Podcasts in Review

May 9, 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. The Soundtrack Show Wagner: the first Lord of the Ring
  2. Talking Bay 94 Episode 37
  3. Blast Points Podcast Episode 169
  4. The Geek Supreme The Rise of Endgame
  5. The Skyhoppers Podcast Episode CXLV

Honorable Mentions

  • Magic on a Dollar Episode 53 is a good one to check out if you’re planning a trip to Epcot.
  • Rebel Force Radio Remembering Peter Mayhew has some nice interviews with Peter Mayhew.

Now here is this week’s Podcasts in Review…

501stCast: Celebration Chicago Memories Nicky, Marcus, Todd and Joe talk about Celebration, their experiences at Chicago, the 501st Bash, panels, swag trade and more. Good episode.

Podcast Network: N/A 
Runtime: 1 hour 7 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Great
Hosts: Joe, Marcus, Nicky, and Todd
Rating: Good

Blast Points Podcast: Peter Mayhew Tribute is a quick little episode featuring some audio of Peter Mayhew to pay tribute to him and his legacy as Chewbacca.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 2 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Gabe, and Jason
Rating: Good

Blast Points Podcast: Episode 169 continues their coverage of Phantom Menace Year as they talk about the models and miniatures of The Phantom Menace. To keeps things fun, they play a game ‘what’s the model’ as they pick out scenes and challenge each other to figure out what’s real and what’s not in the different scenes. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 4 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Gabe, and Jason
Rating: Fun

Brews and Blasters: Episode 207 they talk Willow, George Lucas directing a scene in Game of Thrones, Disney+, Vader Immortal, Master and Apprentice (some minor spoilers), and the Star Wars: Alien Archive book. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 57 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Joe, and Chris
Rating: Fun

Children of the Force: Episode 132 they talk about Queen’s Shadow a little, a little Avengers: Endgame (no spoilers), and then they talk about The Mandalorian panel at Star Wars Celebration Chicago.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 11 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Al, Anna, and Liam
Rating: Good

Coffee With Kenobi: Episode 277 features guest Drew Taylor as they talk about Dooku: Jedi Lost a little (no spoilers), then they talk about Drew’s Star Wars fandom, and his work covering Star Wars. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Coffee With Kenobi
Runtime: 51 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Dan Zehr
Rating: Good

Comic Book Noob: Moon Knight they talk about the character’s first appearance, how he was originally a villain, how he became a good guy, the different between him and Batman, the Mooncopter, and the character’s personality. Good discussion of a character I had never heard of before.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 29 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Scott, Matt, and Regina
Rating: Good

Culture POPCast: Episode #1 they talk about old 70’s TV shows, then they talk a little about what their new show is about and will be focusing on, then Sarah has an interview with the Dynamic Music Partners Michael McCuistion, Kristopher Carter, and Lolita Ritmanis about their work as composers for DC and Marvel. Good episode. This podcast features the hosts of Skywalking Through Neverland and has the same great quality and production value, but they’ll be focusing on stuff that isn’t Disney or Star Wars related.

Podcast Network: Skywalking Network
Runtime: 31 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Richard, and Sarah
Rating: Good

Doing Talking: Episode 43 Madison talks about her experience at Star Wars Celebration Chicago, being there with her family, her love for Revenge of the Sith and meeting Hayden Christensen at the convention, her excitement for Jedi: Fallen Order, The Mandalorian, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars panel. Good episode.

Podcast Network: The Audio Geekdom
Runtime: 49 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Madison Thames
Rating: Good

Doing Talking: Episode 44 includes a farewell for Peter Mayhew, then goes over all the new publishing news revealed on StarWars.com for the Journey to The Rise of Skywalker books and comics.

Podcast Network: The Audio Geekdom
Runtime: 57 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Madison Thames
Rating: Good

Fangirls Going Rogue: Episode 19.5 they talk puppies, news, Star Wars Celebration Chicago stuff, the panels they went to, favorite moments, cosplay, meeting people, Galaxy’s Edge, thoughts on The Rise of Skywalker title, and how Chicago compared to Orlando.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 26 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Sarah, Teresa, and Tricia
Rating: Good

Fly Casual: Episode 222 features Corey, Garrick and Steve as they talk comics, Tarkin #1, Age of Republic Special #1, there’s a new Star Wars Resistance song review, and then they talk about The Mandalorian panel at SWCC, Disney+, Star Wars: The Clone Wars and the Cassian Andor series. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Betterkind Media
Runtime: 1 hour 36 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Corey, Garrick, Mike, and Steve
Rating: Good

Galactic War Report: Episode 153 they talk about May 4th deals and bonuses for Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes, unlocking Padme, teams to put Padme on, and who they’re grinding. Okay episode.

Podcast Network: Radio Free Tatooine
Runtime: 54 hour
Audio Quality: Good
Production Quality: Good
Host: John, and Sean
Rating: Okay

Grand Moff Talkin’: Episode 95 is part one of their commentary for The Empire Strikes Back. Whether you watch along or just listen to this episode on its own, it’s an enjoyable listen.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 6 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Great
Hosts: Jake, and Riley
Rating: Good

Kanata’s Castle: Episode 55 they touch on Vader – Dark Visions #3, Dooku: Jedi Lost, Project Luminous, bullying, favorite Star Wars Celebration Chicago moments, the things they saw there and the things they experienced. Nice SWCC discussion.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 1 hour 10 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Becca, and Devon
Rating: Good

Lipstick and Lightsabers: Episode 9 features Andi Briseño as she talks about her Star Wars fandom, really getting into Star Wars because of Kylo Ren, and the Reylo community.

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

Magic on a Dollar: Episode 53 Dave talks about Hollywood Studios upcoming events, then he talks with guest Jenn about Epcot. They talk about the attractions and rides, the food, and what’s good and what’s bad. Good overview of Epcot and what it has to offer.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 10 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Editing: Excellent
Host: Dave
Rating: Good

Rebel Force Radio: Remembering Peter Mayhew they share their thoughts on Peter, go over the farewells from George Lucas, the directors, and the actors, their memories of meeting him, and then some nice interview clips from past interviews they did with Peter. Good episode. Jason isn’t in the studio for this one, so his audio quality isn’t as good, but the audio of the interviews is really good.

Podcast Network: Rebel Force Radio
Runtime: 1hour 32 minutes
Audio Quality: Good
Production Quality: Good
Hosts: Jason, and Jimmy
Rating: Good

Rebel Force Radio: Episode 5.4.19 they talk toys, SWCC, running into Matt Lanter, Avengers: Endgame (no spoilers), SWCC moments and memories, box office, Sheldon and documentary, Billy Dee, George Lucas and Jon Favreau banquet, Mark Hamill on Awards Chatter podcast, and John Boyega interview. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Rebel Force Radio
Runtime: 2 hours 22 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Jason, and Jimmy
Rating: Good

Reylo Alliance: Episode 7 Andi and Gina talk with guests Alex and Shannon about their top five favorite Star Wars things. It’s a broad topic so there’s a variety of things they narrow down as their top five. Lots of Reylo discussion and Reylo love.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 29 minutes
Audio Quality: Good
Production Quality: Good
Hosts: Andi, Gina, and Grecia
Rating: Good

Skywalking Through Neverland: Episode 245 they share some things, then discuss Avengers: Endgame. They talk about what films add context to Endgame, they talk with guest Steve Houston about the movie, and they get into some criticism of the film, things they would have liked to have seen, things that didn’t work that well for them, and more. Good discussion and a different take that what you might have heard already.

Podcast Network: Skywalking Network
Runtime: 2 hours 3 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Richard, and Sarah
Rating: Good

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1764 is a farewell to Peter Mayhew.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1767 is a one question interview with Nick Martorelli and Marc Thompson from Star Wars Celebration Chicago.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 5 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Great
Host: Allen Voivod
Rating: Good

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1768 goes over the Journey to The Rise of Skywalker publishing details.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1769 goes over the newly revealed release dates for upcoming Star Wars films.

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

Star Wars Bookworms: Episode 101 they talk Star Wars Celebration Chicago, their favorite panels and moments, and more. Then they go over some book and comic news, and they have some interviews from the con with Christian Blauvelt and Jason Fry. Good episode.

Podcast Network:  2nd Airborne Division
Runtime: 1 hour 33 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Teresa, and Aaron
Rating: Good

Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels: Episode 78.1 they celebrate May 4th by playing some Star Wars Trivial Pursuit. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 42 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Dennis, Jay, and Taxus
Rating: Fun

Talking Bay 94: Episode 36 features an interview with Julian Glover who talks about getting into acting, his film roles, and working on Indiana Jones, Star Wars and Game of Thrones. Good interview and a quick one.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 14 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Great
Host: Brandon Wainerdi
Rating: Good

Talking Bay 94: Episode 37 features an interview with editor Paul Hirsch who talks about getting into film, education, working with Brian De Palma, George Lucas, and John Hughes, editing Star Wars, and some technical aspects of editing like splicing. Good interview.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 38 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Brandon Wainerdi
Rating: Good

Tarkin’s Top Shelf: Episode 59 is an older episode as I’ve recently caught up on some Star Wars books so I went back to catch some episodes I skipped. They talk a little Star Wars Resistance, some pre-SWCC stuff, then they discuss Queen’s Shadow by E. K. Johnston. They do go into spoilers. Nice discussion of the book, characters and themes.

Podcast Network: MakingStarWars.net
Runtime: 56 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Becca, and Mark 
Rating: Good

Tarkin’s Top Shelf: Episode 60 they talk a little Black Spire (novel), some pre-SWCC stuff, Star Wars Resistance thoughts, then they discuss Pirate’s Price by Lou Anders (they go over the audiobook version). Full discussion, includes spoilers, fun review and observations.

Podcast Network: MakingStarWars.net
Runtime: 49 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Becca, and Mark 
Rating: Good

The Deucecast Movie Show: Episode 377 features Dave, Mikey, Earl and Garrison as they talk a little Avengers: Endgame, they play a movie game, then they discuss best worst movies of the 2010’s. Fun episode as they talk about some movies they like that are poorly regarded.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 1 hour 11 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Dave, Mikey, and Dr. Earl
Rating: Fun

The Geek Supreme: The Rise of Endgame they say farewell to Peter Mayhew, share their thoughts on The Rise of Skywalker, discuss Disney+, and talk some Avengers: Endgame (which does include spoilers). Fun episode. Good discussions.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 57 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Jeff, Regina, Scott, and Taxus
Rating: Fun

The Nerd Room: Episode 167 they discuss Avengers: Endgame, first their non-spoiler reactions, box office numbers, and seeing things on multiple viewings, then fifteen minutes in they switch to spoiler discussion. They talk about crowd reactions, observations, character changes, full recap and analysis, and a very positive discussion. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Star Wars Commonwealth
Runtime: 2 hours 3 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Tim, Troy, and Sunjay
Rating: Good

The Resistance Broadcast: The Rise of Skywalker Teaser: Analysis, Speculation, and Cackle they go over listener questions and feedback on Episode IX trailer, then they discuss it and break it down.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 29 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: James, John, and Lacey
Rating: Good

The Sandcrawler: Episode 74 they talk about stuff, Hasbro Pulse and exclusives, Peter Mayhew and their favorite Chewbacca collectibles, their recent acquisitions, POTF stuff and more. Fun episode.

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

The Skyhoppers Podcast: Episode CXLV they talk miniatures a bit, then they dive into Wookieepedia as they explore some random articles. From an unidentified moisture farmer on Tatooine and lekku, to Ewok pilots, meters, and gravball. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 4 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Ben, and Ash
Rating: Fun

The Soundtrack Show: Wagner: the first Lord of the Ring Dave talks about opera, plays some samples, then discusses Wagner, his use of light motifs, and then Dave breaks down The Ring of the Nibelung, what it is, and what it’s about. Dave also goes over the ugly side of Wagner.

Podcast Network: HowStuffWorks
Runtime: 54 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: David Collins
Rating: Great

We Know Nothing: Episode 31 they discuss Game of Thrones season eight episode four, first they tackle some feedback on episode three and complaints about it being too dark, then they dive into episode four. Complete breakdown as they go over what went down, character decisions, and their thoughts on what happened. Good episode.

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

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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