Podcasts in Review

June 6, 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. Blast Points Podcast Game of Thrones Bonus Review
  2. Grand Moff Talkin’ Episode 98
  3. ForceCenter Master and Apprentice Review
  4. Talking Bay 94 Episode 41
  5. Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels Episode 80

Honorable Mentions

  • Full of Sith: Episode CCCXIX has some first hand accounts of what Galaxy’s Edge is like.

Now here is this week’s Podcasts in Review…

Around the Galaxy: Episode 8 features Steve Sansweet as they talk about Star Wars, his books, working for Lucasfilm, thoughts on current and future Star Wars films, and some fun questions for Steve. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Making Star Wars
Runtime: 59 minutes
Audio Quality: Good
Editing: Excellent
Hosts: Pete Fletzer
Rating: Good

Blast Points Podcast: Game of Thrones Bonus Review is a Patreon only episode as they share their thoughts on the show, it’s popularity, the allure of dragons, how Game of Thrones got started, when they started watching it, they talk about Jon Snow, the theme of power corrupting, D&D finishing off someone else’s story, their feeling on D&D handling the show and the ending, hopes for Star Wars, and while it wasn’t perfect, it was better than Lost. Great discussion, and they keep it spoiler free so it’s safe for those who aren’t caught up. If you’re not a Patreon and you like Blast Points, it really is worth it. The monthly bonus episodes are great.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 44 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Editing: Excellent
Hosts: Jason, and Gabe
Rating: Great

Blast Points Podcast: Episode 173 they talk about George Lucas being at the Galaxy’s Edge opening, then they continue their celebration of Phantom Menace Year as they discuss Jar Jar Binks. They talk about how the character was refined and changed, the love for Jar Jar and those who don’t like him, Jar Jar’s role in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, what his role might have looked like if there had been better fan reception of the character, his return in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Celebration and Ahmed Best, and listener feedback. Good episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 25 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Editing: Excellent
Hosts: Jason, and Gabe
Rating: Good

Brews and Blasters: Episode 211 they talk about linguine, breaking keto, they pull another passage from the Alien Archives book, they talk about the Vanity Fair Star Wars coverage, they do some need’em got’em, and go over listener feedback. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 1 hour 2 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Joe, and Chris
Rating: Good

Children of the Force: Episode 135 they talk about what they’ve been up to, going to the largest bounce castle in the world, and they go over the Vanity Fair news, their fun speculation, and the importance of C-3PO in the film.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 5 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Al, Anna, and Liam
Rating: Good

Faking Star Wars Radio: Benioff & Weiss and Weaponry & Technology Storm Duper and Teeb are on this episode, and they have guest Darth Ekim whom they talk with about the TIE Fighter Haine’s manual. They talk ships, there’s a “Duel of the Fakes” segment, a new “Fake-o-meter” segment, some fun with polishing helmets, Kylo Ren bit, they talk about what a R-Rate Star Wars movie would be, then they discuss weapons in Star Wars. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 23 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Storm Duper
Rating: Fun

Fly Casual: Episode 226 is a short one as they briefly talk about crotch hair, Kris Kross, Hornitos tequila, second virginity, and then they go over their podcast format change and what that will mean for the show going forward. Mostly informative as they talk about the change (they’ll be branching out from doing just Star Wars), with some goofing around.

Podcast Network: Betterkind Media
Runtime: 23 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Corey, Garrick, Mike, and Steve
Rating: Good

ForceCenter: Master and Apprentice Review Ken and Joseph talk about Claudia Gray’s novel, their general thoughts, the characters, the themes, the prophecies, Qui-Gon and his mementos, the major additions to canon, insights on the Jedi, then they dive deeper into the prophecies that are mentioned in the book. Great episode.

Podcast Network: ForceCenter
Runtime: 1 hour 24 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Ken, Jennifer, and Joseph
Rating: Great

Full of Sith: Episode CCCXIX is hosted by Bryan and Holly as Bryan talks about his experience at Galaxy’s Edge. He goes over the press experience, the Falcon ride, cast interactions and more. At the end there’s a conversation with Matt Martin who talks about his involvement with Galaxy’s Edge. Nice little peek into what the park is like.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 51 minutes
Audio Quality: Good
Production Quality: Great
Hosts: Bryan, Holly, and Mike
Rating: Good

Galactic War Report: Episode 157 they go over Capital Games Q&A, the meta, new content coming to Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes, Grand Arena, gear level 13 and more. Good episode.

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

Grand Moff Talkin’: Episode 98 they talk about Master and Apprentice, though there is a music tangent on Carly Rae Jepsen. Stick with it, though, as they do get back to discussing the book. They talk about the characters, plot threads, Yoda’s portrayal, the prophecies and more. They do get into spoilers. Fun discussion. I really like the new robot narrator bit that pops in with corrections.

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

Grand Moff Talkin’: Episode 99 they talk about lightsabers, the colors, the crystals, their development, use in Legends, use in Star Wars Rebels, the idea of a lightsaber having weight, who can use one, their use in the sequel trilogy, then they rank their favorite lightsaber fights, which includes the Maul vs. Obi-Wan fight in Star Wars Rebels. Good episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 13 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Great
Hosts: Jake, and Riley
Rating: Good

Jedi Journals: June 2019 they go over their recent acquisitions, news, Dennis and Jay go over Age of Republic: Villains and Hereos TPB’s, then they touch on the Vanity Fair coverage, Dooku: Jedi Lost getting a print version, the Journey to The Rise of Skywalker books, and upcoming releases. Good episode.

Podcast Network: TheForce.net
Runtime: 1 hour 38 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Jay, and Chris
Rating: Good

Kanata’s Castle: Episode 57 they talk about the Vanity Fair coverage, discuss Ben Solo and his parents, the star crossed relationship, Kylo and Rey’s connection, the new characters, Luke’s picture and what that might mean, the flux capacitor and L3. Then they switch gears and talk about The Phantom Menace. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 1 hour 27 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Becca, and Devon
Rating: Good

Magic on a Dollar: Episode 60 is a Walt quote episode, “A man should never neglect his family for business.”

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 4 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Editing: Excellent
Host: Dave
Rating: Good

Obroa-skai Walkers: Survivor’s Quest – Chapters 6-10 they go over listener emails, they do a Wookieepedia article segment, talk about wikis, general book discussion, they talk comics, Timothy Zahn, Star Trek, and at some point they transitioned to Survivor’s Quest. Good episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 55 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Ben, and Cole
Rating: Good

Scavengers Hoard: Episode 104 they talk about listening to Dooku: Jedi Lost, Galaxy’s Edge opening ceremony, and they go over the Galaxy’s Edge coverage. They go over a recent quote from Rian Johnson, then they dive deeper into Dooku: Jedi Lost as they discuss the audio drama (they do go into spoilers). Good discussion.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 58 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Kirsty, and Rachael
Rating: N/A

Skytalkers: Vanity Fair’s The Rise of Skywalker Issue they talk about the covers, St. Elmo’s fire, and the ancient mariner. They go over the various pictures revealed, and then dive into the articles. Pretty extensive discussion of the Vanity Fair coverage.

Podcast Network: Star Wars Escape Pods Network
Runtime: 2 hours 15 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Caitlin, and Charlotte
Rating: Good

Skywalking Through Neverland: Episode 250 they talk about Disney live action remakes, then they have on Bryn MacKinnon as they discuss Aladdin. They go over their likes and dislikes, and listener feedback. Good episode.

Podcast Network: Skynet
Runtime: 1 hour 36 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Richard, and Sarah
Rating: Good

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1791 is a one question interview with artists Chris Reiff and Chris Trevas from Star Wars Celebration Chicago.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1792 is a one question interview with author Zoraida Cordova from Star Wars Celebration Chicago.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1793 is a one question interview with Steve Kirk (San Diego Sabers) from Star Wars Celebration Chicago.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1794 is a one question interview with Star Wars Adventures‘ comic artist Tony Fleecs at Star Wars Celebration Chicago.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1795 is a one question interview with Rob Bredow from Star Wars Celebration Chicago.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1796 begins looking at Making Solo: A Star Wars Story. There’s some audio clipping issues a little past the halfway point in the episode, but still very much listenable.

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

Star Wars 7×7: Episode 1797 is part two of the coverage for the book Making Solo.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 12 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Allen Voivod
Rating: Good

Star Wars Loose Canon: Nobody Expects the Jedi Inquisition features guests Storm Duper and IG-69 from Faking Star Wars Radio as they talk about listeners, the Solo film, what happened to the Jedi’s stuff after the purge, Anakin’s lightsabers, how many Jedi survived the purge, who survived, and who should have survived, Jocasta Nu, and more. Fun episode with lots of joking around.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 55 minutes
Audio Quality: Good
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Alex, Nick, and Patrick
Rating: Fun

Star Wars Sessions: Talkin’ The Mandalorian they talk about movie release dates, the Vader vs Obi-Wan fan film, Natalie Portman’s comments on the prequels, then they discuss The Mandalorian. There’s some listener feedback, and a few other segments. Good discussion. This was my first time checking this podcast out. Good hosts, nice news and general discussion Star Wars podcast, worth a listen if you’re looking for more to add to your feed.

Podcast Network: Radio Free Tatooine
Runtime: 59 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Great
Host: Luke, and Matt
Rating: Good

Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels: Episode 80 they talk about Star Wars posters, Galaxy’s Edge stuff, upcoming Star Wars movies, KOTOR thoughts, the third Star Wars live action series, the Vanity Fair coverage – fun discussion, and they talk about The Mandalorian panel at Star Wars Celebration Chicago. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: Retrozap
Runtime: 1 hour 31 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Host: Dennis, Jay, and Taxus
Rating: Fun

Talk Star Wars: Episode 171 they talk comics in general, go over listener feedback, Vanity Fair stuff, fandom and reactions, Galaxy’s Edge Falcon ride, Disney+, Solo, Battlefront and more.

Podcast Network: Star Wars Commonwealth
Runtime: 1 hour 38 minutes
Audio Quality: Great
Production Quality: Great
Hosts: Brad, and Rob
Rating: Good

Talking Bay 94: Episode 41 features an interview with author Kevin J. Anderson as he talks about his writing process, outlining and dictating while hiking instead of writing, how he became a writer, working on Star Wars, working with other material like Timothy Zahn’s books and the comics, the formation of the expanded universe, the Young Jedi Knight series, The Illustrated Star Wars Universe, working with Ralph McQuarrie and going through the archives, the Tales of books, Dune, The Spine of the Dragon and more. Not much editing in this episode, but great interview.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 43 minutes
Audio Quality: Good
Production Quality: Good
Host: Brandon Wainerdi
Rating: Good

TechnoRetro Dads: Gremlins Are Another Reason for PG-13 they share jokes, go over news, talk about Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, the healthiness of pizza for breakfast, cartoon crushes, and they discuss Gremlins and compare it to Ghostbusters. They also have a Star Wars scrapbook segment for the month of June, and they talk about the Galaxy’s Edge opening ceremony. 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 381 they go over top grossing movies of 2019, then do their summer movie preview as they go over all the movies coming out this summer. Good episode.

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

The Geek Supreme: New Cokes and New Trailers features Taxus, Scott, Jeff and Jenn. Jeff talks a little bit about Rocketman, Scott and Jenn talk about their trip to Disneyland, then they all talk about the return of New Coke, new Honey I Shrunk the Kids movie, and trailers for Rambo: Last Blood, The Dark Crystal, Terminator: Dark Fate, Toy Story 4 and more. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 55 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Jeff, Regina, Scott, and Taxus
Rating: Fun

The Organa Digest: S2, Ep 31 they talk about Adam Drive and Tony Awards, the hype for Alphabet Squadron, Galaxy’s Edge opening ceremony and other Galaxy’s Edge stuff. They have an interview with special guest Jamie who talks about Star Wars, the sequel trilogy, and archaeology. Good episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 33 minutes
Audio Quality: Good
Production Quality: Great
Hosts: Laura, and Susan
Rating: Good

The Skyhoppers Podcast: Episode CXLIX they talk about their thoughts on a KOTOR movie, then they discuss Jyn Erso. They talk about connecting with the character, things they liked about her, and other observations and thoughts on her. Good episode.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 1 hour 10 minute
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: Ben, and Ash
Rating: Good

The Soundtrack Show: Middle Earth Music: an Interview with Author Doug Adams he talks about interviewing Howard Shore, his familiarity with Lord of the Rings, hearing the score for the first time, and more.

Podcast Network: HowStuffWorks
Runtime: 50 minutes
Audio Quality: Excellent
Production Quality: Excellent
Hosts: David Collins
Rating: Good

The Star Wars Collectors Podcast: Episode 49 they talk about recent acquisitions, posters, Star Wars movie release dates, The Rise of Skywalker teaser trailer (their main discussion), and figure cases. This was my first time checking this podcast out. The hosts do a good job with the discussions and keeping the flow going. Audio and production quality is pretty good. If you’re looking for another collector focused podcast, you might want to give this one a try.

Podcast Network: N/A
Runtime: 42 minutes
Audio Quality: Good
Production Quality: Good
Hosts: Bryan, and Carl
Rating: Good

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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