May 31, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 215 – Solo: A Star Wars Story

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Screenwriter Chad J. Shonk and Needless Things’ Head of Research Ryan Schweck join Dave to discuss the newest Star Wars film!
 
Initial trailers for Solo: A Star Wars Story were met with mixed responses from fans. Already wary of prequels, many wondered if a Han Solo origin story was necessary. Others took issue with the casting of Alden Ehrenreich as the young smuggler.
 
Beyond all of that, the production itself was fraught with drama. Lucasfilm – who seem to have a very clear vision for certain aspects of their beloved and profitable franchise – fired original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, replacing them with reliable Oscar-winner Ron Howard.
 
Whatever the case, this was a new Star Wars movie and theaters were going to packed with those curious to see this new vision of an old story.
 
Listen in as Dave, Ryan, and Chad analyze this adventure from a slightly longer time ago and a galaxy far, far away!
 
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Jan 5, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 194 – The Last of the Nog

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Recorded LIVE in the Phantom Zone!
 
Ryan Cadaver swings by the Phantom Zone for a conversation about movies and more! From looking back at 2017 to speculating on 2018, topics include the DC Extended Universe, Black Mirror, the virtues of fun movies, and more. Later in the show Phantom, Jr. joins the conversation for the first time ever to explain where the heck all of the Infinity Gems are!
 
Plus, Ryan and Dave debut the Needless Things Beverage Experiment! Jack-O-Blast + the last of the 2017 egg nog = ???
 
Listen in as Dave, Ryan Cadaver, and Phantom, Jr. discuss whatever pop culture comes to mind!
 
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Apr 21, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 157 - Thrawn

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Phantom Troublemaker, Beth V, and Chad J. Shonk discuss Timothy Zahn’s new Star Wars novel, Thrawn, as well as Grand Admiral Thrawn’s history in the galaxy far, far away!
 
In 1991 Timothy Zahn released the first official, Lucasfilm approved narrative to expand the Star Wars galaxy beyond the events of Return of the Jedi. He continued the adventures of the characters we all knew and loved, but also introduced a number of new characters that would grow to become vital and beloved fixtures in the new ongoing canon of the Expanded Universe (now known as Legends).
 
Among those characters was Mith’raw’nuruodo, a member of the previously unknown Chiss species. Against all odds he rose through the ranks of the human-centric Empire to attain the rare rank of Grand Admiral, all in order to guard against a threat from outside the galaxy. Thanks to his tactical genius and driven nature, Thrawn became a hugely popular character to EU fans.
 
When Disney bought Lucasfilm and stated their intention to eject all previous canon, Thrawn was assumed to be lost to the changing tides. But then, late last year, it was announced that the Chiss Imperial would be returning to canon as part of the Rebels animated show, as well as having his history explained in an all-new, in-canon novel by his creator, Timothy Zahn!
 
 
Listen in as Phantom, Beth, and Chad discuss the history of one of the Empire’s greatest and most fascinating figures in the newest episode of the Needless Things Podcast!
 
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Dec 30, 2016

Needless Things Podcast 140 – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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Join the Needless Things Irregulars for a discussion about the newest entry into the ongoing Star Wars franchise – Rogue One!

The first film ever to divert significantly from Skywalker family drama and its impact on the galaxy far, far away, Rogue One carried the heavy responsibility of telling a great, engaging story and of launching a new style of Star Wars film. With a different look and feel from anything movie going audiences have seen from the franchise, Rogue One told the story of the doomed Rebels that famously stole the plans to the first Death Star and turned the tide of Imperial rule in the galaxy.

The Irregulars also take some time to mourn the passing of one of the greatest and most honest wits to grace the world, Carrie Fisher.

Listen in as Phantom Troublemaker, Chad J. Shonk, Head of Research Ryan Schweck, and the Belligerent Monkey share their opinions of the successes and missteps of this brave, new venture in Star Wars!

Be sure to join the Needless Things Podcast Facebook Group and get in on the conversation for this week’s episode! Let us know what you think!

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Dec 23, 2016

Needless Things Podcast 139 - Christmas in Disney

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Phantom Troublemaker talks about Christmastime in Walt Disney World with his family!

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