Podcasts in Review

May 29, 2014 at 12:05 am | Posted in Episode VII, Interview, Movies, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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podcastsinreviewHere is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Assembly of Geeks:Surviving A Giant Monster Attack” kicks off with a monster themed intro then segues into a discussion on how the military would deal with Godzilla. They also talk about the Star Trek 3 director, Denis Lawson’s response to Episode VII,  the Zac Efron Daredevil rumor, the Channing Tatum Gambit rumor, the look of Ben Affleck in the batsuit and the batmobile, and Jessie Eisenberg playing Lex Luthor. They also talk about tv series season finales like Once Upon A Time, Castle, Agents of SHIELD, Person of Interest, Revenge, The Black List, The Goldbergs and Arrow. Tons of movie and television discussion which makes this a good episode for catching up on entertainment news.

Bombad Radio: Episode 147 gives a quick recap of their past Mass Effect coverage and interviews before announcing their plans to renew coverage as things get heated up for Mass Effect 4 which will be getting press at this year’s E3. After that, they talk with Jeopardy champion Arthur Chu. I know, it’s an odd choice of a guest for podcast that typically features Star Wars, film and video game celebrities, but it’s actually kind of interesting. Arthur talks about what’s involved in getting on the show, how you can prep for it, and the fallout of going viral. He also talks about voice over work, a field he’s trying to break out in.

Episode 148 has a nice audio recording of Nick Gillard’s panel at Salt Lake Fan Experience. Nick Gillard is the stunt coordinator who choreographed the lightsaber fights for the prequels. He talks about becoming a stunt man, the hardest stunts, working on Indiana Jones, sword fighting with the Star Wars actors, his favorite stunt, choreographing the fights and much more. The Q&A at the end asked him about the Grievous versus Obi-Wan scene, what actor was the hardest to work with (which turned out to be Ian) and some funny off the wall questions. Good episode to check out.

Coffee with Kenobi: the May the 4th Coffee Chat included guests Mark Newbold (Radio 1138) and Ed Dolista (Indy Cast) as they compare and contrast two iconic characters: Han Solo and Indiana Jones. They talk about what makes each of those characters special, Harrison Ford’s portrayal of them, and the films themselves. As a big Star Wars and Indy fan, this is a great episode combining two of the best franchises from my childhood.

Fangirls Going Rogue: Episode #7 features guest Aaron Goins (Star Wars Bookworms) as they do an in-depth discussion on Disney World and Star Wars Weekends. They have lots of tips on when to line up, how to use a fast pass, what’s going on, what to see, what to expect, the best place to view the fireworks, the best way to get on your favorite rides, the ins and outs of the celebrity signings, dining, and more. If you plan on going to Star Wars Weekends, this is an excellent episode to listen to. Toward the end of the show, they do a character discussion on Darth Maul covering his film, tv and EU appearances.

Full of Sith: Episode LXV starts off with a discussion of a recent rumor about the prequels becoming Legends and the original versions of the OT getting a Blu-ray release. I agree with the hosts that the prequel rumor is most definitely false, and I enjoyed Bobby’s explanation of all the hurdles involved in getting the original films out on Blu-ray. I didn’t realize there was that much involved in the issue. Afterwards, they celebrate the 15th anniversary of The Phantom Menace with a discussion on the film. They cover their anticipation leading up to the movie, surfing the early news sites, the toy rush and the wait in line. Then Bryan has an interview with Joe Nussbaum, the director of “George Lucas in Love.” Capping off the show is another segment with Craig Dickinson who covers his use of Star Wars in the classroom, unfortunately this week’s segment was just Craig and didn’t have any discussion with the hosts, so it wasn’t quite as enjoyable as usual. Regardless, this was a pretty good episode. The Phantom Menace talk was fun and I liked the Blu-ray coverage.

Special Release: John “Dak” Morton has an outstanding interview with John Morton, Luke’s copilot on Hoth. John talks about the first time he saw Star Wars, wearing Boba Fett’s armor for the “He’s no good to me dead” scene in The Empire Strikes Back, how he got the role of Dak, what it was like working with his fellow actors and friends, he shares a bit of film history, a look behind-the-scenes, and it’s altogether great. By the sound of this interview, John loves to talk and he’s a good storyteller. Not only does he discuss Star Wars, but A Bridge Too Far and Flash Gordon as well. Really, you don’t want to miss this one. Judging by the stories John shared, I’m betting he has plenty more and would love to see him return to the show.

RebelForce Radio: Episode 5.16.2014 features a excellent interview with Roger Christian who talks Star Wars, Alien and Indiana Jones. He shares some great stories about making props for Star Wars, working with George Lucas, and the new book he’s working on which should be out at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim next year (which he should also be at). This is one of those interviews you’ll definitely want to check out. It’s not often you get to hear someone explain how the design for lightsaber hilts came about. Very cool stuff.

Rebels Report: Episode #12 includes a report of the Star Wars Rebels at Wondercon, a quick recap of the four new upcoming Star Wars novels, and a look at what Star Wars characters we might see in Star Wars Rebels. From the possibility of Obi-Wan Kenobi to the rumors of Lando Calrissian, they tackle what could happen and speculate on who else could make it onto the show. In this episode, they also cover some recent interviews that Simon Kinberg and Dave Filoni have done. Good episode to check out if you’re looking forward to Star Wars Rebels.

Skywalking through Neverland: Episode 30 includes a Disney Store shopping report and a review of The Goldbergs Star Wars special, however a good sized chunk of this show is devoted to Mar­garet Kerry and their new fairy godmother segment. Margaret fields an array of questions regarding fairies, Disney and Star Wars. There’s also a singing Captain Hook audio clip for her birthday. Ending the show is a short Star Wars trivia challenge with guests Robert Bapst, Scott Mur­ray and Don­ald Wicks. This one gets a little heavy on the Disney fairy stuff, so depending on your fandom, you may or may not feel compelled to do some fast forwarding. I have to admit, I’m docking points for Margaret Kerry choosing pixie dust over the Force :)

Episode 31 covers the increase in ticket prices at Disney theme parks, Disney’s most popular princesses based on sales, and Denis Lawson’s shocking remark toward Episode VII. Guest Tricia Barr (Fangirls Going Rogue, Assembly of Geeks) comes on to talk Star Wars Weekends tips and tricks. And there’s a segment on pre-Kenner Star Wars knockoff action figures. Nice variety of topics for another good episode.

Star Wars Bookworms: Episode #24 features guests Jawa James (Club Jade) and Shazbazzar (Techno Retro Dads) as they talk Star Wars Weekends, Star Wars Legends, and review Honor Among Thieves. They do spoil who dies in the Honor Among Thieves, so if you haven’t read the book yet, be sure to do so before listening to this episode. It’s a good discussion that breaks down the characters and plot. I really enjoyed Shazbazzar as one of the special guests, he had some great Star Wars comments, and it’s really got me tempted to check out his podcast, Techno Retro Dads. I hope they have him on again in future.

Star Wars Report: Episode #130 has hosts Riley, Bethany and Mark doing a nice spoiler free discussion of Godzilla and The Amazing Spider Man 2. Then they talk Star Wars Weekends, some discussion on fangirls and fanboys, Episode VII news and rumors, and dive into a Bleeding Cool rumor about Wookiees and Stormtroopers. Later in the show, they get to some fan feedback on possible Episode VII villains, Dark Horse comic rights, the budget of Star Wars versus the budget of Iron Man, the importance of Sword of the Jedi being released under the Legends banner, and thoughts on sound tracks. With all the all the Star Wars topics packed into this show, I recommend checking this one out. They cover a lot of territory with some great discussion.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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