Podcasts in Review

May 2, 2019 at 12:01 am | Posted in Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | 1 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. Talking Bay 94 Episode 35
  2. Tatooine Sons Anthony Breznican Discusses His Own “The Rise of Skywalker” Theory!
  3. Blast Points Podcast Episode 168
  4. The Sandcrawler Episode 73
  5. Fly Casual Episode 221

Honorable Mentions

  • Jedi Journals May 2019 great comic and SWCC discussion plus an interview with Cavan Scott
  • Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels Episode 78 great SWCC discussion plus fun new comedy bit
  • The Deucecast Movie Show Episode 376 great Avengers: Endgame discussion

Now here is this week’s Podcasts in Review…

Blast Points Podcast: Episode 168 is their Palpatine episode. They talk about his return, the reveal at the Episode IX panel, his inclusion in the novelization for Star Wars, George Lucas’ comments on the character, the idea of objects holding Sith spirits, Palpatine’s first appearance in The Empire Strikes Back, his death in Return of the Jedi, his actions in the prequels, clones, kidnapping Force sensitive children, wanting to clone the Zillo beast, gateways and his temptation of Ezra. And a little Klaud. Fun discussion.

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

Brews and Blasters: Episode 206 is part two of their Star Wars Celebration Chicago discussion as they talk about The Rise of Skywalker trailer, The Mandalorian, Jedi: Fallen Order, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 52 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Joe, and Chris
Rating: Fun

Fly Casual: Episode 221 they talk Lord of the Rings, then they discuss Star Wars Celebration. They compare it to Orlando and talk about how things have improved. Great discussion of the experience of the convention, from shopping and pin trading, to the positivity of the crowd, the cosplay, and more. They talk about the running of the Willrow Hoods, The Star Wars Show livestream stage, Galaxy’s Edge, The Rise of Skywalker Trailer, and more. Great episode.

Podcast Network: Betterkind Media
Runtime: 1 hour 45 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Corey, Garrick, Mike, and Steve
Rating: Great

Full Of Sith: Episode CCCXIIV is dedicated to Palpatine. From how much he was actually able to foresee things, to his choice of clothes, they cover a lot of ground as they talk about what we know and speculate on The Rise of Skywalker.

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 152 they talk about the Jedi Knight Anakin rework, how he’s able to beat Malak, upcoming Padme character, mod tips and slicing, current meta, and what they’re grinding.

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

Grand Moff Talkin’: Episode 94 they discuss Avengers: Endgame (full spoilers). From overall thoughts, to thoughts on the characters, things they liked and didn’t like, hairstyles, the plot, and more. Riley’s audio cuts in and out, and the episode is a bit long, but good discussion.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 2 hours 30 minutes
Audio Quality: Good
Production Quality: Great
Hosts: Jake, and Riley
Rating: Good

Hearts of Kyber: Episode 6 they talk about the phrase “May the Force be with you.” It’s use in A New Hope, and its significance. Non-Force users saying it, like Han in A New Hope. And Force users saying it. They talk about the examples it’s used, it’s meaning in different situations, and how it impacts the movies. They even discuss an example from Star Wars Rebels. Good discussion.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 59 minutes
Audio Quality: Good
Production Quality: Good
Hosts: Christy, and Rae
Rating: Great

Jedi Journals: May 2019 they’re joined by Dennis as they talk about Star Wars Celebration Chicago, go over comic news, Jay and Chris go over Star Wars: The Escape Vol 10 TPB, great discussion, and they have interviews with Cavan Scott, who goes over Dooku: Jedi Lost, and Matthew Reinhart, who talks about making Star Wars popup books. On top of all that, they also talk about upcoming books, comics and magazines. Great episode.

Podcast Network: TheForce.net
Runtime: 2 hours 12 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Great
Hosts: Jay, and Chris
Rating: Great

Lipstick and Lightsabers: Episode 8 features Brittany de la Cruz as she talks about Star Wars, interest for new generations, how it’s affected her fandom and impacted her life.

Podcast Network: Network 1901
Runtime: 15 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Shannon McCarter
Rating: Good

Lipstick and Lightsabers: Master and Apprentice | Review and Discussion Shannon and Alex talk about Master and Apprentice by Claudia Gray. Neither of them are Qui-Gon fans, but they dive full in as they discuss the book, what happens, the characters, and how it’s all handled. Very in-depth discussion and full on spoilers. They focus half the episode on the prophecies mentioned in the book.

Podcast Network: Network 1901
Runtime: 1 hour 13 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Great
Host: Shannon McCarter
Rating: Good

Magic on a Dollar: Episode 51 goes over Disney summer promotions, then Dave does a primer for Avengers: Endgame recapping key characters and events leading up to the film as well as a journey of the infinity stones, and his list of required films to see before watching Endgame. Great primer for the film.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 36 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Editing: Excellent
Host: Dave
Rating: Great

Making Tracks: Making Tracks at Celebration Chicago 2019: Making Tracks Live is the audio from their live show on the podcast stage at Star Wars Celebration. Mark and Dave were joined by Brian Cameron, Matt Booker, and Martin Keeler, and guests included Cavan Scott who talked about his Star Wars books, comics and Dooku: Jedi Lost. Afterwards they talk about The Mandalorian and Galaxy Edge. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Fantha Tracks Radio
Runtime: 43 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Great
Hosts: Dave, and Mark
Rating: Good

Pods & Ends: Episode 20 Sophie talks about Master and Apprentice (no spoilers), other stuff their reading, movies they’ve seen, The Dirt, War Dogs, Mama Mia 2, Interview With a Vampire, Lunatics, True Blood, they talk sports, games, music, and they go over the new season of Game of Thrones (just the first episode) and speculate on where things will go.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 29 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Bryan, Phil, Shelby, and Sophie
Rating: Good

Scarif Scuttlebutt Podcast: Episode 1 features hosts Brad and Ro as they talk about Celebration and throughout the episode they have clips with people they talked to at the con about various things. Some of the guests include Don West who built the live size hover tank from Rogue One which was on the con floor, and Lisa who was the Chinese dragon/bantha cosplayer. Pretty long episode with lots of general discussion interspersed with interviews, but good flow to the conversation. Brad’s audio is good but Ro’s is excellent. Overall, good episode.

Podcast Network: Imperial Fancast Network
Runtime: 1 hour 45 minutes
Audio Quality: Good
Production Quality: Great
Hosts: Brad, and Ro
Rating: Good

Scavenger’s Hoard: Episode 99 they talk about Celebration, which they went to, they go over an interview with J.J. Abrams, then they talk about what they experienced at Celebration, the Skytalkers podcast stage, the Doug Chiang panel, Episode IX panel, Star Wars Resistance panel, thoughts on Anaheim 2020, The Rise of Skywalker title, then they dive into the trailer, the panel, journalist questions, trailer analysis, and the last 25 minutes gets into leaks and possible spoilers for The Rise of Skywalker.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 2 hours 34 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Kirsty, and Rachael
Rating: Good

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1757 discusses Rey’s lightsaber, how it still works, whether there is another, and rebuilding it.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1757 discusses the time gap between The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker and what we know.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1758 The Rise of Skywalker observations.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1759 more The Rise of Skywalker observations.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1760 is a Patreon Q&A episode as Allen ranks the movies, includes his favorite non-Star Wars movie, and shares some spoiler free Avengers: Endgame thoughts.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1761 is a non-spoiler review of Dooku: Jedi Lost.

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

Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels: Episode 77.4 Dennis talks with Jay about Disney Rival Run Weekend, the experience, picture opportunities, and the storm delay. Good coverage of the event.

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

Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels: Episode 78 they share their non-spoiler thoughts on Master and Apprentice, recovering from Celebration, and they touch on the news with Disney+ launch date, Alan Tudyk being in the Cassian Andor series, and the packaging for The Rise of Skywalker. Then they talk about Star Wars Celebration Chicago and their experience there. From the things they saw and the things they did, to how this once compared to others and fun stories. Plus they talk about the podcast meetup, and there’s a fun new bit about Lastjeditis and Episodeninesin. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 1 hour 25 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Dennis, Jay, and Taxus
Rating: Fun

Talk Star Wars: Episode 165 they talk about Celebration, The Rise of Skywalker trailer, the title, listener thoughts on it, then some discussion of outfits, Luke’s in Return of the Jedi, Dooku, easter eggs in Star Wars, The Mandalorian, and Jedi: Fallen Order.

Podcast Network: Star Wars Commonwealth
Runtime: 1 hour 56 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Great
Hosts: Brad, and Rob
Rating: Good

Talking Bay 94: Episode 35 features a great interview with Lorne Peterson who talk about how he got into sculpting and Star Wars, the models and miniatures he worked on, the scales, working Guatemala for the Yavin shots, trying to get fur from taxidermists and slaughterhouses in order to make the tauntauns, working with Hoth, the space slug, making cowebs, the battle on Endor and more. Excellent interview.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 42 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Great
Host: Brandon Wainerdi
Rating: Excellent

Tatooine Sons: Anthony Breznican Discusses His Own “The Rise of Skywalker” Theory! kicks off with their non-spoiler review for Avengers: Endgame, then they go over Patreon stuff, poll results, Kathleen Kennedy’s comments on the movies, The Rise of Skywalker trailer numbers, and some Master and Apprentice discussion. Then, 39 minutes in, they talk with Anthony Breznican about Star Wars Celebration, the Episode IX panel, his theory, some very cool Star Wars discussion and some great stories. The audio quality isn’t great, but the discussion content is. You’ll definitely want to check out the Breznican half.

Podcast Network: Star Wars Commonwealth
Runtime: 1 hour 47 minutes
Audio Quality: Okay
Production Quality: Okay
Hosts: David, Nate, and Samuel
Rating: Great

TechnoRetro Dads: Blondie Has More Fun in a Pet Sematary they talk houses, Endgame jokes, Back to the Future news, cereal, the band Blondie, and they discuss the original Pet Sematary movie. 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 375 features Dave, Mikey, Ear and special guest Garrison as they go over all the Marvel super hero movies, summarizing and recapping them, as a lead up to Avengers: Endgame. They also go over their favorite Marvel films, and thoughts on future films. Great episode.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 1 hour 18 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Dave, Mikey, and Dr. Earl
Rating: Great

The Deucecast Movie Show: Episode 376 includes Dave, Mikey, Earl and special guest Jared as they talk about The Rise of Skywalker trailer, then they get into some non-spoiler discussion of Avengers: Endgame. They go over their top five movie franchises, and they wrap up the last 30 minutes of the episode with a full on spoiler discussion of Avengers: Endgame. Great episode.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 1 hour 57 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Dave, Mikey, and Dr. Earl
Rating: Great

The Organa Digest: S2, Ep 26 they talk about their experience at Star Wars Celebration Chicago, their first time at a Celebration. They go over highs and lows, the panels and meetups they went to, they talk about The Mandalorian, Project Luminous, and diversity. There’s some talking over each other, possibly an issue from a delay in the audio, but otherwise a good discussion.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 34 minutes
Audio Quality: Okay
Production Quality: Okay
Hosts: Laura, and Susan
Rating: Good

The Sandcrawler: Episode 73 they talk hockey, Star Tours, and cocaine, Star Wars Celebration, and they’re joined by guest Jake Stevens. They talk about the retro Tarkin figure, Target experiences, getting Avengers tickets, Star Wars movie thoughts, they share Star Wars Celebration stories, autograph experiences, thoughts on the lotteries, importance of Power of the Force, merch and vendors, the Hasbro panel, packaging, and Triple Force Friday. Great episode with lots of toy talk and stories.

Podcast Network: Star Wars Commonwealth
Runtime: 2 hours 45 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Dan, and Mac
Rating: Great

The Skyhoppers: Episode CXLIV they talk about Star Wars video games, Star Wars Battlefront II, Jedi: Fallen Order, then they talk some Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Maul, Ahsoka, the upcoming story arcs, and they touch on Project Luminous. Some faint echo in the audio, but doesn’t really hurt the audio quality much.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 33 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Great
Hosts: Ben, and Ash
Rating: Good

The Soundtrack Show: Rocky IV and Transformers: an Interview with Composer Vince DiCola (Part II) they talk Transformers the 80’s animated film, the Unicron music, writing music to storyboards and the challenge involved with that, dissonance with hearing and seeing the final product, and the irony of it becoming a favorite with fans. They talk about the emotional impact of the death of Optiums Prime, Vince talks about the sound he was going for, writing songs vs writing score, hearing new sounds and trying to find a sound that stand out. Good episode.

Podcast Network: HowStuffWorks
Runtime: 46 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: David Collins
Rating: Good

We Know Nothing: Episode 30 they discuss Game of Thrones season 8 episode 3 as they breakdown the episode and go into spoilers. They talk about the battle, the deaths, and where it will go next. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 1 hour 5 minutes
Audio Quality: Good
Production Quality: Good
Hosts: Joe, and Kevin
Rating: Good

What The Force?: Power of Myth & Symbolism: Mines = Suffering = Dark Side features guest Ty Black (whose audio quality is okay) as they talk about the use of mining in Star Wars and how it’s a symbolism for suffering and tied to the dark side. Interesting discussing diving into symbolism and metaphor. For the last 25 minutes, Marie-Claire talks a bit about Queen’s Shadow and Master and Apprentice, their themes and metaphors, and some of the prophecies mentioned in Master and Apprentice.

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

Who Talks First: Who Talks First about Star Wars Celebration Chicago they compare SWCC to Orlando, they talk about the weather, the convention center, merch, the Episode IX panel, same sex relationships, D-O, their panel, The Mandalorian panel, The Phantom Menace 20th Anniversary panel, the Star Wars Resistance panel, and more. While there is a wee bit of complaining in this episode, it’s not really that negative. I enjoyed it. Good episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 9 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Great
Hosts: Solo, and CT
Rating: Good

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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  1. Reblogged this on Scarif Scuttlebutt and commented:
    Want to thank the folks at Roqoo Depot for taking the time to listen to our podcast and give us this review. We will certainly use this feedback as we continue to improve our process. Be sure to check out these other Star Wars podcasts!


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