Star Wars: The Jedi Way

Jeff and Todd talk about the Jedi Way. What is the Jedi Code and what does it allow and prohibit? Is the Jedi Code a desirable way to live? How could the Jedi code be improved? What is the Force? What is the difference between the light side and the dark? What is the difference between passion and compassion? Love versus attachment and possession. How the Jedi see death and immortality versus the Sith.

Star Wars: Fan Service

It’s an exciting time in the Star Wars universe. Jeff and Todd start things off talking about all the new shows just announced. Then we talk about fan service, material in a work of fiction or in a fictional series which is intentionally added to please the audience. What are the merits of fan service? Possible pitfalls? We look at examples throughout the films and shows, where it’s worked well and some instances where, maybe less so.

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Star Wars: Padmé and the Vote of No Confidence

Jeff and Todd discuss Padmé and her call for the vote of no confidence that launched Palpatine’s rise to the chancellorship and to absolute power. We look at her actions from different ethical perspectives – deontological, teleological, virtue – and at her complicated role in the narrative as both hero and pawn, as well as her dominant presence and importance in the arc of the whole saga.

Star Wars Episode II: Jeff and Todd Strike Back

We talk about George Lucas, his background and influences. Flash Gordon, Akira Kurosawa, Horse Opera and Spaghetti Westerns. The sequel trilogy: overall coherence, the Star Wars tradition of seeing contradictions “from a certain point of view”. The sequel trilogy characters: Rey, Rose, and Vice Admiral Holdo.