New Year’s Eve, ring in the coming year the old-fashioned way: Listen
to Sean and Stefan talk about George Lucas’s Star Wars prequel trilogy
for 80 minutes! For the final BLAH of 2016, we’re tackling one of our
most frequently requested topics and going long on Episodes I, II, and
III of the blockbuster franchise: 1999’s The Phantom Menace, 2002’s Attack of the Clones, and 2005’s Revenge of the Sith.
An all but universally accepted punching bag for much of the decade
since it brought the curtain down on the early adventures of Obi-Wan
Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker et al, the prequel trilogy has seen something
of a change of critical fortune at since dawn of the Disney era and its
crowd-pleasing kick-off The Force Awakens. With another prequel, Rogue One,
now in theaters (though Stefan hasn’t seen it, so shhhhh no spoilers),
we thought it would be the perfect time to discuss Lucas’s uneven but
ambitious auteurist prequel saga in depth, movie by movie. Are they the
Fall of the Republic–level disasters they’re made out to be, or do they
have an artistic Force worth reckoning with? Listen in and find out!
With this episode of BLAH, our 14th this year, we’re pleased to
announce the start of a new series of subscriber-only mini-episodes
beginning this January! For the low low price of a monthly $1
contribution to the Boiled Leather Audio Hour Patreon, you’ll receive exclusive monthly podcasts focused squarely on A Song of Ice and Fire (with a bit of Game of Thrones
mixed in, we suspect, but mostly the books) and derived from listener
questions. It’s our way of saying thank you to those of you who’ve
subscribed this year and thus made recording these so much easier for
us—and, we hope, a tempting offer for those of you who haven’t yet taken
the plunge. Visit our Patreon page, pitch in, and get in on the ground floor! And now back to your regularly scheduled BLAH. Happy Holidays!