Podcasts in Review

February 13, 2014 at 12:01 am | Posted in Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Television, The Clone Wars | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Bombad Radio: Episode 124 features an interview with author Richard Lee Byers covering his latest book, The Reaver, which is part of the Forgotten Realms The Sundering series. As with most of Bombad Radio’s interviews, this one is really good. While spoiler free, they still dive into the nature and subject matter of the book, touch on Richard’s career experience in psychology (and how that has helped or not helped his career), and take a look behind the scenes at the creation of The Sundering series.

Episode 122 features an interview with Benton Jew, one of the storyboard artists for The Phantom Menace, and a longtime ILM employee. Benton talks about storyboarding, working with George Lucas and how he differs from other directors, designing Edgar for Men In Black, and creating Jedi Master Oppo Rancis.

Coffee with Kenobi: Episode #12 has a special interview with James Arnold Taylor. While James has been making the rounds on various podcasts, Cory and Dan manage to cover some new topics and angles as they get James to talk about how the events in the The Clone Wars changed Anakin and Obi-Wan’s relationship in the overall story. Fans of Obi-Wan will not want to miss this episode. They also get around to James’ new book, JAT 365 and how that idea came about, before looping back into Star Wars and some intriguing discussion on familiar religious elements and motifs in the films.

Fangirls Going Rogue: Episode #4 includes special guest Amy Ratcliffe as they talk about Star Wars stories, The Clone Wars, and style tips on the best way to wear leggings as well as where to get them and the differences between brands. They then talk with James Arnold Taylor about his book JAT 365, his voicework, Disney, raising kids and more.

Full of Sith: Episode XLIX has some pretty good stuff and is well worth checking out. I personally loved the idea of Disney theme park attraction where there’s a holochess board with someone dressed up as Chewbacca, and an actor comes out of the crowd to beat Chewie and then get his arms pulled off. Special guest Amy Ratcliffe also talks about the known facts and rumors for what Disney is up to with the upcoming Star Wars attractions and changes, as well as what she would like to see done. Beyond that, a good portion of the episode focuses on rumors, but in a great way. They cover the whole culture of rumors, from how they have changed over the years, how different sites handle them, and even the track records of various news outlets. There’s some really great discussion.

Jedi Journals: February 2014 episode includes discussion on what’s left for Dark Horse’s Star Wars titles in the months to come, some comic, magazine and books news, and ends with listener feedback. I have to admit I’m a little disappointed that at this point neither host knows the name of the author of the next Star Wars book set for release, Honor Among Thieves, written by James S.A. Corey (ie. Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck). Not a whole lot worth checking out in this episode, though they do have an interview with Maul: Lockdown author Joe Schreiber, but it’s hard to hear Joe with the audio quality.

Star Wars Action News: Episode 415 includes a report of the last Toy Man Toy Show, Steve the Gingerprince’s review of the Amazon exclusive Droid Factory figures, a rundown on Star Wars Valentine’s items, and Brock’s review of Maul: Lockdown. Lots of topics and good discussion.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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