Podcasts in Review

May 30, 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. Skytalkers: 20 Years of The Phantom Menace, ft. Blast Points Podcast
  2. Adolescence After Alderaan: Episode 39
  3. The Soundtrack Show: The Fellowship of the Ring: the Music (Part III)
  4. Fly Casual: Episode 225
  5. Comic Book Noob: Swamp Thing

Honorable Mentions

  • Talking Bay 94 Episode 40 features an interview with Mike Quinn.
  • Talking Bay 94 Episode 39 features an interview with Gerald Home and Simon J. Williamson.

Now here is this week’s Podcasts in Review…

501stCast: Minicast: Celebration Chicago Memories, Part II they go over Star Wars Celebration Chicago highlights, meeting Kathleen Kennedy, seeing the Six-Eyes animatronic head, the banquet, and the panels. Good episode.

Podcast Network: N/A 
Runtime: 46 minutes
Audio Quality: Good
Production Quality: Good
Hosts: Joe, Marcus, Nicky, and Todd
Rating: Good

Adolescence After Alderaan: Episode 39 they discuss Kevin J. Anderson’s Darksaber. They go over the four big plotlines, they talk about Luke and Callista’s vacation, reconnecting with Daala, Dorsk 81 and Kyp Durron’s roadtrip, the Darksaber, the treatment of Tionne, the Emperor killing Bevel over and over and The Sims, Wedge and his girlfriend, the Hutts, and more. Lots of fun observations and discussion. Great episode.

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

Blast Points Podcast: Episode 172 they talk about the Vanity Fair coverage, the covers, the Knights of Ren, Richard E. Grant’s character, J.J. Abrams’ comments and Luke’s picture. Good episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 51 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Editing: Excellent
Hosts: Jason, and Gabe
Rating: Good

Brews and Blasters: Episode 210 they talk whiskey, toy hunting, The Rise of Skywalker, John Williams’ Galaxy’s Edge music, then head into need’em got’em, Endor loot crate, and new figures they’ve purchased (and some they open on the show). Fun episode.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 1 hour 3 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Joe, and Chris
Rating: Fun

Coffee With Kenobi: Episode 280 features guests Kelly Knox and Ryder Waldron as they talk about The Phantom Menace, first memories, what they got out of the movie, then Tom comes on for the news, Vanity Fair info, then they talk about more TPM memories. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Coffee With Kenobi
Runtime: 1 hour 12 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Dan Zehr
Rating: Good

Comic Book Noob: Swamp Thing they talk about the character’s origin, the key to the character’s longevity, Alan Moore, his personality and powers, and reading recommendations. Great episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 25 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Scott, Matt, and Regina
Rating: Great

Fangirls Going Rogue: Skywalkers Rise in Vanity Fair they go over their anticipation for Galaxy’s Edge, then they talk about the Vanity Fair coverage. For their character discussion, they talk about Qui-Gon Jinn and touch on Master and Apprentice. Good episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 20 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Sarah, Teresa, and Tricia
Rating: Good

Fly Casual: Episode 225 Mike is back as they talk about their Discord only episode, a little Game of Thrones, Benioff and Weiss news, Star Wars movie release dates, no mention of Rian Johnson and what that might mean, Game of Thrones fan reactions, and what they thing D&D will do with Star Wars. Very funny, great discussion, great episode.

Podcast Network: Betterkind Media
Runtime: 1 hour 25 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Corey, Garrick, Mike, and Steve
Rating: Great

ForceCenter: Episode 170 they go over what they’ve been up to, they touch on the news, Make Solo 2 Happen, Galaxy’s Edge, KOTOR, and then they discuss the Vanity’s Fair coverage. Afterwards they wrap up with listener questions. Good episode.

Podcast Network: ForceCenter
Runtime: 1 hour 39 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Ken, Jennifer, and Joseph
Rating: Good

Full of Sith: Episode CCCXVIII features Mike, Holly and Anyah as they talk about the Vanity Fair coverage, their thoughts on what was revealed, and they also touch on their first Star Wars memories. Good episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 10 minutes
Audio Quality: Good
Production Quality: Great
Hosts: Bryan, Holly, and Mike
Rating: Good

Galactic War Report: Episode 156 Shawn and special guest Urza talk about match making in Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes‘ Grand Arena, Malak the roadblock, teams outside the meta, Bastilla as a team lead, watered down Revan teams, Rogue One team with all zetas, Phoenix team, Separatist team, Darth Maul on a Sith team using daze, Royal Guard, Stormtrooper Han, and T3. Then they go over the state of the game. Good episode with some good info and advice to consider.

Podcast Network: Radio Free Tatooine
Runtime: 59 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: John, and Sean
Rating: Good

Hearts of Kyber: Episode 7 they talk about The Rise of Skywalker teaser trailer, crowd reactions in the theater, hype, the return of Palpatine, Rey’s flip, and then they dig in and go through it scene by scene. Good episode.

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

Lords of the Sith Podcast: Episode 26 Mary and Denise talk about the Vanity Fair coverage and share their thoughts on the pictures and details revealed, they also touch on managing expectations and the things that need to be answered or resolved. Good episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 46 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Denise, Lee, and Mary
Rating: Good

Magic on a Dollar: Episode 57 Dave goes over news, park numbers, magic bands, Disney Legends announcements, his park experience during Magic Kingdom’s After Hours event, and some resort experiences. Good episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 32 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Editing: Excellent
Host: Dave
Rating: Good

Obroa-skai Walkers: Survivor’s Quest – Chapters 1-5 they begin with a little Jacen Solo discussion, the way of the Force and power of the dark side in terms of its corrupting influence, Yoda’s actions, rail detonators, and then they dive into Timothy Zahn’s novel Survivor’s Quest. Fun episode and good discussion of the book.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 2 hours
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Ben, and Cole
Rating: Fun

Radio Free Endor: Remembering Peter Mayhew goes over news, Peter Mayhew’s passing, audio clips of Peter, then Jamie talks with Mark Newbold about Peter Mayhew. Afterwards they talk about Celebration, the panels, The Mandalorian panel and the footage being blacked out, and more. Good episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 54 minutes
Audio Quality: Good to Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Jamie
Rating: Good

Rebel Force Radio: New Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Details they talk about The Who, Adam Driver and theater, they have on guest Steve Glosson, they talk about the documentary Laddie: The Man Behind the Movies, they talk about The Phantom Menace, whether the sequel trilogy is a reflection of the times we live in, and they dive into the Vanity Fair coverage. Fun episode.

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

Sabers and Spells: Episode 3 they touch on news, the Game of Thrones water bottle, ridiculous petition to redo season eight, then they discuss the Game of Thrones season eight finale and they do go into spoilers. Good, positive discussion. They also talk about some GoT merch, and listener feedback.

Podcast Network: Skynet
Runtime: 42 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Christy, and Teresa
Rating: Good

Skytalkers: 20 Years of The Phantom Menace, ft. Blast Points Podcast they talk a little about Celebration, then they talk about The Phantom Menace. They go over the things they love about the movie, movie memories, the tome poems, Qui-Gon, the documentary, the budget meeting, Maul, and more. Plus Caitlin and Charlotte pose the dinner question to Jason and Gabe. Great episode, lots of fun.

Podcast Network: Star Wars Escape Pods Network
Runtime: 2 hours 17 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Caitlin, and Charlotte
Rating: Great

Skywalking Through Neverland: Episode 249 they talk with guest Dora Speck who talks about her Star Wars fandom, being blind, and how she experiences Star Wars and interacts with the fan community, as well as the Disney parks. Interesting conversation.

Podcast Network: Skynet
Runtime: 46 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Richard, and Sarah
Rating: Good

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1784 goes over the Vanity Fair Star Wars articles and all the stuff going on Pasaana.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1785 revisits the in-universe time gap between The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker, plus some info on Carrie Fisher in Episode IX.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1786 continues the coverage of Vanity Fair and goes over how C-3PO might surprise audiences.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1787 has more coverage of Vanity Fair, and some Mandalorian info.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1789 is a one question interview from Star Wars Celebration Chicago with pop-up book creator Matthew Reinhart.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1790 is a one question interview from Star Wars Celebration Chicago with ABC News correspondent Clayton Sandell.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 4 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Allen Voivod
Rating: Good

Star Wars Bookworms: Episode 102 they talk about Galaxy’s Edge, they go over the Journey to The Rise of Skywalker book news, then they discuss Queen’s Shadow by E. K. Johnston, and listener feedback on the book. Good episode.

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

Talking Bay 94: Episode 39 features an interview with Gerald Home and Simon J. Williamson. They talk about Max Reebo, Tessek, stories of Bib Fortuna and more. There are some issues with the volume levels as Simon’s volume level is quiet and Gerald’s is louder, it’s not too bad of an issue though.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 17 minutes
Audio Quality: Good
Production Quality: Good
Host: Brandon Wainerdi
Rating: Good

Talking Bay 94: Episode 40 features an interview with Mike Quinn who talks about puppeteering, working on films, his work on Star Wars, his suggestion of turning Nien Nunb into a puppet to get animated expressions out of him, the difference with doing him now for the sequel films, and his thoughts on the character. His work as an animator at Lucasfilm, and his book. Good interview.

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

Tatooine Sons: Vanity Fair: The Rise of Skywalker Issue Analysis they talk birthday gifts, Boba Fett, Vader Immortal, they go over their hot takes segment with JG over KOTOR, Jedi: Fallen Order and Make Solo 2 Happen. Then they go over the Vanity Fair coverage.

Podcast Network: MakingStarWars.net
Runtime: 1 hour 30 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Great
Hosts: David, Nate, and Samuel
Rating: Good

TechnoRetro Dads: Last Crusade to the Temple of Doom they talk about nude dress codes, archaeologist jokes, they have on guest Anthony Soehner to talk about his books and Denver Pop Culture Con. They go over news, Terminator: Dark Fate, they talk about Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and The Last Crusade, the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular, and the Temple of Doom arcade game. 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 380 is a reflicktions show as they go over the movies they’ve recently seen including Detective Pikachu and John Wick 3. They go over their tops five movies of the year so far, and there’s some Medical Earl involving John McClane and gunshot wounds. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 1 hour 38 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Dave, Mikey, and Dr. Earl
Rating: Good

The Skyhoppers Podcast: Episode CXLVIII features Meg from Rogue Podron as they talk about dads in Star Wars. They talk about who the good dads are, then discuss the bad dads. They talk about Han, Vader, tangent on the NPR torture scene, they talk about Kyle Katarn and Corran Horn, getting confused with starfighter fights, and some inside jokes.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 16 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Ben, and Ash
Rating: Good

The Soundtrack Show: The Fellowship of the Ring: the Music (Part III) goes over the lyrical music in the film, the confusing names, Tolkien’s love for languages, the languages people sing in, and Dave goes over some of the songs and the languages used. Great episode.

Podcast Network: HowStuffWorks
Runtime: 45 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: David Collins
Rating: Great

We Know Nothing: Episode 33 they go over their overall thoughts of the Game of Thrones finale, things that were never explained, things they liked, thing they didn’t, what could have been better, and the future of the podcast.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 46 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Joe, and Kevin
Rating: Good

What The Force?: Power of Myth & Symbolism: Tied on the end of a String features guest Hammie as they talk about the mythology of the red string of fate, Rian Johnson and his red string pictures, the recurring red imagery in The Last Jedi, marriage ceremonies and symbolic bonding, how Rey and Kylo are bound together in a sacred way. They also talk about how Star Wars can break into China.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 3 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Marie-Claire Gould
Rating: Good

Who Talks First: Who Talks First about Vanity Fair [RATED R EDITION] they talk a look at the Vanity Fair coverage, share their thoughts, speculate, and have some fun with it as they predict Rey in white fighting Kylo in the rain turning into a wet t-shirt competition. Now when I listened to this one, I was in my car and noticed some issues with the audio and voice levels. Sometimes they trail off when they talk, or they talk quietly, and I was able to hear anything unless I turned up my stereo. Then there would be parts where they talk really loud, and yeah, my ears got blasted, so trying to balance the volume was a struggle and I ended up giving up and just not hearing any of the quiet sections. That aside, it was a good episode.

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

Wookiee Radio: Episode 112 they go over the Vanity Fair coverage and share their thoughts on what was revealed, they speculate about Luke, and they touch on the merch prices for Galaxy’s Edge. Good episode.

Podcast Network: We Be Geeks Network
Runtime: 59 minute
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Derrick, Ken, and Mike 
Rating: Good

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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