Podcasts in Review

October 30, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Interview, Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Rebels, Television | 1 Comment
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Bombad Radio: Episode 171 begins with some tv discussion on Marvel versus DC (Gotham, Flash, Arrow and cross-overs) then heads into a great interview with Star Wars artist Joe Corroney. Joe and Jeremiah talk about the GI Joe movies, Transformers, Star Trek, Star Wars, the difference between art for comic covers and book covers, depicting characters, and going to cons. Lot of great topics and well worth checking out. After hearing the interview with Joe, I really hope they interview some more Star Wars artists like Chris Trevas or Dave Dorman.

Far Far Away Radio: Episode 24 reviews Star Wars Rebels and includes some generally commentary on Star Wars and Disney. I have to say, they do a great job of juggling a large number of hosts and pulling it off without it being an issue. The payoff is a diversity of viewpoints. They each offer up their favorite characters from the show so far, their hopes for what the show we’ll do, who we might see next, and more. The show also has really good production quality which is always a plus…except for the terrible (yet slightly funny) impromptu rendition of Star Wars that’s partially hummed and ab libbed by one of the hosts :)

Full of Sith: Episode LXXXVI starts with a discussion of Star Wars Rebels, digging into episode three “Droids in Distress” and sharing what did and did not work for them. Ending the show, Mike talks about going to New York Comic Con, being inducted into the 501st Legion,  and Ania getting to wear Darth Vader’s helmet. Very cool story. Also, somewhere in there they talk about the fun possibility of an Obi-Wan trilogy. While a remote possibility, it’s an intriguing idea. All in all, great show.

Radio 1138: Episode 17 has quite a few interviews. They talk with Marvel Star Wars artist Larry Hama, Rebel Legion member Mark Mulcaster, Coffee with Kenobi blogger Becca Benjamin, and they talk with the creators of Space Janitors. The interviews are good, unfortunately the whole show is plagued by poor audio quality. If you don’t mind white noise laced over all the audio, it’s not too bad of an episode, but it does require some endurance.

Rebels Report: Season 1 Episode 1 is a nice review of “Droids in Distress”. Pete, Andy and guest Kale Suilon dig into the episode, the characters and themes, what they did and didn’t like, and more.

Star Wars Action News: Episode 434 is a really fun episode covering Holy Grails of Star Wars collecting. Throughout the episode, they have different collectors share their most prized Star Wars desires, and for some of them, obtaining those relished items. From rocket firing Boba Fetts to Death Star pencil sharpeners and Admiral Ackbar dixie cups, there’s quite a variety of items. Plus they have a rundown at the end of the show of Hasbro’s “Night Before New York Comic Con” action figure displays.

Star Wars Influences: Episode #9 focuses on Joseph Campbell and the hero’s journey. I’ll be honest, I thought this episode would be a lot better than it was. I don’t really know that much about Joseph Campbell or his work, though I have heard lots of people talk about his influence on Star Wars. Unfortunately, this episode did not shed any new light on the subject for me. They go over the elements of the hero’s journey in general and point out aspects as they retread the entire story of A New Hope. But a lot of the discussion doesn’t delve into any intriguing aspects. We all know Luke goes through the hero’s journey. We all know the scenes from the film. We really don’t get much else from this episode. I would have liked to hear more details about the steps of the heroes journey (especially laid on chronologically), a nice overview before pointing out how Star Wars reflected those aspects. It would also have been nice to get more details on Joseph Campbell’s thoughts, or even just more info on things like threshold guardians (assuming that was a Campbell thing). Another thing that would have been awesome would be more info on Joseph Campbell himself. Who was he? What did he do? And since it was mentioned in the episode, some audio clips from Campbell talking about the heroes journey and Star Wars would really liven up the show. As is, there wasn’t much to it to make it worth listening to.

Star Wars Report: Episode #149 features guest Johnamarie Macias who talks about her time at New York Comic Con. They also delve into Star Wars Rebels. Afterwards, they talk with Paul DePaola, one of the new writers on their site, who shares his Star Wars experiences and being in the 501st Legion. The last five minutes of the episode is reserved for news and rumors, with the first minute and a half being news, so just three and half minutes of rumors. If you’re worried about spoilers, they’re not too bad. They just cover the recently leaked concept art, nothing too major. Good episode all around.

The Comlink: Episode 102 kicks off with a 3 minute burst of news ranging from Palpatine getting a first name to Darth Vader getting a cameo on Star Wars Rebels. It’s a fast an entertaining way to catch up on Star Wars news. Afterwards Adrianne Curry hits the streets to ask fans some Star Wars questions. Then Kevin Smith stops by to talk about his experience on the Star Wars Episode VII set. The whole video is just under ten minutes time which is a pretty good length for the format. Definitely check it out.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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  1. I just want to thank you for doing these weekly podcasts in review. In a world of many great Star Wars shows around us, I know I can come here and see exactly what I should be checking out.

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