Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, a boy fell in love with a modern myth. Now he passes this love for Star Wars on to his two sons.
David Jesse’s first Star Wars memories saw A New Hope on HBO; plays with 3.75 ”Luke Skywalker and Han Solo figures in his backyard; He made lightsabers out of paper towel rolls and picked his jaw off the floor when he got a tie fighter for Christmas. His family wasn’t a movie guy, so he never had the privilege of seeing the original trilogy in theaters, but he definitely shivered in disbelief when Darth Vader revealed he was Luke’s father in the Empire Strikes Back.
David grew up watching Star Wars and during the prequel trilogy his two sons, Samuel and Nathan, were born. Even though they were too young to see the prequels in theaters, David always had a wish that one day they could see Star Wars in theaters together.
Fast forward to Thanksgiving weekend 2014, though
The Force Awakens
Teaser came out and something awakened inside Sam and Nate. As David notes, “I watched their faces as Finn stood up in his Stormtrooper armor. when Poe flew his X-Wing just a few meters above the water. They were in awe. But when they played that teaser over and over again. I knew the power was within them. “
In December 2017, after a failed YouTube show attempt, David and his two sons stuck a Yeti Blue microphone on the kitchen table of their California townhouse and recorded the first episode of
Tatooine Sons: A Star Wars Podcast
and uploaded it to Spreaker
A few weeks later, they were invited to a special screening of The Last Jedi with 100 other fans at IMAX headquarters in Hollywood, followed by an interview with the film’s writer / director, Rian Johnson.
When Nathan asked Rian, “What’s the name of the porg on the Millennium Falcon?” her
war of stars
Fandom was launched into hyperspace. Not only did Rian agree to the idea for the unnamed Porg, but Terbus – the Porg named by Nathan – eventually appeared in three 2019 editions of Star Wars Adventures, a comic book series.
According to David
war of stars
brought Sam, Nate and me closer together. It gives me a natural opportunity to share stories of good and bad, right and wrong, life and death – to restore the balance of power – with my sons. “Not only was the podcast a great way to connect with fellow Star Wars fans, but it was also an incredible way for dad and sons to bond. David credits the podcast for opening the door to meaningful conversations that, of course, he couldn’t have discussed with his sons.
And as the podcast continued to grow over the past year, it also caught the attention of Facebook, providing an incredible opportunity for the father and sons. On May 4th (the unofficial “Star Wars Day”) Tatooine Sons officially started their Facebook Watch series with a live event. In collaboration with Facebook, they will produce a total of 10 video episodes of their podcast. Check out the first recorded show here:
Facebook Watch announced the partnership, stating that their “goal is to incubate the video ecosystem by working with partners like Tatooine Sons to create a predictable program calendar. Facebook enables and gives partners the freedom to experiment and play in the ways they know best. “
That is exactly what they allow Tatooine Sons to do; Showcase your love for Star Wars and its podcast community in a brand new way.
Check out the video versions of the podcast on demand on Facebook. Check them out every Monday at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT
. And listen to the podcast version of the show here