The Caffeinated Collector: Episode 39 – Coming Back For More, Part 6. Which Is Actually Part 3…

You guessed it, it’s time for MORE of my thoughts, musings, and ruminations on the Star Wars films. As I continue my movie-by-movie discussion about what elements keep me coming back, we’ve reached the point in the journey where we talk about Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, which is my favorite of the prequel trilogy.

As I’ve stated before, the first Star Wars film I saw was The Empire Strikes Back in 1980. I was about 3½ years old, and I did NOT see it on opening day. That all changed with Return of the Jedi three years later, and after that I have made a point of seeing the very first showing of each Star Wars film upon its release. Except for this one. When Revenge of the Sith was released in 2005, I was in Longview, Texas, taking my mother to a doctor’s appointment. I didn’t see it until the next day. Thankfully, none of my friends spoiled it for me, except to say that it was much more enjoyable than the last two films. Since we have already discussed The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones, I can say here that they are my least-liked entries into the saga. I do find myself returning to them, but not nearly as often as the other films, and without as much anticipation or enjoyment. My opinion of them is well-documented, so I won’t go into that here, but suffice it to say that I was hoping that Revenge of the Sith ended the saga (as we knew it then) on a high note. And it did not disappoint. This is the prequel that I return to the most, and there are several reasons for that: The opening sequence above (and eventually into) Coruscant, the overriding sense of dread that permeates the film, the final lightsaber duel between Darth Vader and Obi-Wan, and especially Ian McDiarmid’s performance as Emperor Palpatine. We will explore all of these in some depth next.

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CWK Show #103: The Last Jedi Full Review (197)

Here it is: Coffee With Kenobi’s spoiler-filled The Last Jedi review show! Join Dan Z, Cory Clubb, Matt Moore, Aaron Harris, Tom Gross, and Randy Therio as they break down the new film.  This is the podcast you’re looking for!

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The Caffeinated Collector: Episode 38 – Coming Back For More, Part 5. Which Is Actually Part 2…

Wow, this series is speeding by MUCH faster than I anticipated, we’re already to number 5!!! Thank you for sticking with me and indulging my rememberries. It’s time to discuss another of the most divisive entries in the Star Wars saga: Episode II: Attack of the Clones. This is the lowest-performing film at the box office, and I think there are several reasons for that, one of which is the lack of anticipation surrounding the second film in any series. I suspect it experienced significantly less repeat-viewings as well. Some have accused it of being too long, too convoluted, and poorly-written. Others defend it as a wonderful addition to the story with a terrific Obi-Wan storyline. It’s possible that both sides have valid arguments. I personally find it overly long and I have trouble not fast-forwarding through several sequences. I definitely consider it one of the weaker portions of the series, but I DO watch it on a semi-regular basis. What is it that brings me back to it time and again? When I think about Attack of the Clones, the things that immediately come to mind are the colors (again), Kamino, the Obi-Wan detective storyline, and the sound. Read on to find out more!

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Comics With Kenobi #36

Views, news and reviews as Jeff McGee and Matt Moore tackle October’s prodigious output of Star Wars comics from Marvel Entertainment.

Plenty of hits, some misses, but definitely a full complement far-reaching stories that continue to add to the complex layers of characters we’ve been following for years, if not decades, along with some careful consideration about events between Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars Rebels, along with happenings between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back.

As for news? We’re moving house! OK, not literally moving but starting later this month we’ll be moving to our own feed that you’ll be able to find on iTunes, Stitcher, BlogTalk Radio and so many more. Be sure to follow our Twitter feed for more details and the actual move date, but it’s coming sooner than you expect.

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The Caffeinated Collector: Episode 37 – Coming Back For More, Part 4. Which Is Actually Part 1…

Ok, here goes. We’ve made our way through the original trilogy, so that means it must be time to go back to the very beginning. It’s obviously not ALWAYS a very good place to start, since George Lucas didn’t start there, which is why we’re discussing it now. And I promise that’s the last Sound of Music reference I’ll make for at LEAST a paragraph. It’s time to talk about what may be the most divisive chapter in the entire saga: Episode I: The Phantom Menace. This may be the most challenging entry in this series for me. Keep reading, and I’ll explain why.

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Comics With Kenobi #35.1: Young Padawans Edition

You wondered, aloud even: “Where’s the discussion about IDW Publishing’s Star Wars Adventures?”

It’s right here!

We were intrigued when IDW, in announcing the new series earlier this year, noted that its stories were aimed at younglings and younglings at heart. After two issues, it’s obvious there’s no better way to explain the delightfully scripted and superbly illustrated stories.

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CWK Show #88: “Another great excuse to go out and get cereal”, with Jeff McGee and Garr Van Orden (183)

Dan Z is joined by Comics With Kenobi’s Jeff McGee, and Star Wars fan, Garr Van Orden. They start the show discussing the all-new Star Wars Rebels Season Four poster. The hosts discuss how they consume Star Wars, in all respective mediums, and Tom brings us up to date on the news.  For the Coffee Chat, they look at Qui-Gon Jinn, his differences in ideology with the rest of the Jedi order, and how he may have impacted the Clone Wars.This the podcast you’re looking for!

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The Caffeinated Collector: Episode 36 – Coming Back For More, Part 3. Which Is Actually Part 6…

It’s that time again! Are you guys enjoying these? I know I am, so even if you’re not, they’re gonna keep on coming. So strap yourselves in. The next film in my discussion of the things that bring me back to the Star Wars films is the most hotly-debated film in the original trilogy: Return of the Jedi. From the script to the Ewoks to the ending, this is the original trilogy film that has the most wildly-varying opinions associated with it. Some people put it near the bottom of the saga, and some people put it at the very top. For me, it falls near the middle, but definitely upper-middle. I recognize that it has some flaws, but those flaws are not glaring enough to diminish my enjoyment of it. So what is it about THIS admittedly flawed film that makes me develop a hankering for it? And why is it called a “hankering”? Read on to find out!

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The Caffeinated Collector: Episode 35 – Coming Back For More, Part 2. Which Is Actually Part 5…

Hi folks! It’s that time again. We all know I’m a fan of Memory Lane, so here’s another round of rumination for you. As I continue my exploration of what keeps me coming back to each Star Wars film individually, I’m taking a look at The Empire Strikes Back this month. As much as I talked about nostalgia last time, the second film in the saga may hold even more warm, fuzzy thoughts. It is the first movie I remember seeing in a movie theater. My brother took me to see it. I’ve mentioned before how funny I thought “Laugh it up, fuzzball” was to me at the time, so I won’t go into that again, but suffice it to say I laughed so much that my brother got annoyed. I’ve struggled with how much nostalgia should play a role in these discussions, and I think I’ve come to a conclusion.

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CWK Show #79: “I guess what I’m trying to say is, porg”, with Steele Saunders and Jeff McGee (175)

Dan Z is joined by Steelewars host, Steele Saunders, and Comics With Kenobi & Talking Toys with Taylor and Jeff co-host, Jeff McGee. They begin the show with Porg talk and share their opinions on The Last Jedi marketing. Then, they discuss their current Star Wars collecting and look to Force Friday II, and Tom gives the news. For the Coffee Chat, they talk about Mike Audette’s recent CWK blog, “When is it too much”? This is the podcast you’re looking for!

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