We get to the news that broke less than an hour after last week's podcast recording: RIAN JOHNSON IS DIRECTING THE NEXT STAR WARS TRILOGY! Needless to say we're pretty excited. Also, Dan rants about the Battlefront II controversy even though he does not have the means to play it. Kenton is prepared to play the long game on this one: wait six months and it'll all be sorted out (and free!)
Kenton & Dan welcome comic creator Nicholas Burns to the podcast to talk about seeing Star Wars for the first time in a Minneapolis theatre in May 1977. They also discuss Luke's possible backstory for the 30-year gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.
Dan & Kenton talk about Facebook's recent woes concerning its (alleged) role in the 2016 Russian U.S. election hack. How can Zuckerberg & crew ensure this doesn't happen again?
Kenton & Dan react to the new 45 second Last Jedi TV spot, entitled "Awake." The spot certainly woke the Nerds up, rekindling their excitement for the film's December 15th release.
Kenton & Dan talk about the "directing the Last Jedi" featurette released by Lucasfilm, possible (but not really) spoilers revealed by both the film's international poster AND Adam Driver, and Kenton can't wait to get his hands on the Black Series Porg figure.
Dan & Kenton drill down into news overload: why they feel overwhelmed with the sheer number of news stories being published on the internet and other media. In recommendations, a couple of summer movies that were good, but not great.
Kenton & Dan talk about the newly-revealed title for the Han Solo standalone film. They also re-visit last week's Last Jedi trailer and preview the fourth and final season of Rebels.
More than 30 actresses (as of this posting) have come forward with stories about movie mogul Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulting them. Dan & Kenton talk about this scandal being indicative of a huge problem in Hollywood, and about how things need to change. NOW. Hollywood is broken, and someone (i.e. the moviegoing audience) needs to fix it.
Kenton & Dan react to the new trailer for The Last Jedi and describe how difficult it was for them to buy tickets for the first screening.
Dan & Kenton talk about how the media reported on the Las Vegas shooting, about the death of Tom Petty and about the new Blade Runner film.
How much of your Star Wars fandom is driven by nostalgia? Kenton & Dan attempt to answer this question after a bit of a "theatre-going experience" tangent. Then, they continue to develop their as-yet-untitled standalone Star Wars film.
Dan shows off his new iPhone and talks about why he wasn't able to post on Instagram or Snapchat with his shitty Android. This leads into the Nerds' annual "state of social media" discussion. In recommendations, Kenton drinks the La La Kool-Aid.
Dan invites Canadian Prime Minister and Star Wars fan Justin Trudeau to guest on the podcast next time he's in town. Then, the nerds weigh in on the J.J. debate and Kenton gives us an update on his never-ending Star Wars toy hunt.
Kenton & Dan talk TV and the Emmys, recounting the previous night's winners, losers and surprises. They then take a look at the upcoming new crop of TV and discuss which shows they are looking forward to.