Episode 13: Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser

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This week there’s no excuse for you not to tune in (unless, you know, you think this podcast blows). In this week’s episode we yack endlessly about the teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Yeah, the one released in November of last year. If you’ve had trouble with our podcast up until now, it might be because we bully you into watching the films we chat about before you listen. And since the past several weeks have been Oscar-nominated snooze-feasts, no one can blame you for passing on a few episodes. I mean let’s face it, even we had to drag ourselves to Selma kicking and screaming.

But today is different. By now you must’ve seen the teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens because it was released nearly four months ago. So you’ve either seen it, or you’ve seen it nearly twenty times like I have. In the rare chance that you’ve been living under a rock, the teaser trailer only takes a minute and change to sit through. It’s a good watch; 8/10. It’s the story of a small band of stormtroopers responding to reports of an unarmed 22-year-old black male impersonating an imperial soldier on Tatooine. I highly recommend it.

How do we manage to talk for an hour on the Star Wars teaser? Easy. It’s mostly because I won’t shut up. I have more to say about this ninety seconds than the twelve-year running time of Boyhood. Unlike most YYSTBN episodes, where Dan easily articulates his opinions as I drool out words like a rehabilitating stroke-victim, I largely take charge of this conversation. For better or worse, I’m probably a bigger Star Wars fan than Dan — so I get more excited about talking the trailer than my esteemed colleague.

Sure, you could call Dan a Star Wars fan too, but he’s not a weirdo like me. In fact I’m certain he was agitated by the length at which we discuss every frame of this teaser. It’s probably damaging to his heightened intellect. He writhed and squirmed in his chair while we recorded this episode. “This was your idea!” he screamed. Maybe Bothans killed his grandpa.

I understand the inherent problem in discussing a film’s promotional material, but that doesn’t make it any less fun. And if you’re as excited as I am to return to a galaxy far far away, even just speculating has an undeniable thrill. If nothing else, consider this episode a teaser of what’s to come (see what I did there?). As we head into the summer months, Dan and I will be discussing blockbuster after blockbuster because that’s all anybody ever watches these days. And Star Wars Episode 7 will cap it all off at the end of the year. Let’s hope the movie is as fun to talk about as the teaser.


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