Podcasts in Review

November 27, 2014 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars Rebels, Television, The Clone Wars | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Bombad Radio: Episode 175 features another one of their outstanding interviews, this time with Star Wars author Sean Williams. They talk with Sean about some of his last Star Wars books like Fatal Alliance and The Force Unleashed I and II. However, the real fun kicks in when Sean talks about his ideas for books he didn’t get to write. More than just sharing the pitch, Sean actually goes over a bunch of the ideas he and a fellow co-writer had in mind for a book called Jedi Asylum. He also touches on his thoughts for The Force Unleashed III which he is still hoping might happen, and gets into a fun brainstorming session. It’s a very fun episode and one EU fans might get a big kick out of. I certainly enjoyed it a lot.

Coffee with Kenobi: Book Chat with James Luceno focuses on the author’s latest Star Wars book, Tarkin. Now James has been doing the circuit on various podcasts, so you may have heard him interviewed elsewhere. Some of the questions and answers covers some familiar ground–his approach to the character, working with the story group, unveiling Palpatine’s name–but Jim also talks about focusing on the relationships. On one hand, there’s Tarkin’s relationship with Vader, and on the other is his relationship with Palpatine. He also talks about the Emperor and his ultimate goals. Overall it’s a very fluid discussion with good questions and enlightening conversation. If you’ve heard him on other podcasts, this one is still worth checking out.

Episode #26 kicks off with news, The Force Awakens title, Dave Filoni talking about Luminara, theme park news, and the Bearded Trio chimes in with their usual news segment. For the main discussion, they have special guest James Schron from Bombad Radio on to talk about the Jedi Order. They cover the significance of family and passion, bringing balance to the Force, and of course Anakin. What’s really fun is how they weave it altogether with the original trilogy, the prequels, TCW and Star Wars Rebels. It was also very amusing to hear James keep bringing up elements from the EU and the hosts constantly reminding him that none of that is canon. Us EU fans are a diehard bunch, and I have to admit it’s hard to let go of all that lore, especially when chances are high that authors will weave it back in with the upcoming novels. Aside from the Jedi Order, they also discuss lightsabers, the importance of their colors, and who welded what color blade. Ending the show off is some listener feedback, most of it focusing on Padme, which provides a nice examination of her character. Great show.

Full of Sith: Episode XCI features a great conversation with Freddie Prinze Jr. I say conversation because it feels less like an interview, and more like some Star Wars fans hanging out and diving into fun conversations. Freddie shares being a stay at home parent, introducing Star Wars to his kids, and being a writer. He’s very down to earth, provides some excellent insight on Star Wars Rebels, and even gives fans some things to look forward to. Beyond Star Wars, he talks about Wing Commander, switching careers from acting to voice acting and much more. It’s a great episode and a must listen to one for Star Wars Rebels fans.

RebelForce Radio: Episode 11.14.2014 includes news, the loss of Mark Hamill’s beard, Svengoolie and a street performer showdown between Batgirl, Mr. Incredible, Chewbacca and Freddy Kruger. Of more interest is their interview with Matt Lanter, the voice of Anakin in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Matt talks about some of the episodes from season six, and even gives his thoughts on Star Wars Rebels. The interview is definitely worth checking out.

Episode 11.21.2014 celebrates Life Day and the Star Wars Holiday Special. They also play a snippet of the Tarkin audio piece Jimmy Mac put together that features the talents of Stephen Stanton, they dive into feedback and touch on Billy Dee Williams’ album Let’s Misbehave.

Rock Out Loud:Halloween Songs” is kind of a dual topic show. On one hand they share some of their favorite Halloween-like rock songs, and on the other hand, they dive into some really fun horror movie discussions. I’m a big fan of horror movies, so I actually enjoyed that part of the show more than the music side of the discussion.

Skywalking Through Neverland: Episode 53 features an interview with Casey Pugh the directory of Star Wars Uncut. He talks about how the fan film got started, working with StarWars.com for the sequel Empire Strikes Back Uncut, and all the fun details that went into making those. Also in this episode is some recent Star Wars mentions in other tv shows and a brief mention of their trip to Stan Lee’s Comikaze (which I think they are going to dive into more in their next episode).

Star Wars Oxygen: Volume 12 continues their coverage of Return of the Jedi with easter eggs, Ewok music, the most used theme and cut music. Pretty good episode though there were some audio issues that kept popping up (like echoing).

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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