Star Wars The Force Awakens: Purging Prequel Demons

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Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens

Anomaly Girls in Line on Thursday, December 17

Anomaly Girls in Line on Thursday, Dec. 17

(Note: The first 15 minutes of our episode are spoiler free. Don’t worry, an alert will sound to warn of impending spoils for those of you who haven’t seen the film yet.)

We usually try to come up with a witty title to demonstrate our unique feelings regarding whatever we are reviewing. But in the wake of seeing Star Wars VII: the Force Awakens, all I can say is WOW! Is it perfect? Probably not. But is it perfect for the time and the place we saw it and for being the kind of fans we are, YES. It was perfect!

I’m sure that as the days and months go by and as we see more viewings, we will dissect and question all kinds of things, but right now as a singular movie viewing experience we will rank it as one of the best since we started Anomaly for sure.

The Force Awakens is the Star Wars film we have been waiting for. Practical effects, witty dialogue, a female protagonist, nods to the best things about the preceding movies, surprises, action, storytelling that gets you right in the feels. It was a fun ride, and we can’t wait for more.

If you like this episode, you may also enjoy these posts: Does Rogue One Measure Up?The Phantom Menace: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly,  Attack of the Clones: Anakin the Creepy Creeper, Revenge of the Sith: Subtile as a Frat Party and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi . Please scroll down for our archived Star Wars: A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back episodes. 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Movie Trailer

VIDEO: Jen and Angela’s Quick Review of The Force Awakens (SPOILERS!!!)

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Jen teaches her 5-year-old son nerd basics, like the difference between droids and robots. Not the same thing people… NOT the same.
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By |2017-12-21T14:59:40+00:00December 21st, 2015|Anomaly, Show Notes, Star Wars|2 Comments

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Believer, wife, mom, designer, voice actress, podcast host...Anomaly. Jen is one of the founding co-hosts of Anomaly. She introduced Angela to Podcasts in 2006, after stumbling upon Treks In Sci-Fi. They became involved in the Trek SF forum and were encouraged by the host (and now good friend) Rico Dosti, to start their own show. They did in 2007 with a little help from their friends and have never looked back. :)


  1. Christian August 22, 2016 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    This is how i see it: Imagine you have 6 icecream flavors; 1.Vanilla, 2.Chocolate, 3.Apple, 4.Pineapple, 5.Watermelon, and 6.Coconut, ok?, and you say 4,5 and 6 are your favorites, ok?

    And then a “New” flavor came, a seventh flavor is here, OMG! and when you taste it you say “This new flavor is amazing, it is the best of all!!” but if you read the ingredients you find out there is no new flavor at all, it was just 4, 5 and 6 again, mixed, and with chips of 3!!. …and new characters, similar, but new.

    It is obvious you will like it, don’t you think? there is no risk there. And don’t get me as a hater, a liked and enjoyed it a lot, i saw it 4 times in theater, there are amazing stuff happening there, but there was nothing new really, i was a little disaponted by that, because every star wars film delivers something new and different every time, but not this time.

    The best of this movie are the main characters, those i loved them., and the final duel, those eye reflections scene, this was the real adition to the star wars universe, in my opinion, and hope the new movies fill that imaginative part this one is lacking… Imagination and creativiy is what Star Wars is made of, i believe.

    I just found you podcasts, I’m enjoying them a lot, thank you!

    • JRhodes August 27, 2016 at 3:37 pm - Reply

      Thanks for the note, Christian! Glad you found the show. Ha, ha, good analogy. There were definitely things (like the planet killer) we could have done without, but overall it was a good film. We loved the characters and are thrilled at the addition of Rey. I’m hoping they bring the heat in the next in the TFA trilogy. ~Jen

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