Podcasts in Review

October 25, 2018 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, starting with the top five and honorable mentions, then moving on to the full reviews.

This Week’s Top Five

  1. Happy Beeps Episode 16
  2. The Geek Supreme Halloween Party at Hill House
  3. The Deucecast Movie Show Episode 350
  4. Brews and Blasters Episode 180
  5. Fly Casual Episode 201

Honorable Mentions

  • Blast Points Podcast Episode 145 because it goes over one of the most bizarre Star Wars things ever.
  • ForceCenter Episode 138 great speculative discussion for Episode IX.

Now here is this week’s Podcasts in Review…

Blast Points Podcast: Episode 145 kicks off with a little news as they talk about The Mandalorian. Then they do another Snoke quote for Snoketoberfest, and roll into one of the most bizarre things they’ve covered yet. At some point a CD was released of Anthony Daniels reading off some of his columns from Star Wars Insider, and it was jazzed up with some interludes of R2 and C-3PO with music and sound effects. It is definitely not those thrilling or interesting thing to listen to, but Jason and Gabe take a swing at it. They don’t listen to the entire thing, but they listen to a good chunk of it. In a way, they may be saving all of us from having to listen to it in its entirety. Without their commentary, it would not be bearable.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 2 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Jason, and Gabe
Rating: Good

Brews and Blasters: Episode 180 covers food, vodka, Ki-Adi-Mundi, The Mandalorian news and directors, Star Wars Resistance, the art and aliens of the show, listener questions, and need’em got’em. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 1 hour 22 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Joe, and Chris
Rating: Fun

Children of the Force: Episode 113 they talk about The Mandalorian, Alphabet Squadron, Chuck Wendig being fired from Marvel, Kathleen Kennedy’s contract extension, a little Hamilton, then Star Wars Resistance and their thoughts. Plus some Solo facts. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 58 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Al, Anna, and Liam
Rating: Fun

Coffee With Kenobi: Episode 146 Dan talks with Tom Gross about Star Wars Resistance, the things they liked and didn’t like, the characters, and they touch on The Mandalorian. Then Dan talks about the Solo extras.

Podcast Network: Coffee With Kenobi
Runtime: 58 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Dan Z.
Rating: Good

Coffee With Kenobi: Episode 147 Dan talks with Bryan Young and Craig Dickinson as they discuss their top five favorite things about The Phantom Menace. From the costumes and politics, to Jar Jar and Palpatine, they cover a lot of ground. Good discussion.

Podcast Network: Coffee With Kenobi
Runtime: 1 hour 9 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Great
Hosts: Dan Z.
Rating: Good

DorkLair: Episode 60 covers toy news, pre-orders and previews, both Star Wars and non-Star Wars. Then they review the S.H. Figuarts Anakin figure. Great review, good episode.

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

Fly Casual: Episode 201 they recuperate from their celebration of episode 200 then get into Star Wars news as they talk about Chuck Wendig getting fired from Marvel and discuss creators and social media behavior. Then they talk about The Mandalorian, and wrap up with the toy report which covers Disney’s new Elite Series droids, Star Wars candles and Funko pops. FYI – Gonk Count 17. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: Betterkind Media
Runtime: 1 hour 20 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Corey, Steve, Garrick, and Mike
Rating: Fun

ForceCenter: Episode 138 they talk about what they’ve been up to, Chuck Wendig being fired, The Mandalorian news, and they they talk about Episode IX and whether it will have rhyming elements with the rest of the saga. Some fun speculation for Episode IX and what connections we might see. Plus there’s listener questions.

Podcast Network: ForceCenter
Runtime: 1 hour 29 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Ken, Joseph, and Jennifer
Rating: Fun

Full of Sith: Episode CCLXXXVIII Bryan and Holly talk about their trip to Rancho Obi-Wan for the gala, what it was like, who they saw there, what they saw there, some of the items they bid on, and the Lucasfilm and Presidio tours. If you’re wondering what the gala experience is like, they give you a bit of an idea.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 50 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Bryan, and Holly
Rating: Good

Grand Moff Talkin’: Episode 71 they talk about the old legends book The Courtship of Princess Leia. It’s been a long long time since I’ve read this book, so it’s interesting to hear their opinions on recently reading it. They do an overview of the story, and then start to dive into the good and the bad of this book, including some of the racy mature content and sexism. They do some dramatic readings, which are pretty fun. Entertaining episode as long as your not too attached to the book, otherwise you might not like how much they come down on it.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 39 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Riley, Jake, and Jazmine
Rating: Entertaining

Happy Beeps: Episode 16 Jennifer talks about the Galaxy of Fear Star Wars books and spotlights City of the Dead by reading a lengthy excerpt from the book. It’s really well done as she turns it into an audiobook dramatization with voices and sound effects. And it ends with a nice cliff hanger to get you interested in reading the book. Definitely worth checking out.

Podcast Network: ForceCenter
Runtime: 28 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Jennifer Landa
Rating: Great

Kanata’s Castle: Episode 42 they talk about The Mandalorian, book news, and Star Wars Resistance. They they discuss women of the galaxy as they talk about Nora Wexley, Evaan Verlaine, Rae Sloan, Iden Version and Sabine.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 1 hour 21 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Becca, and Devon
Rating: Good

Making Tracks: Episode 12 they talk about what they’ve been up to and their travels, then they talk with Steve Sansweet about the Rancho Obi-Wan gala. Afterwards they continue their interview with Greg Hildebrandt who talks about art, colors and learning.

Podcast Network: Fantha Tracks Radio
Runtime: 45 minutes
Audio Quality: Okay
Production Quality: Great
Hosts: Mark, and Dave
Rating: Good

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1563 goes over Episode IX improv rumors, and other stuff.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 8 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Allen Voivod
Rating: Good

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1567 goes over fan service, what it is, and what’s good and bad fan service.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1569 speculates on what episodes we might see in Star Wars: The Clone Wars season seven.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 13 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Allen Voivod
Rating: Good

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1570 goes over the Star Wars news from New York Comic Con.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1571 goes over Star Wars Resistance “Fuel For the Fire” providing highlights and factoids for the episode.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1572 goes over four new Star Wars Resistance episode descriptions, as well as Oscar Isaac returning and the mention of Sector 6.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 8 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Allen Voivod
Rating: Good

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1573 covers The Storms of Crait one shot comic from Marvel.

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

Star Wars Core World News: Episode 33 they talk about Star Wars Resistance and the first episode, the art style, the characters, and they breakdown the first episode. Very positive. Then about 42 minutes in, they switch gears to talk other news like ILMxLab, The Mandalorian, and in the last ten minutes of the episode, they go over Episode IX rumors. Good episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 6 minutes
Audio Quality: Good
Production Quality: Great
Hosts: Adam, Grant, and Ben
Rating: Good

Star Wars Resistance Flyby: “The Triple Dark” first they talk about the Hasbro Star Wars Resistance action figures, then they share their overall thoughts on “The Triple Dark” and breakdown the episode.

Podcast Network: Skywalking Through Neverland
Runtime: 34 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Richard, and Sarah
Rating: Good

Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels: Episode 65.2 is a “That’s So Wizard” episode as they go over Star Wars clothing, watches, under garments, jackets, Halloween costumes and candy bowls.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 47 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Dennis, and Jay
Rating: Good

Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels: Episode 65.3 Jay and Dennis talk about the Star Wars Resistance episode “Triple Dark.” They breakdown the episode and share their thoughts on what worked and what didn’t. Good discussion.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 39 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Dennis, and Jay
Rating: Good

Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels: Episode 65.4 Darth Taxus talks to Dennis and Jay about his trip to Dallas Fan Days 2018. He talks about what was there, people he met, cosplay, items he picked up, and the Ray Park panel he went to. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 34 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Dennis, Jay, and Taxus
Rating: Good

Tarkin’s Top Shelf: Episode 50 they go over book news, then they review Lando’s Luck. They talk about the characters, the story, and whether it’s worth reading. Good episode.

Podcast Network: MakingStarWars.net
Runtime: 49 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Becca, and Mark 
Rating: Good

TechnoRetro Dads: MacGyver Saves Halloween with Jack O’ Lantern they talk about hurricane Michael, Halloween jokes, then they go over the news. They talk about jack o’ lanterns, their origin, doing them as kids, 80’s candy, and then they talk about the MacGyver Halloween episode.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 77 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: JediShua, and Shazbazzar
Rating: Fun

TechnoRetro Dads: Dungeons & Dragons Art and Arcana with Michael Witwer Shaz talks about hurricane Michael, they go over D&D jokes, then they talk with Michael Witwer for the rest of the episode about his book Art & Arcana, Dungeons and Dragons, the history of the artwork, and more. Fun conversation.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 77 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: JediShua, and Shazbazzar
Rating: Fun

The Deucecast Movie Show: Episode 350 is their Halloween episode as they go over movie birthdays, play a movie name game, then talk about their five favorite locations from horror movies. Mikey wraps up with Miketober as he goes over the horror movies he watched for this month. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 1 hour 5 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Great
Hosts: Dave, Mikey, Dr. Earl, and Jeremy Burgess
Rating: Fun

The Director’s Cut: Episode 164 features Jason Bateman interviewing Bradley Cooper about his movie A Star Is Born. Unfortunately, it stays a little too technical focused and inside baseball on directing chores. Not the best interview unless you’re someone who is a director, then you might get something out of it.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 40 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Great
Host: Jason Bateman
Rating: Okay

The Geek Supreme: Halloween Party at Hill House features Taxus, Scott, Regina and special guest Dennis (Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels) as they do they’re Halloween episode. Lots of discussion of movie monsters and scary movies throughout the episode as they play some games and discuss some current news topics. Very fun episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Dennis, Regina, Scott, and Taxus
Rating: Fun

The Skyhoppers Podcast: Episode CXVII they talk some Pokemon, then they talk about Finn, his growth, his role in the films, and they talk about the First Order and the New Republic.

Podcast Network: Star Wars Commonwealth
Runtime: 1 hour 13 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Great
Hosts: Ben, and Ash
Rating: Good

The Soundtrack Show: Ghostbusters: the Music (Part II) Dave talks about the Ghostbusters song by Ray Parker Jr., Huey Lewis’ lawsuit against Ray Parker, and he compares Ghostbusters to Back to the Future. He talks about some of the other music in the movie, alternate music, and more. Great episode.

Podcast Network: HowStuffWorks
Runtime: 43 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: David Collins
Rating: Great

Toy Run: Episode 131 they talk about what they’ve been up to, they go over The Mandalorian, new content, toy news, and they talk with Eric Berry about Hole In the Ground Productions which makes Star Wars diorama pieces. Good episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 3 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Criz, and Jake
Rating: Good

TSW Spotlight with Robert Cast: Episode 1 features Ash from The Skyhoppers Podcast as they talk about her podcast, podcasting, Star Wars, panels, Celebration and more. This kicks off a new podcast that Rob is doing to spotlight different members of the Star Wars Commonwealth.

Podcast Network: Star Wars Commonwealth
Runtime: 48 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Rob Cast
Rating: Good

Wookiee Radio: Episode 87 they talk about Star Wars Resistance “Triple Dark” and the show in general, they go into news, talk about George Lucas stopping by on the set of The Mandalorian, they talk some Battlefront II, Jar Jar news, Star Wars candles, and Wendig being fired from Marvel. Good episode.

Podcast Network: We Be Geeks Network
Runtime: 58 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Ken, Derrick, and Mike
Rating: Good

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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