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Friday, 16 February 2018

Star Wars is now as old as Flash Gordon was in the 1970s. What does that tell us about its staying power?


Star Wars in 1977, when Flash Gordon was 41


Star Wars is as old today as the original Flash Gordon serial was back in 1977.

Today, Episode Nothing ponders that sobering thought 
 
and considers how Star Wars has aged compared with some of the films that inspired it.




Friday, 9 February 2018

40 years ago: Star Wars Weekly #1 arrives in the UK

Star Wars Weekly issue 1 arrived just as the film was spreading across the UK



Star Wars in black-and-white. It was a much more appealing prospect than it might sound when Marvel Comics’ Star Wars Weekly arrived in Britain in the week of February 8 1978. 


Today, Episode Nothing looks at how the UK got the Marvel Star Wars without the colo(u)r but with some extras that the US missed out on. 


Friday, 2 February 2018

Spoilers in 1977: How much did people know about the original Star Wars going in?

The Marvel Star Wars comic book was
one of many ways to get Star Wars spoilers
Photo: Comics A-Go-Go! 


The phrase "spoiler warning" is a pretty recent invention. Back in the 1970s, you could stumble upon films' plot twists quite easily. 

Today, Episode Nothing considers the spoilers that were around in 1977, as news spread of the incredible success of Star Wars.

Friday, 26 January 2018

Interview: Craig Stevens, author of The Star Wars Phenomenon in Britain

  
The Star Wars Phenomenon in Britain by Craig Stevens


There's a great new book coming out about Star Wars mania in the UK. And I don't think you'll even have to be British to like it.

Today, Episode Nothing meets Craig Stevens, the author of The Star Wars Phenomenon in Britain.


Friday, 19 January 2018

The original release of Star Wars: when it was seen and where


Star Wars mania at Mann's Chinese Theater

On the weekend of May 27-29 1977, many thousands of people were enjoying a film that was playing on hundreds of American cinema screens. The film took $2.7million at the box office that weekend. 

It was called Smokey and the Bandit

Meanwhile, people in a small number of major US cities had a chance to see a new science fiction movie called Star Wars

Friday, 12 January 2018

The world before Star Wars: Six things that suddenly went out of fashion for children of the 1970s 

From The Six Million Dollar Man to TV westerns,
a lot of children's obsessions were to be
eclipsed the arrival of Star Wars


A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, there lived people who had never heard of Star Wars. Today, Episode Nothing looks at some of the pop culture obsessions of the 1970s that suddenly seemed less important once the adventures of Luke Skywalker came along.   


Friday, 5 January 2018

Review: The Galaxy That Britain Built – a BBC documentary on the making of Star Wars

The BBC's latest contribution to Star Wars documentaries


The BBC has made some pretty good documentaries about Star Wars over the years. I’m thinking in particular of the Omnibus episode George Lucas Flying Solo back in 1997 and its follow-up at the time of The Phantom Menace.

A new show, The Galaxy That Britain Built, was broadcast by BBC4 in the UK on Thursday, December 21, sandwiched between two other Star Wars-related programmes. (Those were a repeat of last summer’s BBC Proms concert devoted to John Williams and Hollywood’s Master of Myth, a documentary about Joseph Campbell.)

Today, Episode Nothing reviews a show that interviewed some of the lesser-known figures in the Star Wars story – including those who really did build that galaxy.