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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Dec 29, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 193 – Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

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Recorded LIVE in the Phantom Zone!
 
The Needless Things Irregulars are joined by special guest Chad J. Shonk for a lively roundtable discussion about the newest entry into the ever-growing Star Wars saga!
 
While massively successful, Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi has divided fans. Some declared it a triumphant departure from a known formula, some hysterically decried it as heresy, and some fans fell in the middle; recognizing both faults and ingenious new ideas.
 
Listen in as Dave, Rad Ranger, Battle Cougar, Ryan Cadaver, Arian Gulick, and Chad J. Shonk each share their thoughts on the eighth installment of the epic saga!
 
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Dec 21, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 192 – Star Wars: A New Hope Needless Commentary

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Part of an ongoing series – the Needless Things Irregulars gather in the Phantom Zone to provide their own unique commentary on classic genre films!
 
Determined by a fan poll in the Needless Things Podcast Facebook Group, this month’s Commentary is on Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope!
 
The Commentary team is joined by the illustrious Chad J. Shonk to share memories and thoughts about one of the greatest movies of all time and one that is a touchstone for Needless Things fandom.
 
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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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Jul 29, 2016

Needless Things Podcast 118 – San Diego Comic Con 2016 Part 1 – The Toys

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It’s time once again for the Needless Things Irregulars to look at the big toy news out of San Diego Comic Con!

Every year at Comic Con the toy companies reveal some of the most exciting items that will be offered in the year to come. NECA, Mezco, Hasbro, Mattel, and more display the hottest toys from the biggest franchises.

Listen in as Phantom, Head of Research Ryan, Belligerent Monkey Jay, and Mr. Beau Brown talk about the products and news that came out of SDCC 2016!

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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Apr 28, 2016

Needless Things Podcast 105 – Star Wars in 2016

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PhantomTroublemaker and Chad J. Shonk get deep into a galaxy far, far awayin the newest episode of the Needless Things Podcast!

Itis a landmark time in the history of Star Wars fandom. A new entry inthe main saga was released just five months ago and a whole new typeof Star Wars film is less than eight months away. For the first timeever the franchise is producing annual releases with no end in sight.This has had and will have major and lasting effects on the ExpandedUniverse, the toys, and any forms of tie-in media.

Listenin as Chad and Phantom reminisce about the past, examine the present,and look forward to the future of the greatest space fantasy epicever made!

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Thisepisode is sponsored by the DethPawedCast,hosted by Needless Things Irregular Sean Reid. Listen to the firstepisode to hear Sean, Arian, Chad, and Jason spew hot venom aboutBatman VSuperman!

Thisepisode is also sponsored by the UnknownCaller Podcast.Unknown Caller is a podcast of anonymous stories told to a voicemailbox. Hear true stories. Tell true stories. You can also find UnknownCaller on Facebookand tumblr.
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Dec 24, 2015

Needless Things Podcast 87 – Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

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Live from the Phantom Zone! Phantom Troublemaker sits down with Jason Frazier, Noel from DorkDroppings.com, Sean Reid, Arian, Chad J. Shonk, and Gary Mitchel from the Revcast to discuss the newest entry in the Star Wars Saga!

Let’s not pretend this is something it isn’t – seven dorks, one epic movie. Let’s do this. Seven on Episode VII on episode 87.

Be sure to join the new 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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Nov 26, 2015

Needless Things Podcast 83 – Star Wars Talk

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Phantom Troublemaker and Needless Things' Head of Research Ryan Schweck talk about the build-up to Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens!

From books to comics to video games to toys – of course toys – there has been plenty of Star Wars merchandise in the ten years since the last theatrical release. The guys talk about Marvel's new comics, Hasbro's various toy lines, and Star Wars: Battlefront.

Listen in as Phantom does his best to deal with a horrific space virus and Ryan deals with the pain of the elusive Captain Phasma, while both of the guys deal with the mysterious pronunciations of the new trilogy characters!

Be sure to join the new 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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