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The Dadalorian Podcast
The Dadalorian Podcast

Episode · 1 year ago

001 - Welcome to the Dadalorian Podcast

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

This week Andrew introduces himself to the world, discusses the reason he's launched the podcast, and what you can expect going forward. 

Dad podcast. This is the way. Hello and welcome to the dad do Lorian podcast. I am your host, Andrew, and for those of you tuning in for the first time, this is a brand new podcast in which I am just going to talk a lot about just fatherhood and nerddom and kind of rediscovering the things of my childhood as my young men are growing up. So, for those of you who are meeting me for the first time, I am a husband and a father. I've been married for ten years and I have two sons, one is four and one is one. I am a giant Star Wars nerd. In fact, the first PC game that I ever owned was actually xwing versus tie fighter, way back in the day. That was something. I played it for hours and hours before I got into PC games. I actually read a lot of Star Wars books, particularly Timothy Zon's air to the empire trilogy and junior high. I've read all of his current books that he's done with Disney and I've got to say I've been pretty pleased with that just because of the fact that he has really brought back new aspects of the Grand Admiral thron character that weren't there previously. And that I honestly had feared for a long time we weren't ever going to get back once Disney took over. So it's really refreshing to see them bringing back the characters, sometimes a new ways, but definitely bringing them back. I actually was a Beta Tester way back in the day for the massively multiplayer online game star wars galaxies, and I spent a number of years playing that with a guild known as the galactic a regulars who shout out to them. We're going strong on facebook as well as on discord, so still got some stuff going on there. I was a terrorists because TERRAS COSSI artist. I'm sure I misspronouncing that, but any case, before the developers completely nerve my class and when you it was admitted we overpowered to be for those of you who aren't at all familiar with it, the game was put out by Sony Online entertainment and...

...that was something where they did that as kind of like the ever quest of Star Wars. It was a really groundbreaking game at the time. It was before the existence of the old republic and all of that, but it was definitely my class. I will admit it was overpowered prior to what they called the combat upgrade, which is, for those of us who had these overpowered classes, that was the day that the game died for us. So just a little bit, but I at that point could go out and get buffed up out of my mind by doctors and then go out on to Dath Amir and take on ran cursing go handed. We and for those of you who don't know what a rank or is, think in return of the Jedi when Luke gets dropped down into the pain below job as palace to the beast that's trying to eat him. Yeah, that was a rank or, and you mean Luke skywalker could only take that by himself, unarmed, because he actually was able to drop a gate on it. I really had no business kicking those things in the teeth, I know that, but it was really cool, and you know, it's one of those things too, like getting to go out on group hunts, getting to go around all of these exotic will cows and star wars, and then also when they added starfighters, like the ability to fly your own ship. Yeah, it was. It simplistic compared to the controls. If some with something like for instance, xwing or the xwing alliance, x wing versus high fighter games. Yeah, it was a lot simpler controls than that, but the fact of the matter is you could fly your own fricking spaceship between planets in this game. This was long before no man sky and really like there was some novelty to it because you could do it with a group. You could actually fly your ship and have other people on the ship. You could weave the cockpit and wander around. I had, because I pre ordered that game, a luxury yacht, which is an impressively large ship, and I basically was running a dinner cruise liner on that thing. Didn't make a very good business out of it. Mostly just...

...took people that I knew on it. The thing didn't have any weapons, but you got some really great views from those sides where you had these ginormous windows and you could see everything going on outside. So, any case, a little bit enough about that. As this point in time in my life I'm kind of rediscovering the things that I enjoyed as a child and star wars is definitely on one of the top of the list. So most recently we got a Disney plus subscription, as did about half of America from my understanding at this point, and that actually has really paid off in a lot of ways. I mean it's one thing where there's shows on there that I hadn't discovered. I got to go and see shows that maybe I'd started but never really got into and got to really enjoy them. So I've since getting Disney. Plus I have watched the entire clone war series, I've watched all of rebels, and so that's kind of given me a lot of the backlog of information that's out there as far as what's going on in the Star Wars Universe. On top of that, my four year old absolutely loves a show on they're called Lego Star Wars, the freemaker adventures, and if you're not familiar with it and you have kids, I just have to say it is something. I thoroughly enjoyed it because you still get all of your star wars in it, but it takes the stories from a little bit of a different tack and it's Hilarious. I've seen it more times than I can count with my kid because there's only two seasons of it and he wants to Rewatch it. DARTH bus as a middle manager, basically like there is one especially great scene in I think it was the first season, where are he is having one of his henchmen in for their performance review and he's like, Oh, Nah, Ray, let me see here. Did you bring me five Skyba Sabos, three Kaiba Sabas, one KIBA SABA or none? What's just go with...

...none for now. And it's just hysterical picturing the dark word of the Sith as a manager as opposed to just the dark lord of the Sith. Like he's evil, but he's hilarious evil and there's just so much to it. Whenever he uses the force lightning he's like Zapp he's happity and it's great. So that is fantastic. Also, one of the things that I really enjoy on it is matthew would voicing the character of Roger, who is a decommissioned battle droid who is kind of the nurse droid for the freemaker kids. So they're basically orphans and the galaxy fending for themselves, their salvage and repair people going around picking up parts for ships and turning around and selling them, and it's just it's a very unique concept. It's a lot of fun. You get to see some of the Star Wars characters that are throughout the galaxy to get to drop in from time to time and ultimately it's worth a watch. If you've got Disney plus, I'd recommend it. Even if you're just an adult who doesn't actually have an kids like it might be something you enjoy. So that is kind of where I am at. That's who I am. So one of the things that I'm going to talk about on this particular show is going to be kind of what I have watched, things that I've taken away from fatherhood in enjoying these things with my kid and just the lessons that I think I've learned. So you're going to get a lot of stories of my kids who, honestly, they are hilarious. I hope that you will enjoy hearing my anecdotes of how they are enjoying things as much as I have enjoyed experiencing them with him. But also it is just something where there's a lot that I really want to be able to discuss with you guys, and I want to hear from you. So there is going to be a link in this. I'm going to have the show notes available on my site and that will be something where you can actually go and just there will be a...

...way for you to respond to me, whichever way you want to do it. You can reach out to me on Instagram, at the Dad Dolrian podcast. There will be website, there will be all sorts of things coming up. I don't have everything ready to go yet, but it is something where, as we're moving forward, I want to be able to hear from you. So you can also reach out to me via Gmail, at the dad do Lorian podcast at GMAILCOM, if you've got any questions for me, if you've got any stories that you want to share about something that you're going to be inter us it in talking about, and I'm going to have questions for you at the end of this. I want to hear from you. So next thing up on my wist is what I've watched this week and I will tell you right now this will be spoiler Laden. So I'm going to try to be dropping on what I'm calling Mandalorian Mondays for at least the duration of the Mandalorian TV show and probably going to continue that. That's something that I've been doing for a while. I wear a mandalorian shirt on Monday's so what have I watched this week? Well, first of all let's talk about the Mandalorian because, holy crap, you guys like the season started off in a way that it was a little bit different than I was expecting. You know, when we started out last season you got right into what the meat of the story was going to be from the very beginning and then there were some filler episodes and then you get back to the end of it and you're like, okay, here's the big climax. The first episode this season really, to me, felt a lot more like it should have been a midseason episode. Like you understand that he's looking for other mandalorians and he winds up back on Tattooine, and I'm not going to go into depth on that other than to say the episode was great. It actually gave me some feelings of my old days in star wars galaxies, because the whole great dragon hunt like that was the kind of thing that we lived for as a guild. We would go out there and take on some huge Beastie as a team and it was always a lot of fun. But what I want to talk about this week...

...specifically is Bocatan crees returning to star wars, and not just bocatan crees as in the character, but Katie sack off bringing back that character that she voiced for both clone wars and four rebels. That, for me was a huge win because to me, looking at the character bringing it into live action, there are instances where you're not going to be able to pull off the voice actor and the physical presence of the person playing them. Like Asoka Tano. I can understand why they would recast her because Ashley Exstein, while she is Ahsoka forever and ever and she originated that character, her physical presence isn't quite what you need when you're looking at an Asoka Tano. Katie sack off, on the other hand, is an absolute fantastic actor and she was the one who originated that character, but also with her performances in things like Battlestar Galactica in the Flash, she's proven that she's got that physical presence for these kind of action roles and it is something where, honestly, if they had recast her, I would have been a little bit more concerned for the show, but the fact that they brought her in and managed to pull that off, I'm going to be honest, with you guys. When I saw the owl logo on her helmet when she came in to save Mando, I may have squealed like a little girl just a little bit. It was really like this huge oh my gosh, these crazy womp rats. They actually did it, and there was a little bit of that when you saw Boba fette for the first time. But it's really completely different because at this point we're taking a character that has never been seen on screen before and bringing them into the series as a live action character versus an animated character that we'd seen them as previously. Boba Fett, it wasn't played by the same actor, but he got his voiceover stuff and we also know he goes back to the PREQUELS as Django Fett. So seeing him in there, that wasn't something that I was like,...

...oh my Gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh. Seeing Boucatan come out and also getting the explanation on why the clone wars and rebels Erara mandalorians were so much different than the ones that we see opening up Mandalorian. I think that was a huge thing as well. So so far every episode this season has been good. This particular episode in my mind, was great, and I've got to give a shout out to Bryce dallice Howard, because the two episodes that she has done for the Mandalorian, both the season one episode, sanctuary, and this episode, she does a phenomenal job because she does a great job of blending action but also drawing emotion from the characters, and that's one thing that I don't necessarily know a lot of people were expecting to be able to get when you've got a protagonist who their faces covered all the time. But she finds little ways to pull emotion into things, and I mean just you find yourself wanting to know more about the characters. I think about the widow during the sanctuary episode and she's the only one that knows how to use a blaster and you feel like there's a story there and you want to know more about that story. And Will they ever address that? I honestly don't know. That could be something they come to down the road. It may not, I wouldn't put it past them, but it also feels like we may never see that planet again and if it doesn't come back to it, that's fine too, but I will find myself wanting to know what is her story, how did she get there, and just the emotional plays that Bryce Dallas Howard used in kind of drawing us into those characters. To me that was phenomenal. So another thing that we've been watching is clone wars. My four year old it's one of those things there are most of the episodes are okay. There's a few episodes that I will skip over just because I know it's going to be a little bit scary for a four year old for pretty much anything involving the witches of Dath a mirror and them using...

...some spelled the resurrect or beef up something like. Those episodes I will try to skip over so that I'm not having my child with night terrors. But for the most part he really enjoy is the series and kind of getting to know these characters. Also, going back to Matthew would, he's always done a fantastic job with battle droids. Going back to the clone wars, I mean he was also the voice of General Grievous in the movies, which, to be that's actually my kids favorite character. From what he has seen. He's never even seen the prequels yet. We're still working our way through the original trilogy. This week we watched the Citadel Episode Arc, which was where our DTWO has a squad of battle droids and they are going through and trying to rescue one of the Jedi from a Jedi prison on a separatist world. It's a great episode. Our tod to commanding battle droids was great. Matthew would bringing in the battle droids personalities has always been one of my favorite things. And then we also watched padwe loss. That one was a little bit harder to explain to a four year old. How do you tell when four year old why these trend oceans are basically setting up a Predator style hunting expedition to bag jedipad ones? It's really a very interesting conversation. So yeah, buddy, the transitions are making really poor decisions and aren't being very kind, are they? Like? You know, it goes back to be kind son. Don't take people onto an off world and hunt them. That's just psychotic. Another thing that we did we finally introduced our oldest to star wars, a new hope, and I kind of like have to put an asterisk by it because he did wash it with me when he was like eighteen months old and I wanted to watch it one night while Mama was out of town in a business trip, and it's really interesting for me going back and watching these with a four year old who, because of his experience with the freemaker adventures and playing the prolog and Lego Star Wars, the Force Awakens, which has...

...the battle of Endoor, he already knows that vader is Luke's father. It's not going to be one of those things where vader goes dough, I am your father, and my son is going to be like having the same mindblown moment that I as a kid. Wh What do you mean? He's his dad like? That is not something that is going to be happening with him and it it changes the experience a bit, but I think it is something where it'll be interesting just to see how much he processes and understands from it. So all right. Last but not least, I want to hear from you. What's your favorite experience from this week, and it can be really anything. I'm going to ask this going forward every week just to kind of see what you all have. It could be anything from a video game, from a movie, TV, sports, just anything in general. So for me, the fleet battle in Star Wars squadrons is very interesting because it's not a huge scale as far as the number of actual players and it's only a v five multiplayer mode, but fleet battle does a fantastic job of taking the scale and making it feel grander. You have a two large opposing capital ships with smaller frigates defending them, and when you're going on attack you're got either a blockade runner or a raider coming in with you and bombarding your targets. And if you just had the five characters on either side playing this, it wouldn't feel as grandiose, but they managed to, in addition to that, add in AI controlled fighters, so the scope of the battle feels so much bigger than it actually is. And I'm playing it on xbox one. I find myself a little bit envious of the guys who are playing it on either the PSFOUR or who were playing it on pc with VR headsets, because looking at the cockpits and all of the detail work that went into it, it...

...looks phenomenal and I wish I could just as easily turn my head around and look around the cockpit and see what's going on. And at that point you know I might even consider just going to instrument only and taking off all of the Hud just to try it that way and kind of get the real feel for it. I've got an xbox. We don't have VR headsets for that, unfortunately, and so it's an experience that I am not going to get. But they've done a fantastic job and the game itself is only forty bucks. It's got a very lightweight campaign. It didn't take me very long to get all the way through and I want to say it was like fifteen chapters total and it was under a matter of hours that you were able to play through it. But the fact that the matter is for forty bucks, it's a decent experience. I came into it really pretty pessimistic that EA was going to screw it up, having come off of the fact that we had star wars battle front, which was just starting to hit its stride, and you could kind of feel like, Hey, they did a good game out of this after really fumbling the launch, and then they're like Oh, and we're not doing any more content, and so for me I'm going, crap, they're going to screw this up, aren't they? And really for what? You're getting for forty bucks. They didn't screw it up like it's actually been a very good experience and I've really enjoyed playing it so far. So that's my experience. If you want to share yours again, you can shoot me an email at the Dad Delrian podcast at gmailcom or also hit me up on Instagram at the Dad Delrian podcast. They're going to be more options coming in the future, but right now that's what we've got. So any case, if you want to check out our show notes, I will have those available eventually here and we will just go forward with that. But hope you have a great day whatever you are doing. I know that parenting is a complicated profession, but I hope you're having a great day. Take care. TW.

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