Podcasts in Review

December 7, 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.

501stCast: Episode 106 kicks off with Joe’s new TIE pilot costume. As of this month, the 501st Legion is at over 11,000 members and 22,000 costumes. They go over Star Wars news, the Rian Johnson Star Wars trilogy, charity events and troop reports.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 41 minutes, Rating: Good

Bombad Radio: Episode 293 features an interview with Nathalie Cox. Jeremiah and Kaela talk with Nathalie about a bunch of stuff. They start out with some general chit chat, then they get into what she’s been working on, Formula One game, working with green screen and motion capture, acting not pretending, and UK spelling. Fun interview.

Podcast Network: Bombad RadioRuntime: 56 minute, Rating: Fun

Brews and Blasters: Episode 146 starts with BB-8 gumballs, global shout outs, Batuu info, excitement for The Last Jedi, crystal fox info, TV spots, and the EW article on Snoke. They wrap up with toys as they do need’em got’em and cover the Amazon exclusive First Order stormtrooper and Praetorian guard, the Star Wars Battlefront figure, and Force ghost Obi-Wan.

Podcast Network: RetroZapRuntime: 1 hour 9 minutes, Rating: Good

Bright Tree Radio: Episode 21 starts with some travel discussion as they talk about the recent places they’ve been, Canada and Las Vegas. About 10 minutes in, they get to Star Wars as they talk about the first characters they think of who are not Force users and their influence on the galaxy. From Thrawn and Leia to Baze and Chirrut, they cover the films, the books, and all eras. Afterwards there’s a short discussion on Star Wars tattoos. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Bright Tree RadioRuntime: 1 hour 20 minutes, Rating: Good

Canto Cast: Episode 10 is hosted by Jeff and Tristan as they kick off with Star Wars Battlefront II and the loot crate scandal. They get into the idea of pay to win and the reddit response. About 22 minutes in, they switch gears to talk The Phantom Menace. They talk about what it was like seeing it the first time, what they liked about the movie, and more. Very positive discussion with good audio quality, good hosts, and they keep it interesting.

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

Children of the Force: Episode 89 touches on where they’re at with Star Wars Battlefront II, they talk about the similarities between Steve Harrington in Strangers Things and Han Solo, then they discuss what’s for kids. People say “that’s not for kids” so they explore what they think is and isn’t for kids and how it pertains to Star Wars. They also cover Kelly Marie Tran’s recent comments, female representation and diversity, The Last Jedi runtime, the Servants of the Empire books, grab ball, there’s a Tatooine hot dog joke, and they wrap up with their expectations for The Last Jedi.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 50 minutes, Rating: Good

Coffee With Kenobi: Episode 99 features guests Daniel Berry and Ryan Donoho (ForceCast). Dan Z kicks things off by talking about his experience on the new Star Tours destinations (no spoilers), then they talk about dealing with spoilers for The Last Jedi. Dan and Ryan talk about how they got into podcasting, Podcast 66, and ForceCast. Tom joins them for the news as they talk about Star Wars Otterbox, Gentle Giant life size R2-D2 Kenner style, The Rolling Stone Star Wars cover and articles, and Dan wraps things up with the book segment covering chapters 19 to 32 of Phasma.

Podcast Network: Coffee With KenobiRuntime: 1 hour 14 minutes, Rating: Good

Comic Book Noob: Vibe they talk about the hero’s origins, compare the comic book character to The Flash TV show character, discuss the character’s grim fates, potential, resurrections, and the extent of their power. Plus their recommended reads.

Podcast Network: Assembly of GeeksRuntime: 28 minutes, Rating: Good

DorkLair: Episode 16 touches on the Luke Skywalker Hot Toys disguise figure a little, then they get into S.H. Figuarts news, pre-orders for The Last Jedi Luke, and the Tokyo Comic Con reveals. Afterwards they review the S.H. Figuarts Attack of the Clones Anakin figure. They talk about the issues that people had when they first went on pre-order, and there’s some good tips for loose joints (Pledge floor wax).

Podcast Network: RetroZapRuntime: 1 hour 28 minutes, Rating: Good

Fly Casual: Episode 162 kicks off with a EA Battlefront blues, drugs, and the Star Wars Holiday Special. They talk about the Rian Johnson trilogy, there’s a Justice League tangent, the Disney/Fox rumors, A New Hope vinyl, glee club Christmas song, some reminiscing of Attack of the Clones, and the Star Wars live action TV series news. They dive into Star Wars Battlefront II, EA’s responses to reddit, loot crate gambling, pay to win and unlocking content, and they touch on the single player campaign which doesn’t really go all the way up to The Force Awakens, plus the mention of project resurrection and what that could be about. There’s also comic reviews for Star Wars #38, Darth Vader #8, and Doctor Aphra #14, and they talk about Star Wars Rebels “Kindred”, “Crawler Commandeers”, and “Rebel Assault.” Big episode with lots of content.

Podcast Network: Better Kind MediaRuntime: 2 hours 35 minutes, Rating: Good

Fly Casual: Episode 163 Corey is sick but soldiers on and they bring the humor. They cover news and toys in this episode. From Daisy Ridley on Good Morning America, and Rian Johnson’s comments, to Her Universe, Hot Wheels, S.H. Figuarts, Funko and a glee club song.

Podcast Network: Better Kind MediaRuntime: 59 minutes, Rating: Fun

ForceCenter: Episode 91 takes a look at the second acts in Star Wars trilogies and they speculate on The Last Jedi. What will we learn, will their be duplicity, will there be a love interest, will they dabble in the dark side, with there be a “join me” moment, and will someone lose a limb? Plus they tackle listener questions, the Ewok cooking song, R-rated Star Wars, and BB-8 and Maz’s stairs. Good episode.

Podcast Network: ForceCenterRuntime: 55 minutes, Rating: Good

Galactic Fashion: Episode 30 Johnamarie reveals she’ll be stepping away from podcasting and they introduce the new co-host, Cristy Morris, who will be joining Teresa. Both Johnamarie and Teresa talk with Cristy about meeting and podcasting, fandoms, and they get into new Her Universe active wear items, what they like and don’t like, new Rag and Bone Star Wars items, Disney items, Doctor Who stuff, and they talk with Mari Cole (Sent From Mars) about fashion and designing items. Great episode.

Podcast Network: Jedi News NetworkRuntime: 1 hour 31 minutes, Rating: Great

Hyperspace PodBlast: Episode 41 covers twelve Star Wars things they’d like for Christmas, from the unobtainable and wishful thinking, to things that are readily available. Might be worth a listen if your looking for Star Wars gift ideas.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 28 minutes, Rating: Good

Kanata’s Castle: Episode 20 starts with some non-spoiler discussion on Star Wars Battlefront II. Then they talk about the Rian Johnson Star Wars trilogy and the live action TV show. Afterwards there main discussion focuses on Obi-Wan Kenobi. They talk about his 20 years in the desert, and why Leia and Han decided to name their child Ben. Interesting discussion.

Podcast Network: RetroZapRuntime: 1 hour 8 minutes, Rating: Good

Magic on a Dollar: Episode 9 has some Starbucks Disney news, Dave talks about the Star Wars Secrets of the Empire VR experience coming December 16, Jingle Bell Jingle BAM, some other stuff, anniversaries, the Infinity War trailer, and he talks about Disney, children and autism.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 34 minutes, Rating: Good

Podmé: Episode 2 is hosted by Sarah, Lynn and Natalie as they talk about The Phantom Menace. They get into appreciating the politics, the characters, their least favorite aspect of the movie, their love for the handmaidens, Padmé as a character, her ability to surprise Sheev yet her fate of ultimately enabling his rise to power, the lack of interaction between her and Obi-Wan, having to trust Anakin, her empathy, savior complex, and her inexperience. Nice discussion tightly focused on Padmé in The Phantom Meance.

Podcast Network: Unmistakably Star WarsRuntime: 1 hour 3 minutes, Rating: Good

Skywalking Through Neverland: Episode 193 features the audio from the Making Star Wars panel at LOSCON 44. The panel features Craig Miller, Miki Herman, Chris Casady, Doug Barnett, and Mark Marshall as they share stories about ILM, working on Star Wars, and the movie industry in general. From old equipment and miniatures to working with the filmmakers, there’s some great discussion in this panel. Good audio quality, too.

Podcast Network: RetroZapRuntime: 1 hour 29 minutes, Rating: Great

Star Wars Bookworms: Episode 83 touches on The Last Jedi, they have a book giveaway, then they talk with author Dan Wallace about having already read the scrip for The Last Jedi, his new book The Rebel Files, and what it was like writing the different characters. Afterwards Teresa and Aaron review the book a bit going over all the cool stuff that’s included in the book. Definitely sounds like a good one to check out.

Podcast Network: 2nd Airborne DivisionRuntime: 1 hour 3 minutes, Rating: Great

Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels: Episode 43 covers their viewing plans for The Last Jedi, Johnathan Davis being added to the audible hall of fame, no Lando in The Last Jedi, plus lots of new items in their “That’s So Wizard” fashion segment. Afterwards they talk about Star Wars Christmas gift ideas, Allen Voivod joins them to talk about his trivia book and how he got into podcasting, and there’s some shout outs and other stuff. Good episode.

Podcast Network: RetroZap, Runtime: 1 hour 47 minutes, Rating: Fun

Superhero Therapy: Stranger Things Psychology gets into the draw of nostalgia, childhood fantasy, alienation and connection, the relationship between Eleven and Hopper and Dr. Brenner, Billy, Max and their father/stepfather, heroism and heroic characters. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Assembly of GeeksRuntime: 25 minutes, Rating: Good

Talk Star Wars: Episode 97 touches on Rance Howard’s passing, listener feedback, and they talk about prophecy and how prophecies are often parts of larger prophecies, which leads to a discussion of the story group. They talk about what extent they want Yoda to be in The Last Jedi. Their favorite sound in Star Wars, whether The Last Jedi will be a rehash of The Empire Strikes Back, and about half way into the episode they get to their The Last Jedi potential spoilers which is where I dropped out.

Podcast Network: Star Wars CommonwealthRuntime: 2 hours 18 minutes, Rating: Good

Talk Star Wars Daily: Episode 12.4.17 covers the Solo posters, and update on the Rian Johnson trilogy, Mark Hamill on the ending of The Force Awakens, a Jimmy Kimmel interview and some possible spoilers.

Podcast Network: Star Wars CommonwealthRuntime: 2 hours 18 minutes, Rating: Good

Talk Star Wars Round Table: Episode 11 features guests Cody (The Rouge Squadron Podcast), Rob Yees (Generation X-Wing), Ben (The Skyhoppers Podcast), Kyle (Tumbling Saber), and Rob (Talk Star Wars) as they talk Star Wars Battlefront II, plans for The Last Jedi and thoughts on spoilers. Good discussion.

Podcast Network: Star Wars CommonwealthRuntime: 1 hour 2 minutes, Rating: Good

Wookiee Radio: Episode 45 they talk about Daisy Ridley’s latest comments about not wanting to play Rey after Episode IX, Mark Hamill’s comments on the ending of The Force Awakens being changed, Kylo Ren and the last Jedi, Sheev on a shelf, the petition to revoke EA’s Star Wars license, and then they get into 15 real world Star Wars locations. Unfortunately that segment drags on a while and suffers from some imperfect audio quality and lack of editing. They go off an article, so there’s not a great, natural flow to the discussion so much as just relaying some information. They wrap up with book and comic releases for December, and new Star Wars attraction.

Podcast Network: We Be Geeks NetworkRuntime: 58 minutes, Rating: Okay

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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