"The Podcast Strikes Back" is episode 35, focusing on Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back as part of the podcast's continuing coverage of the Star Wars Sequels. Posted 14 Dec 2015.

Summary[edit | edit source]

Griffin and David continue to rediscover the Star Wars sequels.  After Griffin tells some bonkers stories about how freewheeling the movie industry was in the 70's, he sets up the fact that following the success of Star Wars in 1977, George Lucas decided to switch it up and become more of a showrunner for the Star Wars franchise, and hand over directing duties for Episode V to someone else.  He chose Irvin Kershner.

Wait - Irvin Kershner? Really??? The director of The Flim-Flam Man and A Man Called Horse? The director of the loathed Robocop 2? No one could have expected this to turn out well. Yet somehow this movie is magnificent.

They're both great, but is Episode V now the best Star Wars movie, or was Episode IV better?...the co-hosts debate. What would a workplace situation-comedy set on the Empire's command ship look like? Yoda is a physical puppet now? Just how demented were George Lucas' original pitches for Star Wars, and how did a Robert Altman dream end up paving the way for studio exec Alan Ladd to give Star Wars the green light?

There's a Cave Of Your Own Nightmares, a bug-dude named Zuckuss and a bunch of other weird galactic scumbags, sparks are flying everywhere whenever Han and Leia are on-screen... this movie is great.

Milestones and Ephemera[edit | edit source]

  • Griffin's Top Five Movies in no particular order: Brewster McCloud, Rushmore, Toy Story 2, RoboCop, The Wiz
  • the Salty Old Space Dog: he's back!
  • Dengar: hard pass
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