Podcasts in Review

December 31, 2015 at 12:01 am | Posted in Episode VII, Movies, Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment

Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review. With so many Star Wars: The Force Awakens discussions, keep in mind that most of the podcast episodes contain major spoilers unless otherwise noted. Some are special spoiler free episodes and are labeled as such.

The 602 Club: Episode 61 is their Star Wars: The Force Awakens film discussion which is hosted by Matthew and includes guests Bruce, Darren and John for a multitude of viewpoints. They start with their experience at the theater, Matthew talks about needing time to process the film which brings up an interesting point: is their a case of being too much of a fan hurting the film experience? They talk about the plot being a rip off of A New Hope, the film being divorced from the prequels, yet one of the guests counters that it’s a nice transition to introduce us to a new era. Then they dive into the characters, Poe, Finn–who they compare to Jar Jar as the comic relief but better, BB-8 being just right and the best practical effect in the movie, Maz Kanata being the best CGI character in the movie, Rey the female proto-Luke Skywalker, Han, Luke, Leia, Phasma, Snoke, Hux aka space Hitler, and Ren. Their biggest criticism is the lack of originality in the movie, but Matthew also calls it out for not having enough slow scenes, exposition and explanation. They give their thoughts on the humor, the music, the ships, and the need for multiple viewers. All in all it’s an episode that doesn’t pull any punches. They keep it honest, sometimes brutally so, but it’s a thorough discussion with legitimate criticism but also praise. It’s a long one though at a couple minutes shy of three hours.

Assembly of Geeks: The Force Awakens Spoiler Free Reactions episode starts out with highlights from past shows. Many podcasters have said that it would be fun to go back an listen to all the rumors in the lead up to the film. This episode gives a nice taste of that by highlighting those moments, moving ever closer to the film’s release, and showing the early opinions based on various rumors. It’s pretty fun and a heck of a lot quicker than actually listening to a dozen or more rumor podcasts to get the same experience. Afterwards they have feedback from a bunch of people in the Star Wars community chiming in with their spoiler free thoughts after seeing the movie. Good episode. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

Ewok Corner: A Menagerie of Meaningless Characters

December 31, 2015 at 12:00 am | Posted in Ewok Corner, Opinion, Regular Feature, Star Wars | 1 Comment

For those who haven’t seen the movie yet, mild spoilers below.

The Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens included a swath of stories featuring characters from the film. While I suspected these characters would have small background roles, some of them are so miniscule that it’s a game in itself to spot them.

Where in the world is Constable Zuvio? Continue Reading Ewok Corner: A Menagerie of Meaningless Characters…

New Releases: ‘Chewbacca #5’

December 30, 2015 at 12:02 am | Posted in Comic Books, Marvel, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Marvel has one new Star Wars releases today as Obi-Wan and Anakin #1 has been delayed.

Chewbacca #5 (of 5)

Writer: Gerry Duggan
Artist: Phil Noto

Chewbacca & Zarro face their final challenge…the coming of the Empire! But No Wookiee, No Cry—they’re up for it! This is one walking carpet who’s not going to be stepped on!

Details: 32 pages, Rated T, $3.99

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Comic Review: ‘Darth Vader #14’

December 30, 2015 at 12:01 am | Posted in Comic Books, Marvel, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Darth Vader #14 continues the Vader Down arc with new characters, but is it enough to keep things fun? Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Databurst From the 501st

December 30, 2015 at 12:00 am | Posted in 501st, Charity, Databurst From the 501st, Events, Regular Feature, Star Wars | Leave a comment

501stLogoLatest Databurst From the 501st covering 501st Legion event news from December 30 to January 5th, wrapping up one year and kicking off the new one. As always, be sure to mark your calendars and support your local garrisons.

December 30

  • Mountain Garrison will be in Lone Tree, CO for One Man Star Wars at Lone Tree Arts Center from 7:30 to 10:30 PM.

December 31

  • Badlands Garrison will be in Edmonton, AB for the Sherwood Park Festival Place New Years Eve.
  • Bloodfin Garrison will be in Indianapolis, IN for Kids New Years Eve at the Indiana State Museum from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.
  • Central Garrison will be in Minneapolis, MN for The Crystal Ball New Year’s Eve Party at International Market Square from 10:45 to 11:45 PM.
  • Georgia Garrison will be in Albany, GA for A Mighty Fine Shindig in a Galaxy Far, Far Away at Flint Riverquarium from 3:00 to 5:00 PM.

January 1

  • Star Garrison will be at the Day1Dallas for homeless children charity event.

January 2

  • Badlands Garrison will be in Calgary, AB for the First LEGO League Robotics Championship.
  • Garrison Carida will be in Oaks, PA for the Young Innovators Fair from January 2 to 3rd at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center.
  • Midwest Garrison will be in Bloomington, IL for Star Wars Night with the Bloomington Thunder, and in Naperville, IL for That’s No Moon event.
  • Timberline Garrison will be in Boise, ID for The Force Awakens New Year event at Edwards 21 Cinema from 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM.

January 3

  • UK Garrison will be in Cardiff for the Age Cymru Final Fundraising Event at John Lewis Partnership from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Next Databurst…January 6th.

*If you didn’t see the events listed for your garrison, send us an email at roqoodepot(at)gmail.com and let us know. We’re glad to add any we missed. For more info on the 501st Legion, be sure to check out their official website.

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Book Review: ‘Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know’

December 29, 2015 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, DK, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know by DK Books might be a tempting book to get in your post holiday shopping. But is it worth it? Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Podcasts in Review

December 24, 2015 at 12:00 am | Posted in Episode VII, Events, Movies, Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment

Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

BNN (Bombad Radio): Episode 12.21.2015 covers the box office records for The Force Awakens, speculates on whether the sequels will do as good, they talk about gamers and women, the new Star Trek trailer, Rogue One news, and the usual upcoming movie/video game/comic releases. One bad thing about this episode though is that is some mic issues and it gets kind of bad by the end of the episode.

Brews and Blasters: Episode #50 is their The Force Awakens discussion episode. Yes, everybody will be doing these, but I really hope they all won’t be this long. Brews and Blasters appears to have the high score with 3 hours, 32 minutes and 47 seconds. That…is a long…episode. It is packed with good stuff, though, lots of guests, tons of observations and discussion points, but yeah, I think this would have been way better as two episodes instead of one massive episode. That said, if you can put away the time necessary to chew through this whole thing in one sitting, you’ll definitely get all that after-movie anxiety out of your system. My favorite part, however, is how they approach they’ll be doing spoilers and then BAM, they throw out the biggest spoiler right off the bat to get it out there. Very funny.

Children of the Force: Episode #21 chronicles their day of The Force Awakens–from the disbelief of the wait being over at breakfast, the anticipation during the drive to the theater, their thoughts right before the movie starts while in their seats, and then their thoughts following the movie, plus a review proper afterwards. Great discussion with unique viewpoints as we get Al, Anna and Liam’s reactions and thoughts on the film as well as their thoughts on the IMAX 3D difference. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

The Force Awakens Expanded Soundtrack Online

December 23, 2015 at 9:53 pm | Posted in Episode VII, Movies, Star Wars | 4 Comments

Disney has posted The Force Awakens expanded soundtrack online…for free! Listen here and enjoy!

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New Release: ‘Darth Vader #14’

December 23, 2015 at 12:05 am | Posted in Comic Books, Marvel, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Marvel has one new Star Wars comic out today.

Darth Vader #14 (Vader Down Part 4)

Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Salvador Larroca
Cover Artist: Mark Brooks

Han & Luke take on Vader’s forces…and more? Meanwhile…Leia makes a hard decision. Marvel’s first Star Wars event continues here!

Details: 32 pages, Rated T, $3.99

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Comic Review: ‘I Hate Fairyland #3’

December 23, 2015 at 12:04 am | Posted in Comic Books, Image, Reviews | Leave a comment
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I Hate Fairyland #3 takes some big risks for some big payoffs. Who will live and die? Click here to check out our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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