Podcasts in Review

November 8, 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. ForceCenter Episode 141
  2. Full of Sith Episode CCLXXXIX
  3. Skywalking Through Neverland Episode 228
  4. Faking Star Wars Radio The Star Wars Halloween Special
  5. Fly Casual Episode 203

Honorable Mentions

  • Talking Bay 94 Episode 23 features an interview with the actor who played Darth Vader in Rogue One.
  • Talking Bay 94 Episode 24 features a great interview with Tim Rose (Admiral Ackbar).

Now here is this week’s Podcasts in Review…

Blast Points Podcast: Episode 147 goes over Episode IX news, Benioff and Weiss news, and then they go over The Art of Attack of the Clones. They talk about the technology of AOTC, the art, the style, the use of digital clothes, and various concept ideas. Good episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 55 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Jason, and Gabe
Rating: Good

Brews and Blasters: Episode 182 is a film commentary for Monster Squad. They do a good job and it’s a fun commentary, even if you haven’t seen the movie.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 1 hour 28 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Joe, and Chris
Rating: Fun

Faking Star Wars Radio: The Star Wars Halloween Special Storm Duper and IG-69 talk about undead Han Solo, and recasting Indiana Jones. Teeb joins them as they talk Star Wars and Halloween costumes, Boba Fett, the Holiday Special, The Mandalorian, and they play “Duel of the Fakes.” Then Storm Duper talks with cosplayer Nell Fox about Star Wars costumes and cosplay, the slave Leia outfit, and more. They go over some listener questions, do an “Ask Sheev” segment, then Storm Duper talks with guest ShittyStarWars as they talk about art and drawing Star Wars. There’s a Dr. Wilhelm Boba Freud segment, and they play a sound byte game. Lot of content in this one. Fun episode. Audio quality does vary from segment to segment and guest to guest.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 2 hours 13 minutes
Audio Quality: Okay to Excellent (Good overall)
Production Quality: Great
Hosts: Storm Duper, and IG-69
Rating: Fun

Fly Casual: Episode 203 kicks off with a fun Mike parody song. They talk game shows, go over the Stranger Things kids wearing Star Wars costumes, go off on a tangent about villains and Star Wars serial villains, they talk about the amount of non-film Star Wars content, pop up books, Star Wars Battlefront II, toy news, Black Series Padme and Mace, blind pack droids and the Sideshow Maul statue. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: Betterkind Media
Runtime: 1 hour 22 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Corey, Steve, and Garrick
Rating: Fun

ForceCenter: Episode 140 Joseph and Ken talk about what they’ve been up to, they talk Star Wars Resistance, Chuck Wendig’s firing, LEGO Star Wars: All-Stars, and then they get into Sith hauntings and Force ghosts. They talk about haunted masks, the Nightsisters, the caves, whether Vader’s helmet is haunted, if there could be a Snoke haunting, and more. Interesting discussion. They wrap up with listener questions covering an assortment of topics like The Simpsons in Star Wars, love for Star Wars, and Rey’s perfect teeth.

Podcast Network: ForceCenter
Runtime: 1 hour 27 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Ken, and Joseph
Rating: Good

ForceCenter: Episode 141 they talk about what they’ve been up to, Star Wars Resistance, Matthew Wood interview, Richard E. Grant’s comments on Episode IX audition, and then they get into voting in Star Wars. They talk about Star Wars politicians, Valorum, the vote of no confidence, the Grand Army of the Republic, giving up hope on the political process, and more. Good discussion. Plus they go over the usual array of listener questions which always leads to some fun conversation. Great episode.

Podcast Network: ForceCenter
Runtime: 1 hour 22 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Ken, Jennifer, and Joseph
Rating: Great

Full of Sith: Episode CCLXXXIX Mike, Holly and special guest Anya talk Star Wars Resistance. They go over their general thoughts on the show, they go over the characters, and they go into the episodes and the animation style. Fun discussion. I like that Anya was on this one to provide her feedback. Great episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 57 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Holly, and Mike
Rating: Great

Full of Sith: Episode CCXL Mike and Bryan talk some Star Wars Resistance, then cover listener emails over lots of topics including The Mandalorian, Russian bots, Star Wars Rebels characters showing up in Resistance, and Snoke’s origin story.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 47 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Bryan, and Mike
Rating: Good

Grand Moff Talkin’: Episode 73 they rank the Star Wars movies and break them down into tiers, which is different. I’ve never heard anyone do that before. They also rank the Disney Star Wars movies, and go over their favorite characters from each Star Wars movie.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 5 minutes
Audio Quality: Good
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Jake, Jazmine, and Riley
Rating: Good

Making Tracks: Episode 13 Mark and Dave talk about television, Mark has an interview with Amy Ratcliffe about her book Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy, then they talk with Hasbro, and they talk with Steve Sansweet. Good episode.

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

Mighty Marvel Geeks: Episode 227 covers Disney parks news, Marvel movie news, Gwyneth Paltrow being in a CGI suit, Ronin rumor, A-Team comics, streaming news, Marvel streaming show ratings, their comic picks and more. Derrick from Wookiee Radio subs in for Eric in this episode.

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

Skywalking Through Neverland: Episode 228 is their Halloween episode featuring lots of guests including Dee Tails, Elvria, Tom Spina, Gabe and Jason from Blast Points Podcast, and Jeff Bam. There’s ghost stories, a dramatic reading of Are You Scared Darth Vader?, and they talk about the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: Skywalking Through Neverland
Runtime: 1 hour 27 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Richard, and Sarah
Rating: Fun

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1580 goes over the original trilogy connections in Star Wars Resistance “The High Tower.”

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1581 goes over the First Order details from the Star Wars Resistance episode “The High Tower.”

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1583 goes over the sixth anniversary of Disney and Lucasfilm.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1584 is an interview with Morten Bay as they talk about confirmation bias, filter bubbles and Star Wars fandom.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 29 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Editing: Excellent
Host: Allen Voivod
Rating: Good

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1585 goes over Star Wars Resistance “Children of Tehar.”

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1586 discusses whether the Boba Fett movie is really dead.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1587 discusses Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019 and some speculation on what the big events will be.

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

Star Wars Loose Canon: Partisan Rancor they talk about rancors as they go over the Legends history of the creatures. From rancors that can read and teach, to mutant subspecies and rancors served as food, they cover a lot of wild and bizarre little known facts from the old EU. Good episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 44 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Great
Hosts: Patrick, and Alex
Rating: Good

Star Wars Report: Episode 355 Bruce and Mark talk about the Star Wars Fan Awards artwork, Vader’s castle and Darth Vader #22, they touch on some books, and talk about Topps cards. Fun little episode.

Podcast Network:  2nd Airborne Division
Runtime: 51 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Editing: Excellent
Host: Bruce, and Mark
Rating: Fun

Star Wars Resistance Flyby: “Fuel For the Fire” and “The High Tower” they breakdown each episode, touch on the music, and go over the easter eggs. Great discussion of each.

Podcast Network: Skywalking Through Neverland
Runtime: 1 hour 11 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Richard, and Sarah
Rating: Good

Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels: Episode 65.5 Dennis is joined by special guest Joe Tavano (Brews and Blasters) as they talk Star Wars Resistance, then dig into “Fuel For the Fire.” They also talk about The Mandalorian, Star Wars: The Clone Wars returning, and the Star Wars slow down. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 53 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Dennis
Rating: Good

Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels: Episode 66.1 is soloed by Dennis as he goes over Star Wars Resistance “The High Tower.” Nice breakdown of the episode, thoughts and observations.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 20 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Dennis
Rating: Good

Talk Star Wars: Episode 142 they talk about creatures on Sullust, Bothans, books and Star Wars storytelling, scariest Star Wars characters, and the Boba Fett movie being dead.

Podcast Network: Star Wars Commonwealth
Runtime: 1 hour 12 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Editing: Excellent
Host: Rob, and Brad
Rating: Good

Talking Bay 94: Episode 23 features a live interview with Spencer Wilding who played Darth Vader in Rogue One. He talks about his experience in the film and shares some stories. Good episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 13 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Brandon Wainerdi
Rating: Good

Talking Bay 94: Episode 24 features an interview with Tim Rose who talks about puppeteering and animatronics, Jim Henson Studios, working on Star Wars, Rogue One, The Last Jedi, mentions that a Ackbar death scene was shot, and recounts a fun story from the set of Return of the Jedi involving Harrison Ford.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 26 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Brandon Wainerdi
Rating: Good

Tarkin’s Top Shelf: Episode 51 they talk with Michael Moreci about Star Wars characters walking through fire and biblical connections. They discuss Anakin on Mustafar, George Lucas’ religious influence, Luke crossing lava, and Kylo Ren.

Podcast Network: MakingStarWars.net
Runtime: 55 minutes
Audio Quality: Good
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Becca, and Mark 
Rating: Good

TechnoRetro Dads: When Pumpkins Fall, Snowmen Arise, and They Live they talk a little about movies, Fall time, Halloween costumes, pumpkins, snowmen jokes, Beetlejuice the musical, the Atari The Empire Strikes Back video game, Calvin and Hobbes, and the movie They Live. Plus listener feedback. Fun episode.

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

The Deucecast Movie Show: Episode 352 features guest Terry Weaver. They go over movie birthdays, play a Rotten Tomatoes score game, talk some Iron Eagle and Land Before Time, then go over their top five coming of age movies. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 1 hour 46 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Great
Hosts: Dave, and Mikey 
Rating: Fun

The Skyhoppers Podcast: Episode CXIX they go over Halloween stuff, and ten minutes in they switch gears to discuss Star Wars ships. They talk about their least favorite ships, historic ships like the Falcon, and under rated ships like the Y-wing. Plus there’s a droid tangent on R2 and 3PO. Fun episode.

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

The Soundtrack Show: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: the Music Part II Dave goes over the Hogwart’s music, the sorting hat music, other themes and musical moments, the troll, the quidditch match, Christmas, etc. Great episode.

Podcast Network: HowStuffWorks
Runtime: 44 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: David Collins
Rating: Great

We Serve Droids: The Endor of the Trilogy they start out with their thoughts on what Star Wars characters would be thankful of in order to get into the Thanksgiving spirit. Then they discuss the second half of Return of the Jedi with some fun observations. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: N/A 
Runtime: 1 hour 41 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Editing: Excellent
Host: Scott, and Chris
Rating: Fun

Western Reaches: Episode 39 they go over what they’ve been reading, video games they’ve been playing, stuff they’ve been up to, and Saf talks about some of the video game conferences/panels she’s been on.

Podcast Network: Tosche Station
Runtime: 1 hour 15 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Editing: Excellent
Hosts: Megan, and Saf
Rating: Good

Who Talks First: The High Tower Resistance Review they talk about the Boba Fett movie being dead, The Mandalorian, video games, LEGO Star Wars: All Stars, and then Star Wars Resistance as they go over “The High Tower”. Plus some tangents here and there.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 47 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Solo, and CT
Rating: Good

Wookiee Radio: Episode 88 they talk Star Wars comics, Star Wars Resistance “Fuel For the Fire,” the Boba Fett movie being dead, Mark Hamill’s latest tweets, new LEGO Star Wars TV show, theft on the set of The Mandalorian, and the scariest Star Wars villains.

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

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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