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This fall, story expert Alastair Stephens will look at each of the six core Star Wars movies in release order, and analyse what works and why. We’re going to talk about heroic motivations, serial structure, the power of the five-man band, the interaction of intent and execution, mythic archetypes, the urge to explain, and stories which grow in the telling — and perhaps, we’ll understand a little better why Star Wars is the most important pop culture phenomenon of the modern era.

This fall, story expert Alastair Stephens will look at each of the six core Star Wars movies in release order, and analyse what works and why. We’re going to talk about heroic motivations, serial structure, the power of the five-man band, the interaction of intent and execution, mythic archetypes, the urge to explain, and stories which grow in the telling — and perhaps, we’ll understand a little better why Star Wars is the most important pop culture phenomenon of the modern era.
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This fall, story expert Alastair Stephens will look at each of the six core Star Wars movies in release order, and analyse what works and why. We’re going to talk about heroic motivations, serial structure, the power of the five-man band, the interaction of intent and execution, mythic archetypes, the urge to explain, and stories which grow in the telling — and perhaps, we’ll understand a little better why Star Wars is the most important pop culture phenomenon of the modern era.

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English


Episodes

Story And Star Wars 11: Rogue One

4/13/2017
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In the return of Story And Star Wars, Alastair Stephens discusses the structure, plot and themes and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Duration: 00:33:35


Story And Star Wars 10: The Eight-Month Q&A

8/19/2016
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How do we parse the critical response to The Force Awakens? What's right with Finn, wrong with Kylo Ren, and paradoxical about Darth Jar Jar?

Duration: 00:40:17


Story And Star Wars 9: The Force Awakens

12/29/2015
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It's been a long time coming, but it's finally here, and it's spoiler-filled: Star Wars: The Force Awakens!

Duration: 00:50:10


Story And Star Wars 8: Live II

11/24/2015
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At last, we come to the end of the Story and Star Wars series, and discuss the prequel trilogy, the saga as a whole, and what we've learned along the way.

Duration: 01:14:53


Story And Star Wars 7: Revenge Of The Sith

11/14/2015
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This week, we close out the prequel trilogy and bring our story full-circle with Revenge Of The Sith, the last Star Wars movie -- for now!

Duration: 00:33:11


Story And Star Wars 6: Attack Of The Clones

11/8/2015
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Anakin is all grown-up and it's time to begin the Clone War with Attack Of The Clones, a change of direction for the Star Wars series.

Duration: 00:38:49


Story And Star Wars 4: Live

10/23/2015
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A little later than originally planned, it's time for our live discussion of the original trilogy of Star Wars!

Duration: 01:14:36


Story And Star Wars 3: Return Of The Jedi

10/9/2015
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In our third Star Wars lecture, we close out the original trilogy with some thoughts on Ewoks, fairy tales and the zig-zagging story of Return Of The Jedi.

Duration: 00:40:30


Story And Star Wars 2: The Empire Strikes Back

10/2/2015
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In our second Star Wars lecture, we look at the dark middle chapter of the original trilogy, The Empire Strikes Back.

Duration: 00:45:55


Story And Star Wars 1: A New Hope

9/25/2015
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In our first Star Wars lecture, we discuss what Star Wars is and isn't, and try to answer a deceptively difficult question: what is the story of A New Hope?

Duration: 00:38:45


Story And Star Wars: Introduction

9/18/2015
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This fall, we're journeying to a galaxy far, far away to study one of the most important pop culture phenomena in history -- Star Wars!

Duration: 00:09:32