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Podcast Episode 53: Star Wars Road Trip

Geeks drive up to L.A. to see ‘The Force Awakens’ and discuss hopes, fears, and ‘The Dark Times’

Cinema Junkie Beth Accomando (along with Jose Iturriaga, Miguel Rodriguez, an...

Credit: Beth Accomando

Above: Cinema Junkie Beth Accomando (along with Jose Iturriaga, Miguel Rodriguez, and Phillip Lorenzo) traveled up to L.A. with fellow "Star Wars" geeks to see "The Force Awakens" on opening night at the El Capitan Theater. On the trip up she asked everyone about their hopes and fears for the sequel, and on the way back she got their reactions to the film.

Episode 53: Star Wars Road Trip

Travel with a bunch of geeks on a road trip to see "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." Hear about their hopes, fears, expectations -- even memories of the Dark Times -- on the trip up and whether Episode VII delivered the goods.

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For this edition of the KPBS Cinema Junkie Podcast, I decided to try something new: a road trip. Joshua Sutton, a friend and fellow "Star Wars" fan, decided to rent a 13-seat van and drive up to Los Angeles to see "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" at the El Capitan Theater on Hollywood Boulevard. He said it was "a bucket list" thing he wanted to do.

My first thought was, since we would be trapped in the car for a number of hours and all shared a passion for "Star Wars," to record a podcast in which we discussed our hopes and fears about the sequel on the way up, and then gave our reactions to "Episode VII" on the way down.

If you love "Star Wars," then you will be able to identify with many of the things my friends and I discussed — the impact "A New Hope" made on us, the sense of betrayal we felt over the prequels (known as "The Dark Times"), and our anticipation over J.J. Abrams new film.

The group traveling up was diverse in terms of age, gender and ethnicity. The discussion ranges from the silly -- an R2D2 toy that was not screen accurate — to the serious — how Lando Calrissian's story can be seen as a parable about how minorities are treated in America.

Basically, it's a bunch of geeks geeking-out about something they love. We also reveal our most embarrassing moments of geek fandom.

My fellow travelers were: Miguel Rodriguez (director of the Horrible Imaginings Film Festival), Phillip Lorenzo, Dante Moran (filmmaker), Jose Iturriaga (artist), Blanca Osorio (and she was not really a hitchhiker we picked up on the road), Cristal Salinas and her son, Tyler, Tony Weidinger (my son), Jasmine Gipson and our Jedi driver, Joshua Sutton. We also met up with stuntman Fernando Jay Huerto who was coming from a 7:30 p.m. screening of the film to meet us at 10:25 p.m. to see it for the third time.


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