Emily Esfahani Smith and Ben Domenech are back with your bimonthly dose of pop culture! In this edition of the Acculturated podcast, they talk to The Weekly Standard’s Jonathan Last, an enthusiast and expert of comic books, video games, and sci-fi movies. Last is just the man you will want to hear from in light of the recent–some would say tragic–news about the Star Wars franchise (if you’re not caught up on that story, be sure to check out Ben Domenech’s piece, “George Lucas Just Saved Star Wars by Firing George Lucas”). 

Emily, Ben, and Jonathan chat about the future of Star Wars, the best (and worst) film in Lucas’ series, whether Hollywood is in a creative rut, and why heroism is making a comeback in the popular culture.

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