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Endless Anakin

Endless Anakin

By Manic Pixie Dust
I use popular music as a frame to babble about anything and everything Star Wars and Star Wars adjacent. Please visit anakin.me for additional notes or to get involved.
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Episode 8: Unforgivable Sinner
In this episode of Endless Anakin, I discuss Loki.  Inspired by the song "Unforgivable Sinner" by Lene Marlin, villain archetypes, trauma informed care, showing anger, and caring too much. Transcript and credits can be found at anakin.me.
22:12
November 23, 2021
Episode 7: Better
In this episode of Endless Anakin, I celebrate PadMay 2021!  Inspired by the song "Better" by Regina Spektor, narrative structure, and my all encompassing love for Padmé Amidala. Transcript and credits can be found at anakin.me.
19:13
May 18, 2021
Episode 6: City
In this episode of Endless Anakin, I look at the similarities between Anakin Skywalker and Daenerys Stormborn. Inspired by the song "City" by Hollywood Undead, my rage monsters who want the world to be better aesthetic and the long list of my favorite fictional characters who fit it. Transcript and credits can be found at anakin.me.
16:18
April 22, 2021
Episode 5: Help I'm Alive
In this episode of Endless Anakin, I discuss Anakin's fidgeting. Inspired by the song “Help, I'm Alive" by Metric, the incredible visual storytelling in Attack of the Clones, and my own experiences with childhood and adolescent anxiety. Transcript and credits can be found at anakin.me.
19:50
April 08, 2021
Episode 4: Lux Aeterna
In this episode of Endless Anakin, I discuss allusions to Arthurian Legend in the Skywalker Saga. Inspired by the song "Lux Aeterna" composed by Clint Mansell for the film Requiem for a Dream, I include references to Camelot in Star Wars production design, costuming, characterization, theme and dialogue. Transcript and credits can be found at anakin.me. This topic was chosen by twitter poll; follow me at @manicpixiedane and feel free to reach out with your thoughts on Star Wars, music, Camelot, costuming, trauma, WandaVision, Draco Malfoy, SVU, or whatever tickles your fancy.
15:33
March 24, 2021
Episode 3: Shake It Out
In this episode of Endless Anakin, I chat about Wanda Maximoff AKA the Scarlet Witch with my first ever guest, Heather AKA @Nerdygal33. There are spoilers through the first season of WandaVision, including post-credits scenes, as well as Avengers: Endgame and speculation of the Doctor Strange sequel currently filming. Inspired by the song "Shake It Out" by Florence + The Machine, Wanda's (mis)treatment in the comics and the pre-series MCU, and the age old relationship between power and responsibility. Transcript and credits can be found at anakin.me.
28:22
March 11, 2021
Episode 2: The Weight of Us
In this episode of Endless Anakin, I compare and contrast how the Skywalkers internalize trauma (aka struggle with the Dark Side) with Wanda Maximoff in WandaVision. Inspired by the song "The Weight of Us" by Sander Bohlke, my decades old affinity with the Scarlet Witch, and the COVID-19 global pandemic we've now spent a year in. Transcript and credits can be found at anakin.me. In a coincidence that borders on #chaospowers, today my brother also posted an essay on the weight of trauma, mental illness, and the therapies we use to deal with them to his new blog on substack.
13:34
March 02, 2021
Episode 1: Paralyzed
In this first episode of Endless Anakin, I tell the story of my first encounter with Star Wars and Vader. Topics include the paralyzing effects of trauma and depression, and the power of choosing to try. Inspired by the song "Paralyzed" by NF, George Lucas's commentary on victims and villains, and this Draco Malfoy fanvid. Transcript and credits can be found at anakin.me.  Please consider contributing to a Trans Rights Organization to show continued support as a Harry Potter and/or Star Wars fan. Here is a list of creators and charities collated by the Harry Potter Alliance, and here is a link to donate to the Transgender Law Center, the charity at the center of a campaign by fans of The Mandalorian and Star Wars. 
14:37
February 23, 2021
Episode 0: An Introduction
I've been building my Anakin Skywalker playlist since 2005. Now I'm using it to talk about Star Wars.
03:47
January 30, 2021