Podcasts in Review

February 8, 2018 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 Podcast: Episode 109 begins with some Rob Halford love (huge props for that). Of course they dig into Solo, and really, is there any better podcast to enjoy the goodness of all the Solo content? I think not. They go over the posters, the Super Bowl TV spot, and the full teaser trailer. They talk Corellian hounds, go over the new look of the Millennium Falcon, the train, the frog guy in a jar, and much more. It’s a super fun discussion.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 56 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Jason, and Gabe, Rating: Very Fun

Brews and Blasters: Episode 154 covers breakfast burritos, Oscar nominations, and they dig into Solo. They talk about the Kessel Run, John Williams doing the Han Solo theme, and their predictions. Plus there’s need’em got’em on their recent toy acquisitions. Chris is a little wasted in this episode.

Podcast Network: RetrozapRuntime: 1 hour 10 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Joe, and Chris, Rating: Good

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Rian Johnson & The Go! Team starts out with a 30 minute conversation with The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson. Rian talks about how he was approached for the project, the humor in the movie, the lightsaber toss scene, and the Leia scenes. I dropped off after the Rian Johnson interview ended, so I can’t comment on the rest of the episode, but the first 30 minutes are definitely worth checking out for The Last Jedi content.

Podcast Network: NPRRuntime: 1 hour 5 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Host: Jesse Thorn, Rating: Good

Fly Casual: Episode 167 kicks off with Wilford Brimley, Maker’s Mark, F-bombs and drugs, then they switch over to Garrick’s top 10 list for things we learned from Star Wars books and comics. Afterwards they talk The Last Jedi, things that aren’t as bad now, suicidal Luke, Star Wars movie rankings, and filmmakers. Then they go into news, argue over Luke’s blue lightsaber, and the killing of characters. This one gets a little ranty at times. For instance, how can you say Rian Johnson isn’t a Star Wars fan? Having seen the videos of him and listening to his interviews, he’s a huge Star Wars fan.

Podcast Network: Betterkind MediaRuntime: 2 hour 10 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Corey, Steve, Garrick, and Mike, Rating: Okay

ForceCenter: Episode 102 features Ken, Joseph and Jennifer as they go over the Solo teaser trailer. Afterwards they wrap up with listener questions. Great discussion.

Podcast Network: ForceCenterRuntime: 1 hour 25 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Ken, Joseph, and Jennifer, Rating: Great

ForceCenter Reacts: Solo Teaser Trailer features Ken and Joseph as they talk about the Super Bowl Solo teaser TV spot.

Podcast Network: ForceCenterRuntime: 19 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Ken, and Joseph, Rating: Good

Full of Sith: Episode CCLIII is all about Ackbar. They talk about how the character has played a part in their fandoms, his role in the movies, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and their favorite Ackbar moments. Afterwards Holly talks about the Secrets of the Empire VR experience, and they talk a little bit about trailers and film changes.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 1 hour 15 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Holly, Bryan, and Mike, Rating: Good

Full of Sith: Episode CCLIV features Bryan, Holly and Bobby subs in for Mike as they go over the Solo TV spot and teaser trailer. They talk Solo, Ron Howard, marketing, the music, and they touch on the old Han and Lando books.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 1 hour 32 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Holly, Bryan, and Bobby, Rating: Good

Geek Out Loud: Episode 234 kicks off with Steve and Erich as they do Pass the Corn for January. They talk The Last Jedi, Star Wars Battlefront II, The Crown on Netflix, The Magicians on SyFy, The Alienist, Bright, Altered Carbon, Roseanne, The Defenders, and upcoming movies. Then Steve wraps up the Goliverse marathon with Dave as they talk about Mark Out Loud coming to an end, Star Trek, and X-Files. They transition to The Big Honkin’ Show as they cover some funny news stories involving spider wife and a guy hitting himself. This one is a bit of a triple threat which makes it very long, which can be a good and a bad thing.

Podcast Network: Geek Out LoudRuntime: 3 hours 6 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Good, Hosts: Steve, Erich, and Dave, Rating: Good

Home One Hangout: Episode 38 covers recent acquisitions, news, the Star Wars Rebels trailer, episode titles, Solo trailer speculation, other news, video games, Solo reshoots which leads to some Solo discussion. They also talk The Last Jedi box office results. Very news heavy episode but they manage to turn each item into a discussion which is nice.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 1 hour 26 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing:Excellent, Hosts: Mike, Matt, and Ryan, Rating: Good

Hyperspace PodBlast: Episode 50 goes over the Solo teaser trailer as they dig into the music, the similarities to Rogue One, the train, the environments, and more.

Podcast Network: Hyperspace PodBlastRuntime: 29 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Bryan, and Shelby, Rating: Good

Kanata’s Castle: Episode 24 cover’s Rian Johnson’s comments on Padme’s influence on The Last Jedi, Ashley Eckstein’s upcoming book, and they continue their discussion of The Last Jedi touching on various things including love, the take on Luke, Holdo, and other stuff.

Podcast Network: RetrozapRuntime: 1 hour 19 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Becca, and Devon, Rating: Good

Less Than 12 Parsecs: Episode 177 covers Tim’s thoughts on the Solo teaser trailer and his thoughts in general on the film and the amount of Star Wars movies coming out. This leads to focus on whether Star Wars is still special.

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

Magic on a Dollar: Episode 17 covers Disney news, Galactic Nights, Oscar nominations, Solo (pre-trailer release), Disney history, and discusses Disney parks and special needs. For instance, Dave goes over guest assistance passes to deal with lines, wheelchair/stroller access, and other things to keep in mind.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 44 minutes, Audio Quality: Great, Editing: Excellent, Host: Dave, Rating: Good

Rebel Force Radio: Episode 1.26.18 covers the Oscars, they talk SNL, AARP awards, listener voicemails, and Jimmy clarifies that Star Wars Oxygen is on hiatus per David Collins wishes so there’s no definitive plans if it’ll return. They cover Rian Johnson’s appearance on Bullseye, they talk with Melody Deel as they discuss The Last Jedi novelization, Han’s funeral, Luke’s commitment to exile, and other stuff from The Art of The Last Jedi book. They also talk about whether Natalie Portman could return to Star Wars, The Jedi Path, Solo trailer release predictions, and Muppets.

Podcast Network: Rebel Force RadioRuntime: 2 hours 14 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Jason, and Jimmy, Rating: Good

Rebel Force Radio: Solo Teaser Trailer Review features Jimmy, Jason and Paul as they go over the TV spot and the full teaser trailer. They talk about the recruitment center, the Star Destroyer in the storm, the speeder chase, the dance room, the train, Lando’s fur coat, Alden as Han, they go on a bit of a Empire Strikes Back tangent, and they touch on Corellia, Woody’s hair, boxy ship designs, retro clothing and more. Good discussion.

Podcast Network: Rebel Force RadioRuntime: 2 hours 33 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Jason, Jimmy, and Paul, Rating: Good

Skytalkers: Solo: A Star Wars Story Teaser Reaction features their thoughts on the teaser trailer as they talk about the locations, the characters, and more.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1311 features an interview with illustrator Kemp Remillard who does the cross-section artwork for the Star Wars cross-sections books. Kemp talks about adding to the factory aspect on Snoke’s ship, getting to draw characters for some of the illustrations, and easter eggs. Good discussion. Definitely worth checking out if you’ve seen the cross-section books.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 37 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Host: Allen, Rating: Great

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1312 covers Solo rumors (pre-trailer release).

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1313 covers the Solo teaser trailer and Allen provides his top takeaways.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 11 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Host: Allen, Rating: Good

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1314 goes over Alden Ehrenreich in the Solo teaser trailers.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 9 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Host: Allen, Rating: Good

Star Wars Influences: Episode 27 features Jimmy and Paul as they talk about The Art of The Last Jedi book. They touch on the island, Snoke, Snoke’s ship, Snoke’s throne room, Crait, aliens, ships, and other stuff. Plus there’s an action figure tangent.

Podcast Network: Rebel Force RadioRuntime: 1 hour 47 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Jimmy, and Paul, Rating: Good

Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels: Episode 47 discusses Star Wars Rebels, Mortis, episode titles, the Oscars, new job postings at Lucasfilm, and Skystalking updates. Afterwards they continue their The Last Jedi discussion by focusing on Leia, Poe, and Holdo. They also talk about what characters they’d add to Star Wars Battlefront. Fun discussion.

Podcast Network: RetrozapRuntime: 1 hour 27 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Dennis, Darth Taxus, and Jay, Rating: Fun

Talk Star Wars: Episode 105 kicks off with Marc and Rob as they go over some listener voicemail on The Last Jedi. Carlos joins them for a little bit as they talk Rey, the dark side, Kylo, and the balance between the two. They talk about Star Wars scenes that didn’t work for them, whether Boba Fett tried to spare Han, the Jedi Order and failure, The Last Jedi performance and reviews, and The Princess Diarist audiobook. Paul joins them as they discuss Solo‘s Chinese title, legends characters coming back and Leland’s comments.

Podcast Network: Star Wars CommonwealthRuntime: 2 hours 22 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Host: Marc, Rob, Carlos, and Paul, Rating: Great

Talk Star Wars Daily: Episode 2.1.18 covers whether Snoke could return in Episode IX based on Andy Serkis’ comments, telling prequel stories and handling Solo, and latest Solo trailer rumors for the Super Bowl.

Podcast Network: Star Wars CommonwealthRuntime: 17 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Host: Marc, Rating: Good

Talk Star Wars Daily: Episode 2.2.18 features Marc, Rob and Paul as they go over Solo trailer predictions.

Podcast Network: Star Wars CommonwealthRuntime: 26 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Host: Marc, Rob, and Paul, Rating: Good

Talk Star Wars Daily: Episode 2.5.18 touches on Rian Johnson’s comments on Kylo betraying Snoke and writing Poe. Marc goes over the Solo TV spot and some other stuff.

Podcast Network: Star Wars CommonwealthRuntime: 25 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Host: Marc, Rating: Good

Talk Star Wars Daily: Episode 2.6.18 covers thoughts on Solo, the posters, the name of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s character, thoughts on the marketing, and show plans.

Podcast Network: Star Wars CommonwealthRuntime: 25 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Host: Marc, Rating: Good

Talk Star Wars Daily: Episode 2.7.18 has an update on Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s character, covers the news with the Game of Thrones creators being signed up for Star Wars movies, Bob Iger on multiple Star Wars television shows in progress for the Disney streaming app, and some speculation on what these things could be.

Podcast Network: Star Wars CommonwealthRuntime: 32 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Host: Marc, Rating: Good

Tatooine Sons: Episode 10 covers the IMAX screening they attended which included a Q&A with The Last Jedi directory Rian Johnson. Not only that, but they got to ask him some questions. They talk about the experience, the event, the Q&A, and their questions. Interestingly enough, they were able to name Chewbacca’s porg – Terbus. We’ll have to see if Pablo makes that stick.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 47 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: David, Nate, and Samuel, Rating: Good

TechnoRetro Dads: Flash Gordon Plays Football covers football, jokes, news, the video game Atari Football, they discuss the movie Flash Gordon, go over contest clues and listener feedback.

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

The Deucecast Movie Show: Episode 315 features Dave, Mikey, Dr. Earl and Jennifer Novotny. They start off with a movie game, they talk a little about Coco and podcasting, then they go over their top five movies that are 90 minutes or less in runtime. There’s lots of variety as they go over old Alfred Hitchcock movies, animated films, obscure flicks and modern classics.

Podcast Network: RetrozapRuntime: 1 hour 8 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Dave, Mikey, Dr. Earl, and Jennifer, Rating: Fun

The Kessel Run: February Newsletter is something a bit different as Talk Star Wars drops their monthly PDF format newsletter for VIPs to try out an audio format. It’s a lot of the same content, but as a podcast, which actually really does work better. Marc goes over the increase in downloads, new equipment, change up in shows, using Instagram, new t-shirt designs and more.

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

The Resistance Broadcast: Episode 99 covers news as they talk about The Jedi Path, and Star Wars Rebels. Then they tackle the worst lightsaber fights in Star Wars which isn’t much of a discussion as it turns into more of a pointless argument as no one approaches the subject with an open mind. Afterwards they go over some listener feedback. So so episode.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 1 hour 42 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Grant, John, James, and Patric, Rating: Okay

Wookiee Radio: Episode 52 starts with a wrestling tangent, then they cover Solo trailer rumors (pre-Super Bowl), Galactic Nights, Carrie Fisher’s Grammy win, the third lesson in The Last Jedi, they touch on the book Bomber Command, the Canto Bight novel, The Last Jedi comic adaptation, and LEGOLAND Star Wars Days. This one is a news heavy episode.

Podcast Network: We Be Geeks NetworkRuntime: 58 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Great, Hosts: Ken, Derrick, and Mike, Rating: Good

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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