Insights into Entertainment

Insights Into Entertainment: Episode 59 "A Horse of a Different Color"

March 30, 2020 Joseph and Michelle Whalen Season 2 Episode 2020
Insights into Entertainment
Insights Into Entertainment: Episode 59 "A Horse of a Different Color"
Show Notes Transcript

Disney announces it's keeping it's parks close indefinitely during the Coronovirus outbreak, but continuing to pay it's park workers. In a sea of disturbing news we get a nice feel good story as Disney's Animal Kingdom welcomes a new as yet to be named Zebra foal to the park. 

Details start to emerge on Season 2 of The Mandalorian as folks in the UK can finally stream the new Star Wars series with the debut of Disney's streaming service in that country. We have some rumors and details of the Rogue One Prequel slated for Disney+. And Mark Hamill celebrates the anniversary of his first day of shooting a New Hope.

In Entertainment news Patrick Stewart shares a special message and a treat from CBS All Access. Doctor Who celebrates it's 15 year anniversary return to network television. And current Doctor Who Jody Whittaker shares an in character message of hope and encouragement for everyone trying to get through the COVID-19 situation.

We'll finish up with two great Insightful Picks of the Week, a new television show and a book review from another popular Sci-Fi franchise.

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Welcome to Inside Scinto Entertainment. A podcast. Siri's taking a deeper look into entertainment and media. Your hosts. Joseph and Michelle Whalen. Ah, husband and wife team of pop culture fanatics are exploring all things from music and movies to television and fandom.

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Account to insights into entertainment. This is Episode 59. Ah, horse of a different color E. I'm your host, Joseph Whelan and my still healthy and still mostly self quarantine co host, Michelle Whalen. Hi, everyone. How you doing today, sweetheart?

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Okay. Actually, you know, given, given what's going on and in such, you know. So okay,

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this is week to

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end of the second fully

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end of the second full week of self quarantine. Kind of a rough week for us. We did have a death in the family last week. Last friday, we lost one of our cats during for babies. Yeah, Um, so we're kind of recovering from that. We did a bit of a tribute to the suite yesterday on insights of the teens on DWI. We buried her yesterday. Yeah, so? So, aside from that, we do have a busy show today. we have Ah, few Disney stories here. Unfortunately, we still can't get away from the Cove in 19 stuff, which I think is going to be with us for quite some time. However, in Star Wars insights we do not have. Well, I guess there's some related stuff, but it's mostly Non Cove in 19. Mostly story, which is nice on then. We do have a cove in 19 silver lining in our entertainment news. And then, of course, we'll finish up with them. Were insightful picks of the week. Should be a pretty good show today, ready to get started? Sure. All right, let's do it for Disney Detective.

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So one of the things that just came out last week was that Disneyland and Walt Disney World are now indefinitely closed amid the Corona virus outbreak. Um, it had originally been announced that they were planning to close just through the end of March and that they would be opening the beginning of April. Um, but now they've basically came out and said, as a result of the unprecedented pandemic and in line with direction provided by health experts and government officials, Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort will remain closed until further noticed. The Walt Disney Company has been paying its cast members since the closure of the park. And in light of this ongoing and increasingly complex crisis, we have made the decision to extend paying hourly park and resort guest members through April 18th. So

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well, I mean, that's you know, there's a lot of people, unfortunately that around work, we're looking at unprecedented unemployment file as great a za result of all of this. The fact that Disney is continuing to pay its employees is admirable.

spk_1:   4:01
Yeah, and that's that says a lot, you know, for for their company. And you keep seeing different news stories of different companies that you know are doing that that are extending. You know, the payout. Well, I think it was Texas Roadhouse. As an example, the CEO decided to give up his salary for the year to basically take that money and pay his employees. Um, you

spk_0:   4:28
know, that's the one thing that's one of the silver linings here we talked about. Is a lot of these companies air stepping up and doing what's right by their employees and and I have to say even my employer you know, my employer is bending over backwards. We're because we're part of the, uh, wth e defense infrastructure defense. Industrial base. We're a subcontractor for the D o D. Um, we have to stay open. Right? But there's a lot of people that are high risk that have high risk family members. Right? A lot of people are really scared about getting exposed to this. Absolutely. Um, and my company has really been over backwards to try to accommodate all employees that we possibly could. Um, and I applaud, you know, our company owners for doing that. New companies doing much the same,

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right? Our company worldwide, it's a you know, I work for an international company. Um, and every one of our our country's every one of our locations is affected in some way, shape or form. Um, and they've been sending out notifications. And basically, it's if you can work from home work from home, obviously a forklift driver or, you know, somebody that works in shipping and receiving has to be in the office or has to be in the warehouse. Um, so they've been, you know, taking measures to stagger, you know, the break time so not everybody is on top of each other. And for the most part, you know, at least the facility that I work in is a very large distribution center. And, you know, if you're a forklift driver, you really don't come in close contact with a lot of time. So they're they're making, you know, changes for that. So, you know, there are a couple of people still going into the office, but overall, you know, it's kind of a ghost town, but we're still, you know, keeping up with business. Um, are one office in North Jersey, they're completely shut down. Um, so everybody is working from home there? Um, you know, and it was interesting. We got a newsletter from our our corporate, you know, in France and they, you know, put together a nice little newsletter, and what they actually said is, you know, make sure to keep in contact with people. You know, it's not social distancing. It's physical distancing. So, um, one of the groups in the U. K. And in Ireland actually did a virtual pub night, so they all got online on Zoom, and everybody was sitting in their house, but their pint of whatever and they were socializing. So, you know, and I kind of joked, Ah, what? I was talking with a group of friends last night with my woman circle that we do a once a month get together. So we did a virtual one. So it was wonderful to see everybody, But I said, You know, in the two weeks that I've been working from home, I actually talked to my boss and other co workers more now than when I would be in the office. So it's nice that we're all making sure and even like my boss's boss. Um, you know, every time we get on a call Hey, how's everybody doing? How are your kids, your kids driving you crazy? Yet? You know, my kid. I'm playing fortnight with him now and, you know, and it's and it's stuff where normally, when you would get a call from, you know, a coworker, it would be, you know. Hey, do you have this report? Do you have this? That it is? And now people are actually How are you doing? How are you coping through all this? Is there anything? So it's it's

spk_0:   8:06
circling back to the story here is good to see that. You know, Disney's out there in the forefront, getting all getting a lot of the press, right. We're companies like yours or mine don't really get a lot of press, But it's nice that someone who is getting that kind of press is being leading as an example.

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And I hope that there are other companies that are looking at Disney and saying, You know what? If they can do it, Okay, maybe we can't do it on the large scale, you know, because I know there are companies that don't have the funding to you know, where the money to be able T

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o does have more money than before.

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They can afford it. But, you know, if it's something where Hey, listen, I can't give you 100% of your salary. I can still give you, you know, 70% of your salary or something to help you get you.

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And right now, to supplement this, you know that the federal government did pass an unprecedented stimulus package that will help, but you know, the wheels of government turn slowly. So we're looking at several weeks before any of that money gets out for the businesses in the townships to the to the individuals. Eso When companies like Disney, you know, may I am not a Disney fans, but when does need steps up and does the right thing here, I have to give him credit

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s so you know, as of right now, all Disney parks worldwide remained close, you know, including Tokyo, Hong Kong, Paris, Shanghai, um, Shanghai Disney. You know, um, resorts as of March 9th were partially resuming shopping and dining areas. But the theme park itself, you know, is still remaining clothes. So

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So, as part of our ah, shoot for a silver lining, tell us about ah, horse of a different color.

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So although Walt Disney World is temporary closed Animal Kingdom care team is continual ing continuing to provide top notch care for the thousands of animals, including the newest addition to the Disney Animal Kingdom. Ah, black. That's black and white and cute all over. Oh, um a Hartman zebra. Ah, full was born early Saturday morning last Saturday to first time mom Heidi, and it was a girl. Ah, she has yet to be named. Is about £65 is quite strong. She was standing within 30 minutes of birth and is already very active and curious. Um, Heidi is showing that she's a natural at parenting skills, and she stays close to her baby to bond with her and nurse. Her bonding is especially important as a young zebra will imprint on its mother sent and memorized the unique markings on its mother's hind legs to tell her apart from the rest of the herd. In a few weeks after the pair develop a strong bond, they'll be introduced to the Kilimanjaro Safari Savannah. So if you're not familiar with Animal Kingdom, they have, Ah, one of the rides you can go on is Kilimanjaro Safari, where they take you on a big Jeep and they drive you through the Savannah and the animals are out in the open. They use interesting techniques because you never really see Gates or anything but the news special techniques to kind of keep them in in their own area. And you figure, you know, those cast members are still working full time because the animals are there, you know you have to still care, care for the animals. Um, so Ah, The she was born as part of the Species Survival Plan program, which is overseen by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and insurers responsible breeding and genetic diversity of thousands of species of animals. Her arrival marks the third zebra birth birth at Walt Disney Word world this year. Actually, Hartmann's mountain zebras are found in sub Sahara Africa and are vulnerable species due to the habitat loss and hunting. Um, so this was, you know, kind of, you know, a neat little like you said, a silver lining to toe everything and nice. Yeah, I saw this.

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And I thought, You know what? We've had so many stories that are bad news that our cove it we need to have something that toe lift us up.

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So life still goes on exact, you know, and you know, So, um, I know that there are a lot of you know if if you do any sort of search online, you can see all these different zoos and aquariums that are doing live streams of of different events. There's one that I started following. I think it's shreds. Aquarium. Ah, where they have their penguins that they actually had kind of set loose ones

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around the They walk around, walk around

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the square. So like every day there's there's uneducated, all video where they talk about some of their different, um, animals that they have there. And then you get to see the cute video of the penguins going up and seeing said like they went to go see the otters. They went to go see the fish. It's just it's kind of cute, you know, because these are things that you don't normally you know, get to see. Um, you know, there's another one that that started on Twitter. I told you about the, um not to go off on a tangent, but of the National Cowboy Museum. And they basically, you know, And it's funny, because every now and then people post like, Oh, I wonder if this is just, you know, a ploy toe. You know, Margo, hear what? It's

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all a ploy to try to get, you know, some guys doing something that normally,

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and it's really kind of funny. So, you know, they gave the access to, you know, the security guard. He's the only one that that's there. And every day he goes around in post pictures and post videos. And, like, you know, everybody you know on Twitter is like, I can't wait till you know I can. The quarantines lifted and I can actually come and meet you. You know, he basically became this little household celebrity. So it's nice to see, you know, people in places that you wouldn't normally see in a positive. You know, you're seeing it in a positive light, like, you know, the one aquarium. You know, we have a new aquarium, you know, local tow ourselves. But, hey, here's, you know, the little kitschy thing that you know somebody else is doing to get the traffic.

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This is this. They think it's another example of Disney doing the right thing. Even though I'm not a big fan right of Disney's Animal Kingdom. I just don't think it's a particularly entertaining part.

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And there plenty of people that do enjoy it. So

spk_0:   14:55
I think what they do there with their support for various animal house of animal survival organizations, you know all the things that they're doing, they're they're they're investing a lot of money and a lot of charitable things, and they're doing a lot of scientific work to not only keep the animals that they have their sief em well bred and happy. So they have a good, good standard of living. But they go outside of that park on a regular basis to extend those service is the other into the wild and other zoos and the other animal refuge centers around the world. Yet so this is one of those ones where, you know, once in a while they need to get highlighted for doing the right thing here, even though it has nothing to do with the parks or anything,

spk_1:   15:48
right? Right. And it and it's stuff that so many people don't know goes on because, you know, when you think of Disney, you think of theme parks. You think of Rod, do you think of rollercoasters and you know, and here's a whole other part that you know doesn't get a lot of press, and it's nice that, you know, weaken bring light to it.

spk_0:   16:09
So that was all we had for Disney Detective this week. We should move on to Star Wars Insights. My son affected work.

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Oh, no! Pew! Pew! Pew! Pew! Go for Star Wars is eso a couple of ah little stories. So the man DeLorean season to, um so obviously it was a big hit, you know, Finally, people in the U. S had noted you hadn't noticed. Ah, so finally, are Our friends over in the UK are finally getting thio. Watch it as Disney Plus has now started streaming over there. Um, what's funny is that Disney Plus is doing the same thing that they did over here. They're not. They didn't release all eight episodes at one time. They only released the 1st 2 so each week. So that's

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one way to get people to hold a subscription.

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Well, they got they got plenty of time, you know, on their hands over their, um so obviously, you know, it concluded with, you know, we got to see, you know, his face. And we knew his name and a little bit more about a story. And obviously, we got a little bit of a hint about, you know, the villainous ex imperial leader muff Gideon. Um who he was like, you know, not to spoil it if you didn't see it, but kind of defeated, but didn't And what not. Um, So you know, not a whole lot has come out about season to, um you know, So we're getting little little bits and pieces. Um, you know, So they're hoping that it'll return fall of 2020 Obviously, with everything that's going on right now, Um, not really sure how that's affecting, you know, production. Um, they kind of hinted that it would probably premiere in October, a year after the first season. Um, had ah premiered. Um, obviously, Pedro Pascal is gonna be returning because you can't really have it, you know, without him. Um, then

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you can take the mask off.

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Right? Then you

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really put anybody in the constant?

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Yeah. True. You could, uh, the voice might be a little, you know, a little different. Um, and then, you know, various different cast members have, um you know, most of the cast is returning. Rosario Dawson, who we had mentioned a couple weeks ago she's going to be joining the cast. Um, Gina Carano. She's gonna be returning as Karen Dune Car Weathers will be returning. Um, and then we have one of the new characters who is gonna be played by Michael Ben. Ah bien Ah. He's actually um, had been in the Terminator film. So he's going to be coming to season two. Not sure what character? Ah, he's gonna be in. Um and then obviously, um, what's his first name? Exposito. Why can't I What is Ah, Giancarlo? Um, Exposito will be back, obviously as maf Gideon. Um and he kind of hinted that there's gonna be some epic lightsaber duels. And obviously one of the things that we got to see at the end was the dark saber. So that's, you know, we're gonna hopefully find out a little bit, you know?

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And the last time we saw the Dark saver was in Star Wars rebels. Well,

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you saw it. I didn't say it.

spk_0:   19:57
Well, okay, I never watched it, but it's a carryover from right of clone wars to rebels. And now this is the first time it's appearing in live action.

spk_1:   20:09
Right? Right. And then, obviously, we're hoping to find out more about the child's backstory and how you know baby Yoda who's not baby Yoda came, came to bay. So little by little, we're getting little hints of things. So I'm sure hopefully, as the time goes on, you know, we'll find out

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if he's doing well in trickling out enough information to have you ask more questions, make some assumptions. Right? Right. Um, I was kind of disappointed that at the end of Mandalore, Ian, no questions, literally. None of the questions you have throughout the season. We're answer. Um, shows like that tend to scare me because they kind of keep you on the hook. And you usually don't get all the answers that you're looking for in the course of the show. Right? And in a Star Wars standpoint, I could I can understand that to a certain extent, because the universe is so big. Right? Um, but you kind of want something. You want some kind of relief? I mean that the last episode of Man Lauren was over the top. Fantastic. But you got no answers, Just like he kind of got to give me something. Thio, Keep me going, you know? So I'm hoping to get some answers in the season to sure. Eso Group One prequel.

spk_1:   21:34
So obviously we've known for a while that they were doing the prequel for Rogue one, um, which was going to be following Cassie an end or um and again. Not a whole lot has come out, but basically it's going to be following the adventures of the rebel spy during the formative years of the rebellion and prior to the events of Rogue one. Ah, Star War story, Diego Luna will reprise the role of an door ah, which he originated in the night 2019 0 2016 film. Um, it's going to be kind of a spy thriller that explores the tales filled with espionage and daring missions to restore hope to the galaxy in the grip of a ruthless empire. Um, obviously everybody knows at the end of Rogue one, everybody's fate basically. So it's kind of interesting to kind of notice boilers to kind of go backwards and see how he came to be. You know who he waas? Um, they're also reprising his role Is Alan Tudyk who's going to be que tu es? Oh, um, and that is supposed to be Ah, they're supposed to actually be filled, starting to film in October of this year, and it'll be streaming in 2021. Obviously, Diego Luna was talking about how you know, obviously, I'm gonna look a lot younger than I did in Rogue Juan, So it's kind of interesting to be ableto he mentioned in the article about being able to kind of go back and explore the character a lot more than he was able to, you know, in the movie. So and this is this

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is sort of one of the major problems they have with the way that Disney is handling the Star Wars franchise is. It's sort of the same thing that Lucas did when he went back and read Con whether Han shot first, like you present these characters and the first impression that people get is a lasting impression. So if you're going to present this character once in Rogue One and you're gonna develop the character through there, that's the character that everybody knows. At that point in time, there's no need to go back and implement your own revisionist history on that character. To shows how we got there, you have your one chance to show us who that character is, and you did a fine job with it in the movie. There's no need to go back and give us back story any more than there was any need to go back and show us how Anakin became Darth Vader because you shattered the original character at that point, or no reason to go back into character development on Boba Fett through the club words, because you shattered the character. And no need to come out with solo because everyone knew who Han Solo was anything you ruin the character. Did you

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guys watch last night?

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It's beside the point, but my point is, is that when you go back in and do this back story, you don't move the story forward for these characters. You after the story that we already know. If Disney wants to come out with more material, come out with new material, don't go back and read Tread characters and try to define the characters beyond where you've already established them. Because they have a proven history in the Star Wars universe, at least of ruining their characters. Every single time they've done this, they've done it wrong.

spk_1:   25:04
And that's why you enjoy the mantle Laurie and more than everything else because it's something

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it's something fresh. They've moved the story that moved the narrative of the whole Star Wars universe Ford by exploring an aspect of the Star Wars universe that you've never seen before with characters you've never had established before. So if you're gonna do something like this,

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fill in the

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blanks between returning the jet I and Force awakens because there's so much story that needs to be told over 30 year period. Why are we going back and telling story of a character that we already know what their fate is right? It makes no sense. It adds nothing like I loved Road one. I thought it was a fantastic movie, right? But it wasn't one that needed to be made right. Nobody needed to see that movie, too. To make the overall Stor Wars movie any matter right, it added absolutely nothing to the story dialogue

spk_1:   26:04
except Darth Vader's really awesome fight scene. Well, yeah, but the problem is,

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they never really utilize Darth Vader, right? And there's no reason that you can't come out with with story that actually moves or with material that moves the story forward. And a rogue one failed to move this story forward because it didn't have todo where it was gonna write. Like it literally ended at the beginning of a new Holland? Who hope? Right. So where do they plan on moving the story floor with a prequel to a movie that do you didn't need to make in the first place?

spk_1:   26:38
Well, and maybe it's more to see how I see it more as an in between of Episode three toe Episode four You know, like, how did you know what what was every day? Life like, You know what in you, Nat,

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and you can do that. And that's sort of what they're doing with with Clone Wars now is they're showing you the direction of these characters. Went right. So you're gonna do that? You have a character in a So Kitano. Okay. Where you saw her in Clone Wars thing. You saw her and rebels. Now you're going to see her in the man DeLorean and Lauren. Right? So there's a character, aren't there that you can continue and show because you figure at the end of rebels you're 7 to 8 years or so. Well, now you're right around the time that the new hope hits. So you have the whole time during from a new hope to return the Jenna five years from return of the Jedi to the man DeLorean. You know, at the end of rise of Skywalker, it can be assumed she's no longer with us because her force ghosts is hurt. Right? Right. What happened to her, right. Why aren't we telling that story in a character that they've nurtured and developed over three Siri's? Now, why aren't we going with

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scenario where you would be happy if they did a series based on her? That

spk_0:   28:13
oh, absolutely looked like, You know, she dies at some point. You don't know how. Okay, how does she die? Okay, where is she? And what's the circumstance? That someone that the audience has already invested it. Okay, you have Cassie and and or show up in a single movie. Does his part in the movie, you know, significant part and dies,

spk_1:   28:34
right? There's not a lot

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of character investment in any of the characters that show up in that moves. So going back and trying to get people invested in the character now is nothing more than trying to sell more action figures.

spk_1:   28:46
Okay, I'll buy.

spk_0:   28:47
That's my point. Like like I love a good story. I love a good story and I want to see people actually nurture that story, not just try to market it. And and there's characters out there that that you could do that with that people want to know about, like, how many people wanted to know who can't see an ender was before the movie. I could care less right, and I'm a diehard Star Wars fan, you know, if I wanted to know already better than the novels, which is exactly where it should be, which I read. You know, the one novel I will be doing our view on eventually is a gin or so novel, you know, I got to know higher. I got. I read the novel's leading up to Rogue one. So I got to know about her father and stuff like that. That's where these minor character should be and really, that's what CASS Ian Anders. He's a minor character in the grand scheme of things, So give him

spk_1:   29:47
a novel or I could see this is a way because I don't read the books where you do so from you know, from my perspective of it, this gives me the opportunity to find out about these characters that I wouldn't normally? No, because I don't read the novels,

spk_0:   30:06
but you see, and that's where I give. I really hit Disney because they put the interesting the stuff that you need to know. The stuff that leads up to force awakens and the stuff that leads up to all the big movies. They stick in the novels yet they're going to give Cassie in Andorra TV Siri's Who's insignificant? The grand scheme of things like the lack of focus on priorities here.

spk_1:   30:34
Well, and maybe now that everybody has a lot more time on their hands, they'll go and get the books and read them

spk_0:   30:41
right. But, like my point is, you're giving your giving a minor character in entire TV series. They still have not established where the first order came from in the fall of vampire. Unless you read the books, right? I had a hell king. You have something so important and so impacting on the entire universe relegated the books. But you're gonna give Cassie and and or his own TV show. It makes no sense whatsoever.

spk_1:   31:05
Well, maybe they're in development to do something to to bring that if

spk_0:   31:10
they are, they're very tight lipped about it because they haven't announced anything.

spk_1:   31:13
Maybe that's, you know, everybody's working from home now, so, you know, maybe it's time for you to start writing, you

spk_0:   31:19
know? Yeah, that might be it. I'll just start readying myself anyway, off my soapbox. OK, tell us about Mark Hamill on his anniversary.

spk_1:   31:28
So Mark Hamill first start in Star Wars back in 1977 which means, ah, that the world has known him as Luke Skywalker for 43 years. However, the actor first don his tattooing garb a year earlier, obviously when filming the beloved movie, which actually started on March 25th. So that marked the anniversary of a new hopes first day in production. So there was a fan that took to Twitter Ah, this week to celebrate the occasion, which obviously caught Hamels attention. The actor who has, uh, can currently be seen in Star Wars rises. Skywalker, which recently became available to watch ah, on Digital, is often celebrating Star Wars on his social media. So while Hamels days of playing Luke are likely done, he's clearly not finished sharing stories about his time with the franchise. Um, which obviously you know, makes fans you know. Very happy. Um So where did the time go? Production began on Star Wars. On this day in 1976 the fan had tweeted. Um, first day was in Tattoo Wean, North Africa on Lee Cast. There was Alec Guinness, Kenny Baker, and Tony Daniels wouldn't meet care Caress in and hair care. That's what he wrote their celebrity. Harrison on Harry until returning to the U. K. My first shot was of me emerging from the home towards the Jawa droid sale. I had high hopes that it would be a good movie. True store. Hashtag true story. Ah, Hamel replied, Ah, you can check out, um, you know, in the article it had, ah, picture, you know, of the cast and a little tweet. So it was kind of cool. You know how you know, still, you know, so many years later, little tidbits, you know, come out about it and, you know, nice seeing, you know, pictures. You know, personal pictures from from everything. So, you know, kind of cool. You know, nice little anniversary. It

spk_0:   33:34
is a good first with a storied history, and and it has a storied moviemaking history to absolutely capital worries out. Yeah. So that was all we had for Star Wars in science. We will move on to our entertainment news, which I just put another one on here. We'll talk about after our 1st 1 Okay? Which we've already talked about. OK, so on to entertainment news. Okay about the final frontier.

spk_1:   34:04
So Patrick Stewart shared a special special message last week. So he's in the CBS all access, uh, show Picard. Um, and he had shared ah ahead of Thursday's Star Trek Picard season finale. That Ah, that, uh, he shared a message on social media basically saying that, um, CBS all access was offering ah, one month free subscription, giving fans an opportunity to watch the first season of Star Trek Picard as well as both seasons of Star Trek Discovery and every episode of every Star Trek series of before it for free. Um, he said it felt good to bring Picard back. Our Star Trek Picard season finale is Thursday. And starting tomorrow until April 23rd you can watch them all for free in the U. S. With the code gift. G i ft. Um, and basically, if you go to CBS, all access. Use that to sign up, you'll be able to to watch all of this. Um, they actually there was also Ah, nice little montage, Star Trek video clip that that came out with it to, um, that basically, you know, went from, you know, beginning to the movies toe, you know, current stuff. Um, and, you know, basically, Ah, he said that caring for the good, uh, sorry. Caring for the good of other people living honestly, being compassionate, understanding that there was an absolute necessity for everyone to be treated the same way that is at the heart of Star Trek and how to become more human. Ah, Star Trek became legendary. The next generation changed my life were so excited to bring back Picard again. Um, And in the little video clip, you have different cast members from different Star Wars. Ah, Siri's making comments. You know about it? Um, another thing that was actually kind of cool on top of this is that Ah ah, that Patrick Stewart is also doing something extra toe. Help everyone keep everybody's spirits up. So he is reciting one William Shakespeare sonnet every day on social media. Um, he said when he was a child in the 19 forties, my mother would cut up apple slices or slices of fruit for May, which there wasn't much of, and she would put them in front of me. And she would say, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. So how about a sonnet? A day keeps the doctor away. So if you follow him on Instagram, I think he's probably posting them on Twitter as well. Every day there's a new Sana and it was really funny was I don't remember if it was sawn it six or sonnet seven. He actually posted a message saying that he tried reading it over and over, and it just didn't make any sense to him, so he couldn't do it, so he skipped it. So it's interesting. So you know, his, his wife or somebody you know Production wise is is filming them and its various areas of his house that he's, you know, sitting in, um, you know, and just, you know, a 23 minute video of him, you know, reading the sonnet s Oh, kind of kind of interesting Thio. Add that to, ah to the day, uh, the day's events. Um, but I know I had wanted to see the Picard episode, but that, you know, CBS all access was the one, you know, the one streaming service we didn't have. So now, you know, until 4 23 might be something Thio.

spk_0:   37:58
Yeah, I think I think that take take advantage of you might actually do because I'm a Navid star treks. And just as I am a Star Wars fan, right? Right. And I've been totally turned off from having to pay right to get a subscription to CBS all access just to watch Star Trek because they don't offer anything else that I'm interested in. Right? Right s Oh, this might be my chance to get a fix of the shows of the head.

spk_1:   38:22
And I think it's a smart move on on there, you know, to give people Hey, try it out, see if you like it. See if there's other stuff and, you know, and if you don't like it, great. You You know, you tried it out. If not, you know, sign up. So

spk_0:   38:37
certainly might be worth. Yeah, absolutely. So the other article that I just threw up here is actually the doctor who, when I was telling you. Okay, um, doctor who just this week celebrated its 15 year return. So it's been 15 years since it returned to television after a 15 year hiatus. Wow. Having gone off the air and I believe was 89 right, Right on. And we came back with a single season with Christopher Eccleston, right? We didn't watch. I'd watch. The first couple was turned off from my

spk_1:   39:15
money because we kind of where I know. I remember when it when they announced that it was coming, I was like, Oh, maybe I'll give this a shot because my dad was always a doctor who fan? And I remember trying tow watch Doctor who with him. And I just I couldn't get into it on. And I had a hard time at that, you know, age, you know, get getting into it. And I remember when it started we had talked about watching it, and I think again we watched a couple episodes.

spk_0:   39:44
Well, when it launched, I'd work watch the 1st 3 episodes, and it was a very, very different show from what I used to watch that I used to be you know, as a kid, I watched all the old episodes on everything up. You know, my favorite doctor is always Tom Baker. Loved Tom was one of the longest serving doctors to write. And I watched the first, and I just I didn't see Eccleston as doctor. Who? It was a very different doctor. Everything was much darker. The kind of threw out a lot of the cannon doctor storyline. And they basically reinvented the doctor. And it really turned me off.

spk_1:   40:31
Right? Right

spk_0:   40:32
on. It wasn't until ah, the second season with who was the doctor? I can't remember his name. I just had a little tip. My tongue.

spk_1:   40:46
The 10th doctor. Yes, David. 10.

spk_0:   40:48
David? Yes. Ah, We started watching it together as a family, right? Sam was watching it with this, too. And that's what really got into it. Ah, that's when you guys got into it. And we've been diehard doctor who fan since then. So the various Tartus is around 15 years ago this week, Doctor who came back for the latest generation. Wow. And as a bonus, too, that the one Karen Dr Jody winning in light moments that remind and that's all I want to. Yep. That's the wrong one. They're

spk_1:   41:26
serious. Yeah, I actually

spk_0:   41:29
so did move. Move it. It's not move.

spk_1:   41:32
Got to move it. Move it.

spk_0:   41:34
All right, well, just want to know that missed it. But there it is. All right?

spk_1:   41:39
Yeah. Actually posted this on my face.

spk_0:   41:42
So Okay, So this is Jodie Whittaker being the, you know, good sport that she is decided to give us an in character message of hope during the cove it emergency here. We'll see if it'll play. Oh, hi. This is an emergency transmission. If you're seeing this, the Tardis must have detected an absurd in psychological signals from somewhere in space and time. Basically, I think somebody somewhere might be a little bit worried. How much? Just start isolating. Or, as I like to call it, hiding from an army of some tolerance. But keep that to yourself. Now, here's what I do in any worrying situation. One. Remember, he will get through this, that things will be all right. Even if they look uncertain. Even if you worried. Darkness never prevails. To tell jokes. Even bad ones, especially bad ones. I'm brilliant at bad ones. Three be kind even kinder than you were yesterday. And I know you were super kind yesterday. Look out for each other. He won't be the only one worId talking will help. Sharing will help Look out for your friends, your neighbors, people you hardly know and family because

spk_1:   42:58
in the

spk_0:   42:59
end we're all family. Four. Listen to science on. Listen to doctors, right? They've got you back five. Stay strong. Stay positive. You've got this and I will see you Very. And there you have it. Yeah, a message from Doctor who and And I think it was spot on and that's kind of cool that she's she's, you know, going that extra mile and try to keep people's spirits up.

spk_1:   43:30
Yeah, And it's funny cause, you know, this is something that everybody's going through. It's not just, you know, a certain area of the country or the world, or a certain you know, political. Literally. This is every war, religion or race or gender. It's it's everybody. And what's kind of interesting and cool and in some way, is that now Ah, lot of celebrities, Um, cause again, we're all affected by their kind of be being more approachable, um, than ever before. Um, you know, if you're on Instagram, if you follow, you know anybody. Every day there's somebody doing a live stream. Where there chit chatting with, you know, somebody else. You know, you know, a friend or family member, whatever. And everyone's talking and saying, Hey, so what are you doing today? And I'm staying home. What about you? Yep. I'm doing, you know, like, we're all kind of in this, you know, together. And And you have different musicians that are doing, you know, free concerts tonight, being one Elton John is hosting I heart radio, um, couch something Countess concert or something. And basically, all these different celebrities are in their house in their home studio, recording a couple of songs and sending it. You know, um, we watch walking dead, and we you and we watched talking dead and, ah, a couple weeks ago, they didn't do an episode because for the safety of everybody was separated. But last week they did an episode, and it was kind of cool because everybody was on Zoom, you know, and that's kind of the future of it, right? You know what we're were able to adapt to it. And it's kind of nice to see, you know, Hey, I'm not the only one that's doing this. Everybody is doing this and it's kind of bringing us all, you know, together where maybe we we wouldn't in, you know, a normal situation. It's

spk_0:   45:40
nice to see people pulling together like this, and that was kind of why I wanted the throw. That out there is as a closer for our entertainment news, just, you know, and things on a positive note. So let's move on to our insightful picks of the week, okay? For your pick, dear

spk_1:   46:01
s. Oh, my pick this week is from Netflix, and it is called Virgin River. Um, so the premise is seeking a fresh star. A nurse practitioner moves from Los Angeles to a remote Northern California town and is surprised by what and who she finds. Virginia River follows Melinda Monroe, who answered an ad for a midwife and nurse practitioner in a remote California town. Ah, Virgin River, thinking that it will be the perfect place to start fresh and leave her painful memories behind. But soon she discovers that small town living isn't quite as simple as she expected. she must learn to heal herself before she can truly make Virgin River her home. Um, so it's very much like a 1,000,000 little things. And this is us where you have all these different characters that she comes in contact with, But everybody kind of has that that secret, you know, that that passed that. They're, you know, hiding from desperate housewives. Kinda sorta, not as comical. You know, um, you know that there are some funny scenes, but, you know, kind of along that line. It also reminded me a lot of, like, Gilmore girls. Um, you know, so with the main character, Mel, who actually was in this is us also, um, from walking dead. Um, you know, she's the nurse, you know, you know that she is married or was married, and And each episode you find a little bit more, you know about her through, like, flashbacks and stuff like that. And you have, you know, the town mayor and the town doctor. And, you know, the town busy body and the bar owner and everything. And it's like, Oh, you know, this one was, you know, in the Iraq war and this one, you know had something else, and this one's hiding out from something else. And, you know, so it's kind of interesting. Every episode you get a little bit more, you know, But it's kind of like that warm, fuzzy show, you know, to just kind of sit and watch and and, you know, take your mind off of off of things, you know? Okay, cool. So, you know, if you're so if you're a fan of this is us or a 1,000,000 little things which last week both had Ah, their season finale is which were mind blowing. If if you're a fan of them like I am, this was kind of a nice little filler, you know, toe help out. And I did notice, um, on Netflix, they actually, uh, because right now, there's just one season that they are actually going to be doing, Ah, Season two. So it's it's nice that it's not like a one and done, you know, type thing. So

spk_0:   48:51
Okay. Good for you. Thank you. So, as a scifi fan, there are many genres ever known, including Star Wars Star Trek. But I'm also a big fan of Halo. The the Halo universes based on Microsoft's game from BUNGEE studios. And there are a plethora of novels out there. A new series that started up recently. Um, the one book that I just finished reading was called Halo Silent Storm. It is a master chief story who was the key character of the key protagonist in the Halo storyline? Um, it's a novel set in the whole universe, published by Gallery Books, and it revolves around John 117 Better known as Master chief Halo, Silent Storm gives readers an inside glimpse into the young lives of John 117 and his team, who find themselves thrust into a seemingly unwinnable situation. What's interesting about this and the books in the series is when your first introduced to the master chief character in the game Siris. It's already very late in his career. It's very late in the the war against this invading alien species, and he's already this established hero of, you know, the United States U N United Nations Space Command, which is the military organization. Eso. This book series actually shows you as him as him and his team are in their teens. At this point in time, thousands of these super soldiers that were recruited as kids trained up. You know, Aug minute, genetically and surgically and so forth. And they become, you know, the Navy seals on steroids there, the super soldiers. But they're 15 years old. So the book series itself actually shows you how they they learn how to deal with these situations. Together, they must grow into the types of heroes that legends are made of and become humanity's best chance at survival. The novel focuses on the rarely explored error of the U. N s sees United Nations Space Command's first years in conflict with the covenant Who were the aliens? A conflict that often divided their efforts between fighting and enigmatic and alien empire and defending their civilization civilization from threats much closer to home, thanks to an emboldened colonial interaction. Eso when the Spartan programme, which is what Master chief is a product of the Spartan threes when that's created, um, they're created to fight off this insurrection. So at this point in time, it's like the 25th century, and humanity has spread across the stars. But the control from Earth is waning, so you have all these little pockets of resistance out there that all want to be independent of Earth. And I don't want to pay taxes, don't have control and so forth. So you had this insurrection that was growing. So the UNSC creates this controversial program of super soldiers to combat the insurrection. Well, right, as they're about to deploy their super soldiers, this alien race starts invading human space and eradicating human. So you know the Super Soldiers. The Spartans are created at just the right time to fight these aliens that we have no idea how to fight. So Silent Storm is one book in this early Siri's of how the Spartans evolve into the super soldier heroes that they become leader that everyone is familiar with. Um, the book is, is it's a good book. It is kind of a hard read right off the bat because I came into it with certain assumptions. But once you put those aside, it's very interesting to see how the character development happens. And that's really what this book series is all about. It's about, you know, this character that you already know as this almost infallible super soldier learning from his mistakes. And you see the mistakes of you know, he's he's got all this training, all these augments and everything. He's still a 15 year old naive kid, and he starts to learn who to trust, who not to trust, how to read people had a you know, you know his own limitations. So it's really interesting the way they do it. The books are very different than what the traditional halo books are there almost like a coming of age type of book here as he becomes the soldier with his team. So Halo, a silent storm is available in hardback soft back and, uh, digital audio downloads from, uh, Amazon. Very cool. And I think that was all we had for this week. Normally, at this time, we usually get a contact info. I think we're gonna change it up a little bit here. Um, since nobody seems to want to contact this where I get that out this week, however, I will in, uh, implore people to subscribe. You can subscribe through apple podcasts. Spotify ing Google podcast stitcher I heart radio tune in overcast pocket cast Castro cast box Podcaster. If you're watching our videos on YouTube, please hit the subscribe button on YouTube and subscribe to us. If you're watching us on twitch, we do stream live five days a week on twitch at twitch dot tv slash insights into things. Please follow end or subscribe to us on twitch. 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spk_1:   55:32
even if you don't like us.

spk_0:   55:33
Yeah, get feedback is still feedback and tell us what we're doing wrong. Tell us what we're doing, right. If we're doing anything right, um, we'll take it any way we can get it. Anything else?

spk_1:   55:44
No, I think that's it.

spk_0:   55:46
I think we are done. Thank you for listening and watching, and we will be back. God willing, next week with another informative, insightful pond can

spk_1:   55:57
absolutely stay safe. Everyone wash your hands.

spk_0:   56:00
Don't touch anyone. Touch anyone. That's another one in the books.

spk_1:   56:05
Have a good one. Everyone but