Podcasts in Review

August 3, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | 2 Comments
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Blast Points: Episode 84 is more Droids coverage as they do a commentary for Treasure of the Hidden Planet. The voices for the characters in these episodes are ridiculously entertaining. Fun episode.

Brews and Blasters: Episode 129 starts with underwear, pizza and Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge. From Hammerheads to fighting robots, Joe and Chris ponder on the possibilities of how in universe and immersive the Star Wars theme park will be. They also touch on J.W. Rinzler’s blog being taken down, and dive into toys with new toy reveals, SDCC figures and other news. Good episode.

Children of the Force: Reaction Corps – Behind the Scenes of The Last Jedi covers the behind the scenes trailer from D23 as they go through it and discuss. The kids’ reaction to the porgs is priceless.

DorkLair: Episode 3 starts with a little summer movie discussion, then they talk about what’s coming next with S.H. Figuarts and Star Wars. Afterwards they get into the topic that I’ve been waiting, the Japanese retailers that sell S.H. Figuarts figures. They talk about some of the key sights to check out for pre-orders and new figures, as well as Mandarake and how it works. Plenty of tips and tricks on how to get a good deal on the figures. After all that, they review the S.H. Figuarts Death Trooper. Great episode.

DorkLair: Episode 4 takes some time to discuss photography, which is pretty cool as it’s not something too many podcasts talk about but it does come into play for collectors when they want to show off their figures. They talk about equipment and techniques. Afterwards they review the S.H. Figuarts Captain Phasma. Good episode.

Fauxthentic History: Aqualish and Their Impact on Galactic History focuses on one of the alien species of Star Wars as they talk about what the Aqualish look like, their variations, their homeworld, and important members of their species. Interesting topic.

Fly Casual: Episode 147 has plenty of joking around before they get into news. They lightly touch on the D23 stuff, from porgs to the behind the scenes trailer and Star Wars land. They also touch on the Drew Struzan documentary, Colin Trevero – which leads to a discussion on directors, an update on the George Lucas museum, and toy news. Lots of stuff in toy news with all the info out of SDCC. Good episode.

Kanata’s Castle: Special Edition covers the news out of D23 focusing on the character posters and the behind the scenes trailer. They have some nice analysis of the posters which I haven’t heard anyone else address. Fun discussion.

Less Than 12 Parsecs: Episode 141 is the back from break episode as Tim talks about what kept him away and getting back into the swing of things.

My Star Wars Story: Episode 26 does something different as Scott and guests Thomas Merritt and Ryan Shaw go to dinner and discuss seeing and experiencing Star Wars back in 1977 to celebrate the 40th anniversary. They talk about seeing it the first time, how many times they saw it, the stuff they consumed before seeing the movie and afterwards, magazines, comics and more. Good episode.

My Star Wars Story: Episode 27 is part one of David Collins’ Star Wars story. David talks about seeing Star Wars as a kid, being exposed to the Star Wars read along books, playing with the toys, and seeing it on VHS. He talks about how the Death Star Droid was his first action figure, how the lines wrapped around the block for Return of the Jedi, his memories of The Holiday Special, and seeing ROTJ with his grandfather. From the dark times to his time in college, he talks about getting into the books, into the music and music in general, and how he wound up at Skywalker Sound and later on LucasArts. Good episode.

Playback With Kristopher Tapley: Episode 37 features an interview with director Luc Besson covering a little bit of his childhood and influences, helping budding filmmakers, and then they zero in on his latest film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Worlds. He talks about Rutger Hauer’s cameo, how he chose the main actors, avoiding sci-fi movies for four years to avoid outside influence, CGI and practical effects, and whether there will be more. Interesting interview.

Rebel Yell: Say Whaaattt? Vanessa Marshall! episode features Steve, Teresa, Erich and voice actor Vanessa Marshall as she talks about how she got into voice acting, her love of food, Hera’s French accent, some of the fun things she’s gotten to record, her thoughts on Kanan and Hera being space married, what it was like finding out Hera was named dropped in Rogue One, and her thoughts on Forces of Destiny. Great episode.

Skywalking Through Neverland: Episode 177 is part one of their coverage of D23. They start with their Apple watch story, then cover the Disney Legends ceremony, the trailers and clips for Wreck It Ralph 2, A Wrinkle In Time, Marry Poppins, The Last Jedi, Infinity War, The Lion King, Dumbo and Aladdin. They talk about Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge and they’re joined by imagineer Chris Beatty who sheds some insight on the new park area. Then they talk with guests Shawn Crosby, Donald Wicks, Roxanne Wicks and Anya Valdez. Plus there’s audio of the Tangled: The Series panel which was actually really entertaining, even for someone like me who doesn’t have any plans for watching the show. Great episode.

Skywalking Through Neverland: Episode 178 is part two of their D23 coverage. They have a lengthy but very enjoyable conversation with artist Tom Hodges geeking out on D23, Disney and Star Wars. Then they talk with Russell Flores about D23, and there’s a small segment with cosplayer Tina Elliot. Great episode. If you’re looking for D23 coverage, Skywalking Through Neverland’s two episodes are the perfect place to catch up.

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1125 covers the short story “The Face of Evil” featured in Tales From A Galaxy Far, Far Away: Aliens, Volume 1. And there are spoilers.

TechnoRetro Dads: 99 Minutes for Space: 1999 with Paul Bateman kicks off with a little Johnny Quest before they get to food and time jokes, and some D23 news. They talk about The Last Jedi behind the scenes trailer, Star Wars land, the Star Wars hotel, and other Disney ride and park news. There’s a little bit on Burger King’s cereal shakes, then they have on guest Paul Bateman for a lengthy conversation on Space: 1999 and other old sci-fi shows. Good episode.

TechnoRetro Dads: Huge Trailers From San Diego Comic Con and Many Mini Cereal Boxes episode includes lazy jokes, some discussion of Video Games Live, and lots of discussion on San Diego Comic Con. They talk about Stranger Things Season 2, Thor Ragnarok, Her Universe and more. Then they have on guest Tony Soehner as they talk about the Ready Player One teaser trailer, Dungeons & Dragons and cereal. Fun episode.

The 602 Club: Episode 142 features Matthew, Alice Baker and Mike Schindler as they talk about Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. They talk about their thoughts before seeing the movie, their opinions on the visuals, comparing it to the comic, the things that worked and what didn’t, and their overall thoughts. They keep it honest, but in the end none of them really enjoyed the film so it was a bit more critical of a discussion than what I was looking for since I actually enjoyed the movie. If you’re on the fence about seeing it, you might want to give this one a listen but there is at least one spoiler in there about a character’s fate, so keep that in mind.

The Deucecast Movie Show: Episode 285 covers the various movies and documentaries they’ve watched recently including the Batman & Bill, The Southerner, Fantastic Four, Doomed, Chaplin, Shimmer Lake, Glow, Wonder Woman, War on Everyone, Baby Driver, It Comes At Night, Spider-Man: Homecoming, LEGO Batman, Cars 3, Grindhouse, Colossal, Transformers: The Last Knight, A History of Violence, Gone Baby Gone, Silicone Cowboys, The Deer Hunter, High Noon and more. Some old movies, some new movies, it’s a bit of everything which leads to some fun discussions.

The Deucecast Movie Show: Episode 286 kicks things off with a chronology game, then they share movie confessions. Be it actors and directors they like or don’t like, phone use in the theater, language in films, or franchises, they confess their secrets. Fun episode.

The Deucecast Movie Show: Episode 287 features guests Steve Glosson and Scott Ryfun as they decide the greatest year of movies ever as 1984 faces off against 2015. Fun episode and lots of joking around.

The Imperial Senate Podcast: Episode XI covers The Last Jedi, the posters, D23, the behind the scenes trailer and some of the non-Star Wars stuff at D23. They also talk about J.W. Rinzler’s blog being taken down and the content of his last post, con exclusives, and the Kenobi push. Overall a very discussion focused episode touching on various pieces of news. Good audio quality and good discussion. If you haven’t listened to them you might want to give them a try.

The Nerd Room: Episode 80 covers Spider-Man: Homecoming, and it’s pretty thorough as they cover a lot of aspects of the film, including technical and analytical. They talk about the Rotten Tomato scores, box office numbers, where the film fits in the Marvel timeline, how it works by itself, skipping the origin story, the advanced Spider-Man suit, the Captain America bits, Keaton as the Vulture, Happy’s role, Shocker, the Scorpion, the final battle and more. Fair warning, they do go into spoilers. Very comprehensive.

The Skyhoppers Podcast: Episode LII focuses on prequel politics along with lots of tangents. They talk about the characters, the viewpoints of the two sides, the long game of the Sith, their favorite politician, Padme’s role in Palptaine’s rise, Valoruum, the politics of the sequel trilogy vs the prequels, and more. Fun episode.

TSW Kessel Run: Star Wars At Home episode is Marc’s Star Wars story. He talks about seeing the movie as a kid, playing Star Wars, listening to the radio dramas, and bootlegging Star Wars on VHS. From there it becomes a matter of consuming all the different formats and experiencing them at home. The widescreen versions, DVD, Blu-ray and his thoughts on 4K. Good episode.

TSW Kessel Run: Secret Origin episode is pretty neat as Marc talks about how Talk Star Wars came to be. He goes all the way back to the beginning with his early conversations with Paul, a suggestion from Lisa at a barbecue, and how that paved the road. From Hindsight to Movie Geeks Film News, from a digital magazine to a blog to a podcast, it goes through the numerous projects and incarnations that eventually led to Marc doing something completely devoted to Star Wars. He talks about how the name was chosen, putting out the first episodes, how Rob came on board and more. Great episode.

TSW Kessel Run: Episode 7.28.2017 covers The Last Jedi pics.

TSW Kessel Run: Episode 7.31.2017 covers toy news, Han Solo movie pics and video, Spencer Wilding news, and then Marc talks about the Talk Star Wars VIP program.

TSW Kessel Run: Episode 8.1.2017 covers trailer B for The Last Jedi.

Western Reaches: Episode 29 features game developer guest Maddi Mackenzie as they go through all the books and games they’ve been reading and playing, then they discuss the visual novel Inverness Nights. Lots of different books and games covered including Mass Effect: Andromeda and Star Wars: Inferno Squad. Interesting episode.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.


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  1. The Children of the Force and Rebel Yell episodes sound worthwhile. Thanks for spotlighting them.

    Would it be possible for future installments to include running times? It can be useful to know if something is not much of a time investment or goes into a lot of detail.

  2. I’ve actually thought about doing that. I might give it a try.

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