Podcasts in Review

May 8, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment

Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

501stCast: Minicast Episode 4.17.14 covers the Galactic Academy which is the 501st/Rebel Legion cosplay group for younger fans. In they episode they cover how the Galactic Academy got started, what it takes to join up, how the group is organized, who some of the members are and more. Nice episode to check out for those unfamiliar with the group or for younger fans looking to join up and troop alongside with the 501st Legion or Rebel Legion.

All Wings Report In: Episode XII marks a return to the normal hosts, Erich and Phil, and a great episode covering the latest Star War news and Rebel Legion updates. They mention the new look of the Rebel Legion’s official website. They welcome the newly formed Ghost Base. They talk about the next Star Wars Reads Day in October and have a nice discussion on the Star Wars Rebels news out of WonderCon. With a little bit of Rebel Legion focus and a lot of general Star Wars discussion, this is an episode everyone can check out and enjoy.

Assembly of Geeks:Assembling the Geeks” is a superb episode to listen to. Scott talks with Dan Zehr about how Assembly of Geeks got started, how the hosts met, what goes into making the show, how the various segments of the show came about, and just a deeply intriguing look behind the scenes. Whether you’re a fan of the show or just someone interested in podcasting, this is a great episode to check out. I highly recommend it.

Star Wars Day” is an all Star Wars show talking Star Wars Rebels, the new Star Wars EU and the upcoming books. Throughout the episode there are audio clips from fellow podcasters talking about what May the 4th is to them, and there’s also some Star Wars gags and jokes sprinkled in. It’s a nice, fun episode to listen to, something all Star Wars fans can enjoy.

Bombad Radio: Episode 142 sort of wraps up their series on the Star Wars EU by touching on the New Jedi Order, the Dark Nest Trilogy, the Legacy of the Force series, the Fate of the Jedi series and Crucible. Due to the amount of books covered, they don’t dive too deeply into any one book but instead cover the themes of each series, highlighting the best and worst that they have to offer. Some of the discussion points can go pretty fast since they’re doing so much, and they definitely do spoilers. For instance, they spoil just about every character who dies in the NJO. If you haven’t read these books and plan on doing so, I advise staying away from this episode. However, if you don’t plan on reading them, you might want to check this one out to get an idea of what happens in the books.

Episode 143 is an audio recording of the Billy Dee Williams panel at Salt Lake Fan Experience 2014. There’s some good questions in the panel and some good answers from Billy Dee. He talks a little about his painting, how he’ll be doing an episode of Glee, the possibility of him being back on Dancing with the Stars for the finale, and he even explains why he’s wearing Han Solo’s clothes at the end of The Empire Strikes Back. As with the Nathan Fillion panel, the audio gets easier to hear as the panel goes on, so if it’s hard to hear at first, stick around as it will get better. Good episode to listen to for Billy Dee fans.

Full of Sith: Episode LXII briefly touches on the comments Alan Horn made like the budget of Star Wars Episode VII and the flexibility of release dates before jumping into the EU news. They’re a little harsh on the EU and there’s no love lost on it’s figurative passing. As for the new upcoming books, Mike and Bryan are onboard, but Bobby…not so much. I have to admit, though, the idea of Maul being the mentioned TCW character in Paul S. Kemp’s Lords of the Sith would be awesome. For one thing, that would mark up the Sith lords count to three for the book. Secondly, it would give fans a much better conclusion to Darth Maul’s fate than the upcoming Dark Horse comic. That aside, they also discuss whether the radio dramas will be considered canon, if any books might be excluded from the Star Wars Legends banner, and finish up with “Late to the Party” as Bobby talks about the episodes in season three that he watched. Fun episode with some good subjects.

Episode LXIII tackles the casting news for Star Wars Episode VII with some great conversation. Hosted by Mike, Bryan, Bobby and Amy Ratcliffe, they cover the concerns of female representation, the rumors that John Boyega will be playing the lead, the possibility of a new trio, and thoughts on each and every person named in the casting announcement. It’s a really nice discussion with a good variety of opinions and ideas. The show wraps up with a quick chat with Craig Dickinson who talks about teaching with Star Wars in the classroom. A great addition to your playlist.

Radio 1138: Episode 7 has a rundown on May the 4th Be With You and the second half of Mark’s interview with Mary Jo Duffy who worked on Marvel Star Wars (excellent interview by the way, really glad they included the second half. You can check out Episode 6 for the first half of the interview.).  Mary talks about the Jawas of Doom, how the Nagai invasion would have ended, and some info on the Marvel-Star Wars relationship. Then they have a event report from Teresa Delgado who got to go on a very exclusive publicity trip for Disney V.I.P.s to check out the new Disney Star Wars products and more. And if that wasn’t enough, they finish off with Jonathan Wilkins and all the Star Wars Insider news. Lots of great content in this episode.

RebelForce Radio: Episode 4.25.14 starts with a little talk with Jason before transitioning over to David Collins to discuss Star Wars Rebels at WonderCon. It doesn’t take long for it to turn into a Star Wars Oxygen minicast as David and Jimmy breakdown the Star Wars Rebels theme and chat about Kevin Kiner returning to Star Wars. From there, they expand out into general thoughts on the show, the characters, and the freedom of possibilities for those characters’ fates. Kevin Kiner stops in for an interview and talks about working with George Lucas on Star Wars: The Clone Wars, what direction he was given, how closely he worked with Dave later in the show, and how Rebels will have themes for all of the characters. Afterwards, Chris Macht comes in to talk about the special screening of A New Hope for May the 4th Be with You. I’m a fan of Star Wars Oxygen, so I really liked the chat Jimmy and David had about the music. Unfortunately the audio for the Kiner interview was a little rough, but even still, Kevin revealed some really cool stuff, so it’s still definitely worth a listen. Overall, a good show.

Secrets of Star Wars: Episode 11 is a pretty good show going over the Star Wars Episode VII casting with a particular focus on analyzing the casting photo and speculating on the roles. Will Han and Leia be separated? Will Max von Sydow and Adam Driver be master and apprentice? They ask those questions and more as they ponder the what if’s from what we know.

Skywalking through Neverland: Episode 28 kicks off with the news regarding the new state of canon and the Expanded Universe. I appreciated their feedback on the announcements, as they’re fellow fans of the EU but still levelheaded about the news. We all knew it was coming and it’s cool to have more Star Wars books on the way from familiar authors. They also have a really cool segment in this episode where they highlight some of the excellent Star Wars guest interviews they’ve done in previous shows. I haven’t listened to all of their episodes, so this was a great way to find out which episodes I need to go back and listen to. The highlights include Steve Sansweet, R2 builder Vic­tor Franco, C-3PO cos­player Simon Wilkie, and Rebel Legion member Shawn Crosby. I’ve already heard the Steve Sansweet and Simon Wilkie interviews, both of which I recommend checking out, but now I’m enticed to listen in to the full interviews with Victor Franco and Shawn Crosby. Both were really interesting.

Star Wars Action News: Episode 423 is their coverage of C2E2 featuring the hosts and several guests as they talk about the Star Wars collectibles turn out at the con and the newly revealed announcement concerning the state of the Expanded Universe. Whereas the hosts of Full of Sith didn’t really care that the EU was set aside, and the hosts of Skywalking through Neverland remained positive, the members of SWAN were not so happy about the news. While it was pretty much inevitable, it’s still a hard pill to swallow that all of those stories no longer officially count. Thus I can empathize with them. That said, I’m really looking forward to the new books, so even with the sad news, there’s more than enough to keep me happy for the moment. While they usually focus on collecting, and there’s quite a bit of that in this one, there’s also so good discussion on the EU news, so collectors and readers alike will want to give this one a listen.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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