by Ryan Reynolds
I have been a Star Wars fan since the age of 6, when my dear old grandpa took me to see Star Wars… (Episode IV: A New Hope… yadayada, all I knew was that I WAS GOING TO SEE STAR WARS). At the risk of betraying whatever amount of Star Wars credibility you might have already gifted me, I will divulge my most vivid memory of that experience: seeing a stormtrooper riding on top of a dewback.
Yes, I know. The re-releases are not popular among older fans, and even younger fans who no longer have legitimate access to the original releases have jumped on the bandwagon.
But that image, combined with Darth Vader’s costume, Luke’s lightsaber, the twin suns of Tatooine, THE DEATH STAR, C-3PO and R2-D2’s constant bickering, the Princess of a lost planet, and the multitude of other fascinating and life changing gems from George Lucas’ imagination introduced me to a world I simply had to learn more about. From the very beginning (or at least my beginning… I wasn’t alive in 1977…), I was drawn to the immense world building that was possible with Star Wars.
I began to devour the books, with Timothy Zahn’s Heir to the Empire trilogy being the pinnacle of my adolescent reading experience. I got sucked into MANY play-throughs of the Knights of the Old Republic video games. I LOVE what most of the prequels have to offer. I watched The Clone Wars and watch Rebels today. I collect (and read!) all of the New Canon novels and comics, and have a growing collection of the Hasbro Black Series 3.75 in. figures. The point is: I love Star Wars. All of it. Yes, that is me in the picture below. Krennic might be a dick, but his costume rules.
I also love to talk about Star Wars, and over the past few years of my music study at Florida State University, I made a few friends that not only give me a run for my money when it comes to Star Wars knowledge, but also inspire me to dig even deeper, to do something with all this unbridled enthusiasm we share. Thus:
While Star Wars has always been second nature to me (or as some friends say, my second major), I cannot say the same for podcasting. In fact, I am quite the noob.
About a year ago, I noticed on Facebook that an old friend of mine was making a podcast called Court of Nerds. I had never intentionally listened to a podcast at that point, but I had several friends who told me previously that I should. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but boy oh boy… I got sucked into the personality and fun of Court of Nerds, and I was instantly jealous of their access to top flight talent in the comic industry for interviews and conversations. I zoomed quickly into hyperspace and a simple “Star Wars Podcasts” google search led me to my early favorites: The Star Wars Report, Full of Sith, Rebel Force Radio, and the Coffee With Kenobi network. Since, I have added The Star Wars Underworld, and I never miss an episode of Rogue Won: A Star Wars Podcast for Winners. In fact, I have to give a special shout out to Rogue Won Johnny for being such freaking badass and generously giving me some advice and encouragement that helped to get this podcast off the ground.
I’m very excited to be joined on The Trebel Bass by my incredible friends:
Elizabeth Beeche, Jacob Goforth, Jacob Heglund, Ashley Holder, Todd Sterling, and Cody Switzer. These rad individuals will be joining me as often as they can on the podcast, and I am 100 percent confident people are going to love their personalities and what they have to say about The Wars. Everyone has their own areas of expertise, and I expect our conversations to go in all kind of unexpected directions. Additionally, we will work our hardest to bring the best pilots, troopers, and scruffy-looking nerf herders to your earballs with interviews, games, and whatever else strikes our fancy.
I suppose if you have read this far, YOU MUST BE IN! Just kidding, but we will be pressing RECORD in the very near future, and if you don’t want to miss Episode I of The Trebel Base: A Star Wars Podcast, make sure you subscribe to our Facebook and Twitter feeds. In addition to getting notifications on new episodes, The Trebel Bass team and I will be frequenting social media often to have some kick-ass Star Wars conversations with all of you! Don’t EVER hesitate to write in to us and ask a question.
You’ll be hearing from us soon.
May the force be with you, always,