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31
Oct

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (Trailer)

Join Scott and his special guest, resident Star Wars expert Paul (in a rare, live in-studio appearance) as they breakdown every little detail of the new trailer for the highly anticipated second installment in the new Star Wars trilogy: "Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi"! Listen as they discuss what this trailer shows us, and if it's an accurate depiction of what we'll see in the movie. Is Snoke looking to upgrade his apprentice from Kylo Ren to Rey? Will Rey turn to the dark side of the force? Are Porgs a good sign for Star Wars fans? Will Luke or Leia die in this film? These are just some of the questions they address. They'll also talk about some of the new elements of the film: our first look at Snoke (not in holographic form), the salty mineral planet Crait, the new AT-M6 walkers, (sigh) Porgs, and much more. Will The Last Jedi be a ripoff of The Empire Strikes Back? Will they flip the script and have the protagonist turn evil in the darkest Star Wars installment yet? Or does the trailer just have a bunch of force visions cut together to confuse us? Let's guess together! May the force be with us!

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18
Apr

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (Teaser)

Join Scott along with Hamish and resident Star Wars expert Paul as they take an in-depth look at the new teaser for the highly anticipated follow-up to 2015's The Force Awakens: "Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi"! Listen as they breakdown every scene of our first taste of this new episode and discuss details you may have missed. They'll talk about the status of our heroes and villains since the last movie, what we can expect from Luke Skywalker, and what might be revealed in this episode of the saga. They'll also discuss the Journal of the Whills and how it may relate to this film, the concept of the grey side of the force, and why maybe the Jedi really do need to end. Will we find out Rey's history? Will we find out who Supreme Leader Snoke is? Will Rey be the first of a new force-wielding order? Why are all of Poe and Luke's nice things getting burned!? It's all discussed and much, much more! So put your ancient book back on the tree shelf, crawl into a rehabilitation pod and comb over every detail of this teaser along with us! May the force be with you! 

 

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17
Aug

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Official Trailer and International Trailer)

Join Scott and his special guest, resident Star Wars expert Paul, as they break down and review the new "Official Trailer" for the highly anticipated, latest offering of the Star Wars franchise: "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"! Listen as they discuss each new scene, pointing out details you may have missed, and speculating on the possible plot lines. They'll discuss notable changes due to reshoots, new information about the planet Jedha, our first looks at new ships and terrains, and theories regarding the Death Star's imminent test. Also included is a bonus segment where Paul and Scott discuss a new piece of information only found in the international trailer, and how this piece fits in the overall puzzle. From theories about Kyber crystals and Jyn's father, to guesses about the roles of Saw Gerrera and Darth Vader, they cover it all! May the force be with you! 

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3
Aug

Wonder Woman (Trailer) and Justice League (Trailer)

Join Shawn and Scott as they breakdown and review the new trailers for the fourth and fifth installments of the DC Extended Universe: "Wonder Woman" and "Justice League"! Listen as they review these highly anticipated trailers that premiered at San Diego Comic Con and discuss every little detail! From the "Wonder Woman" trailer, they'll discuss Gal Gadot's portrayal of the immortal demigoddess Diana, and her first adventure away from the land of Themyscira in the early 20th century. They'll talk about the look of this version of the Wonder Woman costume, as well as Chris Pine's character, Steve Trevor, and his importance to the Wonder Woman franchise. From "Justice League", they'll discuss the attempts by Bruce Wayne to recruit Jason Momoa's intimidating Aquaman and Ezra Miller's introverted Flash to aid him in preparing for an extraterrestrial threat. They'll also talk about the Apokoliptian villain Steppenwolf and the Motherboxes he'll be seeking on Earth. Plus, some rumors, a little bit of Arrowverse talk, and Shawn has some strong opinions of the "Star Trek: Discovery" teaser. So much to cover, so many heroes, may the Source be with you!

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20
Jul

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Celebration Reel, Panel, and Teaser Trailer 2)

Join Scott and his special guest, resident Star Wars expert Paul, as they take a look at the newly released footage from the latest offering from the Star Wars franchise: "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"! Listen, as they breakdown and cover the material released at the Star Wars Celebration Europe event in London! First, they'll breakdown the "Celebration Reel", featuring new footage from the movie, along with behind the scenes looks at the sets and the thoughts of director Gareth Edwards. They'll also discuss what was said by members of the cast at the Celebration panel, and what we now know (and don't know) about their individual characters, and their respective roles in the story. And they'll also discuss some exciting new moments shown in the new teaser trailer, including one huge character reveal! From planets, troopers, and droids to, rumors, news, and plot, they'll cover it all. So countdown the days to the premiere with us, and may the force be with you! 

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30
Apr

BONUS EPISODE: Captain America: Civil War (Spoiler-Free Review)

Join our special correspondent Hamish for an early (and don't worry, SPOILER-FREE) review of "Captain America: Civil War" in this bonus episode of Hitting Play! While the movie hits U.S. theaters on May 6th, it already opened in Australia on April 29th! So Hamish will give you the scoop on this highly anticipated newest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. From continuing the personal journey of Captain America to furthering the story of The Avengers to introducing the Black Panther and Spider-Man, this movie has a lot to offer. Does it deliver? Hamish will tell us...without ruining it for us, of course! Go team Cap!...or Go team Iron Man! Whatever you prefer. 

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12
Apr

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Teaser Trailer)

Join Scott and his guests, Hamish and Paul, as they analyze every frame of the latest offering from the Star Wars franchise: the teaser trailer for "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"! Listen as they discuss how the premise for this film had been hidden in plain sight within A New Hope the whole time, and how the genesis of this movie was nothing more than a quick pitch from a longtime Lucas Film employee. They'll discuss the many rumors surrounding Felicity Jones' character, Jyn Erso, if Diego Luna is playing Poe Dameron's father, if Darth Vader will make an appearance, where Forrest Whittaker, Donny Yen, and Wen Jiang's characters fit into the story, if Palpatine, Snoke, or someone else is inside of that glowing column, if Alan Tudyk is playing a converted Empire droid, and much, much more! From new characters and locations to familiar ships and bases, they discuss it all! We are only a few months away from yet another Star Wars movie! So speculate along with us and may the force be with you! 


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4
Apr

Captain America: Civil War (Comics and Trailers)

Join Scott and his guests, Kevin, and Civil War comics expert, Chet, as they delve deep and gear up for the much anticipated release of the latest movie of the Marvel Cinematic Universe: "Captain America: Civil War"! They'll first breakdown the seven-part Civil War comic book miniseries by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven, released in 2006, and theorize what story elements may be translated to the screen, what may be changed, and what the volumes of supplemental Civil War comics material add to this story. Then, they breakdown the two major Civil War movie trailers, and discuss how these scenes relate to the previous films of the MCU as well as the original comics source material. (As well as the first looks at Black Panther and Spider-Man!) Will there be another "Stamford incident"? Will another hero die? How will the character of Spider-Man be used in this story? Will Crossbones kill Captain America? All of these questions are tacked, and much much more! So step out of your cryonic containment, brush your perfect teeth, and enjoy the show! (After all, we could do this all day.) 

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28
Dec

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

WARNING: SPOILERS AND MAJOR PLOT POINTS ARE DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE! MAKE SURE YOU SEE THE MOVIE BEFORE LISTENING! 

Join Scott and special guests Hamish and Paul for this Starkiller-sized discussion and review of the most anticipated movie of the year: "Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens"! Listen as they share their own unique opening weekend theater experiences, discuss details of the movie scene-by-scene, highlight the many parallels to the original trilogy, and compare the massive hype to the final product they saw on the screen. They'll share their thoughts on each character, talk about J.J. Abrams' handling of the source material, reveal some hidden cameos, rank The Force Awakens among the other Star Wars films, theorize where the story goes from here, and much more! What questions were answered? What questions were answered? What new questions arose? Han, Leia, Chewbacca, C3PO, R2D2, and Luke? Rey, Finn, Poe, BB-8, Kylo Ren, Phasma, Hux, and Snoke? They talk about it all! So prepare yourself a quarter portion (maybe two), sit back, and explore the galaxy with us! 

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19
Dec

BONUS EPISODE: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (Our Immediate Reactions)

WARNING: SPOILERS AND MAJOR PLOT POINTS ARE DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE! MAKE SURE YOU SEE THE MOVIE BEFORE LISTENING! 

Join Scott and Shawn as they discuss their immediate reaction to seeing Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens on opening day. Shawn and Scott recorded this discussion on their ride to and from the theater to capture their initial opinions of what they just saw. On the way, they'll talk about some lingering questions they had about the film, and on the way back, if those questions were answered, and even some new ones that arose. (They'll also talk about the stern warning that the projectionist gave to the crowd after pausing the movie. That was a first.) So take a ride to the theater with us, and may the force be with you! 

For a more in-depth discussion of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, check out our next episode. 

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