Podcasts in Review

February 1, 2018 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 Podcast: Episode 108 kicks off with some The Last Jedi stuff, Solo pics in France, then they get to their main topic, Leigh Brackett. They talk about her accomplishments and her career, how she wound up on George Lucas’ radar, and ultimately, they go over her first draft of The Empire Strikes Back, which at that point was just called Star Wars 2. They talk about Minch (aka Yoda), the bog planet, the asteroid chase, Luke and Vader’s mediation connection which is similar to The Last Jedi, Lando and how Hoth was Cloud City, levitating fruit, Luke’s dad not being Vader, sister mentioned, the Jedi oath, a very different Clone Wars, Lando as a clone, no Boba Fett or bounty hunters, no Han in carbonite, and many more differences and similarities to ESB. Great episode. If you’ve never read Leigh Brackett’s draft of Empire, then this is a must listen to episode.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 1 hour 10 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Jason, and Gabe, Rating: Great

Brews and Blasters: Episode 153 covers some Bob’s Burgers, Can’t Hardly Wait, toys, baby names, listener questions and they dive into Star Wars Rebels with the new trailer and the end of the show fast approaching. Fun discussions as always, be it Star Wars or off topic.

Podcast Network: RetrozapRuntime: 1 hour 30 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Joe, and Chris, Rating: Fun

Comics With Kenobi: Episode 46 covers comic news, then they review Poe Dameron #23, the latest issue of A Star Wars Comic, and Star Wars: Forces of Destiny – Ahsoka & Padme. Lots of good comic discussion as always.

Podcast Network: Coffee With KenobiRuntime: 1 hour 12 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Jeff, and Matt, Rating: Good

DorkLair: Episode 22 features Bill and Bryan as they talk some Hot Toys, Boba Fett, and other toy news. Then they review the S.H. Figuarts The Phandom Menace Obi-Wan figure.

Podcast Network: RetroZapRuntime: 58 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Bill, and Bryan, Rating: Good

DorkLair: Episode 23 features Bill and Chris as they talk Oscars, Tamashi Nations, Bandai, Sideshow Return of the Jedi Luke, and then they review the S.H. Figuarts Rogue One Stromtrooper.

Podcast Network: RetroZapRuntime: 50 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Bill, and Chris, Rating: Good

ForceCenter: Episode 100 covers news, the new Star Wars Rebels trailer, which leads to a discussion on Mortis and the Rebels characters. They go over the Solo synopsis, Knights of Ren, Rian’s Jedi Path tweets, seeing The Last Jedi in 3D, and then they get into one of the themes in The Last Jedi – admitting a weakness and moving forward. Afterwards they play a Star Wars build a buddy game, a Star Wars connection game, and they talk loud voices in fandom and listener questions.

Podcast Network: ForceCenter, Runtime: 1 hour 27 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Ken, Joseph, and Jennifer, Rating: Good

Full of Sith: Episode CCLII zeroes in on Star Wars Rebels as they talk about the trailer, the end of the show, Mortis and connections with The Last Jedi.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 1 hour 1 minute, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Holly, Bryan, and Mike, Rating: Good

Geek Out Loud: Episode 233 features Steve and Shazbazzar as they talk about The Phantom Menace generation all being in college or beyond, fandom division on The Last Jedi, and their thoughts on the film both negative and positive. Good discussion.

Podcast Network: Geek Out LoudRuntime: 1 hour 9 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Steve, and Shazbazzar, Rating: Good

Hyperspace PodBlast: Episode 48 features guests Mike, Hannah, Maia, and Molly as they talk about the Jedi and balance, The Last Jedi, the class, Rogue One, the Force and duct tape, tin foil and more.

Podcast Network: Hyperspace PodBlastRuntime: 28 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Bryan, and Shelby, Rating: Good

Lattes With Leia: Episode 25 discusses the significance of Kylo smashing his helmet, Dave Filoni designing Luke’s compass, the caretakers, they touch on the book Chewie and the Porgs, Star Wars Rebels, and then they get into good and evil in Star Wars. They talk about situational factors, systemic factors and moral distress as they cover Anakin, the First Order and DJ and Canto Bight. Interesting discussion.

Podcast Network: Coffee With KenobiRuntime: 1 hour 16 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Amy, and Andrea, Rating: Good

Less Than 12 Parsecs: LT12P Conversations #0001 features Tim talking with Ryan Dassing about what makes the Jedi such quitters. From Yoda running away from Palpatine, to Obi-Wan hiding in the desert and Luke hiding on Ahch-To. They tackle whether the Jedi only fight when they know they can win, and they also talk a little about the Vader comics. Good discussion but there’s a hot mic issue for Tim in this episode which hurts the audio quality.

Podcast Network:  Less Than 12 ParsecsRuntime: 22 minutes, Audio Quality: Okay, Editing: Excellent, Host: Tim, Rating: Okay

Less Than 12 Parsecs: Episode 166 addresses Tim’s concerns for his addiction to collecting Star Wars books.

Podcast Network:  Less Than 12 ParsecsRuntime: 6 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Host: Tim, Rating: Good

Less Than 12 Parsecs: Episode 167 covers the Lucasfilm story group and five questions Tim would like to ask them.

Podcast Network:  Less Than 12 ParsecsRuntime: 6 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Host: Tim, Rating: Good

Less Than 12 Parsecs: Episode 168 goes over Tim’s five favorite Ric Olie quotes.

Podcast Network:  Less Than 12 ParsecsRuntime: 5 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Host: Tim, Rating: Good

Less Than 12 Parsecs: Episode 169 covers favorite scenes of non-Star Wars roles of Star Wars actors. The sound is a little funny on this one.

Podcast Network:  Less Than 12 ParsecsRuntime: 14 minutes, Audio Quality: Good, Editing: Excellent, Host: Tim, Rating: Good

Less Than 12 Parsecs: Episode 170 spotlights Kaden Stelter from the podcast Rebel Chatter. Kaden talks about his podcast, and they also talk about the new podcast they have coming up.

Podcast Network:  Less Than 12 ParsecsRuntime: 11 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Host: Tim, Rating: Good

Less Than 12 Parsecs: Episode 171 is 10 stoopid questions with Kaden Stelter which results in the usual variety of funny questions.

Podcast Network:  Less Than 12 ParsecsRuntime: 6 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Host: Tim, Rating: Good

Less Than 12 Parsecs: Episode 173 is hosted by Evan Pettit (@Ric_Olie_Quote) as he goes over five things George Lucas shouldn’t have changed.

Podcast Network:  Less Than 12 ParsecsRuntime: 6 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Host: Evan, Rating: Good

Less Then 12 Parsecs: Episode 175 is 10 stoopid questions with Evan Pettit, the creator of @Rick_Olie_Quote.

Podcast Network: Less Than 12 ParsecsRuntime: 7 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Host: Tim, Rating: Good

Less Than 12 Rebels: Episode 1 is a new show from Less Than 12 Parsecs that goes over Star Wars fan films. In this episode they cover The Old Republic: Rescue Mission, The Lost Starfighter, and Troops. They share their thoughts on each and touch on the quality of the costumes, acting and special effects. Interesting concept for a show and definitely a good one to check out for fans of Star Wars fan films.

Podcast Network: Less Than 12 ParsecsRuntime: 35 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Tim, and Kaden, Rating: Good

Magic on a Dollar: Episode 16 goes over Disney news touching on Club 33, van service, and tax reform bonuses. Then Mickey joins Dave as they talk some Disney history, Disney favorites, then go over the upcoming movies they’re looking forward to.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 24 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Great, Host: Dave, Rating: Good

Me and My Padawan: Episode 8 kicks off with Star Wars news, they talk porgs, then they go over all the different types of Imperial troopers. They talk about the real life origin of stormtroopers, and then they take a break from Star Wars to talk Power Rangers. Plus there’s a tiny segment with Dillon covering Paw Patrol. They wrap up with some video game discussion as they talk Pong and Super Mario Odyssey. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 55 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Ryan, and Braden, Rating: Fun

Rebel Yell: Mid Season 4 Trailer and The Last Jedi Talk goes over the Star Wars Rebels trailer, episode titles, Kanan’s hair, Mortis, the owl, the gigantic wolf, and afterwards they get into The Last Jedi. Fun discussion.

Podcast Network: Geek Out LoudRuntime: 1 hour 41 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Host: Steve, Teresa, and Erich, Rating: Fun

Rock Out Loud: Inaugural Rock Out Loud Hall of Fame kicks off with some music videos, Def Leppard news, Bruce Springsteen, and Rob Thomas. Then they touch on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and go through their five picks for the Rock Out Loud Hall of Fame. As you might expect, this results in five bands you’ve heard a lot on the show.

Podcast Network: Geek Out LoudRuntime: 1 hour 55 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Host: Steve, and Kristin, Rating: Good

Skytalkers: Emo Kylo Ren ft. Alexandra Petri features a conversation with the creator of the @KyloR3n Twitter account. They talk with Amanda about her Star wars fandom, her love for Star Wars, and her fascination with Kylo. Fun interview.

Podcast Network: Star Wars Escape Pods NetworkRuntime: 46 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Caitlin, and Charlotte, Rating: Fun

Skywalking Through Neverland: Episode 200 covers Po-Zu shoes, Oscar nominations, audio highlights of the show to celebrate their 200th episode, listener feedback, and a very nice discussion of the music of The Last Jedi. A Chewie and the porgs sound bit by Rob leads into their discussion of the book Chewie and the Porgs which they do a full reading of. Lots packed into this episode.

Podcast Network: RetrozapRuntime: 1 hours 44 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Sarah, and Richard, Rating: Good

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1304 is quite a bit longer than usual as Allen interviews co-executive producer Nick Martorelli from Penguin Random House Audio. Nick goes over what his job entails, and they talk about the audiobook for From A Certain Point of View. They go over the large voice cast, selecting the narrators, how John Hamm was attached to the project, how long it took, the editing involved, and they also talk about the old audio dramas and an upcoming project. Good interview. Worth checking out.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 35 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Host: Allen, Rating: Good

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1305 goes over the box office results for The Last Jedi (so far) and how it stacks up, plus The Last Jedi polling results.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 10 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Host: Allen, Rating: Good

Star Wars Bookworms: Episode 85 touches on the book Chewie and the Porgs, they talk about the Youtini subscription box, they review the book Ultimate LEGO Star Wars, and they go over the comic Poe Dameron Volume 1.

Podcast Network: 2nd Airborne DivisionRuntime: 1 hour 7 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Teresa, and Aaron, Rating: Good

Talk Star Wars: Episode 104 goes over listener feedback, and dives into topics like Star Wars horror, the prime Jedi, Rey’s progression in The Last Jedi, favorite Anakin moments, Luke’s doubts in the Jedi Order, news, Solo trailer rumors, The Last Jedi‘s box officer performance, and Oscar nominations.

Podcast Network: Star Wars CommonwealthRuntime: 27 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Marc, Rob, and Paul, Rating: Great

Talk Star Wars Daily: Episode 1.25.18 goes over box office numbers, The Star Wars Show‘s coverage of The Last Jedi novelization, Domhnall Gleeson on Episode IX and Marc’s thoughts on Hux, and Han Solo images shown in France.

Podcast Network: Star Wars CommonwealthRuntime: 23 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Host: Marc, Rating: Good

Talk Star Wars Daily: Episode 1.26.18 covers Rian Johnson’s appearance on the /Film podcast, how Luke’s ability came to be, and whether Kylo can be redeemed.

Podcast Network: Star Wars CommonwealthRuntime: 22 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Host: Marc, Rating: Good

Talk Star Wars Daily: Episode 1.30.18 goes over box office numbers, Carrie Fisher’s Grammy win, Solo release name in China, animated news, comic book digital trade paperback sale, and the gap between the releases of Solo and Episode IX.

Podcast Network: Star Wars CommonwealthRuntime: 28 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Host: Marc, Rating: Good

Talk Star Wars Daily: Episode 1.31.18 covers box office updates, Ezra as the new Vader, Solo marketing, and Leland Chee commenting about Legends characters showing up soon

Podcast Network: Star Wars CommonwealthRuntime: 27 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Host: Marc, Rating: Good

The /Filmcast: Episode 451 is hosted by David, Jeff and Devindra as they talk with The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson. This episode is a must listen as they talk with him for over an hour about the film, which is absolutely awesome. Rian talks about how he came across The Jedi Path, getting the offer from Kathleen Kennedy, how he approached writing the story, dealing with fan reaction, making Rey a no one, coming up with the Rey cave scene, approaching Poe, heroism vs leadership, the wisdom of Leia, not changing Leia’s story, Luke’s robotic hand disappearing, the Holo maneuver, the silent explosion, defending the chase, and Snoke’s red room. Great interview with good audio quality. There is some adult language so keep that in mind if you’re listening with your kids. This one earns my pick of the week.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 1 hour 49 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: David, Jeff, and Devindra, Rating: Pick of the Week

The Deucecast: Episode 314 features Dave, Mikey and Dr. Earl as they start with the Rotten Tomatoes game then go over the Oscar nominations and provide their predictions/choices, which leads to some discussion of all of the films up for awards.

Podcast Network: RetrozapRuntime: 52 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Dave, Mikey, and Dr. Earl, Rating: Good

TechnoRetro Dads: Blondie, Birds, Bears, and Bo’sun Whistle covers jokes, news, cereal, Blondie, the video game Zork, the cartoon Yogi’s Space Race, the movie Ladyhawke, the television movie Captain America, and listener voicemails.

Podcast Network: RetrozapRuntime: 1 hour 18 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Shazbazzar, and JediShua, Rating: Good

The Geek Supreme: Blockbuster Snubs and Muppet Scrubs features Jenn subbing in for Regina as they talk Marvel vs DC research, Muppet Babies reboot, VHS rental stores, and the Oscars. With the game show format, they have some fun following up each topic, and they get into their own picks for best movies of the year. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: Assembly of GeeksRuntime: 1 hour 10 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Darth Taxus, Scott, Jeff and Jenn, Rating: Fun

The Kessel Run: Episode 1.29.18 Marc goes over his bad week for a very inside baseball type episode that goes behind the scenes of the podcast.

Podcast Network: Star Wars CommonwealthRuntime: 1 hour 7 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Marc, and Rob, Rating: Good

The Sandcrawler: Episode 44 covers their trip to California to attend the movie premier of Making Fun: The Story of Funko. They talk about their adventures along the way, a little football, some Disney, their experience at the Scum & Villainy bar, what the movie premier was like, and what the movie was about. Good episode.

Podcast Network: RetrozapRuntime: 1 hour 39 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Dan, and Mac, Rating: Good

The Skyhoppers Podcast: Chatting About Droids With Saf is a slightly different show format as Ash sits down with Saf to talk about droids. Saf talk about her love for BB-9E, and touches a little on PZ-4CO. It’s a quick, fun little discussion.

Podcast Network: Star Wars CommonwealthRuntime: 16 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Host: Ash, Rating: Good

TSW After Darkside: Episode 50 features the usual clips and out takes from behind the scenes, but also a little discussion of It, Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, The Punisher and some fun with the soundboard.

Podcast Network: Star Wars CommonwealthRuntime: 28 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Marc, Rob, Paul, and Steve, Rating: Fun

TSW Round Table: Episode 13 features guests Em (Bridger Transmissions), Nathan Roberts and Casey Bennett as they talk clones vs First Order stormtroopers, what they would want from a video game, the Star Wars Rebels trailer, and the Force and balance. If you haven’t checked out the Talk Star Wars Round Table yet, it’s an interesting format where the main host Rob has different guests on each month for the show. The guests are a mixture of hosts from other podcasts in the Commonwealth network, and listeners of the show. It makes each show a little different, so you never quite know what you’re going to get.

Podcast Network: Star Wars CommonwealthRuntime: 1 hour 7 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Host: Rob, Rating: Good

Wookiee Radio: Episode 51 goes over the Amazon comic sale, anticipation for the Solo trailer, The Last Jedi novelization and how it will include Han’s funeral, the Oscars, and upcoming releases like Thrawn in paperback, the latest issue of Star Wars Insider and comics. Plus they have a Family Feud style Star Wars word game that’s fun. Good episode. They cover the news, but they also interject some good Star Wars discussions throughout.

Podcast Network: We Be Geeks NetworkRuntime: 59 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Ken, Derrick, and Mike, Rating: Good

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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  1. Thank you for your Pick of the Week and Emo Kylo Ren interview coverage. I love that Twitter account, and I am excited to get to hear from someone connected to it.

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