Early this morning, podcast host Steve Norman took over the Failed Critics Twitter account (@FailedCritics) from around 9.30am for a very special tweet-a-thon. For almost 18 hours, Steve will live-tweet all eight Star Wars movies in sequential order, beginning with Episode I: The Phantom Menace…
Long, long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, probably not much happened except gas swirled around a dense cluster of stars.
A little closer to home and relatively recently, George Lucas helmed a film trilogy about a space adventure like no other before it. You know the one. The one about the fucking space hairdresser and the cowboy. He’s got a tinfoil pal and a pedal bin. His father’s a robot and he’s fucking fucked his sister. Lego. They’re all made of fucking Lego.
It’s a series of movies that have cropped up a dozen or (most definitely) more times on our podcast and website in the five years we have existed. Below you’ll find a collection of appearances that will accompany your time with Steve’s tweeting today.
1) Review: Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)
Back in mid-2012, Kate Diamond explained why the original Star Wars would’ve made more sense to her if she’d have seen it for the first time at 13, instead of 31.
The first ever inductee to the Failed Critics: Corridor of Praise (sort of like a Hall of Fame, but less prestigious!) was Han Solo himself, Harrison Ford. Have a listen to the podcast as we run through all of his back catalogue – yes, including Star Wars.
3) Review: Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens
“I’m sure the film has its faults. Maybe once I calm down I’ll notice them?” Well, why not read Steve’s review of JJ Abrams revitalising entry to the franchise and then follow him on Twitter until late this evening to see if he ever did calm down.
Booting non-fan Owen from the first Star Wars podcast was probably for the best as Steve, Paul Field and debutante Dave Valentine rushed to their local cinema and struggled to contain their excitement after watching Episode VII.
5) Review: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
One year later and one Rogue One hit cinemas, and once again one Steve Norman reviewed the latest Star Wars blockbuster. Has Steve’s impression of the movie changed in the four months since its release? You’ll have to follow us on Twitter to find out…
Reuniting the trio from the Episode VII podcast, Steve, Paul and Dave return to tackle the somewhat more divisive “stand alone” Star Wars movie – the first to break from the Skywalker mythology.
7) YouTube: George, It’s Gone Wrong!
In our triple bill of film directors that we’ve fallen out of love with, Steve gets very cross about George Lucas and the prequel series, just before Disney announced their revival. Listen to the full episode here.
Back when James Diamond was still in charge, we released a podcast almost solely because LucasArts and Disney announced they were making more Star Wars. That’s just how we rolled, back then.
Steve gets quite distressed (again) because Owen is not showing any enthusiasm about more Star Wars (again). It’s just a regular news section on the podcast that contains more Star Wars chat – including Steve’s first ever threat to ban Owen from the Episode VII podcast!
When Sir Christopher Lee passed away in June 2015, even Owen couldn’t help but mention his iconic role as Count Douku in Attack of the Clones.