Podcasts in Review

November 21, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Episode VII, Movies, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Rebels, Television, The Clone Wars | Leave a comment
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Here’s this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Fangirls Going Rogue: Episode 1 is a long one, almost two hours, but hosts Tricia Barr and Teresa Delgado do a good job of keeping it interesting. In their debut episode, they cover a lot of ground, introductions, an overview of their intended focus for the podcast, their opinions on fandom and women, a great interview with Star Wars: The Clone Wars voice actress Catherine Taber, and so much more. I think my highlight of the episode, aside from the interview with Cat Taber, was Tricia and Teresa’s discussion segment on Boba Fett. Tricia isn’t a big fan of Fett but Teresa is, and it was fun to hear their opinions on one of my favorite Star Wars characters.

Fictional Frontiers: Episode 261 (listed as Episode #1 on Shotglass Digital) includes an interview with Kenobi author John Jackson Miller. Fiction Frontiers’ host, Sohaib, is one of the best interviewers out there, so if you like listening to interviews, you’ll want to check this one out. As always, he does a nice job talking with John, covering his book, and touching on his upcoming projects.

Episode 265 has a nice interview with Empire and Rebellion: Razor’s Edge author Martha Wells. Sohaib covers some of the choices Martha made in the direction of the book, as well as her view on Leia, Han, and the Alderaanian pirates. The interview is spoiler free, so be sure to check it out.

Full of Sith: Episode XLI is hosted once again by Bryan Young and Bobby Roberts. In this episode they cover the fandom reaction to the December release date for Star Wars Episode VII and speculate on how it, and other recent news, supports or disproves previous rumors. They also delve into the film inspirations for Star Wars. While the film inspirations for Star Wars is an excellent topic (in fact RebelForce Radio has devoted an entire podcast to Star Wars influences that does a great job of diving into this subject), Bryan and Bobby do more name dropping than actual discussion of the different films and filmmakers. As someone who is not well versed in these particular films and filmmakers, I often did not know who they were talking about or anything about the films they were mentioned. Sadly, they didn’t describe what the films were about or who the people they were mentioning were. Without any context or descriptions, the segment failed to spark any desire to follow up any particular film or filmmaker. It was a real lost opportunity.

Special Release with Walt Flanagan was another dud, but it wasn’t Bryan’s fault. Walt just didn’t sound like he was very interested at all in the interview, and it made it hard to listen to. Bryan even pitched him a really awesome question about what Walt thought about the current Star Wars comic series, and Walt just didn’t give much of an answer.

Episode XLII brings lots of good news, though. It’s another interview episode, BUT, the guest this time is very much interested and engaged in the interview, which makes it great to listen to. Best of all, Mike and Consetta are back, so this episode has all three hosts finally back in action together. Their guest is Dan Fogler from Fanboys, Balls of Fury and many other films. He talks some Star Wars, about his upcoming projects, and a cool comic book he’s worked on that has a new volume coming out. Definitely worth a listen.

RebelForce Radio:Episode 11.15.2013 covers a lot of topics. They have a member of the 501st on who attended one of the Star Wars casting calls in Chicago who recounts the experience, as well as the Rancho Obi-Wan Guinness World Record Night event, which he was also at. Other topics include sand dunes overtaking Mos Espa over in Tunisia, whether Star Wars Episode VII will be a contender for the Academy Awards and how other movies have fared, plus the Billy Dee quote of the week which features audio from Rhode Island Comic Con and a mention of Star Wars Rebels.

Secrets of Star Wars: Episode 5 covers the latest casting news for Star Wars Episode VII and the hosts opinions and speculations on what the open casting could mean and how the roles of “Rachel” and “Thomas” could play out. Lots of fun discussion you won’t find elsewhere, so if you’re looking for more exploration of the news revolving around the new movies, be sure to check them out.

Snap Hiss: Episode 2 features a cool interview with the author of the Death Star Owner’s Technical Manual, Ryder Windham. Pete dives into Ryder’s career in Star Wars, his work with Haynes and the Star Wars manuals, and the creation of the Death Star book. Great episode for fans of the book or those who are interested in picking it up.

The Star Wars Kidscast: Episode 3 focuses on the Ewoks. This is an interesting podcast in that it focuses on a very kid friendly show, but it’s still something adults can check out and enjoy. In this episode, they have a nice interview with Zack Giallongo who talks about his latest Star Wars comic Ewoks: The Shadows of Endor.

Non-Star Wars Podcasts

Know What I’m Saying: Episode 6 is proof that this has indeed become my favorite podcast to listen to. Karl and Steve don’t have to talk Star Wars to keep me entertained, and really, the fun discussions they dive into are entertaining enough that I recommend this podcast to anyone. It’s just plain fun to listen to.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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