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E40 Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
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E40 Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

This power is beyond your control!

Always Rebels at heart, Ben and Tao finally join the Alliance, drop some sweet lightsaber sweeps, get feely with the Force and kick some Empire ass while reviving the Fallen Jedi Order in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, colon included. Ben alienates Star Wars fans with a hybrid cow-horse metaphor mashup and a broad critique of recent incarnations of the franchise; Tao settles into his psychology sofa to talk trauma’s role in the storyline and the Dark Side more generally, and the pair discuss how this Souls-like Star Wars experience compares to the original FromSoftware formats. We get into spoilers around two thirds of the way through the pod.

Content Warning: PEGI 15. Swearing and stuff. Ben tempts you to the dark side. Oh, and autosave is enabled on this podcast - don’t turn off while it’s saving.

Clarifications:

  • The music for Fallen Order is by Stephen Barton and Gordy Haab

  • BD-1, Chewbacca and Wall-E are all voiced by Ben Burtt (not Brad or Bret, Tao! He only shares a name with your co-host…)

  • Andy Serkis did not win an Oscar / Academy Award for his performance as Gollum. Indeed, he has never won an Oscar. However, according to Wikipedia, for his role in The Lord of the Rings film series, he won the Empire Award for Best British Actor, Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor, and Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, which he obviously shared with the rest of the cast.

  • The difficulty levels are: Story, Jedi Knight, Jedi Master, and Jedi Grandmaster (which means if Tao did play it on Jedi Knight, Ben completed it a superior level. In your face, Tao!)

  • Our episode on Subnautica is here:

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  • Oh, and Lara Croft doesn’t really ‘wall run’ in Tomb Raider, she kinda wall scrambles.

Audio extracts:

  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999), theme and audio clips

  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope - Cantina (1977)

  • 5 live bulletins remix from 10 Jun 2022 - apologies to my former colleagues, it’s just a bit of fun!

  • Only Fools and Horses theme

  • Star Wars Pod Racer N64

  • The Mandalorian

  • The Book of Boba Fett

  • Obi Wan Kenobi

  • 24 - Season 2 - actor Carlos Bernard as Tony Almeida

  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) - Luke Lands On Dagobah

  • WALL-E (2008)

  • Beverly Hill Cop 3 (1994)

  • The Taming of Smeagol from The Two Towers OST by Howard Shore

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) feat. Andy Serkis as Gollum

  • Dark Souls OST by Motoi Sakuraba

  • Immortals Fenyx Rising OST by Gareth Coker

  • Spaced, Season 1: Chaos feat. Simon Pegg

  • Imperial March (From "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back")

  • The Prince of Egypt (1998) - Parting the Red Sea Scene

  • Subnautica OST by Simon Chylinski

  • The Mighty Boosh - Howard Moon (Julian Barratt)

  • The Martian - feat. Matt Damon

  • Game of Thrones Season 7 - Ed Sheeran

  • Austin Powers

  • Sekiro OST by Yuka Kitamura

  • Family Guy - ‘Join The Empire!’ spoof

  • Samuel Jackson asks George Lucas for a purple lightsaber

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