Podcasts in Review

February 7, 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. Full of Sith Episode CCCI
  2. Talking Bay 94 Episode 28
  3. Skywalking Through Neverland Episode 237
  4. The Resistance Broadcast George Lucas Hates Mara Jade and Other Fun Star Wars Anecdotes With J.W. Rinzler
  5. What The Force? What the Fandom: A Star Wars Comic

Honorable Mentions

Now here is this week’s Podcasts in Review…

Blast Points Podacast: Episode 157 continues their celebration of Phantom Menace Year as they go over the sounds of The Phantom Menace. They talk about Ben Burt, digital technology, Matt Wood, and they go through the TPM sounds from The Sound of Star Wars book with all the little behind the scenes tidbits on the sounds. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 46 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Jason, and Gabe
Rating: Fun

Comic Book Noob: Constantine they talk about the character’s first appearance in Swamp Thing, being part of the Mystic Universe, its run at Indigo as Hellbazer, Constantine’s powers and personality, appearing under the DC log, highlights of significant events, being in a punk rock band, New 52 history, the movie and TV shows, and reading recommendations. No Regina in this episode but great episode nonetheless.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 25 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Scott, Matt, and Regina
Rating: Great

Faking Star Wars Radio: Mike’s Tiny Shop & Star Wars Costumes Storm Duper and IG-69 kicks things off, there’s a Vader’s Shards song, Duel of the Fakes, leaks and rumors on Benioff and Weiss, they go over Solo’s Oscar nomination, then Storm Duper is joined by guest Mike of Mike’s Tiny Shop as they talk about the AT-AT horse costume he made. They also talk The Last Jedi, Rogue One and props. Afterwards Storm Duper and IG-69 have some fun with product ads and costumes.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 27 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Great
Host: Storm Duper
Rating: Fun

Full of Sith: Episode CCCI Bryan and Holly are joined by guest Carolyn Cocca. She talks about her Star Wars fandom, her scholarly and law work, they talk about Padme, the 1970’s reception of Luke and Leia as a couple, Leia and feminism and misconceptions of feminism, Luke being a Mary Sue, looking at other sides of an issue, her book, The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and how Attack of the Clones has the most credited women of any Star Wars movie (around 30%). She talks stats on how much female representation there is, and what she’s looking forward to in Star Wars. Great discussion and great guest. Holly had a few minor audio issues but good audio quality overall.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 55 minutes
Audio Quality: Good
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Bryan, and Holly
Rating: Great

Full of Sith: Episode CCCIII features guest Johnmarie Macias as they talk with her about her Star Wars fandom, and her love for Star Wars animated shows. They talk Star Wars Resistance, go over the characters, and highlight various moments from the show. Plus they go over listener feedback. Good episode.

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

Glasgow University Comic Reading Group: Episode 28 features guest Carolyn Cocca, so if you listened to Full of Sith Episode CCCI and are looking to hear more from Carolyn, this one is worth a listen. They go over her history with comic books, Star Wars, the lack of female characters, the treatment of female super hero characters, how that has changed and how that hasn’t changed, the reasons for under representation, women helping the war effort in WWII, writing and reading comics, and being fired when the war ended. She talks about the flaws in how comic sales are monitored, the issues with comic book shops, gender roles, qualitative change, fridging, Green Lantern and The Killing Joke, the sexualization of female characters, female writers and artists, comic recommendations and more. Good discussion.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 55 minutes
Audio Quality: Good
Production Quality: Good
Host: Simon
Rating: Good

Jedi Journals: February 2019 they go over recent acquisitions, book and comic news, TIE Fighter comic, Jay and Dennis talk about the TIE Fighter comic news then discuss Star Wars TPB. Afterwards Jay and Chris talk about Pirate’s Price and go over upcoming stuff. Good episode.

Podcast Network: TheForce.net
Runtime: 1 hour 29 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Jay, and Chris
Rating: Good

Pods & Ends: Episode 9 they talk music, TV, streaming, sports, and games. Then they discuss anime. They talk about how they got into anime, their favorite animes, and they highlight a bunch of anime series you can check out. No Phil in this episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 13 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Bryan, Phil, Shelby, and Sophie
Rating: Good

Radio 1138: Episode 68 James solo hosts this one as the show returns but Gary will be joining him as a co-host on future episodes. In this episode, James talks with Warwick Davis and UK Toy Fair, then James talks with Tom Long and Ross Joseph about their 501st documentary Heroes of the Empire. They talk about what went into it, the work of the 501st Legion, and what they wanted to accomplish. James wraps up with podcast plans. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Jedi News Network
Runtime: 39 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Gary, and James
Rating: Good

Radio D’Qar: Resistance S1E13 The Doza Dilemma Review is hosted by Doug as he goes over Star Wars Adventures #17, then discusses Star Wars Resistance “The Doza Dilemma.” He talks about the pirates, Synara’s development, what she has been up to if she hasn’t been hanging out with Kaz or working for the pirates, the voice accents, the art, the pirate ship and more. Okay episode overall. Solo hosting a podcast can be pretty tricky since you don’t have anyone to bounce off of during the discussion. There’s some audio issues with noises on mic — some kind of tapping sound — so it could use a bit more editing. I also think that it could probably benefit from some very faint background music. Probably won’t be keeping this podcast in rotation but I may revisit at a later date.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 44 minutes
Audio Quality: Good
Production Quality: Good
Host: Doug
Rating: Okay

Radio Free Endor: Documenting the Empire goes over the new Ghostbusters teaser, the R5-D4 pic, and then Jamie talks with the creators of the Heroes of the Empire documentary Tom Long and Ross Joseph. There’s also a “Let if Flow” song that riffs off “Let it Go” from frozen. Good episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 2 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Jamie
Rating: Good

Rebel Force Radio: Episode 2.1.2019 they talk Super Bowl and trailers, Billy Mac is with them as they talk Celebration, go over listener feedback, discuss a Luke was already dead theory, and they talk about the Force, the afterlife, redemption and Force powers.

Podcast Network: Rebel Force Radio
Runtime: 2 hours 1 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Jason, and Jimmy
Rating: Good

Skywalking Through Neverland: Episode 237 they go over news, Galaxy’s Edge, Ithorian alien and comic series, new books, Oscar nominations, Zootopia Land coming to Shanghai Disneyland, then they talk again with guest Bryce Eller about his experience as Darth Vader. He talks about being at the Academy Awards, The Donnie and Marie Show, Grauman’s Chinese Theater event with Anthony Daniels, meeting Peter Mayhew and Dave Prowse, figuring out early on that Vader might be Luke’s dad, parades with Boba Fett, touring costumes, being considered for Empire Strikes Back, and what he did afterwards. Bryce shares some great stories. Be sure to hang around after the listener feedback as they have some bonus audio with Bryce.

Podcast Network: Skywalking Through Neverland
Runtime: 1 hour 46 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Richard, and Sarah
Rating: Great

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1672 could Rian Johnson’s next Star Wars movie be a comedy based on the cast and info for Knives Out.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1675 discusses the idea of a Skywalker saga loophole in that the Star Wars movies aren’t really the Skywalker saga, and what does it mean that Episode IX is the last movie in the Skywalker saga.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1676 goes over Star Wars Resistance “The First Order Occupation.”

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1677 goes over the lack of Star Wars title reveal at Super Bowl and speculates on when we will get it.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1678 goes over the latest Disney investor call which touched on the robustness of Disney+ and the state of video games.

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

Star Wars Loose Canon: Recreational Slick Boy they talk about drugs in Star Wars in this episode. They go over spice and its different varieties like glitter stim and ryll spice. They talk about the Nazis in WWII and their use of meth, the Empire’s use of spice for its troops, glit biters, Tempest, viruses, slick – a fermented seaweed, death sticks, luna weed, and there’s even a Marie Kondo tangent. Some fun discussions in this one.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 50 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Nick, and Patrick
Rating: Fun

Star Wars Minute: TFA 58 is hosted by Pete and Alex and features special guest host Chrysanthe Tan. In this minute of The Force Awakens, they discuss the flags outside Maz’s castle, the flag changes, Rey’s bag, the aliens in Maz’s castle, the Jabba Flow song, and Chewbacca being Maz’s boyfriend. It’s been a while since I’ve listened in, but the podcast is still going strong with great audio quality, production quality, and good discussions. If you haven’t listened to Star Wars Minute, they discuss all the Star Wars films minute-by-minute, so this one was minute 58 of The Force Awakens. You can go back and listen to all the older episodes as they’re timeless, but there’s a lot of minutes, so have fun. Guests hosts usually do a couple episodes before they switch up and have new guests on.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 34 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Alex, and Pete
Rating: Good

Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels: Episode 72.3 goes over Star Wars Resistance “The Doza Dilemma” as they breakdown the episode and talk about the characters, the pirates, nods and connections and more. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 1 hour 38 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Dennis, Jay, and Taxus
Rating: Good

Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels: Episode 73 goes over new Celebration guests, the Celebration poster, artists, thoughts on books, Alphabet Squadron, TIE Fighter comic series, then they discuss lightsaber duels (this being part 1 of their discussion). They talk about Luke vs Vader, Darth Maul vs Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan, Yoda vs Dooku and more. Plus there’s a new Cartax the Meh’nificent bit. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 1 hour 17 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Dennis, Jay, and Taxus
Rating: Good

Talking Bay 94: Episode 28 features a great interview with Howie Weed covering his career in Hollywood. He talks about getting into the movie industry, working on Gremlins, getting into special effects, working on Captain Eo, Caravan of Courage and doing some puppetry, being in Ghostbusters II, working on the Star Wars special editions, getting to create and be the wampa, being directed by George Lucas, the impact of Jurassic Park and switching to digital and computer graphics, working on The Phantom Menace, the podrace, working for Spielberg on A.I. and Minority Report, Revenge of the Sith, and switching to video game industry. Some great stories. Definitely worth listening to.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 11 minutes
Audio Quality: Good
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Brandon Wainerdi
Rating: Great

TechnoRetro Dads: Be Excellent to Each Other goes over jokes, The Dude commercial, Lost Boys TV show, Starship Troopers TV show being rumored, and the Bill & Ted sequel. Then they discuss the Bill & Ted movie and the video game. Plus listener feedback on G.I. Joe. Fun episode.

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 364 they talk about M. Night Shyamalan movies, play the Denzel movie game, then discuss their favorite Oscar winning movies. Good episode.

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

The Fanitarium: Rob Smith – Star Wars Gaming from LucasArts to EA features Rob Smith, the author of Rogue Leaders: The Story of LucasArts. Rob and Jeremiah talk about how LucasArts operated and the things they tried to do, the shifting presidents of the company, Star Wars 1313, issues with games, costs, other Star Wars games since Disney takeover, expectations, and game costs being secret. It’s an interesting look into the industry. Good episode.

Podcast Network: The Fanitarium
Runtime: 1 hour 6 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Jeremiah
Rating: Good

The Geek State Podcast: Now This Is Podcasting! they talk Star Trek Discovery and some other stuff, then dive into fake movie and TV sports. They discuss Starship Troopers jump ball, Star Wars podracing, the N64 game, the podracers, South Park BASEketball, Quidditch, and other sports. Not a lot of show prep, just some fun highlighting various sports for various movies. Afterwards they go over listener feedback, talk Indiana Jones, and food and restaurants. James’ audio is still a little wonky, but otherwise a good episode. Definitely has potential.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 48 minutes
Audio Quality: Good
Production Quality: Good
Hosts: Chris, and James
Rating: Good

The JATcast: Episode 15 James talks with Ferris at the Billiard Zone, covers various things, touches on Timeless, the movie The Vanishing, finishes up his interview segment series with Allen Arnold, talks about having a community, and goes over listener emails, Star Wars Weekends and shares a Frank Oz story.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 22 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: James Arnold Taylor
Rating: Good

The Resistance Broadcast: George Lucas Hates Mara Jade and Other Fun Star Wars Anecdotes With J.W. Rinzler they talk with author J.W. Rinzler about becoming a George Lucas fan, working for Lucasfilm, The Star Wars comic project, the Making of projects, working with Rick McCallum, they talk about George Lucas, Mara Jade, his reaction when they killed her off, his take on the Expanded Universe, working with Jar Jar in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars and movies in the 70’s, Hayden playing Vader in the redone Emperor scene in Empire Strikes Back, the cancellation of The Force Awakens making of book, and he mentions that he did read George’s treatments for Episodes VII, VIII, and IX. Great interview.

Podcast Network: N/A, 
Runtime: 1 hour 18 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: James, John, and Lacey
Rating: Great

The Skyhoppers Podcast: Episode CXXXII they talk about C-3PO, whether we’ll see an end for him in Episode, then they talk about who else might die in Episode IX, the Falcon, Fetts and slug rifles, who could play Boba in The Mandalorian, and thoughts on the Cassian Andor show. Not too tight of a focus in this one, but they have fun.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 3 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Ben, and Ash
Rating: Fun

TSW Comics: Issue 15 Rob and Tim talk comics, Jango Fett #1, Vader: Dark Visions, comic wants, Celebration, Darth Vader series, and they dive into Darth Vader #25 (spoilers) and give a complete breakdown of the issue and their thoughts. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Star Wars Commonwealth
Runtime: 1 hour 13 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Rob, and Tim
Rating: Good

Unmistakably Star Wars: Episode 168 Beks, Devin, Eve and Jeremy share their thoughts on the Super Bowl and Episode IX trailer, Richard E. Grant’s comments, Adam Driver’s comments, then they talk about Yoda and their favorite Yoda quotes. Excellent audio and production quality. Hosts have a very morning radio show vibe.

Podcast Network: Star Wars Escape Pods Network
Runtime: 1 hour 12 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Beks, Devin, Eve, and Jeremy
Rating: Good

What The Force?: What the Fandom: A Star Wars Comic features guests Alex Ray and Jim Mello as they talk about their web comic A Star Wars Comic, how it started, how Jim comes up with the stories, their ideas, the art, favorite moments and the fans. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 14 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Marie-Claire Gould
Rating: Fun

Wookiee Radio: Episode 98 they talk Star Wars collectibles, metal models, LEGO, Super Bowl and Disney commercials, Star Wars trailer speculation, Episode IX rumors and cameos, and they go over an article on changes to the films. Good episode.

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

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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