Podcasts in Review

March 14, 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. Lot of good interviews this week so be sure to read through the reviews to see what’s out there.

This Week’s Top Five

  1. Lords of the Sith Podcast Episode 19
  2. Blast Points Podcast Episode 162
  3. Fly Casual Episode 216
  4. Brews and Blasters Episode 199
  5. Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels Episode 75.2

Honorable Mentions

  • Skywalking Through Neverland Episode 240 includes a conversation with Amy Ratcliffe about Galaxy’s Edge.
  • Coffee With Kenobi Episode 264 is part two of Dan’s Galaxy’s Edge conversation with Clayton Sandell.
  • Star Wars Report Episode 370 also includes a Galaxy’s Edge discussion but with Anthony Breznican who was also there.

Now here is this week’s Podcasts in Review…

Blast Points Podcast: Episode 162 features guest Tom Spina as they talk about The Richard Pryor Show Star Wars bar skit. They talk about the history of the show which only had four episodes, and they go in deep on the masks and costumes of the aliens. Tom points out the use of costumes from The Planet of the Apes, which masks were used and where in Star Wars, the mystery behind Muftak in pants, and more. Fun episode. Tom also reveals that there will be a new cantina panel and the upcoming Star Wars Celebration, and he talks about what other panels he’ll be on.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 10 minute
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Jason, and Gabe
Rating: Fun

Brews and Blasters: Episode 199 they talk about spice rubs, planned meetup at Celebration, and they watch the “Star Wars Always” super trailer. Then they talk about the Obi-Wan Kenobi series rumor, and the more far fetched Lando and Q’ira series, and Finn and Poe series rumors. They talk about Alan Tudyk’s comments on the Cassian series, Star Wars TV production in the UK, production on The Mandalorian wrapping, Galaxy’s Edge staff costumes, Episode IX filming done, the wrap photo, and rumored big change for Star Wars comics. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 1 hour 4 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Joe, and Chris
Rating: Fun

Coffee With Kenobi: Episode 264 starts off with Dan talking about renumbering the episodes, then there is part two of Dan’s conversation with Clayton Sadell going over Galaxy’s Edge. They talk about the Rise of the Resistance attraction, the cantina, drinks, restaurants, gift shops and food. Great episode.

Podcast Network: Coffee With Kenobi
Runtime: 49 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Dan Zehr
Rating: Great

Comic Book Noob: Jigsaw discusses the villain from Netflix’s Punisher season 2 and compares and contrasts that version to the comic version. They talk about the character’s comic origins, his looks, lack of super powers, and there are some spoilers for season 2 if you haven’t watched all of it yet. Plus reading recommendation. Great episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 21 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Scott, Matt, and Regina
Rating: Great

Doing Talking: Episode 37 goes over Star Wars Resistance “Decent” with a breakdown of the episode and a good discussion of the characters, the action, and the highlights.

Podcast Network: The Audio Geekdom
Runtime: 39 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Madison Thames
Rating: Good

DorkLair: Episode 81 Bill and Chris talk a little about the Jabba’s sail barges people have started getting, then Larry jumps on and they go over Yoda News, Hot Toys, Red Skull, and other stuff. Then they review the S.H. Figuarts Revenge of the Sith Obi-Wan Kenobi figure. Great review. Good episode.

Podcast Network: RetroZap
Runtime: 48 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Great
Hosts: Bill, Chris, and Larry
Rating: Good

Fly Casual: Episode 215 has a bit of a long intro, but eventually they get to the Benioff and Weiss news, Alan Tudyk’s latest comments, a Game of Thrones tangent, some drinking jokes, they talk about the Cassian show, Episode IX wrap party, Mandalorian wrapped, and all the Toy Fair Star Wars news. Lots of tangents in this one, but fun episode. There is some adult language in this one.

Podcast Network: Betterkind Media
Runtime: 1 hour 39 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Corey, Garrick, Mike, and Steve
Rating: Fun

Fly Casual: Episode 216 they talk Shoney’s, pen pals, and they go over the Han Solo – Imperial Cadet comic, as well as the Solo: A Star Wars Story comic adaptation. The glee club has some new Star Wars Resistance musical reviews and they talk some Star Wars Resistance. Then they discuss Rian Johnson, Star Wars, marketing, and the importance of Legends. Good discussion. Good episode. Love the musical reviews.

Podcast Network: Betterkind Media
Runtime: 1 hour 30 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Corey, Garrick, Mike, and Steve
Rating: Good

Galactic War Report: Episode 145 is hosted by Sean and special guest shinronin as they talk about Celebration plans, the release of the Ebon Hawk, stats and strategies, then Grandivory joins them as they go over the Mod Optimizer. He talks about creating the site, and really gets into the behind the scenes on how it works, as well as some tips for using it. They cap off with who they’re grinding. Good episode. Lot of info.

Podcast Network: Radio Free Tatooine
Runtime: 1 hour 23 minutes
Audio Quality: Good
Production Quality: Great
Host: John, and Sean
Rating: Good

Geeky Bubble: Episode 126 features an interview with Mark Von Ohlen from Topps who talks about the 20th anniversary of Star Wars Celebration, prepping for it, securing talent for the show, what the autograph process is, combo photos, pictures available to be autographed, displaying photos and autograph tips. Good episode.

Podcast Network: The Star Wars Escape Pods Network
Runtime: 44 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Johnamarie, and Maria
Rating: Good

Geeky Bubble: Episode 127 their question of the week is pet peeves, then they move on to talk about #RebelsRemembered day and Dave Filoni’s new sketch. They talk about Celebration and the animation panels, then they move on to Star Wars Resistance “Decent.” They talk about absolute order, the Bucket death fake out, Tam’s obliviousness, and Agent Tierney. Plus listener feedback. Good episode.

Podcast Network: The Star Wars Escape Pods Network
Runtime: 1 hour 7 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Johnamarie, and Maria
Rating: Good

Grand Moff Talkin’: Episode 88 Jake and Riley talk about Mark Hamill and Star Wars, listener email, Solo and The Last Jedi, expectations for The Mandalorian, Thor, Marvel, and not worrying about Star Wars, whether there will be an Episode X, and they talk about their favorite Jedi like Kyle Katarn, Rey and Kanan. Good episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 19 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Jake, Jazmine, and Riley
Rating: Good

Kanata’s Castle: Episode 51 they talk Celebration art, Neeku’s food song and other Star Wars Resistance stuff, Galaxy’s Edge info, food and drinks, the “Star Wars Always” super trailer, Anakin in Battlefront II, and Celebration info. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 1 hour 1 minute
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Becca, and Devon
Rating: Fun

Lords of the Sith Podcast: Episode 19 Denise, Lee and Mary talk about masculinity and femininity in The Last Jedi as they focus on Kylo Ren and Luke Skywalker. They talk about the hyper masculinity of Darth Vader, Kylo’s role model, as well as Kylo Ren’s gentleness, Oedipal complex, rejecting father figures, his trouble establishing his own identity, lacking Han’s charm, but having Anakin’s anger. Then they switch gears to discuss Luke, his compassion, his lack of compassion in The Last Jedi, and the lack of justification in The Last Jedi for why he stayed on the island. They also talk about how the Crait scene was not enough to make up for his earlier actions in the movie, and how the broom boy epilogue compounds the issue with Luke. Very interesting discussion. Great episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 40 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Denise, Lee, and Mary
Rating: Great

Magic on a Dollar: Episode 37 goes over news, stuff in Europe, gondolas, Galaxy’s Edge opening dates and upcoming shareholder meeting, and park info. Good episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 31 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Dave
Rating: Good

Magic on a Dollar: Episode 38 is a Walk Disney quote episode on uniqueness.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 4 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Dave
Rating: Good

Making Tracks: Making Tracks at Capital Sci-Fi 2019: Warwick and Annabelle Davis Panel they talk about their work on the Harry Potter movies, Warwick talks about how the conductor became Flitwick, and about halfway through they switch to Star Wars – which they both worked on as well. Warwick also touches on Willow. Good panel.

Podcast Network: Fantha Tracks Radio
Runtime: 32 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Great
Hosts: Dave, and Mark
Rating: Good

Making Tracks: Galaxy’s Edge with Amy Ratcliffe Mark talks with Amy about Galaxy’s Edge, what her experience was like there, what the park has to offer, and food and beverages. Then Mark talks with Mike Quinn at Capital Sci-Fi Con who touches on the autobiography he’s writing. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Fantha Tracks Radio
Runtime: 39 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Great
Hosts: Dave, and Mark
Rating: Good

Pods & Ends: Episode 13 they go over their Netflix and chill stuff, what their reading, current music jams, games their playing, and then they discuss the Jurassic Park franchise. They talk a little about the book versus the first movie, their favorite scenes, themes, and whether it could ever really happen. Most of the focus is on the first movie (positive) and the last two movies (good and negative). Not too deep of a dive, but good episode.

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

Rebel Force Radio: Episode 3.8.2019 they dive deep into whether or not the Jedi broke the law in trying to overthrow Palpatine which turns into a really interesting discussion as Bill Mac defends the Jedi and Jimmy puts them in the hot seat. Billy has to leave after that, but Jimmy and Jason carry on. They talk about the Hasbro retro line, The Phantom Menace Celebration exclusive figures, the hyperreal line, and Jabba’s playset. They also talk about the Holdo 8 figure case assortment and finding figures. They they touch on Oscar Isaac’s comments on Episode IX, and Mark Hamill’s comments on Star Wars. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Rebel Force Radio
Runtime: 1 hour 56 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Jason, and Jimmy
Rating: Good

Skywalking Through Neverland: Episode 240 they talk Galaxy’s Edge, the app, the rides, the food and drinks, and collectibles. About 37 minutes in, they’re joined by Amy Ratcliffe who talks about her first hand experience at Galaxy’s Edge, what the food tasted like, the Fuzzy Tauntaun and more. Great discussion.

Podcast Network: Skywalking Through Neverland
Runtime: 1 hour 17 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Richard, and Sarah
Rating: Great

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1708 goes over Galaxy’s Edge opening dates, and a brief description of the Episode IX footage shown on the Disney shareholder’s call.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1709 is a Celebration update episode.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1710 discusses the vote brigading for Captain Marvel.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1713 goes over Oscar Isaac’s interview on the Today Show, and George Lucas’ visit to the Game of Thrones set.

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

Star Wars Bookworms: Episode 99 they share some non-spoiler thoughts on Queen’s Shadow (review episode to come at a later date), they talk about Galaxy’s Edge, opening dates, and some of the info on the parks. Disney Vault going away, animation panels announced for Star Wars Celebration, then they review Lando’s Luck (which they go into spoilers for). Good review. Good episode.

Podcast Network:  2nd Airborne Division
Runtime: 1 hour 1 minute
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Teresa, and Aaron
Rating: Good

Star Wars Report: Episode 370 features Riley, Mark and Bruce as they go over the Galaxy’s Edge news. About 30 minutes in, they’re joined by EW’s Anthony Breznican who was able to visit Galaxy’s Edge and shares the first hand details. Great discussion and definitely a good one to check out. Afterwards they talk about the Darth Vader comics. Nice meaty discussion there.

Podcast Network:  2nd Airborne Division
Runtime: 1 hour 23 minutes
Audio Quality: Good to Great
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Bruce, Mark, and Riley
Rating: Great

Star Wars Report: Episode 371 Riley, Bruce, Mark and Teresa Delgado talk about the deleted scene from Revenge of the Sith that was recently trending where Anakin speaks droid, then they talk Galaxy’s Edge. They go over the opening dates and their thoughts on crowds and when they’ll go to see it. Afterwards they talk Celebration, then they finish their discussion of the Darth Vader comics with their recap of Darth Vader #25 (spoilers). Teresa also shares her non-spoiler thoughts on Queen’s Shadow and why you should check it out. Fun episode.

Podcast Network:  2nd Airborne Division
Runtime: 58 minutes
Audio Quality: Good to Great
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Bruce, Mark, and Riley
Rating: Fun

Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels: Episode 75.1 they go over Star Wars Resistance “Descent.” They break down the episode, the action, and the character moments. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 39 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Dennis, Jay, and Taxus
Rating: Good

Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels: Episode 75.2 Jay interviews artist Michael Pasquale who talks about his career and how he went from product development and designing toys, to video games, to working on Star Wars. He talks about the importance of social media, his fandom, and his artwork. This was prior to the reveal of his Star Wars Celebration print, so he doesn’t get to go into too much detail on it, but great interview. Definitely check out his work on Tumblr as he’s done some awesome artwork.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 43 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Dennis, Jay, and Taxus
Rating: Great

Talk Star Wars: Episode 159 is hosted by Rob and Brad as they talk Star Wars books, Star Wars coding, they go over the Star Wars Resistance roundup (which is spoiler free), thoughts on Luke and The Last Jedi, Star Wars music new and old, and how the Holdo maneuver breaks the universe. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Star Wars Commonwealth
Runtime: 1 hour 28 minutes
Audio Quality: Good
Production Quality: Good
Hosts: Brad, Carlos, and Rob
Rating: Good

Talking Bay 94: Episode 32 features an interview with artist Christian Alzmann who talk about getting a job right out of art school at ILM, his art styles, working in 3D, projects he’s worked on, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, working on The Force Awakens, Luke’s designs, Star Wars Rebels work, BB-8 designs, Han Solo, and Rogue One. Good interview.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 50 minutes
Audio Quality: Good
Production Quality: Great
Host: Brandon Wainerdi
Rating: Good

TechnoRetro Dads: Video Game Cartoons make a Splash on Saturday Mornings they talk about LeVar Burton, Wheel of Fortune, cereal jokes, cereal, video game cartoons, the movie Splash, and they wrap up with their Star Wars scrapbook segment covering this week in Star Wars history. 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 369 is a reflicktions episode as Dave, Mikey and Dr. Earl go over all the movies they’ve recently seen. They talk about Happy Death Day and Happy Death Day 2U, Deadpool 2, The Lucky Ones, The Strangers and The Strangers: Prey at Night, lots of documentaries, Thunder Road, Alita: Battle Angel, Captain Marvel (both positive and negative thoughts), Abducted in Plain Sight, The Longriders, After Hours, Three Identical Strangers, Last Flag Flying, Blue Velvet, Dumpling, Private Life, Fighting With My Family, Paddleton, JFK, Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, Tully, and Leaving Neverland. They stay spoiler free on everything so it’s a good way to find ideas for new movies to watch (new and old). Good episode.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 1 hour 29 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Dave, Mikey, and Dr. Earl
Rating: Good

The Geek Supreme: Captain Marvel and the Other Captain Marvel Named Shazam first they go over their code names for the episode which adds a fun element to the whole thing. Then they go over the Future Tomato scores for Captain Marvel and they discuss the movie (spoiler free). They talk about the trailer for Cobra Kai season 2, new trailer for Shazam, info on Lord of the Rings series which will be set during the second age, and they play a Lord of the Rings game. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 52 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Jeff, Regina, Scott, and Taxus
Rating: Fun

The JATcast: Episode 20 James talks about Obi-Wan’s “Hello there” line, memes, intro’s with Billy the intern, the word “literally”, bullies and bullying, and voice for the Minions. Good episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 24 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: James Arnold Taylor
Rating: Good

The Kazuda Kast: “Descent” is hosted by Dominic and Ben and features guest Alex from Star Wars Explained as they share their general thoughts on Star Wars Resistance then dive into the episode “Descent.” They talk about the characters, possibilities, great moments in the episode, the great use of characters, and more. Very positive discussion. Felt a little long but excellent sound quality. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Star Wars Underworld
Runtime: 1 hour 7 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Ben, and Dominic
Rating: Good

The Skyhoppers: Episode CXXXVII goes over some of the inside jokes for the podcast and other stories, then they discuss Skywalkers. They talk about Anakin the bad father, how the Skywalkers are all dead now, Anakin’s creation, whether the galaxy would be better off without them, the mistakes of the Skywalkers, the legacy of the Skywalkers being one of failure, and Cade Skywalker from Legends. Good episode.

Podcast Network: But Why Tho
Runtime: 1 hour 23 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Ben, and Ash
Rating: Good

What The Force?: Myth & Myth Making in Star Wars with Ken Liu they talk about myths, national myths, the god myth, ownership of myths, rhyming in myths, myths about myths, unreliable narrators, and the Legends of Luke Skywalker book. There’s a lot of discussion of myths in this episode from a higher level, almost philosophical perspective with less emphasis on the actual stories of the myths. This also draws a lot of the discussion away from Star Wars, though they do talk Star Wars and draw it back to Star Wars every now and then. Not my particular area of interest, but others might dig it.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 3 minutes
Audio Quality: Good
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Marie-Claire Gould
Rating: Okay

Wookiee Radio: Episode 102 they talk about Star Wars loot crates, some Star Wars Resistance, then head into Galaxy’s Edge as they go over all the news and details. They talk about the rides, build your own lightsaber, droid depot, pet shop, toy shop, the den of antiquities, First Order cargo shop, Resistance supply, the food and the beverages. Good episode. While the Galaxy’s Edge news is a big topic showing up on a lot of podcasts, everyone has their own thoughts and opinions on the news, as well as their excitement.

Podcast Network: We Be Geeks Network
Runtime: 59 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Derrick, Ken, and Mike 
Rating: Good

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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