By Mike Audette
Something I've always wondered about the Jedi was how they always seemed to be in tip top shape no matter how old they were. Was it from the constant training and practicing of Lightsaber combat as well as hand-to-hand combat? Was it just because of their natural connection to The Force? They way the move in action always seems so effortless.
I've always seemed to have issues with my weight since I was growing up and I always wished that I looked like a Jedi, whether it be Obi-Wan Kenobi in his fight against Jango Fett on Kamino or Luke Skywalker swinging through the trees on Dagobah with Yoda.
The words of Master Yoda often ring true in all of our lives.
"A Jedi must have the deepest commitment, the most serious mind."
As I begin a new weight loss journey, I now have the strength and appreciation that I need to see it through to the end. I've had successes in the past, one semester in College in particular where I lost 40 pounds, which gives me the motivation I have now that I know I have the ability in me to achieve my ultimate goals.
Whether its something like living a healthier lifestyle, working harder in school, or just a home improvement project you have set for yourself. It is never a bad idea to take a minute and think, "How would Yoda help me with this problem?"
In the end it's all about what's inside yourself and if you believe it to be true.
May The Force Be With You...
We here at Podcast 66 are always thinking up new and different way to involve YOU, the listener in our weekly show. This Friday, Ryan and Daniel will premiere their latest in a series of games and we're looking for a few of you to take part in the fun!
The biggest party in the galaxy is coming to Anaheim, California next month and your friends at PODCAST 66 want YOU to be there!
If you're interested in attending this year's Star Wars Celebration event [who wouldn't be?] and you've yet to purchase tickets [what were you waiting for?], then you may be in luck!!!
We're giving away TWO  four day ADULT passes next week and you could be the lucky fan who wins! The lucky winner[s] will be randomly drawn from a group of contestants during the next episode of The Clone Wars: REWIND.
How do you make yourself eligible for the random drawing? It's simple. All you have to do is answer the following question:
"What is the FULL name of Podcast 66 co-host Daniel Berry's Jedi kitten?"
* HINT: The cat is named after a beloved Star Wars character. [The name has been revealed numerous times during
past episodes of the show.]
Think you know the answer? All you have to do now is to send us your response by using one of the following methods:
~ Email the show at email@example.com
~ Tweet us @Podcast66
~ Leave us a voicemail at 423-402-9529
PLEASE ONLY PARTICIPATE IF YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY POSITIVE THAT YOU WILL BE ABLE TO ATTEND THE EVENT.
We would hate for you to go through all of the trouble to win these badges then be unable to make it!
The event is being held at the Anaheim Convention Center from APRIL 16th - APRIL 19th [Thurs-Sun].
The grand prize for this contest includes up to TWO  four day ADULT passes for Star Wars Celebration Anaheim! That's a $280.00 value!
Please make sure and tune into this week's NEW episode of Podcast 66 to hear if your name has been entered to the random selection! That's right, we'll be announcing every last contestant on Friday's episode... so make sure that you answer correctly and send us your reply by THURSDAY, MARCH 12th.
For MORE information on Star Wars Celebration, visit the official site at starwarscelebration.com!
With the first season of Star Wars Rebels on the books, Lucasfilm Animation and Disney XD have taken us on our first steps into a larger world of Star Wars storytelling. But, what now? How long until we see new animated episodes appear on our television screens once again?
The wait for Season Two of Star Wars Rebels may prove to be only a few months, but even that seems like a long time. With that in mind, the team at Podcast 66 have put our heads together and come up with a great idea. Let's rewatch The Clone Wars.
While the beloved series met its untimely end in early 2013, fans clamored for more episodes. The demand was so high that a year later, Lucasfilm paired with Netflix to release an entire sixth season of unaired episodes, titled The Lost Missions. Since the entire series was made available streaming on Netflix, its audience has grown larger than it ever was during its initial broadcasts on Cartoon Network.
Now that more and more fans are discovering Star Wars: The Clone Wars, we figured it would be the perfect time to revisit the show and offer a weekly podcast dissecting each episode. Ryan Donoho and Daniel Berry, hosts of our regular weekly show, will debut this new podcast next week.
Starting this upcoming Monday, March 9th, you can follow along with us on our journey through all 125 episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. On the show, we will offer reviews and discussion of each episode as we break the series down for fans both new and old. We'll have special guests, fan interaction and many more surprises.
To help get you pumped about the new show, we've included a lengthy trailer for The Clone Wars that was originally posted by IGN to celebrate 100 episodes of the series. Enjoy!
Whether you're watching The Clone Wars for the first time ever, or you're just interested in rewatching the series with a fresh perspective, we invite you to join us every Monday for new episodes of The Clone Wars: REWIND!
Going back to watch the series as a whole offers us the unique opportunity to view the show in a chronological order, as opposed to the original order in which the episodes aired. Below is our proposed schedule for the order in which the episodes will be reviewed on our new podcast. The chronological order in which we will follow was provided by Leland Chee of Lucasfilm. You'll also notice that in our schedule below, we'll be tackling several episodes at one time, each week. This method of viewing is done so we can fit in the entire series and finish just in time for the release of The Force Awakens in December!
216: “Cat and Mouse”
116: “Hidden Enemy”
Theatrical Release: “The Clone Wars”
301: “Clone Cadets”
303: “Supply Lines”
102: “Rising Malevolence”
103: “Shadow of Malevolence”
104: “Destroy Malevolence”
106: “Downfall of a Droid”
107: “Duel of the Droids”
108: “Bombad Jedi”
109: “Cloak of Darkness”
110: “Lair of Grievous”
111: “Dooku Captured”
112: “The Gungan General”
113: “Jedi Crash”
114: “Defenders of Peace”
117: “Blue Shadow Virus”
118: “Mystery of a Thousand Moons”
119: “Storm Over Ryloth”
120: “Innocents of Ryloth”
121: “Liberty on Ryloth”
201: “Holocron Heist”
202: “Cargo of Doom”
203: “Children of the Force”
217: “Bounty Hunters”
218: “The Zillo Beast”
219: “The Zillo Beast Strikes Back”
205: “Landing at Point Rain”
206: “Weapons Factory”
207: “Legacy of Terror”
208: “Brain Invaders”
209: “Grievous Intrigue”
210: “The Deserter”
211: “Lightsaber Lost”
212: “The Mandalore Plot”
213: “Voyage of Temptation”
214: “Duchess of Mandalore”
220: “Death Trap”
221: “R2 Come Home”
222: “Lethal Trackdown”
306: “The Academy”
302: “ARC Troopers”
304: “Sphere of Influence”
308: “Evil Plans”
122: “Hostage Crisis”
309: “Hunt for Ziro”
310: “Heroes on Both Sides”
311: “Pursuit of Peace”
215: “Senate Murders”
314: “Witches of the Mist”
316: “Altar of Mortis”
317: “Ghosts of Mortis”
318: “The Citadel”
319: “Counter Attack”
320: “Citadel Rescue”
321: “Padawan Lost”
322: “Wookiee Hunt”
401: “Water War”
402: “Gungan Attack”
404: “Shadow Warrior”
405: “Mercy Mission”
406: “Nomad Droids”
407: “Darkness on Umbara”
408: “The General”
409: “Plan of Dissent”
410: “Carnage of Krell”
412: “Slaves of the Republic”
413: “Escape from Kadavo”
414: “A Friend in Need”
416: “Friends and Enemies”
417: “The Box”
418: “Crisis on Naboo”
502: “A War on Two Fronts”
503: “Front Runners”
504: “The Soft War”
505: “Tipping Points”
506: “The Gathering”
507: “A Test of Strength”
508: “Bound for Rescue”
509: “A Necessary Bond”
510: “Secret Weapons”
511: “A Sunny Day in the Void”
512: “Missing in Action”
513: “Point of No Return”
515: “Shades of Reason”
516: “The Lawless”
518: “The Jedi Who Knew Too Much”
519: “To Catch a Jedi”
520: “The Wrong Jedi”
601: “The Unknown”
605: “An Old Friend”
606: “The Rise of Clovis”
607: “Crisis at the Heart”
608: “The Disappeared”
609: “The Disappeared, Pt. II”
610: “The Lost One”
By: Daniel Berry
For diehard Star Wars fans, there really is no bigger party in the galaxy than Star Wars Celebration. This April, people from all across the globe will descend upon the Anaheim Convention Center in California to enjoy four days of amazing events featuring some of the biggest names in the Star Wars community.
Though my wife and I had long standing plans to attend Celebration Anaheim, some recent career moves will now be keeping us from making the trip out west this April. It's been especially difficult for me to accept the fact that I'll be missing the party because I know just how incredible this event can be.
Being a resident of Central Florida proved to be very fortuitous for me in 2010 and 2012, as Lucasfilm and Reed Pop brought two consecutive Star Wars Celebration events to my hometown of Orlando. While I had a blast during Celebration V in 2010, it was the four days that I spent at the Orange County Convention Center during Celebration VI in 2012 that genuinely changed my life forever.
At the time, I had been dating my wife-to-be Lindsay just a little over four months. To my delight, she was more than happy to spend four long days with me partying with thousands of other nerds. I was already aware that Lindsay was a fan, but I would learn over the course of the event that her passion for Star Wars surpassed my highest expectations. The long hours we spent together waiting in line to gain access to various panels allowed us to learn more about one another. We walked many miles together, from one end of the convention center to the other, then back again. While we both experienced amazing moments as fans, all the while we were falling in love.
The first big name to take the stage during Celebration VI was filmmaker Kevin Smith on Thursday evening. Smith's hour long show, An Evening With Kevin Smith was a separate ticketed event but being a huge fan, I was more than happy to shell out the extra dough.
After a great introduction by main stage host James Arnold Taylor, Smith took the stage to the sound of deafening applause. It was clear that the standing ovation given by the hundreds of fans in attendance was a bit overwhelming for Smith, as he was visibly moved. It didn't take long for him to turn the emotional tables on the audience though, as his opening monologue involved the story of a childhood friendship built upon a mutual love of Star Wars which ended when the friend in question was killed in a tragic traffic accident. There couldn't have been a dry eye in the house and within minutes, Kevin Smith had every person in the theater in the palm of his hand.
Over the course of the following 90 minutes, the self professed fanboy shared his love of Star Wars and revealed how the universe that George Lucas created had an impact on Smith and his films. True to his reputation, Smith remained on stage to answer questions from the audience and even shake hands with several fans.
Enjoy the ever hilarious Kevin Smith on stage from Orlando, Florida during Star Wars Celebration VI in April, 2012 by checking out the video below. Skip ahead to the 3:20 mark if you'd like to avoid the lengthy introduction.
Over the next three days, we joined friends both new and old for some amazing interviews and great surprises. I was particularly interested to hear actor Ian McDiarmid interviewed on the main stage. This was to be the first convention appearance on U.S. soil for the man who first brought the evil Emperor Palpatine to life on screen in 1983's Return of the Jedi. The hour that McDiarmid spent talking with host James Arnold Taylor was truly remarkable. In an interesting moment, the veteran stage and screen actor revealed that he had recently had lunch with George Lucas, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher. While the fans in attendance wondered what this momentous meeting of "original trilogy" actors might mean, McDiarmid treated us all with multiple lines from the films in his menacing Darth Sidious voice.
Check out the full interview with Ian McDiarmid and James Arnold Taylor at Star Wars Celebration VI from 2012, in the video below. To avoid the lengthy introduction, skip to the 6:45 mark.
While walking the show floor on Friday, I began to notice that more than a few fans in attendance were wearing the same red t-shirt that I had on. The shirt in question was a very popular item found at Target stores across the nation, so it wasn't a shock to see so many sporting it at once.
I was suddenly struck with a funny idea. I thought to myself, "Wouldn't it be hilarious if we could organize a meetup for all of us fans wearing the same Millennium Falcon shirt and take a photo?" Inspiration quickly turned to execution, and I began to inform each "red shirt" that I saw of a photo opportunity to be held later that afternoon, in front of the huge Imperial AT-AT that was displayed near the front of the convention center. I was also careful to encourage those invited to "pass it along" to any other fans who were seen wearing a "red shirt".
I must have mentioned the meetup to at least a dozen fans over the course of four hours. When the proposed hour finally arrived, my friends and I headed over to the AT-AT in hopes of taking a fun photo with a few folks who perhaps shared my sense of humor. I was thrilled when we arrived to find over twenty people sporting "red shirts" and ready for photos! There were also several photographers running around with media badges, so I guess you could say that the word got out about our impromptu meetup. What began as an admittedly stupid idea turned out to be one of the highlights of the week, for me.
There were so many memorable moments from Celebration VI, I couldn't possibly fit them all into just one blog post. We caught onstage interviews with Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Jeremy Bulloch and many others. We saw hundreds of talented cosplayers, including one gentleman who had fashioned functioning robot legs to complete his amazing Darth Maul costume, inspired by the character's return in The Clone Wars animated series.
The absolute highlight of the event though, occurred early on Saturday morning.
Lindsay and I had missed The Clone Wars Season 5 premiere the night before, so we made sure to find seats for the panel which promised an inside look at the show with guests Dave Filoni and Joel Aron. The panel took place on the Digital Stage and was hosted by David W. Collins. During the hour long program, Filoni and Aron gave the fans in attendance some exclusive sneak peaks at what would prove to be the penultimate season of the popular television series.
After a few exciting clips were shown, Dave Filoni began to express his love for the fans and to describe one fan in particular. This fan was a special one, Filoni stated before inviting said "fan" onstage to join him. The puzzled fans eagerly followed Filoni's gaze towards stage left to see just who this mystery guest would be.
The sound of the crowd quickly grew from confusion to excitement as George Lucas himself appeared and gradually made his way to center stage. The entire audience rose to its feet and began screaming in jubilation to welcome the man who was responsible for it all.
It was a truly special moment. I had goosebumps on my arms and tears in my eyes. I couldn't believe it. The Maker. He had arrived, unannounced and unexpectedly. The crowd went insane.
Eventually, the cheers had to stop in order for Filoni to continue. Lucas, Aron and Filoni spoke about the direction of the show, their hope for the future of Star Wars animation and their appreciation of the fans. Lindsay and I were lucky enough to be present for the biggest surprise of the entire week. It was simply incredible.
Watch the surprise appearance by George Lucas during The Clone Wars panel at Star Wars Celebration VI from 2012, in the video below. Enjoy the sounds of hundreds of voices suddenly crying out in happiness before they are eventually silenced by Dave Filoni.
The magic of Star Wars Celebration wouldn't be possible without a few very important people. Hosts James Arnold Taylor and David W. Collins have become mainstays at the event. Past hosts such as Pablo Hidalgo and Jay Laga'aia were also great. The ever entertaining and hilarious duo of comedian Mark Daniel and DJ Elliot Hansen provide the perfect warmup for each show featured on the main stage. This year, popular podcast duo Jason Swank and Jimmy "Mac" McInerney will take over hosting duties on the Behind the Scenes stage. There are so many more unsung heroes of Star Wars Celebration who are involved in the backstage area and overall production of the event that truly deserve our gratitude.
Of course, none of it would have been the same without the involvement of former Lucasfilm events coordinator Mary Franklin. Quite the passionate Star Wars fan herself, Franklin has been the cornerstone of Star Wars Celebration for many years. Though she is moving onto a new position away from Lucasfilm, we expect her to continue on in the production of Star Wars Celebration for years to come.
It's truly a tough break for Lindsay and I that we won't be attending Star Wars Celebration Anaheim. I'm looking forward to seeing all the great photos from the event show up on my social media feeds, this upcoming April. For those of you who will be fortunate enough to attend, I wish you as many special moments and great memories as I've had in years past.
Here's to 2015. It's a big one, Star Wars fans.
May the Force be with us.
By: Ryan Donoho
"At the same time, the very fact that critics are often part of that fan base affects their initial reaction, and ultimately, final judgment of a new text's good or bad qualities. But that's also why the most surprising feeling this longtime Star Wars devotee had about The Clone Wars was one of overwhelming uncertainty: The animated opus, culled from a story arc in the forthcoming TV series, is at once a rousing adventure, an effective set-up for the future of the saga, and another story beset by the same character, structural and storytelling problems as the prequels that came before it."
Over time, the feeling over The Clone Wars started to change. The show evolved, the characters grew, and the story continued to move at its own pace. By the end of season five, critics and fans were glued to the fate of the character they once loathed.
From IGN's season five finale review:
That final exchange between Ahsoka and Anakin was just terrific television. Ashley Eckstein and Matt Lanter were both excellent, as these two had a very sad goodbye…. And Ahsoka hinted maybe, just maybe, she knew about Anakin and Padme, or at the least could sense the conflict within her former master. The animation showing their expressions and emotion was wonderful and damn, Kevin Kiner really outdid himself with the score, which was beautiful and poignant – and, in a great touch, stayed with those sad themes, rather than revert to the more upbeat Star Wars music at the end, which only helped to underline the impact of what just happened. Yeah, I'll admit it... It almost made me a bit weepy! It's really impressive to see how far this series has come and what they've been able to accomplish with these characters
In that review the show is not only praised, but the voice actors are mentioned for their performance.