Podcasts in Review

September 6, 2018 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, starting with the top five and honorable mentions, then moving on to the full reviews.

This Week’s Top Five

  1. Blast Points Podcast Episode 137 (interview with J.W. Rinzler)
  2. Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels Episode 62.1 (Timothy Zahn book event)
  3. Jedi Journals September 2018 (Mur Lafferty interview on Solo novelization)
  4. Full of Sith Special Release: Dragon Con 2018 (Star Wars authors panel)
  5. Brews and Blasters Episode 174 (their triumphant return)

Honorable Mentions

  • With Halloween coming up next month, you might want to check out The Story Geeks Top 5 Scary Movies to get some ideas for horror movies you might not have seen yet.

Now here is this week’s Podcasts in Review…

Aggressive Negotiations: Issue 128 they talk about bounty hunters, from the original trilogy to the prequels and Star Wars: The Clone Wars. They talk about the rise of the bounty hunters during the Clone Wars, speculate whether Boba Fett could have disintegrated someone who looked like Kenobi, and more. Good discussion.

Podcast Network: Nerd Party Network
Runtime: 39 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Editing: Excellent
Hosts: Matt, and John
Rating: Good

Blast Points Podcast: Episode 137 Return of the Jedi month continues as they talk with author J.W. Rinzler about the early drafts of Return of the Jedi. They talk about the different ideas that weren’t used, existence of an outline for all twelve movies, the creation process, other production and behind the scenes stories, and he touches on his book All Up and his upcoming making of book for Planet of the Apes. Great conversation. You’ll definitely want to give this one a listen.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 58 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Editing: Excellent
Hosts: Jason, and Gabe
Rating: Great

Blast Points Podcast: Episode 138 catches up on the news as they go over Episode IX, new cast, Star Wars Resistance, and the Star Wars live action TV series rumors and news. Then they celebrate their 138th episode by discussing THX-1138. They go over the film’s history, connections with Star Wars, the legacy of it, common themes, and common imagery. Fun discussion.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 56 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Editing: Excellent
Hosts: Jason, and Gabe
Rating: Fun

Brews and Blasters: Episode 174 marks the return of Chris and Joe after their nine week break. They talk about Baby Wars on Spotify, Star Wars Resistance, Voltron, Oppo, the return of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and they do some need’em got’em as they talk Hasbro exclusives. Great episode. Glad to be able to hear this guys talk about Star Wars, action figures, and the occasional fun tangents once again.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 1 hour 3 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Editing: Excellent
Hosts: Joe, and Chris
Rating: Great

Coffee With Kenobi: Episode 140 features guests Jeff McGee and Caitlin Plesher as they talk about “That’s Star Wars to me” which leads to a bunch of the things they love about Star Wars. Tom comes on for the news, they talk some Star Wars Resistance, Episode IX casting news, and Disney’s streaming service. Nice, positive discussion.

Podcast Network: Coffee With Kenobi
Runtime: 1 hour 38 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Editing: Excellent
Hosts: Dan Z.
Rating: Fun

Comics With Kenobi: Episode 77 reviews Poe Dameron Annual #2 and Lando – Double or Nothing #4. Great comic reviews as always.

Podcast Network: Coffee With Kenobi
Runtime: 1 hour 1 minute
Audio Quality: Excellent
Editing: Excellent
Hosts: Matt, and Jeff
Rating: Great

DorkLair: Episode 54 goes over recent acquisitions, news, toy hunting tips, and then they review the Black Series 6 inch Gamorrean Guard. Great review.

Podcast Network: RetroZap
Runtime: 1 hour 6 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Editing: Excellent
Hosts: Bill, and Chris
Rating: Good

Fly Casual: Episode 193 kicks off with some music discussion, IT discussion, then they talk Star Wars Resistance, share their thoughts, cover movie rumors, production photos, there’s a Fanboy Y segment on Darth Maul, then they go into the toy report as they talk Porg bookends, LEGO Cloud City set, and Funko. There’s some minor audio issues, and Mike eats some peanuts on mic, but not too bad overall.

Podcast Network: Betterkind Media
Runtime: 1 hour 46 minutes
Audio Quality: Good
Editing: Good
Hosts: Corey, Steve, Garrick, and Mike
Rating: Good

Full of Sith: Episode CCLXXXII Bryan, Holly and guest Jess (Rebel Grrrl) talk about Rose Tico and Kelly Marie Tran. They talk about the character, the actress, their thoughts on The Last Jedi, recent controversies, and issues of diversity.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 11 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Editing: Excellent
Hosts: Bryan, and Holly
Rating: Good

Full of Sith: Special Release: Dragon Con 2018 Bryan and Holly talk about Dragon Con, the cosplay they’ve seen, and Bryan talks about some of the panels he did. Then Bryan shares the audio for the Star Wars author panel which features Kevin J. Anderson, Timothy Zahn, Michael A. Stackpole, Christie Golden, and E.K. Johnston. They talk about the secrecy in writing for Star Wars, Tim talk about using Batuu, they talk about the things they did when writing, thoughts on writing Star Wars, and more. Good panel with some good laughs, audio quality isn’t too bad. Then Bryan has an interview with Tom Kenny going over his voice work and his work for Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 17 minutes
Audio Quality: Pretty Good
Editing: Excellent
Hosts: Bryan, and Holly
Rating: Great

Jedi Journals: September 2018 they go over their recent acquisitions, the new Han Solo comic mini-series, and then Dennis and Jay go over the “Mutiny on Mon Cala” comic arc. Afterwards they talk about upcoming books, and interview the author of the Solo novelization Mur Lafferty. They wrap up with some more news on books, and magazines. Great episode. Good discussions, and nice interview.

Podcast Network: TheForce.net
Runtime: 1 hour 45 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Editing: Excellent
Hosts: Jay, and Chris
Rating: Great

Making Tracks: Episode 8 they talk about the roll out for The Phantom Menace, the hype and the merch, then Mark talks with Richard Stride (Poggle the Lesser), and George Roubicek, then they talk Star Wars Resistance.

Podcast Network: Fantha Tracks Radio
Runtime: 47 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Editing: Excellent
Hosts: Mark, and Dave
Rating: Good

Mighty Marvel Geeks: Episode 220 they share some theater stories, go over Spider-Man video game news, they talk about Venom and the Sony Marvel universe, Feige getting an award, Disney Play, some TV show discussion, and they go over their comic picks of the week. Good episode.

Podcast Network: We Be Geeks Network
Runtime: 58 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Editing: Excellent
Hosts: Mike, Eric, and Kylan
Rating: Good

Skytalkers: Heroes & Villains goes over their Dragon Con plans, then they talk about Joseph Campbell, the heroes journey, and the difference with female heroes. They go over Maureen Murdock’s heroine’s journey, and talk about Rey’s journey in The Last Jedi. They talk about the different types of heroes, who fits those roles in Star Wars, George Lucas’ comments on Joseph Campbell and the hero’s journey, and how that applies to both Vader and Kylo. They go over Rian Johnson’s comments on the hero’s journey, J.J. Abrams’ comments on Kylo Ren and fairy tale element, and questions regarding heroes and villains. Good discussion.

Podcast Network: Star Wars Escape Pods Network
Runtime: 1 hour 30 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Editing: Excellent
Hosts: Caitlin, and Charlotte
Rating: Good

Skytalkers: Live from Dragon Con 2018: Episode IX Speculation Panel starts with a brief intro from the hosts, then switches to their audio of the Episode IX Speculation Panel from Dragon Con 2018. Panelists include Bethany and Riley Blanton from the Star Wars Report, Alex and Mollie Damon from Star Wars Explained, and Caitlin and Charlotte. They talk about the new cast for Episode IX and go through each one by sharing their thoughts, then they talk about what they want from the returning cast and what they’d like to see in Episode IX. The audio is okay but there’s some good discussion.

Podcast Network: Star Wars Escape Pods Network
Runtime: 1 hour 2 minutes
Audio Quality: Okay
Editing: Excellent
Hosts: Caitlin, and Charlotte
Rating: Good

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1519 is a production update on Episode IX and goes over the new casting, and comments from Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 9 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Editing: Excellent
Host: Allen Voivod
Rating: Good

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1522 goes over the final box office numbers for Solo.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 7 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Editing: Excellent
Host: Allen Voivod
Rating: Good

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1524 is Allen’s top 7 takeaways from the Lando portions of the book Last Shot.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 10 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Editing: Excellent
Host: Allen Voivod
Rating: Good

Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels: Episode 62.1 has an intro with Taxus and Dennis, then they play the audio from the Timothy Zahn book event at Interabang Books. Tim talks about how he got started writing for Star Wars, he goes over his career and all the Star Wars projects he’s done, he talks about how he found out about Thrawn being in Star Wars Rebels, and he talks a little about Thrawn: Alliances. Then there’s audience questions covering everything from the 501st Legion to his writing process. Really great panel and a must listen for Zahn fans.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 56 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Editing: Excellent
Hosts: Dennis, and Darth Taxus
Rating: Great

Talk Star Wars: Episode 134 they talk midichlorians and whether those levels change, Force psychometry, the tone of Star Wars Resistance and how long the series might run, ramming ships, hyperspace and light speed, Episode IX casting news, the Star Wars Resistance trailer, poster and the behind the scenes video. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Star Wars Commonwealth
Runtime: 1 hour 36 minutes
Audio Quality: Good
Editing: Excellent
Host: Rob, and Brad
Rating: Good

TechnoRetro Dads: Lunchboxes and the Sweet Snacks Waiting Within they talk about what they’ve been up to, go over some school jokes, news, VR movies, they talk cereal, lunchboxes, eat some Hostess snacks, then go over some of the music of 1988. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 1 hour 17 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Editing: Excellent
Host: JediShua, and Shazbazzar
Rating: Fun

The Deucecast Movie Show: Episode 343 features Mikey, Dave, Pinky and Scott Ryfun as they talk some Cheap Trick, podcasting, play the Box Office Mojo game, then do a top 32 film bracket for Tom Hanks as they narrow down his best roles to just one. Clay comes on as a tie breaker. Fun discussion.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 1 hour 30 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Editing: Good
Hosts: Dave, and Mikey
Rating: Fun

The Sandcrawler: Episode 59 they go over each of the figures for the Power of the Force 2 line waves four and five. If you’re looking for action figure discussion, they’ve got you covered. Plus they go over the story of R5-D4. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 46 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Editing: Excellent
Hosts: Dan, and Mac
Rating: Fun

The Skyhoppers Podcast: Episode CX features guest Sal from ComicPOP as he shares his views on Star Wars. Fair warning, Sal doesn’t love all of Star Wars, so there’s lots of criticism and a lack of love for the prequels and everything after, but it is an interesting discussion. It doesn’t dwell on positivity, but it’s a dose of the other side of fence. Kind of depends on how much tolerance you have to hear some criticism of Star Wars on whether you’ll want to check this one out or skip it. I have to admit, I’d probably stop listening if Sal was on all the time as I’m personally in the “love all things Star Wars” camp, but it doesn’t hurt to hear from someone like Sal every now and then.

Podcast Network: Star Wars Commonwealth
Runtime: 1 hour 10 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Editing: Great
Hosts: Ben, and Ash
Rating: Interesting

The Soundtrack Show: Tron, the Music (Part I) Dave talks about the movies of 1982 and how Tron wasn’t even in the top 10. He goes over what Tron is, the plot, the story covering things most people didn’t know anything about at the time, and then Dave talks about the composer, their use of electronic music, and he plays some of it.

Podcast Network: HowStuffWorks
Runtime: 38 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Editing: Excellent
Hosts: David Collins
Rating: Good

The Story Geeks: Top 5 Scary Movies they each go over their top five scary movies as they count down to their number one picks. Some interesting choices, both old and new films included. As a fan of horror movies, I enjoyed this one, though there is some odd editing in the episode. The breaks/cuts are a little awkward.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 50 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Editing: Okay
Host: Daryl, Jay, Sandra, and Freddie
Rating: Good

Toy Run: Episode 123 they go over Episode IX rumors and news, touch on the making of book for Solo, cover upcoming cons, Fan Expo, Toy City stores, and talk about display risers, toy runs, listener feedback, then go over the toy release dates and speculation for the Fall season.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 15 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Editing: Excellent
Hosts: Criz, and Jake
Rating: Good

Who Talks First: The First of Many Episode 9 Predictions they talk about their dream scenario for Finn, for Poe, they go over a reddit theory based on the leaked photos, they talk about what they want for Hux, Rey, and Kylo. They speculate on who might die, and share their ideal ending for Episode IX. Interesting view points and ideas. If you don’t mind some cussing, worth a listen.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 8 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Editing: Excellent
Hosts: Solo, and CT
Rating: Good

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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