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Tatooine Sons is a weekly conversation between a dad and his two sons about the biggest pop culture films and TV franchises. We believe that pop culture is the mythology of this generation; that there is a story written on our souls and that these “myths” speak to that story. That’s why we talk about Star Wars, Marvel, DC, Lord of the Ring and more.

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Tatooine Sons is a weekly conversation between a dad and his two sons about the biggest pop culture films and TV franchises. We believe that pop culture is the mythology of this generation; that there is a story written on our souls and that these “myths” speak to that story. That’s why we talk about Star Wars, Marvel, DC, Lord of the Ring and more.

    Reconsidering The Sequel Trilogy: The Las Jedi (Season 7 Episode 18)

    Reconsidering The Sequel Trilogy: The Las Jedi (Season 7 Episode 18)

    In this episode of Tatooine Sons: A Pop Culture Podcast, we're diving deep into the most controversial film in the Star Wars saga: *The Last Jedi*. Join us as we revisit the movie that launched our podcast and explore why it holds the top spot in our ranking of Star Wars films.

    We kick things off with a fun story about a Twitter exchange with Heavy Spoilers, where my ranking of *The Last Jedi* sparked some heated reactions. This film isn't just another Star Wars episode for us; it’s a pivotal part of our journey as fans and podcasters.

    We’ll take you back to the period between *The Force Awakens* and *The Last Jedi*, discussing the theories and excitement that built up around the movie’s release. Who is Rey? Is Finn a Jedi? Why is Luke on Ahch-To? We revisit the big questions and the wild speculation, including the famous "Your Snoke Theory Sucks" phenomenon.

    The death of Carrie Fisher profoundly impacted the Star Wars community, and we'll reflect on how Rian Johnson handled her passing in the film. We'll also reminisce about the 2017 Star Wars Celebration and the buzz generated by the first trailer for *The Last Jedi*.

    As we recount our experiences leading up to the opening night, we’ll discuss the intense marketing campaign and the film’s initial reception. "This is NOT going to go the way you think" became a prophetic line that perfectly captured the movie’s divisive nature.

    We’ll share our initial reactions to *The Last Jedi* and delve into why we love it so much, despite the controversy it stirred. Being known as superfans of this film has been a unique experience, and we’ll discuss why we believe it has sparked such strong opinions.

    *The Last Jedi* tackled deep themes like failure, identity, and balance. We’ll analyze key moments and quotes from the film, exploring how these themes resonated with us and why they are crucial to the Star Wars narrative.

    Finally, we’ll reflect on the evolving perception of *The Last Jedi* over the past seven years. While it remains a challenging film for many fans, there has been a gradual softening of opposition. Only time will tell if it will eventually be as beloved as other entries in the saga.

    Tune in for an engaging discussion on *The Last Jedi*, and don’t forget to follow us on Substack for weekly recaps, in-depth explorations, and more. Join us this July as we reexamine the sequel trilogy, starting with *The Last Jedi*.

    We've got SO MUCH more to share about the show and everything going on around it. Read it all HERE.

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    • 53 min
    Deadpool and the Rise of the Comic Book Antihero (Season 7 Episode 17)

    Deadpool and the Rise of the Comic Book Antihero (Season 7 Episode 17)

    Get ready for a deep dive into the world of Deadpool on Tatooine Sons: A Pop Culture Podcast! In this episode, we’re exploring the creation of Deadpool and how this unconventional character sparked a new era of anti-heroes in comic books. Join us as we trace Deadpool’s journey from a 1991 villain inspired by Teen Titans' Deathstroke to the wisecracking, fourth-wall-breaking anti-hero we love today.

    We kick things off with Nathan’s latest camp stories before diving into this week’s hottest comic book releases, including *The Amazing Spider-Man #53*, *Action Comics #1067*, *Transformers #10*, *The Ultimates #2*, *X-Men #1*, and *Daredevil #11*. Sam shares his excitement about the ongoing *Daredevil* series and what makes it a must-read.

    Then, we shift our focus to Deadpool's origins, his evolution through the late 90s, and his rise to pop culture prominence with blockbuster film adaptations in the 2010s. We discuss the character’s initial design as a parody of Deathstroke and how his unique blend of humor and action made him a standout. We also talk about our anticipation for the upcoming *Deadpool and Wolverine* movie and the buzz surrounding its early footage.

    Whether you’re a longtime Deadpool fan or just curious about what makes this character tick, this episode offers a fun and insightful look at how Deadpool reshaped the comic book landscape. Tune in for a mix of comic book news, engaging discussions, and our usual dose of pop culture analysis.
    Don’t miss out! Follow us on Substack for weekly recaps, in-depth explorations, and more. And mark your calendars for our special series this July, where we reexamine the Star Wars sequels, starting with *The Last Jedi*.

    We've got SO MUCH more to share about the show and everything going on around it. Read it all HERE.

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    • 30 min
    Why We Can't Keep Quiet About A Quiet Place: Day 1 (Season 7 Episode 16)

    Why We Can't Keep Quiet About A Quiet Place: Day 1 (Season 7 Episode 16)

    We're not typically horror movie enthusiasts, but there's one franchise that captivates us with its terrifying brilliance. What makes it stand out is the same reason we love Japanese-language, English-subtitled monster movies: the compelling story and characters. Stay tuned as we dive into it. 

    We'll share our overall thoughts on A Quiet Place: Day 1, including our Letterbox rating, favorite moments, and comparisons to the previous A Quiet Place movies.

    Despite being a prequel with new characters, A Quiet Place: Day One outperformed its predecessors on opening weekend. Let’s explore why.

    Opening Weekend Box Office:
    A Quiet Place: $50M
    A Quiet Place Part II: $47M
    A Quiet Place: Day One: $52M [Inside Out 2: $57M (Highest grossing movie that weekend)\

    Why has this franchise grown in popularity? What excited you about this prequel story for opening weekend? Would A Quiet Place Part III have performed as well?

    Blockbusters require several factors to succeed, and the A Quiet Place series has consistently hit the mark, much like Godzilla Minus One.

    The first 10 minutes of Day One lack any alien invasion. Did this approach work for you? Is Day One an alien invasion movie or a character-driven story set during an invasion? Why have franchises like Star Wars and Marvel struggled to consistently deliver strong stories and characters?

    We've got SO MUCH more to share about the show and everything going on around it. Read it all HERE.

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    • 36 min
    Reconsidering the Sequel Trilogy: The Force Awakens (Season 7 Episode 15)

    Reconsidering the Sequel Trilogy: The Force Awakens (Season 7 Episode 15)

    Ten years ago, Disney's Star Wars was making waves with the production of The Force Awakens, the first film in what would become known as The Sequel Trilogy.

    Over the past decade, these films have sparked both celebration and debate among fans. Starting this week, and throughout July, we'll be revisiting Episodes 7, 8, and 9, and peeking into the future of the Star Wars universe.

    Today’s episode is all about our first adventure with the Scavenger Rey, the Traitor Finn, the Hot Shot pilot Poe, and of course, Kylo Ren. We're diving deep into The Force Awakens!

    The Pre-Force Awakens Era:
    The sale of Lucasfilm in 2012The state of Star Wars before the new trilogyThe Expanded Universe vs. Canon debateGeorge Lucas’s original plan for the sequels, which included Leia rebuilding the Republic, Luke finding new Jedi, and the mythology of the Whills.
    A New Direction:
    How J.J. Abrams and Disney took a different path from Lucas’s visionInsights from production designer Rick Carter and J.J. Abrams on the changesGeorge Lucas’s feelings of betrayal and Mark Hamill’s reflections on the differences
    Our Initial Reactions:
    Excitement from the trailers, including the iconic "Chewie, we're home" momentPersonal feelings and reactions from December 2015 to nowFavorite moments from The Force Awakens
    Classic Star Wars Themes:
    Family: From Han and Ben’s confrontation to Leia’s hope for redemptionFriendship and Loyalty: Finn’s journey from the First Order to finding a new purposeRedemption: Leia’s belief in the light still present in Ben
    While The Force Awakens didn't follow George Lucas’s original story details, it captured the spirit of the original Star Wars films and set the stage for a new era.

    We've got SO MUCH more to share about the show and everything going on around it. Read it all HERE.

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    • 47 min
    What's So SUPER About Supmerman? (Season 7 Episode 14)

    What's So SUPER About Supmerman? (Season 7 Episode 14)

    In this episode, we’re diving into the world of Superman, the hero who represents truth, justice, and the American way, and who changed the landscape of comics and movies forever.New Comic Book Releases:Batman #150Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1Venom #35Miles Morales Spider-Man #22Doctor Strange #17What We’re Reading:Sam discusses the latest Transformers run.Nate talks about Avengers Twilight without giving away any spoilers.Superman Spotlight:Superman’s Origins: Created in 1938 by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Superman has shaped the superhero genre. When people think of a superhero, Superman is the archetype.Milestones: Action Comics has had an incredible run, including the prolific event series "The Death of Superman." Dad shares his experience living through this event and the unfortunate fate of his comics.Film Legacy: Superman’s first film adaptation is a classic that paved the way for today's comic book movies.New Adaptation: With a new Superman adaptation filming now, we discuss the latest updates from the set and our hopes for this new chapter in Superman’s story.We've got SO MUCH more to share about the show and everything going on around it. Read it all HERE.

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    • 44 min
    Ranking the Bruce Waynes (Season 7 Episode 13)

    Ranking the Bruce Waynes (Season 7 Episode 13)

    In this special episode, recorded on the 35th anniversary of the 1989 Batman release, we're diving into a debate that's sure to get you saying, "You wanna get nuts? Let’s get nuts."

    To celebrate this milestone, we listened to Nate’s interview with the legendary Batman producer Michael Uslan, which inspired us to rank the actors who have played Bruce Wayne. Join us as we explore the psyche of everyone’s favorite billionaire superhero.

    Main Discussion:

    Favorite Bruce Wayne: We each share our top pick and the reasons behind our choice.
    Least Favorite Bruce Wayne: Is there a portrayal that didn’t quite hit the mark? We discuss.
    Insights from Michael Uslan: Reflecting on Uslan's insight that Bruce Wayne is the mask and Batman the true persona, we delve into how different actors have approached this duality.

    Ranking the Bruces:
    Batman '89: The classic portrayal of Bruce Wayne.The Dark Knight Trilogy: The enigmatic and missing Bruce Wayne.Snyderverse: The jaded and seasoned Bruce Wayne.Matt Reeves’ Batman: The discovering and evolving Bruce Wayne.Comparing Superhero Billionaires:

    We compare Bruce Wayne and Tony Stark, examining their similarities and differences. Who's your favorite billionaire with a secret identity?

    Fan Favorites:

    Both Bruce Wayne and Tony Stark have captured our imaginations with their larger-than-life personas. With Tony Stark's film journey seemingly over, we look forward to Bruce Wayne’s ongoing adventures.

    Join us for this fun and insightful episode, and don’t forget to share your thoughts on which Bruce Wayne portrayal you think is the best!

    We've got SO MUCH more to share about the show and everything going on around it. Read it all HERE.

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Customer Reviews

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119 Ratings

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These guys are so amazing, uplifting, and fun. Love listening to each and every one of their podcasts. So much fun and never any clickbait. Star Wars, Marvel, DC - all are covered so well. Good job, guys!!

M. Hoover ,

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Let’s be honest, there are a lot of toxic, podcasts out there in the nerddom. Tatooine Sons is the opposite of that. A podcast that isn’t afraid to be honest about their opinions, but always does so through the lens of how much they love Star Wars, MCU, etc. Highly recommend!

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The best Podcast Ever!

Let me start out saying this is the best podcast in the galaxy! Me and my mom were going on a couple of airplane rides, and my mom decided to download me some podcasts. My mom was looking and she found this great, family friendly podcast where a dad and his two sons talk about Star Wars. I started listening and I was addicted immediately! The conversations between David, Sam and Nate are interesting and fun to listen to and are even better when they are joined by guests. They even talk about Marvel and DC movies and shows! I recommend this podcast for any Pop Culture fan!

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