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…

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