Podcasts in Review

April 4, 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. Lords of the Sith Podcast Episode 22
  2. Beltway Banthas Episode 70
  3. Wookiee Radio Episode 104
  4. Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels Episode 77
  5. Blast Points Podcast Episode 164

Honorable Mentions

Now here is this week’s Podcasts in Review…

Adolescence After Alderaan: Episode 38 they discuss Barbara Hambly’s novel Children of the Jedi. They go over the ridiculous plot, the characters, the Emperor as a sexual being with concubines, Luke’s ghost romance, Han and Leia’s weird relationship, and other fun observations. Good episode.

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

Beltway Banthas: Episode 70 Stephen is joined by Joe Tavano and John Liang as they do the last episode (maybe) for the podcast. They talk about the podcast, John talks about how he found it, Stephen talks about starting it, being inspired by Full of Sith, they talk about why the politics of Star Wars is important, they talk about fandom, politics, how some believe politics is all that matter, how to have freedom you can’t be secure all the time, how politics is not the totality of Star Wars, and Stephen talks about why he’s putting the podcast down…for now. Great discussion and definitely not one to miss.

Podcast Network: RetroZap
Runtime: 1 hour
Audio Quality: Great
Editing: Excellent
Host: Stephen
Rating: Great

Blast Points Podcast: Episode 164 they talk with Steve Sansweet about the first Star Wars Celebration convention. He talks about how it started and came together, how it was almost cancelled, pulling “Celebration” off a list of names, goals, Celebration stories, and tips. Great episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 1 minute
Audio Quality: Excellent
Editing: Excellent
Hosts: Jason, and Gabe
Rating: Great

Brews and Blasters: Episode 202 they talk canteen trucks and Jabba, Ewok Adventures being on Amazon, listener feedback, Vietnamese soup, Toydarian lifespans, graded loose figures, the despecialized editions, Bill and Ted 3, Dooku: Jedi Lost audiobook, The Mandalorian and IG-88, Benioff and Weiss rumors, and some need’em got’em. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 1 hour 27 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Joe, and Chris
Rating: Fun

Coffee With Kenobi: Episode 267 Dan, Tom, and Lisa Dullard talk about the Celebration lotteries, group codes, The Star Wars Show livestream, Dan shares some tips on the McCormick Place Convention Center, he talks about what panels he’s doing, and they go over Celebration questions. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Coffee With Kenobi
Runtime: 53 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Dan Zehr
Rating: Good

Faking Star Wars Radio: Faking Star Trek Radio kicks off with an April Fool’s Trek bit, then they talk with Yoda about pranks, they have a galactic faking news segment, Kylo segment, and Wilhelm Boba Freud segment. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 44 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Storm Duper
Rating: Fun

Fly Casual: Episode 218 no Mike in this one, but Josh is back again. They talk pubic lice, crack hair and fart cannons. This might be their most disgusting intro yet. Then they talk Star Wars comics, Doctor Aphra, Star Wars swear words, Vader – Dark Visions, they go on a Leprechaun tangent, wrestling, then they talk Star Wars villains from the best to the most overrated. Excluding the intro, good episode.

Podcast Network: Betterkind Media
Runtime: 1 hour 35 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Corey, Garrick, Mike, and Steve
Rating: Good

Fly Casual: Episode 219 kicks off with a Star Trek RPG bit, Petri and Sancho Pando join them (no Garrick) as they talk smells, Star Wars Celebration and they do some comic reviews for Imperial Cadet #5, Star Wars #63, they talk Star Wars Resistance, Sancho does a live musical review for “Beebo.” They go off on a Muppets tangent, Captain Marvel, Episode IX and trolls, Captain Marvel thoughts (no spoilers), Lucasfilm Games, Hasbro figure poll, Brady Bunch Funko, and Benioff and Weiss rumors and their thoughts on an Old Republic movie.

Podcast Network: Betterkind Media
Runtime: 2 hours
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Corey, Garrick, Mike, and Steve
Rating: Good

Galactic War Report: Episode 148 they go over Celebration plans, the rework for HK, Finn’s rework, Darth Revan and how Jedi Revan is still the best, and what they’re currently up to.

Podcast Network: Radio Free Tatooine
Runtime: 50 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: John, and Sean
Rating: Good

Jedi Journals: April 2019 they talk Celebration, lit panels and exclusives, then Jay and Dennis talk a little Celebration and go over Doctor Aphra: The Catastrophe Con, then Jay and Chris talk April comics, Celebration book exclusives, other Celebration info, pins and patches, and Star Wars Insider. Good episode.

Podcast Network: TheForce.net
Runtime: 1 hour 25 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Jay, and Chris
Rating: Good

Kessel Run Weekly: Obi-Wan Kenobi: Compassion vs. Love features Danny, Kristen and Anna as they talk a little about Celebration, concerns, goals, then they discussion Obi-Wan Kenobi. They talk about his relationships with Qui-Gon, Satine, Maul, Luke and Anakin, the importance of those relationships, and Obi-Wan’s compassion. Good discussion but a little long.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 31 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Anna, Danny, and Kristen
Rating: Good

Lipstick and Lightsabers: Episode 4 features Allie Nasar as she talks about getting into Star Wars, Star Wars fandom and making friends, forming a band (MissThiss) and embracing Star Wars, Star Wars songs, and what she’s excited for in Star Wars.

Podcast Network: Network 1901
Runtime: 14 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Shannon McCarter
Rating: Good

Lipstick and Lightsabers: Episode 5 features Alex Leonis as she talks about how her Star Wars fandom started, favorite parts of the original trilogy, Star Wars weekends, animation, The Force Awakens and getting back into Star Wars, and The Last Jedi inspiring her to draw again.

Podcast Network: Network 1901
Runtime: 9 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Shannon McCarter
Rating: Good

Lords of the Sith Podcast: Episode 21 Mary, Lee and Denise are joined by Monte as they discuss the leaked Episode IX poster and character sheet. They go through the characters, the looks, no Rose, C-3PO, imagery and possible symbolism, stormtroopers, Rey’s lightsaber, and the ships. Good discussion.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 27 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Denise, Lee, and Mary
Rating: Good

Lords of the Sith Podcast: Episode 22 Lee, Denise and Mary talk about the importance for Rey to have a love interest. They talk about how Rey’s character need to learn to be emotionally vulnerable in order to grow, they talk about the human life cycle and development stages, issues Rey and Kylo may have, why Mara and Luke was okay but not Rey and Kylo, how Rey’s sexuality is down played, how that can be handled with characters, and the psychology of affection. Really good episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 51 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Denise, Lee, and Mary
Rating: Really Good

Pods & Ends: Episode 14 they talk True Beauty, Legends of Luke Skywalker, Matt Smith not being in Episode IX, Annihilation, March Madness, music and some Netflix. Then (34 minutes in) they discuss Captain Marvel. Lots of praise as they go over their favorite moments, what worked, and what made the movie great.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 12 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Bryan, Phil, Shelby, and Sophie
Rating: Good

Pods & Ends: Episode 16 they each share five films, TV shows and books that best represent their taste. Good episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 15 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Bryan, Phil, Shelby, and Sophie
Rating: Good

Pods & Ends: Episode 17 they talk about the things they love other than Star Wars, what it takes to get into a show or film series, things they couldn’t get into or quit, and things they haven’t tried yet.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 57 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Bryan, Phil, Shelby, and Sophie
Rating: Good

Scavenger’s Hoard: Episode 97 they go over the Benioff and Weiss rumors, Werner Herzog’s comments on his character in The Mandalorian, Dooku: Jedi Lost audiobook, Episode IX title rumors, Black Spire synopsis, Episode IX panel predictions, and they highlight some of the panels and make predictions. They talk about the lottery system, their panel picks, and 1 hour 11 minutes in they go into their spoiler section covering the leaked poster, character sheet and other rumors that are out there.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 33 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Kirsty, and Rachael
Rating: Good

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1728 is a preview of Allen’s top three panels for Sunday at Star Wars Celebration.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1730 Allen talks about how he approaches Star Wars Celebration as a reporter and how that affects the experience.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 11 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Allen Voivod
Rating: Good

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1731 is a Patreon listener question episode as Allen talks about Leia’s titles, Vader sensing the Force in Leia, and his favorite Star Wars ship.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 12 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Allen Voivod
Rating: Good

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1732 is an April Fool’s episode.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1733 goes over April Fool’s jokes and past April Fool’s episodes.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 12 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Allen Voivod
Rating: Good

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1734 goes over the book Lando’s Luck.

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

Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels: Episode 76.3 features an interview with Mike Rahlmann (Be Our Guest Podcast) as Dennis talks with him about Star Wars Rival Run Weekend, what the Disney races are like, and more. Good episode if you’re thinking about doing one of the races and want to learn more about it.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 45 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Dennis, Jay, and Taxus
Rating: Good

Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels: Episode 77 they talk about the Galaxy’s Edge droid shop, and make your own lightsaber, TNT Star Wars marathon, Celebration news, the panel lottery, they highlight some of the panels, they go over the synopsis for Black Spire, Dooku: Jedi Lost audiobook, then they discuss the aliens of The Phantom Menace. Fun discussion. They also have a TNT phone bit (very funny), and answer some listener questions. Taxus’ audio isn’t as great as usual but still not bad, but there are a couple other audio issues earlier in the episode where the audio goes a little wonky. Fairly minor. Overall, fun episode.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 1 hour 37 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Great
Host: Dennis, Jay, and Taxus
Rating: Fun

Talk Star Wars: Episode 162 they talk about picture of Taika Waititi and IG-88 pic, listener feedback, humor in Star Wars – both good and bad, leaked poster, Dooku: Jedi Lost audiobook, Star Wars table top stuff, ratings, and gag items.

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

TechnoRetro Dads: TechnoRetro Dads Season 7 Premiere: The Star Wars Read-Along (Sort of) is a special episode with a Star Wars read-along theme which they integrate into the entire show. Through the theme they still discuss their normal array of stuff. They talk about Muse concerts, they play some parody songs, they talk about cartoon characters who would fit into the cantina, Galaga, cereal, jokes, Star Wars scrapbook segment, toys and exclusives. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 1 hour 25 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: JediShua, and Shazbazzar
Rating: Good

The Deucecast Movie Show: Episode 372 features Dave, Mikey and special guest Scott Ryfun as they play a movie year game, talk a little Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge, then go over five of their favorite actors/actresses from their childhood. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 1 hour 25 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Great
Hosts: Dave, Mikey, and Dr. Earl
Rating: Fun

The Geek Supreme: GAMEDAY: Lists, Quotes, Predictions and Roleplay is a game episode. They play a variety of games, naming games, geeking to know you game, quote game, and the rated RPG game. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 49 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Jeff, Regina, Scott, and Taxus
Rating: Fun

The JATcast: Episode 23 starts with biggest fan bit, James talks about conventions, stand up comedy, voice work and colds, Christian artists, music, and meaningful words, and he ends with “Hello” songs with Hank. Good episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 11 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: James Arnold Taylor
Rating: Good

The Resistance Broadcast: Star Wars Resistance Season Recap and Look Ahead to Season 2! they share their thoughts on a possible Kenobi series, thoughts for possible announcements at Celebration, and listener questions on Episode IX. They switch gears 29 minutes in to discuss Star Wars Resistance, their thoughts on the show, and why the show doesn’t work for them or has grown on them. The discussion turns into one on the importance of the Force in Star Wars and the complete lack of it in Star Wars Resistance, their lack of interest in the show, and they do a Hux’s diary segment.

Podcast Network: N/A, 
Runtime: 1 hour 10 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: James, John, and Lacey
Rating: Good

The Sandcrawler: Episode #71 they go over news, Black Series fan poll winner, listener feedback, Bill Hader, Episode I merchandise, 1997’s POTF hero figures, and a review of the Disney Sandrawler vehicle.

Podcast Network: Star Wars Commonwealth
Runtime: 1 hour 50 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Dan, and Mac
Rating: Good

The Soundtrack Show: The Empire Strikes Back: the Music Part II goes over the music not used in the movie, the different music for the Hoth scenes, and the Imperial walker music. Good episode.

Podcast Network: HowStuffWorks
Runtime: 38 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: David Collins
Rating: Good

The Soundtrack Show: The Empire Strikes Back: the Music Part III touches on the music not used in the film, then moves on to the music from the middle of the film. Dave goes over the asteroid chase music, and the music from Dagobah.

Podcast Network: HowStuffWorks
Runtime: 35 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: David Collins
Rating: Good

TSW Comics: Issue 16 they talk about what they’ve been reading, they talk about Vader – Dark Visions #1, expectations for Celebration and comics, then they discuss the Age of Republic comics, they go over each and share their thoughts. Good coverage.

Podcast Network: Star Wars Commonwealth
Runtime: 1 hour 18 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Rob, and Tim
Rating: Good

What The Force?: Meta Music: Frank Lehman on Leitmotifs they talk about leitmotifs for The Last Jedi, how the music is built upon itself to create a mythology, John Powell’s addition with Solo, what leitmotifs are, musical loose ends in The Force Awakens, and thoughts on Episode IX.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 15 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Marie-Claire Gould
Rating: Good

Who Talks First: Newsflash: New Poster ‘leak’ Discussion they discuss the leaked poster, first impressions, lack of Rose, Rey covering her scars, whether it’s erasing The Last Jedi, concerns about J.J., the new characters, C-3PO, and the Knights of Ren. Fair warning, some F-bombs. Good episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 35 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Solo, and CT
Rating: Good

Wookiee Radio: Episode 104 Mike, Ken, Derrick, me and comic cover artist John Tyler Christopher kicks things off with the leaked Episode IX poster and character sheet. If you’re avoiding those spoilers, skip ahead to 14:38. We discuss the first season of Star Wars Resistance. We share our thoughts on the show and season one, we talk about what the show is achieving, favorite episodes and elements, we go over the StarWars.com article on best things from season one, and we talk about what they could do with season two. Now I know I’m in this episode, so this is going to seem biased, but it really is a great discussion I think, and if you’re looking for a Star Wars Resistance discussion episode, I recommend this one.

Podcast Network: We Be Geeks Network
Runtime: 1 hour 1 minute
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Derrick, Ken, and Mike 
Rating: Great

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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