The Sci-Fi Podcast – Episode 46: Star Wars – The Last Jedi

Welcome to The SciFi Podcast, a wretched hive of scum and villainy a bi-weekly podcast focused on in-depth discussion of all things science fiction. The SciFi Podcast features three hosts—Mattroid, Solo, and Station!—and frequent guests. Each episode we look at a science fiction theme or franchise and take the discussion where no show has gone before.

Finally, December of 2017 arrived, and with it the most anticipated movie in the last two years; Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The dramatic continuation of The Force Awakens finds out heroes–both new and old–banding together to escape, and if possible, defeat the First Order once and for all.

How did this movie compare to it’s predecessors? Does Finn matter? WHO IS REY?! All these things and more are discussed in a lengthy and fantastic review and dissection of the film, by Mattroid, Solo, and friend of the podcast Nick Ricci. Station! was forced to sit this one out, once again caring for a baby, but her thoughts on TLJ will be heard in future episodes.

Theme music courtesy of i hear sirens, featuring Matt on bass and Liz on keyboard. Hear more of i hear sirens ethereal, instrumental, post-rock at BandCamp. Podcast production by Mattroid; artwork by Mattroid.



8 thoughts on “The Sci-Fi Podcast – Episode 46: Star Wars – The Last Jedi

  1. Me too. I hope that’s the exact one I was thinking of. The color correction is a big deal to me, because even though I own, watch, and love the Blu SW movies I can’t stand that we don’t have a theatrical edition of the original trilogy, and I absolutely hate the transfer–impenetrable blacks, magenta tone for days…the video covers it all pretty well.

  2. Hey guys! Great job on this show.

    Matt, I loved what you had to say especially. I have seen Last Jedi 3 times, and am curious to see it again before it leaves theaters.

    I whole heartedly agree with you on the criticism. There were certainly choices that I downright disagreed with in this film. However, I ultimately ended up really loving it.


    One fairly bold move that Rian Johnson did was to connect this film to the prequels. Not just in visual styles, but also in some of the dialogue. I loved that. I have gone the rounds with the prequels myself. They came out when I was a kid, so I enjoyed them for what they were. Then as an adult, I grew to see their flaws and thought they were major missteps. I do have to say now that I can justify their existence in my mind because I think he payoff that happens in Revenge of the Sith really works. They are not the original Star Wars films, but the tragedy of Anikan Skywalker and the rise of the empire was a story I was genuinely invested in. I think Rian Johnson was one of the few filmmakers that believed the prequels weren’t complete liquid shit milkshakes… or perhaps, regardless if they were, that they still had a place in the larger story.

    One of the impressive acrobatics that Last Jedi does, is that it connects the franchise to some of the good parts of the prequels, and detaches from some of the bad parts.

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