Podcasts in Review

January 1, 2015 at 12:01 am | Posted in Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | 1 Comment

Kicking off the new year, here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Assembly of Geeks:Looking Back at a Geeky 2014” includes their thoughts on the Fall 2014 tv shows like Blacklist, Revenge, Goldbergs, Gotham, Star Wars Rebels, Arrow, Flash and Sons of Anarchy. They don’t go too in depth on any of them but they do touch on them and their general thoughts. They talk about the Topps style release of The Force Awakens character names, they cover the female Ghostbuster cast rumors, the idea of a Batman dream sequence for Dark Knight Rises, Marc Singer coming to Arrow, and their favorite Geek movies of the year. Plus there’s their good bye segment to Tricia as this is her last episode. Certainly a great episode to check out.

Bombad Radio: Episode 180 is a team gathering as they get everyone together for a Christmas-cast. They talk all things geek and Star Wars, from director cuts vs theatrical releases, to film scores and who their favorite The Force Awakens characters will be. It’s a fun episode. The audio starts out a little rough for the first couple minutes but clears up after that, so stick with it. They also preview a little bit of the next release of their Zillo Rising audiodrama.

Coffee With Kenobi: Legends Library’s “Dark Force Rising” episode covers the book with an extensive overview of the plot, great for anyone who hasn’t read the book and is looking to find out what it’s about. The hosts work well together and keep things interesting. If you’re looking for an EU book podcast, this one is worth tuning into. After their overview of the book, they consider the qualifications of a recommended reading list and ask listeners what they think the standards should be. Personally, that’s always a hard question to answer as everyone’s reading habits are different.

Collectors Cast: Episode #7 is hosted by James and Jimmy Mac as they talk about action figures, leaked photos of The Force Awakens six inch figures, Hot Wheels, Gentle Giant, LEGO and more. Plus James talks with Steve Sansweet to catch up on Rancho Obi-Wan, their new recruiter program, and Steve’s thoughts on The Force Awakens. Great episode with lots of fun discussion.

Fly Casual: Episode 21 touches on their roadtrip to Chicago, dives into The Force Awakens character names, some news, toy reports and rumors. Now Fly Casual is a new podcast I just started listening to. It’s a Star Wars podcast with four regular hosts and excellent audio quality. Really, I can’t stress that enough. These guys sound good. They also all sound really comfortable on mic, so it’s a fluid discussion of topics, be it the gender stereotyping with toys or the possibility of misdirection with the trademarked Star Wars names. Yet what makes them stand apart in my opinion is their humor. Having listened to a handful of episodes this week, these guys make me laugh out loud in every episode more than once. They do a great job of mixing in humor on the fly. I definitely recommend giving this podcast a listen. There’s a nice combination of opinions between the four hosts with a healthy love of the EU (something I certainly enjoy).

Episode 20 is a live recording in front of an audience as they celebrate The Force Awakens trailer which makes for an interesting atmosphere for a podcast. They talk Star Wars with the fans, quiz them on trivia, and even get into some Spaceballs. It’s a fun show and worth checking out.

Episode 19 kicks off with some beer talk, segues into gadgets, then heads into reviews as they go over the mid season finale for Star Wars Rebels. They discuss what they liked seeing, compare it to the prequels and the EU, they cover the Inquisitor, Ezra, Kanan, corruption and the dark side, how the show is handling it, who Fulcrum might be, what they want for the Sabine-Ezra relationship, and then cap things off with a review of Tarkin. Fair warning, they’re not big fans of Luceno’s style of writing and they do delve into spoilers.

Episode 18 covers The Force Awakens teaser trailer, fake trailers and more. They go through scene-by-scene with humorous, entertaining commentary covering possible elite markings on the stormtroopers, the portrayal of the Empire, BB-8, the crossguard saber and the Falcon. They also touch on Marvel Star Wars #1 which is set to sell 1 million copies and play a pretty Star Wars Christmas parody of Jabba the Hutt singing.

Hyperspace Theories: Episode #4 jumps into J.J. Abrams’ mystery box. They talk about the director, his past projects, and their thoughts for The Force Awakens. They cover their thoughts on Kasdan being there to plug Abrams’ weaknesses (like plot holes), Abrams’ knack for starting things up (and how he’s perfect for the first film in a new trilogy), and his obsession with mystery boxes. I hadn’t realized Abrams’ was so into mystery and that it has played such a heavy theme in his works. Of course, they also touch on how the mystery thing could be a bad thing if there’s no payoff. Overall a very interesting segment shedding some light on J.J. Abrams. Afterwards, they break off to discuss The Force Awakens character names–their meanings and what they might be short for or analogs to. In their third segment, they cover potential character roles and parental relationships. Lots of intriguing subjects.

RebelForce Radio: Revenge of the Sith commentary features Jimmy, Jason, David Collins and Sam Witwer as they all pitch in on the movie with their various insights and analysis of the characters and story. Dave shares some inside knowledge, Sam provides his spectacular viewpoints, and they both chime in for some funny impersonations of George Lucas, Hayden and Arnold Schwarzenegger. You won’t want to miss this one.

Rebels Report: Season 1 Episode 7 “Gathering Forces” is hosted by Pete and Andy as they go through the episode sharing their observations along with their usual wit and humor.

Season 1 Episode 6 “Empire Day” is much the same thing. More Pete. More Andy. More fun. Great to show to check out for Star Wars Rebels reviews.

Season 1 Episode 5 “Out of Darkness” has Pete and Andy pondering who Fulcrum might be with an interesting analysis of the voice which indicates it’s probably a women, they get on a tangent about space food, question Ezra’s piloting abilities, dive into Sabine’s past, and also touch on their thoughts on The Force Awakens title. It’s another fun review episode.

Skywalking Through Neverland: Episode 59 is their Christmas episode as they share Christmas memories and traditions, take a geek quiz with Donald Wicks, talk more with Dave Skale about Disney’s Haunted Mansion Holidays, get one last batch of letters to Santa Claus read by C-3PO and share some sound bites from fellow podcasters. It’s a nice episode to end the holidays with.

If you have a podcast you’d like us to review, send us a link. We’re happy to check out new shows.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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  1. You guys should check out Podcast 66. Great Star Wars podcast, they are really coming into their own https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/podcast-66/id910741411?mt=2

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