7 episodes

Sometimes we miss things. For Nicole Byer & Lauren Lapkus, those things are all the Star Wars movies. In the first season of Newcomers, they’ll get to know the franchise–watching the movies and exploring the *culture*–discussing with super-fans as they go.

Newcomers: Star Wars, with Lauren Lapkus & Nicole Byer HeadGum

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Sometimes we miss things. For Nicole Byer & Lauren Lapkus, those things are all the Star Wars movies. In the first season of Newcomers, they’ll get to know the franchise–watching the movies and exploring the *culture*–discussing with super-fans as they go.

    Star Wars Ep. I - The Phantom Menace (w/ Nick Wiger)

    Star Wars Ep. I - The Phantom Menace (w/ Nick Wiger)

    In a shocking turn of events, Nicole and Lauren are now Star Wars heads? Phantom Menace stan Nick Wiger (Doughboys, How Did This Get Played) joins them to recounts the historical hype for Ep. I, Liam Neeson's rumored huge dick, lightsaber continuity between trilogies, and their love/hate for the new CG look of the series. Plus, the girls rank the all Star Wars films they've seen so far.

    Be sure to check out Nick's other Headgum podcast - Doughboys.

    Like this show? Rate Newcomers 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts and write in the review what Star Wars media you'd like us to cover.

    Sources for this episode:

    The Phantom Menace Wookieepedia

    Roger Ebert Review

    Rolling Stone Review

    The Phantom Menace Production Facts

    • 56 min
    Star Wars Fanfiction (w/ Madeline Walter)

    Star Wars Fanfiction (w/ Madeline Walter)

    Warning: this episode is very, very NSFW. Nicole and Lauren are joined by writer/improviser Madeline Walter (UCB, Brooklyn Nine-Nine) to discuss fanfiction, read some hot Star Wars stories, and share their own original fanfic writings. They also discuss Freddie Prinze Jr's recent public Star Wars rant, the popularity of sneaking sexuality in kids media, and the burning question - Can you use the Force to make someone cum?

    Next week, we review Star Wars Ep. I - The Phantom Menace.

    Sources For This Episode:

    BookRiot - History of Fan fiction

    C3PO Trading Card With the "giant dick"

    Freddie Prinze Jr. Star Wars Rant

    Fan Fiction:

    He's My Brother by NotebookishType

    Distractor by Merfilly

    The First by guineapiggie

    Music Used:

    "Dream of You" from purple-planet.com

    “Somber Solitude" by Jordan Winslow jordanwinslow.me

    "Touch" Piano solo by Mattia Cupelli

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Star Wars Ep. VI - Return of the Jedi (w/ Emily Yoshida)

    Star Wars Ep. VI - Return of the Jedi (w/ Emily Yoshida)

    Ok, Nicole and Lauren are fully ON BOARD! They loved this film and can't wait to get into it. Film critic/writer Emily Yoshida (Vulture, AVClub, The Verge, & host of the Night Call podcast) joins them to discuss their love for Ewoks, Carrie Fisher's visible coke nail, and all the surprising deaths in this film. Plus, the girls start writing ideas for their own Star Wars fan fiction.

    Emily Yoshida's Star Wars articles:

    All the CGI Characters in the Star Wars Prequels, Ranked From Tolerable to Inexcusable

    Why Rogue One Gets the “Dark Reboot” Right

    The Star Wars Holiday Special




    Sources for this episode:

    Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi Wookieepedia

    Roger Ebert review

    New York Times review

    • 54 min
    Star Wars Ep. V - The Empire Strikes Back (w/ Jon Gabrus)

    Star Wars Ep. V - The Empire Strikes Back (w/ Jon Gabrus)

    Does Vader's army know his face looks like a chewed up piece of gum? Why is Chewie always so stressed out? And, is this the best the series is going to get? The girls have questions, and Star Wars fan and #1 fuccboi Jon Gabrus (High & Mighty, ActionBoyz podcast) is here to answer.

    They also the discuss the best practical effects and worst special effects, the lack of romance, and and the rise of Lucas's production empire. While the girls warm up to the series, Gabrus has a few words for the angry Star Wars fans listening.

    Be sure to check out Gabrus's other HeadGum podcast - High & Mighty.

    Like the show? Rate Newcomers 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts and write in the review what Star Wars media you'd like us to cover.

    Sources for this episode:

    The Empire Strikes Back Wookieepedia

    The New York Times review from 1980

    The Origin of Darth Vader: The Voice

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Star Wars Ep. IV - A New Hope Watch-Along with Nicole Byer and Lauren Lapkus

    Star Wars Ep. IV - A New Hope Watch-Along with Nicole Byer and Lauren Lapkus

    This is a bonus episode with live reactions and commentary as Lauren and Nicole watch Star Wars Ep. IV - A New Hope for the very first time. You can sync up the film on Disney+ with us to watch along in real-time!

    If you'd like to skip to the film discussion, check out the first official episode where we sit down with John Gemberling (Big Mouth, Broad City) to breakdown what we just watched.

    • 2 hrs 7 min
    Star Wars Ep. IV - A New Hope (w/ John Gemberling)

    Star Wars Ep. IV - A New Hope (w/ John Gemberling)

    Oh boy. Lauren and Nicole have just watched their first Star Wars, and they have questions. Like, what's the devil doing in the Cantina? Is Chewbacca a pet? What was the motivation behind the alien in the trash compactor?

    Comedian and Star Wars fan John Gemberling (Big Mouth, Broad City) joins us to answer cultural importance of the original Star Wars series, the lore, characters, and convince the girls to keep on watching.

    Want to watch Star Wars Ep. IV in realtime with Nicole and Lauren? Check out our bonus watch-a-long episode where you can sync up the film and hear their reactions.

    Like the show? Rate Newcomers 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts and write in the review what Star Wars media you'd like us to cover.

    Sources for this episode:

    Star Wars Wookieepedia

    Original Reviews from 1977

    • 1 hr 3 min

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