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Friday, 16 March 2018

One of the best Carrie Fisher interviews you’ll ever read, from 1977

Carrie Fisher in a Star Wars photo shoot from 1977

The three young stars of Star Wars were almost unknown when the film came out. But suddenly, everyone wanted to talk to them. A 1977 interview with Carrie Fisher, by Guy Flatley, reveals many of the qualities we came to know and love about the actress who was Princess Leia.

Friday, 9 March 2018

How George Lucas gave us glimpses of a Star Wars bigger universe - part two

We’ve been looking at how Star Wars cleverly gave us glimpses of a bigger galaxy than we saw on screen. In the conclusion of this two-part post, I’ll turn to what the film told us about droids and alien species, and the life of Luke Skywalker.

Friday, 2 March 2018

Things we DIDN'T see in Star Wars: How George Lucas hinted at a bigger universe

Obi-Wan Kenobi tells Luke about the
Old Republic and the Jedi Knights

The Kessel run. Spice freighters. The Clone Wars. The Old Republic. There’s a lot in Star Wars that’s mentioned but never explained. In the first half of a two-part post, Episode Nothing considers how George Lucas cleverly hinted at a much bigger galaxy than he showed on screen.

Friday, 23 February 2018

When is your Star Wars 40th anniversary?

Star Wars opened on both screens
at the Gaumont, Bournemouth

In a shorter Episode Nothing post than usual (thank my internet provider for that), I'm taking a look at the 40th anniversary of my own first viewing of Star Wars  and asking you for your memories.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Star Wars is now as old as Flash Gordon was in the 1970s. What does that tell us about its staying power?

Star Wars in 1977, when Flash Gordon was 41

Star Wars is as old today as the original Flash Gordon serial was back in 1977.

Today, Episode Nothing ponders that sobering thought 
and considers how Star Wars has aged compared with some of the films that inspired it.

Friday, 9 February 2018

40 years ago: Star Wars Weekly #1 arrives in the UK

Star Wars Weekly issue 1 arrived just as the film was spreading across the UK

Star Wars in black-and-white. It was a much more appealing prospect than it might sound when Marvel Comics’ Star Wars Weekly arrived in Britain in the week of February 8 1978. 

Today, Episode Nothing looks at how the UK got the Marvel Star Wars without the colo(u)r but with some extras that the US missed out on. 

Friday, 2 February 2018

Spoilers in 1977: How much did people know about the original Star Wars going in?

The Marvel Star Wars comic book was
one of many ways to get Star Wars spoilers
Photo: Comics A-Go-Go! 

The phrase "spoiler warning" is a pretty recent invention. Back in the 1970s, you could stumble upon films' plot twists quite easily. 

Today, Episode Nothing considers the spoilers that were around in 1977, as news spread of the incredible success of Star Wars.