A More Civilized Age: A Star Wars Podcast

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obandsoller
 Nov 24, 2022
5 star podcast, 5 star run times!

Pilcrow
 Oct 1, 2022
Five star podcast! Five star runtime!


 Sep 2, 2022

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 Aug 12, 2022


 Jul 4, 2022

Description

Join Rob Zacny, Natalie Watson, Ali Acampora, and Austin Walker as they dive headfirst into the fall of the Galactic Republic, debate which Jedi is messiest, and dig into the themes and politics of The Clone Wars. Cover Art by @XeeceeVEVO on Twitter.

Episode Date
52: "Rix Road" (Andor 12)
03:31:12

Surprise! Thanks to a very kind mystery contact with their own very kind mystery contacts inside of Lucasfilm (and/or Disney Plus), we were given last minute screener access to the Andor finale. And you better believe we hustled to watch it, prep our notes, and deliver the longest episode of our Andor season and one of the longest episodes we've ever recorded.

Come for our emotional reactions to the return of voices we'd thought we'd heard the last of. Stay for our dive into 2000s-era anarchist philosophy. And then rate us five stars for all the time we dedicate to talking about our very favorite absolutely rotten relationships.

ALSO: As a special bonus for our Patrons, we recorded our own live reactions when we group watched this episode together. Go to patreon.com/civilized, support us at the $5 level, and you can hear each of our exuberant pop offs, our surprised gasps, our wavering voices, and our howls for the most rancid of love stories.  

NEXT TIME: No episode on the 30th (this is that episode), and potentially no episode on the 7th. But we have a bunch of great stuff queued up for December, so look forward to it!

Show Notes

The Coming Insurrection by the Invisible Committee

We are Everywhere: The Irresistible Rise of Global Anticapitalism

Hosted by Rob Zacny (@RobZacny)

Featuring Alicia Acampora (@ali_west), Austin Walker (@austin_walker), and Natalie Watson (@nataliewatson)

Produced by Austin Walker

Music by Jack de Quidt (@notquitereal)

Cover art by Xeecee (@xeeceevevo)

 

Nov 23, 2022
51: "Daughter of Ferrix" (Andor 11)
02:36:22

As Cassian and Melshi put distance between themselves and Narkina 5, the rest of the galaxy spins just thus, aligning such that many of our principal players will wind up together on Ferrix. And those that won't, well, they're busy uh... talking about Trad Chandrillan customs, so, you know, equally as exciting. 

Like many of you, we have spent the last ten episodes on the edge of our seats, eager to know what comes next. But with today's episode, written by Tony Gilory and directed by Benjamin Caron, we are a step past eager. We are desperate. Join us in desperation.

You can support the show and gain access to a monthly Q&A cast by going to patreon.com/civilized

NEXT TIME: Andor Episode 12 (TWELVE. THE SEASON ONE FINALE. AHHHHHH)

 Show Notes

Shout outs to Chase for this one.

Hosted by Rob Zacny (@RobZacny)

Featuring Alicia Acampora (@ali_west), Austin Walker (@austin_walker), and Natalie Watson (@nataliewatson)

Produced by Austin Walker

Music by Jack de Quidt (@notquitereal)

Cover art by Xeecee (@xeeceevevo)

Nov 21, 2022
50: "One Way Out" (Andor 10)
02:50:34

If you rewind the clock by two years, it was today, November 14th, that Ali, Rob, Natalie, and I got in the same group DM and made a decision: Let's do a Clone Wars podcast.

Today, our 50th episode releases, and let me tell you: On that day, we could not BEGIN to imagine how much we would be feasting.

Today's episode of Andor is a tight, focused 43 minute exploration of revolutionary sacrifice in its many forms. And while I could not call this nearly three hour long episode of our show anything close to "tight," I do think it's one of our best yet. So please, tell a friend, review the show on your podcast platform of choice, and (if you're in a place where you can) go ahead and give us some support on our Patreon.

Here's to 50 more episodes of yelling about Jedi hypocrisy, theorizing about crybaby fascists, sometimes, complaining about mid-tier fandom, coming up with our own outlandish AUs, and (every once in a while) offering deep analysis.

NEXT TIME: Andor Episode 11

Show Notes

Hosted by Rob Zacny (@RobZacny)

Featuring Alicia Acampora (@ali_west), Austin Walker (@austin_walker), and Natalie Watson (@nataliewatson)

Produced by Austin Walker

Music by Jack de Quidt (@notquitereal)

Cover art by Xeecee (@xeeceevevo)

You can support the show and gain access to a monthly Q&A cast by going to patreon.com/civilized

 

Nov 14, 2022
49: "Nobody's Listening!" (Andor 09)
02:21:07

There are many things about Andor that, push come to shove, I think we could have predicted. Self-sufficient (if selfish) rogue slowly warms to a rebellion? Sure. Imperial bureaucracy tightens its snare around the revolutionary and the uninvolved alike? Definitely. Coruscanti political drama? Probably, hell, they had that in Clone Wars.

But there are scenes in this week's Andor that never in one hundred years would we have imagined to have shown up. Here? In Star Wars? No. Couldn't be. Disney wouldn't let it happen. 

And yet... here we are. 

NEXT TIME: Andor Episode 10

Show Notes

#Keero Fancam by Patrick Willems

Hosted by Rob Zacny (@RobZacny)

Featuring Alicia Acampora (@ali_west), Austin Walker (@austin_walker), and Natalie Watson (@nataliewatson)

Produced by Austin Walker

Music by Jack de Quidt (@notquitereal)

Cover art by Xeecee (@xeeceevevo)

Nov 07, 2022
48: "Narkina 5" (Andor 08)
03:19:26

If you made fun of us for going long on a previous Andor episode, well the joke is on you, because you should've waited for this week. In what can only be described as (minute-for-minute and pound-for-pound) our MOST five star runtime episode yet, we delve into all manner of bleak material. There's prison labor. There's a bitter-yet-functional marriage. There's a snare slowly tightening around a rebellion so nascent that even two of its most important leaders can't come to terms about working together. And there's a little terrible man who is, one bad day at a time, learning that the world doesn't work in the the facile, cartoonish way he dreamt it did.

NEXT TIME: Andor Episode 09

Show Notes

Hosted by Rob Zacny (@RobZacny)

Featuring Alicia Acampora (@ali_west), Austin Walker (@austin_walker), and Natalie Watson (@nataliewatson)

Produced by Austin Walker

Music by Jack de Quidt (@notquitereal)

Cover art by Xeecee (@xeeceevevo)

 

Oct 31, 2022
47: "Announcement" (Andor 07)
02:31:14

After a nail-biting heist, what could follow for Andor? Unsurprisingly, a talky episode all about the Empire's response to the fledgling rebellion, filled with juicy details about galactic policy decisions, intelligence agency maneuvering, and a bunch of difficult emotional conversations. And, of course... Space Miami.

NEXT TIME: Andor Episode 08

Show Notes

Hosted by Rob Zacny (@RobZacny)

Featuring Alicia Acampora (@ali_west), Austin Walker (@austin_walker), and Natalie Watson (@nataliewatson)

Produced by Austin Walker

Music by Jack de Quidt (@notquitereal)

Cover art by Xeecee (@xeeceevevo)

Oct 24, 2022
46: "The Eye" (Andor 06)
02:30:40

Wow, what a season. From the opening at the rainy PreMor leisure district to the climactic conclusion in highlands of Aldh-

What's that?  You're saying this is only the halfway point of the series? The halfway point of the first season of the series? 

No, that can't be right. You're saying that after this—perhaps the best pound-for-pound filmmaking we've covered on the podcast—we get... more? 

Wow. A better world really is possible.

NEXT TIME: Andor Episode 07

Show Notes

Heads up that next episode may come a day late, as we're dealing with scheduling difficulties and dental recovery!

Hosted by Rob Zacny (@RobZacny)

Featuring Alicia Acampora (@ali_west), Austin Walker (@austin_walker), and Natalie Watson (@nataliewatson)

Produced by Austin Walker

Music by Jack de Quidt (@notquitereal)

Cover art by Xeecee (@xeeceevevo)

Oct 17, 2022
45: "The Axe Forgets" (Andor 05)
01:56:49

We finished last episode with two desires: To sit in on an absolutely terrible dinner evening and to watch the beginning of a high intensity heist. We got neither, and instead have received a feast unlike any we could've hoped for.

From Coruscant to Aldhani, we trace four stories about families bickering. A mother dressing up insults in the language of care. A father leaning back and watching in glee as his daughter tears into her mother. Brothers-in-arms at each other's throats. It's drama time, baby. The action can wait.

NEXT TIME: Andor Episode 06

Show Notes

Hosted by Rob Zacny (@RobZacny)

Featuring Alicia Acampora (@ali_west), Austin Walker (@austin_walker), and Natalie Watson (@nataliewatson)

Produced by Austin Walker

Music by Jack de Quidt (@notquitereal)

Cover art by Xeecee (@xeeceevevo)

 

Oct 10, 2022
44: "Aldhani" (Andor 04)
02:06:31

Three episodes can trick you. It's enough that you think: Okay, I have the gist of the show. I understand what's going on here. I get the moves the filmmakers like to make, I understand tone and theme. I get what the actors have at their disposal. But three episodes is nothing. Sometimes a showrunner handles the introductory arc themself, only to step back afterwards. Budgets dip. The relationship between actors, directors, and others on set can sour. Three episodes can trick you.

But Andor first three episodes didn't trick us.

Join us this week for our dive into the fourth episode of the series, where we dig into all of our favorite topics, including cultural deterritorialization, the penchant intelligence agencies have for falling into paranoia, and, of course, extremely shitty husbands.

NEXT TIME: Andor Episode 05

Show Notes

Hosted by Rob Zacny (@RobZacny)

Featuring Alicia Acampora (@ali_west), Austin Walker (@austin_walker), and Natalie Watson (@nataliewatson)

Produced by Austin Walker

Music by Jack de Quidt (@notquitereal)

Cover art by Xeecee (@xeeceevevo)

Oct 03, 2022
43: "Kassa," "That Would Be Me," & "Reckoning" (Andor 01 - 03)
03:17:24

A More Civilized Age has never been a show with a plan so much as a set of interests. We’ve never even really known what is coming in the primary topic for our show, The Clone Wars, and that’s allowed us to have some incredible experiences and, we hope, some fun surprises to share with you that compensates for the fact that we can’t analyze this with a complete knowledge of the text.

That also meant that we never really had a plan for “what happens after we watch The Clone Wars?” That was a conversation for the future. We’d wrap up our project and then think about whether or not there were any other shows that we felt so passionately about that we’d want to widen the scope of AMCA.

But it turns out that if you spend two years working on a Star Wars podcast the future might just become the present and force the issue before you are ready.

As you might have gleaned when we watched the trailer, Andor had all the hallmarks of a show that would speak to the things we were most interested in when it came to Star Wars. And indeed, from the minute the first episodes came out, it was clear we needed to drop everything and let our own excitement be our guide.

So: For the next couple months, we’re going to leave Ahsoka on the steps of the Jedi Temple at the end of Season 5 and spend some time with Andor.

Now, we have a plan for the rest of the Clone Wars and we’d already started work on Season 6 when we made this turn, so we’re not scrapping the heart of what AMCA has been about. But for the next couple months, we’re going to be hitting the latest episode of Andor every week and continuing with our monthly Q and As.

We hope you're as excited about these next few months of AMCA as we are. It’s fair to say that the post-Disney, post-Abrams era of Star Wars has been very hit or miss, but if nothing else it feels like Andor already feels like a show that has paid attention to and is ready to spark more of the most interesting conversations you can have about Star Wars and its fictional history. Will it stick the landing? Your guess is as good as ours, but we’re excited to take the ride with you.

-Rob Zacny

NEXT TIME: Andor Episode 04

Show Notes

Huge shout outs to @XEECEEVEVO for the new art! Go check out their visual novel about murder and mystery in a 15th century convent, Misericorde!  

Tony Gilroy on the Screenwriting of 'Andor'

‘What’s the Bodega Look Like on Coruscant?’: Tony Gilroy on Making ‘Andor’ – and Fighting Off a ‘Michael Clayton’ TV Series

Hosted by Rob Zacny (@RobZacny)

Featuring Alicia Acampora (@ali_west), Austin Walker (@austin_walker), and Natalie Watson (@nataliewatson)

Produced by Austin Walker

Music by Jack de Quidt (@notquitereal)

Cover art by Xeecee (@xeeceevevo)

 

Sep 28, 2022
42: The Rogue Jedi Arc (Clone Wars 105-108)
03:48:57

Do you remember when, in one of last arc's Filoni Zones, Dave said something like "...it's the best fight that we've ever done... until next episode's." Well, that might be true for in a broader sense for this arc, too. Somehow, after the low lows of the middle of this season, we've hit an absolute golden pair of arcs to close it out. This week's material isn't perfect—the mystery has an unfortunate Scooby Doo quality, for one—but it's damn close. 

And remember what Star Wars Dot Com said: [REDACTED] is 100% right.

NEXT TIME: Episodes 109 - 113 ("The Unkown," "Conspiracy," "Fugitive," and "Orders")

Show Notes

Hosted by Rob Zacny (@RobZacny)

Featuring Alicia Acampora (@ali_west), Austin Walker (@austin_walker), and Natalie Watson (@nataliewatson)

Produced by Austin Walker

Music by Jack de Quidt (@notquitereal)

Cover art by Xeecee (@xeeceevevo)

Sep 14, 2022
41: The Shadow Collective Arc (Clone Wars 102-104)
03:21:13

We've had some hard times here, haven't we gang? Aspirin defending bounty hunters. Bogan fruit. Juggling Jar-Jar. Lux Bonteri, heartthrob and super soldier. Younglings. Droids in voids. 

Well. You know what? For the string of episodes we're kicking off today, it was worth it. All of it. 

If you haven't watched the last few arcs, take our recommendation and go watch this one before listening. You owe it to yourself. Then come back and get ready for what might be the most high energy 3+ hours we've ever had on the show. So far, anyway...

Show Notes

Mandalorian Murals

Hosted by Rob Zacny (@RobZacny)

Featuring Alicia Acampora (@ali_west), Austin Walker (@austin_walker), and Natalie Watson (@nataliewatson)

Produced by Austin Walker

Music by Jack de Quidt (@notquitereal)

Cover art by Xeecee (@xeeceevevo)

Aug 31, 2022
40: The D-Squad Arc (Clone Wars 98-101)
01:58:05

Close your eyes and imagine this: A Clone Wars arc about the intricacies of droid personhood and cultural hierarchy, partially taking place in an existentialist void, and crossing paths with a story about an amnesiac Clone who's escaped the war just to find himself another harsh master. Oh, and the best explosion in the series to date. Now open your eyes and face the cold hard reality: This is one of the worst arcs we've seen yet.

Hope yet lives, though. Why? Because we've made it through 100 episodes of the show. Oh, and because in the time since recording this episode, we've all watched the next arc. And wow is the group chat buzzing...

NEXT TIME: Episodes 102 - 104 (""Eminence," "Shades of Reason," and "The Lawless"")

You can support the show and gain access to a monthly Q&A cast by going to patreon.com/civilized

Show Notes

Astromech Deaths: M5-BZ

Clone Deaths: Gregor (but probably not, thanks Dave)

Star Wars The Clone Wars Season Five: A Sunny Day In The Void Featurette

Hosted by Rob Zacny (@RobZacny)

Featuring Alicia Acampora (@ali_west), Austin Walker (@austin_walker), and Natalie Watson (@nataliewatson)

Produced by Austin Walker

Music by Jack de Quidt (@notquitereal)

Cover art by Xeecee (@xeeceevevo)

 

Aug 17, 2022
39: The Youngling Arc (Clone Wars 94-97)
02:40:22

For nearly two years now, we've had a number of questions about what it means to be a so-called Youngling in the Jedi Order. What's it like to be separated from your family and culture? How are they taught to live a life without attachment, yet one still devoted to service? How are classes structured? How's the food in the cafeteria? 

Well, finally we get an arc all about Younglings. Only we don't get many answers, because no matter how much the crew behind Clone Wars says that lightsabers aren't all that important, they nevertheless can't seem to stop making episodes about them. Well, them and Hondo Ohnaka... 

NEXT TIME: Episodes 98 - 101 ("Secret Weapons," "A Sunny Day in the Void," "Missing in Action," and "Point of No Return")

You can support the show and gain access to a monthly Q&A cast by going to patreon.com/civilized

Show Notes

Hosted by Rob Zacny (@RobZacny)

Featuring Alicia Acampora (@ali_west), Austin Walker (@austin_walker), and Natalie Watson (@nataliewatson)

Produced by Austin Walker

Music by Jack de Quidt (@notquitereal)

Cover art by Xeecee (@xeeceevevo)

Aug 03, 2022
38: The Onderon Arc (Clone Wars 90-93)
02:29:26

After some time away, we're back to our old tricks. And hey, so are the Jedi, if by "up to their old tricks" we mean "refusing to help people in need because they prioritize an abstract code over lives." Watch as Anakin invents the Rebellion and the CIA in the same fell swoop. Cheer as a future revolutionary makes his (admittedly mixed) first appearance. Shrug as Ahsoka and Lux Bonteri continue to vaguely orbit one another. Clone Wars is back baby!

NEXT TIME: Episodes 94 - 97 ("The Gathering, "A Test of Strength," "Bound for Rescue," "A Necessary Bond")

You can support the show and gain access to a monthly Q&A cast by going to patreon.com/civilized

Show Notes

Rebel Deaths: Dono, Hutch, Steela Gerrera

Shitty King Deaths: Sanjay Rash

Kish (Saw's Voice Actor) - I Rhyme the World in 80 Days

Hosted by Rob Zacny (@RobZacny)

Featuring Alicia Acampora (@ali_west), Austin Walker (@austin_walker), and Natalie Watson (@nataliewatson)

Produced by Austin Walker

Music by Jack de Quidt (@notquitereal)

Cover art by Xeecee (@xeeceevevo)

 
Jul 20, 2022
Bonus: The Kaiburr Conspiracy (feat. Keith J. Carberry)
34:48

A quick note: This ep contains very minor spoilers for Season 5 Episode 7.

As we said in the last few episodes, because of travel and other delays, we're not quite ready to jump into Season 5 headfirst yet. But tonight, we saw an opportunity to keep the feed moving, and we took that opportunity by the horns.

Noted Star Wars fan Keith J. Carberry (of Run Button and Friends at the Table) joins Austin to talk about his ongoing crusade on Wookiepedia. And hey, before we begin, close your eyes and answer a simple question: In the Legends continuity, what's the name of the gem that a Jedi or Sith puts into their Lightsaber?

While we have your attention, two quick announcements you may have missed. First: We just released a special bonus for backers over on our Patreon! If you've ever wanted to see us play Fantasy Flight Game's OUTER RIM together IN PERSON, well, here's your chance. 

Second: Our sister show, the aforementioned Friends at the Table, is doing a two day fundraising stream for the National Network of Abortion Funds. We'd really appreciate it if you tuned in and supported this cause that means so much to all of us. It'll be on Sunday the 3rd and Monday the 4th from 12PM - 8PM EST. Details are here, and you can watch live on Twitch.

Thanks as always!

Featuring Austin Walker (@austin_walker) and Natalie Watson (@nataliewatson)

Produced by Austin Walker

Music by Jack de Quidt (@notquitereal)

Cover art by Xeecee (@xeeceevevo)

 

Jul 02, 2022
37: Brothers, Revenge, and Revival (Clone Wars 87-89)
02:16:23

With today's episode, we bring The Clone Wars Season 4 to an end and kick Season 5 off with, if not a bang, then at least the death of a somewhat major Jedi. Our Favorite Zabrak, Savage Opress (ugh) is back! And this time, he's got a brother turned partner in crime turned abusive boss.

While these eps do have some low lows, they also have a few extremely high highs: A diner, a warehouse worker who steals our heart, an Obi-Wan/Ventress flirt-a-thon, and... finally... at least some of our hearts melting for a fan favorite character we have really hated up until now.

NEXT TIME: Episodes 91- 94 ("A War on Two Fronts," "Front Runners," "The Soft War," and "Tipping Points")

You can support the show and gain access to a monthly Q&A cast by going to patreon.com/civilized

Show Notes

Deaths: Morley the Disney Snake, Too-Loyal Pirate Sabo, Jedi Master Adi Gallia

 

Hosted by Rob Zacny (@RobZacny)

Featuring Alicia Acampora (@ali_west), Austin Walker (@austin_walker), and Natalie Watson (@nataliewatson)

Produced by Austin Walker

Music by Jack de Quidt (@notquitereal)

Cover art by Xeecee (@xeeceevevo)

 

Jun 15, 2022
36: Massacre and Bounty (Clone Wars 85-86)
01:54:20

As we head into the final arcs of Season 4, we finally reunite with long lost Sith(-leaning) assassin, Asajj Ventress. How's she been? Well, you know how things go. Lose your job and your social circle and you start looking for a new place. Make some new friends. Find a new mentor. Maybe reconnect with your hometown. Great ideas. Unless, of course, you're a walking target.

NEXT TIME: Episodes 87-89 ("Brothers," "Revenge," and "Survival")

You can support the show and gain access to a monthly Q&A cast by going to patreon.com/civilized

Show Notes

Deaths: All of the Nightsisters!!!!!!!!!!!

Hosted by Rob Zacny (@RobZacny)

Featuring Alicia Acampora (@ali_west), Austin Walker (@austin_walker), and Natalie Watson (@nataliewatson)

Produced by Austin Walker

Music by Jack de Quidt (@notquitereal)

Cover art by Xeecee (@xeeceevevo)

Jun 01, 2022
35: The Obi-Wan Undercover Arc Pt. 2 (Clone Wars 83-84)
01:39:43

Everything is going swimmingly for Moralo Eval's dastardly plan. Along with certified killers Cad Bane and Rako Hardeen (shh), he's escaped Coruscant, evaded his Jedi pursuers, and arrived on Count Dooku's homeworld of Serenno. Now it's time for the real plan to begin: Everybody get into the box!

What? Did you not imagine that the remainder of this arc hinged on a callback to a 1997 indie horror premise? Well don't worry, it doesn't. It was all a fifth dimensional chess ploy anyway. All according to plan. 

NEXT TIME: Episodes 85 & 86 ("Massacre" & "Bounty")

You can support the show and gain access to a monthly Q&A cast by going to patreon.com/civilized

Show Notes

Bounty Hunter Deaths: Bulduga, Onca, Kiera Swan, Sinrich, Jakoli, Mantu, Sixtat

The Cube Trailer

Cad Bane Fancam

Hosted by Rob Zacny (@RobZacny)

Featuring Alicia Acampora (@ali_west), Austin Walker (@austin_walker), and Natalie Watson (@nataliewatson)

Produced by Austin Walker

Music by Jack de Quidt (@notquitereal)

Cover art by Xeecee (@xeeceevevo)

 

 

May 18, 2022
34: A Friend in Need and the Obi-Wan Undercover Arc Pt. 1 (Clone Wars 80-82)
02:27:33

As The Clone Wars begins to lean into heftier, multi-episode arcs, we're hit with the first one we've been forced to break up due to scheduling and length issues. Which means that, yes, we will get to half of an arc about Obi-Wan going to undercover a la John Travolta in Face Off. But first we need to tackle the stand alone return of Pre Vizsla, Deathwatch, and... Lux Bonteri.

NEXT TIME: Episodes 83 & 84 ("The Box" and "Crisis on Naboo")

You can support the show and gain access to a monthly Q&A cast by going to patreon.com/civilized

Show Notes

Deaths: Tryla, Obi-Wan Kenobi (Faked)

Hosted by Rob Zacny (@RobZacny)

Featuring Alicia Acampora (@ali_west), Austin Walker (@austin_walker), and Natalie Watson (@nataliewatson)

Produced by Austin Walker

Music by Jack de Quidt (@notquitereal)

Cover art by Xeecee (@xeeceevevo)

 

May 04, 2022
33: The Zygerria Arc (Clone Wars 77 - 79)
01:46:16

We've made it to the heart of Season 4. Well, in the specific figurative sense meaning "the middle," not the other figurative sense meaning "the thematic core, emblematic of the whole." At least we hope not, since this trio of eps walks right up to a bunch of very interesting ideas and whiffs on basically all of them. This is, seriously, an arc about slavery that barely lets Anakin address his feelings on the practice, and spares literally no time for broader conversation around Clones- or Droids-as-slaves, and finds the time to do Ahsoka (whose people are the ones enslaved in these episodes) dirty too! Ah well. At least we'll always have the uncomfortable sexual tension of the Zygerrian Slave Queen's Bedchambers.   

NEXT TIME: Episodes 80 - 82 ("Friend in Need," "Deception," "Friends and Enemies")

You can support the show and gain access to a monthly Q&A cast by going to patreon.com/civilized

Show Notes

Deaths: Some slavers, idk, fuck em

Hosted by Rob Zacny (@RobZacny)

Featuring Alicia Acampora (@ali_west), Austin Walker (@austin_walker), and Natalie Watson (@nataliewatson)

Produced by Austin Walker

Music by Jack de Quidt (@notquitereal)

Cover art by Xeecee (@xeeceevevo)

Apr 20, 2022
32: The Umbara Arc (Clone Wars 73 - 76)
02:40:00

Finally we have escaped the desert that was the beginning of Season 4, and we arrive at what is one of the best arcs of the show to date. The Republic sees the seceded world of Umbara as a strategic stepping stone to the Mid Rim, but for the clones assigned under the ruthless (and seemingly inept) Jedi General Pong Krell, it's a more like one big gravestone.  Join us as we gleefully talk about clone feelings, Jedi indifference, our headcanon bonus episodes, and, admittedly, the arc's small handful of missteps and missed opportunities.

NEXT TIME: Episodes 77 - 79 ("Kidnapped," "Slaves of the Republic," "Escape from Kadavo")

You can support the show and gain access to a monthly Q&A cast by going to patreon.com/civilized

Show Notes

Deaths: Oz, Ringo, Hardcase, Waxer, Pong Krell, more unnamed clones than we can count

Walter Murch - 'Clone Wars' and learning Maya

Hosted by Rob Zacny (@RobZacny)

Featuring Alicia Acampora (@ali_west), Austin Walker (@austin_walker), and Natalie Watson (@nataliewatson)

Produced by Alicia Acampora

Music by Jack de Quidt (@notquitereal)

Cover art by Xeecee (@xeeceevevo)

 

 

Apr 07, 2022
31: Shadow Warrior & the C-3PO and R2-D2 Arc (Clone Wars 70 - 72)
01:47:48

You know. It happens, right? We've all had a few bad misses in a row, haven't we? And I know what you're thinking, "hey, are you talking about the quality of the show or the misadventures of C-3PO and R2-D2?" And obviously the answer is both. The good news is that we have a lot of fun talking through our issues with these episodes. And we think (or at least we hope) that the coming arc is going to turn things around.

NEXT TIME: Episodes 73 - 74 ("Darkness on Umbara" and "The General")

You can support the show and gain access to a monthly Q&A cast by going to patreon.com/civilized

Show Notes

Hosted by Rob Zacny (@RobZacny)

Featuring Alicia Acampora (@ali_west), Austin Walker (@austin_walker), and Natalie Watson (@nataliewatson)

Produced by Alicia Acampora

Music by Jack de Quidt (@notquitereal)

Cover art by Xeecee (@xeeceevevo)

 

Mar 16, 2022
30: The Battle of Mon Cala Arc (Clone Wars 67 - 69)
01:58:42

The fourth season of Clone Wars is here, and unfortunately, it kicks off with a bubbling whimper. On the watery world of Mon Cala, the already fraught relationship between its two key cultures is in crisis when the planet's king dies. Now, his son, a child with no skill in command, leadership, or much of anything, is due to inherit the throne despite the anti-monarchist protestations of many of his subjects. Where do the Jedi fit into this? Well, they're on Mon Cala to protect the monarchy of course. 

NEXT TIME: Episodes 70 - 72 ("Shadow Warrior," "Mercy Mission," and "Nomad Droids)

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Show Notes

 

 

Ahsokaverse AU by @Letoscrawls

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Mar 02, 2022
29: Padawan Lost & Wookie Hunt (Clone Wars 65 - 66)
01:59:00

We have finally, actually come to the end of Clone Wars' third season, and we've been met with a pair of enjoyable, if straight forward, episodes. As has been a running theme throughout the season, today's journey focuses on Ahsoka's growing sense of independence and reliability, casting her as the protector of a group of lost Jedi younglings who've been caught up in a real Most Dangerous Game situation. And I know what you're wondering: Are some of these Younglings 57 years old? Yes. Okay, well, does Ahsoka moralize to them in the same ineffectual ways that the Jedi always do? Also yes. 

NEXT TIME: Episodes 67 - 69 ("Water War," "Gungan Attack," and "Prisoners")

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Show Notes

Trandoshan Kills: Morgo, Vadoo, Katt Mol, Lika, Khalifa

Trandoshan Deaths: Dar, Clutch, Goron, Lagon, Gilas, Ratter, Lo-Taren, Socheck, Garnac

Trandoshan K/D Ratio: 0.555

 

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Cover art by Xeecee (@xeeceevevo)

 

Feb 16, 2022
28: The Citadel Arc (Clone Wars 62 - 64)
02:34:10

Phew, we've finally made it to the big Season 3 finale arc. Nearly all of our main characters are here, facing down the very Citadel we first heard about in the season opener--and some snarky commentary from a future Star Wars villain. How will- Huh? What's that? You're saying this isn't the end of the season? There's two more episodes following this? Sure buddy. Sure. Whatever you say. But don't be surprised when we divert from the main topic of this episode multiple times to dig into end-of-season retrospective thoughts and hopes for the future anyway. We gotta hit those five star runtimes somehow.

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NEXT TIME: Episodes 65 - 66 ("Padawan Lost" and "Wookie Hunt")

Show Notes

Major Deaths: Charger, Longshot, Echo, Even Piell, Osi Sobeck, OOM-10 AND HIS BUDS ;_; o7 

 

 

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Cover art by Xeecee (@xeeceevevo)

 

 

Feb 02, 2022
27: The Mortis Arc (Clone Wars 59 - 61)
02:04:59

Here it is, finally, the episode the Jedi Council didn't want you to hear! After a bout of illness and other scheduling hurdles (you might notice Austin isn't recording with this usual mic - sorry!), we have finally sat down to talk through the Mortis arc.

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NEXT TIME: Episodes 62 - 64 ("The Citadel," "Counter Attack," & "Citadel Rescue")

Show Notes

Major Deaths: The Daugther? The Son?? The Father???? Is any of this real?????????

The Son Talks to Darth Revan and Bane

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Music by Jack de Quidt (@notquitereal)

Cover art by Xeecee (@xeeceevevo)

 

Jan 19, 2022
26: Witches and Monsters Arc (Clone Wars 56 - 58)
02:01:39

Week after week, we return to the same conversation: What if, instead of focusing only on known characters and therefore being boxed in by the events of the Prequel Trilogy, Clone Wars could spread its wings and spend time developing new characters with yet unwritten endings. Finally, with the arrival of a character really, genuinely named Savage, our prayers are answered, even if the monkey's paw does curl...

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NEXT TIME: Episodes 59 - 61 ("Overlords," "Altar of Mortis," & "Ghosts of Mortis")

Show Notes

Shout outs to Mat Jones, @pillowfort on Twitter, for producing this episode!

Fallen Clones: "Trauma"

Fallen Zabrak: Feral, many unnamed others

Fallen Jedi: Halsey, Knox

Fallen Kings: Katuunko

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Dec 15, 2021
25: Heroes on Both Sides & Pursuit of Peace (Clone Wars 54 - 55)
02:15:02

There is an energy today. Can you feel it? Can you anticipate the shouting? The laughter? The grinding of teeth? The discussion of interest rates, privatization of public goods and services, and the strategic neoliberal moving of goal posts? All of this, plus Star Wars continues to dip its toe into antisemitic caricature, and our last real confrontation with Clone Wars' chopped up timeline. Oh, and I guess Anakin says some fashy stuff too. It's a big one. Enjoy?  

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NEXT TIME: Episodes 56 - 58 ("Nightsisters," "Monster," "Witches in the Mist")

Show Notes

Clone Deaths: Innumerable off screen, which no one cares about

Senator Deaths: None yet, except for the ones that already happened in the episode that follows these, which also released a year prior.

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Music by Jack de Quidt (@notquitereal)

Cover art by Xeecee (@xeeceevevo)

 

Dec 01, 2021
24: Hutts and the Underworld Arc (Clone Wars 51 - 53)
02:16:32

If you only knew where this series of episodes began, you might expect quite a different podcast than what we deliver to you today. What begins as an arc about the power (and limit) of prophecy quickly turns into something else. Sure, we get to debate the limits of Padme's boilerplate political rhetoric for a bit, but before long there's a the return of an old antagonist. The only question is, who hates this guy more: us or the people who came up with him in the first place.

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NEXT TIME: Episodes 54 - 55 ("Heroes on Both Sides" and "The Pursuit of Peace")

Show Notes

Hosted by Rob Zacny (@RobZacny)

Featuring Alicia Acampora (@ali_west), Austin Walker (@austin_walker), and Natalie Watson (@nataliewatson)

Produced by Austin Walker

Music by Jack de Quidt (@notquitereal)

Cover art by Xeecee (@xeeceevevo)

 

Nov 17, 2021
23: Corruption & The Academy (Clone Wars 49 - 50)
01:52:16

I will not lie to you, friends. On paper, this is a hell of an arc. A return to Mandalore, now starving because of Separatist pressure and Republic failure? Duchess Satine and Senator Amidala as confidants and heroines? Ahsoka, sent to ferret out a secretive black market? How could anyone possibly be left unsatisfied?  Well... 

NEXT TIME: Episodes 51 - 53 ("Assassin," "Evil Plans," and "Hunt for Ziro")

Show Notes

Clone Deaths: None, for once?
Tummy Aches: Many.

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Nov 03, 2021
22: Supply Lines & Sphere of Influence (Clone Wars 47- 48)
02:01:55

Sometimes on this show, we (Natalie especially) will talk about the "morsels" of world building that are delivered to us. Deep inside an episode about an evil Hutt lord or a lost lightsaber, maybe there's a brief mention of some aspect of the socio-political reality of the Star Wars world. And, things being what they are, we have found ourselves content with these morsels. But today? Today we feast. Neither of these episodes is a stone cold classic, don't get us wrong. But both shine lights into the realities of the Trade Federation, the Separatist movement, and the entropic nature of the Republic's internal situation. So, do you like blockades? Are you hungry for embargoes? You wanna hear a bureaucrat spin a tale of broken neutrality so outlandish that it'll make your head spin? Then buckle up, baby, because it's time for a war in the shipping lanes.

Show Notes

Fallen Clones: Keeli

Fallen Jedi: Ima-Gun Di (*groan*)

Dinner in the Sky

Greedo Attacks First - Episode 1 Deleted Scene

Oct 20, 2021
21: The Kamino Arc (Clone Wars 45 - 46)
02:04:09

We return from hiatus to find a pair of episodes built to answer some of our most potent and long running questions about the clones and their war: How are they trained? ? What's their relationship to Kamino? How soon can they start getting sick haircuts? Where's the Jango Juice kept?

What? Don't say you didn't miss us. 

NEXT TIME: Episodes 47 - 48 ("Supply Lines" and "Sphere of Influence")

Show Notes

Fallen Clones: Havoc, Colt, and 99

 

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Produced by Austin Walker

Music by Jack de Quidt (@notquitereal)

Cover art by Xeecee (@xeeceevevo)

 

Oct 06, 2021
20: The Boba Fett Arc (Clone Wars 42-44)
03:29:47

Finally, we've come to the end of The Clone Wars Season 2. And, appropriate for a season subtitled "Rise of the Bounty Hunters," we do so with a trio of episodes about future fan favorite hunter Boba Fett (co-starring Aurra Sing and Bossk, two other fan favorite mercs). It's an imperfect arc in many ways, but it succeeds in at least one important metric: getting us to talk for too damned long about them.

In any case, some news before you get to the episode: We'll be taking a break for our next scheduled episode and returning on October 6th, with our normal monthly Patreon episode going live on September 29th (so get your questions in to amorecivilizedage@gmail.com).

NEXT TIME: Episodes 45 - 46 ("Clone Cadets" and "Arc Troopers"

Show Notes

Fallen Clones: CT-411 a.k.a. "Ponds"

Sep 08, 2021
19: The Zillo Beast (Clone Wars 40-41)
01:51:55

A two episode Godzilla and King Kong inspired arc? Certainly that couldn't leave us with enough material to go for more than 70, 80 minutes tops. Talk about the monster design, the War on Terror allegory, maybe even sneak in a conversation about the ongoing pacing and structure of the series? In an out, righ- 

I'm being handed a piece of paper. It says "they went for two hours."

Ah. Well, nevertheless.

NEXT TIME: Episodes 42 - 44 ( "Death Trap," "R2 Come Home," and "Lethal Trackdown")

Show Notes

Fallen Clones: Hawkeye, Kosmos,

Fallen Comrades: THE MOTHERFUCKIN ZILLO BEAST

Aug 25, 2021
18: Senate Murders, Cat and Mouse, and Bounty Hunters (Clone Wars 37-39)
02:37:03

After last episode's cohesive and sumptuous Mandalore Arc, today's follow up was going to have a high bar to clear. And, unfortunately, all three of today's episodes come up short. That's not to say there's nothing of note here: the opening "Senate Murders" gives us some back room politicking and a little extra insight into senatorial processes, but it raises more questions than it answers. The other two episodes of the bunch have their charms too--especially if you're a sucker for tense submarine duels or stylized bounty hunter designs. But all in all, it's just as Rob says in today's intro: They cannot all be winners. Thankfully, that won't stop us from having our own brand of incredibly punchy fun with what they offer us anyway.

NEXT TIME: Episodes 40 & 41 ( "The Zillo Beast" & "The Zillo Beast Strikes Back")

Show Notes

Fallen Clones: None???
Fallen Senators: Onaconda Farr, Mee Deechi
Fallen Bounty Hunters: Rumi Paramita
Fallen Cool As Hell Separatist Officers: No one, because we believe Trench lived somehow.

Tera Sinube vs Tan Divo Epic Rap Battle (Oh my god, I'm just realizing that this is just clips edited over a Bob Ross vs Pablo Picasso battle oh no.)

 

Hosted by Rob Zacny (@RobZacny)

Featuring Alicia Acampora (@ali_west), Austin Walker (@austin_walker), and Natalie Watson (@nataliewatson)

Produced by Austin Walker

Music by Jack de Quidt (@notquitereal)

Cover art by Xeecee (@xeeceevevo)

Aug 11, 2021
17: The Mandalore Arc (Clone Wars 34 - 36)
03:16:19

As far back as the Clone Wars movie, when Obi-Wan Kenobi first bantered with Asajj Ventress, we knew that the bearded Jedi Master had a romantic side. Today, we see that part of him in full bloom--and perhaps in full wither--as he reconnects with the Duchess Satine Kryze. To say there are fireworks is an understatement. We've got a whole damned powder keg here. There's bickering. There's flirting. There's face touching. And at the heart of it, there's a debate about pacifism, sovereignty, and duty.

Oh, and some Mandalorians show up too.

NEXT TIME: Episodes 37-39 ("Senate Murders," "Cat and Mouse," "Bounty Hunters")

Show Notes

Fallen Clones: Redeye, Mixer

"Concordian Mando'a in TCW"

Jul 28, 2021
16: The Saleucami Arc & Lightsaber Lost (Clone Wars 31 - 33)
02:45:29

Let's not beat around the bush: We have three episodes today, but one of them towers over the others. It's great to see our favorite Separatist general in "Grievous Intrigue" and it's fun to meet a new, Columbo-esque Jedi elder in "Lightsaber Lost," but over a year ago, it was "The Deserter" that confirmed just how fun doing a Clone Wars podcast might be. And boy, were we ever right. 

NEXT TIME: Episodes 34 - 36 ("The Mandalore Plot," "Voyage of Temptation," "Duchess of Mandalore")

Show Notes

Fallen Clones: Too many to count. Special honors for "Front Door"

"Grievous Intrigue" Featurette

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Featuring Alicia Acampora (@ali_west), Austin Walker (@austin_walker), and Natalie Watson (@nataliewatson)

Produced by Austin Walker

Music by Jack de Quidt (@notquitereal)

Cover art by Xeecee (@xeeceevevo)

 

Jul 14, 2021
15: Return to Geonosis Arc Pt. 2 (Clone Wars 28 - 30)
02:35:54

There are many reasons to be excited for this trio of episodes. There's the way the arc slides effortlessly from genre to genre, all while maintaining an overall sense of narrative continuity. There's the way that the lighting and effects work in these episodes show how far the production team have come since season one. There's the further development of characters like Luminara Unduli and Barris Offee, quickly becoming some of our favorites. But maybe more than anything, there is for the first time a long dark hallway, the baleful hum of brass, and a man walking slowly towards his future...   

NEXT TIME: Episodes 31 - 33 (Grievous Intrigue, The Deserter, Lightsaber Lost)

Show Notes

Fallen Clones: Buzz, Gearshift, Trap, OM-5 (Honorary)

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Jun 30, 2021
14: Return to Geonosis Arc Pt. 1 (Clone Wars 26 - 27)
01:50:28

Today we begin our first multi-part arc, starting with the series' first attempt at a cloak-and-dagger romantic thriller, "Senate Spy" (an episode which unfortunately lives up to neither "cloak-and-dagger" nor "romantic thriller.") Then, we head to Geonosis for the war film inspired "Landing at Point Rain," where clones die by the dropship-load, Geonosians face the wrath of Republic flamethrowers, and Jedi once again serve less as generals and more as ego-driven quarterbacks. 

NEXT TIME: Episodes 28 - 30 (Weapons Factory, Legacy of Terror, and Brain Invaders)

Show Notes

Fallen Clones: Innumerable (but unnamed)

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Jun 16, 2021
13: Hostage Crisis & The Children of the Force Arc (Clone Wars 22 - 25)
02:35:03

Nope, you're not wrong. That guy in the hat? He is extremely cool. And extremely evil. We've finally reached one of Clone Wars great, break out original characters: Cad Bane. He's here to remind us that villains can be extremely competent, Jedi can be entirely too confident, and plot arcs absolutely coherent. 

Yup. It's a good day to be a Civilian. Well... except for the audio issues.

NEXT TIME: Episodes 26 & 27 (Senate Spy & Landing at Point Rain)

Show Notes

Fallen Clones: Todo 360 (Honorary)

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Jun 03, 2021
12: The Ryloth Arc (Clone Wars 19 - 21)
02:10:03

“Another armed occupation is not a free Ryloth. How long before I am fighting you, master Jedi?” -Cham Syndulla

On and above the Twi'lek homeworld of Ryloth, battles rage between Separatist and Republic forces. This three part, anthology-style arc gives us different perspectives on the conflict, and that's true in more ways than one. These episodes offer us both our most paternalistic, simple minded vision of racial harmony yet and our first de facto "radical" figure. Oh, and no, before you write in: They are not French.

Next time: Episodes 22-25 (S1E22-S2E3), Hostage Crisis + Magic of the Holocron Arc

Show Notes

Fallen Clones: Slammer, Tucker, Axe

Barthes on the cover of Paris Match

 

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Produced by Austin Walker

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May 19, 2021
11: The Blue Shadow Virus Arc (Clone Wars 17 & 18)
01:44:19

After the highs and lows of Revenge of the Sith, it felt like we were due to even back out with some mid-tier content. And hey, good news, the Blue Shadow Virus is nothing if not mid. One one hand, it spends some solid time characterizing nearly every one of our leads. On the other, its combination of mad scientist stock villain, half-developed Bermuda Triangle planet, and bio-terror plot just don't mesh together into anything especially elevated or memorable. But with just one more arc to go in the season, and with some clear signs that the production team is perfecting their technical processes, it does feel like maybe we're nearing the light at the end of the tunnel of mediocrity...

Next Time: The Ryloth Arc (The Clone Wars: Episodes 19-21)

Show Notes

Not a clone, but still: RIP to Taquito. 

Padme Holding Knives:

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May 05, 2021
10: Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
04:30:01

With what can only be described as "season finale energy," today we detour from our Clone Wars journey in order to (re)visit the final film in George Lucas' much derided Prequel Trilogy: Revenge of the Sith. 

Do we debate at length where the final blame for Anakin's downfall lies? Yes. Do we dream up ways that things could have gone differently? Absolutely. Do we find ways to talk ourselves into circles? Oh, without a doubt.

Join us for this four and a half our dive into Revenge of the Sith. If you (and we) can make it through this, then the rest of Clone Wars will be nothing.

(Also, if you enjoy this, reminder that you can support the show and listen to a monthly Q&A by going to patreon.com/civilized. Oh and be sure to check the show notes on the site to get all the Important Secondary Material we'll reference throughout this pod.)

Next time: Clone Wars Episode 17-18 (The Blue Shadow Virus Arc)

Show Notes

Sheev's Gamer Chair (With Cat Ears)

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Featuring Alicia Acampora (@ali_west), Austin Walker (@austin_walker), and Natalie Watson (@nataliewatson)

Produced by Austin Walker

Music by Jack de Quidt (@notquitereal)

Cover art by Xeecee (@xeeceevevo)

Apr 21, 2021
09: Trespass and The Hidden Enemy (Clone Wars 15 & 16)
02:25:16

Content warnings: Discussion of sex and drug use.

It should've been a simple episode. Two stand alone stories, each filled to the brim with the sort of political world building and philosophical question raising content that we thrive on. And, for what it's worth, we roll right into all of that. But then, perhaps because the tracks had been greased a little too well, perhaps because of hubris, or perhaps because of the ever-present will of the force, we go way off the rails. 

And frankly, we were due.

Next time: Revenge of the Sith

Show Notes

Hosted by Rob Zacny (@RobZacny)

Featuring Alicia Acampora (@ali_west), Austin Walker (@austin_walker), and Natalie Watson (@nataliewatson)

Produced by Austin Walker

Music by Jack de Quidt (@notquitereal)

Cover art by Xeecee (@xeeceevevo)

 

Apr 07, 2021
08: The Lurmen Arc (Clone Wars 13 & 14)
01:35:13

If there is one leading question this podcast has raised so far, it's "What role do the Jedi really serve in the Galactic Republic?" It's fair to say that we've been pretty critical of this ancient order of religious space cops, and fortunately, the writers of Clone Wars have decided to bring our skeptical perspective into the show directly. Someone who can speak truth to power. Someone who can confront the hypocrit-

Sorry, sorry. One second. I'm being handed a note.  

Ah! Well. Nevertheless,

Next time: Episodes 15-16

Show Notes

Fallen Clones: Flash (not FLESH as we thought), Lucky, and Cameron

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Mar 24, 2021
07: The Florrum Arc (Clone Wars 11 & 12)
01:45:28

"Maybe there's a lesson to be learned here..." -Obi-Wan Kenobi

What are some things you'd love to see in a Clone Wars arc? Obi-Wan, Anakin, and Count Dooku forced to work together? Check. The introduction of a new, series regular space pirate? Yup. A lot of people getting absolutely roasted? Absolutely. This week's episode pairing has all the ingredients to be a delicious dish.

And yet...

Next time: Episodes 13-14

Show Notes

Fallen Clones: Mack

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Mar 10, 2021
06: The Nute Gunray Arc (Clone Wars 08-10)
02:55:20

"This is a mission of peace. I put my faith in diplomacy. We can't solve all of our problems by throwing troops at them." -Padmé Amidala

Before we get into the episode today, big news: We've launched our Patreon! Just go over to patreon.com/civilized (lol) to support us and gain access to our monthly Q&A podcast. We're keeping it super simple for now. A single tier, a single reward. We don't want to bury ourselves in work. But we also have some ideas for how we'd want to expand this down the road, and we'd love to hear ideas from you too, so let us know!

Given the extra work of launching the Patreon this week, we'd love to say that this week's episode is a light one. And on paper, it should be. These episodes cover three distinct stories, with marginal narrative overlap, each tackling a different genre and theme.  Unfortunately for us and our runtime, even the worst of these episodes (the Jar Jar vehicle "Bombad Jedi") has enough to chew on for damn near fort minutes. And if that was the case for the comic relief episode, then what could we have expected from our conversation about the one-two punch of "Cloak of Darkness," perhaps our best episode yet, and "Lair of Grievous," which gives us a small taste for the Separatist Supreme Commander's backstory that we've been so thirsty for?  

Next time: Episodes 11-12

Show Notes

Fallen Clones: Green Leader, Bel, Niner, Commander Fil

Dooku considers the cryogenically frozen body of Sifo-Dyas and asks about blood transfusions

OG Anakin Ghost

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Cover art by Xeecee (@xeeceevevo)

Feb 24, 2021
05: Rookies and the R3-S6 Arc (Clone Wars 05-07)
01:52:32

"I have a bad feeling about this." - Commander Cody, Rookies
"I have a bad feeling about this." - Anakin Skywalker, Downfall of a Droid
"I have a bad feeling about this." - Captain Rex: Duel of the Droids

This week, we've finally hit a truly solid episode in our first Clone-focused romp, "Rookies," which raises questions not only about Clone individuality but also the Republic's handle on... everything. We also delve into Droid personhood (and beef) in a two parter that separates Anakin from true series protagonist, R2-D2. It's a story that has one real lesson: Do not fuck with R2-D2.  

Next time: Episodes 8-10

Show Notes

Fallen Clones: Cutup, Hevy, O'Niner, Droidbait, Nub, CT-327 ("sentry")

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Featuring Alicia Acampora (@ali_west), Austin Walker (@austin_walker), and Natalie Watson (@nataliewatson)

Produced by Austin Walker

Music by Jack de Quidt (@notquitereal)

Cover art by Xeecee (@xeeceevevo)

 

Feb 10, 2021
04: Ambush and the Malevolence Arc (Clone Wars 01-04)
02:04:06

“My lady, are you sure the information from Chancellor Palpatine is… reliable?” - C-3P0

After weeks of build up, we've finally made it to the Clone Wars series proper. Join us as we take our first dive into questions of Clone individuality, meet the polarizing Separatist commander General Grievous, and return to the eternal question: How does no one find out about Padme and Anakin when they're barely hiding their relationship.

Next Time: Episodes 05 - 07

Show Notes

Fallen Clones: Matchstick and Tag 

How Tall is General Grievous?

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Jan 27, 2021
03: Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)
03:17:01

"You'll have to do better than that, my darling." - Obi-Wan Kenobi

Finally, we have arrived to the Clone Wars. At least, sort of. Today, we tackle 2008's The Clone Wars, a prelude meant to introduce the audience to the then-upcoming TV series. Join us as we meet overeager Padawan Ahsoka Tano, ambitious Sith apprentice Asajj Ventress, and a pair of Hutts who've left us with... mixed feelings. 

Next Time: Episodes 1-4 of The Clone Wars.

Show Notes

Star Wars The Clone Wars: Producer Catherine Winder Interview

Clone Wars proved a galactic task for production team

Early designs that would lead to Ventress

Hosted by Rob Zacny (@RobZacny)

Featuring Alicia Acampora (@ali_west), Austin Walker (@austin_walker), and Natalie Watson (@nataliewatson)

Produced by Austin Walker

Music by Jack de Quidt (@notquitereal)

Cover art by Xeecee (@xeeceevevo)

Jan 13, 2021
Bonus: A More Civlized Q&A
01:31:08

Later this month, the crew here at A More Civilized Age will be launching a humble Patreon, with a monthly Q&A podcast as a bonus to our supporters. But since that Patreon isn't up yet, and because wanted to give folks a taste of what's to come, we wanted to do a free bonus episode for y'all this week. So, enjoy, and thank you all for sending in your questions!

If YOU would like your questions considered for a future episode, you can send it to amorecivilizedage@gmail.com! And as a final reminder, we'll be back next week with The Clone Wars (2008). See you then!

Hosted by Rob Zacny (@RobZacny)

Featuring Alicia Acampora (@ali_west), Austin Walker (@austin_walker), and Natalie Watson (@nataliewatson)

Produced by Austin Walker

Music by Jack de Quidt (@notquitereal)

Cover art by Xeecee (@xeeceevevo)

Jan 06, 2021
02: Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
03:23:01

"We need a system where the politicians sit down and discuss the problem, agree what’s in the best interest of all the people, and then do it.”
“That’s exactly what we do. The trouble is that people don’t always agree.”
“Well then they should be be made to.”

The Phantom Menace  raised questions. Perhaps, you hoped, Attack of the Clones might answer them. Unfortunately, Episode II itself only offers a litany of new lines of inquiry. 

How many nations are part of the Galactic Republic? Why does Padme ever give Anakin the time of day? Who the hell is Sifo-Dyas? Why don't the Jedi ever seem to help people? Why, oh why, do we spend so long in this terrible droid factory? And has anyone ever apologized to Frank Oz?

Join us as we breach the horizon of these questions and more. Begun, the Clone War has.

Show Notes

The Attempted Assassination of Padme TikTok

From Puppets to Pixels: Digital Characters in Episode II

The Art of Pre-Visualization of Episode II

The Sound Design of Episode II

Hosted by Rob Zacny (@RobZacny)

Featuring Alicia Acampora (@ali_west), Austin Walker (@austin_walker), and Natalie Watson (@nataliewatson)

Produced by Austin Walker

Music by Jack de Quidt (@notquitereal)

Cover art by Xeecee (@xeeceevevo)














 

 


anakin's trick

Dec 30, 2020
01: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
02:32:56

"It's like poetry. They rhyme."

What ever happened to the glory days of the Galactic Republic? Did it all fall apart because of the masterful manipulations of a dark lord of the Sith? Or may there have been some cracks in the foundation already? 

Join Rob Zacny, Alicia Acampora, Natalie Watson, and Austin Walker as they try to answer those questions, kicking off their journey into the Clone Wars by first revisiting Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace. 

Show Notes

The Beginning: Making Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace 

Hosted by Rob Zacny (@RobZacny)

Featuring Alicia Acampora (@ali_west), Austin Walker (@austin_walker), and Natalie Watson (@nataliewatson)

Produced by Austin Walker

Cover art by Xeecee (@xeeceevevo)

Dec 23, 2020
00: Igniting the Engine
03:22

Hey everyone! This is just a brief placeholder episode meant to seed the feed over on the various podcast services. Stay tuned for our first full ep on December 23rd!

Dec 19, 2020