The Phantom Menace Commentary Track

October 16, 2017

We kick off our countdown to Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, with a series of commentaries covering the complete saga so far.

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace is an interesting movie for James and Luke. Released in 1999, this came out when the summers felt longer and there were definitely more birds wheeling leisurely through the air. You're only 12 years old once in your life - so we reminisce about Racer on the N64, how annoying the Otoh Gunga level was on PC, and how we feel about the film today.

Keep watching the skies for the rest of our commentary series, released every week and we ramp up to Episode VIII.


Special: ‘The Last Jedi’ Trailer #2 Reaction Show (Spoilers)

October 10, 2017

We wouldn't be caught dead without a trailer reaction show released so quickly we haven't even had time to digest the very footage we're discussing. Luke and James give YouTube a good work out; freeze framing those two minutes frame by Jedi-lovin' frame.

There's lots of rabid speculation and riffing on rumours that have been doing the rounds - so you have been warned.

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Local Trouble - Star Wars Podcast Tuesday 3rd October 2017

October 3, 2017

In the words of Peter Venkman, it makes you wonder doesn't she naked under that toga? We has some news on what Snoke might be hiding beneath his robes. Big news. We also look at the latest episodes of Forces of Destiny online, as well as Marvel's Star Wars Annual #3 and Mace Windu. 

Luke and James also talk 'autobiographical collecting' and Indiana Jones 5.

Thanks to some of the following sources of news this week:

You can see the new Forces of Destiny episodes here and here

BBC News: The Queen turns down Star Wars filming

Reddit: Snoke's Undergarments


Local Trouble - Star Wars Podcast Tuesday 12th August 2017

September 12, 2017

Trevorrow out! Abrhams in! Game of Directors continues with the Lucasfilm top brass. We talk through our initial reactions and how this contrasts to the 'good old days' when the director would call all the shots and take names themselves. 

We chat extensively about this article from The Vulture which allegedly details some of the working relationship between Trevorrow and Lucasfilm heads.


Local Trouble - Star Wars Podcast Wednesday 30th August 2017

August 30, 2017

We ask the big questions on Local Trouble. Like how much weight does Daisy Ridley lift to look that ripped? will there be a standalone Jabba the Hutt film? And why does UK tabloid the Daily Express publish more Star Wars-related content than Lucasfilm?

Luke and James also discuss how Star Wars has inspired them in their own lives - whether it's in their jobs or simply taking that first step into a larger world.

Thanks to the following sources of news this week:

Forceback: 1977 Carrie Fisher BBC interview 

Screenrant: New Last Jedi image of Rey training

Cinema Blend: Will Episode IX go back to Jakku?

(Spoilers): Mike Zeroh's speculation on this possible leak and this other possible leak

(Spoilers): Daily Express fuelled rumour on a character that may appear in future films

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Local Trouble - Star Wars Podcast Tuesday 15th August 2017

August 15, 2017

The good people at Entertainment Weekly brought Christmas forward a few months. Lots of pictures and very mild PR-approved spoilers abound within it's pages.

We also chat Marvel comics (especially that wonderful Star Wars #33) and Ron Howard's latest Tweets from the Han Solo set.

Luke and James also discuss the best 'Star Wars generation' to grow up in.

Many thanks to the sources of news this week:

Cinema Blend: Han Solo actors confirmed

Entertainment Weekly: Huge Last Jedi feature Last Jedi images

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Local Trouble - Star Wars Podcast Tuesday 1st August 2017

August 1, 2017

It must be summer, because there's a new Star Wars sizzle reel. Luke and James run through their best bits of The Last Jedi's latest preview as well as looking at the Forces of Destiny cartoon series.

We also have a force-back to a John Williams documentary from 1980 when he was scoring 'Star Wars 2'.

Thanks to the following sources of news this week.

The 1980 documentary on John Williams can be found here

Don't forget to check Ron Howard's latest tweets

And you can also compare to the fan photoshopped Donald Glover here

Spoilers: Thanks also to the source of spoilers (or should that be 'complete conjecture') Express

Spoilers: Not forgetting the news tidbits we drop from Slashfilm


Local Trouble - Star Wars Podcast Wednesday 28th June 2017

June 27, 2017

Never ones to simply jump on air for an hour and add to the ubiquitous hyperbole of venomous internet ranting, Luke and James record a special 'reaction' show following the departure of Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

We talk about how the Star Wars formula seems to be taking shape for the latest round of movies in the post-Lucas era and speculate as to what we can expect from Ron Howard - and the creative approach to the franchise in general.

Thanks to the following article which formed the basis of some of our discussion:

The Hollywood Reporter: 'Star Wars' Firing Reveals a Disturbance in the Franchise

There's also the original joint statement from the directors and Lucasfilm: A Message from Lucasfilm Regarding the Untitled Han Solo Film


Local Trouble - Star Wars Podcast Wednesday 14th June 2017

June 14, 2017

We delve into the complete internet disinterest that is director Colin Trevorrow's recent 'Star Wars is for the kids' comments. We pry into Donald Glover's inconsequential discussion on how he's playing the new Lando Calrissian. And we chat the latest Star Wars comics and Last Jedi spoilers.

Plenty for Luke and James to muse on as the nights gets longer, and the news gets weaker.

Thanks to some of the following sources of news this week: Colin Trevorrow comments in Episode IX Donald Glover is "true and cool" to Lando

Business Insider: Joel Edgerton is open to new Star Wars movies 

(Spoilers) Some descriptions

Forceback of the week: Billy Dee Williams 1980 interview


Local Trouble - Star Wars Podcast Sunday 21st May 2017

May 20, 2017

We raise a glass to the second classiest guy in the galaxy (the first is Bill Dee Williams). George Lucas has just turned 73, so we reminisce about how we were first introduced to George's work, and how we grew to appreciate it over the years. Everything from Young Indy to micro-management. It's all here.

Luke and James also run through the latest Star Wars news and rumours, the possibility of an Old Republic Netflix series, leaked Han Solo concept art and more.

Thanks to some of the following sources of news this week:

Colorado Flier: George Lucas's advice on life Vintage George interview from 1977 Old Republic Netflix series petition

(Spoilers) TMZ: Han Solo set pictures

(Spoilers) Han Solo concept art

SWNN/DailyExpress: Ian McDiarmid  in Rebels Season 4? Mace Windu Comic

The Guardian: Guardian 40 year tribute article

Screen Rant: Star Wars Episode VIII predictions