Podcasts in Review

August 25, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Interview, Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | 4 Comments
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

501stCast: Episode 97 covers the latest 501st Legion troop reports, events, and even a little Rogue One trailer discussion.

Assembly of Geeks: The Cursed Child Review & The Fall Movie Preview starts with the Harry Potter book The Cursed Child as they go over what it’s like, some of the differences, and they avoid spoilers. They give a farewell to Kenny Baker, touch on news like the Star Trek tv series, Wonder Woman and the Rogue One trailer. Then they wrap up with their thoughts on upcoming Fall movies. Good episode.

Beltway Banthas: Interview with Tamara Keith is a fun one. Tamara is the White House correspondent for NPR and co-host of the NPR Politics podcast. They talk with Tamara about Star Wars and the politics of Star Wars. Definitely worth checking out.

Beltway Banthas: Episode X dives into the politics in fandom and they have some of the best coverage of what happened with Daisy Ridley on Instagram. Afterwards they’re joined by Bria (Tosche Station) as they talk about monarchies in Star Wars. Exceptional episode and my pick of the week.

Blabba the Hutt: Episode 26 features guests Matthew, Gary and Chris as they do a roundtable on the new Rogue One trailer. It’s a very free ranging discussion with a broader focus making it unique to the other Rogue One discussions out there. There’s a little bit of audio trouble at 1 hour 8 minutes in as one of the guest’s audio drops out, but everyone else is fine and it’s only an issue for a couple minutes. Good episode overall.

Blast Points: Episode 36 touches on the Rogue One international trailer, Disney’s new lightsaber experience, then they travel back in time to talk about the dvd release of The Phantom Menace, the extras, and the documentary The Beginning. They go through the documentary touching on highlights such as the two Anakins, Spielberg on set, George’s sense of humor, Rick McCallum, the intensity of the first cut and much more. Very fun episode.

Bombad Radio: Episode 246 features an interview with author Darren Jacobs who talks about writing, using music to write to, and the challenges. They take a quick break, then come back to Darren to cover his voice acting career. Good episode.

Brews and Blasters: Episode 84 they talk about Kenny Baker, John Williams and Alexandre Desplat, Rogue One, need’em got’em, a Star Wars cantina heading to LA, and more. Fun episode.

Coffee With Kenobi: Episode 57 is jam packed. They start with a Rogue One trailer discussion, some SDCC stuff, Mike talks with Star Wars author Chuck Wendig, they cover news, review the LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens video game, they have on guest Jawa James as they talk Star Wars: Bloodline, Aftermath: Life Debt and wear Star Wars everyday. Good episode.

Comic Book Noob: The Tick covers the creative origins of the character, the Tick’s powers, his lack of an origin story, the sidekicks and villains, plus details on the comics, cartoon series, animated show and the new Amazon pilot. Good episode.

Dune Cast: Episode #3.1 is the first part of the Children of Dune discussion. They delve into full spoilers and a meaty discussion that’s great for those who’ve read the book and it’s a good way to better understand what happened in the story.

Fauxthentic History: Episode 2 covers The Little-Known Records of Tinker Fairies. They talk about the different types of Disney fairies, their history, and Tinker Bell. Now I’m still not sold on the format of telling the history like it’s real as I think it robs a little of what they could do with the discussion of the topics if they weren’t limited to sticking to the historic, in-universe perspective. However, it is rather informative. Not knowing anything about fairies except what I gleaned from Peter Pan, I learned quite a bit from this episode.

Full of Sith: Episode CLXXX they talk about waiting for the Rogue One trailer to drop, then they dive into it and some other topics like the Force and the Nightsisters. Good episode.

Great Big Beautiful Podcast: Episode 76 features author Cecil Castellucci who talks about her acting and film career, her bands Bite and Nerdy Girl, using playlists while writing, how she got into writing, the difficulty of being a writer, her Star Wars fandom, and her Star Wars book Moving Target. Great interview. There is a spot at the 38 minute mark where her audio degrades a little, but it only lasts for a couple minutes, then the audio goes back to normal.

Hangin’ With Team Kanan: Episode 17 covers some Rebels topics and touches on the Rogue One trailer a little. Good episode.

Rebel Force Radio: Episode 8.19.2016 starts off with guest J.C. Reifenberg as they talk about Kenny Baker and the new international Rogue One trailer. Then they touch back on Aftermath: Life Debt, cover some news on Rogue One, rumors, John Williams, Natalie Portman and what William Shatner is up to. Good episode.

Skywalking Through Neverland: Episode 133 pays tribute to Kenny Baker with guest Dave Skale sharing some cool stories and background info on Kenny, plus Rich has some fun audio of Kenny from an old convention, then they talk with James Arnold Taylor about Ratchet and Clank, and they wrap things up with guest Glennellen Anderson from Stranger Things. Now if you haven’t watched Stranger Things yet, you’ll want to stop when they get to that part in the episode as the interview goes all the way to the end credits and there’s tons of spoilers throughout. Still worth a listen though as there is a lot of content before they get to that Stranger Things interview.

Star Wars Influences: Episode #19 stars with a discussion on Kenny Baker, then they head into a full on discussion of the Rogue One trailer and the design aesthetics. Good episode with a slightly different approach than others as they focus more on the look of things and compare it to the look of Star Wars and Ralph McQuarrie.

Starships Sabers and Scoundrels: Episode 9 covers the new Disney Rebels experiences, Star Wars Rebels news, Star Wars tv news, J.J. on the Knights of Ren, and Rogue One news from EW. Then they talk books and comics, Kashyyyk, the Death Star, Thrawn, racism in the Empire, and the state of the galaxy. Dan Lizotte stops by to talk Funko Pops, then they go over the Rogue One trailer. A bit long, but good.

Talk Star Wars: Episode 37 gives a farewell to Kenny Baker, dives into the second Rogue One trailer, and tackles the usual myriad of Star Wars questions for another excellent episode.

Tarkin’s Top Shelf: Episode 7 features an interview with author Adam Bray as they talk about Star Wars, his latest Absolutely Everything You Need to Know book, and some travel stories. Fun interview, audio isn’t too bad.

TSW After Darkside: Episode 19 delves into Nintendo patents, miscellaneous ramblings, 30 Rock, comedians, humor and perspective, Ghostbusters and critics. Fun and interesting as usual, it’s the casual, uncensored, unedited version of Talk Star Wars.

TumblingSaber: Episode 38 may look daunting with its runtime, but it actually ends at 1 hour 38 minutes unless you hang around after the credits for their discussion of the Canadian band The Tragically Hip. The episode kicks off with a discussion about pickles, then they head into their favorite R2 moments, the nature of the characters who wear masks in Star Wars, the Making of The Force Awakens book, Episode VIII movie poster speculation, and fan questions like which Legends character would you swap in place of a canon character, what if Snoke killed Plagueis, and what Star Wars would look like with Olympic games.

Western Reaches: Episode 11 covers the books and video games they’re reading and playing, and an in depth discussion on the book series Ancillary Justice. Good episode.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.


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  1. Once again, thanks for all the work you do in describing the contents of all of these podcasts. How do you discover new podcasts? Is it mostly word of mouth and references to other podcasts on series you currently listen to? Do you ever look for new podcasts in iTunes, Podbean, or other services?

  2. appreciate all the work you do listening and writing about these podcasts. Glad to see TumblingSaber back on the list this week, keep up thew good work,

  3. Hi there—

    I would like to thank you for this great services you provide for Star Wars Podcasters and Star Wars Podcast fans! It’s great!

    Sorry, I should know this, but have you checked out the Facebook group “Star Wars Podcasts and Podcasters?”. If not, come check it out!

    Also, just curious how I can get my show, Less Than 12 Parsecs, listed in your weekly list? We’re new, but unique! (And the show is part of the Expanded Fandomverse network of shows, which is listed on the community page of StarWars.com, so you know we’re legit! 😉)

    Anyway, than you for considering it! Please let me know if you have any questions!

  4. *I discover new podcasts by all of the above. Sometimes I hear them mentioned on podcasts I listen to, sometimes I search for specific topics on iTunes, and sometimes people just shoot me an email asking me to check out a podcast.

    *As for Less Than 12 Parsecs, I was actually eyeballing some of those episodes today as they looked very interesting. I’ll definitely give them a listen.

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