For Christ's Sake, Anakin!

For Christ's Sake, Anakin!

By Matthew Neugebauer
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Episode LVII - Martez Sisters and the Jedi
This week on FCSA! I'm joined by Dillon from DilDev's Diner on Eleven-ThirtyEight for a great discussion on the Martez Sisters arc from Clone Wars Season 7 and its "ground level" or "underground level" view of the Jedi. Dillon's recent article describes some strong resonances between Jedi indifference to the Martez sisters' suffering and what we see in prominent forms of American Christianity today. We also go into some ways that Dillon's aro/ace orientation and experiences give her insight on Jedi community and celibacy. Follow Dillon on Twitter, read her articles on Eleven-ThirtyEight, and her personal blog, Dillon Development. Here're the other links and books she mentioned: Stich's Media Mix on white prioritization Reconstructing the Gospel by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove The Third Reconstruction by William J. Barber and Wilson-Hartgrove The contemporary classic, Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held-Evans Follow me on Twitter and Instagram. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY
1:04:13
May 2, 2020
Episode LVI - Themes in Picard *spoilers after 9:50*
Now that season 1 of Picard is done, I look back at three themes that stood out in the show: choice, love and death. I found that they were handled with more realism and responsibility than we've seen from Hollywood in a long time, which bodes very well for season 2 and for Discovery season 3. I give a brief non-spoilery review of both story and themes, before diving into heavy spoiler territory. So pour yourself a decaf earl grey, strap yourself in, and engage! Thanks for listening, and LLAP. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram.
42:50
April 1, 2020
Episode LV - The High Republic: Jedi Christendom?
During the lead-up to last week's announcement of the High Republic (series? era?), I started to speculate and stew over what kinds of things I want to see explored in that time period. Now that we have some details I thought it...high time to devote a whole episode to this latest bit of news. Will the era be a sort of "Jedi Christendom" where the life of the Order and faith in the Force permeates Republic society? Will it relate well to our complex, nuanced, real-world history of Medieval and Reformation Western Europe and its transition into Enlightenment Secularism, or will it present a caricature of that history governed by that secular perspective? Lastly, what do the Jedi truly fear, and what might the Nihil's monkeying with hyperspace have to do with it? Also, Artoo finally got off his perch and returned to co-host with me! I hope he enjoyed it! Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram, and stay tuned for an update to my blogging.
46:08
March 3, 2020
Episode LIV - Picard at Midseason *spoilers after 7:10*
We've hit the halfway point of Picard Season 1, so it's high time for a review! It's non-spoilery until about the 7:10 mark, and then I dive in. I also make some small comparisons to the Mandalorian and reflect on this "third wave" of small-screen storytelling. Thanks for listening, and LLAP! Follows and reads: Twitter; Instagram; blog
37:20
February 24, 2020
Episode LIII - Clone Wars Retro/Prospective
Season 7 of Clone Wars is only a few weeks away! I've been doing a binge rewatch and have some thoughts and insights! The show's groundbreaking visual style was very ahead of its time. And even though it seems like an anthology series of semi-connected arcs, there's definitely an intricate structure (see episode art) that's leading to the fateful events of season 7 and that beauty of a film, Revenge of the Sith! Check out my twitter or insta pages for a better version of the diagram. Also feel free to give me a like and a follow! Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY
39:24
February 4, 2020
Episode LII - Second Coming, Second Look
This week on FCSA I talk about Mark Russell and Richard Pace's indie comic Second Coming, especially my experience of reading a book that doesn't try to get Jesus right, then ends up getting Him profoundly right. Also, Happy Picard Day! Look for future episodes reacting to this new show that will hit me in all the nostalgic places! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram, and check out my writing at Ex Astris Sapientia. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY.
34:44
January 24, 2020
Episode LI - All the Jedi: The Rise of Skywalker and the Prequel Trilogy
At last, it's the FCSA Prequelist review of The Rise of Skywalker! Now that I've had a chance to process this IXth installment in the Star Wars saga, it's time to discuss how it relates to Episodes I, II and III. I first give a general review of the film, and how I've come to enjoy it, and then dive into its deeper connections with our beloved Prequel Trilogy (and Clone Wars, of course!). While the references may seem sparse on the surface, the deeper themes of TROS connect very richly with the Prequels, especially Revenge of the Sith. So strap into your podracer, grab your purple lightsaber and give it a listen! Also, follow me on Twitter and Instagram, and check out my writing over at Ex Astris Sapientia. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY
45:52
January 15, 2020
Episode 50 - The Prophecy, Misread
It's Advent: time for me to tell you what I really think! This week I consider Prophecy: Biblical, Political, the Chosen One, and the ways it can be misread for the sake of idolatrous power games. It's a bit of a departure from my thesis about Vader and the Crucifixion, but it never hurts to consider another angle. I get some help from Bill Cavanaugh's article on Nationalism and Idolatry. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY Follow me on Twitter and Instagram. And check out my newly-returned blog, Ex Astris Sapientia.
38:18
December 3, 2019
Resistance Reborn review *with spoilers*
I'm back! Hopping on to give my review of Resistance Reborn by Rebecca Roanhorse. An overall excellent book, with compelling characters, but some things I felt were overcooked. The novel is definitely recommended. *Spoilery* content starts at the 4:45 mark. Oh and my blog has been reborn as well! Give me a read over at ex-astris-sapientia.blogspot.com. Some more in-depth content and commentary is headed in that direction. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram.
22:35
November 22, 2019
Episode XLIX - Exvangelicals, Ex-Jedi
What does it mean to leave? To leave the Jedi? To leave conservative fundamentalist communities? A lot of younger Christians have left for other pastures, embracing the label "exvangelical." Where have they ended up? Are they more like Count Dooku, or Ahsoka Tano? And what might Qui-gon's prophetic stance and Yoda's reflections-in-exile have to say both to the Jedi and to western Christians in our time? I tackle these questions in a super-sized solo episode, recorded in the shiny recording studio of the Vaughan Civic Centre Resource Library. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY
1:02:35
September 20, 2019
Episode XLVIII - Reform, Heresy and Schism
Welcome back to FCSA! This week I finish my recap of Fan Expo 2019, delving into the YA fiction panel I went to on the Sunday and how it helped me understand the (incredible) YA Star Wars novels. I then respond to another Beltway Banthas episode...this time, the one I was on! The original episode can be found here: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/beltway-banthas-star-wars-politics-more/e/63532526. It was a great experience; I wanted to take the opportunity today to go into a bit more about the history of the Reformation, as well as some new insights on heresy and schism. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram.
38:09
September 6, 2019
Fan Expo Canada 2019 - Saturday check-in
I'm back at Roundhouse Park to cover all the panels I caught on this Con Saturday. Jonathan Frakes, Charles Soule and more.
23:05
August 24, 2019
Fan Expo Canada 2019 check-in, Friday afternoon
Denise Crosby, Representation of women superheroes, Hasbro Star Wars and more!
13:38
August 23, 2019
Calm Before the Con Special 2019
I'm back! And just in time for Fan Expo Canada 2019. I return to the exact same spot I recorded last year's Fan Expo preview, and talk about what I'm looking forward to this year. But first I go into the renewed and expanded vision for this podcast. Now that I'm on Anchor, I don't need to worry about sticking to the (very beneficial) community requirements from Podiant, so I can open this up to discussing various franchises and fandoms, engaging them theologically and otherwise intellectually. But the title remains, the intro (for now) remains, because the bleeding heart of this podcast will always be the story of Anakin and the Jedi as told in the Prequel Trilogy, and its resonances with Christian tradition. So I hope you join me for the ride, and enjoy this 2019 Fan Expo Canada preview. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram. (Episode art is available here: https://www.fanexpocanada.com/en/fxc25.html)
23:10
August 22, 2019
Episode XLVII- I am a Jedi, like my father before me
Our Lenten series concludes--a little late--with a look at the cardinal virtues in Return of the Jedi. We can see many characters displaying patience, wisdom, courage and justice, but we also see Luke Skywalker truly complete his training by exemplifying all four in one toss of a lightsaber. I also give a few lingering thoughts on Celebration Chicago, my initial reaction to the first 100-or-so pages of Master and Apprentice (it's even better than I expected!), and provide an update on the next phase of this here podcast. Thanks for listening, Happy Easter, and MTFBWY! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram.
34:49
May 2, 2019
Episode XLVI- Do, or Do Not
Our Lenten series continues with an exploration of the Cardinal Virtues in Episode V: the Empire Strikes Back. Spoiler alert: Yoda is wise. Of course, I also give an instant reaction to the EPISODE IX TRAILER that just dropped, as well as the panel at Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019. I then give my thoughts on southern Ontario's Kate Johnston's Queen's Shadow, now that I finished it. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY.
40:09
April 12, 2019
Episode XLV - "Into the Garbage Chute, Flyboy"
Our Lenten mini-series begins with an examination of Cardinal virtues in the film that started it all. I look at which characters show Courage, Prudence, Patience and Justice, and which character brings together all four. I also give some brief thoughts on Queen's Shadow, the end of Resistance season 1, and Captain Marvel. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram. Thanks for listening, have a holy Lent, and MTFBWY.
42:45
March 29, 2019
Episode XLIV - 'Grey Jedi'?
Are Grey Jedi a thing? Do we really want them to be? Answer: nope and nope. I delve into my response to a recent Clashing Sabers episode on the topic. I hope both episodes are enLIGHTening (hint hint). I also go Zahnny about Conqueror's Pride and the Thrawn novels and why we struggle with them, why Galaxy's Edge sounds stressful and how Black Panther was in a league of its own at the Oscars. Check out Clashing Sabers here and find their Episode 30 - "shades of Grey" here.  Follow me on Twitter and Instagram. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY.
47:47
March 1, 2019
Episode XLIII - Planetbuilding the Phantom Menace
The FCSA Phantom Menace 20th Anniversary retrospective continues! This week we look at the planets of TPM: Naboo, Tatooine, Coruscant. How do their societies, architecture and environments build up the "world" of the Republic and the Jedi in the Prequel era? How does it relate and contrast to the Dark Times of Empire and First Order? I also do a bit of "TV talk": Resistance and the rumoured Obi-wan miniseries. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram
48:32
February 22, 2019
Episode XLII - The characters and theme of The Phantom Menace
As promised, my 20th Anniversary retrospective on Episode I: The Phantom Menace! What makes it so great? This first installment focuses on the characters, the acting (for the most part), and the theme of small beginnings having galactic importance. I also go into clickbait and how to ignore it. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY Follow me on Twitter and Instagram.
48:31
February 15, 2019
Episode XLI - It Shall Be a Year Long Remembered
My 2019 Preview is here! What am I looking forward to? What am I going into with...lesser expectations? Do I tell you to buy more Age of Republic comics? Listen, subscribe and tell your friends. Also follow me on Twitter and Instagram. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY
48:01
January 25, 2019
Episode XL - Jedi Celibacy
And we're back! FCSA returns in 2019 with a question that I've wanted to address for a while: was the celibacy requirement in itself an example of Jedi corruption? Coming from a place of respect for monastic communities, Roman Catholics and others, I'd have to say no. But like many things, it's also complicated... First I go into some Star Warsy things coming out in 2019, especially comics, novels, and that movie at the end of the year. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram.
43:15
January 11, 2019
Episode XXXIX - Cons and Continuity
This week I recap Fan Expo Canada 2018-its downs and its ups. Recalling my brief conversation with Charles Soule at the Con also got me thinking about canon continuity and storytelling, which I share here too. Since I'm moving there won't be an episode this coming week, and next week I'll cap things of with my 40th (!) episode. Then I'll be putting the podcast on a bit of a hiatus to settle into a new ministry situation and refocus for the 20th anniversary of The Phantom Menace. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY! Follow me on twitter and request a follow on instagram
38:37
September 8, 2018
Calm Before the Con
It's the Calm Before the Con special! I dive into what I'm looking forward to at this weekend's Fan Expo Canada! Mostly Star Wars, but also some other things (Killjoys, Star Trek, yeah). Some updates since recording this afternoon: -Right after recording, I found out that Peter Mayhew won't be able to attend as he hasn't been cleared for travel after surgery. Totally understandable, but a bit disappointing. -I don't talk about toys and merch much, which is why I forgot to mention my shopping list for this year. There's a good chance the Aphra SDCC exclusive will be on sale at-price at the official Hasbro store, so I'll get that. And if by some miracle a vendor is selling the Prequeltastic SDCC variant cover of Thrawn Alliances, then I'll grab it. And by some deeper miracle if I find the tiny needle that is #1 of the canon Maul Son of Dathomir in the giant comics haystack, then I'll buy that too. A shorter list this year but it's still good to have a plan. I'll have a follow-up episode next week, especially if something at the Con prompts me to reflect on faith and fandom. Until then, thanks for listening, and MTFBWY! Follow me on twitter and instagram.
15:22
August 28, 2018
Episode XXXVIII - Anakin and Vader in Thrawn Alliances *with spoilers*
Happy Tuesday! This week I discuss a surprising theme running through Thrawn Alliances, Vader's relationship with his past as Anakin. How many people know, and how much does Vader care about it? It's a spoilery discussion that cuts to the heart of this entire podcast, so caveat emptor! First off though I give my non-spoilery thoughts on last week's Beckett One-shot and Poe #30 comic issues and the new Resistance trailer that finally dropped. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY. Follow me on Twitter and Instragram.
37:05
August 21, 2018
Episode XXXVII - Hope and Fatigue
This week I continue the theme of Hope and community begun last week, this time from an explicitly Christian perspective. I also relate this to hope in Star Wars (it appears every now and then!) but also mention the occasional Star Wars fatigue. I...hope this episode inspires you to take part in life beyond yourself! As always, thanks for listening, and MTFBWY. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram.
30:37
August 12, 2018
Episode XXXVI - #Millennial Hope
What do Millenials want? It's a question that churches and billion-dollar entertainment industries grapple with every day. Part of the answer comes from a farmboy-turned-Jedi who we first met in May of 1977. Before my main topic I also give some more thoughts about the Episode IX cast (which still includes a Princess-turned-General we met in May 1977), Thrawn Alliances and possibilities in Clone Wars season 7. If you liked and/or are intrigued by what you've heard, give me a follow on Twitter or request a follow on Instagram. Thanks for listening, Happy Transfiguration Day, and MTFBWY.
42:04
August 6, 2018
Episode XXXV - A Prequelist Golden Age
Are we entering a Prequelist Golden Age? I go into all the news and reveals from San Diego Comic Con and discover that almost all of it is set in or near the Prequel Trilogy. There's clearly an appetite for this, and I conclude with my thoughts on what it all means. If you haven't seen the Clone Wars 10th Anniversary panel, check it out here. Thanks to Steele Saunders for capturing it all. Give me a follow on Twitter and Instagram. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY
40:31
July 30, 2018
Episode XXXIV - Fear and Love
This week I contribute my thoughts--hopefully intelligent and sensitive--on the recent uproar in fandom. What really started coming to light after The Last Jedi came out has become even more heated with the online harassment of both Kelly Marie Tran and Kathleen Kennedy. I also offer a possible way forward: that perfect love casts out fear. Lastly, Cain is a Sith Lord. God bless, happy Pride month, and MTFBWY. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram.
42:56
June 12, 2018
Episode XXXIII - Solo's Galaxy
Solo! I've seen it. Hopefully you've seen it, but if you haven't then my non-spoiler review runs from 9:45 to 15:40 on this week's episode. It's all about Solo: how I liked it, how it connects to the canon around it and after it. Spoilers begin at 15:40. The first bit addresses the poor box-office showing, and how I hope it does and doesn't affect Lucasfilm's decisions going forward. In short: we'd better still be getting that Kenobi film. Follow me at www.twitter.com/neug485 and www.instagram.com/mneug1138. Thanks for listening. Enjoy the film, I hope you enjoy this pod, and MTFBWY!
43:53
June 5, 2018
Episode XXXII - #Prequelist
What is Prequelism? This week I step back and look at what it claims, and what it doesn't, and share a bit of my own story in the process. I look at some of the commonalities and differences within Prequelism, and conclude with some thoughts on what it might mean for Star Wars fandom overall. I also go into the latest batch of Forces of Destiny episodes (more directly than I did last week, at least), as well as my latest re-watch of ESB, ROTJ and TFA in anticipation for Solo's imminent release! A shoutout for this episode's artwork: it's from the ForceCenter podcast's Teepublic page, which has shirts and other items for sale here: https://www.teepublic.com/t-shirt/1655541-prequelist?store_id=122964. Thanks to Napzok, Scrimshaw and Landa for making ForceCenter a great bastion of Prequelism, and to the folks on Full of Sith as well. While you're at it, follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/neug485 and Instagram at www.instagram.com/mneug1138. Thanks for listening, downloading and subscribing. MTFBWY!
42:40
May 23, 2018
Episode XXXI - The Last Jedi Novelization
As promised, I give my thoughts on Jason Fry's novelization of The Last Jedi: some things it adds to the story, or (potentially) improves in our appreciation of the film, and adds to the canon as a whole. The novel also got me thinking of another Biblical parallel, which I get to at the end. I definitely recommend giving the novelization a read, not the least of which because 6 months later I still can't get enough of this incredible story! I also talk about the Aphra and Vader comics and the Forces of Destiny animated shorts. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY. Subscribe on RadioPublic. Follow me on Twitter. Follow me on Instagram.
43:59
May 15, 2018
Episode XXX - Infinity War and Star Wars
FCSA hits 30! Well, episodes at least. This week I talk about common threads between Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War and the Wars in the Stars. It's spoilery discussion, so go see the movie first and come back and give me a listen. I mention this spoilery article from Comicbook.com. It's a good read after you've seen the movie. I begin with non-spoiler territory, telling of my trivia exploits at Star Wars Day Toronto for May the Fourth, as well as brief mentions of The Last Jedi novelization, Forces of Destiny and the Aphra comic run. Those three will be covered in next week's episode. Thanks for sticking with me for 30 episodes, and may the next 30 episodes be as fun and Force-filled as the first 30! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram, and download through Radiopublic and its apps. Have a great week, and MTFBWY.
38:11
May 8, 2018
Episode XXIX - Clone Catholicity
It's a #Prequelist podcast: I was bound to get to a Clone-centred episode sooner or later! This week I look at the term "catholicity"-what it means for the Church, and whether or not the Clone army provides a helpful example of it. I also mention the Last Jedi novelisation, Star Wars: Resistance, and the great achievement of Infinity War and how it might influence Star Wars going forward. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY! Comment and follow on Twitter and Instagram.
39:38
May 1, 2018
Episode XXVIII - Broskis on the Films
My brother Jamie's back to give us his thoughts on the newer films of the Disney era. We go into the intellectual themes of The Last Jedi, partly informed by the "Director and the Jedi" and the "Balance of the Force" featurettes on the Bluray release. We also endeavour to speculate responsibly on what this might mean for Episode IX. Then as promised, we discuss the Solo trailer, how Emilia Clarke's character might relate to her portrayal as the "Queen of Dragons," and how the film might serve to refresh a divided fanbase. It's a fun discussion, which we hope you enjoy too. Follow Jamie on twitter and instagram. Follow me on twitter and instagram. As always, thanks for listening, and MTFBWY. One final note: I'm aware that we were experiencing some audio quality issues, largely because we recorded in a house where other people were milling around. I'll look into solutions that address these concerns.
58:09
April 19, 2018
Rogue Three - Evangelicals
"Evangelicals." It's a word used a lot these days, often pejoratively describing a ceetain political faction in the US. But it takes in a lot more than just those folks, even in North America, much less around the world. And even if it continues the heritage of the Reformation, it also includes a renewed openness to Bishops, Sacraments and other things it used to eschew or downplay. (If you were Evangelical Anglican, you never eschewed them: they helped preach the Gospel.) What does the word mean, and who does it apply to? And can their spritual and political goals be as divergent as those of Mace Windu and Rey-one of the last Jedi of the Republic and the Next Jedi of the Resistance? Let me know what you think on Twitter, request to follow on Instagram, and MTFBWY.
34:36
April 14, 2018
Episode XXVII - Ahch-To, Wakanda and the Church in Exile
This week on For Christ's Sake, Anakin! I explore pick up on my discussion of Luke and Rey on Ahch-To from last week, but delve more explicitly into their resonances with western Christians after Christendom. I also draw on similar themes in Black Panther, building off of the conversation on that film in a recent God and Comics episode (which you can and should listen to here). I give a brief mention to Lords of the Sith and the recent comic runs, remind myself to comment about the new Solo trailer, and attempt an Obi-wan-esque introduction. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY
38:19
April 10, 2018
Episode XXVI - Rian, Mark, Luke and Ram
The Last Jedi bluray came out last week and I made a bee-line for the documentary "The Director and the Jedi." This week I share some thoughts arising from the doc, especially the sheer scope of the production and the interpretive tension between Mark Hamill and Rian Johnson about Luke's headspace and mission. I also give a few thoughts on the other special features, as well as some books and comics that I'm reading, and an awesome interactive Artoo toy that I got (and who makes some special appearances in this episode!). I also give some more two cents on Dave Filoni and his ability to bring coherence and continuity across media in Star Wars. To that end, I mention an awesome video of resonances between TLJ and the Original Trilogy. Watch it here! Also, follow me on Twitter and Instagram. Thanks for listening, have a Happy Easter, and MTFBWY.
48:32
April 3, 2018
Episode XXV - Death of Death by Vader's Death
Our Lenten series on the Four Last Things concludes with a Holy Week meditation on Death. To do so I give an expanded reflection on Darth Vader as an icon of the Crucified Christ: the circumstances of His death, its deeper meaning and how it fits or changes our interpretation of "Chosen One" prophecies. Today is also the release of The Last Jedi bluray, so I mention that a bit, as well as the new season of Forces of Destiny (watch the first episode here, and give some more thoughts on the upcoming Solo film. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram. Have a Blessed Holy Week, a Joyful Easter, and MTFBWY.
38:24
March 27, 2018
Episode XXIV - Lessons and Judgement
Part three of our Lenten Four Last Things series continues with the theme of judgement: judgement on the Jedi, judgement on the Dark Side, and the judgement of the fandom. Judgement confronts us with a fulcrum of choice: will we choose "life and prosperity, or death and adversity"? Let's choose the light side. I also talk about what I saw and bought at Toronto Comicon, and address that unfortunate "stormtrooper crucifix" in England. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram
46:21
March 20, 2018
Episode XXIII - Hell is Empire
Our Lenten series on the Four Last Things continues with a brief discussion parallels between the icy wasteland of Hell and the icy grip of the Galactic Empire, where we seek peace and certainty at the cost of our selves and souls. Neither place is habitable for humans or anyone else. But first I go into the Rebels series finale, and comment on what came before and what might lie ahead. It's spoilery so be warned. Follow and comment on Twitter and Instagram. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY!
36:27
March 13, 2018
Episode XXII - Heaven in Star Wars?
Tonight on FCSA I kick off my Lenten series on the Four Last Things. I respond to the question, "is there Heaven in Star Wars?" with the response, "sort of?" I delve into Force Ghosts and the Communion of Saints, and Eschatological and political hope in the Will of the Force. I also do some speculation on the coherence of the Cosmic Force in terms of God's reign from His throne in Heaven: this gets into spoilery territory for this past week's Rebels episode (beginning at about 21 minutes). Consider yourself warned! I briefly talk about my Lenten reading of CS Lewis' Till We Have Faces, and why you all need to see Black Panther. I also lodge a complaint (reasonably, I hope) against Corus Entertainment for delaying the broadcast of Rebels on Disney XD Canada by a whole week. Oh and I have a blog post published on The Living Church's website, Covenant. Read it here! Lastly, follow me on Twitter and Instagram. May you continue to have a Holy Lent, and MTFBWY.
37:14
March 3, 2018
Episode XXI - Palpatine, Deceiver
On this first Sunday of Lent, I examine the links between Darth Sidious/Sheev Palpatine and the satan found Scripture and Christian Tradition. Deception, easy solutions, and the false promise of family become the means by which the come to embody and control the principalities and empires of the age. On a lighter note, I give my reaction to the Solo teasers, recent comics and my Legends foray into Tales of the Jedi. Thanks for listening, have a holy Lent, and MTFBWY. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram.
39:10
February 19, 2018
Episode XX - Coming up in 2018
It's 2018! February 2018 to be more precise, which means it's time to look ahead to what's coming out in Star Wars canon this year. This week I give my top four picks of what I'm most excited to see/read/watch in the coming months. Rebels! Solo! Thrawn and Vader! Padme "No Time For a Committee" Amidala YA novel! Should be a fun year. Of course, we're all still looking back on The Last Jedi, still processing what it means for the Galaxy as a whole. I begin by addressing Rey's parentage in terms of a Judeo-Christian Bible chock-full of stories about nobodies who God calls to become truly extraordinary. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram.
39:07
February 3, 2018
Episode XIX - At the height of their powers
Happy New Year! And let's talk about the most #Prequelist thing to happen since the Prequels, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. This week I discuss some ways in which the events and moments of the latest sequel film either respond to or resonate with events of that vaunted chapter in Star Wars lore, the rise of Darth Sidious, the seeds of the Rebel Alliance, and the end of the Jedi-as-we-knew-them. It's spoiler-filled and Prequelific! Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY. Follow me on twitter and instagram,
39:56
January 2, 2018
Episode XVIII - We are what they grow beyond
As promised, here is my spoilery reflection on the profound resonances between Christian theology and The Last Jedi. Spoiler alert: it's all about Baptism. I also briefly go into why I think some (20%) of people aren't a fan of this film. Enjoy and MTFBWY! Comment and follow me on Twitter and Instagram.
43:31
December 23, 2017
Episode XVII - Broskis Talk TLJ *with spoilers*
Jamie's seen The Last Jedi! I've seen it twice! We both loved it. We talk about it, spoilers and all. If you haven't seen The Last Jedi, then go watch it then listen to this episode. If you _have seen _The Last Jedi, give us a listen! Follow Jamie on twitter and instagram. Follow me on twitter and instagram. As always, MTFBWY
42:25
December 18, 2017
Season 2 kick-off: Last Jedi initial reaction
The Last Jedi is here, I just saw it, and I give my non-spoiler initial reaction. It was enthralling, challenging and compelling. And I loved all of it. I'm already thinking about spoiler reviews of the film itself and theological/biblical themes, so keep an eye and ear on this podcast. And don't worry: if I'm getting into spoilers, you'll be amply warned. Enjoy, MTFBWY, and go see this film! Oh and follow me on twitter and instagram.
07:27
December 15, 2017
Episode XVI - What's in a name?
There are a bunch of characters in Star Wars with Biblical names, and like in the Bible, these names are significant. So this week I try to tease out this significance--some serious, some clearly quite a fun stretch--and it even leads to some speculation on Ezra Bridger's and Kan...I mean Caleb Dume's destinies in season 4 of Rebels and beyond. I start, of course, with St. Luke the Evangelist Farmboy. Also, 3 weeks until The Last Jedi! I give a few thoughts, as well as on Phasma and the Battlefront II story mode. Finally, since this is the last week of the Church calendar and coming up to the new film, this closes out "Season 1" of For Christ's Sake, Anakin! It's been a fun ride, and I know it'll keep going. So stay tuned for "Season 2," and lots of Last Jedi deliciousness! Follow me on twitter and instagram. Thanks as always for listening, and MTFBWY
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November 25, 2017
Episode XV - #ComicandCanon
Return of the Podcast! I'm back to talk about a few topics that have come up recently, such as my thoughts on From A Certain Point of View, the Rebels mid-season finale and the surprise announcement of a Rian Johnson film trilogy. The bulk of the episode dives into the current crop of canon comics (alliteration much?): how they fit into canon, what books stand out, and where things might be headed. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY! Follow me on Instagram and Twitter. (And check out the hashtag #ComicandBru!)
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November 14, 2017
Episode XIV - Jedi in Exile
This week I return to my Scriptural parallels series by examining resonances between the state of the Jedi on the heels of Order 66 and circumstances that lead God's people into situations of Exile. I also discuss the way in which Exile provides an opportunity to reexamine and return to the core of our mission, be it as the Guardians of Peace and Justice in the Galaxy, or the bearers of the Gospel. __ I also go into the non-news story of the title Solo: A Star Wars Story, as well as a non-spoiler review of the Rebels season premiere. (My review ends around the 12-minute mark, in case it's still too spoilery for you.) In my discussion I reference Brandon Boylan's article over at Clashing Sabres, which you can (and should) read here. I also refer to the latest Beltway Banthas episode, which you can listen to here. Lastly, a note on the artwork: the solitary figure is Jedi Master Dass Jennir, who makes some fascinating choices after Order 66 as told in the Legends comic series, Dark Times. Read about him here. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram. Thanks for listening, and MTFBWY!
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October 18, 2017
Episode XIII - Rebels Returns
As promised, this week I talk all about Star Wars Rebels! I give some thoughts on where it's come thus far, with its challenges and triumphs on the way. Then I go into 4 broad categories of things I'm looking for in Season 4: What's up with Ahsoka? How does galactic politics affect the Mandalorians? How close do we get to the outbreak of civil war that we see in Rogue One and A New Hope? Will this last season even give us a glimpse into the road to the Resistance-First Order conflict that emerges in The Force Awakens? These questions and more on this episode of For Christ's Sake, Anakin! Ok I don't just talk all about Rebels: I also mention that trailer that dropped the other day, my continuing journey through From a Certain Point of View, and news about the new Thrawn novel coming out next year. As always, thanks for listening, and MTFBWY! Follow me on Instagram and Twitter.
51:07
October 13, 2017
Rogue Two - Loud boiling test tubes
"Earth and all stars, loud rushing planets, sing to the Lord a new song! Oh victory, loud shouting army, sing to the Lord a new song! God has done marvellous things. I too will praise Him with a new song!" ("Earth and All Stars," Common Praise, 1998, #358) For Rogue II I add some more theological thoughts to my political discussion on Star Trek and Star Wars, and then give my reaction to that trailer. Watch said trailer (The Last Jedi, from October 9, 2017) here. Follow me on twitter and Instagram.
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October 11, 2017
Episode XII - Discovery
This week on FCSA I delve into some recent points of convergence (!) between Star Trek and Star Wars, particularly Timothy Zahn's Thrawn and _ _ the now-airing tv show Discovery. I get more political than I expect to, and precisely as political as I'd like. I also talk a bit about _From A Certain Point of View _and what I've already read from the short story anthology. Get ready to Boldly Go where no split infinitive has gone before! Oh and MTFBWY. Follow me on twitter and instagram.
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October 8, 2017
Episode XI - Anakin Redemptor
This week I respond to a wonderful episode on Jason Flatt's Holy Star Wars, where he brought on Beltway Banthas' Stephen Kent to talk about Christ, Anakin and the theme of Redemption in Star Wars and Christianity. I offer my own take, focusing on the cosmic or universal dimension of Anakin's role as Redeemer , but conceding to Stephen that we don't yet know if he has been redeemed. I also break out fancy words like "soteriology," "justification" and "sanctification," a month away from the 500th Anniversary of Luther''s spark that led to the Protestant Reformation. I also briefly touch on Gaiman's Eternals , Star Trek Discovery (briefly!) and the upcoming short-story anthology, From a Certain Point of View. Thanks again for listening, and MTFBWY! Listen to the Holy Star Wars episode here. Follow Jason on twitter. Follow Stephen on twitter. Follow me on twitter and instagram.
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September 30, 2017
Episode X - Kanan, Iden, Leia
This week I review three books I read recently: two new, one not so much. I give non-spoiler and then spoiler reviews of 2014's Rebels prequel A New Dawn, and 2017's breakouts Battlefront II: Inferno Squad and Leia: Princess of Alderaan. I also address the news that JJ Abrams will be coming back to direct Episode IX, and (briefly) touch on my trek through the MCU. Thanks for listening! Follow me on Instagram and Twitter.
1:04:14
September 20, 2017
Rogue One - Good Lord, Deliver us
"From lightning and tempest; from earthquake, fire, and flood; from plague, pestilence, and famine; from battle and murder, and from sudden death, _Good Lord, deliver us." -BCP, _"Great Litany." A few more thoughts on FanExpo, Pacifism/nonviolence, Star Wars Rebels: "Twin Suns," and a God who allows natural disasters and confronts our privilege. May the Force be with you.
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September 8, 2017
Episode IX - FanExpo, Fear and the Lothwolf
This week I recap the Star Wars Rebels panel from FanExpo Canada, and reflect on a few Christian parallels that emerged. I give a non-spoiler review of the Season 4 premiere, and amplify #MynockMonday as a way of briefly talking about inclusivism in fandom. I also touch on the hot-off-the-press (but long-awaited?) news that Colin Trevorrow is...no longer directing Episode IX (the film, not the podcast episode). Photo is from Star Wars Underworld's excellent live-tweet of the panel. Read the live-tweet and follow them on Twitter at @TheSWU. Follow me on Twitter at @neug485 and on Instagram at @mneug1138. Thanks for listening!
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September 6, 2017
Episode VIII - Faith, Exile, War
My buddy Dallas turns the tables on me to ask some wide-ranging questions covering various topics. We get into the Hero's Journey, the particularity and universality of both Star Wars and the Christian faith, the exile of the Jedi and the Church, and even delve into Just War and Pacificism. We also discuss the report on the Obi-wan standalone film, partly in light of John Jackson Miller's Legends novel. Ask Dallas a question at: sirdallas@hotmail.com.
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August 24, 2017
Episode VII - Hail Shmi, the Force is With You
Just in time for the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, I look at the wonderful and wonderfully on-the-nose parallel between St. Mary the Virgin and Shmi Skywalker, their sons' mysterious Virgin births and their willingness to accept that their sons were called to greater things. I also go into the Entertainment Weekly issue on The Last Jedi and Mark Hamill's comments about Luke and Kylo Ren, as well as Fan Expo Canada, Star Wars Rebels and its prequel novel, A New Dawn.
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August 16, 2017
Episode VI - Counseling Anakin
My old youth group buddy Dallas joins me to look at Anakin from a psychological standpoint. Dallas is a counselling psych student and applies his studies in Post-traumatic Stress Disorder to the character and experiences of our favourite anti-hero. It's a fascinating discussion with insights in the character and the saga, and a reminder to attend to our own mental health. My "watcha readin?" pick this week is the brilliant Star Wars Super Graphic, and the news segment tries to put you all at ease about the Han Solo film via Ron Howard's comedic exploits. Have a listen, and be well. Also, ask Dallas a question at: sirdallas@hotmail.com
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August 2, 2017
Episode V - The Canon Strikes Back
This week on For Christ's Sake, Anakin! I look at the Canon itself, how Lucasfilm is crafting a coherent story through books, comics, TV shows and other media, centred on the films themselves. I pay special attention to the way stories set in the "Dark Times"--between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope--help people see just how integral the Prequels are to the Saga and the universe as a whole. First I introduce a new segment, called "whatcha readin?" where I discuss how I'm Star Warsing this week. The news segment focuses on Kieron Gillen taking the helm in the Ongoing comic book run, as it (hopefully) brings us to that icy planet with wompas. Thanks again for listening!
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July 27, 2017
Episode IV - On Jordan's Bank, Hear Qui-Gon's Cry
In this episode I delve into parallels between Qui-Gon Jinn and John the Baptist, as they prepare the Galaxy for the coming of the Chosen One. I'm deeply indebted to Instagram and Twitter user @tpf1138 for his insights on Luke and Qui-Gon, as posted by @mikeklimo here: www.instagram.com/p/BVyClfLgZMQ/?t…ken-by=mikeklimo I also comment on the (lack of) news from D23.
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July 18, 2017
Episode III - Broski on the Clone Wars
My brother Jamie joins me for Episode III of the podcast, talking all about the incredible Clone Wars TV series. First we go into the new Forces of Destiny series of animated shorts before launching into the main discussion. Follow Jamie on Twitter and Instagram.
45:23
July 11, 2017
Episode II - The Passion and Resurrection of Anakin Skywalker
Welcome to Episode II of For Christ's Sake, Anakin! I begin with the heart of it: can the Sith Lord Darth Vader really look like Jesus? First some housekeeping, then thoughts on the Han Solo film, and then the meat of the episode. Enjoy and be inspired!
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June 27, 2017
Episode I - Welcome
Welcome to Episode I of For Christ's Sake, Anakin! I give a brief intro about what I hope to do with the podcast, go into some of my perspectives and where I'm coming from, and most important, give you my thanks for listening! Music from "Anakin's Theme" from The Phantom Menace soundtrack by John Williams. Cover art from Mike Del Mundo's variant of Darth Vader (2015) #1, image available here:starwars.wikia.com/wiki/File:Star…ndoVariant.jpg
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June 20, 2017