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New Escapist Video! On How “Return of the Jedi” Set Boundaries on What “Star Wars” Could Be…

So, as I have mentioned before, I am launching a new video series as a companion piece to In the Frame at The Escapist. The video will typically launch with the Monday article, and be released on the magazine’s YouTube channel the following week. This is kinda cool, because we’re helping relaunch the magazine’s film channel – so if you can throw a subscription our way, it would mean a lot.

With that in mind, here is last week’s episode. With the new season of The Mandalorian on the air and with the release of The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to take a look back at nostalgia within the Star Wars franchise – in particular, at Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi.

New Escapist Video! “The Mandalorian – Chapter 12: The Siege”

I’m thrilled to be launching 3-Minute Reviews on Escapist Movies. Over the coming weeks and months, I will be joining a set of contributors in adding these reviews to the channel. For the moment, I’ll be doing weekly reviews of The Mandalorian.

The review of the fourth episode of the second season, The Siege, is available below.

New Podcast! The Escapist Movie Podcast – “25 Years After Toy Story, We’re Still In Love With Pixar”

The Escapist have launched a movie podcast, and I was thrilled to join Jack Packard and KC Nwosu for the twelfth episode. We marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of the release of Toy Story by looking at what makes Pixar unique, we reflected on news that Paramount are planning to expand A Quiet Place into a franchise, and we examined the opening three episodes of The Mandalorian.

You can listen to the episode here, back episodes of the podcast here, click the link below or even listen directly.

 

New Escapist Video! “The Mandalorian – Chapter 11: The Heiress”

I’m thrilled to be launching 3-Minute Reviews on Escapist Movies. Over the coming weeks and months, I will be joining a set of contributors in adding these reviews to the channel. For the moment, I’ll be doing weekly reviews of The Mandalorian.

The review of the third episode of the second season, The Heiress, is available below.

New Escapist Video! “The Mandalorian – Chapter 10: The Passenger”

I’m thrilled to be launching 3-Minute Reviews on Escapist Movies. Over the coming weeks and months, I will be joining a set of contributors in adding these reviews to the channel. For the moment, I’ll be doing weekly reviews of The Mandalorian.

The review of the second episode of the second season, The Passenger, is available below.

New Escapist Video! On “The Mandalorian” and “Star Wars'” Fallen World…

So, as I have mentioned before, I am launching a new video series as a companion piece to In the Frame at The Escapist. The video will typically launch with the Monday article, and be released on the magazine’s YouTube channel the following week. This is kinda cool, because we’re helping relaunch the magazine’s film channel – so if you can throw a subscription our way, it would mean a lot.

With that in mind, here is last week’s episode. To mark the season premiere of The Mandalorian, we took a look at the series’ exploration of a fallen world. In particular, the trope of the last survivors of a fallen world wandering through the ruins has become a common trope in contemporary mass media science-fiction like the third season of Star Trek: Discovery or the new series Raised by Wolves. So we thought it might be interesting to look at the trope, and how it differs from the conventional portrayal of the Star Wars universe.

New Escapist Video! “The Mandalorian – Chapter 9: The Marshal”

I’m thrilled to be launching 3-Minute Reviews on Escapist Movies. Over the coming weeks and months, I will be joining a set of contributors in adding these reviews to the channel. For the moment, I’ll be doing weekly reviews of The Mandalorian.

The review of the second season premiere, The Marshall, is available below.

New Escapist Column! On “The Mandalorian” and Science-Fiction’s Fascination with Fallen Worlds…

I published a new In the Frame piece at The Escapist this evening. With the season premiere of The Mandalorian on Friday, it seemed like a good opportunity to take a look at the show.

The Mandalorian is interesting, because it exists in a similar context to recent high-profile science-fiction shows like the third season of Star Trek: Discovery and the HBO Max flagship Raised by Wolves. These stories tend to focus on protagonists who are standard bearers for a fallen world, wandering through the ruins of a collapsing social order. It’s interesting that these franchises would push in that direction, perhaps filtering some contemporary anxieties.

You can read the piece here, or click the picture below.

New Podcast! The Escapist Movie Podcast – “Digging Deep on the Manda-lore of The Mandalorian”

The Escapist have launched a movie podcast, and I was thrilled to join Jack Packard for the tenth episode. The big news this week was the return of The Mandalorian, but we also talk a little bit about Ben Wheatley signing on to direct The Meg 2 and Tomb Raider 2, along with Michael B. Jordan making his directorial debut with Creed III.

You can listen to the episode here, back episodes of the podcast here, click the link below or even listen directly.

New Podcast! The Escapist Movie Podcast – “The Devil All the Time, Antebellum, Mandalorian, and Pushbacks”

The Escapist have launched a movie podcast, and I was thrilled to join Jack Packard and Bob Chipman for the fourth episode, primarily discussing The Devil All the Time, Antebellum, the trailer for the second season of The Mandalorian, and the changes to the release schedule after the releases of TENET and Mulan.

You can listen to the episode here, back episodes of the podcast here, click the link below or even listen directly.