Podcasts in Review

June 19, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Assembly of Geeks:To Nerdrage or Not to Nerdrage” features special guest host Jen Rhodes (Anomaly Podcast) as they talk about the TMZ Star Wars photos, what they want to see return to Star Wars Episode VII, and what they don’t want to come back. Plus there’s the news that Billy Dee Williams will indeed be doing voicework for Star Wars Rebels. They also cover the news of the two new Star Wars actresses and explore how this reflects on the initial complaints of there not being enough women. Wrapping up their Star Wars coverage is the Leia campaign for more Leia Disney merchandise. Aside from Star Wars, they get into the Ant Man movie and change of writers, Ghostbusters’ theatrical re-release on August 29th, the She-Hulk controversy stirred up by David S. Goyer, and their spoiler free thoughts on X-Men: Days of Future Past. A great episode to listen to for well rounded coverage of all things cool.

Bombad Radio: Episode 151 marks third anniversary. They cover their murky origins, jump into some DC superhero discussion, compare some of the best and worst third movies in a trilogy, and then speak with special guest Diamond Dallas Page. DDP of course talks about wrestling, how he got started, hitting the big time, and also talks about how he got into the whole Yoga thing and the success he’s had with DDP Yoga. I’m a bit of a wrestling fan, so I really dug the interview.

Bombad Radio’s June Free-For-All has an awesome panel of hosts including Dan Zehr and Cory Clubb from Coffee with Kenobi and Juno Eclipse voice actress Nathalie Cox. As can be expected, they get into a lot of fun discussions. They talk (spoiler free) about Godzilla and director Gareth Edwards who is slated for the first Star Wars stand-alone film. They talk about his writer Gary Whitta, about J.J. Abrams and what they expect from him in Star Wars Episode VII considering all the good things he’s done so far. They touch on Cloverfield, Lost, and even lament the lack of The Force Unleashed III. I highly recommend checking this episode out for some great discussion.

Full of Sith: Episode LXVIII has a lot of discussion on some of the latest Star Wars news. They talk about Tony To’s involvement in Star Wars considering his previous work was on outstanding television shows like Band of Brothers. They talk about the newly announced Star Wars actresses Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie, whether Lupita will turn out to be an offspring of Obi-Wan and the possibility of Gwendoline being a villain. They also touch on Mark Hamill’s appearance at Star Wars Weekends and the hints that he might be appearing later in the filming process. Wrapping up the “Star Wars in the Classroom” segment, Craig Dickinson shares with the hosts the final reactions from his kids as they finish off Revenge of the Sith and Return of the Jedi. Craig mentions his students’ thoughts on Anakin being Vader, him killing the younglings, Order 66, Chancellor Palpatine being able to use Force lightning, Leia and Luke being twins, their excitement for ROTJ, it being the best ending ever, and the reaction of his female students hearing about the recent female additions to the Star Wars Episode VII cast. This was a fun segment and it was neat hearing about the kids’ reactions to seeing Star Wars for the first time. With all the news discussion packed in on top of that, this is a great show to check out.

Geek Out Loud: Episode 90 is co-hosted by Del Rey’s Erich Shoeneweiss as he and Steve do their best to not talk Star Wars (but they still do…a little). Mostly, they get into a fun discussion on the Rocky films, go through a bunch of snippets and focus on the new movie Godzilla. They give their opinions on the film, what worked, what didn’t, and share their nostalgic love for the old Godzilla films. Erich and Steve strike a good chemistry and get into some great discussions, so this is a show you’ll want to check out. Fair warning, though, they completely spoil Godzilla, so listen to this after you’ve seen the film.

RebelForce Radio: Episode 6.13.2014 kicks off with an establishment of spoiler policy given feedback from fans on their last episode. Then Jimmy Mac talks about the huge turnout at Star Wars Day in Joliet, IL. We also get to hear a radio spot Jimmy did that’s going to be a recurring segment. Among all the news and rumors, they talk about recasting, the stand-alone films, Star Wars Insider stories becoming canon, Billy Dee on GLEE, and much more.

Skywalking through Neverland: Episode 33 talks about Marvel Universe Live, Disney on Ice Frozen, then jumps into a spoiler free Maleficent discussion covering the character and the movie. There’s also a fairy tale humor game, a rundown on Star Tours the Adventure Continues and a cool interview with Chris Alexan­der, author of Star Wars Origami. Whether you’re a Disney fan or a Star Wars fan, this episode has you covered.

Star Wars Action News: Episode 426 has some discussion on their San Diego Comic Con breakfast event, the Disney Star Wars themed half-marathon, getting Ahmed Best’s autograph at Star Wars Weekends, and some reviews of the new Star Wars Mission Series figures. “On the Pegs” includes Target hunts for 6″ Black Series stormtroopers and Darth Vaders, Star Wars LEGO sets, Mission Series and Hasbro vehicles. “Vintage Viewpoint” tackles country of origin stamps on the old Kenner figures. And rounding out the episode is coverage of the latest Star Wars collectibles: the Inquisitor maquette, Cad Bane in Denal disguise, and Star Wars Hot Wheels.

Star Wars Oxygen: Volume 7 is another show you won’t want to miss. Continuing their exploration of the music of The Empire Strikes Back, they discuss Boba Fett’s “almost” theme (as it’s really too short to be a true theme, but definitely a recurring cue). However the heart of the episode is the cut music that wasn’t even used for the film. They compare the scenes as they sound in ESB with how they would have sounded if John Williams’ music would have been used. They also discuss what the filmmakers’ reasons must have been for the musical choices. There’s even altered music for the snowspeeder search for Luke and Han. As cool as it is hearing the comparison of the scenes with the different music, it’s even more cool to hear that there’s more to come in the next episode.

Star Wars Report: Episode #132 is a bit short but has a nice interview with Brian Muir, the sculptor of Darth Vader’s helmet and the stormtrooper’s helmet. He talks about his work on A New Hope, going to see a heart doctor in researching the famous scene from Temple of Doom, and the possibility of working on Star Wars Episode VII.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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