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Friday, 12 January 2018

The world before Star Wars: Six things that suddenly went out of fashion for children of the 1970s 

From The Six Million Dollar Man to TV westerns,
a lot of children's obsessions were to be
eclipsed the arrival of Star Wars


A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, there lived people who had never heard of Star Wars. Today, Episode Nothing looks at some of the pop culture obsessions of the 1970s that suddenly seemed less important once the adventures of Luke Skywalker came along.   


Friday, 5 January 2018

Review: The Galaxy That Britain Built – a BBC documentary on the making of Star Wars

The BBC's latest contribution to Star Wars documentaries


The BBC has made some pretty good documentaries about Star Wars over the years. I’m thinking in particular of the Omnibus episode George Lucas Flying Solo back in 1997 and its follow-up at the time of The Phantom Menace.

A new show, The Galaxy That Britain Built, was broadcast by BBC4 in the UK on Thursday, December 21, sandwiched between two other Star Wars-related programmes. (Those were a repeat of last summer’s BBC Proms concert devoted to John Williams and Hollywood’s Master of Myth, a documentary about Joseph Campbell.)

Today, Episode Nothing reviews a show that interviewed some of the lesser-known figures in the Star Wars story – including those who really did build that galaxy.

Friday, 29 December 2017

December 27, 1977: Star Wars is released in London

Star Wars reaches London, December 1977



Forty years ago, the world-conquering release of Star Wars continued with its arrival in London. Episode Nothing considers that milestone in the Star Wars story.


Friday, 22 December 2017

Will the original, unaltered 1977 Star Wars ever be released on Blu-ray?

The approach to Yavin, as seen in the 1977 cut of Star Wars



With Christmas upon us, there is one gift that legions of first generation fans want but seem destined never to get. The original, unaltered, 1977 cut of Star Wars on Blu-ray or DVD.

Today, we consider whether we'll ever see Star Wars the way first generation fans remember it – and what form the ideal Blu-ray would take.



Friday, 15 December 2017

As Dave Prowse retires: a tribute to the original Darth Vader 


Dave Prowse as Darth Vader

As Dave Prowse, makes his final public appearance this weekend, Episode Nothing considers the legacy of the original Darth Vader.


Friday, 8 December 2017

Episode Nothing: the blog about Star Wars in the 1970s is back


Star Wars the first time around, in 1977


It's been a while, but we're back. 

Episode Nothing, the site about the original, unaltered, 1977 Star Wars, and its first release, has returned, with plenty to say about the movie 40 years on.

If you've been here before, welcome back, and please read on for some details of what's coming up. If you're new, here's what it's all about. 




Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Carrie Fisher: October 21 1956-December 27 2016

Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, unfazed by
Darth Vader in Star Wars 


Today, like every Star Wars fan in the world, Episode Nothing tries to process the news of Carrie Fisher's death – with a particular focus on how Princess Leia changed things for women in cinema.