Podcasts in Review

September 22, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Trek, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Beyond the Vote: A Long Expected Partition jumps back into politics as Riley and Scott catch up on what’s passed and talk about what’s to come. Enjoyable as always and I hope they put out a few more episodes before the election comes to an end.

Blabba the Hutt: Episode 27 mentions their award nomination, they talk about the Darth Vader comic, the book Cinema Alchemist, the new TFA release, and for the main discussion, Kate talks about her trip to Ireland and Skellig Michael with some interview clips which are pretty interesting. Good episode with some nice insight on Ireland, beneficial if you’re thinking about going there.

Blast Points: Episode 40 features guest Darin Beaver. Darin was a senior visual effects artist for Disney Infinity and also worked on Star Wars Kinect. They talk with Daren about both games which leads to some fun stories about the infamous dance mode, the code names involved with The Force Awakens characters in Infinity, and the challenges and secrecy involved. Darin even talks about how well Disney handled the layoff process. Very interesting and entertaining episode. I highly recommend this one.

Bombad Radio: Episode 250 starts with some discussion on Thrawn and the special effects of The Force Awakens. Then they break to their interview with video game composer Jesse Harlin who talks about Star Wars: The Old Republic and Mafia 3. Jesse talks about finding a unique sound for each planet in TOR, live music vs sampling, musical challenges, combat tracks, the amount of music in TOR and fighting fatigue, and they include some audio clips of his work. There’s a lot of insight in the interview and some very interesting topics. Definitely a good one to check out if you have an interest in music.

Bombad Radio: Bombad Special begins with a farewell to Eric Cone who passed away. Then they have an interview with author Adam Bray covering his new book Marvel: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know. Adam talks about what the project was like, the things he came across and the in and outs of the Marvel universe. Good episode.

Brews and Blasters: Episode 88 starts with some sandwich tales, leads to chicken teriyaki on a stick and then kayaking with turtles. But hey, Star Wars comes in as they dive into the news and talk Rogue One figures as Chris has some in hand. Love the little alteration to K2-SO. Oh, and there’s a fun outro. Great episode as always.

Children of the Force: Episode 46 features Chris from Star Wars Kidscast. They talk books, Star Wars Reads Day, how Star Wars Kidscast came about, sharing Star Wars with his daughter, Maz Kanata, and Star Wars road trips. It’s a fun episode.

Children of the Force: Episode 47 covers news, the composer change-up for Rogue One, they talk Legends, the Empire’s stance toward aliens, and they speculate about the origins of Yoda. Good episode.

ForceCenter: Episode 28 is hosted by Ken, Joseph and Jennifer and features special guest Mike Black. They talk about Obi-Wan, his half truths and hyperbole. Was he a jerk? They cover his actions in the prequels and the original trilogy. Good stuff.

General Geekery: Geekin’ Out With John Jackson Miller episode is an interesting conversation. They talk with author John Jackson Miller about his novel Kenobi, The Lost Tribe of the Sith, his comics work, his Star Trek novels and more. There are two hosts on the podcast, one of them has good audio quality, the other one came in with a hot mic so their volume level is loud. This makes it kind of hard to listen to as it’s hard to find a good balance on the volume where you can hear everyone but not have your eardrums blown out. Also kind of interesting, one of the hosts actually talks more than John does, so there’s quite a bit of discussion from the host. If you can sit through, there are some gems in there.

Generation X-Wing: Episode 66 starts with some Simpsons sports episode discussion, Lethal Weapon tv series, some old news (since this episode is from back in May, I dived back a ways for it), then they get to their main discussion – the Star Wars characters they hate the most. They include Garindan, Nute Gunray, Ahsoka (specifically from the tv movie), Leesub Sirln, Boss Nass, Mace Windu, Elan Sleazebaggano, Jake Lloyd Anakin and Padme. I have to admit, I didn’t like this episode at all because of the negative focus hating on Star Wars. Guess I should have foreseen that one going in but decided to give it a try anyway. I would not recommend this episode to Star Wars fans unless you happen to hate all the characters listed above.

Generation X-Wing: Episode 67 was thankfully much more positive. In this one they talked Marvel comics Civil War II, Wreck It Ralph 2, Castle, then they dove into their main discussion which was favorite Star Wars characters. They cover a bunch, and there’s a good mix of minor and major characters. It’s a pretty good episode and enjoyable. They’ve got pretty good audio quality, too.

Less Than 12 Parsecs: Episode #0011 talks about midichlorians and Pablo Hidalgo tweets.

Less Than 12 Parsecs: Episode #0013 has three Star Wars stories, two truths, and one lie, so one of the stories is fake. Kind of interesting. Which one was the lie?

Less Than 12 Parsecs: Episode #0014 talks about Rogue One and how people don’t know what the film is about, even casual Star Wars fans.

Literary Treks: Episode 162 has two main parts. First up they interview author John Jackson Miller about his new Star Trek trilogy which is coming out next week (with books 2 and 3 coming out in October and November). They keep it spoiler free and get into some good discussion. Then in part two the hosts review the book To Brave the Storm which I haven’t read but sounds conflicting. On one hand there’s some good stuff in there, but on the other, it’s not that great of a book. Interesting. Either way, the interview with John was great. If your a Trek fan or a fan of John’s work, give it a listen.

Radio Free Tatooine: Episode 81 features an interview with John Jackson Miller. John talks about writing, his different books, how they vary, his Soviet studies and how that influenced A New Dawn, Crimson Dynamo and Knight Errant. How he approached Kenobi, how it came about, and comparing Kenobi to Kanan. Great interview. Worth checking out.

Rebel Force Radio: Episode 9.16.2016 covers the change-up in composers for Rogue One, Jimmy’s speculation on what might really be going on, they dive into listener feedback, play up a Wookiee prank call, and cover the recent Episode VIII comments. Good episode with some laughs.

Skywalking Through Neverland: Episode 136 includes Rich and Sarah sharing their Disney photo shoot experience from back in the day, there’s a Skywalker story and they talk about HalloweenTime at Disneyland. Fun episode.

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 805 is a Rogue One/Episode VIII update. Allen covers Felicity Jones’ comments on Jyn Erso, Y-wings, the replacement of the Rogue One composer, and comments from Lupita Nyong’o and Adam Driver on Episode VIII. Good episode.

Star Wars 7×7: Bonus Episode talks about the Rogue One planet Eadu and the new Rogue One toy episode.

Star Wars Bookworms: Episode #61 features an intro by Teresa and Aaron as they talk about what they’re reading and Dragon*Con, then they play the full audio for the Star Wars author panel from Dragon*Con. It’s Tosche Station’s audio, so if you’ve already listened to their episode, you covered. Teresa and Aaron come back at the very end for like 2 minutes, so you really don’t need to fast foward for that. The intro’s worth listening to.

Star Wars Counseling (ForceCenter): Episode 1 is a live panel they did at Dragon*Con with a cool premise. They take a gripe about Star Wars and then try to fix it and bring the person back to the light, hopefully. They start by going around the members of the panel then open it up to the crowd. Audio is pretty good and the conversations they spark up are fun. Good episode.

Talk Star Wars: Episode 40 includes listener feedback, they talk about who will say “I have a bad feeling about this” in Episode VIII, Palpatine the manipulator, Snoke, Plagueis and apprentices, Kylo and Han’s sacrifice, Krennic testing the Death Star, Walken returns for some Krennic humor, Mark Hamill comments on Episode VIII scene, rumor about Luke and Chewbacca fighting Knights of Ren, and a Walken Snoke impression. Very funny, great episode. I love the Christopher Walken impressions.

Talk Star Wars: Episode 41 has a pretty funny intro, then they get into listener feedback and questions. They discuss Force ghosts, Luke being stranded, the possibility for new tv shows in TFA or Rogue One time periods, Shmi and Plagueis, Aurra Sing, Chewbacca’s junk, Bo-Katan being in Star Wars Rebels, the possibility of Sabine being Obi-Wan and Satine’s kid and Ezra and Sabine being Rey’s parents, Ashley Eckstein narrating the Ahsoka novel, TFA news, Alan Tudyk comments at Dragon*Con and Lupita Nyong’o’s comments. Good episode with lots of great discussion.

TSW After Darkside: Episode 23 discusses voice actors, impressions, actors, American Graffiti, Darth Vader dark father, alien names, the origin of the website and the podcast, and the alien time traveller. Fun as usual with random discussions.

Western Reaches: Episode #13 features guest Paul Hermann. They talk about the video games they’re playing, or at least in the case of Overwatch, watching, they talk about the books they’re reading, and for the main discussion, they talk about the movie Blade Runner. It’s a fun dive into the messages and themes of the film.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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