Story and Star Wars

Story and Star Wars

United States

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.

Episodes

Story And Star Wars 9: The Force Awakens  

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

Story And Star Wars 8: StarWonks Live II  

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.

Story And Star Wars 7: Revenge Of The Sith  

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!

Story And Star Wars 6: Attack Of The Clones  

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.

Story And Star Wars 5: The Phantom Menace  

We turn our attention to the prequel trilogy this week, with some thoughts on The Phantom Menace, and the ways in which it shifts our understanding of what Star Wars is.

Story And Star Wars 4: StarWonks Live  

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

Story And Star Wars 3: Return Of The Jedi  

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.

Story And Star Wars 2: The Empire Strikes Back  

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

Story And Star Wars 1: A New Hope  

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?

Story And Star Wars: Introduction  

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!

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