Episode 4: STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE with Jen Yamato
Oh, my dear friends. How I've missed you!
OK, sure, it's only been a week since the last full episode where Marc Bernardin and I explored the exploitation classic THE TERMINATOR, but still, the sentiment remains. And, incase you didn't notice by my THE FORCE AWAKENS paraphrase, it's STAR WARS week here on SENDING THE WOLFE! Just a few days after Episode 8: THE LAST JEDI hit theaters last week, today I am pleased to bring you a deep dive into the one that started it all, A NEW HOPE, with LA Times entertainment reporter Jen Yamato.
A few things before we get started: First, there are no THE LAST JEDI spoilers in today's episode but an extra long mini dedicated to Rian Johnson's divisive new offering will be available for $5+ Patreon subscribers this Thursday. And between us, a little droid told me that the mini *might* be dropping a whole day early as a little holiday treat and a big thank you for supporting the show. But you didn't hear it from me!
Next, today's episode is a discussion of A NEW HOPE and many of the industry changing things that came as a result. But it is not a nitty-gritty debate about what's cannon and what isn't, or an analysis of the inner workings of the lore of the greater STAR WARS universe. No, today's show is a conversation reflecting on A NEW HOPE specifically and all of the things it has come to symbolize: modern fantasy storytelling, the use of practical effects, blockbuster movies, pop art and cultural relevance, the differences between "best" and "favorite," the cyclical nature of the STAR WARS saga, and lots of other topics in between.
I am hopeful that Episode 4 of SENDING THE WOLFE (guys, I didn't even plan that!) is enjoyable for STAR WARS enthusiasts, general cinephiles, and pop culture junkies alike. And, as always, I hope you enjoy listening to this conversation as much as I enjoyed having it.