Insights Into Entertainment: Episode 133 “Done with Disney”

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Today in our Disney Detective, Bob Iger goes back to his roots and why are so many people saying they’re done with Disney?

In our Tales from the Edge of the Galaxy, Galactic Starcruiser reservations are available…but do you really want to book it, then the on again off again saga of Patty Jenkins Star Wars movie…I think it’s on again…maybe…this week…possibly 

And for our Entertainment News, Taylor Swift show’s she’s a class act and Vicki Lawrence Reveals Betty White’s “Sweet and Loving” Last Words

And as always we’ll finish up with our Insightful Picks of the week….and some afterthoughts

Show Notes

[INTRO THEME]

[INTRODUCTIONS] (2-3 minutes)
Insights Into Entertainment: Episode 133 “Done with Disney”
My rejuvenated and energetic co-host Michelle Whalen

[SHOW SUMMARY] (2-3 minutes)
Today in our Disney Detective, Bob Iger goes back to his roots and why are so many people saying they’re done with Disney?
In our Tales from the Edge of the Galaxy, Galactic Starcruiser reservations are available…but do you really want to book it, then the on again off again saga of Patty Jenkins Star Wars movie…I think it’s on again…maybe…this week…possibly
And for our Entertainment News, Taylor Swift show’s she’s a class act and Vicki Lawrence Reveals Betty White’s “Sweet and Loving” Last Words
And as always we’ll finish up with our Insightful Picks of the week….and some afterthoughts

[Show Plugs] (2-3 minutes)
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[TRANSITION]

[SEGMENT 1: Disney Detective] (8-12 minutes)

Ahead of Disney Exit, Bob Iger Delivers One Last Weather Forecast
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Decades before he ascended to arguably the highest perch in entertainment as CEO (and currently executive chairman) of The Walt Disney Co., Bob Iger delivered the weather forecast to TV viewers in Ithaca, New York.
Before his departure from Disney just a few weeks away, Iger returned to his weatherman roots, appearing on Disney’s ABC affiliate KABC Los Angeles’ 6 a.m. news program for an interview, and to update viewers with the latest forecast.
“I have not done the weather in 48 years, but I will give it a shot,” Iger said, when asked if he would do so.
“You can see there is light rain falling across the Southland this morning expected to get just a little bit heavier as the day progresses.
However, this is just a prelude to a big storm that should be coming through the Southland Monday and into Tuesday morning,” Iger said to open the forecast.
“Very nippy on Saturday morning, by the way, 62 degrees in the Los Angeles area,” Iger added when the seven-day forecast appeared on the greenscreen behind him.
“46 degrees on Saturday morning — that’s when I bike ride.
I think I may have to look out for some early morning frost.”
In addition to his weather delivery (“You did great!” KABC meteorologist Leslie Lopez said when he was done), Iger also reflected on his time at the company (“I’ve loved what I’ve done. Every day that I’ve come to work I’ve been happy”), and what he has planned once he leaves.
“I’m looking forward to what comes next, although I’m not 100 percent sure what that is. But I haven’t had a day off since eighth grade,” Iger said.
One thing that is probably in the works: another book, to follow up on his 2019 memoir The Ride of a Lifetime.
The Hollywood Reporter’s Tatiana Siegel first reported that Iger was working on a new book last month, and Iger elaborated on those plans.
“I’m thinking about it,” he said. “Right now, it feels like a gigantic homework assignment.”
“But yes, I’ve been fascinated by how leaders led through the global pandemic, leading through a crisis,” Iger added.
“There’s a germ of an idea there.”

Why Everyone is Saying They’re Done With Disney World
https://allears.net/2021/12/12/why-everyone-is-saying-theyre-done-with-disney-world/
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Disney World might be the Most Magical Place on Earth, but not everything in the parks and resorts is “perfect” according to some fans.
There have been a lot of changes made in the parks and hotels over the past several months (and years).
Some of those changes have been great, making park planning easier and more convenient.
But other changes have caused many guests to say they’re “DONE” with Disney.
1 – Disney’s Magical Express is Ending
This has been a BIG one.
Disney’s Magical Express will be discontinued in 2022 (it will run through December 31, 2021).
Come January 1, 2022, the free transportation service that shuttled guests to and from the Orlando International Airport and their Disney World resort hotels will no longer exist…and a LOT of fans are not happy.
For many, Disney’s Magical Express was their first “taste” of the magic — it set the tone for the rest of the trip, was free and convenient, and was a time-honored tradition.
But the fact still remains — Disney’s Magical Express will be ending very soon, so guests will have to select another way to get to and from the airport on future trips.
In January of 2022, Mears (the company that operates the Magical Express) will begin offering a paid replacement for the Magical Express called “Mears Connect.”
That’s one option for families to use.
There are also rideshare options, private vehicles, rental cars, and, eventually, the airport train is set to feature a stop at Disney Springs (though that won’t be available for a few years).
Losing Magical Express will undoubtedly be tough for many guests, and it’s something that’s causing many to be upset with the House of Mouse.

2 – Disney Genie+ and the Removal of FastPass+
Both the introduction of the paid Disney Genie+ service and the discontinuation of the free FastPass+ service have caused Disney fans to be rather upset (to put it mildly).
First is the pure removal of the FastPass+ system.
That alone had guests disappointed since they had already become used to and fans of the FastPass+ system.
Next is the introduction of a system to replace it that is not free.
The fact that you have to PAY for Disney Genie+ ($15 per day per ticket in Disney World) is another issue many have raised with the system.
But many also have issues with how Genie+ operates, which are separate and apart from the fee issue.
We won’t break down Genie+ in full detail here, but know that Genie+ is the FastPass+ replacement service that allows you to see when you can next ride an attraction using that ride’s Lightning Lane.
You can make your selections one at a time throughout the day and thereby skip some of the standby lines.
There are some unique things about the way Genie operates that fans do NOT like.
Some don’t like that you can only get one selection at a time.
Others are not a fan of the fact that it cannot be used on the same ride more than once.
Some feel like the service doesn’t provide good return times, while others are upset that it makes such heavy use of your phone (requiring you to stay “connected” in a sense, even while on vacation), and there are other complaints.
While some have felt that Genie+ is useful (or, at least, useful in some of the parks), others are NOT fans of the system, and it has them wanting to say they’re DONE with Disney.

3 — Pay-Per-Ride Individual Attraction Selections
Though it is related to Genie+, Individual Attraction Selection or pay-per-ride (Disney calls this Individual Lightning Lane on their site) is something that deserves its own category on this list.
While $15 per ticket per day will let you make Lightning Lane selections at many rides in Disney World, some rides are NOT included in the standard Genie+ service.
Select, highly popular rides are only available through Individual Attraction Selection.
So if you want to skip the virtual queues or standby lines at really popular rides like Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, and Avatar: Flight of Passage, you’ll have to pay to use the Lightning Lanes at those rides INDIVIDUALLY.
You can only get a maximum of two pay-per-ride selections per day.
Some fans have complained about the fact that you have to pay for this system (unlike the free FastPass+), these rides are NOT included in Genie+ so you’ll need to pay for them individually, prices can vary by date or other factors (meaning you could experience surge pricing), you can only get two per day, and you can only buy it once for any particular ride per day (in other words, you can’t buy 2 of them for Rise of the Resistance for the same day).
Others have felt like the pay-per-ride service was worth it, but it doesn’t stop the concerns and complaints from flowing in.
4 — Nickel-and-Diming Guests
Some have shared that they’re “done” with Disney World because they feel like Disney has gotten to a point where they’re just nickel-and-diming their guests.
This can relate to a number of things, but we’ve seen it brought up with things like Genie+ (a paid replacement for a formerly free service), the removal of free benefits/perks like the discontinuation of free MagicBands for resort hotel guests and Annual Passholders, and more.
Some are not happy that they now have to pay for benefits that were once “free” or included in the purchase of their tickets/resort stay.

5 — Taking Away Hotel Perks
This sort-of goes hand-in-hand with the item mentioned above, but many guests are particularly upset because they feel that Disney has taken away some of the free perks and benefits that used to come with staying at Disney World’s resort hotels.
Next year, Disney’s Magical Express will be no more.
Free MagicBands are no longer available for hotel guests.
Package delivery from the parks to the hotels has not yet resumed.
Early Theme Park Entry (which is essentially a replacement of Extra Magic Hours for the morning) is only available for 30 minutes each day in the morning for hotel guests, and Extended Evening Hours is only available for Deluxe Resort Hotel and Deluxe Villas guests.
Some feel that the “perks” they once got by staying at the resorts have dwindled, taking away part of the magic.

6 — Making Things More Exclusive
Some Disney fans have also felt like Disney is making things more “exclusive” or making things only available for those who can pay top dollar.
For example, Extra Magic Hours used to provide guests at ALL of Disney World’s hotels extra time in the parks either in the morning or at night on select nights.
Now, Early Theme Park Entry allows all hotel guests 30 minutes early entry into any Disney World theme park on any day.
But if you want extra time in the parks at night (Extended Evening Hours), you’ll have to stay at a Deluxe Resort Hotel or Deluxe Villa (a.k.a. you’ll be looking at a pricey hotel bill in all likelihood).
This year, Disney World didn’t offer its traditional holiday parties (Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party).
Instead, it opted to host two new themed After Hours events (After Hours Boo Bash and Very Merriest After Hours), both of which had tickets that were FAR more expensive than the holiday parties.
Considering that some of these offered far less in terms of entertainment when compared to the holiday parties, some felt like they might not be worth the cost.

7 — Missing Entertainment
Though many things have already returned to Disney World and some are set to return soon, there’s still quite a bit of entertainment that we haven’t heard any updates about.
For example, the Citizens of Main Street and Hollywood haven’t returned to the parks, and we haven’t heard any update on their status.
We also are still waiting on things like the Voyage of the Little Mermaid in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the Main Street Trolley Show, Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple, and other select entertainment options to return.
Those who felt like the entertainment offerings really set Disney World apart might be “done” with Disney for the moment, at least until the missing entertainment options return.

8 — Health Measures
Some have expressed their frustration with Disney’s health measures and how the situation continues to change.
While some note that Disney should be doing MORE when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic (i.e. more restrictions, more social distancing, more mask requirements), others feel that all or some of the existing COVID-19 regulations should be done away with.
The situation with the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to develop over the past two years and likely will continue to change and evolve over the coming months.
Recently, the Omicron variant has become a variant of concern and has impacted travel with stricter restrictions in select areas.
Due to the COVID-19 case numbers in Orange County, Florida (where much of Disney World is located), the county has been listed as a “rapid riser” by a White House report and the county has risen to the Substantial tier when it comes to the CDC’s rankings of community transmission.
We will continue to keep an eye out for big COVID-19-related developments and will share those updates with you so you can best prepare for your upcoming trips.

9 — Virtual Queues and 7AM Wake-Up Calls
Some people are frustrated with virtual queues in general and how they can be one of the only ways to get onto a ride.
Though the virtual queue system has been discontinued (at least for now) for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance in Disney World, it is now being used for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure.
If you don’t get a virtual queue spot for Ratatouille, you can pay for the Individual Attraction Selection for the ride to get on it, but some guests aren’t fans of the fact that there is no traditional standby option available.
In addition to the pure use of virtual queues, the 7AM wake-up calls that come with virtual queues and Disney Genie+ are something many fans have complained about.
If you’re hoping to get a virtual queue spot for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, the first boarding groups are distributed at 7AM on the morning of your trip to the park.
That’s your best bet to getting a spot, though boarding groups are also distributed at 1PM on the same day for those who couldn’t get a spot earlier.
That’s already one reason you’ll need to wake up early during your trip.
The next is Disney Genie+.
For the standard ($15 per ticket per day) Genie+ service, all guests can make their first Lightning Lane selection for the day at 7AM.
If you’re hoping to get a good return time for really popular rides like Slinky Dog Dash in Hollywood Studios, it’s important that you try to get a Lightning Lane for those rides as soon as they’re available.
They can fill up quickly and if you wait too long, you might be stuck with a VERY late return time or no return time at all.
The other reason why you’ll need to get up at the crack of dawn is Individual Attraction Selection (or pay-per-ride).
If you want to snag your pay-per-ride selections early in the day (and hopefully get some early return times), you’ll want to act quickly.
Disney World Resort hotel guests can book their first pay-per-ride selections at 7AM on the day of their trip.
All other guests can make their first selection when the park opens.
While you can make all of these 7AM virtual queue, Genie+, and pay-per-ride selections from the comfort of your hotel room bed (you DON’T need to travel to the parks), you’ll still need to be awake to make them.
And you won’t just want to wake up right at 7AM.
You’ll need to be up several minutes before to make sure everything is set up properly in your app and you can refresh the page just at the right minute.
For some, “the early bird gets the worm” is a phrase they always live by.
But for others, vacation = rest and relaxation, and getting up at 7AM to see if you can hopefully score the passes you want isn’t exactly ideal.

10 — Too Expensive
A trip to Disney World can be expensive.
That’s something that is (for the most part) universally known.
But it seems like things are just getting more and more expensive, bringing some people to the point of saying they’re “done” with the parks — by choice or by necessity.
We’ve seen price increases come to various restaurants throughout property.
While these price increases are often small (maybe $1-2, sometimes more), they can add up over the period of a few days.
We’ve also seen price increases when it comes to Annual Passes in Disney World and more.
Though not a pure price increase, we’ve also noticed that several days in 2022 that previously fell under a cheaper ticket category, are now in a more expensive ticket category.
So while the range of ticket prices hasn’t changed, you may find that the same trip you took in 2021 will fall into a higher price category in 2022 and thus cost you more.
Some have also shared that they feel it is very expensive to stay in the Disney World hotels right now, and have noted how expensive things like the After Hours events have become.
We see price increases at Disney World all the time.
It’s something we’ve seen over the past several years and something we’re likely to see time and time again in the future.
Just how many people will feel like they’re “done” with Disney because of these increases remains to be seen.

11 — Park Hopping is Still Limited
In 2021, Disney World brought back Park Hopping, which was a HUGE deal for many fans.
But it didn’t bring back Park Hopping exactly as it used to be.
Guests still need a Park Pass reservation for the first park they want to visit (Park Passes alone being another cause of frustration for some guests), and guests must enter that first park before being able to hop to any other park.
Additionally, guests can only Park Hop starting at 2PM each day to parks that are available (availability can vary).
Though we haven’t really seen Park Hopping fill up on too many occasions, it’s something that can happen and something to be aware of.
The limitations that still exist on Park Hopping, particularly the fact that Park Hopping can only begin at 2PM each day, is something that has caused some fans to say they’re “done” with Disney.
Many guests miss the freedom that came with Park Hopping in the past — where guests could generally visit any park they wanted at any time.
As is the case with all things, Park Hopping rules are subject to change.
But for now, you should be prepared to be subject to those limitations when hopping around Disney World.

12 — Some Things Aren’t Back to “Normal” Yet
And finally, some guests are frustrated that some things aren’t back to “normal” yet.
Many things have reopened at Disney World or otherwise become available again, but some things are still closed or are operating very differently than they used to.
While some buffets have returned, other spots that used to offer buffet-style meals (like Trail’s End Restaurant in Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campgrounds and Hollywood & Vine Restaurant at Disney’s Hollywood Studios) are still serving prix fixe or family-style meals.
Some feel the switch to these prix fixe or family-style meals has actually led to an improvement in food quality (we’ve certainly been impressed by the non-buffet meal at Hollywood & Vine).
But others miss the buffets, particularly at places like Cape May Cafe where the buffet meant unlimited crab legs and the current meal does not.
Some restaurants in Disney World are also still closed, though a few are set to reopen soon.
Though nearly all of Disney World’s hotels have reopened, Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort is still closed, and no new opening date has been set yet.
There are also some attractions or experiences that aren’t back to “normal” yet.
Character meet-and-greets have returned, but guests still need to be distanced, meaning no hugs and no autographs.
The Disney Dining Plan is set to return in the future, but is not back yet.
Fantasmic!, the Magic Kingdom’s Festival of Fantasy Parade, and more are also set to return soon, but you won’t be able to catch them in the parks right now.
There are also some other things that haven’t returned like Minnie Vans, the Main Street, U.S.A., Harmony Barber Shop, and Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.
For some fans, visiting now, while these things are still missing, might not be worth it.
They’d rather wait a bit longer until more things are back to normal.
Disney is constantly changing.
The situations above that make some fans say they’re “done” with Disney World right now might be dramatically different in a month, two months, or a year.
Due to the pandemic and the phased reopening, we’ve seen a lot of changes taking place in the past few months.
Those changes combined with social media (and people’s ability to now easily express themselves online) have made some of these frustrations particularly evident and loud.
How will Disney change in the future?
What things will frustrate fans?
What things will pleasantly delight and surprise fans?
Only time will tell, and we’ll be around to share all of those updates with you.

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[SEGMENT 2: Tales from the Edge of the Galaxy] (8-12 minutes)

‘Star Wars’ Fans Are CANCELING Their Reservations For Galactic Starcruiser – Here’s Why
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Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser is Disney’s brand new, one-of-a-kind hotel, launching in March 2022.
The eagerly-awaited Galactic Starcruiser hotel will take Guests on a (simulated) two-night voyage through a galaxy far, far away.
While aboard the Galactic Starcruiser, Guests will be fully immersed in the Star Wars story, as each decision they make will shape the outcome of their journey.
Recently, Disney fans have been treated to numerous sneak peek looks onboard the Halcyon, but it seems Star Wars fans are not impressed by what they see.
Recently at the Destination D23 Event, held at Walt Disney World, Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Josh D’Amaro revealed his own experience onboard the Galactic Starcruiser with a sneak peek video, while on ABC’s The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration, Disney revealed a first look at entertainment onboard Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser.
The Galactic Starcruiser has been described as a unique, immersive experience that Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Chapek has promised will leave Guests “blown away”.
Characters like Chewbacca, Rey, and Kylo Ren will all be on board and Guests will take a port excursion to Batuu’s Black Spire Outpost in Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Galaxy’s Edge.
However, Disney has since removed its videos of the Starcruiser from its social channels without comment.
The original Tweet link, as well as the YouTube link, now show that the content has been taken down.
Criticism for these videos was high, with many Star Wars fans disappointed in the look of the Halcyon.
Most fans agreed that the Starcruiser does not look up to Disney standards of Imagineering and are hoping that the hefty price tag lives up to expectations in March.
Now, it seems some of these fans have been canceling their stays aboard the Galactic Starcruiser, with months that were fully booked having sporadic days available.
It’s been noted that during the earlier months the Starcruiser is open – March, April, and June 2022 – numerous openings have suddenly become available for booking when these months were fully booked.
Note that a deposit of 20% of the package is due at the time of booking if your reservation is made 91 or more days prior to arrival.
This means if your total package is $6,000, a deposit of $1,200 is due in order to reserve.
If you decide to cancel 90 days or more prior to arrival, a full refund will be given.
As we are just weeks from the first launch, it is interesting we are seeing so many cancelations coinciding with these sneak peek videos and cancelation policy deadline.
For cancellations 31 to 89 days prior to arrival, you will only be given 50% back.
For cancellations within 30 days, no refund will be given.
Social media has been rife with people commenting on disappointment surrounding the Starcruiser and their desire to cancel.
The two-night adventure costs approximately $6,000 for an average family of four.

Next ‘Star Wars’ Movie Back in Production After Being Scrapped
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Recently, reports surfaced that the next Star Wars movie — Patty Jenkins’s Star Wars: Rogue Squadron — had been scrapped amid “creative differences” and Jenkins’s own busy schedule, which includes Wonder Woman 3 and Cleopatra, both with Gal Gadot (Justice League, Death on the Nile, Wonder Woman 1984).
Now, Deadline has reported that the seemingly scrapped movie is officially back on, with Jenkins leaving her directorial duties on Cleopatra and stepping into a producing role.
Per the report, “Jenkins fell off as director so she could focus on her next two projects: Wonder Woman 3 and Star Wars: Rogue Squadron.”
First announced by Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy at the 2020 Disney Investor Day event, Rogue Squadron was originally slated for a December 2023 theatrical release.
Given the presumed production delay, it is unknown if Lucasfilm will move up either Marvel President Kevin Feige’s or Thor director Taika Waititi’s Star Wars films and push Jenkins’s project to the 2025 or 2027 spot.
Previously, Rogue Squadron tapped screenwriter Matthew Robinson
Casting details have not been revealed for Rogue Squadron, although Jenkins has shared it will feature “new characters.”
This should be of particular interest to those who enjoy Star Wars Legends materials.
It seems that Rogue Squadron — although not a direct interpretation of the 1998 Rogue Squadron video game and the novel series that began with “X-Wing: Rogue Squadron” — will draw heavy inspiration from these Star Wars Expanded Universe projects.
Jenkins’s official Rogue Squadron announcement on Twitter last year included a video of the director at an airfield.
Jenkins, herself the daughter of a fighter pilot father, is hoping to make the “greatest fighter pilot movie ever made.”
Jenkins also told The Hollywood Reporter:
“We’re finishing a script, crewing up, and it’s all going wonderful.
I’m so excited about the story and excited that we’re the next chapter of Star Wars, which is such a responsibility and such an opportunity to really start some new things.
It’s really exciting in that way.”

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[SEGMENT 3: Entertainment News] (8-12 minutes)

Taylor Swift sends flowers to Don McLean after song breaks record held by ‘American Pie’
https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/04/entertainment/taylor-swift-don-mclean-record-flowers-cec/index.html
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Taylor Swift’s rerelease of her hit song “All Too Well” has broken the record for the longest song to take the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart — and Swift has handled the win with grace.
The songstress sent flowers to Don McLean, whose song “American Pie” first set the record when it hit No. 1 in 1972, with a runtime of around 8 minutes and 37 seconds.
The new version of “All Too Well,” a part of Swift’s rerelease of her 2012 album “Red,” clocks in at just over 10 minutes.
“What a class act!” Mclean said of Swift in an Instagram post thanking the artist for the flowers.
In a note to McLean, Swift wrote about the singer’s impact on her music.
“I will never forget that I’m standing on the shoulders of giants,” Swift wrote. “Your music has been so important to me. Sending love one writer of LONG SONGS to another.”
Last month, McLean spoke about losing the top spot in a statement, expressing zero regret after holding the record for almost 50 years.
“There is something to be said for a great song that has staying power,” McLean said.
“‘American Pie’ remained on the top for 50 years and now Taylor Swift has unseated such a historic piece of artistry.
Let’s face it, nobody ever wants to lose that #1 spot, but if I had to lose it to somebody, I sure am glad it was another great singer/songwriter such as Taylor.”
This record isn’t the only one Swift has broken following the release of “Red (Taylor’s Version).
With the album, she also set the record for most simultaneous US Hot 100 entries by a woman, with 26 songs from the album making the Hot 100 chart.
The record was previously 18 songs, which she set in 2019 with the album “Lover.”
The Grammy award-winning singer dropped “Red (Taylor’s Version)” last month, a recording of her acclaimed 2012 album “Red,” known for hits like “I Knew You Were Trouble” and “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.”
The rerelease is part of Swift’s efforts to regain ownership of her early catalog, after record executive and music manager Scooter Braun gained control of her first six albums’ master recordings in 2019 via an acquisition deal.

Vicki Lawrence Reveals Betty White’s “Sweet and Loving” Last Words
https://www.eonline.com/news/1315138/vicki-lawrence-reveals-betty-whites-sweet-and-loving-last-words
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Betty White has a legacy that will live on not just through the films and television shows she starred in, but through the memories of those who knew her best.
One such figure includes Vicki Lawrence, White’s longtime friend and co-star on The Carol Burnett Show, Mama’s Family and Eunice.
“I do have some lovely stories of Betty,” Lawrence said during an exclusive chat on E! News’ Daily Pop, going on to reminisce about everything from the late actress’ love of animals—”Betty would pick up a snake and hand it to you, ‘Isn’t this beautiful?'”—to the dinner parties she threw in the pair’s “early Mama’s Family days,” including one particularly memorable event.
“Betty invited us to her house for a lovely home-cooked meal and game night and fun. Lots of laughs,” Lawrence began. “Al [Schultz] and I hadn’t been married that long, just a few years. We’re driving home, Al finally says, ‘I hope you don’t take this wrong, but if anything ever happened to you, I could date Betty White.'”
She continued, “I said, ‘Well sweetie, I’ll tell ya what. If anything ever happened to you, I could date Betty White.'”
“That we both agreed on, that we both absolutely adored her,” Lawrence added. “And all these generations have just come to love her over and over and over again.”
Now that fans are mourning White after she passed away at age 99 on Dec. 31, Lawrence wants to remind them that the Golden Girls alum “would not want us to be sad.”
“I know that she would say, ‘Oh, sweetie, don’t be sad for me. I had a blast! I had a great time. You need to laugh and carry on,'” Lawrence told E! News. “I honestly believe that’s what she would say.”
After being in touch with Carol Burnett, the actress also revealed what White apparently did say just before passing: her late husband’s name.
“[Burnett] texted me back and she said that she spoke to Betty’s assistant who was with her when she died,” Lawrence explained. “Her assistant said the last word out of her mouth was ‘Allen.’ She said, ‘How sweet and loving is that?'”
“I said, ‘It’s so sweet and so loving and, god, I hope it’s true,'” Lawrence added.
White met Allen Ludden, the then-host of Password, when she was a guest on the game show in 1961. He was married at the time, but his wife passed away of cancer soon after.
A year later, White and Ludden were cast in the same play, and by 1963, they were married.
Ludden died of cancer in 1981.
White, meanwhile, “died peacefully in her sleep at her home,” according to her longtime friend and agent, Jeff Witjas.
Witjas also spoke to NBC News on Jan. 3 to clear up false rumors about her passing.
“People are saying her death was related to getting a booster shot three days earlier but that is not true. She died of natural causes,” Witjas told NBC News. “Her death should not be politicized—that is not the life she lived.”
An official cause of death for White has not yet been released.
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[SEGMENT 4: Insightful Picks of the Week] (8-12 minutes)

Michelle
Ghosts
https://www.cbs.com/shows/ghosts/
https://bit.ly/3s1N7u0
Samantha, a cheerful freelance journalist, and Jay, an up-and-coming chef from the city, throw both caution and money to the wind when they decide to convert a huge run-down country estate they inherited into a bed and breakfast — only to find it’s inhabited by the many spirits of deceased residents. The departed souls are a close-knit, eclectic group that includes a saucy Prohibition-era lounge singer, a pompous 1700’s Militiaman, a ’60s hippie fond of hallucinogens and an overly upbeat ’80s scout troop leader. If the spirits were anxious about the commotion a renovation and B&B will create in their home, it’s nothing compared to when they realize Samantha is the first live person who can see and hear them.
Married New Yorkers Samantha and Jay believe that their dreams have come true in receiving a beautiful country house, only to find that it is falling apart and inhabited by a number of ghosts who died within the grounds of the mansion and are now bound to the area until they can reach the afterlife. Following a near-death experience, Samantha can see and hear the ghosts, but Jay cannot.

Joe
The Book of Boba Fett
Disney+
https://disneyplusoriginals.disney.com/show/the-book-of-boba-fett
https://bit.ly/3HKwnMk
The legendary bounty hunter Boba Fett navigates the underworld of the galaxy with mercenary Fennec Shand when they return to the sands of Tattooine to stake their claim on the territory formerly ruled by the deceased crime lord Jabba the Hutt.
After seeing the post credit scene in the season 2 finale of The Mandalorian that feature Boba Fett essentially taking over his former employer Jabba the Hutt’s operations after he assassinated Jabba’s majordomo Bib Fortuna I was left scratching my head.
We last saw Boba Fett in live action as he was consumed by the Sarlacc in Return of the Jedi, presumed dead.
The first of many great villains wasted by George Lucas before his prime.
End of story right?
Well…not really. Not with Disney helming the franchise who’s notorious for milking every last penny out of it’s properties
Boba Fett much like Darth Vader and Darth Maul were crowd favorites, which to Disney translates into dollars
These money makers can’t be dead
So how to we resurrect them?
Well that seems to be part of the big focus of The Book of Boba
The puzzling thing is that we see him presumably after his buddy cop style team up with The Mandalorian’s Din Djarin
So this has to be after Return of the Jedi
Which means he survived his dinner party with the ravenous Sarlacc
But…while it’s nice to see an older, plumper and more weathered version of Boba Fett…do we really need to?
What could he possibly bring to the story that’s going to be of interest?
What we do get from episode one was a bit of a snoozefest, quite disappointingly
We get a lot of flashbacks
Some backstory on how he survived being digested over a thousand generations, those kind of a week explanation
We learn how he wound up with the tuskans
And we get a little local political drama with his new job
Still…I was left feeling let down
After watching episode two I don’t feel all that much better about the show
We get more backstory
More political drama
A badass looking walking carpet
A mean Tuskan dance routine (especially if drop the volume on the show and fire up some Earth Wind and Fire’s song “September” which the scene seems perfectly timed for
A little light action
But other than that, no compelling reason for the show to exist
Maybe I’ve been left permanently jaded towards Star Wars thanks to Rian Johnson abominable The Last Jedi
I don’t think so, because I have a deep appreciation for The Mandalorian
Not to mention the fact that Vader’s OP scene at the end of Rogue one actually as me looking forward to forthcoming shows that tease a return of my favorite villain
George Lucas and the Clone Wars did a lot to sully the image of Boba Fett
Who, like Han Solo was such a perfectly written character from day one BECAUSE there was so little written and all you had were first impressions
I don’t think Boba Fett needs a series
I don’t think his image can be redeemed from the damage of the Clone Wars
And I think any attempt to do so is a bit of revisionist history
I’m hoping that Filoni and Favreau and hit another home run here
They need to make me care about these characters
They need to make this show matter in some way that Star Wars has struggled with under the gluttonous control of Disney
I want to like this show, and I’m still cautiously optimistic
But it’s a short series and the clock is ticking
I have to watch it, because it’s Star Wars
I only hope I’m rewarded for it in the end

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After Thoughts

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Michelle
Insightful podcasts. By informative host.

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Michelle
For Insights Into Things.

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Michelle
A podcast network.

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Michelle
Welcome to Insights into Entertainment, a podcast series taking a deeper look into entertainment and media. Your hosts, Joseph and Michelle Whalen, a husband and wife team of pop culture fanatics are exploring all things from music and movies to television and fandom.

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Joseph
Welcome to insights into entertainment. This is episode 133 done with Disney. I’m your host, Joseph Whalen, and my rejuvenated and energetic host co-host Michele Whalen. Are you.

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Michelle
Energetic?

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Michelle
I don’t know about that, but sure, we’ll go with that.

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Joseph
Long holiday. I mean, you did. You’ve been back to work this week, but right? This is our our first post holiday podcast for right.

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Michelle
But we did a podcast last week where we were supposed to have done it right.

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Michelle
The first before.

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Michelle
And so really, it’s the normal, you know, normal for us.

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Joseph
So we’re actually a day late this week. We’re going to do it yesterday.

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Michelle
And then we were just like.

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Joseph
Oh, and I didn’t get everything ready either.

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Michelle
So there.

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Joseph
You know, what can I tell you.

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Michelle
It happened not.

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Joseph
Enough time in the day, sometimes.

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Michelle
We we are the masters of our own universe, so we can we.

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Joseph
Have the.

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Michelle
Power we do by.

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Joseph
The power.

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Michelle
Vested, right?

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Michelle
Yeah, exactly. So we can decide whenever we want to do our podcast.

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Joseph
Yeah, I know I try to be respectful to our listeners and do it on schedule. And for those who do want to watch us.

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Michelle
Live.

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Michelle
And see the banter, banter.

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Michelle
Lighthearted banter.

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Michelle
Banter, banter.

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Joseph
That’s where you don’t get to see that edited version.

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Michelle
It’s published on, right?

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Michelle
This way you get to see the raw.

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Joseph
Unedited, really bad audio and all the screw. Well, I don’t. I don’t get it out any of the screw ups, anyway.

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Michelle
Yeah.

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Michelle
You clean.

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Michelle
Up.

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Joseph
I just clean up the audio, right? Anyway, that’s what we’re talking about today. Today in our Disney detective Bob Iger goes back to his roots. And why are so many people saying they’re done with Disney, myself included, then in our tales from the Edge of the galaxy?

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Joseph
Galactic star cruiser reservations are available, but do you really want to book it? Then the on again off again saga of Patty Jenkins Star Wars movie, I think it’s on again, maybe this week, probably, maybe possibly. And for our entertainment news, Taylor Swift shows she’s a class act.

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Joseph
And Vicki Lawrence reveals Betty White’s sweet and loving last words. And as always, we’ll finish up with our insightful picks of the week. But before we do that, though, I do want to invite our listening and viewing audience to subscribe to the podcast.

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Joseph
You can find audio versions of this podcast listed as insights into entertainment. You can find video versions of all of our podcasts listed as insights into things or on Apple, Spotify, Google, etc., etc. Anywhere you can find a podcast.

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Joseph
I would also invite you to write to us. Oh, excuse me. You can email us at comments and insights into things dot com. You can get us on Twitter at twitter.com slash insights. Underscore things, you can get us on Facebook at Facebook Dot Com Slash Insights Into Things podcast or Instagram at instagram.com.

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Joseph
Insights into things or links to all those on our website at WW w that insights into things dot com. Are we ready?

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Michelle
Sure, here we go.

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Joseph
Go for Disney Detective.

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Michelle
So decades before he ascended to arguably the highest perch in entertainment as the CEO and executive, the executive chairman of The Walt Disney Company, Bob Iger, actually delivered the weather forecast to TV viewers in Ithaca, New York. So before his departure that happened once the New Year hit, he had returned to his weatherman roots, appearing on Disney’s

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Michelle
ABC affiliate KABC, Los Angeles’s 6:00 a.m. news program for an interview and to update viewers with the latest forecast. He said I’ve not done the weather in 48 years, but I’ll give it a shot. When he was asked to do so, you can see there is light rain falling across the Southland this morning, expected to get just a

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Michelle
bit heavier as the day progresses. However, this is just a prelude to the big storm that should be coming your way on Monday into Tuesday morning, he had said in opening the forecast. Very nippy on Saturday. Oh by the way, 62 degrees in the Los Angeles area, he added when he did the seven day forecast and 46

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Michelle
on Saturday. That’s when I bike ride.

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Michelle
I thought it.

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Michelle
Was kind of cute, he said. I think I may have to look out for some early morning frost. So in addition to his weather delivery, where the current meteorologist, Leslie Lopez, had said that he did great, Iger also reflected on his time at the company.

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Michelle
He said, I’ve loved what I’ve done every day that I’ve come to work. I’ve been happy and that was what I and what he has planned once he leaves. He says I’m looking forward to what comes next, although I’m not 100% sure what that is.

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Michelle
I haven’t had a day off since eighth grade. one thing that is probably in the works is another book to follow up on his 2019 memoir, The Ride of a Lifetime. The Hollywood Reporter’s Tiana Siegel had first reported that Iger was working on a new book last month, and Iger elaborated on those plans.

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Michelle
He said, I’m thinking about it right now. It feels like a giant, gigantic homework assignment. But yes, I’ve been fascinated by how readers led through the leaders led through the global pandemic, leading to a crisis. There’s a germ of an idea there.

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Michelle
So kind of interesting that he, you know, had a last moment in the spotlight. I’m sure we’re still going to hear from him every now and then. But as of the first of the year, he was officially out of a job with with Disney.

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Joseph
So, you know, it’s funny. I’ve criticized him a lot on on this podcast over the past few years, and I’ve never really, to be perfectly honest, cared enough to go out and do any research on him. So it kind of shocked me, but it didn’t shock me that he started out in as a weatherman because he kind

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Joseph
of strikes you as that type of person when he presents like Disney presentations where it’s fluff. It’s not like it’s information that you want, but it has to be presented in a way to kind of hold your attention because you’re really just presenting clinical facts as a weatherman.

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Joseph
So you have to have some personable manner to you in the way that you present.

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Michelle
OK?

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Joseph
And as he presents things, you know, you see him at openings for different park attractions like he did the opening for.

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Michelle
Galaxy’s.

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Joseph
Galaxy’s Edge and stuff like that. He has that likable personality to him.

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Michelle
Mm hmm.

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Joseph
Something that Bob Chapek I think.

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Michelle
Lochte.

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Joseph
Lacks.

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Michelle
Definitely.

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Michelle
Yeah.

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Joseph
But he has that weatherman person and like, you won’t you won’t like the guy, you know?

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Michelle
Right, right.

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Joseph
He’s a guy, Alex Miles on camera all the time. And and I think I think that served him very well. And you wouldn’t think that being a weatherman would serve you as the CEO of the the biggest entertainment company in the world.

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Joseph
But I never knew that that’s what his roots were.

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Michelle
Yeah.

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Joseph
So it’s kind of interesting kind of a cute little story. But he’s welcome to come back to Disney at this point in time.

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Michelle
You know what? And we know that there are various different petitions out there to to have him come back. You know, people are starting to realize that the new regime isn’t as great with all the other issues and whatnot which kind of leads into our next story.

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Joseph
You know, it’s funny because to me, it’s almost like a Robin Hood scenario like he was, he was. King Richard, and now we’re dealing with with Prince John now.

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Michelle
Right, right where.

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Joseph
We need a Robin Hood to come.

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Michelle
To come back.

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Michelle
Yeah, we really do.

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Joseph
Tell us about how other people because we don’t know kind of how I feel about this.

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Michelle
Right and also.

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Joseph
Other.

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Michelle
People. And we.

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Michelle
Kind of touched on this a little bit when we talked.

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Michelle
Our year, our.

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Michelle
Year in review. And this was just the story that. If we had sat down together, we would have probably written.

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Michelle
Point four point.

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Michelle
Point four point the same exact article. So it’s kind of interesting, you know, to see that there are other Disney fans that feel the same way about it. So it was basically why people are saying they’re done with Disney and Disney World might be the magical, the most magical place on Earth.

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Michelle
But not everything in the parks and the resorts is perfect, according to the fans. So there have been a lot of changes over the years. A lot of changes to the parks in the hotels, and some changes have been great, while others, you know, made planning easier and more convenient.

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Michelle
But now other changes that have been happening, there are many, many guests that basically have said that they’re done. So the big number one, which we talked about was Disney’s Magical Express ending. So this one discontinued at the end of the year.

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Michelle
So now with 2022, for anybody that had used Magical Express, that was their shuttle service that would pick you up at Orlando International Airport and drop you off at your resort that you were staying in on Disney property.

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Michelle
So now that that’s gone, the Mears Company, which actually was the one that operated the Magical Express now, is beginning a paid replacement called Mirror’s Connect. And as we had touched on last week before Magical Express even existed, Mears did that same thing.

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Michelle
So basically, they’re going back to the nineties, the early nineties, when that’s what they they did eventually. So as we mentioned, you were paying for the magical express experience. As part of your your package, you just didn’t realize, obviously you were paying for it, and now you really know that you’re paying for it because that’s the option

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Michelle
. There’s that high speed train that there, that’s under construction, that’s probably going to be a few years out. But then since the article came out, there’s actually another bus service that’s out there as well. So there’s multiple ways to get there.

00;11;58;25 – 00;12;24;26
Michelle
Another is the whole Gini Plus system, where they removed the fast plass fast pass system. So fast passes were always a free service that you know was any guest of the park was eligible for it. Now you have the whole genie plus where you have the the the free version, which I don’t know how well that even

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Michelle
works. But then you have the the version where it’s $15 per day per ticket of anybody going to the park. So here’s another thing that you have to pay in order to, you know, get your reservation to to ride on a certain ride.

00;12;44;10 – 00;13;01;26
Michelle
Then now they have the option of the pay per ride. So in addition to having the Genie Plus now, there are certain rides that if you want to skip the line completely like Rise of the Resistance or Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure or Avatar.

00;13;02;00 – 00;13;18;05
Michelle
Now you can pay 1520 $18 to skip that line. So here’s a, you know, let’s add some more money to Disney’s pocket to to skip the line. And then, of course, the whole nickel and diming aspect of it.

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Michelle
So having the Genie Plus service, the free magic bands that you used to be able to get if you were a resort guest, now you have to pay for them. So there are many guests that are not happy about that.

00;13;34;07 – 00;13;49;04
Michelle
Then there were perks that they they took away. So again, the Magical Express, the magic band’s package delivery, I didn’t even realize that that had been taken away. So you used to if you were a resort guest and you purchased something in the park, you could.

00;13;49;04 – 00;14;09;10
Michelle
Instead of carrying it around with you, you can have it shipped back to your resort. Well, I guess with. You know, maybe not having a enough cast members in the park, maybe maybe that, I don’t know. So that service hasn’t been brought back yet.

00;14;10;04 – 00;14;25;13
Michelle
Then the early and park entry and the extra magic hours, they cut that back. So for the early entry, it used to be an hour. Now it’s only a half hour and it’s only certain resorts that you’re staying at.

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Michelle
So it’s not everything. So again, you know, and then making things much more exclusive. So, you know, things that used to be available for any resort guests now is only available for certain guests of of Walt Disney World.

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Michelle
And then, of course, there’s the missing, the entertainment. You know, we’ve talked about how certain shows have kind of started to come back. But there are others that haven’t that are still missing. So you’re really not getting that full experience when you’re going to the park.

00;15;03;04 – 00;15;24;10
Michelle
Obviously, health measures are an issue. The do you have to wear a mask, do you not have to wear a mask? Are you standing six feet apart? Are we jamming you in a queue line? You know, it’s almost like every other day something is changing, you know, with that and then the virtual queues, which are now completely

00;15;24;10 – 00;15;37;21
Michelle
gone. They had the virtual queues set up for rise of the resistance. They got rid of that. So now the only way to do the ride is either in the the standby line or to pay the Lightning Lane.

00;15;38;02 – 00;16;02;15
Michelle
And just this week, Remy’s Ratatouille ride. They just got rid of that virtual queue, too. So here we put something in place that was awesome. That helped. And now we just got rid of it. And you know, and then it talks about obviously the end of, you know, the the biggest thing is that it’s just too expensive

00;16;02;15 – 00;16;18;24
Michelle
now. You know that the prices have just gone up over the years, so much more so than. Anything else you know around here, so. Yeah, we kind of agree with, you know, with a lot of it.

00;16;18;25 – 00;16;19;11
Michelle
The article.

00;16;19;11 – 00;16;38;09
Joseph
Itself, I think, was was so well-written and touched on so many incredibly poignant aspects of why Disney is really going in the wrong direction. But it’s also important to note that a lot of the stuff that they point out in this article is fairly recent decision.

00;16;38;16 – 00;16;39;18
Michelle
For me, right? Right.

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Joseph
And Disney almost wants you to think that a lot of these were a result of the pandemic. And that’s incredibly disingenuous on their part, right? Because Disney’s taking advantage really of a worldwide pandemic that has cost millions of people their lives that.

00;16;58;13 – 00;17;05;19
Joseph
That’s really not what started this, because this nickel and diming stuff started. four years ago, five years ago.

00;17;05;20 – 00;17;06;03
Michelle
Right.

00;17;06;03 – 00;17;29;18
Joseph
When they took away the ability to get refill drinks than they took, they started charging for parking. So Disney has been working towards this for some time. And the biggest complaint that I’ve had is nothing that you ever got from Disney without charge was free because it was all factored into your resort class, your ticket prices, your

00;17;29;18 – 00;17;44;13
Joseph
prices on anything that you buy. You were paying top dollar for everything that you got there, even if you stayed at one of the lowest end resorts. You were paying a of 20 to 30% premium on that room compared to what you would have paid off property.

00;17;44;14 – 00;17;44;18
Joseph
Hmm.

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Michelle
Yeah.

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Joseph
So you were paying for all these things to begin with. Now Disney is taking all these freebies away the quote unquote freebies that you’re already paying for, and some of them they’re bringing back that you can pay for.

00;17;58;01 – 00;18;00;20
Joseph
Well, the problem is they’re not lowering any of their prices, right?

00;18;00;21 – 00;18;01;19
Michelle
They’re sacrificing.

00;18;01;19 – 00;18;02;15
Joseph
Their prices.

00;18;02;16 – 00;18;02;27
Michelle
Right?

00;18;03;04 – 00;18;09;27
Joseph
So what you weren’t paying that included these services now no longer includes your services and you need to pay more now.

00;18;09;27 – 00;18;22;18
Michelle
Right now, if you said, Hey, we’re going to discount the rooms now 35% because of all this other stuff that we’re adding on, then I could say, OK.

00;18;22;18 – 00;18;23;23
Joseph
Yeah, I’m with you.

00;18;23;24 – 00;18;38;25
Michelle
Because there are, you know, there’s a lot of people who again, especially with Jeannie Plus. So before when you the old version of the FastPass, you took your park ticket, you stuck it in and you got a hard paper thing, and that was it.

00;18;39;07 – 00;18;57;16
Michelle
And then they changed it over to, you know, the online system. So you had to have your phone out a couple of times a day for it. And you know, one of the great things that you know, one of the hints was to to save the power on your your phone battery was take screenshots, you know, so

00;18;57;16 – 00;19;07;21
Michelle
you have them saved as your photo so that you don’t have to be running your phone the entire time. Now you have to basically have your phone on you, 24-7.

00;19;08;15 – 00;19;09;13
Michelle
You know, to.

00;19;09;18 – 00;19;09;29
Michelle
Order.

00;19;09;29 – 00;19;14;21
Joseph
Food back and stuff has to actually be running. And when Amazon Web Services.

00;19;14;25 – 00;19;16;10
Michelle
Goes down a problem.

00;19;16;10 – 00;19;24;18
Joseph
A couple of weeks back and all your reservations and your fast passes and everything are sitting on a server on Amazon’s cloud.

00;19;25;26 – 00;19;26;17
Michelle
Good luck.

00;19;26;18 – 00;19;29;01
Joseph
Now, services you’ve paid.

00;19;29;01 – 00;19;30;04
Michelle
For right your.

00;19;30;04 – 00;19;34;02
Joseph
Entire day hinges upon this service now because it’s all in the cloud.

00;19;34;03 – 00;19;34;14
Michelle
Right?

00;19;34;17 – 00;19;35;13
Joseph
And it’s down.

00;19;35;17 – 00;19;35;29
Michelle
Right.

00;19;36;01 – 00;19;51;13
Joseph
Disney didn’t lift a finger to help people with that. They did not offer refunds. Did you do? They did nothing, right? They they made people so dependent on a service that they themselves are not providing, right? Why are those servers not physically in this.

00;19;51;21 – 00;19;52;14
Michelle
Property, right?

00;19;52;15 – 00;20;10;23
Michelle
I’m surprised that they’re, you know, so yeah. So now you basically have to use your phone for everything. So just going and getting a quick service meal, yeah, you have to order it online. So, you know, I think the only thing you probably get is a thing of popcorn or a pretzel without having to order it online

00;20;11;01 – 00;20;27;19
Michelle
. And I’ve, you know, different YouTubers that, you know, Disney YouTubers, I watched, the one was like, I’m not doing any more Disney videos because, you know, I already felt kind of weird going around videotaping. But now if I have to be on my phone, he goes, I don’t even want to do that.

00;20;27;19 – 00;20;38;08
Michelle
If I’m going to go to the park, I’m just going to go to the park. I’m not going to make fast pass reservations. I will stand and wait online and I’ll go on two or three rides and then I’ll go home.

00;20;38;20 – 00;20;41;16
Michelle
You know, I’m not even I don’t want to be a slave.

00;20;41;26 – 00;20;42;06
Michelle
To my.

00;20;42;06 – 00;20;54;22
Joseph
Son and saving grace about this article, as if this was written with feedback from actual customers that go to Disney. This isn’t just a journalist and their opinion here. This is them talking and.

00;20;55;00 – 00;20;55;07
Michelle
These.

00;20;55;07 – 00;20;56;13
Michelle
Are Disney fans.

00;20;56;13 – 00;21;10;18
Joseph
So that tells me is that there are people out there that are just as rental disgruntled as I am, right? And that’s exactly what the real Disney fans need is. They need to speak up. They need to contact Disney.

00;21;11;11 – 00;21;26;28
Joseph
And most importantly, they need to stop giving Disney their money. Mm-Hmm. Because when the the profitability falls off, because of all these monumentally bad decisions and it starts to hurt Disney’s bottom line, that’s the only way you’re going to get their attention.

00;21;27;00 – 00;21;27;09
Michelle
Mm-Hmm.

00;21;27;26 – 00;21;32;22
Joseph
So that was it for our Disney detective this week.

00;21;32;22 – 00;21;34;06
Michelle
Are Disney bashing part.

00;21;34;06 – 00;21;34;27
Michelle
one this.

00;21;34;27 – 00;21;35;05
Joseph
Week?

00;21;35;05 – 00;21;39;17
Michelle
Yeah, don’t worry, there’ll be more. Just give us a couple of minutes.

00;21;39;26 – 00;21;42;11
Joseph
I think I finally turned you to the dark side.

00;21;42;26 – 00;21;44;22
Michelle
You’re making me sell my DVC.

00;21;44;23 – 00;21;47;17
Joseph
I know, because why have.

00;21;47;17 – 00;21;47;21
Michelle
It?

00;21;47;27 – 00;21;56;07
Joseph
It’s just another expense that we can’t use. I know that the DVC is Disney’s way of getting you to spend money so you can go spend.

00;21;56;07 – 00;22;00;05
Michelle
Money, right? I know. So that’ll be for another week. Yeah.

00;22;00;16 – 00;22;33;16
Joseph
Yeah. We’ll wait later on in the process there. But. We’ll be right back with our tales from the edge of the galaxy. For over seven years, the second Sith empire has been the Premiere Community Guild in the online game Star Wars The Old Republic, with hundreds of friendly and helpful active members, a weekly schedule of nightly events

00;22;34;09 – 00;23;01;12
Joseph
, annual guild meet and greets, and an active community both on the web and on Discord. The second of Empire is more than your typical gaming group. We’re family. Joining us on the star forward server for nightly events such as operations, flashpoints, world boss funds, Star Wars Trivia Guild Lottery and much more.

00;23;02;25 – 00;23;27;16
Joseph
Visit us on the Web today at W W W the second sip and fire dot com. So Star Wars fans are canceling their reservations for the galactic star cruiser, and here’s why even though I didn’t push my little Star Wars button.

00;23;27;26 – 00;23;30;29
Michelle
Did doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo.

00;23;32;14 – 00;23;33;16
Joseph
Thanks. You’re pretty good at time.

00;23;33;19 – 00;23;33;29
Michelle
Thanks.

00;23;34;24 – 00;23;54;23
Joseph
Star Wars Galactic Star Cruiser is Disney’s brand new one of a kind hotel launching in March 2022. The eagerly awaited Galactic Star Cruiser Hotel will take guests on a simulated two night voyage through a galaxy far, far away while aboard the Galactic Star Cruiser.

00;23;54;24 – 00;24;19;12
Joseph
Guests will be fully immersed allegedly in the Star Wars story, as each decision they make will shape the outcome of their journey, supposedly. Recently, Disney fans have been treated to numerous sneak peek looks aboard the Halcyon, but it seems Star Wars fans are not impressed by what they see recently at the Destination D23 event held in Walt

00;24;19;12 – 00;24;41;26
Joseph
Disney World. Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Josh D’Amaro revealed his own experience aboard the Galactic Star Cruiser with a sneak peek video while on ABC’s The Wonderful World of Disney Magical Holiday Celebration. Disney revealed a first look at entertainment on board the Star Wars Galactic Star Cruiser.

00;24;43;03 – 00;25;08;20
Joseph
The Galactic Star cruiser has been described as a unique, immersive experience that Walt Disney Company CEO that you and I both love, Bob Chapek has promised will leave gas quote blown away or poor, depending on your perspective. Characters like Chewbacca, Ray and Kylo Ren will all be on board, and guests will take a port excursion to Britain’s

00;25;08;20 – 00;25;29;16
Joseph
Black Spire outpost in Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Galaxy’s Edge. However, Disney has since removed its videos from the star of the star cruiser from its social channels without comment. The original tweet link, as well as the YouTube link, now show the content has been taken down.

00;25;30;12 – 00;25;48;28
Joseph
Criticism of these videos was high, with many Star Wars fans disappointed in the look of the halcyon. Most fans agreed the star cruiser does not look up to Disney standards of Imagineering and are hoping that the hefty price tag lives up to the expectations.

00;25;48;29 – 00;26;07;22
Joseph
In March. Now, it seems some of the fans have been canceling their stays aboard the galactic star cruiser with months that were fully booked. Having sporadic days available. It’s been noted that during the earlier months, the star cruiser is open March, April and June of 2022.

00;26;07;22 – 00;26;34;16
Joseph
Numerous openings have suddenly become available for booking. When these months were previously fully booked. No deposit of 20% of the package is due at the time of the booking. If your reservation is made more than 91 or more days prior to arrival, this means that your total package, which is $6,000 approximately a deposit of twelve hundred dollars

00;26;34;16 – 00;26;57;12
Joseph
, is due in order to reserve. If you decide to cancel 90 days or more prior to arrival. A full refund will be given. As we’re just weeks from the first launch, it’s interesting we’re seeing so many cancelations coinciding with the sneak peek videos and cancelation policy deadline for cancelations 31 to 89 days prior to arrival, you’ll get

00;26;57;19 – 00;27;05;28
Joseph
only a 50% refund and any cancelations within 30 days. No refund will be given. It’s a lot of money to give up.

00;27;06;02 – 00;27;06;16
Michelle
Mm hmm.

00;27;07;09 – 00;27;34;00
Joseph
Social media has been rife with people commenting on disappointment surrounding the star cruiser and their desire to cancel. Just a quick reminder, a two night adventure costs approximately $6,000 for an average family of four. So I have to say I’m not shocked by this, even seeing the early concept footage.

00;27;34;21 – 00;27;44;10
Joseph
You know, the concept aren’t that they had of this and you know, the rooms, it’s being treated like a cruise ship. So the rides are exceptionally small.

00;27;44;10 – 00;27;45;06
Michelle
Yeah, which.

00;27;45;06 – 00;27;45;11
Michelle
Is.

00;27;45;23 – 00;27;59;06
Joseph
They are Star Wars themed in their decor. But it’s not luxurious, right? $6,000 for two nights, I expect to be living on a cloud.

00;27;59;14 – 00;28;02;15
Michelle
Mm hmm. Okay. Right. And I.

00;28;02;15 – 00;28;05;04
Michelle
Want to be in the palace somewhere.

00;28;05;09 – 00;28;10;04
Joseph
You know? You know, $6,000 for two nights. I should be in the Cinderella suite in the castle.

00;28;10;05 – 00;28;11;13
Michelle
Hmm. Yeah. Yeah.

00;28;11;20 – 00;28;18;26
Joseph
And by all accounts, they were talking about, I guess they were setting out these preview packages to people who did reservations.

00;28;18;27 – 00;28;19;10
Michelle
Right?

00;28;19;15 – 00;28;31;05
Joseph
And they were talking about what the itinerary looked like. And your deep, immersive experience consists of 20 minute sessions that aren’t even individualized sessions their group.

00;28;31;05 – 00;28;32;03
Michelle
Sessions, right?

00;28;33;11 – 00;28;37;06
Joseph
And people just were not feeling particularly impressed by all that.

00;28;37;07 – 00;28;58;29
Michelle
Yeah, I think part of you was probably in the background going easy. You know you you were the, you know, little girl giggles, you know? Wow, that that’s what they did. And you figure for all the money they put into it for all the time they took, it could have been so much more.

00;28;59;00 – 00;28;59;10
Michelle
Right?

00;28;59;16 – 00;29;17;25
Michelle
You know, the other thing too is and you see it when you know there were different experiences in the park where they tried to get, you know, guest interaction and things like this. So and you wouldn’t always. Get that.

00;29;18;02 – 00;29;39;15
Michelle
So now you’re basically saying for two days, you have to role play. This is a dead session and not everybody knows how to do that. Not everybody knows how to just kind of play along with a storyline. So you’re kind of expecting guests to do that.

00;29;39;15 – 00;29;43;03
Michelle
So not even the rooms or anything like that that, you know, just.

00;29;43;13 – 00;29;45;06
Joseph
Because they’re pitching the experience.

00;29;45;08 – 00;29;45;21
Michelle
Right?

00;29;45;21 – 00;29;52;22
Michelle
You know that you’re not going to be staying in the room. There’s no pool there, you know, you’re basically not allowed to go outside.

00;29;52;22 – 00;29;55;25
Joseph
The excursion is a half day excursion, right?

00;29;55;25 – 00;30;12;02
Michelle
You don’t even get a full day in the park. You’re you’re basically getting dropped off at the two galaxy’s edge. You’re going on the two rides, you’re having a meal, you’re probably walking around for another hour or so.

00;30;12;02 – 00;30;12;17
Michelle
And that’s.

00;30;12;17 – 00;30;14;04
Joseph
It. And it’s a quick service meal.

00;30;14;04 – 00;30;14;22
Michelle
Too, right?

00;30;14;22 – 00;30;16;02
Michelle
It’s a quick because they don’t have.

00;30;16;11 – 00;30;16;20
Michelle
To sit.

00;30;16;20 – 00;30;30;15
Michelle
Down, they don’t have a sit down meal. Now, granted, when you’re on the ship, there’s the sit down. You know, you have your two sit down meals, there is entertainment, there’s a show. Well, you know, kind of.

00;30;30;15 – 00;30;49;00
Joseph
Will say when they had pitched the concept for Galaxy’s Edge, they had pitched this idea of it being immersive experience and you could join the resistance or join the first Order and talk to RTÉ and do this and do a mission and interact with different characters.

00;30;50;02 – 00;31;05;08
Joseph
And then when it launched, you had it was no different than characters that walk through any other park. Hmm. They’d come over. You might get a couple of comments from them and then they’d keep going. Or you might have a little scene playing out in front of you there.

00;31;06;15 – 00;31;08;22
Joseph
You couldn’t do that immersive ness.

00;31;08;23 – 00;31;09;06
Michelle
Right?

00;31;09;12 – 00;31;22;13
Michelle
They never. Said it, you know, like they set it up that you could download again to your phone, the the data port or whatever, and it was like, OK, well, you could go over here and scan this.

00;31;22;13 – 00;31;28;00
Joseph
And that was like the the little thing you could do around Epcot. That was no different than a little, but it.

00;31;28;00 – 00;31;28;12
Michelle
Could do it.

00;31;28;12 – 00;31;38;27
Michelle
But the thing at Epcot was even was more interactive, I think, than than the thing at that galaxy’s edge because there was nobody there to help you or to, you know?

00;31;39;02 – 00;31;39;17
Michelle
Right, right.

00;31;39;17 – 00;31;39;27
Joseph
They had the.

00;31;40;17 – 00;31;51;26
Michelle
Right, at least with Epcot, with the little, you know, scavenger hunt thing they had people in in different places, even with the one that they had at the Magic Kingdom. Right? The different one.

00;31;52;01 – 00;31;52;14
Joseph
The one with the.

00;31;52;14 – 00;31;57;02
Michelle
Card they had, the one with the cards. And then they also had the one, the pirate one.

00;31;57;02 – 00;31;57;14
Michelle
Oh, that.

00;31;57;15 – 00;32;01;24
Michelle
Was in Adventureland. And that was more interactive.

00;32;01;24 – 00;32;02;12
Joseph
But after.

00;32;02;12 – 00;32;03;29
Michelle
Seeing how much the.

00;32;03;29 – 00;32;07;03
Joseph
Hype that Galaxy’s Edge and how disappointing that.

00;32;07;03 – 00;32;07;25
Michelle
Was, right?

00;32;07;29 – 00;32;09;08
Joseph
This doesn’t shock me at all.

00;32;09;09 – 00;32;10;28
Michelle
Right? This is Disney.

00;32;11;28 – 00;32;19;14
Joseph
Marketing going crazy overboard and delivering a 10th of what they’re promising.

00;32;19;16 – 00;32;19;26
Michelle
Right?

00;32;20;01 – 00;32;22;07
Joseph
Which seems to be the new philosophy at Disney.

00;32;22;07 – 00;32;37;06
Michelle
Right. And there is absolutely no reason whatsoever that the hotel rooms that are physically on land need to be the size of what a cruise ship would be.

00;32;37;06 – 00;32;37;22
Michelle
Especially.

00;32;37;22 – 00;32;40;02
Joseph
Given the amount of land they have available.

00;32;40;03 – 00;32;40;16
Michelle
Right?

00;32;40;19 – 00;32;43;19
Michelle
It’s not like they didn’t have enough land they could have.

00;32;43;23 – 00;32;45;29
Joseph
You’re certainly not using it up for a.

00;32;45;29 – 00;32;46;29
Michelle
Pool or a.

00;32;46;29 – 00;32;48;28
Joseph
Parking lot because you can’t park there.

00;32;48;28 – 00;32;49;16
Michelle
Either, right?

00;32;49;16 – 00;33;03;05
Michelle
Because you have to valet park your your car so that you know, you have the experience of going into the spaceport and everything like that. And then the fact that the rooms are so non.

00;33;03;05 – 00;33;07;22
Michelle
Spartan, it’s like, yeah, sparse, right? Oh, you know.

00;33;07;23 – 00;33;13;16
Joseph
You can look out your window and see space. No, I can look at a wall that has a TV on it and see.

00;33;13;16 – 00;33;15;04
Michelle
Space right and that.

00;33;15;16 – 00;33;19;25
Michelle
You know, I’ll give them that aspect of, you know, that’s kind of, you know.

00;33;19;25 – 00;33;22;06
Joseph
Why that way they don’t have to cut the trees down.

00;33;22;06 – 00;33;24;23
Michelle
That’s what is right, because all the trees are right.

00;33;24;24 – 00;33;34;14
Michelle
You don’t have all the landscaping to hide everything. But yeah, you would expect that the basic room for $6,000 would be.

00;33;35;02 – 00;33;35;29
Joseph
Quite luxurious.

00;33;35;29 – 00;33;36;11
Michelle
Quite.

00;33;36;11 – 00;33;40;17
Michelle
Luxurious to make up for the fact that, yeah, you know.

00;33;41;13 – 00;33;52;00
Joseph
Now this this doesn’t surprise me. It it doesn’t disappoint me because my expectations were so low and they’re surely not getting any money out of me for this fiasco right now.

00;33;52;04 – 00;33;57;04
Michelle
I don’t think I know anybody that’s made a reservation for it.

00;33;58;04 – 00;33;58;18
Michelle
You know?

00;33;58;24 – 00;34;02;05
Joseph
Well, I don’t know any 1% or so. No, I don’t know anybody who made it.

00;34;03;01 – 00;34;15;21
Michelle
Well, what’s with all the various Disney groups that I’m part of? You know, and that was the thing, because even with DVC, we were like, Oh, well, maybe we’ll, you know, see how much it is if we use our points, right?

00;34;15;22 – 00;34;23;14
Michelle
And it was like we didn’t even have enough points with everything that we banked to even cover, you know, to to cover this.

00;34;23;17 – 00;34;24;05
Joseph
And they wouldn’t even.

00;34;24;05 – 00;34;25;08
Michelle
Let you right. You can.

00;34;25;08 – 00;34;25;27
Joseph
Only cover.

00;34;25;27 – 00;34;26;09
Michelle
Up all.

00;34;26;09 – 00;34;27;03
Joseph
50% of it.

00;34;27;03 – 00;34;43;06
Michelle
Right? I don’t remember. But but that was also the thing because at the time, all the reservations were gone. I’m sure now if I were to look, there’s probably a bunch of reservations, so I’m interested to see what happens because again, it’s two months away when the first.

00;34;43;22 – 00;34;44;17
Joseph
Guests have.

00;34;44;25 – 00;34;44;28
Michelle
To.

00;34;45;02 – 00;34;47;15
Joseph
How the emptiest 6000 dollar.

00;34;47;15 – 00;34;47;26
Michelle
Hotel.

00;34;47;28 – 00;34;53;29
Michelle
Well, and I have a feeling, you know, the first month it’s going to be VIPs and people that got free.

00;34;53;29 – 00;34;56;02
Michelle
Tickets, they’re going to concert to go.

00;34;56;02 – 00;34;59;25
Michelle
It’s all the consequences. So. So we’ll see. We’ll see how it comes out.

00;34;59;28 – 00;35;24;11
Joseph
Right? So for the next Star Wars fiasco, I mean, Disney fiasco. Uh, let’s talk about the next Star Wars movie that’s back in production that had been scrapped and might be back. We think Inside the Magic tells us that recently reports have surfaced that the next Star Wars movie, which is Patty Jenkins and Star Wars Rogue Squadron

00;35;24;25 – 00;35;47;23
Joseph
, had been scrapped amid, quote creative differences and Jenkins own busy, busy schedule, which includes Wonder Woman three and Cleopatra with Gal Gadot. Now, Deadline has reported that the seemingly scrapped movie is officially back on, with Jenkins leaving her directorial debuts and Cleopatra and stepping into her production role producing role.

00;35;47;23 – 00;36;04;06
Joseph
Sorry? Per the report, Jenkins fell off as director so she could focus on her next two projects Wonder Woman three and Star Wars Rogue Squadron, first announced by Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy at the 2020 Disney Investors Day event.

00;36;04;29 – 00;36;25;17
Joseph
Rogue Squadron was originally slated for December 2023 theatrical release given the presumed production delay. It’s unknown if Lucasfilm will move up either Marvel President Kevin Feige or Thor director Taika Waititi Star Wars films and pushed Jenkins projects to the 2025 or 27 spot.

00;36;26;20 – 00;36;50;22
Joseph
Previously, Rogue Squadron tapped screenwriter Matthew Robinson, but casting details have not been revealed. For Rogue Squadron. Although Jenkins has shared it will be quote, it will feature new characters. This should be of particular interest to those who enjoy Star Wars legends materials or like we used to call it, expanded universe.

00;36;50;29 – 00;36;51;11
Michelle
Mm-Hmm.

00;36;52;05 – 00;37;14;10
Joseph
It seems that Rogue Squadron, although not a direct interpretation of the 1998 Rogue Squadron video game and the novel series that began with X-Wing Rogue Squadron, will draw heavy inspiration from these Star Wars expanding universe projects. Jenkins official Rogue Squadron announcement on Twitter last year included a video of the director at an airfield.

00;37;15;02 – 00;37;31;11
Joseph
Jenkins herself, the daughter of a fighter pilot father, is hoping to make quote the greatest fighter pilot movie ever made. Which, you know, if you compare it to Lucas has Red Tails, the you don’t have a very high bar, you have to get over on that one.

00;37;32;10 – 00;37;50;03
Joseph
Jenkins also told The Hollywood Reporter We’re finishing a script crewing up and it’s all going wonderful. I’m so excited about the story and excited where the next chapter of Star Wars, which is such a responsibility and such an opportunity to really start some new things.

00;37;50;28 – 00;37;55;05
Joseph
It’s really exciting in that way. So she’s very excited about this and.

00;37;55;05 – 00;37;55;22
Michelle
She how.

00;37;55;22 – 00;37;56;15
Michelle
Excited is.

00;37;56;15 – 00;38;03;17
Joseph
She’s so excited that we’re going to turn her excitement in the were drinking game every time. Heidi Jenkins is interviewed and says she’s excited.

00;38;03;17 – 00;38;05;00
Michelle
Drink now.

00;38;06;06 – 00;38;12;16
Joseph
Yeah, Disney really has a hard time with with directors when it comes to their Star Wars movies.

00;38;12;26 – 00;38;13;09
Michelle
Yeah.

00;38;14;28 – 00;38;22;02
Joseph
I hope this is good. I like the concept of this. This is definitely a really cool story to tell, and it was a big fan of the Rogue Squadron novels.

00;38;22;04 – 00;38;22;13
Michelle
Mm-Hmm.

00;38;23;15 – 00;38;26;17
Joseph
Big fan of the the video game as well.

00;38;27;15 – 00;38;30;15
Michelle
Uh, I don’t know. Uh, this.

00;38;30;15 – 00;38;32;27
Joseph
Is kind of cautiously optimistic on this one.

00;38;33;25 – 00;38;34;19
Michelle
Understandable.

00;38;35;17 – 00;38;42;02
Joseph
But I think they got a lot of a lot of Star Wars. Irons in the fire at this point in time.

00;38;42;07 – 00;38;42;18
Michelle
Yep.

00;38;43;07 – 00;38;55;01
Joseph
Between all the TV series movies, the one really positive thing that this announcement tells me. Is nobody’s talking about Brian Johnson getting another movie.

00;38;55;07 – 00;38;56;07
Michelle
Just going to say.

00;38;56;17 – 00;38;58;26
Michelle
Hey, let’s write it up to.

00;38;58;27 – 00;39;01;09
Joseph
Let’s give it to Kevin Figi to.

00;39;01;09 – 00;39;04;23
Michelle
Take it, but everybody else do it. Give it.

00;39;04;28 – 00;39;10;16
Joseph
Everything. I would give a movie to Jar Jar at this point in time if we kept it out of the hands of Ryan Johnson.

00;39;10;17 – 00;39;11;08
Michelle
Nice.

00;39;11;25 – 00;39;25;28
Joseph
So we’ll say, I’m curious how this is going to affect the timeline. Sure. But I think that was all we had for our tales from the edge of the galaxy this week. We’re going to take a quick break and we’ll be right back with our entertainment news of the week.

00;39;33;27 – 00;39;58;06
Michelle
Insights into teens. A podcast series exploring the issues and challenges of today’s youth. Talking to real teens about real teen problems. Explore issues from braces to puberty, social anxiety to financial responsibility. Each week we talk about the topics concerning today’s youth.

00;39;58;24 – 00;40;23;08
Michelle
We look at how the issues affect teens, how to cope with these issues and how parents, friends and loved ones can help teens handle these challenges. Check out our video episodes on YouTube.com Backslash Insights Into Things. Catch our audio versions on podcast insights into teen XCOM.

00;40;25;12 – 00;40;28;24
Michelle
Or on the Web at insights into things dot com.

00;40;38;12 – 00;40;39;12
Joseph
Go for entertainment.

00;40;40;00 – 00;41;05;00
Michelle
So Taylor Swift’s rerelease of her hit song All Too Well has now broken the record for the longest song to take the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and Swift has handed the win with Grace. So the songstress sent flowers to Don McClain, whose song American Pie had first set the record when it hit number

00;41;05;00 – 00;41;28;28
Michelle
one in 1972 with a runtime of around eight minutes and 37 seconds. So the new version of all too well, a part of Swift’s rerelease of her 2012 album Red clocks in at just over ten minutes. What a class act, McClain said of Swift in an Instagram post, thanking the artist for the flowers in a note.

00;41;28;29 – 00;41;45;29
Michelle
McClain Swift wrote about the singer’s impact on her music. She said, I will never forget that I’m standing on the shoulders of giants. Your music has been so important to me. Sending love from one writer of long songs to another.

00;41;46;12 – 00;42;01;14
Michelle
So last month, McClain spoke about losing the top spot in a statement expressing zero regret after holding the record for almost 50 years. There is something to be said for a great song that has staying power, he said.

00;42;01;25 – 00;42;21;23
Michelle
American Pie remained in the top for 50 years, and now Taylor Swift has unseated such a historic piece of artistry. Let’s face it, nobody ever wants to lose that number one spot. But if I had to lose it to someone, I am sure glad it was another great songwriter singer such as Taylor.

00;42;22;05 – 00;42;39;25
Michelle
This record isn’t the only one that Swift has broken. Following the release of Red with the album, she also set the record for the most simultaneous U.S. Hot 100 entries by a woman with 26 songs from the album Making the Hot 100 chart.

00;42;40;09 – 00;43;02;26
Michelle
The record was previously 18 songs, which was set sorry. The record was previously 18 songs, which actually she had set in 2019 with the album Lover. The Grammy Award winning singer dropped. Read Taylor’s version last month, a recording of her acclaimed 2012 album Red.

00;43;03;04 – 00;43;27;17
Michelle
Known for its hits like I Knew You Were Trouble and We Were Never Getting Back Together. The rerelease is part of Swift’s effort to regain ownership of her early catalog after record exec executives and her music manager, Scooter Braun, gained control of her first six albums Master Recordings in 2019 by an acquisition deal.

00;43;28;26 – 00;43;31;03
Joseph
So, yeah, I think this is a class act, yeah, also.

00;43;31;03 – 00;43;31;15
Michelle
From.

00;43;33;16 – 00;43;45;29
Joseph
Don McLean’s reaction to this was a bit of chest pounding at the same time that he was complimenting her team. It’s like, Oh yeah, yeah, she’s a real class act here.

00;43;45;29 – 00;43;47;28
Michelle
But I had it for 15 years.

00;43;48;16 – 00;43;54;14
Joseph
I was the best so far and I’m, you know, it’s like, OK. And remember the other songs that you do?

00;43;54;15 – 00;44;00;26
Michelle
Right? Exactly. I’m surprised. Like, Meatloaf didn’t have a song longer than.

00;44;01;26 – 00;44;02;01
Michelle
I.

00;44;02;01 – 00;44;05;16
Joseph
Don’t think Meatloaf songs qualify as as songs.

00;44;06;03 – 00;44;07;09
Michelle
They’re operatic.

00;44;07;12 – 00;44;08;07
Joseph
Their operas.

00;44;08;07 – 00;44;09;22
Michelle
Right? They’re operatic.

00;44;10;01 – 00;44;12;07
Michelle
Many Broadway.

00;44;12;07 – 00;44;12;29
Michelle
Musical like.

00;44;12;29 – 00;44;14;01
Joseph
Mini series.

00;44;14;13 – 00;44;25;18
Michelle
Maybe that’s yeah, it was. It was kind of funny that, you know, 50 years it was still the longest song with, again, all these other songs, this kind of.

00;44;26;09 – 00;44;33;06
Joseph
Thanks to our daughter every time it comes on the radio. We don’t get to listen to Don McLean’s version anymore. We have to listen.

00;44;33;06 – 00;44;34;09
Michelle
To the weird hours.

00;44;34;18 – 00;44;36;04
Joseph
Now because she’ll sing it over top of.

00;44;36;04 – 00;44;37;02
Michelle
It. Right? Right?

00;44;37;16 – 00;44;42;28
Joseph
The only time you get to hear it is those those two verses in the middle there that word al didn’t actually do.

00;44;42;29 – 00;44;44;00
Michelle
Right, right.

00;44;44;05 – 00;44;46;29
Joseph
So thank you, Madison, for that.

00;44;47;05 – 00;44;48;00
Michelle
Right, right.

00;44;49;07 – 00;44;57;07
Joseph
So some some, you know, I don’t think this would be an entertaining podcast if we didn’t have some thoughts on the passing of Betty White.

00;44;57;11 – 00;45;06;25
Michelle
Yeah, that was. A, I think, shock to everybody. We happen to be at the mall.

00;45;06;28 – 00;45;07;08
Michelle
Yeah.

00;45;07;26 – 00;45;20;21
Michelle
That day and, you know, we were just kind of getting out of the house walking around and you just said, Oh my God, Betty White has passed away. I’m like, What? Get out of here? And you know, it’s.

00;45;22;04 – 00;45;29;19
Michelle
I think I think everybody kind of took it, and I don’t mean to tow to, well up, but it’s kind of like everybody’s grandmother.

00;45;29;22 – 00;45;32;21
Michelle
Yeah. And really, that’s our role.

00;45;32;23 – 00;45;38;00
Joseph
It’s funny. That is a role that she’s slipped into in the 1970s.

00;45;38;10 – 00;45;38;19
Michelle
Right.

00;45;38;19 – 00;45;49;04
Joseph
And she embraced it, right? She was she was like so many because she started out in modeling. So she’s always been a gorgeous woman.

00;45;49;05 – 00;45;49;14
Michelle
Mm hmm.

00;45;50;01 – 00;45;59;05
Joseph
And so many people that. Their careers are centered around their beauty. Have a very difficult time aging out of.

00;45;59;05 – 00;46;00;10
Michelle
That right, right?

00;46;00;12 – 00;46;24;04
Joseph
And Betty White embraced it. She was beautiful. You know, up until her passing. Mm-Hmm. But she was her beauty truly brand beyond skin deep. Mm-Hmm. And she internally was a beautiful person, and that she exuded that, but she accepted that grandmotherly role for the world.

00;46;24;06 – 00;46;25;19
Michelle
Mm hmm. Yeah. Yeah.

00;46;25;23 – 00;46;48;00
Michelle
But yet was still raunchy in other respects. And you know, when her whole thing with with Ryan Reynolds where, you know, he’s like, Oh, I know she has a crush on me and you know? And just recently, it was like, now if Robert Redford were to call me up, I would totally, you know, he’s he’s on my

00;46;48;00 – 00;46;56;24
Michelle
bucket list, you know, type thing. And this is not what you would expect from a 99 year old woman. But that was she still had it, you know.

00;46;56;25 – 00;47;10;14
Joseph
And she was so funny, always so funny. I had read on the day of her passing, there was an article on CNN, and she had talked about her early career because she started in TV before TV was a thing.

00;47;10;15 – 00;47;11;09
Michelle
Right, right.

00;47;11;10 – 00;47;18;09
Joseph
She was on and very early. Local TV broadcast in. I think it was California.

00;47;18;13 – 00;47;19;05
Michelle
Right. Right.

00;47;19;09 – 00;47;27;12
Joseph
When she was 16 years old. Now this is this is before you have TV networks and stuff. That’s how long she’s been doing television.

00;47;27;13 – 00;47;27;24
Michelle
Right?

00;47;28;03 – 00;47;36;25
Joseph
And she said, you know, at the time, you know, forties, fifties and in the the sixties. Women weren’t supposed to be funny.

00;47;36;27 – 00;47;37;04
Michelle
Mm hmm.

00;47;37;15 – 00;47;53;17
Joseph
Women were supposed to be pretty, be seen, not heard, and they were just a set piece almost. And she broke that mold, and she said she brooks should set so many standards for women in entertainment moving forward.

00;47;53;18 – 00;47;54;08
Michelle
Absolutely.

00;47;54;19 – 00;48;04;25
Joseph
And just the force of will it took to do that and the bravery to do that. She had her own. She was the only first female talk-show host in the 1950s.

00;48;04;27 – 00;48;05;07
Michelle
Mm hmm.

00;48;05;16 – 00;48;08;28
Joseph
It’s just incredible the things that she did right.

00;48;08;28 – 00;48;36;17
Michelle
And she ended up getting canceled because she featured a black dancer and the southern affiliates, you know, in the south were complaining about it. And what did she do? She put him on more. She highlighted him more and didn’t give a damn what they had to say, and eventually they pulled their sponsorship.

00;48;37;00 – 00;48;41;07
Michelle
And the show got canceled. But she stood her ground. She did her.

00;48;41;07 – 00;48;43;01
Michelle
Principles. Yeah. You know, and.

00;48;43;01 – 00;48;48;16
Michelle
Then years later, she got another version of her talk show. She was, you know, three different versions of how.

00;48;48;16 – 00;49;06;01
Joseph
We operate in an age today where role models that I, as a parent are farm fuel between that I want my daughter to look up to. Mm hmm. And for 99 years. Mm hmm. Betty White has been that type of role model.

00;49;06;02 – 00;49;06;09
Michelle
Mm hmm.

00;49;06;25 – 00;49;19;27
Joseph
She was brave. She was strong. She was brilliant. She was funny. She was talented. She she happened to be beautiful, too. Mm hmm. But that wasn’t that was how she started her career. But that wasn’t what she leaned on.

00;49;19;28 – 00;49;23;25
Joseph
Right. She had so many talents that made her career what it was.

00;49;23;26 – 00;49;24;05
Michelle
Yeah.

00;49;24;27 – 00;49;29;27
Joseph
Truly a legend to to lose. And just a few weeks before her 100 birthday.

00;49;29;27 – 00;49;48;20
Michelle
Yeah. So of course, a lot of what people are saying is honor her legacy. five, ten, 15, 20 bucks, whatever you can, to a local animal shelter or a local zoo in her honor, because that’s what she would want everybody to do.

00;49;48;20 – 00;49;49;21
Michelle
So what.

00;49;49;21 – 00;49;51;08
Michelle
Is the quote about.

00;49;52;22 – 00;49;54;10
Joseph
The. It was too soon.

00;49;54;22 – 00;50;11;24
Michelle
Right? It was, you know? You know, while she she at 99, she she died too too soon. Right? You know, when 99 is too young to to go. Yeah, yeah. You know, there were multiple people that had a variation of that.

00;50;11;24 – 00;50;12;19
Michelle
Quote, right?

00;50;13;10 – 00;50;19;16
Michelle
You know that, you know, it’s pretty bad when you know you’re 99 years old and you went too soon.

00;50;19;16 – 00;50;20;03
Michelle
Yeah, yeah.

00;50;20;07 – 00;50;23;14
Joseph
But we did have another groundbreaking female.

00;50;24;06 – 00;50;44;25
Michelle
Yeah, so so obviously, Betty White has a legacy that will live on and not just through the films and television shows that she starred in, but through the memories of those who knew her best. And one such figure is Vicki Lawrence, White’s longtime friend and costar on The Carol Burnett Show and Mama’s Family and Eunice.

00;50;46;01 – 00;51;01;29
Michelle
I do have some lovely stories of Betty, Lawrence had said during an exclusive chat on E! News Daily Pop, going on to reminisce about everything from the late actress’s love of animals where she said Betty could pick up a snake and hand it to you.

00;51;01;29 – 00;51;18;16
Michelle
Isn’t this beautiful to a dinner party that she would throw in the pair’s early momma days family, including one particular event? Betty invited us to her house for a lovely, home cooked meal and game night of fun. Lots of laughs.

00;51;18;17 – 00;51;31;11
Michelle
Lawrence had said, Al and I hadn’t been married that long, just a few years, and we’re driving home. And Al finally says, I hope you don’t take this wrong. But if anything ever happens to you, I would date Betty White.

00;51;31;26 – 00;51;52;04
Michelle
And she continued, Well, sweetie, I’ll tell you what, if anything ever happened to you, I would even start dating Betty White so that we both agreed on and that we both absolutely adored her. And all these generations have have just come to love her over and over and over again.

00;51;52;14 – 00;52;06;29
Michelle
And now that fans are mourning her passing that she passed away at 99 on December 31st, Lawrence wants to remind them that this Golden Girl alum would not want us to be sad. I know what she would say.

00;52;06;29 – 00;52;28;09
Michelle
Oh, sweetie, don’t be sad for me. I had a blast. I had a great time. You need to laugh and carry on. I honestly believe that this is what she would say. After being in touch with Carol Burnett, the actress also revealed what Whites apparently did say just before passing, and it was her late husband’s name.

00;52;29;08 – 00;52;45;06
Michelle
Carol had texted me back, and she said that she had spoke to Betty’s assistant, who was with her when she died. Lawrence had explained, and her assistant said that the last word out of her mouth was Allen. How sweet and loving is that?

00;52;47;04 – 00;53;02;07
Michelle
She said. It’s so sweet and it’s so loving, and God, I sure hope it’s true. Lawrence added Met had actually met Allen London, who was the then host of password when she was a guest on the game show in 1961.

00;53;02;26 – 00;53;20;15
Michelle
He was married at the time, but his wife had passed away of cancer soon after, and a year later, White and London were cast in the same play. And by 1963, they were married. London had died of cancer in 1981, and she never remarried.

00;53;21;17 – 00;53;41;18
Michelle
White, meanwhile, died peacefully in her sleep at her home, according to her longtime friend and agent, when he had spoken to NBC News. He wanted to clear up rumors because, of course, one of the things that popped up was, Oh, she had just gotten her booster and it he said no.

00;53;41;18 – 00;53;57;17
Michelle
And it has been it’s come out since then that she did die of natural causes. So, you know, it’s nice to, you know, I’m sure it’s it’s going to be one of those urban legends that you know, her last word, you know, was Alan, but.

00;53;58;09 – 00;54;05;16
Joseph
Well, and she made no, no secret of. The love the two of them shared.

00;54;05;16 – 00;54;06;09
Michelle
Oh, absolutely.

00;54;06;10 – 00;54;19;13
Joseph
one of the interviews that that she was talking about it, she talked about how they had caught it. He had tried courting her for a year and buy her gifts and, you know, make arrangements to sort of bump into her and suffocate.

00;54;19;22 – 00;54;21;23
Joseph
And today would be kind of stalker.

00;54;21;23 – 00;54;23;07
Michelle
He’s right, right? Right.

00;54;23;08 – 00;54;37;27
Joseph
And she said finally, after a year, she just couldn’t. She couldn’t not give in to it. And later on, when he had passed, after he had passed, she said she had wished she hadn’t wasted that year.

00;54;37;27 – 00;54;38;25
Michelle
Yeah. So.

00;54;40;19 – 00;54;45;00
Joseph
Anyway. I think that’s all we had for entertainment news.

00;54;45;02 – 00;54;49;22
Michelle
Yep, so go in and donate to, you know, so some animal shelter.

00;54;49;23 – 00;54;52;08
Joseph
And that was from her father, by the way, her father.

00;54;52;08 – 00;54;53;01
Michelle
Oh, OK, love.

00;54;53;01 – 00;54;53;21
Joseph
Of animals.

00;54;53;21 – 00;54;54;03
Michelle
OK?

00;54;54;03 – 00;54;54;27
Michelle
And she.

00;54;55;03 – 00;54;55;13
Michelle
And she.

00;54;55;21 – 00;54;57;11
Joseph
She took that on from her father.

00;54;57;18 – 00;54;59;01
Michelle
So, so for her.

00;54;59;02 – 00;55;00;07
Michelle
Go feed some animals.

00;55;01;15 – 00;55;10;22
Joseph
We’ll be right back with our insightful picks. Mm! Go for your insightful Premiere.

00;55;11;03 – 00;55;34;28
Michelle
So my insightful pick happens to be a show that we both enjoy very much. And it is a reboot ish. I I guess it’s on CBS and it is ghosts. Samantha is a cheerful freelance journalist, and Jay, her husband, is an up and coming chef from the city, and they both throw caution and money to the wind

00;55;35;03 – 00;56;07;03
Michelle
when they do decide to convert a huge run down country estate that they inherited into a bed and breakfast, only to find that it’s inhabited by many spirits of deceased residents. The departed souls are so close knit, a very in centric group that includes a saucy prohibition era lounge singer, a pompous 1700s militiaman, a sixties hippie who

00;56;07;03 – 00;56;27;13
Michelle
is fond of hallucinogenics, and an overly upbeat 1980 scout troop leader. If the spirits are anxious about the commotion of the renovation of the B and B, it’s nothing compared to when they realize that Samantha is the first live person who can see and hear them.

00;56;28;07 – 00;56;44;07
Michelle
So this show was originally a British version. There’s a British version, kind of the same concept where two people move into a house and something happens and the one person can can hear the various ghosts and see them.

00;56;45;01 – 00;56;59;26
Michelle
So this is the the U.S. version, and that’s happened to a bunch of different shows that we’ve watched and we’ve liked and watched both versions. So this one, we you know, from the beginning, we have been laughing nonstop.

00;56;59;27 – 00;57;17;14
Michelle
It’s a 30 minute sitcom. It’s interesting because each show, they try and focus on the different ghosts and how that ghosts happen to end up in this a state. You know, some people were actually relatives that live there.

00;57;17;21 – 00;57;39;20
Michelle
Some people will happen to be, you know, passing through and something happened. So what ends up happening is in the first episode, an accident happens. Samantha bumps her head and now she can see all the ghosts. And now it’s funny, you know, because she’s translating for the ghosts and and you know, the ghosts haven’t eaten, but they

00;57;39;20 – 00;57;59;05
Michelle
enjoy the smell of the cooking, so they’ll they’ll request certain meals to be cooked just so that they can. They can smell them. So, you know, we’ve we’ve watched, you know, I think there’s actually two episodes we haven’t caught up on, but very funny show it has been renewed for for a second season.

00;57;59;05 – 00;58;03;08
Michelle
So you know something fun and light to to watch.

00;58;03;08 – 00;58;04;26
Michelle
So good. Thank you.

00;58;11;07 – 00;58;35;09
Joseph
So my pick this week is the book of Boba Fett on Disney Plus, the legendary bounty hunter Boba Fett navigates the underworld of the galaxy with mercenary Fennec Shand when they return to the sands of Tantawi to stake their claim on the territory formerly ruled by the deceased crime lord Jabba the Hutt.

00;58;36;12 – 00;58;56;27
Joseph
So OK, here we go. After seeing the post-credits scene in the season two finale of The Mandalorian that featured Boba Fett essentially taking over his former employer, Jabba the Hutt operations after he assassinated Major Domo Bib Fortuna. Was kind of left scratching my head.

00;58;57;23 – 00;59;11;12
Joseph
We last saw Boba Fett in live action as he was consumed by the Sarlacc and Return of the Jedi presumed dead. The first of many great villains wasted by George Lucas before their time. And the story, right?

00;59;11;13 – 00;59;11;28
Michelle
Well.

00;59;12;10 – 00;59;30;20
Joseph
Not really. Not with Disney helming the franchise, who’s notorious for milking every last penny out of its properties. Boba Fett, much like Darth Vader and Darth Maul, were crowd favorites, which to Disney translates into dollars. These moneymakers can’t be dead.

00;59;31;01 – 00;59;44;11
Joseph
So how can we resurrect them? Well, that seems to be part of the big focus of the Book of Boba Fett. The puzzling thing is that we see him presumably after his buddy cop style team up with the Mandalorians Din Djarin.

00;59;44;29 – 00;59;59;26
Joseph
So this has to be after return a job, which means he survived his dinner party with the ravenous sarlacc. But while it’s nice to see an older, plumper and more weathered version of Boba Fett, do we really need to?

01;00;00;29 – 01;00;18;08
Joseph
We could be. What could he possibly bring to the story that’s going to be really of interest to us? What do we get from episode one? Is a bit of a snooze fest, right? Disappointingly, we get a lot of flashbacks.

01;00;18;19 – 01;00;39;21
Joseph
In fact, the entire episode almost a flashback. We get some backstory on how he survived being digested over 1000 generations, which turned out to only be about five minutes with kind of a really weak explanation. We learn how he wound up with the tough skins, and we get a little local political drama with his new job.

01;00;40;25 – 01;00;59;04
Joseph
Which is almost as interesting as, you know, trade lanes and stuff like that that worked out so well in episode one Steel, I was left feeling feeling a little let down. So we watched episode two and after watching episode two, I don’t feel all that much better about the show.

01;00;59;17 – 01;01;15;07
Joseph
We get more backstory, which I’m not sure how you could spend two episodes giving me how he crawls way out of a sarlacc. But OK, we get more political drama, which still isn’t interesting at all. We get a bad ass looking walking carpet, which was nice.

01;01;15;16 – 01;01;28;07
Joseph
You get to see a new Wookie. We get a mean Tuscan dance, especially if you drop the volume on the show and fire off some Earth, wind and fire in September, which the scene seems perfectly timed for. Thanks to my wife.

01;01;29;25 – 01;01;30;16
Michelle
You’re welcome.

01;01;30;17 – 01;01;51;10
Joseph
You get a little bit of light action. But other than that, there’s really no compelling reason for the show to exist. Maybe I’ve been left permanently jaded towards Star Wars, thanks to Rian Johnson’s Abominable Last Jedi. I don’t think so because I have a deep appreciation for The Mandalorian, not to mention the fact that Vader’s OPEC at

01;01;51;10 – 01;02;10;08
Joseph
the end of Rogue one actually has me looking forward to forthcoming shows to tease the return of my favorite villain. George Lucas in The Clone Wars did little to sully. I’m sorry, but a lot to sully the image of Boba Fett, who, like Han Solo, has such a perfectly written character from day one because there were so

01;02;10;08 – 01;02;28;20
Joseph
little written and all. All you have were first impressions. I don’t think Boba Fett needs a series. I don’t think his image can be redeemed from the damage of The Clone Wars. A whiny little kid who pushes people around, and I think any attempt to do so is a bit of revisionist history.

01;02;29;11 – 01;02;43;23
Joseph
I’m hoping that Filoni and Favreau hit another home run here. They need to make me care about these characters. They need to make the show matter in some way. Star Wars has struggled under the gluttonous control of Disney.

01;02;44;19 – 01;02;58;22
Joseph
I want to like this show. I really don’t, because he’s I loved the character, and I’ll say it again. I’m cautiously optimistic. That’s about as upbeat as I get. But it’s a short series and the clock is ticking.

01;02;59;25 – 01;03;17;00
Joseph
I have to watch it because it’s Star Wars. I only hope I’m rewarded for it in the end. If it’s anything like the Marvel series, you got to get five episodes in before they get interesting, so. Cautiously optimistic is the best I can do.

01;03;18;03 – 01;03;28;23
Joseph
So that’s all I got. We’ll be right back with our after thoughts. So what do we have for afterthoughts?

01;03;28;29 – 01;03;32;12
Michelle
So Zullo, Khan, we’re all OK.

01;03;32;22 – 01;03;33;29
Joseph
You can let me do it.

01;03;35;26 – 01;03;36;29
Michelle
So first up.

01;03;37;07 – 01;03;38;14
Michelle
Zollo car.

01;03;39;06 – 01;03;49;27
Michelle
Do you feel better now, much better? OK, so Zullo con last year was done during the summer because normally it’s done February March timeframe.

01;03;50;19 – 01;03;52;00
Michelle
The snow on the ground was.

01;03;52;00 – 01;03;59;29
Michelle
Not normally snow on the ground. This time, that wasn’t so. This year it is back to two March time frame and I missed.

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Joseph
It last time you.

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Michelle
Did because you weren’t feeling well. So at.

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Joseph
This time.

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Michelle
Hopefully not missing it this time. So it is March fifth, Saturday, March fifth and Sunday, March sixth. one of our most favorite venues, which is the Fugu, which is in Warminster, Pennsylvania, ten to six on the first day and nine to 430 on the second day.

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Michelle
So you can look at Zullo ComCom for more information. Then, a month later, we have the Delaware Train Show on Saturday, April second, and then the April Fools Toy Show, which.

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Michelle
Is pretty typical.

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Michelle
Right? Sunday, April.

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Michelle
third.

01;04;46;19 – 01;04;56;19
Michelle
And that will take you to New Castle Delaware to Lunar Shrine Center. That’s a nice little show. Usually, we end up finding some.

01;04;56;19 – 01;04;57;15
Michelle
Great for some.

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Joseph
Peaks and collectibles.

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Michelle
Yeah, yeah, stuff, you’re there.

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Michelle
You know, they have a couple of vendors that have newer things, but yet the majority of the stuff is, is the classic stuff there? And then finally, Fan Expo, which is formerly known as Wizard World, will be finally coming back to the Philadelphia Convention Center April eighth through the 10th.

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Joseph
Awesome. That was all we have for our interests, lots.

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Michelle
Mm hmm.

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Joseph
Um, before we go, I do want to bother you once again to invite you to subscribe to the podcast. Audio versions can be found listed as insights in the entertainment. Video versions can be found listed as insights into things pretty much anywhere you get a podcast.

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Michelle
Blah blah, blah, blah, blah.

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Joseph
Et cetera, et cetera. Yeah, we did ask you to what was the next step?

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Michelle
Email us.

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Joseph
Email us. Contact us. Give us your conventions and shows you’d want us to plug. Tell us if we’re doing a good job. Tells you you’re doing a bad job. We were open to constructive criticism. Sure, as long as it’s constructive, right?

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Joseph
You can email us at comments and insights into things dot com.

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Michelle
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Joseph
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Michelle
You can find us on Instagram at instagram.com. Backslash insights into things.

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Joseph
Or you can get in links to all that stuff and more on our official website at W W W Dot Insights into things dot com. And that’s it. Now the one in the books.

01;06;30;24 – 01;06;32;26
Michelle
Have a good week, everyone. Bye bye.

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