Podcasts in Review

October 26, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment

Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Blast Points: Episode 96 starts with the Solo news, The Last Jedi news, a little Star Wars Rebels with a hot take on “Heroes of Mandalore” being the dullest season premier of Star Wars Rebels yet, which I can’t disagree with. Then they hit their main topic which is Mandalore. From the first mentions of Mandalorians, to George Lucas and Dave Filoni recreating them for Star Wars: The Clone Wars, to their appearances in Star Wars Rebels. They trace the progression of the Mandalorians and Mandalore, focusing on canon rather than legends.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 57 minutes, Rating: Good

Bombad Radio: Episode 291 starts with an interview with Star Wars author Ian Doescher. Kaela talks with Ian about Shakespeare, Star Wars, and his other work. It’s a nice little interview. At 25 minutes in, the interview ends and Jeremiah joins Kaela as they talk Star Wars news, Marvel news, and more which rounds the episode out.

Podcast Network: Bombad RadioRuntime: 58 minutes, Rating: Good

Brews and Blasters: Episode 140 is their shot-by-shot breakdown of The Last Jedi trailer. Fun discussion as always. I really liked the idea of Kylo boarding Leia’s ship for a face-to-face confrontation. Definitely worth checking out.

Podcast Network: RetroZapRuntime: 49 minutes, Rating: Fun

Children of the Force: Episode 84 features Al, Anna, Liam and special guest Genevieve. They start off with a review of Leia: Princess of Alderaan by Anna. Then they talk about the Clone Wars: Head to Head book. Genevieve joins them afterwards as they talk about the news (pre-trailer release), Looking for Leia, there’s a My Little Pony tangent, they talk about Ron Howard’s tweets, and then they talk with Genevieve about her Star Wars fandom. They have a lightning round, stump the lump and a joke. Very fun episode.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 1 hours 2 minutes, Rating: Fun

Classic Marvel Star Wars Comics: Episode #15 features Rich, Sarah and Randy Martinez as they go over “Star Duel.” They discuss the cover, go over listener feedback, share their initial thoughts, then start breaking down the story and the artwork. Rich also points out a nod to the classic Marvel Star Wars comics in the LEGO Freemaker Adventures and the possibility of a design influence with the flat Star Destroyers in The Last Jedi. Good audio quality, great hosts and fun discussion.

Podcast Network: RetroZapRuntime: 1 hours 42 minutes, Rating: Great

Coffee With Kenobi: Episode 92 covers Leia: Princess of Alderaan chapters 9 through 15 (if you’re skipping spoilers just jump to 25:30). Marcus (501stCast) and Kristin (Coffee With Kenobi blogger) join Dan to talk a little about the Rancho Obi-Wan gala, then they dive into The Last Jedi trailer. Nick joins them to talk Star Wars Battlefront II beta, Tom joins them for the news, and it wraps up with Dan talking to Corey about the poster.

Podcast Network: Coffee With KenobiRuntime: 1 hour 25 minutes, Rating: Good

Comic Book Noob: Mutants covers the mutants from The Gifted television show and their comic book origins. Scott, Regina and Matt talk about the show, the mutants that are in it or hinted at, and they go through each one discussing the difference between the show and the comics. Plus there’s their reading recommendations. Great audio quality, great hosts and great discussion.

Podcast Network: Assembly of GeeksRuntime: 50 minutes, Rating: Great

DorkLair: Episode 11 features Bill and Bryan as they touch on the Han Solo news, Star Wars Rebels being back on tv, collecting Hot Toys and then they review the S.H. Figuarts Darth Vader figure. This one is interesting as it’s one of the first Star Wars figures offered by S.H. Figuarts but probably not one of the greatest. They go over the pluses and minuses for the figure. Nice review.

Podcast Network: RetroZapRuntime: 50 minutes, Rating: Good

Fly Casual: Episode 158 start with them watching The Last Jedi trailer and leading into their discussion of it. They talk about getting tickets, the Tag and Bink news, the Solo title, Forces of Destiny comics, EA video game news which leads to a discussion of EA in general, they talk Battlefront II, Sideshow’s life-size stormtrooper bust, and Mighty Mugs returning. Good audio quality, fun hosts and entertaining discussion.

Podcast Network: Better Kind MediaRuntime: 1 hour 14 minutes, Rating: Fun

Full of Sith: Episode CCXXXIX is the audio from the History and Politics of Star Wars panel at Salt Lake Comic con featuring Bryan, Holly, Matt Martin and author E. K. Johnston. They talk about the politics in Star Wars, the reflections between Star Wars and real world politics, using Star Wars to better understand our work and audience questions. Pretty good audio for a convention panel, you can actually hear the audience member questions.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 52 minutes, Rating: Good

Geek Out Loud: Episode 221 is the Stranger Things expedition. Join Steve Glosson, Steve Bennett and Shazbazzar as they go on a roadtrip to a bunch of Stranger Things filming locations. There’s on the road audio segments, some audio at the locations, and bits in between by Steve to help guide along the journey. And this one is a journey with over 3 hours of audio. If you’re a Stranger Things fan and a fan of Geek Out Loud, you’ll want to check this one out. Just make some plans that’ll set aside the time to dive into this one, be it a road trip or a bike ride or just a day at work. There’s some good laughs in it and some fun stories. Despite Steve’s cautioning at the beginning, the audio is pretty good for an on the road podcast.

Podcast Network: Geek Out LoudRuntime: 3 hours 32 minutes, Rating: Good

Hokey Religion: Episode 57 features Tyler and Michael as they go over the Solo title, some Han Solo speculation, Obi-Wan speculation, they discuss the poster for The Last Jedi, then they dig into the trailer. Not always focused or on point, but they do keep it lighthearted.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 1 hour 9 minutes, Rating: Okay

Hyperspace PodBlast: Episode 35 features Brian, Shelby and special guest Whitney Wickham as they delve into the Star Wars Battlefront II beta. Really good discussion. If you haven’t played the beta, and if you’re still on the fence about getting the game, this one is worth checking out.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 30 minutes, Rating: Good

Rebel Yell: Heroes of Mandalore is hosted by Steve, Teresa and Erich and features guest Aaron Goins as they go over the season premier of Star Wars Rebels Season 4. Lots of interesting discussion.

Podcast Network: Geek Out LoudRuntime: 1 hour 3 minutes, Rating: Good

Rebels Chat: Episode 89 is hosted by Johnamarie and Maria as they cover Star Wars Rebels “Heroes of Mandalore.” Very positive, fun discussion, though not their favorite Star Wars Rebels premier. Great audio quality as always.

Podcast Network: The Wookiee GunnerRuntime: 1 hour 15 minutes, Rating: Good

Rock Out Loud: One Hit Wonders features Steve and Kristin as they touch on Tom Petty’s passing, getting second row tickets to Rob Thomas, and for the main discussion, one hit wonders. They skew a bit toward the 90’s with their picks, and it’s not always a rockin’ song, but it’s a fun show.

Podcast Network: Geek Out LoudRuntime: 2 hour 8 minutes, Rating: Fun

San Diego Sabers Radio Podcast: Episode 41 goes off on a what if that involves Luke dying on Alderaan and Leia being mentored by Obi-Wan Kenobi. There’s some lightsaber form discussion, and interesting consensus that Leia is not as strong in the Force as Luke, and they go way down the rabbit hole with where this scenario would lead. Kind of interesting but also kind of weird. The audio is pretty good but there is some background noise from where ever they recorded.

Podcast Network: Star Wars CommonwealthRuntime: 38 minutes, Rating: Weird/Interesting

Skywalking Through Neverland: Episode 187 starts with their non-spoiler reactions after seeing an early screening of Thor: Ragnarok. In the “Pump Up the Fandom” segment, The Little Mermaid is covered. They talk about their plans for The Last Jedi meet-up, Rick and Eliza Peralta and Brian Simms join them to talk The Last Jedi trailer. They speculate on who is who, they go over the key moments, the music, Kylo’s metal band-aide and the LiningUp.Net plans. Afterwards they talk with Jennifer Muro to follow-up on Forces of Destiny, which is a great conversation. Overall great episode with excellent audio quality and production.

Podcast Network: RetroZapRuntime: 1 hours 42 minutes, Rating: Great

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1205 covers Blade Runner and a little Blade Runner 2049, but no spoilers. Allen talks about his first time seeing Blade Runner, coming back to it years later, and his thoughts on the franchise and how it compares to Star Wars. Plus there’s a little bit of Star Wars Rebels discussion at the end.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 10 minutes, Rating: Good

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1207 explores the idea of Star Wars moving away from Jedi and Sith based on story decisions being made in different forms of media.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 12 minutes, Rating: Good

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1208 covers Star Wars Rebels “In the Name of the Rebellion” part 1.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 12 minutes, Rating: Good

Star Wars Bookworms: Episode 80 features Teresa and Aaron as they talk about The Last Jedi trailer, misdirection, speculation, getting tickets and the porgs. They also touch on the news with Tag and Bink, Solo movie, and some Topps coverage. Then they discuss Christie Golden’s novel Inferno Squad. They even highlight the appearances of the characters in other media. And they do get into spoilers. Plus there’s listener feedback. Good audio quality, good discussion and great hosts.

Podcast Network: The Star Wars ReportRuntime: 1 hour 12 minutes, Rating: Good

Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels: Episode 40 starts with an excellent homage to Stephen King’s It but with a Star Wars twist. Taxus, Dennis and Jay Krebs talk favorite horror movies, favorite Halloween candy, then get into the news the Solo title, Tag and Bink, Thrawn: Alliances, new Star Tours segment, and Skystalking. Afterwards they go over the season premier for Star Wars Rebels Season 4, then they discuss Joe Schreiber’s novel Red Harvest, which is a fun discussion perfect for Halloween. There’s even a Han Solo ghost skit. Overall, great Halloween episode and a lot of fun. Highly recommend it.

Podcast Network: RetroZapRuntime: 1 hour 41 minutes, Rating: Highly Recommended

Talk Star Wars: Episode 92 features discussion on Rey’s parents, whether Episode IX should have a trailer or not, which in turn leads to some discussion of trailers. They talk about Leia’s fate, understanding Shyriiwook, whether Luke will be Yoda’ish, Ander Serkis’ comments on The Last Jedi, speculation on the acts of the film, the themes of duality, the Solo title, and Tag and Bink. Good audio quality, fun hosts and great discussion.

Podcast Network: Star Wars CommonwealthRuntime: 2 hours 32 minutes, Rating: Great

Talk Star Wars Daily: Episode 10.19.17 covers Solo news with film wrapping, the DJ/Ezra theory, Amilyn Holdo and her part in The Last Jedi, and some discussion of promotional materials provided to theaters, from the buildup to the delivery of the film to the theater. Plus an update on Marc’s Hindsight script.

Podcast Network: Star Wars CommonwealthRuntime: 34 minutes, Rating: Good

Talk Star Wars Daily: Episode 10.20.17 covers Star Wars Battlefront II and the trailers, theme ideas for The Last Jedi regarding Kylo and Leia, the Ezra/DJ debate, and J.J. Abrams Episode IX comments.

Podcast Network: Star Wars CommonwealthRuntime: 20 minutes, Rating: Good

Talk Star Wars Daily: Episode 10.23.17 starts off with what the trailer subtitles might reveal, recent Rian Johnson comments on fan speculation and time jumps, and Carrie Fisher remembrance.

Podcast Network: Star Wars CommonwealthRuntime: 20 minutes, Rating: Good

Talk Star Wars Daily: Episode 10.24.17 covers David Fincher passing on The Force Awakens because of Carrie and Harrison, box office numbers and predictions for The Last Jedi, trailer subtitles, and a question on what will the age old mysteries of the Force and the shocking revelations be?

Podcast Network: Star Wars CommonwealthRuntime: 27 minutes, Rating: Good

TechnoRetro Dads: The Addams Family Becomes New for Halloween 1977 includes tractor stories, jokes, Han Solo movie news, Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy news, cereal, the Haunted House arcade game, the Adams Family Halloween show, and some Halloween art. It’s definitely worth checking out the video of the Haunted House game as it’s a pretty wild little invention.

Podcast Network: RetroZapRuntime: 1 hours 18 minutes, Rating: Good

The Deucecast Movie Show: Episode 298 features guests Dr. Earl, Clay Shaver and Shawn as they start off with some movie anniversaries and a little Harry and the Hendersons, then go into a sweet sixteen bracket for Harrison Ford movie roles, narrowing them down to one ultimate winner.

Podcast Network: RetroZapRuntime: 1 hours 16 minutes, Rating: Good

The Deucecast Movie Show: Episode 299 includes guests Dr. Earl, Lady Pinky and Shawn as they discuss the recent movies they’ve seen including Kingsman: The Golden Circle, the original Robocop, Logan Lucky, Hackers Are People Too, Blade Runner 2049, Gerald’s Game, The Bad Batch, Back to the Future, Home Alone 3, Gold and more. For Miketober, they’re joined by Pinky as they each assign a horror movie for Mike to watch. As usual, some fun movie discussions. They don’t typically go into spoilers so it’s also a good way to find new movies to watch.

Podcast Network: RetroZapRuntime: 1 hours 10 minutes, Rating: Good

The Deucecast Movie Show: Episode 300 features lots of guests as they celebrate their 300th show. They have on Shazbazzar, Dr. Earl, Clay, Joe Tavano, Jennifer Kaufman and Pinky as they go over their top five favorite movies, as well as documentary recommendations and some fun movie games. Great show.

Podcast Network: RetroZapRuntime: 1 hours 47 minutes, Rating: Great

The Geek Supreme: Convention Schemes and Porg Screams features Taxus, Scott, Jeff and Regina. In this episode the points are porg battle cries. They talk plywood models, catching up on Gotham, the New Mutants trailer, the possibility of a Marvel only convention like Star Wars Celebration, The Last Jedi trailer, and they end with a Star Wars would you rather game. Excellent audio quality and production, plus tons of fun mixing in a game show with geeky discussion.

Podcast Network: Assembly of GeeksRuntime: 50 minutes, Rating: Fun

The Resistance Broadcast: Episode 87 features Bill, James, John and Patric as they go over the latest poll results, they do a giveaway, and they talk about getting their tickets for The Last Jedi. They discuss the poster, the wound on Rey’s arm, and then they breakdown the trailer. Good episode with some great discussion. Excellent audio quality.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 1 hour 36 minutes, Rating: Good

The Resistance Broadcast: Episode 88 covers the Solo title, Abrams tying into prequels, and theater standee signs. They have an interview with Stephen Stanton covering his voice work for Obi-Wan and Tarkin, his relationship with Rian Johnson, his video game work and more. Nice interview. Definitely worth a listen. Afterwards they talk Star Wars Rebels, Tag and Bink, Battlefront II and Holdo. Good audio quality, fun hosts and good show.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 1 hour 25 minutes, Rating: Good

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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