Podcasts in Review

May 16, 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. Kessel Run Weekly Avengers: Endgame Review
  2. The Fanitarium Let’s Talk, Fandom – Avengers Endgame
  3. ForceCenter Episode 167
  4. Fly Casual Episode 223
  5. Faking Star Wars Radio Ewok Adventure & Star Wars Poetry

Honorable Mentions

Now here is this week’s Podcasts in Review…
A Star Wars Story Podcast: Happy May the Fourth! they talk about Peter Mayhew and Chewbacca, then they talk about when they realized they loved Star Wars, plus listener responses on their moments, and some Patreon stuff. Good episode. This is a relatively new podcast so you might want to check them out.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 43 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Brooklyn, and Delanie
Rating: Good

Blast Points Podcast: Episode 170 they go over the Star Wars film release date news and the lack of titles and director info, they talk about Klaude, the Art of The Rise of Skywalker book cover, and then they discuss the Carrie Fisher show Conversations From the Edge and the episode featuring George Lucas. They play clips from the show featuring George talking about wanting to do a TV series on the politics of Rome, and Carrie asking him about dating, working out, music, George talking about how he doesn’t like science fiction but is into fantasy, and more. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 7 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Gabe, and Jason
Rating: Fun

Brews and Blasters: Episode 208 they talk toys, need’em got’em, Star Wars Celebration Chicago and online finds, thoughts on Galaxy’s Edge exclusive figures, tiki collectibles, pre-orders, Star Wars pencils and more. Plus they go over some listener feedback. Fun episode.

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

Children of the Force: Episode 133 they talk about Peter Mayew, Anakin and crushes, cool things in The Phantom Menace, newly announced books for Journey to The Rise of Skywalker, and Disney+ content. Good episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 58 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Al, Anna, and Liam
Rating: Good

Coffee With Kenobi: Episode 278 Dan talks about Dooku: Jedi Lost (spoiler free discussion), new Haynes manual for TIE fighter, Galaxy’s Edge, Tom comes on and they talk about the post Star Wars Celebration Chicago feeling, film release dates, Journey to The Rise of Skywalker books, Galaxy’s Edge reservations and music. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Coffee With Kenobi
Runtime: 41 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Dan Zehr
Rating: Good

Comics With Kenobi: Episode 112 they go over IDW SWCC news, and other news, then they review Age of Rebellion Special #1, and TIE Fighter #1. Some very slight hot mic issues but very minor. Good comics reviews.

Podcast Network: Coffee With Kenobi
Runtime: 1 hour 1 minute
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Matt, and Jeff
Rating: Good

Culture POPCast: Episode 2 they talk Saved By the Bell, then they have an interview with composer Ryan Shore at Wondercon. He talks about Forces of Destiny, Galaxy of Adventures, and the challenge of composing music for animated shorts.

Podcast Network: Skywalking Network
Runtime: 25 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Richard, and Sarah
Rating: Good

Doing Talking: Episode 45 Madison talks about Star Wars movie release dates, thoughts on sequel trilogy and planning, her thoughts on The Rise of Skywalker, overcoming death, the world between worlds, and what happens in the Star Wars Rebels episode, as well as sequel trilogy parallels and connections. She speculates whether Palpatine is speaking to Kylo through Vader’s helmet, and more. Plus she touches on her feelings about spoilers.

Podcast Network: The Audio Geekdom
Runtime: 1 hour 15 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Great
Host: Madison Thames
Rating: Good

DorkLair: Episode 89 they go over listener feedback on Captain Marvel figure, 30th anniversary screening of Batman, upcoming toys and toy news, then they review the S.H. Figuarts “Mad Titan” Thanos figure with some Endgame details so there’s a spoiler warning.

Podcast Network: RetroZap
Runtime: 1 hour 11 minutes
Audio Quality: Good
Production Quality: Good
Hosts: Bill, Chris, and Larry
Rating: Good

Faking Star Wars Radio: Ewok Adventure & Star Wars Poetry Storm Duper and IG-69 play an Ewok language game and “Duel of the Fakes”, then Storm Duper talks with Curtis about Star Wars themed poetry and his island of Ahch-To cosplay. Afterwards Storm Duper and IG-69 talk about the Ewok movies and go over some listener feedback.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 20 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Storm Duper
Rating: Fun

Fly Casual: Episode 223 they talk about Sonic, Westworld, Star Trek, Bill Murray, May 4th, posters, books, Padme and Queen’s Shadow, Mark Hamill tweet and social media conduct, Chewbacca figures and Pops, and their favorite Chewie moments. No Mike in this episode.

Podcast Network: Betterkind Media
Runtime: 1 hour 30 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Corey, Garrick, Mike, and Steve
Rating: Good

ForceCenter: Episode 167 they talk about what they’re been up to, news, Galaxy’s Edge, Journey to The Rise of Skywalker books and comics, passing of Peter Mayhew, they talk about Palpatine, how they feel about the character, his personality, motivations and pursuits, whether Palpatine is Anakin’s father, what happens to his face, does Palpatine care about Anakin on any level, his return, as well as listener questions. Good discussion.

Podcast Network: ForceCenter
Runtime: 1 hour 30 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Ken, Jennifer, and Joseph
Rating: Good

Full of Sith: Special Release: Full of Sith in Ireland is their live show in Ireland. They talk about Peter Mayhew, guest Jawa James joins them to talk about visiting Star Wars sites. They have on other guests like Deaclon and Carolyn who share some stories about Star Wars filming in Ireland, they talk about the May the Fourth Festival, Star Wars sites, and trip planning. If you’re thinking of visiting the Star Wars sites in Ireland, it’s worth a listen.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 1 minute
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Bryan, and Holly
Rating: Good

Galactic War Report: Episode 154 they go over the Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes May 4th bonuses, new Grand Arena cheat and why you shouldn’t do it, then they talk about the Padme event and their success or aggravation with it, plus meta report and who they’re grinding. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Radio Free Tatooine
Runtime: 1 hour 4 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Great
Host: John, and Sean
Rating: Good

Grand Moff Talkin’: Episode 96 is part two of their commentary for The Empire Strikes Back.

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

Kessel Run Weekly: Avengers: Endgame Review Danny, Kristin and Cheyenne share their non-spoiler reactions, then dive into their spoiler discussion. Not a scene-by-scene breakdown, but a discussion of key character choices, plot points, and story decisions, this one is worth a listen. Cheyenne’s audio is a little buggy with delays and stutters, but still a good episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 46 minutes
Audio Quality: Good
Production Quality: Great
Hosts: Anna, Danny, and Kristen
Rating: Good

Lords of the Sith Podcast: Episode 25 Lee, Mary and Monty share their thoughts on the trailer and title for The Rise of Skywalker. Fun speculation. Good episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 44 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Denise, Lee, and Mary
Rating: Good

Magic on a Dollar: Episode 55 goes over news, Galaxy’s Edge, reservations, boarding passes, Disney movie release dates, and magic band upgrades. Good episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 17 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Editing: Excellent
Host: Dave
Rating: Good

Pods & Ends: Episode 21 they talk Game of Thrones, the Battle of Winterfell, expectations, standout moments, and predictions. They do go into spoilers.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 50 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Bryan, Phil, Shelby, and Sophie
Rating: Good

Pods & Ends: Episode 22 stars with some rapid fire Marvel questions, then they discuss Avengers: Endgame. They talk about the characters, favorite moments, fight scenes, favorite lines, and more.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 18 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Bryan, Phil, Shelby, and Sophie
Rating: Good

Rebel Force Radio: The Future of Star Wars Jimmy shares a Lou Malnati meth head story (which is pretty funny), they talk Ewok movies, go over listener feedback, a little Celebration, movie release date news, they discuss what is essential to a Star Wars movie, talk about Peter Mayhew and Chewbacca, and cover John Boyega, Werner Herzog and Mark Hamill’s latest comments. Plus they talk about Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Rebel Force Radio
Runtime: 2 hours 4 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Jason, and Jimmy
Rating: Good

Scavenger’s Hoard: Episode 101 they talk about the passing of Peter Mayhew, the Journey to The Rise of Skywalker books, Kylo Ren book description in Black Spire listing, and around 56 minutes in they started talking about big spoilers having dropped so I stopped listening there as I’m avoiding spoilers for The Rise of Skywalker.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 43 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Kirsty, and Rachael
Rating: N/A

Skytalkers: Master & Apprentice Discussion they talk about May 4th, book news, they recommend Dooku: Jedi Lost, touch on the passing of Peter Mayhew, then they get into Master and Apprentice. They go over their first impressions, favorite aspects, themes, Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon’s relationship, Dooku and Qui-Gon, Rael and Qui-Gon, the prophecies, quotes, not understanding compassion, and more. Good discussion.

Podcast Network: Star Wars Escape Pods Network
Runtime: 2 hours 11 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Caitlin, and Charlotte
Rating: Good

Skywalking Through Neverland: Episode 246 they play a tribute to Peter Mayhew, they talk about him, their memories of meeting him, people’s farewells for Peter, Standing in the Stars: The Peter Mayhew Story documentary, other films he worked on, his work for Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and more. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Skywalking Through Neverland
Runtime: 1 hour 7 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Richard, and Sarah
Rating: Good

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1770 goes over the Disney second quarter earnings call.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1771 takes a closer look at the upcoming book Star Wars: Force Collector and the images on the cover.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1772 is another one question interview, this time with Lorne Peterson at Star Wars Celebration Chicago.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1773 is another one question interview, this time with Tim McMahon (Less Than 12 Parsecs) and Dennis Keithly (Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels) at Star Wars Celebration Chicago.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 6 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Great
Host: Allen Voivod
Rating: Good

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1774 is another one question interview episode, this time with Dan Zehr (Coffee With Kenobi) and Mark Newbold (Fantha Tracks) from Star Wars Celebration Chicago. The one question interviews are quick little interviews, but they’re fun and worth checking out.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1775 celebrates George Lucas’ 75th birthday, takes a look at the legacy, and goes over some news.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 14 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Allen Voivod
Rating: Good

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1776 goes over Bob Iger’s comments on Benioff and Weiss and Disney+ shows. Plus some thoughts on the lack of Rian Johnson info.

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

Star Wars Core World News: Episode 62 they go over Star Wars movie release dates, throws some shade at Avatar, then they talk Star Wars comics and review Boba Fett #1, and the latest Doctor Aphra and Vader – Dark Visions comics. Skip to 33:50 if you’re avoiding spoilers for the comics. Afterwards they talk video games and go over Vader Immortal.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 43 minutes
Audio Quality: Good
Production Quality: Good
Hosts: Adam, Grant, and Ben
Rating: Good

Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels: Episode 79 Dennis and Jay talk about Peter Mayhew, Star Wars publishing news, then discussion Star Wars Celebration Chicago as they go over the things they did and experienced on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, from panels to celebrities they met. There is an audio issue at 1 hour 5 minutes (audio overlaps with the audio of a comedy skit), but other than that, good episode.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 1 hour 54 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Good
Host: Dennis, Jay, and Taxus
Rating: Good

Talk Star Wars: Episode 167 they talk about the passing of Peter Mayhew, they go over listener feedback, LEGO porg, Force powers, lots of random stuff, Christopher Lee, Episode IX story and theme thoughts, Palpatine thoughts, biscuits (ie. cookies) and more. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Star Wars Commonwealth
Runtime: 1 hour 18 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Great
Hosts: Brad, and Rob
Rating: Good

Talking Bay 94: Episode 38 features an interview with Matthew Reinhart from Star Wars Celebration Chicago. He talks about popup books, Blues Clues, seeing the Lucasfilm archives, and more.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 29 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Great
Host: Brandon Wainerdi
Rating: Good

Tarkin’s Top Shelf: Episode 66 they go over the movie release date news, Random House site getting hacked leading to the Kylo book description, The Rise of Skywalker speculation, then they review Dooku: Jedi Lost. They go over their initial thoughts, they talk about the characters, Syfo-Dyas, and the story. Good episode.

Podcast Network: MakingStarWars.net
Runtime: 1 hour 4 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Becca, and Mark 
Rating: Good

Tatooine Sons: Remembering Peter Mayhew they talk about hearing the news, guest JG Carse (Blue Saber Podcast) joins them, they talk about Episode IX title, Matt Smith stuff, Kylo novel, then they talk with guests Carlo and Becka (Jumping into Hyperspace), they talk about their podcast, Peter Mayhew, favorite Chewbacca moments, and other thoughts on Peter, Joonas, and the character. They also talk about moving to the Making Star Wars podcast network.

Podcast Network: MakingStarWars.net
Runtime: 1 hour 16 minutes
Audio Quality: Good
Production Quality: Good
Hosts: David, Nate, and Samuel
Rating: Good

TechnoRetro Dads: What a Wookiee! Peter Mayhew is Chewbacca they talk about dentists, close friends, water leak jokes, Gremlins 2 study, they talk about Willow, 22 minutes in Shua’s audio goes funny but then returns to normal. They touch on the Star Wars movie release date news, they talk about Peter Mayhew and the times they met him, they play some Chewbacca themed songs, talk about the Darth Vader vs Obi-Wan re-imagined video, and they have a new Star Wars scrapbook segment.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 1 hour 28 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: JediShua, and Shazbazzar
Rating: Fun

The Deucecast: Episode 378 Dave and Mikey are joined by guest Jennifer Novotny. They talk a little bit about her new album, then discuss Disney+ content, and talk about actors who they would watch in anything.

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

The Fanitarium: Let’s Talk, Fandom – Avengers Endgame Jeremiah is joined by guests Travis and Steve as they talk about the movie, the plot, the characters, choices, and decisions. It’s a very positive discussion, a bit long but some real good discussions.

Podcast Network: The Fanitarium
Runtime: 1 hour 55 minutes
Audio Quality: Good
Production Quality: Good
Host: Jeremiah
Rating: Good

The ForceCast: Episode 5.12.19 kicks off with Daniel singing, they go over news, Journey to The Rise of Skywalker books, movie release dates, they talk about getting a break before the next trilogy and speculate on whose movies those are. Thirty one minutes in they have an interview with Sam Witwer where they talk to him about his new music album. Eventually they talk Star Wars, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Solo and Maul. Afterwards they talk about Peter Mayhew and Chewbacca, what they did for May 4th, and Patreon stuff. The audio quality for the Witwer interview is good, rest is excellent.

Podcast Network: ForceCast.Net
Runtime: 1 hour 42 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Daniel, and Ryan
Rating: Good

The JATCast: Episode 27 has an opening bit with Reginald, Hank drops by, and it gets off to a pretty funny star. James talks about his love for summer, the movie he’s making, and goes over listener emails. Good episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 37 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: James Arnold Taylor
Rating: Good

The Skyhoppers Podcast: Episode CXLVI they talk about Peter Mayhew’s passing, Chewbacca, Chewie’s role in the sequels, some Solo movie discussion, Han and Chewie’s relationship, and then they switch gears to talk about death in the sequel trilogy, happy endings and emotional gut punches. Good episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 14 minute
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Great
Hosts: Ben, and Ash
Rating: Good

The Soundtrack Show: The Fellowship of the Ring: the Music (Part I) Dave talks about composer Howard Shore, how he composed all three Lord of the Ring films over four years, and Dave goes over some of the music like the elf music, ring theme, dwarf music, Stryder’s music, and Ringwraith’s music. Good episode.

Podcast Network: HowStuffWorks
Runtime: 48 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: David Collins
Rating: Good

The Story Geeks: Game of Thrones: How nerds became kings and queens usurping the Iron Throne Jay talks with guests Stefan, Rod and Karen about Game of Thrones, its popularity, the morality of the characters, its reflections of society, what characters they resonate with, and more. Good discussion. It doesn’t delve into any season eight details or spoilers, just a general discussion of the show.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 41 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Editing: Excellent
Host: Daryl, Jay, Justin, and Sandra
Rating: Good

We Know Nothing: Episode 32 goes over Game of Thrones season eight episode five as they breakdown the episode, analyze Daenerys, talk about the pacing, the destruction, and share their predictions for the finale.

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

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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