Podcasts in Review

February 28, 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. Blast Points Podcast Episode 159
  2. The Sandcrawler Episode 68
  3. Blast Points Podcast Episode 160
  4. Skywalking Through Neverland Episode 239
  5. The Sandcrawler Episode 69

Honorable Mentions

  • Adolescence After Alderaan Special: Anniversary Episode celebrates their first year anniversary (congratulations!).
  • Coffee With Kenobi Episode 166 includes an interview with Star Wars Celebration artist Joe Corroney.
  • Fangirls Going Rogue Priority Transmission #12 includes an interview with Star Wars Resistance voice actress Suzie McGrath (Tam).

Now here is this week’s Podcasts in Review…

Adolescence After Alderaan: Special: Anniversary Episode features special guest Angus as they talk about their excitement for Galaxy’s Edge, their least favorite and favorite Star Wars Legends books, the characters, thoughts on their first year of podcasting, Star Wars Legends tattoo ideas, some casting fun for Legends characters and more. Good episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 53 minutes
Audio Quality: Good
Production Quality: Good
Hosts: Caroline, and Meg
Rating: Good

Blast Points Podcast: Episode 159 is a special crossover podcast with the Skytalkers’ Caitlin and Charlotte. They talk Star Wars and have fun asking each other questions like rejected podcast names, favorite Star Wars theories that were wrong, podcasting and friendship, what keeps them coming back to Star Wars, Dooku vs Lady Proxima, having Rian Johnson over for dinner, favorite tentacle monster, what they want for Episode IX, future of Star Wars animation, their sound library, snacks for Celebration, Star Wars food, and escape rooms. Great episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 32 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Jason, and Gabe
Rating: Great

Blast Points Podcast: Episode 160 they go over rumors and stuff, no episode IX title yet, more Obi-Wan rumors which might be a TV show now, Episode IX filming wrapped picture, the wrap party, Celebration news, The Phantom Menace anniversary panel, and then they do their Blast Points Star Wars Awards show. Categories include best opening crawl, best Separatist droid, best Jedi mind trick, best kiss, best creature fest, Han’s best jacket, best Clone Wars season, best feet, best trailer, best Neimoidian and more. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 4 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Jason, and Gabe
Rating: Fun

Brews and Blasters: Episode 196 they talk mushroom pizzas, chapstick, Chris’ birthday, love affairs in Star Wars, love for Star Wars animated shows, listener feedback, and the bucket of ribs. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 1 hour 8 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Joe, and Chris
Rating: Fun

Brews and Blasters: Episode 197 they talk about how Bill Harvest sounds like Michael Caine, they touch on Alan Tudyk’s comments, Diamond Select Toys buying Gentle Giant, The Art of Star Wars Rebels book, Celebration, Anthony Daniels, Benioff and Weiss news, Keri Hart now just a consultant for Lucasfilm, nee’em got’em with 1:45 scale ligthsabers, Boba Fett archives collection, and they touch on the hyper real figure rumor (pre-announcement). Fun episode.

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

Coffee With Kenobi: Episode 166 Dan speaks with artist Joe Corroney about his work on Star Wars, the WEG roleplaying game, go to characters, the Celebration experience, and some tips. In the news segment, Dan and Tom talk about Celebration guests, Triple Force Friday, and lightsaber fencing. Dan wraps up the episode with his son Mason as they talk about Attack of the Clones. Fun discussion.

Podcast Network: Coffee With Kenobi
Runtime: 1 hour 4 minutes
Audio Quality: Good to Excellent
Production Quality: Great
Hosts: Dan Zehr
Rating: Fun

Comic Book Noob: The Doom Patrol they talk about what they are, thoughts on the name, comic origins of the team, the characters, Cyborg, Robotman, similarity to X-Men, Crazy Jane, Elasti-Girl, and their reading recommendations. Good episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 27 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Scott, Matt, and Regina
Rating: Good

DorkLair: Episode 79 is hosted by Bill and Larry as they talk Toy Fair news, Super7, Masters of the Universe, McFarlane, exclusives, Batman stuff, Hasbro Star Wars items, S.H. Figuarts, Hot Toys and more. Then they review the C-3PO The Force Awakens S.H. Figuarts figure. Good episode.

Podcast Network: RetroZap
Runtime: 1 hour 16 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Great
Hosts: Bill, Chris, and Larry
Rating: Good

Fangirls Going Rogue: Priority Transmission #12 they talk Star Wars Resistance, CB-23, BB-8, their favorite moments in the show so far, who they relate to the most, favorite characters, angry Tam, what they want with Tam, and then at 27 minutes in they have their interview with Suzie McGrath who voices Tam for the show. She talks about her Star Wars fandom, favorite collectible, working on the show and with the other actors, and more. Good interview.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 55 minutes
Audio Quality: Good to Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Sarah, Teresa, and Tricia
Rating: Good

Full of Sith: Episode CCCV features guests Mollie and Alex from Star Wars Explained as they talk about how they got into Star Wars and YouTube, connections in Star Wars media, stuff they’re into, what they would like to see, toys and lack thereof, Galaxy’s Edge and more. Good episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 7 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Bryan, and Holly
Rating: Good

Galactic War Report: Episode 128 is an older episode, but it covers the Nightsisters. They talk leader strategies (Talzin vs Ventress), team builds, Acolyte, Talia, what they’re weak against, how to beat them, and territory battles. They also talk about thoughts on a Revan event, current meta, and some incorrect predictions on Revan.

Podcast Network: Radio Free Tatooine
Runtime: 56 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Great
Host: John, and Sean
Rating: Good

Galactic War Report: Episode 143 they talk about the new droids, Grievous rework, the build up and reaction, his poor leader abilities, removing stacks from B1, and thoughts on droid and Grievous reworks.

Podcast Network: Radio Free Tatooine
Runtime: 1 hour 2 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Great
Host: John, and Sean
Rating: Good

Geeky Bubble: Episode 124 goes over Star Wars Resistance “The Core Problem.” They talk about the First Order and history, coring out the planets and the probable use of the mining laser, how the timeline works, Tam’s actions and portrayal, whether the planet might have been Tehar, and listener feedback. Good episode.

Podcast Network: The Star Wars Escape Pods Network
Runtime: 50 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Johnamarie, and Maria
Rating: Good

Kessel Run Weekly: The Legacy of Anakin Skywalker they go over news, wants for Episode IX, Celebration, Triple Force Friday, video games, and their main topic – Anakin Skywalker. They talk about his feelings as a Jedi, his attachment to his mom, Obi-Wan, Padme, his relationship with Palpatine and more. Good discussion.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 20 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Danny, and Kristen
Rating: Good

Lords of the Sith Podcast: Episode 18 is hosted by Denise and Lee as they talk about Kylo Ren and how he can redeem himself. They discuss the need for him to pay, to have to earn his happy ending, his act of patricide, what they would like to see and more. Good discussion, though I have to admit I’m still not sold that we’ve seen anything redeemable in Kylo Ren in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi as both movies seem to lean very heavily on him going further down the path of a villain.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 52 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Denise, Lee, and Mary
Rating: Good

Making Tracks: Making Tracks at Capital Sci-Fi 2019 is the audio from the Star Wars New Ages panel featuring a bunch of guests including Katy Kartwheel, Jerome Black, Rony Bridges, Kirran Sha, and Arie Decker. Each talks about their work on Star Wars and shares some fun stories. Kind of hard to hear as they audio isn’t the best (nasty echo in the room), but it’s one of those cases where it’s better to have the audio and share it than not to have it at all.

Podcast Network: Fantha Tracks Radio
Runtime: 37 minutes
Audio Quality: So-So
Production Quality: So-So
Hosts: Dave, and Mark
Rating: Okay

Obroa-skai Walkers: MedStar II: Jedi Healer – Chapters 33-End they talk Legends authors and Children of the Jedi, then switch gears 14 minutes in to finish up their discussion of Jedi Healer.

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

Pods & Ends: Episode 12 features guest Michael Miller as Bryan and Shelby talk with him about emo music, movies, Velvet Buzzsaw (which they didn’t like), then they talk comics. They ponder why more comics get turned into movies than animated films, they talk Marvel Netflix shows and DC television shows, digital comics, the issues with comic book stores and more. Some good discussions. No Phil or Sophie on this one.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 2 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Great
Hosts: Bryan, Phil, Shelby, and Sophie
Rating: Good

Rebel Force Radio: Episode 2.22.2019 is hosted by Jimmy and features guest Billy Mac as they share their thoughts on Star Wars TV shows, Celebration past and present, plans for the RFR live show in Chicago for Celebration, listener email, Maul and Crimson Dawn thoughts, and thoughts on Rey. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Rebel Force Radio
Runtime: 2 hours 3 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Jason, and Jimmy
Rating: Good

Skytalkers: The Complexities of Rogue One they talk about their feelings on Rogue One, compare it to the other Star Wars films, compare Jyn and Luke, lots of praise for the music, Rogue One vs Solo, they discuss Saw Gerrera, Jyn, Cassian and the cause, Jyn and her parents, Bodhi the traitor, whether Rogue One is accessible, the Vader scene, Chopper and Hera, and their favorite scenes. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Star Wars Escape Pods Network
Runtime: 1 hour 33 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Caitlin, and Charlotte
Rating: Good

Skywalking Through Neverland: Episode 239 they talk Celebration, farewell to The Monkees’ Peter Tork, quick spoiler free review for Captain Marvel (very positive) and getting to meet Goose the cat, then 34 minutes in they have their interview with Tim Donaldson who was one of the kids who played a Jawa in A New Hope for the pick up shots in Death Valley. He talks about that experience, the costume, seeing R2’s head fall off, seeing the Bantha elephant, and he talks about doing conventions and meeting people like Mads Mikkelsen. Great interview.

Podcast Network: Skywalking Through Neverland
Runtime: 1 hour 21 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Richard, and Sarah
Rating: Great

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1694 goes over the Star Wars By the Numbers videos on the Star Wars Kids YouTube channel.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1695 goes over J.J. Abram’s interview with Entertainment Tonight.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1696 goes over Anthony Daniels’ recent tweets.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1697 features part one of an interview with composer Ryan Shore who has worked on Galaxy of Heroes and Forces of Destiny. He talks about his start in music, and the work he’s done.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 22 minutes
Audio Quality: Good
Production Quality: Good
Host: Allen Voivod
Rating: Good

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1699 goes over Star Wars Resistance “The Disappeared.” Good episode discussion. Note this one was recorded outside in New York, so there’s some back ground noise in this one but not bad at all, more atmospheric than anything.

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

Star Wars Report: Episode 369 is hosted by Riley and Bruce and includes special guest Scott Ryfun as they go over news, J.J. Abrams’ recent interview, Alan Horn on Episode IX, Toy Fair news, and they talk comics, comic sales numbers, comic recommendations, and a little Star Wars in concert. Good episode.

Podcast Network:  2nd Airborne Division
Runtime: 56 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Great
Hosts: Riley, and Bruce
Rating: Good

Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels: Episode 74 they talk about what they’ve been up to, go over new Celebration guests announced, thoughts on autographs and photo-ops, then they do part two of the lightsaber duels discussion where they narrow it down to a champion. Plus Taxus has a saberclash. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 1 hour 31 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Dennis, Jay, and Taxus
Rating: Good

Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels: Episode 74.1 they go over Star Wars Resistance “The Core Problem” as they talk about the science issues in the episode, they discuss the probe droid, Kaz’s shooting technique, thoughts on Tam and escalating tension, and more. Great episode breakdown and discussion.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 41 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Dennis, Jay, and Taxus
Rating: Great

Talk Star Wars: Episode 157 Rob and Brad talk a little DC and Batman, go over Vusivi’s Resistance recap, TV/movie thoughts on KOTOR, characters who shouldn’t get a TV series, issues n Star Wars, and interesting bits in The Last Jedi. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Star Wars Commonwealth
Runtime: 1 hour 33 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Great
Hosts: Brad, Carlos, and Rob
Rating: Good

TechnoRetro Dads: Star Trek IV and Time-Traveling Whales they go over jokes, news, cereal, and talk sci-fi movies and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home with guest Jovial Jay (Jedi Journals). Then they talk Reaction toys and Toy Fair stuff. 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 367 they talk about the Oscars who they would have picked, then they do their spring movie preview as they go over all the movies coming out this spring, and they talk about what they’re looking forward to. Good show.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 53 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Dave, Mikey, and Dr. Earl
Rating: Good

The Sandcrawler: Episode 68 features guest Jake Stevens as they talk New York Toy Fair, Triple Force Friday, new toys, Hasbro Pulse, Hasbro vintage reproduction line and whether it’s a good thing or bad thing, hyperreal figures, The Phantom Menace re-releases, and new vintage collection figures. They also talk about Jabba’s sail barge and people pre-selling them. Great episode. Fun discussion.

Podcast Network: Star Wars Commonwealth
Runtime: 2 hours 34 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Great
Host: Dan, and Mac
Rating: Great

The Sandcrawler: Episode 69 features guest Matt Cardona (WWE’s Zack Ryder) as they talk Star Wars and collecting. Matt talks about his Star Wars fandom, collecting the Power of the Force 2 line, what he chooses to collect and skip, thoughts on the archive series, his Ghostbusters collection, the POTF2 vehicles and stickers, thoughts on replacement stickers and reproduction figures, the newly revealed Star Wars repo line, TPM anniversary figures, Galaxy’s Edge, favorite Star Wars movies, and they go over all the villains from the 1997 wave of POTF2 figures. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: Star Wars Commonwealth
Runtime: 2 hours 19 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Great
Host: Dan, and Mac
Rating: Fun

The Skyhoppers Podcast: Episode CXXXV they discuss Thrawn, his Chiss name, getting him back in canon, Ezra, Thrawn and the Unknown Regions, his Legends and canon traits, the original Thrawn, disappointment with Thrawn: Alliances, whether they will ever bring in the Vong, how much should they explore the Unknown Regions, and Episode IX thoughts. Good episode.

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

What The Force?: Film Noir in Attack of the Clones & the Prequel Era features guest Marck as they talk about the genre of film noir, the elements in AOTC, Obi-Wan as the hard boiled detective, the purpose of noir, Dex, the third man, flaw institutions, thoughts on other Star Wars media (TCW, books, films), and their favorite noir films. Good episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 55 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Marie-Claire Gould
Rating: Good

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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