A steroid-pumped John has bounced back from a breif period of illness but Jude is burned out from being a Dad and pretend husband. The June weather is miserable, but we’re recording this episode outside The Griffin public house, in Shoreditch. We talk about the Women’s Football World Cup and Jude runs into an old colleague, who briefly joins us on the show. After a quick pint, we move to the peaceful surroundings of Mark Square where we discuss Rey’s origins and John pitches his idea for a groundbreaking form of transportation that could revolutionise the travel industry. We’ve also got updates on Weird Paul and Richard Herring’s Richard E Grant interview!
Vanity Fair have released a huge behind-the-scenes look at The Rise Of Skywalker, in which they feature some glorious photos of the cast and characters, confirm a few names of people and planets. We pour over the pics and speculate as to the direction this final chapter will take.
Tickets for Blah Wars LIVE 2 are here: https://www.tickettext.co.uk/blah-wars/blah-wars-live-27072019/
Blah Wars Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/blahwars
Vanity Fair Photos: https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2019/05/star-wars-cover-story?verso=true
The great 'gentle giant' Peter Mayhew has passed away. Harrison Ford put it very eloquently, but how did Jude react to the news? Find out in this week's episode. Also discussed: three new star wars films annouced for 2022, 2024 and 2026, is Matt Smith in Episode 9 at all, what is happening with Rian Johnson's Star Wars trilogy, some folks have recreated the lightsaber duel from A New Hope, Garth Marenghi's Darkplace, Game of Thrones and boners. What did you expect?
Garth Marenghi's Darkplace - https://vimeo.com/94717796
Blah Wars LIVE 2 - https://www.tickettext.co.uk/blah-wars/blah-wars-live-27072019/
Back on the rooftop of our favourite pub, with what sounds like a gas leak in background. We have a big announcement to make and John's had a nasty fall. Jude provides an interesting theory behind the Emperor's supposed return. We go back over the Wish products we discussed in Blah Wars 75 and give the best suggestions as to their purpose. Then we go through the photo and autograph prices from celebration to see whether Jude can correctly put the price to the name. Jude shares a laundry story, John shares one about contraband antiques. There's also a spoiler-filled discussion about The Avengers: Endgame.
Blah Wars LIVE is coming back to London on Saturday 27th July, the London Film and Comic Con weekend. Tickets are just £5 and on sale now. https://www.tickettext.co.uk/blah-wars/blah-wars-live-27072019/ Please come, we'd love to see you there!
Why not visit London Film and Comic Con while you're in town? https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/london-film-comic-con-summer-2019-tickets-49472593860
Natalie Portman rap: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8K9jAJ3Ong
Pandora's Diary Star Whores: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnASP7n5rV4
John and Jude are recording this week's episode from the rooftop of an East London pub. We round-up the big celebration news: particularly that Mandolorian panel. John's been to visit a Star Wars location; Puzzlewood in Gloucestershire, aka the forests of Takodana, as seen in The Force Awakens. He's also been to Bath and has a fiendish idea regarding the Roman Baths.
Soprano's clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GS0DQKHMpM8
Roman Baths: https://www.romanbaths.co.uk/
John and Jude reform to discuss the Episode IX trailer and the film’s finally revealed trailer. We also have some catching up to do, including John’s exchange with Richard E Grant at a recent recording of Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Theatre Podcast (this episode will be available on YouTube later this year), the fact that we are both working together again and therefore able to record more shows. We also return to the subject of the “Wish” sponsored advertisements we keep seeing on our Instagram feeds, and the bizarre products we are being targeted with (see Blah Wars #56 for more on this).
This episode was recorded in an Oxfordshire pub, early on a Saturday using handheld recorders. We didn’t know at the time but there was a great deal of digital audio interference from our mobile phones throughout the show. In addition to this, you’ll also hear clinks, chinks, glass being smashed, and the ever increasing sound of a pub as it fills with hungry people.
Never the less, we hope you enjoy it. In addition to this, a further 18 minutes of conversation was recorded and uploaded to our Patreon
With the news that Episode IX has wrapped principal photography, Blah Wars too is coming to an end of sorts. This will be the last regular episode for the foreseeable future. Please stay tuned for occasional episodes covering major announcements in the approach to Star Wars: Episode IX. In this episode, John shares his feelings about the show coming to an end, introduces you to some other podcasts worth listening to and gives advice on how to produce and market your own podcast, something he's frequently asked about by listeners. Below are links to various things discussed in this episode.
The Movies That Made Us: http://themoviesthatmadeus.podbean.com
Also available on Spotify and iTunes (search for it)
Adam Buxton's Podcast: http://adam-buxton.co.uk/podcasts
Also available on Spotify and other podcast platforms
Collins and Herrin Podcast: https://www.comedy.co.uk/podcasts/collingsherrin/
The Sleeping Giant Podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-sleeping-giant-podcast/id1312423920?mt=2
This episode marks the return of Blah Wars in its regular weekly format and Jude is back too. John and Jude examine the recently leaked production photos from Episode IX (contains very minor spoilers / casting reveals). We also debut John's "Bring Blah Wars to Africa" song. Subjects also up for discussion this week include the work of Tommy Wiseau's The Room, potential titles for Episode IX plus cryptic tweets from Anthony Daniels and what they might mean.
Join John on a thoughtful woodland walk as he muses the problem of fake news, the trouble with social media, that Darth Vader fan film, learning to drive, bonfires, Withnail and I, anticipation for Star Wars Episode IX and his hopes for The Mandalorian.