Episode 97: Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

The guys head back to a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away for the second installment in the original Star Wars trilogy, The Empire Strikes Back. The guys compare the film not only to the rest of the Star Wars series, but also the rest of director Irvin Kershner’s catalogue, which includes such classics as RoboCop 2 and Never Say Never Again. They talk about how Empire stands alone and bridges the series together, as well as how the actors both grow and, well, don’t, from A New Hope to Episode V. The Bit Players also imagine what it might have been like had iconic method actor Daniel Day-Lewis prepared for a role in the film.

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Director
Irvin Kershner
Stars
Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, David Prowse, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, Frank Oz

Curated by: Anders

5.0

What Movies Are About

Aired Monday, August 21, 2017

The guys head back to a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away for the second installment in the original Star Wars trilogy, The Empire Strikes Back. The guys compare the film not only to the rest of the Star Wars series, but also the rest of director Irvin Kershner's catalogue, which includes such classics as RoboCop 2 and Never Say Never Again. They talk about how Empire stands alone and bridges the series together, as well as how the actors both grow and, well, don't, from A New Hope to Episode V. The Bit Players also imagine what it might have been like had iconic method actor Daniel Day-Lewis prepared for a role in the film.

Midnight Showing: Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015)

The guys get swept up in the Star Wars mania once again with J.J. Abrams’s stunning resurrection of the series, The Force Awakens. The film captures exactly what Midnight Showing is all about: the experience of going to the cinema as a transportative and immersive experience, as Abrams throws us right back into the world that became so familiar and beloved over the course of our lives, bringing back old favorites and adding new characters that will live on forever thanks to how rich and well-developed they are. The Force is strong with this one.

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)
Director
J.J. Abrams
Stars
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fischer, Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson

Curated by: The Bit Players

4.8

What Movies Are About

Aired Friday, December 25, 2015

The guys get swept up in the Star Wars mania once again with J.J. Abrams's stunning resurrection of the series, The Force Awakens. The film captures exactly what Midnight Showing is all about: the experience of going to the cinema as a transportative and immersive experience, as Abrams throws us right back into the world that became so familiar and beloved over the course of our lives, bringing back old favorites and adding new characters that will live on forever thanks to how rich and well-developed they are. The Force is strong with this one.

Episode 29: Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)

A few days ago, in a makeshift podcast studio far away, the Bit Players sat down and tackled George Lucas’s masterful 1977 classic Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. As with just about any random sampling of five millennial men, Star Wars played a huge role in each of the guys’ lives from an early age, but the most remarkable thing about the film is just how well it holds up as a storytelling and visual achievement, with characters and ideals that will live on far after any of the film’s principle (and bit) players have perished. The guys have a blast reveling in the way the film impacted them and continues to impact them, how no matter how many video games Mark “Hambone” Hamill has to voice over, no one will ever take away Luke Skywalker from him, and how that one Storm Trooper is really regretting setting his pistol to “stun.”

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
Director
George Lucas
Stars
Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness, Peter Cushing, Anthony Daniels

Curated by: Anders Oster

5.0

What Movies Are About

Aired Tuesday, November 10, 2015

A few days ago, in a makeshift podcast studio pretty, pretty nearby, the Bit Players sat down and tackled George Lucas's masterful 1977 classic Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. As with just about any random sampling of five millennial men, Star Wars played a huge role in each of the guys' lives from an early age, but the most remarkable thing about the film is just how well it holds up as a storytelling and visual achievement, with characters and ideals that will live on far after any of the film's principle (and bit) players have perished. The guys have a blast reveling in the way the film impacted them and continues to impact them, how no matter how many video games Mark "Hambone" Hamill has to voice over, no one will ever take away Luke Skywalker from him, and how that one Storm Trooper is really regretting setting his pistol to "stun."