Podcasts in Review

April 11, 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. My Star Wars Story Episode 29
  2. Awards Chatter Mark Hamill – ‘Knightfall’
  3. The JATcast Episode 24
  4. Hearts of Kyber Episode 4
  5. Skywalking Through Neverland Episode 243

Honorable Mentions

For Celebration tips, these are my top three picks this week.

Now here is this week’s Podcasts in Review…

Awards Chatter: Mark Hamill – ‘Knightfall’ he talks about his childhood, love for King Kong, interest in film, listening to voices, getting into acting, his first acting role, auditioning for Star Wars, what it was like working on the Star Wars movies, doing theater work, the movie Slipstream, Batman the Animated Series, George telling them about making new movies, coming back to the role of Luke Skywalker, Luke not getting to see Han before he dies, and doing Knightfall. Great interview.

Podcast Network: THR Podcasts
Runtime: 1 hour 2 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Scott Feinberg
Rating: Great

Blast Points Podcast: Episode 165 they start with a couple Celebration tips, then they dive into the panels of Star Wars Celebration as they go day by day and highlight various panels. It’s a fun discussion. Plus they go over listener questions.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 8 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Editing: Excellent
Hosts: Jason, and Gabe
Rating: Fun

Brews and Blasters: Episode 203 they talk about prepping for Celebration and then go down a bunch of helpful tips. From packing tips and negotiating with vendors, to autographs/photo-ops, con food, or even those who will be watching the stream from home. Very helpful episode.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 54 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Joe, and Chris
Rating: Good

Coffee With Kenobi: Episode 268 Dan, Cory and Tom talk about James Arnold Taylor joining them for their podcast panel at Celebration, they talk about the lotteries, Celebration FAQs, and the top five panels they are looking forward to. Plus listener feedback. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Coffee With Kenobi
Runtime: 1 hour 7 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Great
Hosts: Dan Zehr
Rating: Good

Comic Book Noob: The Kree and The Skrulls they talk about how the Skrulls came first, the conflict between the two and how it started, The Kree Skrull War comic event, highlights of their battles, and reading recommendations. No Captain Marvel spoilers so you’re good there. Good episode and a good way to get a better understanding the two groups.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 28 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Scott, Matt, and Regina
Rating: Good

Comics With Kenobi: Episode 108 they talk a little Celebration, touch on the comic panels, they also talk latest comic sales numbers, and then they review Solo: A Star Wars Story #6 and Star Wars #63. Great comic reviews as always. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Coffee With Kenobi
Runtime: 43 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Matt, and Jeff
Rating: Good

Doing Talking: Episode 41 Madison talks about her Celebration plans, the anticipation and excitement, then goes over Ryan Johnson’s recent comments, her Q’ira cosplay plans, the Celebration app, and she discusses the season finale of Star Wars Resistance. Great discussion. Good episode.

Podcast Network: The Audio Geekdom
Runtime: 40 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Madison Thames
Rating: Good

Fangirls Going Rogue: Episode 19.3 they talk about looking forward to and planning for Celebration, Her Universe Sisters of the Force, Ahsoka meet-up, Galaxy’s Edge info, Disney+ news, then they talk Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame pre-sale, Goose the cat and more Captain Marvel stuff. Up to 47 minutes in, it’s safe, then they start to get into more details, but nothing too spoilerish. Pretty safe to listen to whether you’ve seen the movie or not. Afterwards Sara talks about Wondercon and shares some audio of her talking with Vanessa Marshall. Good episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 15 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Sarah, Teresa, and Tricia
Rating: Good

ForceCenter: Episode 162 they talk Star Wars blankets, why they don’t like pools, Capital Supremacy mode in Star Wars Battlefront II, news, Celebration mural, Darth Revan in Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes, Anthony Daniels droidography panel and meet and greet room, Dooku: Jedi Lost audiobook, and that in turn leads to their main discussion – Dooku. They talk about the appeal of the character, the name, favorite film and animated moments, being Yoda’s apprentice and Qui-Gon’s master, his motivations, why he did not see the end coming, and then they go over listener questions. Great discussion.

Podcast Network: ForceCenter
Runtime: 1 hour 23 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Ken, Jennifer, and Joseph
Rating: Great

Galaxy of Toys: Episode 77 is hosted by Jason and Ryan and this episode features a lot of guests – Matt, Chris, Amy, and Earl, as they go over their recent acquisitions, they talk Celebration, things they want to get, thoughts on panels and the lottery system, autographs, and predictions. They go over the fan poll figure winner, then they discuss Jabba’s sail barge which it sounded like almost all of them bought. They talk about the condition it arrived in, their thoughts on it, displaying it, and future vehicles they would like to see. I have to admit this is the most people I’ve heard all on one podcast who all own the sail barge talking about their opinions on it, so it’s worth checking out for that if you’re into that. Audio and production quality is good, and they did a very good job of handling as many people as they had on at one time. This was my first time checking this podcast out. If you’re a Star Wars collector looking for a new collecting podcast to listen to, might be worth checking out.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 28 minutes
Audio Quality: Good
Production Quality: Good
Hosts: Jason, and Ryan
Rating: Good

Grand Moff Talkin’: Episode 91 they take a break from Star Wars to talk Marvel. They talk about Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk, Captain Marvel, Isaac joins them for a little bit. Kind of a general discussion episode. Good one.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 7 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Great
Hosts: Jake, and Riley
Rating: Good

Hearts of Kyber: Episode 4 they talk about Star Wars Resistance, and their thoughts on the show. They discuss some of the themes, like friendship and cynicism, betrayal and loyalty, and security. Great discussion. Then they talk about Kaz and how his character grows through season one, the build up to Tam’s choice, Yeager’s character arc, and their thoughts for season two.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 58 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Great
Hosts: Christy, and Rae
Rating: Great

Lattes With Leia: Episode 38 they talk cat podcasts, lattes, then they discuss the character of Darth Maul. They talk about his film death, the garbage pile, confronting Obi-Wan a final time, his ability to cause destruction, the end of Solo, and him identifying as just Maul. Nice character discussion. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Coffee With Kenobi
Runtime: 1 hour 14 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Amy, and Andrea
Rating: Good

Lipstick and Lightsabers: Episode 6 features Natasha Fox as she talks about her Star Wars fandom, online fandom, being inspired by The Force Awakens, diving into spoilers, the themes in the sequel trilogy, finding joy in fandom but also the issue in fandom. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Network 1901
Runtime: 13 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Shannon McCarter
Rating: Good

Magic on a Dollar: Episode 45 Dave talks about what he’s been up to, excitement for Avengers: Endgame, Disney news, policy changes at the parks, no dry ice, no stroller wagons, smoking ban, Maleficent parade, and he talks about Lighting McQueen Racing Academy. Good episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 38 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Editing: Excellent
Host: Dave
Rating: Good

Magic on a Dollar: Episode 46 goes over a Walt Disney quote about how fantasy and reality often overlap and Dave shares a story about that. Good episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 5 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Dave
Rating: Good

My Star Wars Story: Episode 29 features Sarah and Richard Woloski (Skywalking Through Neverland) as they share their Star Wars story. Rich starts off as he talks about how he got into Star Wars very reluctantly as he was a huge King Kong fan. He talks about seeing Star Wars in the theater, loving it, how the experience of The Empire Strikes Back scared him, skipping school to see Return of the Jedi, and going to Los Angeles for the Star Wars 10th anniversary convention. Then Sarah explains how her Star Wars story began with VHS and seeing the trilogy in reverse order, and how she got into the books. Rich talks about how he went into the special effects business, they talk about what they did for The Phantom Menace, and the other prequels, and how they eventually met. They talk about discovering the fan community, their Disney/Star Wars wedding, doing their podcast, meeting J.J. Abrams, the guests they’ve had on their podcast, and where they are now with their Star Wars story. Lots of fun to listen to and a great episode. Definitely worth checking out.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 2 hours 2 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Great
Host: Scott Ryfun
Rating: Great

Radio Free Endor: Absolute Power starts with a Mickey Mouse bit, then Jamie is joined by Mark Newbold as they talk about special guest passes, managing the podcast stage, The Phantom Menace figures, TPM being vintage now, the sail barge, retro vintage figures, the Disney/Fox merger, Fox shows, Star Trek, Mark Hamill appearing on Jimmy Kimmel show, and Lucasfilm Games. Good episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 13 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Jamie
Rating: Good

Rebel Force Radio: Episode 4.5.2019 they talk about no smoking at Disney parks and the alcohol trademark names, they talk about the upcoming making of Solo book, go over listener feedback, Samuel L. Jackson on being in Star Wars, Mark Hamill voicing Chucky in new Child’s Play, Star Wars pop culture references, then they go into the news. They talk about The Mandalorian and some info on the show, The Clone Wars finally leaving Netflix, rumors about C-3PO in Episode IX, Mark Hamill, leaked Episode IX poster and the character sheet. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Rebel Force Radio
Runtime: 2 hours 27 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Jason, and Jimmy
Rating: Good

Skytalkers: Star Wars Celebration Tips & Tricks they talk about Celebration, looking forward to it, favorite Celebration memories, then they go into Celebration tips. From setting your mental space, to what to bring, they go over some helpful stuff.

Podcast Network: Star Wars Escape Pods Network
Runtime: 1 hour 3 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Caitlin, and Charlotte
Rating: Good

Skywalking Through Neverland: Episode 243 they talk Celebration, plans, they talk about Dumbo, give an overview of the story, no real spoilers, talk about the music and play a couple clips from the press conference. Then they talk with Mark Newbold about Star Wars Celebration, hosting the podcast stage, the Fantha Tracks booth, the lottery system, and what they’re looking forward to and hoping for. Afterwards they go over the new batch of Star Wars Celebration merchandise revealed and their top 3 picks. They talk with Tom Spina about what Regal Robot will have at Celebration, the new products they’ve come up with, and the panels he’ll be on. Episode is packed full of goodness. Great episode. Great guests.

Podcast Network: Skywalking Through Neverland
Runtime: 1 hour 57 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Richard, and Sarah
Rating: Great

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1735 continues discussion of Lando’s Luck, and goes over the prologue and epilogue.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1737 features an interview with Frank Rich who runs the site Star Wars Autograph News. This is part one of Allen’s interview with Rich as he talks about getting into autograph collecting, focusing on Star Wars, starting a website for it, finding his focus, the autograph business, informing people, and his run in with Ewan McGregor for an autograph. Good interview that opens your eyes up a bit to the world of autographs.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 18 minutes
Audio Quality: Good
Production Quality: Good
Host: Allen Voivod
Rating: Good

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1738 is part two of the interview with Frank Rich. Frank talks about how Celebration autographs work, how celebrities are invited to participate, the viewpoint of collectors about paying for autographs, why some guests aren’t doing autographs, and how some autographs are going on outside of the convention. Good little interview that shines some light on the bigger picture of autographs.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 17 minutes
Audio Quality: Good
Production Quality: Good
Host: Allen Voivod
Rating: Good

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1739 goes over Celebration tips on introductions, scheduling, and things to bring.

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

Star Wars Loose Canon: Loose Canon’s Star Wars Celebration Readiness Guide they go over tips they’ve gathered from around the web and they have some fun with it. They talk about shoes, best pizza in Chicago, fanny packs, showering, convention food, the lottery and reservation system, exclusives, and they read some silly tips from Storm Duper over at Faking Star Wars Radio. They also do their Wookieepedia entry of the week (deal slang), and share some tips from Star Wars 7×7, including tips for podcasters. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 17 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Good
Hosts: Alex, Nick, and Patrick
Rating: Fun

Talk Star Wars: Episode 163 they touch on Star Wars humor, they talk miniatures, Star Wars eras, favorite duels, then go in deep as they pick out their favorite scene from each Star Wars movie. They also touch on favorite Star Wars podcasts. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Star Wars Commonwealth
Runtime: 1 hour 34 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Brad, and Rob
Rating: Good

TechnoRetro Dads: Read-Along Books of Our Childhood they talk Celebration plans, Pink concert, record jokes, The Princess Bride on Broadway, Farscape, Mark Hamill voicing Chucky and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 rumor, plus other news. They talk cereal, read-along books, and go over some listener feedback. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 1 hour 17 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: JediShua, and Shazbazzar
Rating: Fun

The Canon Cantina: Celebration Podcast Stage Previews is a clip show of a lot of the podcasts that will be at Star Wars Celebration. There’s a bumper for each show to give you a little preview of what each is like. Nice way to get some exposure to each.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 16 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Great
Hosts: None on this episode
Rating: Good

The JATcast: Episode 24 James talks about Star Wars Celebration, Hank talks about Star Wars, then Billy, James talks about his Celebration plans, past Star Wars events, Star Wars Weekends, he shares some stories about the Star Wars Celebrities he’s met and worked with, plays some audio clips, and talks about his plan to make a movie. He also mentions that he’ll be switching to a bi-weekly podcast schedule, and there’s an Obi-Wan reading. Great episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 48 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: James Arnold Taylor
Rating: Great

The Nerd Room: Episode 163 they talk about recent comics they’ve been reading, other purchases, rewatch plans leading up to Endgame, the ticket presales, new trailer, theories, then at 38:30 they talk about the leaked Star Wars Episode IX poster, at 46:24 they switch gears and discuss Batman, the comics, the villains, who their favorite Batman actor is, favorite bat suit and batmobile, and their top five live action Batman films. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Star Wars Commonwealth
Runtime: 1 hour 48 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Tim, Troy, and Sunjay
Rating: Good

The Star Wars Collector Podcast: Episode 46 is hosted by Brian and Carl and features Beau (Brian’s son) at the beginning and the end. They talk about their recent Star Wars finds and purchases, Beau talks about some figures, and then Brian and Carl touch on some news and then go over their favorite Jedi. Beau comes about at the end to talk about some more figures, including the Star Wars Resistance figures, and what he’s looking forward to at Celebration. I like Beau, and he’s a nice part of the podcast. Not sure if he’s on all the time or not as this is the first episode I’ve listened to. They’ve got good audio quality and okay production quality, definitely very listenable in those terms, and the hosts do a good job with keeping the conversation going. If you’re looking for a Star Wars collecting podcast to check out, especially one with a kid viewpoint, and with some Star Wars discussion added in so it’s not all toys, this one’s worth a try.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 45 minutes
Audio Quality: Good
Production Quality: Okay
Hosts: Brian, and Carl
Rating: Good

What The Force?: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (The Making of with Alex Kane) features guest Alex Kane who is the author of a book named Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. It’s an unofficial making of book for the game being published by Boss Fight Books which includes interviews with people who helped make the game. They talk about the game, dive into the story and the big twist, how KOTOR stuff keeps creeping into canon, the way the game allowed you to create your own Revan, some of the characters in the game, some of the locations, and how the game captured the feeling of Star Wars. Alex talks about the people he interviewed, how the book came together, and how it transformed into something else. About halfway through, they switch gears and just talk general Star Wars, from the Force and looking forward to Celebration, to the sequel movies, Kylo, and The Last Jedi. Both discussions are good on their own. Worth a listen.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 20 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Marie-Claire Gould
Rating: Good

Wookiee Radio: Episode 105 kicks off with Mike and Ken as they talk about Celebration and run down the panels. They start off with the Celebration panels and go through all the panels stage by stage stopping to highlight certain ones, which keeps it interesting. Derrick joins them later in the show.

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

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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