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Episode · 1 year ago

004 - Very Exciting Times

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

This episode Andrew talks about the things that excite him about the upcoming Christmas holiday, as well as a discussion of The Onderon Rebels arc of Clone Wars and the short, yet incredibly packed episode of the Mandalorian, including the return of some familiar faces and the implications going forward.

Dad delorian because parenting is a complicated profession. Hello and welcome back to the DAD DELIRIAN podcast. This is episode for and we are just really excited to have you here. If you've never reached out to us before, there's a number of ways that you can reach out to us. We do want to hear from you on the podcast just to get your thoughts, get what you're thinking about in terms of parenting and nerddom and all of that stuff. So just if you want to reach out, quickest way to do that would be via our instagram at the Dad Delorrian podcast. Alternatively, we have a website, the Dad delrian dotnet. On there there's a couple different options. There's a contact form. You can also go ahead and use the recording spot where you can actually record a message for us and we will then go ahead and play that on the air and we can reply to that directly. That way. You can shoot us an email at the Dad Delriian podcast at gmailcom. So just want to be right out front with that. If you want to contact us for anything about this show, if you've got any ideas, anything, just want to chat about it. Really appreciate you reaching out definitely. We would enjoy getting to take your questions on the air. So for a lot of you you might be getting ready for the holiday season. I know that is something that we are getting ready for in our house and we've got a very specific kind of regimen. We've actually had the Christmas tree up for a little while now. We actually put it up the weekend of my wife and MIS anniversary, which was back in beginning of November. So the tree at least has been up. We got it decorated and we've been kind of ready in that sense. We still got some more decorations to put up, but it's one of those things where I think my wife and are kind of gaging where we want to be going with that, just because we've still got a one year old who is terrorizing the house. WITH ALTON HE I don't remember him being quite as big into let me grab and throw things down on the ground as much. Austin, on the other hand, has been very...

...much let me pull all of the DVD's off of this shelf, let me do this, let me do that, and so I don't know how comfortable my wife is currently with putting out say, our ceramic peanuts Christmas village, because we're very big on peanuts in this household. We've got the Christmas village. One of the early traditions with my wife is that every year I would get her a peanuts Christmas ornament from home mark, and so she's got a number of those that make noise and are just awesome. But we keep those further up on the tree so that the boys can't reach them, because right now Austin's big thing is just grabbing a random ball off of the tree and then, when he gets scolded, just shoving it back on there and dropping it. And thankfully we were smart enough to buy unbreakable ornaments, so breaking them is into problem, but it is something where definitely we got to kind of be mindful of that, and so I don't know if we're going to get the rest of the decort out at this point or not, but that is one of those things that we do every year and as we're getting Moose or to the holidays and getting closer to Christmas specifically, one of the things that we're just kind of getting ready to do is kind of sharing all of those family traditions and that's something that I am really very excited for. I want to share a couple different things that I'm excited for with the upcoming Christmas season, but I'll start there with that. So sharing a family traditions. We do have a couple traditions in our household that we always follow and it's actually something that came from my wife's family. The one specific one that we have is watching white Christmas on Christmas Eve. That's always been our thing. That has something that we've adopted in our home and so we still do that and her family also, on Christmas Eve, does Mexican food, specifically in Chilada's, where they'll do beef and chicken choladas and we have that as dinner while we're watching White Christmas. So that is something that we really have been enjoying over the years. That's something that we're looking forward to sharing with our two sons as we're going forward. And this year for Alton is a really...

...magical year because at for he's really starting to kind of enjoy things and really understand things a lot more. Austin, I'm sure, will have no problem ripping open his presence and who will be excited for whatever he gets, like most one year old. So probably just want to play with the rapping. Whatever happens there, it's fine. Something new that we're adding to the mix this year is something that my wife found called the giving manger and and basically what that is there's a story book and there is manger that comes with it, as well as some Straw and a baby Jesus. Now, basically how it works is the story unfolds and kind of explains that every time that the kids do a act of service for somebody else or do something kind, that they get to put a piece of Straw in for baby Jesus and then by Christmas Eve, Baby Jesus can to sleep in the major and they're Straw derneath them. It's basically to encourage the kids to do kind things for others instead of specifically looking out for what they can get for out of Christmas, and it's a really sweet little story. It's something that I was super excited to kind of learn about when my wife brought it home, and so that is something that we are doing for the first time this year. That being said, a couple other things that I am definitely going to be excited about watching the boys get to unwrap their gifts, because for all. This year is really a year where he remembers things and he's really able to kind of respond to it, get excited that sort of thing, and so that's one thing that, as a father, I really am looking forward to seeing him unwrap the stuff, and he's getting some cool stuff this year, so that will be kind of a fun thing for us, something that we can work on together as well. Also, Austin kind of getting what's really kind of his first big present for himself. And this sounds worse than it is, but you know, when you've got two boys, stay cheer some toys like you...

...don't need to go out and buy a ton of boys for the second child, and it's not that you love the second child any less, it's just that you don't need to get duplicates of a lot of stuff. And so he's had a lot of toys that have really been hand me downs from his brother, whereas he's getting something this year that's a bigger toy for him, and that's the little people farm with all of the figures and the sounds and stuff, and Alton's already seen it and is like, why didn't I get something like that when I was a kid? We're like, come on, this kid, seriously, like you were the firstborn, you got everything before he did. So it'll be fun with that, just kind of seeing how we reacts it to it. The other thing that I'm super excited about, and this is partially because I get to see my boy playing with them, but also because I, as a parent, get to kind of play with him off them as well, and that is all of the legos. And so this year we are giving Alton a couple different things that are lego related. One of the things that he got, obviously, is the Lego Advent Coundar, which we've been opening and we just opened the sixth day on it. I have been really impressing him with my ability to call out what the piece will be for that particular day before he knows what it is. I may have cheated and figured out from looking at the marketing materials what order they are coming out in, so that I know what order they are actually in the boxes is, but regardless, he doesn't need to know that yet. So He's been getting to open those. Today it was the Red Sith trooper from rise of Skywalker, which I thought those looked really cool, and so I'm super excited that he got that. He's excited for getting a Roger, as he calls them, which is the battle droids from the prequels, and he is opening that one. I don't think that comes out until the fourteen if I remember correctly from the picture, but he thought that was coming today, and so when he's like, I'm going to be right today and he opens it and it's the fifth trooper, which is what I told him it...

...was going to be like, it was. It was quite amazing. He's like, but why are you always right? I'm not necessarily always right, son, but every once in a while I figure out a way to appear that I am correct. So that is one of the things he's getting to play with this year. He part of that. was also a miniature Lego razorcrest from the MANDALORIAN which I would love to sneak away with, but I don't think he's going to let me. So yeah, any case, other thing that he's getting with Legos, he's getting a couple different things. He will be getting a Lego play table that is actually for him and his brother. It'll have the ability to use both legos and do flows. It gives us something where they can be creative with it and also gives us additional storage space because if you've seen our oldest Lego sets, right now we've got four of the brick wake. They look like a four by two lego brick containers full of Legos and one, or what's actually three of them are legos. One of them is do close plus additional do close. Regardless, you've got a lot of them and so having a table that the boys can play at and it will work with the bricks is something that's super exciting for them. And also to go with that, Alton is getting a mixed multitude of multipole colors of bricks that we picked up from Costco and that is one of those things we really were excited to get for him because one of the things that we've noticed, like with the sets where you put them all together and you have something like the atst or things like that. You put them together and then you play with them but you don't really take them apart. Well, all also has one of the little bittie briefcases that had a just slew of different random bricks and you could build stuff out of it. But what's been interesting to watch is him kind of figuring out his creativity and putting that to you. So he has built stuff. He tells us what it is and it may not look exactly like what it is that he's trying to build,...

...but he's using his imagination with it, and so that was something that Amanda and I talked about and we really wanted to kind of encourage him to be creative with it and to give him more parts that he can just pull to pull out and put together however he wants. So we wound up getting him that from Costco and I think it's like fifteen hundred pieces something like that. Like it's it's a lot of lego bricks, but it's not something where it has to be done in a specific set, whereas a lot of the other stuff that he currently has is specific set kind of stuff that he could mix them all up and there would be chaos, kind of like what I did when I was a kid. However, we currently have them so that they're actually sorted out so we can find the pieces for them and put them back together if they fall apart. So we've got everything individually bagged and labeled. As to what said it is. That is more out of my wife's organizational ability than mine, because if it were me, they'd all be dumped in a bin and then if you needed a part, you'd be searching for it for hours. So long. And he's also going to be getting his own xbox control were which, you know, we just gotta used one. But he's been having a lot of fun playing Lego Star Wars with me, and so we've been doing that. But then also during one of the Black Friday sales, we picked up a digital game of its cars three that looks like it's basically Mario Kart, only with the cars characters, and so we're going to try that with him see how he likes it. Maybe he likes it, maybe he doesn't. Regardless, he'll have his own control. We're going forward so he can stop borrowing MOMS and that'll be great. We're going to take a quick break here and then we're going to come back and talk about what we are watching this week. So lots to talk about, particularly on a one mandalorian episode. So stay tuned. Will see in just a minute and we are back. Thanks so much again for joining us on the Dad Dolor and podcast. So we have been talking about things that we're excited for for Christmas. If there's something that you are excited for with Christmas coming up,...

...definitely reach out let me know. Email address is the Dad Doloran podcast at gmailcom. You can find us on Instagram at the Dad Dolorean you can reach out to us on our website, the Dad Doloran dotnet. There's a couple different options there. If you want to record a voice message, you can either send that via email or you can also do that through the record message function on our website if you go under the contact tab. Super excited to hear from you on what you're excited about coming up on the Christmas season for us. What we are watching right now. This Week was interesting because we didn't get a whole lot of quone wars watched. We're still in, I believe, season four, but we did get to watch through the story arc about the on Duran rebels where the Jedi were going and helping to train the rebels to fight against the confederacy and that whole story arc. That was a really interesting little story ARC. It introduces Sauguerrera, who we do get to see in star wars rogue one, and he was played by forest whitaker in that he turns up a couple of times because he turns up in clone wars. He also turns up in rebels at one point, so you get to see that character a few different times throughout their media properties. But it was a really interesting arc. You got to see Ahsoka kind of acting as the ambassador between the Jedi Council and this group of rebels that were fighting for their independence against the king who was considered the rightful king. It was definitely, you know, more geopolitical intrigue in terms of trying to figure out who really was in charge there and who the galactic sent it should be recognizing things like that, but it was it was a fun, Fun Little Story Arc there. The thing that I think you're going to get the most out of today, though, is definitely going to be the mandalorian season two episode six.

You guys, this was an episode. Coming into it I really wasn't sure what to expect. In my mind, I have figured by the end of last episode Asoka was going to be training the child and we would be kind of figuring out how that relationship was going to work. Maybe she was jumping onto the razorcrest to go with mandoe someplace to try to find my Giddeon, that sort of thing, and obviously that's not how that episode ended. So coming into this I'm a little bit wind. Were we going with this? What's happening with the story now? And coming right out the gate, the title being the tragedy. Well, there's a number of ways you can take that. My wife immediately knew that it was going to be the tragedy of Baby Yoda is getting kidnapped, like there was just no way around it for her. There were people who respectulated. Well, maybe he gets to learn about order sixty six and what happened in the clone wars. And yet no, no, like my wife's first instinct was absolutely correct. Baby Yoda gets kidnapped. Spoiler alert. I hope by now you've watched it. If you haven't watched it yet, I'm sorry to have ruined that for you, but you probably would have figured that out by the title anyway. All that said, I'm going to go into a lot more detail here other than baby Yoda having been kidnapped. So if you don't want that spoiled, if you haven't watched the episode yet, turned back now. I've already spoiled one thing for you. There's plenty of other surprises in this episode that you probably will not have seen coming. Or maybe you did see coming, but it was completely unlike anything I could have expected. This episode was only thirty some minutes long. I don't remember the exact runtime, but it's, I believe, the shortest, if not one of the shortest, episodes in the series so far. That said, the amount of material they managed to pack in there, for me, it did not feel like a short episode. In fact, it was a jam packed episode. Baby Yoda gets dropped on the seeing stone. After an amusing moment of how do you turn it on? Kind...

...of thing we see coming across the skies. That harbinger of the bounty Hunter Boba Fette, slave one. That right there you know that there's going to be something going on here. You don't know what his attentions are you. All you know is the last time you saw him he was watching Mando right off into the sunset at the end of episode one. The fact that we were at this point wake, I started to go, oh my Gosh, oh my gosh, it's Boba Fette, thinking that might be the biggest reveal of the episode is that Boba Fette is actually hunting mando. Maybe he's working for Mouf Gideon. Who knows what's going on, what's going through his head? All you know is Boba fette just landed. Well, it turns out Boba Fette was not the only one that landed there. If you are familiar with Mingnawen, who was in the season one episode the Gun Slinger, she was left for dead at the last time that you saw her, laying out in the middle of the desert to bleed out, as Mando had to go back and rescue the kid from the bounty hunter want to be that was trying to take him in and become a legend. Well, as you remember, at the end of that episode there was somebody walking up to her lifeless body and speculation had always been it was Boba Fette, simply because you could hear the kind of spurs sound that was very closely associated with any time he was walking, which, as a side note, the dudes not wearing spurs. What specifically is Jangling when he's making those steps? I personally really want to know that. Regardless, it was definitely Boba fette that saved her. She's now got some new mechanical energy. Maybe she went to miracle Max because she was only mostly dead. I don't know what the deal was. I'm sure will get some more story on that at some point, but regardless, she's now back to Mando thinks that he's after the kid. He's just after the armor, but not Mando's armor. Obviously he wants his own armor back.

They work out a tenuous deal where he guarantees the safety of the child so long as he gets his armor back. They start going over there and then you see the telltale imperial drop ships and your heart just kind of sinks because you're going, Oh crap, gideons found them. This shouldn't come as any surprise because he's being tracked, but still you see it, you start to freak out just a little bit. Mando tries to go back for the kid. The kid is still in his trance. He can't get him out of there. It then turns into him defending him. Now there's some problems with the episode, for sure. For one, Mando taking off his jet pack and then just forgetting that he has his jet pack like. That's one of those things. I was talking with my friend Donovan about it. And he points out that that's very out of character for him and, to be completely queer, episode two established he can recall that with a push of a button. So why didn't that get recalled? Why do you have that feature if you're not going to use it? When you're running to try to save the kid? Why wouldn't you have just grabbed it, put it back on and gone back to the kid? You know, from a narrative standpoint, it doesn't make a ton of sense. All that to say, Boba Fette, for forty years has been known as one of the most feared bounty hunters in the galaxy. In four movies, George Lucas really only told us, and more implied, not so much told, that he was the baddest in the galaxy, mostly by him standing in the wings with his arms crossed and occasionally nodding while manating taining silence. The most feared bounty hunter and the galaxy went down due to an accidental strike to his jet pack that dropped him into a SARLAC pit. So that's not exactly speaking high on the credibility, for this is a bad, bad man. Robert Rodriguez, in the thirty some minutes that he had with Boba Fett in this episode did more for his reputation as...

...being the baddest bounty hunter in the galaxy than George Lucas ever accomplished. And I think even going back to the expanded universe books, I don't remember all of the stuff that happened with Boba Fette, but I don't think you could even begin to replicate what Robert Rodriguez did. Hear. First of all, without his armor, he takes out basically an entire platoon of stormtroopers using nothing more than one of the sand people's Gaffe sticks, and I'm talking like smashing helmets in, going full on rage mode. Like you thought the dude would scary with his helmet on, you see him with his helmet off as he's just gutting these stormtroopers and you're like, Nope, that dude is definitely mental. He finishes the First Plato June and then there's a second platoon coming in on another landing craft, so he rushes into Mando's ship and gets his armor. You don't see him for a few minutes. You get to the point where Mando and Finnick Shand are fighting back to back, trying to fight off a horda storm troopers that are trying to get to them. Things look terrible and then you hear the telltale jetpack, yes, the jet pack that you remember malfunctioning and crashing him into a SARLAC pit, the gag that has become the jet pack that you honestly didn't know jet packs were a serious thing in the Star Wars Universe until the episode of the Mandalorian where the covert comes out, because the only time you'd seen anybody using the jet pack was Boba Fett falling into the SARLAC pit and Django Fett getting his head lopped off, because he drops in and starts dropping bodies left and right. You would not believe the amount of carnage if you weren't seeing it with your own two eyes. And then when another squad of them comes around the corner, he drops two of them with knee rockets and the rest of the troops are like, all, heck no, we out, Bro let's get get going where they run...

...back to their ship and then he accidentally shoots down both of the drop ships as they're leaving. I say accidentally, you look and watch during his targeting sequence and you aren't thinking about this when you're watching it in real time, but he is targeting the lower of the two drop ships as they're pulling away, but he hits the upper one, which then crashes into the lower one, and then Mando's like good shot and he goes. I was aiming for the other one. Wait, just casually like, Oh yeah, Humble Bragg, I wasn't aiming for that one, but I just took them both out. You know why? Because I'm freaking Boba Fett Dude. Home my gosh, that was a lot to process. Then, on top of that you get another but little piece of the history of Django fet where you find out prime minister all mick from clone wars wasn't necessarily completely inaccurate in his statement that Django Fett was not a Mandalorian. Now he might have been completely up in the air about him not actually knowing how he became a Mandalorian or where he got the armor, but you find out that Django fet himself was also a foundling, similar to our good friend Dingjerin. So that was a big reveal. It's just a very packed, tight episode. Let's go back for a second, because the kid is gone because remember a couple episodes ago when I saw something and I'm like, it looked like it might be the dark trooper, but they didn't really specify that it was the dark trooper. And then this episode comes around, the kid is just coming out of his force trans and Moth Gideon says something to the effect of ore the dark troopers ready, and at that point I may have shrieked a little bit. You might have to ask my wife to be sure, but yep, I was right. Those were definitely dark troopers and now we get to actually see them in action in something that looked like the scene at the top of I think it was...

Ammon Hen in word of the Rings, where the hobbits are up there and the Nazgoul or encroaching from every side. White. That was basically what the dark troopers did. They whooped just as intimidating as you would expect them to, with their black armor and their glowing red eyes and their rockets and their boots, because they're freaking dark troopers. They grabbed the kid, they take off back to the ship. Oh okay, so going back to Mando has now seen his ship was blown up. Rest in peace to the razorcrest. That was really hard. My wife pointed out that Lego missed a huge opportunity by not making the advent calendar for the day that we had that episode come out be the razorcrest. It was instead the day after. Missed opportunity there, but regardless, that was what happened. Is He is now looking at the ship. Hope pretty much seems lost at this point because he has no ship. He's got the best car spear that Ahsoka gave him. The kid has gone with moth getting into hyperspace. He goes looking through the rubble to see what all is there, and I mean he doesn't even have his pulse rifle anymore, like it's all gone. Boba fette shows him his chain code to confirm that the armor does belong to him, because it belonged to his father, at which point Mando is okay with giving up the armor to him. And then what was interesting there was then Mando saying well, our business is done, and Boba Fett going not exactly I said that the child safety would be guaranteed. That, for me was a very fascinating move by Boba Fett and you think about it and Boba Fett recognized, as Mando was looking through the wreckage of what was left of the razorcrest, that there was somebody that he cared about who had just been taken by the empire and he could relate to that kind of loss because he himself had lost somebody in his father,...

...and so he could reflect on that and I think that was ultimately what helped him to say, Wook, I'm going to help you. Was this pretty much an obvious set up to have two mandalorians going to war with the empire? Maybe more mandalorians going to the war with the empire, but regardless, yeah, I think it was obviously a narrative set up by the producers to get Boba fette there, because why would you have somebody that is that cool and then never ever make use of him? But for me, I was really just fascinated by him deciding to go ahead and help mando on a because what's in it for him? He obviously doesn't have any love for the empire, which, given the fact that he previously had helped in the search for Luke Skywalker, you wonder what changed between his empire strikes back and they're where. He's like they're back. This isn't good. I am excited to see where they go with this. I wasn't sure where they were going to take the Boba fette lead, if he was just going to be him showing up or if the empire was actually hiring him to go take him take back the baby. It was definitely different than anything I could have expected, but I was super pleased with how it turned out. There were definitely narrative inconsistencies, and I mean I do have to talk to other people about it and get their opinions on it. There's one person out there who said I liked sad sack Boa fette getting boinked into the sorrow Lac pit and now I'm feeling like the characters ruined. To that guy out there, really no, that's just bizarre. I think we finally got the Boba Fette we've all really longed for and hoped for that. We'd been told this is who he was. Well, now we've seen that's who he actually is. So that was probably my favorite episode from this season so far. My next thing that I'm really wondering is how do you tie all of this up in the two episodes that...

...you have remaining, because next episode they're very clearly going to be breaking out Mayfield, who. Hey, everybody remember bill burrs Mayfield from the prison break episode. That was not my wife's favorite episode. I thought it was an interesting episode cinematically, but again it was one of those things. At the time it felt like a filler episode. But he's got a break may feel out so that he can use him to lead him back to mof Gideon. How you're going to accomplish another prison break in an episode and then turn around and go capture MOF Gideon or take on mof Gideon, whatever is going to happen in the last episode? It seems like a lot of groundcover in two episodes, so I'll be interested to see how it all pans out. And then I start thinking about the fact that there's only two episodes left in this season. Oh my gosh, that means we're almost to another year between what happens here and what happens next season. Where's the story going to leave off? There's the question of will a Jedi be there at the end? I think that's the obvious narrative choice, but at this point not everything they've done has been obvious narrative choices. So it'll be interesting to see how it all pans out. All Right, you've listened to me Geek out on that enough. We're going to take another quick break here and then after that, what we are just excited for this week, what we've enjoyed getting to see or do or experience? I want to hear from you. You know the drill. If you want to go to our website, the Dad Dolrian dotnet. If you want to go to the email, you can go the dad do Lorian podcast at gmailcom, on Instagram at the Dad Delrian we will be right back act and welcome back. This is the final segment for the Dad Laian podcast. What are you excited for this week? Well, I think for me it had to be the episode of the Mandalorian that was out this week,...

...which again I'm not going to go into all of it, but honestly, Robert Rodriguez, my hat is off to you for taking a character that was supposed to be feared, that we kind of made into a clumsy clown, and then George Lucas reinforced that by having his dad basically die from a faulty jet pack. You made the jet pack for Boba Fett relevant and you made us all understand that, yes, this is the baddest dude in the galaxy. You do not want to screw with him. And also, if you need any more proof, here's a bunch of shattered stormtrooper helmets. Well done, sir, well done. All right, well, that is our episode for this week. Definitely come back next week. I'm sure we'll have more to talk about and I just am super thankful that you are here at listening. As you all know, parenting as a complicated profession. Stay safe out there. Take Care,.

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