Podcasts in Review

January 10, 2019 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. The Nerd Room Episode 150
  2. Blast Points Podcast Episode 153
  3. Jedi Journals January 2019
  4. TechnoRetro Dads 4000 Resolutions for the New Year PLUS Arcade 1UP and Super NES
  5. The Deucecast Movie Show Episode 360

Honorable Mentions

  • Star Wars 7×7 Episode 1650 if you haven’t caught up on Bob Iger’s latest comments on Disney+ and Star Wars.

Now here is this week’s Podcasts in Review…

Beltway Banthas: Episode 67 features Stephen and special guest Michael Kent as they talk Star Wars, George Lucas, neoliberalism, real world connections in the prequels, The Invisible Hand, stagnation, they talk a little Star Wars and horror, and they get into their bantha fodder on streaming and movies.

Podcast Network: RetroZap
Runtime: 1 hour 20 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Editing: Excellent
Host: Stephen
Rating: Good

Blast Points Podcast: Episode 153 kicks off their Phantom Menace year as they talk about the film, the year it came out, and for this episode, they focus on the initial draft of the script and how it differed from the final film. From the lack of Qui-Gon to Gungan racism, Shmi’s last name, and Obi-Wan dying, it’s a fun discussion.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 5 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Jason, and Gabe
Rating: Fun

Children of the Force: Episode 118 they kick off the new year, talk Jedi Challenges, Star Wars Christmas gifts, Star Wars novelizations, the composer for The Mandalorian, they go over The Mandalorian cast, Todd Fisher’s comments on Episode IX and Carrie, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Celebration, video games, Star Wars Resistance, comics, and books. They wrap up with their joke segment, and question and answer council which tackles their favorite things form 2018. Good episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 8 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Al, Anna, and Liam
Rating: Good

Coffee With Kenobi: Episode 158 is a special episode featuring Dan’s Mythology students as they get in groups and talk about Star Wars. They talk about Anakin and the foreshadowing of evil, the symbology and meaning of different moments in the films, Anakin’s fall to the dark side, the chosen one prophecy, and Sheev’s rise to power. Audio quality varies from group to group, anywhere from bad to good, but it is interesting to hear some new takes and perspectives on Star Wars.

Podcast Network: Coffee With Kenobi
Runtime: 35 minutes
Audio Quality: Kind of rough
Production Quality: Okay
Hosts: Dan Z.
Rating: Interesting

ForceCenter: Episode 150 they talk about what they’ve been up to, they go over Galaxy’s Edge news, Bog Iger’s comments on movies and TV, then they discuss R2-D2 for their main discussion going over their perspectives on R2, what they would do with him, his relationship with C-3PO, and more. They wrap up with listener questions. Good episode.

Podcast Network: ForceCenter
Runtime: 1 hour 33 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Ken, Jennifer, and Joseph
Rating: Good

Jedi Journals: January 2019 they catch up on their Christmas gifts, then Jay talks with Dennis (Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels) for their regular comics segment. This time they go over Poe Dameron Volume 5: The Spark and the Fire. Great comic discussion. Then Jay and Chris go over books, comics and magazines from upcoming to recent acquisitions. They also go over the Solo novelization for their spoiler discussion segment. Great episode for those wanting to catch up on Star Wars literature.

Podcast Network: TheForce.net
Runtime: 1 hour 38 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Jay, and Chris
Rating: Great

Me and My Padawan: Episode 26 they talk about their favorite stuff from 2018, books, movies, TV shows, then they talk about the Thrawn Treason news, Vader: Dark Visions, Episode IX thoughts, a theory on Rey being a living holocron, and they look forward to what’s to come in 2019.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 45 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Ryan, and Braden
Rating: Good

Pods & Ends: Episode 5 begins their year in review coverage as they talk music, books and games in this episode. From the Into the Spiderverse soundtrack, Spice Girls and Korean pop music, to Dark Disciple, webtoons, Gloom Haven, Risk Game of Thrones Edition and more. Lots of random fun topics.

Podcast Network: Hyperspace PodBlast
Runtime: 45 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Bryan, Phil, Shelby, and Sophie
Rating: Fun

Skywalking Through Neverland: Episode 234 they go over the highs and lows of 2018, Solo, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Infinite War, Marvel Rising, personal moments, lows like the cancellation of Timeless, division in Star Wars fandom, biggest surprises, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, The Mandalorian, Cassian Andor series, and a Constable Zuvio award for A Wrinkle in Time and Star Wars Resistance. Plus what they’re looking forward to in 2019.

Podcast Network: Skywalking Through Neverland
Runtime: 1 hour 24 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Richard, and Sarah
Rating: Good

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1642 goes over New Year’s resolutions.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1644 is a preview of what’s to come for Star Wars television series in 2019.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1645 goes over the novels for 2019 and the lack of a journey to Episode IX.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1648 covers Star Wars video games, why their important, and what we might get in 2019.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1649 Allen goes over virtual reality stuff for 2019 and ponders about VR stuff for Celebration.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1650 goes over Disney+ and Bob Iger’s recent comments from his interview with Barrons. Great coverage if you haven’t heard the news already.

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

Star Wars Core World News: Episode 45 is part two of their year in review discussion as they go over comic arcs, Battlefront II, favorite rumors and more.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 37 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Adam, Grant, and Ben
Rating: Good

Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels: Episode 71 they talk about Christmas, news, IG-88 pick from Favreau, the composer for The Mandalorian, Todd Fisher’s comments, Celebration dioramas, upcoming books and comics, their thoughts on Celebration, Celebration guests, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Episode IX, and more as they preview what’s to come for 2019. Fun episode (and thanks for the shoutout, always appreciated!).

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 1 hour 30 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Dennis, Jay, and Taxus
Rating: Fun

Talk Star Wars: Episode 150 they talk about the holidays, a little Stranger Things, Star Wars kid’s books, Star Wars gifts, listener feedback, canon, visual storytelling, belt sanded Anakin, Mustafar fight, movie trivia, Episode IX, ships, the Rian Johnson trilogy, The Last Jedi, and multiple viewings. Lots of topics as they tackle listener questions, makes for a good episode.

Podcast Network: Star Wars Commonwealth
Runtime: 2 hours 4 minute
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Great
Hosts: Rob, and Brad
Rating: Good

Talking To Myself: Episode 11 is James’ New Year’s episode as he talks with Hank the Engineer, Billy the Intern, what he got for Christmas, some stuff on the podcast, and part three of his interview with Dave Filoni as they talk painting and the essence of evil. Then James and Bob read through listener emails, and some other voices drop in. Plus sleeping tricks. Good episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 35 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: James Arnold Taylor
Rating: Good

TechnoRetro Dads: 4000 Resolutions for the New Year PLUS Arcade 1UP and Super NES they talk movies, New Years resolution jokes, feedback, what stood out in 2018, Simon robot, Stranger Things 3, They Live 30th Anniversary, cereal, Arcade 1UP and Super NES. Fun episode as always as they talk things old and new.

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

The Deucecast Movie Show: Episode 360 includes special guest Jeremy Burgess. First they talk a little about movies and movie making, then they hit movie anniversaries for the month, and their main discussion is their lumps of coal for 2018 – the movies they saw last year that weren’t so good. Great movie discussion and they keep it fun.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 1 hour 18 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Great
Hosts: Dave, Mikey, and Dr. Earl
Rating: Fun

The Nerd Room: Episode 150 they discuss Aquaman, spoiler free at first as they go over their initial thoughts, then 23 minutes in their spoiler discussion begins. They talk about choice of the director, them doing a proper origin story, the CGI, the lack of references to other DC movies, the characters, and they breakdown the film. Great discussion.

Podcast Network: Star Wars Commonwealth
Runtime: 1 hour 57 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Tim, Troy, and Sunjay
Rating: Great

The Resistance Broadcast: A Look Forward at 2019 in Star Wars! they talk television, Cassian Andor series, The Mandalorian, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, tacking shots, deep dives and more as they talk about what’s coming this year and address listener feedback.

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

The Skyhoppers Podcast: Episode CXVIII they talk about super weapons in Star Wars, mostly, and the usual amount of tangents along the way. They touch on the Death Stars, Starkiller Base, world devastators, the galaxy gun, the mass shadow generator, the Darksaber, and the thought bomb.

Podcast Network: Star Wars Commonwealth
Runtime: 1 hour 6 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Ben, and Ash
Rating: Good

TSW Roundtable: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back features Rob, Adam (Retro Inc.), and Tim (The Nerd Room) as they talk about what they like and love in regards to ESB. They touch on the important themes and elements, and even the toys. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Star Wars Commonwealth
Runtime: 1 hour 5 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Editing: Excellent
Host: Rob Cast
Rating: Good

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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