Podcasts in Review

August 31, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment

Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Beltway Banthas: Interview: Vince Houghton of the International Spy Museum is, as the title implies, an interview with Vince Houghton who is a curator and historian and the International Spy Museum. The interview is done by John Liang, so it doesn’t feature the usual hosts of Beltway Banthas, but this interview, which is more of a conversation, is pretty good as Vince also does a regular event talking about Star Wars spy craft which becomes the main subject of this episode. Vince talks about the spy museum, spies in Star Wars, flaws in Imperial intelligence operations, geospatial analysis in Star Wars, and also just his general thoughts on Star Wars and Disney. Very fun conversation.
Porg Count: 0 (Porg Free), Runtime: 47 minutes, Rating: Great episode

Blabba the Hutt: 40 Years of Star Wars – Live From Dublin Comic Con 2017 is the audio from their panel. They talk about a variety of topics from what made Star Wars great in the beginning to what will happen to Kylo Ren. They keep the conversation going for most of the episode and toward the end it turns over to a trivia contest for swag with the audience, but there is a lot of good discussion in the panel overall and it’s good audio quality so definitely worth a listen.
Porg Count: 1, Runtime: 1 hour 5 minutes, Rating: Good episode

Blast Points: Episode IG-88 starts off with news as they talk about Michael K. Williams being cut from the Han Solo film, the new warship and walker for The Last Jedi, and the rumored working title for the Kenobi movie. Then they get to the good stuff. The really good stuff. They talk IG-88, the infamous robot bounty hunter who stood silently next to Boba Fett in The Empire Strikes Back and who has continually showed up elsewhere. They talk about his first appearance, his return in the Droids cartoon, his presence in the Shadows of the Empire video game, the IG droids in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Forces of Destiny and his colorful Legends backstory. For IG-88 fans, this one is a must listen.
Porg Count: 2, Runtime: 53 minutes, Rating: Great episode

Bombad Radio: Episode 286 features an interview with voice actor Neil Kaplan as they talk cruises, Digimon, sports, game shows, cartoons and adult and kid audiences, Voltron, Heroes of the Storm, and more. Neil has tons of stories and it’s a very loose, easy flowing conversation that’s kept fun throughout.
Porg Count: 0 (Porg Free), Runtime: 47 minutes, Rating: Great episode

Brews and Blasters: Episode 132 gets into the good stuff right off the bat – salad beard! They talk shirt designs, John Williams concerts, scotch eggs and breakfast, Boston Comic Con, the Kenobi movie news and the AT-M6. It’s Star Wars, it’s food, and it’s lots of crazy fun.
Porg Count: 0 (Porg Free), Runtime: 1 hour 14 minutes, Rating: Fun episode

Coffee With Kenobi: Episode 82 features guests Brian Jones and Bobby Roberts as they talk about the Kenobi news and share their thoughts which leads to a great discussion. Then they talk about Brian’s book George Lucas: A Life. They get into George Lucas’ involvement with the new films, the AT-M6 walker and dreadnought warship, Galaxy’s Edge, Fantasy Flight’s Star Wars Legion miniatures, the Han Solo composer and marketing. Then Dan talks with guest Din about his first time seeing Star Wars, his new band F-105, his thoughts on Star Wars, music, and their new song “Rebel Girl.”
Porg Count: 11, Runtime: 1 hour 32 minutes, Rating: Good episode

Fangirls Going Rogue: Episode 49 features special guest Kai Charles as she joins Tricia, Teresa and Sarah as they discuss the eclipse, fainting goats, the Kenobi news, thoughts on other movie ideas, Disney streaming service, TV shows and viewing patterns, Forces of Destiny figures, Pandora land, Inferno Squad, EW and what Luke is up to, the space nuns, Star Wars shoes, new books coming for Force Friday and other Force Friday stuff. Plus want easter eggs they want to see in The Last Jedi.
Porg Count: 17, Runtime: 1 hour 44 minutes, Rating: Good episode

ForceCenter: Episode 77 covers Christie Golden’s Star Wars Battlefront II tie-in novel Inferno Squad. They cover whether it’s essential reading, whether Iden Versio’s presence at the destruction of the first Death Star is too much, and they go over the characters in the book and the main events that take place. They do get into spoilers. They talk about the rebels, they get off on a Rebel Rising tangent, they talk about Staven, the mentor, connecting with the Dreamers, whether there should be a comic book or novel adaptation of the game, and more. Great discussion, plus they have listener questions.
Porg Count: 0 (Porg Free), Runtime: 1 hour 5 minutes, Rating: Great episode

Full of Sith: Special Release: Force Friday II is a short episode solo hosted by Bryan as he goes over the Find the Force Star Wars app promotion. Quick little informative episode for those wanting to know about the Find the Force thing.
Porg Count: 1, Runtime: 9 minutes, Rating: Skippable

Galactic Fashion: Episode 26 covers new Star Wars fashion items and there’s a good size portion devoted to the audio from “The Business of Geek Fashion” panel from San Diego Comic Con 2017 which included Ashley Eckstein and a bunch of other fashion guests as they talk about the fashion business, partnering with companies, taking chances and maintaining focus. Afterwards they have a clip of the fashion designer for Game of Thrones talking about fashion and the show, which leads to a little Game of Thrones discussion.
Porg Count: 0 (Porg Free), Runtime: 1 hour 30 minutes, Rating: Good episode

Grand Moff Talkin’: Episode 16 tries to present a what if case for what if Luke Skywalker is already dead, then they talk Jedi and Sith. They talk about the rule of two, dark Jedi, gray Jedi, then end goal of the Jedi and the Sith, the Jedi code and the Sith code.
Porg Count: 0 (Porg Free), Runtime: 1 hour 11 minutes, Rating: Good episode

Hyperspace PodBlast: Episode 27 focuses on the topic of good and evil vs right and wrong in Star Wars. It’s an interesting topic that yields a lot of fun aspects to play around with. They talk about the OT’s perspective with clearly defined good and evil, right and wrong, and then dive into the prequels where good and evil, right and wrong are not always so neatly aligned. They provide examples with characters like Padme, Luke, Cassian, Star Wars Battlefront II and Inferno Squad, Sinjir and Aftermath. It’s a nice little discussion well worth further exploration.
Porg Count: 0 (Porg Free), Runtime: 25 minutes, Rating: Good episode

Kanata’s Castle: Episode 13 starts off with some discussion of Luke Skywalker having fleas, Mark Hamill day, some quick thoughts on Inferno Squad, porgs, their edibility, and then they discuss Ahsoka. They talk about the parallel between Anakin and Ahsoka, and the master/padawan relationship between Luke and Rey, and how Anakin was initially hesitant about teaching a padawan. They talk about the choice of Ahsoka as Anakin’s apprentice, the importance and legacy of her story, and how it has affect other stories going forward. They also talk about lightsaber crystals, and what Luke could learn from Ahsoka. Nice discussion.
Porg Count: 16, Runtime: 1 hour 13 minutes, Rating: Great episode

Less Than 12 Parsecs: Episode 142 reviews LEGO The Freemaker Adventures season two episodes three and four. Nice review with lots of praise.
Porg Count: 0 (Porg Free), Runtime: 7 minutes, Rating: Good episode

Radio 1138: Episode 66 is solo hosted by Mark as he talks a little about the news, Clint Howard being in the Han Solo movie, the EW articles, space nuns, DJ the slicer, Leia and Poe, and then he plays some interviews. They talk with Jimmy Vee and Caroline Blakiston at Star Wars Fan Fun Day, Brian Wheeler, Chris Bunn and Matthew Dale at Feel the Force Day West Midlands, Gabby Wong and Sian Phillips at Collectormania 24, and they talk with Simon about the Monster Charity Project. I really enjoyed the one with Sian Philips as she talk about Ewoks: The Battle of Endor and Skywalker Ranch.
Porg Count: 2, Runtime: 55 minutes, Rating: Good episode

Rebel Force Radio: Episode 8.25.2017 covers Force Friday, midnight madness, the Find the Force app promotion, Force Link, the new playset, and they go over some of the Force Link dialog. There’s some porg discussion, then they have on guest Melody Deel as they talk about Obi-Wan and the Kenobi movie news with the added angle of what if Ahsoka were in it. They talk about the working title for the Kenobi movie, and they get into some general standalone movie discussion. Good stuff. I really liked the conversation with Melody.
Porg Count: 19, Runtime: 1 hour 37 minutes, Rating: Good episode

Rock Out Loud: Van Halen (The Roth Years) starts out with them discussing The Rolling Stone‘s hair metal article and their own thoughts on hair metal bands. Then they get to their main topic, Van Halen. For this one they focus on all the Van Halen albums that they did with David Lee Roth. They touch on each album and share some of their favorite songs off of each.
Porg Count: 0 (Porg Free), Runtime: 1 hour 44 minutes, Rating: Good episode

Skywalking Through Neverland: Episode 181 covers some The Last Jedi stuff, they have some fun with emojis, they talk about their experience at the Jurassic Park concert, they talk with Shawn Crosby about the Kenobi movie news and share their ideas which turns into a pretty good discussion. Then they talk with Drew Kaplan and Nitzan Harel about 99 Stormtroopers Join the Empire and Star Wars Super Graphic: A Visual Guide to a Galaxy Far Far Away. Nice coverage of both books, they really give listeners a good idea of what both are like.
Porg Count: 4, Runtime: 1 hour 49 minutes, Rating: Good episode

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1133 is an older episode, and perhaps not one you would go back to at this point as it covers the EW articles, the praetorian guards, Finn piloting and the TIE Silencer. If you’ve been listening to a lot of Star Wars podcast, you’ll already be familiar with all of this. However, Allen pointed out his perfect porg free rating, so I had to go back and find an episode where he mentioned porgs. This was one of them. You can also check out Episode 1114 which has 11 porgs.
Porg Count: 4, Runtime: 9 minutes, Rating: Good episode

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1148 covers the First Order dreadnought and whether it might be Snoke’s ship.
Porg Count: 0 (Porg Free), Runtime: 10 minutes, Rating: Good episode

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1150 covers the Han Solo re-shoots, the name drop for Emilia Clarke’s character and whether there could be a Rey connection.
Porg Count: 0 (Porg Free), Runtime: 9 minutes, Rating: Good episode

Talk Star Wars: Episode 84 starts off with Marc and Rob as they talk about Kenobi and whether the film could show how Rey is his grand daughter. Paul joins them, and they talk about what they would whisper in George’s ear while he was making the prequels, Rey’s awakening, the voices in her vision and her lightsaber crystal. Steve also jumps on so they eventually have the full crew. They talk about the split in the ground on Starkiller base, the Kenobi movie and what story there is to tell, the rumored working title, The Last Jedi, Adam Driver’s latest comment, progs in Star Wars Blips and what they sound like, the BB-8 playset, the dreadnought ship, Han Solo news with Michael K. Williams being cut, the use of the name Kiera, and the Han Solo title.
Porg Count: 23, Runtime: 2 hours 20 minutes, Rating: Good episode

The Deucecast Movie Show: Episode 291 features guests Dr. Earl and Clay Shaver as they breakdown Nicolas Cage’s best film roles with a sweet 16 bracket that they narrow down to just one winner. They cover Valley Girl, Leaving Las Vegas, Ghost Rider, Kick Ass, Honeymoon In Vegas, It Could Happen To You, Face/Off, National Treasure, Adaptation, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call, Con Air, Peggy Sue Got Married, Moonstruck, Matchstick Men, Raising Arizona and The Rock. Very fun episode and a must for Nic Cage fans.
Porg Count: 0 (Porg Free), Runtime: 1 hour 10 minutes, Rating: Great episode

The Skyhoppers Podcast: Episode LVII celebrates their one year anniversary as they talk about their favorite moments on the show, their least favorite episode, and the Gran. Then they switch gears to talk about droids they missed in their previous droids discussion. They get into HK-47 and Star Wars memes, Chopper, AP-5, K-2SO, C-3PO and R2-D2. They do ramble on a bit more than usual in this episode.
Porg Count: 0 (Porg Free), Runtime: 1 hour 20 minutes, Rating: Okay episode

Toy Run: Episode 75 covers Hasbro commercials and leaks, toy news, Forces of Destiny figures, toy run reports, and The Last Jedi figures they’ve already been able to get. They go over the Kenobi movie news, and about half way into the episode they get to their full Force Friday rundown. They go over Disney’s Force Friday info, the figures that will be out, package variations, the eleven basic figures, Force Link and what it will cost, the two packs, the cost for everything, creature assortments and their case assortment (1 probe droid to every 3 rathtars), vehicles, the playset, 6-inch value figures, 6-inch Black Series, center piece figures, 12-inch figures, helmets, Disney Elite Series and JAKKs Pacific. A great episode for those prepping for Force Friday.
Porg Count: 2, Runtime: 1 hour 18 minutes, Rating: Great episode

TSW Round Table: Episode 8 is hosted by Rob and features guests Kyle (Tumbling Saber Podcast) and Bradley as they talk about Kenobi, the limitations of a Kenobi movie vs a Boba Fett movie, when we might see an official announcement, whether Kylo saw Anakin’s Force ghost, what Force ghosts might appear in The Last Jedi, possible ending and more. Good discussions.
Porg Count: 0 (Porg Free), Runtime: 58 minutes, Rating: Good episode

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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