Podcasts in Review

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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Blast Points Podcast: Episode 120 is the usual fun as they talk Solo, Motley Crue, the new Solo TV spots, and the Empire photos. Then they talk The Force Awakens as they travel back in time to recall the hype, the trailers, the leaked concept art, things that were leaked or revealed that weren’t in the movie, and wild rumors. It’s a fun trip down memory lane.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 54 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Jason, and Gabe, Rating: Fun

Coffee With Kenobi: Episode 119 Dan talks with Mark Von Ohlen and Lacey Gilleran about Topps cards, Solo, Denny’s cards, working with actors for autographs, Mark shares a shirtless Adam Driver story, and then they go over comic news, magazine news, and game news. Afterwrds, Dan previews two new podcasts he’ll be on. One is a clip of him, Tom and Cory talking about Solo which is from their new weekly Patreon show, and the other one features Dan and Jim Hill in a podcast called Looking At Lucafilm. The audio quality for Mark and Lacey isn’t the best as Mark has some background noise and Lacey is calling over a phone from the sound of it. Not too bad though.

Podcast Network: Coffee With Kenobi, Runtime: 1 hour 23 minutes, Audio Quality: Good, Editing: Excellent, Host: Dan Z, Rating: Good

Comic Book Noob: The Black Order is hosted by just Regina and Scott, but they do a great job of going over Thanos’ minions, The Black Order. They talk about Corvis Glave, Proxima Midnight, Kull Obsidian/Black Dwarf, Ebony Maw and Super Giant. They go over the powers, personalities and stories for each. Lots of great info. Excellent primer for Infinity War, and, given the timing, I’m making this one my Pick of the Week.

Podcast Network: Assembly of GeeksRuntime: 27 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Scott, and Regina, Rating: Pick of the Week

Fangirls Going Rogue: Episode 57 they talk Solo, new trailers, TV spots, and other info. Then they share their thoughts on Last Shot, talk millennial pink, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, recasting, Timeless, and Star Wars wish lists. Listeners weigh in on movies that traumatized them as a kid, and for their character discussion, they tackle Marvel characters and their Star Wars equivalents. Good episode.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 1 hour 40 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Teresa, Tricia, and Sarah, Rating: Good

Full of Sith: Episode CCLXV focuses on Kylo Ren/Ben Solo as they each share their thoughts on the character, talk about their favorite Kylo moments, and ponder whether Kylo resented the New Republic because of it tearing his parents away from him as a kid. They also touch on the struggles of parenting and connecting with your kids in relation to Kylo. Good discussion. Plus there’s some listener feedback at the end.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 1 hour 8 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Holly, Bryan, and Mike, Rating: Good

Happy Beeps: How We Got the Directing Duo Behind Episode IX touches on Victoria Mahoney’s career, an early tweet that hinted at the news, Ava DuVernay’s part in The Force Awakens, and J.J. Abram’s community outreach work and comments on diversity. I’ll be honest, the focus of the episode jumped around a bit and didn’t dive as deeply as I would have liked into the various subjects that were brought up. Might be a good one for a follow up episode in order to go more in depth into say Victoria Mahoney’s career or J.J. Abram’s outreach work.

Podcast Network: ForceCenterRuntime: 22 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Host: Jennifer, Rating: Okay

Hyperspace PodBlast: Episode 61 covers Star Wars Rebels Season 4 as they talk with guest Matt Livengood. Their discussion includes both a fair amount of criticism and praise. 26 minutes

Podcast Network: Hyperspace PodBlastRuntime: 24 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Bryan, and Shelby, Rating: Good

Kanata’s Castle: Episode 30 kicks off with voice actress Vanessa Marshall as they talk with her about Star Wars Rebels, how she got the gig as Hera, the great balance in the show for adult and kid audiences, and more. They also talk with her about what she’s looking forward to Star Wars wise. Afterwards they go over the 2nd unit director news and also talk a little about high Hera. There’s a moment of dead air after the interview ends, otherwise a good episode and a nice interview.

Podcast Network: RetrozapRuntime: 50 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Good, Hosts: Becca, and Devon, Rating: Good

Lattes With Leia: Episode 28 begins with some phone talk, Palpatine’s fingernails, and grape fruit. They touch on the various Wedge’s, and dig a little into Last Shot and the audio book version, then transition to a Han Solo discussion. They talk about the complexity of the character, their favorite Han moments, their thoughts on Harrison Ford playing Han and Alden playing Han. Then they swing back to Last Shot as they talk about Han as a dad, and Han and Leia’s relationship. Good discussion. Nothing spoilery as far as Last Shot, so whether you’ve read it or not, this one is safe to listen to.

Podcast Network: Coffee With KenobiRuntime: 1 hour 9 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Amy, and Andrea, Rating: Good

Less Than 12 Parsecs: Episode 203 speculates on what will learn about Solo before before the movie comes out. This one has some fun by not being serious, but instead postulating some rather humorous ideas.

Podcast Network: Star Wars CommonwealthRuntime: 6 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Host: Tim, Rating: Fun

Less Than 12 Parsecs: Episode 204 celebrates Stormtrooper Day by talking about what it’s really like to wear the armor, from armor pinch to limited vision, as well as the perks.

Podcast Network: Star Wars CommonwealthRuntime: 6 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Host: Tim, Rating: Good

Less Than 12 Parsecs: Episode 205 is a toy opening episode, so unless you watch the video version, you can skip this one.

Podcast Network: Star Wars CommonwealthRuntime: 6 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Host: Tim, Rating: Skippable

Magic on a Dollar: Episode 25 goes over the Disney My Experience app, the monorail fleet, the Fox/Disney deal, the Fast and Furious ride, resort news, Universal news, and then Dave talks about Animal Kingdom with some good highlights and info. There’s a couple editing mistakes (ie. parts Dave forgot to edit out but made the effort to say edit out), otherwise good episode.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 47 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Good, Host: Dave, Rating: Good

Podmé: Padmé’s Role in Revenge of the Sith features Sarah, Lynn and special guest Catrina as they talk about what they did and didn’t like with Padmé’s role in Revenge of the Sith. They share their thoughts on how Padmé’s death was handled, her role as the politician, and the relationship between her and Obi-Wan.

Podcast Network: Unmistakably Star WarsRuntime: 1 hour 1 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Sarah, and Lynn, Rating: Good

Rebel Force Radio: Episode 4.20.2018 they talk action figures and not finding items in stores. Billy Mac joins them as they talk about John Williams’ Celebration concert and classical music. They do some Lando Denny’s pitches, talk a little Last Shot, Lando’s wardrobe, Ewok coffee farmers, and do a Solo character quiz. They talk about the premier of Star Wars back in 1977, play some RFR jingles, and talk Star Wars aliens. Then they go over the Solo TV spots, Mark Hamill’s comments on Episode IX, their thoughts on whether he’ll be back, the pronunciation of Han, and thought son Solo cameos. Fun episode with some fun discussions.

Podcast Network: Rebel Force RadioRuntime: 2 hours 21 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Jimmy, and Jason, Rating: Fun

Rebels Chat: Episode 99 features guests Sal and Liz Perales as they recap Star Wars Rebels Season 4 starting with the premier and working their way to the end of the show. Good discussion. 1 hour 57 minutes

Podcast Network: The Star Wars Escape Pods NetworkRuntime: 57 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Johnamarie, and Maria, Rating: Good

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1385 goes over everyone’s reactions to Luke when he shows up on Crait.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 15 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Host: Allen, Rating: Good

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1387 goes over relationships and what The Last Jedi novelization adds, clarifies or misses out on. 11 minutes

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1388 goes over what happened to Luke’s stuff after he died in The Last Jedi. 10 minutes

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1389 goes over the deleted scenes for The Last Jedi starting with scenes #13 and #14, Page’s gun getting jammed and the Canto bight creature footage.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 7 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Host: Allen, Rating: Good

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1391 goes over The Last Jedi deleted scenes #9 and #10 which covers the scene where the Falcon swerves away from the Crait battle after the walkers open fire, and the scene where BB-8 plays back a recording for Finn. 8 minutes

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 8 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Host: Allen, Rating: Good

Star Wars Bookworms: Episode 89 begins with some Solo toy discussion, and Solo trailer excitement. Then they discuss The Last Jedi novelization. They go over the voices in the audiobook, the extra parts included in the book like the deleted scenes, as well as tie-ins to other books. Good discussion. 55 minutes

Podcast Network: 2nd Airborne DivisionRuntime: 55 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Teresa, and Aaron, Rating: Good

Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels: Episode 53 they touch on Last Shot and Dennis talks about getting the Disney virtual half marathon medal. They also touch on Battlefront II Ewok Hunt, they share their thoughts on the Solo TV spots and delve into their opinions on Solo based on what we’ve seen so far. They talk about the runtime for the movie which was recently revealed, Mark Hamill to appear on The Big Bang Theory, and the 2nd unit directory news for Episode IX. They have the latest Skystalking rundown of celebrity appearances, and then they talk with voice actress Vanessa Marshall. Vanessa talks about the French accent, Steve Blum being the prankster of the group, Hera having a kid and motherhood, Hera cosplay, her love for Bo-Katan, her thoughts on what defines Hera, Kanan’s death, her voice work for Rogue One, Hera being paged on the intercom, and Hera’s love for flying. Great interview. Afterwards they play kiss, marry, freeze for various Star Wars characters. Great episode. Lots of fun.

Podcast Network: RetrozapRuntime: 1 hour 45 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Dennis, Darth Taxus, and Jay, Rating: Great

Superhero Therapy: Walking Dead Psychology gets into some fun, intriguing topics as they talk about how the show inspires hope, the idea of no breaks, no rules, just survival and how that would affect a person. They touch on how the survivors are more monstrous than the monsters, as wells as examples of PTSD with the characters. Great episode for Walking Dead fans.

Podcast Network: Assembly of GeeksRuntime: 32 minute, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Dr. Scarlet, and Dustin, Rating: Great

Talk Star Wars: Episode 115 starts off with them catching up with Paul whose back after a break. They talk a little Solo, a little The Last Jedi, Kylo Ren, and watching Star Wars on VHS. They reminisce about getting interested in music thanks to Star Wars, and dressing in black to be like Luke. Then they go over what changes they would make if the prequels were to be redone, the machete order, and Luke’s comment about not being afraid enough of Ben’s power. They wrap up with some news as they go over the 2nd unit director announcement, posters, and Empire magazine Solo pictures. Great discussions.

Podcast Network: Star Wars CommonwealthRuntime: 1 hour 31 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Marc, Rob, and Paul, Rating: Great

Tarkin’s Top Shelf: Episode 34 covers news, they talk Star Wars Rebels, John Williams retiring, John Favreau working on a Star Wars TV show, then they discuss The Last Jedi novelization. They talk about the things they liked, the things they didn’t, and the extra info and deleted scenes.

Podcast Network: MakingStarWars.netRuntime: 56 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Becca, and Mark, Rating: Good

Tarkin’s Top Shelf: Episode 35 they talk Solo, then go over Luke’s prologue in The Last Jedi novelization. Afterwards they talk about the Caretakers and touch on some other things in the book, then circle back to Solo, and their hopes for the novel Last Shot.

Podcast Network: MakingStarWars.netRuntime: 49 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Becca, and Mark, Rating: Good

Tatooine Sons: Episode 21 goes over the Kasdans’ interview on The Star Wars Show, they talk Solo, Lando hype, L3, Qi’ra, the rival gang, Solo TV spots, and the ponder what would have happened if Greedo had killed Han in the cantina. They also speculate on what the Game of Thrones guys might do, and more. Good, fun discussion.

Podcast Network: Star Wars CommonwealthRuntime: 1 hour 11 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Host: David, Rating: Fun

TechnoRetro Dads: Go to Night Court for a Cheap Trick of Rock and Rule begins with some discussion of Repticon and court jokes. Then they talk about the passing of Harry Anderson, R. Lee Ermey and Barbara Bush. They go over the Bill Mitchell controversy, the Netflix Lost in Space reboot, DC comics Blackhawks, cereal, they talk about the TV show Night Court, the band Cheap Trick, and the animated movie Rock and Rule. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: RetrozapRuntime: 1 hour 17 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Shazbazzar, and JediShua, Rating: Fun

The Deucecast Movie Show: Episode 324 starts with some movie anniversaries, then they get into reflicktions as they talk about all the movies they’ve recently watching including films old and new films like Hurricane Heist, The Director and the Jedi documentary, Skip Trace, Pacific Rim: Uprising, F/X, Atomic Blond, Ready Player One, Mommy Dead and Dearest, Hostel 2, Happy Anniversary, Black Panther, Geostorm, Rampage, A Quiet Place, A Wrinkle In Time, The Florida Project and more. They don’t spoil any of the movies, instead they share their thoughts on each to give listeners an idea if it’s worth watching and if it’s a movie you might like. Always a good listen.

Podcast Network: RetrozapRuntime: 1 hour 30 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Dave, Mikey, and Dr. Earl, Rating: Great

The Fanitarium: Composing Telltale Games with Jared Emerson-Johnson is an interview episode. Jared talks about how he got into the business, projects he’s worked on, the play dynamic of Telltale and tailoring music to gameplay, doing Batman music and more. There’s some very very minor background noise. Still a good episode and a great interview.

Podcast Network: The FanitariumRuntime: 1 hour 35 minutes, Audio Quality: Great, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Jeremiah, Rating: Good

The ForceCast: Episode 4.18.2018 they talk a little basketball, opera singing, then they talk to actor and voice actor Freddie Prinze Jr. (which starts 9 minutes in). They go over the death of Kanan, his thoughts on Kanan’s son, they talk basketball, then get back to Star Wars as Freddie talks about Dave Filoni and his experience working on the show. He shares an Saturday Night Live story, talks about Kanan and the wolf, and hints about a Kanan’s history being depicted on the walls of the wolf cave. Afterwards the hosts talk about Denny’s and they have audio of one of the hosts driving to Denny’s with their wife. It’s like a 25 minute drive and they didn’t edit the audio so it’s them talking the whole way there. I stopped listening at some point. The Freddie Prinze Jr. interview is worth checking out.

Podcast Network: ForceCast.NetRuntime: 2 hours 19 minutes, Audio Quality: Good, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Ryan, and Daniel, Rating: N/A

The Geek Supreme: Quietly Blowing Out 80 Candles they talk about the movie A Quiet Place, and touch on the news for an upcoming MASK film, as well as DC getting Steven Spielberg to do a Blackhawks movie. Plus they play some games, a name the comic villain game, a recent geek news game, and they react to a critics scathing article on Ready Player One. Fun episode as always. If you haven’t checked out The Geek Supreme, I highly recommend it. It’s a fun mix of a geek game show and geek discussion show.

Podcast Network: Assembly of GeeksRuntime: 1 hour 3 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Darth Taxus, Scott, Jeff and Regina, Rating: Fun

The Sandcrawler: Episode 50 has some Lando impressions, they talk about the new Solo TV spots and Solo anticipation. They share their recent toy run experiences. They talk Funko, figure sets, the Solo figures, Tarkin, and the 10″ Funko porg. Continuing their Power of the Force 2 line focus, they talk Shadows of the Empire figures, Boba Fett, buff Lando, and long and short sabers. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: RetrozapRuntime: 1 hour 51 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Dan, and Mac, Rating: Fun

The Soundtrack Show: Jaws, Williams, and Spielberg: An Introduction kicks off Dave’s three part discussion of the music of Jaws. First, he sets the scene for 1975, painting a picture of what that time was like when the movie came out. He provides some backstory on the movie, summarizes the film, and talks about how ambitious it was for them at the time to film on location…on the ocean. The episode includes audio clips of Spielberg and others talking about working on the movie and difficulties they encountered, as well as the music. Dave goes into how the music is used to represent the shark, how the musical notes are used, and there’s audio of John Williams talking about it. Dave talks about how tempo is used to represent the distance of the shark, how important it was to the overall success of the film that the mechanical shark didn’t work, and Dave delves into a mini-bio of John Williams. He covers John’s history as a pianist, working for famous composers, his TV work, his film work, how John Williams and Spielberg met, how Jaws came after the death of his wife, and Dave wraps up this first episode with the upbeat music for the humans. Great stuff. Seriously, if you’re a fan of Jaws, you’ll will want to listen to this one.

Podcast Network: HowStuffWorks, Runtime: 56 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: David Collins, Rating: Excellent

The Soundtrack Show: Jaws: The Music (Part I) discusses how the first 60 minutes of the movie only has 20 minutes of orchestral music, and the shark doesn’t appear until an hour into the movie. Dave goes over the music for the first attack, the band music, the music for the attack on the beach, the dock scene, the music between Brody and his kid, and the island activity music. Plus Dave discusses how music is not used for scenes. Great discussion.

Podcast Network: HowStuffWorks, Runtime: 43 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: David Collins, Rating: Excellent

The Soundtrack Show: Jaws: The Music (Part II) covers the ocean adventure to get the shark. Dave touches on Quint’s shanty songs, goes over the sound for the scene where Quint is in the fishing chair and how the music is ambiguous about whether that was the shark or not. He goes over Brody’s theme, Hooper’s theme and Quint’s theme, the chum scene and barrel scene, the use of pirate music, Korngold, the Indianapolis story, the shark chasing the boat, the shark cage, the absence of music, and then the death of the shark. Fantastic music discussion of the movie. Great way to cap off the three part coverage of Jaws. Definitely give these a listen when you have time.

Podcast Network: HowStuffWorks, Runtime: 51 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: David Collins, Rating: Excellent

The Soundtrack Show: The Music of Super Mario Bros. once again Dave sets the stage, this time for 1985. He goes into the history of Mario, the game, its popularity, and ultimately the music. He delves into the main theme and talks about who did the music and sound for the game, how it was done, the melody, the rhythm, the underground music, the castle cue, the underwater music and the use of three quarter time. He covers the fan fares and how the music speeds up when you run low on time. Dave wraps up the episode with how Koji Kondo went on to do other games like Zelda, and he plays the audio of an orchestral cover of Mario music. Excellent episode. I highly recommend this one for Mario fans.

Podcast Network: HowStuffWorks, Runtime: 47 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: David Collins, Rating: Excellent

Toy Run: Episode 106 they talk toy runs, stores not having anything out or not much, the new ForceLink, toy news, listener pictures, and they go over some of the new toys.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 1 hour 17 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Criz, and Jake, Rating: Good

Wookiee Radio: Episode 62 goes over the news as they discuss the 2nd unit director newly revealed for Star Wars Episode IX which leads to a little bit of discussion on A Wrinkle In Time. Then they dive into Solo stuff as they talk about the TV spots, Solo marketing, and the info revealed about Dryden Voss in Empire magazine. They also talk a little about Clint Howard being included in the movie. They also cover May 4th rumors, the Poe Dameron comic going beyond The Last Jedi, and some info from the Last Shot novel covering Han’s role as a father. Good episode with a nice variety of topics and discussions.

Podcast Network: We Be Geeks NetworkRuntime: 1 hour 30 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Ken, Derrick, and Mike, Rating: Good

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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