Café Seoul Season 4, Episode 6: The 2015 Star Wars Holiday Special



Christmas time, er, Life Day time is here. So that means it is time to once again get down and nerdy. Rob, Eugene and Dr. Michael Hurt again sat down to discuss Star Wars. This particular episode was published on the day that Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is being released in Korea. (Well, Officially. Eugene saw it the night before on a really late showing.) However it was recorded a week prior, so there are no spoilers. Please excuse the construction sounds going on in the background. Palpatine is making a new Death Star next door.

It is a picture of the tree at Eugene's parents' house the last time he was in the US for Christmas.

Here is an actual picture of the tree at Eugene’s parents’ house the last time he was in the US for Christmas.

Nerds of the Weird – The three nerds speculate on Episode VII. (And meander on strange tangents)

  • Where is Luke? Why isn’t he around?  Is he still in contact with Han and Princess Leia? Does he do secret missions on her majesty’s secret service in the new republic? Or worse, is it possible he’s turned to the Dark Side?
  • Who is Finn? There’s been a lot of speculation on him possibly being related to other famous melanin enriched people in the galaxy far far away. Also, is it a risky move to have the main characters of such an important movie be nonwhite males?
  • What do we need for this film to succeed?

Ask the Jedi Council – Bob A. Fett from Sarlaac, Pittsburgh asks when and how we became Star Wars fans, and what our earliest Star Wars memories are.

On the Force – Another meandering discussion about Star Wars (and really the Sci-Fi genre in general) is being received in Korea.

 

And with that, the last Café Seoul episode of 2015 is done. We’ll see you next time in early January 2016.

 

Here’s some extra videos that were either mentioned or referenced in our episode.




Café Seoul Season 4, Episode 5: The Halfblood Prince

In this episode, Eugene finally breaks his silence about being a multiracial Korean, a subject he’s avoided for the entirety of the podcast. That’s all in the second half of the show. Rydia’s back a little early. She says she will join once per month, but due to the 2015 Star Wars Holiday Special featuring Dr. Michael Hurt, which will be released on the same day as Episode VII, we bumped her up an episode.

News of the Weird /w Eugene

On the Pulse w/Rob – “Special Guest” Eugene runs through a list of things that it is probably not wise to say to someone who is a multiracial Korean person. Again, I must mention that the opinion expressed is mine (Eugene) and mine alone. I certainly realize that other people have other viewpoints, and that’s totally okay. I’ve been very reluctant to even talk about the issue, because it is often very divisive, but I figured, we have brought in adoptees to give us the inside scoop on being an adoptee, like, several times now… so it’s only fair, right? I’ve also been avoiding it because I generally don’t share my own thoughts and feelings about the multiracial experience unless I am very close to someone, but hey, you only live twice, right? Might as well do it at least once while I have an audience.

 

You know, you really don't look very Korean, Eugene.

You know, you really don’t look very Korean, Eugene.