Film Threat’s Rather Civil ‘The Last Jedi’ Debate from SDCC

When we first heard that our pals over at Film Threat were going to be hosting a Star Wars: The Last Jedi debate during San Diego Comic-Con, we were concerned. Considering how absolutely vile the online realm has gotten over Rian Johnson‘s film, there was only one way this off-site (at the library) live podcast taping could go, and it wasn’t going to be pretty.

That said, we were extremely surprised when the resulting debate (four anti, four pro) was downright civil and polite. Chris Gore hosted the panel, and he kept everything to a timely clip with allotted seconds/minutes to pose the argument, respond to the question, and rebut the other team.

Debate team members include Charles de Lauzirika, Anthony Ray Bench, Mary Anne Butler, Steele Saunders, Cliff Stephenson, Robert Meyer BurnettDante James, Travis Langley, J.C. Reifenberg, Nikole Zivalich, and Annie Cruz.

I was called up at one point to take over a question from one of the panelists (thanks, Anthony!) because he was tired of debating about the film, and I still have so much to say about it. There was no real set ending to the talk — the panel ran out of time quicker than I think anyone was prepared for.

You can listen for yourself to The Last Jedi Debate here, or here:

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.


Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always).

Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence.

Though she be but little, she is fierce. #MabTheProfessional

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