Podcasts in Review

August 17, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | 1 Comment

Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Blast Points: Episode 86 stars off with the Entertainment Weekly coverage of The Last Jedi as they talk about Chewie and the porgs, the caretakers, the praetorian guards, Canto Bight police, the relationship between Luke and Rey, and the first Jedi temple. Then they dig into their main discussion, Rusty Miller’s Jedi Master Quiz Book. Taking suggestions from listeners, they tackle a bunch of questions from the book to see how well they do.
Porg Count: 14, Runtime: 55 minutes, Rating: Fun episode

Brews and Blasters: Episode 130 kicks off with Jaws, the Brews and Blasters following in Brunei, and Chris’ new Star Wars room. Then they get into the EW The Last Jedi Star Wars coverage. They talk porgs, Chewbacca, Boston accents and they try to beat the #PorgCount which leads to a chorus of porgs. Then they get back on topic as they talk about Rey, Luke, the praetorian guards, Snoke, Kylo, Poe, Finn, the new imagery, the Canto Bight police, what will sway Luke to teach Rey, DJ, Poe and Leia’s relationship, and they wrap up with listener emails and an Oppo award.
Porg Count: 84 (2nd Place), Runtime: 1 hour 6 minutes, Rating: Fun episode

Children of the Force: Episode 77 starts out with Garindan’s story, then they talk video games, Princeless comic and movie, Rose and Cobalt squadron, images from The Last Jedi, the Canto Bight aliens, and whether Chewie ate a porg. They also talk about the kyber wolf and observations and speculation regarding The Last Jedi. They discuss Kylo’s TIE Silencer, a word from the crawl, the upcoming Luke Skywalker, Leia, Phasma and Canto Bight books, plus they talk Inferno Squad and Star Wars Battlefront II.
Porg Count: 50 (3rd Place), Runtime: 1 hour 15 minutes, Rating: Fun episode

Children of the Force: Episode 78 includes some pondering over what porgs will sound like which leads to a discussion of how the Ewok voices came about and the importance of not stereotyping real life cultures. They also talk about the new writer for Episode IX, Keiron Gillen’s comments on upcoming comics, Ron Howard sharing stuff on social media, the new Star Wars VR experience, the Rex controversy, fun with dots on the ceiling and a patreon discussion.
Porg Count: 4, Runtime: 1 hour 1 minute, Rating: Good episode

Coffee With Kenobi: Episode 80 features guest James Burns (Jedi News) and Ryan Kidd as they talk about the new Star Wars gift shop at Disney Springs, the new images from The Last Jedi, porgs and whether they are levity for a dark movie, Luke’s role in The Last Jedi, news on developers having trouble fitting all of the Star Wars Battlefront II content on one disc, remembering some classic Star Wars games, Disney’s new Star Wars VR attraction, Disney leaving Netflix, the Fenn Rau figure, and the most essential thing in Star Wars.
Porg Count: 11, Runtime: 1 hour, Rating: Good episode

Comics With Kenobi: Episode 33 discusses the change up in the Star Wars main title, the extra material for the adaptation of Thrawn, and other comic news. Then they get into reviews of Rogue One #4, Star Wars #33, Poe Dameron #17, Darth Maul #5, Darth Vader #3, A Star Wars Comic #7, Doctor Aphra #9 and Doctor Aphra #10.
Porg Count: 0 (Porg Free), Runtime: 2 hours 33 minutes, Rating: Good episode

DorkLair: Episode 5 features guests Joe and Chris from Brews and Blasters as they talk about which S.H. Figuarts figures they have in their collections. Bill also talks about the Bandai General Grievous 1/12 scale model, then they review the S.H. Figuarts Luke Skywalker Jedi Knight figure. They talk about the gold hair, the alternate head, the details on the paint app, the accessories, the lightsaber, and they go off on a tangent about a Primus/Clutch concert and back stage food. Afterwards they bring it back around to Star Wars for some general discussion.
Porg Count: 0 (Porg Free), Runtime: 1 hours 1 minute, Rating: Good episode

Fangirls Going Rogue: Episode 48 covers the Monopoly Rey piece, Galaxy’s Edge, porgs and the behind the scenes trailer for The Last Jedi, the lack of Han Solo discussion at D23 and the whole directory situation, Filoni and Bendu, Kanan dying, some non-Star Wars stuff like Wreck It Ralph 2, A Wrinkle In Time and The Lion King, plus SDCC Star Wars book news, Star Wars clothes, the Radio Flyer landspeeder, toys, listener questions and what moment would they have on Forces of Destiny.
Porg Count: 33, Runtime: 1 hour 48 minutes, Rating: Good episode

Fly Casual: Episode 148 starts with some random pre-show discussion, then they review Darth Maul #5, Poe Dameron #17, and Doctor Aphra #10. Then they talk about Mark Hamill’s comments on Darth Maul, Ron Howard’s recent pics and videos, and new images of The Last Jedi.
Porg Count: 14, Runtime: 56 minutes, Rating: Good episode

Fly Casual: Episode 149 features guest Sancho Panda who subs in for Garrick as they joke around then get to the news. They talk about the new creative team for the Marvel Star Wars main comic series, as well as issues with storytelling in general and there not being enough focus on new characters or time periods. They talk about Star Wars toy sales being down and the clearance situation, the new writer for Episode IX and their predictions for Trevorrow. They talk a little Michael Crichton, Disney and Netflix parting ways, John Boyega and then they get to the toy report covering The Last Jedi action figures, the Gentle Giant early bird jumbo set, Canto Bight police, and the look of the new figures.
Porg Count: 15, Runtime: 1 hour 24 minutes, Rating: Fun episode

Hyperspace PodBlast: BlastCast Thought on D23’s The Last Jedi BTS Reel covers Luke and the lightsaber, Crait, Ahch-To, porgs, the space donkey, kyber fox, what planet the fox might be on, aliens and the lack of old familiar aliens, the Canto Bight casino, who Rey and Kylo might be fighting, Vader’s castle, Rose and Finn going undercover trope, and the theme of family. Great discussion.
Porg Count: 5, Runtime: 26 minutes, Rating: Fun episode

Hyperspace PodBlast: Episode 21 discusses the influence of Star Wars books. They talk about what they add, what they’re purpose is, the current issue where everyone is playing in the same tiny corner of the sandbox, their experience with the books and what they liked, what they would like to see more of, what kind of impact a novel should have on the Star Wars universe, how Legends tended to do big things but the current canon books tend to be inconsequential, they ponder when the gates will open up, and they discuss leaving things up to interpretation versus filling things in.
Porg Count: 0 (Porg Free), Runtime: 27 minutes, Rating: Excellent episode

Hyperspace PodBlast: Episode 22 features guest Brandon Boyland from Clashing Sabers and Holonet Podcast as they talk about teaching and Star Wars. They talk about Star Wars being appropriate for the classroom, using it for math, science, history, etc, utilizing comic books to increase interest in reading, not forcing anyone to read Star Wars, having emotions vs being controlled by them, using Star Wars to encourage creation, role models and transcending gender. Good discussion.
Porg Count: 0 (Porg Free), Runtime: 29 minutes, Rating: Good episode

Hyperspace PodBlast: Episode 23 tackles the main topic of whether fandom should influence Star Wars content. They debate about the extent that influence should reach, whether fans have already had an influence on Star Wars, the good and the bad of what said influence could have, and where the balance is in giving fan’s what they want and allowing creatives freedom to tell the story. There’s also some Star Wars Galaxies discussion in there in relation to the main topic.
Porg Count: 0 (Porg Free), Runtime: 24 minutes, Rating: Great episode

Hyperspace PodBlast: BlastCast RFFF Vol. 4 features three guests and three different discussions. First up is Jeremy Oleska who talks with them about Peter and the Star Catcher and Star Wars. Then they talk with Eve from Unmistakably Star Wars about Legion (with some spoilers). Their third guest is Connie Shih who talks about her love of Glee and the comparisons, as well as inclusions of Star Wars. Each discussion touches on a fandom outside of Star Wars and asks the guests to compare it to Star Wars, the similarities, as well as the challenge of swapping characters between the two fandoms. It leads to some interesting discussions unlike what you hear from most Star Wars podcasts. Note the “BlastCasts” have a different format from the normal show.
Porg Count: 2, Runtime: 26 minutes, Rating: Great episode

Hyperspace PodBlast: Episode 24 features guest Michael from My Comic Relief as they talk comics, Star Wars, and how well the medium works for the franchise. They touch on the Star Wars main series, the new Darth Vader series, the poor use of cliffhangers, Doctor Aphra’s popularity, the visual advantage of comic book characters over book characters, bringing gravity to comics when they’re blocked in by the movies, and which is a better fit: ongoing series or mini-series?
Porg Count: 0 (Porg Free), Runtime: 29 minutes, Rating: Great episode

Hyperspace PodBlast: Episode 25 features guest Jim Mello from A Star Wars Comic. In this episode they talk about the feeling of Star Wars, their favorite Star Wars moment, their love for Rogue One, shortcomings in Star Wars, and some of the issues with The Screaming Citadel. This was actually the first episode I started out with, and I was really impressed, enough so that I started working backwards and listening to more. Each episode is hosted by Bryan and Shelby, they keep them around 30 minutes, start out with a funny voice impression, and feature really fantastic discussions with great audio quality and a rather professional feel. Many of the episodes, like this one, feature a guest. I highly recommend checking them out. Kudos to Matt Moore for giving them a shout out on Twitter which drew my attention.
Porg Count: 0 (Porg Free), Runtime: 26 minutes, Rating: Great episode

Idiot’s Array: Episode 50 covers Darth Vader #4, they play a game with Star Wars and filling in the blanks, then for their main discussion, they cover their Star Wars favorites. From favorite ships to scenes, movies and more, they cover a lot of ground.
Porg Count: 1, Runtime: 52 minutes, Rating: Good episode

Rock Out Loud: Favorite Guitarists and Riffs starts out with some pre-show discussion, then they get into their favorite guitarists and audio clips of their favorite guitar riffs. This one is a fun episode as there is lots of great guitar clips. That said, they left out my favorite guitar player, Angus Young. Still a good episode though.
Porg Count: 0 (Porg Free), Runtime: 1 hour 29 minutes, Rating: Fun episode

Skywalking Through Neverland: Episode 180 starts out with a soundbyte from Allen at Ausfans Radio, then Sarah and Rich talk with James Arnold Taylor. James talks about how Star Wars Commentaries became Star Wars Conversations, how the shows are made, who he’s talked to and who is coming up, working with Joe Hogan for the original artwork, where he would like his YouTube channel to go, and they also talk voice acting and Star Wars. It’s a great interview with James and definitely worth checking out. Afterwards they talk with Swara about the casting for the live action Aladdin and the issues with representation.
Porg Count: 0 (Porg Free), Runtime: 1 hour 37 minutes, Rating: Good episode

Star Scavengers: Episode 19 starts off with their recent LEGO acquisitions and builds, then they review LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures “The Tower of Alliston Nor.” They go over their favorite moments, the things that made them laugh, and provide a complete summary of the entire episode with lots of highlights of the best moments.
Porg Count: 0 (Porg Free), Runtime: 1 hour, Rating: Good episode

Star Scavengers: Episode 20 starts with fidget spinners, blind bag minifigs and Ninjago. Then they review LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures “The Embersteel Blade.” Lots of fun discussion in this one as it was a pretty hilarious episode of the Freemakers.
Porg Count: 0 (Porg Free), Runtime: 1 hour, Rating: Fun episode

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1135 Allen talks about the origins of Rey and Fin in regards to the EW cover story, what we know about the characters, and what we done.
Porg Count: 0 (Porg Free), Runtime: 9 minutes, Rating: Good episode

Star Wars Bookworms: Episode 74 covers The Last Jedi, touches on Hamilton at Skywalker Ranch, comic news and then they review Vader Down, covering the story, the artwork, and the characters. As usual, keep in mind their reviews do include spoilers.
Porg Count: 0 (Porg Free), Runtime: 59 minutes, Rating: Good episode

Star Wars Bookworms: Episode 75 has some Pirates of the Caribbean discussion, then they get into some feedback on the Aphra comics. Afterwards they talk Wonder Woman, Cars 3 and Spider-Man: Homecoming. With that out of the way, they get to their main topic, the Kanan comics as they review volume 2 of the series.
Porg Count: 0 (Porg Free), Runtime: 51 minutes, Rating: Good episode

Star Wars Bookworms: Episode 76 begins with some listener emails, they talk a little Phasma, From A Certain Point of View, then they discuss Thrawn. They talk about the characters, address listener questions and comments, and provide feedback on the audiobook version.
Porg Count: 0 (Porg Free), Runtime: 1 hour 14 minutes, Rating: Good episode

Star Wars Bookworms: Episode 77 kicks off with some Forces of Destiny, then they rank the new canon novels. Afterwards they discuss Rebel Rising. They cover how the book deepened Jyn’s character, explored the relationship between her and Saw, touched on the gray side of Saw’s partisans, the darkness of the book, how everything shaped Jyn, as well as the references to other material which you might have missed (I certainly missed some of them).
Porg Count: 0 (Porg Free), Runtime: 1 hour 13 minutes, Rating: Great episode

Star Wars Bookworms: Episode 78 starts off with some Freemakers discussion, then they interview Star Wars author Beth Revis. She talks about her introduction to Star Wars, they talk a little Doctor Who and Harry Potter, then they get back to Star Wars as they cover how Rebel Rising came about, what it was like knowing the ending for Rogue One, the relationship between Hadder and Jyn, how she viewed Jyn, wanting to include Doctor Aphra, utilizing characters from Alexander Freed’s Rogue One novelization, and what other characters she would like to write. Afterwards Teresa and Aaron cover some books news for the new cook book, the upcoming Luke book, Chewie and the Porgs – which leads to some priceless porg impressions, and they rundown the author list for From A Certain Point of View. Excellent interview, definitely worth a listen.
Porg Count: 18, Runtime: 1 hour 7 minutes, Rating: Great episode

Star Wars Report: Megapod #01 features Riley and Teresa Delgado recording in person as they talk porgs, EW coverage of The Last Jedi, spoilers, movie critiques, some tangents, what they want to see in the Han Solo movie, then they call up Anthony Breznican and talk to him personally about the EW coverage, Luke and the porg obsession.
Porg Count: 123 (New #PorgCount Champions), Runtime: 1 hour 16 minutes, Rating: Porgtastic

Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels: Episode 35 touches on the Disney Star Wars streaming service, the composer for the Han Solo film, the new writer for Episode IX, the Star Wars VR attraction, the change up for the Marvel Star Wars main comic series, and then they get into the EW Star Wars news. They talk about the praetorian guard, Snoke being entirely CG, porgs, caretakers and Chewbacca, Finn learning to fly and still wanting to run, DJ the slicer, Rey’s lineage, and a larger role for Phasma. Afterwards Jay Krebs joins them as they finish their discussion of the Darth Bane Trilogy by covering Dynasty of Evil. From Bane’s midlife crisis to all the potential replacements and apprentices, it’s a nice thorough discussion covering the characters and the plot. Afterwards they get into some listener feedback and Taxus does a hilarious imitation of a porg.
Porg Count: 22, Runtime: 2 hours 32 minutes, Rating: Fun episode

Talk Star Wars: Episode 82 covers Finn, porgs, what their temperament might be, whether they can suppress the Force, what Rey will do to convince Luke to train her, crystals and colors, Disney leaving Netflix, EW’s The Last Jedi coverage, and they revisit the Leia issue.
Porg Count: 22, Runtime: 2 hours 18 minutes, Rating: Good episode

TechnoRetro Dads: WOW! SETI Signal Sent by Six-Fingered Sagittarians in 77 starts with some discussion of their kids, fidget spinners and science jokes. They talk about the upcoming eclipse, Force Friday, Disney leaving Netflix, Tron, the EW fall preview of The Last Jedi, what constitutes as a spoiler, SETI, Dyno Mutt, and listener feedback.
Porg Count: 2, Runtime: 1 hour 16 minutes, Rating: Good episode

The Sandcrawler: Episode 32 covers what they’ve been up to, they talk about Joe Pesci Jr. and the porgs, the rathtar figure, two packs with creatures, other upcoming figures, the leaks of The Last Jedi figures out of Panama, and more.
Porg Count: 28, Runtime: 1 hour 35 minutes, Rating: Fun episode

The Skyhoppers Podcast: Episode LV covers porgs and a little bit of the EW coverage of The Last Jedi. Then they move on to their main topic – Padme. They talk about a lot of things concerning Padme, including her dying of a broken heart, whether Ahsoka knew of Padme and Anakin’s relationship, and why she’s often overlooked in favor of Leia.
Porg Count: 12, Runtime: 1 hour 2 minutes, Rating: Good episode

TSW Kessel Run: Episode 8.10.2017 (episode requires VIP membership) features Marc talking about the new EW articles on The Last Jedi.
Porg Count: 3, Runtime: 33 minutes, Rating: Good episode

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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  1. Reblogged this on The Star Wars Chief and commented:
    Lots of great reviews here! Definitely recommend checking out these podcasts.

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