – Press Release


VANS Uses the Power of the Force to Release STAR WARS™ Branded Footwear and Apparel Designs

Echo Base, Hoth (In Celebration of May The Fourth) – Vans takes off to a galaxy far, far away for an out-of-this-world collection featuring artwork from the original Star Wars trilogy. The Force is strong in this intergalactic offering that extends from Classics and Vault by Vans footwear to men’s apparel and women’s accessories. By combining heritage Vans prints with iconic Star Wars characters, both entities present a truly unique capsule this universe has never seen before. Read more

Melinda’s Brew : Pass On What You Have Learned

Melinda's Brew

That’s a pretty tall order.

I never really gave too much thought about those six little words in Yoda’s missive to Luke before the great Jedi Master took his last breath and became one with the Force. Other than it opened up a path for Luke, that is.

And then it happened … back in 1989. I became a parent, repeating that momentous, awe-inspiring event in 1992. I was blessed with two beautiful daughters, and not for one split second did I doubt – nor did their father, by the way – that our girls would be brought up on Star Wars.

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The rebellion begins this Sunday. The trailer for the upcoming animated series “Star Wars Rebels” will premiere in a global, multiplatform debut on Star Wars Day, SUNDAY, MAY 4th — also known as “May the 4th Be With You,” the unofficial fan-driven holiday celebrating Star Wars. Read more

Just Who are the Actors in Star Wars Episode VII and Where Do We Know Them From?


Just who is the cast of Star Wars Episode VII? Some names we all know very well – perhaps even better than our own!  Okay, not really – but Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, and Peter Mayhew are all back for the next installment of the Saga.  Much to the relief of fans everywhere, no doubt!

There are a few familiar names we all know from their non-Star Wars related work. Let’s run through those briefly: Read more

Star Wars Legion: Reimagining the Stormtrooper Helmet for Star Wars Day – Official Press Release

Stormtrooper Helmets Reimagined by Celebrities & Artists will be on Display
in Celebration of the Global Fan Holiday, May the 4th


Lucasfilm, Disney Consumer Products and Neff announced today the upcoming Star Wars Legion exhibition. Artists from across The Walt Disney Company including Lucasfilm, Industrial Light and Magic, Marvel and Pixar—as well as select street artists chosen by Neff and celebrity Star Wars fans –all come together to create individualized interpretations of the iconic stormtrooper helmet in celebration of the global fan holiday, Star Wars Day or “May the 4th be with you.” Read more

Happy 5th Anniversary to The Bearded Trio!!


We are proud to celebrate the fifth anniversary of The Bearded Trio! Rob Wainfur, founder of the site, has become an integral part of the Coffee With Kenobi family through his ‘Espresso Shot’ segments on our podcast, and through his contributions to our growing community of bloggers. Several of us have the honor of being able to add our own contributions to his site, as well. Thanks for all you do, Rob!! It’s greatly appreciated. 🙂 Read more