Podcasts in Review

August 10, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review with a new format which includes the #PorgCount (number of times any variation of the word “porg” is used). If you like it, or if you have any suggestions, please let us know.

Blast Points: Episode 85 starts out with some discussion of The Last Jedi leaked pics, the new writer for Episode IX, and the new composer of the Han Solo movie. For their main discussion, they talk about John Williams, diving into how he, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas met, the success of the sound track, and then they go through their favorite John Williams songs from each Star Wars film.
Porg Count: 0, Runtime: 1 hour 6 minutes, Rating: Good episode

Bombad Radio: Episode 283 features an interview with voice actor Tom Taylorson, the voice of Scott Ryder in Mass Effect: Andromeda. They talk about Conduit, teaching, Mass Effect: Andromeda, working alongside Fryda Wolff, what the voice sessions were like, the romance scenes, the audio book, audio book contracts, working with Sully (Taserface from Guardians of the Galaxy), the difference between different game companies, and some of the story threads of Mass Effect: Andromeda.
Porg Count: 0, Runtime: 56 minutes, Rating: Great episode

Coffee With Kenobi: Episode 79 covers Filoni’s post on the Kanan and Ahsoka conversation, then Dan is joined by guests Steele Saunders and Jeff McGee as they talk porgs, D23, collecting, news and keeping up with Star Wars.
Porg Count: 40 (high score for the #PorgCount), Runtime: 1 hour 28 minutes, Rating: Porgtastic

Comic Book Noob: Runaways covers a comic book series I’ve never read. With the characters getting an upcoming show on Hulu, this one will help get people primed for what to expect. They talk about the premise of the series, the characters, their powers and special items, and they stay away from spoilers.
Porg Count: 0, Runtime: 28 minutes, Rating: Good episode

Essential Bombad Radio: Episode 21 tackles movies, TV and video games news as they talk about upcoming X-Men movies and television shows, New Mutants, Deadpool 2, Avengers Infinity War vs Star Wars Episode IX, Mass Effect and more. Good way to catch up on some movie and game news.
Porg Count: 0, Runtime: 1 hour 4 minutes, Rating: Good episode

Fauxthentic History: The Legend of Zelda covers the history of princess, how she became Zelda, her purpose, how Link fits in, and the role of Demise. It’s all from an in-universe perspective, and for someone like me who has actually never gotten into Zelda, it was very informative and pretty interesting.
Porg Count: 0, Runtime: 23 minutes, Rating: Good episode

ForceCenter: Episode 75 steps away from Star Wars a little as they talk about other fandoms, but they tie it in by looking at how those other fandoms affect their Star Wars fandom. It’s an interesting episode and it’s a neat little break from Star Wars as they venture into things like Game of Thrones, Twin Peaks and Disney. Afterwards they wrap up with listener questions.
Porg Count: 22, Runtime: 51 minutes, Rating: Good episode

Full of Sith: Episode CCXXVIII features Mike, Bryan, Holly and special guest Bria as they talk first a little about an upcoming Star Wars virtual reality attraction, then they dive into Inferno Squad. They do get into spoilers. They talk about the characters, some of the topics in the novel, and how they felt about the Imperial protagonists. Plus Bria talks about cosplaying as Iden Versio.
Porg Count: 0, Runtime: 1 hour 1 minute, Rating: Good episode

Grand Moff Talkin’: Episode 13 gets off on a rough start as they spend five minutes talking about how they’re going to talk about the news and when they finally get to the news, they sum it up in five seconds. Alas, not ever comedy bit works. Afterwards they discuss the novel Thrawn by Timothy Zahn. Now there are three hosts, and one of the hosts did not like the book which meant that a good portion of the show was that particular host expressing how much they did not like the book. After about 40 minutes, it does get better as they start to discuss more of the book’s content.
Porg Count: 0, Runtime: 1 hour 25 minutes, Rating: Okay episode

Jedi Journals: August 2017 has some discussion of the Star Wars Super Graphic book, comic news, the Thrawn adaptation, a full discussion of Guardians of the Whills which does include spoilers, book news and listener questions.
Porg Count: 2, Runtime: 1 hour 6 minutes, Rating: Good episode

Rebel Force Radio: Episode 8.4.2017 discusses the new writer for Episode IX and whether Star Wars needs more continuity with someone overseeing the overall story. They talk about Pablo Hidalgo’s comments on the making of The Force Awakens book being a thing again, John Boyega’s comments on Leia, Galaxy’s Edge news and Hayden Christensen, the lack of Anakin in Rey’s vision, The Last Jedi news and rumors, and the new composer for the Han Solo movies. That leads to some sound clips of John Powell’s previous work which is a nice way to get some exposure to him. They also cover Amelia Clark’s Chewbacca video, Ron Howard and Woody Harrelson’s comments on the Han Solo movie, and Rian Johnson’s comments on The Last Jedi.
Porg Count: 0, Runtime: 2 hours 5 minutes, Rating: Good episode

Rebel Grrrl: Episode 75 starts out covering the new writer for Star Wars Episode IX, John Boyega’s comments on Leia, The Last Jedi character photos, and the Forces of Destiny figures. As they talk about the negative reaction of some fans toward Force of Destiny, it leads them into a long discussion highlighting some of the ways fans have been reacting and the negative impact of these actions. As someone who enjoys the Forces of Destiny cartoons, who is fine with figures and the marketing, and who has really enjoyed seeing characters like Rey and Jyn in the new films, I was fully on board with what they were saying…until I realized who they were attacking. The target of a lot of the discussion becomes Steve Glosson. Furthermore, this chunk of the show takes up the majority of the episode. Thus, I had a hard time listening to it. As a fan of both Rebel Grrrl and Steve Glosson, it was a difficult thing to have to sit through. On one hand I want to defend Steve, but on the other hand, I do see where they’re coming from. I just think Steve is not the right target. Eventually they do change topics during the last 17 minutes of the show as they answer some listener questions.
Porg Count: 6, Runtime: 1 hour 22 minutes, Rating: Not a fun episode

Rock Out Loud: Welcome Home Kristin starts with a lot of random discussion at the top of the show, then Kristin talks about her trip to Scotland. That then leads to some new music and bands she’s discovered like Kaleo and Greta Van Fleet, a new song from The Struts, and some other bands like Avenge Sevenfold and The Killers.
Porg Count: 0, Runtime: 1 hour 46 minutes, Rating: Fun episode

Rock Out Loud: Happy Birthday MTV reflects on their memories of MTV as they go through some promo clips from back in the day, play some songs and go over some of the more significant music videos. From Twisted Sister and Michael Jackson to Van Halen and Madonna, there’s quite the mix.
Porg Count: 0, Runtime: 1 hour 56 minutes, Rating: Fun episode

Skytalkers: This Galactic Life: Forces of Destiny with Jennifer Muro is broken into three parts for maximum listening enjoyment. In part one, they talk with Forces of Destiny writer Jennifer Muro about the show, her thoughts on it being an entry point for some Star Wars fans, finding the figures, her favorite episode so far, capturing the voices of the characters, and who she would bring to a Star Wars dinner. Part two fields listener questions about the show ranging from Anakin’s look to Star Wars lipstick names (Mustafar red is a good one). In part three they cover the fan reactions to the show and provide some defenses to the more critical opinions.
Porg Count: 0, Runtime: 57 minutes, Rating: Great episode

Skywalking Through Neverland: Episode 179 starts with a Forces of Destiny doll discussion, they cover movie anniversaries, Russ Flores joins them to talk about Imagineer Marty Sklar, they interview LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures‘ composer Michael Kramer, plus Brian Sims joins them to talk about the Mark Hamill drive event with some audio from it.
Porg Count: 7, Runtime: 1 hour 43 minutes, Rating: Great episode

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1130 addresses the lack of something for The Last Jedi and thoughts on when we’ll get a trailer.
Porg Count: 0, Runtime: 8 minutes, Rating: Good episode

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1131 compares Marvel Studios to Lucasfilm in regards to the amount and quality of movies they’ve put out. It’s a quick look at their track record.
Porg Count: 0, Runtime: 8 minutes, Rating: Good episode

Star Wars Report: Episode 293 features Riley and Bruce as they talk about Steven Melching, Captain Rex and the white washing controversy. Afterwards they talk about The Last Jedi and the new writer for Star Wars Episode IX. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t really feeling this episode. The jokes weren’t hitting and, well, it was a bit of a messy discussion. No offense to either Riley or Bruce as I’ve liked past episodes, but this one didn’t work for me.
Porg Count: 4, Runtime: 52 minutes, Rating: Not so good

Starships, Sabers and Scoundrels: Episode 34 is hosted by Taxus and Jay Krebs as they read porg poetry, cover the news, talk about the Forces of Destiny dolls, books and get paid a visit from Deep Breath. They also talk D23 and SDCC fashion news, Sarah and Richard from Skywalking Through Neverland stop by to talk with Taxus and Dennis about D23, then Taxus and Jay Krebs talk Galactic Empire and there’s even a quick interview with Galactic Empire. I have to admit, I really like Jay Krebs being on the show and I could definitely see her as a third cohost if they wanted to go that route.
Porg Count: 25, Runtime: 1 hour 51 minutes, Rating: Great episode

Talk Star Wars: Episode 81 kicks off with show reviews, then they discuss the possibility of a parallel Sith viewpoint of The Phantom Menace, thoughts on Kylo Ren mourning Leia and how to handle her story. They talk about some of the Force Friday toys and proposed poster designs. They cover John Boyega’s comments on Leia, some Han Solo stuff, Episode IX and Tevorrow.
Porg Count: 26, Runtime: 1 hour 52 minutes, Rating: Good episode

TechnoRetro Dads: Ray Harryhausen and Sinbad and The Eye of the Tiger starts with some riding jokes, then they cover an experiment Facebook did with two chat bots that was shutdown, they talk about the passing of June Foray, cereal, Sinbad and Ray Harryhausen, the video game Gauntlet, and listener feedback. Lots of fun topics.
Porg Count: 0, Runtime: 1 hour 17 minutes, Rating: Fun episode

The 602 Club: Imperial A-Team features Matthew, Bruce and guest Michael Morris as they discuss the Star Wars Battlefront II tie-in novel Inferno Squad by Christie Golden. Fair warning, they do get into some fairly major spoilers without warning, so make sure you read the book before listening. They do a great job of discussing the themes of the book. They talk about the Imperial perspective, the differences between the main characters and Saw’s partisans, as well as their overall thoughts on the book which are very positive. If you read the book, this is a great episode to check out.
Porg Count: 0, Runtime: 1 hour 5 minutes, Rating: Great episode

The Deucecast Movie Show: Episode 288 features guest Jennifer Novotny as they talk Disney, birthday movies for the month, they play a Rotten Tomatoes movie game, and they go over their favorite Disney sidekicks. Fun episode.
Porg Count: 0, Runtime: 1 hour 7 minutes, Rating: Fun episode

The Geek Directive: The Best of Summer Movies starts off with some praise from Jeff for Dunkirk, they talk about John Powell doing the music for the Han Solo movie, they talk Star Trek: Discover and Spock’s sister, the new It movie, and then they go over their top 3 movies and disappointments of the summer.
Porg Count: 0, Runtime: 37 minutes, Rating: Good episode

The Skyhoppers Podcast: Episode LIV is a mini-topics show which means lots of discussions covering all kinds of Star Wars. From favorite ships and viewing orders, to Legend characters and pondering why does Obi-Wan burn the Jawas.
Porg Count: 0, Runtime: 1 hour 4 minutes, Rating: Good episode

Toy Run: Episode 72 is their countdown to Force Friday II as they cover their plans and the figures coming out. They talk about their recent acquisitions, Bandai and JAKKS Pacific news out of San Diego Comic Con, the Captain Rex figure and HASCON, full coverage of The Last Jedi toy leaks from Panama, and some other toy news like the TIE Silencer and 12″ figures. Then they make their predictions for Force Friday and try to estimate how much it’s going to cost collectors to get everything. Great primer for Force Friday.
Porg Count: 6, Runtime: 1 hour 18 minutes, Rating: Good episode

TSW Kessel Run: Episode 8.9.2017 covers the possibility of a Star Wars streaming service and whether it would work. Note: TSW Kessel Run is only available to Talk Star Wars VIP’s (it’s like a Patreon reward).
Porg Count: 0, Runtime: 16 minutes, Rating: Good episode

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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