Podcasts in Review

November 29, 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. Pods & Ends Episode 0
  2. Blast Points Podcast Episode 149
  3. The Soundtrack Show Lesser-Known Scores: John Williams
  4. Comic Book Noob Plastic Man
  5. Grand Moff Talkin’ Episode 76

Honorable Mentions

Now here is this week’s Podcasts in Review…

Beltway Banthas: Episode 64 features guest Kate Sanchez as she joins Stephen and Swara to talk elections, Pedro Pascal’s casting in The Mandalorian, the Cassian Andor series, the important of the character of Cassian and his line about being in this fight since he was six versus Jyn and her line about not looking up. They discuss politics, real world issues, Stan Lee and more. Good episode.

Podcast Network: RetroZap
Runtime: 1 hour 18 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Editing: Excellent
Hosts: Stephen, and Swara
Rating: Good

Blast Points Podcast: Episode 149 they talk about Captain Eo, the history of the project, who was involved, and its opening. Then they watch it and provide some fun commentary. Plus there’s listener feedback. I also had a good laugh at the THX land joke. Fun episode.

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

Brews and Blasters: Episode 185 they talk about Star Wars Resistance “Fuel For the Fire,” Max Reebo’s limbs, and they do some need’em got’em for new Black Series 6-inch figures like L3, Lando in skiff disguise, the Imperial Patrol Trooper, Leia and Rio Durrant. Fun episode.

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

Comic Book Noob: Plastic Man covers the character’s first appearance, amazing abilities, his personality, some of his adventures, and their reading recommendations. Great episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 28 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Scott, Matt, and Regina
Rating: Great

Comics With Kenobi: Episode 87 they talk about Momin from the Darth Vader comics, then they review Star Wars Adventures: Tales From Vader’s Castle #5. Afterwards Matt interviews comic strip creator Per Hedman about The Far Dark Side. Interesting interview.

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

Comics With Kenobi: Episode 88 they talk a little bit about movies, then comic sales, then they review Star Wars Adventures: Destroyer Down #1Han Solo — Imperial Cadet #1, and Star Wars #56.

Podcast Network: Coffee With Kenobi
Runtime: 1 hour 7 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Matt, and Jeff
Rating: Good

Comics With Kenobi: Episode 89 they talk about Stan Lee, the Shadow of Vader series being cancelled, and a delay for A Star Wars Comic. Then they review Doctor Aphra #26 and Darth Vader #23.

Podcast Network: Coffee With Kenobi
Runtime: 58 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Matt, and Jeff
Rating: Good

DorkLair: Episode 66 Bill and Chris talk non-Star Wars toy news, new acquisitions, then they review the Hasbro Black Series 6-inch Zuckuss. Nice review. Good episode.

Podcast Network: RetroZap
Runtime: 49 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Bill, and Chris
Rating: Good

Fangirls Going Rogue: Episode 63 goes over a Star Wars Resistance character quiz, the teaser trailers for Toy Story 4, Marry Poppins, streaming services, the Cassian Andor series, The Mandalorian casting news, Stan Lee’s passing, they talk about Kathleen Kennedy and Star Wars, John Williams violin rearrangement, and jelly fish stings which came out of nowhere but was good for a laugh.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 18 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Teresa, Tricia, and Sarah
Rating: Good

Fly Casual: Episode 205 no Corey in this episode, but they troop on as they discuss Stan Lee’s passing, the Cassian Andor series, The Mandalorian casting news, ILM TV, the Shadow of Vader series being cancelled, Kevin J. Anderson getting an award, and toy news. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Betterkind Media
Runtime: 1 hour 5 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Steve, Garrick, and Mike
Rating: Good

Grand Moff Talkin’: Episode 76 is part two of their commentary on Revenge of the Sith. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 18 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Good
Hosts: Jake, Jazmine, and Riley
Rating: Fun

Kanata’s Castle: Episode 45 they talk about giant monkey lizards in Star Wars Resistance, then they talk about what their thankful for in Star Wars — from Luke Skywalker and Carrie Fisher, to John Williams and lightsabers. They also have a segment on Kylo’s pants, which is fun, and throughout the episode is listener feedback on what their thankful for in Star Wars. Great episode.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 1 hour 41 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Becca, and Devon
Rating: Great

Lattes With Leia: Episode 34 they talk about their R2-Detox drinks, Star Wars crossover items, and then for their main discussion, they talk about toxicity in fandom. They talk about what it is, why it’s so prevalent, Kelly Marie Tran, and research on social media.

Podcast Network: Coffee With Kenobi
Runtime: 1 hour 10 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Amy, and Andrea
Rating: Good

Making Tracks: MCM Birmingham Comic Con 2018: Imperial Troops Talk is the audio from the panel which featured actors Julian Glover, Michael Culver, Kenneth Colley, and Michael Pennington as they share stories and their thoughts on Star Wars. Good panel. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Fantha Tracks Radio
Runtime: 44 minutes
Audio Quality: Good
Production Quality: Good
Hosts: Mark, and Dave
Rating: Good

Obroa-Skai Walkers: MedStar I: Battle Surgeons starts off with some discussion of Dark Troopers, then they discuss the first eight chapters of the Star Wars Legends novel MedStar I: Battle Surgeons. They go over the characters that are introduced, the location, and similarities to M.A.S.H. Good discussion for those who have read the book, or those who don’t plan on reading it but would like to know what happens. Nice mix of information and entertainment. The podcast is hosted by Ben (The Skyhoppers Podcast) and Cole (Legends Library).

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 22 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Ben, and Cole
Rating: Good

Pods & Ends: Episode 0 kicks off a new podcast that is being done by the hosts of Bright Tree Radio (Sophie and Phil) and Hyperspace PodBlast (Shelby and Bryan). If you’re a fan of both, then this will be a treat. However, it’s is a different venture for them as it’s not a Star Wars focused podcast. This episode is a grab bag of topics as they talk board games, Fae, webtoons, The Hobbit, Game of Thrones, Infinity War, upcoming movies, Galaxy’s Edge and more. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: Hyperspace PodBlast
Runtime: 54 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Great
Hosts: Bryan, Phil, Shelby, and Sophie
Rating: Fun

Scavenger’s Hoard: Episode 83 they talk about non-Star Wars movies the sequel trilogy actors are doing or have done, the Cassian Andor series news, other news, actor comments on Episode IX, then they catch up on Star Wars Resistance as they cover several episodes. Afterwards they talk with Christy, a composer for Lucasfilm, which is an interesting conversation and worth checking out. Good episode overall. It’s been a while since I’ve checked out Scavenger’s Hoard and there’s a noticeable improvement in the audio quality. I’ll try to get this one in more frequent rotation.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 2 hours 4 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Kirsty, and Rachael
Rating: Good

Skytalkers: Dissecting the Crawl they talk about their Lucasfilm tour, then they discuss the Star Wars opening crawl. They go over the history of its creation, thoughts on the stand alone movies not having a crawl, the importance of it, their favorite one, people mentioned in the crawls, the “….” ellipses, and they analyze and compare the crawls. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Star Wars Escape Pods Network
Runtime: 1 hour 23 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Caitlin, and Charlotte
Rating: Good

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1599 covers Star Wars Resistance “Synara’s Score.”

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1602 goes over the Boba Fett cartoon segment of the Star Wars Holiday Special as well as other parts.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1603 continues the discussion of the Star Wars Holiday Special including Bea Arthur’s musical segment with “Goodnight, But Not Goodbye” and the rest of the special.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 6 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Editing: Excellent
Host: Allen Voivod
Rating: Good

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1604 covers the fallout of the Star Wars Holiday Special and whether it hurt or helped anyone’s careers, as well as the planned toys.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1605 features Allen, Lani, Joe and Declan as they all weigh in on the Star Wars Holiday Special. Always fun to hear some reactions of people after seeing the special for the first time.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1606 covers Star Wars Resistance “The Platform Classic” as well as some info on episodes 10 and 11.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1607 celebrates Giving Tuesday by spotlighting the charity work of George Lucas, the 501st Legion, Force For Change, and charities.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1608 is an update on Episode IX and ponders when we’ll start getting content like cast photos, a title or a teaser.

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

Star Wars Loose Canon: Cursing in Star Wars they discuss swear words in Star Wars, from real world curse words to made up ones, their use and how they’re used, as well as perceived swear words. Plus a tangent on smoking and vaping. They touch on both the films and literature. Not a fully comprehensive rundown on all the curse words, but an interesting discussion none the less.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 45 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Great
Hosts: Alex, Nick, and Patrick
Rating: Good

Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels: Episode 67.3 they go over Star Wars Resistance “Synara’s Score” as they breakdown the episode, touch on the over the top nature of Neeku, and more. Nice discussion. Good episode.

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

Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels: Episode 68 they go over the news, Cassian Andor series and their thoughts, Celebration news, The Mandalorian casting news, and Galaxy’s Edge news. Then they discuss Obi-Wan Kenobi and his debatable wisdom, which is an interesting topic.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 1 hour 20 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Dennis, Jay, and Taxus
Rating: Fun

The 602 Club: Episode 209 Matt is joined by guest Lee Hutchison as they talk about the movie Outlaw King and go over the historical background of Robert the Bruce. They talk about the historical events, their thoughts of the film, and how it compares with what really happened. Lot of focus on the history. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Trek.fm
Runtime: 1 hour 10 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Editing: Excellent
Host: Matthew
Rating: Good

The Deucecast Move Show: Episode 355 Dave, Mikey, and Dr. Earl are joined by special guest Garrison Ryfun as they play a movie game then discuss five of their favorite movies from the 1970’s. Garrison does drop out at one point then rejoins after a small delay, no editing there. Still a fun discussion.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 1 hour 11 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Okay
Hosts: Dave, Mikey, and Dr. Earl
Rating: Fun

The Geek Supreme: The Fabulous Disney, Fantastic Beasts and Long Title Episode of One Geek Podcast they talk some about movies they’ve seen, continuity issues with Fantastic Beasts 2, they play a game for “what would say about this”, they discuss the subtitle for the Birds of Prey movie which leads to a game on long, funny movie subtitles, then they touch on upcoming Disney live action movies and their ideas for good and bad Disney toys. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 53 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Jeff, Regina, Scott, and Taxus
Rating: Fun

The Resistance Broadcast: Episode IX Story Pays Homage to Leia and Carrie Fisher’s Sense of Fun they talk Thanksgiving, Pedro Pascal, Celebration podcast stage news, and listener questions which leads to a variety of topics and discussion.

Podcast Network: N/A, 
Runtime: 46 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: John, Lacey, and James
Rating: Good

The Skyhoppers Podcast: Episode CXXII they discuss the politics and politicians in Star Wars, as well as those who stay in the middle by playing both sides like Hondo and DJ. From DJ to Mon Mothma, good discussion.

Podcast Network: Star Wars Commonwealth
Runtime: 1 hour 4 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Ben, and Ash
Rating: Good

The Soundtrack Show: Lesser-Known Scores: John Williams Dave plays some John Williams music you don’t hear too often such as the score for Dracula, The Cowboys, Catch Me If You Can, Amistad‘s choral music, Hook, The Terminal, Space Camp, the Olympics, and the nightly news. Great episode.

Podcast Network: HowStuffWorks
Runtime: 36 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: David Collins
Rating: Great

Who Talks First: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Ft. Leo Camacho features special guest Leo who shares a Daisy Ridley story, then they talk Star Wars, Disney, Celebration, theme park fandom, Galaxy’s Edge, Batuu, new John William’s music, walkaround characters and more. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 22 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Solo, and CT
Rating: Fun

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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