"The Podcast Awakens" is episode 37 focusing on Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, as part of the podcast's continuing coverage of the Star Wars Sequels. Posted 20 Dec 2015.

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"One day after the release opening of Episode VII: The Force Awakens (SPOILER ALERT!), Griffin and David discussed their impressions on the first installment of the newly revamped franchise. Together, they examine the film’s similar story structure to A New Hope, who would take new characters Resistance pilot Poe Dameron and protagonist Rey out on a classy dinner date, Kylo Ren being an evil nerd and why director J.J. Abrams accomplished where George Lucas had failed with the prequels: making an actual Star Wars movie."[1]

At the end of their "Year of Star Wars," Griffin and David put the cherry on top and went to see the brand new Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Ben did not go see the movie yet... so after the intro he left the room until the end of the show. Uncharted territory!

All the tightly bottled tension has gone out of the room now that this anxiously anticipated new movie has finally come out. Even Griffin's tangents are accepted with delight.

This movie is like a good covers album, which is a known talent of J.J. Abrams'. He has his strengths and weaknesses; but which one is his direction of action scenes? Who gives the most valuable and least valuable acting performances, or should this be judged as an ensemble? Will #TheTwoFriends find a Christmas present to Ben? Tune in as they speculate on Rey's family history, make analogies to The Magicians books, share their Hot Take on the final shot, and there's even a merchandise spotlight already!

And, as always, Harrison Ford is a fuckin' babe.

Milestones and Ephemera[edit | edit source]

  • Crazy new saxophonist that's gonna take over the world: Daisy Ridley
  • Benedict Cumberbatch's character in Star Trek Into Darkness: Whiteman Nobody
  • Will Colin Trevorrow get to direct Star Wars Episode IX as planned? Griffin: "Look, anything could happen."
  • One hour and 56 minutes, a new high for a studio-recorded episode at the time. Were we really ever so young?

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