Podcasts in Review

March 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. Lots of episodes this week with Celebration tips, so if you’re looking for those, be sure to scan the episodes below.

This Week’s Top Five

  1. Card Trader Illuminerdy Star Wars Card Trader 4th Anniversary Special
  2. The Soundtrack Show The Empire Strikes Back: the Music Part I
  3. Kessel Run Weekly Season One Finale Review – Star Wars: Resistance
  4. Rebel Force Radio Episode 3.22.2019
  5. Grand Moff Talkin’ Episode 90

Honorable Mentions

  • Skywalking Through Neverland Episode 242 (good Celebration tips)
  • Lords of the Sith Podcast Episode 20
  • Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels Episode 76.2 (good tips for cosplayers heading to Celebration)

Now here is this week’s Podcasts in Review…

501stCast: Episode 115 they touch on the 501st election results, news, new costumes, new honorary members, troop reports, and they have on guest Amber to talk about Star Wars Celebration and the planned 501st events that will be taking place. She talks about how all seven fan clubs will be in the same place this year unlike previous Celebrations, she goes over the 501st Bash, the patch and coin swap event, the parade on Saturday and the banquet later on with the who shot Greedo murder mystery event, plus the droid hunt. Good episode.

Podcast Network: N/A 
Runtime: 1 hour
Audio Quality: Okay/Good
Production Quality: Good
Hosts: Joe, Marcus, Nicky, and Todd
Rating: Good

Brews and Blasters: Episode 201 they talk winter hat guy, a little Walking Dead, Crystal Star, Waru, Anakin Revenge of the Sith scene speaking droid, Oscar Isaac on Episode IX, Episode IX footage shown at shareholder’s meeting, Matt Smith not being in Episode IX, and some Galaxy’s Edge stuff as they go into the food and drinks. They talk about the Celebration meet-up, Celebration guests, go over listener feedback, and do some need’em got’em. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 1 hour 23 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Joe, and Chris
Rating: Fun

Card Trader Illuminerdy: Star Wars Card Trader 4th Anniversary Special is much more than just a discussion of Star Wars Card Trader, however, they do talk about the app’s 4th anniversary, Force scores, and cards for the new movies and TV shows. They also talk about Aayla Secura, being moved to tears by Queen’s Shadow, and some general, silly movie discussion and fun Star Wars stuff. They talk about the innovation of Fantasy Flight Games’ miniatures, to ridiculous, funny things like the practical effect of the Thala Siren’s teets, cat cards, non-Star Wars movies like Mission Impossible and Captain Marvel, and they bring it back to Star Wars with Galaxy’s of Adventure. They talk about R rated Lott Dod, The Mandalorian, the sail barge, Star Wars musicians and jizz-wailers, jizz names, The Phantom Menace, tangles of octopoda, and buggles. To sum it up, this episode was freaking hilarious at times and literally had me laughing out loud. Easily the funniest podcast I’ve listened to in a while.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 49 minutes
Audio Quality: Good
Editing: Goodish
Hosts: Mike, Tommy, and Rhett 
Rating: Hilarious

Children of the Force: Episode 127 they go over listener voicemail, Star Wars Creature Madness, why people care about the Episode IX title, Galaxy’s Edge news and some highlights, the Pedro Pascal and Oscar Isaac video, listener feedback on Padme and her death, fan fics, and Celebration news and plans.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 12 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Al, Anna, and Liam
Rating: Good

Coffee With Kenobi: Episode 266 Dan, Cory and Tom talk about Celebration badges, mobile app code and early details on virtual queues, Vader Immortal at Celebration, Celebration tips, shuttles, the podcast meet-up, and budget saving tips. Then Dan talks with Steve Sansweet about Celebration and what Rancho Obi-Wan will have there. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Coffee With Kenobi
Runtime: 1 hour 24 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Great
Hosts: Dan Zehr
Rating: Good

Fly Casual: Episode 217 kicks off, as usual, with something that isn’t Star Wars related. This time around it’s different words for butt and the origins of the words. Then they talk about Mark Hamill’s recent comments, missing out on a Big 3 reunion, Avatar and Momo tangents, they touch a little on Star Wars Resistance which they haven’t caught up on yet, they talk some Galaxy’s Edge, then they do a somewhat deep dive into the Celebration guest list going through them one-by-one, and they talk about the sail barge and talk some Spanish. Fun episode nonetheless. No Mike in this one but they have on Josh instead.

Podcast Network: Betterkind Media
Runtime: 1 hour 44 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Corey, Garrick, Mike, and Steve
Rating: Fun

ForceCenter: Episode 161 they touch on Queen’s Shadow, the movie Us, they talk some Celebration news, Black Spire book news, IG-88 being voiced by Taika Waititi, and then they dive into the battles in Star Wars for their main discussion. They talk about their favorite battles, spotlight the big ones, discuss how they’ve learned more about certain characters through various battles, key moments of tactics and strategy, and which one they would fight in. Plus listener questions. Good episode.

Podcast Network: ForceCenter
Runtime: 1 hour 25 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Ken, Jennifer, and Joseph
Rating: Good

Galactic War Report: Episode 147 they talk Celebration stuff, then move on to Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes as they talk about the new tag for the Sith Empire, HK’s rework, Darth Revan’s stat’s and abilities, thoughts, and what they’ve been focusing on.

Podcast Network: Radio Free Tatooine
Runtime: 58 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: John, and Sean
Rating: Good

Geeky Bubble: Episode 129 features a conversation between Johnamarie and Ashley Eckstein as she talks about cruises, her love for Disney, new Her Universe items, and she tackles some listener questions. Good episode.

Podcast Network: The Star Wars Escape Pods Network
Runtime: 27 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Johnamarie, and Maria
Rating: Good

Geeky Bubble: Episode 130 they discuss Star Wars Resistance “No Escape, Part 2” as they ship Synara and Kaz, Tam and Synara, talk about the importance of choice, accepting the bumbling side of Kaz and how he comes through when it matters, how the story is bigger than the characters, their overall thoughts on the show and listener feedback. Good discussion.

Podcast Network: The Star Wars Escape Pods Network
Runtime: 1 hour 11 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Johnamarie, and Maria
Rating: Good

Grand Moff Talkin’: Episode 90 they talk about fan fiction, they randomly pick one and start reading and discussing it, even doing some dramatic readings with background music (though no editing, rather they go at it with just one take). Good episode and a fun one. I hope they do this some more.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 46 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Jake, and Riley
Rating: Good

Kanata’s Castle: Episode 52 is kind of a general discussion episode. They joke around about a Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge retirement home, touch on part one of the Star Wars Resistance finale, their worry for Tam and their love for CB-23. They talk a little Star Wars comics, the video Oscar Isaac and Pedro Pascal did, they talk Celebration, new guests, the podcast meet-up, and then they talk Star Wars and fandom. They talk about their love for Padme, the issues with Anakin, parenting, Ben Solo, Snoke and control, not feeling sorry for Ben because we don’t know enough of what happened, and the moments when Padme left for Mustafar. Some interesting stuff, some serious moments, and some fun moments. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 1 hour 34 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Becca, and Devon
Rating: Good

Kessel Run Weekly: Season One Finale Review – Star Wars: Resistance features Danny and Ana as they share their thoughts on the show, then get into spoilers and an in-depth discussion of the finale. They discuss Tam and whether she’ll be brain scraped, parallels and possibilities with how her experience can shed more light on what Finn went through. They talk about the Colossus, Doza and speculation on his Imperial background, Poe in Triple Frontier, and a few other tangents. Really good discussion that focuses on the interesting things that happened and where the show could go with those things rather than just a breakdown of the episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 51 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Danny, and Kristen
Rating: Great

Lords of the Sith Podcast: Episode 20 features Mary, Lee and Denise as they talk about Celebration, the two panels they’ll be doing, cosplay plans, the lottery system, panels that have been announced, there not being any sleep over lines this year, their experiences at past Celebrations and some Celebration tips. Fun episode, good tips and good discussion.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 42 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Denise, Lee, and Mary
Rating: Fun

Making Tracks: Episode 18 Mark and Dave talk about past Star Wars Celebrations, the Palitoy archive, the first European Star Wars Celebration, the caravan, favorite Celebration moments, and a little Galaxy’s Edge. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Fantha Tracks Radio
Runtime: 40 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Dave, and Mark
Rating: Good

Me and My Padawan: Episode 30 new theme song, they talk about their Celebration plans, Braden talks about the Pokemon podcast he’s working on, they talk about the Age of Republic – Special #1 comic, then Dillon joins them to talk about super heroes. Afterwards they go over the new Avengers: Endgame trailer and talk some Marvel. Good episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 48 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Great
Hosts: Ryan, and Braden
Rating: Good

Rebel Cels: Resistance S1 Episode 20 – No Escape, Part 2 features Michael, Matt and Cassie as they first talk about the Benioff and Weiss rumors for 30 minutes. Then they talk Star Wars Resistance. Step by step breakdown of the finale, overall thoughts on it and the show as a whole. I have to admit, the episode felt too long and it was weird going in thinking it was going to be a Star Wars Resistance discussion and getting a half hour on Benioff and Weiss and whether they’re doing an Old Republic movie. Okay episode. If the first part was split off into it’s own mini-episode, and maybe the latter half a bit more concise, it might have been better.

Podcast Network: Thunderquack Podcast Network
Runtime: 1 hour 30 minutes
Audio Quality: Good
Production Quality: Good
Hosts: Matt, and Michael
Rating: Okay

Rebel Force Radio: Episode 3.22.2019 they talk a little about the barge, the new Jabba figure, and the old slime Jabba. They share thoughts on the trailer, talk Irish Star Wars actors some more, they discuss Matt Lanter being in Star Wars Battlefront II, and then John Marcoux joins them as they dive deep into the Mortis trilogy from Star Wars: The Clone Wars. John brings up some great stuff as he talk about mythology, religions, philosophy, symbolism and meaning as they pick apart the most interesting aspects of the episodes and what they mean about Anakin the chosen one and the prophecy.

Podcast Network: Rebel Force Radio
Runtime: 2hours 23 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Jason, and Jimmy
Rating: Great

Skywalking Through Neverland: Episode 242 they talk Celebration, line organization, guests Matt Clifton and Terrie Lee join them for the conversation as they go over Celebration tips, panels, what they’re excited for. If this is your first Star Wars Celebration, this is a good episode to check out as they go over a lot of good tips and things to take into consideration to help you better plan your trip. Great episode.

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 1721 wraps up the Star Wars Resistance discussion, talks about the reference to Star Wars Resistance in the Poe Dameron comics, and thoughts on season two and D’Qar.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1722 goes over the Lucasfilm Games division and what it is about.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1725 takes a look at Celebration and what’s going on Thursday, bounty hunter preview day, Celebration Store scheduling, exclusives and lottery systems, and a collecting story.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1726 previews Allen top five panel picks for Friday at Star Wars Celebration Chicago.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1727 previews Allen top five panel picks for Saturday at Star Wars Celebration Chicago.

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

Star Wars Core World News: Episode 56 they talk about their Celebration plans, the Benioff and Weiss rumors, speculation and wants, then 37 minutes in they switch gears to Star Wars Resistance. They talk about the finale and share their thoughts, plus season 2 theories. They also talk comics, and the Disney Fox merger.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 24 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Adam, Grant, and Ben
Rating: Good

Star Wars: From the Bacta Tank: Star Wars Resistance Edition: No Escape, Part 2 they talk about how iconic characters just happen as they share some love for Neeku, they talk about the growth of Kaz’s character, the turnaround of the show after the Beebo episode, Yeager going from not involved to full on involved, wants for Doza, wants for season two, and they touch on the io9 interview with Justin Ridge, the showrunner for Star Wars Resistance. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Rain Man Digital
Runtime: 46 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: David, and Michael
Rating: Good

Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels: Episode 76.2 is a “That’s SO Wizard” episode as Jay and Dennis go over new clothing, dresses, shoes, and other items. Then Jay talks about cosplaying and provides some cosplaying tips. Great discussion for those thinking about cosplaying at Star Wars Celebration.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 1 hour 3 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Dennis, Jay, and Taxus
Rating: Good

Talk Star Wars: Episode 161 features Rob and Andy as they talk Lucasfilm Gaming, Benioff and Weiss rumors, Vusuvi on Star Wars Resistance, listener feedback on casting, The Phantom Menace and who the menace was, ratings and sensibilities, the use of the Force and intent, candy bars and cookies (biscuits), The Last Jedi and humor. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Star Wars Commonwealth
Runtime: 1 hour 38 minutes
Audio Quality: Good
Production Quality: Good
Hosts: Brad, and Rob
Rating: Good

TechnoRetro Dads: 80 Years of Batman they share Batman jokes, touch on the Benioff and Weiss Star Wars rumors, the Labyrinth RPG, cereal scented candles, and cereal toys. Then they talk about the 80th anniversary of Batman, their first experience with the character, the Adam West show, Superfriends, the comics, Michael Keaton Batman, the 1940’s serials, and all the other movie versions. Good discussion, 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 371 Dave and Mikey do another islands in the streaming episode as they share some movie picks that are streaming. They each pick one from categories like action movies, documentaries, comedies, family and kids movies, etc. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 50 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Great
Hosts: Dave, Mikey, and Dr. Earl
Rating: Good

The ForceCast: Episode 3.25.2019 features an interview with voice actor Stephen Stanton (starting at the 9 minute mark). They talk with Stephen about Star Wars: The Clone Wars, voicing Tarkin in TCW and Star Wars Rebels, voicing Obi-Wan, AP-5, and Admiral Raddus in Rogue One. They don’t talk about Star Wars Resistance, though. Pretty decent conversation, however, and they talk with him for a good 30 minutes. Afterwards they talk with guests Steve and Dustin about Celebration, the LEGO animation panel, and TheForce.Net’s booth. They wrap up with how to enjoy Star Wars Celebration if you can’t go to the con. Few audio issues, but good episode overall.

Podcast Network: ForceCast.Net
Runtime: 1 hour 16 minutes
Audio Quality: Good 
Production Quality: Good
Hosts: Daniel, and Ryan
Rating: Good

The Geek Supreme: Time Traveling Back to Hawkins with Captain Kirk they discuss the Stranger Things 3 trailer and play a which is stranger game. They discuss Bill and Ted 3 and play a would you rather game, and they do some love letters to Zack Snyder and Captain Kirk. That leads to a William Shatner discussion, and they also talk Batman rumors and do some impersonations. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 5 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Jeff, Regina, Scott, and Taxus
Rating: Fun

The Skyhoppers Podcast: Episode CXXXIX features guest Alexandra as they discuss fan theories, though they don’t get to many. They talk about Padme’s death and ways to handle it, go off on some tangents on books and The Last Jedi, people thinking Rey’s wound looks like to hands reaching out to each other, whether Leia should have died in The Last Jedi, Kylo, redemption and death. Okay episode. There were some minor audio issues with Alexandra’s feed.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 6 minutes
Audio Quality: Okay to Excellent
Production Quality: Great
Hosts: Ben, and Ash
Rating: Okay

The Soundtrack Show: The Empire Strikes Back: the Music Part I Dave talks about John Williams tackling The Empire Strikes Back, how do you approach topping your success, George’s approach to ESB, the spotting session, and how it took six weeks to do the music. He then dives into the Imperial March, Chopin’s Funeral March, breaking it down into parts, where it shows up, Yoda’s theme, Luke’s training music, Leia’s theme and love theme. Great discussion.

Podcast Network: HowStuffWorks
Runtime: 50 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: David Collins
Rating: Great

What The Force?: Star Wars: Resistance Season One Wrap-Up features guests Alex, Liam, and James as they share their overall general thoughts, go into their favorite characters and episodes, favorite space ships, and favorite relationships, plus season 2 predictions.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 13 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Marie-Claire Gould
Rating: Good

Wookiee Radio: Episode 103 they talk about the Celebration virtual queues based on some of the early info (this was before the big info drops on the lottery and reservation system), they share their predictions for who might be at the Episode IX panel, they talk about Lucasfilm Games and EA, Disney+ and the Star Wars and Disney catalogs, John Tyler Christopher variant covers, the Benioff and Weiss rumors, and Hasbro’s First Order figure pack including Captain Pyre. Good discussions, good episode.

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

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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