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New Podcast! The Escapist Movie Podcast – “The Mandalorian Season 2 Finale Discussion”

The Escapist have launched a movie podcast, and I was thrilled to join Jack Packard and KC Nwosu for the second episode of the year. We talked about the upcoming Rubik’s Cube shared universe, the release of Disney Pixar’s Soul, and the season finale 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 16: The Rescue”

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 finale episode of the second season, The Rescue, is available below.

New Escapist Video! “The Mandalorian – Chapter 15: The Believer”

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 seventh and penultimate episode of the second season, The Believer, is available below.

New Escapist Video! “The Mandalorian – Chapter 14: The Tragedy”

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 sixth episode of the second season, The Tragedy, is available below.

New Escapist Column! On “The Mandalorian”, Continuity and Brand Synergy…

I published a new In the Frame piece at The Escapist this evening. There’s been a lot of Star Wars continuity dropped into the second season of The Mandalorian, with Boba Fett returning to the show following his apparent death in Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, and the live action introduction of characters like Bo Katan and Ahsoka Tano from The Clone Wars.

This is interesting, in large part because the first season of The Mandalorian was comfortable aiming for a broader sort of Star Wars nostalgia, things that looked like existing elements of continuity, rather than things that were existing elements of Star Wars continuity. The second season is much more heavy of Star Wars cross-promotion, populated with references designed to push viewers towards supplementary material. This is a nice illustration of transmedia storytelling in the streaming age, where it isn’t enough to attract fans, services have to retain them.

Streaming services hold on to existing subscribers by adding value, and Disney appear to have figured out that continuity offers its own added value. In its second season, The Mandalorian increasingly feels like an advertisement for the other riches that the streaming service has to offer, and a promise that any subscriber who doesn’t cancel once the season is over will have a treasure trove of archival material to binge at their leisure.

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

New Escapist Video! “The Mandalorian – Chapter 13: The Jedi”

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 fifth episode of the second season, The Jedi, is available below.

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.