5 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 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 hr 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
    Nicole Byer and Lauren Lapkus are Watching Star Wars! (Trailer)

    Nicole Byer and Lauren Lapkus are Watching Star Wars! (Trailer)

    Nicole and Lauren have never seen a Star Wars. In this new series, they will watch each series in theatrical order, and will be joined by comedian Star Wars fans to fill them in on 42 years of missed pop culture.

    In the trailer, they discuss why they never got into the series, what life has been like never having seen Star Wars, and have a realization that Star Wars is quite similar 90 Day Fiancé.

    Subscribe today and catch the first episode, launching 1/28!

    Series theme song by TOMI.

    • 5 min

Customer Reviews

Smsbear ,

You two are so much fun

I love Nicole and Lauren. So much fun hearing about your experience with Star Wars. Going from not enjoying A New Hope to liking Return. I hope you find some guests that actually like the prequels. I always find it hard to hear people say they are a fan then Trash 1/3 of the main movies. I hope you go into the prequels like you did with the first three, open and enjoying fun parts.

Elro1016 ,

As a Star Wars fan

I love this - so funny but also a lot of details and questions come up that you forget about when watching.

Nongamer gamer ,

Don’t let the guest dominate the talk

I loved the first episode with “guest expert” John Gemberling. But guest Jon Gabrus in #2 is dominating the conversation so much that I’m close to turning it off. His endless stories about himself, his cackling and his immature bro energy is just too much. Going forward, there needs to be a better ratio of hosts to guest. It’s Nicole and Lauren’s podcast; let them lead the conversation! I hope #3 is better.

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