Podcasts in Review

July 17, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Books, Interview, Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | 1 Comment
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Assembly of Geeks:Avoid Transformers & 250 Great Geek Moments” begins with a very odd discussion of the latest Transformer’s movie given that none of the hosts have seen it yet. Regardless, they discuss the reactions of critics and fans and lament the daunting runtime of the movie (a whopping 2 hours and 45 minutes). Afterwards they rundown the latest geek news including the appearance of the pilot episode of The Flash online, Pacific Rim 2, the Phineas & Ferb Star Wars episode trailer, and then dive into SFX magazine’s 250 greatest moments in sci-fi, fantasy and horror. Sadly a lot of the top ten is dominated by very recent films which seems like a poor way to form the list, but the hosts chime in with their picks and it makes for a good discussion.

Bombad Radio: Episode 155 has a bit of an intro with Jeremiah and Nick before going into an interview with actor Doug Jones. The Doug Jones interview is really good. He talks about working with Guillermo Del Toro, his roles in Hellboy, Hellboy II, Mimic, Pan’s Labyrinth, Falling Skies, Batman Returns, and Warriors of Virtue. As primarily a suit actor, he talks about how his background as a mime and listing himself as a contortionist has helped him get roles. However, the best parts are probably his impressions of Del Toro. It’s a very fun interview. Capping off the show is some more commentary from Jeremiah and Nick. Worth noting, the intro and extro audio quality isn’t the best but the interview portion is good, so you might want to skip ahead when listening.

July Free-For-All features hosts James, Jason and Kelsee with special guests Tricia Barr and Cheryk. This episode focuses heavily on the roles of women in film, diving into discussions on the Bechdel Test, evil female roles, representation of women in the toy market and the way Star Wars and Disney has been handling things. It’s a very interesting episode with a good variety of topics. Worth checking out.

Coffee with Kenobi:A Cup of Clone Wars – The Order 66 Arc” features guest Eric Geller as they review The Order 66 arc from Season 6 of The Clone Wars. They analyze the nature of the clones and their limitations of free will, the cunning planning of Palpatine, whether the Kaminoans are evil or neutral, the impact of the Jedi twins, and the extent of Dooku’s knowledge of Sidious’ plans.

Full of Sith: Episode LXII features special guest Derek Hunter (artist for Adventure Time) and a long time friend of Bryan. They talk about Derek’s hate for the prequels, his boredom with The Dark Knight Rises, Bryan’s hate for The Matrix, and some other film thoughts. They also talk about showing Star Wars to their kids, a horrible Star Wars museum in Germany and more. It’s an interesting interview that’s light and entertaining. Surprisingly, Derek really doesn’t talk that much about working on Adventure Time.

Radio 1138: Episode 11 has a lot of random audio and covers mostly odds and ends. They have some audio from Richard LeParmentier’s memorial service, a discussion with a member of the 501st Legion, updates on Harrison Ford’s injury, a con report, audio from some pieces they did with media outlets and more. Nothing really essential so it is one that you could skip if pressed for time.

Rock Out Loud:Hysteria!” is an awesome rundown on one of the greatest rock and roll albums of all time. Steve and Kristin go through the album song-by-song, sharing Def Leppard trivia and even playing some audio of the band commenting on the songs and the album. I really enjoyed this episode and couldn’t help but feel compelled to plug the album in and listen to it. Great discussion and insight with plenty of sound clips.

Secrets of Star Wars: Episode 16 …catches up on the latest news and rumors for Star Wars Episode VII. They go over the latest on Harrison Ford’s status, touch on Rian Johnson being named as a writer and director for the rest of the sequel trilogy and his work on Looper, and they ponder the possibility of Gwendoline Christie playing a female Darth Vader. Regarding rumors, they talk about the search for Luke, Boyega and Ridley crash landing on Tatooine, Sith witches and Mandalorians, and Kevin Smith’s visit to the set. Nice episode that doesn’t run too long and covers each topic with just the right amount of attention.

Skywalking Through Neverland: Episode 35 covers some news and rumors then segues into an interview with Mar­cus Gon­za­lez, a designer for Disney merchandize. Marcus talks about designing the special collectible popcorn buckets at the Disney theme parks, what it’s like being a concept designer for food and beverage products, and some of the drink glasses he’s come up with. It’s a pretty interesting interview. Afterwards they speak with Dan Berry who talks Star Wars Weekends, and with Matthew Clifton who is a huge Steve Blum fan. He talks about meeting Steve and the amount of voice work Steve has done. Good episode to check out.

Episode 37 kicks off with some news like Disney doing a Frozen Summer Fun Live event to compete with Universal Orlando’s Diagon Alley, and Carrie Fisher’s daughter being in Star Wars Episode VII. Then they talk with George Shaw, Jef­frey Gee Chin and Obi-Shawn Crosby about their fan film Star Wars Musical. It’s a YouTube video featuring Disney songs with Star Wars music. However they went way beyond just doing music, and the interview reveals just how much thought and effort went into bringing the idea to life. It’s an entertaining look behind the scenes. Definitely worth a listen.

Star Wars Bookworms: Episode #26 features a fantastic interview between Teresa Delgado and Star Wars author Drew Karpyshyn. Drew talks about the Darth Bane Trilogy, seeing Bane in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and his thoughts on Mark Hamill voicing the character. He also talks about Revan, Annihilation, working on Star Wars: The Old Republic, his thoughts on Legends, and some fun general Star Wars stuff. Plus he covers his original fantasy trilogy The Chaos Born, the inspiration for the series, creating and naming the characters, and then tackles some fan question. Really great interview with excellent sound quality. A must listen to for Karpyshyn fans.

Star Wars Oxygen: Volume 8 features a lot of listener feedback but the hosts weave in some discussion of The Empire Strikes Back, play a couple more unused tracks including an AT-AT piece, and head into the Cloud City scenes. While the listener feedback does slow down their coverage of the films, it did give them a nice reason to talk a little about the Shadows of the Empire soundtrack.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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