Story and Star Wars

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This fall, story expert Alastair Stephens will look at each of the six core Star Wars movies in release order, and analyse what works and why. We’re going to talk about heroic motivations, serial structure, the power of the five-man band, the interaction of intent and execution, mythic archetypes, the urge to explain, and stories which grow in the telling — and perhaps, we’ll understand a little better why Star Wars is the most important pop culture phenomenon of the modern era.

Episode Date
Story And Star Wars 15: Force, Finn, Family
In this session, some further thoughts and listener feedback on The Last Jedi!
Jun 09, 2018
Story And Star Wars 14: First Response To Solo
This week, we have a brief, spoiler-filled but surprisingly timely overview of Solo: A Star Wars Story!
May 26, 2018
Story And Star Wars 13: The Last Jedi
It's been a long time -- a long time -- but Story And Star Wars is back with a whole new season of discussion. This week, The Last Jedi!
May 12, 2018
Story And Star Wars 12: The Force Awakens Live Commentary
In anticipation of The Last Jedi, we rewatch The Force Awakens with this live Story and Star Wars commentary!
Dec 14, 2017
Story And Star Wars 11: Rogue One
In the return of Story And Star Wars, Alastair Stephens discusses the structure, plot and themes and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Apr 14, 2017
Story And Star Wars 10: Q&A From The Cantina
How do we parse the critical response to The Force Awakens? What's right with Finn, wrong with Kylo Ren, and paradoxical about Darth Jar Jar?
Aug 19, 2016
Story And Star Wars 9: The Force Awakens
It's been a long time coming, but it's finally here, and it's spoiler-filled: Star Wars: The Force Awakens!
Dec 29, 2015
Story And Star Wars 8: The Prequel Trilogy
At last, we come to the end of the Story and Star Wars series, and discuss the prequel trilogy, the saga as a whole, and what we've learned along the way.
Nov 24, 2015
Story And Star Wars 7: Revenge Of The Sith
This week, we close out the prequel trilogy and bring our story full-circle with Revenge Of The Sith, the last Star Wars movie -- for now!
Nov 14, 2015
Story And Star Wars 6: Attack Of The Clones
Anakin is all grown-up and it's time to begin the Clone War with Attack Of The Clones, a change of direction for the Star Wars series.
Nov 08, 2015
Story And Star Wars 5: The Phantom Menace
We turn our attention to the prequel trilogy this week, with some thoughts on The Phantom Menace, and the ways in which it shifts our understanding of what Star Wars is.
Oct 30, 2015
Story And Star Wars 4: The Original Trilogy
A little later than originally planned, it's time for our live discussion of the original trilogy of Star Wars!
Oct 23, 2015
Story And Star Wars 3: Return Of The Jedi
In our third Star Wars lecture, we close out the original trilogy with some thoughts on Ewoks, fairy tales and the zig-zagging story of Return Of The Jedi.
Oct 09, 2015
Story And Star Wars 2: The Empire Strikes Back
In our second Star Wars lecture, we look at the dark middle chapter of the original trilogy, The Empire Strikes Back.
Oct 02, 2015
Story And Star Wars 1: A New Hope
In our first Star Wars lecture, we discuss what Star Wars is and isn't, and try to answer a deceptively difficult question: what is the story of A New Hope?
Sep 25, 2015
Story And Star Wars: Introduction
This fall, we're journeying to a galaxy far, far away to study one of the most important pop culture phenomena in history -- Star Wars!
Sep 18, 2015